MECHANICAL BRANCH - SBC DIVISION
Bangalore Division came into existence on 27-07-1981. This division was carved out from the erstwhile Mysore Division.This division is on a BG system and encompasses 11 districts of 3 states of India, i.e. Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Andhra Pradesh.There are 5 major sections in the division, which are SBC-JTJ, SBC-DMM, SBC-MYS, SBC-TK & SBC-SA,.HAS-SBGA. Other smaller sections are YNK-CBP, BWT-KQZ,BWT-MKM, KJM-CSDR, YPR-YNK & YPR-BYPL (via HEB & BAND).
Coaching Depots:- There are two major Coaching Maintenance Depots in the division, one at Bangalore City, which is classified as Mega Coaching Depot with a coach holding of 915 coaches and is managed by a JA grade Officer (Sr.CDO). The other Coaching Depot is at Yeshwanthpur, which is approximately 5 kms away from Bangalore and has a holding of 732 coaches. This depot is managed by a Sr.Scale Officer (CDO). The third Coaching terminal at BYPL (erstwhile wagon depot) has commenced coaching maintenance activities from 13/03/2013. This depot is managed by a Sr.Supervisor (SSE).
Suburban SHED :-
There are two major Suburban rake maintenance Shed’s in the division, catering to suburban traffic, one electric MEMU shed at BANASWADI , and another Diesel shed DEMU BNC.
MEMU shed/ BAND:
MEMU Shed Banaswadi maintains MEMU rakes, commenced its operations in November 2016. With an objective to decrease the tremendous pressure on road infrastructure and develop a robust public transport system in Bengaluru Sub urban area, an MoU was signed between MOR and GOK on 16.01.2017. The project was sanctioned in 2017-18 on Out of Turn (OOT) basis with 80:20 fund sharing between GoK and Indian Railways respectively. A total outlay of 29.45 crores for enhancement of maintenance facilities at MEMU Shed and 4.35 crores for heavy lifting bay for repairs of MEMU rakes at BAND was planned.
MEMU Shed is holding 184 coaches (MC 46 nos, TC 138 Nos), Out of these 46 MC units, 12 units are of the more advanced and efficient 3-Phase propulsion type. The shed has seen rapid increase in its holding from 17 holdings at start of 2018 to the current holding of 46.
MEMU Shed, Banaswadi runs 64 Train Services per day and a total of 572,512 unit kms per month. For running these train services 7 nos. Of 16 car rakes and 5 nos. of 8 car rakes being utilised.
Rake turn around time in shed for 8 car rake is 6 Hrs and for 16 car rake is 21 Hrs (including overnight interchange). The shed does an average of 29 Trip attentions / Month and 8 nos IA/IC Schedules.
MEMU shed comprises of Inspection bay, Heavy lifting bay, Pit wheel lathe, Administrative building, stores building etc.,
The Other coaching depot is at Bangalore Cantonment with a holding of 67 coaches, 17 DPC and 50 TC,
DEMU Shed, Bangalore Cantonment runs 32 train services per day. For running these train services 6 no’s 8 car DEMU rakes are being utilised. Monthly, DEMU shed does on an average 20 trip attention and 5 IOH of DPCs and TCs. SPIC and SPARME monthly schedule is also is being attended at BNC Shed. Troubleshooting of pass-through trains from SBC.
DEMU shed comprises of Inspection bay, IOH bay, Administrative building, stores building, Effluent treatment plant, RCD depo 50KL etc.,
MEMU shed/ BAND:
Inspection Bay Heavy lifting Bay
DEMU shed/ BNC:
IOH Bay Inspection Bay
One Wagon Maintenance Depots at Satellite Goods Terminal, Whitefield (SGT) where most of the freight trains originate / terminate in Bangalore Division.The CONCOR (Container Corporation) is also located at SGT. All the freight activities are monitored by DME/F&O/SBC.
Freight Loading: The major freight loading point in Bangalore Division is at CONCOR siding/ Whitefield. Other freight loading points are at Dharmapuri, Hosur, Mandya, Bidadi, Dodballapur, Coromandel, Bangarpet and Vimanapuram.
Breakdown Special:-‘A’ Class ART with Re-railing equipment andGottwald New Design Jamalpur make 140 T Crane is stationed at SBC. SPAMRV scale-1 is also stationed at SBC.
All the mechanical activities in the division are managed under the control of one JAG officer (Senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer).
