There has been a huge jump in failures of railway infrastructure like tracks, diesel and electric locomotives and overhead electric wires in Southern Railway during the first four months of the current financial year, according to official statistics.
Data shows that while cracks and weld failures have increased by around 50% as compared to the same period last year, there has been a 300% and 150% percent increase in the electric and diesel locomotive failure.
In 2017-18, there were no coach detachments during the April-July period. There already have been nine such incidents in the current year. There were only two occasions of the overhead electric (OHE) failure in the previous year, while it has jumped up to 65 this year.
Railway officials say that this is a serious cause for concern as these statistics put a question mark over the reliability of the railway infrastructure. Read More
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