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Posted: Aug 03 2016 (10:17)

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Aug 03 2016 (06:44)   Railways to get assets insured against floods

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Railway Board has also asked zones to adopt modern techniques to monitor landslides, behaviour of rivers that pose danger to railway embankment.
The Railways has decided to opt for flood insurance to protect its assets in the event of natural calamities. According to the Disaster Management Plan, 2016, each zone will undertake a pilot project to implement the flood insurance policy by engaging suitable consultants.
Southern Railway, which suffered huge losses during last December’s devastating floods here, has estimated assets worth about Rs. 12,000 crore that include movable and immovable properties. During last
year’s deluge, major railway stations such as Chennai Central and the one in Egmore were closed and train services suspended for days, causing losses to the tune of Rs. 100 crore, railway sources said.
The Railway’s Research Designs and Standards Organisation has been entrusted with the task of compiling flood-prone areas in consultation with the zones. The agency will also coordinate with relevant departments to implement the National Disaster Management Authority’s guidelines on flood management policy in zonal railways and production units.
According to Southern Railway Additional General Manager P.K. Mishra, disaster management strategies were redesigned after the floods here. Besides strengthening safety in flood-prone areas by improving waterways of bridges in track formation, engineers in the Flood Investigation Department are closely working with the Indian Meteorological Department to assess weather forecast and ensure preparedness.
The Railway Board has also asked zones to adopt modern techniques to monitor landslides, behaviour of rivers that pose danger to railway embankments.
Keywords: Southern Railway, monsoon floods, Railways insurance

Aug 03 2016 (10:17)
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Insuring the railway assets against damage caused by floods is good.
But prevention is always better than cure. Why to allow floods to damage assets and face all the inconveniences, operational losses and then repair and wait to get amount of compensation??
I Rlys have an ocean of qualified and experienced technical personnel. It would be better that all the existing railway lines be surveyed extensively in phases. And plans be made to improve the track through minor re-alignment/ regarding/ provision of culverts etc at strategic locations so as to improve the track
in totality by making it free of floods, free of permanent speed reductions etc. In view of heavy traffic, this should be a very long term project and phases should be taken up as and whenever a section of track is due for major maintenance. Majority of IRly Track will be fit for upto 200 kmph train operation in a span of 15-20 years.

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