Railway Action Plan for Monsoon 2018
In order to keep the wheels of trains running and to ensure uninterrupted services during the ensuing monsoon 2018, Railway decided to introduce Action Plan for Monsoon. Let’s check the Railway Action Plan for Monsoon 2018.
Konkan Railway : Action Plan for Monsoon 2018
Konkan Railway announced that As the monsoon is set to arrive in Konkan region, Konkan Railway has completed all its planned safety works on its route from KOLAD (after Roha station of Central Railway) to THOKUR (before Mangalore station), and is geared up for the monsoon. Special attention has been paid to catch water drain cleaning and inspection of cuttings. As a result of the large scale geo-safety works executed along the railway line in last 10 to 12 years, the incidences of boulder fall and soil slip have significantly reduced, thus ensuring safe running of trains. There has been no major disruption to train services on account of boulder fall during monsoon in last 5 years.
Konkan Railway will conduct Monsoon Patrolling as per the provisions of Indian Railway Permanent Way Manual to ensure safe running of trains. About 770 personnel will be patrolling the Konkan Railway route during the monsoon. Vulnerable locations will be patrolled round the clock and Stationary Watchmen will be deployed for 24 hours at critical locations. Speed restrictions will be imposed at vulnerable locations. BRN mounted excavators have been kept ready at all nominated points for quick movement in case of any emergency.
Instructions have also been issued to the loco drivers to run the trains at a reduced speed of 40 kmph in case of heavy rainfall when visibility is limited. Self-propelled ARMVs (Accident Relief Medical Van), with provision of Operation Theatre and providing emergency medical aid are kept ready all the time at Ratnagiri and Verna (Goa) along with ART (Accident Relief Train).
Mobile phones have been provided to Loco Pilots, Station Masters and other field officials, including Executives of all departments. Both Loco Pilots and Guards of trains have been provided with Walkie-talkie sets as well as every station on Konkan Railway is equipped with 25 Watt VHF base station. This enables wireless communication between the train crew as well as train crew and Station Master. Emergency Communication (EMC) sockets have been provided at a distance of average one Km along the Konkan Railway route that enables the Patrolmen, Watchmen, Loco Pilots, Guard and other field maintenance staff to contact Station Master and Train Controllers during any emergency situations in train operations. Satellite phone communication has been provided in ARMV (Accident Relief Medical Van) for emergency contact when ARMV is pressed in service. All main signal aspects on Konkan Railway (2344 Nos.) are now replaced with LED for improving signal visibility.
Three Control rooms at Belapur, Ratnagiri and Madgaon, will work 24 x 7 during monsoon period for ensuring safe running of train. Passengers can check train status on www.konkanrailway.com, or dial 139.
Monsoon Time Table will come into effect from 10th June, 2018 upto 31st October 2018. Passengers who have been issued journey tickets prior to announcement of the Monsoon Time Table, are requested to check the timings of their train well in advance as the departure timing of some trains will be preponed. Passengers may monitor their train online during monsoon by visiting www.konkanrailway.com or using KRCL App by downloading Google Play Store.
Konkan Railway aims to ensure safe travel for its passengers in the coming monsoon with the measures taken above.
Western Railway : Railway Action Plan for Monsoon 2018
Western Railway announced that Pre monsoon preparations works are undergoing on Western Railway in full swing. These preparations include cleaning of culverts, desilting of side drains, installations of high power pumps, special maintenance of infrastructure etc. These works will be completed by 1st, June 2018 in the first phase.
Analysis of Rainfall and Flood prone areas
Western Railway has identified the flood prone areas on its section. on the basis of this analysis, more attention will be paid to certain sections which could be flood prone such as areas near Grant Road, Elphinstone Road, Dadar, Matunga Rd-Mahim yard, Bandra-Khar, Andheri-Jogeshwari and Nalasopara-Virar sections.
Western Railway has also come up with the time table showing the dates of high tides of more than 4.0 meters during monsoon 2018 from 1st June, 2018 to 30th Sept, 2018. This will help in taking necessary precautions when required most.
Special Pre-monsoon Action
- First round of desilting in all 40 Culvert has been completed, for balance 3, the target date is 25/05/2018. Subsequent round of desilting will be completed after conducting Joint inspection of first round. Remaining major culverts will be cleaned by the BMC which include Mithi river, Dharavi Nallah, Poisar nallah, etc. Joint inspection are also being carried out by railway and MCGM officials.
- Lifting of tracks in low lying areas has already been completed in Mahim Yard on Harbour lines and between Bandra-Khar Down slow line where water logging had been observed.
Lowering of cess along side of tracks is under progress.
- Western Railway has installed about 100 high power pumps at vulnerable low lying locations such as Marine Lines, Mumbai Central, Dadar, Matunga Road, Mahim, Bandra, Andheri, Borivali, Nalasopara, Virar etc.
- Western Railway has also undertaken the work of desilting of side drains. This work will be completed before the onset of monsoon. After reviewing the position, this work may again be undertaken in July and August, 2018 as per requirement.
- In order to ensure smooth running of trains during monsoon, special attention is also being given to the maintenance of OHE. This includes cleaning of insulators, checking of protective screens on FOB/ROB, protection of contact and catenary wires and earthing.
Cutting and trimming of vulnerable trees in the vicinity of track will also be done.
- Western Railway has also taken up the monsoon related maintenance work of its EMU suburban rakes which include detection and plugging of possible leakages in EMU coaches and its electrical equipments, smooth movements of windows and doors etc. Work of cleaning of roof of coaches and insulators has also been taken up in hand.
Other Actions : Railway Action Plan for Monsoon 2018
- Western Railway has come up with a monsoon booklet for its officers and supervisors. This booklet not only mentions the flood prone areas and important dates of high tides but also the course of action to be taken during such situations. It also has the telephone numbers of official dealing with disaster management and important telephone numbers of railway and civil officials such as BMC, Weather Bureau etc.
- Running of muck specials during nights to clear the muck and garbage, as and when required.
- Round the clock monitoring during heavy rains by deputing officers/ supervisors at vulnerable locations.
Coordination with BMC
Pre-cleaning Joint inspections of Railway and BMC officials have been carried out. Now, after the cleaning of culverts, post-cleaning Joint inspection is planned. It also includes provision of pumps by BMC at locations where the blockage in the drainage is likely. A hotline has been set up between MCGM Disaster control and Western Railway Traffic control for faster communications during emergency.