Indian Railways has announced plans to invest in new technologies to boost passenger safety and reduce dependence on manual systems, following a recent spate of train accidents in Kanpur.
As part of the plans, new equipment will be purchased to enable quick detection of fracture on rail tracks.
In addition, experts from Japan and Korea would suggest ways to strengthen the existing safety mechanism by examining it.
The Railway Technological Research Institute of Japan (RTRI) and RDSO also signed an agreement with Korean Rail Research Institute regarding cooperation in railway safety.
PTI quoted the Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu as saying: "I am very angry about the derailments. We have to bring down such cases.
“For that, safety inspections have to be more vigorous. We have to procure modern equipment for the safety inspection on a war footing to avoid manual exercise."
Prabhu has instructed all railway officers to carry out inspections on a regular basis and directed public sector undertakings (PSUs) such as Ircon , RITES and RVNK to offer technological solutions, as well as safety related inputs on the network.
On 28 December last year, 15 coaches of Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailed in Kanpur Rural district and killed at least 62 passengers.
On 20 November, 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed in the same district and killed more than 150 people, while 200 were injured.
Under the direction of the minister, Indian Railways has opted to completely switch to production of LHB coaches designed with anti-climbing and anti-telescoping safety features.
An action plan has also been discussed to retro-fit the existing 45,000 ICF designed coaches with better safety features over the next three to four years.