New Delhi: The increasing encroachment of unauthorised shanties beside railway tracks in the national capital has become a sever threat to the safety and security of the commuters.

While the incidents of robbery have become common on these stretches, slums are also posing difficulties in maintenance and repairing of railway tracks.

There are about 27,000 shanties on 250 acres of land, especially nestled in Patel Nagar, Kirti Nagar, Delhi Kishanganj, New Azadpur, Shakurbasti, Daya Basti, Indrapuri halt, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Okhla and Tughlakabad areas.

The police are finding it difficult to get hold of the situation as the miscreants jump from the train and disappear in the nearby slums.

According to the railways, they are facing trouble in developing the yards.

Shailendra Kumar Sharma, Chief Public Relation Officer, Northern Railways said, “During 2003-04, the Delhi Municipal Corporation was provided Rs 11.25 crores for relocation of 4359 slum dwellers, but the matter was completely ignored by the MCD.”