No death due to train accident in almost 22 months: Piyush Goyal
Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said on Friday that with more emphasis on safety, no fatalities have been reported from train accidents in nearly 22 months.
Goyal made the remarks while responding to questions posed by members on the “new bridge maintenance protocols” in the Rajya Sabha during Question Time.
The Minister said: “Over time, security has become the victim of inadequate budgets. And very often from a misallocation of the budget. Over the past six years, we have focused more on security.
He said: “I am happy to share with August House that the last passenger accident fatality occurred on March 22, 2019. In the past 22 months, no passenger fatalities have been caused by an accident. train. “
Speaking of bridges, Goyal said, “We have focused our attention on repairs and maintenance of bridges.
He said there are 34,665 bridges that are over 100 years old, adding “we have a very robust inspection system, once before monsoon, once after monsoon and a rating system.”
He said: “I welcome the member’s suggestion to introduce more and more modern devices. Drones would not be the right approach… the approach should be more like sensors, checking the tensile strength of the bridges. .
“We will consider introducing more and more modern devices to increase these efforts.”
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