Interim Rail Budget: Several measures announced to strengthen passenger safety
Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday announced some more initiatives to prevent recurrence of fire incidents in trains to eliminate loss of lives and property at all cost.
Presenting the Interim Rail Budget 2014 in Parliament, Kharge said: "Several measures have been and are being taken by the Railways for further strengthening of safety. Towards this end, a total of 5,400 unmanned level crossings were eliminated - 2,310 by manning and 3,090 by closure / merger / construction of ROBs/RUBs during the last five years."
Some other safety measures which have been undertaken/initiated are as under:
Planning for induction of indigenously developed Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) over Indian Railways after successfully completing field trials
Provision of improved safety systems with audio visual warning to road users in advance of approaching trains
Development of 'crashworthy' structural design capable of absorbing high impact loads in unfortunate case of collision/accidents
Offering employment to over 1 lakh persons against existing vacancies in Group C categories in the last five years, and to 1.6 lakh persons in erstwhile Group D categories
Provision of Vigilance Control Device (VCD) in all electric and diesel locomotives to monitor and judge the alertness of driver to ensure safety of the train;
A Comprehensive Fire and Smoke Detection System is on trial on two rakes of Rajdhani Express trains.
(Posted on 12-02-2014)