Target: Snehal Ambekar, Mayor of Mumbai, India
Goal: Upgrade outdated commuter rail system to provide passengers with safer transportation
The railway transportation systems are an ongoing issue in the crowded cities of India, in that they are not advancing with the times and cause fatalities every year due to the present unsafe railway conditions. The government of Mumbai is seeking to upgrade their current railway system.
The present conditions of the railway transportation system in the crowded city of Mumbai, India, are quite unsafe. For instance, the city’s suburban trains are built to hold up to 1,700 people, but during rush hours more than 4,000 passengers precariously cram into these trains. The standard trains in the city do not have air-conditioning or doors on the cars. Due to the lack of train doors, hundreds of residents die every year from falling off the trains.
Although the solution of installing train doors exists, train officials are afraid that having doors on the trains will cause unbearable heat inside, which would result in serious health issues. Currently, operations by Western Railway are underway with testing trains with doors and ventilation, but with no air conditioning.
Some problems with remodeling the current railway system in Mumbai arise from the fact that the city’s standard rail tracks are broader than the standard rail tracks that are used by the rest of the world. Another problem with the current railway transportation problem is the lack of air-conditioning. In a survey conducted by Western Railway, residents responded that they would prefer having air-conditioned train commutes but would rather put up with the heat than to pay for the additional cost of air-conditioning. The train officials are debating on how they would have to price the train tickets to make up for the additional cost if air-conditioning is installed, since air-conditioned commutes would cost at least four times the current standard train commute.
Please sign the petition below to urge the government of Mumbai, India, to pursue the successful completion of a more humane and efficient railway transportation system. The current unsafe conditions of the railway transportation system in Mumbai are long overdue for an upgrade, and may continue to cause fatalities if left in its present condition.
Dear Mr. Snehal Ambekar,
Transportation is a major issue anywhere in the world, especially in large urban areas. In Mumbai, the fifth most populous city in the world, the transportation problem is exacerbated by the fact that the train system technology is lagging far behind modern technology and is causing major safety problems. Hundreds of residents die every year due to the lack of train doors and overcrowding of the train cars.
I urge you to please successfully update the current railway transportation system in Mumbai. Numerous precious lives can be saved by upgrading to safer urban traveling conditions.
[Your Name Here]
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