Listening to music using earphones while crossing railway tracks has taken two lives in the past 48 hours — one in Ghaziabad and another in Faridabad.This dangerous trend of listening to music while illegally crossing railway tracks and the increase in a number of accidents because of this has sent the Delhi division of northern railways into a tizzy.
In past one year, more than 1,200 people have lost their lives on railway tracks in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). Many of these victims, including school and college going students, were killed because they couldn't hear the approaching train as they had their earphones plugged in.
As a part its school awareness campaign that started in December last year, special teams constituted by the railways have visited 50 schools near the most vulnerable spots.
"We will visit 100 more schools near vulnerable spots but we also seek support from the school authorities," added Sharma.
The railways has also identified most vulnerable spots in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Sahibabad, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Palwal where maximum number of accidents take place.
"There has been a significant increase in the number of such incidents in the past six months and we can do little in curbing such incidents," said Ashwani Lohani, divisional railway manager (Delhi), northern railways.
The railways feel that the main reason is trespassing and school kids not knowing that it is an offence.
"We'll deploy more security staff at these vulnerable spots to check trespassing. We'll also put up hoardings at unmanned crossings and also air information through advertisements on FM radio channels," said SK Sharma, Chief PRO, northern railways.