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New Delhi [India], Feb 25 (ANI): For the first time since the introduction of Railway System in India 166 years ago, Indian Railways has registered the best ever safety record in the current financial year 2019-20. In the year so far (from 01.04.2019 to 24.02.2020) there has been no fatality of any railway passenger in any consequential railway accident, Indian Railways on Tuesday said in a press statement.

The zero passenger fatalities in the last 11 months is a result of continuous efforts by Indian Railways to improve safety performance in all respects.

"The measures undertaken for safety improvement include the massive renewal of railway tracks, effective track maintenance, stringent monitoring of safety aspects, improved training of railway staff, improvements in signaling system, use of modern technology for safety works, switching over to modern and safer LHB coaches in phases from the conventional ICF coaches. Also, total elimination of Unmanned Level Crossings Gates on broad gauge has resulted in the elimination of accidents on this score thus giving huge impetus to the safety of train operations," Indian Railways said in a written statement.

"The remarkable feat became possible with inputs in the system in the form of Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh (RRSK) introduced in the year 2017-18 with a corpus of Rs1 lakh crore to be spent in next five years, having an annual outlay of Rs 20,000 crore. With this fund, it has been possible to undertake very critical safety works of urgent nature and results are evident," Statement said. (ANI)

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