BHUBANESWAR: Rattled by the Hirakhand Express derailment that killed 41 passengers, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) has stepped up night-time vigil on movement of trains besides intensifying safety patrol and track maintenance work. ECoR general manager Umesh Singh has been taking a keen interest and has been boarding trains and visiting stations to carry out surprise inspections during the night.
Sources said senior officers of ECoR will conduct night inspection. "All trains travelling at night will have a senior officer in the engine room. Earlier, only officers of the technical department like mechanical, electrical, operating, signalling and civil engineering would be carrying out safety inspection," a source said.
"The ECoR is focusing on far-flung stations like the Koraput-Rayagada line, Sambalpur-Angul, Titlagarh-Raipur, Rayagada-Titlagarh and Vizianagaram-Rayagada lines," a railway officer said.
"The basic purpose of having such a broad-based inspection system is to boost the morale of the field staff. Besides, night inspections, senior officials visiting far-flung stations will help in assessment of deficiencies in the services and passenger and railway staff amenities," ECoR chief spokesperson J P Mishra said.