The Supreme Court in the case Vishal Tiwari vs. Union of India observed and sough for the detailed status report from the Union Government with regards to the future planning of the implementation of the anti-collision ‘Kavach’ system in the Indian Railways.
In the present case, the Public Interest Litigation has been filed by Advocate Vishal Tiwari, wherein it raises issues with regards to the safety or protection measures with respect to the train accidents in India.
It has also been pointed out by the said court that the Government of India has approved the Kavach System to prevent train accidents. However, the said Kavach system has yet not been implemented in all trains.
The court in the case observed and had requested the Attorney General for India to apprise it about the steps taken so far by the Government in this regard.
The bench comprising of Justice Surya Kant and Justice K.V. Viswanathan was hearing the matter.
The counsel appearing for the Union stated that the difficulty in the faster implementation of the ‘Kavach’ system.
Further, the counsel submitted that this court is dependent on the foreign working material for a long period, and if there is an indigenous substitution takes place, there is still a foreign competition bringing impediments in the implementation. The counsel appearing stated before the court stated that the government is very serious about the implementation of the Kavach System.
The bench of Justice Kant asked the counsel appearing for Union that what is your future plan… it is an ambitious project, this is not something which can be done in a month or year or so…it might require you also a lot of time…just an idea.
The bench headed by Justice Viswanathan asked the counsel if some report is present which suggests that the system is partly implemented in answer to some parliamentary query, thus, some report that partly it is implemented up to a certain mile in answer to some parliamentary query.
Therefore, the counsel in the case replied that a huge technical dimension is involved to cover the entire nation.
The court while considering the facts and circumstances of the case observed and has granted four weeks to file a status report.
Accordingly, the court listed the matter for further consideration after six weeks.