Shri Alok Kansal, GM, Western Railway inspects Mumbai – Valsad section to review various ongoing works

Shri Alok Kansal – General Manager of Western Railway conducted safety inspection of Mumbai – Valsad section of W. Rly’s Mumbai division also took stock of various o­ngoing developmental and upgradation works of infrastructure & passenger amenities at Valsad station from 26th to 28th November, 2020. 

GM Shri Kansal also interacted with the members of Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Daman and sought their views & opinions to work out better avenues for transportation of their products through railways which is cost effective as well as environment friendly. 

  • Shri Kansal was accompanied by Divisional Railway Manager along with other branch officers of Mumbai Division.
  • According to a press release issued by Shri Sumit Thakur – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, GM Shri Alok Kansal conducted window trailing inspection in Mumbai – Valsad section. 
  • He inspected various safety parameters of tracks and bridges such as quality of running, asset reliability, trespassing and reviewed arrears of maintenance with concerned officials. 
  • Shri Kansal thoroughly reviewed the various safety related works such as the o­ngoing work of 25 Foot Over Bridges (FOBs) in Churchgate – Virar section as well as the ROBs & RUBs sanctioned in Churchgate – Surat section and emphasized o­n the commissioning of these works o­n war footing to prevent trespassing. 
  • 12 FOBs have already been commissioned during the Covid period in the Mumbai suburban section. 

 Dedicated Freight Corridor progress:

  • GM also took stock of o­ngoing Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) work; other infra works with safety specific directions. 
  • He called for a meeting to be convened with DFCCIL to assess the specific target dates as well as for joint inspection pertaining to the fencing work to be done alongside the tracks. 
  • He appreciated the cleanliness initiatives & also lauded the efforts taken by the division towards scrap disposal. 
  • Later, GM Shri Kansal conducted inspection of Valsad station, with special emphasis o­n the development as well as upgradation of infrastructural & passenger amenities work. 
  • O­n the passenger amenity front, Shri Kansal inspected the o­ngoing works of escalator, Platform extension including checking the quality of drinking water of water booths. 
  • During the course of inspection, he instructed for widening of the FOB stairs o­n PF 2/3 for better crowd management. 
  • He also directed the RPF to keep a check o­n unauthorized hawking over station premises. 
  • Thereafter, inspection of the 2nd entry area at Valsad station was done by GM wherein the yard modification work related to DFC was reviewed & directions to prevent soft encroachments were offered.

Meeting with CCI – Daman:

  • Shri Thakur further informed that Shri Kansal also chaired a meeting with the members of Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) – Daman. 
  • This meeting was attended by the President & the prominent members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industries with representatives from plastic, steel & pharma companies. 
  • A presentation giving an insight of the freight incentive schemes, transportation products, terminal development & wagon incentive schemes were presented by DRM. 
  • The presentation gave an overview of facilities offered by Railway in this region.
  • GM Shri Kansal quoting Hon’ble Prime Minister’s mantra of “Sab ka Saath…Sab ka Vikas” exhorted the freight customers to come forward and join hands with Railways o­n their journey towards Vikas. 
  • GM invited the customers to bring forth their suggestions & proposals that would suit them best and help to bring more traffic to railways. 
  • The members of the CCI informed that Daman is predominantly known for its Plastic Industry & that 17% of India’s plastic production comes from Daman. 
  • GM Shri Kansal assured the gathering that every possible step shall be taken to redress their problems and to move forward with all the industries in the area while giving customized solutions at competitive prices with assured period of delivery. 

Source: Western Railway-Press Release