Railway Accounts Department Examinations

Friday, May 10, 2024

RSP - Road Safety Projects - PH 30 - ROB / RUB - New Vertical

 

RSP - Road Safety Projects - PH 30 - ROB / RUB - New Vertical


  • Authority: Railway Board Letter No. 2024/CE-IV/ROB-RUB/SCR, WR, ECR & NR dated 07.05.2024


  • Object of New Vertical: Execution of ROBs/ RUBs has not kept pace with the pace of new sanctions being given.  

 

  • New Vertical   - CAO/Con/RSP  - Exclusively for Road Safety Projects - for Road Crossing Works i.e., PH 29 - Level Crossings and PH 30 - ROB / RUB

 

  • RSP stands for Road Safety Projects (RSP also Rolling Stock Programme) 

 

Salient features of RSP:

 

  • RSP vertical - headed by CAO/Con/RSP  who is in HAG - Higher Administrative Grade

 

  • Assisted by SAG/Engineering Dept, other officers and staff

 

  • Reporting directly to GM  

 

  • Associated Finance: FA&CAO/Con 

  

  • GC - General Consultant:  engaged by CAO/Con/RSP for holistic planning of RSP works incl: Feasibility studies (new name for Surveys), DPR preparation, Sanction of Work, detailed structural design, detailed estimate & engagement of PSSA/PMS/PMC

 

  • EPC / Hybrid mode EPC / BOQ based Contracts - for execution of RSP

 

  • Nodal Directorate for RSP :  Bridge Directorate in Railway Board  

 

  • CAO/Con/RSP: Execution in-charge of RSP 


  •  CAO/Con/RSP & his Officers will exercise the powers of Construction organisation as per MSOP  (in respect of all Technical, Financial, Contractual & Personnel matters)

 

  • PCE: Monitoring and overall coordination for RSP 

Key points of RSP: 


  1. RSP - New Vertical for PH 30 - ROB / RUB 

  2. RSP headed by HAG Officer (of Engineering Dept)  

  3. Reporting directly to GM 

  4. Associated Finance: FA&CAO/Con

  5. Nodal Directorate: Bridge Directorate (in Railway Board) 

  6. PCE: Overall coordination of RSP


Abbreviations: 


  1. RSP - Road Safety Works  

  2. RSP - Rolling Stock Programme 

  3. ROB - Road Over Bridge 

  4. RUB - Road Under Bridge

  5. CAO - Chief Administrative Officer (HAG rank) 

  6. HAG - Higher Administrative Grade (PHOD rank) 

  7. PHOD - Principal Head Of Department (HAG rank) 

  8. PCE - Principal Chief Engineer (HAG rank/PHOD) 

  9. SAG - Senior Administrative Grade 

  10. GC - General Consultant 

  11.  DPR - Detailed Project Report 

  12. PSSA - Project Supervision Services Agency

  13. PMS - Project Management System 

  14. PMC - Project Management Consultancy

  15. EPC - Engineering Procurement & Construction

  16. BOQ - Bill Of Quantities

  17. MSOP - Model Schedule Of Powers 

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Monday, April 29, 2024

CoA - Control Office Application

 CoA  - Control Office Application


Website Link of CoA: https://cris.org.in/loadpage?page=proCOA 


  • CoA stands for Control Office Application 

  • Implemented in all 68 Divisions in Indian Railways 

  • TSR - Train Signal Register - 600 plus locations 

  • TSR - A Register kept at Railway stations to record the actual movement of the Trains.  


Need of CoA

  •  To automate the Control Rooms i.e., nerve centre of Train operations. 

  • To ensure systematic control, monitoring & fluidity of train movements 24/7

  • To capture Train movements real time. 

  • To provide an analytical DSS (Decision Support System) tool for improving operational efficiency. 


Salient features: 

  • Requires the Controllers to enter data related to the train operations (as they receive information from the control points or stations) 

  • Charts the running of the train in a section 

  • Generates the advance forecast based on various operational parameters. 

  • To order trains, view all possible routes, divert or re-route trains. 

  • Has the facility for capturing and viewing details of composition of the train, details of the crew and the Locomotive. 

  • Shows details of line occupancy, caution orders etc. 

  • Designed to facilitate its integration with other applications such as FOIS, ICMS, NTES, PAM, RTIS, REMMLOT and CMS. 

  • Train BPC (Break Power Certificate), Caution Order, Train Order, Regulation, Stabling, Yarding, Train schedule modification, Consist and Train Modification (like Diversion) is shared in between respective applications.

  • TSR data is sent to the CoA divisional server. Further, this data updates in NTES, FOIS and ICMS through CAS server.



CoA Advantages:


  • Removes drudgery (hard work) of the manual system of drawing control charts with various colour pencils. 

  • Trains running information - available - to take decisions quickly 

  • Quick reference tools such as Blocks, Cautions, loco details, crew details, stabled trains and siding position reduces retrieval time of information. 

  •  Paperless operations. Helping a green environment. 

  • Accurate train movement information helps NTES - National Train Enquiry System


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GMT - Gross Million Tonne - Statistics in IR

 


GMT - Gross Million Tonne (Statistics in IR)

What is GMT ? 