Address for contact
Office of the Senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer,
3rd floor, Divisional office,
DRM office building, Next to city railway station,
Bangalore-560023 Ph/Fax: 080-22876509
COACHING ACTIVITIES IN BANGALORE DIVISION
There are three coaching depot in the division:-
Bangalore city coaching depot:-
This is a major coaching depot with a holding of 915 coaches.It is headed by Sr. Coaching Depot Officer (JA Grade officer).The maintenance activity at this depot has been carried out since it was a part of the erstwhile MYS division and is continuing from the inception of the Bangalore division in 1981. In addition to maintenance of BG coaches, IOH & SS1 coaches are also undertaken at SBC depot.
Yeshwantapur coaching depot:-
As part of the passenger terminal at Yeswanthpur, a coaching depot with four pit lines, two Stabling lines, a covered Sick line and Service buildings is functioning at YPR.Maintenance of trains have commenced at YPR from 6.4.2002, Sick line activities also began from April 2004.T. This depot has a holding of 732 coaches and is headed by CDO (Sr. Scale). In addition to maintenance of coaches, IOH & SS1 activities are also attending.
Baiyappanahalli coaching depot: Started on 13.03.2013
BYPL wagon depot was opened during the 1960s. Due to ever increasing traffic at SBC & YPR, to cater the additional projected freight traffic. Since the wagon depot was shifted to SGT, the BYPL wagon depot was converted into coaching depot and was inaugurated to maintain the rakes in the year 2013 with 2 pit lines and the third pit line was commissioned in the year 2017.
BYPL is only 11kms away from Bangalore City with adequate road transport facilities, metro station is also located adjacent to existing BYPL station, Third coaching terminal at BYPL will cater the needs of long distance express trains.
1) BYPL depot was opened during the 1960s as a Nodal goods depot.
2) After commissioning of TCTB, it is proposed to maintain 32 trains, out of which 4 primary (8 rakes),
13 secondary and 15 PFTR trains leading to total coach holding of 174 LHB & 21 ICF coaches.
3) IOH schedules are planned to be carried out at the Heavy lifting bay of MEMU shed/BAND.
4) There are 3 pit lines available to carry out rake maintenance with the following facilities:
a) High pressure jet pipeline
b) Compressed air pipeline
c) Watering pipeline with hydrants, to carry out the rake maintenance activities.
This depot is headed by Sr CDO/BAND & BYPL, assisted by ACDO/BYPL, supervisors and staff..
There are two major Suburban SHEDs in the division, one at BANASWADI , and another at BNC, BAND SHED maintains MEMU rakes, MEMU Shed Banaswadi commenced its operations in November 2016. However, with regards to decrease the tremendous pressure on road infrastructure and develop a robust public transport system, an MoU was signed between MOR and GOK on 16.01.2017. The project was sanctioned in 2017-18 on Out of Turn (OOT) basis with 80:20 fund sharing between GoK and Indian Railways respectively. A total outlay of 29.45 crores for enhancement of maintenance facilities at MEMU Shed and 4.35 crores for heavy lifting bay for repairs of MEMU rakes at BAND was planned.
MEMU Shed Holding is 184 coaches (MC 46 nos, TC 138 Nos). Out of these 46 units, 12 units are of the more advanced and efficient 3-Phase propulsion type. The shed has seen rapid increase in its holding from 10 holdings at start of 2018 to the current holding of 46.
MEMU Shed, Banaswadi runs 64 Train Services per day and a total of 572,512 unit kms/month. It utilizes 7 nos. 16 car rakes and 5 nos. 8 car rakes
The Other coaching depot is at Bangalore Cantonment with a holding of 67 coaches, 17 MC and 50 TC, 32 services per day. 1 8 car rake per day. Rake turn around time in shed for 8 car rake is 6 Hrs and for 16 car rake is 21 Hrs (including overnight interchange). The shed does an average of 29 Trip attentions / Month and 8 nos IA/IC Schedules.
Coaching activities at a glance:-
Satellite Goods Terminal (WHITEFIELD) This yard is mainly meant for reception and unloading of freight trains with bulk commodities like food grains, cement, fertilizers etc.On an average 8 trains are received for being unloaded and released stock are being certified as empty block to various jurisdictions. Steel consignments are also received at this yard and getting unloaded in the dedicated lines of yard. Sick arising mainly of wheel defects,bogie defects and body defects are being attended to on a designated line. Sick line facilities consist of 2 lines. The depot is managed by SSE/C&W assisted by C&W engineers and staff.
CONCOR:-This is an inland container depot where Container loads to various destinations are collected and dispatched through container flat wagons.The SSE and staff of SGT are attending to the needs of this depot. Lister trucks for carrying material and field tools for intensive train examinations are available at siding. This yard has an air brake testing facility with lighting arrangements to undertake examinations during nights.
