The Railways has decided not to release the Commission of Railway Safety (CRS) probe report on the Balasore triple train accident. This decision aims to avoid any potential influence or interference with the ongoing investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), according to senior officials who spoke to PTI.
While the CRS report has not been officially confirmed, sources reveal that it attributes the accident to human error on the part of officials in the Signalling and Telecom Department as well as the Traffic Department. These officials allegedly failed to adhere to the established standard operating procedures for train operations.
A senior official emphasized that the CRS report will not be disclosed to prevent it from impacting the independent CBI inquiry. Both reports will be carefully evaluated to determine the appropriate actions going forward.
The South Eastern Circle CRS AM Chowdhary, who conducted the investigation, submitted the report to the Railway Board on Thursday. However, top officials have refrained from commenting on the report, claiming that they have not yet read it.
Typically, such reports are made accessible to senior officials to facilitate necessary corrective measures recommended by the CRS. However, in this case, the CRS has submitted only one report, instead of the usual interim and final reports within a week.
To ensure confidentiality, efforts are being made to prevent any leaks regarding the contents of the report. As the investigation progresses, the Railways has already transferred five top officials from the South Eastern Railway, which had jurisdiction over the accident site.
The Balasore train accident, which occurred on June 2 in Odisha’s Balasore district, resulted in the tragic loss of 293 lives and over 1,000 injuries. The collision involved the Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express, which mistakenly entered the passing loop at full speed, colliding with a stationary goods train. Simultaneously, the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express collided with the derailed coaches of the Coromandel Express.
Besides the CRS probe, the CBI is conducting its own investigation into the accident. Initial findings indicated that the probable cause of the accident was signaling interference, potentially due to negligence or intent.
Please note that this information is sourced from PTI and highlights the Railways’ decision to withhold the CRS report during the ongoing CBI investigation into the Balasore train accident.
|June 2, 2023||Triple train accident in Balasore district, Odisha|
|July 1, 2023||Railways decide not to release CRS probe report|
|July 1, 2023||CBI investigation into the accident ongoing|
|July 1, 2023||Senior officials state human error as the probable cause of the accident|
|July 1, 2023||Railway Board receives the CRS report from South Eastern Circle CRS AM Chowdhary|
|July 1, 2023||Top officials refrain from commenting on the report|
|July 1, 2023||Efforts made to prevent leaks about the report’s contents|
|July 1, 2023||Five top officials transferred out of the South Eastern Railway|
|June 2, 2023||293 fatalities and over 1,000 injuries in the accident|
|June 2, 2023||Accident involved Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express and Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express|
|June 2, 2023||Probable cause of the accident suggested as signaling interference|
Note: The data table summarizes key events related to the Balasore