10 People In Mumbai Are Dying Everyday. Whose Fault Do You Think It Is?

“Travelling on the footboard or leaning out of a moving train is dangerous.”

The railway operator announces this continuously. One hears it so much that they remember the order of announcements that the operator makes. But does it make a difference?

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One noticeable thing here, in Mumbai, is that people are perpetually in a hurry. Whether it’s getting on a train or getting off it, everybody will try to be the first one

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The hustle bustle is as much intimidating as it is interesting. I often wonder why people keep running here. Why do they have to hop on to a train or jump out of it before it stops on the platform?

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People even cross railway tracks every now and then. They do not want to make the effort of using the foot-over-bridge to cross platforms. It is a legit problem.

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Accidents happen, and they happen often. Families are bereft. 

Railway activist and an accident survivor, Samir Zaveri, has been working relentlessly to ensure no families are bereft by local train accidents. 

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Reportedly, over 3000 people are killed, annually

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It is because of activism like Zaveri’s that a law to ensure that a victim is transported to a hospital within an hour of the accident has been enforced.  

The High Court ordered for Emergency medical rooms to be set up at all the railway stations in 2009. 

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Zaveri keeps on his toes to file RTIs to know the status of such orders- whether they have been implemented. 

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The Railways have taken certain steps to avoid accidents, like putting up posters like this: 

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They have also changed the honking pattern to alert people.

A Being Indian documentary titled Kripya Dhyan Dein throws light on Zaveri’s activism and the issue of local train accidents because it’s high time this issue is addressed, and with sincerity.

But in the end, it’s all our collective responsibility. It is both the railways’ and our responsibility to ensure our safety. We must make efforts to follow rules and they, to make the right ones.

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