Mangaluru: Railway seeks the co-operation of public residing by either side of the railway lines, to reduce incidents of tree falling on Railway track. Such tree trunks or branches may cause mis-hap leading to serious consequences affecting the safety of passengers. Besides, the delay and disruption in train services has affected adversely on the punctuality of trains in the state during the last few weeks of heavy rain and strong wind. As many as 39 such incidents have been reported since April this year within the Palakkad Division.
In anticipation of the track-side trees falling on track, Railway had already issued notice to the concerned individuals to remove the trees located near the tracks that are likely to be uprooted in the wind and rains at the earliest. Railway has also cleared such vulnerable trees from the railway land on both side of the track. It has been ascertained that while many trees belonging to track side residents, have already been cut off and removed, many more trees remain, posing the threat of falling on to the track any time.
Situation is worsened with the onset of monsoon accompanied by moderate wind. Shoranur-Nilambur and Shoranur-Kozhikode sections have been the most affected by this. As many as 14 incidents of trees falling on tracks and disrupting train services have been reported from both the sections during the month of June 2015 alone. While Shoranur-Nilambur section recorded 6 incidents trees falling on track, Shoranur-Kozhikode section registered 8 such incidents. Delay of train traffic in a heavily occupied section such as Shoranur-Kozhikode, will result in disruption of entire train services in Shoranur-Mangaluru section. Punctuality had been badly affected, often causing the passengers to be frustrated as they are losing valuable time.
Shoranur – Kozhikode section, being an electrified section, is likely to consume more time to remove track side trees, as safety precautions are required to be observed before cutting down the trees.
Railway authorities issued warning to public in this regard and requested their co-operation on this aspect. As per the Railway Act, any action (knowingly or unknowingly) that cause disruption in train movement is punishable and cost of damage can be charged on the offender.
Railways control rooms at divisions monitor the situation round the clock and arrange prompt relief measures on war footing, whenever tree fall on track. If the public is in possession of any information which would be helpful for Railways to continue organising smooth, safe and punctual train movement, they are requested to share this with the nearest Railway station or Gate Keeper or any Railway offices at the earliest. Information can also be provided to the following telephone numbers:- 0491-2555337 and 0491-2555334.