Photo Feature: Overcrowded trains make travel risky in National Capital Region

Thousands of daily passengers travel by Shamli-Delhi DEMU-CNG Express Special train to attend to their work place in Delhi, putting their lives at risk and inconvenience.

Photo Feature: Overcrowded trains make travel risky in National Capital Region
Commuters clinging from the rails of doors and windows of a local train while travelling to Delhi from Noli station in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh about 25 kms from National capital Delhi. Photograph : Rajeev Bhatt

India has the fourth largest railway network in the world by size, with a route length of 67,956 km (42,226 mi) as of 31 March 2020. Overall, the railway network transports over 22 million passengers every day, helping to explain why its trains are so over crowded that one can often see passengers hanging out from its doors and windows on both sides of  compartments and even on top of the roof.

Risking her baby's life too: A passenger crossing the railway tracks at Noli station in Ghaziabad about 25 km from National capital. Photograph : Rajeev Bhatt

It runs 1 lakh (100,000) passenger trains daily, on both long-distance and suburban routes, covering 7,325 stations across India. Mail or Express trains, the most common types of trains, run at an average speed of 50.6 km/h (31.4 mph). Suburban EMUs run at an average speed of 37.5 km/h (23.3 mph)

Over crowded local train at Noli railway station in Ghaziabad on way to Delhi ferrying Daily passengers. Video by : Rajeev Bhatt
A passenger fell off while trying to board a local train while travelling to Delhi from Noli station in Ghaziabad about 25 km from National capital.
Commuters clinging from the rails of doors and windows of an over crowded local train at Noli railway station in Ghaziabad enroute Delhi ferrying daily passengers. Video by : Rajeev Bhatt