Despite railways’ efforts,track-crossing on the rise

The railways’ attempt to curb trespassing seems to be a failure as the commuters continue to cross the tracks.

Written by Prashant Rangnekar | Mumbai | Published: March 26, 2009 12:06 am

The railways’ attempt to curb trespassing seems to be a failure as the commuters continue to cross the tracks. Though the deaths due to trespassing have declined marginally,the number of injured persons has increased steadily.

On Monday,Jyothi Shetty (33),a pathologist at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)-run Bhabha Hospital lost her legs after a local train ran over her feet. Shetty was trying to cross the track.

However,the railways claimed that it has been taking stringent action against the trespassers,but the attempts seem to be proving half-hearted. For instance,at smaller stations like Kalwa and Kanjurmarg,the railways has barricaded the station area to avoid people crossing the track. But it has left open space for its own people to cross the tracks.

The WR has five level crossings while the CR has seven level crossings. These level crossings allow the commuters and vehicles to cross the tracks. “Whenever we try to close the level crossings,the people do not allow us to do so,” said a railway official. He also cited the example of a level crossing at Oshiwara. Here the residents are not allowing the railways to close the level crossing. The WR officials declined to comment on the issue due to a pending litigation in the High Court.

The WR,too,has carried out its Anmol Jeevan drive under which 2448 cases were registered. “We have been taking steps like carrying out drive,” said Shriniwas Mudgerikar,chief spokesperson,CR. But these drives are not regular. Plus,they are mostly carried out in major stations.

“We have also undertaken the construction of cement concrete boundary walls. A 7-foot wall with 1.5 foot barbed wire has been constructed at locations like Sandhurst Road-Byculla,Matunga-Sion,Mulund-Thane and Sewri-Makhurd. A new wall is being constructed in the Kurla-Thane section also,” said Mudgerikar.

Whenever railways construct a wall,miscreants break it to cross the tracks. “They should understand the risk before crossing the track. It results in death of the person,” added Mudgerikar.

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