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Blog Entry# 2067891  
Posted: Nov 22 2016 (15:25)

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Nov 22 2016 (13:42)   Rlys vows to replace older coaches after tragedy Reuters

Hareesh Mangalam*^~   1178 news posts
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Shaken from its slumber by the worst train accident in six years, the Railways has promised to step up production of modern Linke Holfmann Bush (LHB) coaches to replace old Integral Coach Factory (ICF) designed coaches and to resist the temptation of announcing new trains on overburdened routes.
The toll could have been much lesser had the Railways completely switched over to the manufacture of LHB coaches -which do not pile up unlike the earlier coaches in case of an accident -as suggested by the Anil Kakodkar panel on railway safety in 2012.
Railway Board, which on Monday reviewed the safety of rail network and operations, also decided to increase the usage of ultrasonic flaw detection devices which are capable of data logging, saving and transferring scan to computers with the aim of improving the quality of rails and welds on tracks.
Poor track maintenance including lack of proper fittings and ballast on the rail lines caused fractures which seems to have been among the causes contributing to the accident according to initial findings.
Rail tracks have deteriorated as the Railways is running more and heavier trains to raise higher revenues.
The board decided to go for integrated planning of maintenance schedules which at present is done by different departments such as civil engineering, signal and telecom and electrical at different times which has resulted in delays and disruption of traffic.
The transporter has ignored Kakodkar panel's suggestions that ICF coaches are a serious safety risk and its manufacturing must stop immediately . The panel had proposed funds to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore for complete switching over to LHB production in five years.
Even on Monday , the board chose not to immediately stop manufacturing of ICF coaches, but decided that new coaches will be fitted with a coupler which will have anticlimbing features and old ICF coaches will be retrofitted with this couplers.
The decision, which came after a tragedy of such magnitude, reflects on the Railways' poor finances and lack of political will to manage funds for enhancing safety.

Nov 22 2016 (15:25)
srinivasvasanthi~   3783 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
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Retrofitting scheme of LHB coupling over the old designed coaches have to be effected early and completed within 6 month in various major overhauling maintenance units.
Moreover all the under production old type coupling and spares have to be stopped at once for the passengers safety.
Moreover the production of LHB coaches have to be implemented in all the Railway production units.

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