CR plans to or­gan­ise coun­selling ses­sion for mo­tor­men, loco pi­lots

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - SWAP­NIL MISHRA

In or­der to teach mo­tor­men, Loco Pi­lots (LPs) and As­sis­tant Loco Pi­lots (ALPs) on how to re­main calm while driv­ing lo­cal trains, the Cen­tral Rail­ways (CR) has planned a coun­selling ses­sion, which is part of a spe­cial drive. This move comes af­ter sev­eral in­stances of mo­tor­men jump­ing red sig­nals stat­ing that they were dis­tracted or just weren’t pay­ing at­ten­tion.

A se­nior rail­way of­fi­cial said jump­ing of sig­nals are re­ferred to as ‘Sig­nal Pass­ing at Dan­ger’ (SPAD) where a mo­tor­man or a loco pi­lot does not halt the train de­spite a red sig­nal. While a pre­ven­tive sys­tem stops the train in such cases, SPAD is con­sid­ered a threat to safety.

Till now, nine ac­ci­dents have been recorded by the CR that have dis­rupted train ser­vices in the year 2017-18 com­pared to 15 in the year 2016-17. More than five cases of SPAD have been wit­nessed in 2018 and around 10 cases in 2017 due to which sub­ur­ban ser­vices have been dis­rupted.

Most of the mo­tor­men who have skipped sig­nals said ei­ther they were dis­tracted or did not pay at­ten­tion. For which they need to be coun- selled. “Thrice a month such sem­i­nars are been planned and guid­ance on adopt­ing safety mea­sures against SPAD and ply­ing trains safely with­out caus­ing de­rail­ment is pro­vided to mo­tor­men,” added a se­nior of­fi­cial.

CR has around 800 mo­tor­men and 2,500 loco pi­lots and as­sis­tant loco pi­lots. In the sub­ur­ban sec­tion, sig­nals are placed at a dis­tance of 120 me­ters along the tracks. Mo­tor­men are re­quired to keep an eye on each sig­nal and in­crease or re­duce the speed of the trains ac­cord­ingly. Last year, at least 45 such ses­sions had been con­ducted.

“As many as 1,660 ser­vices op­er­ate on the sub­ur­ban sec­tion of CR. It is dif­fi­cult to con­cen­trate as miss­ing a sig­nal for even a sec­ond dis­turbs the sched­ule. Mo­tor­men are of­ten dis­tracted due to move­ment of tres­passers on the tracks and peo­ple plac­ing ob­jects on tracks,” a se­nior mo­tor­men said.

In the last one year, CR as taken nearly 27 safety drives, 37 sem­i­nars and 16 safety au­dits have been con­ducted to coun­sel driv­ers. They have also con­ducted a mock drill, in co­or­di­na­tion with the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Re­sponse Force (NDRF), to train the staff on first-aid in times of ac­ci­dents.

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