Anti-Collision Coaches To Be Built From June: Goyal
Come this June, the coaches that will be constructed for the Indian Railways will only be the ones that will have in-built anti-collision devices.
According to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, who was addressing the Rajya Sabha that a policy decision to fill up 50 per cent of the total vacancies of 1.2 to 1.3 lakh in the railways, assessed as per the sanctioned strength, and has been taken.
The railways has two kinds of coaches — the Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) and Integral Coach Factory (ICF), that are produced in the country. The LHB coaches have in-built anti-collision devices which cause fewer fatalities, while more fatalities have been recorded in the ICF coaches, the minister said.
"As a policy decision, after June 2018 we will not produce any more ICF coaches and only LHB coaches will henceforth be produced," Goyal said.
The LHB coaches are manufactured by the Rail Coach Factory (Kapurthala) under a Transfer of Technology agreement, while the "Integral Coach Factory" are produced in railways' main coach production plants in Perambur near Chennai.
He said technology was being studied and efforts are on make them useful in the Indian context to ensure more safety and the accident rate was also coming down.
With inputs from Housing News