A story about deaths on Mumbai’s overcrowded train sytem puts our transport woes into perspective.
About 17 people died every weekday on Mumbai’s suburban rail network last year – a record for what may well be the world’s deadliest stretch of track.
Details of the death toll confirm the horror stories told by veteran commuters in India’s financial capital, a group long inured to the sight of body parts littering the line.
The figures, which were obtained for The Times using India’s Right to Information Act, show that the maximum fatalities – 3443 out of a total of 4357 in 2008 – were caused by people being knocked down by trains while trespassing on the tracks.
The next biggest portion of deaths – 853, or more than three every working day – were of passengers who fell (or were pushed) from carriages, which have no doors and are often crammed dangerously full.
Another 41 people perished after being battered by trackside poles while hanging out of overcrowded trains. Twenty-one were electrocuted by power cables as they sat on the roof – a location often chosen to avoid paying for tickets that cost only pennies.
Guys Life is precious ,do not lose it under tracks...