Panaji: A force of 673 personnel will patrol the Konkan Railway route during the monsoon to avoid any casualties for the tracks, which run through the region known for receiving heavy rainfall.
The Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) on Tuesday said that there would be round-the-clock intensified patrolling of the route during the monsoon, all along the route during monsoon.
A senior KRCL official said that 673 personnel will patrol the Konkan Railway route during the monsoon. “Identified vulnerable locations will be patrolled round the clock, Stationary Watchmen will be deployed for 24 hours and Speed restrictions will be imposed at these locations,” he said.
The Konkan region is known to receive heavy rainfall during the monsoon season. The official said that special attention has been given to catch water drain cleaning and inspection of cuttings.
“The large-scale geo-safety works executed along the railway line in the last few years have significantly reduced the incidences of boulder fall and soil slip, thus ensuring safe running of trains,” he said.
He said that no major disruption to train services have occured on account of boulder fall during monsoons in the last ten years.
The official said that in case of heavy rainfall when visibility is limited, instructions have been issued to loco pilots to run the trains at a reduced speed of 40 kmph.
“Self-propelled ARMs (Accident Relief Medical Van), with provision of Operation Theater and emergency medical aid are kept ready at Ratnagiri and Verna. The ART (Accident Relief Train) is also kept ready at Verna in Goa,” the official said.
He said that 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 a 25 Watt VHF base station.
“This enables wireless communication between the train crew as well as train crew and Station Master,” the official said.
He said the emergency Communication (EMC) sockets have been provided at a distance of average 1 Km along the Konkan Railway route that enables the Patrolmen, Watchmen, Loco Pilots, Guard and other field maintenance staff to contact Station Master and control office during any emergency situations. “Satellite phone communication has been provided in ARM (Accident Relief Medical Van) for emergency contact. All main signal aspects on Konkan Railway are now replaced with LEDs for improving signal visibility,” he said.
The officials said that the self-recording rain gauges have been installed at 9 stations viz. Mangaon, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Vilwade, Kanakavali, Madgaon, Karwar, Bhatkal and Udupi which will record the rainfall in the region and alert Officials in case of increased rainfall.
Control rooms at Belapur, Ratnagiri and Madgaon, will work 24 into seven during monsoon period for ensuring safe running of trains. Monsoon Time Table will come into effect from 10th June, 2023 upto 31st Oct, 2023, he said.