Kakodkar Committee Report



Kakodkar Committee Report 
A High Level Safety Review Committee was constituted by the Ministry of Railways on 16.09.2011 under the Chairmanship of Dr. Anil Kakodkar, former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission to go into all technical and technology related aspects in connection with safe running of train services in the country. 


(b): The Committee submitted its Report to the Ministry of Railways on 17.02.2012.

The Committee has made 106 recommendations covering various aspects viz. General Safety Matters, Organizational Structure, Empowerment at Working Level, Safety Related Works and Issues, Filling up of vacancies in critical safety categories and Manpower Planning Issues, Plugging the shortage of critical Safety Spares, External Interferences – Removal of Encroachment and Sabotage, Upgradation of Signaling, Telecommunication and Train Protection System, Upgradation of Rolling Stock, Track, Bridges, Elimination of Level Crossings, Human Resource Development with emphasis on Education and Training Institutes on Indian Railways, Eco-System and Safety Architectures on Indian Railways.

(c): Out of 106 recommendations, 68 recommendations have been fully accepted and are under implementation. Balance 38 recommendations are under consideration by the Ministry of Railways.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 18.12.2015 (Friday). 
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Reduction In Consumption of Electricity 
(a) Bureau of Energy Efficiency has assessed that Indian Railways (IR) have been achieving an average annual reduction in electricity consumption of about 2% in electric traction and about 2.8% per year in non traction applications. On the total electricity bill of about 12,332 crore for the year 2014-15 (provisional) it translates into a saving of about 250 crore per annum due to adopting greater energy efficiency measures.

(b) IR has initiated steps to procure power through the bidding process at the tariff to be discovered through market process and to source power from captive power plant. IR has already started availing cheaper power in North Central Railway (about 50 Mega Watt) and in Maharashtra (about 250 Mega Watt). The extent of saving in expenditure due to these efforts are subject to market forces.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 18.12.2015 (Friday). 
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Indo – Bangla & Indo – Nepal Railway Connectivity 


             Agartala to Akhaura (15 Km) project has been sanctioned for providing additional rail connectivity between India & Bangladesh with funding of Indian portion of project (5 Km) by Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region(DoNER) and of the Bangladesh portion (10 Km) by Ministry of External Affairs.  The present cost of this project is ` 967.85 crores with cost of Bangladesh portion as ` 387.85 crores and Indian portion as ` 580.00 crores. As per the MoU signed between Government of India and Government of Bangladesh, Indian Railways is responsible for the construction of the Indian portion and Bangladesh Railway is responsible for the construction of the Bangladesh portion of the project.  Execution of Indian portion of the project has been entrusted to IRCON.   This line will cater to passengers as well as goods traffic.  
  Two projects for Indo-Nepal connectivity have been taken up. The status of these two projects is as detailed below:-

(i)   Jogbani-Biratnagar (Nepal)(18.60 Km) new line project:- This project taken up at an anticipated cost of ` 407 crore is being funded by Ministry of External Affairs.  5.45 Km length falls in India & 13.60 km falls in Nepal.   Land for the entire project, except for a length of about 1.8 Km falling in Nepal, has been acquired and earthwork, bridge works etc. taken up.

(ii)  Jaynagar-Bijalpura gauge conversion & its extension up to Bardibas (69 Km):- This project taken up at an anticipated cost of ` 540 crore is being funded by Ministry of External Affairs.  3 Km length falls in India & 66 km falls in Nepal.   Final location Survey has been completed. Land plans for Indian portion has been submitted to the State Government. In Nepal portion, land has been handed over in 47 km. in patches. Earthwork & bridgework have been taken up in the stretches where land is available.       
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 18.12.2015 (Friday).

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Zero – Accidents Mission 
In the current year from 1st April, 2015 to 10th December, 2015, the number of consequential train accidents (including accidents at unmanned level crossings) have registered a decrease from 105 in the corresponding period of the previous year to 81.

Safety is accorded the highest priority by Indian Railways and all possible steps are undertaken on a continual basis to prevent accidents and to enhance safety. These include timely replacement of over-aged assets, adoption of suitable technologies for upgradation and maintenance of track, rolling stock, signalling and interlocking systems, safety drives, greater emphasis on training of officials and inspections at regular intervals to monitor and educate staff for observance of safe practices. Safety devices/systems being used to prevent accidents include complete track circuiting, provision of Block Proving Axle Counters (BPAC), Auxiliary Warning System (AWS), Colour Light LED Signals, Vigilance Control Device (VCD), usage of 60kg rails and Pre-stressed Concrete Sleepers, long rail panels, better welding technology, progressive use of Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) Coaches, Centre Buffer Couplers with Integral Coach Factory (ICF) Coaches, etc. Resources required for improving Safety will be provided as & when required.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 18.12.2015 (Friday). 
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Facility of I-Ticket For Defence Personnel 
The facility of i-ticketing has been extended to defence personnel wherein tickets are booked online by the Defence Units on the Defence Travel System through Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC) website and i-ticket can be collected by the defence personnel from any Computerised Passenger Reservation System (PRS) counter of Indian Railways by submitting the authority for collection of i-ticket along with a photocopy of any one of the prescribed proofs of identity allowed for undertaking journey on e-tickets. If some other person collects the ticket on behalf of defence personnel, then he/she must produce any one of the prescribed proofs of identity in original to establish his/her identity, alongwith photocopy of any one of the prescribed proofs of identity of defence personnel.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 18.12.2015 (Friday). 
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Railway Stations With Ambulance And First-Aid Facilities 
First Aid Boxes containing essential drugs and dressing materials are provided with the guards of all passenger carrying trains and Station Masters of all Railway stations. In addition, Augmented First Aid Boxes with wide range of medicines, disposable medical material, etc. have been provided at model stations and with the Train Superintendents of Rajdhani/ Shatabdi Express trains and Guards of nominated trains. Front line staff deployed at stations and on trains are also trained in rendering First Aid. Trains can also make unscheduled halts, if necessary, at the stations en-route in emergencies. The Station Masters of all stations have details of doctors, clinics & hospitals, both Government and Private, in the vicinity of the station, so that their services could also be availed, in emergencies. Ambulance service of both Railway hospitals and State Governments are utilized when required.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 18.12.2015 (Friday). 


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