NEW DELHI: If figures are to be believed, the Railways has been able to improve the punctuality of the trains in the last three years.
According to figures compiled by the country’s largest public transporter, the Railways had achieved 82 per cent punctuality.
The Railways’ punctuality in the year 2011-2012 was billed at 75 per cent, that improved by several notches to reach 79 per cent by the year 2012-2013.
During the year 2013-2014, the Indian Railways that runs 7,889 trains achieved punctuality percentage of 83.
Till October 2014, the trains were running with 82 per cent punctuality.
These figures were presented in Parliament last week by the Ministry of Railways.
It added that due to very high traffic, the data regarding average late running of trains on yearly basis was not maintained. According to Railway officials, the main reasons for the trains not been able to maintain their punctuality included capacity constraints on account of increasing passenger and freight traffic; adverse weather conditions such as fog during months of December and February in North India, natural calamities such as floods, cyclones, heavy rains; heavy road traffic on level crossing; law and order problems, including agitations and bandh calls.
Even accidents involving cattle and humans due to lack of fencing of railway tracks had also led to delays.The ministry said it was trying to address these issues, easing out capacity constraints, by completing infrastructural works in over-saturated sections.
“In addition, resources are mobilised to replace level crossing gates by low-height sub-ways and reaching out to state governments in obtaining their acceptance for construction of ROBs (Road Over Bridges) and RUBs (Road Under Bridges) in lieu of these gates.
A separate account on loss due to law and order situations is being maintained in close liaison with civil police authorities of state and Central Governments,” the Railways said in a written submission to Parliament.
Among the steps taken by the Railways to curb high incidence of deaths, it was urging people to use foot over bridges to cross the tracks, regular drives were conducted against unauthorised trespassing on railway premises and tracks.