Indian Railways has been dealing with derailment issues ever since the railways was incepted in the country. But due to negligence in maintenance, issues have started cropping up more than often. This very month, there have been several reported incidents of train derailments. Some fatal and some which didn’t claim lives but caused damages.
But the gross negligence on part of the railway authorities is something that’s alarming. One such derailment could’ve been stopped if they would have been more proactive.
On September 7 i.e. Thursday, Ranchi Rajdhani express derailed near the station.
— ANI (@ANI) September 7, 2017
But it could’ve been avoided. Because a Twitter user, Rakesh Kumar Kaushik, had warned the Ministry of Railways five days prior to the incident, tweeting a picture of the railway track’s condition on September 2.
— Rakesk Kumar Kaushik (@rakesk10061974) September 2, 2017
The Ministry was quick enough to respond to Rakesh and asked DRM Delhi to look into the matter.
@Drmdelhi Kindly look into this.
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) September 2, 2017
Who asked an official to look into the matter. But the user is barely active on social media, so we are guessing it fell on deaf ears.
@srden_cdli Look into the matter.
— DRMDELHI (@drmdelhi) September 2, 2017
But five days later, news of derailment at the station came to light.
Tweeple started reacting to it and pointed that the accident could’ve have been avoided.
Damaged, worn out tracks at Shivaji Bridge pointed out by a passenger five days ago. Ministry responded on Twitter. Today, a derailment. https://t.co/fjasnEYVi4
— Manish (@jimanish) September 7, 2017
Rightly said so.
Anyone can help through the information but at ground level it's duty of department not civilian, here DRM guilty bcoz he only retweeted .. pic.twitter.com/uW7P0eVG6W
— Arvind Vishwakarma (@arvindxj) September 7, 2017
They started questioning the DRM.
did u fail to address this problem ? today accident was because of this and at same place in delhi ??@RailMinIndia kindly check
— Navin Tyagi (@NavinKTyagi) September 7, 2017
It could have been averted.
— Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) September 7, 2017
Surprisingly, that very day, there were three derailments in three different parts of the country.
When will the authorities take the matter seriously and be on their feet while seeking a solution? Hopefully soon.