Deaths and injuries from train collisions or derailment in India more than halved to 254 people last fiscal year from a year ago, railways data showed, amid attempts to improve its shoddy safety record through mega investments and recruitments.
The railways shared the data with Reuters days after an incident in which the brakes failed on a 22-coach Ahmedabad-Puri Express carrying hundreds of passengers, letting it run freely in reverse for about 13 km.
The railways has suspended several officials since the incident, and its chairman acknowledged that turning around the culture and image of a government behemoth that employed 1.3 million and ran around 22,000 trains daily was going to take time, despite the safety success seen in 2017-18. Read More
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