Piyush Goyal-led Indian Railways has registered its best safety figures in five years for the corresponding 12-month period with 40 deaths in 75 accidents between September 2017 and August 2018.
The announcement was made by a Railway Ministry official recently, quoting official data. While there have been 80 train accidents and 249 fatalities between September 2016 and August 2017, the Indore-Patna Express derailment near Kanpur in November 2016 alone had killed more than 150 railway passengers, the number of deaths stood at 40, in the corresponding period for 2017 and 2018, the official said.
During this period, there were two major accidents, the Utkal Express derailment in August 2017 which killed more than 20 people and on April 26 this year, the death of 13 children in Uttar Pradesh after a train rammed into their school van.
Similarly, the number of deaths was 275 in 139 accidents between September 2013 and August 2014 and the number of deaths was 196 in 108 accidents in the corresponding period in 2014-2015. Read More