YEREVAN, May 21. /ARKA/. The railway safety surveillance commission carried out a regular inspection of the Armenian Railway’s Abovyan-Vardenis section on Wednesday.
The commission was established in early May in compliance with Gagik Beglaryan, the transport minister. It was made up of specialists from the South Caucasus Railway CJSC, Armenia's traffic police and transport and communications ministry.
Arsen Mkrtchyan, chief of the ministry's division in charge of railways, said the commission supports and coordinates activities of various agencies responsible for safety of railway traffic in the country in order to lessen the number of accidents.
He said not a single train crash has been reported in Armenia throughout six years.
Levon Hakobyan, South Caucasus Railway Deputy CEO for Traffic Safety, on his side, said that pedestrians crossing railways in improper places and shepherds with their herds are under risk.
He pointed out Hrazdan-Vardenis and Masis-Gyumri as the railway's most risky sections, since residents of these areas engage in cattle breeding.
Hakobyan also said that the number of accidents rose this year because of the increased speed and tonnage of trains.
«Only 19 accidents occurred in 2009 and 29 in 2010, while in the past months of this year 25 cases were reported,» he said.
South Caucasus Railway, a subsidiary of Russian Railways, runs Armenian Railway, which was handed over to the South Caucasus Railway on February 13, 2008 for 30-year concession management with a right to prolong the management term for other 10 years. --0---