Concerned over increased number of unit defects in the recent past, the Central Railways (CR) has drawn a special action plan for better electric multiple unit (EMU) maintenance.
In the meeting attended by officials from maintenance, engineering and car-shed sections, measures to improve regular servicing and cleaning of rakes were discussed. “We are motivating officials to ensure better functioning of the rakes so that punctuality of services, commuters’ safety can be improved and sudden unit defects can be avoided,” said a senior railway officer requesting anonymity, as the code of conduct is in force.
Some of the initiatives taken are intensive inspection of rakes by supervisors, inspection of 20% of the coaches by senior scale officers and registration of name and designation of supervisor inspecting the rakes in EMU log book, which must be preserved for at least two years.
“At each stage of maintenance, the concerned authorities’ name and designation must be recorded to bring more accountability in the work,” said the official.
Hari Shankar Verma, additional divisional railway manager, refused to comment on the measures but confirmed that internal efforts are being taken to improvise commuters’ safety and punctuality of the services.
CR chief public relations officer VA Malegaonkar said: “We are aware about issues pertaining to AC-DC rakes. We are concentrating on night maintenance and dry cleaning of EMU rakes.”