Andhra Pradesh train accident: Chief Minister Jagan poses three questions to Union government, railways minister

Reddy asked PM modi and Railway Minister to constitute a high level audit committee to ensure such devastating accidents do not occur again.

BySouth First Desk

Published Oct 30, 2023 | 8:23 PMUpdatedOct 30, 2023 | 8:23 PM

Andhra Pradesh train accident

After visiting the Vizianagaram Government General Hospital to meet the train accident victims, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on on Monday, 30 October, raised three questions seeking to know how such a mishap occurred despite the safety mechanisms in place.

He also asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw to constitute a high level audit committee to ensure such devastating accidents do not occur again.

After visiting the injured at the hospital and enquiring about their treatment and facilities, Jagan Mohan posed three questions to the Union government on social media platform X (formerly Twitter).

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The three questions

Chief Minister Jagan posted that the accident has caused him great pain.

He added that a running train collided with another stationed train, both of which were running in the same direction. This horrifying accident gives rise to certain obvious questions.

1. Why did the breaking system and the alert system not function?

2. Why did the signalling fail?

3. How did the communications system fail?

Jagan added, “I sincerely request the Honourable Prime Minister @narendramodi and the Honourable Railway Minister @AshwiniVaishnaw to constitute a high level audit committee to thoroughly examine all these aspects, not just on this line but on all lines across the country, to ensure such devastating accidents* do not recur in the future.”

The chief minister ended his post with, “My thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost their loved ones. Our government will continue to ensure that the best possible care is taken of those injured in this accident.”

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CM visits hospital

Earlier, accompanied by Education Minister Botcha Satyanarayana, Vizianagaram District Collector S Nagalakshmi and others, the chief minister inspected the treatment facilities and went around talking to the victims.

“Are they taking good care of you? Is the doctor taking care of you,” Reddy asked a victim who suffered a leg injury and proceeded to talk to two minor girls and their mother who were undergoing treatment. He spent almost an hour with several patients.

Reddy shelved his plan to visit the accident site to avoid delaying track restoration work and directly proceeded to the hospital where several survivors are undergoing treatment.

“On the request of the Railway officials, the CM will go directly to the hospital instead of inspecting the scene at the train accident spot… Railway officials appealed that if the CM comes to the spot, there is a possibility that the track restoration work will be delayed,” said a note shared by the CMO with PTI.