Guwahati, April 30 (HS): Improvement in Rail safety is a continuous process and constant endeavour is made to improve the same. Safety Audits/inspections are undertaken at regular intervals on railway infrastructures with a view to identify weak areas in asset maintenance, safety procedure and systemic defects and to provide ways and means to prevent accidents. Besides, periodical safety drives are launched from time to time to indicate safety consciousness amongst staff and to streamline safety aspects including maintenance of assets.
Sabyasachi De, Chief Public Relations Officer of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), has issued a statement on Saturday saying that To improve safety as well as reliability of assets in train operation, Electronic Interlocking (El) has been provided at 18 stations, Block Proving Axle Counter (BPAC) has been provided at 16 block sections and Automatic Fire Detection & Alarm System has been provided at 51 stations. To improve operational capacity by decreasing operation time and increasing reliability, Universal Fail-Safe Block Interface (UFSBI) has been provided at 33 block sections.
NFR has surpassed the progress of 150 Bridge Rehabilitation work done in 2020-21 by completing 246 Bridge Rehabilitations in 2021-22.
For enhancing safety of rolling stocks, Periodical Overhauling (POH) of high speed Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches was increased from 175 coaches in 2020-21 to 353 coaches in 2021-22 i.e. an increase of 101%. POH of goods wagons was also increased to 1611 in 2021-22 from 1195 in 2020-21 i.e. an increase of 35%.
To accord top priority towards reducing and preventing mishap in level crossing gates, normal position of 1442 level crossing gates over NFR has been made as ‘Open to Road Traffic’. To improve safety, 27 IP based and 22 Non-IP based CCTV cameras have been installed in Level Crossing Gates over NFR.
Safe train operation is one of the key objectives of NFR. In order to monitor Safety Performance on daily basis and for Safe train operation, N. F. Railway has also developed an in-house MIS based Dashboard, which is extensively being used to monitor asset performance & operational safety.