BRIEF OF CREW MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (CMS) AS ON 01.08.12.

Crew management system is aimed at providing information regarding the main line crew at all times. It shall provide information regarding the presence of crew at home station or out station, maintain their status-wise records and assign crew to the trains. It shall also maintain information regarding the periodic and other rests, Road Learning, Traction Knowledge, Training Scheduling, PME, etc.

Background:-

1.

Effective crew management is essential for efficient train operations. Manual methods for managing crew have resulted in sub optimal solutions, contributing the unbalanced crew links, overbooking of crews and consequent crew fatigue.
 

2.

Different computerized solutions have been tried out in the field in the last few years. Most have resulted in more rational crew booking and reduction in overbooking. For the administration, the computerized systems have resulted in lower overtime cost, while speeding up administrative work and improving the moral of running staff.
 

3.

However, these diverse systems suffer being stand-alone systems. Since, crew is booked across divisional boundaries, benefits of computerization are not fully realized unless all crew-booking lobbies are computerized and linked to each other over a data-network.
 

4.

With the above in view, a decision was taken by Railway Board in 2001 to develop a unified crew management system for Indian railways by taking on the best features of the different systems develop and implemented in the different divisions of the zonal railways. Since, crew management was part of the overall scope of the Freight Operations Information System (FOIS) as provided in the detailed project report (1986), it was proposed to include a unified crew management module in the second revision of the FOIS estimate. However, FC had opined that the crew management system should be taken up as separate work. Therefore, this work is being proposed separately for sanctioned and inclusion in Works Programme, 2005-06.
 

5.

In the year 2004, Railway Board further planned Crew Management could permit more players, provided uniformity is ensured. Crew management applications would also be best developed as centralized applications for standardization and control. For quick implementation of Crew Management, the CAO/FOIS organization, setup for implementation of FOIS project across all the zonal railways, has entrusted Crew Management application on the same pattern as TMS/RMS. CRIS shall be the nodal body to develop and deploy the Crew Management Application.

 


 

SCOPE OF THE SYSTEM

1.

The scope of the proposed Crew Management module is to cover crew booking lobbies for both drivers and guards. The system is sanctioned for 302 major crew lobbies across the Railways.
 

2.

The benefits of the Crew Management module will be:-
a. Better balancing of Crew.
b. Regulation of crew working hrs.
c. Higher crew efficiency.
d. Better planning of crew deployment.
 

3.

The system will be a browser based application with central server architecture. The application will be deployed on a centralized server at CRIS on FOIS network. It will have connectivity to FOIS and train charting applications through a server level messaging service. The CMS application shall be supported on browser based thin clients as well as desktops having browsers at the following activity centers:
a. Lobby
b. Chief Crew Controller
c. Divisional office (office of Sr. DME, Sr. DEE/TRO & Sr. DOM)
d. Divisional control office.
e. Zonal office (office of CME, CEE & COM).
Access to the reports shall be available through rail-net on the existing PC available with (b)-(e).

4.

The application will be interface through a message broker type of application to exchange information between CMS & FOIS, Like:-

 

  • Train departure and arrival times at crew booking point available on FOIS shall be updated to CMS.
  • Particulars of crew like name, designation, Sign ON, Sign OFF time available with CMS shall be updated to FOIS.

Sanction of Railway Board

1)

In Feb’05, the Railway Board was sanctioned Rs. 8.95 crore under Works Programme for the year 2005-06 under item 32 (75) for Crew Management with the target date for completion by March’07 in IRMP (Integrate Railway Modernization Plan).

2)

Railway Board had asked vide letter no. 2005/C&IS/CCMS for IR/WP/2005-06 dtd. 19.01.06 to submit a revised proposal for crew management system by 31.01.06. The revised detailed estimate had been worked out for Rs. 42.07 crore and sent to vetting by Accounts department. The accounts department vetted the revised proposal for Rs. 38.16 crore. The same sent to Railway board for sanction; the Railway Board had sanctioned revised estimates for Crew Management System of Rs. 38.16 crores vide letter no. 2000/C&IS/CCMS for IR/WP/2005-06 dtd. 10.04.06 vide Item no. 79 as per Pink Book 2006-07 (work code – 17421).

