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Mumbai: 29,278 people have died during the last 10 years while traveling on Mumbai Local trains, as the suburban train service is popularly called, revealed an RTI inquiry.

Photo Credit: go4mumbai.com
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Mumbai Local, the suburban train network that runs across Mumbai connecting its various localities, is the lifeline of the city. According to Wikipedia, it carries more than 7.5 million commuters daily.

But, according to the information revealed by the Government Railway Police to activist Anis Khan, under the RTI law, an average of 8 people had died every day for the past 10 years.

Out of the 29,278 deaths, 6,989 people died after falling off the trains. Another 18,733 people fell off the trains, but survived, taking the total count of people who fell off the trains to 25,722.

Pointing out the failure of the railway administration in preventing these deaths, Khan said: “The basic reason why people are dying like animals is that railway officers have entirely failed to comprehend the hardships of the commuters and the basic reason behind this (inability to comprehend the problems) is that officers never travel in local trains.”

(With inputs from Times of India)

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Swiggy to use digital payments for delivery fleet

Founded in 2014, Swiggy aims to "change the way India eats" and is currently operational in cities like New Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai among a few others

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  • Swiggy is an online food ordering platform
  • It will now allow digital payments for delivery feet
  • this method will prevent any leakage in cash payment process

Online food ordering and delivery platform Swiggy on Monday said it would use privately-run ICICI Bank to allow its delivery fleet to make digital payments.

“Through the use of Unified Payment Interface (UPI)-based solution for instant fund transfers and automated cash deposit machines at ICICI Bank branches and ATMs across the country, the delivery fleet will have a hassle-free way of transferring funds,” the company said in a statement. Swiggy operates with a fleet of over 20,000 delivery persons delivering food from over 25,000 restaurants across 12 cities.

These digital payments will prevent leakage in cash payments. Wikimedia Commons

With cash-on-delivery being a widely used method of payment on the platform, the digital payment methods allow the delivery men to quickly transfer the funds to Swiggy, saving their time, according to the statement.

“With the delivery fleet being the backbone of Swiggy, the adoption of the digital payment solutions will support the ease of operations and save their time and thousands of kilometres of travel,” said the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Rahul Bothra in the statement. The digital payment methods will also help in preventing any cash leakages, the company said.

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Founded in 2014, Swiggy aims to “change the way India eats” and is currently operational in cities like New Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai among a few others. IANS

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