Mumbai rail authorities want fare hike for better maintenance of assets

By Shashank Rao  www.mid-day.com

Mumbai: Rail authorities in Mumbai want fare hike for better maintenance of assets like tracks, rails, signals and overhead cables. On November 5 there was another case of rail fracture that affected punctuality of local trains.

Railway Ministry has asked the CR authorities to chalk out an immediate plan to tackle maintenance and technical issues.

The problems faced by the 42 lakh rail commuters of Central Railway will now be addressed by the Railway ministry in Delhi. After yet another case of technical snag, this time rail fracture near Dockyard Road station on November 5, the railway ministry called the CR authorities to explain reasons.

Ironically on the same day the General Manager of CR, SK Sood apparently once again stated the need for a fare hike to balance out with other modes of transport in Mumbai. On Wednesday afternoon, there was a rail fracture – a crack on rail tracks – on platform 2 of Dockyard Road station. “This happened at 3.40pm and was rectified at 3.52pm. There were no cancellations,” said AK Singh, PRO, Central Railway. More info

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