Panaji : With all undertaken safety work completed, the Konkan Railway is geared up to implement its monsoon time table with effect from Saturday. It will continue till October 31.
The large scale geo-safety works executed along the railway lines in the last decade have significantly reduced incidences of boulders falling and soil-slipping along the route. There has been no major disruption of train services due to falling boulders in the monsoon in the last five years, L.K. Verma, chief spokesperson of Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) said here on Thursday.
The Konkan Railway, he said, will conduct monsoon patrolling as per the provisions of Indian Railway Permanent Way Manual to ensure safety along the track. About 950 personnel will be patrolling the route from Kolad to Thokur during the monsoon. Vulnerable locations will be patrolled round-the-clock and stationary watchmen will be deployed at critical locations. Speed restrictions will be imposed at vulnerable locations. BRN-mounted excavators will be placed at nominated points for quick movement in case of emergencies. Instructions have been issued to locomotive drivers to run the trains at a reduced speed of 40 kmph in case limited visibility due to heavy rainfall.
Mr. Verma said, trains plying on the Konkan Railway route between Kolad and Thokur atnight will have supervisors during the monsoon. An Accident Relief Train (ART), a self-propelled Accident Relief Medical Van (ARMV) with provision for an operation theatre and emergency medical aid will be kept ready at Ratnagiri (Maharashtra), while Verna (Goa) will be provided with satellite phone communication.
Mobile phones and walkie-talkie sets will be provided to loco-pilots, station masters, executives of various departments and other officers. Every station on the Konkan Railway will be equipped with 25 Watt VHF base station enabling wireless communication amongst the train crew and between the train crew and the station master.
Emergency communication sockets will be provided at every kilometre along the Konkan Railway route, enabling the patrolmen, watchmen and other field maintenance staff to contact station masters and train controllers during emergencies in operating the trains.
LED signals will be provided in a phased manner for improving signal visibility at difficult locations. Three control rooms at Belapur, Ratnagiri and Madgaon, will work through the monsoons to ensure safe running of trains.
Passengers who have been issued journey tickets prior to announcement of the monsoon time table are advised to check the timings of their train as the departure timings of some trains could be altered. Passengers can check train status on www.konkanrailway.com , or dial 139. Passengers may monitor their trains online during by visiting www.konkanrailway.com