Panaji, Sep 30 (UNI) Union Minister of State for Railway R Velu will inaugurate the five-day International Railway Safety Conference (IRSC) organised by the Indian Railway and the Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd, in Goa tomorrow.
More than 150 representatives from about 20 countries, including the USS, Canada, Australia, Japan, France, Germany, and the UK are expected to participate in the conference.
Member of the National Disaster Management Authority K M Singh and Railway Board Member Traffic V N Mathur among others will also be present on the occasion.
Railway safety practitioners, regulators and accident investigating agencies and related experts from all over the world will share their experiences and best practices on 'Emerging Dimensions for Railway Safety'.
The first such conference was hosted by East Japan Railway in 1990 in Tokyo. The Goa conference is expected to offer immense opportunities for the world railways help formulate future strategies.
Thirty-one technical papers will be presented during the conference on subjects like Integration of Safety Management in Development Planning, Impact of Safety Enhancement Systems and Diagnostic Technologies on Human Performance, Emerging Trends on Mitigation of Third Party Hazard, and Trends and Practices of Safety Regulation and Accident Investigation.
Indian Railways sustained efforts during the recent past had resulted in more than 50 per cent reduction in train accidents, accounting for 0.65 accidents per million train kilometers in 2001-02 to 0.23 in 2006-07.