The collapse of part of the suburban rail foot overbridge at Nungambakkam causing grievous injury to commuters is the outcome of gross neglect by the Chennai Divisional Railway of Southern Railway.
The antique stations are run down, broken, dark and dingy, reflecting the negligence of the Railway.
The media has also ignored the rail system, and failed to point out its decline.
The Railway Ministry should probe the functioning of the Chennai Division and treat the bridge collapse as a rail safety lapse. An enquiry should be held by the Commissioner of Rail Safety. After all, the collapsed portion could have fallen on the tracks causing a carnage involving trains running over people.
View a slideshow on The Hindu’s website showing the accident spot and the dangerous conditions of neglect of suburban railway infrastructure, lack of modernisation on Beach – Tambaram section.