Yearender 2017: Derailments on and off tracks mark 2017 for Indian Railways
New Delhi: Derailments – each on and off tracks – marked 2017 for the Indian Railways. Whereas the Narendra Modi authorities’s first railway minister Suresh Prabhu resigned after back-to-back prepare accidents, officers too noticed their work privileges reduce by the Railway Board – a lot of which have been first within the historical past of the nationwide transporter.
So far as accidents have been involved, regardless of Prabhu’s exit, the precise numbers confirmed an enchancment from final 12 months.
Derailments decreased – from 78 in 2016-2017 to 37 – within the first eight months of this 12 months.
Throughout April 1 to November 30, a complete of 49 consequential prepare accidents passed off compared to 104 in 2016-2017 and 107 in 2015-2016, based on figures supplied by the railways.
Consequential prepare accidents embrace prepare accidents having critical repercussion by way of lack of human life, human damage, loss to railway property or interruption to rail site visitors.
Whereas there was just one accident as a consequence of unmanned stage crossing within the first eight months of 2017, there have been three mishaps as a consequence of collisions this 12 months as in comparison with 5 final 12 months.
The worst accident this 12 months was the derailment of the Kalinga Utkal Specific close to Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh that snuffed out the lives of 23 folks and left 156 injured.
General, this 12 months, 48 folks misplaced their lives and 188 have been injured in prepare accidents as in comparison with 238 deaths and 607 accidents reported in 2016.
The ministry adopted a slew of measures to make sure accidents are lowered to a minimal within the coming 12 months – renewal of tracks at a quick tempo, use of ultrasonic flaw detection testing of rails, monitor recording automobiles and moveable oscillation monitoring techniques to detect monitor defects, introduction of prepare safety and warning system, and improvement of the Prepare Collision Avoidance System which is now on the trial levels.
It additionally strengthened the function of discipline officers.
To make sure quicker choice making and quick motion throughout the railway community, new minister Piyush Goyal has empowered normal managers, divisional railway managers and discipline officers with each monetary and administrative powers.
Senior officers have additionally been given powers to re-engage retired railway workers as much as 65 years of age in opposition to vacancies to handle security and maintenance-related works wherever there are vacancies.
Nonetheless, 2017 was additionally a 12 months during which many perks of senior babus have been drastically amended. In a letter final month, the railway board was requested to chop its workers by 40 per cent and to determine a minimum of 200 posts for transferring to zonal railways, as per the minister’s directions.
The railway ministry has additionally requested its prime officers to shun the posh of their saloons and govt class journey privileges and begin travelling in sleeper and AC Three-tier lessons to expertise the issues of odd passengers.
In an unprecedented transfer, the ministry delivered to an finish a 36-year-old protocol the place it was obligatory for normal managers to current themselves on arrival and departure of the Railway Board chairman and different board members throughout zonal visits.
Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani additionally issued directions that no official will entertain bouquets and presents at any time.
Nonetheless, it is not simply within the workplace that senior officers of the nationwide transporter have been requested to train restraint, but additionally at house.
All senior officers have been advised to alleviate all of the railway workers who’ve been engaged as home assist in their houses.
Within the oft-repeated phrases of Goyal, who has been on the helm for almost 4 months, “There isn’t any restriction of funds for security” – which appears to be the watchword for the transport behemoth within the subsequent 12 months.