Central Railway GM inspects LTT, suggests several amendments
The newly appointed General Manager of Central Railway B Khare inspected LTT yesterday for almost two hours, with his team of officers from MMRDA
They also paid a visit to Kurla station, and suggested several changes. Here are some of them
Sources in CR say that finances for the travelator, pegged at around Rs 60 crore, is a problem. The authorities are thinking of asking the MMRDA to fund it entirely or partly. Plans are also in place to have escalators at Kurla LTT connecting to the foot over bridge (FOB).
Also on the cards are improvements in the seating arrangements at the main hall. A partition inside the AC dormitory will also be built for privacy of passengers. All facilities still at the old building are expected to be shifted.
The authorities will also revive platforms six and seven at the Kurla LTT near the railway yard. The authorities will eventually dismantle the tracks and platforms, which extend all the way to the old building.
New waiting lounge
Waiting passengers can be seen squatting on the floor outside the ticket booking counters and sleeping there at night. The stairs are also broken. Khare has asked CR authorities to dismantle the old ticket counter building completely. “We are looking at building a huge waiting lounge for passengers with proper arrangements,” said a CR official.
Levelling the road
Entering the railway terminus is a task in itself, with the pothole-ridden road, haphazardly parked auto and taxi stands creating problems for passengers. The road outside the old terminus block from where trains depart is also uneven and full of craters. The railways have decided to level this road completely, and will widen the one going towards Tilak Nagar station from LTT.