WITH an aim to make the lives of rail engine drivers easier, Pune Division of Central Railway has introduced ‘sarathi cab’, a driver’s cab which will provide some basic comforts to on-duty drivers.
A K Garekar, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Central Railway and B K Dadabhoy, Divisional Railway Manager (Pune) flagged off the ‘sarathi cab’ at the Diesel Loco Shed in Pune.
The loco has ecofriendly air-ventilation and soothing lighting systems, improvised sitting arrangement for the driver’s comfort, sunlight protective glasses, handy placement for necessities such as water bottle, dust free carpet and pleasant interiors.
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“The job of an engine driver is a difficult one and quite strenuous. He has to remain alert throughout the journey. It’s not rare for the drivers to work in extended shifts. In such a situation, looking after himself is not only good for the drivers and railways but also essential for safety and security of the passengers. These newly introduced aspects in the ‘sarathi cab’ will greatly reduce the fatigue and exertion of the drivers,” said Garekar.
Meanwhile, ‘Nisarg-Mitra’, the first bio-diesel locomotive in Central Railways was flagged off at the same function. Also, a recently commissioned diesel dispensing facility — one of the biggest underground facilities in India — was thrown open for use. This facility has total capacity of 7 lakh litres of diesel and at least 50,000 litres of bio-diesel.
“Bio-diesel power locomotives will help in saving valuable foreign exchange as it will use waste vegetable oil instead of diesel which is mostly imported. In addition, it will be environment friendly and the operating cost will be substantially lower,” said Dadabhoy.
On the occasion, Rakesh Behl, Chief Motive Power Engineer (Diesel); Shri Milind Deuskar, Additional Divisional Railway Manager; Sanjeev Mhetre, Deputy Chief Mechanical Engineer (Power and Fuel) and Shri Rajesh Dwivedi, Senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer(Diesel) were present.