Automatic train protection system (ATPS) will be set up in order to avert train accident.
The railway has taken initiative to prevent train accidents with the help of automatic devices. The Automatic Train Protection System (ATPS) will be installed for this.
The ATPS system has a system to prevent accidents even if the driver falls asleep. This system has already been introduced in the developed world. A meeting was held on recently under the chairmanship of the Director General of Railways to install this state-of-the-art equipment in the country’s trains.
Sources said the meeting was directed to take up the survey project. Officials hope that the safety of the train will be possible if the project is implemented.
Railway Director General Md Shamsuzzaman said ATPS is important for train safety. However, some additions and subtractions have to be made to the recommendations that have come up for the survey.
According to railway sources, 945 train accidents have taken place in the country in the five years from June 2014 to June 2019. 141 people were killed and 388 injured. Of these, 129 accidents occurred in 2019.
According to the Railway Operations Department, about 74 percent of accidents are being happened due to derailments. Of the 702 derailments, 349 occurred due to excessive speed and carelessness.
Apart from that, it may have happened due to wrong operation and wrong signal. In railway language it is called over-suit or violence. In view of this, the Railway has been taken up a survey proposal for the introduction of automatic train protection system – ATPS. It will be possible to prevent unwanted accidents, including human forgetting signals and speed control instructions.
The state-owned transport company Bangladsesh Railway carries more than 12 crore 90 lakh passengers a year. Safe travel is being hampered due to old infrastructure, tracks, bridges, rolling stock, signaling systems etc.
Apart from that, the manpower shortage in the operations department and the lack of maintenance of the engine-coach are also the reasons for the accident. The most important of these is the shortage of manpower. Stationmaster, locomaster, pointsmen and signal maintainer have to do extra duty. As a result, train accidents are happening due to their negligence or carelessness. The most common of these problems is head-on collisions.
Concerned people said that in order to solve these problems, it is necessary to identify the defects of train management and take measures to remedy it. And it have to pay attention to technical and operational issues. Above all, the train should have automatic control system.