The Hindu carried a story about MRTS passengers, especially women feeling unsafe because of the dark conditions in and around railway stations at dusk. The story is here.
I believe the story could have been better illustrated with some sensitive photography. To convey the actual atmosphere that passengers and commuters encounter, here are two pictures taken with a Nokia 3500 mobile phone.
Actually, this situation can be overcome by allowing temporary hawking in the dark hours, even on a limited scale. This can be done in the station portico, the parking areas and other desolate corners. These suggestions are particularly relevant on the Beach to Tirumailai (Mylapore) stretch of the MRTS leading to Velachery, which have old-style, poorly illuminated stations.