North Central Railway
No. PR/NCR/04/2018Press ReleaseDate:11.04.2018
NCR TO CLOSE DOWN ALL UNMANNED LEVEL CROSSINGS BY SEPTEMBER 2018
On 11th 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. The meeting began with a discussion on the recent rolling down of Ahemdabad-Puri express in Titlagarh. GM/NCR advised that lessons learnt from the incident should be utilized and all care should be taken in order to prevent any such incident on NCR. He further advised that adoption of shortcuts should be assiduously avoided. He said that all departments are responsible for safety in train operations within their own purview and they have to draw up their respective action plans for ensuring safety within their own realm. He appreciated the concept of Gross Happiness Index (GHI), which has recently been implemented to assess the condition, service and facilities being provided to Loco Pilots/Assistant Loco Pilots in running rooms of NCR. GM/NCR further advised that ‘Mission Zero SPAD’ had been a major success in the financial year 20117-18 and said that sincere efforts should continue to ensure that its success continues in the new financial year. Regarding closing of Unmanned Level Crossings, GM appreciated that the target for the financial year 2017-18 had been surpassed by closing 75 out of 154 UMLCs on the system of NCR against the target of 73. It was decided that the remaining 79 UMLCs would be closed in the current financial year by September-2018.GM advised that trenches should be dug on the approach to closed down UMLCs in order to ensure that road vehicles are not able to come on railway tracks at such locations.In the meeting it was decided that drivers of tower wagons of Traction Distribution Department would be given intensive training to prevent any case of SPAD by them. Regarding maintenance of track, GM/NCR advised that maintenance of track in high summer temperatures should be done with due care in order to prevent its buckling. He further advised that staff at rolling in and rolling out examination points should be extra-vigilant so as to ensure that no defect in the under-gear of rolling stock are missed. GM further advised that proper analysis of all unusual incidents should be done so as to ensure that the proper causes behind all such incidents are identified. Minimization of cases of ballast hitting the underframe of rolling stock, Minimization of asset failures as well the improved reaction time to the same, ensuring proper packing of ballast under Switch Expansion Joints (SEJs) were the other subjects that came up for discussion in the meeting.