Tranquillity room for Indian Railways loco pilots! In a bid to reduce stress among motormen after Mumbai division reported a spike in instances for Indian Railways loco pilots! In a bid to reduce stress among motormen after Mumbai division reported a spike in instances of local trains overshooting signals, the Western Railway zone of Indian Railways has come up with tranquillity rooms.
A tranquillity room has been made available above the Churchgate station. In this sound-proof area, the railway motormen are expected to meditate for a few minutes before piloting local trains through the city’s 120-km-long suburban network that extends from Churchgate to Dahanu and which is often heavily congested.
Every time when a railway motorman loses focus and stops the train before the signal, it is treated as an ‘averted collision’, known as Signal Passing at a Danger Mark (SPAD). This often ends with a departmental inquiry and the motorman losing his job, according to an IE report.
Between the years 2006 and 2019, there were as many as 44 instances of SPAD on Western Railways’ suburban section. Between August 2019 and November 2019, there were at least three such instances that resulted in alarm bells ringing within the railway administrative circle.
Last year in November, DRM GVL Satyakumar held day-long sessions with various field employees to get to the root of SPADs and it was found that the motormen in Mumbai division were mostly those who had been recruited to the job directly (who lived in the city)