Civic issues, Features and Personalities of Navi Mumbai
As the problems of commuters in railways are increasing, Kerala Cultural Society of Panvel conducted a Dharma along with other Malayalee organizations to open the eyes of Authorities into the issues. The protests were conducted at Panvel railway station under the leadership of Gajanan Babar, M.P. Of Panvel and Prashant Thakur, Panvel M.L.A.
The protests were to bring the notice of the railway authorities, regarding the problems facing by the general public as a whole, who uses the railway as way of transport. On Tuesday, the Dharma was held with about 100 people from different part of the city. The protesters urged the railway to introduce freezer cabin facilities to carry dead bodies to their native places, as it recently found difficult to transport dead bodies.
Panvel is a crucial junction of railways and needs immediate notice into its infrastructure development and basic requirements. It has played a crucial role in the development of the Navi Mumbai city and is expected to do more in the future. About 7 lakh of keralities dwelling between Thane, Navi Mumbai and Karjat are using Panvel as a junction to reach Kerala and other southern states of India. Major problems are about the security, sanitation, medical and non availability of tickets for the journeys.
The dharna against the non cooperation of the railway authorities towards railway commuters presented difficulties being faced during journeys like thefts in the train, nuisance against the ladies, and non availability of medical facilities. They were also demanding for new trains to be allotted the railway budget. Need for new trains to connect Panvel with southern parts of the country, due to non availability of tickets to these areas.
Manoj Kumar, president of K.C.S. Of Panvel, said “we are not presenting any new demands. But we are requesting for demands which we are presenting for last six years. From the President of India and to all concerned authorities we have submitted our needs. But most of them remained in papers only.”
“We were compelled towards a Dharma by halting trains from Panvel. But we took a peaceful way of protest, as Railway authorities understood our demands and promised in written form to solve those problems. But main problems are still remaining to be addressed” he said.
The dharna also requested for the infrastructure development of Panvel Railway station and development of Konkan railways for the convenience of people travelling. the railway has promised to install new 10 ticket vending machines in Panvel railway station, as most of the machines are damaged. They have also promised to provide drinking water for long route trains in every station.
Gajanan Babar, M.P. Of Panvel, promised all the support to organization and commuters to fulfill their needs and demands in the journey.
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