Red flags ignored? ‘Serious flaws’ in railway signal system raised 3 months prior to Odisha train accident2 min read 04 Jun 2023, 02:40 PM IST
As Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw listed the root cause of the three-train collision in Odisha, a report mentions how some ‘serious flaws’ in signalling system were red-flagged three months ago
Odisha train accident: Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Sunday that the root cause of the three-train crash – which claimed the lives of 275 people and injured over 1,000 others – in Odisha's Balasore district has been identified. Ashwini Vaishnaw said the issue was with the electric point machine which is vital in the railway signalling system – the “serious flaws" in which were raised by the South Western Railway Zone chief operating manager.
In a statement, Ashwini Vaishnaw said, “The root cause of the horrifying incident has been identified... I do not want to go into details….The setting of the point machine was changed. How and why it was done will be revealed in the probe report. This accident occurred due to changes to the electronic interlocking system."
Ashwini Vaishnaw also clarified that the Odisha train accident has nothing to do with the Kavach protection system.
The electric point machine holds great significance in railway signaling as it enables swift operation and secure locking of point switches. It plays a crucial role in ensuring the safe movement of trains.