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Indian Railways report zero passenger deaths

Indian Railways report zero passenger deaths

For the first time in the history of Indian Railways, zero passenger death was witnessed in the current financial year. Railways attributes it to the improvement in safety features.

Normally few or some passengers die in the accidents of Railways.

However, Indian Railways claimed that no passengers died in any accidents in 2019-20. However, there have been staff deaths. Besides, 33 passengers were injured in the past 12 months in rail accidents.

Train accidents include derailment, collision, fire, level crossing accidents and other miscellaneous mishaps.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted that for the first time in 166 years, Railways had zero passenger deaths in this year.

Railways recorded 16 deaths in 2018-18, 28 deaths in 2017-2018 and 195 deaths in 2016-2017.

The passenger death rate was high in the past. For instance, around 2,400 deaths and 4,300 injuries had been reported during 1990-1995 in over 500 accidents on an average each year.

After a decade, i.e. during 2013-2018, an average of around 110 accidents took place each year in which 990 people died and around 1,500 people were injured.

The improvement of safety features at all railways stations in the country and modern track structure helped with these positive results.

In addition to that, track renewals have been done. To improve the safety of passengers, Pre-stressed Concrete Sleeper (PSC), 60kg, 90 or higher Ultimate Tensile Strength (UTS) rails, fan-shaped layout turnout on PSC sleepers, steel channel sleepers on girder bridges are used.

The causality due to a train accident is calculated based on the number of persons died. The causality is also categorized into the death of railway passenger, railway staff and others, yet Railways does not count run over deaths as accidents in the list.

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