Forum Super Search
 ♦ 
×
HashTag:
Member:
Posting Date From:
Posting Date To:
Train Type:
Train:
Station:
ONLY with Pic/Vid:
Sort by: Date:     Word Count:     Popularity:     
Public:    Pvt: Monitor:    RailFan Club:    

Search
  Go  
Full Site Search
  Search  
 
Thu Jan 18, 2018 05:30:47 ISTHomeTrainsΣChainsAtlasPNRForumGalleryNewsFAQTripsLoginFeedback
Thu Jan 18, 2018 05:30:47 IST

Blog Entry# 2068588
Posted: Nov 23 2016 (10:41)

1 Responses
Last Response: Nov 23 2016 (10:41)
  
Rail News
0 Followers
913 views
Commentary/Human InterestNCR/North Central  -  
Nov 23 2016 (10:25)   I blame Indian Railways for Indore-Patna Express tragedy

RAVI PRAJAPATI*^~   942 news posts
Entry# 2068588   News Entry# 286538         Tags   Past Edits
In the aftermath of the serious accident near Pukhrayan in Uttar Pradesh, I get a sense of déjà vu.
After every accident, ex gratia payments are announced, politicians rush to the scene of the accident or visit hospitals and shed crocodile tears.
Then the blame game starts. The previous regime is blamed. It is announced that the guilty will be punished. There is breast-beating about lack of funds.
The
...
more...
reports on railway safety are taken out, dusted off, and studied afresh. Panel discussions are held in which the participants including retired railway officials pontificate.
Victims
Statistics are reeled out to show that Indian Railways' safety record is improving.
Comparisons are smugly made with foreign railways showing the Indian Railways in a good light without mentioning that the definition of railway accidents differs in different countries.
After the brouhaha dies down, it is back to business.
All this is of no solace to the families of victims who have lost their lives or rendered permanently disabled.
The core issue is that of implementing safety measures and continuous follow-up. The Indian Railways does not deal with accident-related inquiries in a professional manner.
Every accident is treated as if it were a "whodunit". Responsibility is fixed on an individual without assessing systemic failures.
Even where the commissioner of Railway safety has pinpointed system failures, there is no continuous follow up.
If the Railways is serious about improving safety, it should deal effectively with both the "software" and "hardware" aspects.
pti11_20_2016_000235_112316082018.jpg
The Railways' antiquated and bureaucratic methods of purchase have led to perennial shortages of material. (Photo credit: PTI)
By software I mean recruitment, training, well-being of employees, honest reporting of accidents and an unbiased approach to inquiries defining why the accident occurred and what can be done to prevent future occurrence, rather than apportioning blame on individuals.
I am not saying that the guilty should go scot free, but their acts of omission or commission should be established by preponderance of evidence.
The hardware includes maintenance of infrastructure, including track, bridges, locomotives, passenger coaches, and wagons, signalling and telecommunication equipment.
Safety-related works such as track renewals and improved signalling should be expedited. Take, for instance, the Kiul Junction in Bihar, on the money-making East Central Railway.
Last year I had to change trains at midnight. Since the platforms and waiting rooms were in darkness, I took refuge in the station master's room. This room was lit by a single incandescent lamp.
I chatted with the station master who had just been relieved at the end of his shift. Kiul Junction handles about 200 trains daily.
They come from four different directions - Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and Mumbai.
The hard-pressed station master has to control their movement manually using an ancient "slide instrument".
Why this station has not been provided with route relay interlocking system is a mystery. If heaven forbid, a collision occurs in Kiul, the station master will be fired.
Maintenance
The Indian Railways has instituted a well-thought out system for track maintenance.
The hardware and software for this system was planned by the brilliant civil engineers with considerable field experience.
However, lack of internet connectivity and computer illiteracy has stymied this system.
The Railways' antiquated and bureaucratic methods of purchase have led to perennial shortages of material.
Even grease for the elastic track fasteners rubber pads, liners and other fittings are in short supply.
There is a misconception in the public mind that ICF-built coaches are old and unsafe.
These coaches were designed in Switzerland and have withstood the test of time.
They have continuously improved for instance, by using high tensile corrosion resistant steel, instead of copper bearing mild steel.
They are rehabilitated at mid life and brought back to pristine condition. They are also being fitted with the latest design of centre buffer couplers similar to the LHB (Linke-Hoffman Busch-German) coaches.
Technology
While the Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala in Punjab and the one in Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh, are manufacturing coaches only of LHB design, Integral Coach Factory Chennai has also started manufacturing LHB coaches which are safer than coaches of Schlieren design.
Even with the utmost precautions and the most advanced, safe-fail technology, an accident can still occur.
France and Switzerland, with an enviable record of railway safety, still have accidents.
Just as the most efficient and effective police force cannot guarantee that no crime will take place, even the most efficient and effective railway administration cannot assure that there will be no accidents.
The difference between advanced countries (like Japan, France and USA) and India is the attitude towards safety.
In the advanced countries, there is a holistic approach. On the Indian Railways, safety is treated in isolation without regard to the overall climate and without any continuous follow up of remedial measures.
The "fix responsibility and punish" methods have done little to prevent accidents, but have shattered morale.
Accidents can be reduced only by adopting a systems approach. Departmental bias should be eschewed.
Inquiries should focus more on "how" and "why" an accident occurred and "what" can be done to prevent recurrence, and less on "who" is responsible.
Above all, if every railway employee finds pride and joy in his or her work, it will go a long way to improve safety.

