Why can’t Railways use foreign technology to fix gap between footboard, platform, asks Bombay high court

Concerned with the dangerous gap between footboard of local trains and the edge of platforms in Mumbai, the Bombay high court (HC) on Tuesday asked the railway administration why it could not deploy the technology used in foreign countries, where there is hardly any gap between suburban trains and platforms.

“In foreign countries, there is hardly any gap between the footboard of suburban trains and the edge of the platforms,” said a division bench of Justice Naresh Patil and Justice Girish Kulkarni. “If we are on a par with the developed world in many ways, why can’t the railway administration bring in the technology used in those countries and prevent the fatalities,” it said.