New Delhi: While expressing shock over the collision of New Delhi-bound Brahmputra Mail with a goods train in Malda division of Eastern Railways, Union Railway Minister on Wednesday said the lethargy, negligence or carelessness in safety measures on the part of Railway employees cannot be tolerated or allowed.

The Union Minister stated this while addressing the two-day long General Managers’ conference of all Zonal Railways and Production Units that began on Wednesday. Trivedi called upon the General Managers to take all necessary measures to ensure safety and security of passengers.

The meeting has been called to discuss the key concerns of the railways ahead of the Budget. Five people were killed and several injured when Brahmputra Mail on Wednesday hit a goods train at Karonpuroto station in Jharkhand. According to railway officials, Brahmputra mail rammed into a goods train.

“Safety and security is the top priority of the railways. Today’s incident is very unfortunate. This is a clear matter of negligence by railways officials. General Managers have to monitor the railways operations and they must take the accountability at all levels. Identify the mistakes and bloopers of the past should not be repeated. Everybody needs to be vigilant to avert any mishap on track,” Trivedi said.

He stressed that the basics of safety protocols should be strictly followed and that the staff be fully sensitized to the safety requirements in railway operations.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Railways KH Muniyappa said, “We have to mull over alternatives to generate revenues. Public Private Partnership (PPP) which has proved successful in other areas could also be implemented in many areas in railways.”

Trivedi said there have to be solutions to the problems which occur through intelligent decisions and brain storming sessions and called for maintaining accountability at all levels.

Six staff on duty at the time of the accident were suspended. The six suspended staff included both the driver and assistant driver of the goods train involved in the accident R K Paswan and A K Singh, guard of the goods train Ajay Kumar, loco inspector of Sahibganj A N Yadav, on-duty assistant station master of Karonpurato station Aniruddh Kumar and portar Neeraj Kumar.

He also asked to expedite the clearance of pending proposals.