Siliguri (WB): Railway Minister Dinesh
Trivedi on Tuesday said he was planning to set up an independent
safety and security Board to strengthen passenger and freight
"I am planning to have a Safety and Security Board in
line with similar arrangements in the US. This board will
run independently and solely look after the safety and
security aspects of the Indian Railways," Trivedi told
The modalities of the new board, however, was yet to
be worked out, he said.
Trivedi`s announcement comes close on the wheels of
the Kalka Mail accident in Uttar Pradesh that killed 70 people
and injured 250 others.
In reply to a question, Trivedi said he was expecting
the inquiry report of the July 10 mishap "any time".
Trivedi, who became Railway Minister last week, said
his road map of work would be the "Vision 20:20" introduced by
the then Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee.
"Mamata Banerjee works for 24 hours. We will follow
this. The projects announced by her will be implemented," he
Pointing out that the number of unmanned level
crossings in the country, mostly in rural areas, Trivedi said
unauthorised crossings were not visible in the railway maps.
"We are asking the state governments to look into the
problem. The panchayats and the municipalities should take
steps to ensure that people do not cross the tracks at
unauthorised places," he said.
Earlier, at a function in the Kanchenjunga stadium,
Trivedi and chief minister Banerjee flagged off the metre
guage Rail Bus service on the 10-km Siliguri-Bagdogra route
and the first broad gauge train service in the
Siliguri-Alubari section after gauge conversion.
They also inaugurated a DEMU shed here and a cold
storage under the Kisan Vision project at Bagdogra, besides
also laying the foundation stone for a table tennis academy.