Speaking over the cellphone and listening to music while crossing the railway tracks has claimed the maximum number of lives in Pune division. According to statistics shared by railway officials, as many as 184 people have lost their lives between January 1 and May 31 this year while crossing the railway tracks illegally.
Railway officials have made several attempts and appealed to citizens to use the foot overbridges to cross the railway tracks so that mishaps can be avoided.
YK Singh, public relations officer, Pune division said, “Most of the time, people either listen to music or talk over the phone while crossing the railway track, which cost them their lives. We have carried out a special drive between January 1 and May 31, 2013 wherein 2,187 people were booked for illegally crossing the railway tracks. We collected Rs2.85 lakh as fine. As many as 184 people have lost their lives while 9 others were injured.”
As per section 147 of the Indian Railways Act, 1989, if any person enters the railway tracks illegally he/she will have to pay a fine of Rs1,000 and suffer imprisonment of up to six months or both.