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Posted: Jun 16 2019 (00:26)

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Jun 16 2019 (00:25)   Number of fatalities due to trespassing rly. track increases - The Hindu

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The public crossing railway track despite various awareness programmes being conducted to prevent such act.  | Photo Credit: E_LakshmiNarayanan
Despite repeated efforts and awareness by the Railway security forces, there has been a significant increase the number of fatalities due to railway track crossing in Salem division.
According to statistics, till May this year, 208 persons have died due to trespassing railway tracks at various places in the Salem division, while 140 persons died during the corresponding period last year. According to officials, 247 persons died due to negligence including trespassing
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and falling from trains in the division. In 2018, till May, 192 persons died. During the whole year in 2018, 471 cases were recorded and in 2017, 487 cases were recorded.
According to railway officials, despite repeated efforts and awareness programmes at accident prone areas, fatalities continue to increase due to negligence from the part of the public.
H.Srinivasa Rao, Divisional Security Commissioner, said that the public were not realising the seriousness of the issue. Following the increase in incidents, places where such incidents were occurring at large numbers were identified and awareness programmes were conducted in the area. The trains would also whistle at such places to alert persons on or nearby tracks.
He added that at nights, the public would not be able to judge the speed of the train based on the headlight or the sound. Often, people think that the train was a few distance away based on its light, but by the time they moved away from the tracks, the train would have run over them.
According to analysis conducted by the railway officials, the Tiruppur - Uthukuli section was found to be most vulnerable in the Salem division with 23 incidents getting reported in five months.
The Railways is aiming at reducing the run over cases by 50% by 2020. Based on various drives they have conducted, Railway security forces have arrested 95 persons for footboard travelling in five months and imposed a fine of ₹48,000. They have also arrested 146 persons for trespassing railway tracks and collected fines up to ₹86,000.

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