Vikash Sharma

Ahead of the possible impact of cyclonic Michaung, the Indian Railways on Monday augmented its entire machinery to manage smooth and safe railway operations in the areas likely to be affected by the cyclonic storm.

As per official sources, the Indian Railways has come up with an emergency control cell at the Divisional/HQ level. Officers from Operating, Commercial, Engineering, Electrical, Signal/Telecommunications and Security sections have been deployed in each shift to monitor the situation round-the-clock and take necessary action in connection with train operations.

As per a PIB report, war room at board level has also been activated and monitoring of all location is being done round the clock. Safety counsellors in each shift are also nominated to assist with the Emergency control.

General Instructions

The cyclone will be accompanied by incessant rains. ln sections where trains are to be run in spite of incessant rains, monsoon patrolling should be ensured.

Monsoon reserve trains, accident relief trains and tower wagons need to be kept in readiness, fully fuelled up and with full complement of tools, spares, accessories and rations (with locos provided wherever not self-powered).

Adequate number of Breakdown staff of track, Traction and Signal & Telecommunications to be kept in readiness to attend to restoration work, the report added.