First time in 166 years, Indian Railways report zero passenger deaths in 2019-20
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First time in 166 years, Indian Railways report zero passenger deaths in 2019-20

December 26, 2019

New Delhi: In its 166-year-long history, Indian Railways has reported financial year 2019-20 as its safest year. The national transporter saw zero passenger deaths during the current fiscal, marking a big achievement for it on the safety front. Also, the Narendra Modi Government is actively engaging in the restructuring of the Indian Railways.

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 per cent over the last 38 years.

In financial year 2017-18, Indian Railways reported 73 accidents across the Railway network. Implementation of continuous safety measures saw this number dip further in FY19. Indian Railways reported 59 accidents during FY19. Additionally, the total number of train accidents per million kilometres reduced to an all-time low of 0.06 in 2018-19.

Reports suggest that number of accidents in 1960-61 was 2,131, which came down to 840 in 1970-71. The total number of accidents in 1980-81 was recorded at 1,013, in 1990-91 it stood at 532 accidents, and in 2010-11 there were 141 such cases.

An average of over 500 accidents took place annually between 1990-1995, with around 2,400 deaths and 4,300 injured. However, an average of 110 accidents took place every year between 2013-2018, in which around 990 people were killed and 1,500 injured. 

The year 2014 marked by the succession of NDA Government over the UPA regime started a new chapter in the development of Railways, with the Government actively engaging in improving the Railways system by implementing state-of-the-art practices on a war-footing basis.

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Putting an end to the “Departmentalism” of the Indian Railways that has long hobbled its progress, the move to amalgamate the disparate services by the Modi Government is aimed to put an end to the age-old culture of working in ‘silos’ and expedite decision making and enabling coherent vision for the organisation.

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