Chennai Central Railway Station gets a 5000 Litre Drinking Water Vending RO Plant

CHENNAI: A new 5000 Litre Drinking Water Vending RO (Reverse Osmosis) plant was commissioned at Chennai Central today. This new facility was donated to the Railways by the Rajasthani Association of Tamil Nadu as a social cause. This 5000 litre Drinking Water Plant, situated in the new concourse area near Platforms 9, 10 and 11 of Chennai Central will serve the passengers using Chennai Central and will greatly reduce the use of plastic water bottles.

During the occasion, Shri Naveen Gulati, Divisional Railway Manager, Shri K.Manoj Addl Divisional Railway Manager, Shri B.Guganesan, Station Director, Shri S.N.Narain, Divisional Commercial Manager, and Office bearers and members of the Rajasthani Association, viz, Shri Ashok Mehta, Shri CA Rajendra, Shri Suraj Saklecha and Shri Vinod Jain were present.

पश्चिम रेलवे की पहली व्यावसायिक रोल ऑन-रोल ऑफ (रो-रो) सेवा का सूरतकल और करम्बेली के बीच सफल परिचालन

Western Railway’s first Commercial Roll On Roll Off (RO-RO) Service operated between Surathkal and Karambeli – an eco-friendly initiative by WR to check pollution and to reduce fuel consumption & road congestion. प्रदूषण रोकने तथा ईंधन खपत एवं सड़क यातायात सघनता में कमी लाने के उद्देश्य से पश्चिम रेलवे की एक पर्यावरण मित्रवत पहल

मुंबई – पश्चिम रेलवे ने अपनी पहली व्यावसायिक रोल ऑन-रोल ऑफ (रो-रो) सेवा का सफल परिचालन कर एक और महत्त्वपूर्ण उपलब्धि हासिल की है। इस सेवा के परिचालन की शुरुआत 20 सितम्बर, 2018 को कर्नाटक में स्थित कोंकण रेलवे के सूरतकल गुड्स शेड से निकले ऐसे पहले रो-रो रेक का सफ़र शुरू होने के साथ हुई, जो 21 सितम्बर, 2018 को देर शाम गुजरात में वापी के पास स्थित पश्चिम रेलवे के करम्बेली गुड्स शेड में पहुँचा। इस पहले रो-रो रेक में 25 ट्रकों का लदान किया गया, जिसके फलस्वरूप लगभग 1.81 लाख रु. हॉलेज चार्ज वसूला गया। इस रेक में लदे ट्रकों को करम्बेली गुड्स शेड में उतारा जायेगा, जहाँ से फिर नये सिरे से ट्रकों का लदान कर यह सेवा सूरतकल के लिए अपना 290 किमी लम्बा सफ़र शुरू करेगी।

पश्चिम रेलवे के मुख्य जनसम्पर्क अधिकारी श्री रविंद्र भाकर द्वारा जारी प्रेस विज्ञप्ति के अनुसार कोंकण रेलवे कॉर्पोरेशन लिमिटेड से पश्चिम रेलवे को एकप्रस्ताव प्राप्त हुआ था, जिसमें करम्बेली और रोहा के बीच रो-रो सेवाएँ शुरू करने का अनुरोध किया गया था। इस अभिनव सेवा की शुरुआत एक ऐसा अनूठा प्रयासहै, जिसके फलस्वरूप सड़क और रेल के बीच माल सामग्री के निर्बाध परिवहन के साथ-साथ एक पर्यावरण मित्रवत परिवहन प्रणाली सुनिश्चित की जा सके। निकटभविष्य में जब माल यातायात का संचालन पश्चिमी डेडिकेटेड प्रे€ट कोरीडोर के ज़रिये किया जाने लगेगा, तब पश्चिम रेलवे पर और अधिक रो-रो सेवाओं कापरिचालन सम्भव हो सकेगा।

यह सेवा वर्तमान रेल पथ पर चलने वाली भारतीय रेल प्रणाली की अपनी तरह की पहली अल्टीमेट इंटरमोडल ट्रांसपोर्ट सेवा है। पूर्व मेंरो-रो सेवाओं का परिचालन बोईसर तक करने की अनुमति दी गई थी। बाद में कोलाड और करम्बेली के बीच एक ट्रायल सेवा का सफलतापूर्वक परिचालन कियागया। कोंकण रेलवे द्वारा मानक परिवहन क्षमता वाले उन्नत BOXN/BRN वैगनों का उपयोग किया जाता है, क्योंकि रो-रो सेवा के परिचालन में परम्परागतसपाट वैगनों का इस्तेमाल सम्भव नहीं है। उपयोग में लाये जा रहे वैगनों में प्रत्येक वैगन में एक ट्रक का लदान किया जा सकता है। कोंकण रेलवे की सीमा से बाहररो-रो सेवा के व्यावसायिक स्तर पर परिचालन का यह पहला प्रयास है।

प्रारम्भिक चरण में कोंकण रेलवे द्वारा इस सेवा के लिए यातायात जुटाने के प्रयास कियेजायेंगे। रेलवे बोर्ड के अनुदेशों के अनुसार पश्चिम रेलवे पर रो-रो सेवा के परिवहन की रूप रेखा तैयार करने के लिए वरिष्ठ अधिकारियों की एक समिति का गठनकिया गया था। भारतीय रेल प्रणाली के लिए रो-रो सेवाओं का परिचालन एक अभिनव और अनूठी संकल्पना है। सूरतकल से करम्बेली तक परिचालित इस रो-रोसेवा में मुख्य रूप से प्लास्टिक ग्रेन्युल्स, सुपारी, रबड़ लेटेक्स, काजू का तेल तथा मिश्रित स्क्रैप सामग्री का परिवहन किया गया। वापसी यात्रा में भारी माल सामग्रीका परिवहन किया जायेगा।

MUMBAI: The Roll On Roll Off (RO – RO) service on Western Railway has commenced on commercial basis with the first rake starting its journey on 20th September, 2018 from Konkan Rly’s Surathkal goods shed in Karnataka and reached at Western Rly’s Karambeli goods shed in Gujarat on 21st September, 2018, late in the evening. This RO RO rake which consists of 25 trucks loaded, with an approximate haulage charge of Rs.1.81 lakhs. The rake will be unloaded at Karambeli and will again be reloaded with trucks from Karambeli goods shed, covering a total distance of 290 kms.

According to a press release issued by Shri Ravinder Bhakar – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, a proposal was received from Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. (KRCL) for operating Roll on- Roll off services from Karambeli to Roha. This is an attempt for seamless transport of commodities from road to rail and also to provide an environment friendly transportation system. Once the traffic is diverted to Western Dedicated Freight Corridor, W. Rly will generate more capacity to move RO-RO services.

It will be the first of its kind on Indian Railways, the ultimate intermodal transport on the existing track. Earlier, running of RO-RO services was cleared upto Boisar. Later on a trial run was successfully conducted between Kolad to Karambeli.

Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. is utilizing modified BOXN/BRN wagons with standard carrying capacity as conventional type of flat wagons cannot be used for operating RO-RO services. These wagons will accommodate one truck per wagon. This is the first attempt to run RO RO services beyond KRCL. Initially KRCL will attempt to build up traffic.

A committee comprising of Senior Railway Officers was formed to decide the rating of RO-RO traffic on Western Railway, in terms of Railway Board’s guidelines.

The Concept is unique to Indian Railways for running of RO-RO services.The traffic from Surathkal to Karambeli includes plastic granules, Supari, Rubber latex, Cashew oil & Mixed Scrap material. On the return journey heavy goods will be carried.

New Station Building & Foot Over Bridge at Bhadrak inaugurated

BHUBANESWAR: Passenger amenities works including New Station Building and 6 meter wide Foot Over Bridge (FOB) at Bhadrak Railway Station on the Khurda Division of East Coast Railway has been dedicated to the public on 23rdSeptember, 2018 (Sunday) by Hon’ble Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India Shri Jual Oram.

The New Station Building at Bhadrak Station has been completed at a cost of Rupees 6.18 Crores having facilities like Booking Office with Reserved & Unreserved Ticketing System, Passenger Waiting Halls, CTI Office, etc., including Station Platform and circulating area with barricade.

Similarly, 6 meter wide new Foot Over Bridge (FOB) has been completed at a cost of Rs. 3.20 Crores connecting all the Platforms.

Dignitaries Shri Arjun Charan Sethi, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) and Shri Jugal Kishore Pattnaik, Hon’ble MLA were present at Bhadrak Railway Station during the inauguration.

Bayer Garratt Steam Locomotive inches closer to commercial run; trialed on the 22 km Kharagpur-Midnapore main line

On Saturday, it was trialled on the 22 km of the main line in South Eastern Railway between Kharagpur and Midnapore. This 1929-born broad gauge Garratt locomotive is touted as a “mighty beast” by railway enthusiasts and officials alike.

KHARAGPUR: Known as one of the largest and most powerful railway engines in the world in its class, a rare Bayer Garratt steam locomotive has quietly been brought back to life at a workshop in Kharagpur, West Bengal, with four months of work and a little bit of “reverse engineering”. On Saturday, it was trialled on the 22 km of the main line in South Eastern Railway between Kharagpur and Midnapore. This 1929-born broad gauge Garratt locomotive is touted as a “mighty beast” by railway enthusiasts and officials alike. Once commissioned again for commercial runs, Indian Railways will get a shot at another Guinness World Record, officials said.

Invented by Bayer, Peacock and Company in 1907, Garratt engines were a technological revolution in steam engine articulation back in the day. They burnt coal on both sides of the boiler instead of one, providing what can be simply explained as double-barrell power.

The Garratts were a prized possession for railways across the world. The erstwhile Bengal Nagpur Railway had 32 Garrats, while Darjeeling Himalayan Railway had a few, but narrow gauge. In other words, the Garratts espoused tractive power the kind of which was later standardised by diesel and electric engines.

When in service for 40 years in the BNR (later South Eastern Railway), this “N-class” Garratt had the capacity to run at 72 kmph uphill pulling 2,500 tons of load. Its working speed, without load, was 128 kmph on plains. On Saturday, it ran at 30 kmph and indicated to engineers that minor repairs are needed.

It has 24 wheels, with a “4-8-0+0-8-4” arrangement, considered rare as only 26 Garratt engines with this wheel arrangement were manufactured. Weighing 230 tons, the humungous machine carries 10,000 gallons of water and 14 tons of coal. This one has coal fire rendering on both ends with the boiler in the middle. As a result, it runs on both directions, without needing to be reversed.

“It was the heavy haul engine of those times. When it is inducted back, it will be a world record, being the largest, most powerful in the world working in main line,” M S Rangaswamy, who is advising the team in Kharagpur to revive the locomotive, said on Friday. Rangaswamy, a former engineer in Southern Railway, led the team that revived Fairy Queen, the oldest steam locomotive, in 1998. “The Fairy Queen is a toy in front of this Garratt,” he said.

Standing as a display item at the Kharagpur workshop since its retirement 50 years ago, it was revived for a single, ceremonial “heritage run” between Shalimar and Mecheda near Kolkata in 2006. This time, the intent is to commission it as a regular heritage train.

A team of engineers travelled to Delhi’s National Rail Museum earlier this year to take vital parts off another Garratt engine on display. “We replicated those parts. Made the drawings from scratch. Manufactured the brass safety valves,” Kumar said.

P.S.Mishra takes over as new General Manager of South Eastern Railway

KOLKATA: Shri Purnendu S. Mishra assumed the charge of the post of General Manager, South Eastern Railway in the afternoon of 20.09.2018. Prior to this, Shri Mishra was Principal Chief Operations Manager, Western Railway, Mumbai.

Shri P.S.Mishra joined in Indian Railways Traffic Service in 1982. He has acquired vast knowledge and experience in train operations after joining in Indian Railways.

Shri Mishra worked in various capacities viz., Advisor/Safety & Executive Director (Corporate Co-ordination), Railway Board, Divisional Railway Manager/Raipur, South East Central Railway, Chief Transportation Planning Manager, South Eastern Railway.

Apart from this, he worked as Chief Freight Transportation Manager, Chief Transportation Planning Manager and Chief Passenger Transportation Manager both in East Coast & East Central Railways.

Shri Mishra underwent various training programmes in abroad. He is amicable and has keen interest in sports and other social & welfare activities.

Hon’ble MPs of Divisional Committee hold meeting with South Eastern Railway

Shri Ajay Vijayvargiya, General Manager, South.Eastern.Railway addressing at the Divisional Committee Meeting of Hon’ble MPs both from Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha at South Eastern Railway Headquarters, Garden Reach on 20.09.2018.

KOLKATA: The meeting of the Kharagpur & Adra Divisional Committee of Hon’ble Members of Parliament both from Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha under Chairmanship of Sri Ravindra Kumar Pandey, Hon,ble MP was held at South Eastern Railway Headquarters, Garden Reach today (20.09.2018).

The Hon’ble Members of Parliament viz. Sri Prasun Banerjee, Sri Pashupati Nath Singh, Smt. Sajda Ahmad, Sri Bidyut Baran Mahato, Sri Rama Chandra Hansda, Smt. Dev Varma(Moonmoon Sen), Dr. Mriganka Mahato, Sri Soumitra Khan, Smt. Sarojini Hembram, Sri Sunil Kumar Mondal and Smt. Roopa Ganguly attended the meeting and accorded their valuable suggestions for overall development of South Eastern Railway.

Sri Ajay Vijayvargiya, General Manager South Eastern Railway while welcoming the Hon’ble Members of Parliament highlighted the services rendered by South Eastern Railway to its users in respect of passenger amenities, introduction of Mail/Express trains, running of special trains, status of ongoing projects etc. While apprising the Hon’ble MPs, General Manager said that South Eastern Railway carried 150.76 million tonnes of revenue earnings freight in 2017-18 which is 2.05% more than the previous year. In the passenger front, this railway carried 259.62 million passengers which is 0.22% more than the last year. By this tremendous performance both in freight and passengers sectors, South Eastern Railway has been able to generate Rs. 14,824.40 crore in 2017-18 which is 6.34% more than the previous year, thus achieving a net surplus of Rs. 6453.32 crores, as added by General Manager, South Eastern Railway.

The necessity of holding this kind of High Level Meeting is to have direct communication between railway administration and the Hon’ble MPs for exchange of information and innovative ideas to improve amenities, safety and security of the passengers to sustain the confidence of travelling passengers as well as rail users. Hon’ble MPs held discussions on issues associated with new train services, stoppages, extension of trains, passenger facilities, cleanliness, Road Over Bridge, expeditious completion of railway projects, hygienic ambience in station premises etc. for the benefit of the passengers. South Eastern Railway administration has noted down the valuable suggestions and ideas offered by Hon’ble MPs for implementation within the railways competence. The meeting was attended by the Divisional Railway Manager, Kharagpur & Adra and all the Principal Head of the Departments of South Eastern Railway.

Railways beefs up security in view of festivals in state

PATNA: Senior railway officials held a meeting at Hajipur on Friday to review security measures in Maoist-hit areas falling under the jurisdiction of the East Central Railway (ECR) ahead of upcoming festivals in the state.

Railway Protection Force (RPF) commissioner-cum-IG Ravindra Verma took stock of security measures with RPF commandants and senior security officials of all five divisions in view of ensuing festivals, such as Dussehra, Diwali and Chhath in state.

According to ECR Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Rajesh Kumar, the RPF personnel are escorting 125 mail and express trains either originating from or passing through the ECR zone. “The railways has increased the strength of RPF and Railway Protection Special Force in ECR for safeguarding railway property and providing security to passengers on running trains. The Railway Board has sanctioned adequate funds for construction of nine RPF barracks in the state to maintain surveillance in the areas vulnerable to Maoist attacks,” the CPRO added.

He said the RPF personnel rescued 666 minor children from the clutches of human traffickers in the state between January and August this year. “The RPF has also arrested five human traffickers and set up a separate vigilance squad team to keep a tab on the activities of such persons at places like Barauni, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Khagaria, Saharsa and Raxaul,” the CPRO said.

The RPF helpline number 182 extended help to at least 614 passengers, who either sought medical assistance or complained against those misbehaving with women passengers on running trains. Altogether 235 people were arrested by RPF for violating railway rules during journey,” Kumar said.

The RPF personnel had recently recovered stolen railway properties worth around Rs 4.34 crore from different places in ECR zone and arrested 46 criminals. The RPF team also handed over lost luggage to 59 passengers in the first eight months of the current year,” he said.

