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Indian Railways registered best ever safety record during April 2019 -March 2020, no fatalities

Siliguri, Jun 9 (UNI) Indian Railways registered the best ever safety record during April 2019 – March 2020.
There was no fatality ( deeth) this year so far (from 01.04.2019 to 08.06.2020) of any railway passenger in any train accident.
The feat has been achieved for the first time in the year 2019-2020 since introduction of Railway System in India 166 years ago in the year 1853.
The zero passenger fatalities in the last 15 months was a result of continuous efforts by Indian Railways to improve safety performance in all respects, an NFR release said today.
In NFR area also due to increased emphasis on alertness and
implementation of various safety measures; there were no train
accidents involving loss of life.
Even incidences of minor accidents also decreased significantly during
last year in comparison to previous year. In comparison to 29 such
incidents during the year 2018-19,
there were only 8 during 2019-20.
Even during the lock-down period when there were only skeleton field
staff were on duty no cases of accidents including minor accidents
were reported
within NFR though there was increased movements of freight and parcel
carrying trains.
Safety being the topmost priority always, the measures undertaken for
safety improvement include elimination of manned level crossings,
construction of Road over Bridges (ROBs)/ Road under Bridges (RUBs),
rehabilitation of bridges,
highest ever renewal of rail tracks, highest ever supply of rails
during the year from SAIL, effective track maintenance,
stringent monitoring of safety aspects, improved training of railway
staff, improvements in signaling system, use of modern technology for
safety works, switching over to modern and safer LHB coaches in phases
from the conventional ICF coaches etc.
Following are the some major measures taken by Indian Railways to
enhance Safety:
• Record number of 1274 nos. of Manned Level Crossings have been
eliminated in 2019-20 compared to 631 in 2018-19 (double of that done
in last year). This is highest ever elimination of level crossings.
• Total 1309 nos. of ROBs/RUBs were constructed in 2019-20 to enhance
safety on the railways network.
• 1367 nos. of bridges were rehabilitated during 2019-20 compared to
1013 (+37% of last year).
• Highest ever renewal of rails for 5,181 Track km (TKM) in 2019-20
against 4,265 TKM in 2018-19 (+20% of last year).
• Highest ever supply of rails (13.8 lakh ton) during the year from
SAIL. With supply of 6.4 Lakh ton long rails, scope of field welding
decreased drastically leading to better reliability of asset.
• 285 nos. Level Crossings (LC) have been interlocked by signals in
2019-20, cumulative interlocked LC nos. are 11,639.
• In order to improve safety 84 stations with mechanical signaling
replaced with electrical/electronic signaling during 2019-20.
All the above could become possible with inputs in the system in the
form of Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh (RRSK) introduced in the year
2017-18 with a corpus of Rs 1 lakh crore to be spent in next five
years, having annual outlay of Rs 20,000 crore. With this fund, it has
been possible to undertake very critical safety works of urgent nature
and results are evident.
UNI XC-PC AND
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