ONE YEAR after Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha directed that records on safety of railway tracks be shared with the Safety Directorate of the Railways, senior officials said they still did not possess these records, the absence of which was curtailing their ability to implement safety measures for possible rail fractures.
The details of the track management system (TMS) a software that keeps a detailed record of the inspection of track and defects are yet to be disclosed, according to the officials.
The software contains detailed information on the number of inspections undertaken, defects found, age of the track, maintenance schedule and every other detail pertaining to the railway tracks. The software is under the surveillance of civil engineers who disclose the details to officials when sought.
According to the minutes of a meeting chaired by Sinha last year, the minister had called for the TMS data to be shared. “The minister had expressed that the data of TMS is not confidential information and should be shared with the safety directorate,” it reads. Read More…
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