The Indian Railways for the first time is set to move towards zero fatalities and injuries due to train accidents during the current financial year, while the number of accidents came down by 69 percent. This is compared to five deaths and 81 injuries due to consequential train accidents during the financial year 2019-20.
Based on data available with the Indian Railways, the number of consequential accidents too came down from 55 during the last fiscal to 17 in 2020-21. Consequential train accidents include collision, derailment, fire, level crossing accidents and other miscellaneous accidents. However, run-over deaths are not considered as part of railway accidents.
Though train services were minimal during the current financial year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this can be considered as a major achievement considering the fact that 2010-11 claimed 381 lives on tracks, the highest in the last 15 years.
Addressing the performance review of zonal railways in January, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal had asked the zones to work towards achieving the goal of zero accidents through proper maintenance of assets.