A gigantic organization like Railways spread over the country has a complex organizational structure with multilevel functioning. Availability of guidelines and instructions pertaining to any function involving operation and maintenance, in a consolidated form is thus vital for ensuring uniformity in working system and practices to achieve optimum productivity.
The Compendium of Instructions regarding policy and other guidelines pertaining to operation and maintenance of Air conditioning & Train Lighting of coaches was last issued in April, 1999. The changing focus of Indian Railways towards Safety, Passenger Comfort and satisfaction has led to re-orientation in approach towards reliability, availability and optimal productivity of assets. As a result a number of initiatives have been taken through various policy directives and guidelines issued in the intervening period since April, 1999.
The present compendium is an effort in the direction of making available various instructions/guidelines/directives comprehensively through a single document by updating and supplementing the previous compendium to make it current up to date.
The objective of making such a document would be served only through wide circulation at all levels in the field so that its accessibility to all the personnel involved in Air Conditioning & Train Lighting coaches can be achieved.
Though all out efforts have been made to make the compendium exhaustive, some circulars or orders might have been missed inadvertently. Such omissions may kindly be brought to the notice of Secretary (Electrical), Railway Board for incorporating it in the future editions.
It is expected that this compendium will give ready reference on policy guidelines to all Zonal Railways and in the field.
Any suggestions to improve the structure of the compendium will be highly appreciated.
( B. M. Lai)
Addl. Member Electrical