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90% train mishaps due to overwork
Published on 2 Dec. 2010 12:48 AM IST
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The Indian Railways is struggling to get the passenger safety on track. The Anti-Collision Device may have got the green signal but what about other issues. An internal document available with CNN-IBN shows that country's biggest carrier now has to seriously look into the shortage of its staff since 90 per cent of the accidents is due to the failure of Railway staffs.On September 20, 2010: 33 people are killed in a collision between Indore Gwalior -intercity express and a goods train in Madhya Pradesh.
Over three hundred two many people died in 90 accidents this year. And if the Railways Chief Safety officers are to be believed it is a miracle that many more accidents are averted.
CNN-IBN has accessed the minutes of meeting with Railway board and the Chief Safety Officers held in September. The internal document says some of the high speed train drivers have to perform continuous eight hours duty without stoppage like on Duronto train. Also in the category of avoidable accidents responsibility of railway staff is as high as 90 percent.
The report also raises questions about Railway recruitment examinations. Such a large proportion of accidents due to failure of Railway staff reflect poorly upon the process of recruitment, training and monitoring. On other safety parameters it says signals going blank due to non-availability of back up power supply have resulted in overshooting of signals by drivers. Despite welding of tracks there is an overall deterioration of infrastructure.
Indian Railway will begin the second phase trials of its much touted safety device the Anti-Collision Device next month. However, on most issues of passenger safety and security, the Railway still continues to struggle and review meetings only point at glaring failures which the ministry will have to look into seriously.

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