Mumbai: Massive muck removal drive conducted by railways over Mumbai suburban network. In order to keep the wheels of local trains running and to ensure uninterrupted services during the monsoon, Railways have undertaken several pre-monsoon preparatory works. These works included cleaning of culverts, desilting of side drains, installations of high power pumps, special maintenance of infrastructure, etc. Thereafter, the muck & garbage collected during this cleaning process were all cleared & removed with the help of special muck trains
According to a press release issued by Shri Sumit Thakur – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, to gear up for monsoon season, pre-monsoon works were undertaken extensively for giving more access to stormwater & to curb flooding which included cleaning the railway tracks of muck and garbage. The garbage and debris lead to waterlogging on the tracks as it obstructs the flow of rainwater sideways. It also results in the accumulation of water on tracks. To remove the muck from the tracks, Muck Special trains, which are specially modified EMU rakes were run during the nighttime. Heavy earth machines like JCB, Poclain, etc were also deployed to clear the muck. During this year, Railways have cleared approx. 3.8 lakh cu. meters of muck & garbage from the Mumbai suburban network by running 6 Muck Special trains. Over WR, 2.1 lakh cu meters of muck were cleared, mainly from locations like Andheri, Borivali, Jogeshwari & Dahisar – Mira Road, while 1.7 lakh cu. meters was cleared over Central Railway. In addition to the above, the scrap materials & condemned rails as well as sleepers lying along the tracks have also been removed to further prevent the obstruction in the free flow of water from the tracks to the sideways.
Massive muck removal drive conducted by railways over Mumbai suburban network. During the last year, Western Railway cleared approx 5400 MT of scrap/used rails while in the current year, approx. 3300 MT of scrap/used rails have been cleared from alongside the tracks. Similarly, Central Railway cleared approx 10400 MT of scrap/used rails during the last year while in the current year, approx. 11600 MT of scrap/used rails have been cleared from alongside the tracks. Also, approx. 14000 redundant sleepers lying near the tracks have been removed over Western Railway while approx. 46000 redundant sleepers have been removed over Central Railway. Clearing these sleepers are advantageous as rainwater can flow freely without any hindrance. Railway Track machines were deployed to remove these redundant sleepers/rails.
Photo caption: Various views of cleaning & removal of muck/silt & garbage collected & disposed to avert waterlogging near rail tracks of Mumbai Suburban section.
Shri Thakur further informed that Hon’ble Minister for Railways, Shri Piyush Goyal, reviewed the preparatory plans for smooth functioning of trains and examined the current status of vulnerable areas. While reviewing the preparedness of the Railways on the suburban network, Shri Goyal said that railways are committed to ensuring that no inconvenience is caused to Mumbaikars during the monsoons. He instructed the railway officials to bring it to the notice of the concerned municipal corporation to check the dumping of garbage from outside areas on railway tracks. Western Railway has identified 106 locations where garbage dumping is noticed which restricts the drainage system of rainwater. Shri Goyal suggested that Railways should partner with institutions like IIT Mumbai to study the efficiency of technical and civil work initiatives of Railways in handling monsoon rains and draw a road map in having all contingency solutions during the rainy season.
The work of removal of muck was carried out on priority with a view to keep the wheels of the trains rolling during the monsoon.