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Mumbai: ‘Behavioral change among commuters needed to curb track-related deaths’

Last week, officials discussed on bringing more foot-overbridges, escalators, subways and dividers between tracks to curb such cases.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
September 27, 2016 2:59:05 am

ALMOST 9,179 trespassing cases have been registered on Western Railway (WR) till August this year, for which almost Rs 33 lakh have been recovered in fine, data recovered from the railways revealed. This comes after an action plan was chalked out by the railways and concerned state government officials last week for bringing down the number of track-related deaths.

While addressing a press conference in Mumbai Central on Monday, Anand Jha, Divisional Security commissioner, Railway Protection Force (RPF), WR, said: “The RPF has done the best it can to stop track related deaths and injury cases. However, a behavioral change in commuters is required to bring down the number of injuries and such cases. People must realise that a major number of incidents occur when people climb onto overcrowded trains,” Jha said.

Last week, officials discussed on bringing more foot-overbridges, escalators, subways and dividers between tracks to curb such cases. Official data states that on an average, 10 people die in railway accidents daily along the suburban route.

“Plans are on to bring as many preventive measures to bring down the number of deaths due to trespassing. However, the state government must realise it is a structural issue,” he added.

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Also, two more RPF stations will come up at Nalasopara and Malad stations. The Mumbai Central RPF centre will be expanded and it will look after Lower Parel, Mahalakshmi, Elphinstone Road and Mumbai Central. “The move is to ensure that safety of suburban passengers is improved at each of these stations. We have tried to increase more staff in these centres,” Jha added.

RPF officials also announced the launching of an e-patrolling application to keep a check on the movement of RPF employees and maximising manpower.

While talking about women security in trains, Jha said jingles encouraging women to report sexual harassment cases will soon start in trains on WR.

A total of 613 cases were registered against alarm pulling in chains till August this year. “Alarm-pulling was majorly observed at Borivali station as the halt of long distance trains there was lesser in comparison to number of passengers boarding or alighting the trains. We have asked for increasing the time of halt at the station,” he said.

A 50 per cent increase in number of commuters held for footboard traveling was seen where 4294 cases were booked till August in comparison to 2364 cases last year. A special driver organised in the month for the same was deemed to be the reason, Jha said.

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