Sachin Tendulkar has sanctioned INR 2 crore from his Member of Parliament fund for revamp of rail foot overbridges in Mumbai. The Rajya Sabha MP has appraised Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
In a letter to the Railway Minister, Sachin has stated that he was requesting the Mumbai suburban district collector to authorise INR 2 crore for constructions.
The fund is sanctioned from Sachin’s MP Local Area Development Scheme fund.
On September 29, 23 people were killed in the rush-hour stampede on a narrow foot overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban stations during heavy rain. The incident had moved the former Indian cricketer to initiate the step to avoid a repeat of any such mishap.
Sachin in his letter to the Railway Minister has stated that he was requesting the Mumbai suburban district collector to authorise INR 2 crore for constructions.
The letter states that INR 1 crore each be alloted to Western Railway and Central Railway from his MPLADS fund “towards immediate revamp and construction of FOBs in as many high density, single bridge stations on the Western, Central (Main) and Central (Harbour) lines” that the official may deem urgent.
“The recent incident at the Elphinstone Road station on Western Railway where innocent lives were lost in a stampede was devastating and I am moved to offer immediate support for the improvement of services for our Mumbaikars,” he wrote.
“For the families of those affected, it is not a happy Diwali in any sense, we must do all we can as responsible citizens to ensure this never happens again on any network in India,” Tendulkar said in the letter dated October 16.
In the letter, also sent to the Mumbai suburban district collector, Tendulkar said he has asked the Railway Ministry, Railway Board and zonal heads “to study the possibility of creating two separate independent zones for the suburban services, a request that has been made by several experts, passenger and civil society groups.
“I think there is a merit in this request as it will bring dedicated manpower, funds and focus on the suburban network which ferries millions every single day,” he wrote.
The MPs are allotted INR 5 crore per annum under the MPLAD Scheme, primarily to take up development projects in their respective constituencies.
Sachin has in the past also adopted Puttamraju vari Kandriga village near Gudur in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh Donja village in Maharashtra’s Osmanabad district, making vital contributions from his MPLAD fund for betterment of the villages.