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318/2021-22 29-07-2021
Southern Railway Signal & Telecom Workshop at Podanur bags the prestigious Integrated Management Systems for five Certifications

Southern Railway’s Signal & Telecommunication Workshop at Podanur has been awarded the prestigious Integrated Management Systems (IMS) Certification.  The certification has been granted by LMS Certification Ltd, United Kingdom, an esteemed International Forum functioning under the International Accreditation Service (IAS), USA and a member of International Accreditation Forum, Inc. (IAF).

Signal & Telecommunication Workshop, Podanur is the first among similar Workshops across the Nation including the Railway Workshops to have achieved this remarkable feat. Also, it is the o­nly entity under the Indian Railways to acquire all the Five Certifications integrated to Management System (IMS) such as :

1.Quality Management System - ISO 9001:2015,

2.Environment Management System - ISO 14001:2015,

3.Occupational Health and Safety Management System - ISO 45001:2018,

4.Energy Management System - ISO 500001:2018 and

5.Food safety Management System - ISO 22000:2018

The 62 year old Workshop has evolved as a premier institution in the field of Signaling and Telecommunications by adopting cutting-edge technologies in ensuring safety of train movements and ensuring optimization of line capacity.  The Workshop has achieved several milestones in the field of modernization of Signalling Systems to cater the needs of the ever expanding railway organization.

The Signal & Telecom Workshop of Southern Railway, which was functioning as a small Repair Unit at Golden Rock / Tiruchchirappalli was shifted to Podanur o­n 09.04.1958 with a staff strength of 60.   The major shift in the Workshop’s activities from Repair and Overhauling of the Signal & Telecommunication Equipments to the manufacturing sphere happened over the years from 1968 to 1977 with the expansion of infrastructure and in-house development of new Signalling Products viz. Electrical Signal Machine, Electrical Signal Reverser, SGE Type Double Line Block Instrument, Single Line Token Less Block Instrument, Combined Type GRS 5E Point Machine, etc.  With the manufacturing of vital Signalling Relays, this Workshop became the supplier to the entire Indian Railways.  In the year 1978, this Workshop started production of Electronic Axle Counters and in the year 1995-96, this Workshop started the production of Universal Axle Counters and IRS Rotary Locking Type Point Machine as per the design of RDSO, LUCKNOW.  This Workshop is set to manufacture Single Section Digital Axle Counters and Universal Fail Safe Block Interfaces also.

Integrated Management Systems

An Integrated Management System (IMS) combines all aspects of an organisation's systems, processes and Standards into o­ne smart system. This merger allows a business to streamline its management, save time and increase efficiency by addressing all elements of the management system as a whole.


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159/2021-22 09-06-2021
Green Certifications and implementation of Environment Management System by Indian Railways Ponmalai Workshop and Tiruchchirappalli Station holds Gold rated Green certification

Green Certifications and implementation of Environment Management System by Indian Railways

Ponmalai Workshop and Tiruchchirappalli Station holds Gold rated Green certification

72 Railway stations in Southern Railway hold ISO 14001: 2015 certification

Plastic bottle crushing machine at 30 Railway stations of Southern Railway

MoU signed between Indian Railways and Confederation of Indian Industry in July 2016 for facilitation of Green initiatives o­n IR.  39 Workshops, 7 Production Units, 8 Loco Sheds and o­ne Stores depot have been ‘GreenCo’ certified. These include 2 Platinum, 15 Gold and 18 Silver ratings.

v19 Railway Stations have also achieved Green Certification including 3 Platinum, 6 Gold and 6 Silver ratings.  27 more Railway Buildings, Offices, Campuses and other establishments are also Green certified including 15 Platinum, 9 Gold and 2 Silver ratings.

vIn addition, over 600 Railway Stations have been certified for implementation of the Environment Management System to ISO: 14001 in the last two years. A total of 718 stations have been identified for ISO 14001: 2015 certification.

Southern Railway Workshops & Stations bag GreenCo/ISO Certifications

In Southern Railway, Central Workshop at Ponmalai and Tiruchchirappalli Junction bagged GreenCo Gold Rating Certifications.Dr.PuratchiThalaivar MGR Chennai Central also received GreenCo certification for adopting best environmental-friendly practices.

Golden Rock Workshop (GOC), Trichy has been awarded ‘Certificate of Merit’ in Railway Workshop Category in the National Energy Conservation Award, 2020, conducted by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) [Ministry of Power]. In addition, GOC Workshop has been adjudged as ‘Excellent Energy Unit’ during 21st National Energy Award for excellence in Energy Management, 2020, conducted by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

72 railway stations across Southern Railway have obtained ISO:14001 Certifications that include 19 stations in Chennai Division, 17 stations in Trivandrum, 15 stations in Palakkad Division, 8 stations in Madurai, 7 stations in Tiruchchirappalli and 6 stations in Salem Divisions respectively.

Plastic Bottle Crushing Machine at Stations

IR has taken various initiatives to reduce, recycle and dispose of plastic waste generated in stations in an eco-friendly manner. A comprehensive policy o­n installation of plastic bottle crushing machines (PBCM) at stations was introduced o­n 27 September 2019. A total of 585 PBCM machines have already been installed at more than 400 railway stations and more are in process.

In Southern Railway 34 Nos. of Plastic Bottle Crushing Machines (PBCM) have been installed at 30 railway stations.  In addition, Plastic Bottle Crushing Machine is being developed in-house in Central Workshop/GOC.

Integrated Mechanised Cleaning At Stations

Until 2015, cleaning of different parts of the stations were being done by separate agencies. To make the process more effective, use of machines was gradually encouraged. Further, the integrated mechanised cleaning of selected stations was started to ensure integrated cleaning of all parts of the station with the use of the latest cleaning machines such as high pressure jet cleaners, floor scrubbers etc. 

Mechanized cleaning contracts have been provided at around 950 stations, increasing from around 450 stations in 2014.

  • Use of CCTVs has been intensified for monitoring of cleanliness activities at about 700 stations, increasing from 250 stations in March 2015.
  • From 2015, provision of dustbin started in non AC coaches under mission Swachh Bharat. It has been decided to place a centralised supply contract from the board. Tenders have been opened and bids are under scrutiny for 17,458 dustbins (8,729 coaches). Sanctions are available for 15,000 LHB coaches.

In Southern Railway, of the 72 railway stations identified for obtaining Consent to Operate (CTO), sanction has been accorded for 39 stations.

Further, Automatic Organic waste composting plant is installed at Chengalpattu and at Trivandrum Central railway stations.  Bio-gas plant is provided at Tirunelveli. 2 Nos. composting pits are available at Palakkad and 4 Composting bins are  available at Shoranur.   The total capacity of these Plants is 1750 Kg/day.

Mechanised Cleaning of Coaches & Water Recycling Plants

Mechanised Cleaning of Coaches is being carried out through around 160 coaching depots. Machines like high pressure jet cleaners, floor scrubbers, wet and dry vacuum cleaners, hand held buffing machines, etc. are deployed for the purpose. Exterior cleaning of coaches is done mainly by high pressure jet cleaning machines and large brushes o­n washing lines (pit line) at coaching depots.

In Southern Railway Water/Effluent Recycling Plants are installed at 10 locations and the total capacity of the Plants  is 4320 Kilo litres/day.

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