The CRB admitted that PM Manmohan Singh had suggested a reform in railway system. "The reform will be positive and safety-oriented. Railways is strictly following the PM's directives and suggestions to make the functioning of railways more safe," Mittal said, adding "PM, a man of vision, has rightly observed that railways is the lifeline of the common people."
Talking to media at the East Central Railway (ECR) headquarters at Hajipur, Mittal said that safety of passengers was the topmost priority of the railways now. To make the railway system more foolproof, necessary directives have been issued to every zone of the railways to ensure implementation of railway safety rules. The railways would replace old and worn-out equipments where it was essential, he said.
According to Mittal, railway tracks, signalling, communication system and other materials related to safety are being given priority now. GMs and DRMs have been instructed to keep a tab on the railway system. Proper counselling and strict supervision are a must to maintain safety measures across the country.
"It is unfortunate that lack of awareness among people often causes mishap on tracks. Railways is making all possible efforts to check recurrence of such incidents at vulnerable places," Mittal said.
The CRB maintained that a high-level safety meeting was held at the ECR headquarters at Hajipur in which GMs of ECR K K Srivastava and NER K B L Mittal participated along with all principal heads of various departments. Railway Board safety adviser Sunil Kumar was also present on the occasion.
"It was unanimously decided that these railway zones would monitor safety measures and implement them on priority basis in the larger interest of passengers. All vacancies related to safety would be filled soon. Railways intends to provide proper training to railway personnel, particularly in safety segment," he said.
About the Kalka Mail accident near Kanpur, the CRB said the preliminary report of commissioner of railway safety was still awaited. Railways has taken the accident seriously and efforts are on to replace the old and faulty system which could have caused mishap, the CRB said.