Provide more compartments for women in Mumbai Suburban Locals for safe, comfortable travel

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Dear all,

As of 2011, the sex ratio of Mumbai stood at 850 Women for every 1000 Men. The ratio of female commuters to male commuters in Mumbai Suburban locals would be close to this as well. While the count of women commuters is rising steadily, there is hardly any provision made to accomodate the additional women commuters. The number of Ladies compartments continue to be restricted to about 2 in the local trains and in case of First Class Ladies compartments, there are only 3 quarter compartments allocated in the Central Line (Not even one entire compartment!)

Statistics say that over 4,500 passengers are packed into a 9-car rake during peak hours, as against the rated carrying capacity of 1,700.On average, about 2,000 people die annually on the Mumbai Suburban Rail network; between 2002 and 2012, more than 36,152 people died and 36,688 people were injured. Nearly four lakh — or close to one-fourth — of women commuters have suffered harassment while travelling on Mumbai’s local trains or at train stations, according to a gender-equality survey by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) for the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC), a body that works on improving suburban railway services.

In such circumstances, it is necessary to provide women with more space to travel safely and comfortably. While general compartments are open to women, they are often very crowded in peak hours with majority of male passengers and hence do not serve as a lucrative option for women to travel comfortably and safely.

It is my sincere plea to the honorable CM of Maharashtra Mr. Devendra Fadnavis and honorable Minister of Railways Mr. Suresh Prabhu to please help us increase the number of compartments allocated to women (both First Class and Second Class) in Mumbai Suburban Locals to ensure safe and comfortable travel for women. It would be great if we can double up the number of coaches currently allocated to women.

I request you all to support this cause wholeheartedly!

Warm Regards,

Mona Aiyar