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Paint trains yellow, have powerful lights in the engine;Tips from the World Bank to avert accidents

Paint trains Yellow. Install powerful lights in the engine and they may help to avert railway accidents, the World Bank has told the Indian Railways.

Employees should be in "high-visibility" clothes and there should be fire extinguishers on every train, it said in a report to the railways on ways of ensuring safety.

The report titled 'Strengthening Safety on Indian Railways' was submitted to the railways earlier this week.

The report, suggested that as an immediate goal, the railways install "ditch lights" safety feature in the front of a train to make them more visible and paint them bright yellow so that they can be seen from a distance, especially during twilight hours when visibility is low.

"Take fire prevention measures and add fire extinguishers in every train. Choose high-visibility clothing for employees that can be worn all year round and ensure that it is worn at all times. Ensure that footwear and helmets chosen by employees with their allowance are appropriate for their activities," the report said.

The report also recommended that level crossings and paths be painted with a cross-hatched pattern to highlight the dangers of being in the area.

Four months ago, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had approached the World Bank for a study on the issue of Rail safety.

He had also consulted various international agencies for suggesting safety measures keeping in view of the increasing load on railway infrastructure and subsequent safety issues.

The report, submitted after a series of four train accidents recently, including one in Uttar Pradesh in which over 20 people were killed, listed a number of technical actions that the railways can consider over the next two years.

Train the current investigators in root-cause analysis of accidents, review timetables such that a maintenance block of four hours is provided weekly on all main lines, review safety performance in terminal operations with the intent to identify prevailing risks," the report said.

It also asked the railways to establish an emergency response plan to address derailment, fires, or any other eventuality.

The report has also suggested three broad parameters to improve safety by following international standards.

It asked the Railways to create an independent rail safety regulator, to strengthen the powers of commissioner of railway safety and to form a safety management system under the Chairman, Railway Board.


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