Indian Railways to build a 3,000 km keep away people
After the deadly mishap in Amritsar that killed 60 people, Indian Railways is planning to build a 3,000 kms wall that will secure the tracks and act as a safety fence for people, according to media reports. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal is learnt to have taken the decision days after the Amritsar mishap.
The Railways has estimated the project to cost nearly ₹25 billion and is pursuing it on priority. The fence will be 2.7 metres high and will be made of concrete cement, said an Indian Express report. Earlier, different zonal railways in India had plans to fence certain problematic areas over 2,000 kms. The latest project of 3,000 kilometres will cover all the vulnerable areas.
Over 49,790 people have been accidentally mowed down by trains in last three years, with a majority of accidents taking place in densely populated regions, according to reports. However, the recent Amritsar incident has put authorities on alert.
Over 60 people were accidentally run over by a moving train when a huge group had covered a train track in the are to catch a better view of the local Dussehra festival celebrations.