You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Railways register its best safety figures in almost four decades

Topics
Disaster Accident

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Indian Railways has registered its best safety figures in almost four decades in 2018-2019 till March, data has shown.

The number of accidents plummeted from 1,130 in 1980-81 to a mere 59 (94.8 per cent reduction) in 2018-19. During the same period, the fatality figure plunged from 658 in 1981-82 to 37 in 2018-19 (94.4 per cent reduction).

Last year, in 2017-18, accidents came down to 73.

"The internationally-recognised measure of safety namely Accidents Per Million Train Kilometres has also shown a remarkable improvement during this period.

"The number of Accidents Per Million Train Kilometres came down from a high figure of 2.20 in 1981-82 to an all-time low figure of 0.06 in 2018-19. This shows that the Indian Railways is poised towards zero-accident mode," a senior official said.

The official said continuous safety measures adopted by the national transporter has resulted in a steady dip in casualties and injuries among passengers as well in the past five years.

While between 1990-1995, an average of more than 500 accidents took place every year over railways, with around 2,400 deaths and 4,300 injured in those five years, a decade later between 2013-2018, an average of around 110 accidents took place every year which killed around 990 people and injured about 1,500 people, according to data available with PTI.

During 2018-2019, the number of accidents took at 59, with 37 deaths and 108 injured.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Fri, April 05 2019. 19:11 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU