Wednesday, June 12, 2013

SCR waging a battle with rodents

12th June 2013 

The South Central Railway is engaged in a battle with rodents such as rats and cockroaches in train coaches.
According to M Amarendar, chief engineer at the Coach Maintenance Depot, they are catching 92 rats and 3,300 cockroaches a month on an average in SCR trains.
SCR officials took mediapersons on a tour of the Coach Maintenance Depot situated at Bhoiguda in Secunderabad on Tuesday and explained to them about the safety measures being taken by them for passengers. Yet, the chief engineer said, they were receiving numerous complaints of rodent menace.
Amarendar said they were placing cages and glue pads below the berths to trap rats after cleaning the coaches in the yard before a train is sent on another journey. They are also taking similar measures at stations and coach factories.
Senior DME Gagandeep Singh said that about 40 staffers  spend about six hours cleaning up and conducting a technical inspection of a train in the yard before it is brought to the platform to begin its journey.
There is a roll-in and roll-out checking at the entrance of the maintenance depot where workers primarily check each coach for basic problems like mechanical and electrical. There is mechanised cleaning of the exteriors and interiors of coaches and in-house linen washing _ 2,500 bedroll sets are washed a day in the in-house mechanised laundry.
Singh said that the recently-introduced bio-toilets are helping them keep trains and tracks cleaner and exuded confidence that all the 792 coaches of SCR would have bio-toilets in six years from now.
The recently-inducted LHB coaches will enhance the safety and the existing coaches will be replaced by LHBs in a phased manner.
Chief PRO K Sambasiva Rao said 15 trains being operated by SCR had house-keeping services which the passengers can avail during stipulated timings by calling the numbers displayed in the coaches.

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