North Central Railway
No. PR/NCR/04/2018Press ReleaseDate:20.04.2018
NCR TO TAKE MEASURES TO PREVENT CASES OF FIRE IN THE SUMMER SEASON
On 20th April, 2018, weekly safety meeting was held in the Office of GM/NCR in the Vindhya Conference Hall, Chaired by GM/NCR Shri M.C. Chauhan. Present in the meeting were all the PHODs/CHODs of NCR and the DRMs of the three Divisions of NCR-Allahabad, Agra and Jhansi who participated via videoconferencing. The meeting began with GM/NCR extending a warm welcome to new DRM/Allahabad. He congratulated all the officers for substantial improvement in almost all indicators in the year 2017-18 and surpassing targets given by Railway Board in several of them. He said that the overall improvement brought by NCR has been recognized at the level of the Ministry of Railways, in the form of ‘Best Overall Improvement Cup’ which has been awarded to NCR. Giving the credit of the achievement to ‘Team NCR’ he said that it has been made possible by the dedicated and combined efforts of the 65000-strong team of officers and staff of NCR. He said that there are a lot of expectations from NCR both at the level of our customers and at the level of Ministry of Railways. GM/NCR advised that in view of the rapidly rising summer temperature, all precautions should be taken to prevent incidents of fire in trains. He further advised that proper maintenance and thorough cleaning of coaches as well as thorough checking at rolling in and rolling out examination points is an effective way of preventing fire. GM/NCR also said that timely destressing of rails in tracks should be done in order to prevent buckling of rails due to severe hot weather. It was decided in the meeting that pieces of rail and other scrap lying near the railway tracks would be removed on priority. CSO/NCR advised that in order to prevent the rolling down of stabled trains the SA9-brake and Hand Brake must be applied by the Loco Pilot when the train is being stabled. GM/NCR said that all staff has to be sensitized towards the need of avoiding shortcuts and the number of surprise inspections-in particular night inspections-have to be increased. Discussing the maintenance of track, he advised that proper cushioning of ballast under the rails has to be ensured at all times in order to prevent rail fractures/weld failures and that senior engineering officers should go to sites where gangs are involved in track maintenance activity & should interact with the gangmen in order to remain in touch with the actual conditions in the field at all time. Improvement in condition of sand humps, ensuring use of standard nut-bolts in main line, ensuring proper anti-rust treatment of rails, proper greasing of fittings on tracks, ensuring availability of hardware required for track maintenance at all times, preventing cases of overloading of SLRs of trains, checking cases of uncoupling of trains, reducing ‘long hour’ cases of running staff, checking cases of cutting of communications/signal cables, trimming of trees near railway tracks and ensuring proper protection of worksites on/near tracks were other issues that came up for discussion.