A horrible way to get to die is to get crushed under a speeding train. But these accidents are a reality, according to the information received from the Delhi Police, hundreds of people die every year while crossing the railways in Delhi. In 2018, the number of women who died while crossing the track was 73 and the number of men who died while crossing the track was a staggering 783 which is a total of 856 people in one year. A total of 96 people died in 2022, according to current year data collected as of March 9.
Police said most of the casualties were office-goers and sometimes school children. They added that many slums and resettlement colonies are located near railway tracks and most residents prefer to walk on the railway tracks to their place of work. Busy talking on their phones, they often do not notice the oncoming train and run away. An official said: "There are several foot over bridges (FOBs) inside the station and at several points on unmanned tracks. However, to save time, people prefer to cross the railway line. Although RPF (Railway Protection Force) personnel fined passengers if they were seen walking on the tracks, they refused to use the foot over bridge for their own safety. "
Of the seven railway stations, Sabji Mandi railway station has witnessed the highest number of casualties in the last few years, according to sources. DCP (Railways) Harendra Singh said that public awareness campaigns are run to educate the passengers so that they use foot over bridges.
The data shows that there has been a marginal decline in the overall number of accidents per year but the cost of death is still very high so no one should be complacent before the accident statistics reach 0.
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