Indian trains run at an average speed of 50-70km per hour — fairly low when compared to the trains in developed countries. Yet, train accidents in India are phenomenally higher in comparison. In 2016-17 alone, train accidents in India have resulted in 238 causalities. This despite the fact that the number of accidents ‘per million train kilometres’ in India has reduced to 0.1 in 2016-17 from 0.23 in 2006-07. Worse still, according to a study by Niti Aayog, six of every 10 rail accidents in India since 2012 have happened due to human negligence.
Every time an accident happens, heads roll and a few railway officials are punished but clearly this does not seem to change the scenario much.
Therefore, we may need to remind ourselves of how we landed ourselves into this situation and what is that we can do to improve it. Read More…
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