Bhubaneswar, Feb 13: East Coast Railway (ECoR) has taken various steps to minimize the untoward incidents on railway track. Trespassing is the prime contributory factor now-a-days to unusual incidents in ECoR jurisdiction leading to so many lives.
Apart from this, many death cases have been reported and many are being injured after falling down from running train and dashing with trains apart from suicide knock down and ran over.
ECoR has identified vulnerable sections of untoward incidents near Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Jajpur Keonjhar Road and Berhampur areas. Apart from this most affected areas are between Jagannathpur & Brahmapur, Brahmapur and Golanthara, Retang and Bhubaneswar, Bhubaneswar and Mancheswar, Jajpur Keonjhar Yard and Mancheswar Yard in Khurda Road Division. Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram & Marripalem including sections between Visakhapatnam and Gopalapatanam, Vizianagaram & Korukonda, Dusi & Srikakulam and Simhachalam and Gopalapatnam in Waltair Division. Sambalpur, Titilagarh & Balangir Station areas including sections between Deogaon Road & Sainthala, Sambalpur & Hirakud and Balangir & Loisinga Stations over Sambalpur Division.
Provision of boundary walls/fencing:
To minimise the trespassing, East Coast Railway has planned to provide boundary walls or may make fencing works near sensitive locations between Bhubaneswar-Mancheswar, Brahmapur-Jagannathpur, Jajpur Keonjhar Road Yard, Marripalem between Gopalapatnam-Visakhapatnam and between Simhachalam North-Gopalpatnam, Srikakulam-Urlam, Tilaru-Urlam, Vizianagaram-Nellimarla, Vizianagaram-Korukonda, Chippurupalli Yard and Sambalpur-sambalpur Road Stations.
Construction of boundary walls/fencing or provision of obstructing paths by placing unused concrete sleepers have been sanctioned between Ranital and Baudpur in Bhadrak area, between Vizianagaram and Gotlam stations, near Bobbili Station and Parvatipuram Station areas at the locations identified. Apart from this, new proposal has been given for similar works at vulnerable locations between Bhubaneswar and Retang, Vizianagaram & Nellimarla, Gopalpatnam & Visakhapatnam and between Kottavalasa & Pendurti Stations.
About 110 new vulnerable places have also been identified over ECoR jurisdiction. To reduce these activities, wide trench will be constructed parallel to track to stop trespassing of animals, pedestrians and bikers. Barricade by Rail Sleeper and rail posts to be erected to stop two wheelers from crossings. Released rails and sleepers are placed thereby obstructing the pathway, which reduces the trespassing.
Unauthorised trespassing will be monitored through CCTV, if possible at Nirakarpur Yard, between Tilaru & Urlam, Deogaon Road-Sainthala and between Balangir & Loisinga Stations.
To reduce unauthorised crossing on railway track, ECoR has closed crossings by erecting rail posts and deep trenching parallel to track to obstruct the path ways at some of the places over it’s jurisdiction. To prevent unauthorised trespassing, Limited Height Sub-ways will be constructed at some of the places and consent has been received from State Government.
Action against unauthorized crossing:
ECoR officials have also been advised to keep sharp vigil on sensitive areas and may make fine for unauthorised crossing.
Accidental fall from train:
Falling down from train is the second main contributory factor to untoward deaths. Trains passing through East Coast Railway jurisdiction will manned by security personnel and overcrowded coaches of the trains especially General and Sleeper Class coaches will be monitored to avoid falling down from running trains.
Apart from this, entering of passengers to trains will be monitored at major stations with regular announcement and to educate the passengers to avoid foot board travelling, and not to entrain or detrain from moving trains.
After several measures taken by East Coast Railway, it is seen from the analysis that there is 2.8% decrease in death on track comparing the figure in 2018 & 2019. Hence, 40% decrease in death on track has been reported while comparing data from the period from January-October 2019 and 2020.
Awareness drive :
Awareness Drive being organised consistently by RPF and Safety wing of East Coast Railway trough Newspapers and Electronic Media apart from awareness campaign by distributing leaflets and placing posters, banners apart from organising Nukkad Natak in sensitive areas along with Market Places and village fairs.