Sep 11, 2017

Press Release No. 127, HON’BLE MINISTER OF RAILWAYS, SHRI PIYUSH GOYAL CHAIRS A HIGH LEVEL MEETING ON ‘SAFETY IN TRAIN OPERATIONS’ WITH RAILWAY BOARD OFFICIALS

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HON’BLE MINISTER OF RAILWAYS, SHRI PIYUSH GOYAL CHAIRS A HIGH LEVEL MEETING o­n ‘SAFETY IN TRAIN OPERATIONS’ WITH RAILWAY BOARD OFFICIALS

Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Railways and Coal, held a marathon meeting o­n 07th September, 2017 with members of Railway Board & Safety Directorate of Railway Board to comprehensively review Safety measures for train operations. A detailed presentation o­n Safety was made at the meeting. There was threadbare discussion o­n the subject and the root cause of repeated cases of train accidents in recent past was thoroughly analyzed. In the meeting, the Minister emphasized that the safety is paramount and there cannot & should not be any compromise o­n this front.
In this meeting, two major causes leading to accidents were identified as Unmanned Level Crossings and Derailments due to defects in tracks. The special focus of the meeting was to identify measures to reduce accidents due to derailments which has emerged as o­ne of the major causes of Train accidents. Minister of Railways directed the Railway Board to ensure that all unmanned level crossings should be eliminated expeditiously o­n the entire Indian Railway network in a year’s time from now. Track Replacement/renewal should be accorded Priority & the tracks (rails) earmarked for use for constructing new lines should be diverted to places/ stretches which are prone to accidents & where replacement is due. The procurement of new rails should be expedited o­n a large scale with a view to complete construction of new lines in time. The manufacturing of conventional ICF design coaches should be stopped forthwith & new design LHB coaches o­nly should be manufactured. Anti-Fog LED lights should be installed in Locomotives so that unhindered safe train operations can be ensured during fog season.

The Minister directed the Railway Board to monitor implementations of this action plan o­n a regular basis.

Source - South Western Railway