HC asks rlys, govt to respond on automatic doors in EMUs

By NT Bureau Published on Jul 27, 2018 08:04 PM IST

The accident spot at St Thomas Mount railway station.

Chennai: On a petition regarding fitting of self-operating automatic doors in Chennai suburban trains, the Madras High Court has ordered notices to Indian Railways and the State government.

The response to the notices should be presented on or before 7 August, the High Court bench, comprising Justice Venugopal and Justice Nirmal Kumar, said.

The petition was filed by Sathish, who is an advocate, after the incident that occurred in St Thomas Mount railway station on 24 July that led to the accidental death of five people. The deceased were travelling on the footboard of an overcrowded train.

The peitioner had stated that people travel on the footboard in an unsafe manner during peak hours. To prevent further mishaps, automatic doors need to be fitted on trains, the petitioner said. He added that he has sent letters to the Indian Railways regarding this.