KONKAN RAILWAY GOES GREEN
Bio-Toilets being erected at major Stations on KR Route
As its continued efforts towards promoting green solutions and providing eco-friendly transport solutions, Konkan Railway has taken a major step towards bio-degradation of night soil (human mull) by installing Bio-Toilets on its route. Konkan Railway is the first railway in the country to have Bio-Toilets on railway station platforms. The technology while allowing eco-friendly and faster way of human waste disposal, is also economic. As a beginning, the Bio-Toilets have been installed by Konkan Railway at Chiplun and Kankawali stations on its route and is receiving appreciation from the general public.
The Bio-Toilet is based on Bio-Digester technology developed by DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organization). The technology is 100% maintenance-free and allows complete elimination of pathogens without requiring the night soil to be disposed through sewage line and septic tank. Since it does not require septic tanks and sewage lines, the Bio-Toilets can be installed much faster than a regular RCC toilet. While the latter requires a minimum of 2 months for construction, the Bio-Toilet can be installed in just a couple of days. The saving in cost factor is also 70% less compared to a regular RCC toilet. While a conventional toilet would cost about Rs.1 lakh, the Bio-Toilet can be erected in only about Rupees Thirty Thousand.
The Bio-Digester is charged initially with anaerobic bacterial inoculums and no further charging is required if the Bio-Toilet is in regular use. The bio-degradation of the night soil leads to generation of bio-gas which can be utilized for cooking purpose. The clean, odour-less water that is extracted after bio-degradation can be used for irrigation of gardens etc.
The Bio-Toilets are being widely utilized by the defence forces in its remote areas and an MOU has been signed by Indian Railways in 2010 with DRDO to develop a Bio-Toilet system for use in railway coaches for improving environment around railway infrastructure.
Konkan Railway is planning to cover other stations also with the technology.
(Chief Public Relations Officer)
Monsoon Time Table on Konkan Rly from 10th June
As done during monsoons, this year too Konkan Railway will implement Monsoon Time Table on Konkan Railway route w.e.f 10th June to 31st Oct to provide safe passage to trains during monsoon and maintain punctuality. Monsoon timings will come into effect from 10-06-2013 (i.e., train leaving from originating stations on 10-06-2013). There may be slight changes in these timings due to introduction of All India Time Table w.e.f 01.07.2013.
Hence, passengers may check the actual timings before journey.
Salient features of Monsoon Time Table :
1) Train No. 16337/16338 Okha-Ernakulam Bi-weekly express will run upto Hapa only from 10/6/2013 to 30/6/2013.
2) Departure time of the following trains will be preponed from the originating point.
Train No. Preponed dep.
a) 10104 Madgon-CSTM Mandovi Exp 08.30 hrs
b) 11004 Sawantwadi-Dadar Rajyarani Exp 17.30 hrs
c) 12617 Ernakulam-Nizamddin Mangala Exp 10.45 hrs
d) 12052 Janshatabdi Exp 12.10 hrs
e) 12620 Mangalore-LTT Matsyagandha Exp 12.50 hrs
f) 10112 Madgaon-CSTM Konkankanya Exp 16.45 hrs
g) 22907 Madgaon-Hapa Exp 07.15 hrs
h) 10215 Madgaon-Ernakulam Exp 21.00 hrs
Detailed timings are enclosed in annexure and can also be seen on www.konkanrailway.com
( Vaishali Patange)
Chief Public Relations Officer
KONKAN RAILWAY CARRIES OUT VARIOUS GEO-SAFETY WORKS TO ENSURE SAFETY & SECURITY OF PASSENGERS AS WELL AS PUNCTUALITY OF TRAINS DURING THE MONSOON SEASON.
Konkan Railway is always committed to the cause of Safety and Security of its Esteemed Passengers. In order to ensure safety measures before the onset of monsoon, as also to stabilize the cuttings and make the track safe to travel, KRCL has carried out various Geo-Safety Works on its route as a precautionary measures prior to on-set of monsoon this year.
