The derailment of a goods train near Kanpur Thursday evening, the third rail mishap in three months in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, has prompted Suresh Prabhu to instruct senior officials to carry out a safety review meeting immediately. Top officials of the Railway Ministry were on their way to Kanpur to hold a two-day review from Saturday
“The team will look into the safety preparedness of the area, examine shortcomings and see if safety protocols are being violated,” Railway spokesperson Anil Kumar Saxena said Friday.
Last evening, 10 coaches of a goods train derailed near Magarwara station, affecting rail traffic on Lucknow-Kanpur route. The mishap took place days after Railway Minister Prabhu had issued instructions for carrying out rigorous inspection to identify loopholes. In a letter to all Zonal Railways, the Railway Ministry has issued instructions for carrying a month-long safety awareness campaign from January 5 to February 5. Read more