New Delhi: Taking note of frequent rail
mishaps, a parliamentary panel has pulled up the Railways for
delay in installing anti-collision devices and asked it to
come out with a concrete strategy within six months to address
The Standing Committee on Railways has felt that the
pace of installing the anti-collision device (ACD) is "not
The committee has directed the Railway Board to come out
with a concrete strategy within six months in this regard
after examining all issues involved.
Considering the number of accidents and consequent loss
of life and property, the installation of ACD acquires
paramount importance, the panel headed by DMK MP TR Baalu has
said in its recently-tabled report in Parliament.
The Railways should come out with a comprehensive plan
in this regard and complete the process in a time-bound
manner, the report said.
The Railway Ministry has maintained that ACD has been in
service trial as a pilot project on Northeast Frontier Railway
since July 2006. Based on experience on NFR, specifications of
ACD have had to be revised to improve efficacy, reliability
and availability of ACD.
The improved version of ACD is to put service trials on
Southern, South Central and South Western Railways covering
1600 km route that include electrified multiple line and
automatic signalling sections.
The committee has noted with distress that there were
several incidents of collisions of trains in the recent past.
Since most of the accidents are attributed to failure of
railways staff, the committee has recommended training and
refresher courses for the staff.
On September 13, the Chennai Beach-Vellore Cantonment
Mainline Electrical Multiple Unit (MEMU) train rammed into the
Arakkonam-Katpadi passenger from behind as it was waiting for
a signal at Sitheri Station, about 90 kms from Chennai,
killing ten people.
Though Commissioner Railway Safety, Southern Zone is
inquiring into the cause of the accident, prima facie the
reason seems to be overlooking of the signal by the loco
This is the third major accident in two months. On July
10 this year, 70 people were killed when the Howrah-Kalka Mail
derailed near Kanpur and three weeks later some coaches of
Guwahati-Bangalore Express derailed in West Bengal`s Malda
district and were hit by another train leaving three dead.
The parliamentary committee has recommended that the
training of the staff should be a continuous process and the
same may be imparted to staff manning sensitive areas.
The committee has also recommended filling up safety
category post expeditiously.