KOCHI: Following the derailment of Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalapuram Express train at Karukutty, the Railway’s Chief Safety Officer has given instructions to the station masters of several stations to reduce the speed of the train at 15 places. The speed limit has been set at 30 km/hr at these places where the rail tracks are not in good condition.
The Railways has also started steps to remove tracks with repair works and re-lay new ones. In the wake of the accident, Railway Engineering department had pointed out that more tracks with complaints still existed and instructions were given to stations masters to change the faulty tracks.
Meanwhile, the meeting of the expert committee probing Karukutty mishap is progressing in Ernakulam South Railway Station. The statements of pilots, guards and engineers are being recorded by the four-member committee chaired by South Railways Chief Security Officer. They are also perusing related documents. The detailed report will be submitted within a week.
Meanwhile, allegations have been raised against certain top railway officials that they had neglected the warning given by officials regarding the fissure on the track at the accident spot. But shortage of new railway tracks was pointed out as the reason for their inaction.