Days after the Amritsar mishap, Indian Railways has decided to fence its tracks and ward off trespassers in residential areas by building 3,000 km of walls. According to an IE report, the national transporter has estimated that the project will cost around Rs 2,500 crore.
The RCC (reinforced cement concrete) walls will be constructed at a height of 2.7 metres, along railway tracks which are surrounded by residential areas, in suburban areas as well as non-suburban areas. Vishwesh Chaube, Railway Board Member (Engineering), who is finalizing the project was quoted in the report saying that the move will prevent trespassing as well as cattle straying onto the railway tracks in areas which are vulnerable. Moreover, the height of the walls is such that dumping waste on the track will also not be easy, he added.
In order to obtain safety clearance for train speeds of 160 kmph, the Commission of Railway Safety stipulates that the railway tracks need to be fenced or walled. Read More