Altogether 43 touts have been arrested by the RPF personnel from different places in connection with selling fake journey tickets to people during the period. The RPF has booked 3,287 people so far this year for illegally stopping trains by pulling alarm chains.

The RPF has also penalised 8,474 people so far this year for travelling illegally in the women bogies and realised a fine of Rs 27 lakh from them. Altogether 3,933 illegal and unlicensed vendors were caught by the RPF men for selling eatables on railway platforms or on running trains illegally,” the CPRO said.

More Western Railway rakes to get ‘talk back’ system in ladies coaches next year

MUMBAI: Come January and Western Railway (WR) will roll out more rakes with “talk back” system in ladies coaches to help commuters communicate with the train’s crew in case of an emergency.

The talk back system was introduced in two rakes on International Women’s Day (March 8) last year. The system is installed near the windows and above last seats in first-class and second class women’s compartments.

WR General Manager AK Gupta said, “We will install the system in three months. But fitting CCTV coaches in the compartments will take time.” When the button on the system is pressed, commuters can talk to the guard of the train. The guard receives live visual as well as audio messages and s/he can provide assistance at the next station. “This will benefit women commuters in case of security or medical issues,” added Gupta.

CR had earlier experimented with an emergency alarm system, in which pressing a button would alert the guard and the motorman of a “threat’ in the compartment. But the system was done away with as commuters started pressing the button just for fun, delaying trains.

पश्चिम रेलवे के रेल सुरक्षा बल द्वारा सामारोहिक परेड के साथ मनाया गया 34 वाँ स्थापना दिवस

पश्चिम रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक श्री ए. के. गुप्ता रेल सुरक्षा बल के 34 वें स्थापना दिवस के अवसर पर आयोजित मार्चपास्ट की सलामी लेते हुए तथा उल्लेखनीय सेवाओं के लिए पुरस्कार प्रदान करते हुए। तीसरे चित्र में इस मौके पर आयोजित डॉग शो का दृश्य दिखाई दे रहा है।

मुंबई – पश्चिम रेलवे के रेल सुरक्षा बल द्वारा मुंबई के महालक्ष्मी स्थित वेस्टर्न रेलवे स्पोर्ट्स ग्राउंड में 21 सितम्बर, 2018 को आयोजित सामारोहिक परेड के साथ 34 वाँ स्थापना दिवस मनाया गया। इस अवसर पर पश्चिम रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक श्री ए. के. गुप्ता ने रेल सुरक्षा बल की 6 पलटनों द्वारा प्रदर्शित परेड का निरीक्षण किया एवं एवं मार्चपास्ट की सलामी ली। श्री गुप्ता ने उल्लेखनीय सेवाओं के लिए रेल सुरक्षा बल के विभिन्न अधिकारियों और जवानों को पुरस्कार प्रदान किये।

पश्चिम रेलवे के मुख्य जनसम्पर्क अधिकारी श्री रविंद्र भाकर द्वारा जारी प्रेस विज्ञप्ति के अनुसार इस मौके पर बोलते हुए महाप्रबंधक श्री गुप्ता ने रेल सुरक्षा बल की विभिन्न उपलब्धियों की सराहना की तथा आरपीएफ कर्मियों से अपील की कि वे यात्रियों एवं रेल सम्पत्ति से सम्बंधित अपराधों के खिलाफ होने वाले अपराधों की रोकथाम के लिए अधिक सतर्क रहें। अपने सम्बोधन में श्री गुप्ता ने बताया कि सम्पूर्ण पश्चिम रेलवे पर वर्तमान में रेल सुरक्षा बल की 89 चौकियाँ और 49 चैक पोस्ट कार्यरत हैं। उन्होंने बताया कि पिछले वर्ष रेल सुरक्षा बल द्वारा पश्चिम रेलवे पर 66 महिलाओं, 187 नाबालिग लड़कियों और 562 अनाथ बच्चों को पुनः उनके परिवारों/स्वयंसेवी संगठनों को सौंपने में बहुत महत्त्वपूर्ण भूमिका अदा की गई। साथ ही फटका गैंग के 96 सदस्यों को पकड़ा गया और रेल यात्रियों के 407 चुराये गये सामानों को लौटाया गया।

इनके अलावा मानव तस्करी के 5 मामले और चोरी के 50 मामलों में आरोपियों को पकड़ा गया तथा 1.58 करोड़ रु. मूल्य की कीमती वस्तुएँ बरामद की गईं, जिन्हें उनके मूल मालिकों को लौटाया गया। सामारोहिक परेड के पश्चात रेल सुरक्षा बल के प्रशिक्षित श्वान दस्ते द्वारा आकर्षक डॉग शो और विभिन्न कलाकारों द्वारा सांस्कृतिक कार्यक्रम भी प्रस्तुत किये गये। इस अवसर पर पश्चिम रेलवे के प्रधान मुख्य सुरक्षा आयुक्त श्री ए. के. सिंह और अन्य वरिष्ठ रेल अधिकारी भी मौजूद थे। समारोह के अंत में महाप्रबंधक श्री गुप्ता ने उपस्थित मीडिया प्रतिनिधियों के साथ विभिन्न महत्त्वपूर्ण मुद्दों पर चर्चा भी की।

Western Railway’s Railway Protection Force celebrated its 34th Raising Day on 21st September 2018, with a Parade at WR Sports Ground at Mahalaxmi, Mumbai. Shri A K Gupta – General Manager, Western Railway received the guard of honour, by inspecting the Parade of 6 platoons of RPF. Shri Gupta presented various awards to the awardees in recognition to their meritorious service.

According to a press release issued by Shri Ravinder Bhakar – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, addressing on the occasion of the raising day, GM Shri Gupta urged the Railway Protection Force personnel to be more vigilant to eliminate crimes against passenger and railway properties and applauded the various achievements of RPF. Shri Gupta in his message informed that there are 89 posts & 49 checkposts of RPF over W. Rly. He apprised that in the last year, RPF force was instrumental in rescuing 66 ladies, 187 minor girls & 562 orphan children and handed them over to their families / NGOs.

Also, 96 Phatka gang members were caught, 407 stolen luggage of passengers were returned, five human trafficking cases and 50 theft cases including valuable items costing Rs.1.58 crores were returned. The parade was followed by a dog show performed by the RPF Dog Squad and other cultural programmes. Shri A K Singh, CSC and other senior officers were present at this occasion. The programme was winded up after a brief media interaction by GM.

Northeast Frontier Railway revises porterage charge at station

MALIGAON: As per instructions issued by Railway Board, N.F. Railway has revised the charges of porterage in Railway stations charged by the Sahayaks w.e.f. 15.09.2018. Accordingly, the new rate for carry of luggage by Sahayaks upto 40 Kgs per head will be Rs. 80/-. Rate for use of wheel chair / stretcher will be Rs. 100/- and rate for carriage of luggage by trolley will be Rs.150/-.

It may be mentioned here that the porterage charges were last revised in 2012. It may be mentioned that the economic and living conditions of the Sahayaks were a matter for concern and new rate is expected to be beneficial for the Sahayaks. Railway has also been constructing sheds for Sahayaks around the station complex of big stations so that they can take adequate rest after performing work. The realistic revision of the porterage charge is expected to curb overcharging by a section of the Sahayaks. Passengers too have been requested to pay only as per the approved rates and to avail the service of the licensed Sahayaks only.

South Western Railway to extend partially cancelled trains on Sakleshpur-Subrahmanya Road

MANGALURU: South Western Railway (SWR) has decided to extend following partially cancelled trains up to Sakleshpur due to restoration work of landslide on Sakleshpur-Subrahmanya Road Ghat section of Mysuru division.

Train 16575 Yesvantpur – Mangaluru junction express commencing journey from Yesvantpur on September 23, 25 and 27 will be partially cancelled between Sakleshpur – Mangaluru junction; train 16515 Yesvantpur – Karwar Express commencing journey from Yesvantpur on September 24, 26 and 28 will be partially cancelled between Sakleshpur – Karwar; train 16576 Mangaluru junction – Yesvantpur express commencing journey from Mangaluru junction on September 24; 26 and 28 will be partially cancelled between Mangaluru junction – Sakleshpur; and train 16516 Karwar – Yesvantpur Express commencing journey from Karwar on September 25, 27 and 29 will be partially cancelled between Karwar – Sakleshpur, Mysuru divisional authorities stated.

TRAINS TO BE CANCELLED REGULATED ON SEPT 23

It has been decided to operate integrated mega block for engineering and railway electrification work between Karwar-Thokur sections on September 23. Accordingly, the following trains will be cancelled/regulated/re-scheduled:

The train cancelled is 22636/22635 Mangaluru Central-Madgaon–Mangaluru Central inter-city express. Train rescheduled is 12620 Mangaluru Central–Kurla terminus Matsyagandha Express that will depart at 3.15pm, 145 minutes behind schedule.

The trains regulated are 56641 Madgaon–Mangaluru Central Passenger for 60 minutes at Ankola railway station; train 12617 Ernakulam-Nizamuddin Mangala Lakshdweep express by 20 minutes at Thokur, train 22634 Nizamuddin-Thiruvananthapuram express by 45 minutes at Kundapur railway station; and train 02198 Jabalpur-Coimbatore special train by 70 minutes at Ankola railway station.

Art camp brings Myusru Railway Station alive in many hues

MYSURU: In the state capital, Bengaluru, railway and bus terminals being transformed into centres of art has become par for the course. At a time when both state and central government agencies are making a concerted effort to bridge the spatial gap between the two cities, it now appears as if Mysuru is keen on keeping step with the huge cultural strides that Bengaluru has made. The Mysuru City Railway Station on Friday came to life in many a different hue with artists of various strains descending on the terminal as part of the Mysuru Support and Appreciation For Art and Railways (MSAFAR)-2018 initiative undertaken by the city-based Gallery Alternative, in association with the Mysuru division of South Western Railway (SWR).

As part of the initiative, renowned artists from across the state arrived at the station, and the colours that they splashed on canvas depicted the multitudinous connections that Indian people had forged with the trains, and the railway lines that crisscross the country.

The camp was organised to promote art in public spaces, coupled with the aim of demystifying it. It was also meant to provide a platform to contemporary artists, seeking to expand the dimensions of visual art.

Greeted with trepidation by the Indians when the British Colonial masters first introduced them, trains have since shed become an invariable part of our life, both practically and culturally. The sight of a train chugging past more often than not transports one to his or her childhood, while in the kids themselves, it inspires a sense of innocent awe.

As many as 24 artists turned the whole of the Mysuru railway station into a canvas of concrete and stone, and the colours from their palate brought forth memories of train rides past.

SWR Mysuru division manager Aparna Garg said that Mysuru was the best city to hold an art camp. “This art camp is symbolic of our division’s support to art and culture,”Aparna told.

Karnataka Lalitha Kala Academy member Mohammed Aayazunddin Patel, who was one of the painters present at the station on Friday, said that he had travelled to Mysuru after two decades just to be a part of this artistic endeavor. “This first-of-its-kind arts camp has provided a platform for many artists to express their ideas about a railway journey. This experiment should not be confined just to railways, but all other departments, whether it is police or air travel, paintings must have a prominent presence in the society,” Aayazunddin Patel told.

A native of Kalaburagi, Aayazunddin Patel is the recipient of numerous honours. In what was, well and truly, a journey through time on trains, his painting depicted people drawing steam engines – those smoke-billowing relics of a simpler time – on to railway tracks. Ruing the gradual disappearance of steam engines on railway tracks, he said, “Petrol and diesel engines have resulted in steam engines being forgotten. These paintings will rekindle memories of those times.”

President of Gallery Alternative Azmi Khan told TOI that train jounryes blurred the fault lines in the society, and brought all the disparate classes together. “The rich, poor and political leaders – all of them travel by train. And I have tried to depict a bird’s eye view of a railway journey,” Khan said.

Meanwhile, K Suresh, a Mysuru resident, sought to portray the bond that develops among people along the course of a railway journey, while H Shivakumar painted children forming themselves into a train.

The art camp was inaugurated by Karnataka Lalithakala Academy chairperson MJ Kamalalakshmi. “Painting helps increase concentration more than meditation,” she said.

Head of the department of the history of art at CAVA Vijay Rao called on Railways to extend Reservation benefits to artists, along the lines of sports quota.

Highspeed Railway opens between Chinese Mainland and Hong Kong on Sunday

A passenger takes a selfie with G5711, the first high-speed train from Shenzhen to Hong Kong, at Shenzhen North Railway Station in Shenzhen City, south China’s Guangdong Province, Sept. 23, 2018. G5711 train left Shenzhen North Railway Station at 6:44 Beijing Time on Sunday (1044 GMT Saturday) for West Kowloon Station in Hong Kong, marking the opening of the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High-speed Railway and that of the whole Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High-speed Railway.

BEIJING: The first high-speed train linking Hong Kong Special Administrative Region with the Chinese mainland left Hong Kong West Kowloon Station at 7 am on Sunday heading for Shenzhen North Railway Station in South China’s Guangdong Province, marking the official opening of the whole Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High-speed Railway.

On the mainland side, two trains also left from Shenzhen and Guangzhou to Hong Kong at 6:44 am and 6:48 am on Sunday. On the inaugural day, a total of 95 bullet trains will be operating on the line, including 13 pairs of long-distance trains, said the China Railway Corp (CRC). During the initial operation period, CRC will arrange the number of trains based on traffic demand, with up to 127 pairs of trains in daily service on peak days.

The 141-kilometer Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High-speed Railway, which includes a 26-kilometer Hong Kong line and a 115-kilometer line in the mainland, is also an important part of Hong Kong’s connection to China’s 25,000-kilometer high-speed railway network.

The opening of the railway section will enable trains departing from Hong Kong to directly travel to 44 stations in the mainland, including Beijing, Shanghai, Shijiazhuang, capital of North China’s Hebei Province, Zhengzhou, capital of Central China’s Henan Province, Wuhan, capital of Central China’s Hubei Province, Fuzhou and Xiamen in East China’s Fujian Province, according to the report.

It will only take about 14 minutes to depart from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station to Shenzhen Futian Railway Station, and 47 minutes to Guangzhou South Railway Station. The travel time from Hong Kong to Beijing West Railway Station will be eight hours and 56 minutes.

Industry observers have expected the launch of the rail line will promote the cooperation between the special administrative region and the mainland in many areas and drive the region’s economic development.

Bhopal’s Habibganj Set To Be Redeveloped Into World Class Railway Station Along Lines Of Germany’s Heidelberg

HABIBGANJ: Following the completion of the redevelopment of Habibganj railway station, it will be the first in the country to be developed along the lines of Germany’s Heidelberg reports The Press Trust of India.

This reconstruction is being carried by the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC), a special purpose vehicle (SPV) of the railway ministry, along with Bansal Pathways Habibganj Private Ltd. has been roped in for the works.

On Friday (21 September), Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal expressed his satisfaction with the pace of work, especially the two subways that have come up. He said that the station would soon become a model for the country and the ministry plans to develop 400 stations into world-class ones. This information was revealed by West Central Railway (WCR) Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Priyanka Dixit.

The project is reported to be carried out in two phases, of which the first phase will cost Rs 100 crore, and the deadline is July 2019. The second phase deals with the commercial development of the station area at an estimated cost of Rs 347 crore.

According to reports, after completion of the second phase Habibganj station will have a trade centre, service apartments, hospital, luxury hotels and a convention centre which will be built over a 13 lakh square feet area.

The project to build world class railway stations was revived in 2015 when Suresh Prabhu was the railway minister. Railways owns about 4.76 lakh hectares of land and is the country’s second most prominent land-owner after the Defence ministry.

IRSDC also plans to redevelop Chandigarh, Delhi’s Bijwasan and Anand Vihar, as well as Pune’s Shivajinagar railway station along similar lines.

34th RPF Raising Day: Women RPF Constable Platoons Parade held at Secunderabad

SECUNDERABAD: Railway Protection Force (RPF) celebrated its 34th Raising Day at a colorful function  organized at RPF Training Centre, Moula-Ali, Hyderabad today i.e., (21st September 2018).  The Raising Day is celebrated to commemorate the conferring of Armed Force status on Railway Protection Force on par with the other Paramilitary forces of the Union of India on 20th September, 1985.

Sri Sanjay Sankrityayan, in his address congratulated the Lady Constables who participated in the parade and also praised the courage, determination and commitment displayed by them. He further exhorted them to take lead and prove themselves in every field of work and to be more courteous and polite while dealing with the passengers.

