The Southern Railways has appealed to land-owners near railway tracks to cut trees or prune branches leaning towards the tracks.
A press release by the Palakkad division of Southern Railway said here on Saturday such action would help in the smooth operation of trains during the monsoon season.
Incidents of trees falling on railway tracks, especially in the Malabar area, are increasing due to heavy rains in the region. This disturbs rail traffic and causes hardship to travellers, the release said.
“Trees leaning towards the railway tracks from private land and in falling condition present a threat to railways. They could fall at any time on a running train or on the track. This may cause serious injury or even death to the travelling public and damage to railway properties. In addition, it could lead to abnormally late running of trains and disruption arising out of accidents,” the release said.