3) Railway Board had sanctioned estimate for implement of find phase of crew management system our Indian Railways” Rs. 20 crore vide item no 150 as for pink book 2011-12.

 

OBJECTIVES

i.

Optimum and effective utilization of crew by maintaining inventory of all crews at home stations and at out stations.

ii.

Effective scheduling and assignment of train crew by receiving information of train call and depending upon the type of traction and sections to be covered, assign the most suitable crew.

iii.

Monitoring road learning and training of crew to operate the locomotive of different traction and gauges.

iv.

To server as a tool for controlling payment of the over time and kilometre allowance.

v.

Monitoring of training of staff due for refresher courses and also the staff whose competency certificate is due for renewal.

vi.

Monitor 10 Hrs duty and HOER rules.

vii.

Schedule periodic rests.

viii.

Monitoring of the crew productivity by calculating total hours of duty worked, total kilometers earned by each staff.

ix.

Catering for cases of acts of malingering like late turning up and Leave > 30 days.

x.

Schedule periodic rests.

xi.

Assist in monitoring by the LI /TI of the drivers and appropriately grading of the crew. Schedule periodic rests.

xii.

Server as a tool for upgrading knowledge of the Crew and continuously evaluating their performance.

xiii.

Act as a tool for making the crew lobbies more or less paperless.

TARGET DATE TO COMMISSION:

Earlier Target date is given by Railway Board for the CMS Project is 07th MARCH, 2007. The project has been further extended till 2010 as per railway budget speech of MR for the year 2007-08.

FUND :

Rs. 9 crores are allocated for the financial year 2009-10 by Railway Board for CMS. Earlier, Rs. 14.69 crores Rs. 6.18 crores & Rs. 8 Crores were allocated for the financial year 2009 - 2010 Rs 9.00 crores year 2010-2011- Rs 1.57crores year 2011-2012- Rs 2.0 crores. 2008-09, 2007-08 & 2006-07 respectively.

• MODULES :

 

1. Freight
2. Shunting (including special pilot)
3. Coaching (including DEMU & MEMU on main line)
4. SMS
5. Biometric
6. Quiz for running staff to improve knowledge
7. Others (Abnormality reporting, MIS reporting, OFF line solution etc.)

All these modules cover allowances, booking, caution order, circulars and abnormalities reporting.

 

• Railway-wise list of lobbies sanctioned for CMS:

Rly

Div

No. of lobbies proposed by Railways

No. of lobbies to be considered for Commissioning of CMS.

 

Big

Small

Total

Driver*

Guard*

Crew Chg.**

CR

5

52

20

12

32

7

4

2

ECOR

3

16

1

10

11

--

--

--

ECR

5

31

7

14

21

3

1

--

ER

4

21

7

10

17

2

--

--

NCR

3

14

9

4

13

2

--

--

NER

3

16

5

11

16

1

--

3

NFR

5

19

0

12

12

--

--

--

NR

5

56

20

20

40

1

2

1

NWR

4

18

11

3

14

1

--

--

SCR

6

26

12

8

20

--

--

--

SECR

3

19

9

6

15

--

--

--

SER

4

22

9

7

16

--

--

1

SR

5

65

11

15

26

--

--

--

SWR

3

10

4

4

8

--

--

--

WCR

3

14

11

3

14

1

--

--

WR

6

35

9

18

27

2

1

--

TOTAL

67

434

151

151

302

20

8

7

                   

* Only Driver & only Guard lobbies are not integrated driver and Guard based lobbies respectively.
** Crew Changing points don’t have guard/driver base.

• Progress in:

1.

