25 per cent jump in rail, welding fractures last year

Here’s a figure that should really worry you: 2017-18 saw a 25 per cent increase in rail and weld fractures, the highest in the last three fiscal years.

Published: 14th May 2018 01:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th May 2018 05:28 AM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: Here’s a figure that should really worry you: 2017-18 saw a 25 per cent increase in rail and weld fractures, the highest in the last three fiscal years. Rail fractures are one of the major causes for train derailments that could cause human fatalities.

The spike showed up in the equipment failure data collated by Railways for FY18 - 4,369 instances of rail and weld fracture as compared to 3,546 in FY17. Also on the rise are incidents of coach detachments.
The rise in cases of rail fracture comes at a time when the railway ministry is giving priority to safety over punctuality.

The figures were comparatively low in the previous years - 3,237 in FY16 and 4,219 FY15. FY14 though recorded 5,068 incidents.

In FY18, as many as 13 of 16 railway zones fared poorly on track maintenance, with the Northern Railway reporting the highest number of rail and weld fractures.

The actual figure could be even higher as the Railway Board has found serious flaws in infrastructure failure reporting by zonal railways - euphemism for data fudging.

It has sought truthful reporting of all equipment failures irrespective of their impact so that a correct picture of the state of affairs is available for taking informed management decisions and channelising resources.



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  • Observer

    2/2: (Contd...) c). The Rly Minister & Rly Board chairman ought to identify the officers/staff who failed in 1917-18 to report in time truthfully the rail & welding failures on Rly tracks, leading to so many Rly trains accidents, large No. of casualties. Suspend free family travel Rly Privilege Passes/PTOs for all these guilty irresponsible Rly personnel.for THREE YEARS both for actually onsite directly involved Rly personnel as well as the negligent inspection/reporting personnel in question. Transfer them all to distant locations with no promotions for five years and replace them fast with competently qualified Rly personnel on fast track basis.
    3 years ago reply
  • Observer

    1/2: Some measures reqd. : (a) Rly Board Chairman should arrange an immediate formation of a toplevel reliable Inspection Team manned by competently qualified Rly metallurgical/mechanical engineers tasked with some thorough strict periodic sample checks on rail consignments received periodically from steel plants and if any rails lot is found off-spec, summarily reject the whole lot with stern warning to the steel plant in question that any further such defective off-spec rails consignmets dispatches from them may lead to their blacklistings in very near future. (b) The list of contractors doing welding jobs on Rly tracks needs critical review along with thorough inspection of quality of weldings done and welding electrodes used for the purpose. Any substandard poor welding jobs noticed need to be sternly intimated to the contractors. (Contd...)
    3 years ago reply
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