Following two consecutive rail tragedies in Uttar Pradesh, Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu, decides to call it a day, offering his resignation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a meeting here on Wednesday.
In a series of tweets today the Railway Minister revealed that whatever happened was quite unfortunate and he takes “full moral responsibility” for both the accidents. This development took place hours after the resignation of the Railway Board Chairman A.K. Mittal, who was replaced by the new Railway Board Chief Ashwini Lohani.
However, the Prime Minister asked Suresh Prabhu to “wait” ahead of the big decision followed by a major reshuffle among the cabinet members.
According to sources the PM may accept his resignation which in a way comes out as a big patch up for the disaster that claimed 23 lives and 156 critically injured. Again this morning 10 coaches of Kaifiyat Express in Auraiya district, heading towards Uttar Pradesh got derailed injuring 70 people on board.
Both the accidents express a combination of criminal negligence combined with systemic failure at the cost of innocent lives. A preliminary internal assessment reveals that a repair work was underway on the portion of a track near Khatauli which caused the approaching train get derailed. The entire nation is in utter disgust as to how in such a small span of time two train accidents happened that to in the same state?
In a statement released by the press he stated, “In less than three years as Minister, I have devoted my blood and sweat for the betterment of the Railways,” he said in one, adding that he had tried to overcome “decades of neglect. Mr. Prabhu is also facing stark criticism from the opposition which demands Mr. Prabhu’s resignation.
The record of rail accidents has shot since last year which was 156, the highest ever in the last 10 years. Unfortunately Suresh Prabhu’s 3 years tenure as a Railway Minister has been disrupted with numerous rail accidents.
An in-depth analysis into the chain of railway disaster reveals that it’s primarily lack of technology and scarcity of investment that has led to this erratic consequences of railway administration. Most of the railway tracks in India lack adequate maintenance and intermittent inspection which culminates into fatal accidents like these. The Kalinga Utkal Express was running on the old style coaches and not on the latest link-Hoffeman coaches which prevent piling of coaches once they derail for the track.
The reports by the committee also declared that while passenger and freight traffic has increased by 1,344 per cent and 1,642 per cent respectively from 1950 to 2017, the Railways’ route kilometres have escalated by a meager 23 per cent.
The Standing Committee on Railways also offered various guidelines to focus on passenger safety measures and standard protocols on railway management. The task force safety report also suggested that since the entire railway maintenance is a complex system it should be automated as much as possible with least human dependence.
We sincerely hope that the newly appointed Railway Minister will understand the gravity of the whole faltered Railway system scenario and take necessary actions to revive the whole administration on track and implement proper safety rules with strict supervision by the railway staff.
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