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The procedure followed in the decision making process including Channel of supervision and accountability.

Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety and Commissioners of Railway Safety function under the provisions made in the Railways Act, 1989 and various rules made thereunder and other Railway Codes/manual/Procedure order as relevant. Each Commissioner of Railway Safety functions independently for his jurisdiction.

1.   Inspection of new lines, doublings, Gauge Conversion etc prior to introduction of passenger traffic: -

The detailed procedure of opening of new lines, doublings etc. for public carriage of passengers and the inspection of Commission of Railway Safety before the same is contained in the Railways (opening for public carriage of passengers) rules, 2000. The concerned Railway should make a reference to the Commissioner for his inspection and should submit the opening documents to the Commissioner of Railway Safety containing all the relevant information within a period of one month before the proposed date of opening of the section. The Commissioner of Railway Safety inspects the section and makes full and complete examination to inquire into all matters which appear to him relevant for the safety of public carriage of passengers. After inspection he may sanction the opening of the section and submit detailed inspection report giving the details of his inspection to the Central Government through the Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety who after the perusal forwards it to Railway Board. The Railway Board on the basis of report may confirm, modify or cancel the sanction given by Commissioner.

2.    Investigation into Serious Railway Accidents: -

The detailed procedure is outlined in Statutory Investigation into Railway Accident Rules, 1998 and Railway (Notices of and inquired into Accident) Rules, 1998. Commissioner of Railway Safety on receipts of information about an accident to a passenger carrying train under Section 113 of the Railways Act, 1989 from the Railway starts the inquiry into serious accident if it falls in the ambit of Section 114 of the Railways Act. He submits Preliminary Narrative Report and a confidential Final Report to the CCRS. The concerned Zonal Railway offers the comment on cause, responsibility and recommendation as brought out by the Commissioner. Chief Commissioner makes his Note on the report taking General Managers comments into account and sends the same to Railway Board. Railway Board then finally sends its comments on acceptance, partial acceptance or otherwise of the report and takes suitable action.

3.   Proposals requiring Railway Board�s Sanction: -

Certain proposals like condonation of infringements to Schedule of Dimensions, running of new type of rolling stock for the first time require sanction of the Railway Board. Commissioner on receipt of proposal from Zonal Railway forwards it to Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety with his recommendation. Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety after careful examination forwards the same to Railway Board along with his comments for sanction or such other action as considered necessary by it.

4.    Proposals requiring sanction at CRS level: -

The following works if they form post of, or are directly connected with a railway used for the public carriage of passengers and have been constructed subsequent to the opening of such a line, require sanction of the CRS
  • Opening of additional lines of railway and deviation lines.
  • Opening of Stations, junctions and level crossings including their manning, interlocking etc;
  • Remodeling of yards, changing of signaling and block working system etc.
  • Rebuilding/strengthening of bridges.
  • Introduction of new rolling stock on sections other than sanctioned by Railway Board.
The zonal railway should submit the proposal to the concerned Commissioner of Railway Safety, enclosing the relevant drawings and certificates etc. within one month of the expected commencement of the work.
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