  
2434 views
Nov 23 2016 (10:41)
Guest: 52ad97b9   show all posts
Re# 2068588-1            Tags   Past Edits
I fully agree with you. In spite of passengers telling the staff that there is a problem in train they either denied or overlooked

ARP (Advanced Reservation Period) Calculator

Reservations Open Today @ 8am for:
Trains with ARP 10 Dep on: Sun Jan 28
Trains with ARP 15 Dep on: Fri Feb 2
Trains with ARP 30 Dep on: Sat Feb 17
Trains with ARP 120 Dep on: Fri May 18

  
  

Rail News

New Trains

Site Announcements

  • Entry# 2547009
    Oct 16 2017 (10:21PM)


    As per the recent post , the new Pax Login feature has now been introduced. Here are the details of the feature set. . 1. Now you may login to the site as a Member or a Passenger, or BOTH Member & Passenger at the same time. Passenger login is called "Pax Login"...
  • Entry# 2517609
    Oct 11 2017 (09:33AM)


    As detailed here , last month, some changes were made to the PNR section. In the next phase of this rollout, we shall be further separating "Passengers" from "Members". . 1. "Passengers" will be able to login using ONLY their PNRs (no password). We shall have a Pax Login above the current...
  • Entry# 2418661
    Sep 25 2017 (07:09AM)


    @all: There are some changes coming to the PNR Forum. 1. All PNRs will be anonymized, i.e. you won't see who posted the PNRs or search PNRs by Traveller. This is to better protect the confidentiality of travelling members and their travel plans. However, members will still be able to search their OWN...
  • Entry# 2409730
    Sep 15 2017 (11:46PM)


    In recent times, the number of FM Complaints regarding "targeting me", "offensive content", "sarcastic comment", "bashing", etc. have been increasing. This has led to increased censorship and throttling of open discussions. . This is a clarification that this site is meant for a FREE EXCHANGE of ideas. Some arguments/debates/disagreements/jokes/sarcasm are ALLOWED and are...
  • Entry# 2390218
    Aug 25 2017 (12:59PM)


    There has been a partial rollout of a modification to Timeline entries. The implementation will be complete within a week. 1. Void & RAC buttons have been removed. . 2. TL Entries can now be Edited and Fixed by the original updater, if there are errors. So there is no need to Void TLs...
  • Entry# 2175399
    Feb 23 2017 (01:22PM)


    There has recently been a lot of frustration among RFs when their Station Pics, Loco Pics, Train Pics get rejected because the "number is not showing", "shed is not visible", the loco/train is at a distance, Train Board is too small, "better pic available", etc. . To address this issue, effective tomorrow, ALL...
Scroll to Top
Scroll to Bottom


Go to Mobile site
Disclaimer: This website has NO affiliation with the Government-run site of Indian Railways. This site does NOT claim 100% accuracy of fast-changing Rail Information. YOU are responsible for independently confirming the validity of information through other sources.