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Mumbai: At least four commuters, including a woman, were injured and Mumbai’s lifeline- the suburban trains services- were severely hit when eight coaches of a train derailed on the fast track between Vile Parle and Andheri on Tuesday, the officials said.

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The injured commuters were rushed to the BMC’s Cooper Hospital in Vile Parle for treatment.

According to officials, the Churchgate-bound train from Virar on the Western Railway (WR) derailed around 11 AM, blocking the two (in Up and Down directions) fast tracks and disrupting the morning peak-hour office-bound commuter rush.

The train left Virar at around 9.56 a.m. and was jam-packed by the time it reached Andheri when the mishap occurred.

A WR official said a team of officials and engineers immediately rushed to the site to restore the disrupted train services.

The derailment hit not only the suburban train schedules but also the long-distance trains from Mumbai towards Gujarat, New Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir.

Officials concerned said several long-distance trains scheduled to depart from Bandra LTT, Dadar and Mumbai Central railway stations were being rescheduled. The list included Rajdhani Express, August Kranti Rajdhani Express and Karnavati Express among others.

Similarly, several inbound trains from destinations across the country were being terminated at Borivali, Vasai or Virar stations.

The WR suburban section saw cancellation of a number of local train services which resulted in massive crowds of commuters at all stations beween Virar and Churchgate in both the directions.

The effects of the derailment spilled over to the Central Railway, Harbour Line and the two highways which crisscrossed the city and other roads as people made a beeline for alternate modes of transport to reach their destinations.

This is the second derailment on the suburban sector in barely 18 hours. Late on Monday evening, three coaches of a train from Bandra derailed while entering the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, badly affecting the peak-hour commuters on the Central Railway route.

Angry commuters have demanded the resignation of WR general manager and other officials for such regular incidents of derailment and failing to ensure safety and security of commuters.

(IANS)

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Mumbai schoolboy dies while taking selfie atop train

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Mumbai: A 14-year old schoolboy, who was trying to take a selfie on his cellphone atop a stationary train wagon, was electrocuted and died a few hours later on Tuesday evening, officials said.

The incident happened at Nahur station yard on the Central Railway when the victim, Sahil C. Eshwarkar allegedly climbed atop a goods train wagon parked there ostensibly to click a selfie.

He accidentally came in contact with the powerful 25,000 volts overhead electrical wires and was electrocuted, suffering 80 percent burns.

He was rushed to the Rajawadi Hospital nearby where he was declared dead on admission. The police have registered a case of accidental death.

A Class IXth student of the St. Francis Xaviers High School, Sahil was accompanied by some friends who had gone to try out a new mobile phone gifted by his father only two days ago.

This is the second such incident of teenagers getting killed while clicking extreme selfies rashly in the city this year.

In January this year, a 16-year old collegian Ganesh Kumkumwati met a similar fate after attempting to click a selfie atop a train wagon in Jogeshwari and touching the powerful 25,000 volt overhead wire.

(With inputs from IANS and mid-day)

 

 

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Mumbai Metro set to become ‘germ-free’

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By NewsGram staff writer

Mumbai: Reliance Infrastructure’s Mumbai Metro, already noted for its spotless clean environs, is now all set to become ‘germ free’ with a new hygiene initiative, an official said here on Saturday.

A series of trials were conducted by an international independent agency to test the bacterial loads, identifying the right set of disinfectants and spraying them to successfully bring down the bacterial loads on washroom basins, floors and door handles to negligible levels.

“The highly effective sanitation and hygiene programme made a soft loanch at Ghatkopar, Andheri and Sakinaka Metro stations. As a part of its Swachh Metro Abhiyaan, the new initiative was formally unveiled to mark the first anniversary of the launch of the Swachh Bharat campaign,” the official said.

This has taken to a whole new level of sanitation and hygiene operations in Mumbai Metro that are comparable with the best practices adopted by most of the top-flight healthcare institutions for their public areas and OPDs, as well as five-star hospitality establishments around the world.

A commuter – Metro Hero Sameer Bhatt – was honoured for stopping a co-passenger from spitting on the Airport Road Station platform and later handing him over to the concerned authorities.

BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta felicitated Bhat, the Mumbai Metro staff, officials and others for maintaining cleanliness in the presence of Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd CEO AK Mishra.

Its much-appreciated cleanliness model involved rigorous manual and mechanical cleaning of the trains, station premises, internal roof, station equipment and depot buildings.

While light cleaning work is done every night, heavy cleaning work is carried out every 45 days besides pest control every 90 days on the network which carried over 12 crore commuters since its launch last year.

 

(IANS)

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Eight die every day on Mumbai Local tracks: RTI

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

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.

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Photo Credit: go4mumbai.com

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)