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An escape route for railways

Blame game continues to hog the limelight in Eliphinstone tragedy as the blame was passed on rain God and the rumour spread about an impending danger. In order to avoid such perils, the Railways and the Government must take quick action in reconstructing such old bridges or as the case may be, else they will have to face the public, who are already angry and would not hesitate to take on the officers, netas or otherwise concerned. Railway authorities should work round the clock to make things move instead of playing the blame game. It is time to learn from mistakes and admit them when pointed out by the public and the press. It is time to look into the high risk stations and act fast.  The Railway police should be made to take post and maintain lane discipline. Hawkers should not be spared on the FOB to transact business and occupy maximum space. It is time to levy charges on builders, who construct huge commercial complexes and stop using building materials like granite, which is found sippery when wet and of course width of all the staircase should be standardised in a widened form and prevent them from overhead train cables sparking to endanger passenger’s life. This is not just to pass the bug and take shelter.

Akhilesh Subbu

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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