GUWAHATI, Nov 18 - Maligaon-headquartered Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) is targeting 100 per cent on-time arrival of trains with a two-pronged strategy involving intensive footplating and regular monitoring and controlling failure of assets.
Failure of railway equipment like engine-failure, failure of signal and telecommunication equipment, mechanical failure and so on will be targeted for minimization so that there are no delays in train operations, NFR Chief PRO PJ Sharma said.
�Monitoring of train-running from engines by senior officers, which is known as footplating, also helps in efficient train operations. A strong message was sent out in the organization when the General Manager, Mohd Jamshed himself conducted engine footplating inspection while travelling by train No. 15609 Avadh Assam Express from Furkating to Dimapur in the Lumding division recently. Instructions have been issued to all senior officers to conduct intensive footplating, especially during night, of all passenger trains to ensure their timely running,� Sharma said.
He said that the strategy so far has shown positive results with punctuality of mail and express trains increasing to 95 per cent in the month of October as against 89 per cent in October 2014.
�This effectively means that out of the 2,278 mail and express trains running within NF Railway, 2,158 had run on time. The overall punctuality of all passenger-carrying trains including mail/express and passenger trains has also improved to 94 per cent during the month of October this year, which again effectively means that out of the total 2,999 running trains, 2,813 trains run on time. Punctuality of the Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express has also recorded improvement from 87 per cent and 91 per cent respectively in October 2014 to 90 per cent and 93 per cent in October this year,� Sharma said.