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Indian Railways reports a drastic decline in the number of consequential train accidents

According to Indian Railways, there has been a steep decline in the number of consequential train accidents in recent years. This is because various precautions are being taken to prevent railway derailments and crashes.

Consequential train accidents fell sharply, from 473 in FY 2000–01 to 48 in FY 2022–23. Additionally, the average annual number of consequential train derailments decreased to 47.3 between FY 2014–23 from 86.7 annually during FY 2004–14.

The following are the top 10 measures taken by Indian Railways to reduce the number of accidents:

  • Introduction of Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh (RRSK) in FY 2017-181.
  • Installation of Electrical or Electronic Interlocking Systems with centralized operation of points and signals.
  • The interlocking of Level Crossing (LC) Gates
  • Complete Track Circuiting of stations
  • System of disconnection and reconnection for S&T equipment
  • All locomotives are equipped with Vigilance Control Devices (VCD)
  • Replacement of conventional ICF design coaches with LHB design coaches
  • Safety of Railway Bridges through regular inspection
  • Patrolling of railway tracks
  • Installation of GPS-based Fog Safety Device (FSD)
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