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Railway Boards Safety Directorate vide their letter No. 2003/Safety-I/ 6/2 dated 29th September 2003 laid down the requirement of Zonal Railways Disaster Management Plan as follows :

1. Disaster Management Plan All Divisions and Zonal Railway hdqrts. (including Metro Kolkata & Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) must devise their disaster management plan, if not already done taking into consideration the resources available with them, their neighbouring divisions/Zonal Railways, civil authorities, industrial units and Armed Force bases located in their territory. This would enable the Divisions/ Zonal Railways to muster the entire local resources in case of a major disaster/natural calamity. Zonal Railways Disaster Management plan should integrate all divisions and also to take into consideration adjacent railways framework.

2. Preparation of Disaster Management Plan :The Disaster Management Plan must inter-alia include who is responsible for what activities in detail.

(i)Preparation and implementation of disaster management plan is the responsibility of concerned General Manager/Divisional Railway Manager.

(ii)Authority to order ART/ARMV/Break Down crane  Chief Mechanical Engineer/Chief Motive Power Engineer (Running & Loco)/Sr. Divisional Mechanical Engineer/Divisional Mechanical Engineer, etc.

(iii)Senior most railway officer at the site of the accident shall be the designated Site Manager.

(iv)Management of rescue operations  Primarily Mechanical and Medical Departments. Assistance to be provided by all railwaymen (irrespective of their department) as needed.

(v)Relief operations including care for the dead Commercial, Medical & RPF Departments.

(vi)Communication network Telecom Department.

(vii)Crowd control and law & order at site  RPF.

(viii)State police clearance for restoration  RPF.

(ix)Restoration operations

Rolling stock  Mechanical Department.

Fixed infrastructure like Track, Over Head Equipment, Signaling system, etc.  departments concerned.

(x)Maintenance of SPART/ART & ARMV Rolling Stock/Break Down cranes including rail-cum-road and road mobile emergency vehicle etc.  Mechanical Department.

(xi)Maintenance of equipment kept in SPART/ART/ARMV for rescue and restoration operations � departments concerned.

(xii)Media Management at site

(a) Site Manager shall be the chief spokesman at site and can be assisted by the branch officers concerned, if needed.

(b) PR/Commercial Department to look after the media needs at site.

(xiii)Checklist for the officers & supervisors must be issued in the form of a pocket booklet indicating DOs and DONTs for the benefit of:

(a) First official reaching the site of accident

(b) Senior most officer at the site.

(c) Divisional/HQ control organization.

(d) Station Manager/Station Master.

The Disaster Management Plans must be reviewed and updated in the month of January every year.

Source : North Central Railways / Indian Railways Portal CMS Team Last Reviewed : 17-10-2022  

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