Sri A.N.Sinha, Director, RPF Training Centre, Moula-Ali welcomed all the dignitaries and guests on the occasion of the Raising Day Celebrations. In his address he briefed about the evolution of Railway Protection Force since its inception to its present days status, also emphasized on the changing role of RPF in the present security scenario and about the role being played by RPF Training Centre towards imparting qualitative training to the staff in this aspect.

06 Platoons consisting of 126 Lady Constables of RPF took part in the 34th Raising Day parade conducted at Railway Protection Force Training Centre, Moula-Ali which was the main attraction of the parade. In spite of the inclement weather these Lady Constables have shown their grit and determination and put up an impressive march past in front of Sri Sanjay Sankrityayan, Principal Chief Security Commissioner, RPF, South Central Railway graced as the Chief Guest of the function. Shri G.M.Eswara Rao, Chief Security Commissioner, and other RPF Officers both serving and retired, Trainees and RPF family members were also present.

Kannur Railway Station development to gather pace

KANNUR: Railway officials have said that the Southern Railway will take all measures to accelerate the ongoing developmental work at the Kannur railway station amid concerns over alleged sluggish pace of the work.

After a meeting with P.K. Sreemathy, MP, here on Saturday, Pratap Singh Shami, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Southern Railway’s Palakkad Division, said that the works of the fourth and fifth platform would begin soon after clearing technical issues linked with the shifting of the pipes of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. The bid has been finalised and the work awarded, he said adding that the work would start after the shifting of the pipeline.

Mr. Shami, who was here as part of a function in connection with the Swachh Bharat Mission Fortnight, said that a couple of lifts and escalators would also be installed along with the new foot overbridge at the southern end of the platform. He also said that the new main building of the railway station would be opened by December 25 as a Christmas and New Year gift. Ms. Sreemathy said that the Railway officials promised that the subway connecting platform 1 to platforms 2 and 3 would be completed and inaugurated before November 1. The present delay was caused by some technical glitch, she said adding that it was solved. She also said that the work on toilets at platforms 2 and 3 was also progressing. The Railway authorities also agreed to address the poor condition of railway staff quarters, she said adding that 48 family quarters would be opened soon.

The DRM said that though the proposal to start MEMU service in the Palakkad-Mangaluru stretch is under consideration by replacing the existing passenger train services, it would be taken up only after the new rakes are sanctioned. He flagged off the Swachh Bharat Mission Fortnight here.

PM Modi lays Foundation Stone for Bilaspur-Annupur Railway Line

RAIPUR: : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid foundation stone for Bilaspur-Annupur railway line and several highway projects in Chhattisgarh. PM Modi inaugurated two projects of National Highway Authority of India in Chhattisgarh. These are four lane roads between Bilaspur-Pathrapali and Sargaon-Bilaspur. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal and Union Minister of State for Steel Vishnu Deo Sai were present during the inauguration programme.

Railways takes up 1.2km Parsik Tunnel stretch for repair

THANE: The Central Railway (CR) has undertaken urgent repair works of the 1.2 km-long Parsik tunnel between Thane and Diva on the fast corridor following complaints of continuous leakages inside the structure, which could possibly weaken it and damage the overhead wires.

A railway official said the leakage of water inside the tunnel was posing a huge problem and accordingly an expert team from the Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, Rourkela, was deployed that suggested filling the cracks with a special solvent that could plug the leaks.

Accordingly, several night blocks have been scheduled so as to plug all the cracks and source of leakages in the structure of the arched tunnel, which was built over a century ago on the fast corridor.

“A special solvent is being used by railway engineers to ensure the cracks are sealed and possible leakages plugged. The team first drills holes in the walls of the tunnel and uses resin-bound chemical grout at select spots, which will aid in preventing leakage. The leakage in the tunnel used to cause a lot of damage to the overhead equipment and also to the ancillary infrastructure,” said a senior railway official.

As the Thane-Diva stretch is a busy corridor, the railway engineers have to execute the work at night after the last trains depart from the lines. The work was started recently and will be completed by the end of this year, said an official.

Two years ago, the structure had witnessed major faults thanks to the rampant encorachments above the hills.

Despite the Thane Municipal Corporation taking primary action, the issue of leakage persisted following which the railways undertook this urgent repair work.

Railways to roll out ‘Smart Coaches’ soon

100 new such coaches are to be rolled out! The state-of-the-art coach has been built on LHB platform and has vibration-based self-power harvesting sensor on the axle box, which will predict the defects on the bearings, wheel defects and hard spot (defects) on the track.

NEW DELHI: Indian Railways has built a new “Smart Coach” having several new features. The newly turned out smart coach built indigenously under the make in India Initiative equipped with the latest state of art technology in the field. 100 new such coaches are to be rolled out in the near future. Soon, railway coaches will be as ‘smart’ as metro trains. These trains will be equipped with modern technologies like Artificial Intelligence to enhance the security of passengers and improve train efficiency. First such state-of-the-art coach was unveiled at the Modern Coach Factory in Raebareli on Tuesday, and the Railways plans to make 100 such trains as a pilot project. Called ‘Smart Trains’, these coaches will have sensors that can detect defects on bearings, wheels and railway track, giving authorities constant feedback. Early detection of these faults will enable Railways to plan maintenance in advance, and avoid accidents, which will boost train efficiency. Besides, the modern infotainment system installed in it will enable you to locate train in real time. Artificial Intelligence-powered CCTVs would help officials keep a tab on any untoward incident. People will also be able to communicate with the railway staff regarding any assistance.

The state-of-the-art coach is equipped with modern sensors and centralised computer to monitor the status of all sensors through a single window. It has been built on LHB platform and has vibration-based self-power harvesting sensor on the axle box, which will predict the defects on the bearings, wheel defects and hard spot (defects) on the track.

“Basically, we made this coach intelligent, which means we turn it into a coach that can sense passengers’ requirements, react according to that. Similarly, this coach will alert authorities on maintenance, safety and security front too. The black box installed in the coach would ensure all these things are constantly being monitored. This infotainment system will not only provide analytics-based passenger information, entertainment facilities like Wi-Fi but will also keep air conditioning and water levels at a check,” Rajesh Agarwal, General Manager, Modern Coach Factory, said.

The Central Processing Unit, known as ‘PICCU’ (Passenger Information and Coach Computing Unit), an industrial grade computer has been provided with GSM network and will primarily monitor the important area of coach maintenance and passenger interface. The passenger information system will inform the passengers about the current location of the train and also the expected time of arrival at the next station. This system can also show the speed of the train, the statement said.

Arun Arora, Principal CME, Railways, said: “This is an age of the smart device. Form mobile phones to music systems, everything is smart these days. We have tried to leverage on this technology. We hope to soon install it in the Kaifiyat Express.”

CCTV with artificial intelligence capability will enhance the security of the passengers and also monitor the behaviour and activities of on board railway staff. “The footage will also help in an investigation into any untoward incident during the journey and identifying the culprits and indirect intervention from a remote control centre,” the ministry said. The coach is also provided with the emergency talk back system for communication between the passengers (especially woman and child) and the guard of the train so that necessary assistance can be provided. It also has Wi-fi hot spot information system. An additional cost of all systems/all equipment will be approximately Rs 12-14 lakh, which can be recovered in a year or so, the ministry said.

A pilot project is being launched to turn out a minimum 100 more smart coaches to gain experience and validate. “Once these sensors will be installed in these coaches, we will monitor them in trials and see if any modification is required,” said Arora.

Equipped with state of the art sensors

Modern Coach Factory, Raebareli has turned out a smart Coach No.18155 LACCN. This coach is on LHB platform and equipped with state of the art sensors and centralized computer to monitor the status of all sensors through a single window.

Coach diagnostic system

The Energy harvester based sensor monitors the condition of wheel, bearing and hard spots on the Track. The same is fed to the data concentrator and transmitted via GPS/GPRS to a remote server. The data can be used for diagnosis.

Surveillance & security

6 cameras fitted on the coach give live recording. With PICCU footage can be accessed from control centre itself.

WLI [water level indicator]

A SMS shall be sent to the next watering station when the water level falls below half. This can be programmed at the base monitoring unit [Coaching Depot].

Digital destination board

Automated GPS based announcement triggers from PICCU using pre-recorded voice segments regarding speed of train, next station name, distance remaining, expected time of arrival, delay and safety messages.

WI-FI infotainment system& emergency talk back

Passengers can view Movies, Songs, Videos, Play Games and also view journey progression on their handhelds using mobile based Application.

Further improvements planned in Version 2.0

i) HVACItem being proposed are HEPA filter Clogged filter indicator, Air quality index Particulate pollution PM 10, PM 2.5CO2, SO2 level monitoring, Electrostatic filter, UV filter power consumption compressor cycle monitoring Fresh air monitoring.

ii) Video analytics with face detection feature & unusual occurrence feature.Fire and smoke detection unit with integration to PICCU, PA/PIS system for emergency evacuation.

iii) Energy metering module to measure the energy consumption of coach.iv) Integration of WSP of M/s Knorr and M/s Faiveley.v) Toilet occupancy status.

vi) Logging of passenger’s need/complaint.

RITES gains 5% on additional contract of Rs.436 Crore from Indian Railways

MUMBAI: Shares of RITES gained 5.6 percent intraday Wednesday as company won an additional contract of Rs 436 crore.

It has touched an intraday high of Rs 261.40 and an intraday low of Rs 252.90.

The company has been executing a project of Indian Railways for setting up of wagon workshop at Dalmianagar for which the initial contract cost was Rs 89 crore.

The enhanced scope and revision in estimates has resulted in additional contract value of Rs 436 crore.

The work is scheduled to be started in the last quarter of this financial year.

This project is a turnkey work being done on fixed fee basis by RITES.

At 10:32 hrs RITES was quoting at Rs 254.35, up Rs 6.40, or 2.58 percent on the BSE.

The share touched its 52-week high Rs 326.55 and 52-week low Rs 185.00 on 17 August, 2018 and 30 June, 2018, respectively.

Currently, it is trading 22.06 percent below its 52-week high and 37.57 percent above its 52-week low.

National Board for Wildlife directs Railways to justify Hubbali-Ankola line to Karnataka

HUBBALI: The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has directed Railways to justify the construction of the Hubbali (SWR) – Ankola (Karwar Division/KRCL) railway line in Karnataka through the ecologically fragile Western Ghats and asked it to first get clearance from the state wildlife board while deferring a decision on the proposal. The 165-kms proposed railway line that requires diversion of 595 hectares of forest has already been rejected by the NBWL, but Railways once again requested the NBWL standing committee to consider the project, sources said.

A site inspection report of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), Wildlife Institute of India, and Karnataka forest department flagged major reservations before NBWL about the project. The joint inspection report told NBWL that the railway line passes through tiger as well as elephant corridors that help the wild animals traverse the Western Ghat landscape and migrate between habitats. The railway line will affect the Bhadra tiger reserve – Kali tiger reserve tiger corridor, Dharwad elephant corridor, and Yellapura elephant corridor.

The report pointed out that the corridor also connects to Goa in the north through a contiguous forest habitat. Further, it was flagged that the existing railways lines of Miraj-Londa and Hospet-Tinnaighat that pass through the Ghats have witnessed several instances of elephant mortality. In earlier meetings, it also stressed that the proposed railway line would have significant negative impact on long-term conservation of tigers and mega herbivores in the Western Ghats landscape by fragmenting existing habitat connectivity and contiguity.

In light of the reservations placed before NBWL during a meeting on September 7, which also included Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, the Railways was asked to review the project.

Connecting Karwar port to this railway line is one of the chief objectives of the project, the South Western Railway has said in the past. The line, railways had said, would establish one more link to Vasco and Mangalore ports through Konkan railway route and meet future requirement of freight traffic of the area.

Why Railways’ largest Recruitment drive may fail to address Passenger Safety concerns

The Indian Railways have accelerated activities at filling up 90,000 vacancies in the “safety category”.

NEW DELHI: While Chairman Railway Board (CRB) Ashwani Lohani was recently seen expounding on plans to scale up operations in terms of technology upgrade at the Inno-Trans rail exhibition at Berlin, the Indian Railways have accelerated activities at filling up 90,000 vacancies in the “safety category” – billed as the “world’s biggest recruitment exercise”. In political terms, the state-owned transporter’s emphasis on jobs in the run up to the country’s national elections in 2019 does seem to make political sense. But, do these recruitment contribute towards improving passenger safety?

Let this be said upfront: In certain categories – including Loco Pilots, Assistant Loco Pilots, Diesel Assistants or Gangmen – the Railways have remained critically short of manpower. But the question remains what happened to the “right sizing” strategies of the Indian Railways?

In this year’s first quarter, the transporter logged an Operating Ratio (ratio of paisa spent against every rupee earned) of 115.50 per cent. This means that for every rupee earned, it spent 115.50 paisa. The scenario, last year, had only been slightly better – with an OR of 104 per cent. Days before the budget presentation, the Railways managed to secure an advance of Rs.7,000 crore from two Public Sector Undertakings to balance the account books and show an OR of 98.5 per cent.

The financial burden of the Railways has been growing. Ahead of the festive Dussehra season, the transporter will need to provide a productivity-linked bonus to employees which is estimated to cost approximately Rs. 2000 crore. Plans of the Indian Railways to electrify 100 per cent of the Broad-Gauge routes is estimated to come at a huge cost. Needless to be say the financial load will eventually get passed on the consumers (passengers and movers of freight).

The trouble with the recruitment plan is the organisation’s financial burden will get substantially enhanced, and passenger safety issues will remain inadequately addressed. Vacancies in the safety category do need to be urgently filled up to a degree. At the same time, modernisation and technology upgrade need to be addressed.

Plans of the Indian Railways to install the Train Protection Warning Systems (TPWS) have proceeded in past years at a snail’s pace. Rail track flaw detection devices have not been procured in adequate numbers. Only a few simulators for training of loco pilots are available.

It is understandable that hugely capital-intensive projects such as these cannot be implemented at one go. The problem is the rail officialdom talks modernisation at conferences and board room meetings but persists with age-old and outdated labour-oriented approach in practice.

Musical Chairs

A game of musical chairs is happening in the Railway Ministry’s Information and Publicity wing. Months before his retirement, a senior officer managing the ministry’s media cell was transferred out. The officer’s successor lasted barely a few months; as the position is now held by another officer of the Additional Director General rank. At the same time, the task of Information Publicity was being handled by two officers of Director rank on one occasion. One of the Directors was subsequently shifted out. And now, the Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of the New Delhi-based Northern Railways has also been removed. All these transfers have happened in the last six months alone.

Vacant Top Spots

One-and-a-half months after it fell vacant, the post of Member (Rolling Stock) in the Railway Board remains vacant. Important positions of General Managers have also remained unoccupied in seven zones.

“Besides an administrative deficiency affecting important decisions, the delay in appointing the Member Rolling Stock is causing personal injustice to those in line for elevation,” AK Gupta, General Manager of the South Western Railways said in his September 17 letter to Railways Minister Piyush Goyal.

Vacancy positions, according to usual practice, are deliberated and decided upon in advance to ensure that the successor takes charge on the day of the retirement of the officer.

In the absence of a Member Rolling Stock, contrary views or technical inputs on the 100 per cent electrification plan are not available. “Rather strange that the Railways should proceed with a significant policy decision without taking into account a contrary view,” remarked an official.

System based on Radio Waves: Railways to test European Signalling System

The railways has already tested the ETCS level 1 on 342 km (Agra-Delhi, 200 km; Chennai suburban railway, 117 km; and Kolkata’s Metro Railway, 25 km). Now the 850-km route between Mathura and Vadodara is opted to test the European Train Control System.

NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways has selected the 850-km route between Mathura and Vadodara to test the European Train Control System (ETCS) level 2, as part of the transporter’s plan to modernise the entire signalling system on its network to enhance safety, a key focus area. Installations for the test will cost the railways more than Rs 2,000 crore.

The railways has already tested the ETCS level 1 on 342 km (Agra-Delhi, 200 km; Chennai suburban railway, 117 km; and Kolkata’s Metro Railway, 25 km), wherein locomotives are fitted with screens that receive intermittent messages about signals ahead through track-side devices. This mitigates the risk of locomotive pilot’s error of running over signals due to fog or human error, or over-speeding as the locomotive comes to a halt upon making an error.

In level 2, messages are conveyed continuously to the screen fitted on-board a locomotive through radio waves. According to a railway official, the per km cost of implementing the ETCS level 2 is 30% higher compared with the ETCS level 1.

