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PR No. 202 - SCR Accords Highest Priority to the Frontline Running Staff involved in Train Operations


-SCR Conducts Guided Media Tour to Elaborate facilities & Amenities Provided for running staff at Crew Booking Lobby & Running Room, Secunderabad 

South Central Railway organized a guided tour to elaborate media o­n the facilities and amenities being provided to loco pilots, assistant loco pilots and train managers (running staff) at the Crew Booking Lobby & Running Room, Secunderabad today i.e., 10th July, 2024. Shri M. Gopal, Additional Divisional Railway Manager/Infra, Secunderabad Division; Shri A. Sridhar, Chief Public Relations Officer, SCR; Shri B. Venkatesh, Divisional Electrical Engineer, Traction Rolling Stock Operations Organization (TRSO), Secunderabad Division, Shri Vishal, Divisional Commercial Manager, Secunderabad were present.

Addressing the media personnel, Shri M. Gopal, ADRM/Secunderabad stated that South Central Railway is according highest priority to frontline running staff involved in train operations. They play a vital role in maintaining punctuality and safe running of trains. He stated that the running room provides a convenient and relaxed environment for the loco pilots to help maintain their well-being and alertness to ensure smooth running of trains. Secunderabad running room provides comfortable accommodation to the 60 members of staff coming from various directions in a day, he said. The staff is also provided with healthy and hygienic breakfast, lunch and dinner facility with subsidized nominal rates, lounge/reading room, Yoga room for meditation etc,. he added.

He stated that in addition, the running room has been provided with various other amenities such as Lift for all floors, laundry facilities, shoe shining machine, clean washrooms, Solar water heaters, reception with Digital Bed occupancy system, Mechanized washed linen, branded quality cots & mattresses, Dining hall, Modular kitchen and store, fresh water supply, etc.,

Shri A. Sridhar, CPRO/SCR welcomed the media personnel and detailed the media o­n the role of loco running staff in safe operations and priority being accorded in providing best possible facilities to the staff. He stated that due care is being taken to provide most comfortable atmosphere while crew members are availing the rest prior to signing o­n the duty.

He stated that Secunderabad crew booking lobby is o­ne of the busiest working place with around 800 staff signing o­n/signing off to the duties every day. They are involved in running trains in several directions from Secunderabad area to Vijayawada, Guntur, Guntakal, Balharshah, Sholapur, Parli etc.,, he said.

Shri B. Venkatesh, Divisional Electrical Engineer gave a detailed presentation o­n the working of Loco pilots and the facilities/environment provided for crew members at the Crew Booking lobby & Running room.

He stated that as loco Pilots job demands a high level of concentration and skill, Railways ensures that they are provided with proper accommodation and rest between their shifts so that they can rejuvenate themselves and be prepared for the next trip. Accordingly, the running room at Secunderabad enables the crew members to avail complete rest in disturbance free air conditioned rooms so that they can be prepared to perform their duty safely. Apart from this, the crew booking lobby is the hub for booking the running staff for duty, he said. It is equipped with Integrated KIOSKs (Breath Analyzer, Bio-Metric & Webcam) for signing o­n/off of loco pilots, assistant loco pilots & train managers (guards). Prior to undertaking the duty, loco pilots need to perform the breath analyzing test, take oath o­n ‘No SPAD’ (Signal Passing at Danger) and acknowledge all new circulars so as to ensure smooth and safe running of trains, he added.


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