The CAG report on suburban train services of Indian Railways tabled in Parliament on Tuesday has noted that of the total 33,445 deaths which took place between 2010 and 2014...
The CAG report on suburban train services of Indian Railways tabled in Parliament on Tuesday has noted that of the total 33,445 deaths which took place between 2010 and 2014 on the suburban network, over 52% occurred in the Mumbai suburban section alone. The report further observed that out of the 4,885 deaths which took place due to falling from trains, 82% took place on the Mumbai section.
The CAG has further observed that passenger fatalities due to falling from running trains are very high in central railway (CR) and western railway (WR) mainly due to a number of services (carrying capacity) of the suburban section, which has not kept up with the growth of number of passengers carried per rake.
Increase in passenger carried (annually) ranged between 3% and 17% across various zones. However, the increase in carrying capacity on CR was about 6% during FY11-FY15 and the same was just 3% on WR.
The transporter, in order to ease overcrowding in CR and WR, is plying electrical multiple units. However, a comparison undertaken by the CAG reveals that the average number of passengers carried per rake on the CR and WR sections are experiencing a crush load of 2,510 per rake. Crush load is a level of passenger loading in a transport vehicle which is so high that passengers are crushed against one another. In the context of railways, crush load indicates twice the seating capacity of a rake.
The Indian Railways suburban network is responsible for carrying 54% of the transporter traffic, but due to heavy subsidisation, it only amounts to 5.8% of the total receipts generated from passenger services.
Besides other things, the CAG has shown concern over the pace of work related to closing of manned level crossings and elimination of unmanned level crossings (UMLCs).