Wagon Infrastructure: -
Running Activities-Overview Location:-
SBC(Bangalore) Passenger &Express Trains
YPR(Yesvanthpur)Passenger & Express Trains
BYPL(TCTB-Baiyappanahalli)Passenger & Express Trains
BAND(Banaswadi) Passenger & Express MEMU Trains
BNC(Bangalore Cant) Passenger MEMUTrains
SGT(Satellite Goods Terminal) Freight Trains
Other initiative of Mechanical Branch of SBC division:-
Mechanized Laundry: The Bangalore Division currently holds around 34 Primary maintained trains plying to various destinations across the country. The provision of clean & hygienic Bedroll to all the passengers is of vital importance to the railways. The division handles about 13000 sets (avg) of bedrolls per day for passengers in AC classes in all the Express/superfast trains, including the prestigious trains like Rajdhani, Duranto, Premium Express trains. The division has setup an in-house state of the art Mechanized Laundry to cater to the entire Bedroll requirement of the division. The construction of a 10 Ton/Day mechanized laundry under BOOT system was commissioned and started the work. This will address the perennial issue of complaints regarding quality of Bedrolls being supplied to the passengers of AC coaches.
Mechanized Coach Cleaning (MCC): The MCC of all Primary/Secondary/PFTR trains are being attended by the division. Currently the division handles a work load of about 550 coaches Avg.per day (PM/SM) for Mechanized cleaning and about 612 coaches Avg.per day for PFTR attention. The works are outsourced to a maximum extent on a turnkey basis and all the trains originating from the division are completely attended in all respects before departure.
OBHS: On Board House Keeping services (OBHS) is one more aggressive initiative taken by SBC divn of SWR to address the passenger complaints in en-route. It is observed that all the trains originating from SBC/YPR are long distance and on an average each long distance train travels for almost 2 days/nights before reaching destination. The en-route cleaning of the coaches have been major cause of concern and lots of complaints were being received on account of poor housekeeping. Hence the division has started the OBHS service, in the premium trains to start with, and extended to all the 27 long distance trains originating from SBC/YPR. The OBHS staff cleans the AC & Non-AC reserved coaches during nominated time slots and as per passenger demand. Apart from cleaning the toilets, passenger compartments, they also attend the petty repairs to the toilet mechanisms as well as watering of trains en-route. They obtain feedback from the passengers and their performance is gauged based on the feedback from the passengers and necessary corrective actions are taken. There has been considerable improvement in the experience of the passengers after introduction of this service.
Bio-Toilet: The Open toilet system in coaches has been cause of great concern for the passengers & environmentalists. This also posed a concern to the maintenance of precious railways assets like rolling stock, Permanent-way (tracks) and signaling system all over the IR. There were several alternatives to open toilets and had limited success. Indian railways along DRDO developed a more convenient, reliable and practical solution to this problem by developing Bio-toilets. The bio-toilet with a digester tank converts all the human waste into water by deploying bacteria in the tanks attached at the bottom of the coach. Each tank houses around 120 Liters of bacteria and converts all the generated human waste during the run into water which is discharged to the atmosphere. This Bio-toilets have addressed all the environmental concerns and they are relatively in-expensive and easy to maintain. The Bangalore division currently has around 2800 Bio-toilets installed in around 800 coaches. The retro fitment of the bio-toilets to all the remaining coaches is being carried out and in due course of time, all the coaches of the division would be converted into bio-toilets with zero discharge of human waste.
Compliant redressal Mechanism:
The Mechanical branch of the Division is fully equipped to attend all the complaints/requests/feed-back in real-time regarding all the services being provided. The complaints/requests received through are attended round the clock with real time monitoring of the status of redressal. The following mechanism is available in the division to attend and redress the complaints/requests.
Twitter: All the complaints/requests/feed-back received from the passengers are monitored at C&W control office round the clock and necessary corrective actions are taken immediately to address the concerns of passengers.
Coach Mithra: A fully automated real time complaint redressal system has been introduced in all the long distance trains with OBHS through SMS/Web based application Coach Mitra (cleanmycoach.com), wherein the passenger complaints/requests pertaining to on-board cleaning, Linen, watering, lighting & AC are attended immediately by the on-board OBHS/Linen/C&W/AC staff. They obtain feedback from the passengers and their performance is gauged based on the feedback from the passengers and necessary corrective actions are taken. There has been considerable improvement in the experience of the passengers after introduction of this service.
WEB/SMScomplaints through IR portal: The complaints/requests/feed-back received through IR portal (CP-Grams) are also being attended promptly and all the concerns of the passengers are attended.Any other complaints/feed-back received from the passengers through any other means (through Post/ RTI/ Public-Representatives/ committees) etc are attended appropriately with feedback to the concerned person