3 Jun 2023

This Railway System Could Have Avoided Odisha's Train Accident, 300 Lives Would Have Been Saved

The train accident in Balasore, Odisha has shaken the whole country. So far, about 300 people have lost their lives in the accident, while 900 people are seriously injured. Since the accident, serious questions have started to be raised on the technology and claims of the Railways. But the one question that everyone wants to find the answer to is whether this incident could have been prevented?

In fact, a few months ago, the Railways had claimed that they were going to bring such a system, which would prevent rail accidents. The name of this new technology is Kavach System, which would prevent trains from colliding with each other. 

Now after the Balasore accident, questions are being raised that why the government did not install Kavach system in these trains. Had the government installed Kavach system in these trains, such incidents would not have happened.

What is this Kavach system?

Kavach is an automated security system developed by the Indian Railways. This system has electronic and radio frequency identification feature, so that along with the railway signal system, it can also control the speed of trains running on the tracks.

With the help of this, if any two trains come face to face, then they get the signal beforehand. With the help of this system, Railways is making a plan to prevent rail accidents. In the train accident in Odisha, railway officials say that the Kavach system is not installed in the trains. Had this system been installed in trains, the accident might not have happened.

How does the Kavach system work?

When the loco pilot jumps the signal of the railway for any reason, then this system automatically becomes active and starts controlling the brakes of the train. Along with this, the Kavach system sends an alert to the train coming in front and stops within a certain distance before the other train comes in front.

When will Kavach system be installed in trains?

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav while answering a question in the Rajya Sabha said that in the coming time the system will be installed in different stages. In the first stage, along with 1445 kilometer route of South Central Railway, 77 trains have been added. The work of connecting it on other routes is also going on fast.

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