Testing of the level 2 is part of the railways’ Rs 78,000-crore plan to change the signalling system across its 66,000 route km. Railway minister Piyush Goyal had backed the idea after taking over last year, and had advocated to implement the system in one go across the network.

However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reportedly turned down the plan as the system was untested in the country and had asked to test in few sections before deciding on pan-India implementation.

“Since a lot of money was involved, directions were given that the railways should begin the trial with a busy section. So, we have decided to pilot this between Mathura and Vadodara, which is a Rajdhani Express route and is quite busy. We chose this section over the Mughalsarai section as there are some works going on, such as modification of yards in that section. This (Mathura-Vadodara) section has less construction activity,” said the railway official.

Since the cost of the project is more than Rs 1,000 crore, the railways will require a Cabinet approval. However, before approaching the Cabinet, it will be cleared by the Railway Board and then the NITI Aayog and the finance ministry will take a view. The railway is likely to finanlise the proposal soon and approach the Cabinet.

While the ETCS level 1 system was fitted in 35 locomotives, ETCS level 2 will be tested in more number of locomotives as the distance between Mathura and Vadodara is 850 km, compared with Delhi and Agra, which is 200 kms, said the official.

The ETCS level 1 was implemented by Ansaldo STS, a Hitachi group company. “For ETCS 1, the annual maintenance contract (AMC) is with Ansaldo because the initial contract had provisions for three years and then has to be renewed. Though we are parallelly trying to develop the skill to repair the system in case of faults, spares will have to be bought from the service provider through its manufacturing unit in India,” said the official.

Other companies having the technology include Siemens, Thales, Alstom, Bombarider and Memec group. The AMC charge is around 3-5% of the initial contract size per year. The AMC for ETCS level 2 will also be with the implementing agency for three years.

The railways is also testing homegrown Train Collision Avoidance System in a 250-km stretch in the South Central Railway.

To improve performance, Indian Railways must streamline the flow of Traffic: G Raghuram, Director/IIM-Bangalore

While I agree with the general spirit of the recent recommendations made by the CAG on the Indian Railways, I believe the report has missed a few salient points, which many of the operating railway officers themselves would be aware of. Examining the principle of streamlining flow of traffic, detentions of trains are often caused due to cross movements on tracks and having to negotiate slow turnouts from one track to the other.

BANGALORE: I must commend the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India for auditing the Indian railways’ station line capacity. Attention to the issue is very well placed since passenger train operations form a significant and growing part of this great economic engine of the country. In my view, stations, terminals and junctions are greater bottlenecks to throughput than the “line capacity” of the Indian Railways (IR).

The CAG report studies 15 major stations, focuses attention on the primary symptom of pre-station detentions (unscheduled stoppage of trains because of inadequate infrastructure at the scheduled stop). It also examines the growth in infrastructure versus the growth in number of trains, highlights the inadequacy in growth of infrastructure and proposes a set of seven actionable recommendations.

These seven are: prepare comprehensive master plans; address infrastructural constraints before taking up projects for customer oriented modernisation; increase all platform lengths to accommodate trains of 24/26 coaches; create additional platforms and pit (for maintenance) lines of adequate length, and, if not possible, develop alternative terminals, and/or increase length of platforms to accommodate two trains; expedite ongoing works for station line capacity; remodel yards and improve signalling; and specify time norms for removal of empty coaches from platforms.

While I agree with the general spirit of the recommendations, I believe the report has missed a few salient points, which many of the operating railway officers themselves would be aware of.

The mantra at such bottlenecks should be the one of streamlining flow of traffic. In this context, recommendations for addressing infrastructural constraints over customer oriented modernisation, and building platforms for longest trains pass muster. Recommendation for completing the ongoing works is obvious and needs managerial attention. Recommendation for a master plan is well stated and it is time that major stations make periodic master plans that would address the various recommendations.

I, however, have concerns with the simplistic recommendations around additional platform/pit lines, remodelling of yards and time norms for removal of empty coaches from platforms.

Examining the principle of streamlining flow of traffic, detentions are often caused due to cross movements on tracks and having to negotiate slow turnouts from one track to the other. Such cross movements occur at innumerable stations in the country, causing detentions. One way to address it is through grade separated flyovers or underpasses (tracks passing one another at different heights). Most major terminals and junctions in European countries would have such grade separations to ensure streamlined flow of traffic across routes and easy access to platforms. In Japan, there are terminals with no grade-separated approaches to platforms. However, they have streamlined turnouts which accept high speeds. And most importantly, trains run to clockwork precision so that cross movement of trains on the tracks very rarely become an issue for a train to be detained.

In IR, it is not clear that platforms or pit lines may be the bottleneck. It would have been useful if the CAG report had also assessed platform and pit line utilisation, rather than conclude that infrastructure has not kept up with the increase in the number of trains by a simple arithmetic relationship. Thus recommendation for additional platform/pit lines is questionable. In fact, given relatively low platform utilisation and the possibility of turning around coaches as another train without the need for mechanical maintenance — for which it needs to be transferred to a pit line — one can expect coaches to remain on a platform for longer than just the occupancy by passengers. This might be a better way of utilising the infrastructure. Thus recommendation for time norms for removing coaches from platforms may not be applicable.

Recommendation about remodelling yards needs elaboration since many solutions are possible. Grade separation is one. A high-speed turnout is another. Trains negotiating bypasses rather than reversals are a third. Constructing bypasses is a fourth. Building pit lines at a convenient location to minimise cross traffic is a fifth. Of course, this may not be possible for terminals which have train movements on either side. There could be many more solutions.

Overall, the CAG report has done well to focus attention on this subject. However, what is really required is that the IR officers themselves work on a continuous improvement mode, using simple principles of streamlining traffic flows. While I would not doubt their capability, I believe there are larger issues of priorities involving bottom up framing of improvement projects in a timely manner — which means the top management recognising the importance of such projects and ensuring the budgetary provisions and timely completions.

In this context, the recommendation of master plans, which should be reviewed and implemented in a periodic manner, is most important.

(Views of the author are personal.)

Railway Union demands CCTVs at level crossings; says staff in remote areas fear attacks

Railway staff in the field and at remote places are in constant fear of criminal attacks on them by miscreants, a railway workers union has said. In lieu of the recent incident wherein, the hands of a gateman were chopped off, the Delhi division may now install CCTV cameras at manned level crossings

NEW DELHI: Railway staff in the field and at remote places are in constant fear of criminal attacks on them by miscreants, a railway workers union has said, demanding CCTV cameras at level crossing gates, days after a gateman was attacked at one such gate in north Delhi.

Last Monday, three men on a bike severed the hands of a gateman after he refused to open a level crossing gate in north Delhi’s Narela area because a train was approaching, railway officials had said.

The National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) have written to Chairman Railway Board, Ashwani Lohani, alleging that no adequate action has been taken by the concerned law and order authorities to deter the miscreants.

The letter dated September 19 stated two recent incidents. One being that of gateman Kundan Pathak whose hands were severed in the attack in north Delhi’s Narela area and later reattached and another attack on a TTE of South Central Railway (Secunderabad Division) by a group of people who allegedly routinely threaten staff and travel without tickets.

The plan to install CCTV cameras at manned level crossings was reportedly suggested almost six months ago in a zonal railways meeting with the Railway Board to provide security to the gatemen, who are usually alone at odd hours in isolated areas.

“The railway staff who performs duties in the field and at remote places are developing constant fear of criminal attacks on them by the miscreants.

“In order to maintain the morale of staff it would be necessary to urge upon the concerned high level authorities who are accountable for maintaining law and order situation to take effective measures. So far as level crossing gates are concerned, provision of CCTV cameras may be considered seriously to facilitate detecting the culprits for further action,” the letter stated.

Source said the plan to install CCTV cameras at manned level crossings was suggested almost six months ago after a meeting of zonal railways with the Railway Board as a measure to provide security to the gatemen who are usually alone at odd hours at isolated areas.

Railways has more than 19,000 manned level crossings across its network. As a pilot project, CCTV cameras were installed at 11 manned gates at the South Central Railway zone.

However, despite recommendations, the plan to expand it to all manned crossings never materialised, the source said.

Delhi Division to install CCTV Cameras at all Railway Stations

In the wake of the horrific recent incident in which a hand of a gateman were hacked by three motorcycle-borne assailants, Indian Railways is mulling to install CCTV cameras at all its manned level crossings. The episode took place near Delhi-Haryana border when the victim refused to open the Railway crossing gate.

According to reports, 28-year-old Kundan Pathak of Bishanpur in Bihar’s Banka district was manning gate number 19 between Narela and Rathdhana on Monday when three armed men reached the place and pressurised him to open the level crossing gate. When he did not, they assaulted him. The gateman underwent a four-hour surgery at a hospital in Rohini where his limb was reattached.

The plan to install CCTV cameras at manned level crossings was reportedly suggested almost six months ago in a zonal railways meeting with the Railway Board to provide security to the gatemen, who are usually alone at odd hours in isolated areas.

Notably, CCTV cameras were installed at 11 manned gates at the South Central Railway zone as a pilot project.

However, despite recommendations, the plan to expand it to all manned crossings never materialised, reported PTI quoting source.

Railways has more than 19,000 manned level crossings across its network.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) took suo motu cognisance of media reports, and issued notices to the Railways and the Haryana government seeking a detailed report of the incident within four weeks.

Railway Zonal Head writes to Goyal seeking early filling up of vacant posts at all levels

NEW DELHI: Amid the uncertainty and indecisiveness over filling up vacant posts at top level in Indian Railways, a General Manager of a zonal railway, in an unusual move, has written a strong letter to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Chairman, Railway Board, Ashwani Lohani, seeking the filling up of Member post in the Railway Board at the earliest.

The letter has highlighted that the top level vacancy is an “administrative deficiency affecting important decisions and follow up of policy decisions besides causing injustice to those in line for elevation”.

At present, several crucial posts are lying vacant for months at top level ranging from General Managers to Additional Members to Board Member in Indian Railways for past many months.

According to the latest position, Railway Board Member Rolling Stock (MRS) is lying vacant since August 1, this year. “More than one and half months have passed and this senior level post continues to remain vacant, said the letter written by South Western Railway General Manager, A.K. Gupta.

The delay in posting of MRS is affecting grant of apex grade to Gupta as he is superannuating on September 30 this year.

Additionally, General Manager (GM) North Central Railway is lying unfilled since August 1; GM Western Central Railway since July 1; GM South Eastern Railway since July 20; GM Rail Wheel Factory since July 14 and Director General of National Academy of Indian Railways since June 1 this year.

Besides, five posts of commissioner railway safety are also lying vacant. The post of Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety alongwith Commissioner Railway Safety of Central Railway, Northeast Railway, South Eastern Railway, North Frontier Railway are awaiting posting. Another Additional Member post is also lying vacant for six months.

“I am superannuating on sept 30 after 37 years of service. Upon retirement of previous incumbent Ravindra Gupta on August 31, I ranked seniormost in the mechanical department for elevation to the post of MRS, but with inadequate qualifying service, A.K. Gupta wrote, urging both the Minister and CRB to take action for expeditiously filling up the post of MRS.

“Posting of a regular incumbent junior to me as MRS would make me eligible for Apex grade of the Secretary to Government of India. This is not likely to happen in case the posting is not done before September 30, 2018,” the letter stated

The functioning of General Manager and Railway Board Member are crucial for train operations. Delay in all these appointments for unexplained reasons is considered as inexplicable and affects the morale of railway officers.

As per established norms, postings are expected to be processed 1-3 months in advance and orders issued before vacancies arise. The inability to take decision in these cases show “policy paralysis” in Indian Railways, according to old hands in Indian Railways. The delay has deprived many officers of promotion without giving any reason.

New section proposed in Railways Act to check e-ticketing frauds

NEW DELHI: Against the backdrop of online ticketing scams, railways is mulling an amendment to the Railways Act, 1989 to include a provision of penalising those committing e-ticketing frauds, sources said.

The proposed amendment has suggested a fine of more than Rs two lakh for the offence, the sources said.

The proposal, however, has not suggested an increase in the three year jail term for those convicted.

“Cases of such frauds have been increasing and a need was felt to include a new provision. The new provision has been proposed by the Railway Protection Force. It will involve an amendment to the Act. This has to be approved by the Railway Board,” a source in the ministry said.

In one of the biggest railway ticketing scams, the Central Railways on May 2 arrested a man from Mumbai, who allegedly used a fake software to help touts book Tatkal tickets in just a matter of seconds. With the help of the software, he earned over Rs 35 lakh a month, they said.

In another case exposed in December last year, a CBI official and his companion allegedly manipulated Tatkal ticket reservation system of the railways through an illegal software. They were subsequently arrested.

The present act does not envision e-ticket frauds, but does have a provision to punish those touts who illegally sell, purchase or attempts to sell or purchase tickets.

They are punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or with fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees, or with both, according to the Act.

Sources also said that the amended Act will seek to empower the authorised personnel of the RPF, commercial, vigilance departments to deal with cases related to the new provision.

Currently those arrested for online frauds are booked under the Information and Technology Act along with relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code.

The proposal also includes hike in fines for causing nuisance, specially against women passengers and encroachment of compartments reserved for people with disabilities or women and littering.

Railways to construct a new Electrified Line between Indore and Bundi in Madhya Pradesh

BHOPAL: With a major boost to rail infrastructure, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Shri Narendra Modi – Hon’ble Prime Minister, has approved to construct a new electrified line between Budni to Indore (Mangaliyagaon) in the state of Madhya Pradesh with an approximate length of 205.5 Km. The total estimated cost of this project is Rs. 3261.82 crore and will serve Sehore, Dewas and Indore districts of the state. The new line will provide basic infrastructure support for the industrial development of the surrounding area resulting in large socio-economic ramifications.

According to a press release issued by Shri Ravinder Bhakar – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, a new line is set to be constructed between Indore and Budni in the state of Madhya Pradesh with an approximate length of 205.5 km and the total cost of the project is estimated at Rs 3262 Cr. The proposed line will cover the Sehore, Dewas and Indore districts and will bypass the congested Bhopal-Itarsi route. This proposed new railway line will also provide basic infrastructure support for the industrial development of the surrounding areas. This project will give huge boost for the development of the backward area of this region, where presently there is no rail connectivity, thereby, giving a huge impetus for the industrial development in the surrounding areas.

The project will include the construction of 10 new crossing stations and 7 halt stations on the route. This new line will provide better transport facilities for public and industries in this area. This new line will bypass the Bhopal – Itarsi route, reduce the distance between Jabalpur and Indore as well as from Indore to Mumbai and towards southern side by almost 68 km and will prove to be a reprieve for the passengers on the congested Bhopal – Itarsi route. Further, it will create employment opportunities of approx. 49 lakh man-days during construction of this new line. This project will also benefit the deference forces, as three of the Army’s premier training institutes are located near Indore. This project is meant for development of backward area of this region and to provide connectivity to various towns/villages like Nasrullaganj, Khategoan and Kannod, where presently there is no railway connectivity.

N.F.R. conducts Workshop to spread Awareness on Child Rights and Child Protection for creating Child-friendly environment

MALIGAON:  More than 200 delegates including N. F. Railway employees of Operating and Commercial departments, Railway Protection Force personnel, Porters & Vendors, Government Railway Police personnel and members of Child Welfare Committees today participated in a workshop organized at Rang Bhawan, Maligaon in collaboration with Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR). The workshop deliberated on Child Rights & Child Protection for creating a Child-Friendly Protective Environment for children who come in contact with Railways.

While Dr.Sunita Changkakati, Chairperson of Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Right welcomed the delegates, Shri Sanjive Roy, General Manager, N.F. Railway delivered the keynote address.

A Nukkad Natak on the theme of child right was staged by N.F. Railway personnel.  Shri Manna Biswas, Child Protection Officer of UNICEF conducted a technical sessions on Child Protection Mechanism & Legal Frame work. Other technical sessions discussed Child Protection Issues and Concerns in Assam, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Care & Protection of Children in Contact with Railways, Guidelines for Creating a Child-Friendly and Protective Environment for Children in Contact with Railways and Psycho-social aspects of Children who come in Contact with Railways. An open session involving group discussion/question answer session all participants was also held.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) emphasizes the principle of universality and inviolability of child rights and recognizes the need for urgency in all the child related policies of the country.  For the Commission, protection of all children upto 18 years age is of equal importance.  This includes focus on regions that are backward or on communities or children under certain circumstances, and so on.  Therefore, it considers in building a larger atmosphere in favour of protection of children’s rights, so that children who are targeted become visible and gain confidence to access their entitlements.

