Railways: 89,024 vacancies in safety categories
Amid a spate of train accidents in recent times, Railways have disclosed that there are 89,024 vacancies in their safety categories while posts of over 7000 loco-pilots are lying vacant.
“There are approximately 7190 vacancies of loco-pilots and 89,024 vacancies in safety categories on Zonal Railways as on April 1, 2009,” Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa informed Parliament.
About the steps taken by Railways to improve safety, he said technologies like Auxiliary Warning System, Anti-Collision Device and Train Protection and Warning System have been adopted to prevent accidents.
Besides, he said, Vigilance Control Device in locomotives, Wheel Impact Load Detector and simulators for training of loco-pilots are among the other technologies adopted by Railways