What is Electronic Interlocking?

The recent train accident in Odisha’s Balasore has brought the focus on the safety measures implemented in the railway system and the role of electronic interlocking system.

The Purpose of Electronic Interlocking

Electronic interlocking is a crucial safety measure in the railway system. Its primary purpose is to prevent conflicting movements between trains by ensuring that signals are not changed in an improper sequence. This system aims to ensure that trains receive a signal to proceed only when the route is proven safe.

The Cause of the Train Accident

The tragic train accident in Balasore was caused by a change in electronic interlocking. The accident had occurred due to a change that took place during the electronic interlocking process. An investigation is underway to determine the details and identify those responsible.

Responsibility for Investigation

The Commissioner of Railway Safety has been assigned the responsibility of investigating the train accident. This body will conduct a thorough examination of the incident, gather evidence, and determine the factors that contributed to the accident.

Casualties and Train Involvement

Tragically, the train accident resulted in the loss of 288 lives, with over 1000 people injured. The incident involved three different trains: Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, Coromandel Express, and a goods train. Seventeen coaches of the passenger trains were derailed and suffered severe damage.

Units Involved in Rescue Operations

The rescue operations were carried out with the assistance of multiple units. Seven National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, five Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) units, and 24 Fire Services and Emergency units actively participated in the rescue and relief efforts.



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