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Posted: Nov 21 2016 (19:29)

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Nov 21 2016 (17:59)   How Dangerous Are India’s Railways? – The Numbers - Briefly - WSJ

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6:04 AM EST NOV 21, 2016 By Corinne Abrams

The derailment of a train in northern India that killed more than 130 people highlights the dangers and challenges along the country’s rail network.
Accidents on the rail system resulted in more than 25,000 deaths in 2014, according to the latest statistics available.
the cause of Sunday’s incident isn’t yet known, it again draws the spotlight onto the country’s rickety rail system.
So how dangerous is traveling on the country’s trains? Here are the numbers.
The number of railway accidents in India in 2014. Though that was a decrease of 9.2% from a year earlier, 25,006 people died. That figure is much higher than the 768 deaths recorded on America’s railways the same year.
The number of railway accidents that were reported to be due to someone falling from a train or a “collision with people at track.” In India, passenger trains are often full to bursting, with people hanging out of windows and doors. Pedestrians also often cross tracks by foot. The government has sought to raise awareness about the proper use of level crossings and the dangers of strolling near railway lines.
The number of people who died in railway accidents in Maharashtra in 2014. The western state is home to Mumbai, the country’s financial capital, which has some of the most crowded and dangerous suburban trains.
The number of rail-construction projects active in India as of March 2014. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made modernizing the ageing network a priority, and has made building a high-speed corridor a pet project.
$16 billion
The amount a government audit found that delays and poor planning had caused costs on the 442 rail projects to balloon.
The proportion of the more than 31,000 railway crossing that are unmanned. Those level crossing contribute to about 40% of train accidents, according to a government news release.

Nov 21 2016 (19:29)
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(1) Going by numbers in real sense the train operation of IR is not that bad as per world standards.
(2) Death at railway crossings and at stations (crossing tracks) are mainly due to the negligence or wrong act of the deceased.
(3) We cannot blame IR employees/ their working for the falling of paxs due to over crowding, it is due to under investment and improper investment.
The annual death figure shall be considerably reduced if the deaths due to above 2 factors are subtracted.
(5) Absolute figure of deaths in USA is very low. The report conveniently forgets to account that the number of passengers carried by American railways is very low as compared to IR. Their trains are not crowded, have automatic closing doors, and their network have latest and costly signaling systems which are inherently safer.
(6) Poor project implementation and number and cost escalation of pending projects is a result of political expediency where every RM starts scores of projects during the tenure in home constituency/state and almost all of them remain under construction till the end of the tenure. New RM have new priorities and new projects and so on. The list of pending projects go on swelling. Most of these projects are financially not desirable, and money seldom flows into the financially rewarding projects.

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