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FUNCTIONS AND ORGANISATION OF THE COMMISSION OF RAILWAY SAFETY

1.1  INTRODUCTION

The Commission of Railway Safety, working under the administrative control of the Ministry of Civil Aviation of the Government of India, deals with matters pertaining to safety of rail travel and train operation and is charged with certain statutory functions as laid down in the Railways Act (1989), which are of an inspectorial, investigatory and advisory nature. The Commission functions according to certain rules framed under the Railways Act and executive instructions issued from time to time. The most important duty of the Commission is to ensure that any new Railway line to be opened for passenger traffic should conform to the standards and specifications prescribed by the Ministry of Railways and the new line is safe in all respects for carrying of passenger traffic. This is also applicable to other works such as gauge conversion, doubling of lines and electrification of existing lines. The Commission also conducts statutory inquiries into serious train accidents occurring on the Indian Railways and makes recommendations for improving safety on the Railways in India. Delhi Metro is governed by Delhi Metro Railway (O&M) Act, 2002.
 

1.2   ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE

 
1.2.1   The Commission is headed by a Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety (CCRS), at Lucknow, who also acts as the Principal Technical Advisor to the Central Government in all matters pertaining to railway safety. Working under the administrative control of CCRS are nine Commissioners of Railway Safety (CRS), exercising jurisdiction over the Zonal Railways. In addition, some of them have jurisdiction over railway establishments other than Zonal Railways viz (i) Metro Railway, Kolkata, (ii) DMRC, Delhi, (iii) MRTP, Chennai and (iv) Konkan Railway. There are 5 Dy. Commissioners of Railway Safety posted in the Headquarters at Lucknow for assisting the CCRS, as and when required. In addition, there are 2 field Dy. Commissioners, one each in Mumbai and Kolkata, to assist the Commissioners of Railway Safety in matters concerning the Signaling and Telecommunication disciplines.
 
1.2.2   In Appendix I , at the end of this Report, is an Organizational Chart of the Commission of Railway Safety. A brief narrative on the history and functions of the organization, which dates back to the 19th century, is contained in Appendix II.
 

Jurisdiction

The route kilometrages of the Railway Administrations under the jurisdiction of each circle, as on 31st March, 2003 were as under:-
NAME OF CIRCLE HEADQUARTERS ROUTE KM. PRINCIPAL Railways
Central Circle Mumbai 7495.00 Central/W.C. Rly.
EASTERN CIRCLE Kolkata 5870.00 EASTERN RLY. & EAST CENTRAL RLY.
NORTHERN CIRCLE New Delhi 6830.06 Northern Rly.
NORTH EASTERN CIRCLE Lucknow 6491.00 NorthEastern/North Central
NORTHEAST FRONTIER CIRCLE Kolkata 3965.45 NORTHERN RLY. & DELHI METRO RAIL CORPORATION
SOUTHERN CIRCLE Bangalore 8305.00 Southern/South Western Railway
SOUTH CENTRAL CIRCLE Secunderabad 5749.00 South Central
SOUTH EASTERN CIRCLE Kolkata 7336.00 SOUTH EASTERN RLY., EAST COAST RLY.& SOUTH EAST CENTRAL RLY.
WESTERN CIRCLE Mumbai 11988.00 Western & North-Western
 

Note:

In addition to the Principal Railways, the Commissioners exercise jurisdiction over Konkan Railway Corporation, various Metropolitan Rail Transport Projects, Delhi Metro and Port Trust Railways, if any, located within their circles.
 

1.4  POSITION OF VACANCIES IN THE COMMISSION

On 31.3.2004 the strength of the Commissioners was 9. The strength of Dy. Commissioners was 4 out of 7. One post of Dy. Commissioner Railway Safety (O) remained vacant w.e.f. 01.01.2002.
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