SPATE OF FATAL DERAILMENT-DISASTERS ROLLING ON
For the metamorphosis of Poor-Quality Rail-Tracks with high Train-Derailment Risks to High-Quality Rail-Tracks with low Train-Derailment Risks, massive Capital Investment Schemes of long-term certainty in conjunction with organizational Reshuffles and Restructurings are required.
There is no other country around the globe other than India, from where so many nasty and fatal Train Derailment-Disasters can be reported.
The latest fatal Derailment-Disaster is the Utkal-Express with 23 train passengers killed and over 120 injured near Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh on 19th August 2017. It is the country’s fourth major fatal train derailment-accident over the period of 10 month.
The underlying factor of the causeway to Derailment-Disasters of high mortality rates is on many routes the insufficient track quality, not matching the traffic load, due to insufficient track maintenance and renewal.
The fatal Utkal Express Derailment-Disaster reveals again the need of long-term massive capital investment schemes with long-term certainty for safety related track maintenance and renewal works on all routes of the network. The recent fatal Derailment-Disasters also reveal the need for reshuffle and restructuring the Track Maintenance works in order to eliminate the mismatch between Quality Standards as laid down and as achieved on the tracks.
HIGH RAILWAY TRACK QUALITY is a paramount factor in reducing the likelihood of unwanted and nasty DERAILMENT-DISASTERS; see technical railway paper RISK BALLANCE MODEL; Category: SAFETY & RISK MANAGEMENT. On a High Quality Rail-Track the likelihood of a Derailment will be nearly ZERO. Track quality has to match with the traffic load, which the tracks have to carry; if not matching, it comes to the nasty, unwanted and fatal Derailment-Disasters killing and injuring train-passengers.
To tolerate a low quality track or to let the tracks run down, just to keep the trains running on the lowest possible track-quality level, next to the threshold of a Derailment, is not only risky but also very costly. The maintenance expenditures for a poor-quality track can be about 10 fold higher than for a high-quality track. It is not only risky but highly uneconomical to render a railway service on poor-quality tracks not matching the traffic load.
Global Trends in Track Technologies for HIGH QUALITY RAILWAY TRACKS are elucidated in the technical railway paper GLOBAL TRENDS IN TRACK TECHNOLOGIES, submitted for the International Technical Seminar of I.P.W.E. (India) held on 20th July 2017 at New-Delhi; Category: RAIL TRACK ENGINEERING.
India has to invest far more in Track Quality on all of its routes, not only on prestigious routes for Semi-High Speed. Before going for dedicated High-Speed Trains, the routes for the daily travelling train-passengers have to be made safe.
The UNDERFUNDING and the backlog in LONG-TERM CAPITAL INVESTMENT SCHEMES with long-term certainty in Safety related infrastructure and rail-track works ail Indian Railways.
Without the INPUT in form of massive Capital Investment Schemes of long-term, certainty for Safety and Track Quality related works, and without an organisational reshuffle and restructuring the maintenance works the aim: “The ultimate Goal to prevent Railway Accidents” will not be reached.
The Responsibility has to be fixed at the Indian Government for not allocating sufficient funds with long-term certainty to bring the quality of the tracks in line with the stress and strain exerted by the increased traffic load, as well at the Organisation of Indian Railways for failing in eliminating the organisational shortcomings to bring the prescribed Quality Standards on all tracks of the network.
Several routes have to be better protected against Land-, Earth-, Rock- and Mud-Slides. And for this also more money is needed.
The costs of improving SAFETY all arise immediately, but the benefits emerge only in long-term.
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