Salem Railway Division launches Safety Campaign

To prevent loss of lives caused by electrocution
Shubhranshu, DRM, Salem Railway Division, flagging off electrical safety campaign van in Salem on Thursday
Shubhranshu, DRM, Salem Railway Division, flagging off electrical safety campaign van in Salem on Thursday

Salem (SA): The Salem Railway Division has launched a campaign to create awareness among the travelling public and the general public on the risks of going near the electrical structures and poles in the railway premises.

The objective of the campaign was to prevent the loss of lives due to electrocution.

Shubhranshu, Divisional Railway Manager, flagged off a safety propaganda van from the divisional office here on Thursday.

Besides warning the people from going near the electrical structures and poles, it also cautioned them from climbing atop the stationed / moving locomotives, coaches and wagons.

The safety propaganda van will visit 73 railway stations in Salem Railway Division starting from Tiruppatur to Podanur for three days from April 23 – 25. It will also stop at the level crossings en route to educate the public.

In an informal chat with presspersons after flag off, Mr. Shubhranshu said that the accident record of Salem division due to electrocution was very negligent. Only three persons were electrocuted in the entire Salem division during the last year (2014-15). All the victims were later found to be mentally unstable persons, he added.

He said that a majority of the accidents take place only due to lack of awareness. The awareness campaign has been launched for preventing the accidents by educating the people dos and don’ts.

In the three days, the personnel in the safety campaign van will interact with the general public to educate them on the risks of going near the electrified tractions, climbing over the electric locomotives, touching the traction poles and structures. They will distribute pocket calendars and student scales carrying safety messages and pamphlets.

Mr. Shubhranshu on Thursday undertook inspection of Erode Railway Junction and the yards. Maintenance work currently in progress on the second platform will be completed in a week’s time, the DRM said, and added that the division has sought nearly Rs. 20 crore for carrying out several other development works. A decision on funding was expected this month-end.

Summer specials will be operated from Coimbatore to Bengaluru and Chennai to clear the extra rush. Acknowledging water inadequacy for replenishment in long-distance trains, Mr. Shubhranshu said water-filling will be carried out at Salem, Coimbatore and Erode stations for assigned trains.

Referring to complaints of stagnation in drainages, the DRM said evacuation through underground drainage will be carried out in due course.