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21/01/2010

Why they always hold the train driver responsible for every train accident even before the inquiry could be conducted and was there sufficient reasons for this statement or it was a willful lie. What is the Truth behind Mathura train accident

Truth behind Mathura train accident

A rescue operation was in full swing at the train accident site at Mathura in which at least 22 persons reportedly died and many others suffered injuries.

mathura train accident

mathura train accident

Lets us see what statements were made by the Railways Officers made soon after the accident:

1. According to Divisional Railway Manager, Rajendra Dutt Tripathi, the driver of Goa Express had overlooked the signal leading to accident.
2. The second statement regarding this particular train accident was that “the signaling system is fool proof”.
3. The third statement that came from other officers was that The train driver fatigue angle was ruled out since the  train working time was only 5-6 hours.

Why they always hold the train driver responsible for every train accident even before the inquiry could be conducted and was there sufficient reasons  for this statement or it was a willful lie.

let us see what actually happened.

The information that the signal protecting Gate no 243 had gone defective at about 2:30 am was received in the Railway control office.

At 3:30 am the driver of a goods train was given written instruction to detrain signal maintenance staff at the spot to repair the defective signal.

The signal maintenance staff started to rectify the fault but found that after passage of the Mewar express and even after passage of considerable time the signal was not changing aspect from danger(Red) to green.

Mean while the driver of Goa express brought the speed down to 3 kmph (this drop in speed was recorded in the speed chart) and was just about to take the halt at the gate signal which was at that time showing red aspect.

The maintenance staff  presuming that the Mewar express might  have cleared the section, changed the aspect of signal from red to green by interfering with the signaling system even though the Mewar express was held up due to Alarm chain pulling by passengers.

After getting the Green signal The driver of Goa express resumed normal speed But the Mewar express was standing a few kilometers and the train accident took place at 4:30 am at night time.

This above information is taken from the inquiry report and has been proved that the signaling system was tempered with.

Now you can understand clearly that the signaling system may be fool proof but not if it is deliberately tempered with.

please do not think that that it is a rare event that had happened on that particular day but the  personal experience of Central railway Motorman (last 17 years) says that thesignaling  system is tempered with several time a day at every single station. In the name of Punctuality of Train the signaling staff is kept under pressure and therefore they resort to these practices.

The same types of train accident keeps on repeating at a regular intervals and that This train accident is a exact replica of the train accident that took place between Konark and Sidheshwar express in june 1985  where in the Sidheshwar Express rammed in to stationary Konark Express which was held up due the Alarm Chain Pulling and the staff presuming that the Train might have cleared & that the signal might have gone defective changed the  aspect of signal to  Green from Red. Thus causing on of the biggest train accidents of India.

Regarding the officers pointing that there is no question of fatigue angle for driver since that train working was only 5-6 hours.
This statement was also not true even though it was not the reason for this particular train accident. The train working schedule of the train driver involved in that accident (and also of his colleagues ) involves 22 night train working in 30 days and 3 weekly rests in a period of 54 days. Just imagine the work load on the person responsible for safety of about 3000 passengers.

There fore all the above three statements are proved to be untrue.

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PME Due Date

Master Circular No. 25



Copy of Railway Board’s letter No. 69/H/3/11 dated 06.12.1974



Subject: Implementation of the Recommendations of the Visual Sub-Committee.



6. Periodical re-examination of serving Railway Employees:



6.l. In order to ensure the continued ability of Railway employees in Classes A l, A 2, A 3, B l and B 2 to discharge their duties with safety, they will be required to appear for re-examination at the following stated intervals throughout their service as indicated below:



6.1.1. Classes A l, A 2 and A 3 —At the termination of every period of three years, calculated from the date of appointment until they attain the age of 45 years, and thereafter annually until the conclusion of their service.



Note: (l) The staff in categories A l, A 2 and A 3 should be sent for special medical examination in the interest of safety under the following circumstances unless they have been under the treatment of a Railway Medical Officer.



(a) Having undergone any treatment or operation for eye trouble irrespective of the duration of sickness.



(b) Absence from duty for a period in excess of 90 days.



(2) If any employee in medical category A has been periodically medically examined at any time within one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held one year from the due date of the last medical examination and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.



If, however, such an employee has been medically examined, at any time earlier, than one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held on the date he attains the age of 45 and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.




Ammendment: It was ammended in 1993 as below



Age Group PME Due



Age 00-45 every 4yrs



Age 45-55 every 2yrs



Age 55-60 every year
Details:-
As per Rly Bd's Guideline of Medical Exam issued vide LNo. 88/H/5/12 dated 24-01-1993

a) PME would be done at the termination of every period of 4 years from date of appointment / Initial medical Exam till the date of attainment of age of 45 years, every 2 years upto 55 years & there after annual till retirement.
b) Employees who has been periodically examined at any time within 2years prior to his attaining the age of 45years would be examined after 2years from the date of last PME & subsequent PME for every 2years upto 55years age.Of

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6.1.2. Classes B-1 and B-2—On attaining the age of 45 years, and thereafter at the termination of every period of five years.