Allahabad: The safety performance of the North Central Railways (NCR) has shown an improvement by 57% which means that the accidents on the zone have declined by the same percentage during the last financial year that ended on 31 March.
Authorities of North Central Railways (NCR) have decided to pull up their socks and strive to improve their performance in the year 2018-19. Setting out the priorities clearly on the table, GM, NCR MC Chauhan has stressed to mark this year as the ‘zero accident year’ for NCR.
The North Central Railways (NCR) claimed that it took proactive steps for safety in train operations that yielded handsome results in the financial year 2017-18, which has just closed on 31 March.
NCR GM MC Chauhan, while talking to reporters, on Sunday said that this improvement in safety was achieved by regular weekly safety conferences in which all the safety-related issues were discussed threadbare and remedial actions to be taken were advised.
NCR also launched Mission Zero SPAD (Signal Passing At Danger) in February 2017. “This initiative gave spectacular results by achieving Zero SPAD by the Loco Pilots belonging to NCR on NCR in the financial year 2017-18,” said MC Chauhan, GM NCR.
NCR claimed that it also keep conducting intensive inspections especially night, footplate and surprise inspections by officers and supervisors in addition to training and sensitization of frontline staff in safety-related matters. NCR also worked on improving the asset reliability i.e OHE, Signalling Systems, Rolling Stock and Track, in addition to eliminating 75 Unmanned and 29 Manned Level Crossings over NCR during 2017-18. It also appointed ‘gate mitras’ at 100% Unmanned Level Crossings. “We utilized the lessons learnt from incidents on other railways to prevent similar incidents on NCR.
We also improved the condition of a track by providing material, manpower and blocks for effective maintenance of track. We also installed state of the art technology like Hot Box Detector, Wheel Impact Load Detector (WILD), Cameras for rolling-examinations, thick web switches, and construction of washable apron with the latest German-RHEDA-technique.
Besides exceeding the performance of last financial year in the field of Through Rail Renewal (TRR) by 54.5%, NCR also was involved in educating the public about the hazards of crossing closed boom at LC gates, Roof riding on trains, carrying inflammable/explosives etc through audio, visual and print media to enhance safety performance of the Zonal Railway,” said Chauhan.
Talking on this extraordinary performance, GM/NCR MC Chauhan said that safety has always been the main focus area and the topmost priority of Indian Railways and NCR has strived hard throughout the year to ensure that there is a substantial improvement in safety as compared to the last financial year.
“This year we increased the number of safety drives conducted on NCR by nearly 3-fold (22 safety drives in 2017-18 compared to 8 in 2016-17). The steps that we have taken in the last financial year will yield further dividends and we expect more improvement in safety performance in NCR in the new Financial Year 2018-19,” he added.