Kashmir Train: Whose baby is passengers’ safety?

Officials Allow Excess Users To ‘Paint Rosy Picture Of Service’

SHOWKAT DAR

Pulwama, July 17: The newly-started train service from Banihal and Baramulla and vice-versa is proving to be more of a bane than boon. Reason: the unbridled inflow of passengers on board, which is threatening the life of the rail users.
 While many Indian states have categorically restricted the number of passengers to be allowed on board a train, J&K seems to be overlooking the safety concerns of the rail users who are seen occupying even the rooftops of the train.
 While many observers see ‘political reasons’ behind overcrowded and overloaded train in Kashmir, the passengers say their life is put to a huge risk. “After the start of the train service, it was expected that the concerned authorities and officials would ensure discipline in the service. But one fails to understand why they are overlooking safety concerns arising out of overcrowded trains,” said Muhammad Imtiyaz, a daily train-user. “There is complete lack of regulation on part of the authorities. Either they are willing doing it to paint a rosy picture of the train service or there is mismanagement vis-à-vis regulating flow of passengers.”
 This time around, the train—which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi recently—happens to be overcrowded. At railway stations
 Bijbehara, Panzgam and Awantipora, passengers jostle for space on the roofs due to non-availability of the same inside.
 Despite repeated attempts, no Railways official in Kashmir commented on the issue. “We can’t say anything about it,” said an official at Panzgam railway station.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 18 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST




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