Software Development:

 

Freight, Coaching, Shunting, Loco Inspector, SMS, Abnormality Reporting, Bio-metric and Quick modules have been developed by CRIS. These modules have been released for field use except Bio-metric module.

2.

Site preparation:

 

302 lobbies (locations) out of 434 have been sanctioned for commissioning of CMS over Indian Railways. The lobbies (locations) earmarked as “Big Lobby” & “Small Lobby” on the basis of their workload i.e. average booking (Sign/on & off) per day of the running staff. Site specification sent to Railways vide letter no. CAO/FOIS/CMS/Site Prep./109(2)/06 dated 19/6/06 & 19/7/06.
 

 

Sanctioned estimate for Civil works, Electrical works & procurement of furniture for site preparation is already advised to Railways vide letter No. CAO/FOIS/CMS/Site Prep./109(2)/06 dated 18/7/06 & 21/7/06. The break up of estimates is as under:

a

Civil works per Big lobby

(Ann.A)

 Rs.57,611/-

b

Electrical works per Big lobby

(Ann.B)

 Rs.59,857/-

c

Furniture per Big lobby

(Ann.C)

 Rs.14,260/-

 

Total Estimate per big lobby

 

Rs.1,31,728/-

d

Civil works per small lobby

(Ann.D)

 Rs.41,842/-

e

Electrical works per Small lobby

(Ann.E)

 Rs.33,918/-

f

Furniture works per Small lobby

(Ann.F)

 Rs.07,130/-

 

Total Estimate per Small lobby

 

Rs.82,890/-

  Estimates for:

 


 

 

Rs.2 crore has been allotted for implementation of telecom works for CMS Project for the year 2007-08. Allotment of funds has been advised to Rlys. vide letter no. CAO/FOIS/98/Tele/CMS/Pt-I dtd. 21.06.07. Funds are available for site preparation work.

3.

Hardware

a)

TSS equipments has been installed at 152 lobbies (including 5 pilot lobbies) over 09 Zones of Indian Railways in phase-I.

b)

 Hardware At 143 Lobbies Of Phase-II has been Installed. 47 Additional Lobbies Commissioned April 2011 To July 2012

4.  More than One lobby at one station/location:

 

Accordingly to Railway Board instructions, there should be only one Integrated lobby at one station. But at following 17 stations, there exists more than one lobby, which is in contradiction to Railway Board instructions.

Rly

Division

Station

No. of Lobbies

Name of lobbies.

CR

BB

LNL

2

LNL GHAT & LNL GOODS

CR

BB

CSTM

2

M/L & T/SHED

CR

BB

PBVL

2

Guard & TRIP SHED

CR

BB/BSL

IGP

3

Ghat, STN & LOCO SHED

CR

PUNE

PUNE

3

STN, GPR DSL SHED,Pune Elect. Shed

SCR

HYB/SC

SC

2

STN

ER

HWH

HWH

2

LOCO SHED & STN

NR

LKO

LKO

2

STN & YARD

NR

MB

MB

2

PASS & GOODS

NR

DLI/AGC

NDLS

2

LOCO (NCR) & GUARD (NR)

NR

FZR

LDH

2

LOCO & GOODS

NR/NER

LKO/BSB

BSB

2

STN

ECOR

WAT

VSKP

2

STN & CHG.

NCR

ALD

ALD

3

ELECT. DSL & GUARD

SECR/CR

NGP

NGP

2

STN

SCR

BZA

BZA

2

PF 1 & PF 7

TOTAL

17

35

 

 

5.1        Advance payment to CRIS:

Rs. 6.24 crore is given to CRIS on 13.02.07. and Rs. 1.26 crores given in      31.3.07; Rs.21.30 lacs on 31.3.08, Rs.16.95 crores and Rs 6.00 Lack have been given to CRIS on 31.03.10 bringing the total advance to CRIS Rs.23,77,30,000.

 

5.2         Rs. 3504580 is given to CRIS on 11.03.2011 Against AMC of center     

          server.

 

6.

