Thursday, January 17, 2019 | ePaper

Level crossing, a death trap

675 accidents every year claimed lives above 6500 people in 18 years

  • Print
Md Joynal Abedin Khan :
Hundreds of people reportedly lost their lives while crossing the level crossings through out the country in last 18 years.
The dilapidated condition of 2,835-km railway network and 1,761 unauthorised level crossings are mainly responsible for the rising of the number of death, said Bangladesh Railway (BR) sources.
Even walking by the railway trucks with earphones and giving jumps in front of the running trains to commit suicide might be considered as another reason of increasing deaths, they said.
In the latest, at least three passengers died and another nine were injured when a train rammed into a human haler at the Sonapur  level crossing near the Jamalpur Railway Station in Rajbari upazila on Friday afternoon, said AKM Azmal Huda, Chief of local police station.    The dead were identified as Imran Sarder, 20, Sarwar Sheikh, 22, and Shakil Sheikh, 22, in habitants of Baliakandi Upazila of the district .
Bangladesh Railways (BR) statistics shows, 4,051 accidents claimed 172 lives, injuring 1,208 persons from July 2001 to June 2007 with an average of 675 accidents per year.
Another BR sources said, over 6,500 people died under the trains in last 18 years.
According to BR, there are 2,541 railway level crossings across the country. Of them, 780 have been approved by the authorities concerned and the remaining 1,761 are illegal.
There are guards at 242 approved level crossings, but 2,299 others are either unmanned or without barriers, it said.
According to traffic safety research and monitoring organisations, 50 per cent of the train accidents and deaths at level crossings happen due to the negligence of the jay-walking pedestrians as they defy traffic signals.
Belayet Hossain, Director General of Bangladesh Railway, has recently told the media, "Too much traffic, reckless driving, and non-compliance with traffic rules are the main reasons of rising accidents."
He said that they warned pedestrians and drivers to follow traffic rules at level crossings, but nobody pays any heed.
Seeking anonymity, a former director general (DG) of Bangladesh Railway (BR), said, local and public representatives set up many level crossings  without taking any approval from the railway administration.
"Over 85 per cent level crossings are now in unsafe condition which are quite risky," he said.

More News For this Category

BNP unlikely to sever ties with Jamaat

Apparently giving a hint at not leaving Jamaat as per Gono Forum's desire, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday advocated for strengthening the unity between Jatiya Oikyafront

Nooyi being considered to head WB

Nooyi being considered to head WB

PTI,  New York  :India-born Indra Nooyi, the former CEO of global beverage giant PepsiCo, is being considered by the White House for the new World Bank president, according to a

CEC trashes TIB's polls report

Staff Reporter :Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday rejected Transparency International Bangladesh's (TIB) report on the 11th parliamentary election." We are rejecting it outright. It's not an authentic

7 militants take part in killing mission: CTTC

Staff Reporter :At least 13 members of Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) were involved in the murder of Xulhaz Mannan, the founder of Bangladesh's only LGBT magazine, and his friend Mahbub

20 missing after trawler capsizes in Meghna

Staff Reporter  :At least 20 people went missing after a trawler capsized in the Meghna River at Charjhapta under Sadar upazila in Munshiganj district on Wednesday.On getting information, police, river

Ctg oil depot gutted

Ctg oil depot gutted

UNB, Chattogram :A fire broke out at an oil depot in Fouzdarhat Abdullahor Ghata area in Sitakundu upazila on Wednesday afternoon. Jashim Uddin, Chattogram divisional deputy assistant of Fire Service

RMG workers still fear of dismissal in Ashulia

Staff Reporter :Amid deployment of a large number of law enforcers following eight days of unrest in the RMG sector, workers, in a large number than yesterday, were seen joining

24 ministers seek new govt houses

Special Correspondent :Twenty-four new ministers have applied for houses in the ministers' residential area in the capital to resolve their accommodation crisis.Of them, 11 are ministers, 12 are state ministers

Dec 30 polls of BD was stolen, govt is illegitimate: Milam

Justnewsbd.com :About December 30 parliamentary election of Bangladesh , former US Ambassador William B. Milam, Senior Scholar at the Wilson Center, said the real truth is that the election was

Search on for Brexit consensus after May's crushing defeat

Search on for Brexit consensus after May's crushing defeat

London (Reuters) :Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday will try to forge consensus in parliament on a Brexit divorce agreement after the crushing defeat of her own deal left Britain's