Can’t Stop Derailment, Railways to Train Passengers to Jump Off Coaches Faster

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Can’t Stop Derailment, Railways to Train Passengers to Jump Off Coaches Faster

Illustration: Ahmed Sikander

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ollowing yet another unfortunate derailment near Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh, the railway ministry’s newly appointed safety committee has sprung into action. During a press conference, the panel presented its new plan to curb derailments, which includes training passengers to dive out of trains minutes before it is about to go off the rails.

“We cannot have a ‘derailment-free’ system because that involves staying in office after 5 pm tomorrow. So what we trying to achieve is a ‘free yourself from derailment’ system,” said a member of the panel, who was earlier known for his work in making India a “less-cash” economy during his time in the finance ministry.

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