South Central Railway to prepare Standard Protocol to handle Natural Calamities

सिकंदराबाद Secunderabad (SC): The South Central Railway decided to formulate a standard protocol today to tackle any emergency arising out of natural calamities like Cyclone Hudhud.

SCR General Manager P K Srivastava held a safety review meeting with senior railway officials in this connection to discuss the protocol, The SCR said in a release issued here today.

“While complimenting railway officials for quick restoration of railway tracks, Srivastava underscored the need to ensure that railway track structure could withstand the fury of nature, especially by making the track non-susceptible to breaches due to heavy rains,” the SCR release said.

The SCR restored the affected railway track within 32 hours by quickly mobilising resources on a massive scale to tackle railway track breaches over a length of 350 metres on the Visakhapatnam rail route last week, it said.

Srivastava directed the Divisional Railway Manager to study the topography and geographical conditions in the vicinity of railway tracks and vital installations situated in cyclone-prone areas, in detail, the release said.

“He emphasised that preventive steps like appropriate diversion of nearby canals, proper de-silting of cross culverts passing across the track, provision of adequate water way at narrow cross culverts where water gushes across the railway track with more force and putting in place additional pipes and stone pitching near the track should be taken up on a priority basis to avoid the possibility of erosion of earth or breaches to the railway track,” the release said.

The SCR general manager instructed senior officials to thoroughly inspect vulnerable areas and undertake corrective work to avoid any scope for tracks getting affected in case of cyclones or heavy rains, the release said.

“In this connection, South Central Railway has initiated preparation of a standard protocol with details of micro-level plans on preventive measures to be taken, preparatory steps to be put in place, including mobilisation of men and material, to meet any emergency situation.It has also clearly defined roles of various agencies involved in relief and restoration activities,” the release said.