PUNE: The rodent trouble in trains seems to be getting worse with every passing day. While passengers have been long complaining about rats nibbling away at their luggage and spoiling food, on Saturday, a rat bit a passenger on Sahyadri Express so severely that the man started bleeding. On top of this, the man didn’t get any medical aid for three hours.
One of the co-passengers posted the troubled citizen’s ordeal on Twitter, following which officials from Pune division swung into action and provided the senior citizen with medical attention at Miraj station at 4.45 am.
“We are in train no. 11023 (Sahyadri Express) coach S9. An old man got bitten by a rat and started bleeding. We asked for first aid when the train reached Satara station but there was no response,” tweeted Akshay Mane, a passenger, which moved the administration into action.
This is far from a rare occurrence. Passengers often complain about rodents nibbling at their luggage, clothes and food items. On Saturday, a Jhelum Express passenger posted pictures of his travel bags damaged by rodents when he was travelling from Pune to Bina, Madhya Pradesh.
“There were numerous cockroaches and rats on the floor and seats of the AC compartment. At the end of the journey, when I picked up my bag, it was badly damaged and almost rendered useless,” said Pankaj Sharma, a photographer.
Harsha Shah, President of Railway Pravasi Sangh, said, “Officials are involved in painting of walls, but not cleaning of coaches and railway tracks. There are no first aid boxes in any railway bogey. Railways should ensure safety of passengers.”
Manoj Jhawar, Public Relations Officer of Pune rail division, said, “The private agency mostly uses glue boards to trap rats. The frequency of fumigation is more in trains in which passengers approach staffers with complaints. We are taking action against the contractors.”
85 COMPLAINTS IN TWO MONTHS
Over the last few months, there has been a rise in such complaints under the Pune railway division, casting a spotlight on the menace of pests inside long distance trains, especially in air conditioned (AC) coaches. In fact, over 85 such complaints were lodged in the last two months by passengers travelling through, to and from Pune railway division.