China Train Crash 2011
July 27, 2011 by staff
China Train Crash 2011, For years, experts in both China and abroad have been warning that the country is high-speed rail network was careening toward disaster. High-speed trains have been going too fast, too fast expanding network of rail and finance dubious to say the least, who have warned time and again.
But Chinese authorities ignored obsessed speed rail naysayers and insisted that China has pioneered technology that may eventually send the trains that travel at 500 kmh – equivalent to the speed of small planes. “We want to lead the world in the construction of high speed rail,” said the Ministry of Railways chief engineer “He Huawu last year. These ambitions far severe head winds after the collision Saturday night on the coast of Zhejiang province, which left 43 dead and 200 wounded so far. It is the first major accident for high-speed trains in China since first launched in 2007.
But there have been indications that the country has been put at risk the safety that goes to 20,000 km of high speed lines by 2020 – enough to make about four trips between Beijing and Singapore.
Several media reports have cited insiders revealed that the quality control of the construction of the track has not been first class throughout China outside push.
The concrete bases for the tracks, for example, were low prices, without a sufficient amount of chemical hardening.
This means that the tracks become less directly with age.
High quality fly ash – a byproduct of burning coal – was almost definitely not used to strengthen the tracks, since the rate of construction has exceeded the supply available worldwide, according to a 2008 study by Chinese railway institute of design.
The construction cycle is also considered by many experts to be very fast. Contractors to rail, even while the ministry remains the development of construction standards. It takes only two years to build 300 kilometers of high-speed railway in China, but a decade in other countries.
“It’s a Great Leap Forward building,” said Zhao Jian rail expert from Beijing Jiaotong University, referring to the plan of Chairman Mao Zedong in 1958 to accelerate industrialization. His subsequent famine led to the deaths of tens of millions of people.
And when the trains began to run, they ran at breakneck speed. Although the pattern of Japan’s famous Shinkansen design, which is compressed along at speeds up to 350 kmh, more than 25 percent faster than the Japanese allowed.
Yoshiyuki Kasai, president of Central Japan Railway, told the Financial Times last year: “I do not think they are paying the same attention to safety that we are promoting is that near the boundary is something that never quite.”
In Japan, the oldest and busiest Shinkansen line carries 400,000 passengers a day and has directed since 1964 without a fatal accident. The average delay is usually about 10 seconds.
It helps to finance China’s railways have been very irregular. A study by China Minsheng Bank last year showed that the debts of the ministry amounted to 56 percent of its assets and could reach U.S. and 455 000 000 000, or 70 percent of its assets in 2020.
State auditors also found 187 million yuan (29 million) diverted from Beijing-Shanghai project, then the Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun was dismissed and arrested for alleged corruption earlier this year. Are believed to have received more than 800 million yuan (and 124 million) in bribes.
The scandal raised safety concerns that the money spent on high-speed rail network instead, has lined the pockets of officials.
But these warnings were ignored for years by the Chinese authorities, eager for a prestige project to boost patriotism and affection for the Chinese Communist Party.
It is no coincidence that high-speed trains here are referred to as ‘Harmony Express’ – in line with the ‘harmonious society’ theme President Hu Jintao’s pet.
The benchmark Beijing-Shanghai line was inaugurated on the eve of 90th anniversary party a few weeks ago, a time to show a modern China under communism.
In addition, the high-speed train is considered to provide a useful impetus for China’s economy during the 2008 financial crisis. The government sector provided most of its four billion yuan of encouragement, hoping that not only takes it home, but also becomes high-tech exports from China.
Chinese bullet trains have been aggressively competing with the Europeans and Japanese for contracts in such diverse places as Iran, Russia and California.
It remains to be seen whether the Chinese trains can still conquer the world after (July 23) Saturday disasters. But one thing is sure, that no longer beat the world speed record.
As Xu Changle transportationanlyst said: “China should no longer be concerned about the slow speed will be sure my car can go beyond 200 kmh, but that does not mean that you drive at that speed, right. “
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