At least 19 people died in accidents on the platform of the Raja Mandi railway station in Agra between 2019 and 2023, raising concerns about passengers’ safety, according to a Right to Information (RTI) reply.
Senior Advocate KC Jain, who filed the RTI plea, has written to Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav, seeking his attention to the higher number of deaths in the past five years.
In a recent case, a 60-year-old prominent doctor in Agra, Lakhan Singh, died after falling under a moving train while trying to alight from the train at Raja Ki Mandi railway station after seeing off his daughter.
Advocate Jain, in his letter, stated that measures shall be taken to avoid such accidents in the future. He said these deaths in the tourist city of Agra send a wrong message even on the international stage.
Number of deaths per year:
- 2019 – 06
- 2020 – 03
- 2021 – 00
- 2022 – 04
- 2023 – 06
The letter highlights that these deaths make it clear that Raja Ki Mandi Railway Station’s platforms are insecure.
The letter also demanded that a high-level committee be appointed, which can conduct a complete audit of the security of Raja Ki Mandi Railway Station so that it can find out what technical problems are there at the station and how they can be improved.
The security audit and its recommendations should be in the public domain so that everyone can know about it and plan accordingly, advocate Jain stated.
Whatever plan is made, public feedback should also be invited so that the plan made is following public expectations. A demand has also been made to provide information regarding the steps to be taken.
Agra Tourist Welfare Chamber secretary Vishal Sharma said that the main platform of the Raja Ki Mandi Railway Station was poorly constructed, and there is not enough space for a platform. Most of the platform is occupied by a temple, and there has been no action by the railways in decades to relocate the temple outside the temple premises, he noted.