- Piyush Goyal reviews railways’ monsoon preparedness
- There is a need to ensure the safety of the public and passengers
- Railways need to be fully prepared for monsoon
- The need to face the challenges of waterlogging firmly
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has advised the Railways to work closely with institutes like IIT Mumbai with technology in dealing with the heavy monsoon rains. So that the train service in Mumbai continues without interruption and people’s lives can also be safe. Goyal said this while reviewing the preparations for the monsoon on the Mumbai suburban section along with the Railway Board and senior railway officials of Mumbai. Railways in the country and Mumbai in particular need to be fully prepared for the monsoon.
The Railway Minister examined the current situation in sensitive areas and reviewed plans for smooth running of trains. He said that the Railways is committed to ensure that there is no inconvenience to the people of Mumbai when the monsoon starts.
operation of special trains
Even during the COVID pandemic, Railways had undertaken a massive drive to clean 3,60,000 cubic meters of muck/garbage/soil on the suburban section in Mumbai through six special trains including specially modified EMU rakes. Goyal also directed to check dumping of garbage on railway tracks in coordination with municipal corporations.
Waterlogged sites like Bandra, Andheri, Mahim, Grant Road, Goregaon, Sandhurst Road, Kurla were identified in the last monsoon and customized solution was developed for each location.
In order to get real time and authentic rainfall data, Western Railway has installed four and ten Automatic Rain Gauges independently in collaboration with IMD. The number of pumps provided on track and depot including sewerage and submersible pumps has been increased by 33 per cent.