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Central Railway officials to probe rising commuter deaths

On November 5, MRPS wrote a complaint to Ojha, asking authorities to probe the reasons behind the deaths of commuters between Kalwa, Mumbra and Diva railway stations.

Written by SANTOSHEE GULABKALI MISHRA | Mumbai |
November 8, 2015 1:40:03 am

AFTER receiving reports regarding the death of commuters at Kalwa, Mumbra and Diva stations, senior Central Railway (CR) officials on Saturday re-visited the stations during peak hours to probe the issue brought to light by the Mumbai Railway Pravasi Sangh (MRPS) during a recent meeting with Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Amitabh Ojha, from the Mumbai division of CR.

On November 5, MRPS wrote a complaint to Ojha, asking authorities to probe the reasons behind the deaths of commuters between Kalwa, Mumbra and Diva railway stations.Records available with MRPS reveals that 295 commuters have lost their lives between Kalwa and Mumbra stations in the last 10 months.

A team of experts and senior officials from operations and signalling inspected the tracks and signals of Kalwa, Mumbra and Diva stations on November 6 and stated that overcrowding at these stations could be a reason behind the deaths. “It is the most neglected corridor by CR. The population of Kalwa and Mumbra has increased 10-fold in the past few years, but services and basic facilities have not been provided by the Thane Municipal Corporation as well as the Railway. In 2014, the death toll was 348 between same corridor,” said Madhu Kotian, MRPS president.

santoshee.mishra@expressindia.com

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First published on: 08-11-2015 at 01:40:03 am

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