Aditya wants separate coaches for senior citizens
Mumbai, December 03, 2010First Published: 02:00 IST(3/12/2010)
Last Updated: 02:01 IST(3/12/2010)
Almost two months after his political debut, Aditya Thackeray, chief
of the Yuva Sena — the youth wing of the Shiv Sena — has asked for few
railway coaches to be reserved for students and senior citizens at all
times. Aditya, 20, grandson of Sena supremo, Bal Thackeray put forth
through a letter signed by 70,000 Mumbaiites, to Union railways
minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday at Parliament house in New Delhi.
Sena Members of Parliament, including Sanjay Raut, Chandrakant Khaire,
Subhash Wankhede and Bhawna Gawli accompanied him.
Aditya told Banerjee that there was a need for better facilities for
for students and senior citizens travelling by trains in the country
across metros. He also said there were several student deaths that
have taken place while travelling on trains, and it is difficult for
them to travel with books and heavy bags in overcrowded compartments.
"There should be compartments reserved for students, both from
colleges, schools and senior citizens. Students should be allowed to
avail of the facilities six days a week, 12 hours a day. Senior
citizens should be allowed to use it 365 days a year," he said.
Banerjee promised Aditya that she would look in to his demand but she
explained that there was a huge shortage of coaches and meeting this
request would take a few years. She also said it would be difficult
for authorities to make sure these compartments were used only by
Aditya said she should consider the plan on an experimental basis to
begin with. If Aditya gets this request across, it will mean brownie
points for the Shiv Sena for the 2012 Mumbai civic elections.
I came to know of Aditya, thanks to his interest in Senior citizens.
Sometimes Senior citizens are very ignorant, like me and a lady I met
in Syndicate bank today. She was a senior citizen, asked me to lend my
pen and I obliged. While writing the cheque she asked me for the date
I said "Three", then for month, I said "December" and then asked for
the year I said "2010". She said, "Thanks, we have n't yet come to
2011?!" Some people lose sense of time, as time stands still - but
this was too much.
Dr P Vyasamoorthy, 30 Gruhalakshmi Colony Secunderabad 500015 Ph
040-27846631 / 9490804278.
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