To en­sure pas­sen­ger safety dur­ing rains, CR us­ing drones to sur­vey dan­ger­ous moun­tain passes

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - SWAPNIL MISHRA

The Cen­tral Rail­way is not keep­ing any stone un­turned in pro­vid­ing a safe jour­ney for the com­muters trav­el­ling at hilly ar­eas dur­ing mon­soon. The CR has now started us­ing drone cam­eras to sur­vey the moun­tain pass at the Sahyadri moun­tain ranges on the Mum­baiPune and Mum­bai-Nashik route.

A se­nior rail­way of­fi­cial said these drones will be used to de­tect dan­ger­ous ar­eas dur­ing mon­soon which ob­struct the move­ment of lo­cal as well as out­sta­tion trains. “CR will de­ploy drones to cap­ture vi­su­als of the ghat sec­tion where land­slides due to loose rocks can en­dan­ger the safety of train op­er­a­tions dur­ing the rains,” added of­fi­cial.

Be­fore mon­soon, the CR will also con­duct a drone in­spec­tion of the Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji Ma­haraj Ter­mi­nus (CSMT)–Kalyan sec­tion and the Har­bour rail­way route and they have sought per­mis­sion to carry out the oper­a­tion from the Mum­bai po­lice.

Last year, there were three in­ci­dents of land­slide but none led to any ca­su­alty. On Au­gust 21, a boul­der that came rolling down into a coach, tear­ing the roof but did not cause any fa­tal­i­ties. “The drone in­spec­tion will help iden­tify key ar­eas which need to be worked upon. We are con­stantly in­spect­ing the ar­eas around the ghats to iden­tify threats of fall­ing boul­ders,” said SK Jain, Di­vi­sional Rail­way Man­ager, CR.

The rail­ways have rented the drones for a cost of nearly Rs4,000 per kilo­me­tre. “This is the first time that drones will be used for pre­mon­soon work on the rail­ways in Mum­bai. The drone cam­eras will also be used for in­spec­tion of pre­mon­soon work,” added Jain.

More­over, the rail­ways have asked the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) to pro­vide them with a larger num­ber of the wa­ter­pump­ing ma­chine. This has been done in or­der to tackle the wa­ter log­ging prob­lem near the Sion and Kurla rail­way sta­tions. Two 1,000cu­bic-me­ter wa­ter-pump­ing ma­chines will be pro­vided at both sta­tions dur­ing the mon­soons.

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