New Delhi: With the number of accidents zooming out due to heavy traffic on the railway routes, the Railway officials stood against introduction of new trains on the present tracks.  In this regard, they have recorded their reservations with the Railway safety panel headed by former Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission Anil Kakodkar, which was formed by the Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi three months back to give suggestions for the better functioning of the Railways.

The committee which is likely to present its report in two week’s time visited various Railway divisions and zones and observed problems faced by various Railway departments. The members of the committee paid special attention to the Northern Railway divisions like Delhi-Howrah, Delhi-Guwahati, and Delhi-Mumbai which are more prone to accidents. The trains that are being run on these routes are 40 percent more than the capacity of these tracks.

The committee has recorded the maximum number of complaints from the Delhi division. Being the national capital, this division is the busiest of all. It does not have enough resources to withstand operations of 750 trains every day, out of which 500 are mail-express-passengers trains and 250 goods trains. In a period of ten years about 200 trains have been added to the existing structure.

This issue was raised in the conference held last month but received cold response of the General Managers present at the programme. The General Managers of various Railway divisions discussed the need of minimizing the load of trains on few routes. Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi, who pressed for modernization of the Railways in his recent meeting with Prime Minister, is aware of the problems. Trivedi believes that along with the expansion of the infrastructure the technologies used should be upgraded.

He stated that with making train operations completely automatic, accidents could be avoided and also more trains could be introduced.  He has been advocating for complete modernization of the Railways. He made a proposal for Railways modernization envisaging Rs 14 lakh crore investment in the next 10 years.

JPN/Bureau