The railway police’s consistent drive against track crossing seems to have achieved some success.
The figures in the last three years suggest a decline in the number of deaths due to crossing.
The decline in the graph, the police officials believe, is due to their intensified drive against those crossing the railway tracks.
As per the statistics available with the police, there were 3,782 deaths that were recorded in the year 2008, which came down to 3,706 in the year 2009. The figure came further down to 787, in the year 2010 (January-March).
Which means the average number of deaths per month in the year 2008 were 315, which came down to 308 in 2009 and 262 in the calendar year.
“This has been possible due to our consistent campaign against those offending the rules,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police D. S. Chavan of the railway police.
The Mumbai rail system is divided into two zones- Western Railway and Eastern Railway- and is spread over an area of 303 kilometers. Around 7 million people commute by trains on a daily basis.
The officials said most deaths in the railways occur due to passengers crossing the tracks on foot, instead of using the footbridges and are hit by passing trains.
A considerable number of passengers also die when they hang from the doors and accidentally bang against the poles outside.
The railway police has been conducting frequent drives against track crossing at all the small as well as major railway stations across the city.
Hundreds of passengers were caught on a daily basis during the drive and were left after being lectured about the hazards of railway crossing.
In some cases instead of fining or jailing the offenders, the railway police adopted Gandhigiri by distributing red roses.