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Mumbai’s Killer Trains

1,668 people have died due to Mumbai Local Trains till June, with Kalyan recording the most deaths, and Kurla and Thane close at its heels.

Despite the authorities’ efforts to curb deaths on tracks, the city’s railway system continues to claim lives at a constant rate. As per data with the Government Railway Police (GRP), nine people have died on the railway tracks every day this year.

In the first six months of 2015 (January to June), 1,668 people have lost their lives 1,484 men, 183 women and one other. This works out to nine deaths a day, nearly the same rate as last year’s, when 3,429 people died on the railway tracks. Kalyan, Kurla, Thane, Borivli, and Vasai are the railway stations, which have recorded the most fatalities near them.

These people were found dead after falling from a train, committing suicide, or having been pushed by someone. The cops managed to trace the family members of 1,131 victims, but failed to reach the family members of 537 people and had to, hence, dispose of the bodies.

“The toughest job in the railways is to trace the family members of the deceased. For this purpose, we have launched our website Shodh. Around 30 per cent of victims’ bodies have to be disposed of by the cops; the families approach much later or the bodies remain unclaimed,” said Rupali Ambure, deputy commissioner of police, GRP, Central Railway.

She further added, “We have been creating awareness among commuters to not cross tracks, not travel on footboards, and to take precautions while travelling. We have also written to railways to close all unauthorised entry points that bring one to railway tracks,” said Ambure. 1,679 people were injured this year on the railway tracks. – See more at: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/mumbais-killer-trains-9-people-still-die-on-tracks-every-day/16370150#sthash.MQ4j6hkH.dpuf