GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Railways
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 477
ANSWERED ON JULY 11, 2014
477. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state;
(a) the total number of train accidents in the last five years, State-wise/ Union Territory-Wise;
(b) the total number of lives lost in these accidents, State-wise/ Union Territory-wise; and
(c) the measures being taken by Government to reduce the number of train accidents?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI MANOJ SINHA)
(a) to (c): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (c) OF UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 477 BY SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR TO BE ANSWERED IN RAJYA SABHA ON 11.07.2014 REGARDING TRAIN ACCIDENTS.
(a) & (b): Data on consequential train accidents is not maintained State-wise/Union Territory-wise. Year-wise number of consequential train accidents excluding incidents of trespassing at unmanned level crossings caused due to negligence of road vehicle users, during the last five years i.e. 2009-10 to 2013-14 and the loss of lives involved therein, is given below:-
No. of consequential train accidents
excluding incidents of trespassing at
unmanned level crossings
Loss of lives
(c): Safety is accorded the highest priority by Indian Railways and all possible steps are undertaken on a continual basis to prevent accidents and to enhance safety. These include timely replacement of over-aged assets, adoption of suitable technologies for upgradation and maintenance of track, rolling stock, signaling and interlocking systems, safety drives, greater emphasis on training of officials and inspections at regular intervals to monitor and educate staff for observance of safe practices. Safety devices/systems being introduced to prevent accidents include provision of Block Proving Axle Counters (BPAC), Auxiliary Warning System (A WS), LED Signals, Vigilance Control Device (VCD), Anti Collision Device (ACD), Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) and Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS).