No compromising with passengers’ safety, instantly resolve problems responsible for accidents: Piyush Goyal
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 08-Sep-2017

New Delhi, September 8: Chairing a high level meeting on Safety in train operations with Railway Board officials, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has directed officials to undertake immediate measures to address the problem of derailments and unmanned level crossings.

The Railway Minister emphasised that the safety is paramount and there should not be any compromise on this front. He directed that all unmanned level crossings should be eliminated expeditiously on the entire railway network in a year.

 

The Minister said, track replacement and renewal should be accorded on priority basis. Goyal said, the procurement of new rails should be expedited on a large scale with a view to complete construction of new lines in time.

There was threadbare discussion on the subject and the root cause of repeated cases of train accidents in recent past was thoroughly analysed. The Minister directed the Railway Board to monitor implementations of this action plan on a regular basis.

Minister of Railways gave following directions to the Railway Board to ensure Safety in train operations:

1) All unmanned level crossings should be eliminated expeditiously on the entire Indian Railway network in a year’s time from now.

2) 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.

3) The procurement of new rails should be expedited on a large scale with a view to complete construction of new lines in time.

4) The manufacturing of conventional ICF design coaches should be stopped forthwith & new design LHB coaches only should be manufactured.

5) Anti-Fog LED lights should be installed in Locomotives so that unhindered safe train operations can be ensured during fog season.