March 2017 dead­line for project to cut track deaths at 12 sta­tions

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Pra­jakta Ku­nal Rane pra­jakta.cha­van@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

SUBHENDU GHOSH/HT

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