East Central Railway Resumes Work on Key Infra Projects

The East Central Railway (ECR) has resumed works on its rail infrastructure building and important construction projects at different places after relaxation in the nationwide lockdown guidelines since April 22.

Railways intends to carry on rail infrastructure building projects in the state, following strictly social distancing guidelines and other safety measures during the lockdown period. ECR chief public relations officer (CPRO) Rajesh Kumar said on Monday that railways has started its infrastructure development work after getting permission from the district magistrates (DMs) concerned and got “work permit” passes issued to the railway engineers and staff monitoring the work at the sites.

“Railways has also ensured availability of adequate number of masks and sanitizers for the staff working at the sites,” he said, adding thermal screening has become mandatory for each staff from safety point of view.

According to the CPRO, though ECR has cancelled all its 274 mail and express and 389 other passenger trains due to lockdown since March 25, railways has intensively carried out track maintenance, overhead electric wires (OHE) repair, bridge and signal maintenance work on almost each important route of the ECR’s five divisions during the ongoing lockdown period.

“Following standard operating procedure (SOP), the ECR has restarted yard remodelling work at Kiul and Lakhisarai stations. This work is important as Howrah-Jhajha-Patna Junction-Pt Deendayal Upadhaya Junction mainline route needs proper maintenance in summer and immediate increase in the line capacity to run passenger trains smoothly after the lockdown on this route.

Railways has also taken up platform surface maintenance work at the Kiul and Lakhisarai stations,” he said, adding the railways has now expedited road overbridge (ROB) construction work at Lakhisarai. “Railways has started another road overbridge (ROB) construction work at Manpur near Gaya, while track doubling work on the Ramana-Singhrauli (160km) and Keraila Road-Shaktinagar (32km) routes has been going on in full swing to complete the project in time,” the CPRO said.