Sunday, January 12, 2014

In Pics: Poor infrastructure and inefficient management plague Indian Railways

New Delhi: The Indian Railways with its vast array of railway networks comprising 115,000 kilometres of track over a route of 65,000 km covering 7,500 stations is one of the world’s largest railway networks and transports more than 25 million passengers annually.

Apart from an important means of transport the Indian Railways have been a great integrating force for more than 150 years. Railways in India bind the economic life of the country as well as accelerate the development of the industry and agriculture.

With revenues of over 11 million which mainly comes from freight and passenger tickets, the condition of Indian Railways remains deplorable and shabby.

Due to its old and outdated tracks resulting in speed restrictions and many serious railway accidents and loss faced by the railways due to a large number of passengers travelling without tickets, the common man has to bear the brunt of travelling in trains that are of obsolescent and outmoded technology and face problems while commuting in these trains. Despite 9000 trains pressed into service daily, the commuters have to travel in unpardonable and inexcusable conditions.

News Agency Reuters recently clicked some images depicting the unjustifiable and inexpiable condition of the Indian Railways that expose the hazards posed while travelling in the trains. The overburdened plight of the present railway network has only rendered it inadequate to meet the new challenges of a fast developing economy.

Despite being the lifeline for a majority of the population in India and the principal mode of transportation for freight and passengers in India, it is not deemed easy to travel in the trains due to the bitter experience one has while travelling.

Image Courtesy: Reuters

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