174 foot over-bridges will be built along tracks of local train network
Last year, a total of 1,801 people lost their lives while another 468 were injured while crossing tracks on the suburban rail network.
Alarmed with such high numbers and the frequent deaths on the tracks, the railways and all the municipal corporations in Mumbai metropolitan region (MMR) have decided to build foot over-bridges (FoBs) between stations.
They have identified 174 stations which either do not have FoBs or have them in a state of disrepair. At all of these stations, new bridges will be constructed or the old ones repaired, and the work will be done on a public-private partnership (PPP) model.
Yesterday, the Central Railway held a joint meeting at CST, which was attended by the commissioner of Government Railway Police (GRP), additional commissioner of Thane Municipal Corporation, Kaylan-Dombivali Municipal corporation chief, and a chief engineer from the BMC, saw the signing of an MOU to adopt the PPP model.
GRP commissioner Madhukar Pandey gave a presentation on deaths on tracks while suggesting the solution.
According to the presentation, most of the trespassing cases happened between the stations.