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Updated: June 5, 2013 02:36 IST

Motorman who halted train before collapsing nominated for award

M. Dinesh Varma
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A signboard has been put up as a tribute to motorman S.Manohar at the entrance to the Moore Market Complex in Chennai. Photo: R.Ravindran
The Hindu A signboard has been put up as a tribute to motorman S.Manohar at the entrance to the Moore Market Complex in Chennai. Photo: R.Ravindran

S. Manohar, the motorman who brought a Chennai-bound suburban service to a halt seconds before he suffered a fatal heart attack and averted a potentially disastrous mishap on May 23, has been nominated for a Railway Board award.

The 48-year-old motorman, in a heroic act, had stopped the train GM 42032 within a few minutes of leaving Gummidipoondi, disengaged cabin controls and switched on the emergency flasher light before falling unconscious. Though the motorman was taken to the Perambur Railway Hospital later in the evening he did not survive the attack.

Manohar’s duty consciousness and ultimate commitment to the safety of passengers has been highlighted in a Southern Railway note to the Railway Board recommending him for a posthumous award, an official said. The nomination of Manohar for an award is over and above the compensation that is being worked out for his next of kin.

Railway administrators and workers have already hailed Manohar as a hero. A signboard put up as a tribute at the entrance to the Moore Market Complex, the hub of suburban services, describes him as a “hero who performed his duty even till his last breath”.

Southern Railway has also recommended an award to loco pilot V. Balachandran who had stopped his train (the GM 42029 Chennai-Gummudipoondi) on the adjacent line on noticing the flasher light on the other train.

Mr. Balachandran had entrusted his train with the guard before alerting the station master at the next station Kavaraipettai of the emergency. He then drove the train with Manohar in an unconscious state to Kavaraipettai. There, he helped make arrangements for transporting his co-worker to a hospital before walking back along the tracks for about four kms to resume duty on his train.

The previous occasion when railwaymen in Southern Railway were honoured by the Railway Board was in 2010 when four employees were given cash awards (Rs. 5,000 each) for averting a major disaster after a bomb blast damaged the track section at Sithani between Perani and Mundiyambakkam stations in Villupuram. The reward was announced for alertness, sense of responsibility and devotion to duty.

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A Train has to be named in his memory. A very rare Heroic act.

from:  kumar
Posted on: Jun 5, 2013 at 17:11 IST

That's great sense of responsibility from the motorman but does it not
highlight the security concerns of Railways in not having a co-driver!!

from:  Rakesh
Posted on: Jun 5, 2013 at 16:21 IST

Cricketers and movie stars earn crores and crores of rupees for acts that are of very questionable value. And our government offers sums as paltry as 5000 Rs for someone who saved hundreds of lives !

from:  Hareesh
Posted on: Jun 5, 2013 at 16:06 IST

Really a very inspiring personality who is dedicated to his profile. He
leads as an example. Hats off to him.
But the worthiness of cash award (Rs. 5000) seems too little when
compared to their help provided to the society. Government shall
consider increasing the cash award atleast to 1 lakh so that at least
their family will be benefitted inspite of his sudden death

from:  Sundarapandian
Posted on: Jun 5, 2013 at 14:19 IST

Hats off to Mr.Manohar and Mr.Balachandran who did their duties even in
an emergency situation! Hope Railway authorities extend a job to one of
Mr.Manohar's dependent. May his soul rest in peace!

from:  shyam
Posted on: Jun 5, 2013 at 14:01 IST

Its a Admirable job done by duty-conscious Manohar and other persons mentioned. When Government is ready provide handsome relief sum after the disaster has taken place, it must also be ready to provide for averting the disaster. A paltry sum given for such committed is no way enough for a family to survive (Which in first place lost a person)

from:  Kiran
Posted on: Jun 5, 2013 at 13:46 IST

A very heroic act;Service before Self

from:  t p s ramesh
Posted on: Jun 5, 2013 at 13:43 IST

Commendable job... RIP...

from:  venkat
Posted on: Jun 5, 2013 at 11:29 IST
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