Raking the muck: CR runs old local to clean up the tracks

Imagine a muck embankment that’s a metre wide, a metre high and almost 10 kilometers long, the distance between CST and Dadar. That is the amount of muck — a whopping 10,000 cubic metres — taken out of drains and culverts beneath the tracks between CST and Thane as well as CST and Mankhurd to get the lines monsoon-ready.

Central Railway officials say the use of an old six-coach local train as ‘muck special’ for five trips almost every night during the past eight months is the biggest assurance that railway lines will manage to keep their head out of water this monsoon.

“This is the first time we have used the ‘muck special’ right till onset of the monsoon.

Unless heavy rain and high tide coincide, when it is naturally tough to get water out of the city and into the sea, we should be doing fine this monsoon,” said Rajiv Tyagi, officer on special duty, Central Railway.

As part of the procedure, workmen collect the muck in bags and allow it to dry for two days; then the ‘muck special’ deposits it in embankments near the Vashi Creek, Thakurli-Kalyan and Mumbra-Diva belt. According to officials, the ‘muck special’ clears around 3,000 bags of the stuff every night.

“It, in a way, strengthens the banks of the mangroves and protects the trees,” Tyagi said.

Incidentally, the Research Design and Standards Organisation — the apex technical authority of the railways — is taking this ‘muck raking’ to the next level by trying to get firms build them a specialised muck-carrying wagon. The effort is still on paper but officials in Mumbai believe their ‘jugaad’ muck special is doing just fine now.

The railways’ efforts is a mix of clearing up of culverts that run beneath its own lines and pressuring civic agencies to clear up parts of the same culverts that run beneath civic areas. The question that lakhs of commuters would have is will this yield success against the monsoon that has bested the combined efforts of the railways and civic authorities almost every year.

A six-coach local train, ‘muck special’, does five trips almost every night to dump the debris.

The Research Design and Standards Organisation — the apex technical authority of the railways — is taking this ‘muck raking’ to the next level by trying to get firms build them a specialised muck-carrying wagon. The effort is still on paper but officials in Mumbai believe their ‘jugaad’ muck special is doing just fine now.

http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/1844842/report-raking-the-muck-cr-runs-old-local-to-clean-up-the-tracks

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