Frequent train derailments

Repair dilapidated rly tracks immediately

Published : 18 Mar 2024 08:48 PM

Frequent train derailments in the past few years have  raised grave concern over the country’s railroad safety. 

The authorities concerned should immediately repair and modernise the railway tracks to make train journey safer and hassle-free. Besides, crossing of railway tracks by pedestrians through unauthorised level-crossings must be stopped. 

Deployment of gatemen at all level-crossings across the country will also have to be ensured to prevent any accidents. Nine rail coaches of Bijoy Express derailed at Hasanpur in Cumilla on Sunday afternoon, leaving several people injured. 

Train services from Chittagong to Dhaka, Sylhet and Mymensingh train remained stopped after the incident. The incident took place in Tejer Bazar area under Dhalua Union in Nangalkot Upazila.  We are concerned over frequent train derailment and accidents across the country. Lack of awareness and poor maintenance and monitoring at the level-crossings, including railway bridges, are mainly blamed for such accidents. 

Dilapidated condition of the 

railway tracks, faulty interlocking

 and signaling system are causing 

frequent train derailments

Dilapidated condition of the railway tracks, faulty interlocking and signaling system are causing frequent train derailment and even deadly accidents. As these are making the train ride risky, the railway ministry must take effective measures to ensure safe train journey. Therefore, we think the authorities concerned will have to make efforts if it really wants to do something for the safety of passengers and pedestrians. The government’s initiative to procure new coaches, locomotives is not enough for the railway sector’s development and ensure safe train journey.

Therefore, rail lines and bridges will have to be modernised and it is urgently needed to repair the dilapidated railway tracks. 

The government is working to establish a rail network across the country for providing transportation of people and goods safely and at a cheaper rate.

So, the railway authorities must inspect, repair and maintain railway tracks to keep the trains running smoothly and safely. In this regard, proper training will have to be provided to the rail staffs and drivers to put an end to the train mishaps.