LKS was awarded the public tender for the refurbishment of twelve railway stations in Mumbai (India)

LKS, in partnership with the local companies XCC Engineers and Planners and Neo Modern Architect, was awarded the public tender "Detailed Design and Drawing for Controlling Trespassing over Railway Tracks of Suburban Railways in Mumbai" called by Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC), subsidiary company of Indian Railways. The scope of the project is the refurbishment of twelve stations in Mumbai city center in order to reduce the high accident rate resulting from unauthorized trespassing over the tracks.

The suburban railway system in Mumbai is one of the most complex and densely used in the world, since it is the only efficient, low-cost and quick means of transport for the citizens. About 7.4 million people use the suburban railway lines to get around every day.

However, the condition of the facilities of some of its stations, the lack of a proper rail transverse permeability within the city and the irresponsible behavior of some of its users cause thousands of died or injured people each year due to uncontrolled trespassing over the tracks. According to MRVC data, in the year 2010, nearly 3,700 people died in the two main lines and the majority of these accidents were caused by improper trespassing over the tracks.

Given this situation and in order to reduce the accident rate, MRVC decided to develop a plan for the refurbishment of 60 stations of its urban area. In the first phase, the plan includes the conditioning of the twelve stations included in this contract, belonging to the Central and Western Railways lines: Dadar Western, Kandivali, Borivali, Bhayandar, Vasai Road, Nallasopara, Dadar Central, Kurla, Kanjurmarg, Thane, Thakurli and Kalyan.

The main actions to undertake include: increasing the transverse permeability of the line (new footbridges), improving the flow of passengers within the station (signaling, reorganization of spaces, elevators and escalators, measures for disabled or extension of platforms), as well as the arrangement of coercive elements in order to prevent from trespassing over unauthorized places (fence between tracks and perimeter enclosure).

The work will be developed by a multidisciplinary team located in various LKS offices: Madrid, San Sebastian, Bilbao and India.

The deadline for the completion of the works is six months.