Business Standard

Elders concerned over increase in train accidents

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

  • ALSO READ

    All gates of Farakka barrage to be replaced in 5 yrs: Govt FinMin extends tax exemption for pvt PF trusts till March 2013 Bangaru Laxman moves HC challenging trial court jail term Woman among five arrested for cheating construction company SC seeks EC response on Koda's plea

Initiating the debate on Railways Appropriation Bill, Raghunandan Sharma (BJP) contended, "Rail accidents are increasing in the country. ...We talk about safety but we are reducing expenditure on it."

The government spending on railway safety has declined to Rs 21,000 crore, he said, noting that 15,000 rail crossings are still unmanned and people have not been recruited to man these crossings.

Stating that the government has failed to keep promises that it made to people, Sharma sought time-bound programmes to complete targeted projects on modernisation and electrification.

People are disappointed with the government as railway projects have not been completed in time, he said.

Sharma said neighbouring China was far ahead of India in laying rail lines.

Pankaj Bora (Cong), Tarini Kanta Roy (CPI-M) and Narendra Kumar Kashyap (BSP) also participated in the discussion.

  

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU

Elders concerned over increase in train accidents

Members in the Rajya Sabha today raised concern over increasing number of accidents and pressed the government to take adequate safety measures.

Initiating the debate on Railways Appropriation Bill, Raghunandan Sharma (BJP) contended, "Rail accidents are increasing in the country. ...We talk about safety but we are reducing expenditure on it."

The government spending on railway safety has declined to Rs 21,000 crore, he said, noting that 15,000 rail crossings are still unmanned and people have not been recruited to man these crossings.

Stating that the government has failed to keep promises that it made to people, Sharma sought time-bound programmes to complete targeted projects on modernisation and electrification.

People are disappointed with the government as railway projects have not been completed in time, he said.

Sharma said neighbouring China was far ahead of India in laying rail lines.

Pankaj Bora (Cong), Tarini Kanta Roy (CPI-M) and Narendra Kumar Kashyap (BSP) also participated in the discussion.

  
image