Kalindi express derails, no casualties reported
The rail movement in the route between Delhi and Howrah has been affected.
In a close call, Delhi-bound Kalindi Express collided with a freight train at Tundla junction in Uttar Pradesh. No casualties had been reported.
In the wee hours of Monday, the trains collided, however, there have been no reported casualties. The rail movement in the route between Delhi and Howrah has been affected.
This comes when for past months there have been major train accidents, leading to hundreds of deaths. The recent report cited that failure of Railway staff is the biggest cause behind these mishaps. Train accidents and derailments that have led to maximum deaths and injuries to passengers said a safety report submitted to Railway Ministry. Railway has constituted a task force on safety on December 6 last year after the derailment near Kanpur, killing 151 people.
According to the report, asset failures like track defects such as rail fracture and inadequate maintenance remain the biggest cause of accidents. Taking note of an increase in the number of derailments due to rail-fractures and weld failures, it has suggested a need to address the backlog in rail/track renewals and the technology of rail welding.
Advocating technology upgradation to have less dependence on human intervention, the report said “Inspection of Rails is a complex exercise and must be automated as much as possible to reduce dependence on human judgement.”
Sabotage attempts on tracks to derail trains had plagued the Railways. Alarmed by these incidents, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has already sought a NIA probe into the recent spate of derailments suspecting sabotage.