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Dec 14 2016 (10:37)  Most casualties at Thane and Kalyan stations, CR tells HC (
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Thane, Kalyan, Kurla, Diva stations and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) topped the charts with most injuries and deaths on the Central Railway suburban lines this year. The good news is that four of the 10 stations that witnessed more than 100 accidents in 2015 reported fewer incidents this year, till November.
The CST death figures, of 561 at the station, are high as many of them were of people with previous illnesses going to nearby hospitals.
The data was submitted earlier this month to the Bombay high court division bench of Justices Vidyasagar
Kanade and Nutan Sardessai. The bench is hearing petitions, including one filed by activist Samir Zaveri, seeking measures to prevent deaths on tracks and provide emergency medical care to victims.
Of the 289 incidents at Thane station, around 40% (114) were of persons knocked down by trains while crossing tracks. This was followed by 64 cases of commuters falling from overcrowded trains, five fell into the gap between the platform and footboard, and one was knocked down by a pole. At Kalyan, the 243 cases included 56 who fell from tra ins and 42 were of commuters crossing the tracks and getting hit by trains.
At Kurla, with 171 cases, the major reason for accidents was falling from trains (64), while at Diva (137), it was people knocked down by trains (75). At the suburban section of CST, people falling from overcrowded trains contributed to 122 cases.Ghatkopar, with 106 cases, too made it to the list of stations with more than 100 injuries and deaths on the tracks. However, Thakurli, Dadar, Mulund and Dombivli reported less than 100 accidents this year, till November. The overall number of injuries and deaths on CR comprising the central mainline, harbour and trans-harbour lines fell by 8% and stands at 3,641 cases.
The railways said that they had recently commissioned 10 footover bridges and work on 27 others were in various stages of progress.
The nearly 8% reduction in casualties on CR this year is welcome, but the authorities must strive to cut it down further. They must not only enable easier access to platforms through wider bridges, they must also step up vigilance to deter track trespassers. Nobody disputes that the burgeoning suburban traffic puts immense pressure on maintenance of the old system and a lack of resources curbs its upgrade.Nevertheless, safety at all cost must be the motto of the railways--and the commuters--if the city's lifeline is to live up to its name.
12 more 15-car services on WR soon
Mumbai: From next Monday, WR will run twelve 15-car services instead of 12-car between Churchgate and Dahanu to reduce overcrowding. This will take the number of 15-car rakes on WR from 30 to 42. A WR official said, “The first 15-car service in the new batch will originate from Virar around 4.14am on December 19.“
The 15-car services will not halt at Grant Road, Charni Road and Marine Lines stations as platforms are short there. TNN
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