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No train accidents involving loss of life in 14 months

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 9 - Maligaon-headquartered Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) on Tuesday said that the zone as well as the entire Indian Railways network did not witness any train accidents involving loss of life during the last over 14 months.

An official statement said that the Indian Railways has registered the best ever safety record during the April 2019-March 2020 period. During the last fiscal as well as so far this financial year from April 1 till Monday, there has been no fatality of any railway passenger in any train accident.

�In the NFR area also, due to increased emphasis on alertness and implementation of various safety measures, there were no train accidents involving loss of life,� said an official statement.

It said that even incidents of minor accidents in the NFR zone have decreased significantly during the last year in comparison to the previous year.

�In comparison to 29 such incidents during the year 2018-19, there were only eight during 2019-20. Even during the lockdown period, when only skeleton field staff were on duty, no cases of accidents, including minor accidents, were reported within NFR though there was increased movement of freight and parcel carrying trains,� said the statement.

Regarding the national record of zero accident deaths, it said that this is the first time that Indian Railways has achieved this feat since introduction of the railway system in India way back in 1853.

�The zero passenger fatalities... is a result of continuous efforts by Indian Railways to improve safety performance in all respects. Safety being the topmost priority always, the measures undertaken for safety improvement include elimination of manned level crossings, construction of road overbridges (ROBs) and road underbridges (RUBs), rehabilitation of bridges, highest ever renewal of rail tracks, highest ever supply of rails during the year from SAIL, effective track maintenance, stringent monitoring of safety aspects, improved training of railway staff, improvement in signalling system, use of modern technology for safety works, switching over to modern and safer LHB coaches in phases from the conventional ICF coaches, etc.,� the statement added.

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