New Delhi: In a defensive posture, railways on Wednesday claimed accidents across its zones have steadily climbed down over the years even as the death toll in today`s train accident near Mathura reached 22.
Railway Board (Member) Traffic Sri Prakash said the automatic block signalling system, was absolutely foolproof and the investments in the safety over the years has led to consistent decline in number of train accidents.
According to the Railway Safety Advisor Kamlesh Gupta as against 415 accidents in 2001-02, the figure fell to 177 in 2008-09.
There were only 77 accidents till October 21 this year, said Gupta.
According to the data, railways had witnessed 415 accidents in 2001-02 but it declined to 351 in 2002-03 and 325 in 2003-04.
Subsequently, the accident rate decreased to 234 in 2004-05, 195 in 2005-06 and 2006-07. It decreased to 194 in 2007-08 and 177 in 2008-09.
The casualty figure also dropped from 326 in 2001-02 to 103 till October 15, 2008-09.
Refusing to hazard a guess on the reason behind today`s accident, Prakash, said, the Commissioner Railway Safety would investigate the causes and indicated preliminary
report would be submitted within one month.