New Railway Board Chairman Takes Charge, Says Safety Will Be Main Focus

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| August 24 , 2017 , 15:34 IST

Days after former Railway Board Chairman Ashok Mittal resigned following two train accidents within a slim span of five days, killing hundreds of lives, Ashwani Lohani has taken charge of the Railway Board saying that his main focus will be the on safety.

"Our main focus will be on safety," Lohani said after assuming charge at the Rail Bhawan here.

He also said that he will also try to maintain cleanliness at railway premises and on upkeep of stations.

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"I will also try to end corruption and VIP culture in the railways, as it is the lifeline of the country," Lohani said.

Lohani belongs to the Indian Railways Service of Mechanical Engineers of the 1980 batch.

Lohani was appointed Chairman Railway Board on Wednesday, after A.K. Mittal stepped down following two major accidents over five days that claimed 22 lives and left over 200 people injured.

Lohani's appointment was announced hours after Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and offered to quit after a second train derailed in Uttar Pradesh in four days, injuring 74 people.