Only 121 locomotives in the country are safeguarded by the KAVACH
protection system, and the expenditure made on installing KAVACH is 350
crores revealed in Railway Minister’s written response to a question posed
by CPI MP Binoy Viswam in Rajya Sabha.
In response to a parliamentary question raised by CPI MP Binoy Viswam,
the Union Minister of Railways, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw in a written reply
responded that only 121 locomotives have KAVACH, the anti-collision
system in place. India has total of 13,215 locomotives in usage. After the
triple train collision tragedy in Odisha, which took the lives of around 300
which could have been avoided had KAVACH been in place. This answer
reveals that not even 0.01 percent of the trains have KAVACH installed. The
reply given by the Hon’ble Minister also mentioned that 3 companies are
involved in the process and 350 crores have been spent till date.
The CPI Parliamentary Leader, on the answer given by Hon’ble Minister
said, “The criminal negligence of the government has been exposed.
Despite spending 350 crores, not even 0.01% locomotives have KAVACH
installed. I am also certain these 121 trains are not that of the ordinary
citizen, but of the rich. Government has the duty to ensure safety of all, but
they have miserably failed.”

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