Railways to cordon off Delhi-Palwal tracks

In a first-of-its-kind move, the Delhi Division of Northern Railway is planning to cordon off sections of railway tracks.

The proposal aims to prevent accidents caused when people or animals cross railway tracks.

On a pilot project, Railways will construct an RCC (reinforced cement concrete) wall on both sides of the tracks in the

51-km Hazrat Nizamuddin-Palwal section.

“An expression of interest has been called, inviting agencies for construction of RCC boundary wall on both sides of the Delhi-Palwal section to prevent trespassing. The boundary wall will run a total of 102 km — 51-km on each side,” a senior official said.

The boundary wall will be 2.5-m high and will have concertina wires at the top.

Officials said a new model has been proposed for construction of the boundary wall.

“The construction of the wall will be completely funded by a private entrepreneur. To make the project viable, in lieu of construction of the proposed wall, the agency will be given exclusive advertising rights on the full length of the boundary wall for a fixed period,” he said.

According to the contract, the private agency will be permitted to install unipoles up to 1.2 m above the wall.

The indicative project cost for the construction of the boundary wall is roughly Rs 100 crore.

A large number of Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains run at speeds of up to 150 km/h on the Delhi-Palwal section. Railways estimates say on an average, one incident of cattle or track crossing impeding train operations is reported every day.

“The move is set to be very helpful keeping in mind safe and smooth operations of high-speed trains and movement of pedestrians and motorists. Raising a boundary wall will be deter people from crossing tracks,” the official said.

Officials said after construction of the Delhi-Palwal wall is completed, a similar project will be undertaken on the Delhi-Gurgaon section.


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Why people cross railway tracks?

A recent article about loss of young lives while attempting to cross railway tracks depressed me and so I decided to write this blog. I am surprised why people cross railway tracks even at stations like Parel. Here, the cost of a mistake is extremely fatal and still people take the risk. The economic value of the time you save by crossing the railway tracks can never, I repeat never be more than the economic value of your life.

Years ago, I used to stay in Malad East. Regular commuters are aware that trains from Churchgate are most likely to halt at platform No 1. If people wanted to go the Eastern side, many would tend to jump off the train on to the opposite railway track and save a couple of minutes. The time consuming option of taking the available foot bridge was conveniently discarded. During my commute those days I witnessed an accident at Malad station and made a firm resolve never to even attempt to cross the railway tracks. Your colleagues and train mates may make fun of you but using the footbridge significantly reduces risk to your life and at the same times gives you a little exercise.

What irritates me is that when someone dies because of their own fault, why is there is so much anger against the motorman and the railways. What can a GM sitting in Churchgate do to prevent such things? If the RPF gets stricter and imposes fines or wields the stick, there is uproar against them. The railways do their part of building fences and track dividers. In fact, to create awareness about the risks associated with crossing railway tracks, Western Railways even coined smart SMSes which it sent out like – ‘If you are fond of donating blood, do not do it on the tracks’ and ‘Short-cuts can cut your life short. Use FOBs and subways’.