समस्तीपुर रेल मंडल बायो-डीजल के साथ लोकोमोटिव का क्षेत्रीय स्थायी में परिक्षण

GM/WR launches AHU Dust Collection System at Mahalaxmi EMU Workshop

Shri A.K. Gupta – General Manager of Western Railway inaugurating the Dust Collection System at Mahalaxmi EMU Workshop. A view of the system which will collect dust from EMU coaches of Mumbai local trains.

MUMBAI: While observing Swachhta Hi SewaPakhwada, Shri A.K. Gupta inaugurated another great initiative by Western Railway. On his visit to EMU Workshop at Mahalaxmi, he inaugurated an Air Handling Unit (AHU) Dust Collection System. It is one of a kind of innovation by Western Railway in the cleanliness drive under the Ministry of Railways.

According to a press release issued by Shri Ravinder Bhakar – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, this system has been developed for the cleaning of Air Handling Units (AHU) of Mumbai local trains. The EMU rakes have roof mounted ventilation system also called AHU. Each coach has 2 AHUs for better ventilation inside the coaches. During periodic overhauling activites, these AHUs are also cleaned which has been observed that they collect a huge amount of dust, dirt and plastic particles. Even after several trials by Portable Vacuum Cleaners they could not be cleaned and in fact turned out to be more harmful not only for the maintenance staff but also for the environment. These blown dust particles that would deposit on the coach walls placed for painting work at paint shop. Now with the introduction of this vacuum based dust collection system, all types of problems have come to an end.

The AHU Dust Collection System involves a vacuum pump of 2200 cubic meter/hour capacity provided with 5 HP, 3 phase motor with 100 mm diameter suction pipe line of 150 meter length. This pipeline contains 7 suction sockets provided with ball valves. A 15 meter long flexible suction pipe with Gun and Brush arrangement can be attached to these sockets for cleaning. This system not only saves maintenance time by cleaning 2-3 AHUs simultaneously but also cleaning coaches at 15 locations if placed on adjacent tracks.

Benefits of AHU Dust Collecting System:

  • It prevents environmental pollution considerably.
  • It improves the quality of air inside the coaches of the local trains.
  • It creates a hygienic working atmosphere for the maintenance staff as they don’t need to wear masks while cleaning AHUs.
  • Improvement in painting quality due to non-accumulation of dust particles on the walls of the coaches undergoing the paint work.

SWACHHTA HI SEWA’ PAKHWADA COMMENCED ON ENTIRE WESTERN RAILWAY – WR GM administered Swachhta Pledge and participated in various events.

To commemorate the beginning of 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd October, 2018, a fortnight long ‘Swachhta hi Sewa’ Pakhwada was commenced on Saturday, 15th September, 2018 over Western Railway with ‘Swachhta Shapath’ by all officers and staff at Western Railway Headquarters at Churchgate which was administered by Shri A. K. Gupta – General Manager of Western Railway.  General Manager Shri Gupta also actively participated in various events and activities on the occasion of first day of ‘Swachhta hi Sewa’ Pakhwada including Shramdaan with cleaning and reversal awareness campaigns. It is worth mentioning that “Swachhta Hi Sewa Pakhwada”, will be observed from 15th September to 2nd October, 2018 over the entire Indian Railways and Western Railway will also observe this fortnight long event to highlight the importance of cleanliness on Railways.

According to a Press Release issued by Shri Ravinder Bhakar, Chief Public Relations Officer, during this period, Western Railway will organize several cleanliness campaigns including special drives on cleanliness at railway stations, trains, offices, colonies, workshops, hospitals, etc.  Focus will be ensured on cleaning of Water Booths and quality of drinking water, cleaning of drains, adequacy of dustbins, garbage disposal, cleaning campaigns by associating NGOs and other Charitable Institutions, etc.  Further special attention would be given during the drive to clean track approaches to railway stations.  Action under anti-littering rule and imposition of penalty under “polluter pays principle” will be ensured.  This fortnight will be marked with various events and each day has been assigned with a special name for a specific area.

On 15th September, the first day of ‘Swachhta Hi Sewa Pakhwada’, the theme was ‘Swachh Awareness’.  The day started with administering Swachhta pledge to Railway staff, their families and safai karamcharis.  Prabhat Pheris were taken out in the morning to raise awareness.  Workshops and training programmes were conducted for officers & staff. Nukkad Nataks also were organized with the help of NGOs, religious bodies and schools at railway stations for awareness of passengers.

On the inaugural day of the ‘Swacchta Hi Sewa Pakhwada’, Shri A. K. Gupta, General Manager of Western Railway along with various senior Railway officers actively contributed in the ‘Shramdaan’ activity at GLO building, Churchgate station, Mahalaxmi Workshop and Bandra Terminus station.  General Manager Shri Gupta also witnessed an awareness programme by NGO at Churchgate station and participated in tree plantation & wall painting at Mahalaxmi Sports ground.  He also participated in an interactive session with housekeeping staff at Bandra Terminus station. Shri Bhakar stated that total 250 bags from near tracks of Platform No. 6 & 7 at Bandra Terminus station, equal to approximately 3000 kgs (3 tonnes), was removed on 1st day of the Swachhta Pakhwada through ‘Shramdaan’ event by all. Swacchta Pakhwada Posters were displayed at various places in Railway premises all over Western Railway. Swachhta awareness caps & bands were also distributed at Western Railway Headquarters Office, as well as on all 6 divisional offices.

At the Conference Hall of Western Railway’s Headquarter office at Churchgate, a large number of WR officers & staff witnessed the direct telecast of Hon’ble Prime Minister’s speech.  It was followed by ‘Shramdaan’ by offices & staff in their respective departments.  Swachhta Pledge was also administered in all the 6 divisions of Western Railway i.e. Mumbai Central, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Bhavnagar & Ratlam by respective Divisional Railway Managers.

Swachhta Pakhwara Activities in Mumbai Division

In the Mumbai Central Division of Western Railway, the Swachchta-Hi-Sewa Pakhwada campaign was commenced with Prabhat Pheris organized at Badhwar Park, Pali Hill, Bandra (West), Matunga Road and Valsad Railway colonies. Various divisional officers of Mumbai Division along with other officials and staff participated in Prabhat Pheris at Railway colonies. Signature campaigns were conducted at Churchgate, Mumbai Central, Bandra & Borivali. Swachchta Pledge was also administered across all stations, depots, car sheds and other units by respective officer and supervisory staff to the field staff.

A Flash mob and nukkad natak was conducted and organized by volunteers and artists of Rotary Club at concourse hall of Churchgate station. Swachhta awareness pheri was conducted by Officers and staff at Andheri. Message of “Swachhta-Hi-Sewa Pakhwada” was circulated amongst commuters through Banners, posters and pamphlets. Nukkad Natak for spreading cleanliness awareness among the commuters was conducted and organized by Western Railway Cultural and fine arts association in Main hall of Mumbai Central station. Another Nukkad Natak was also organized at Valsad station by the students of Shah N. H. Commerce College. The play was remarkable and influential. Shramdaan on large scale was conducted at Churchgate, Mumbai Central and Bandra Terminus stations with active participation of officers and staff. “Operation Gandhigiri” has been started on Mumbai Central division, in which whenever any passenger throws garbage, students/volunteers shall give them a rose or sticker and Railway staff will give him a challan. Cleanliness campaign was conducted by Dahanu-Vaitarna Pravasi Seva Bhavi Sanstha at Umroli. Shri Rahul Jain – Additional General Manager of Western Railway had an interactive session with Safaiwala staff at Mumbai Central station during Shramdaan. Around 250 garbage bags containing almost 2 tonnes of garbage waste cleared. Barricades in truck tempo parking area at Mumbai Central have been painted for beautifying the same.

Seminar on Sanitation & Upkeeping of Railway Stations organised during Swachhata Pakhawada at Bhubaneswar Station

BHUBANESWAR: On the 2nd Day of Swachhata Pakhawada the theme was “Swachhata Sambad”.  To mark the occasion a Seminar on “Sanitation and upkeeping of Railway Stations” was organised today at Bhubaneswar Railway Station at “Sakhayam Transition Hall” as a part of Swachhata activities.

Dr.J.P. Panda, Chief Health Director of East Coast Railway graced the occasion a Chief Guest.   Dr. Prabhat Kumar Pattnaik, Sr. Divisional Medical Officer of Khurda Road and Shri Nirakar Das, Sr.Public Relations Officer spoke on various aspects of Cleanliness and Sanitaton.  Shri R.K.Satapathy and Shri R.C.Mahapatra from Pipili Sankrutika Sanha, Chittaranjan Nayak, Station Director of Bhubaneswar and Shri Subrat Mandal, Asst. Health Officer and Shri Bimal Misra of Bharat Scout and Guides also spoke of the occasion.

Volunteers of Bharat Scout and Guides, Pipli Sanskrukita Sangha, Child Help Line and Society for Children were attended the Seminar.  Shri Alok Singh, Chief Health Inspector coordinated the Programme.

Similarly, Painting and Poster competition on the theme of Cleanliness was also organised at Community Hall, Rail Vihar.  Dr.Prabhat Kumar, Chief Personal Officer of East Coast Railway organised the competition.  A total number of 75 school children of Railway employees took part in the competition.

WR will introduce new refurbished GS Coaches in lieu of conventional First Class coaches in various Trains

WR GM inspected & appreciated the special features of upgraded coaches!
A.K.Gupta, GM/WR inspecting and interacting with senior officers regarding new refurbished GS coaches to be introduced in lieu of conventional First Class coaches. पश्चिम रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक श्री ए. के. गुप्ता परम्परागत प्रथम श्रेणी डिब्बों के स्थान पर नवविकसित द्वितीय श्रेणी के सामान्य डिब्बों को जोड़े जाने के सम्बंध में निरीक्षण एवं वरिष्ठ अधिकारियों से चर्चा करते हुए।

MUMBAI: At the special initiative of Shri A.K. Gupta – General Manager of WR, Western Railway will introduce another innovative invention by upgrading old General Class coaches for First Class ticket holders in lieu of conventional First Class coaches. It is worth mentioning that the manufacturing of First Class coaches have been discontinued by Railways as a policy matter. Old First Class coaches in service are almost phased out due to over-age. Due to condemnation of First Class coaches and provision of GS coaches wise First Class in many trains over Western Railway especially between Mumbai and Surat, the First Class Season ticket holders are facing inconvenience since long. There has been a consistent demand from passengers to provide suitable stock exclusively for them. Considering this demand, WR’s GM Shri Gupta directed concerned authorities to refurbish the coaches for First Class pass holders with various special features. Coaches that were provided earlier to First Class ticket holders were ordinary and were causing entry of Second Class passengers despite of specific markings.

According to a press release issued by Shri Ravinder Bhakar – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, to meet the demand of our esteemed passengers and under the advice of WR Headquarters, Coaching Depot at Mumbai Central of Mumbai Division has refurbished a coach exclusively for First Class passengers. The coaches are a beautiful blend of eye catching features and take special care regarding comfort of passengers. Shri A.K. Gupta – General Manager of Western Railway inspected the coach and lauded the features that have been incorporated in the new coach. This coach will facilitate First Class tickets holders of Train No. 12935/12936 Bandra Terminus – Surat Intercity Express with effect from 17th September, 2018 Ex Bandra Terminus and in future all first class MST holders will be benefitted by upgraded coaches in all such trains like Flying RAnee, Valsad Passenger etc. Shri Bhakar briefed print and electronic media persons of this new initiative by WR.

The main Features of Upgraded coach for ‘First class ticket holders’ are as under:

  • Designer vinyl wrap on exterior showcasing ‘Warli Paintings’, the traditional tribal art form of North Sahyadri Range,
  • Designer vinyl wrap on panels in the seating area for ambience enhancement.
  • Refurbished Toilets.
  • Improved Flooring of the lavatories.
  • Improved cushioning on seats for passenger comfort.
  • Upper berths provided with cushioning.
  • Stainless steel luggage racks.
  • New design countertop SS washbasin.
  • Separate dustbins for wet and dry waste.
  • Fans with stainless Steel guard.
  • Full LED Lighting.
  • Wide mirrors on the wash basin with LED Mirror lights.
  • Mobile Charging Points in each bay.
  • Bio-Toilets in all lavatories.
  • Venturi based ventilation system in toilets to remove foul smell.
  • Educative announcement system regarding Bio-Toilets.
  • Air freshener/odour neutraliser in lavatories.
  • Good quality modern non-metallic health faucets.

पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा विभिन्न ट्रेनों में परंपरागत प्रथम श्रेणी डिब्बों के स्थान पर जोड़े जायेंगे द्वितीय श्रेणी के नवविकसित सामान्य डिब्बे – पश्चिम रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक ने अपग्रेडेड डिब्बों की प्रमुख विशेषताओं की सराहना की

Ravinder Bhakar, CPRO/WR giving media brief about the newly refurbished coach. अन्य चित्रों में मीडिया प्रतिनिधियों को जानकारी देते हुए पश्चिम रेलवे के मुख्य जनसम्पर्क अधिकारी श्री रविंद्र भाकर तथा नवविकसित डिब्बों की बाहरी सतह और भीतरी संरचना के दृश्य।

पश्चिम रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक श्री ए.के.गुप्ता की विशेष पहल पर पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा एक और अभिनव कदम के अंतर्गत परम्परागत प्रथम श्रेणी के डिब्बों के स्थान पर अपग्रेडेड द्वितीय श्रेणी के सामान्य डिब्बे जोड़े जा रहे हैं। उल्लेखनीय है कि एक नीतिगत निर्णय के अंतर्गत रेलवे द्वारा प्रथम श्रेणी के डिब्बों का उत्पादन बंद कर दिया गया है। अधिक पुराने होने के कारण पुराने प्रथम श्रेणी के डिब्बों सेवाओं से प्रायः हटा लिये गये हैं। यात्रियों द्वारा लगातार यह माँग की जा रही थी कि उनके लिए विशेष उचित स्टॉक उपलब्ध कराये जायें। इस मांग के मद्देनजर, पश्चिम रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक श्री ए. के. गुप्ता ने सम्बंधित प्राधिकारियों को निर्देश दिये कि प्रथम श्रेणी पास धारकों के लिए विभिन्न विशेषताओं के साथ कोच को विकसित किया जाये। पहले प्रथम श्रेणी टिकट धारकों के लिए दो डिब्बे उपलब्ध कराये गये थे, जो साधारण थे तथा विशिष्ट रूप से चिन्हित होने के बावजूद द्वितीय श्रेणी के यात्री उसमें प्रवेश करते थे।

पश्चिम रेलवे के मुख्य जनसम्पर्क अधिकारी द्वारा जारी एक प्रेस विज्ञप्ति के अनुसार, मुंबई मंडल के मुंबई सेंट्रल कोचिंग डिपो द्वारा पश्चिम रेलवे प्रधान कार्यालय की सलाह तथा सम्माननीय यात्रियों की माँग पर विशेषतः प्रथम श्रेणी के यात्रियों के लिए एक कोच विकसित किया गया है। यह कोच आकर्षक विशेषताओं वाला है तथा इसमें यात्रियों की सहूलियतों का विशेष ध्यान रखा गया है। पश्चिम रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक श्री ए. के. गुप्ता ने भी 14 सितम्बर, 2018 को इस नवविकसित कोच का निरीक्षण किया तथा नये कोच में सम्मिलित विशेषताओं की सराहना की। यह कोच 17 सितम्बर, 2018 से बांद्रा-टर्मिनस से ट्रेन सं. 12935/36 बांद्रा टर्मिनस सूरत इंटरसिटी एक्सप्रेस के प्रथम श्रेणी के टिकटधारियों को अपनी सेवाएँ प्रदान करेंगे तथा निकट भविष्य में फ्लाइंग रानी तथा वलसाड पैसेंजर ट्रेन सहित इस प्रकार की विभिन्न ट्रेनों में इन अपग्रेडेड डिब्बों को जोड़ा जायेगा, जिनसे प्रथम श्रेणी के सभी मासिक सीजन टिकटधारी लाभान्वित होंगे। इस अवसर पर पश्चिम रेलवे के मुख्य जनसम्पर्क अधिकारी श्री रविंद्र भाकर द्वारा प्रिंट एवं इलेक्ट्रॉनिक मीडिया के प्रतिनिधियों को भी इस नये कोच के विभिन्न पहलुओं की जानकारी दी गई।

