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Railways and Mumbai need to be prepared for monsoon: Goyal
By TOG News service
Jun 11, 2021

TOG NEWS SERVICE, NEW DELHI, JUN 11, 2021: WITH Mumbai getting lashed by heavy rains and affecting services yearly, Railway Minister Mr Piyush Goyal on Thursday said Indian Railways and the financial capital need to be fully prepared for the monsoons.

Reviewing the preparations and roadmap of Mumbai Suburban Railways for all contingency solutions in the rainy season, Mr Goyal looked at the current status of vulnerable areas and reviewed plans for the smooth functioning of trains.

" Railways is committed to ensure that no inconvenience is caused to Mumbaikars as monsoon begins ," he said.

He advised the Railways to partner with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai to study the efficiency of technical and civil work initiatives of Railways in handling monsoon rains.

He said innovation and hard work must go together to ensure that Railways' services continue to operate safely and in an uninterrupted manner.

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Railways had undertaken a major exercise for the cleaning of 2,10,000 cubic meters of muck from the suburban section of the lines. De-sludging machines were used to deep clean culverts in the Borivali Virar section.

Flooding spot of previous monsoon were identified and customised solution were devised for Bandra, Andheri, Mahim, Grant Road and Goregaon.

In order to get real time rain data four Automatic Rain Gauges (ARGs) were installed in association with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and 10 ARGs were installed by Western Railways.

The number of pumps provided on track and depots, including sewerage and submersible pumps, were increased three-fold. A new micro-tunneling method for construction of culverts was adopted to ensure that water logging is minimised.