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Lack of trains to blame for track deaths: CAG (Adapted from The Hindu, Relevant for GS Mains Paper III, Topic: Lack of railway infrastructure)

CAG Report
A recent Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report has blamed the Indian Railways for not providing adequate train services, leading to overcrowding and death of passengers in suburban trains.

Details of the report
1. The report, released last week, noted that 33,445 people died between January 2010 and December 2014, with half the cases being reported from the Mumbai suburban train network. This translates into more than 18 deaths a day in suburban trains.

2. “A comparison of the average number of passengers carried per rake with its carrying capacity, indicated an average crush load of 2510 passengers per rake,” the CAG said of the Mumbai suburban trains.
Crush load refers to a passenger density of twice the seating capacity of a rake, as per the Indian Railways. Around 15 per cent of the deaths happened due to passengers falling from running trains.

3. The CAG report said, most of the people who died by falling from running trains were travelling in Mumbai’s suburban trains, reflecting that “the number of services is not sufficient to cater to the needs of heavy passenger traffic.”

4. Most of the deaths (59 per cent) in the suburban train network happened while line crossing and trespassing.

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