Railways opens Electric Traction Training Centre in Vijayawada

Vijayawada (BZA):  The Electric Traction Training Centre (ETTC) set up in 1979 near the railway station, which trained thousands of loco pilots and technicians across the country, has been shifted to its new premises with the inauguration of the new building by the General Manager of South Central Railway Mr.P.K.Srivastava.

Addressing the mediamen after inaugurating the Electric Traction Training Centre (ETTC) in the city, Srivastava said that they were taking several initiatives to improve the revenue by running special trains and concentrating on goods loadings.

The ETTC was set up as per the guidelines of the Railway Board, with simulator (computed-based control of a locomotive), models of various components in the engine, latest loco models, online trouble shooting, library, computer lab, lecture halls, hostel, mess and sufficient staff, he said. “We imparted training to the loco pilots of Secunderabad, Guntakal, Nanded and Guntur divisions under SCR, East Coast, Southern Railways and South East Railways. Though the capacity of the centre is only 300 candidates we recently gave training to 1,400 candidates recruited in a special drive. This is the largest batch of loco pilots given training at any give time from any of the training centres of the Indian Railways,”

The South Central Railway is performing well when compared to the other zones in maintaining punctuality and goods loading. Though the operation ratio of the Railways is 88 per cent, it is currently facing a deficit of `10,000 crore due to higher diesel prices, electricity charges and higher pays for the employees. Against this backdrop, many initiatives like running special trains and extra trains have been taken to cut the loss, SCR general manager PK Srivastava has said.

He visited some railway stations, level crossing gates and tracks at various places in the Kakinada-Samalkot-Rajahmundry-Vijayawada section as part of the annual inspection on Thursday.

There were some problems in the Vijayawada railway division, especially during heavy rains, and steps were being taken to overcome the same. About safety of passengers, he appealed to the travelers not to carry any inflammable material in trains. Some passengers were inserting gutkha packets and cigarette packets into the corners of seats, which might cause mishaps.