Going through the minutes of the meeting for "Namma Railu Round Table Event at Cistup, IISc" last August 30, 2010, one get an interesting insight into mind and thinking of Railways. In this case, railways is represented by Bengaluru Division of South Western Railway. A bit deeper digging reveals that the management at DRM office is more of a Production Line supervision in an manufacturing plant. Their main job is to ensure that trains are run regularly and any incidents are attended to. Apart from day-to-day operations, all other aspects which directly relates to passengers are taken up in second in priority. It is Railway Ministry and Railway Board who calls the shots for every little new thing or amenities.
The above assertions are not some loose ranting, rather based on facts. Recently came across a RTI response from South Western Railways.
The responses to the questions are very intriguing. This is what SWR has to say about the its state of affairs.
- Improvements done at Bangalore City Station since 1970.
- 1970 to 1980 - No records
- 1981 to 1990 - Records not traceable
- 1991 to 2000 - Platform shelter for Plt Form No.1, 6, Mysore end, Improvements to Upper Class waiting Halls, Repairs to Station Building, Reservation Complex
- 2001to 2010 - Proposed improvements to concourse area., improvements to platform 1, 2, 7 and 8
Note - As per the RTI response, In last 4 decades there is not a single new platform was added.
- Signalling System
- Currently Multiple aspects Color Light Signal, Panel, Route Relay, Interlocking & Electronic interlocking is being used.
- No plans to replace it by modern signaling system
- Is on par with SS used by Indian Railways in other divisions.
Certainly going by the current state of SWR, for CRS lot needs to be changed. From the SWR stated position, they are happy with what they have and they do not have any desire to bring in any pro-active changes unless mandated by the Railway Board.
Last but not the least, thanks to the RTI applicant for sharing the SWR responses.