Daily Archive: August 20, 2017

Audio clip hints negligence caused train tragedy

New Delhi: An unverified telephonic conversation apparently between two railway employees widely circulated on social media on Sunday hints that “negligence” may have caused the Saturday train accident in Uttar Pradesh.

The nearly 15-minute audio clip could not be verified independently. A railway official said they were looking into it.

One of the men in the audio clip apparently posted at a crossing near the accident site says “poor patrolling” on the track where maintenance work was under way was one of the causes that caused the tragedy.

“Welding work was under way at a section of the railway track. but the workers did not fix the block of the track and left it loose. Gates near the crossing were closed. A piece (of the track) was not fixed and when the Utkal Express arrived, 14 of its coaches got derailed,” one of the railway employees is heard saying.

“Neither the line, on which the work was under way, was fixed nor they had put any flag or a signboard (as a stop signal). The accident occurred due to negligence. It seems all (concerned employees) will be suspended,” he says.

The other replies that heads will roll and all including “Junior Engineer and other officials” were likely to face action.

They also tell each other that the workers had left some equipment between the tracks after finishing their work. “At least they could have removed the machine and put a red flag there, perhaps the tragedy could have been averted.”

Railway authorities here said they had not yet got the audio clip.

“We have come to know through the media about the conversation between two railway employees. It says the train derailment occurred due to negligence. We will check the authenticity of the clip,” Railway Board official Mohd Jamshed told reporters here.

The Kalinga Utkal Express was on its way from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand on Saturday when 14 coaches derailed at Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. The railways say 20 people have died, down from the 24 reported dead by officials in the state.


#DMRC commissions new construction waste recycling unit

New Delhi, Aug 20 (PTI) The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has commissioned a new facility at Rohini for recycling of construction and demolition waste generated by its construction works.

Inaugurated yesterday by DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh, the plant can also be used by other agencies for recycling their construction related waste.

The DMRC said in a statement that construction waste generated by it are generally dumped at pre-designated sites identified and approved by the government.

“To utilise this waste, this new facility has been constructed. This is one of the many initiatives taken by the DMRC for environment conservation,” the statement said.

The waste transported from DMRC locations will be recycled into products like aggregates, manufactured sand, concrete bricks, tiles, paver blocks, kerbstones etc.

The use of recycled aggregate reduces the consumption of fresh stones and sand, thus conserving natural resources and helping reduce sand mining, it stated.

“The wet technology adopted at the plant will help in minimising process residues as well as dust and noise pollution. The C&D waste will be processed to recover and recycle about 95 per cent of incoming C&D waste,” the DMRC said.