Mumbai: The number of persons losing their lives and getting injured in railway accidents in Mumbai is putting the railway authorities in a bad light with Government Railway Police (GRP) figures revealing of 25 deaths between Thursday and Saturday. Another 25 were injured in the same span and were lucky to have survived.
“The railway police said that most of the deaths occur due to crowded trains and many were mowed down while crossing the railway tracks,” said a GRP official.
On Saturday, the railway police registered seven track deaths, which included six men and seven were injured. Whereas on Friday, there were a total of 11 track deaths which included nine men and two females. Nine men were injured on the same day, revealed the statistics of the GRP.
The railway activists say that the railway authorities must increase the number of carrying capacity to reduce the overcrowding in the trains which is the main reason for train related accidents.
“There are a total number of 5500 commuters in each local train in Mumbai suburban section and the number of sitting passengers is only 1172. It is important that the railway authorities increase the carrying capacity so that the trains are not overcrowded,” said social activist from the city Samir Zaveri.
Zaveri also pointed out to the Free Press Journal that the authorities can introduce double decker trains for increasing the carrying capacity on the Mumbai’s local trains. The railway activist also raised the problem of lack of Emergency Medical Room (EMR) to provide first aid to victims of railway accidents.
‘There are only 17 EMR’s on the Mumbai’s suburban section which is not enough to the number of train related accidents taking place on Central, Western and Harbour line. It is important that the railway authorities increase the number of EMR’s to save lives,” added Zaveri.
The railway police said that increasing awareness about train related accidents is the only way to curb accidents. “It is important that people pay heed to announcements made in the coaches of the central railway asking commuters not to lean out of running train and to mind the gap between footboard and platform,” said a GRP official.