प्रथम श्रेणी टिकट धारकों के लिए अपग्रेड किये गये डिब्बे की विशेषताऐं निम्नांकित हैः-

  • महाराष्ट्र राज्य के ऊपरी सह्याद्री रेज के परम्परागत जनजातीय चित्रकला
  • वर्ली पेंटिग्स डिजाइनर विनायल रैप द्वारा बाहरी सज्जा की गई है।
  • बेहतर अनुभवों के लिए बैठने वाले क्षेत्र में डिजाइनर विनॉयल रैप
  • सुसज्जित शौचायल
  • शौचालयों में बेहतर फ्लोरिंग
  • यात्रियों के आरामदायक सफर के लिए सीटों पर बेहतर कुशन
  • कुशन के सहित अपर बर्थ उपलब्ध कराये गये है।
  • स्टेनलेस स्टील लगेज रैप
  • नई डिजाइन की काउन्टर रैप एसएस वॉशबेसिन
  • सूखे एवं गीले कचरे हेतु अलग-अलग कूड़ेदान
  • स्टेनलेस स्टील गार्ड वाले पंखे
  • पूर्णतः एलईडी लाइटिंग
  • एलईडी मिरर लाइट्स के साथ वॉश बेसिन पर चौड़े शीशे
  • प्रत्येक बर्थ में मोबाइल चार्जिंग पॉइंट्स
  • सभी शौचालयों में बायो-टॉयलेट
  • (शौचालयों में) दुर्गन्ध रोकने हेतु वेन्चुरी आधारित वेंटिलेशन प्रणाली
  • बॉयो टॉयलेट से संबंधित सूचनाप्रद उद्घोषणाऐं
  • शौचालयों में एयर फ्रेशनर/दुर्गन्ध नाशक
  • अच्छी गुणवत्ता वाले अत्याधुनिक नॉन-मैटालिक टोंटी

Indonesia-Sri Lanka Strengthens Cooperation in Railway Sector

President Joko Widodo took a picture with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe after holding a meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum

JAKARTAIndonesia and Sri Lanka are determined to strengthen cooperation in the industrial sector to improve economic growth of the two countries. This agreement is the result of a meeting between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on ASEAN in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto said that the government had offered ‘Complete Package’ cooperation to Sri Lanka to build railway facilities and infrastructure in the country. “So it is not only selling railroad cars, but also offering signaling systems, rails, to depots and stations,” he said.

He added Indonesia is currently one of the biggest players in the manufacturing of railway facilities in Southeast Asia. Indonesia’s domestic railroad industry products have been able to fulfill domestic, even overseas market orders, especially in developing countries and regional markets.

“We continue to spur the national railway industry in order to dominate the domestic market and increasingly play a role in the supply chain of the railroad industry for the global market,” Airlangga said in his official statement in Jakarta on Thursday (9/13/2018).

For this reason, the Ministry of Industry has encouraged state-owned railway manufacturer, PT INKA, to continue to conduct coaching activities for small and medium-scale component industries so that they can produce products of a standard quality and can be used in the railroad industry.

Furthermore, the Minister of Industry said that the domestic railway supporting industry has been able to produce around 70 percent of the total component requirements, including the railroad frame. “We hope that in the next two to three years, the industry is capable of up to 80 percent of the total needs,” he said.

The Ministry of Industry also actively spurred the national railroad industry to continue to innovate technology, especially for export-oriented products. In addition, it proactively establishes business cooperation and promotion in order to increase market access to countries that have a large enough market potential, especially in Asia such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Zambia, Nigeria and Egypt.

In addition to the railroad sector, the Governments of Indonesia and Sri Lanka also followed up on previous agreements in the trade sector. One of them is the joint efforts of the two countries to export ready-made garments to the European Union.

Based on Making Indonesia 4.0 road map, the textile and textile products (TPT) industry is one of five manufacturing sectors that are being prioritized as pioneers in the road map for the application of the fourth industrial revolution.

The national textile industry has high competitiveness because its manufacturing structure has been integrated from upstream to downstream and its products are also known to have good quality in the international market.

The Ministry of Industry noted that 30 percent of ready-made garments from the national textile industry are to meet the needs of the domestic market, while 70 percent is for export.

The export value of the national textile industry reached $12.58 billion in 2017, up six percent compared to the previous year. In addition, this sector contributes IDR150.43 trillion to GDP in 2017.

Railways eyes ₹15,000 crore in 10 years from non-fare revenue

Railways said the licences under this model shall be awarded for a minimum of three years and maximum of five years with an extension of up to one year in special cases. The non-fare revenue policy allows the railways to consider unsolicited proposals for earning through non-fare sources with several flexible terms and conditions. 

NEW DELHI: Indian Railways has decided to award contracts for three to five years for non-fare revenue projects such as advertising on trains, railway bridges and other assets, setting up of ATMs on platforms and offering digital content to passengers. Non-fare revenue is money earned by railways from sources other than passenger fares.

Indian Railways expects to earn around ₹15,000 crore in the next 10 years using the non-fare revenue model.

The licences under this model shall be awarded for a minimum of three years and maximum of five years with an extension of up to one year in special cases, the railways said in a circular issued on Wednesday.

Earlier, the railways had offered the same project for five to 10 years but this had drawn a lukewarm response.

The non-fare revenue policy allows the railways to consider unsolicited proposals for earning through non-fare sources with several flexible terms and conditions. Under the policy, advertising will be allowed in areas that have so far been unused such as along tracks, on road, over bridges, and level crossing gates. Indian Railways has a target of raising ₹1,200 crore through non-fare revenue this fiscal.

The non-fare revenue policy of Indian Railways was unveiled by then railway minister Suresh Prabhu in January 2017 but remained a non-starter till date. Early this fiscal, the railways decided to decentralize the work of earning non-fare revenue by giving all powers to the general managers of the 16 zones in which Indian Railways is divided. The scheme was renamed “New Innovative Non-Fare Revenue Ideas Scheme” and was asked to be implemented in May.

Under the scheme, the railways is going to offer its various assets for advertisements. These will include advertisements in the passenger reservation system (PRS) ticket, robotic massage chair with foot massager and body mass index (BMI) machines, BMI kiosks at various stations/workshops, LED digital walls/ screens, reverse osmosis (RO) water purification equipment in train coaches, and micro smart stay lounges.

“We have decided that the licence fee for the first three years will remain the same and after the end of three years it will escalate by 10% each year giving the contractor a choice of whether or not to continue. The decision was taken after consultation with several advertising firms,” a senior railway official said on condition of anonymity.

On the revenue model of content on demand, the official said, “Zonal railways shall adopt a hybrid revenue share model under which the licensee/ service provider shall quote a fixed minimum guarantee and share a percentage of the revenue over the benchmarked FMG.” General managers have been given full power for the implementation of non-fare revenue policy.

Indian Railways expects to earn around ₹15,000 crore in the next 10 years using its asset monetiZation model or non-fare revenue model, which includes display of advertisement in passenger reservation system (PRS) ticket, digital wall/screens, micro smart stay lounge, three dimensional (3D) Product Displays for products and Services, exhibition at stations, jingles at various stations, publicity rights on glass façade at Railway Station and dual display infotainment system.

CCEA approves 100% Electrification of Broad Gauge routes of Indian Railways

CCEA has approved electrification of remaining unelectrified broad gauge (BG) routes of Railways. Upon completion of electrification of the proposed routes, Railways BG network will be 100% operational on electric traction. Significant benefits in the areas of Safety, Capacity, Speed, Energy Security & Sustainability.

NEW DELHI: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the proposal for electrification of balance un-electrified BG routes of Indian Railways (IR) comprising of 108 sections covering 13,675 route kilometers (16,540 track kilometers) at a cost of Rs.12,134.50 crore. This electrification is likely to be completed by 2021-22.

Proposed electrification is mainly for missing links and last mile connectivity and will increase the operational efficiency, enhance the line capacity and improve the average speed of trains. Post electrification, Indian Railways is likely to save Rs 13,510 crore per annum in fuel bill. Will generate direct employment of about 20.4 crore man days during the period of construction.

The major trunk routes on IR network have already been electrified and are operational. Considering the requirement for seamless operation of rail traffic across the network, it is necessary that the bottlenecks created by the need to change traction are done away with. The proposed electrification, which is mainly for missing links and last mile connectivity will increase the operational efficiency, enhance the line capacity and improve the average speed of trains.

The approved electrification will reduce the use of imported fossil fuels thereby improve energy security to the Nation. After the planned electrification, there would be reduction in the consumption of high speed diesel oil by about 2.83 billion litres per annum and a reduction in GHG emissions. This will also reduce environmental impact of Railways.

Currently, around two thirds of freight and more than half of passenger traffic in Indian Railways moves on electric traction. However, electric traction accounts for just 37% of the total energy expenses of Indian Railways. Due to this advantage, post electrification, Indian Railways is likely to save Rs 13,510 crore per annum in fuel bill and the same will improve its finances.

The approved electrification will generate direct employment of about 20.4 crore man days during the period of construction.

The benefits from this decision are listed below:

Capacity & Speed

  • 100% electrification will provide seamless train operation by eliminating detention of trains due to change in traction from diesel to electric and vice versa.
  • It will help Railways in enhancing line capacity due to higher speed & higher haulage capacity of electric locomotives

Safety

  • Improved signalling system will lead to enhanced safety in train operation

Energy Security

  • In line with the new Auto Fuel Policy of the Government, total shift to electric traction will reduce fossil fuel consumption of about 2.83 billion liters per annum
  • Reduced dependence on imported petroleum based fuels will ensure energy security to the nation

Energy bill savings

  • Overall savings in fuel bill to the extent of Rs. 13,510 cr per annum. Electrification of sections covered under this decision will result in net savings of Rs. 3,793 cr per annum
  • Reduced expenditure on maintenance of locomotive as electric locomotive  maintenance cost is Rs. 16.45 per thousand GTKM compared to diesel locomotive  maintenance cost which is Rs. 32.84 per thousand GTKM
  • Regeneration facility of electric locomotives will save 15-20% energy
  • Reduced overall requirement of electric loco due to higher horse power

Sustainability

  • Reduced carbon footprint as environmental cost per Tonne Km for Electric Traction is 1.5 Paisa and for Diesel Traction 5.1 paisa
  • In line with commitment made by India in COP21, total shift to electric traction will reduce CO2 emission of Railways by 24% till 2027-28
  • Green house gas emission for electric traction will fall below diesel traction by 2019-20 making it environmentally friendly option.

Employment Generation

  • Direct employment during construction phase for about 20.4 crore Man days.

The complete electrification of railway is poised to continue the growth story of Indian Railways. Through the aforementioned benefits, complete electrification will act as a catalyst for the modernisation process and deliver greater economic benefits. It will help Indian Railways become the growth engine of India as envisaged by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

IR extends discount period in fare for using UPI/BHIM App & POS Machines & exemption from Service Charge for e-Tickets

NEW DELHI: The Railways are happy to inform that discount in fare/exemption from service charge being provided for the following type of train tickets have been further extended as detailed below:-

  1. For PRS (Reserved) Counter Tickets, when the payment for the same is made by UPI  (Unified Payment Interface) including BHIM application, a 5 percent discount on total value of base fare for the minimum ticket fare of Rs.100 and above – with maximum discount allowed being Rs.50 – is being given at present. This discount will be available till 13th of June 2019.
  2. For Season Tickets on Suburban Section if  the payment is made through Credit/Debit Card, there will be a 0.5 percent discount on total applicable fare on Season Tickets (Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly and Yearly over the Suburban Section) – This discount will be available till 31st March 2019
  3. For E – Tickets and I – Tickets, when payment is made through Internet Booking, there will be an exemption from payment of service charge  – This exemption will be available till 31st March 2019.

Members of Parliament appreciation for the efforts of Waltair Division

VISAKHAPATNAM: As per the directives of the Ministry of Railways, on the subject of regular meeting with Members of Parliament through Divisional Committees on Division of Zonal Railways, Waltair Division of East Coast Railway organized Divisional Committee meeting on 12.09.2018.  The Divisional Committee comprising of Hon’ble Members of Parliament including Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in Jurisdiction of Waltair Division.

The Divisional Committee attended by Dr. Khambhampati Haribabu, Hon’MP(LS) , Visakhapatnam and Chairman of the Divisional Committee;  Shri Ashok Gajapati Raju, Hon’ble MP, Vizianagaram, Shri. Nekkanti Bhaskara Rao Hon’MP(RS)/ Odissa;; Shri Kinjarapu Ramamohan Naidu, Hon’ble MP, Srikakulam; Shri Dinesh Kasyap, Hon’MP, Bastar, Shri. Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao, Hon’MP, Anakapalle, Shri. Jina Hikaka, Hon’MP, Koraput, General Manager, East Coast Railway Sri. Umesh Singh; DRM, Waltair Shri Mukul Saran Mathur; Principal Head of various Departments of East Coast Railway and Branch officers.

 Welcoming the members Genral Manager, ECoR Shri. Umesh Singh presented the  performance of the Zone and various developmental activities that are being carried out and are in progress over the East Coast Railway. Later DRM Shri Mukul Saran Mathur presented Division’s performance and achievements.  There was huge applauds by Hon’ble MPs on the performance of Waltair Division particularly record completion of bridge no. 249 in KK line and Limited Height Subways that made the Division as trend setter for Indian Railways. Hon’ble MPs discussed issues of amenities, trains, additional facilities etc.

The Chairman of the Committee Dr. Khambhampati Haribabu, Hon’ble MP(LS), Visakhapatnam, appreciated the achievements made by the Railway administration for the developmental activities carried out, progress in projects. He raised the issues about status of Visakhapatnam-Varanasi train, additional Vistadome coach and running of special train between Visakhapatnam-Araku for tourists, revising the timings of AP AC express and return journey of Kirandul-Visakhapatnam passenger. General Manager replied that the issues are pending with Railway Board and necessary action will be initiated to meet the demands. Congratulating the Railway Officials for their efforts in fulfilling the demands and needs of public, Shri Ashok Gajapati Raju, Hon’ble MP, Vizianagaram, raised certain issues like construction of Road Under Bridges, lifts at Vizianagaram, additional Foot Over Bridges at Vizianagaram & Chipurupalli, extension of Godavari, Garibrath, Tirumala and Visakhapatnam-LTT express trains upto Vizianagaram, illumination at Batua station etc. Replying to him GM & DRM said that the proposals will be forwarded to Railway Board for trains, necessary steps will be initiated for construction works on priority. Shri. Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao, Hon’MP(LS), Anakapalle advised for reducing the journey time of AP AC express, additional 1 AC coach for Visakhapatnam-LTT (18519/20). In reply General Manager said that necessary steps will be taken and will be communicated to appropriate level.

Shri K. Ramamohan Naidu demanded for a express or passenger train from Srikakulam Road to other distances, extension of additional FOB at Srikakulam Road, raising platform heights in Pathapatnam, Tekkali stations in Naupada-Gunupur line, Halt for Visakhapatnam-Gunupur passenger at Dandugopalapuram. General Manager assured for the examining the issues. Thanking the railways for making the overnight special train as regular , Shri Dinesh Kasyap, Hon’MP(LS), Bastar, demanded for direct connectivity to New Delhi from Jagdalpur, AC Retiring room at Jagdalpur, extension of Koraut- Rourkela express to Jagdalpur, increasing in platform heights at some stations, stoppage at Amagura & Tokopal for Visakhapatnam-Kirandul express, revision of timings of Durg express  and thrust on cleanliness in trains etc.  General Manager mentioned that the amenities will be provided as per the classification of stations, some developmental works are in progress which will be completed soon and ensured for improvement of quality of service and cleanliness. Further, Shri. Jina Hikaka, Hon’MP(LS), Koraput urged for additional express train from Jagdalpur, Koraput, Rayagada region, new train connecting Rayagada, Koraput  to Bhubaneswar, General Manager assured for necessary examination. Shri Nekkanti Bhaskara Rao Hon’MP (RS)/ Odissa, demanded for more passenger amenities in Koraput-Rayagada line, early completion of Rayagada-Thruvali line project, improvement in cleanliness in trains and at stations etc. General Manager assured that all issued will be addressed and urged for cooperation and support from the Public Representatives.

