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HC asks Railways to put up barricades at stations to stop

Observing that maximum number of accidents occurred due to crossing at rail tracks, the Bombay High Court today directed Central and Western Railways to put up barricades at spots vulnerable to track-trespassing at all suburban stations in the metropolis.

The Railways informed a bench headed by Justice V M Kanade that barricades had been put up at several stations.

However, the bench asked the Railways to put up the barricades at all stations to prevent mishaps due to crossing of tracks. It also directed the Western Railway (WR) to ensure that emergency medical services were provided at all suburban stations up to Dahanu (the last local station in adjoining Palghar district located 120km away).

Earlier, the emergency medical services, which consist of a doctor and ambulance, were provided at stations up to Virar. Recently, the local train services were extended up to Dahanu.

The division bench of Justices Kanade and Justice Shalini Phansalkar Joshi also directed the state government to ensure that doctors recognised by Maharashtra Medical Council were posted at the medical centres at railway stations.

The direction was given after petitioner Sameer Zaveri, an activist, informed the court that doctors from Unani and Auyrvedic streams were posted at emergency medical centres.

The HC suggested the government tie-up with private hospitals located near the stations so that injured persons can be moved swiftly there and medical treatment given to them in the golden hour (the first one hour after injury sustained in a mishap).

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