Safety and Punctuality is Paramount in Train Operations: GM/SCR to DRMs

GM/SCR also instructs Engineering Department officials to leverage on the Technological Advancement to ensure Safety

SECUNDERABAD: Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway undertook an intensive review of Safety and Punctuality of the trains on the Zone. All the Sr. Divisional Operations Managers and Sr. Divisional Commercial Managers of 6 Divisions on South Central Railway viz., Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntur, Guntakal and Nanded attended the  review meeting held today i.e., 7th April, 2017 at Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad.

The General Manager emphasized that safety is paramount to train operations and all steps have to be taken to avoid unsafe incidents in train working. Punctuality of trains has to be given utmost importance and all efforts should be made to run trains on time. He also reviewed the punctuality position of express and passenger services on the Zone and at Divisional level. He suggested that the future plans should be finalized quickly, keeping the future growth of traffic.

The General Manager advised the officials that integrated block working is a must for asset maintenance especially of the track. He congratulated Vijayawada Division for its excellent work in March, 2017. Sharper focus on non-fare revenue and quick finalization of tenders is a must to get good results he added.

Vinod Kumar Yadav stressed on passenger amenities such as Pay and Use Toilets in stations. He issued instructions to ensure quality of food served on trains by regular inspections of base kitchens and the need to have a systematic approach to improve food quality. He advised the officers to concentrate on freight loading from the beginning of the fiscal so as to meet the targets set for the year.

N.Madhusudhana Rao, Chief Operations Manager, J.Nagaraju, Chief Claims Officer of South Central Railway were amongst the officials present.

GM/South Central Railway also reviewed the performance of Engineering Department over the Zone with Senior Divisional Engineering Officers from Vijayawada, Guntur, Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Guntakal and Nanded divisions today i.e., 6th April, 2017 at Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad.

The General Manager indicated the Engineering officials to leverage the technological advancements and ensure perfect track conditions and accord highest priority to the safety of train services. He undertook a detailed review of the various aspects pertaining to traffic facility works, track renewals, track machine progress, progress of bridges, elimination of level crossing gates, water conservation, rain water harvesting and passenger amenities works on all Divisions. He suggested them to accord priority for finalization of various plans of new works without delay and help in capacity augmentation for Railway network. He stressed upon completion of the sanctioned works within a fixed time frame. He also emphasized on works related to staff amenities as part of staff welfare.

GM advised to work with pro-active approach so as to excel and attain targets set for the Zone in the current fiscal 2017-18. GM had a detailed review on the progress of works related to Traffic Facilities, Level Crossings, Passenger Amenities Division-wise and Works-wise and instructed to all the DRMs to complete all pending works within the stipulated time. He also made a comment on ongoing rail projects and expenditure incurred towards various allocated heads shall be given due priority. The General Manager made it clear that the Officials need to reach out to the rail customers and work hard in the remaining months of the current FY, so as to meet the objectives set.

GM while speaking on the priority areas like improvement of goods sheds, development of satellite station at Cherlapalli, west side entry at Tirupati railway station and bypass line at Kazipet etc., specially mentioned that top priority should be given to passenger amenities like foot over bridges, renovation of station buildings, waiting halls, construction of lifts, escalators and works related to divyangs and need to be completed on priority.  Further, General Manager quoted that “the progress of any work can be completed only by team work” not by an individual.

GM spelling out another area of priority, the completion of projects as per the targets set towards which money is no constraint. He also advised the all the officials of the Zone, plan early so that the targets can be achieved within the targeted time frame.

A.K.Gupta, Addl. General Manager, Shri S.N. Singh, Principal Chief Engineer; Shri N. Madhusudana Rao, Chief Operations Manager; Padmini Radhakrishnan, FA & CAO; Shri R.C.Boolchandani, Chief Adminstrative Officer/ Construction; M.S. Mahaboob Ali, Chief Signal & Telecommunications Engineer; Arjun Mundiya, Chief Mechanical Engineer; John Thomas, Chief Electrical Engineer, P.K.Sangewar, Controller of Stores; G.V.Ramana Reddy, Chief Engineer (Planning & Development) were amongst the officials present.