DRM Shri Mathur also assured for examining the proposals made by the members of the committee and bring it to the notice at the appropriate level

पश्चिम रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक ने किया आपदा प्रबंधन योजना-2018 का विमोचन

पश्चिम रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक श्री ए.के.गुप्ता द्वारा अपर महाप्रबंधक श्री राहुल जैन एवं अन्य वरिष्ठ रेल अधिकारियों के साथ 11 सितम्बर 2018 को पश्चिम रेलवे क्षेत्रीय आपदा प्रबंधन योजना-2018 का विमोचन किया गया।

पश्चिम रेलवे के मुख्य जनसम्पर्क अधिकारी श्री रविंद्र भाकर द्वारा जारी प्रेस विज्ञप्ति के अनुसार आपदा प्रबंधन हमेशा तत्परता, क्षति में कमी करने के उपायों एवं प्रतिक्रिया के पहलुओं पर निर्भर करता है। आपदा प्रबंधन योजना राष्ट्रीय आपदा प्रबंधन प्राधिकरण तथा रेलवे बोर्ड के दिशा निर्देशों को ध्यान में रखकर तैयार की गई है, जिसमें रेलवे कर्मचारी तथा निकटवर्ती क्षेत्र के स्थानीय निकायों / प्राधिकारियों के प्रथम प्रतिक्रियादाताओं की त्वरित कार्रवाई करने वाली टीम के लिए विशिष्ट डयूटियों को चिन्हित कर इसे इसमें सम्मिलित किया गया है। रेलवे के विभिन्न विभागों के रेलवे अधिकारियों द्वारा त्वरित कार्रवाई के दिशा-निदेंशों को भी इसमें दर्शाया गया है। इस योजना में आपदा जोखिमों को कम करने के उपायों के साथ-साथ आपदा के पश्चात की जाने वाली त्वरित कार्रवाईयों का भी विस्तार से उल्लेख किया गया है। श्री भाकर के अनुसार रेलवे यह आशा करती है कि इस आपदा प्रबंधन योजना के प्रावधानों को उपयोग में लाने की आवश्यकता कभी न पड़े, परन्तु यह आवश्यक है कि हम ऐसी किसी भी स्थिति से निपटने हेतु हमेशा तैयार रहें। इसके सभी पहलुओं के अनुरूप तैयारी से जितना हम खुद को तैयार करेंगे, उतनी ही गुणवत्ता से आपदा से निपटा जा सकता है तथा रेलवे में किसी भी प्रकार की आपदा के दौरान प्रभावशाली बचावकार्य एवं पुनःस्थापन कार्य किया जा सकता है।

Western Railway’s  Zonal Disaster Management Plan-2018  was unveiled by Shri. A.K Gupta  General Manager  of Western railway on 11th September ,2018 in the presence of Additional General Manager Shri Rahul Jain and  other senior officers of WR.

According to Shri Ravinder Bhakar – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western  Rly, the Management of Disaster revolves around Preparedness, Mitigation and Response. The Disaster management Plan has been prepared considering the Guidelines of   National Disaster Management Authority ( NDMA)  and Railway Board which encompass all the requirements by identifying specific duties both for Instant Action Team consisting of railways on board staff and First responders consisting of local Bodies/Authorities from nearby area. Guide lines for immediate action by Railway officials of various departments have been outlined. This Plan brings out the detailed action to be taken as a Disaster Risk Reduction measures apart from the actions to be taken aftermath of a disaster. Shri Bhakar stated that Railways earnestly hope that we may never be required to invoke provisions of this Disaster Management Plan.  Nevertheless it is worth remembering that the move we prepare and drill ourselves in all related aspects, greater are the chances of rendering Quality expeditious and effective rescue and restoration operations during any disaster in railways.

Extension of Ticket Deposit Receipts period & Digital Payment Discount for Kerala

TDR PERIOD EXTENDED TO ASSIST PASSENGERS AFFECTED DURING KERALA FLOODS

Due to torrential rains and floods in Kerala and Kanniyakumari District of Tamilnadu, several trains originating/arriving/passing through flood/landslide affected areas had to be cancelled by the Railways from 15.08.18 onwards. It is seen that many passengers who had to move out from home to safer places due to the floods have been able to go back to their homes only after many days and still many passengers are not able to retrieve the details of their tickets for getting Ticket Deposit Receipts (TDRs) from stations after surrendering the tickets or for filing TDRs online for E-tickets booked through the IRCTC website. Railways have therefore decided as a very special case to permit issue of TDRs at any station up to 20.09.2018 (as against the normal rule of up to three days from the booked date of journey). The public can apply to the Railways for refund after obtaining TDR from stations as above. Similarly, passengers who have booked E-tickets are also permitted, as a special case, to submit claims for refunds addressed to The Chief Claims Officer, Southern Railway, Moore Market Complex, Chennai- 600 003 up to 20.09.2018. All members of the public may take note of this special facility extended by the Southern Railway for Kerala customers.

EXTENSION OF PERIOD FOR DISCOUNT IN FARE FOR USING UPI/BHIM APP & POS MACHINES, AND EXEMPTION FROM SERVICE CHARGE FOR E-TICKETS AND I-TICKETS

The Railways are happy to inform that discount in fare/exemption from service charge being provided for the following type of train tickets have been further extended as detailed below:

For PRS (Reserved) Counter Tickets, when the payment for the same is made by UPI  (Unified Payment Interface) including BHIM application, a 5 percent discount on total value of base fare for the minimum ticket fare of Rs.100 and above – with maximum discount allowed being Rs.50 – is being given at present. This discount will be available till 13th of June 2019.

For Season Tickets on Suburban Section if  the payment is made through Credit/Debit Card, there will be a 0.5 percent discount on total applicable fare on Season Tickets (Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly and Yearly over the Suburban Section) – This discount will be available till 31st March 2019.

For E – Tickets and I – Tickets, when payment is made through Internet Booking, there will be an exemption from payment of service charge  – This exemption will be available till 31st March 2019.

Special Cleanliness Campaign Swachhta-hi-Seva Pakhwara by all Zones of Indian Railways to begin from 14th Sept.

A massive all India fortnightly drive by Indian Railways under ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission, Swachhta-hi-Seva Pakhwara to begin from tomorrow with full energy in all the Zonal Railway systems

NEW DELHIIndian Railways is a pioneer in ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission. Following the trails of Govt of India, the Cleanliness campaign that began on 2.10.2014 is progressively making a big leap receiving enthusiastic volunteering and support from rail users, employees, students, NGOs, Corporates and stake holders.

The following programmes are being taken up by respective Zonal Railway under the Swachh Bharat mission:

SOUTHERN RAILWAY

CHENNAI: Southern Railway, a passenger-oriented zone, is making significant progress in enhancing the cleanliness parameters of its stations and trains. Theme based Swachh campaigns are organized throughout the year to provide a pleasing ambience at railway stations, spic ‘n span train interiors, zero-discharge tracks, hygienic catering, potable drinking water and clean railway colonies. Besides volunteering by staff, students and NGOs, Corporates are also roped in under CSR. Rail users are sensitized by organizing periodical campaigns and seminars. Better waste management is ensured through segregation of waste and provision of more dust bins aboard trains and at stations.

“Swachhta Hi Seva- Packhwara ” 2018: Indian Railways will be organizing a fortnight long special Cleanliness Campaign (Swachhta Hi Seva – Packhwara) this year from 15th September, 2018 to  2nd October, 2018 . Every day will entail a swachhta theme and activities will be undertaken at all levels in this connection as under:

Date and Theme Activities undertaken by the Zone/Division/units 15/09/2018: Swachch Awareness – The day will start by administering Swachhta Pledge to Railway employees and Cleaning staff. Railway staff and their families will be sensitised on the need to ensure cleanliness in the vicinity of their habitat. NukkadNataks, Workshops and training programmes will be organized with the help of NGOs, Religious bodies and School children will be conducted on the objectives and content of Swachhta Pakhwada.

16/09/2018SwachhSamwad (Cleanliness dialogue/Public) – All Divisions will organize seminars on Sanitation and upkeep of railway stations by involving NGOs. Charitable institutions, Scouts & Guides, Unions, Passengers and employees to undertake cleanliness drive at their nearest railway stations. Painting & Poster competitions on the theme of cleanliness will be organized in schools.

17/09/2018SwachhSamwad (Cleanliness dialougue/In-house) – Seminars and Workshops will be organized on Sanitation and upkeep of Railway Colonies, Rest Houses, Dormitories, Running Rooms, Hospital and Health Units, Colleges and Schools Displaying Anti-littering notices, awareness posters and slogans, Nukkad shows etc may be undertaken.

Awareness will be made through Public Announcement System and through posters encouraging more and more use of paperless travel in all classes of travel. Feedback may be taken from travelling pubic regarding cleanliness awareness including messages on 139.

18/09/2018Swachh Stations(Clean Stations) – Special focus on Cleanliness at all A1 and A category stations will be undertaken. A campaign for ‘fill the dustbin’, ‘donate the dustbin’ will be taken up to spread awareness among the rail users.

19/09/2018: Swachh Stations (Clean Stations): Special focus on intensive cleaning of all stations other than A1 and A category will be done. Plastic bottle crushers should be installed with CSR funding

All Efforts will be made to ensure at least one platform at important stations to be “zero waste”, i.e. litter-free. Inspection of the equipments using Solar Power will be undertaken.

20/09/2018: Swachh Railgaadi (Clean Train): Intensive inspection/cleaning of popular trains will be undertaken by teams of officers and staff to ensure cleanliness onboard.

21/09/2018: Swachh Railgaadi (Clean Train): Intensive inspection/cleaning of all other trains will be undertaken on this day.

All trains will be inspected in the washing lines, in railway yards and at stations. Train inspections will include checks on toilets and quality of linen. Suggestions/feedback will also be obtained from passengers and immediate action will be initiated.

22/09/2018: Seva Divas –Community day: Intensive drive will be undertaken to clean up and improve railway offices, Hospitals, Schools, Coaching Depots and Lobby’s.

NGOs Volunteers and Charitable organisation will be associated in mass cleanliness campaign and creating awareness against littering. 

23/09/2018: Swachh Parisar: (Clean Work Places): Intensive drive will be undertaken to clean up and improve railway offices, Hospitals, Schools, Coaching Depots and Lobbys. Required amenities in the circulating areas of station complexes be ensured and unauthorized encroachments removed. Cleaning of drains to be undertaken.

24/09/2018: Swachh Parisar: (Clean Residential Premises): Residential Premises including Railway Colony, Retiring/Waiting Rooms, Rest Houses and Dormitories, Running Rooms etc., will be taken up for intensive cleaning on this day.

Intensive drive will be undertaken to clean up garbage. Participation under CSR be called for setting up of waste to energy plants in railway colonies. Beautification of premises by pruning of trees, plantation and landscaping will be undertaken

25/09/2018: Swachh Ahar: On this day intensive cleaning of all canteens will be taken up.

26/09/2018: Swachh Ahar: In continuation to station vending units, on this day intensive cleaning of all pantry cars in trains will be taken up.

All Catering Units will be directed to clean their premises and ensure that clean and hygienic food is served. Samples of food will be taken for checking and feedback of passengers obtained on the quality of food served.

27/09/2018: Swachh Neer (Clean Water): Intensive inspection of all water installations including filter plants, sources of water supply, water taps for drinking water at stations as well as trains will be undertaken.

28/09/2018: Swachh Neer (Clean Water): Intensive inspection of all water installations in offices, Railway colonies / Hospitals / Health Units / Schools will be taken up on this day.

It will be ensured that quality potable water is available and there is no shortage of water supply at any of passenger service locations like waiting rooms, retiring rooms, platforms, trains, etc. Inspection of water vending machines, water coolers should be undertaken for cleaning and sample checks will be conducted on quality of water. Efforts for setting up rain harvesting plants and recycling plants will be strengthened. It will be ensured that there is no problem of water stagnation anywhere in Railway premises. 

29/09/2018: SwachhPrasadhan – Cleanling Toilets: The day will be dedicated to intensive cleaning of all toilet blocks at railway stations, coaching depots, trains and surrounding areas. Water availability, leaking pipes, drainage systems will be paid attention to and broken items replaced wherever required. People will be encouraged to desist from open defecation in areas approaching railway stations or on tracks.

30/09/2018: Swachh Competition: To inculcate a sense of healthy competition for cleaning commendation will be given to those units which are found perennially/regularly cleaned. Supervisors/staff working on cleaning activities will be suitably recognized.

01/10/2018: Review/BriefingOn this day, the work carried out during the “’Pakhwara””  will be reviewed. Detailed reports of the campaign will be shared with Press/Media to encourage public awareness.

The swachhta Packhwara is being organised to ensure visible and tangible improvement in cleanliness in all railway premises ie. Stations, Trains, offices, Colonies, Workshops, Maintenance Depots, Hospitals etc., through intensive efforts in addition to the regular cleaning process.

EAST CENTRAL RAILWAY

ECR to organise ” Swachhata Hi Sewa-Swachhata Pakhwada” from 15th September to 02nd October, 2018. The following programmes were planned:

WESTERN RAILWAY

Western Railway will observe “Swachhta hi Seva” Pakhwara from 15th  September to 2nd  October, 2018

MUMBAI: 2nd October 2018 will mark the beginning of the celebrations to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. This day is being preceded by “Swachhta Hi Sewa Pakhwara”, which will be observed from 15th September to 2nd October 2018 over  the entire Indian Railways. Western Railway will also observe this fortnight long event to highlight the importance of cleanliness on Railways.

According to a Press Release issued by Shri Ravinder Bhakar, Chief Public Relations Officer, during this period, Western Railway will organize several cleanliness campaigns including special drives on cleanliness at railway stations, trains, offices, colonies, workshops, hospitals etc. Focus will be ensured on cleaning of Water Booths and quality of drinking water, cleaning of drains, adequacy of dustbins, garbage disposal, cleaning campaigns by associating NGOs and other Charitable Institutions, etc.  Further special attention would be given during the drive to clean track approaches to railway stations. Action under anti-littering rule and imposition of penalty under “polluter pays principle” will be ensured. This fortnight will be marked with various events and each day has been assigned with a special name for a specific area, which is detailed as under:

On 15th Sept, the first day of ‘Swachhta Hi Sewa Pakhwara’, the theme will be ‘Swachh Awareness’. The day will start with administering Swachhta pledge to Railway staff, their families and safai karamcharis. Prabhat Pheris will be taken out in the morning to raise awareness. Workshops and training programmes will be conducted for officers & staff. Nukkad Nataks will be organized with the help of NGO’s, Religious bodies and Schools at railway stations for awareness of passengers.

On 16th & 17th Sept, the theme will be ‘Swachh Samwad’. There will be  cleanliness dialogue with public and inhouse respectively. Seminars on sanitation and upkeep of railway stations will be organized by involving NGOs, Charitable institutions, Scouts & Guides, unions and railway employees to undertake cleanliness drive on their nearest railway stations. Painting & Poster competitions on the theme of cleanliness will also be organized. Anti littering notices on all the institutions on the railway premises like railway colonies, rest houses, running rooms,  health units etc will be displayed. Awareness will be made through Public Announcement Systems and through posters encouraging more use of paperless travel in all classes of travels. Feedback will be taken from travelling public regarding cleanliness awareness including messages on 139.

The theme for 18th & 19th Sept, will be ‘Swachh Stations’ and will be marked with intensive cleanliness drive of all stations. During this drive, the focus will be to ensure availability and working of cleaning machines, tools & plants, protective gears for cleaning staff, adequate provision of dustbins at stations etc. Several campaigns such as ‘fill the dustbin’, ‘donate the dustbin’ for stations cleanliness shall also be undertaken. Plastic bottle crushers will be installed with CSR funding to avoid choking drains or water outlets. Efforts will be made to discourage use of plastics.

On 20th & 21st Sept, the theme will be ‘Swachh Railgadi wherein teams of officers and staff will ensure cleanliness onboard the trains through intensive inspections.  All trains will be inspected in the washing line, at Railway Yards and also at stations, including checks on toilets, quality of linen. Suggestions/feedback shall also be obtained from passengers and immediate action will be initiated.

On 22nd Sept, the theme will be ‘Sewa Diwas’/ ‘Community Day’, wherein the Station Masters will seek cooperation from general public, railway employees, railway colony staff, NGOs etc  not to litter the railway premises and to keep it clean. A combined shramdaan will be organized for cleaning the station premises and its surroundings. An awareness campaign will be launched with the theme being ‘Meri Seat Mera Dabba’.

