Report No. 23 of 2014 - Performance Audit on Environment Management in Indian Railways - Workshops, Sheds and Production units Union Government,Railways

Date on which Report Tabled:
Fri 12 Dec, 2014
Date of sending the report to Government
Government Type
Union Department
Transport & Infrastructure


Parliamentary Standing Committee (1997-98) in their Fourteenth Report on Modernisation and Capacity Utilisation of workshops in Indian Railways obsen'ed that working conditions in workshops posed hazards to the health of workers. The Committee recommended efforts to be made to improve working conditions and to create new facilities so that smoke emission and sewage disposal would confirm to environment requirements.

In Indian Railways (IR), there are 432 workshops sheds and six production units. Operation and maintenance of these units cause air, water and noise pollution and generate significant waste. Being a bulk consumer of energy, these units have the potential to conserve energy by adopting energy efficient measures. There was also a high risk of non-compliance with statutory provisions relating to control of pollution and waste management and with the instructions/guidelines issued from time to time by Railway Board (RB).

This report presents the results of the review of "Environment Management in Workshops, Sheds and Production units" which was taken up as a second phase of the audit exercise to assess the performance of IR in addressing the environmental impact of its operations and maintenance activities at workshops, sheds and production units.

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