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Jan 24, 2013 at 09:20am IST

Mumbai's public transport system in a mess, local train accidents increase

Mumbai: The public transport system in Mumbai is in a complete mess. Local train accidents in Mumbai have increased by 8 per cent in the past one year. Adding to the woes, there has been no addition to the city's fleet of buses in 4 years.

Overcrowded trains with people jostling their way through the already choc-o-bloc stations is a common scene in Mumbai. A slight change in the train schedule results in a mayhem. The acute shortage of buses has further added to the woes of Mumbaikars.

Urban Planner Daryl De Monte says, "There was a point of time when 85 per cent of people in Mumbai used public transport but that is not the case anymore."

Lack of proper transportation has resulted in casualties on the tracks as well as roads. Here are some of the shocking statistics:

- Casualties on Central Railway have increased by 8 per cent from 2011 to 2012.

- A NCRB study suggests that the city recorded the highest number of accidental deaths between 2007 and 2011.

- BEST hasn't added new buses to its fleet in the past four years.

Urban planners say that multiple agencies handled by different political parties are responsible for the current mess. "The government of the day is responsible as well as previous governments have been responsible for this. There is absolutely no planning involved," Daryl De Monte said.

Several big ticket projects like the monorail, eastern freeway are already underway and are expected to be completed by end of this year. But the big question remains whether it would be enough to decongest Mumbai's roads and overcrowded trains. Mumbaikars would certainly hope they have a smoother and comfortable ride this year.