The Cabinet gave its nod for setting up one circle office of the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety under the civil aviation ministry.
The Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) would deal with various safety aspects.
The Cabinet approval is for creating one circle office of CMRS along with all supporting officers and staff.
An official release said the Cabinet has also allowed assigning of an additional charge of two circles to two existing Commissioners of Railway Safety (CRSs) who would exercise their powers within their existing jurisdiction. However, these circles would not be under the jurisdiction of CMRS, New Delhi.
The post of Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety shall be filled from the cadre of Indian Railway Engineering Services (IRSE, IRSEE, IRSSE, RSME) & IRTS by the Ministry of Civil Aviation through nomination from willing officers from Ministry of Railways in consultation with UPSC, initially according to Recruitment Rules for Commissioner of Railway Safety in the Commission of Railway Safety. The process to fill up the posts shall be initiated within two months.
About the Commission of Railway Safety:
The Commission of Railway Safety working under the administrative control of the Ministry of Civil Aviation (Govt. of India), deals with the matters pertaining to the safety of rail travel and train operation and is charged with certain statutory functions laid down in the Railway Act’1989.
Functions: Functions performed by the organization are inspectorial, investigatory and advisory in nature. The Commission functions according to certain rules framed under the Railways Act and executive instructions issued from time to time. The most important duty of the Commission is to ensure that any new railway line to be opened for passenger traffic should conform to the standard and specifications prescribed by the Ministry of Railways and the new line is safe in all respects for carrying the passenger traffic. This is also applicable to other works such as gauge conversion, doubling of lines and electrification of existing lines etc. The Commission also conducts statutory inquiries into serious train accidents and makes recommendations for improving safety on the railways in India.
CMRS: The CMRS will be administratively under the control of Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety under Ministry of Civil Aviation. With a view to accord priority to passenger safety and also to ensure uniformity in safety certification, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs while enacting the “Metro railways (Operations and Maintenance) Act, 2002”, has assigned similar functions to Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) in respect of Metro Railways.