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Dec 13 2016 (09:14)  PERIL ON TRACKS - Most CR deaths on Saturdays, Tuesdays (
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It is a Shani and Mangal on Central Railways this year! Saturdays and Tuesdays topped the charts as days with most accidents on Central Railway (Mainline, Harbour and Trans-Harbour) tracks, data presented recently by the railways to the Bombay high court have revealed. Not surprisingly , morning and evening peak hours witnessed most accidents and deaths on railway tracks, while over 13% casualties involved youth aged 21-30.
“The reason may be that many young people may be taking unnecessary risks because of age and inexperience,“ observed Justice Vidyasagar Kanade, who was sitting in a division bench with Justice Nutan Sardessai. Ad ditional divisional railway manager (CR) Shailesh Gupta had made the presentation before the bench, which had sought measures to tackle deaths
on tracks. The court is hearing petitions filed by activist Samir Zaveri and others seeking emergency medical care for accident victims and steps to prevent overcrowding and accidents.
The good news this year is that the number of accidents and deaths have fallen by around 8%. While the figures stood at 3,954 cases of injury and deaths till November in 2015, for the same period it is 3,641 this year. The number of people knocked down by poles dropped by 54%, those who fell from overcrowded trains fell by around 21% and those who slipped in between platforms and footboards decreased by 15%. The number of injuries and deaths by electrocution of rooftop travellers jumped by 168%. Saturdays (350 cases) and Tuesdays (342 cases) were days of the week that reported the highest casualties, while Sunday (306 cases) was the lowest. The days may be incidental, said railway sources, as in 2015, Wednesdays and Mondays reported most cases of injury and death.
Morning peak hours (8am-noon) and in the evening (5pm-10pm) reported most accidents. Most accidents reported this year were between 10am and 11am, with 170 cases.
The analysis of accidents on the basis of age revealed that there were 813 cases of injury and death of young persons aged 21-30, followed by 542 cases of those aged 31-40.
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