Goyal reviews preparation of Mumbai suburb railways during Monsoon

New Delhi: Rail Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday reviewed the preparations and road map of Mumbai Suburban Railways in having all contingency solutions in rainy season.
Noting that the Railways in India, especially in Mumbai needs to be fully prepared for the monsoon, he said that Railways is committed to ensure that no inconvenience is caused to Mumbaikars as monsoon has already begun.
While reviewing the preparedness of the Suburban Railways, the Minister advised the Railways to partner with Institutions like IIT Mumbai to study the efficiency of technical and civil work initiatives of Railways in handling monsoon rains.
Exhorting that innovation and hard work must go together to ensure that Railway services continue to operate safely and in an uninterrupted manner, Mr Goyal further said that flooding spot of previous monsoon were identified and customized solution were devised for each spot at Bandra, Andheri, Mahim, Grant road, Goregaon.
In order to have real time and authentic rain data four numbers automatic rain gauge (ARG) have now been installed in association with IMD and ten numbers installed by Western Railway independently, he added.
Number of pumps provided on track and depots including sewerage and submersible pumps have been increased by 33 percent.
Drones were used for survey and monitoring of cleaning of nallah in Borivali-Virar section and suction and desludging machines were used to ensure deep cleaning of culverts.
Adoption of new microtunneling method for construction of culverts was taken up to ensure that water logging is minimised.
The Ministry also informed that during the Covid induced lockdown, the Railways had undertaken a major exercise to for the cleaning of muck, garbage, earth of 2, 10,000 Cu Meters from suburban section by deploying three muck special including specially modified EMU rakes in Mumbai.