Konkan Railway All Set For Monsoon: Several Safety Measures in Place to Face Challenges

Konkan Railway All Set For Monsoon: Several Safety Measures in Place to Face Challenges

Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) which operates the crucial rail line connecting Mumbai and Mangalore with several trains in the section, is gearing up to face the rainy season. As the region receives heavy rain during the monsoon, the Konkan region poses challenges in train operations during the monsoon, while KRCL has accorded special attention to safety along its 740-km route network. Monsoon timetable will be effective from June 10 to October 31.

Monsoon patrolling will be conducted by 846 personnel as per guidelines to ensure safe running of trains with round-the-clock patrolling of identified vulnerable locations. BRN-mounted excavators have been kept ready at nominated points for quick movement in case of any emergency. Loco pilots will run trains at reduced speeds of 40 kmph during low visibility, following heavy rainfall. Self-propelled ARMVs (Accident Relief Medical Van), with provision of operation theatre and emergency medical aid, are kept ready. Safety category staff are provided with mobile phones, loco pilots and train guards are provided with walkie-talkies. Emergency communication (EMC) sockets are provided at a distance of average 1 km along the route helping patrolmen, watchmen, loco pilots, guard and other field staff to contact station master and control office during emergencies. Self-recording rain gauges are placed at nine stations, Mangaon, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Vilwade, Kanakavali, Madgaon, Karwar, Bhatkal and Udupi, to record rainfall and alert officials in case of heavy rainfall.

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