According to official data, Thirty per cent of corrective actions suggested by officers regarding safety in railways have remained unaddressed in the last eight months. As per reports, Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani has now instructed all general managers and divisional railway managers to take immediate measures to stop such unsafe practises to achieve the prime objective of safe transportation of passengers and freight.
During March-October 2017, out of the 5,070 deficiencies reported as on November 27, only 70 per cent were addressed. The data showed that five per cent of the deficiencies were pending beyond three months which could lead to safety hazards. Commenting on the issue, Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani told the media, "Safety department monitors implementation of rules/guidelines... Deficiencies pointed out by the safety department during inspections need to be monitored for immediate corrective action to achieve prime objective of safe transportation of passengers and freight.”