India: Annual fatalities to top 20,000 for the first time

4 Dec

The number of deaths on railways in India’s has increased year-on-year in recent times and 2014 is likely to show a further increase with 18,735 fatalities recorded to October and an expectation that by year end this is likely to be above 22,000. In 2011 fatalities totalled 14,973, in 2012 the number was 16,336 and in 2013 1997.

The increasing number of deaths is attributed to more trespassing, an increased number of falls from trains, more intentional death and accidents.

Level crossings are being eliminated and upgraded. However, the number of unmanned passive level crossings is still 11,563 although their abolition is targeted through grade-separation and consolidation and where this is not possible by upgrading to a manned status.

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