KONKAN RAILWAY GEARS UP FOR MONSOON RAINS

As the monsoon is set to arrive in Konkan region, Konkan Railway has completed planned safety works on its route from Kolad (after Roha station of Central Railway) to Thokur (before Mangalore station), and is geared up for the monsoon. Special attention has been paid to water drain cleaning and inspection of cuttings. As a result of the large-scale geo-safety works executed along the railway line in last 10 to 12 years, the incidences of boulder fall and soil slip have significantly reduced, thus ensuring safe running of trains. There has been no major disruption on account of boulder fall during monsoon in last five years.

About 950 personnel will be patrolling the Konkan Railway route from Kolad to Thokur during the monsoon. Vulnerable locations will be patrolled round the clock and stationary watchmen will be deployed for 24 hours at critical locations. Speed restrictions will be imposed at vulnerable locations. Excavators have been kept ready at all nominated points for quick movement in case of any emergency.

Instructions have also been issued to the loco drivers to run the trains at a reduced speed of 40 kmph in case of heavy rainfall when visibility is limited. Nominated trains passing by KR route between Kolad and Thokur during the night will be foot-plated by officers/supervisors during the monsoon. Self-propelled ARMVs (Accident Relief Medical Van), with provision of operation theatre and emergency medical aid, are kept ready at all the times at Ratnagiri and Verna (Goa) along with ART (Accident Relief Train).
Mobile phones have been provided to loco pilots, station masters and other field officials. Both loco pilots and guards of trains have been provided with walkie-talkie sets. Every station on Konkan Railway is equipped with 25-watt VHF base station. This enables wireless communication between the train crew as well as train crew and station master. Emergency Communication (EMC) sockets have been provided at an average distance of one kilometre along the Konkan Railway route that enables the patrolmen, watchmen and other field maintenance staff.

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