WR PREPARES ITSELF IN VIEW OF CYCLONE 'TAUKTAE'
GM WR TAKES STOCK OF PREPARATIONS & PRECAUTIONS
Shri Alok Kansal - General Manager of Western Railway
Considering the latest Weather forecast that the coastal areas of Saurashtra & Kutch region in the state of Gujarat will be affected by Cyclone Tauktae, various safety and security precautionsare being taken by Western Railway for the prone areas under the jurisdiction of WR. General Manager of Western Railway – Shri Alok Kansal convened a Video conference meeting with the Principal Head of Departments & concerned Divisional Railway Managers to review the preparations inorder to face this force of nature. GM gave detailed instructions with regards to arrangements of various logistics, train movement including speed restrictions & cancellation of trains as a safety & precautionary measure, etc. He stressed to adhere to the guidelines stipulated in the Disaster Management Manuals promulgated by Zonal Railway & National Disaster Management Authority and to maintain close coordination with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) as well as State Government.
According to a press release issued by Shri Sumit Thakur – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, Cyclone Tautkae is likely to hit Saurashtra and Kutch region of Gujarat, covering mostly Bhavnagar Division, western part of Rajkot Division and a very small region near Gandhidham of Ahmedabad Division. Various precautionary measures have been set in motion by Western Railway as part of its preparedness for facing this cyclone. A close liaison is being maintained by Divisional officers for regular updates with IMD and State Government through WhatsApp. Hotlines between HQ Disaster Control and Divisional Disaster Control have been ensured for smooth functioning. Detailed instructions have been issued to all the departments to start rescue operations immediately if needed. The engineering deptt. of the concerned Divisions have been put on alert to tackle the situation with arrangements for tree cutting equipment, DG sets, diesel driven pumps, earth moving equipment’s, JCBs, utility vehicles, adequate fuel resources, etc. have been kept in readiness for any assistance as and when needed. These authorities have also been instructed to maintain constant communication with respective field officials to ensure necessary immediate action. The platform shelters and coversheds are being inspected for loose sheets and condition of any material susceptible to degrade is being checked for strength and functionality. All equipment and resources under construction organization has been kept in readiness. The relief trains such as ART /ARME/ SPARTs/SPARMEs have been equipped with adequate medicines & sufficient rescue and re-railing equipment including power packs have also been kept in readiness.
Shri Thakur further informed that the OHE gangs have been alerted & put on standby with adequate equipment & mobility. The communication system is also being strengthened with adequate facilities like wireless communication, satellite phones V-SAT and drone recording. Necessary arrangements arealso being made to ensure availability of rolling stock, locomotives, manpower for the rescue & relief operations. The RPF has also been instructed to keep the disaster management team of RPF ready with essential equipment to reach the spot & start performing relief work with other departments, in case of emergency.
Speaking about train movement, Shri Thakur stated that several trains have been cancelled & short-terminated as a precautionary measure in view of safety of passengers & train operations. Frequent announcements about the train updates will be made at stations for the information of the public. Also, detailed instructions regarding regulation/cancellation/short-termination/diversion of trains etc will be issued from time to time through social media platforms & media updates.
Indian Meteorological Department has forecasted that the Cyclonic Storm “Tauktae” is likely to hit the coast of Gujarat with light to moderate rainfall at many places and with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places, over a period from 16th to 18thMay, 2021. Also, squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph and gradually increasing to become Gale winds with speed reaching 90 100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph from the early hours of 18th May and increase gradually thereafter from 18th morning has been forecasted.