Automatic door locking system in Rajdhani, Shatabdi trains

THE HANS INDIA |   Feb 13,2017 , 03:42 AM IST


New Delhi: To enhance passengers safety and curb criminal activities onboard, train coaches will be fitted with automatic door locking mechanism soon. 

Under the new system to be controlled by train guard from his cabin, all doors will automatically open when a train arrives at station and close before it departs.

At present, train doors are opened and closed manually. Incidents of passengers falling off running trains are reported regularly and the problem is acute in the Mumbai suburban section.  

Falling off trains is the second major cause of death as well, the first being the cases of persons being run over by trains. 

"Equipped with automatic door locking system, two Rajdhani and two Shatabdi trains will be operational by April this year as a pilot project," said a senior Railway Ministry official. Later on, the system will be replicated on all trains including suburban services across the country. 

According to the official, "Most of the passengers fall or slip from running trains when they struggle to get into a coach and fail to enter it or get dashed against an electric pole beside tracks...There are also cases when many people lost their lives while performing stunts at gates."