Indian Railways Introduces Passenger Coaches with Enhanced Safety Features

Indian Railways Introduces Passenger Coaches with Enhanced Safety Features

New Delhi - Indian Railways is set to introduce passenger coaches equipped with "anti-injury" fittings to mitigate the risk of injuries resulting from sharp edges or protrusions during untoward incidents, sudden braking, or jerks, according to a source informed TOI.

The initiative aims to address concerns such as metal coat hangers causing injuries during sudden movements or accidents. Fittings like luggage racks with rough edges will be modified in future coaches to enhance passenger safety. The Railway Board has instructed all coach manufacturing units to consider this requirement in future equipment purchases, with the changes expected to be implemented in the coming months.

This decision follows significant railway accidents causing loss of lives this year, and the focus is on minimizing the severity of injuries in case of accidents or sudden braking. Simultaneously, Indian Railways is considering replacing ICF-design coaches with Linke Hoffmann Busch (LHB) coaches, known for their German design with anti-climbing features to prevent coach piling during derailments.

As Indian Railways introduces new offerings like Vande Bharat, Vande Bharat sleeper, and the push-pull train (informally referred to as Vande Sadharan) to enhance passenger train speeds, safety remains a paramount concern for the national transporter.

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