GUWAHATI, April 11 - Four railwaymen have been rewarded by Sanjive Roy, General Manager of Maligaon-headquartered Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), for showing exceptional devotion to duty.
The staff selected for the dedication are Nikunja Kumar Boro, track maintainer (Grade-IV) based at Rangiya; Pradip Kumar Mohali, senior section engineer based at Azamnagar; Arindam Paul, loco pilot (Goods) of Alipurduar Junction and Tarun Kumar Biswas, senior assistant loco pilot (Goods) of Alipurduar Junction.
Boro had, on February 18 this year, detected a rail fracture at a place in the Changsari-Agyathori section while performing duty as key man as part of his �gang�. He immediately controlled an approaching passenger train by informing the staff concerned and a possible mishap was averted due to his timely action.
On February 11, Mohali, while performing trolley inspection between Azamnagar and Kumedpur stations, noticed some irregularities in the piers of a bridge. After inspection of the bridge he found that reinforcement between the pile and pile cap was �naked�.
He immediately informed all concerned and imposed a speed restriction of 20 km per hour for train running, and thus averted a possible mishap.
On February 26, Paul and Biswas, while working the 15767 Up Intercity Express between Chalsa and Nagrakata, noticed a baby elephant with its mother standing on the railway track.
They immediately stopped the train by applying emergency brakes.
The very same day they noticed two wild elephants crossing the railway track at a place between Raja Bhatkhowa and Alipurduar Junction. Again they stopped the train by applying emergency brakes.
Thus, two cases of elephant fatalities were averted due to their alertness.
In recognition of their meritorious service for preventing mishaps and accidents, all the four railway staff were awarded with a cash award of Rs 2,500 each along with a certificate by the NFR General Manager.