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Rly to shut 1000 unmanned crossings

Rly to shut 1000 unmanned crossings

PUNE: The Indian Railways has aimed to close down 1,000 unmanned railway crossings by this year and replace them with the railway over bridges (ROBs), while plans are being readied to add another 3,000 such ROBs in the next few years to prevent accidents at unmanned level crossings, a top official said on Thursday.

“Accidents at unmanned level crossings is a major cause of concern for the Indian Railways (IR). With an aim to prevent such avoidable accidents, we have decided to close down 1,000 unmanned crossings. These would be replaced by ROBs. In the coming years, we plan to have 3,000 more such ROBs,”

Member Engineering, and President of Institution of Permanent Way Engineers (IPWE), Indian Railways Rakesh Chopra told reporters.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the inaugural ceremony of the IPWE technical seminar on the Impact and experience of heavier axe loads on Indian Railways and resultant maintenance strategies and Innovation in design and construction of ROBs and railway under-bridges (RUBs) on the Indian Railways.

“IR needs to enhance its capacity to carry 1100 million tonnes (MT) by end of the current five year plan. This is expected to touch 2,200 million tonnes by the year 2020.

Clearly, no individual research can be done today. We need to learn quickly from the experience elsewhere in the world in order to face an event when it occurs,” Chopra said.

Earlier, delivering the key note address at the seminar, Chopra stressed on the need to develop preventive measures to upkeep of track, bridges and structures.

“We need to find out about the equipment and machinery required for this and put into use. The progress is very dismal and the use wherever these have been provided, is being compromised,” he said.

He said that speed restrictions and detentions cause a loss of earnings. The IR has to appreciate this fact.

“Once we are in the railways, we need to understand that we are ‘business engineers’, who are required to participate in the management of its product, that is transportation.

We cannot therefore, have methods and systems that take years of speed restrictions and thus loss of earnings, to provide Railway Over-bridges (ROB) or Railway Under-bridges (RUB),” Chopra said.

The approach needs to be that of providing a solution by shortening the field work time – whether this is at the foundation stage, construction, launching or finishing, he added, urging the IR and industry to work together for finding solutions to the existing problems.

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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

NRMU 4 you

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.