Right steps must to halt train accidents
Sunday, 18 May 2008

No breakthrough in curbing train accidents though one followed the other in short gap of time has yet been achieved in the country. On 16th April 1853, the first train in the Indian subcontinent set off from Bombay for twenty-one mile trundle down to Thane. Since then train travel has been a cheap and convenient means of travel for the people of Bangladesh and the rest of the SAARC region. .But train journey in the country is fast becoming unsafe. In the latest train accident at Ashuganj rail station , ten people died and fifty-four passengers were injured. A few weeks ago another accident took place at Kalihati rail crossing at Tangail with some fatalities and many were injured In both these recent cases of accidents, it has been found that the railway personnel were at fault, rather than railway equipment . In fact, all the railway personnel of the Ashuganj station have gone into hiding as they would have had to face the blame and would have been severely punished for their negligence . It has also been observed that some of the time railway sleepers and track joints and other railway equipment are stolen . Furthermore maintenance of railway equipment is not up to the mark and trains are running hazardously with faulty signals , aging tracks, and other essential equipment which are below minimum standards for safe running of trains. Station masters , points-men, locomotive drivers and guards on the trains, personnel attending rail crossings are ill-trained and negligent of their duties, often sleeping on duty or deserting from their duty positions without notice. As a result, train journeys have now become as no safer than road and water transportation . The time has now come to take right steps to modernize trains , locomotives and coaches , railway tracks and all equipment necessary for running trains on time , thus ensuring safe and comfortable journey for train travellers of all classes. The railway personnel have to be trained adequately on recruitment and before joining their duties.

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