Twelve years on, no ACD in most trains



New Delhi: Twelve years ago, Konkan Railway had developed anti-collision devices (ACD) for prevention of train accidents but till date the devices are yet to be installed in all trains.

ACDs were installed in January 2001 in a section of Northeast Frontier Railway after successful trials.

Even though there have many major accidents since then, the railways are yet to install ACDs in all trains.

The train accident in Tamil Nadu last night could have been prevented had there been ACD installed in those trains, said a senior Konkan Railway official.

ACD is designed to prevent various types of train collisions like head-on, side and rear-end collisions and those caused due to infringement by derailed vehicles on adjacent tracks.

The official said "it is a known fact that more than 50 per cent collisions on railways were caused by lapses of loco pilots who are one of the most stressful lot, necessitating technical aid to them for preventing collisions."

In the Railway Budget 2010, the then Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced safety measures.

"To make railways safer, anti-collision devices (ACD) and Train Protection Warning Systems (TPWS) are proposed to be installed. While ACDs are already installed in the NF Railway, it will be expanded to three more zonal railways. The TPWS pilot project spanning 828 route-km will be implemented this year," according to the Budget proposal.

Also, automatic fire and smoke detection system were proposed to be installed in 20 pairs of long-distance trains in the Rail Budget.

PTI