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Monday, July 11, 2011

RAIL ACCIDENTS: Headless Railways leaves a gaping safety void!

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The New Indian Express Last Updated : 11 Jul 2011 12:43:47 AM IST.

Within a week of a train-bus collision in Uttar Pradesh that left 33 dead, another major railway accident has left the nation shocked. While the toll of Sunday’s calamitous derailment of the Howrah-New Delhi Kalka Mail is yet to be known as many bodies remained tangled inside the coaches and the army had been called for rescue and relief operation, at least 20 bodies had been extricated and the number is poised to rise as rescue operations are under way.

True, every new Railway Minister, in budget after budget, ear-mark major portion of the massive Railway budget, to introduce newer lines and newer trains to his / her home state and rarely invest in the most critical aspect of 'Safety'!

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