Train derailments dominated the news in the recent past. After a spate of fatal incidences Piyush Goyal, railway minister, has orders for 3600 km of tracks to be renewed – an 80 percent jump. Earlier, 2000 km of rails were renewed annually.
The Indian Railways will spend Rs 1,000 crore a month for the next six months to replace old and out-of-date tracks with new ones, an exercise aimed at reducing train derailments. Goyal has also instructed the Rail Board to meet every Wednesday to review the safety parameters of all the rail zones. The railways have also decided to work out a new timetable for trains so that there is enough time available for the maintenance of tracks and signalling.
The Standing Committee on Railways, while examining safety and security, said many accidents are due to lapses on the part of the employees. Carelessness, poor maintenance work, short-cuts and not following safety rules have cost many lives. Hence to avoid such incidents, entertainment apps like YouTube and messaging app WhatsApp are banned during work hours.
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