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Ahmedabad railway division to scrap 21 neta-ordered halts

Ahmedabad: As many as 21 railway passenger halts in Western Railway's Ahmedabad division may soon disappear from the country's rail map, if the division's proposal that they be shut down is accepted. These halts were set up more than 20 years back under pressure from local leaders.
Of the 21 halts identified for closure, five -- Gora Gumma, Wasna Iyava, Sij Sertha Road, Sobhasan and Gummasan -- are on Ahmedabad mainline. The other 16 are on branch lines. They are: Brahmanwada, Chhatral, Wa-Sojinta, Ankhol, Deosana, Kadiyadara, Bhesana Mankanaj, Gelda, Sonipur Rupal, Limbodra, Pilwai Road, Randheja, Makakhad, Unava Vasan, Lodra and Gunja.
The Ahmedabad division has sent a proposal to its zonal headquarters in Mumbai that the halts be shut down as they were causing losses. Sources at the divisional headquarters here said the halts are unable to generate enough revenue to justify their continued existence.
The halts don't generate much revenue as they are now used only by a handful of passengers. Sources said that, on an average, one train's stoppage and departure on a meter gauge line costs the Railways Rs300 while, on a broad gauge line, the cost comes to Rs500 per train. The halts identified for closure don't even generate the money needed for managing the stoppage and departure of trains that pass through them.
"The halts have become a burden for the Railways because they are not used by many people now," said Uday Shankar Jha, senior divisional commercial manager, Ahmedabad division. "We have, therefore, proposed to our zonal headquarters in Mumbai that they be closed." The Sobhasan halt is the biggest earner of the 21 halts but even Sobhasan earns, on an average, just Rs102 a day.
All the 21 passenger halts could be shut down anytime, though the divisional headquarters office in Ahmedabad does not yet know from which date they will be closed. "The proposal has to be accepted first by the Western Railway headquarters in Mumbai and then the railway board in New Delhi," Jha said.

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PME Due Date

Master Circular No. 25

Copy of Railway Board’s letter No. 69/H/3/11 dated 06.12.1974

Subject: Implementation of the Recommendations of the Visual Sub-Committee.

6. Periodical re-examination of serving Railway Employees:

6.l. In order to ensure the continued ability of Railway employees in Classes A l, A 2, A 3, B l and B 2 to discharge their duties with safety, they will be required to appear for re-examination at the following stated intervals throughout their service as indicated below:

6.1.1. Classes A l, A 2 and A 3 —At the termination of every period of three years, calculated from the date of appointment until they attain the age of 45 years, and thereafter annually until the conclusion of their service.

Note: (l) The staff in categories A l, A 2 and A 3 should be sent for special medical examination in the interest of safety under the following circumstances unless they have been under the treatment of a Railway Medical Officer.

(a) Having undergone any treatment or operation for eye trouble irrespective of the duration of sickness.

(b) Absence from duty for a period in excess of 90 days.

(2) If any employee in medical category A has been periodically medically examined at any time within one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held one year from the due date of the last medical examination and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

If, however, such an employee has been medically examined, at any time earlier, than one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held on the date he attains the age of 45 and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

Ammendment: It was ammended in 1993 as below

Age Group PME Due

Age 00-45 every 4yrs

Age 45-55 every 2yrs

Age 55-60 every year
As per Rly Bd's Guideline of Medical Exam issued vide LNo. 88/H/5/12 dated 24-01-1993

a) PME would be done at the termination of every period of 4 years from date of appointment / Initial medical Exam till the date of attainment of age of 45 years, every 2 years upto 55 years & there after annual till retirement.
b) Employees who has been periodically examined at any time within 2years prior to his attaining the age of 45years would be examined after 2years from the date of last PME & subsequent PME for every 2years upto 55years age.Of

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6.1.2. Classes B-1 and B-2—On attaining the age of 45 years, and thereafter at the termination of every period of five years.