3 March 2015

“Elimination of Unmanned Railway Crossings is the Highest Priority” -Shri P.K.Srivastava, General Manager, SCR at High Level Safety Review Meeting

Shri P.K.Srivastava, General Manager, South Central Railway held a high level Safety Review Meeting through Video Conference with the Divisional Railway Managers (DRM’s) of all the 6 Divisions o­n SCR viz., Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntur, Guntakal and Nanded Divisions & Principal Heads of Departments (PHODs) today i.e., 3rdMarch, 2015 at Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad.
ØShri P.K. Srivastava stressed o­n various aspects pertaining to rail safety o­n SCR and stated that there would be “Zero Tolerance” o­n the matter.
ØHe has directed DRM’s to closely monitor the progress of work o­n elimination of the Unmanned Railway Level Crossings (UMLCs) and all efforts shall be put to achieve the set targets by end of March. So far, SCR has eliminated 601 UMLC’s and action plan has been drawn to eliminate all UMLC’s by 2017. Counselling of Safety Category staff is of paramount importance and hence Officers / Supervisors shall take up the same in right earnest.
Ø He has directed DRM’s to conduct Safety Seminars to sensitize the Staff involved in Train Operations.
ØHe stated that, even though SCR’s Safety track record is very good, no complacency shall be shown in this regard. A strong commitment shall be shown by the Officers and Staff towards achieving zero accident record.
ØFurther he had stated that Safety Drives shall be taken up with all seriousness with focus o­n critical aspects as exchange of signals, movement of trains in yards, adequate rest to crew before booking for duties etc.
ØHe cautioned that negligence or any violation of safety norms during the course of discharging duties by staff shall be viewed very seriously and action will be initiated for any dereliction.
ØEven though rail weld failures have come down by 36.3 % as compared to last year, he has advised that the preventive maintenance measures shall be continued to the fullest extent. There shall not be any compliancy in carrying out the required testing procedures such as Ultra Sonic Flaw Detector (USFD) tests, he advised
ØShri P.K. Srivastava has reviewed the status of provision of Safety devices like “Audio-Visual Alarm” to alert the Station Masters to set the point against the occupied line, approach warning devices for Gatemen at inter-lock level crossing.
            Earlier, Shri P.K. Srivastava presented a cash award to a Senior Technician of Guntur Division, Shri G.Venkateshwarulu, for his devotion to duty in ensuring safety of train movement. The Senior Technician, Carriage & Wagon, Guntur Station while o­n duty o­n 18th February, 2015 noticed a hot axle of Train No. 12604 Hyderabad-Chennai Express during the course of Rolling-In Examination while the train was entering Guntur station. He immediately acted upon the same, thereby averting any possible unsafe conditions.
           The DRM’s appraised the General Manager o­n the details pertaining to safety o­n their respective Divisions, measures being undertaken o­n the Safety matters, follow up action etc. Shri S.P Sahu, Chief Safety Officer, SCR made a Power Point Presentation o­n Safety. Shri S.K.Agarwal, Additional General Manager, Shri J.N.Jha, Chief Operations Managerwere amongst the Officials present.