250 water bodies inspected; wagons loaded with sandbags ready
With the north-east monsoon having set in the State, the Tiruchi divisional railway and Fire and Rescue Services authorities have geared up to tackle any exigency that could arise owing to heavy rains.
Necessary arrangements have been put in place by the railway to ensure safe operation of trains during the monsoon. Field-level railway staff would embark on “monsoon patrolling” at vulnerable locations falling under the jurisdiction of Tiruchi Railway Division and constantly monitor the water level flowing under major bridges.
The field –level staff have been asked to immediately communicate to the higher officials if they notice any abnormality while carrying out the track patrolling.
Weak embankments along the track have been strengthened and obstructions in waterway of major and minor bridges have been removed. Drains alongside railway track and in stations have been cleaned to pave the way for free flow of water.
In addition to these, boulders and sandbags have been kept ready at select locations including Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Kumbakonam, Mayiladuthurai, Parangipettai, Killai, Cuddalore, Vriddhachalam, Ariyalur, Lalgudi, Vellore and Tiruvannamalai in order to move them immediately to restore damaged portions of track. Wagons loaded with boulders and sandbags are in a state of readiness at Tiruchi to move them to the emergency spots.
Over 250 water bodies in various revenue districts falling under the Tiruchi Railway Division had been jointly inspected by railway and State government officials and steps are being taken to ensure the safety of water tanks which were likely to overflow and cause damage to the railway track, a senior railway official here said.
Public could contact the railway control room in Tiruchi (0431- 2460417 / 2410030 / 2410310) or report to the nearest railway station / level crossing gates in case of any leakage in the embankment of water bodies that could damage the track, the authorities say.
Fire and Rescue Services authorities, say fire fighters in Tiruchi Fire Division, are ready to carry out rescue operations at short notice, if need arises. The Tiruchi Fire Division has under its jurisdictions fire stations located at Tiruchi, Srirangam, Lalgudi, Pullambadi, Manapparai, Navalpat, Uppliapuram and Thuvarankurichi.
Necessary paraphernalia used for rescue operations including life jackets, life buoys, rubber boats, ropes, hydraulic cutter, power saw and breathing apparatus have been kept ready.
Fire tenders and the Emergency Rescue Tender were in good condition, a senior department official said adding that new extension ladders, body bags and life jackets have been supplied to all fire stations in the division. Tiruchi has not witnessed major floods after 2005, the official said.