Train accidents rise in India

Train accidents rise in India

Koraput : India | Nov 25, 2011 at 10:00 PM PST
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In India, journey by train has become increasingly unsafe. While coping with the pressure from spiraling rate of population Indian railway goes on adding new trains to its tracks, accidents and derailment in the tracks have become more frequent. Although, the nation has a long list of deadly accidents since its independence, number of such cases has risen sharply recently.

In the recent incident on 22nd Nov, seven were burnt to death in a deadly fire accident in Howrah-Dehradun Express. The victims also included a foreigner. An electric short-circuit in the air-conditioned bogies is said to be the reason behind the accident, while the Police is unable to rule out the chance of sabotage by miscreants.

Two other incidents have been reported just after one day of this gruesome incident. In the first such case, eight people have been injured in a freak accident between a goods train and Howrah-Koraput Samaleswari Express. This incident happened barely few meters away from Jharasuguda station in Odisha. The daily express train between Howrah and Koraput accidentally rubbed itself against the goods train.

In the other incident on the same day, twenty-five people were injured, when Quazigund-Barmulla Express derailed barely 70 km away from Srinagar. The railway officials have confirmed that railway tracks contracted due to cold for which the derailment took place.

In the near past, terrorists and Maoists have repeatedly targeted trains by damaging tracks and causing several accidents. While the Indian railway has gone for several drives for sanitization and modernization of stations, safety of the trains has been breached time and again.

srikant09 is based in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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