Mumbai: Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu, who is doing his level best to improve the services offered by the Indian Railways, took everyone by surprise by travelling in a local train here on Thursday.
According to media reports, Prabhu boarded a train from Currey Road station – where he was present for a stone laying ceremony for new foot over bridge (FOB) – all the way till Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) station.
Prabhu, whose train ride was an unplanned event, also interacted with commuters so as to get a first-hand experience of the problems faced by them while travelling in local trains.
During the journey, the co-travellers complained to him about everything from the poor condition of the rails to filthy urinals and toilets.
Interestingly, a commuter also invited him to a wedding and requested the minister to accept it.
The commuters later offered Prabhu a seat, but he politely refused and kept standing all the way till CST.
Prabhu later alighted at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) from where he left for Mantralaya (State Secretariat), where he, along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, briefed media on upcoming rail projects in the state.