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Railways, esp in Mumbai, needs to be fully prepared for monsoon: Piyush Goyal

Piyush Goyal asked Indian Railways to partner with institutions like IIT-Mumbai to study the efficiency of technical and civil work initiatives of Railways in handling monsoon rains

Railways in India and especially Mumbai needs to be fully prepared for monsoon: Piyush Goyal
Railways in India and especially Mumbai needs to be fully prepared for monsoon: Piyush Goyal

New Delhi: Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal on Thursday said that Railways in India and especially Mumbai needs to be fully prepared for the monsoon. Goyal said this while reviewing the preparations and road map of Mumbai Suburban Railways in having all contingency solutions in the rainy season. The meeting was attended by senior officials of the Railway Board and Mumbai. During the meeting, the Minister also examined the current status of vulnerable areas and reviewed plans for the smooth functioning of trains.

Minister further said that Railways is committed to ensuring that no inconvenience is caused to Mumbaikars as the monsoon begins. Innovation and hard work must go together to ensure that Railway services continue to operate safely and in an uninterrupted manner, he added.

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.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, Railways had undertaken a major exercise for the cleaning of muck/garbage/earth of 2,10,000 Cu Meters from suburban section by deploying 03 No muck special including specially modified EMU rakes in Mumbai.

The flooding spots of the previous monsoons were identified and customized solution were devised for each spot Eg: 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 WR independently.

The 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/de-sludging machines were used to ensure deep cleaning of culverts. Adoption of new micro tunnelling method for the construction of culverts was taken up to ensure that waterlogging is minimised.

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