North Central Railway
No. PR/NCR/04/2018Press ReleaseDate:24.04.2018
SAFETY MEETING HELD IN NCR HQ: RPF CONSTABLE WHO DETECTED RAIL FRACTURE AND STOPPED TRAFFIC on THE AFFECTED TRACK TO BE AWARDED
Today, on 24th 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. In the beginning of the meeting GM/NCR announced that the RPF head-constable Shri Jitendra Kumar (posted at Naini) who had detected rail-fracture in Naini yesterday (23rd April, 2018) would be awarded for his alertness and quick action. GM advised that all precautions should be taken during performing shunting operations in station yards to ensure that there are no human errors during shunting. He cautioned against adoption of shortcuts during shunting and advised that all such operations should be done ensuring proper procedures. GM also advised that proper cushioning of ballast under points and crossings & Switch Expansion Joints (SEJs) should be ensured to prevent rail/weld fractures. It was decided in the meeting that the measures and precautions that had made ‘Mission Zero SPAD’ a success in the last financial year would continue in the new financial year also. GM/NCR expressed concern over cases of cutting of communications/signalling cables in NCR by outside agencies and advised that those found to be involved in cable-cutting incidents should be penalised as per the provisions of the law. It was decided that hot weather patrolling will be started immediately in vulnerable sections in order to detect any flaw arising in the tracks due to high temperatures well in time. Speaking on punctuality, GM advised that while NCR had done well to improve punctuality by 13.1% in the last financial year; concerted and sustained efforts were needed to improve the punctuality further in the new Financial Year. He said that further improvement in punctuality could be achieved by a multipronged approach consisting of enhanced operational monitoring, reduction in asset failures, reduction in response time to asset failures and reduction in external factors adversely affecting punctuality-in particular unwarranted Alarm Chain Pulling (ACP) and Cattle Run Over (CRO) cases.It was decided that in order to check CRO cases, the sections/locations prone to CRO would be identified and fencing of the track would be done in such locations. In the meeting GM also addressed issues of welfare of railway staff and advised that welfare inspectors should regularly visit the railway hospitals to make a note of the areas that needed to be improved in the interest of the patients. He advised that the reports from welfare inspectors regarding hospitals should be asked by DRMs regularly so that the monitoring of the same could be done at their level.