Eight were dead and more than 60 were severely injured today when nine bogies of the Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter City Express derailed near Anekal (near Tamil Nadu and Karnataka border). The train started at 6 am and the mishap occurred at 7:45 am when the train collided with a boulder fallen on the track.
Rescue operation has started, and ambulance rushed to the site to take the injured to hospitals. Some victims have been seriously injured that can increase the total death count.
“Unfortunate rail accident in Karnataka, Boulder fell on the track in Ghat section, train hit it. directed all sr officers to rush with full help,” tweeted Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. “I am personally monitoring it and in touch with State and local administration. All Sr rail officials are directed by me to be on job.”
Government have launched helpline numbers in Kerala: Trivandrum – 0471-2321205/2321237, Ernakulam Junction – 0484-2100317/0813699773, Ernakulam Town – 0484-2398200.
Bangalore city helpdesk numbers are 080-22371166, 080-22156553, 080-22156554, 9731666751. Accident site number is 9448090599.
Helpline number for any queries: 0471-2321237
It is yet another black spot on the face of Indian government as every year several rail accidents take place killing and injuring hundreds of people. Government has been giving confidence to people for a reduction in rail mishaps, but these numbers seem to grow exponentially. Nothing has changed except death count and casualties. Not only these accidents kill people but it also results in loss of government property that requires massive repair. It involves the wastage of capital which we as taxpayers pay to the government.
Why such mishap occurs now and then? When Delhi Metro can survive with zero accidents that with a train frequency of 1 minute in peak hours then why can’t express trains avoid accidents? Is county’s most used mode of transportation safe?