New Delhi: The rise in incidents of rail
mishaps in the country evoked serious concern in the Rajya
Sabha today with members from various parties demanding
immediate steps to prevent such accidents.
Members participating in the discussion on the Railway
Appropriation Bill referred to some major accidents in the
last three years and wanted to know why anti-collision device
was not being fitted in trains.
Avinash Rai Khanna (BJP) expressed concern over accidents
at unmanned crossings and said the Railways cannot shirk its
Naresh Aggarwal (BSP) said 3,000 accidents took place in
the last 10 years claiming the lives of 10,000 people. He said
only giving compensation was not a solution and asked the
ministry to take steps to prevent accidents.
Aggarwal sought more trains and facilities in Uttar
Pradesh saying the state has been discriminated against.
Nandi Yellaiah (Cong) sought rail projects for Andhra
Pradesh and improvement in the quality of food served in the
Moinul Hassan (CPI-M) said safety measures are being
neglected and referred to the recent accidents in West Bengal.
He said 87,000 posts are vacant in the railways and steps
should be taken immediately to fill them, particularly those
connected with safety and security.
Mahendra Mohan (SP) said the railways can garner more
funds for expansion by utilising railway property,
S Thangavelu (DMK) said Tamil Nadu should get more trains.
Ranjitsingh V Mohite-Patil (NCP) said demanded rail link
to Pandharpur which has religious importance.
Elavarasan (AIADMK) said the quality of food in
long-distance trains should be improved.
M P Achuthan (CPI) and Rajniti Prasad (RJD) expressed
concern over increasing number of rail accidents in the
Deepak Das (AGP) drew the attention of the Railway
Minister towards "injustice meted out to the North Eastern
region" as far as railways is concerned.
Pyare Mohan Mahapatra (BJD) said Orissa needed a good rail
network as investment proposals of Rs 6 lakh crore are pending
Others who participated in the debate included Anil Madhav
Dave (BJP), Ishwar Singh (Cong), J N Singh (BJP), Bharatkumar
Raut (Shiv Sena), Ram Kripal Yadav (RJD) and Salim Ansari