SOUTH EASTERN RAILWAY
SER ACHIEVES MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT IN RAILWAY INFRASTRUCTURE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Kolkata, 27th December 2020:
South Eastern Railway has emphasized on the massive developmental work in Railway infrastructure in spite of severe adverse situation being faced by the field workers and officers during lockdown in phases in the country since 25th March, 2020 and continuation of COVID-19 unlocked periods. The Civil Engineering Department of South Eastern Railway, taking it as a challenge, has stepped up its entire network in all the four Divisions viz., Kharagpur, Adra, Chakradharpur and Ranchi and has done overall improvement of Railway infrastructure.
With the adoption of stringent measures in respect of strict observance of COVID-19 health protocols, the Engineering Department has intensified the maintenance of safety related works viz., track structure strengthening, track renewal, proper ballasting, regular checking of rail fractures, weld failures, painting of rails, proper greasing etc. All the above works have been well attended and have achieved the annual target.
Apart from this, other works relating to improvement in reliability of track, raising of sectional speed, elimination of manned level crossings have been successfully completed by the Engineering Department during the month of November, 2020.
Consequently, there was no incident of accident from the engineering point of view taken place in the month of November. Incidents of rail fracture as well as weld failure have remained under control. In the month of November, 2020, only 17 numbers of rail fractures were detected against 49 as compared to corresponding period of last year which is 65% less than last year. As a part of elimination of level crossings, South Eastern Railway has closed down 3 numbers of level crossings during the month, resulting in a total of 24 of level crossings was closed down in 2020-21.