New Delhi, April 23: Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu who is known for his 'out of box' approach to improve Railway facilities, took everyone by surprise by commuting in a local train on Thursday.
Reportedly, Prabhu boarded Mumbai local at Currey Road station and travelled all the way till Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) station. Railways Minister was present at Currey Road station for a stone laying ceremony for new foot over bridge (FOB).
Media reports say that Prabhu who was on unplanned visit in Mumbai local, interacted with several fellow passengers and heard their grievances. Apparently, he wanted to have first hand experience of travelling in local train and wanted to check what people actually think about available Railway facilities.
To his disappointment, fellow passengers showered him with series of complaints. From poor condition of the railway station premises to filthy urinals and toilets, Prabhu received all types of complaints from commuters.
It is being said that some passengers also offered him seat but he politely refused and kept standing till he deboarded train at CST. One passengers even invited him to marriage ceremony and requested the Minister to grace the occasion.
After deboarding train at CST, Prabhu went to State Secretariat where he along with Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, briefed media about upcoming rail projects in the state.
Railway Minister later announced that his ministry has chalked out a plan to invest Rs 40,000 crore in different projects in Mumbai .
"I belong to this city. And not only me but all my colleagues know what needs to be done so ample attention would also be given to Mumbai", Minister said.