Amravati. Two trains collided in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday evening. 9 passengers had died in this accident. The death toll increased to 14 on Monday morning. 50 passengers have been injured in the accident. The collision between the trains took place between Alamanda-Kankatpally in Vizianagaram.
CPRO of East Coast Railway, Biswajit Sahu said, the accident happened due to human error. The driver of the Visakhapatnam-Rayagada passenger train overshot the signal, due to which it collided with the running Visakhapatnam-Palasa passenger train. Due to the collision, five coaches of both the trains derailed. Of these, 3 coaches were of the leading train and two were of the trailing train.
According to Railway CPRO, signal overshoot occurs when a train moves forward instead of stopping at a red signal. After the accident, 33 trains on this route have been cancelled, 11 trains have been partially canceled and 22 trains have been diverted.
Railways has issued emergency numbers. East Coast Railways has issued emergency numbers. These include Bhubaneswar- 0674-2301625, 2301525, 2303069 and Waltair Division- 0891- 2885914.
Central government announced compensation of Rs 10 lakh
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said, the central government has announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the families of the deceased, Rs 2 lakh to the injured and Rs 50 thousand in case of minor injuries. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directed officials to give ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh each to the families of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh each to the injured in the state.
Kharge said- Talks about security have gone astray
Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge has targeted the Modi government over the Andhra Pradesh train accident. He said on Monday that as much enthusiasm is shown in flagging off trains with much fanfare, equal enthusiasm should be shown in taking action for the safety of railways and passengers.
In the post he said that he is sad to know about the Vijayanagar train accident. My condolences to the families of the deceased. It seems that whatever security claims the Central Government had made after the Balasore accident have gone in vain.
Railway Minister had talked about installing armor system to prevent accidents.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav had told about the armor system to be installed in the train in May 2022. He had said- ‘Kavach is a technology of automatic rail protection. What happens in this is that if two trains accidentally come on the same track, then before they come near them, the armor brake will stop the train, which will prevent an accident from happening. After this statement of the Railway Minister, many cases of train derailment have come to light.
After one year of trial, only 65 engines were fitted with armor.
In May 2022, Ashwini Vaishnav had announced to equip the engines with safety shields to prevent railway accidents. Even after a year, the process of installing armor has started only in Secunderabad out of 19 railway zones. There are a total of 13,215 electric locomotives in the country. Of these, only 65 loco engines have been equipped with armour. In the financial year 2022-23, Indian Railways has set a target of installing armor on at least 5000 km of routes across the country.
How does rail armor prevent collision between two trains?
In this technology, the engine is connected to the micro processor, global positioning system i.e. GPS and signal system and control tower through radio communication. This prevents a collision between two engines of a train in which the rail armor system is working.
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