Coronavirus: East Coast Railway issues helpline number, asks people not to walk on or near tracks

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The Railway Protection Force (RPF) security also issued a helpline number — 182 – which is to be used to convey if any person is found on or near tracks.

Sixteen migrants workers were crushed to death by a good train on Friday. (Image for representation: PTI)

The East Coast Railway (ECoR) on Saturday appealed to all concerned not to walk on or near railway tracks to avoid any untoward incident.

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) security also issued a helpline number — 182 – which is to be used to convey if any person is found on or near tracks.

The ECoR is carrying out an awareness campaign through every medium asking people not to walk or pass train tracks. Instead, they should use limited height subways and manned level crossings only, the Railways said.

Trackmen, Bridge repair staff, Station Masters, Over-head Electric Repairs staff, RPF staff and other workers in the railway have been alerted about the issue and asked to prevent and report if any such trespassing is observed.

Although passenger trains have been suspended due to Covid-19 outbreak, but goods trains and Parcel express trains are continuously running on all the railway tracks to maintain the supply of essential commodities across the country.

Recently Shramik Special trains were also started and many such trains are running in ECoR jurisdiction. Therefore, walking on the tracks or on Rail Lines is extremely dangerous and strictly prohibited.

Despite awareness programmes, it is seen that many a time, people put their lives at risk and cross the lines. This practice is prohibited and also punishable under Section 147 of the Railways Act.

As per the rule, nobody should cross or walk along the track unauthorised. Trespassers will be prosecuted as per the law.

The directive comes a day after sixteen migrants workers were crushed to death by a good train when they were trying to walk to the nearest railway station to catch a train back home.

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