Now, Rly of­fi­cials will have to stay at work sites for two days in fort­night

The Hitavada - - 2ND FRONTPAGE -

SE­NIOR of­fi­cials of the In­dian Rail­ways will now have to camp for two days in a fort­night in ar­eas where safety works are un­der­way to en­sure proper ex­e­cu­tion of such work.

The Rail­way Board in a let­ter last month di­rected that Se­nior Ad­min­is­tra­tive Grade (SAG) of­fi­cers in the civil en­gi­neer­ing de­part­ment be nom­i­nated and al­lot­ted a divi­sion each where they will over­see safety-re­lated works which in­clude track re­newal, bridge re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, elim­i­na­tion of un­manned level cross­ings, rais­ing plat­forms and other track main­te­nance work.

“The nom­i­nated of­fi­cers should reg­u­larly visit the divi­sion to pro­vide nec­es­sary guid­ance in plan­ning and ex­e­cu­tion of the works... Th­ese of­fi­cers may be di­rected to camp in their al­lot­ted divi­sion for one week in the be­gin­ning and there­after should visit the al­lot­ted divi­sion for at least two days ev­ery fort­night till the end of March 2018”, the let­ter said. SAG are usu­ally at least joint sec­re­tary-level of­fi­cers, who have com­pleted an av­er­age of 23 years in ser­vice.

In the next fi­nan­cial year, In­dian Rail­ways has set a tar­get of re­plac­ing 8,000 km of old and de­pleted lines at an es­ti­mated cost of Rs 10,000 crore and over­haul­ing the en­tire sig­nalling net­work to im­prove safety.

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