Networking
a) CRIS has already been supplied the networking equipments at sites.
 allotted for implementation of telecom works for CMS Project for the year 2007-08. Allotment of funds has been advised to Railway’s vide letter no. CAO/F
b) Rs.2 crores has been OIS/98/Tele/CMS/Pt-I dated 21.06.07.
 

7.

Training:

 

376+170 Core Implementers have been trained at CRIS/NDLS. Rest of the staff will be trained in training centers on SR, SCR, SER, CR & NR at Trichy, MLY, Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi (Shakurbasti) respectively. Training will be imparted by the Core Implementers of respective Zonal Railways at all the Centres/location.
136 core implementers of 9 zonal railways of first phase , 240 core implementers of 10 Zonal Railways of 2nd phase and 170 of all zonal railways ( one day workshop for Core – implementers) have already been trained by CRIS.  Training Labs at Shakurbasti and Mumbai (CR) have been set up and start functioning.  Training labs at MLY (SCR), Kolkata (SECR) and TPJ (SR) yet to come up.

A of CMS project have arranged from 01.06.2012 to 06.06.2012 and from 02.07.2012 to 19.07.2012 at CRIS Complex, Chankyapuri, N. Delhi. In this workshop, modifications, upgradations and provisions made through various versions in CMS project will be demonstrate. So that these Core – Implementers may further spread their learning/ upgraded knowledge to all lobbies

 

CURRENT STATUS:

 

a)

Lump sum amount for Civil & Elect. Works for furniture @ Rs. 1,31,728 for major and Rs. 82,890 for minor lobbies have been sanctioned and intimated to Railway on 19.07.06.
 

 

b)

Rs.2 crores has been allotted and advised to Railways for implementation of telecom works for CMS Project vide letter no. CAO/FOIS/98/Tele/CMS/Pt-I dated 21.06.07.
 

 

c)

136 Core implementers of 9 zonal railways of phase-I, 240 core Implementers of 10 Zonal Railways of phase-II and 170 of all zonal railways ( one day workshop for Core – implementers) have already been trained. Total core implementers were trained 376 + 170 over Indian Railways.

 

d)

Training labs are set up at 5 locations-SSB (NR), MLY (SCR), TPJ (SR), Kolkata (SER) & Mumbai (CR).  Labs at SSB & Mumbai have been setup and get functional.
 

 

e)

Modules of CMS application yet to get stabilized.

 

f)

152 lobbies (including 5 pilot lobbies viz. RTM, BRCY, UJN, GDA & IND)  of phase-I and 190 lobbies of Phase -II have been commissioned in CMS project.
 

 

g)

Lobbies have started using Freight, Shunting, & Coaching Module of CMS Application. More than 45,000 crew 'Sign On' is going on in CMS per day.
 

 

h)

Reasons for non taking off the CMS project are:-

 

 

I.

Software is not yet get established.

 

 

II.

Networking reliability test yet to be done by CRIS.

 

 

III.

Issue of integration of different technologies like Offline solution, Breath Analyzer, Biometric etc. to be resolved by CRIS.

 

 

IV.

Non deployment of man power on 24x7 basis by Railways.

Current milestone achieved with target date:
Sanctioned lobbies  - 302  

342 lobbies have been commissioned by 27.07.12 {152 lobbies (including 5 pilot lobbies) of phase - I and 190 lobbies of phase-II}

Next milestone to be achieved with target date:

 09 lobbies are dropped as ERM (SR) merged with ERS (SR), NJPY (NFR) merged with NJP, HYB merged with SC (SCR) & DKJ shifted to BZA, 05 lobbies are MG/NG on SECR/NER and 01 lobby Moor Market Complex (SR) are Suburban lobbies.
 

Any likely shortfall in achieving current milestone and reasons therefore:

CRIS:
Development of software in all respect is not completed and yet to be stabilized.
FOIS & Rly: Site preparation, networking, deployment of manpower on 24x7 basis and utilization of CMS application.