Modi Govt. blatantly ignoring Railway safety, says Congress

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 21, 2017

The Congress on Sunday questioned efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government in ensuring Railway safety and demanded strong initiatives in this regard to prevent Muzaffarnagar type rail accidents from occurring. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a series of tweets.

As investigations begin into Saturday's train tragedy in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district that killed 21 and injured over 150 people, conflicting claims from officials indicate that a human error may have been the cause.

The Utkal Express tragedy could have been averted, or at least minimised in terms of loss of life if the Kakodkar committee recommendations on railway safety were implemented on time. Since then, there have been 27 railway accidents since then, of which 259 people died and 899 were injured. "The death of innocent people, severe clouds on the security of the railway". He also revealed that a majority of the "practical measures" suggested by the Kakodkar committee were implemented, but no headway was made on the railway safety authority. It's been 5 years since the safety aspects of Indian Railways and suggest improvements have been ignored.

However, the rescue operations got over yesterday and restoration works is underway following the deadly Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga Utkal Express derailment. The Modi government is not learning anything from the railway accidents.

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