New Delhi:In order to prevent frequent rail mishaps the committee headed by Anil Kakodkar is all set to submit its report to the Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi by February 17.

On the other hand the Sam Pitroda committee report on the modernisation of Railways is likely to be submitted on February 22.
It is the first time when an Ex-Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission Anil Kakodkar has been offered this job.

Kakodkar committee on Railway safety was constituted on September 16, 2010. Whereas, the Pitroda Panel was formed on September 21 2011 under the Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi.

Both committees were allotted three months time to submit their report but failed to deliver in the stipulated period and took five months to complete the entire exercise.

Though time and again some reports of the Pitroda Panel have come to the fore, nothing has been disclosed about the Kakodakar Panel so far.
It is very disappointing that recommendations of Khanna, Kunjru and Sikri Committees constituted earlier in this regard could not be effectively enforced.

During 2002-2003 Railways came up with a Corporate Safety plan. Then a special Railway Properties Fund of Rs 17, 000 crore was generated by imposing cess on Railway stamps which was later used in repairing dilapidated Rail bridges and tracks.

But all the efforts to keep the Railway machinery running properly and making it accident free has proved to be futile as the Railways still require huge funds to purchase apparatus and techniques needed for this exercise.

Though the intention behind all this government exercise is to bring the Indian Railways at par with the world but the matter remains stuck as we still lack the will power to do so, says the disappointed Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi.

 JPN\ Bureau