March 2017 deadline for project to cut track deaths at 12 stations
In a significant development aimed at reducing deaths on tracks on the suburban railway network, the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) — the planning authority for suburban railways — will complete its trespass-control project at 12 stations on the Western Railway (WR) and Central Railway (CR) by March 2017.
For suburban commuters, it will also mean hassle-free access to platforms, less crowded bridges and improved east-west connectivity, which will in effect reduce trespassing-related accidents. The India’s Amit Mishra (centre), Virat Kohli (right) and Manish Pandey celebrate a NZ wicket during the 5th ODI at Visakhapatnam on Saturday. trespass-control project is being implemented at Dadar, Kandivli, Borivli, Bhayander, Vasai Road and Nallasopara on WR, while on CR, it is being implemented at Dadar, Kurla, Thane, Thakurli, Kalyan and Kanjurmarg stations.
With more than 6,000 cases of deaths and injuries recorded every year, railway track crossing is a major concern for suburban railways. Under the trespass-control project, attempts are being made to prevent commuters from crossing tracks by building more foot over bridges (FoBs), installing escalators, penalising commuters caught trespassing and undertaking awareness campaigns.
According to a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report tabled in the Parliament, 33,445 people died on tracks on the suburban rail network between 2010-11 and 2014-15 of which 17,638, or 53%, incidents were on the Mumbai suburban section.