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Dec 13 2016 (09:13)  327 jailed, Rs 33L fines recovered on CR this year (
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Data submitted before the Bombay high court recently has shown that 327 persons were jailed and fines of over Rs 33.4 lakh were imposed on Central Railway suburban commuters this year by the Railway Protection Force (RPF).
There were 11,634 offences registered for trespassing and 1,848 cases were lodged against commuters for travelling on the rooftop and foot-board. Under section 147 of the Railways Act, trespassing on railways is punishable with a jail term of up to six months andor fines of Rs500-1,000. Those who illegally cross tracks are usually charged for this offence. Travelling on the roof, step or footboard of a train is a crime under section 156 of the law and is punishable with a jail term of up
to three months andor fine of Rs500.“RPF personnel are regularly conducting preventive as well as punitive drives against trespassers and passengers travelling on the footboardrooftop,“ the CR report said.
As per statistics for the year, till November, crossing railway tracks led to the highest number of injuries and deaths, with 1311 cases, followed by 1,127 cases of falling from overcrowded trains. This year also witnessed 51cases of electrocution injuries and deaths, a jump of around 168% from last year.
Railway officials told court that they had taken a series of measures to stop people from crossing tracks, like constructing boundary walls and fencing, and providing facilities for passengers, like escalators and elevators at stations. There were also plans for footover bridges at many stations.
According to CR, between 2009-16, it had constructed and repaired 19,297 metres of boundary wall. Fencing between tracks had been provided at 21 stations on the Central and Harbour lines; and 154 platforms have the optimum height of 900mm. “The earlier schedule of dimensions for height of platform from track was 760840mm. This was revised after various trials to 840-920mm.However, considering various aspects, the committee appointed by the high court had recommended the optimum height as 900mm,“ the report said.
Escalators had been provided at 14 stations and had been sanctioned for 36. There are elevators for commuters at three stations. CR told court that it required assistance from authorities like BMC, MMRDA and CIDCO for constructing FOBs and boundary walls.
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