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Jun 05 2012 (11:53AM)  Konkan Railway ensures passenger safety with monsoon preparedness (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MANGALORE: With a view to ensuring safety measures before the onset of monsoon and stabilize the cuttings to make the track safe to travel, Konkan Railway has carried out extensive geo-safety works on its route as a pre-cautionary measure prior to onset of monsoon this year costing Rs 3 crore.
Extensive work has been done at Nivsar, providing a diversion line at Nivsar Station yard and Pomendi sections. At Pomendi, as per the recommendations of the expert committee geo tech safety works like widening of the deep cutting slopes by providing berms, concrete lined catch water drains, berm water drains, cross drains etc for making the slopes stable were carried out.
It may be recalled that three landslides on June 17, July 17 and August 30, 2011 had affected traffic for a
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total of seven days. The annual average rainfall is 3,500 - 4,500mm in this region with intensity of rainfall frequently exceeding 80 mm per hour
Siddheshwar Telugu, Chief Public Relations Officer, KRCL said additional safety precautions have been taken like monsoon patrolling; posting of watchmen at vulnerable locations and positioning of excavator at Ratnagiri and Verna to attend to any cases of soil slippage/ boulder fall during monsoon for immediate restoration of traffic.
KRCL has spent Rs 267 crore from 1999 to April 2012 towards the various Geo-Tech safety works on Konkan Railway.
The main Geo-tech safety works already carried out include easing of slopes by providing berms and flattening of deep cuttings slopes; providing steel boulder netting to prevent isolated boulder fall; shot-creting and rock bolting of tunnels; providing RCC retaining wall and Gabion wall; providing micro piling and soil nailing and side drains and catch water drain lining etc. Telugu said as of now 74 cuttings have been completed.
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