In its 166-year-long history, Indian Railways has reported the financial year 2019-20 as its safest year, which has marked a big achievement as per the safety front.
According to Indian Railways’ data, the total numbers of consequential accidents – collisions, fire in trains, level crossing accidents, and derailment — have decreased by nearly 95 percent over the last 38 years. This is the first time in the Indian Railways’ long history of 166 years that no passenger has died this year. Indian Railways has claimed that not a single passenger has died in this financial year. That is, in the 166-year history of Indian Railways, 2019-20 has become a witness to ‘zero passenger death’.Railway Minister Piyush Goyal made a tweet expressing happiness, in which he wrote – ‘Safety First: overall the financial year 2019-20 was the safest year for the Indian Railways with no deaths.
In another tweet, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that ‘Integration of railway services will lead to significant improvements in railway facilities, working style, and decision-making process. This decision is a step in the direction of our resolution to provide world-class railway services, this will make the railways better and contribute more to the development of the country. On 6 December, the Delhi High Court sought response from the Center on a petition seeking to maintain the highest standards of safety and security measures at all railway stations across the country. In the last month i.e. in November itself, the Ministry of Railways claimed that the railway tracks are being modernized to improve safety.
One of the major safety achievements for the railways in recent times has been getting rid of all unmanned level crossing on its network across the country, which could be a major step towards avoiding the rail accidents.