The new Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has ordered an immediate review of safety standards after three train derailments rocked the Indian Railways within a span of 12 hours on September 7.
Taking note of the situation, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has asked the Railway Board to divert rails marked for construction of new lines to stretches prone to accidents and where replacement was due.
Unmanned level crossings and defects in tracks have been attributed as major causes leading to accidents.
He also directed the board officials to expedite procurement of new rails to complete laying of tracks in pending projects and eliminate unmanned level crossings within a year.
Piyush Goyal held a marathon meeting with members of full Railway Board and Safety Directorate of Railway Board to comprehensively review safety measures for train operations.
In the meeting, the Minister emphasized that the safety is paramount and there cannot & should not be any compromise on this front.
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 and the tracks (rails) earmarked for use for constructing new lines should be diverted to places/ stretches which are prone to accidents and 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 and 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.
Also, in a Twitter post, the Ministry of Railways has shared an image, sharing the five point agenda to make the IR free from accidents.
Railway Minister Chaired a meeting with Railway Board officials & directed them to undertake immediate measures on passengers’ safety.