Early morning jog and travel is adored by many as they offer freshness and also proves to be healthy. People of Navi Mumbai also travel long distances for their jobs or attend colleges, but the early morning freshness goes for a toss as the slum dwellers near railway stations pose a problem for these commuters.
The atmosphere turns murky as soon as commuters get off at the station as they have to go through offensive smell. Naturally, it spoils their day. The reason for this pungent smell is the slum dwellers who use the area near railway tracks as lavatory and even throw garbage on tracks. The area between Thane and Airoli is affected badly as commuters travelling by trains find it difficult to pass the area without holding their hands to their noses to avoid the smell.
A commuter said, “I work at Koparkhairane and travel daily from Dombivli. The place between Thane and Airoli stinks badly during peak hours and this disappoints me.”
This problem has been around since a long time but no action has been taken by the railway authorities or Cidco. Not only the area between Thane and Airoli but other nodes too are affected.
A similar problem is faced by the people staying in Mumbai but the issue to consider is that Navi Mumbai is a newly-developed city but such issues still arise.
Sanjeev Mishra, an Airoli resident, said, “I travel to Vikhroli via Thane daily. I have been staying in Airoli since childhood. The area has not witnesses any change and I am used to it.”
Priyanka Haware, a resident of Dombivli, said, “Every morning I have to go through the offensive smell and it is unbearable.”
Bhagyashree Gaikwad, a college student from Nerul, said, “Everyday I travel from the same route as it is easier for me, but the smell irks me. There should be some solution for this problem.”
The railway officer was unavailable for comments.
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The atmosphere turns murky as soon as commuters get off at the station as they have to go through offensive smell. Naturally, it spoils their day
The reason for this pungent smell is the slum dwellers who use the area near railway tracks as lavatory and even throw garbage on the tracks.