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Indian Railways plans to install fencing on tracks prone to cattle casualties

Indian Railways: Indian Railways considers the possibility of erecting fences alongside tracks in regions where there have been cow fatalities on tracks. As many as 2,650 livestock deaths have reportedly been detected on the tracks, according to ministry data. The majority of these accidents occurred in Uttar Pradesh along the North Central Railway, which has its base in Prayagraj.

According to The Indian Express, the government has planned to build 1000 kilometres of boundary barriers alongside the tracks over the course of six months, according to Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.

Cattle accidents on tracks interrupted 200 trains, including the Vande Bharat Express, in the first two weeks of October, affecting 4,000 trains overall, according to IE.

“The railway is working seriously and looking at two different designs. We have approved the one, which is a sturdy wall. Over the next six months 1,000 km of such walls would be built to determine whether such design works, said Vaishnaw quoted by The India Express.

The Railway Safety Commissioner declared in a statement that the fencing of tracks is required if the train’s speed exceeds 130 km/h. The Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai routes are undergoing extensive speed increase work that could enable 160 km/h. A railway official clarified that the fencing along the tracks is part of the plan.

The railway has designated certain stretches for the construction of boundary walls, which include those in the Jhansi Division (Virangana Lakshmibai-Gwalior section), Prayagraj Division (Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay-Prayagraj section), Moradabad Division (Alam Nagar to Shahjehanpur), and Lucknow Division of the North Central Railways and Northern Railways (Alam Nagar to Lucknow).

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