Automated railway system a solution

A smart automated system only can ensure safe, secure and comfortable train journey, experts say.

In the wake of back to back two deadly train crashes within a span of two days, experts said automatic train operation system will have to be introduced in order to ensure safe journey.    

They said the automated system will provide safe train separation by using train detection and its localisation.  

It also provides safe train operation and movement by using train speed determination, monitoring, over-speed protection and emergency braking. The safety of settling and departing passengers will also be provided by using a station interlocking system.

There is no alternative option to automate the railroad to reduce accidents numbers.

Railway expert Professor Hasib Mohammad Ahsan said, the entire information of single train while running will be under the central control.

Md. Kabir Hossain, former general secretary of the Railway Diploma Engineers Association said, many drivers and guards are still working. Recruiting new workers is not possible. The developed countries are far ahead than us. They run their trains automatically. Officials of our country go there, take the training, but the education is not applied because our trains run manually.

The reality is that most of the recommendations have not been implemented.

Recommendation head of a committee on condition of anonymity said, the railway has not yet implemented most of recommendations.  

Moreover, even in the developed countries, the train is running automatically but the technical use in our country is not increasing. The uses of technology are not visible in the railway communications sector, he added

In this regard, Assistant Professor of Accident Research Institute (ARI) of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) Kazi Saifun Newaz said, "We have offered some recommendations on the topic of preventing train accidents. There was a technology-based solution to prevent such accidents. But as far as I know, no further action has been taken on this matter.

Railway expert Prof Hasib Mohammad Ahsan said, after investigating the train accident in Narsingdi, it would have been possible to minimize such an accident if the railway had acted according to what BUET had suggested to prevent such incident.

Former Railway Director General Abu Taher said, everyone has to be careful to avoid accidents. Investigations are made after each accident. Some recommendations are also made to prevent accidents. If these recommendations are not implemented then accidents will take place again.

Earlier on Wednesday at least eight compartments and the locomotive of Lalmonirhat bound Rangpur Express train from capital Dhaka derailed and five of them caught fire at Ullapara in Sirajganj district.

Besides, on November 12, a deadly train accident took place in Brahmanbaria leaving 16 people killed and over 100 injured.