Saturday, July 7, 2012

Loco pilot unions demand implementation of safety measures

BANGALORE: All India Loco-Running Staff Association ( AILRSA) and other unions of the railways met on July 6 to discuss the safety measures announced by the Railway Boardmembers earlier in June. The demanded to implement the instructions by the board members, regarding the increased cases of Signal passed At Danger ( SPAD) and security and comfort ability of the loco pilots. 

Mukul Roy, union railway minister had earlier focused on crew management systems to further enhance safety, which would make Indian Railways buy new technology developed by the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) at a cost of Rs 12 crore. 

The union members also discussed on points in the instruction where using of long hood locomotives have been drawn to concerns, visibility of tracks and signals obstructed by the long hood, battery box and radiator fans have been taken into account for reforms. 

A delegation of the members also met the senior divisional mechanical engineer of South Western Railway in Bangalore division and discussed whether the instructions would be implemented. The official could only express his inability until an executive order from the general manager in this regard is received at his end. 

The unions have planned mass awareness regarding this and have also handed over a memorandum regarding their concerns to the Commissioner of Railway Safety(CRS) in Bangalore.


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