The Elphinstone tragedy that occurred last year is still fresh in everyone’s memory. The stampede at the time took a terrible toll, killing at least 23 and injuring even more.
As reported by the Financial Express, the Central Railways will be providing sheds adjacent to foot-over-bridges (FOBs), outside seven railway stations. Sunil Udasi, Chief Public Relations Officer, Central Railways, told the publication that around 215 sq ft of sheds would be set up. This move to increase safety measures will help prevent a similar tragedy.
During the monsoons, it is natural to seek the nearest cover. Well, the Railways wants to make sure that passengers find suitable shelter so that accidents can be averted. So, now, in case of heavy rainfall, passengers can take shelter in the holding area, to ensure there is no overcrowding on staircases and FOBs.
This isn’t the only crowd-management measure implemented by the Railways. The Central Railway has also begun a queue system, at Parel Railway Station, and wants to deploy additional security.
The Railways also wants fewer train services when it rains heavily. Hence the ‘Sunday Timetable’ has been introduced, and the national transporter is likely to collaborate with the India Meteorological Department, to prepare a monsoon timetable, by predicting rains for the following day.
Indian Railways is taking stringent measures to ensure there is no disruption of train services this monsoon. Sanjay Mishra, Divisional Railway Manager, Mumbai, the Western Railways informs the publication that the division is working to clean culverts, get rid of mulch and desilt drains.
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These measures will ensure safe and smooth functioning of the transportation system this monsoon.
Featured image credit: Prashant Ku Pradhan
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)
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