Railway official cycles 140 km to conduct surprise inspection

A senior railway official from Ratlam division caused a stir when he arrived at Indore for inspection—riding a bicycle.
Additional divisional railway manager RK Gupta cycled 140 km to conduct surprise inspection.(HT Photo)
Additional divisional railway manager RK Gupta cycled 140 km to conduct surprise inspection.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 15, 2017 04:40 PM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times, Indore | By

A senior railway official from Ratlam division caused a stir when he arrived at Indore for inspection—riding a bicycle.

Indore officials were caught by surprise because they came to know about additional divisional railway manager (ADRM), R K Gupta’s arrival only some time before he reached the station, despite the 52-year-old taking 10 hours to travel 140 km.

“There was an incident involving roll back of coaches at Laxmibai Nagar station (near Indore) on Friday evening. Although it was a minor incident, we take such incidents seriously as there is a potential for major mishap. So, I decided to inspect the station,” Gupta said.

He left Ratlam at about 6.30 am on Saturday and reached Indore station at 4.45 pm. “It was quite windy and I took five to six breaks of about 10 minutes to rest and rehydrate. I also had to deal with a flat tyre once,” he said.

After conducting the inspection, he directed the Laxmibai Nagar station superintendent to ensure that such incidents are avoided in the future.

However, Indore railway officials were taken aback by his mode of transport in an age when senior officials take the first class AC or a car to conduct inspections.

“It was a very unusual gesture by a senior official. In my 23-year career, I have not heard of any official coming for an inspection riding a bicycle,” an Indore-based railway official said.

Gupta, an amateur cyclist, said he loved outdoor sports and took to cycling about nine months ago.

“At times, it’s not possible to play outdoor sports during rainy season when the ground is wet. So I find cycling an ideal and relaxing exercise,” he said.

This was the second time he has attempted something like this. In October last year, he had cycled on a shorter route between Ratlam and Ujjain and it took him about 6 hours.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Manoj Ahuja is a principal correspondent based in Indore. He writes on business, agriculture and aviation. His focus is on south-western Madhya Pradesh, particularly the tribal belt.

Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • HT Image

    PROA passes resolution against financial commissioner revenue for mistreatment of officers

    Punjab revenue officers' association has passed a resolution against financial commissioner revenue Anurag Aggarwal, condemning his alleged arrogant and humiliating attitude towards revenue officers. President of PROA, Gurdev Singh Dham, said that a meeting of executive body of the association was held to discuss various issues, including revengeful attitude and misbehaviour of FCR Anurag Aggarwal towards revenue officers.

  • Ruins of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s mansion to host religious event on his death anniversary

    Ruins of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s mansion to host religious event on his death anniversary

    In an effort to regain the lost splendour of Maharaja Ranjit Singh's historical buildings at his summer capital Dinanagar in Gurdaspur and promote tourism, the district administration, for the first time, will organise a religious event in the ruins of the Sikh ruler's mansion on June 29 to mark his death anniversary. During the religious function, path of Sukhmani Sahib will be held in a pandal.

  • HC allows Jalandhar man to go abroad; says pendency of an FIR no ground to deny him permission

    HC allows Jalandhar man to go abroad; says pendency of an FIR no ground to deny him permission

    The Punjab and Haryana high court has allowed a Jalandhar man, an accused in a criminal case, to go abroad, observing that pendency of an FIR would not mean that The petitioner, Kanwalpreet Singh Kalra would not return back. The petitioner, Kanwalpreet Singh Kalra, had approached the high court after he was denied permission to fly to Canada to attend the convocation ceremony of his daughter by a Jalandhar court.

  • Finance minister Harpal Singh Cheema presented AAP government’s white paper two days before his first budget presentation. (HT Photo)

    Congress regime spent recklessly, left behind 24,351 crore unpaid liability: Mann govt’s white paper

    Two days ahead of its first budget, the Aam Aadmi Party government in Punjab, while painting a grim picture of the state finances, on Saturday tore into the previous Congress government for “reckless spending” and saddling it with “unpaid liability” of 24,351 crore besides a colossal debt. Another 7,117.86 crore is unpaid power subsidy claimed by Punjab State Power Corporation Limited for supply to agriculture, domestic and industry consumers last year.

  • 2 cops booked for helping gangster Duneke obtain passport on forged documents

    2 cops booked for helping gangster Duneke obtain passport on forged documents

    Moga Amid investigation by the anti-Gangster task force into the gangsters operating from abroad, the district police on Saturday booked two cops for allegedly helping gangster Sukhdul Singh alias Sukha Duneke to obtain a passport by tampering police verification process using forged documents. The case was registered against assistant sub-inspector Prabhdyal Singh and head constable Gurwinder Singh, who were found guilty of helping Duneke.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Sunday, June 26, 2022