KOLKATA WANTED 10 RAKES YOU PAID FOR; RLY PANEL SAID ‘NO’

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By Kamal Mishra  http://www.mumbaimirror.com/

While Mumbaikars face a scrum inside crammed compartments even after paying a cess to fund better services, the Railway Board has allotted 10 new rakes that were meant for Central Railway’s local division to other cities, a report on increasing fatal falls has revealed.

The report’s authors — a highprofile committee that includes four MPs, top railway officials and BMC chief — have termed the re-allotment “not acceptable”, and listed several factors that are plaguing CR’s suburban network.

The report was recently submitted to the Bombay High Court, which is hearing a petition on poor rail safety.

The 10 Siemens rakes are part of a batch of 68 that CR was originally supposed to get by March 2017. It is now likely to get 58. According to a railway official, the Board wants to send most of the 10 rakes to Kolkata even though the Maharashtra government partly paid for them under Mumbai Urban Transport Project-I (MUTP-I), a massive road and rail development programme supported by World Bank. More info

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