MRVC has claimed that the congestion in Mumbai’s locals has reduced by 14% due to the introduction of the new rakes.It is difficult to comment on the genuinity of this claim as the sample size is too less, and possibility of error while counting the people in a crowded coach it too high.
It may not seem so in this sweltering heat but your local commute just got easier. An extensive survey conducted by the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation through mid-March to April, and across Central, Western and Harbour lines has revealed that the density of commuters per rake has dropped by 14 per cent as compared to last year.
Mumbai’s suburban railway system has one of the highest densities of commuters per train in the world, to the extent that “packed like sardines” has become the most common phrase to describe the commuters in our locals. But now, the survey reveals, the number of commuters per train has dropped from 4,700 to 4,100.
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