thane-rail-line-2It was a great day for commuters of the Thane Turbhe Rail Line as new locals were flagged off on the route. The Thane Turbhe Rail Line was commissioned two years ago with just one train on the route. However, with time, the demand on the route grew tremendously. There was a need to increase the frequency on the route by 8. However, despite inconvenience to commuters no authority paid heed to it more so as there were no political parties to make noise over it. Finally, left with no choice, commuters of the route led by mostly women commuters staged a rail rook andolan to draw the attention of railway authorities to their demands. While the protest shook the railway administration, it also woke up the political parties. Shiv Sena finally came forward to support the commuters even as MP Prakash Paranjpe raised the issue in Delhi Darbar. Even Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik convened a meeting about this with railway officials and CIDCO at Mantralaya. Finally, the railways gave in to the demands and have increased one local on this route. The local was symbolically flagged of by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Union Railway Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav in an event in Mumbai. The train that left from Thane had several Sena and BJP leaders travelling in it. MP Prakash Paranjpe who too was boarded on the train was welcomed at the Vashi Railway Station by city Sena workers.


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