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INSPECTION AND OTHER FIELD DUTIES

4.1  INSPECTION OF NEW LINES :

During the year 2003-2004, the Commissioners of Railway Safety carried out inspections of new lines and other works, prior to authorising them for public carriage of passengers, as detailed below :
 
a)  New Lines 287.393 km.
b)  Diversions 6.432 km
c)  Doublings 148.529 km.
d)  Conversion of Gauge 1018.352 km.
e)  Initiation of electric traction 1222.618 km.
 
A list of these works appears at Appendix V.
 
4.2   NEW MINOR WORKS :
 
4.2.1    Structural works affecting the safety of trains on running lines, such as, provision of additional bridges, rebuilding or re-girdering of existing bridges, re-modelling of station yards, re-signalling works etc. can only be carried out after duly obtaining the sanction of the Commissioner of Railway Safety. Such works, after being sanctioned by the Commission, are executed by the Railway Administration and opened to traffic under safety certificates signed by the concerned railway officers, unless the Commissioner of Railway Safety decides to inspect them before being commissioned.
 
4.3   WORKS INVOLVING INFRINGEMENTS OF STANDARD DIMENSIONS:
Certain minimum and maximum dimensions for location of structures near railway lines and maximum and minimum dimensions in respect of rolling stock have been prescribed and are laid down in a publication called Schedule of Dimensions. The Railways can not deviate from these dimensions without obtaining the sanction of the Railway Board or Commissioners of Railway Safety. During the year under review, 8 cases for condonation of infringements to the Schedule of Dimensions were recommended by the Commission for sanction of the Railway Board. 12 cases which were within the powers of the Commissioners of Railway Safety were sanctioned by the Commissioners themselves.
 
4.4   MOVEMENT OF OVER-DIMENSIONED CONSIGNMENTS :
The railways have sometimes to transport various types of heavy machinery the dimensions of which are in excess of the prescribed maximum moving dimensions. Movements of some of these consignments require the sanction of the Commissioner of Railway Safety. During the year, transport of 17 over-dimensioned consignments was authorized for movement by the Commissioners of Railway Safety after due scrutiny, subject to observance of such conditions and speed restrictions as were considered necessary.
 
4.5   MOVEMENT OF OVER-DIMENSIONED CONSIGNMENTS :
According to Section 27 of Railways Act, 1989, new rolling stock, such as, locomotives, coaches and wagons can only be used after prior sanction by the Railway Board. During the year, 16 new types of locomotives and other rolling stock were recommended by the Commission, in various sections, for sanction by the Railway Board. According to extant rules, the Commissioners of Railway Safety can authorize movement of new rolling stock on sections of the railway provided the previous sanction of the Railway Board has been obtained for their movement anywhere in the Railway system. During the year, 108 such cases were sanctioned by the Commissioners under their powers.
 
4.6   PERIODIC INSPECTIONS :
During the year, he Commissioners carried out periodical inspections of 20,522.671kms. of Govt. railways either on their own or in the company with the Zonal Railway General Managers. Significant defects and deficiencies noticed during inspections were discussed with the Railway Officers during such periodic inspections and inspection reports were furnished.
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