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Dec 16 2016 (12:10)  Woman falls from crowded local train, dies - Mumbai Mirror (
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Overcrowding of local trains claimed yet another life on Wednesday after a 27-year-old woman died after falling from an overcrowded local train between Chunabhatti and GTB Nagar during peak rush hour.
A teacher at a Wadala-based school, Poonam Tambe was on her way back home in Pratiksha Nagar when she had the fatal fall from the train.
“We received information about a woman falling from the train around 8.15 pm on Wednesday. We rushed to the spot and found her lying on the track between Chunabhatti and GTB Nagar on Wednesday,” said Satish
Pawar, Senior Inspector, Government Railway Police (GRP) Wadala.
While she was immediately rushed to the Sion hospital by officials, she was declared dead on arrival.
Not the first time
Overcrowded local trains have claimed the lives of several Mumbaikars. Mumbai Mirror has earlier reported (‘No ease in commuter squeeze’, dated November 26) on the railways had failed to adapt to the increase in the number of commuters on Mumbai’s locals.
As many as 3,033 people died and 3,236 people were injured on our tracks till December 14 this year.
The pressure on local trains became evident in November, 2015, after a video of 21-year-old Bhavesh Nakate begging for space before falling to his death from a fast-moving local went viral caused outrage in the city.
While this prompted the constitution of two high-level committees in January, their reports have been gathering dust due to the Railways’ lackadaisical attitude.
“We had made some suggestions including increasing the space for people to stand inside the compartment by modifying the seating arrangement. But till now, no action has been taken based on our report,” Ketan Goradiya, a member of the CR panel.
“A local train’s capacity is around 1,700 people. But during rush hours, it carries around 5,000 people. It’s a miracle that people don’t die of suffocation inside the compartments,” said Subhash Gupta, Zonal Railway Users' Consultative Committee member.

Dec 16 2016 (14:15)
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Very Unfortunate incidence.
Yet another hard working Mumbaikar dies due to inadequacy of suburban services in Mumbai.
May God bless the departed soul and bereaved family/ acquaintances.
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