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17 prosecuted for rooftop travelling

mumbai Updated: Oct 08, 2010 03:58 IST
HT Correspondent

The Western Railway (WR) continued with its campaign against rooftop travellers for the second day.
Seventeen rooftop commuters were prosecuted and a fine of Rs 5,000 collected.

The WR officials have asked the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to spearhead this campaign and ask people to get down from roofs of the trains.

In order to make it stringent, the WR is ready to halt trains at stations until the RPF manages to get people down.
“We are ready if services run late by couple of minutes, if it saves someone’s life,” said a senior WR official, requesting anonymity.

This resulted in delay of nine trains between Virar and Borivli. “This stretch is one were maximum number of people are caught travelling on roofs of trains,” said S Chandrayan, chief PRO, WR.

Already trains are running late by more than 10 minutes for nearly a week due to several technical issues and problems between motormen and the WR administration.

The decision to stop trains was taken following an increase in commuters getting electrocuted.

The WR have converted the stretch between Borivli and Virar from 1,500-volt Direct Current to 25,000-volt Alternating Current, making rooftop travel fatal for life.