Central Railways claim Deaths due to trespassing down by 44 per cent

According to the reports, there are eight locations across a 5-km between Thane and Kalwa that have become fatal spots for 27 unfortunate people between March 2019 and August 2019

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Recently, Central Railway officials claim that after the rail corporation implemented measures using neuroscience and behavioural study, they have been able to reduce the number of deaths that are caused by trespassing by a record a 44 per cent.

According to the reports, there are eight locations across a 5-km stretch between Thane and Kalwa that have become fatal spots. From March 2019 to August 2019, 27 people have lost their lives on this strech. Meanwhile, the officials added that previously, 88 deaths were recorded between January and November in 2018. 

Explaining the difference, the officials said that this had happened since there were illegal settlements close to the tracks where even boundary walls constructed by Railways were left open since people had no other option. A behavioural study indicated that 90 per cent of the accidents took place at mid-sections during trespassing when people tried to cross from east to west.

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In order to tackle the issue, Railways decided to implement a three-pronged approach. The solution consisted of colouring sleeper coaches yellow at frequent intervals, using a whistle board to allow the motorman to give signal twice instead of once, and putting up large posters of a person about to be hit by a train at the sites.

The measures were brought to implementation on basis of suggestions by Final Mile, a Mumbai-based consulting agency.

The officials explained that the sleeper coaches were painted to help passengers understand the speed of the trains, which the human brain is inefficient to comprehend. Meanwhile, they said that the whistle is placed about 100 meters before the spot, which the train takes about six seconds to cover, thus alerting the passengers.

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