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Shri Vinay Kumar Tripathi, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Railway Board, held a review meeting at Southern Railway Headquarters today 29th October 2022 with               Shri B.G.Mallya, General Manager, Southern Railway, Principal Heads of All Departments and the Divisional Railway Managers of Chennai, Salem, Tiruchchirappalli, Madurai, Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram.

During the review meeting, a presentation was made o­n the performance highlights of Southern Railway. The Chairman and CEO reviewed the progress of various infra and developmental works in Southern Railway including Gauge Conversion, Doubling, Electrification, Station Redevelopment of 9 stations of Southern Railway, Gati Shakti Initiatives, Road Safety Works, Speeding of Sections, Bharat Gaurav Trains, Progress of Implementation of Hand Held Terminals and o­ne Station o­ne Product Scheme in Railway Stations.

Earlier, in the morning, Shri Vinay Kumar Tripathi, Chairman & CEO of Railway Board accompanied by Shri B.G.Mallya, General Manager, Southern Railway, Principal Heads of Depts, and Divisional Railway Manager, Chennai, inpected the Korukkupet goods shed and took stock of the facilities available at the goods shed.

Later, the Chairman, Railway Board inspected the hotline cleaning of insulators, a procedure where insulators o­n electrical lines are cleaned with water while the lines are energized. At Dr MGR Chennai Central, Shri Tripathi inspected the Prakriti Twin Coach Tower Car which is used in OHE (Over Head Equipment) inspection, maintenance and hotline monitoring. Later, he visited the newly opened o­ne Station o­ne Product Kanchipuram Silk Saree Stall at Chennai Suburban Terminus (MMC) and interacted with rail users. After the inspection, the Chairman Railway Board met the representatives of recognized trade unions/associations.

During his visit, Shri Vinay Kumar Tripathi, Chairman and CEO, Railway Board, through Video Conferencing unveiled the eplaques of four successfully completed projects over Chennai Division, viz., New Electronic Interlocking Systems at Walajah Road, Thalangai, Arambakkam, Tada and Pedaperiya Railway Stations,  MSDAC System (Multi Section Digital Axle Counter) and Centralisation of Auto – Signaling System in nine Auto Sections of Chennai Egmore – Kodambakkam, Ambattur – Avadi, Sholingur – Thalangai, Kavanur - Gudiyatham, Latheri – Kavanur, Melpakkam – Chitteri, Arakkonam – Tiruvalangadu, Tiruvallur – Kadambattur and Valathoor – Melpatti Sections. MSDAC System at Dr MGR Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore Railway Stations, and Flower Turbine windmill at Moore Market Complex, NGO Building and Light House Station.  

Brief about the Projects Unveiled 

The Signal System upgradation at Chennai Railway Division of Southern Railway, with a route length of 697 kilometres  is towards upgrading the main routes like Chennai – Gudur, Chennai – Jollarpet and Egmore – Tambaram for better speeds. The MSDAC system uses Electromagnetic Sensors, that-is, Detection Points which are installed o­n Tracks. Detection Points are responsible for counting of wheel axles, speed, and direction of train. These Detection Points are connected to Evaluators at Central Location using Telecom cables. The wheel counts as well as health of the field units are continuously transmitted to Central Evaluator by means of telegram packets. The Central Evaluator receives the packets from all the Detection Points and evaluates vacancy status of different track sections and generates vital output. These sections and systems are kept future-ready for integration and implementation of KAVACH without any requirement for additional outdoor cable laying.

As a step towards achieving and generating electricity for its needs, Chennai Division of Southern Railway has installed 3 Nos of 1.5 Kilo watt Peak Hybrid – Solar , Wind, o­n grid systems at the Moore Market Complex, NGO Building and Light House Station; at a cost of        Rs. 8.58 Lakhs providing an Annual Power Generation of 5475 units and an estimated annual savings of Rs. 43,800.

(D. Om Prakash Narayan)

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