New Delhi: One of India’s largest railway companies, BNSF Railway Company Ltd, has decided to shut down its two locomotives that have been used for over two decades in the north central and east central railway lines of the country, amid rising safety concerns.BNSF’s two locomotive units, one of which is being operated by a subsidiary of Indian Railways, are being retired in the wake of a safety and security review.
The company, which is in talks with state governments to buy the remaining locomotive units, said it will be replaced by new locomotivines with more modern designs.
The decision follows a security review, which has found that the safety and operation of the locomotivers in the area is still not adequate, said BNSFs spokesman Pravin Narayan.
“It has been decided to retire the two locomots and replace them with two more modern locomotiver units in line with current safety standards,” he said.
“The company will have a new locomotive unit of this type in operation by September.”
The decision comes amid growing safety concerns across the country over the safety of trains and trains’ equipment.
Earlier this year, India’s National Institute of Civil Aviation Safety (NIASAS) released a report saying that trains could be travelling at speeds of more than 200 kilometres per hour (125 miles per hour) in places where the country’s most dangerous railway accidents occurred.
The report, released by the National Institute for Civil Aviation Research, also said trains could travel at speeds as high as 310 kilometres per hours (200 miles per day) in parts of western and central India, and even further in parts that are less well protected by national parks.
On Friday, BOSL, India ‘s top safety regulator, said a new train-building project was being completed in Uttar Pradesh’s Rajgir region, with a maximum speed of 300 kilometres per day.
The rail ministry said the state-run BOSLR has been granted a new lease of life, saying it would be able to operate the two-storied locomotors until 2022.
India has one of the highest numbers of accidents per capita in the world.
Last year, BMS, India s largest railway operator, was found to have been negligent in the handling of an accident involving a passenger train in December last year that killed more than 1,100 people.
A state-level investigation concluded that the company had failed to prevent a passenger who was in a seat at the back of the train from falling to the ground and dying.
The train carrying the passengers to hospital had been diverted to another station, where it stalled in a tunnel, killing all on board.