A Central Railway Committee, looking into passenger deaths on suburban trains, will hold its first meeting at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) on Sunday.
The mandate of the panel, formed after directives from Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, is to suggest measures to curb incidents of people falling from overcrowded trains, resulting into injuries and loss of lives.
In a latest such incident on November 28, Bhavesh Nakhate (21), a Dombivli resident, died after falling off an overcrowded train in neighbouring Thane district, video of which went viral on social media.
Taking note of the incident, Prabhu ordered formation of the committee on November 30.
The committee comprises nine members, including four MPs – Kirit Somaiya, Rajan Vichare, Poonam Mahajan and Arvind Sawant.
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— Kirit Somaiya (@KiritSomaiya) December 3, 2015
The panel will also hold public hearings and submit its recommendations to Railway ministry before December 31.
An RTI query filed earlier by activist, Anees Khan had revealed that as many as 25,722 passengers had fallen off local trains on Western, Central and Harbour suburban services in Mumbai Commissionerate in the last ten years, of whom 6,989 commuters died, while 18,733 survived.