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Indian Railways

In addition to the cumulative shortage of technology-driven mechanised system, acute shortage of skilled personnel power in railways has resulted in a grave situation in rail safety. Presently, 2,74,000 posts are lying vacant in different zonal rail­ways out of which 1,70,000 posts are di­rectly associated with rail safety. So, the acute short­age of staff has imposed huge workload on in-service employees and often caused rail accidents on account of human error.

Skewed Urbanisation and the Contagion

Alongside the dearth of healthcare infrastructure, unplanned and market-driven urbanisation further challenges the containment of the outbreak of infections like Covid-19, in India. In this context, the prospects of an inclusive urban land use plan are also focused on.

Lessons from Kolkata’s East–West Metro Disaster

The disasters faced during the construction of the east–west metro corridor in Kolkata have brought to the fore various contentious issues of urban infrastructure development, such as limited know-how of executing agency, low or no disaster preparedness, and precedence of narrow political interests over the safety considerations of such high-risk construction projects. These accidents reiterate the need for redefining the roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders involved in such projects.

The Tragedy of Bridge Management in West Bengal

Recurrent bridge collapses in West Bengal point out to the lack of coordinated institutional arrangements in the governance of bridge infrastructures in the state. Accountability in designing and construction, and supervision and maintenance, which strengthen different tiers of bridge governance system, are missing. Given the dearth of skilled workforce and the physical infrastructure for supervision, bridge maintenance is reduced to patchworks of painting railings and girders, without persistent evaluation of structural health and resultant repair or rehabilitation of infrastructure.

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