Sep 26, 2016

CM takes up rail safety with Union Minister


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Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has urged Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to take adequate steps to ensure safety of the State’s railway passengers.

In a letter to the Union Minister, Mr. Vijayan has expressed anguish and concern over the three accidents that took place in the rail network in Kerala during the past two months.
Fire on train

Mr. Vijayan has cited the August-13 fire on Maveli Express near Kasaragod; derailment of the Thiruvanantha puram-Mangalore Express at Karukutty on August 28 and the September 20 derailment of a goods train carrying fertilizer near Karunagapally.

Complaints had come up over the lack of water and light in the coaches of the rakes used for long-distance trains from the State. Railways were also not ensuring their cleanliness and the allocated coaches were old, he said.

Frequent accidents

The Chief Minister said the frequent accidents in the railway network of the State had left commuters under fear. The Railway Minister should personally intervene to improve the condition of the coaches and to address other issues facing the two divisions in the State.

Mr. Vijayan has also requested the Union Railway Minister to take firm steps to end the apprehension prevailing among commuters and railway personnel.
Source - The Hindu