Chairman & CEO, Railway Board presides over a review meeting with General Manager and PHODs of Southern Railway

Smt. Jaya Varma Sinha, Chairman & CEO of Railway Board who is on a two-day visit to Southern Railway, conducted a comprehensive review of key infrastructure and station redevelopment projects in the Zone.

  • Review meeting with SR officials today (21.02.2024)

The Chairman & CEO, Railway Board presided over a review meeting, 21st February 2024 at Southern Railway Headquarters. Shri R.N. Singh, General Manager, Southern Railway, Shri Kaushal Kishore, Additional General Manager, the Principal Heads of Departments of Southern Railway, Shri B. Viswanath Eerya, Divisional Railway Manager, Chennai participated in the meeting. The Divisional Railway Managers of Salem, Madurai, Tiruchchirappalli, Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram joined the review meeting virtually.

During the review meeting, she held deliberations delving into critical performance indicators like freight loading, operational efficiency, safety, earnings, and infrastructure improvements and particularly focused on speed enhancement, track upgrades, and the progress of station redevelopment projects under the Amrit Bharat scheme. Highlighting the crucial role of safety, Ms. Sinha praised the zone's consistent performance across all aspects of working.

  • Inauguration of new Signaling systems

She also inaugurated Automated e-TSR System (The electronic Train Signal Register (e-TSR) is a record of all passing trains) and Block Authorisation App which will enable online disconnection and reconnection of gears to ensure safe and efficient way of undertaking works during block.

Inauguration of Pilot Project of Driving of Point Machine from Electronic Interlocking system was also held, which assists in duly eliminating the Field Relays to enhance safety. All the three innovations are the brainchild of General Manager SR and they were developed by the Signal & Telecom department of Southern under his guidance. Brief presentation and live demo was shown from Kancheepuram & Akkaraipatti stations and S&T Training centre, Podanur by Chief Signal Engineer, Southern Railway.

  • Inspection of Executive Lounge at Dr MGR Chennai Central

Mrs. Jaya also visited Dr MGR Chennai Central and inspected the recently inaugurated AC Executive Lounge at the station, along with interacting with the passengers at the Concourse area and receiving their feedback.

  • Visit to ICF

She visited Integral Coach Factory (ICF), where discussions were held with Shri U. Subba Rao, General Manager, ICF, other Heads of Departments and the representatives of the staff with also inspecting the Vande Metro coaches under production and the coaches for Vande Bharat Express at the Furnishing Division of ICF.

  • Inspection of Pamban Bridge, Dhanushkodi & Review of Station Redevelopment works on 20.02.2024 (yesterday)

On 20th February 2024 the Railway Board Chairman & CEO inspected the upcoming Pamban Bridge structure and held a brief meeting with Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) officials and held discussions on the status of the new bridge construction works. She emphasized safety and sustainability in bridge construction which is crucial for ensuring uninterrupted connectivity.  Following this, the inspection of Dhanushkodi was done with focus on the scope of Rameswaram - Dhanushkodi New line project. Further, a review of Rameswaram and Madurai Station Redevelopment works was also conducted and suggestions for improvement were offered by the Chairman & CEO of Railway Board.

Source- SR