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Today (06:27)  Trees uprooted, roads flooded after incessant rain (www.thehindu.com)
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Continuous showers also affect bus, train services
Mumbai: Mumbai witnessed a wet weekend after a lull in rain for the past few days, with the the Santacruz and Colaba observatories recording 101 mm and 57.8 mm of rainfall respectively between 8.30 a.m. and 8.30 p.m. on Sunday.
In the 24 hours from 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, the Santa Cruz observatory recorded 54 mm of rainfall, while Thane recorded 109 mm of rainfall. The island city received less rainfall, with 18 mm recorded by the Colaba observatory.
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fire brigade were on their toes throughout the day on Sunday, with trees uprooted at Malad, Fort, Bandra and Mulund. Incessant rains also caused waterlogging in Andheri (West). The wall of a residential building also collapsed in the area, but fortunately, there were no casualties. Waterlogging was also reported in Byculla and the National College area in Bandra.
The rain also affected public transport, with BEST and Harbour line train services suspended for a few hours and train services on the Western line being delayed.
BEST buses were diverted in the above areas for about an hour, and restored to their original routes after water was pumped out by the BMC by around 1.30 p.m.
Train services from Kalyan and Dombivli were suspended between 9.15 a.m. and 12.45 p.m. owing to the combined effect of the rain, works on new flyover between Dombivli and Thakurli station and the railway mega block. All trains from Borivli and Bhayandar on the Western line were delayed by 15 minutes between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. due to the mega block. Harbour line services between Bandra/Andheri and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus were suspended from around 10.40 a.m. to 4.45 p.m. Heavy rain caused the Harbour Line services to be delayed 10 to 15 minutes.
Traffic on arterial roads was also held up due to Ganapati idols being taken to pandals in the western and eastern suburbs.
The prevailing weather conditions have been attributed to the low pressure over the Vidarbha region. Due to this, moisture incursion has increased over Mumbai and Thane, and the cities have recorded heavy showers.
As per private forecaster Skymet Weather, Mumbai and Thane are likely to witness moderate to heavy rain due to a shift of the low pressure over Mumbai. “The next 36 hours will be rainy enough with some parts even witnessing very heavy showers,” Skymet said in a statement.
The intensity of rainfall has been more in the eastern suburbs as compared to parts of the city. K.S. Hosalikar, deputy director-general (western region), India Meteorological Department, said, “The latest satellite imagery shows a thick cloud mass over west Maharashtra and the interiors too. The rainfall activity over the coast has enhanced.”
Meanwhile, Bhandup (S Ward) recorded the highest rainfall from 8 a.m. on August 19 to 8 a.m. on August 20 with 123.64 mm rain, followed by Gawanpada in Mulund with 122.14 mm, Ghatkopar (N Ward) with 113.29 mm rain, Vikhroli with 93.46 mm and Kurla with 86.83 mm.
  
Today (06:24)  Utkal Express derailment: Railway Board member sent on leave (www.thehindu.com)
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4 local officials suspended; ‘lapses in maintenance work led to Khatauli accident’
The Railway Ministry on Sunday sent three top officials on leave, suspended four local level officials and transferred another official after prima facie finding lapses in the maintenance work that led to the derailment of Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday and claimed at least 21 lives.
Secretary-level officer and Railway Board Member Engineering A.K. Mittal, General Manager Northern Railways R.N. Kulshrestha and Divisional Railway Manager Delhi R.N. Singh were sent on leave. The divisional engineer and senior divisional
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engineer of the railway section were suspended while the central track engineer of the Northern Railway was transferred.
According to a former Railway Board Chairman, this is one of the rare instances when a Railway Board Member has been sent on leave.
No laxity: Suresh Prabhu
The action comes after Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Sunday that he “will not allow laxity in operations by the Board” and ordered the Railway Board Chairman to fix responsibility within a day of the accident.
Senior Railway Ministry officials told The Hindu that welding work was underway near the Khatauli railway station in Uttar Pradesh, leaving a portion of the track without rails when the Utkal Express ran over it and derailed, as per the prima facie investigation. There were lapses at multiple levels in the track maintenance work, which was being carried out without taking due permission, before the accident on Saturday evening.
The track maintenance work was routine and could have been carried out even a day later, according to a top Railway Ministry official.
“It is prima facie found that there was a routine maintenance work going on related to welding of track joints near the Khatauli railway station. It was a normal maintenance work where you cut out a piece of track, put another one and weld it. The welding process takes about an hour,” the Railway Ministry official explained.
The divisional engineer, in consultation with the divisional operating manager, is required to take written consent from the stationmaster to get the ‘traffic block’ during which maintenance work related to the rail track is to be conducted. “Nobody is authorised to open the rail track without taking a (traffic) block and that too in the face of a running train — it is criminal. They started maintaining the track without the block,” the official claimed.
The Government Railway Police have filed a case under Sections 151, 154 and 427 of the Railways Act 1989 for causing damage to railway property, endangering safety of persons travelling by rail by an act of rash or negligence and mischief causing damage, respectively.
Commissioner of Railway Safety, Northern Circle, Shailesh Kumar Pathak will begin an inquiry on Monday.

