Friday, April 18, 2008

Mumbai Trains claim 20000 lives in 5 years

Death on the railway tracks seems to have become a way of life for Mumbai. A query, under the Right to Information Act, has revealed that Mumbai’s lifeline has ended up claiming more than 20,700 lives in the last five years.

Most of the deaths occurred while people were crossing the tracks, sometimes to catch a train, but a significant percentage of commuters died after they were pushed off trains or hit trackside poles while struggling for a square foot of space in overcrowded coaches.

Talk about being lifeline of Mumbai.