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Suburban trains not safe: BJP

The state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has alleged that travelling by suburban trains on the Western Railway is not safe.

india Updated: Mar 29, 2010 01:37 IST
Rajendra Aklekar

The state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has alleged that travelling by suburban trains on the Western Railway is not safe.

They claim there are many railway motormen, workers and officers working without the requisite training and other necessary requirements.

The BJP sent a letter to the commissioner of railway safety and other top railway officials seeking an inquiry into the workings of the Western Railway and the details of the qualifications and experience of the people working there.

“Last Monday, a local train dashed against the buffer, injuring 10 to 12 persons. There was an accident at Mahim and other similar cases have also been reported in the past, ” Madhav Bhandari, state BJP spokesperson said.

“According to our information, there are many workers and officers in the Western Railway who have been working without fulfilling the mandatory requirements. You cannot play with people’s lives,” he added.

Eleven people, including two women, suffered minor injuries when a local train overshot and hit the buffers at the Andheri platform number six last Monday.

This derailed the third coach from the motorman’s end, disrupting the Andheri-bound train services.

The letter seeks details of technical qualifications, experience and background of the motorman running the local train at Andheri.

The letter seeks further information on whether the train was maintained properly and who is responsible for train’s maintenance.

“The Andheri accident is being inquired into by the commissioner of railway safety. As far as the running staff are concerned, we are extremely careful about their complete training as per the required norms,” S.S. Gupta, Western Railway spokesperson said.