It is worrying to know about 33% increase in train derailment incidents from 51 accidents of previous year to 68 of current year, which may be due to either human error or system error. This leads to loss of life and damage to property worth crores of rupees, besides inconveniencing hundreds by way of cancellation of trains on affected routes. However, there is a reduction in number of train accidents over the previous two years. Thorough monitoring of the track and timely identification of rail fractures can prevent the train derailments to certain extent. Exploring recent technologies for track monitoring to reduce the dependency on human forces and quick communication modes may help the railways in bringing down the number of accidents. This type of practical steps are need of the hour.
Dr S V N Vijayendra, Mysuru