DMRC team conducts safety audit of major Shrine Board projects

E Sreedharan, Member of the Board and nationally renowned for his pioneering work to establish the metro network in Delhi, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has conducted a Safety Audit of the major infrastructure projects of the Shrine Board and expressed satisfaction on the measures taken by the Board for ensuring the safety and security of the pilgrims.
In this connection, a high level Safety Audit Team of the DMRC led by Devendra Gill, Additional General Manager (Safety), DMRC, conducted the Safety Audit of the various major infrastructure development projects being executed by the Shrine Board, including the Slope Stabilisation Project and the two Ropeway Projects.
Governor N N Vohra, Chairman of the Shrine Board, had also sought a detailed report from A K Sahu, Chief Executive Officer of the Shrine Board, about the to-date progress of the various long term measures taken for ensuring the safety and security of the pilgrims against landslides and stones falling on the tracks at vulnerable points.
In his report to the Governor, the CEO has informed that the entire 21 km length of the track from Katra to Bhawan is being covered with shelter sheds and, so far, work on 15 km has already been completed, while it is progressing to cover the remaining vulnerable stretches of the track. High quality heavy gauge CGI sheets are being used to cover the sheds which absorb the thrust of the smaller falling stones. At the Board’s request, M/s THDCIL has prepared an improved version of shelter sheds which can take upto 30 to 40 kgs of a falling stone. These new sheds will be erected at the identified vulnerable locations.
CEO stated that the Board is implementing Rs. 77 crore slope stabilisation project, being executed in phases, to protect, treat and stabilise 33 sites on the Trikuta mountains which have been identified as potentially the most vulnerable from the point of view of landslides and stones falling on the tracks. This phased project is being executed as a long term measure to ensure against falling stones and landslides on the tracks, which have been causing injuries and deaths of pilgrims, and to enhance the safety and security of the pilgrims.
In the first phase, 5 of the most vulnerable sites between Katra and the Shrine have been taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 18 crore, the work on 4 of which has been completed at Adhkuwari and Himkoti Yatra Marg, while at the remaining one site it will be completed by the end of this month. In the second phase, work on 7 vulnerable sites will be taken up for which tenders are being invited in September 2016. Work on the remaining identified sites will be taken up thereafter.

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