Essay - Less Accidents or High Speed – Which is more important for Indian Railways? | SBI PO, BOB Manipal, NICL AO 2017 Descriptive


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Less Accidents or High Speed – Which is more important for Indian Railways? - Aarushi Mathur


Right from the introduction by the British, the Indian Railways have come a long way. From being the third largest rail network after US and China, and owning the world’s longest platform in the world in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh; Indian Railways are now equipped with electric-locomotive, diesel-locomotive, and passenger coach factories. But, it still has a long way to go as compared to its counterparts.

In December 2016, India witnessed the most tragic accidents in the history of world railways, when Sealdah Ajmer Express derailed in Kanpur. When recent surveys are picked up, it is seen that maximum fatal deaths in India are in a railway accident, road and air being close behind. Although it is appreciable that the government is keen on touching the bar set by China in their railways but, before that it is also necessary to get inspired by their record of rail accidents. According to tabloids, the last railway tragedy that China faced was in 2011 in which around 40 people died.
It is true that high speed rail is one of the essential requisite if we want to bridge the gap of developing and developed country. But, the fact that, India still holds the top rank in railway accidents in the world list, cannot be ignored. Therefore it is important to achieve higher safety before aiming for higher speed.


It is rightly stated that nothing is more important than one’s life. The highly set targets will be difficult to achieve if lives of people travelling are always at a risk of meeting an accident. High speed will attain lesser accolade if the death toll is still on the rise. Where railways still is the main source of long-distance travel for Indian people, it is important to emphasise on the safety measure taken by the Rail ministry. The reason behind this lag, be it insufficient funding or technical inability, should be looked into before aiming for bullet train speed. 

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