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Kurla signal fire: guilty CR officials to be chargesheeted

mumbai Updated: May 17, 2012 01:23 IST
Prajakta Chavan

The Central Railways staff responsible for the fire mishap at the Kurla signalling panel on April 18 will be chargesheeted for dereliction of duty.

The committee report submitted to Central Railway (CR) general manager Subodh Jain laid primary blame on the Signal and Technical (S&T) Construction department. The electrical maintenance department was also held responsible.

The mishap at the Kurla signalling panel disrupted suburban services for over three days leading to a loss of over Rs 5 crore.

The S&T staff had damaged high power underground electric cables while laying cables. A short circuit resulted and a major fire broke out at the signalling panel.

The electrical maintenance department is held responsible because they did not adhere to the technical specifications while laying the underground electric cables in 2009.

The administration will issue a chargesheet to their own staff stating the accusations and demanding explanations from the staff.

The officer concerned has a stipulated period of time to explain why he should not face disciplinary action. If he does not specify the reasons by then, action will be initiated against him.

Along with the staff, the CR will penalise the concerned contractor by downgrading his credentials.

"The losses cannot be recovered from the contractor because he works under the railway staff, but he will be certainly downgraded so that he doesn't get any key projects in the future. He will be issued a show- cause notice as to why he should not be banned from bidding any railway projects in the future." explained a senior official from the railway department.