RAIL­WAYS MUST ACT TO PRE­VENT COM­MUTER DEATHS

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - METRO -

It is sad that a youth lost his life af­ter he fell off a crowded train (21-year-old dies af­ter fall from mov­ing lo­cal train, Novem­ber 29). It is said that while alight­ing or board­ing the train, the thumb rule of might is right ex­ists. These fa­tal ac­ci­dents are steadily ris­ing by the day. The sub­ur­ban rail­way man­age­ment should con­sider ways and means to im­prove crowd man­age­ment. De­spite the sub­ur­ban rail­way be­ing one of the big­gest rev­enue earn­ers for the na­tional ex­che­quer, it lacks in­fra­struc­ture. Will the rail­ways wake up to pre­vent com­muter deaths on tracks? the govern­ment res­o­lu­tion is­sued by the ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment on Novem­ber 5, set­ting Novem­ber 30 as the dead­line for the school au­thor­i­ties to see that the stu­dents do not carry bags to schools that are heav­ier than 10% of their weight (Schools want more time to lighten stu­dents’ bag, Novem­ber 29). Some of the schools have squarely blamed the par­ents for pack­ing chil­dren’s bags with un­nec­es­sary items. From their ap­proach, one does get the im­pres­sion that they are not quite se­ri­ous about the prob­lem. Oth­er­wise, it would have been pos­si­ble to give clear guide­lines to par­ents as to what the stu­dents need to bring to school and, on their part, to make ar­range­ments for lock­ers, drink­ing wa­ter, ap­pro­pri­ate time-ta­ble, and so on.

One hopes that the schools will stop dilly-dal­ly­ing on this mat­ter.

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