The local trains are the city’s lifeline, quite literally. They are the cheapest mode of transport in the city too. But what was earlier considered the best mode of travel for Mumbaiites is now fraught with danger, keeping in mind the rising number of crime and accidents on the local trains these days.
While 640 commuters lost their lives while travelling in local trains in 2009, the figure rose to 747 last year.
The crime registered with the railway police in 2010, however, has either remained constant or has gone up compared to last two years.
Cases of serious offences like murder and rape have come down but those of pick pocketing and robbery have been on the rise. However, the number of molestation cases rose from 12 in 2009 to 15 in 2010.
While 525 cases of pick pocketing were registered in 2010 and 56 robbery cases.
The number of mishaps of the commuters in the train is also a matter of concern.
In 2008, 3,782 people lost their lives in railway mishaps and 4,030 persons were injured.
In 2009, the number of injured was 4,037, while 3,706 persons lost their lives. Last year, 4,123 persons sustained injuries and 3,710 deaths were reported.
Most of the mishaps occurred on the Central line as per the statistics from the railway authorities.
Out of the total deaths registered in 2010, the Central line reported 2,238 mishaps, while on the Western line 1,468 cases were lodged.