  
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deepakrashikendra~   1119 blog posts
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In Emergency situation when fish Plate or track has gone faulty ,if station master receive any Message form Engineering side or from General public,they should inform to higher up .If track was not ok for running the train , derailment could have occurred even if maintenance team was not there.so the NARCO test should be conducted for knowing whether , information was given to Station Manager or station master.
Over qualified Trackman,Gangman are a big issue in railways .
The MBA and Engineering degree holders r now Trackman in railways,and they
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are a big liability.

  
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Even if they come to know some of the employees are at fault, railways can't take any strict punishment on them? That is the power of trade unions.
  
Today (06:21)  57 locations up for lease at metro stations (www.thehindu.com)
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In a major boost to several stations along Phase I of Namma Metro, close to 57 retail outlets are expected to come up in the next few months at 13 stations.
The BMRCL has invited proposals for the setting up of restaurants, day-care centres, cafés, and gyms among other categories at these stations. The request for proposals, which was called for on Saturday, lists out 47 categories of outlets which will be permitted at these locations. The M.G. Road station has space for the setting up of 15 outlets which is the maximum space being let out by BMRCL. “Keeping with our tradition of providing a push to startups and new entrants, we have relaxed the norms provided they meet certain conditions,”
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Yesterday (23:32)  Railways grapple with 'unofficial track maintenance,' safety compromised (m.timesofindia.com)
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NEW DELHI: The Utkal Express mishap which claimed 23 lives has brought sharply into focus smaller incidents that keep happening due to "unofficial" maintenance of tracks where repair work is undertaken without permission from authorities and following prescribed norms.
In this "short-cut" method, railway officials do not put any speed restriction such as red flag or signal warning on the route and try to complete the maintenance work in the period when there is no train operation.
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many occasions under pressure to upgrade the tracks they resort to the practice of "unofficially" doing repair works as seeking "block" (time period) may delay some trains running on the route which is reflected in performance report of the concerned officer and of the Division and Zone.
"Due to heavy traffic it is also very difficult to take blocks for maintenance work. We are also under tremendous pressure to do repair work on time," said an official.
There is a provision that in an emergency situation, maintenance work can be done by putting up red flags on both the sides at 1200 metres. Despite the alternative, the "short-cut" method has become regular practice, said an official.
As reported by TOI, the engineering department of Delhi division was doing repair work "unofficially" and railways has admitted that maintenance work was on without following proper norms.
Mohammed Jamshed, member (traffic), railway board said it was not "clear" what kind of work was going on at the site.
"However, any work on tracks has to follow a manual. We have maintenance manuals which lay down guidelines for work on any kind of railway infrastructure," he told reporters.
As per reports, officials were aware that 14-15 metre track at the Utkal Kalinga Express accident site needed urgent repairs, but they resorted to the "short-cut" since the stretch saw heavy traffic and they feared causing any delays would reflect poorly on their records.
There is a tussle going on within the railways as the enormous stress on punctuality by top brass due to public pressure has meant skipping laid down procedures to ensure that trains are not delayed, said an official.
Another issue plaguing the transporter is recruitment of overqualified track maintenance staff. "MBAs, BE engineers are joining as trackmen who are not ready to listen to supervisor. Most are preparing for other competitive exams so try to get posted at the bungalows of senior officials," said a source.
