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‘Sabotage’ of Railway Tracks: Indian Railways steps up security at stations

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  1. layman

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    ‘Sabotage’ of Railway Tracks: Indian Railways steps up security at stations
    Asks technical staff to enhance patrolling, crack down on unauthorised people in station premises
    By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:March 27, 2017 5:49 am
    [​IMG]Between January and the first week of March, at least 18 cases of suspected sabotage have been reported in the railways across the country, including five such incidents in Maharashtra.
    MONTHS AFTER a spate of incidents involving possible sabotage of railway tracks in Maharashtra, the state police headquarters has issued a security advisory asking the Government Railway Police (GRP) to keep a vigil on unauthorised hawkers and others loitering on railway premises.

    The Indian Railways has beefed up security measures and asked its technical staff to inspect and enhance patrolling in railway stations and also to initiate special drives to crack down on unauthorised people inside railway stations and other premises. A three-day drive was launched by the Western Railway (WR) earlier this week and sources say more such drives will be carried out in the coming days.

    Between January and the first week of March, at least 18 cases of suspected sabotage have been reported in the railways across the country, including five such incidents in Maharashtra. Last month, at a meeting attended by police chiefs of all states, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju directed that all incidents of sabotage be actively reported.

    Earlier this month, a high-level meeting chaired by Director General of Police (Maharashtra) Satish Mathur was attended by railway police officers from the neighbouring states, officials of the Railway Protection Force (RPF), Zonal officers of the Railways administration, Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) as well as Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC).

    While the ATS is probing if the incidents were the handiwork of a terrorist outfit, the Railways is probing its own and has started verifying the antecedents of its contractual staff, junior staff and gangmen.

    “A terrorist outfit will aim to carry out an attack which results in casualties, however that has not been the case pertaining to incidents reported in Maharashtra. We suspect it to be an act of mischief and therefore we are probing our junior staff and contractual employees The gangmen and track supervisors posted at night are being interrogated to probe if it is a case of mischief on their part,” said a senior security official from the Indian Railways.

    However, sources added there has been no breakthrough in the probe. “While the ATS is probing if it is an act of terror, we are probing if disgruntled railway employees who are unhappy with the latest revamp in the railways are behind the incidents,” said the source.

    In January, loco pilot Harendra Kumar and assistant Harish Chinchole of 12052 Jan Shatabdi Express noticed something glittering on the tracks between Diva and Mumbra stations. Kumar applied the emergency brakes and brought the train to a grinding halt. The train was running late by 15 minutes with at least 700 passengers on-board.

    In February, the motorman of the Pune-Santragachi Express, which was coming from Pune, did not notice the metal bar in the dark, and the locomotive hit it. Subsequently, a 1.5 metre piece of rail was found on the track in the Navi Mumbai node Monday night.

    In the same month, an iron rod ripped off from one of the railway’s electrical equipment was found partly lying on the tracks near Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) Wednesday. In another incident, a trackman reported that four discarded gelatin sticks were found between the rail tracks on Diva-Panvel track of Konkan railway last month.

    http://indianexpress.com/article/in...ndian-railways-steps-up-security-at-stations/
     
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    20-November, 2017 17:40 IST
    Commissioning of New Electronic Interlocking at Kharagpur Junction on 19th November, 2017

    The New Electronic Interlocking System at Kharagpur Junction is India’s Largest and one of the Largest in the World

    Commissioning of Electronic Interlocking System was Accomplished in Record Time Ensuring Minimum Traffic Disruptions and Passenger Inconvenience

    Electronic Interlocking System at Kharagpur Junction will Ensure Smooth Movement of Trains over South Eastern Railway

    India’s largest state of the art, Electronic Interlocking (EI) system of 800 routes has been commissioned at Kharagpur station in West Bengal on 19thNov2017 at 18:12 hrs. This EI system, also one of the largest in the World, replaces the old Route Relay Interlocking system with 423 routes.

    Kharagpur Junction in West Bengal, a gateway to the Eastern Metropolis of Kolkata from the South and the West, is one of the most important Railway stations of Eastern India. Everyday this station deals around 116 pairs of Mail/Express, goods and suburban trains with thousands of passengers.

    Final work of commissioning was taken up during a block of 12 hours. Preparations for commissioning of this Electronic Interlocking commenced about 18 months back and involved hundreds of thousands of man-hours of installation and testing. Generally, work of this nature and magnitude, involving major yard remodeling, is commissioned by resorting to non-interlocked working for several days, resulting in severe disruption of railway traffic and public inconvenience from cancellation and late running of trains. To avoid such a situation, innovative planning was done for commissioning the work in a traffic block of 12 hours, thereby ensuring bare minimum traffic disruptions and passenger inconvenience. It speaks volumes of the planning and preparation by South Eastern Railway that commissioning was finally achieved in 10 hours i.e. two hours ahead of stiff target of 12 hours.

