GUWAHATI, June 26 - A �Safety Conference� of the Signal and Engineering department of NF Railway was held at Maligaon on Monday.
Radhe Raman, Additional General Manager, and MK Agrawal, Principal Chief Safety Officer, along with Divisional Safety Officers and counsellors from all divisions and headquarters of NF Railway were present in the conference where all safety issues were discussed and ways and means were suggested to prevent accidents in the future.
The counsellors of Signal department displayed the latest developments like interlocking signal system, point and crossing measurement, signal sighting committee observation and voice recording system of stations to communicate between gate man and station master before train operation.
The counsellors of the Engineering department displayed systems of the track parameters, guidelines of gate working instructions, track recording car, and ambush checking of safety items, including night inspection, covering compliance of ambush check to prevent accidents.
Many safety-related issues were discussed during the conference, including those relating to points and crossings, junction boxes and relay huts, drainage of the yard, ballast cushion, track parameters, lighting in yards, safety compliance, foot plate inspection in loco and inspection of SLR with guard van during movement, checking papers of drivers, essential equipment with drivers, train readiness continuity test, brake feel test, loud calling out signal on approach along with signal name and station number, signal visibility, all boards related to speed restrictions, caution orders, abnormalities like jerks, safety compliance of the last inspections, level-crossing gate inspections, checking surface conditions, road signs, check rails, interlocking arrangement, gate equipment, gate working, test knowledge of gate man, closed to road traffic and open to road traffic, and safety compliance of last inspection.
Different guidelines were given to the divisional training centres like driver training centre, engineering training centre, guard training centre, signalling training centre and loco shed training centre to perform their responsibilities to ensure smooth movements of train operation.
Raman advised the safety officers and safety counsellors to conduct ambush checking of railway staff during duty hours and said that immediate action should be taken by Divisional Safety Officers in case of detection of any shortcomings among railway staff.
Agrawal, in his speech, advised all the Divisional Safety Officers to solve issues related to track maintenance, signal working, level crossing gate issues and other deficiencies. He also advised the Divisional Safety Officers to remove public markets located near the railway tracks and to take necessary steps to close down all the unauthorized level crossings.