  • Gross = Total Load i.e., Carrying Capacity (Tare Load + Payload) 

  • Million = 10 Lakhs

  • Tonne = 1000 Kgs 

  • I.e., 100 Crores Kgs  or 1 Million Tonne 

  • GMT is a primary performance metric   - serves 3 groups of Railway Statistics in IR Statistics Manual i.e., 1. Economic Statistics 2. Transportation Statistics & 3. Administrative Statistics. 

  • GMT data of every train on every line  - captured on FOIS / ICMS / CoA

  •  FOIS stands for Freight Operations Information System 

  • ICMS stands for Integrated Coaching Management System

  • CoA stands for Control Office Application

  • Traffic Density Data (GMT)  - an integral part of Indian Railways IT Systems architecture. 

Why GMT is important: GMT data is a crucial decision criterion for 

  • Planned Track Renewals 

  • Preventive maintenance (like periodicity of USFD - Ultrasonic Flaw Detection) 

  • Riding quality (Track degradation model) 

  • Effective allocation of rails, track materials & resources, among works/projects under Plan Heads 11 - New Lines, 15 - Doubling & 31 - Track Renewals.

Existing mechanism (up to 2022-23) - calculation of GMT 


  • Computed by Zonal Railways 

  • Basis is GTKM & Lead (Kms) 

  • Manually input in TMS - Track Management System 

  •  Limitation is for sections with more than 2 lines (i.e., 3rd/4th line), the line wise GMT data is not available.  


New mechanism - from 2023-24 onwards   - calculation of GMT 


  • Zonal Railways would provide GMT data by May of the following year.  Example: For 2023-24 the data should be available by May 2024 and so on. 

  • All GMT data in TMS  - sync (API based) with the systems architecture

  • API stands for Architecture Programming Interface

  • No physical copies. No manual input in TMS - Track Management System

  • No signed copies in parallel 

  • GMT data from FOIS/ICMS/CoA would flow daily into TAMS - Traffic Accounts Management System   ( SMRTI - Statistical Module on Rail Transport Information) 

  • From TAMS to TMS 

  • From 2024-25 onwards - GMT data - refined format i..e, Block section wise Line wise  (earlier line was not available) 

  • Zonal Railways Statistical Units (under PFA)  - issue Monthly & Annual GMT Data

  • SPOC for Statistical Information Module   - GM/TAMS @ CRIS 

  • SPOC for input data of FOIS/ICMS/CoA - GM/OR @ CRIS

  • SPOC stands for Single Point of Contact 

  • It is calculated for Railway Tracks involving multiple factors and is a complex process. 

  • It is determined through detailed engineering analysis and simulation. 


GMT Calculated for Railway Tracks involving multiple factors.  These are: 


  1.  Axle Load: Higher axle loads leads to greater wear and tear. 

  2. Train Speed: Higher speeds can cause track degradation. 

  3. Train Frequency: The number of trains passing over a track within specified time (Line Capacity) can affect stress & wear on the track. 

  4. Track structure & Material: Ballasted or non-ballasted track and the material used play a significant role in determining load capacity & maintenance requirements. 

  5. Climate & weather: Extreme temperature or heavy rainfall conditions impact the Track’s durability. 

  6. Track maintenance practices: Frequency of track maintenance influences the overall track performance. 


Note: The above instructions are in supersession of any previous instructions on the subject (GMT) and in the event of conflict with any other instructions / part of any other instructions, the above instructions would prevail. 


Key points -  GMT 


  1. GMT is a primary performance metric   - serves 3 groups of Railway Statistics in IR Statistics Manual i.e., 1. Economic Statistics 2. Transportation Statistics & 3. Administrative Statistics. 

  2. Statistical units in Zonal Railways - under control of PFA 

  3. GMT  - Revised policy   w.e.f 01.4.2024 onwards  (or FY 2023-24 onwards) 

  4. GMT means Traffic Density Data 

  5. GMT data from FOIS/ICMS/CoA would flow daily into TAMS - Traffic Accounts Management System   ( SMRTI - Statistical Module on Rail Transport Information) 

  6. From TAMS to TMS  

  7. No physical copies.  No signed copies.  No manual input in TMS 

  8. From 2024-25 onwards - GMT data - refined format i..e, Block section wise Line wise  (earlier line was not available) 

  9. Zonal Railways Statistical Units (under PFA)  - issue Monthly & Annual GMT Data

  10. SPOC for Statistical Information Module   - GM/TAMS @ CRIS 

  11. SPOC for input data of FOIS/ICMS/CoA - GM/OR @ CRIS 


Abbreviations 


  1. GMT  - Gross Million Tonne

  2. FOIS - Freight Operations Information System 

  3. ICMS - Integrated Coaching Management System

  4. CoA - Control Office Application

  5. USFD - Ultrasonic Flaw Detection

  6. TMS - Track Management System 

  7. GTKM - Gross Tonne Kilometer

  8. API - Architecture Programming Interface

  9. SMRTI - Statistical Module on Rail Transport Information 

  10. SPOC - Single Point of Contact 

  11. CRIS - Centre for Railway Information Systems


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