MANGALORE: The Southern Railway has warned general public and agitators from climbing over the roofs of the locomotives and coaches in the electrified railway track sections.
A release from Salem division public relations officer staged that it has been observed during the recent agitations, the agitators were trying climb over the train roof. The PRO stated that the voltage of the overhead lines of the electrified railway tracks is 25,000 volts and any person coming within the vicinity of two meters distance from the overhead traction, will suffer severe electric shock.
The release stated that even the top of the electric locomotives are of 25,000 volts electric system and if anybody climbs on the top of the electric locomotive, the person is likely to get electrocuted. Likewise, even if a particular overhead line is switched off, any person coming near the dead line also is likely to get electric shock from the adjacent electric lines due to induction. Hence, the railways advised that in the person’s own interest and for the safety of their lives, such agitators may desist from climbing on to the roof of either the electric locomotives or the coaches and avoid going near the electric overhead lines, whether they are in energized or dead condition.
Further, the release noted that such acts are punishable under Indian Railways Act, with imprisonment and/or penalty.