3,500 died in suburban train accidents last year

High Court asks CR, WR to consider setting up medical centres near accident-prone spots.

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday asked railways to consider setting up medical centres near railway stations that are near accident-prone spots on the Central and Western railway routes.

Information accessed through the Right to Information (RTI) presented in court by the petitioner revealed that more than 3,500 persons lost their lives in suburban train accidents in the city last year.

According to statistics submitted by petitioner Samir Zaveri 2,297 deaths occurred on Central Railway and 1,244 on the Western Railway. The number of injured was 2,310 on CR and 1,498 on WR.

Kurla, with 459 fatalities, topped the accident chart followed by Kalyan where 429 people were killed in train accidents and Borivali, where 339 deaths were reported in 2012.

The court asked the railways to consider setting up emergency medical centres in the vicinity of local railway stations where a large number of accidents have been found to take place. It also asked CR and WR to file affidavits stating the estimated cost of setting up these medical centres.

Taking note of the emergency medical centre set up in Dadar, Chief Justice Mohit Shah questioned as to why other major stations cannot have similar facilities.

In a 2010 hearing activist Zaveri's petition seeking more emergency medical centres close to suburban railway stations, the court had suggested that the railways create a separate department for accident victims.

Rooftop traveller injured, critical

A rooftop traveller was injured on Tuesday after he came in contact with overhead electricity wires. Dahisar-resident Prem Singh Thakur (25) was travelling atop a local train at Dadar on the Western Railway. Thakur was rushed to Sion hospital, where he is reported to be in a critical condition. The government railway police officers said the incident took place at 11.20 am Tuesday.

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