Passengers falling from the trains constituted the highest number of injuries on the Mumbai railway suburban railway network in 2016, revealed the statistics compiled by the Government Railway Police (GRP).
As per the statistics, a total 3363 persons were left injured. The highest causes were crossing line (379), falling down from train (1498), accidental (671), dash to the pole (85), fall in the gap of platform (19), electric shock (36) amongst other reasons. The injuries were highest on CR with 1,856 persons being injured while WR reported 1,507 injuries.
As per the data, the railway stations with highest number of injuries were Andheri (159), Borivali (98), Dadar (93) and Vasai road (91) on WR, Kalyan (147), CST local (114), Thane (71), Dombivali (70) Kurla (51) on CR, Wadala road (34), Vashi (27), Mankhurd (25) and Govandi (23) on harbour railway.
Officials said application of stringent penal provision against offenders, deployment of personnel and improving the infrastructure, which must go hand-in-hand, should be enough to act as deterrent for trespassers. “The numbers of passengers falling from the trains are highest during peak hours when the rush is huge. Most of the cases are reported at suburban stations when passengers are rushing towards city for work,” said a GRP officer requesting anonymity.
Activists have demanded measures by railway authorities to curb overcrowding. “Overcrowding in the trains will continue and it is time to increase the number of coaches on local trains as even long-distance trains are plying with 24 compartments. New-lines are also need of the hour as it is important to segregate the suburban local network and the long-distance network,” said Sameer Jhaveri, the activist who obtained the information under RTI.