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Death trap: Five deaths in last 10 days at Vikhroli railway crossing

mumbai Updated: Nov 03, 2010 01:57 IST
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At least five people have lost their lives while crossing the railway tracks at Vikhroli in the past 10 days.

According to the government railway police (GRP), the railway crossing at Vikhroli is a vulnerable spot as maximum deaths are reported between Mulund and Kurla.

GRP officials say that since there is no public foot overbridge, pedestrians have no option but to risk their lives and limb and cross the tracks to get to the other side.

However, a steep turn bars them from seeing the approaching train.

"The two foot overbridges at Vikhroli station are railway properties and anyone caught using them without a valid ticket is fined," said Dilip Gore, senior inspector from Kurla GRP.

Despite several protests, there has been no action by the railway authorities and the civic body. Residents have been demanding that a bridge or a subway be made for the pedestrians to avoid such mishaps.

A constable from Kurla GRP, who stays in Vikhroli, said: "My son is 14 years old. He has to pass through the railway crossing in Vikhroli to go to school. As I am well aware of the problems there and the number of deaths that take place every year, I make it a point to accompany him till the other end of the crossing."

GRP officials claim that many people are busy talking on the phone while crossing the tracks and do not observe the approaching train.