Frayed tempers and daily frustration boiled over and WR services were disrupted when people agitated at borivli and blocked tracks leading to more train cancellations.
TOI has a major coverage of the event read its epaper
Wednesday’s agitation started when the 9.10 am fast train was cancelled, leading to chaos. .. Thats just one fast train! And women took the lead
Thousands of Borivli commuters, fed up of being taken literally for a ride every day, refused to budge from the tracks in a spontaneous protest sparked by a cancelled train that forced Western Railway to take notice.
‘passengers raised slogans, they were not violent. The police ruthlessly attacked us and resorted to a lathicharge. A few of the agitators were not even on the tracks… the police chased commuters waiting on the platforms. They hit everyone mercilessly, not even caring if they were male or female
Nitin Sonawane TOI
The problem started at 8 am when few Borivali trains were cancelled and the other Borivali trains were arriving on platform No 8. The passengers were irate by the fact that Virar-bound locals coming on platform number 1, 2 and 3 were jam-packed. At least, 12 lakh people had been hit by the disruption. … mid day
NDTV as their name suggests, just talked about the disturbance it caused to a commission earning commuter without focusing on the core issue .. overcrowding as defined by Super-Dense Crush Load of 14 to 16 standing passengers per square meter of floor space and World record passenger traffic density.
The Mumbaikar (im counting people of all castes and creeds that have lived for atleast 2 decades) is the best most cooperative citizen of India, and generally following rule of law and the likes, but hey his patience can also be tested and yesterday it cracked.
To understand why this happened chk out this video taken at Vasai station while standing in a fast train at 7:10 in the morning, it is way worse at churchgate during the evening rush hour
Some foreigners have even made it a part of their incredible India visit
Uncontrolled migration and rapid growth of population has meant unorganised and uncontrolled development of new and massive suburbs to Mumbai. You dont have to search for them , just chk out the property pages and u will get adverts for houses in areas like Ghorbunder road, Thane, etc on Central Railways, Virar , Mira Bhayandar, Nala Sopara,Vashi on Western railways, Nerul, Juinagar and even Panvel and Kharghar etc in New Bombay . See the railnet map to get a better idea.
Though the taxes and stamp duties valuation always catch up or in some cases even exceed the actual psf rates of flates, the problem here is that the basic infrastructure never seems to catch up with this rapid development and once in a while frustration boils over and we haves some strike dharna or agitation somewhere for the dire basics like pani, rasta and gutter and most often of Rail and bus connectivity.
I have lost count on the number of Bomb blasts mumbai has suffered but hey who really cares about Mumbais security ? The police bosses, who are overeager to lathi charge angry mobs demanding the very basics ? apparently not.. chk out Funds for police development diverted
But who wants to listen to the mumbai commuters woes ? …Bihar (indian) rail ministry? naa Lalooji is too busy getting loco factories in his home constituency Madhepura on fast track … the Central Govt which manufactures Shanghai dreams is worried that mumbai wont give more taxes thanks to the recession ? or the state govt wants is more taxes in form of octroi and stamp duties and of course to guarantee loans of non performing rural Cooperatives run by ministers?