Weekly Current Affairs

Lack of trains to blame for track deaths: CAG [Infrastructure]

  • A recent Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report has blamed the Indian Railways for not providing adequate train services, leading to overcrowding and death of passengers in suburban trains.
  • The report noted that 33,445 people died between January 2010 and December 2014, with half the cases being reported from the Mumbai suburban train network. This translates into more than 18 deaths a day in suburban trains.
  • Crush load refers to a passenger density of twice the seating capacity of a rake, as per the Indian Railways. Around 15 per cent of the deaths happened due to passengers falling from running trains.
  • Most of the deaths (59 per cent) in the suburban train network happened while line crossing and trespassing.
  • There was also a “vast difference between number of deaths reported (by railway zones) in (the) Annual Statistical Statement of Indian Railways and the fi gures reported by the Government Railway Police (GRP).
  • In terms of on-time performance, except Southern Railway (Chennai, Madurai, Palghat, Trichy and Trivandrum) and Central Railway (Mumbai, Nagpur, Bhusawal, Pune and Sholapur), the punctuality target of suburban trains in other railway zones was met.