Between 2009 to 2015, as many as 411 derailments and collisions have taken place on Indian rail tracks. Thousands of people have died as a result. But eventually, the government is taking some corrective measures to alleviate the loss of life.
With the implementation, trains falling into rivers and coaches catching fire will be common sights in the country’s first ‘Railways disaster management village’ expected to come up on the outskirts of Bengaluru by December next year.
A senior railway ministry official has said that over aged rolling stock such as coaches, wagons and locomotives will be used to replicate train accidents. Tunnel, cutting, embankment, other conditions and obstructions like overhead structures and platforms are being created at the village to resemble the real scenario. For carrying out underwater rescue and relief operations, a water body is also being developed. The ultimate aim is to provide training in dealing with various disasters under varied environment and terrain.
The village, about 25 km from Bengaluru, will also have a virtual reality centre for analysis of railway accidents.