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On January 3, Mumbai Mirror reported how the three LC gates at Ambivli, Diva and Kalwa had become a headache for rail commuters and CR administration as many train services ran several thousand minutes late in 2019.
“The restoration was completed by 6.10am. However it had repercussions on both suburban and long distance trains on Kalyan-Kasara stretch,” said Shivaji Sutar, chief PRO, Central Railway.
This incident partially paralysed the entire suburban rail system of CR. “Trains were arriving more than 30 minutes late and crowds at platforms were swelling. People started getting down on tracks and boarding from other side of the trains as well. It was chaotic,” said P Shewale, a resident of Titwala.
There was no respite from the chaos. In fact, it just worsened. “We came to know that a man fell between Diva and Mumbra stations just before the tunnel. It took over two hours for a train to reach Masjid station from Dombivali,” said Lata Argade, vice president, Mumbai Rail Pravasi Sangh.
Sharma fell off from a fast local running towards CSMT between Diva and Mumbra stations at around 8.45am. The RPF staff rushed to the site in search for him. During this period a local train passing by helped the RPF after the Guard of the train to intensify the search. After finding Sharma, the RPF staff and the guard halted an approaching slow train going towards CSMT. Later, they took him to the emergency medical room for first aid and later shifted to the civil hospital in Thane for further treatment.
According to figures collated by the Government Railway Police (GRP), in 2019, as many as 2,691 commuters died on Mumbai’s suburban rail network. Of these, 611 commuters died after falling from a moving train while 1455 people died while crossing tracks. This takes an average of 7 people per day.
“There has been a drop in the number of commuters who have died on rail tracks when compared to the last two years,” said Ravindra Sengaonkar, GRP Commissioner.
In 2018, there were 2,981 death on tracks of which 711died after falling from trains and 1,619 died while crossing tracks. In 2017, the numbers were quite high after 3,014 people dying with a daily average of 8 people per day. Off these 654 commuters fell from moving train and 1,651 people died while crossing tracks.