In 2017, Indian railways witnessed a number of Derailments – both on and off tracks, which led to a major shift of reign in Narendra Modi government as first Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu resigned following back-to-back train accidents.
Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain on December 27, told the Parliament that this year a total of 52 train-related incidents took place and the failure of the railway staff was the topmost reason behind these.
Gohain also said the number of pending cases of compensation, relating to train accidents, was 419 till December 15 in 2017-18.
The deadliest accident of this year was the derailment of the Kalinga Utkal Express near Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh that claimed 23 lives and left 156 injured.
Below we have enlisted major train-related incidents of 2017:
Utkal Express derailment, Aug 18, 2017: At least 20 people were killed and 92 injured when 14 coaches of the Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh.
Mahakaushal Express derailment, March 30, 2017: A total of 52 passengers were injured when the Mahakaushal Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh. The train, which runs between Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh and Hazrat Nizamuddin in Delhi derailed near Kulpahar station.
Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derailment, April 15, 2017: Ten people were injured when the express train derailed near Rampur in Uttar Pradesh. The derailment occurred near a bridge over the Koshi river.
Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailment, Jan 22, 2017. 29 people were killed and 50 others wounded when the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed in Andhra Pradesh’s Vizianagaram district.