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Published on 09 Jul 2015 | about 1 year ago

Track safety is a very real danger for many rural and semi-urban folks in India. Railway track safety is a burning issue as many people cross railway lines on foot and carrying their bicycles. They do not use railway level crossings. Others cross railways tracks to get to trains on the other side of a platform without using the overhead bridges. We need to highlight this and what better way to do so than through a gruesome clip like this? We need to frighten the wits out of people so they follow the railway laws and the provided infrastructure on one hand, and the railway ministry in India needs to tighten up on their infrastructure on the other hand. We hope change will happen, in time...

A human being is the casualty of a train incident. The number of effected people was 2,062 on the Central Railway and 1,237 on the Western Railway, the total of which comes to 3,299 in 2014.

"I do agree that the figure is worrying. There is a need to improve infrastructure by constructing more Foot Over Bridges (FOB), manning railway cross gates, building more safety walls. Besides, the most important thing is sensitising the passengers that how seriously change their lives if they do not follow safety norms."

Central Railway spokesperson A K Singh laid emphasis on creating awareness among the commuters. "Commuters do not use available FOBs risking their lives. We have constructed boundary walls at major junctions. We are doing everything best we could do to better our service," Singh claimed.

The causes of the incident are many. Maximum number of commuters lost their lives while crossing railway tracks with the figure being 1,912 followed by passengers falling from moving trains with 797 such cases reported.

These incidents should be seen more seriously than terrorism. Suburban rail network has been neglected since long. It needs urgent attention," said Rajiv, who is also a member of Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee (DRUCC), which works for welfare of passengers. Another rail activist Shailesh Goyal said passengers have exceeded the railway capacity and the network was not in a position to accommodate any more commuters.

"Its capacity needs to be strengthened, besides creating awareness among the commuters. Need to build infrastructure so that passengers do not cross the tracks. Otherwise the Railway will continue to lose many lives," he said. He suggested that there should be emergency medical centres at main railway junctions such as Dadar, Virar, Mumbai central, Kurla and Kalyan among others so that the victim can be treated at the earliest after an accident.

Source : dnaindia.com

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