Today on 25.09.19 a video conference by Hon’ble Minister of State Shri Suresh C Angadi, Chairman Railway Board Shri V K Yadav and all Board Members with zonal railways and divisions held.
At the outset Chairman Railway Board congratulated all divisions and zones on improved Key Performance Index as KPI of 38 divisions in August,19 was more than 80% of total 68 division, against earlier only 15 divisions were above 80%. North Central Railway under the guidance of its General Manager Shri Rajiv Chaudhry has performed exceptionally well as Agra and Allahabad secured place among top 10 divisions of IR and only NCR and WR had 02 divisions in top 10 list.
Hon’ble Minister of State Shri Angadi wished Happy Dusherrha to all Railwaymen in advance. He emphasized that railway personnel will have to work harder to surpass dreams associated to the railway of the citizens of India. Chairman, Railway Board emphasized that safety remain our foremost priority and urged upon divisions to complete all safety-related works as per assigned targets.
Important safety works flagged in the video conference were interlocking of Manned LC above 50000 TVU, fitting of fire and smoke detector in coaches. He further added that disaster management plan of each division must be updated and mock drill of ARTs and ARMEs should be carried out on regular basis.
Chairman, Railway Board conveyed that Railway need to move towards “Ease of living for citizens” which is also desired by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi. Chairman Railway Board emphasized that this will require massive capacity argumentation for which action plan for 05-10 years must be made and implemented.
He added that eastern and western dedicated freight corridors commissioning, up-gradation of existing grand quadrilateral route of Delhi – Howrah & Delhi – Mumbai routes to 160kmph, elimination of all manned level crossing on major routes, modernization of Signalling System etc.should be done on a priority basis.
Eastern and Western dedicated freight corridors are targeted to be commissioned by Dec -21. Approx 58 % of EDFC falls on NCR territory and a major section of EDFC between Khurja – Bhadan is expected to be opened for commercial operation very shortly. He also mentioned that Private train operations and corporatization of PUs are also important items and need to imbibed in the right perspective.
Chairman, Railway Board complemented all railways on improved punctuality performance. North Central Railway with sustained efforts has registered improvement of 9.44 % in punctuality over last year which is 2nd best performance among all zonal railways. NCR’s performance on punctuality front is very important, keeping in view the operation on supersaturated routes which are operating at 160 % of it’s designed capacity.
Sustained efforts by Agra, Allahabad and Jhansi divisions with close monitoring from NCR Headquarters has paid this rich dividend. On Swachhata front various activities underway in Swachhata hi Seva and SwachhataPakhwara were discussed and all zonal Railways complemented by Hon’ble Minister of State and Chairman, Railway Board for works done on cleanliness front.
Advisor EnHM informed that detailed modalities for stopping use of single-use plastic below 50-micron thickness with effect from 2nd October 2019. He also added that bottle crushing machines shall be installed at all major stations for which revised guidelines are being issued.
General Manager North Central Railway Shri Rajiv Chaudhry during the conference informed Railway Board that North Central Railway is moving forward in punctuality improvement despite saturated sections and registered punctuality of 64.3 % in Aug-19 against 59.6 % in July -19.
Shri Chaudhry further informed Railway Board that with commissioning of EDFC between Bhadhan – Khurja section, there will be capacity to run more Coaching trains from Kanpur for which terminal facilities argumentation are being planned. He also assured board that with replacement of Route Relay Interlocking at Allahabad more trains can be originated from Allahabad too.
He also apprised board that adequate Railway land is available at Jhansi and coach maintenance facilities should be developed. On assistance front, General Manager Shri Chaudhry requested Board to allot new accident relief train for Jhansi & hopper wagons for ballast movement etc.