Nearly a week after a train mowed down hundreds of people, killing over 60 in Amritsar, Congress leader and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has written to Railways minister Piyush Goyal, seeking extensive use of technology and high fences near railway tracks in densely populated areas.
In his message to the Railways, Sidhu mentioned, "There is an urgent need to have high fencing along the rail tracks especially in the urban areas that are densely populated so that nobody crosses the rail tracks and many of the accidents are avoided. We should have CCTV Cameras along the rail tracks in densely populated areas and ensure that the patrolling along the tracks by RPF/GRP is enhanced to ensure that the rail tracks can be of great use."
The cricketer turned politician further went onto state that the country needs fencing like that on Mumbai-Pune highway.
"Mumbai-Pune highway is a classical example of fencing. We need to fence the sensitive areas around the rail tracks to ensure that no damage is caused. As this matter is of great importance, I can come to you for detailed discussion on this with a specific plan, so that maximum can be done to adopt extreme caution in future and save numerous lives that are lost in rail accidents across India every year," he added.
In the aftermath of the train accident in Amritsar, investigations revealed that the function was held at that location without getting proper permissions from the state and local authorities. While accepting there was negligence on all ends, Sidhu, a day after the incident, stated that it wasn't intentional.
"No one has done this on purpose. It was negligence and when I say negligence, many would have still not understood their responsibility. But no one intended to do it. It was no one's motive. And the other thing is that many a times, man feels helpless in front of god's will. This is an accident. No one has done anything on purpose. So don't level wrong allegations, don't play politics over it."