198 accidental deaths last year on railway tracks in Ludhiana puts spotlight on safety
The death of 30-yearold man on Thursday as he slipped and came under the wheels of the moving train while boarding at Model Gram railway station has put the spotlight on lack of safety measures and carelessness of people as the data of 2016 and 2017 so far points to a high number of deaths on tracks.punjab Updated: Mar 25, 2017 13:45 IST
The death of 30-year-old man on Thursday as he slipped and came under the wheels of the moving train while boarding at Model Gram railway station has put the spotlight on lack of safety measures and carelessness of people as the data of 2016 and 2017 so far points to a high number of deaths on tracks.
As per the data available with the police, as many as 270 deaths on the railway tracks have been reported with Government Railway Police (GRP), Ludhiana, in 2016.
This year till date, as many as 61 deaths on tracks have already been reported.
These include 38 men and women who died under rail accident category, 7 suicide cases of men and 2 suicide cases of women and 10 in the others category.
Out of the 270 deaths reported last year, 198 were rail accidents while 72 deaths were reported as suicide.
The jurisdiction of GRP Ludhiana spans from Goraya to Sahenwal, Ludhiana to Jagraon, Ludhiana to Mandi Ahmedgarh and Phillaur to Nurmahal.
The most common causes for run-over deaths by trains are attempting to alight from the compartment before the train stops entirely, attempting to board moving trains, crossing the railway tracks, walking alongside the railway tracks, use of mobile phone while crossing tracks and boarding the train.
Absence of fencing on either side of the railway tracks is also a cause for accidents on the track.
Easy access to the tracks tempts many, including young and the aged to walk on the track and alongside the track instead of taking the road.
On March 20 this year, listening to music using earphones while crossing a railway line proved fatal for a migrant labourer in Mullanpur Dakha. The deceased Suraj Paswan (32), of Mandi Mullanpur, hailed from Bihar and worked at an automobile service station in Mullanpur city.
A goods train going from Ludhiana towards Moga was on the line and onlookers tried to alert Suraj, but he failed to heed their warnings.
According to railway police officials,198 cases of railway accidents in 2016 include accidental deaths while crossing the railway line and also of the people who fall from the train while boarding it.
MORE MALE DEATHS THAN FEMALES
The statistics also reveal that there were more male deaths (188), as compared to the number of female (10) deaths in rail accidents last year. In suicide cases too, there were 68 male deaths as compared to 4 cases of suicides by females who jumped in front of the train.
Apart from the death on the railway lines, there were 61 deaths reported last year at the Ludhiana railway station, making a total of 331 deaths in 2016. “These other deaths include natural deaths, which were due to the health issues like heart attack, respiratory problem and a drunk person found dead on the platform is also counted in the heart attack cases”, Singh said.
‘WE CREATE AWARENESS, BUT NO ONE LISTENS’
“Even though announcements are being made at the station, instructions boards are put up, street plays are being enacted in the rural areas on regular basis, awareness is created through electronic as well as print advertisements, but unfortunately the number of deaths on railway lines is not decreasing”, expressed Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Anuj Prakash. He said that people should adhere to the norms rather than rushing towards the moving train to Board it as one should give priority to their own safety. Divisional Traffic Manager, SP Bhatia, said along with the speeds, the number of trains have also increased but people hardly care about the security.