Northern Railway Gears Up Machinery To Tackle Emergencies

In the light of the incident at Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station, General Manager, Northern Railway, Shri S.K. Budhalakotihas instructed all divisions to launch an extensive public awareness campaign in the media and also at stations through advertisements, posters, announcements and person to person contact by railwaymen to make passengers aware of the danger of boarding/deboarding the train while it is in movement, travelling on roof-top/ footboard of trains and tress passing of railway tracks.

In addition, General Manager has instructed all divisions to tighten up their machinery for ‘quick response’ to emergency situation demanding immediate rescue operations.A review by General Manager of the present situation and further steps needed for a ‘fool proof disaster response system’ would be undertaken next week.

On the instructions of General Manager Northern Railway, Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi Shri Ashwani Lohani has taken various measures to further tighten the emergency response system with emphasis on medical facilities at the major railway stations of Delhi area.These measures include:-

i)Setting up of an ‘Emergency Equipment Room’ (EER) at five major stations of Delhi area i.e. New Delhi, Delhi Junction, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Anand Vihar Terminal and Delhi Sarai Rohilla.These ‘Emergency Equipment Rooms’ will be equipped with a stretcher, trolly for patients, gas cutter, first aid equipment, wheel chairs, towel, linen and other basic medical equipments.These rooms will also have the list of all nearby hospitals including the private ones.

ii)Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi has taken initiative to provide ‘round the clock ambulance service’ at four major stations of Delhi area i.e. New Delhi, Delhi Junction, Hazrat Nizamuddin & Anand Vihar Terminal.

iii)The ‘Station Master’s’ room will display the list of the first aid providers at the station and would also display the list of telephone numbers of all Government and CGHS approved private hospitals to which passenger need to be referred in case of emergencies.A list of ambulance services, fire brigade and other district authorities would also be displayed prominently for any emergency help.

iv)Posters displaying numbers of nearby ambulance providers, fire brigades etc. would be put up at all platforms of all the five major stations so that public can also directly ring up these services in case of emergency.

v)Station Master’s room would display prominently ‘do list’ of action to be taken in case of any emergency by railway officials.

vi)The stations would also display prominently the list of Doctors from the nodal railway hospital linked to a particular station who are to be called in an emergency.The response time for such Doctors has been kept maximum at 30 minutesdepending upon the distance from the station.

vii)‘St. John’s Ambulance Brigade’, of which around 200 railwaymen are trained for medical emergencies on the Delhi Division, would be activated.These personnel who are posted at each station, are well trained to provide basic first aid medical aid to passengers during any crisis.Their names and presence would be ensured by Station Supdt. Concerned ‘ round the clock’ at stations.

The Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi Division would review the performance and up-keep of these facilities once every month with immediate effect.Frequent and periodical review would also be undertaken by General Manager, Northern Railway.

Northern Railway also appeals to all the passengers to be disciplined and follow rules of caution while boarding / deboarding the trains so as to avoid accidents which occur due to carelessness and haste on their part as this can be risky and fatal to them.

All these activities would be in place with effect from 29th November, 2011.,4,268

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