CR to con­struct 41-km wall to curb tres­pass­ing

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - Aroosa Ahmed

MUM­BAI: To con­trol tres­pass­ing on its sub­ur­ban rail­way tracks, the Cen­tral Rail­way (CR) has be­gun con­struct­ing a 41-km bound­ary wall, along its tracks.

The Rail­way Pro­tec­tion Force (RPF), Gov­ern­ment Rail­way Po­lice (GRP) and rail­way of­fi­cials have iden­ti­fied 139 lo­ca­tions that wit­ness max­i­mum num­ber of tres­pass­ing in­ci­dents daily, along which the 2.7-me­tre-tall wall is be­ing con­structed.

The lo­ca­tions in­clude rail­way tracks be­tween Dadar-matunga, Kurla-vidyav­i­har, Thanekalwa, Wadala-gtb Na­gar, Gtbchun­ab­hatti, sec­tions be­tween Kalyan and Bad­la­pur, Go­vandi sta­tion, Kurla-ti­lak Na­gar sec­tion, Bhandup-nahur, and Di­vakopar sta­tions.

“The bound­ary wall is ex­pected to be com­pleted by March 31. A 41-km wall will be con­structed, of which, 7-kms has been com­pleted. The work is on-go­ing,” said Su­nil Udasi, chief pub­lic re­la­tion of­fi­cer, CR.

Of­fi­cials said that the cost of the project is ap­prox­i­mately ₹35 crore.

The de­ci­sion to con­struct a wall was taken after union rail­way min­is­ter Piyush Goyal, in a meet­ing with rail­way of­fi­cials and se­nior of­fi­cers of GRP on De­cem­ber 13, 2018, di­rected of­fi­cials to con­trol tres­pass­ing on the sub­ur­ban rail­way tracks.

The rail­ways also iden­ti­fied fa­tal­ity spots on its tracks. Apart from the Thane and Kalwa sec­tions, rail­way of­fi­cials said there has been a sub­stan­tial in­crease in the num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties be­tween Kalyan and Bad­la­pur sta­tions.

“While tres­pass­ing oc­curs on many lo­ca­tions, deaths across the tracks oc­cur in spe­cific ar­eas. Tres­pass­ing be­tween Wadalagtb Na­gar and GTB Na­garchun­ab­hatti is max­i­mum, but the deaths due to tres­pass­ing there is min­i­mal, as com­pared to the Thane-kalwa sec­tion. As the shift of pop­u­la­tion is to­wards the north, there has been an in­crease in deaths due to tres­pass­ing and deaths on tracks be­tween Kalyan and Bad­la­pur,” said a se­nior CR of­fi­cial.

Pas­sen­ger as­so­ci­a­tions have wel­comed the move, but asked the rail­ways to use good qual­ity raw ma­te­ri­als. “The walls which were con­structed ear­lier were of stone which the tres­passers and those re­sid­ing along the tracks broke fre­quently. This is a pos­i­tive move,” said Sub­hash Gupta, pres­i­dent, Rail Ya­tri Parishad.

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