Blame it on the fog and poor visibility – two of the three accidents pertain to trains colliding with other trains on the same track. 10 passengers were killed and nearly 40 are injured and the railways have promptly announced a relief of five lakhs of rupees to the next of kin of the dead and lesser amounts for the injured. The Bhiwani-Gorakhpur Gorakhdham Express hit the stationary Prayagraj Express at Panki railway station near Kanpur. The next one was at Sarai Bhopat railway station near Etawah – it was between the Delhi-Sitamarhi Lichhavi Express and the Magadh Express when the former rammed into the latter. The third was of the Sarayu Express at Pratapgarh near Allahabad – in this case the train rammed into a stationary trailer on an unmanned level crossing.
An accident occurs, and compensation is announced – the chapter is treated as closed. No one asks the basic question – how did that happen? Was there not enough safety measures? There are supposed to be checks and counter checks to ensure that one train does not come on the track of another one. But – that is what has happened!! The railway minister should be asking these questions to her engineers – she is not bothered. She is on goodwill missions. She is on PR missions of earning the gratitude of Bengalis because she wants to become the Chief Minister of West Bengal. She was in Bengal to lay the foundation stone for the extension of the Metro to Dakshineshwar.