ECoR initiates steps for security audit of all level crossings in Odisha|

Bhubaneswar: Taking serious action after Puri level crossing incident, the East Coast Train (ECoR) bought a large scale security audit for all level crossings in its jurisdiction in Odisha.

All the personnel and officers were asked to determine weak points in the system and bring it to the fore to put its security mechanism in the ideal location.

General Supervisor Purnendu Sekhar Mishra has actually hired all personnel and officers to determine weak points in the system and bring it to the fore. Unless we admit that there are errors or deficiencies, we can not expect the system to grow and alter for the much better. Unless we admit that there are shortages, we can not anticipate the deficiencies to be eliminated, he stated. He has asked senior authorities to engage with junior colleagues to understand more about problems on the field, the ECoR said in a release here today.

The GM asked senior officials to interact with junior coworkers to understand more about issues on the field.

He required a large-scale audit of the whole level crossings network in the ECoR system.

Significantly, there are 828 level crossings in East Coast Railway, out of which Odisha has 559. While there are 224 level crossings in Andhra, only 45 are in Chhattisgarh in the ECoR jurisdiction.

As per the relocation, each level crossing will be examined. All the security elements beginning with boom barriers to the method road and the siren to the warning boards will be examined effectively. The level crossing illustrations will likewise be matched with the real ground position to dismiss any inconsistencies.

Further, the Loco Pilots will likewise be evaluated for awareness of rules connected to level crossings. They will undergo the tests in form of therapy and interactive mode.

This security drive will be among the largest security drives to be performed by any Zonal Railway. Covering each Level Crossing in the zone will be a big task. However, it has been bought to be done at the earliest, the ECoR stated.

According to the ECoR GM, the function of the Security Drive is to impart self-confidence in stakeholders, including Railway Personnel, on the robustness of the system. The occurrence at Puri was attributable to human failure, there might be some systemic defect likewise which requires to be determined rooted out.

There is no room for neglect in the Railway system. Callousness can not be tolerated. It is anticipated that this system audit will bring to the fore all issues referring to level crossings and these would be solved at last, the ECoR priced quote the official as saying.

The ECoR is also planning public involvement in the safety audit drive of the level crossings.

The public problems and petitions on specific problems at level crossings would be screened and highlighted, the Railways said.

The move came after media reported an incident revealing a train– Tapaswini Express– passing at a level crossing near Puri in open condition on Saturday early morning.

The event happened at 7.25 am at Sidhha Mahavir level crossing in Puri.

While instant action of the suspension was started against a Loco Pilot and Assistant Loco Pilot on the basis of a preliminary inquiry, the detailed questions report is awaited.

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