Reasons behind the Rising Train Accidents in India
The rail accidents happened at Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh on last Saturday has again thrown light on the mismanagement of Indian Railways. As per top news headlines of India, due to gross managerial negligence 22 people dead and over 200 injured in this accident.
According to the report, the instances of accidents have increased by 10% percent in India from last five years. Railway department has taken swift disciplinary actions against officials. But the latest accidents suggests systemic failure.
Yet, large scale accidents still happening in India. What is the reason behind these tragedies?
The report suggests that the 2016 Indore-Patna train tragedy happened due to rail fractures. Manufacturing defects, extreme weather condition, lack of maintenance are the main causes of rail fractures. Especially, in winter, the chances are great to happen, such incidents due to these conditions.
As per the latest political news in India, rail minister Suresh Prabhu has announced earlier this year that the Railways would allocate about Rs 10,000 crore for renewal of the tracks. For this, the department will bring and use the latest technology to detect rail fracture.
It is really appreciated that the Indian government is taking the initiative to cope up with this problem. But it is really important that the process of renewal of tracks should be done faster. Sources add that the process of track renewal can take 40 years to complete across nation. In order to speed up the process, it is important to establish a committee or hire authority who can monitor this work. The committee must be answerable to parliament.