With railways struggling to check increase in deaths due to 50% spike in cases of derailments of trains, a study by Niti Aayog has found that while human failure accounted for 87% of mishaps, there has been a 60% increase in number of accidents for which engineering directorate was responsible.
The study stressed that the accidents due to failure of railways staff have been on the rise, as they stood at 64 (2016-17) against 55 (2015-16), 60 (2014-15), 51 (2013-14), and 46 (2012-13).
Failure of railway staff accounted for 61.5% of the total accidents in 2016-17.
The study has come down heavily on the engineering department, which accounted for 43.6% of all derailments in the last five years.
"This implies that failure of track related infrastructure has been the most important cause of derailments," it said.
However, any work on tracks has to follow a manual. We have maintenance manuals which lay down guidelines for work on any kind of railway infrastructure," he told reporters.
As per reports, officials were aware that 14-15 metre track at the Utkal Kalinga Express accident site needed urgent repairs, but they resorted to the "short-cut" since the stretch saw heavy traffic and they feared causing any delays would reflect poorly on their records.
There is a tussle going on within the railways as the enormous stress on punctuality by top brass due to public pressure has meant skipping laid down procedures to ensure that trains are not delayed, said an official.
Another issue plaguing the transporter is recruitment of overqualified track maintenance staff. "MBAs, BE engineers are joining as trackmen who are not ready to listen to supervisor. Most are preparing for other competitive exams so try to get posted at the bungalows of senior officials," said a source.
With railways struggling to check increase in deaths due to 50% spike in cases of derailments of trains, a study by Niti Aayog has found that while human failure accounted for 87% of mishaps, there has been a 60% increase in number of accidents for which engineering directorate was responsible.
The study stressed that the accidents due to failure of railways staff have been on the rise, as they stood at 64 (2016-17) against 55 (2015-16), 60 (2014-15), 51 (2013-14), and 46 (2012-13).
Failure of railway staff accounted for 61.5% of the total accidents in 2016-17.
The study has come down heavily on the engineering department, which accounted for 43.6% of all derailments in the last five years.
"This implies that failure of track related infrastructure has been the most important cause of derailments," it said
  
Yesterday (23:31)  Utkal Express accident: Action taken against secretary-rank official, 7 others (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Posted by: IR no more Safe  185 news posts
 
 
NEW DELHI: Cracking the whip over Utkal derailment, the Railways on Sunday sent on leave its three top officials, including a secretary-level Railway Board official, suspended four officers and transferred one.
Member (Engineering) in the Railway Board, Northern Railway General Manager and Divisional Regional Manager (Delhi) have been sent on leave in the wake of the derailment in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh, the Railways said.
The Railways also suspended four of its officials - senior divisional engineer, assistant engineer, a senior section engineer (Permanent Way), responsible for track maintenance and a junior
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engineer.
Chief track engineer, Northern Railway, was transferred as part of the action by the Railways.
The derailment in Khatauli yesterday evening resulted in the death of 22 people and injuries to over 150 others, 26 of whom are in critical condition.

  
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Hope its an eye opener for all in the top and middle level management people. Also in the corporate world. Just to please the bosses, we end up in tragedies. Majority of us does not think to defer the burden before accepting a task, which will end up in such tragedy.
Safety and quality is the most compromised aspects of entire nation. Blame the education system. Self discipline and quality & safety approaches to any issues are required at the grass root level of every Indian.
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But it is always justifiable from their point of view with their restricted access to resources and time. A lot of infrastructure addition, existing infrastructure upgradation, scheduled maintenance, man power addition & training should be the medium term plan of IR.
Zones and zonal officers should be rated in terms of operational efficiency rather than operational effectiveness.
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