Mangaluru, June 10, 2015: Konkan Railway spokesperson said, Monsoon having arrived in Konkan region, Konkan Railway has completed all its planned safety works on its route from Kolad, after Roha station of Central Railway, to Thokur, before Mangaluru Junction station and is geared up for the monsoon. Special attention has been laid on geo-safety works, like flattening of slopes, rock bolting, shotcreting inside tunnels, storm water drain cleaning / lining, construction of RCC retaining walls and loose scaling.
As a result of the large scale geo-safety works executed along the railway line in last more than 10 years, the incidents of boulder fall and soil slip have significantly reduced, thus ensuring safe running of trains. There has been no major disruption to train services on account of boulder fall during monsoon in last three years.
During monsoon, Konkan Railway will conduct 24X7 Monsoon Patrolling to ensure safety along the track. 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. Patrolling by self-propelled Rail Maintenance Vehicles (RMV) will be done from sunset to sunrise between Kolad and Thokur. BRN mounted excavators have been kept ready at all nominated points for quick movement in case of any emergency. In addition, about 400 labours will be available at different locations for tackling emergency.
The spokesperson added that instructions have also been issued to the loco drivers to impose speed of 40 kmph in case of heavy rainfall impairing visibility. Trains passing by KR route between Kolad and Thokur will be footplated.
Self-propelled ARMVs (Accident Relief Medical Van), with provision for Operation Theatre and providing emergency medical aid are kept ready all the time 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, including Executives of various departments. Both Loco Pilots and Guards of trains have been provided with Walkie-talkie sets as well as 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 a distance of average one Km along the Konkan Railway route (spacing reduced to 400 metres inside long ventilated tunnels), that enables the Patrolmen, Watchmen and other field maintenance staff to contact Station Master and Train Controllers during any emergency situations in train operations. Satellite phone communication has been provided in ARMV (Accident Relief Medical Van) situated at Ratnagiri and Verna stations for contacting headquarter control when ARMV is pressed in service. LED signals are being provided in a phased manner, to begin with, for improving signal visibility at difficult locations.
Three Control rooms i.e. at Belapur, Ratnagiri and Madgaon, will work 24 x 7 during monsoon period for ensuring safe running of train.
The Monsoon Time Table will come into effect from June 10 up to October 31. Passengers who have been issued journey tickets prior to announcement of the Monsoon Time Table, have been requested to check the timings of their train well in advance as the departure timing of some trains will be preponed.
Passengers may monitor their train online during monsoon by visiting www.konkanrailway.com .