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Defective tracks unmanned railway crossings to go soon

Defective tracks unmanned railway crossings to go soon

11 Oct 2017 No comment 20 hits

Margao: The South Western Railway (SWR) has begun expediting the process of eliminating unmanned railway crossings and replacing defective tracks.

The move follows minister of railways Piyush Goyal's recent direction to ensure that all unmanned level crossings are eliminated expeditiously on the entire Indian Railway network in a year's time.

Goyal had also directed that track replacement/renewal be accorded priority and tracks (rails) earmarked for use for constructing new lines be diverted to places/stretches that are prone to accidents and where replacement is due, says a press note by SWR.

Goyal had also directed that the procurement of new rails be expedited on a large scale with a view to complete construction of new lines in time.

The press note by chief public relations officer, SWR, E Vijaya, said that safety measures for train operations were reviewed at a recent meeting held by Goyal with members of the Railway Board and Safety Directorate of Railway Board.

"A detailed presentation on safety was made at the meeting," the note said, adding that the subject was discussed threadbare and the root cause of repeated cases of train accidents in the recent past thoroughly analysed.

"In this meeting, two major causes leading to accidents were identified — 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," note said.


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