Boundaries along rly tracks to keep stray cattle away | Allahabad News

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Allahabad: Seeking to keep cattle from straying and being run over by trains, North Central Railway (NCR) would construct boundary walls on the sides of track between Deendayal Upadhyay Junction and Ghaziabad railway station.
In the first phase of the project, boundary walls would be constructed along a 26km track between Deendayal Upadhyay Junction Allahabad railway station. In later phases of the project, similar barriers would be built along Kanpur-Rura (20km), Rura-Tundla (42km) and Tundla-Ghaziabad (42km).
Public relations officer of NCR’s Allahabad division, SK Gupta, said, “The rise in the number of incidents wherein cattle have been run over by trains is alarming. The Delhi-Allahabad railway route is a very busy route and such accidents affect the movement of many important trains, especially at nights as the cattle usually rest in their sheds during the day.”
Stray cattle have not just been creating havoc in fields for farmers, but for railway routes under NCR’s Allahabad division as well. From April 2018 to March 2019, as many as 3,010 incidents of cattle being run over by trains were reported under Allahabad divison. The number is almost thrice the figure reported in financial year of 2016-17.
The jump in such accidents reportedly coincides with the Bharatiya Janata Party coming to power in the state, after sweeping the 2017 assembly elections.
In 2016-17, 1,212 cattle were run over by trains under the division. However, in 2017-18, the number of bovine casualties rose up to 1,871 in 2017-18.
In April 2019 alone, 227 cases of cows and bulls being run over by trains coaches have been reported from areas under Allahabad division.
Gupta said RPF personnel were visiting villages and urging locals to not let their cattle loose near tracks. “They are being told that apart from affecting train operations, the death of cattle could also hamper their means of livelihood,” he added.
“While building these boundary walls, NCR would give priority to sections where more incidents have been reported from,” said Gupta.

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