Citizens' Issues
Milind Deora takes up Mumbai rail issues with Kharge

The Mumbai MP has sought urgent intervention of the railway minister to reduce the gap between platforms and trains and also made available ambulances at all suburban railway stations

Milind Deora, union minister of state for Communications, IT & Shipping, and member of Parliament (MP) from Mumbai South constituency has taken up the suburban rail commuters' issues with the railway minister. This follows a memorandum from Moneylife Foundation and Samir Zaveri Railway Helpline on behalf of Mumbaikars to the MP urging his urgent intervention in stopping deaths on Mumbai rail tracks due to the wide gap between platforms and trains.

 

Deora, in a letter written to Mallikarjun Kharge has requested the railway minister to initiate strong measures to ensure passenger travel safety in Mumbai. He urged the minister to take following steps to prevent rail accidents like the recent one where one young girl lost both her arms after falling through the wide gap between platform and local train at Ghatkopar station in Mumbai.

 

1. An ambulance should be made readily available at all stations along with first-aid kits so that the injured persons can be attended to immediately and rushed to nearby hospital, if needed.

2. Bridging the gap between the platform and the train should be expedited.

3. Emergency medical rooms should be made available at all suburban stations to treat injured persons, as ordered by the Bombay High Court.

4. In case of emergencies and accidents, there should be a mechanism in place where primacy is given to saving lives of accident victims by providing them necessary medical attention without delay. It has been observed that the officials tend to give more attention to paper work than saving the precious life.

 

Moneylife Foundation , Samir Zaveri Railway Helpline  as well as Coalition of Safe Rail Travel have been pushing for the raising of platforms for over a year. Samir Zaveri has taken up all these issues for several years now. He has even got the Courts to issue orders to Railway officials on these issues, however so far there is not much response from them.

 

Adv Bapoo Malcolm, who is a part of Moneylife group, managed to get the railway authorities to raise platform height at Grant Road station on a priority basis by filing a complaint and following it up. RTI activist Gaurang Damani, has successfully tried to close the railway track with a boundary wall with the help of certain efficient rail officials.

 

Here are more specific articles from DNA newspaper on the wide gap between train and platforms across Mumbai suburban network. 1. Mumbai: Hop on to lifeline, with care http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-mumbai-hop-on-to-lifeline-with-care-1946601 and 2. Mumbai local: Central Railway platforms provide height of horror http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-mumbai-local-cental-railway-platforms-provide-height-of-horror-1947035

 

Here is the memorandum sent by Moneylife Foundation and Samir Zaveri Railway Helpline to Milind Deora…
 

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Simple Indian

4 years ago

These are petty issues compared to the abysmal quality of travel in suburban sections in Mumbai. It is a miracle how more people don't have accidents, with many forced to travel dangerously on train-tops risking life and limb. What has Railways done for easing the overcrowding problem plaguing the Mumbai Suburban Railways in all three sections - Western, Central, and Harbour lines ? The root cause of majority of rail accidents is overcrowding.

Ramesh Iyer

4 years ago

It is strange no Railway Minister, or MP of Mumbai ever addresses the root cause of most accidents and deaths on railway tracks in Mumbai - overcrowding of trains. In fact, those who travel by suburban trains, particularly by Western and Central line would know that "overcrowding" would be a gross understatement.
Moreover, it takes ages for the Railways to do any major work to ease traffic on suburban routes. Though Navi Mumbai was supposed to be developed by CIDCO in the 1980s-90s to decongest Mumbai, the builders' lobby successfully scuttled that long-term alternative for their own vested interests. Not sure why only Harbour line doesn't have fast trains like the Western and Central Lines do. The new International Airport in Panvel, when it becomes operational, will likely move many businesses to that part of Navi Mumbai and put greater strain on the already constrained Harbour Line. Wish our politicians and town planners had the vision to cater to future population explosion, not just current demands.

Kingfisher, Moser-Baer scrips to be shifted to restricted 'T' group

In a move that is part of a surveillance review to safeguard investors’ interest, BSE would shift 117 securities while NSE would transfer 48 stocks to the trade-for-trade or ‘T’ group

Both BSE and National Stock Exchange (NSE) will transfer scrips of several companies, including Kingfisher Airlines and Moser-Baer to the restricted trade category from 17th January.

 

The move is part of a surveillance review to safeguard investors’ interest, the exchanges said in a release.

 

BSE would shift 117 securities to the trade-for-trade or ‘T’ group, while NSE would transfer 48 stocks to this segment.

 

Only delivery-based transactions are allowed in this segment and traders can’t take intra-day positions.

 

Among stocks which would be shifted to the ‘T’ Group segment on both the bourses included Kingfisher Airlines, Moser-Baer (India) Ltd, Usha Martin Education & Solutions Ltd, Acropetal Technologies Ltd, Nagarjuna Oil Refinery Ltd and Omax Autos Ltd.

 

These scrips would be shifted to the trade-for-trade segment from 17th January.

 

Besides, NSE said as many as 231 stocks such as 3i Infotech, Emami Infrastructure, Hindustan Dorr-Oliver and Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals will continue to trade in the restricted segment.

 

As per the bourses, the move is part of the “surveillance review, with a view to ensure market safety and safeguard the interest of investors”.

 

The stock exchanges have advised trading members to take “adequate precaution” while trading in these scrips “as the settlement will be done on trade-to-trade basis and no netting off will be allowed”.

 

However, they added that the transfer of these securities for trading and settlement on a trade-to-trade basis “is purely on account of market surveillance and it should not be construed as an adverse action against the company concerned”.

 

These stocks will have a price band of 5% — the maximum permissible limit within which their share price can move in a trading session.

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Inflation down, but RBI may wait till March for change in rates

According to Care Ratings, the RBI may contemplate a rate cut if the WPI and CPI figures continue to move downwards over the next two months

There finally seems to be some respite in the economy with the retail inflation for the month of December 2013, as measured by the consumer price index (CPI), sliding to 9.87% from its previous level of 11.24% in November. With the CPI inflation coming in at a lower level in December, Care Ratings said it reiterates its expectation of a lower figure for wholesale price index (WPI).

 

"The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may contemplate a rate cut if the wholesale price index (WPI) and CPI figures continue to move downwards in the next two months. Hence, while no change is expected in RBI stance in January, they could reconsider their options in March if such a trend persists," the ratings agency said.

 

Rising food prices which was the major contributor towards high inflation figures is finally reversing trend with a decline in growth from 14.72% in November to 12.16% in December. The monthly movement of the overall CPI index shows a decrease reversing the upward trend it maintained since July 2013, recording its first single digit figure after three months, the ratings agency said in a report.

 

 

Care Ratings said, food and beverage witnessed the largest drop to 12.16% in December from 14.72% in November. It has been the driving factor behind the comparatively lower CPI figure for December.

 

Among the food articles, the vegetables basket recorded the steepest reduction in prices ending their upward streak at 38.76% as against 61.60% in November and 45.67% in October’13. Care Ratings said, "This was expected as the new vegetable crop had started coming in the month of December. Also, decline in vegetable prices has been the sole riding factor behind the significant fall in CPI inflation in December".

 

"While inflation in food and beverages has moderated positively," the ratings agency said, "the figures for fuel and light and clothing, bedding and footwear remain higher. Fuel prices can be expected to rise in the near future as well with prices of LPG and diesel being progressively aligned to market rates."

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