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The KR Managing Director, B. Rajaram, told reporters here today that the inspection locomotives would ply on the route every two hours. Intensive patrolling of the railway line passing through tunnels and on bridges would be taken up to detect landslips.
Engineering experts, specially trained to detect landslips, would man the inspection locomotives. Besides six locomotives would be deployed to run ahead of the trains on the route to detect and report soil movement or dangers indicating possible landslips, he said.
Mr. Rajaram said that pilot and inspection locomotives, foot patrols and trains would be in constant touch with one another on cellphones.
He said the KR was contemplating installation of a network of electronic rain gauges and an electronic pendulum system to monitor soil movement along the Konkan route to prevent accidents along the 750 km route.
Sunday's accident was a natural calamity, he said, pointing out that the landslip had occurred in an area known for its geological stability.
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