Now, cross rail tracks and you may face jail term
Taking serious note of increased casualties due to crossing of railway tracks, the Western Railway (WR) is set to restart a multi-level awareness programme at Andheri, Mira Road, Bhayander, Jogeshwari and Borivali by month end. Stringent measures include pushing for a jail term for people who trespass railway tracks.
The Government Railway Police (GRP) recorded maximum deaths at Borivali, Vasai and Andheri stretches. Of the total casualties reported every year, 30 per cent of the cases are registered at GRP Borivali, which includes the stretch between Borivali and Mira Road. Similarly, Vasai GRP, which includes Bhayander, accounts for an average of 19 per cent cases. Andheri-Jogeshwari is the third worst stretch with around 13 per cent of casualities reported every year.
Titled 'Naya Jeevan, Nayi Asha' and 'Track Surakha, Jeevan Rakhsa', the campaign will be conducted in two phases.
In the first phase, authorities will stop trespassers and counsel them on the spot about the dangers of trespassing. Posters and pamphlets will also be handed out to trespassers. In the second stage, RPF will visit the spot a week later and if anyone is still found trespassing, they will be arrested.
"After the successful completion of the project at Andheri station in August, we decided to take up one station at a time and spread the message of safe travel among regular trespassers in the first stage. In the next stage, Railway Protection Force (RPF) will monitor the spots and if anyone is still found crossing tracks, he or she will be imprisoned. While trespassers are generally fined, this time we will push for a jail term," said a railway official.
During the pilot project held in August, 155 people were fined at the Andheri station and 20 were jailed for 10 days. A similar drive was carried out in 2010.