In 2017, 3014 commuters have lost their lives in railway accidents: RTI

An RTI activist sought information on railway accidents that occurred between 2013 and 2018. 143 commuters died after getting in contact with the live overhead wire


One thing that connects Mumbai and its people are the local trains. Many Mumbaikars travel by local trains despite the crowd and travel woes. However, in the last five years, many have lost their lives while commuting on a local train.

On a daily basis, 17-18 accidents take place on Central Railway line, of which, nine people don't make it. Not only this, in the last five years, 143 commuters died after coming in contact with live overhead wires, revealed RTI.  

On a daily basis, 70-75 lakh people travel on the CR line but in the last few years, the number of commuters traveling on the same have increased and so have accidents, this very information prompted Right To Information (RTI) activist Shakeel Ahmed Sheikh to seek information via an RTI. 

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According to the RTI, between 2013 and 2018, 143 people died after coming in contact with the overhead wire while 138 people were injured. Between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSTM) and Karjat railway station, 67 people lost their lives while 52 were injured.

On Western Railway, between Churchgate and Palghar, 40 commuters have lost their lives and 31 people were injured. On the Harbour line, between Sandhurst Road and Panvel, 36 commuters died while 39 were injured.

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A number of commuters died between Chembur and Tilak Nagar after coming in contact with the live overhead wire. On Chembur railway station, 11 commuters died while six were injured. At Tilak Nagar railway station, five commuters died while 14 were injured. Till 2017, 3014 commuters have died in railway accidents.

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