New system to boost train operations, safer journey

A state-of-art computerized system is being deployed by Railways across all crew booking lobbies of both drivers and guards for efficient train operations and safer journey.

Updated: Jun 19, 2009, 09:39 AM IST

New Delhi, June 19: A state-of-art computerized
system is being deployed by Railways across all crew booking
lobbies of both drivers and guards for efficient train
operations and safer journey.

The crew management system (CMS) is proposed to be
deployed in 300 crew lobbies aiming at bringing in higher
efficiency of drivers and guards and better crew deployment.

"So far 288 lobbies having 88,000 crew members have been
covered and we hope the entire project work would be completed
shortly," a senior Railway Ministry official said.

Crew lobby is where drivers are assigned their duties and
a record is maintained detailing their rosters and hours of
work put in.

The official said the system will also enable regulation
of the working hours of drivers and put an end to complaints
of fatigue.

"Higher performance level would also raise efficiency of
train operations and safety of passengers," the official said.

The crew have been provided with biometric access that
makes their authenticity devoid of any proxy reporting.

In other words, none other than the assigned driver can
take charge of the train, as happened a few months back when a
superfast train between New Delhi and Kanpur was operated by
unassigned staff, said another official.

Implementation of CMS was approved by the Railways in
2006. The task was entrusted to CRIS for developing and
providing the system, which has borrowed the best of diverse
system, though not of similar efficiency, prevailing in other
zones.

It automates day-to-day business functions of the crew
thereby providing information of their status throughout,
rostering their duty allocations, providing information on
availability of crew at their home station and assigning crew
to trains, the official said.

One of its hallmark lies in keeping track of the crew. It
provides global tracking of all crew on the system in real
time whether they are on train, resting at headquarters, on
training or on leave, the official said.

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