Railway tracks have outnumbered even the busy city roads in terms of claiming lives in the year 2012. While 451 people lost their lives in road accidents, 797 people have been killed on the railway tracks.
Police say that on an average at least 50 people are run over by trains every month either while crossing or walking along railway tracks in areas covered by three railway police stations – Secunderabad, Nampally and Kacheguda.
Reasons for fatalities vary – some were found to be drunk, others run over with headphones on, which drowned the sound of the approaching train and a few others trying to outrun the train itself at the level crossings. The propensity to use the railway tracks as a short cut to reach their destinations, urgency to board trains during rush hour and lack of proper facilities were leading to these incidents, explain officials.
Police say that those walking along the tracks mostly underestimate the train speed, especially MMTS and end up being mowed down. With the MMTS being slightly wider than the express trains, the victims still get knocked down though they try to stand aside. On many occasions people get run over while crossing the tracks, they say.
These cases were mostly reported between Sitaphalmandi-Falaknuma and Fatehnagar- Borabanda. As many as 797 deaths took place in 2012, while 836 in 2011 and 658 in 2010.
Police officials say putting up of fencing abutting the tracks at vulnerable places could prevent these incidents. “We have already sent proposals to the South Central Railway (SCR) to erect fencing besides installing sign boards at steep curves and removing encroachments near the tracks. We are waiting for a response,” says Secunderabad Railway Superintendent of Police, M. Kantha Rao.