The drive against crossing tracks cannot be a success without public support, says Dilip Chauhan, assistant commissioner of police, Government Railway Police (GRP).
Do you think the drive against crossing railway tracks is proving to be a success?
The drive is still on and we are trying to ensure that the number of deaths due to crossing tracks fall. Crossing railway tracks is not only illegal, but also dangerous.
Compared to last year, the number of accidents has decreased and our objective is to bring the number down further.
The GRP are also penalising offenders caught crossing tracks.
It will take some time for us to make the public realise the importance of this drive.
Moreover, during monsoon, visibility is low and the tracks slippery. During rains, motormen may not notice someone on the tracks and even the trespasser may not see an approaching train till its too late.
But people still continue to cross tracks…
It has to be understood that the drive cannot be a complete success unless people support us.
While some are in a hurry to reach their destinations, others are too lazy to take the foot overbridge. They cross tracks even after noticing an approaching train. Motormen cannot apply emergency breaks and risk the lives of hundreds of passengers on the train to save one person who is at fault.