Indore: Passenger safety and amenities are gravely compromised due to shortage of vital components at railway coaching depot since long time. Surprisingly, despite of inspections and instructions by the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), no action has been taken in this regard. The issue was raised in the railway board meeting held in New Delhi by one of the committee members recently.
In the carriage and wagon depot at city railway station, which commonly known as coaching depot, where maintenance of coaches and engines are done is facing shortage of certain vital components since long time. In a wake of increasing number of train accidents, shortage of vital components is considered to be a major issue. DRM Manoj Sharma visited city railway station on September 1 to check the ground reality and the implementation of his earlier instructions. He admitted that there is shortage of important components in the coaching depot.
Since higher authorities of the Ratlam division are not taking cognizance of the problem, the issue was raised in the meeting of Passengers’ Amenities Committee of the Railway Board held on September 11 in New Delhi.
Raising the issue in the meeting, committee member Nagesh Namjoshi explained how passengers’ safety and amenities are compromised in the absence of vital components. Later, Namjoshi informed this correspondent that committee chairman H Raja has expressed serious concern over the issue. Raja assured Namjoshi that he would take the issue with officials of the Railway Board.
Coaching depot of the city railway station holds importance as primary maintenance of more than 15 long distances trains and more than 350 coaches are being carried out here. Primary maintenance of a train took at least six hours, where every part is closely examined by engineers and technicians. Shortage of components used in brake system, wheels, coach frames and fittings were noticed few months ago, but no action has been taken so far.
Namjoshi’s suggestions to be implemented
Namjoshi, who is an expert of railway affairs and also representative of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, gave two vital suggestions to improve passenger amenities in coaches. He suggested bottle holder near the washbasin in coaches and a belt in middle berth of coaches to prevent falling down of passenger especially children. Committee chairman Raja told Namjoshi that he would recommend the suggestion to Railway Board for implementation.
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