In a never before and extremely witty move, Western Railways and Yamraj have found a heavenly hilarious way to teach rule-breakers a lesson right on the railway tracks in Mumbai.
One of the tough tasks for the union and state governments in India is to educate people and make them responsible citizens. The decaying quality of railway lines is one of the concerns that respective railway ministries are working on. But now Western Railways has introduced a new tactic to reduce the number of deaths after falling off trains or while crossing railway tracks.
A man dressed like Yamraj (‘God of Death’ from Hindu Mythology) picks up and carries away people who try to cross unmanned railway tracks in Mumbai.
New Initiative by Mumbai Railway Station
In India, people have became so lethargic and irresponsible that even years of repeated announcements and fines to restrict them from crossing railway tracks has become a futile initiative. Even after seeing many deaths in front of their eyes, people still choose to cross on dangerous tracks rather than use the safe foot overbridges.
So this time, on 6th November, the Western Railway planned and adopted a new idea to train and sensitize people about the imminent peril of crossing railway tracks. To raise awareness among citizens, a man dressed like Yamraj (the ‘God of Death’ from Hindu Mythology) picks up and carries people who try to cross unmanned railway tracks. He then drops the frightened folks to a safe place.
Yamraj is here to Educate
In a first, Yamraj carried folks at the Mumbai Railway platforms of Malad and Andheri. It is perhaps a satirical approach, where a Railway Police Force (RPF) Jawan dresses like Yamraj to educate the daily local passengers about the fatal consequences.
Yam Raj, along with other officials, patiently made every person understand the matter and discourage crossing railway tracks. The campaign by the Western Railways drew much attention because of the deadly dressed Yamraj costume that every time attracted the small crowds near to the incident.
Praise from all around
The Ministry of Railways applauded the initiative and also tweeted few pictures of RPF Jawan wearing Yamraj costume while carrying those offenders. The tweet was also accompanied by a humorous message: “If you cross the track in an unauthorized way, then Yamraj will be standing in front of you.”
According to a BBC report, around 40 people on average are killed on India’s vast railway network, especially while crossing railway tracks or falling off trains everyday. According to the report, level crossings are the biggest killer i.e. where 40% of all train accidents in India happen.