India railway failings 'like massacre'

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    India railway failings 'like massacre'

    20 February 2012 Last updated at 11:09 ET
    BBC News


    Lax safety standards on India's railway lines have caused thousands of deaths, a government committee has said, calling the deaths a "massacre".

    The committee said 15,000 people are killed by trains every year trying to cross tracks that are not fenced off.

    Almost half of the deaths occur in Mumbai, where the report said there were not enough pedestrian crossings.

    The report criticised state-owned railway network India Railways for failing to implement safety measures.

    It called for urgent investment to prevent the "unacceptable massacre".

    The BBC's Rajesh Joshi in Delhi says that the report has come down heavily on Indian Railways. It argues that no civilised society can accept such high casualty levels.

    The group of experts on the committee noted that Indian Railways is reluctant to acknowledge the deaths as train accidents.

    But it has emphasised they were accidents and that they were caused by trains.

    The government appointed the group of experts to review railway safety measures in the face of a growing number of casualties in recent years.

    The committee, headed by one of the country's foremost scientists, Anil Kakodkar, says people cross railway tracks unlawfully because there are not enough foot bridges provided.

    Another contributory factor is inadequate fencing adjacent to the tracks.

    The committee has recommended that a high-level task force - involving state governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) - should be set up to address the issue.

    Source: BBC News - India railway failings 'like massacre'
     
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    They haven't mention "massacre" of elephants on tracks too..
     
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    what can they do when the railway ministry is busy wasting their income in populist schemes....!!!!! what we need is a govt which actually cares for the people rather than looting our resources.....!!!!!
     
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    population control:thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::namaste::namaste:
     
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    Comments in Bad taste
     
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    Reality, as if, govt of India cares...
     
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    So???? you find the language disgusting and not the article... give me a break...!!!!!
     
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    :thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::hail::hail:
     
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    Reckless disregard for human life at its worst。

    Atrocious and disgraceful!
     
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    if people cross the track then it is their responsibility.....i wont blame IR for that...
    in mumbai i have seen people crossing tracks even though there are overhead bridges...
     
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    Speed of train: Impressive.
    Intelligence of the couple: Naaah!

     
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    yes there are some fools, but it has been reduced considerably due to campaigning against rooftop travelling and crossing railway tracks. So good campaigning leads to awareness which always helps, but still infrastructure is severely lacking or not up to capacity of the actual crowd.

    Seriously we need population control.
     

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