SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY COMPLETES SAFETY INSPECTIONS & WORKS; GEARS UP FOR UPCOMING MONSOON SEASON
SWR has carried out all safety-related inspections, and safety works in connection with the preparation for the upcoming monsoon season. This has been done to ensure that loss to Railway property, life and train services can be avoided. Special attention has been paid to Ghat sections in Hubballi (Castle Rock to Kulem) and Mysuru (Sakleshpur to Subrahmanya Road) which witness heavy to very heavy rainfall every monsoon.
All the vulnerable locations have been inspected by the section engineers concerned and precautionary measures have been put in place. Chief Bridge Engineer of SWR, Shri Ramesh Kambli has reviewed the monsoon preparedness in all the 3 Divisions.
ATTENTION TO TRACKS
1. All Joints have been attended properly, drainage of water from the track area particularly in yards has been ensured to avoid any stagnation of water. All types of drains have been made with proper slopes and clear outlets so that rains may not affect the operation of trains.
2. The identified vulnerable bridges and locations are provided with name boards at their approaches and arrangements are also made for posting of watchmen. The approaches of girder bridges have also been properly attended.
TRAINING & EDUCATION
1. Monsoon Patrolling of vulnerable locations has been enhanced. All frontline staff and patrolling gangs have been alerted and sensitised to take all necessary precautions in anticipation of the heavy to very heavy rain. They are equipped with necessary tools and equipments to clear the tracks of obstructing materials. Key locations such as bridge approaches, level crossing approaches, pedestrian crossings have been attended to ensure proper track geometry. Trackmen, Station Staff and frontline staff have been trained and alerted for taking action on receiving weather warning messages, sudden storm and rain water level rising near bank or at bridges.
1. Sagarkatte Station in Mysuru Division is equipped with Anemometer to monitor wind speeds. There are 13, 15 and 16 stations in Hubballi, Bengaluru and Mysuru Divisions respectively where rain gauges are installed to regularly monitor rainfall levels.
2. Stock of boulders, ballast, sand bags, and quarry dust have kept ready in wagons and stabled near flood prone locations to arrest landslips, breaches, flooding etc (Castle Rock - 15 wagons and Kulem - 15 wagons over Hubballi division; Sakleshpur – 25 wagons, Chitradurga – 15, Subrahmanya Road – 20 over Mysuru Division).
3. Accident Relief Train & Accident Relief Medical Van are kept ready at all times with prescribed scale of engineering materials. Road vehicles, motor trolleys are kept in good condition for swift transport of relief materials and men to the site, when needed to ensure quick restoration of train services in the event of disruption.
4. All track maintainers & frontline staff have been counseled to maintain social distancing, wear face masks and take precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 virus.
5. The weather bulletins issued from the India Meteorological Department are being monitored and weather warnings are disseminated in a timely manner to Stations to alert Station Masters, Trackmen, and Engineering Electrical & Signal/Telecom maintenance staff.
Engineering Officials have inspected in detail and taken safety measures to prevent damage to train services, railway property and life. Instructions from Disaster Management plan conveyed to staff at all levels. Close coordination will be maintained with Meteorological Department regarding Monsoon/Weather Warning/Forecasts.