Mangaluru, May 23, 2016: The South-West Monsoon within sight thought a bit delayed and expected to be vigourous after two years, Konkan Railway is all set with safety works on its route from Kolad after Roha station of Central Railway up to Thokur before Mangalore junction station in place.
It is geared up for the ensuing monsoon. As a result of large scale geo-safety works executed along the railway line in last 10 years, incidents of boulder and soil quakes have significantly reduced, ensuring safe running of trains.
No major disruption to train services on account of boulder and the like during monsoon in last four years are reported. Konkan Railway will conduct monsoon patrolling as per provisions of Indian Railway Permanent Way Manual to ensure safety along the track. About 950 workers will be patrolling the route from Kolad to Thokur during monsoon. Vulnerable locations will be monitored round the clock. Stationary watchmen will be deployed for 24 X 7 at critical locations.
Speed restrictions will be imposed at vulnerable locations. Mounted excavators have been kept ready at all nominated points for quick movement in case of any emergency. Instructions have also been issued to loco drivers to run at a reduced speed of 40 kmph in case of heavy rainfall when visibility is reduced. Officers/supervisors will be on board nominated trains passing by Konkan Railway route between Kolad and Thokur during night time in the monsoon.
ARVMs, self-propelled accident relief medical vans with provision for operation theatre and providing emergency medical aid are kept ready all the time at Ratnagiri and Verna in Goa along with ART, accident relief train. Loco pilots, station masters and field officials, including executives of various departments have been provided mobile phones. Loco pilots and guards of trains have been provided walkie-talkie sets.
Every station on Konkan Railway is equipped with 25 Watt VHF base station. This enables wireless communication between train crew as well as train crew and station master. Emergency communication sockets have been provided at a distance of average 1-km along the Konkan Railway route that enables patrolmen, watchmen and other field maintenance staff to contact station master and train controllers during any emergency situations in train operations.
Note : Passengers can check train status on www.konkanrailway.com, or dial 139 or KR’s Toll-free number 18002331332. Monsoon time table will be in effect from June 10 to October 31. Passengers who have been issued journey tickets prior to announcement of monsoon time table, should check timings of their train well in advance as departure timing of some trains will be changed.