December 29, 2022 12:33 am | Up to date 12:33 am IST – HYDERABAD- Picture by Nagara Gopal
South Central Railway Common Supervisor Arun Kumar Jain, belonging to the Indian Railways Service of Sign Engineers (IRSSE), 1986 batch, took full cost final month, after holding key posts of DRM-Hyd, principal chief sign & telecommunications engineer the place he oversaw implementation of pilot challenge of the indigenous Prepare Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) and others.
On this interview, the electronics engineering graduate from Gorakhpur and masters in pc engineering from IIT-Kharagpur, provides a glimpse of his plans forward.
You’ve gotten labored right here in a number of capacities dealing with key departments, what might be your focus this 12 months?
I’ve been right here for five-and-a-half years and its been a memorable expertise. Quite a lot of work has been achieved on capability enhancement by way of new traces, doubling, tripling and electrification. We’ll proceed to expedite these works, which can assist us run extra trains – passenger and freight on time. Security is the highest most precedence. We’re the one zone implementing TCAS throughout 1,465 km and we’ll take it to extra routes. Rising practice speeds throughout most important corridors and offering world class facilities to passengers by upgrading main stations are our main duties.
What’s the progress of infrastructure upgradation to this point and targets forward?
We’re concentrating on to finish 100% electrification of our broad gauge community by the following monetary 12 months. Until November, we’ve got commissioned round 180 km of traces – 13.9 km new traces, 87.22 km of double line and 78.17 km of third line. We’ve got electrified 385 km., 539% larger when in comparison with identical interval final 12 months. Our plan is to finish the final mile connectivity and this ensured completion of Bhadrachalam-Sattupalli and Vijayawada-Bhimavaram-Nidadavolu-Narsapur routes.
When will we get to expertise sooner trains as a result of even Categorical trains don’t appear to run past 70 kmph?
Our thrust has been in the direction of decongesting the saturated sections, significantly the golden quadrilateral and golden diagonal routes with speeds elevated to 130 kmph., besides the Vijaywada-Gudivada part. TCAS or ‘Kavach’ might be deployed on these routes to make practice operations sooner and safer. Tracks have been upgraded alongside heavy density community of Secunderabad-Kazipet, Balharshah to Gudur and Wadi to Renigunta.
What about complaints about trains punctuality going for a toss, with particular trains particularly being famous for delays?
Our punctuality is about 90% regardless of a number of constraints of saturated routes, climate, visitors blocks as a consequence of upkeep or upgradation works, stops, asset failures, and so on. Particular trains are run on excessive density routes which have heavy demand throughout holidays and festivals, whereas taking care to not upset the operating schedule of normal trains. We additionally should steadiness freight motion. The expertise of operating clone trains has not taken off due to capability constraints like path availability in numerous sections. As a substitute, our common trains have been augmented by 200 coaches, which is like operating 9 new trains this 12 months!
What’s the progress on stations upgradation?
Work has commenced on three stations – Secunderabad, Nellore and Tirupati, ₹1,100 crore in complete, for which contracts have been awarded. Techno-feasibility research have been accomplished for Jalna and Aurangabad stations. These surveys are on at – Kacheguda, Begumpet, Rajahmundry, Gudur and Nanded. Hyderabad, Vijaywada and Renigunta stations are to be developed underneath the PPP mode – public, personal partnership mode. Throughout the twin cities, Lingampally has been developed as alternate teaching terminal and Cherlapalli is being developed as an alternate terminal at a price of ₹221 crore.
When can we count on Vande Bharat trains set operating in SCR?
Vande Bharat practice units are being allotted in a phased method to numerous zones. We’ve got already despatched a proposal on which routes these trains could be operated right here. The proposal is into consideration by the railway ministry and might be finalised quickly.