MOS (Railways) inaugurates Rain Water Harvesting Plant at SWR HQ, energizes Rail Soudha with Wi-Fi services

HUBBALLI: Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha inaugurated the Rain Water Harvesting Plant at Rail Soudha, Gadag Road, Hubballi today i.e., on 19th May, 2017.

The plant consists of Oval Shaped pond of 4.9 Lakh Litres capacity with 36 Nos. of perforated PVC pipes provided to a depth of 12 M. The cost of this rain water harvesting pond is Rs. 11.97 Lakh. The pond will recharge the existing nearby two bore wells even in summer and also result in rise of ground water level. The water can be reused for watering the garden and landscaping works.

Manoj Sinha also dedicated Secured Wi-Fi Zone provided in Rail Soudha which has been built by Signal and Telecommunication Department of South Western Railway with a view to provide uninterrupted Wi-Fi facility on Mobile phones/Laptops in Rail Soudha premise. 8 outdoor antennas (2 each on front and rear ends of East and West blocks) and 4 indoor antennas have been provided to cater to this requirement.

All these outdoor/indoor antennas are interconnected with the server provided in the Zonal Telephone Exchange in Ground floor of Rail Soudha. The Wi-Fi is fully secured with two level protection viz., 16 digit MAC (Media Access Control) address binding of the Mobile phone/Laptop and password.

Later, Manoj Sinha conducted a review meeting of South Western Railway with the Railway Officers. The Minister told the SWR to continue to concentrate on Safety and punctuality. He has asked Railway Officials to explore means of enhancing Parcel traffic.

MOSR asked to workout strategy to eliminate terminal constraints in important stations such as Bengaluru, Yesvantpur, Hubballi and Mysuru. He has insisted that important doubling works like Hubballi-Bengaluru, Hubballi-Hosapete shall be commissioned in the next 3 years and asked to speed up Hubballi-Dharwad doubling work. He asked to eliminate all Unmanned Level Crossings by 2020. Safety action plan shall be formulated and followed up regularly. Manoj Sinha said that Ticket Checking drive to be conducted as despite increase in number of trains and crowding in all trains, Passenger earnings are not picking up as per expectation. Travelling Ticket Examiners shall be given targets and ticketless travel shall be curbed. He asked Railways to identify measures to speed up trains.

Pralhad Joshi, Member of Parliament from Dharwad, A.K. Gupta, General Manager, South Western Railway, PA Lamghare, CME, Ashok Gupta, CAO/Construction and other Officers were present during the occasion.