It is a well-known fact that over 2,000 people die in the city every year while crossing railway tracks. But, what is relatively unknown is that maximum number — 31 per cent — of these deaths is of people in the age group of 21-30.
“People in the age group of 21-30 are overzealous and take life at its face value. They do not understand the repercussions of their actions, which lead to such unfortunate incidents,” said Assistant commissioner of police of administration (GRP) Damodar Shinde.
Despite the foot over-bridges, people have the tendency of crossing tracks. Many times, even if people have time to climb the bridges, out of sheer laziness they cross tracks.
“People have to understand that accidents on the tracks are not similar to road mishaps. If you are hit by a speeding train, your chances of survival are very slim,” said Commissioner of Police (GRP) Tukaram Chavan.
According to a GRP officer, most people below the age group of 21-30 are scared of taking such risks and those above the said age group are more responsible and know the consequences of their actions.
The railway authorities have taken several measures to curb on-track mishaps.
A number of foot over-bridges have been built at station, awareness drives have been undertaken, and there are continuous announcements at railway stations that talk about the consequences of crossing tracks.
Though all these measures haven’t completely changed the scenario, they seem to have helped the cause. While in 2007, the number of deaths on railway tracks was 2,617, they reduced in 2008 to 2,428.
In 2009, there was a further drop as only 2,327 people died while crossing the tracks. According to railway authorities, it is lack of awareness that is the reason behind most death. And, the only way to reduce them is by strictly enforcing the rules.