The intensity of rainfall is very high on KR region. The annual average rainfall is 3500 – 4500mm with intensity of rainfall frequently exceeding 80mm per hour.
The lateritic rocks, with the lethomargic clay combinations is having constant geological change, and the experience has been that the deep cutting slopes become unstable under the heavy rainfall conditions. Since then efforts are being made to regularly inspect the vulnerable spots and stabilize them by carrying out various Geo-Safety works. Multi disciplinary Expert Committees had been appointed to address the issue. Based on the recommendations of the expert committees / teams, essential works have been identified and completed since the commissioning of Railway line.
KRCL has continuously been executing the following Geo-tech safety works to stabilize the cuttings. The main Geo-tech safety works already done are:
Easing of slopes by providing berms and flattening of deep cuttings slopes and protecting slopes by plantation to prevent soil erosion.
Providing steel boulder netting as isolated boulder fall prevention measures in cuttings.
Loose scaling, Shot creting and rock bolting of tunnels.
Providing RCC retaining wall and Gabion wall.
Providing micro piling & soil nailing.
Providing side drains and catch water drain lining etc.
The incidences of boulder fall/soil slips have been reduced considerably after completing flattening of deep cutting slopes, rock bolting / shotcreting of tunnels, construction of lined catchwater drains etc. As of now 87 nos of cuttings have been completed.
The total expenditure for the period from 1999 to April 2013 incurred towards the various Geo – Tech safety works on Konkan Railway is approximately Rs.292.52 Crores.
GROUND SETTLEMENT AT NIVSAR STATION YARD.
KRCL has successfully tackled the problem of Ground settlement at Nivsar Station Yard which was a bottle neck in smooth running of traffic. KRCL had tackled the problem by providing a diversion line at Nivsar Station yard before monsoon 2011.
Thereafter, there was no unusual occurrence of ground settlement during the last year and the traffic has been running uninterrupted since then.
POMENDI CUTTING :
Pomendi cutting is one of the vulnerable cutting in Ratnagiri region. The depth of the cutting is more than 45 metres. KRCL approached Technical Expert Committees to help resolve the difficulties faced at Pomendi cutting. Accordingly as per the recommendations of the Expert Committees various Geo tech safety works were carried out which included widening of the deep cutting slopes by providing berms, concrete lined Catch water drains, Berm water drains, cross drains, side drains, Retaining wall, grass plantation to help preventing soil erosion etc. for making the slopes stable.
Approximately 3 lacs cum of Earthwork was executed and approximately 1200 cum of concrete lining is done and no unusual observed during monsoon 2012.
This year all the requisite monsoon precautionary works have been executed to avoid any unusual/ landslides at Pomendi Cutting.
Other than the above, following additional safety precautions have been taken
Patrolling of unlined portion of tunnels round the clock and throughout the year is being done.
A system has been developed in getting advance weather warning messages from regional meteorological centers for adopting preventive measures to ensure safety of trains.
Additional control offices have been set up at Ratnagiri and Karwar for immediate and timely attention to emergent situations.
Monsoon patrolling (block section to block section) is done during monsoons.
Watchmen are posted at vulnerable locations i .e at identified cutting, bridges and embankments.
Adequate stock of reserve material has been made available for tackling monsoon emergencies.
One excavator mounted on BFR has been kept at Ratnagiri and Verna to attend to any cases of soil slippage/boulder fall if any during monsoon for immediate restoration of traffic.
Necessary liaison is also maintained with the concerned State Govt. Authorities so that release of excess water from reservoirs/dams/bunds no not affect the Railway Traffic.
Konkan Railway implements a monsoon time table on its route to ensure smooth train operations during rainy season.
Konkan Railway has spent about 26 Crores for the geo-tech safety works during the current year. It can thus be seen that all out efforts have been made by KRCL for ensuring the safety and punctuality of the running train so as to render utmost comfort to the public travelling on KRCL route.
Chief Public Relations Officer