A new study has identified 20 spots between railway stations that see a high number of trespassers, who not only endanger their lives by crossing tracks, but also compromise rail safety.
The spots have been identified on the Western Railway’s suburban network (WR) and on the Central Railway’s (CR), including on Harbour and Trans-Harbour Lines. Three of the sites – Matunga-Mahim, Jogeshwari-Goregaon and Thane-Kalwa – see dozens of deaths linked to trespassing every year.
The study was commissioned by Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC), an Indian Railways subsidiary that works to improve suburban networks, and conducted by students of Sir JJ School of Arts and Architecture.
It is part of a Rs 120-crore ‘trespasscontrol’ project funded by the World Bank. The project, first proposed in 2010, was formally launched by Minister of Railways Mallikarjun Kharge on October 27 last year. More info