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A major disaster was fortunately averted when the two local trains collided on Saturday (10 people injured as 2 trains collide at Andheri station, June 17). I

mumbai Updated: Jun 18, 2012 01:21 IST

Andheri collision: Railways should take corrective action
A major disaster was fortunately averted when the two local trains collided on Saturday (10 people injured as 2 trains collide at Andheri station, June 17). I was travelling in the 10:18 train towards Borivli and on the way, passengers could get the smell of wire burning, which aggravated as we neared Andheri. The impact of the head-on collision was not too strong as the Virar-bound train had just started moving and was yet to pick up speed. The Churchgate-bound train too was moving slowly, as it was approaching the station. However, it is scary to think of how bad the accident could have been, were both trains travelling at high speeds. Was it human error or machine error? How did the signaling system allow two trains from opposite directions come on to the same track? And how was the Churchgate-bound train given the go-ahead, if the Virar-bound train had not yet passed? The Railways needs to examine the cause of the accident, and take necessary corrective measures. — DL Khanijo

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The news of the head-on collision is unfortunate, as more than a dozen people have been injured. It is most unusual. Such accidents usually happen as a result of carelessness on part of the automatic signaling system or the person manning it. The system failed to detect the presence of both trains on the same track. Fortunately, no lives were lost. However, it shows callousness on part of the ground staff and the motorman for failing to avert the incident. Travelling by local trains seems to have become dangerous. Unless some drastic measures are taken to prevent such accidents, we will keep hearing of such mishaps.— Calicut Ramani

Citizen’s must abide by civic body’s plastic ban
It is heartening to hear that the civic body will ban plastic bags in all 24 wards in the city (BMC starts crackdown on use of plastic bags, June 16). Plastic, being non-biodegradable chokes and clogs drains when it is disposed of carelessly and harms the environment. With growing and reckless consumption, they have come to pose a serious threat to the environment. According to statistics from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the city generates around 8,000 tonnes of garbage, 15% of which is plastic waste. A total ban in the city, which a few other cities in the country have imposed, will also be a welcome move. The people should now support the BMC’s decision. It is critical that they abide by it, only then will it make a real difference. — Probir Kumar Bose

Residents of dilapidated buildings must move out soon
The BMC has done a very good job by identifying unsafe buildings before the onset of the monsoon (8 city buildings ‘extremely dangerous’, June 12). It has issued public notices through various dailies, asking residents of those buildings to evacuate them before the monsoon and look for alternate accommodation. It is time to reconstruct or redevelop these unsafe buildings, or they can cause a major disaster in the monsoon. Most such buildings are in Sion, Koliwada, Bhandup, Vikhroli and Dombivli. Residents of these dangerous buildings should evacuate soon, and not risk their lives. — CK Ramani