SECUNDERABAD: Mohd. Jamshed, Member Traffic, Railway Board, New Delhi visited South Central Railway Headquarters today i.e., 6th October, 2017 to address the All India Conference of Chief Freight Transportation Manager’s (CFTM’s) of all Zones at Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad. In addition to the CFTM’s, other senior officials from the Freight Transportation Directorate of Railway Board including Ambrish K Gupta, Additional Member (Traffic Transportation) attended the meeting. N. Madhusudana Rao, Principal Chief Operations Manager, SCR was also present.
The Member Traffic, Railway Board laid emphasis on the priority areas for Indian Railways, as spelt out by Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister for Railways and stated that the same shall be the mission area for attaining goals. He said that Safety on Railways in terms of maintenance of the existing infrastructure, both Rolling Stock Infra and Fixed Infra shall be to the optimum, so as to ensure utmost Safety levels. Towards this, Indian Railways is looking into track renewal wherever due on the existing system as the first priority before taking up rail laying for new lines, doubling etc. To meet the requirements, it is planned to invite Global Players for supply of Rails, he added. The Member Traffic stated that total Electrification of the Indian Railway Network is on cards, and work will be expedited so as to Electrify the entire balance network of 33, 000 Route Kilometers on Indian Railways in next four years.
Speaking on the Freight Traffic front which is the prime revenue earner, Mohd. Jamshed said that there is a need to undertake fundamental changes in the way the running of Freight Trains is involved. He added that, for the first time, Time Tabled Freight Trains will get into the Indian Railways Time Table. The key element for increasing freight traffic and resultant revenue is to look into mobility issues concerning streamlined and smooth running of Goods Trains which needs exemplary co-ordination between various departments and Zones. The Member Traffic expressed optimism that the Indian Railways Freight loading target of 1180 Million Tonnes for the current financial year will be met, by means of a commitment from all the Freight Transportation Manager’s to perform efficient and deliver results. He also wanted the Zones to concentrate on Coal Loading on Railways, which is expected to show a surge in demand. Jamshed stressed on the fact that perfect planning, keeping issues such as Foggy weather conditions, anticipated commodity traffic trends, innovation of alternate ideas to serve freight customer needs etc., will enable achieve freight targets for Indian Railways.
Secunderabad Railway Station Inspection:-
Later, Mohd. Jamshed inspected Secunderabad Railway Station. He checked the passenger amenities available at the station and interacted with a cross section of rail users to seek their feedback on the quality of rail services provided. He also reviewed the Security Surveillance System at the Station which monitors the entire premises including rush of passengers at various locations, suspicious movements etc., 24 x7. He was also apprised on the plans afoot for further developing of passenger amenities at the station. He was accompanied by Amit Varadan, Divisional Railway Manager, Secunderabad Divison; M. G Sekharam, Principal Chief Commercial Manager, SCR; N. Madhusudana Rao, Principal Chief Operations Manager, SCR.
The Member Traffic along with Arun Kumar Jain, Hyderabad Division and the Principal Chief Operations Manager, SCR undertook a rear window Tower Car inspection of the Secunderabad – Falaknuma – Umdanagar Suburban Section.