    The commissioning of the new Electronic Interlocking has integrated (i) two additional platforms at Kharagpur Junction (ii) 3rd line from Howrah side and 2nd line from Adra side at Kharagpur Junction. Besides, it has ensured operation of down goods departure yard from the main Electronic Interlocking system at Kharagpur Junction.

    To ensure highest level of availability and flexibility, this EI has been provided in a distributed manner with the interlocking distributed over 9 zones interconnected with highly reliable Optical Fibre Cables (OFC) in a ring configuration. This has also resulted in major reduction in use of copper cables which is not only unreliable, difficult to maintain, prone to theft but also costly. Facility has been provided for the setting of routes and clearing of signals from electronic Video Display Unit (VDU) using “Mouse & Key Board”.

    With the commissioning of EI system at Kharagpur Junction the movement of trains over South Eastern Railway will get eased up considerably and result in improved punctuality of Mail/Express trains and increase in average speed of goods trains

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    http://www.thehindu.com/news/nation...a-gama-express-derailment/article20746725.ece
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    Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. | Photo Credit: PTI


    The train going towards Patna, met with an accident at 4.18 a.m. at the Manikpur Station.
    Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday condoled the death of three passengers, who died after 13 coaches of the Patna-Vasco Da Gama express derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Manikpur. He ordered a probe.

    “Immediate rescue and relief operations started and an inquiry ordered into the derailment of Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express at Manikpur, UP. My sincere condolences to the families of the deceased,” Mr. Goyal said in a tweet.

    The train going towards Patna, met with an accident at 4.18 a.m. at the Manikpur Station.

    Railway Ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena told IANS that railways has announced an ex-gratia of ₹ 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased, while ₹ 1 lakh for the passengers with grievous injuries and ₹ 50,000 for those with simple injuries.

    “Chairman Railway Board Ashwani Lohani has rushed to the accident site,” he added.

    The 13 derailed coaches comprise S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8, S9, S10, S11, two extra sleeper coaches and two general coaches.

    Two of the victims were identified as Deepak Patel and his father Ram Swaroop from Betia, Bihar.

    The third person succumbed to his injuries later.
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    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india...-up-s-banda/story-v82gTmh3gIvLFDgdJdnghI.html
    According to senior Railways officials, initial investigations suggest the track was fractures, causing the train to go off the rails near platform 2 of Manikpur railway station at 4:18am.

    “We inspected the site along with senior railway officials. It seems there was a fracture in railway track on which the ill-fated Vasco Da Gama derailed. The Commissioner Railway Safety has been assigned the task of enquiry after which the actual reason of the accident will be determined,” said MC Chauhan, general manager of North Central railway zone (NCR).
     
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    Joint disaster management drill conducted at railway yard

    KOCHI , May 26, 2018 00:29 IST
    Updated: May 26, 2018 00:29 IST

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities...conducted-at-railway-yard/article23994678.ece
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    A mock drill held at the Ernakulam marshalling yard on Friday.


    Exercise aimed at strengthening disaster response mechanism

    A joint disaster management and recovery exercise was conducted at the Ernakulam marshalling yard on Friday, jointly by Southern Railway and National Disaster Response Force’s Arakkonam battalion. The drill scenario was “Fire in railway coach due to inflammable materials”. A condemned second-class sleeper coach was used for the mock drill. At 8 a.m., a telephone message was received at the Traffic Control Office, Thiruvananthapuram, that a passenger coach had derailed and caught fire at the Ernakulam marshalling yard.

    Control office personnel relayed the message to the police, Fire and Rescue and Railway Disaster Management teams comprising medical, mechanical, electrical, traction distribution, operations, engineering, signal and telecommunications departments. They led the “rescue operations”.

    Four fire tenders brought the fire under control. Sophisticated pieces of equipment were used for breaking open the window and coach body for performing an evacuation drill.

    St. John Ambulance Brigade too participated in the drill. The objective of the exercise was to strengthen the disaster response mechanism. This exercise helped to assess the disaster response and frame coordinated procedures for rescue operations during railway accidents, sources said.
     
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    The derailed engine of the Pathankot–Baijnath train on Friday. Photo: Ashok Raina

    http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...-train-engine-derails-near-kangra/595011.html

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    Kangra, May 25

    The engine of the Baijnath-bound passenger train got derailed between Koparlahar and Kangra railway stations on Friday. No loss of life was reported and no passenger was injured.
    The rail traffic remained affected for nearly six hours, Railway police sources said here. Yudhvir Singh, Station House Officer, Kangra Railway station, said

    Baijnath-bound train from Pathankot (No 52463 UP) got derailed between Koparlahar and Kangra railway stations at 9 am when the front two-wheels of the engine went off the track.

    A major tragedy was averted as the engine got derailed just before it was to cross a bridge over the national highway near the Kangra railway station.

    The traffic was disrupted on the narrow gauge track for nearly six hours, said Yudhvir Singh.

    He said the rescue team reached the spot and the engine was again put back on the track after a few hours.

    The derailed train was sent back to Pathankot and after 3 pm the rail traffic was resumed.

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