Indian Railway Expedites Safety Plan As Derailments Rise

Indian Railway Expedites Safety Plan As Derailments Rise

The Indian Railways has decided to expedite its plan to make coaches safer for passengers, after a series of railway derailments, according to a report in The Financial Express.

The Railways plans to upgrade its old Integral Coach Factory (ICF) passenger coaches by adding centre-buffer couplers. It also plans to convert its entire fleet to the Linke-Hoffman-Busch (LHB) coaches in ten years time, as part of a Rs 1.5 lakh crore project.

According to the report, Railways will select coaches which are older than 15 years for retrofitting with safety couplers, which have improved safety features designed to prevent the coaches from toppling and piling up in an event of a derailment, thereby reducing casualties. Read More…

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