The CAG report said track machines remained idle for want of required traffic blocks by the operating departments, divisions not planning the blocks and operational issues. It said the shortfall in track recording car (TRC) inspections had adverse consequences on the quality of assets with implications on safe operation of trains on routes. Railway ministry insiders said during this period, the focus was more on improving punctuality of trains and getting traffic blocks was a huge challenge.
Citing an example, the CAG has referred to the inquiry report of derailment of Seemanchal Express in February 2019 in which it was pointed out that TRC run over the section, where the accident took place, was overdue by four months. “The main reasons assigned for the shortfall in the inspections was non-receipt of the programme for the running of TRCs to be prepared and finalised by the Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Lucknow. Thus, non-deployment of TRCs over the planned sections, as per schedule, led to non-checking of track parameters having implications on overall safety of train operations including derailments,” the report said.