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Post Mittal's resignation, Ashwani Lohani appointed as new Railway Board chairman

Post Mittal's resignation, Ashwani Lohani appointed as new Railway Board chairman

"The divisional engineer and senior divisional engineer of the railway section are responsible and to some extent, their supervisors in the division", the official said. He is an officer with the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME). "Either prime minister should sack the minister or he should accept his resignation", Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters.

In a series of tweets sent by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, he offered to quit following a series of rail accidents, taking moral responsibility. In 1980, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi signed an order to sack the entire Railway Board for non-performance. Thirteen coaches of the Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh on August 19 killing 22 people and injuring 156 while 10 coaches of Kaifiyat Express train derailed in UP's Auraiya district today after crashing into a dumper which strayed onto the tracks. The Utkal Express accident was the result of the train derailing as it sped past a station where the tracks were under fix.

"I am extremely pained by the unfortunate accidents, injuries to passengers and loss of precious lives", he added.

The return of engineer-turned-bureaucrat Ashwani Lohani to the Railways with a new assignment comes two years after the Narendra Modi government hand-picked him to steer Air India out of a crisis.

Holding the Limca National Record for four engineering degree, he is a qualified chartered mechanical engineer from I.Mech. E (UK) and holds degrees equivalent in electrical engineering, metallurgical engineering from the Institute of Engineers of India.

Former Chairman Railway Board A K Mital getting an extension of two-year in July 2016 had taken everyone by surprise. Suresh Prabhu has ordered a probe into the derailment case and had said that no laxity would be allowed by the board. Lohani also has his name registered in Guinness Book of World Records for successfully running the "Fairy Queen Express" which is the world's oldest working steam locomotive.

Mital was facing flak after the Utkal Express derailment in Muzaffarnagar.


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