Eight people died every day on Mumbai’s railway tracks in 2017, down 20% from 10 deaths every day in 2013,data from Government Railway Police (GRP), Mumbai, show.
A woman was killed after being hit by a train at Mumbai’s Bandra station on July 19, 2018, while trying to cross the tracks with her two kids who were injured, Times of India reported on July 19, 2018.
In another incident, a 50-year old banker died after she slipped into the gap between the train and a platform at Borivali station, First Post reported on July 13, 2018.
Mumbai’s Elphinstone station was renamed Prabhadevi on July 19, 2018, which led to questions about renaming stations instead of focusing on the city’s crumbling rail infrastructure.
— Ravi Subramanian (@subramanianravi) July 19, 2018
Hello Govt!! People are losing lives due to potholes, bridges are collapsing, everyday we have kms of traffic jams, Arabian Sea is throwing garbage back at us,infrastructure is collapsing. What are you doing about it??
We changed Elphinstone Road Station name to Prabhadevi
— Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) July 19, 2018
If the name of Elphinstone Road station is changed to Prabhadevi why not change the name of Mahim station to Sitaladevi ? Everyday Railway bridges are closed because of cracks. Instead of tackling major safety issues Railways are busy changing names of the stations.
— Makarand Waingankar (@wmakarand) July 18, 2018
Some welcomed the renaming of the station.
The Railway Ministry took a very important decision today. Elphinstone Road station is now Prabhadevi.Makes me so happy. The locality I live in, finally has a railway station.
— शिक्षित बेरोज़गार (@kaul_vivek) July 17, 2018
Correction to true name #Prabhadevi is good move,appreciated by the masses.V sud remember&preserve our Indian heritage values,civilization, sacraments&culture Time hs come to stop listening to a miniscule Western/colonial minded pusedo elite in media.Let's strengthen #nexusofgood https://t.co/9u6bhiBTLo
— Shiv Kanodia (@ShivKanodia) July 18, 2018
As many as 18,050 deaths were reported on Mumbai’s tracks over the last five years (till July 20, 2018). Of these, 89% were male and 11% female. Many of those who died on the tracks go untraced or unidentified each year, the data show.
Note: Deaths recorded by respective railway police stations.
Areas on the central line seemed to be the most deadly, with Kalyan reporting most deaths (368) in 2017, followed by Kurla (331) and Thane (324).
Passenger deaths from falling off Mumbai’s trains were “very high” as coaches carried more passengers than they were meant to, said a 2016 report on suburban train services from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, the government’s auditor.
In 2014-15, the average number of passengers per coach on Mumbai’s suburban central services was 6% (2,666) more than the “crush load”–double the capacity–while it was 9% (2,743) more than crush load on the western line services, the data show.
49,790 deaths reported nationwide on railway tracks over 3 years
As many as 49,790 people died on railway tracks after being hit by trains nationwide between 2015 and 2017, according to this reply to the Lok Sabha (Parliament’s lower house) on July 18, 2018.
“Deaths on railway tracks occur due to trespassing, violating safety and cautionary instructions, avoiding over bridges, and using mobile phones and other electronic gadgets while crossing railway tracks etc,” the reply said.
In 2017, 173,112 people were prosecuted for trespassing on rail tracks.
(Mallapur is an analyst with IndiaSpend.)
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