SECUNDERABAD: Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway conducted annual inspection of Dharmavaram-Pakala Section on Guntakal Division today i.e., 23rd February 2017. Amitabh Ojha, Divisional Railway Manager, Guntakal Division accompanied the General Manager all through the inspection.
According top priority to safe and smooth train operations, the General Manager commenced the annual inspection of the Division with level crossing gate (non-interlocked) between Dharmavaram and Kadiri railway stations. He interacted with the Gateman and enquired on the standard safety protocols being followed while road commuters crossing the gate. Satisfied with the response the General Manager awarded the Gateman.
Vinod Kumar Yadav formally inaugurated LED lighting at Kadiri Railway Station and declared the entire Dharmavaram – Pakala Section as 100% LED lit Section. The General Manager inspected entire station premises including circulating area, waiting halls and reviewed various passenger amenities. He also inspected points, signals and track circuits. Kadiri MLA Attar Chand Basha and other public representatives met the General Manager and submitted representations seeking additional passenger amenities.
At Madanapalle Railway Station, the General Manager inaugurated Children’s Park, New Type II quarters and Solar Pump. He also inspected the Health Unit and reviewed the medical facilities available in the Unit. Later, he inspected the Permanent Way and appreciated the efforts in track maintenance. General Manger advised the staff to be vigilant while delivering duties and asked them to keep up the good work. Thippa Reddy, Hon’ble MLA of Madanapalle and other public representatives met the General Manager and submitted memorandums seeking halt for some more express trains at Madanapalle. Between Madanapalle and Piler stations, the General Manager inspected sharp curves, minor bridge and major bridge located across River Pileru and examined their standards of safety. C. Bhaskar Reddy, Hon’ble MLA met the General Manager and submitted representations seeking enhanced passenger amenities .
Ram Kripal, Commissioner Railway Safety, South Central Circle, S.N.Singh, Principal Chief Engineer, N. Madhusudhana Rao, Chief Operations Manager, P. Ganeswara Rao, Chief Commercial Manager, D.K. Singh, Chief Safety Officer, John Thomas, Chief Electrical Engineer, Arjun Mundiya, Chief Mechanical Engineer, N.V. Ramana Reddy, Chief Personnel Officer, Dr. K.H.K.Dora, Chief Medical Director accompanied the General Manager and conducted department wise inspection.
Departmental Inquiry into the incident of Kakatiya Express ordered
Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway ordered for a departmental inquiry into the incident of Train No. 57626 Manuguru – Secunderabad Kakatiya Express passing the home signal at Jangaon Railway Station on 22nd February, 2017.
The General Manager personally reviewed the incident and instructed the Staff & Officials to follow Safety procedures meticulously and advised them to look into the system improvements in train operations on a continuous basis.
A team of Junior Administrative Grade Officials will undertake a detailed inquiry into the incident and submit the report to the General Manager for further course of action.
Kakatiya Express driver blames signal glitch
The signal at the Jangaon station was not functioning properly and the driver was probably not at fault for missing it, the loco pilot of the Kakatiya fast passenger said in his defence. As loco pilots blamed faulty signals and poor infrastructure for the incident, South Central Railway authorities embarked on a probe to find out the circumstances leading to the incident. If the driver’s claims were to be true, then the incident brings to the fore how railways is de void of any high-end technology intervention in making the signalling system automated, which experts say can cause such incidents to occur at regular intervals.
On an average, 10-12 loco pilots are shown the door every year in the South Central Railway zone alone. Currently, loco pilots have to completely depend on their presence of mind and split-second decision making. On certain occasions, the delay in applying break by even a few seconds or a sudden break can lead to an accident.
A pilot project of Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) has been set up in the Secunderabad-Wadi section after a trial run two years ago.