Bhubaneswar: The Aurangabad tragedy, where in 16 migrant wakers were mowed by a goods train, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) has warned people not to treck on the railway track.

The ECoR has advised it’s staff to alert all concerned in case they see people moving along the track aunauthorisedly. The railway authorities has given the RPF security helpline number 182 for passing on information regarding movement of unauthorised persons on or near tracks.

A ECoR press release said: “Despite awareness programmes, it is seen that many a time, people put their lives at risk and cross the lines. This practice is prohibited and also punishable under Section 147 of the Railways Act. As per rule, nobody should cross or walk along the track unauthorisedly. Trespassers will be prosecuted as per the law. Railways does not want to be seen as prosecuting people in such crisis situations, it is also important that people are properly counselled to avoid coning near the train tracks in the interest of their personal safety.”

According to the release, is”Although passenger trains have been suspended due to COVID-19 outbreak, but goods trains and Parcel express trains are continuously running on all the railway tracks to maintain supply of essential commodities across the country. Recently Shramik Special trains have also been started and many such trains are running in ECoR jurisdiction also”.

“So walking on the tracks or on rail lines is extremely dangerous and strictly prohibited”, warned the ECoR in the release.

The release said , trackmen, bridge repair staff, station masters, overhead electric repairs staff, RPF staff and other railwaymen have been alerted to prevent and report if any such trespassing is observed.