NCR TO MAN ALL LHS (LIMITED HEIGHT SUBWAY) LOCATIONS IN THE MONSOON SEASON
on 11th June, 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 a discussion on the recent safety related incidents. GM/NCR advised to avoid any mishaps all precautions should be taken to ensure that no shortcut methods are adopted. He said that all maintenance works should be done in proper block/disconnection memo wherever required. It was decided in the meeting that all Limited Height Subway (LHS) locations would be manned during the monsoon season to ensure that any disruption in track geometry because to settling of soil due to rainfall at LHS is detected in real time and rectified on priority. During discussion on rail fracture cases, GM advised that Champhering of all the bolt holes of rails should be ensured so that microscopic cracks from the bolt holes are eliminated and they cease to pose a danger to the integrity of the track. It was decided in the meeting that team from the track directorate of the RDSO to be invited to conduct an audit of the track-maintenance in NCR at locations where frequent rail fracture incidents are happening. It was also decided that unserviceable coaches standing in station yards may be disposed of in accordance with the extant rules, in order to prevent cases of fire due to the activities of miscreants in such coaches. It was decided in the meeting that pruning of trees which have a potential to fall and obstruct tracks/OHE in the event of a storm would be taken up on priority after seeking due permission from the forest department. It was advised by GM that the track geometry should be maintained in good fettle during the ensuing monsoon and that all points and level crossings at yards should be checked jointly by engineering and S&T departments and any deficiencies noticed to be rectified immediately. He also advised that wherever there is a high embankment of DFCCIL near the existing tracks, proper drainage to be developed by DFCCIL, and in case it was not possible to develop the drainage within the next one week; arrangements for installing of high capacity pumps by DFCCIL to made for dewatering of running tracks so that running of trains in monsoon is not affected.GM/NCR advised that all care should be taken to prevent throwing of garbage on railway tracks while cleaning the platform area, so as to prevent clogging of the ballast and resultant build-up of water/moisture on the tracks. Speaking on punctuality, GM/NCR advised that there was a need to do the analysis of each asset failure in detail to take remedial measures to avoid recurrence and reaction time to attend the failures to be minimized. He said that the challenges are multifarious and daunting, but as railway officers we have to rise up to the occasion and meet the challenges. The meeting concluded with GM/NCR advising all the officers even though the cleanliness of the stations of NCR had improved, further efforts were needed to bring about a quantum improvement in the cleanliness of the stations as well as trains.