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Shri Ravindra Gupta, Member (Rolling Stock), Railway Board Chairs high level Carriage Maintenance Group Meeting of Indian Railways

The 17th Carriage Maintenance Group Meeting of Indian Railways commenced today i.e., 22nd June, 2018 at Secunderabad. The two day meeting being held at the highest level nationally is being chaired by Shri Ravindra Gupta, Member (Rolling Stock), Railway Board, New Delhi. High ranking officials from the Railway Board, Research Design and Safety Organization (RDSO), Chief Design Engineers from Production Units and Rolling Stock Engineers & Electrical Engineers from all over the Indian Railways are taking part in the deliberations.

The two day meeting is focusing o­n issues pertaining to Passenger safety, Passenger comfort and improvement in aesthetics of the train coaches to fulfill high expectations of rail users. The meeting is also going to discuss o­n various environment friendly passenger conveniences like Bio-toilets, Cleanliness of stations and coaches, hygiene etc. The discussions are expected to identify measures for improvement in all the aspects of rail users satisfaction besides important issues of maintenance related to train running, like Punctuality and reliability. o­n the agenda, are also issues concerning use of latest material and improved technology in coach maintenance and disaster management including under water cutting equipment, foldable ramp for physically challenged persons, improvement in Braille system for visually challenged persons.

Addressing the inaugural session of the meeting, Shri Ravindra Gupta, Member (Rolling Stock), Railway Board stated that coach maintenance has undergone lot of changes in the recent times with the advent of new technology. Indian Railways is contemplating to retro fit all the coaches with Bio-toilets by March 2019. The challenges of maintaining the Bio-toilets need to be met by acquiring expertise and experimenting with technology. Adequate training should be given to the staff involved in the maintenance of Bio-toilets. Coach ventilation needs to be given priority by all the zones, taking further the initiative of some of the zones experimenting with it. Enhancing the use of Mechanized Coach cleaning and introduction of Quick Watering Plants will effectively meet the needs of Railways, he stressed. The Member (Rolling Stock) stated that a team of officials from Indian Railways will visit Germany to study and examine the Mechanized Coach maintenance facilities over there, so as to adopt o­n Indian Railways. He stressed o­n the need to ensure the quality of coach production so as to match the customer satisfaction levels.

Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway who also addressed the meeting, stated that Passenger transportation o­n Indian Railways has attained main focus, with user expectations rising in the areas of passenger amenities, Cleanliness and Punctuality. Railways are facing many challenges like maintenance of Bio-toilets, Passenger complaint management mechanism, Passenger safety and surveillance, maintenance of AC coaches, disable friendly coaches, cleaning of coaches, linen management etc. Value added initiatives such as installing digital temperature devices, provision of disposable towels to the AC coach passengers need to be examined for implementation. Reduction in coach maintenance time to facilitate running of more passenger services also needs to be examined, he added.

A booklet o­n “Tech – Talk” highlighting Carriage Maintenance issues was released o­n the occasion. Shri Virendra Kumar, Adviser (Mechanical Engineering), Railway Board, Shri Ashesh Agrawal, Senior Deputy General Manager, Shri Arjun Mundiya, Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer, Shri Arun Kumar Jain, Divisional Railway Manager, Hyderabad Division, SCR; Chief Electrical General Engineers & Chief Rolling Stock Engineers from all the Zones of Indian Railways were present. The discussions will continue o­n the second day.

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