Pune: The Elphinstone Road station like tragedy in Mumbai is a real possibility at Pune station as one of the three foot over bridges (FOBs) attracts huge crowds and its narrow width often cannot accommodate them. The rush often leads to pickpocketing and harassment of people.
Two other FOBs, including the one inaugurated last year, remain underutilised due to their location and ease of access. Rail users have been demanding that the width of the main FOB be increased, but they have fallen on deaf ears.
The Pune railway division has appealed to the passengers to use all three FOBs at the station and clear the rush, stated a press release issued by the public relation officer of the division.
“Three foot over bridges are available for the convenience of the passengers at the Pune station, whereas it is seen that most of the passengers are only using the old bridge more. In such a situation, people get crowded on one bridge which causes inconvenience to them,” stated the release.
“The railway administration has been continuously monitoring it and taking all possible steps to control the crowd at the old bridge,” said the release.
Display boards have been installed at the beginning of the bridge for the information of the movement of vehicles and their arrival on the platform, and the information about the arrival of the vehicles on the platform of the vehicles is being displayed half an hour earlier. Information boards have also been installed on the other two bridges and the declaration is being constantly ensured,” said the release.
“Travellers are requested not to stand on the old bridge and use all three bridges and cooperate with the railway administration to maintain the system. In case of standing on the bridge, strict action will be taken against them and fine will be charged from them,” the release stated.
According to the railway official, many passengers are avoiding the FOB after stamped at Elphinstone station in Mumbai. “We have already deputed Railway Protection Force (RPF) to keep watch if any passengers are crossing railway track and not using the FOBs. As many as around 45 passengers have been fined due to crossing the railway track in last four days,” said an RPF officer.