Two Class X girls have died after being run over by a train that was being operated as part of tests on a newly laid track in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore on Wednesday morning. The incident took place in Kailod Hala area, where the trial run of the Indore Metro train had commenced on September 30.
The deceased have been identified as Babli Masare and Radhika Bhaskar (17), both students of a government school in the vicinity. They were crossing the tracks on their way to school when the train hit them. The train was running at a speed of about 60 kmph and the driver could not apply the brakes in time, according to sources.
The bodies of the girls were taken to a nearby hospital for post-mortem. The police have registered a case of accidental death and are investigating the matter. The families of the victims have demanded compensation and justice from the authorities.
How did the authorities react?
The tragic incident has shocked and saddened the railway officials and the public alike. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has ordered an inquiry into the matter and assured that strict action will be taken against those responsible for the lapse. He has also expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to them.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has also expressed his grief over the loss of lives and directed the district administration to provide all possible assistance to the affected families. He has also asked the Metro Rail authorities to ensure safety measures and awareness campaigns along the route of the trial run.
The Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MPMRCL) has also expressed its regret over the incident and said that it will cooperate with the investigation. It has also claimed that it had taken all necessary precautions and followed the standard operating procedures for the trial run. It has also appealed to the public to avoid trespassing on the tracks and follow the safety guidelines.
What is the status of the Indore Metro project?
The Indore Metro project is a major transportation initiative that aims to provide a fast, comfortable, and eco-friendly mode of travel to the residents of the city. The project was conceived in 2013 and has faced several delays and challenges due to various reasons. The project is being executed by the MPMRCL, a joint venture of the central and state governments.
The project consists of two corridors: the Ring Line and the Radial Line. The Ring Line is a 31.55 km long circular route that covers 30 stations, while the Radial Line is a 7.5 km long route that connects the Ring Line with the airport. The total cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 14,500 crore.
The trial run of the Indore Metro train commenced on September 30 on a 6.3 km long elevated stretch, called the Super Priority Corridor, between Gandhi Nagar and Super Corridor stations. This stretch is part of the Ring Line and is expected to be completed in the first phase. The trial run will continue for around six months, after which it will be open to the general public. The trial run is being conducted with one train that has three coaches, with a capacity of 900 passengers.
The Indore Metro project is expected to transform the city’s transportation system and reduce traffic congestion, pollution, and travel time. The project is also expected to boost the economic and social development of the city and its surrounding areas. The project has generated tremendous enthusiasm among the Indore residents, who are eagerly waiting for the commencement of the passenger services.