Konkan Railway gearing up for monsoon

Panaji: The Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd is gearing up
for the monsoon season in the Konkan region.

All its planned safety works on its route from Kolad
(after Roha station of Central Railway) to Thokur (before Mangaluru station)
have been completed. Special attention has been paid to catchwater drain
cleaning and inspection of cuttings.

The large-scale geo-safety works executed along the
railway line in last 13 years have significantly reduced the incidences of
boulder fall and soil slip, thus ensuring a safe running of trains.

No major disruption to train services has been caused on
account of boulder fall during monsoons in last 6 years.

Konkan Railway will conduct monsoon patrolling as per the
provisions of Indian Railway Permanent Way Manual to ensure safe running of
trains.

Around 630 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 emergency medical aid are kept ready at
Ratnagiri and Verna (Goa) along with ART (Accident Relief Train).

Mobile phones have been provided to all safety category
staff to contact central control in emergency.

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 station master.

Emergency Communication (EMC) sockets have been provided
at a distance of average 1 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 ordered in
service. All main signal aspects on Konkan Railway 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 June 10, upto October 31.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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