Railways Minister: Technical Issue to Blame for Odisha Train Tragedy

Railways Minister: Technical Issue to Blame for Odisha Train Tragedy

According to Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, the cause of the deadly train crash that occurred on Friday in Odisha's Balasore district and left 288 people dead and over 1,000 injured was a technical issue with the signalling system.

Speaking to reporters, Mr Vaishnaw stated that the electronic interlocking system and point machine were the roots of the problem.

The deadly incident was caused by a malfunction of the electronic interlocking system, a complicated signal system used to arrange the movement of trains on the tracks in order to prevent collisions.


"Point machine and electronic interlocking are involved. The modification that took place during electronic interlocking is what led to the accident. After a thorough investigation, it would be revealed who did it and how it occurred, he assured.

The Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express, a cargo train, and the Bengaluru-Howrah Yashwantpur Superfast Express were all involved in the three-way collision near Balasore's Bahanaga Bazar station. 2,500 people were reportedly riding the passenger trains at the time.

The Yashwantpur Express was derailed after the Coromandel Express collided with the freight train, according to the railways.

"The horrific incident's underlying cause has been found... I won't get into specifics. Let the report be published. Simply enough, the core cause and those accounts have been found, Mr Vaishnaw added.

The anti-collision system "Kavach" was allegedly involved in the accident, although the railway minister refuted these assertions. He denied Mamata Banerjee's claims that the Kavach gadget may have avoided the catastrophe in West Bengal.

Tracks have already been installed on one of the main lines, according to Mr Vaishnaw, who confirmed ongoing restoration efforts. The impacted rails should be fully functioning by Wednesday, according to the minister, who has more than 1,000 employees working on the restoration. Seven or more Poclain machines, two Accident Relief Trains, and 3-4 railway and road cranes have been deployed.

The families of almost 300 accident victims have received compensation from the railway ministry. Additionally, special trains are being provided from a number of locations, such as Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Ranchi, and Kolkata, to make it easier for patients to return home after treatment.

Additional information is anticipated to be included in the accident's official report. According to the preliminary findings, the Coromandel Express up primary line signal was given and then removed. This train veered into the loop, hit the goods train, and then derailed. According to railway officials, the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express travelled across the down main line as two cars capsized and derailed.

"Preliminary studies indicate that there have been some signalling problems. Only Coromandel Express experienced a mishap. At a news conference in Delhi, Railway Board member Jaya Varma Sinha stated that the train was travelling at a speed of roughly 128 km/h.

"The freight train did not derail. The Coromandel Express sustained the most harm from the collision because the freight train was hauling iron ores. Numerous deaths and injuries are caused by this, she continued.

She claimed that the last two bogies of the Yashwantpur Express were struck by derailed coaches from the Coromandel Express. "The last two bogies of the Yashwantpur Express were crossing at the time when the derailed bogies of the Coromandel Express got on the downline and hit them.

Seven National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, five Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) units, and 24 Fire Services and Emergency units participated in the rescue efforts after the disaster. As part of the attempt, the Indian Air Force (IAF) sent out Mi-17 helicopters to help in the evacuation of the injured and dead.