Central Railway Takes Precautionary Steps Ahead of Monsoon 2020

Central Railway (CR) has decided to form a 15-member Flood Rescue Team (FRT) which will be trained by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and deployed at vulnerable locations.


Mumbai rains had broken all past records in 2019 and caused a lot of havoc. One such incident involved Central Railways, Mahalaxmi Express that was stuck 70kms away from Mumbai due to waterlogged railway tracks. The passengers stuck in this train had to be rescued. The 5-hour rescue operation was carried out and with the help of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Navy, Army, Thane civic officials and local residents. In order to ensure that such an incident doesn't take place in the future, Central Railway is taking precautionary measures ahead of monsoon 2020.   

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Central Railway (CR) has decided to form a 15-member Flood Rescue Team (FRT), which will be trained by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and they will be deployed at vulnerable locations. A senior railway official stated that in 2019, there were many instances wherein NDRF authorities were called to rescue people. With this move, Central Railway can deploy their staff to rescue stranded people. Therefore, CR has written to NDRF to provide the necessary trainning for relief and rescue operations to CR's staff. In addition to this, women Railway Police Force (RPF) personnel will also be given disaster response training. 

In 2019, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had a ₹100 crores budget for water pumps at Railway stations to avoid flood-like situations. It had also spent ₹4,678.5 crores to repair potholes in Mumbai.    

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