Two major causes leading to accidents were identified as unmanned level crossings and defects in tracks, an official statement reported.
Goyal instructed the Railway Board officials to ensure Safety in train operations and eliminate all unmanned level crossings expeditiously on the entire Indian Railway network in a year’s time from now. He also asserted that replacement of tracks should be accorded with priority.
The tracks earmarked for constructing new lines should be diverted to places or stretches which are prone to accidents and where replacement is due, the official statement said adding that the procurement of new rails should be expedited on a large scale with a view to complete construction of new lines in time.
The Jabalpur-bound Shaktipunj Express that jumped the track near the Obra Dam station in Sonbhadra district (Photo: PTI)
The other measures that are being taken by the India Railways to prevent derailment of trains are refurbishment of Integral Coach Factory (ICF) design coaches and progressive use of air springs.
A policy decision has been taken to carry out the work of refurbishment and providing improved safety features in its existing ICF design coaches which have a residual life of more than 10 years. A total of about 40,000 coaches will be provided with these features in the next 5 years.
To maintain constant height at variable load, air spring is being used in the secondary suspension of EMU/DMU coaches. These springs shall also be introduced in mainline and passenger coaches to enhance safety and reliability.