Rail ministry cautions errant suppliers

The two companies, which came under criticism from the ministry are M/s Raneka Industries and M/s Orient Steel Industries Limited with their offices at Dhar in Madhya Pradesh and 2, Brabourne Road in Kolkata respectively.
Inspection revealed that in most of the train-parting cases from 2008 to 2012, defected CBC were supplied by these two companies. However, statistic of similar incidents from 2013 to 2014 is yet to be declared by the ministry.

What became a concern for the railway board is the safety of daily commuters and huge revenue loss due to delayed transportation through goods trains due to defective CBC, which connects rolling stock in trains. Ministry sources said: ‘There were incidents when trains got detached while in motion. The parting results in loss of section capacity by way of disturbance to train operations, detention and consequential financial loss to the railways. Board officials are concerned about the quality of CBC components.’ It was found that any train component and manufacturer have to follow the standard guidelines of Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), which is research and development organisation under ministry of railways.

‘We came to know that CBC supplied by these two companies failed to follow the RDSO guidelines,’ ministry sources said.

When asked to reveal the number of parting cases that happened during 2008 to 2012, he said, ‘The mechanical department of South Eastern Railways came to know that nearly 260 train-parting cases happened due to manufacturing defects of CBC components only. Out of 260, records of only
145 manufacturers were found in the files and in rest of the cases the suppliers of CBC is not known.’
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