Major Mishaps, 2011
- July 7: The Mathura-Chhapra Express hit a bus at an unmanned level crossing at Thanagaon, UP, leaving 38 dead, 30 injured
- July 10: The Howrah-Kalka Mail derailed at Fatehpur, UP. It left 70 dead, 300 injured
- September 13: A memu hit a stationary train at Chitheri, TN, leaving 10 dead and 100 injured
- November 22: Two AC coaches of the Howrah-Dehradun Express caught fire, leaving 7 dead
Why does the Indian Railways have a poor safety record? It’s quite a worrisome question, underlined only too tragically by a spate of recent accidents. An internal assessment report presented last month before a high-level committee headed by former Atomic Energy Commission chairman Anil Kakodkar marks out the problem areas. The committee will submit a final report in January.
The five-member committee, of which Delhi Metro MD E....