PIL seeking safety doors in trains: HC directs Railways to submit report

Chennai: The Madras High Court today directed the Railways to submit a comparative status report on a PIL seeking a direction to fix doors on suburban and MRTS trains to ensure safety of commuters.

The PIL by advocate K Sathish comes in the wake of an accident that claimed five lives at St Thomas Mount station here. When the PIL came up, a division bench of justices S Manikumar and Subramonia Prasad gave the direction and posted the matter for 17 September.

The petitioner referred to the accident on 24 July, in which five people were killed and 10 others injured while travelling on the footboard of a suburban train here.

He alleged that the Railways was not making any effort to prevent such accidents and sought fixing of doors of the compartments like in the Metro rail.

Claiming that it was the duty of the Railway management to install safety doors in each compartment so as to prevent such incidents in the future, the petitioner said the Railways ought to have installed safety doors on platforms as well to control crowds getting into busy suburban trains.