Pout and Smile but Don’t Die: Railway Stations to Get Safe ‘Selfie Spots’!

Take a selfie but don't die in the attempt, thanks to the railways.Representative image only. Image Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons.

People have lost their lives, in the quest for the perfect 'selfie'

Taking a selfie at dangerous, unwarranted spots is a strange test of skill, determination and extremely foolishness, since a false step can cost you your life. While the photo may or may not get taken, in many cases your life definitely will.

The humble ‘selfie’ claimed the highest number of lives in India, and a study between March 2014 and September 2016 found that 60% of all these deaths occurred when a person tried to take a picture of themselves without taking precautions.

Taking a selfie near the railway tracks is a common way people lose lives. Representative image only. Image Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons.
Taking a selfie near the railway tracks is a common way people lose lives. Representative image only. Image Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons.

For example, students in Karnataka were hit by a train while taking photos on the track.

Well, for all those obsessed with taking selfies, there is a solution. Do so, at an appropriate Railway-approved location. Around 70 of them in total have been identified across India, to have ‘selfie points’, with 5 of them in Rajasthan itself. Chairman of the Railway Board, Ashok Lohani, asked General Managers of various zonal railways, to complete work by December 2018.

Data provided by the Indian Railways, according to the Times of India, shows that seven people have been killed while taking selfies across the country, with most of these deaths occurring near the railway tracks.

‘Selfie Points’, are the top of a list of amenities, which include ATMs in waiting halls, phone charging points, wheelchair assistance and volunteers.

Besides Udaipur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Gandhinagar will have these designated ‘selfie points’. 70 stations nationwide will be given ‘selfie points’ in stage 1 of the project, while phase 2 will see the idea go to A1 and A category stations as well. All stations are clubbed in categories like A1, A, B, C, D, E and F based on passenger earnings.

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The Railways is thus taking steps to ensure that those who want to commemorate their train journeys, for whatever reason, do so without dying. The ‘selfie points’ should serve as a great place for the click-happy flock to congregate, without endangering their or someone else’s lives.

(Edited By Vinayak Hegde)

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