Youth comes up with solution for crowded trains Staffer steals `17 lakh from Rabale company
Nishant Bangera, 24, travels from Thane to Ghatkopar or Kalyan every day.
In the past five years, the Thane resident has seen passengers increase. The crushing peak-hour crowd got worse day by day.
When a youth from Dombivli fell from a crowded train in November last year, he knew he had to do something else more people will lose their lives in a similar way.
What he noticed was almost all passengers carry big bags which occupy half the space. If the bags are kept on the rack, it will give more space to those who are standing.
He has come up with a campaign, Bag pakad, jagah bana, so that it will give commuters who are standing some relief.
His campaign also encourages those who are sitting to take bags of those commuters who are standing and struggling to hold their bags and hold on to the bar.
“I have written to the public relations officer of the Central Railway. I will soon meet him to discuss my plan,” said Bangera, who works with a private firm in
Nishant Bangera, 24, shows the letter he gave to the Central Railway.
Andheri. “Committees have been set up to discuss the many deaths on tracks but the results are not visible. I am trying to be a part of the solution and not waiting for authorities to take action,” he added.
Thane railway station sees more than 7 lakh commuters very day. Water melons and mangoes flood the APMC market in Vashi. With the temperatures soaring, the demand for these fruits, too, soars.
In 2015, Thane reported 357 deaths, Dombivli 181 and Kalyan 438 due to various reasons such as crossing track and falling from trains. In 2016 till January, Thane recorded 29 deaths, Dombivli 10 and Kalyan 33.
He has already started spreading awareness about his campaign among commuters. Many have welcomed the move even before it is implemented.
Aishwarya Iyer, 20, a TYBMM student from Kalyan, travels in crowded trains every day.
“I have been traveling from Kalyan to Ghatkopar every day for the past three years. I don’t even get space to stand. The campaign tells people who are sitting to allow those standing to keep the bags on the rack above. This way more space can be created,” Iyer said.
What 23-year-old Amritha Mohan, a Mulund resident who travels to Thane and Kalyan for work, has noticed is that those who are sitting place their bags on the racks, not allowing those who are standing to use the rack.
“It’s been two years since I have been travelling by train on this route. It is high time each commuter understood the problem and became open to solution,” she said, supporting the campaign.
A Government Railway Police officer from Thane railway station, who did not wish to be named, said: “The initiative by the youth is good but commuters should follow it. We are also keeping a tab on those who form groups in train and travel. We have been receiving complaint about them as they do not allow anyone to sit or even stand between two seats,” he said.
“They also block the door and it always leads to fights. They do not allow people to get down at Dombivli and will block the door till Mumbra. We have kept plainclothesmen to keep a watch on such people,” he said.
The Rabale MIDC police have registered a case on Friday after an employee of a private company stole Rs16.9 lakh from its locker.
According to the police, the owner of the company, Sashikant Israni, 45, knew the accused very well and had hired him last year. Both of them are from same place in Karnataka.
The company, Omkar Power Services House, mainly repairs electric generators.
“To expand his business, Israni had a taken a loan of Rs 17 lakh last year and kept the cash in a locker inside the premises,” said one police officer from Rabale MIDC police station.
As the accused was a trusted employee of Israni, he was allowed to sleep on the premises at night.
He knew where the cash was kept. One night he cut the lower portion of the locker with a machine and stole the cash from it.
After that he took leave before Diwali last year and left for his hometown in Karnataka.
“Israni realized the theft after the accused left for his hometown. He then tried to contact him several times, but to no avail.
He himself too visited his residence, but could not meet him. Frustrated, he finally approached us and registered a complaint,” the officer said.
“A case under section 381 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the accused. We are now planning to send one team to Karnataka searching for the accused.
We are confident of solving the case very soon,” another senior police officer said.