Vision document soon on making railways accident free: Mamata
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 03, 2009, 16:11
  
New Delhi: Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said it will soon come out with a vision document to make railways accident free and is looking at installing Anti-Collision Devices throughout the network.

"Whenever there is an accident we talk about anti- collision devices and other safety measures... But we do not have a long term policy... We have decided this time that we have to go ahead in terms of short-term vision and long-term vision," she said in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour.

The minister said the approach towards accidents will be "zero tolerance" in the next ten years and added, "If we plan for it now, we can do it certainly."

She said about Rs 13,000 crore would be required to install Anti-Collision Devices through out the rail network and sought Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's help in allocation of funds.

To a member's remark that thousands of people have died in accidents in last six months, the minister said the number of accidents have decreased, "but if there is even one death, then also it is unfortunate.

"...In case of big railway accidents the loss of lives is somewhere in the range of 700 to 800 people. But if there is even one death because of rail accidents, then we are sorry for it and we apologise for that," she said.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, December 03, 2009, 16:11


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