Jul 15, 2016

Zonal Railway GMs now have to meet tough monthly targets

Dozen projects have been identified for speedy completion

The Railway Board has set monthly targets for executing new/ongoing projects and urged General Managers to evolve a system for periodical monitoring of the progress made at the zonal level.
In Southern Railway, at least a dozen works have been listed, including the long-pending Sengottai-Punalur gauge conversion and Chennai Beach-Athipattu fourth broad gauge line projects, for early completion.

Railway Board Chairman A.K. Mittal, in a letter to General Managers, has pointed out that the tendency to keep most of the works for the last quarter of the year should be avoided.

“We have set ourselves very challenging targets for commissioning of new lines, gauge conversion and doubling projects in line with the announcement made in the Rail Budget 2016-17. Works Directorate has already worked out detailed month-wise plans after consultation with all Zonal Railway and Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd,” he said.

Mr. Mittal said timely commissioning of the projects called for meticulous planning in respect of preparatory works like approval of plans, arrangement of materials, fixing of executing agencies, creation of posts for maintenance of new assets etc. “Timelines for these activities have to be so prepared in advance that the final outcome of commissioning of the projects for traffic is accomplished within the deadline.”

On completion, new lines require inspection and clearance of the Commissioner of Railway Safety for operations. Stressing the need to set up a system through which progress of finalisation of ‘Engineering Signal Plan’, ‘Signal Installation Programme’ and ‘Station Working Rules’ required to achieve targets could be reviewed and monitored at the level of Additional General Manager, Mr. Mittal sought to know from General Managers the action taken and progress at their end.

In Southern Railway, the Chennai-Nagercoil double broad gauge line with electrification has been a long-pending demand of passengers.

While the work is nearing completion between Chennai and Madurai, doubling works along Madurai-Virudhunagar-Vanchi Maniyachi/Tuticorin-Tirunelveli-Nagercoil are expected to be completed in association with the Tamil Nadu government by signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

Unmanned crossing

Railway officials said elimination of unmanned level crossings, installation of CCTV network at all suburban stations/major junctions and introduction of Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches to replace conventional rakes were among the priority areas in the zone.