Indian Railway Corporate Safety Plan(2003-13) Highlights


  • 7% of total accidents, account for 38% of total fatalities.
  • Suggestions: Total elimination of Collisions by the extensive use of Anti-Collision Device (ACD).


  • 75% of total accidents, account for only 14% of total fatalities.
  • Suggestions: Derailments will be reduced by 60% by following measures:
  1. Replacement of overaged tracks, bridges, S&T gears and rolling stock under SRSF and current arisings under DRF.
  2. Elimination of four-wheeler tank wagons, which are accident-prone.
  3. Reduction of thermit welded joints which are weak areas.
  4. Improved training facilities enhancement of human skills.
  5. "Continuous Track Circuiting" and use of `State-of-the-art SPURT Cars' for rail flaw detection.

Fire accidents

  • 2% of total accidents, account for 2% of total fatalities.
  • Suggestions: Fire accidents and consequent fatalities will be reduced by 80% by adoption of fireproof coaches and fire retardant material in the existing coaches.

Level Crossing Accidents

  • 16% of total accidents, but account for 46% of total fatalities.
  • There has been a rising trend in level crossing accidents in the last decade (+23%).
  • Suggestions :
  1. Social awareness programmes.
  2. Construction of ROBs/RUBs at level crossings with TVUs > 1 lakh.
  3. Manning of unmanned level crossings.
  4. Provision of phones & interlocking of level crossing gates.
  5. Use of Train Actuated Warning Device (TAWD) and Anti-Collision Device (ACD)

Other Suggestions/Remarks

  • Overall consequential train accidents per million train kilometers will be reduced from 0.44 in 2002-03 to 0.17 in 2012-13.
  • Fatalities in case of serious accidents will be appreciably reduced by use of Crash worthy Coaches and tight lock couplers with anti-climbing features.
  • Bridges - Following measures being adopted:
  1. Under Water Inspection.
  2. Integrity testing of foundations.
  3. Non-destructive testing techniques.
  4. Bridge Management System.
  5. Fatigue life and residual life assessment techniques.
  6. Replacement/ rehabilitation of identified overaged and distressed bridges.
  • Filling up of all Safety Category posts on urgency basis.
  • Safety Related Retirement Scheme (SRRS) for gangmen and drivers in age group of 50 to 57 years.
  • Disaster Management measures for ensuring quick relief and rescue operation.
  • Funds requirement for safety enhancement works, including SRSF, outlined in the Corporate Safety Plan : Rs. 31,835 crores.



Tue, 19/08/2014 - 08:30

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