Monday, 23 January 2017

Railways need to prepare inclusive action plan for safety

A senior government official has said that the Railway Ministry needs to prepare a comprehensive action plan for safety measures. The official suggested that there should a mechanism for the frequent check-up of railway tracks, recruit of gangmen and regular safety audits of railways. Commenting on the issue, a Rail Official told the media, "Technology can't be the only solution. We don't have the substitute for manual inspection.We are running too many trains on certain busy routes like Mughalsarai section, leaving no time for manual inspection of track." 

There is no point in hiring more Railway Protection Force(RPF) for safety. "We need in fact need more gangmen who can manually inspect the railway's tracks," the official noted. The official's comment assumes significance against the backdrop of tragic derailment of Indore-Patna Express near Kanpur on November 20 last year and derailment of Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express in Andhra Pradesh's Vizianagaram district yesterday.

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