East Central Railway gears up for track safety during summer

PATNA: East Central Railway (ECR) is chalking out a foolproof plan under the supervision of its GM Madhuresh Kumar to ensure safety on tracks in all the five divisions during summer.

According to ECR CPRO Amitabh Prabhakar, railways has identified all vulnerable places, including bridges, for the smooth running of passenger and goods trains, either originating or passing through five divisions of the ECR. Extra alert will be maintained when mercury is high, he said.

Railways has set up an action force for patrolling the tracks during peak hours, from 11 am to 4 pm, under each division of the zone. In case of detecting any fault in the tracks, the team will swing into action and report the matter to the headquarters control room. Railways takes up repair work on the damaged tracks on priority to ensure foolproof safety to passengers as well as railway property, the CPRO said.

According to Danapur DRM L M Jha, the division is on alert at a time when mercury is soaring high. “The patrolling men have been put on alert. Though the mercury is yet to reach 45 degree Celsius, the division is geared up to ensure track safety. Danapur control room is also keeping a close watch at all vulnerable places,” he said.

The ECR has already started surprise inspections at different places under all its five divisions to check summer safety preparedness. While footplating (travel on locomotives) will be intensified in each division of the zone, counselling is being done at all important centres of the zone from where crew members (drivers and guards) board their respective trains for duty, the CPRO said.

According to the CPRO, the ECR GM’s directives are being meticulously implemented in the larger interest of passengers.

According to Danapur DRM, about 260 passenger and 45 goods trains are either originating or passing through the division daily. A team of safety officials are also to move from place to place to check any damage to tracks caused by excessive heat, he said.

Movement of trains is badly affected in summer due to buckling of tracks caused by excessive heat. The buckling often causes derailment of trains if preventive steps are not taken immediately.