The first monumental National Flag in Chennai Division of Southern Railway was hoisted today, the 15th February, 2019 at Chennai Central Railway Station.
The Flag at a height of 100 feet is provided at the entrance of the Concourse Area of Chennai Central.
The National Flag was hoisted by Shri R.K.Kulshrestha, General Manager in the presence of Shri.R.K.Kulshrestha, General Manager, Southern Railway in the presence of Shri Naveen Gulati, Divisional Railway Manager, Chennai Division, Principal Heads of Departments, Railway Officers and staff.
As per the orders of the Railway Ministry, such monumental flags have been planned to be provided at 75 major stations of Indian Railways. In Southern Railway, Monumental Flags have been provided at Coimbatore, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam South and Kozhikode. At both Chennai Egmore and Thrissur, such flags will be provided shortly. In addition to these Railway stations, a monumental National Flag has been provided at Signal & Telecommunication Workshop at Podanur.
Shri R.K.Kulshrestha, General Manager interacted with media persons during the function. Highlighting the performance of the zone during 2018-19, General Manager stated that about 704.5 million passengers have travelled up to January 2019 which is 4 % higher than the corresponding period of 2017-18 and on the freight front, Southern Railway has registered an Originating freight loading of 29.91 Million Tonnes during the financial year 2018-19 upto January, 2018 witnessing 26% growth compared to the corresponding period of 2017-18 (23.71 MT). He informed that the zone is a frontrunner in introducing a range of modern train products such as Humsafar, Antyodaya, and UDAY. Listing the features of the latest Utkrisht coaches, General Manager indicated that it is progressively being introduced in various trains in Southern Railway. So far, 6 Utkrisht rakes have been inducted in Southern Railway train services.
Further, General Manager indicated that despite taking up large scale safety enhancement works, the punctuality indices have increased from 68% in the beginning of the year to over 80% in January, 2019. He added that according paramount importance to safety, the zone has eliminated all the Unmanned Level Crossings in the Broad Gauge network and now has started eliminating Manned LCs. He said that during the year, 85 Subways and 11 ROBs/RUBs have been commissioned. The zone has been providing improved amenities for passengers at railway stations like Emergency Medical Care Centres, Women Facilitation Centres, Wi-Fi, AC Waiting Halls and Potable Water Vending Machines, he added.
During the function, General Manager released the Railway updated ‘General Rules’ for the staff of Southern Railway. Known as GRS in Railway parlance, it is the most important rule book of Train operations used by every category of Traffic, Mechanical, Electrical, Signal and Telecommunications and Safety staff for safe operations of Trains.
About the Monumental National Flag at Chennai Central:
The flag is 100 feet tall pole made of approximately 2 tonnes of Galvanized Iron Pipes telescoped into one another to form the pole. The flag cloth is made of a polyester. The cost of the flag and the pole and the installation is 15 lakhs.
Flag Size: 30*20 feet
Mast height: 100 feet from Pedestal.
Weight. Of mast: 2. Tonne approx
Mode of Operation: Manual as well as Electrical Power.
According to the prevailing wind force and direction the location has been selected , in a such a way that the flag will fly without any hindrance. Arrangements have been made for Half-mast level flag position if situations warranted such as mourning.
Hoisting is easier but removal and folding of this Flag requires minimum 8 persons.
Lighting & Aviation Obstruction Indicator and LED red lamp arrangements have been provided at the top with antique mast top made up of Fibre material.