Who is behind Balasore train accident, what is the interlocking system in Indian train? -aabtak24


The biggest reason for the major train accident in Balasore, Odisha till now was ‘disorder in the signal’ It is believed. Railway Board member Jaya Verma Sinha has not denied the possibility of conspiracy while talking to the media. After the accident, the Railway Board has recommended a CBI inquiry. 

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav also said that considering the circumstances and the administrative information received so far, the Railway Board recommends a CBI inquiry into the accident.”

According to Railway Minister, ‘change’ in electronic interlocking has resulted in wrong signaling or wrong routing.  Because of this the Coromandel Express had to be diverted from the main line. The train, which was running at a speed of more than 115 kmph, collided with a goods train standing on the loop line or side track. 

According to the report published in the English newspaper The Hindu, senior railway officials told that the repair work of the barrier at the crossing was completed recently. After the completion of the work, the track and barrier were also checked at several stages, yet this accident happened. According to officials, preliminary investigation has revealed that the Coromandel Express train entered the loop line and rammed into a goods train standing there instead of the main line.  Signal failure could also be a reason behind the accident, but railway officials said it was not yet clear whether the Coromandel Express entered the loop line and hit the stationary goods train or it first derailed and then entered the loop line. collided with a standing train.


Loop line is used to make the train stand. The length of the loop line is equal to the length of the train (750 metres). Loop lines are constructed to ease train operations at any station. 


Kavach system has nothing to do with the accident?

After the accident, questions are also being raised regarding the armor system in the train. Opposition leaders and people on social media are raising questions about the government’s train collision avoidance system ‘Kavach’. But the Railway Minister has made it clear that the accident has nothing to do with the Kavach system. Kavach is an Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system indigenously developed by RDSO. 


What happened after the accident

It has been more than 50 hours since the train accident in Balasore, Odisha. Relief and rescue work has been completed after the accident. The tracks have been repaired. After 51 hours of this horrific accident, the first train left on Sunday at around 10.40 pm. A total of 21 bogies which were derailed in the accident, the work of removing them has been completed expeditiously. According to statistics, 187 dead bodies have not been identified yet.

What happened on June 4?
The Railway Board has recommended the CBI to investigate the Odisha train accident. So far 88 bodies have been identified. 78 bodies were handed over till morning. 187 dead bodies have been shifted to Bhubaneswar, these dead bodies have not been identified yet. 100 of the injured are in critical care.

Congress surrounded the PM regarding the Odisha train accident. The opposition also demanded the resignation of the Railway Minister. On the Odisha train accident, Tejashwi Yadav said, ‘Such a big incident but till now the responsibility has not been fixed.’ Congress leader Digvijay Singh also demanded the resignation of the Railway Minister  said, ‘If the Railway Minister has even a little shame, he should resign.’

History of the Coromandel Express accident

Coromandel Express has derailed thrice (2002, 2009 and 2023) so far. All the three accidents took place on Friday and all the three trains that were involved in the accident were going to Chennai.  There was no death in the accident in 2002. 16 people died in the 2019 accident. Hundreds of people were injured in both cases.

Indian Railways has received red alert several times

After the Balasore accident, a letter is also being discussed. The letter was written by Harishankar Verma, Director General of the Indian Railway Institute of Transport Management. Three months back, there were some cases of train going on the wrong line. Harishankar Verma  He himself had reached to check non-interlocking of stations. Verma had caught a case of tampering in the system made for interlocking. He had also written a letter to the Railways to stop it immediately, but no action was taken. Please tell that like Balasore, there has been an accident in Gorakhdham Express in 2014 and New Farakka Express in 2018. 

Passengers have to wait 5 years for safe train travel

In the general budget of 2017-18, the Central Government had announced to give one lakh crore rupees to the Railways in the form of Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh (RRSK). In July 2017, the Ministry of Finance issued guidelines for spending RRSK funds. The first objective of this fund is to strengthen railway safety, which includes strengthening of railway crossings and railway tracks. 

The second priority is to upgrade the rolling stock, modern technology and modernize the engine cab. The third priority is training of crew members (loco pilots, assistant loco pilots, guards), use of technology for monitoring railway track and rolling stock. 

Post-accident audit report highlights serious concerns on rail safety 

After the accident, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) tried to find out with the help of a 2022 report, how much the Ministry of Railways is doing on derailment of trainsThese include serious deficiencies in inspection, failure to produce investigation reports after accidents or to highlight deficiencies,  on priority tasks  Flaws such as non-utilisation of railway funds were noticed.  





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