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Blog Entry# 2036679  
Posted: Oct 26 2016 (06:34)

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Oct 26 2016 (06:34)   Papa dear gets railway boot

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Ranchi : South Eastern Railway authorities have decided to shunt the senior divisional operations manager of Ranchi railway division after a high-level inquiry found that he had indeed used his clout to stop the New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express at an unscheduled station to allow his daughter on board last week.
A.K. Goel, general manager of South Eastern Railway, told this correspondent over phone today that they had taken "strong exception" to the three-minute episode, reported in The Telegraph on October 21, when the high-profile train was rerouted and halted at Muri junction, 60km from Ranchi.
railway has decided to shift M.R. Acharya from the (Ranchi) division and depute another officer in his place. The new posting for Acharya has not been decided so far," Goel said, adding that an inquiry set up by the Railway Board had found the senior divisional operations manager guilty.
Acharya could not be contacted today. His mobile phone remained switched off.
SER general manager Goel refused to comment on if any other official or employee would face action.
However, sources in Ranchi railway division indicated that showcause notices might be served to at least four more persons for dereliction of duty.
On October 20, the 22824 express to Bhubaneswar was not just halted at Muri, but also rerouted from yard tracks meant for galloping trains to tracks along Platform 3.
According to the railway timetable, the Rajdhani left Bokaro after 7.35am and the next stop was Tatanagar at 10.35am. But, the train made its unscheduled halt at 8.30am.
Stationmaster of Muri M.S. Khan had said he went by orders of his seniors to help a woman board the train in the morning. By evening, however, Khan changed his statement to say that he did not escort anyone and was merely checking to see why the train had stopped.
Acharya too had denied involvement, saying his daughter had boarded the train from Bokaro.
A senior divisional officer in Ranchi, on the condition of anonymity, said Acharya was under SER scanner for more than one reason.
"Not very long ago (September 11), a goods train had collided with a track cleaning machine near Simdega in which the loco pilot and his assistant driver were killed. Fellow drivers had blamed unauthorised movement of the machine on the tracks and delayed accident relief for the deaths. Although the senior operations manager was given a clean chit in a hurried probe, people still blame him for the fatal mishap," the officer said.

Oct 26 2016 (06:34)
rdb*^   31720 blog posts   385005 correct pred (81% accurate)
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That wd help discipline the middle rung staff of IR,,good!

Oct 26 2016 (18:43)
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Exemplary punishment is really required to stop IR being operated as departmental/personal fiefdom. It really needs a lot of courage/over confidence to play with a prestigious train like Rajdhani.
A 2000 km electrified trunk line shall cost about 50,000 Crore Rs, and less than 24 hrs (some hours has to be kept for maintenance) by way of timeslot for running trains is the the vital thing which IR get to recover the cost and earn profits. So every minute cost is valuable. IR realise it very well. Slowing down of a train slows down all the trains following it.
Durg RS, most of the through trains are taken on platform no. 2&3 instead of main platform (no.1), much to the inconvenience of large number of passengers who have to cross foot over-bridge along with luggage. The reason given by officials, is trains lose 1 or 2 minutes in process of coming to PF no.1, as PF nos. 2/3 are directly falling on main line, whereas for coming to PF no 1, trains have to change tracks which take an extra minute. Changing of track from main line to loop line is nothing unusual for a junction station like Durg, but still IR avoid PF no1 may be for good reason of saving a 1/2 minute.
Giving a 2-3 minute unscheduled stop and diversion of train to slower (loop line leading to platform) shall cause delay of around 6-10 minutes as compared to through running at full speed. If train make unscheduled stop and change its regular (faster) route along stations for a VIP or kin of IR official, then it is insult to more than million citizens of Durg, thousands of whom are daily put to inconvenience just to save a minute or two of many trains passing through.

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