Thane rail­way sta­tion recorded 357 deaths last year: Po­lice

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - Shashikant kothekar shashikant.kothekar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Dom­bivli res­i­dent Rahul Patil, 23, crosses rail­way track ev­ery day. He takes a CST fast lo­cal and gets down at Thane.

He crosses the rail­way track and jumps to plat­form 9 or 10 to board Thane-Vashi train.

“I know cross­ing tracks is dan­ger­ous. If I get down at plat­form num­ber six and use the foot over­bridge to reach plat­form num­ber 10, it will take 15-20 min­utes. Cross­ing track is a short-cut for me,” said Patil.

Like Rahul, many pas­sen­gers risk their lives ev­ery day.

As per the Thane rail­way po­lice, a to­tal of 357 deaths were recorded in 2015. The Thane rail­way po­lice sta­tion caters to more than 7 lakh pas­sen­gers daily with only 152 per­son­nel.

“There are 11 rail­way sta­tions un­der our ju­ris­dic­tion. The ma­jor one is Thane sta­tion which sees 7 lakh pas­sen­gers ev­ery day,” said SS Tond­valkar, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor Thane rail­way po­lice.

“We have to pa­trol sta­tions in­clud­ing Kalwa, Mum­bra, Diva and Airoli. And also we have to cover Diva-Pan­vel route till Kalam­boli,” said Tond­valkar.

The rail­ways and the po­lice have been spread­ing aware­ness about safety and have been ap­peal­ing to com­muters to use foot over­bridges and sub­ways.

“We have been telling peo­ple not to cross rail­way track, use foot over­bridges and not to board mov­ing trains. But, peo­ple do not fol­low rules,” said a rail­way of­fi­cial from Thane sta­tion.

Thane Pas­sen­gers’ As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Milind Bal­lal said that only spread­ing aware­ness is not the so­lu­tion. “Pas­sen­gers are in­creas­ing and ser­vices are not enough. The foot over­bridges on plat­forms are al­ways crowded. In­creas­ing the fre­quency of trains and build­ing wider foot over bridges are some so­lu­tions,” said Bal­lal.

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