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Railway minister suggests separate rail safety board
New Delhi, 05
Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi
suggested creating a separate rail safety board and said he
would write to chief ministers to know about their demands
from his ministry as also that of MPs from each state.
In reply to a calling attention motion in Rajya Sabha to the
situation arising out of frequent rail accidents in the
country, Trivedi said a separate and independent railway
safety board should be formed.
"The board could comprise experts like former Railway Board
chairman. It will analyse why accidents happen and identify
the risks and safety management system," he said.
Trivedi said all safety-related
vacancies at higher levels will be filled up in about a week.
"I will be personally going to sit on everybody's head, if I
can use the word... all vacancies (at higher levels) are going
to be filled in about a week's time," he said.
The railways, he said, has around 1.5 lakh vacancies and there
was need to fill all the posts.
"Even one death or one accident is not acceptable to us and
there will be zero tolerance towards accidents, injuries and
deaths," he said.
Comparing the records of European rail networks with that of
Indian Railways posted on a website, he said that in 2007
there were eight cases of head-on collision whereas 249 such
cases were recorded in Europe in the same year.
Trivedi said he would write to every chief minister to consult
their MPs about demands from the railways.
"Please call members (MPs). Please find out what they want...
After that I would visit each state, spend time there to
discuss what do you want," he said.
Trivedi said his ministry was keen to modernise coaches and
engines in keeping with the latest technology to prevent loss
of lives in case of any accident. He said the funds earmarked
for safety had been utilised by the railways.