Long pending Maintenance works like Yard remodelling, Renewal of Scissors Crossover and Repairs of Bridges have been successfully carried out by the Indian Railways during this lockdown. These works have been long overdue since they required long hours of Traffic blockades which would disrupt the train services in regular days.
With lockdown in place, only freight services are running to maintain the supply of essential goods. The traffic being so less, Indian Railways took it as a ‘once in a life-time opportunity’ to complete the long pending Maintenance works without effecting train services.
Around 500 modern heavy duty Track Maintenance Machines along with track, signal & Overhead Equipment (OHE) maintainers have worked regularly for 10,749 machine days to complete overdue track maintenance of 12,270 km plain track & 5,263 nos. of Turn outs, according to Union Government’s Press Information Bureau. Additionally, Ultrasonic flaw detection (USFD) of 30182 km of track and 1,34,443 rail welds has been carried out with USFD machine.
Some important Maintenance works include renewal of scissor crossover in Kazipet and Vijiayawada yards, remodelling works at Bangalore City yard, and bridge works at Chennai and Ludhiana station.
Meanwhile though nationwide-lockdown has been extended till 17 May, restrictions will be easing from 4 May and several services will be resuming in select districts.