Set up medical centres near accident prone railway stations – High Court
The reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that the suburban train accidents in Mumbai has claimed more than 3,500 lives in 2012.
The RTI reply states that 2,297 deaths occurred on the Central Railway and 1,244 on the Western Railway. Similarly, number of injured on the central railways was 2, 310 while that on the western railways was 1,498. The reply also showed that most people were killed in train accidents in Kurla (459) followed by Kalyan (429) and Borivali, where 339 deaths were reported in 2012.
Taking note of the data provided in the reply in the course of hearing a petition, the Bombay High Court has asked the railways to plan setting up of medical centres in the vicinity of all accident prone railway stations on the lines of the one established at Dadar. It has also asked the central and the western railways to file affidavits stating the estimated cost of setting up these medical centres.
The court had earlier suggested the railways to create a separate department for accident victims.