Photos: Mumbai's local train commuters are hanging by a thread!

Updated: Jun 03, 2017, 20:47
  • Desperate to reach workplaces on time, rush-hour commuters spare little thought for their safety as they cling to every available hand and foot-hold
    The human pyramid? The roof, the space between carriages, and the outside of a non-passenger area… none of these are designated passenger areas, but commuters claim them nevertheless. Pic dated: 2013. Courtesy Sameer Markande
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  • Photos: Mumbai's local train commuters are hanging by a thread!
    The journey ahead: The number of accidental deaths and injuries is higher on Central Railway (CR) than Western Railway (WR), as CR covers 120 km, double that of WR's 60 km. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi
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  • Photos: Mumbai's local train commuters are hanging by a thread!
    Cling thing: Almost half of all train commuters injuries are due to passengers falling off -- not surprising when severe overcrowding leads them to take desperate measures. Pic/Sameer Markande
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  • Photos: Mumbai's local train commuters are hanging by a thread!
    All wired up: Electrocution from overhead wires has resulted in severe injury or death for hundreds of passengers, but overcrowding still causes many to take the risk. Pic/Atul Kamble
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  • Photos: Mumbai's local train commuters are hanging by a thread!
    Jolts and volts: Though the railways constantly announce warnings that the overhead wires are charged with 25,000 volts, some passengers prefer the fresh air -- and the danger -- of the rooftop, rather than the overcrowded carriages.Pic/Datta Kumbhar
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  • Photos: Mumbai's local train commuters are hanging by a thread!
    Playing with life: While commuters grab whatever handhold they can find on a crowded train, there is no excuse for the boy sitting on the rooftop for a joyride. Pic/Sameer Markande
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  • Photos: Mumbai's local train commuters are hanging by a thread!
    Life on edge: With the railways already groaning under commuter numbers, breakdowns and track problems add to delays and perpetuate the overcrowding problem. Pic/Sameer Markande
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Desperate to reach workplaces on time, rush-hour commuters in Mumbai spare little thought for their safety as they cling to every available hand and foot-hold on local trains. Check out these pictures...

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