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Safety Measures on Indian Railways
Indian Railways gives high priority to safety in train operation and this has helped in minimizing train accidents. Some of the important safety measures taken by the Railways are listed below. These measures are regularly reviewed by the railway administration and new measures are adopted based on these reviews as well as on the recommendations of the Commission of Railway Safety and the departmental enquiry committees.
(a) Rehabilitation of assets such as tracks, bridges, and rolling stock.
(b) Inspections of signalling gear, wagons, and locomotive maintenance depots and quality checks of workshop products.
(c) Monitoring the training and performance of the operational staff.
(d) Counselling the drivers about their driving techniques.
(e) Extension of technical aids, i.e., auxiliary warning system, axle counters, route relay interlocking, and track circuiting.
(f) Surprise checks to verify that no inflammable or explosive substances are being carried on passenger trains.
(g) Providing whistle boards/speed breakers and road signs at unmanned level crossings and making provisions to improve visibility for drivers.
(h) Audio-visual publicity to educate road users on how to safely use level crossings.
(i) Holding disaster management courses for staff and officers in training institutes.
(j) Making the safety of the Railways a multi-disciplinary affair for effectiveness.
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