MUMBAI: Mumbai Metro One (MM1), which is building the first metro line ( Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar), has agreed to a demand by citizen groups to ensure more guards at project sites near schools.
At a meeting at Chakala in Andheri, the citizens pointed out that precautions should be taken to ensure against injuries to school children. “The guards should be particularly vigilant when schools open and close, as there is a rush of children onto the streets,” said James John, an activist from Agni.
Earlier this year, two schoolboys drowned in a stagnant pool of water at a project site along the metro route.
The public meeting on Sunday sought to sort out issues which the public have with respect to the metro rail project, which is 11.55 km long and has 12 stations along its route.
Others who participated in the discussion with MM1 officials included Manali Gaikwad (Pansheel Mahila Mandal), Ladislaus Pereira (Gondowli village gaothan, Andheri) and activist Rishi Agarwal.
John pointed out that there was greater need for safety precautions at project sites as there are many metal objects lying on the road after barricades are removed. Agarwal said there was need for better debris management. He remarked that project site management was more efficient during the Delhi Metro’s construction.
Pereira said people in Andheri (W) find it difficult to walk along from Gondowli Lane 3 to the Western Express highway as there was muck and sewerage on the roads during the construction work. He displayed video footage on the problems pedestrians face while walking along the road near the metro rail project.
Agarwal remarked that elected representatives should take greater interest in how large projects which come up in their constituencies adversely affect lives of people in the area.
Mumbai Metro officials said they were keen to sort out the issue of debris management.