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Coconut tree fell on Railway traction line at West Hill;train services hit

  • CNM City Reporter
    A coconut tree from a private land  fell on 25 kV Railway Over Head Traction (OHE)  line  between West Hill and Elattur today (27.09.2021) and  disrupted train services in  Kozhikode – Kannur  down line section from 16.10 hrs. to 17.07  hrs. The falling coconut tree was  reported  to the Control Office by the Guard of Train No. 06650 Nagercoil – Mangaluru Central Parasuram Express Special.
    On receiving   information from the control office, Railway  OHE team from Quilandi , Engineering team from Kozhikode  and  Kerala Fire and Rescue Force, Kozhikode turned up at the spot and removed  the tree.  Train traffic was restored at 17.07 hrs.

    The service of Train No. 09577 Tirunelveli – Jamnagar Express  Special was held up at Kozhikode due to the incident.

    Vulnerable trees
    In order to avoid untoward incidents like this, the Railway has  identified vulnerable trees on either side of the track and issued notices to the private landowners  to cut and remove the trees. It is a fact that except few, most of the private landowners are hesitant to come forward to cut the trees.  As per Railway Act, endangering the safety of passengers in any manner is a punishable offence and under the extant procedure, the land owners are responsible for loss or damage/ deficiency caused by the fallen tree.

    Co-operation from Public

    In order to have win -win situation to all, Railways, Passengers and residents of areas near to railway track , the owners of the tree identified as vulnerable are being advised to prune/ cut trees. The owner can either prune/cut the tree after obtaining permission from Railways or they can approach Railways to get these trees cut down. This is to ensure safety to people residing near by track as the OHE line  carries high voltage power of 25,000 V. Entering the proximity of 2 metres distance from the electric line is highly dangerous and might be fatal.  Therefore, it is necessary to switch off the electric supply before the trees can be cut down.

  • Public can contact the control offices of Railways and to share information of trees that are vulnerable. The control offices functioning at Divisional Railway Manager’s office, Palakkad, are monitoring the track and traction distribution system round the clock.
    If any obstruction on track or traction distribution is noticed, the public can pass on the information to the control offices through LandLine  number: 0491-2555337  or in the Mobile no. of Traction Power Controller 9746 740 013,  9746 760 105 The public can also inform the nearest Railway station or Gatekeeper or any Railway offices at the earliest thereby helping in safe operation of trains.

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