Amid increasing train accidents, Railways holds drivers’ counseling
Speaking with Greater Kashmir, Chief Area Manager, Northern Railways, Kashmir, Saqib Yousuf said the counseling session was held with the train drivers, who operate on the 137-kilometre Baramulla- Banihal rail link. [File]Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir

Amid increasing train accidents, Railways holds drivers’ counseling

Srinagar: With four accidents caused by moving trains during last month in Srinagar, Railways in Kashmir has started several protective measures, while also urging the people not to stroll on the railway tracks.

Day after a 50-year-old man was crushed to death by a moving train in Manchowa in central Kashmir's Budgam district, the Northern Railways on Monday held a counseling session for as many as 15 train drivers, who were asked to ensure more usage of alarm safety systems such as whistling.

Speaking with Greater Kashmir, Chief Area Manager, Northern Railways, Kashmir, Saqib Yousuf said the counseling session was held with the train drivers, who operate on the 137-kilometre Baramulla- Banihal rail link.

“We have stressed upon the train drivers to use whistling of trains more frequently. They have been asked to increase the safety-alarm systems especially in the stretch in Srinagar where the accidents have taken place of late” said Yousuf.

The Railway official said in order to ensure that people are not found loitering on railway tracks, the Railways has decided to increase the track patrolling. However, the official urged commuters and pedestrians to stay away from railway tracks, saying this practice was proving to be fatal. “In most of the accidents, we have seen that the persons killed were found to be either using an earphone or taking selfies dangerously close to the railway track. We urge people not to go close to the railway tracks” said the official.

As per officials on Sunday, Yaseen Ahmad Wani from Baghi Mehtab in Srinagar was busy on his mobile phone when a moving train bearing registration number 04614 on way from Budgam to Srinagar hit and crushed him to death.

A 27-year old man died after he was hit by a train at Nowgam railway station on October 15. Feroz Ahmed Malla was declared brought dead by doctors at Srinagar SMHS hospital.

In the first week of October, a teenage girl died after she was hit by a train in Srinagar. The girl was identified as Shakeela Akhter of Poonch. On July 30, a 63-year-old man from Anantnag was crushed to death by train resulting in his on-spot death.

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