Bangalore: Railway staff, particularly those involved in direct train operations, need to be extra vigilant when discharging their duties, said Divisional Railway Manager (DRM)- Bengaluru Division, Sanjiv Agarwal on Friday.
Speaking at the 61st Railway Week celebrations at M G Railway Colony on Friday, Agarwal said, “Staff, particularly those in the engineering, mechanical and traffic wings, need to be cautious when discharging their duties. Anyone working in Railways has an enormous responsibility as passengers trust the staff will take care of their safety.”
Elaborating on the Division’s performance, the DRM said that their earnings have gone up to Rs 1,710 crore from Rs 1,652 crore. “The Ticket Checking Division of the Commercial department has earned Rs 12.8 crore,” he said. The reduction in diesel prices has helped cut down the Division’s expenditure from Rs 1,000 crore to Rs 950 crore, Agarwal said.
Additional Divisional Railway Manager Aparna Garg called upon the railway staff to cultivate a sense of ownership regarding the Department. “Whichever position one is placed, one can lead by example and motivate others,” she said.
The DRM distributed 21 divisional-level shields for efficiency under various categories. Total number of staffers who got awards under Group C Category is 158.
Railway Week is celebrated every year in memory of the first-ever train run in India between Mumbai and Thane for length of 21 miles on April 16, 1853.
5 Awards for Bangalore
The Bengaluru Division has won these five shields at the Zonal level (South Western Railway Zone) which will be presented in Hubballi on April 19: Commercial Efficiency Shield, Medical Efficiency Shield, Best maintained Running Room shield for Bangarpet Running Room and Best Maintained Railway Station (Minor) Shield for Ramanagaram Railway Station.
2 Railway Stations in Bengaluru Get Thumbs Up for Cleanliness
The Vasco Da Gama railway station, which comes under Hubballi Railway Division, has bagged the best ranking among the stations in South Western Railway Zone. Yeshwantpur, Bengaluru City and Bangarpet in the Bengaluru division have got a decent grade in a country-wide ranking of 407 railway stations. Dharwad railway station is the only one in Karnataka which figures among the lower-ranked stations.
These are findings of a preliminary report commissioned by the Ministry of Railways, ‘Assessment of cleanliness standards of major railway stations based on the survey of passengers’ which has been uploaded recently on its website.
The survey was being done by a private firm, TNS India Pvt Ltd for the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation. This is the first time the Indian Railways has hired a professional agency to carry out the task.
The survey aimed at finding out the cleanliness levels across the 16 railway zones in the country — at all 75 A1 stations (which have annual earnings of more than `60 crore) and 332 A stations (between `8 and 60 crore)– across the country. The stations were graded on a scale of 1 to 5 where 1 stood for Poor and 5 for Excellent.
The survey was conducted through interviews with respondents (passengers) by survey teams that visited each of the 407 stations.
City, Yeshwantpur Within Top 20
Surat and Rajkot stations in the Western Railway have bagged the top two cleanliness rankings among A1 stations while Bilaspur in South Eastern Railway has managed to get the third place. Yeshwantpur narrowly missed figuring among the top ten and occupies the 11th spot while Bengaluru City station gets the 14th ranking. Pune is the only station in the country in this category to get a ‘Poor’ level (Level 5).
Meanwhile, in the categorisation of A stations, Vasco Da Gama figures in Level 1 (Excellent) by clinching the third rank. Bangarpet is the only station in Bengaluru Division to figure in the top 20 figuring at the 13th spot.
The rankings of the other stations in South Western Railway Zone in the A category are as follows: Level 2: Mysuru (33), Kengeri (38), Hubballi (47), Davangere (72); Level 3: Hosapete (84), SSP Nilayam (86), Krishnarajapuram (97), Bengaluru Cantonment (101), Shivamogga Town (124) Ballari 152 and Belgavi (186); Level 4: Vijayapura (302) and Level 5: Dharwad (318).
The Rail Wheel Factory based at Yelahanka celebrated the event on April 13. Pankaj Jain, General Manager, RWF, who honoured meritorious employees, highlighted the factory’s achievements.
During 2015-16, RWF produced 1,83,001 wheels 77,419 axles units and 42,000 wheelsets, he said. “ RWF for the first time during the year 2015-16, has manufactured 1000 numbers of Box Wheels and 25T Axle load wheelset for K Class wagons,” he said.
It was also in the process of developing wheels for LHB coaches (passenger coaches using German technology) capable of running at 160 kmph, he said.