New Delhi, Aug 23, 2017: During the three-year tenure of Prime Minister Narendar Modi government, nearly 700 people have lost their lives in rail accidents with the Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya derailment being the latest.
Even after big claims and promises on railway safety, the life of the passengers is not safe in Indian Railways. The train accident in Muzaffarnagar has not been completed even a week, and the Kaifiyat Express which came to UP’s Azamgarh from Delhi to Auraiya became a victim of a major accident as ten coaches of the train collapsed in the dumper, injuring more than 70 passengers.
Here are the figure which is from 2014-15 to till now. During this, 346 major or minor rail accidents have occurred.
Considering the figures, in the Suresh Prabhu’s tenure, there has been an increase of 30 percent in the cases of derailment of Indian Railways.
As per the News18 figures for the last 3 years, there were accidents 85 rail accidents in 2014-2015 out of which 63 were train derailment, in the year 2015-16, 78 cases were reported out of which 65 were derailment and in 2016-17, there were about 100 rail accidents, out of which 80 were of derailment.
On November 20, 2016, a deadliest train tragedy took place when the Indore-Patna Express derailed near Kanpur, claiming the lives of 151 passengers. Just after a month, 14 bogies of the Ajmer-Sealdah Express derailed in Rura near Kanpur on 28 December.
Then on January 21, 2017, Kuneru Jahalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirekhand Express derailed, in which more than 40 passengers died and more than 70 injured. Soon after that Railway officials were trying to escape the incident as a naxalite conspiracy, on March 30, Mahakaushal Express derailed near Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh and more than 50 people were injured in this.
However, as per the government data showed in the Rajya Sabha, in the last three years around 333 persons killed in 206 train derailment accidents. Country witnessed 135 train accidents in 2014-15, the number struck at 107 in 2015-16 and 104 in 2016-17.
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In response to a question related to railway safety and passenger safety, the government gave a written reply to the question on December 7, 2016 in the Lok Sabha.
Suresh Prabhu said, “In 2014-15, there were 107 railway accidents in 135 and 2015-16 and 85 rail accidents took place in 2016-17 by 2016.”
According to the Railway Minister, “Major reasons for the rail accidents in the last two years and the current year are due to the failure of the railway staff, road-to-cars, and the defect of machines.”
Even after the death of nearly 700 people in these accidents, Indian Railways are still in hands of Prabhu(God).