On 23rd   & 24th Sept, the theme will be ‘Swachh Parisar’, wherein intensive drives will be undertaken to clean-up and improve offices including hospitals, coaching depots etc on the 1st day and railway colonies etc on second day. It will be ensured to provide required amenities in the circulating areas of station complexes and unauthorized encroachments, if any will be removed. Cleaning of all drains at stations and other units shall also be undertaken. Participation under CSR will be called for setting up waste to energy plants in railway colonies. Beautification of the premises especially in railway colonies, hospitals etc. will be done by pruning of trees, plantation and landscaping.

On 25th & 26th Sept, the theme will be ‘Swachh Aahar’ to provide clean and hygienic environment at catering units. Intensive cleaning of all canteens and pantry cars of trains will be taken.  Samples of food shall be taken for checking and feedback of passengers will be obtained on the quality of food served.

The 27th  & 28th Sept, the theme will be ‘Swachh Neer’ with intensive inspection of all water installations including filter plants, sources of water supply, water taps for drinking water, water vending machines, water coolers at stations and for availability of water in trains as well as in offices, railway colonies, hospitals, health units and schools. Efforts will be made for setting up of rain harvesting plants and recycling plants will be strengthened.

On 29th Sept, the theme will be ‘Swachh Prasadhan’ with intensive cleaning of all toilet blocks at railway stations, coaching depots, trains and surrounding areas will be undertaken. It will also be ensured that there is adequate water supply and defective pipes and drainage system will be attended to.

On 30th Sept, the theme will be ‘Swachh Competition’. A competition will be held and commendation will be given to those units like Workshops, Loco Sheds, Coaching & Trade Depots, Car Sheds, Railway colonies & office buildings which are found regularly clean. This will inculcate a habit of cleanliness among the employees. Supervisors/staff working on cleaning activities will be suitably recognized.

On 1st October, 2018 all of the activities carried out during the pakhwara will be reviewed and uploaded on WR’s website.

Northeast Frontier Railway eliminates all the Unmanned Level Crossings on the Zone

MALIGAON: Northeast Frontier Railway has taken a quantum jump towards safety on 12th September, 2018 by eliminating all Unmanned Level Crossings through various means.  As on 1st April, 2018, total 151 Unmanned Level Crossings elimination were planned and despite very stiff target and ongoing monsoon, all 151 Unmanned Level Crossings have been eliminated.  Out of the total 151 numbers eliminated, were 136 Unmanned Level Crossings eliminated by Manning, 10 Unmanned level Crossings were eliminated by construction of Road Under Bridge and 5 Unmanned Level Crossings eliminated by direct closing.

It is to be mentioned that under the direction of Minister of Railways, Shri Piyush Goyal all the zones were to eliminate Unmanned level crossing by 31st March, 2019.  By yesterday’s feat N.F. Railway becomrs one of the 1st railways to achieve this target ahead of the stipulated time.  Unmanned Level Crossings are considered one of the weakest links in the safety preparedness of Indian Railway as a considerable percentage of accidents have occurred due to carelessness of road users at these unguarded crossings.  This is the reason why N.F. Railway had targeted the elimination of Unmanned Level Crossings on mission mode.

हाजीपुर-बछवारा दोहरीकरण परियोजना पर तीव्र गति से कार्य जारी, प्रथम चरण में बछवारा से मोहिउद्दीन नगर तक का कार्य होगा पूरा

राजकोट मंडल के RPF स्टाफ की सतर्कता से यात्री का द्वारका स्टेशन पर छूटा हुआ बहुमूल्य सामान व नकदी सही सलामत सुपुर्द किया गया

राजकोट – हाल ही में दिनांक 10.09.18 को रेलवे सुरक्षा बल (RPF) द्वारका के उप-निरीक्षक केशव देव पाण्डेय व कांस्टेबल नरेन्द्र मीणा को को गाडी संख्या 16337 ओखा-अर्नाकुलम एक्सप्रेस निकलने के बाद 01 काला रंग का बैग स्टेशन पर प्लेटफार्म नं.01 से लावारिस हालत  प्राप्त हुआ.  RPF स्टाफ द्वारा इस सम्बन्ध में स्टेशन पर पूछताछ की गयी लेकिन कोई जानकारी प्राप्त नहीं मिली.  बाद में उपरोक्त RPF स्टाफ ने इस थैले को द्वारका के RPF कार्यालय में रखा तथा इसकी जानकारी स्टेशन पर सभी कर्मचारियों को दी गयी.

बैग के अन्दर पूजा की सामग्री होने के कारण मंदीर में भी जानकारी दी गयी तथा अन्य स्थान पर भी सूचित किया गया. इसी क्रम में आज दिनांक 13.09.18 को 02 व्यक्ति जो की मंदिर के पुजारी है नाम वत्सल पुरोहित पुत्र आश्विन पुरोहित,उम्र-42 वर्ष, धंधा-पुजारी, निवासी-हर्षद शेरी खारवा दरवाजा द्वारका तथा उनके भाई राहुल पुरोहित RPF थाना द्वारका में उपस्थित हुए तथा बताया कि उनके पिताजी दिनांक 10.09.18 को ट्रेन 16337 ओखा अर्नाकुलम एक्सप्रेस में द्वारका से अहमदाबाद जा रहे थे तथा उनका काला रंग का बैग कहीं छुट गया था जिसको उन लोंगो ने ढूंढा लेकिन नहीं मिला.

RPF स्टाफ द्वारा मंदिर में दी गयी जानकारी मिलने पर वे दोनों RPF ऑफिस द्वारका में उपस्थित हुए.  बाद में उप-निरीक्षक केशव देव पाण्डेय द्वारा दोनों भाईयों से सम्बंधित पूछताछ तथा दस्तावेजी परीक्षण पश्चात् सही पाए जाने पर बरामद बैग को सही हालत में सुपुर्द किया गया है बैग में सामान में (1) नगद 21690 रुपये (2) 01 सोने की रुद्राक्ष की माला 20 ग्राम कीमत आसरे 60 हजार (3) 01 सोने की पेंडल कीमत आसरे 10 हजार (4) चांदी के पूजा के पात्र कीमत आसरे 04 हजार (5) पहनने के कपडे, पूजा का सामान, पीताम्बर आदि सामान कुल बरामद सामान की कीमत रुपए 95690/- को सही हालत में सुपुर्द किया गया है.

राजकोट मंडल के मंडल रेल प्रबंधक श्री पी बी निनावे ने RPF स्टाफ द्वारा की गयी इस त्वरित कार्यवाही की सराहना की है।

पूर्वी क्षेत्र के रेल संरक्षा आयुक्त तथा महाप्रबंधक व अन्य विभागाध्यक्षों के बीच बैठक

हाजीपुर – पूर्व मध्य रेल मुख्यालय में आज दिनांक 13.09.2018 को पूर्वी क्षेत्र के रेल संरक्षा आयुक्त श्री राम कृपाल तथा महाप्रबंधक श्री ललित चंद्र त्रिवेदी व अन्य विभागाध्यक्षों के बीच बैठक का आयोजन किया गया. इस बैठक में सकरी-निर्मली-सरायगढ़ के बीच चल रहे आमान परिवर्तन, शक्तिनगर-करैला रोड दोहरीकरण, दानापुर, सहरसा, मुज़फ़्फ़रपुर और समस्तीपुर में चल रहे यार्ड रिमॉडलिंग पर विशेष रूप से चर्चा की गयी। इसके साथ ही अन्य परियोजनाओं से भी संबंधित संरक्षा विषयों पर भी गहन विचार विमर्श किया गया।

इसके साथ ही रेल गाड़ियों के संरक्षित परिचालन पर भी संरक्षा आयुक्त ने पूर्व मध्य रेल के अधिकारियों को ज़रूरी दिशा निर्देश दिए। बैठक में AC और Non-AC LHB कोच युक्त ट्रेनों की गति में वृद्धि कर उन्हें 130 किमी प्रति घंटा की गति से चलाने पर भी चर्चा की गयी। LHB कोच युक्त पूर्वा एक्सप्रेस, महाबोधि एक्सप्रेस, गंगा सतलज एक्सप्रेस और अन्य रेल गाड़ियों की गति में बढ़ोत्तरी की योजना है।

वर्तमान में ये गाड़ियाँ 110 किमी प्रति घंटा की अधिकतम गति से चल रही हैं। रेल संरक्षा आयुक्त के अनुमोदन के उपरांत इनकी गति बढ़ाकर 130 किमी प्रति घंटा कर दी जाएगी।

Pasighat-Murkongselek railway project in jeopardy

ITANAGAR: The future of the much-hyped Pasighat-Murkongselek railway project is in jeopardy with Indian Railways (IR) authorities raising concern over the land compensation rate.

The North Eastern Frontier Railway (NFR) has announced that until the land rate issue is settled by the Arunachal Pradesh government, they will stall the land acquisition process and no compensation will be provided from their side.

The NFR also alleged that the East Siang district administration distributed compensation for the first phase, from 2.6 km to 9.2 km, despite objection raised by the railways authorities.

“The DC made disbursement of land compensation for Phase-I without the consent of the Railways. The land rate fixed for both Phase-I and -II is unreasonably high. The state government was apprised of the matter by the Railways to reduce land rates to a reasonable level,” the NFR remarked in a report.

It added that it is consulting with the state government to examine alternative alignments where land rates are lower.

The land rate fixed by the Arunachal government is Rs 891 per square metre, which the NFR considers to be high. The land compensation for the first phase is reportedly Rs 73 crore.

On its part, the East Siang district administration dismissed the NFR’s allegation and claimed that members of the NFR were part of the land fixation board.

“The compensation rate was fixed as per the Jonai (Assam) rate. In the land compensation board there was a member from the Railways, too. If they had issues with the high rate, they should have raised it when the meetings were being held to fix the final rate.

The compensation rate was approved by the state government. Also, public hearings were held and land was acquired after following all rules,” said East Siang District Land & Revenue Settlement Officer O Nangkar.

He added: “The compensation rate for the Ruksin-Pasighat railway line and land for the Indian Army at Rayang were approved at the same time. The rate for the Indian Army was less in comparison to the Railways, and since then the NFR authorities have made an issue out of it. But there cannot be a comparison between the two.”

Speaking to this daily, East Siang Deputy Commissioner Tamiyo Tatak said he had no role in the fixing of the land rate and he only oversaw the distribution of compensation to the land owners as the head of the administration.

Earlier this year, MoS for Railways Rajen Gohain had cited high compensation rate for the delay in execution of the Pasighat-Mukongselek railway project.

Member of Parliament from eastern Arunachal, Ninong Ering, while attending an NFR meeting in Tinsukia (Assam) on Wednesday raised concern over the delay in the land acquisition process for this project, and urged the union railway ministry to resolve the issue at the earliest.

Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu had laid the foundation stone for the construction of the 26-km-long new broad gauge railway line from Murkongselek in Assam to Pasighat in May 2017. The total length of the project is 26 kms, and the first 2.6 kms fall in Assam, while the remaining line is in Arunachal Pradesh.

The total sanctioned cost of the project is Rs 414 crore, and the land acquisition process in the state started in 2014. The land acquisition estimate for the Assam side is yet to be received by the IR.

After Hollongi airport and the Trans-Arunachal Highway road projects, the Pasighat-Murkongselek railway project is also caught in the compensation issue.

प्रख्यात वक्ताओं के व्याख्यानों का आयोजन मिशन सत्यनिष्ठा, नैतिकता और ईमानदारी को सार्वजनिक जीवन में उच्च स्तर पर रखने के लिये प्रेरित करने हेतु वक्ताओं का सम्बोधन

Hitachi to Launch New Signalling Design Software

LONDON: Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe Ltd. (HICSE) today announced that the company will launch an exciting new Railway Signalling Design tool ‘dessan Design’ in September. This intuitive new software enables signalling designer’s to easily create and edit new signalling layouts using an integrated library of signaling components.

It can be used to create design sketches during the option selection phases of a new project, and provides graphical outputs for the assessment of new design options. This integrated tool helps to reduce errors with its in-built validation and improves productivity for signalling designers. Less time spent manually transferring data between tools will improve efficiency and accelerate the design process.

dessan Design is part of the dessan Rail portfolio – a comprehensive suite of products that can increase efficiency throughout project lifecycles, via scheme optimisation, design validation, operational modelling and simulation, through to operator training.

Tim Gray, HICSE Managing Director, commented:

dessan Design is a great addition to the HICSE portfolio of software and data products designed for use in the railway industry. It draws on our excellent software expertise, but coupled with a real-world understanding of the signalling design process, so it also offers our clients opportunity to work more efficiently in delivery of projects. It is also a further step within Hitachi’s Digital Railway ambitions and our drive to become ‘An Innovation Partner for the IoT Era’.

InnoTrans 2018 – Berlin, Germany

HICSE will be demonstrating the new software on Hitachi Rail’s stand at InnoTrans on September 18-21.

About Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe Ltd.

Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe brings together many years of experience in delivery and support of simulation, control and traffic management systems. In the U.K. our products form an essential part of Network Rail’s operational infrastructure, enabling safe and efficient performance via our training simulator and automated route setting systems.

To meet rail sector challenges, our team are driving industry-changing innovations in full lifecycle modelling and simulation, including automated data validation and design optimisation solutions. We are now combining our products and experience with those of our parent company, Hitachi Limited, to deliver market leading information and control solutions such as the Tranista Traffic Management platform and related Digital Railway solutions.

For further information about the company, please visit:

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Or contact Denise Watkins, Business Development Manager: Tel 07872 147616 email: denise.watkins@hitachi-infocon.com

GM/WR discusses various Rail related issues with Members of Parliament under WR/Mumbai Division

hri Arvind Sawant – Hon’ble MP&other Hon’ble Members of Parliament are seen on the occasion of Divsional Committee Meeting held at Western Railway Headquarters at Churchgate. Shri A.K. Gupta – General Manger of Western Railway with other senior officers of WR also seen on this occasion. माननीय सांसद श्री अरविंद सावंत तथा अन्य माननीय सांसद पश्चिम रेलवे प्रधान कार्यालय, चर्चगेट में आयोजित मंडलीय रेल समिति की बैठक भाग लेते हुए। दूसरे चित्र में पश्चिम रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक श्री ए. के. गुप्ता एवं अन्य वरिष्ठ अधिकारी भी दिखाई दे रहे हैं।

MUMBAI: To discuss various issues related to improvement in passenger amenities and services with Hon’ble Members of Parliament under the jurisdiction of Mumbai Division of Western Railway, a Divisional Committee Meeting of Mumbai Division was held on 10th September, 2018 at Western Railway Headquarters at Churchgate. Shri Arvind Sawant – Hon’ble Member of Parliament presided over the meeting in which Shri A.K. Gupta – General Manager of Western Railway with many senior officers of WR were also present.

According to a press release issued by Shri Ravinder Bhakar – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway,  a total of 8 Hon’bleMPsparticipated in the meeting, namely,Shri Arvind Sawant – Hon’ble  MP,Shri Gajanan Chandrakant Kirtikar – Hon’ble MP, Shri Gopal C. Shetty – Hon’ble MP, Shri A.T. (Nana) Patil – Hon’ble MP, Shri Nathubhai G. Patel – Hon’ble MP,  Shri Rahul Ramesh Shewale – Hon’ble MP,  Shri Rajan Vichare – Hon’ble MP and Shri Rajendra D. Gavit – Hon’ble MP. In this meeting, all participants  discussed various important ways to improve passenger services of Western Railway’s suburban section in Mumbai where approximately 35 lakh travellers take the local trains on a daily basis.

पश्चिम रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक द्वारा मुंबई मंडल के क्षेत्राधिकार के माननीय सांसदों के साथ विभिन्न रेल सम्बंधी मुद्दों परचर्चा फोटो कैप्शन:

मुंबई: माननीय सांसद श्री अरविंद सावंत तथा अन्य माननीय सांसद पश्चिम रेलवे प्रधान कार्यालय, चर्चगेट में आयोजित मंडलीय रेल समिति की बैठक भाग लेते हुए। दूसरे चित्र में पश्चिम रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक श्री ए. के.गुप्ता एवं अन्य वरिष्ठ अधिकारी भी दिखाई दे रहे हैं।

यात्री सुविधाओं एवं सेवाओं को बेहतर बनाने के सम्बंध में विभिन्न मुद्दों पर चर्चा हेतु 10 सितम्बर, 2018 को पश्चिम रेलवे प्रधान कार्यालय, चर्चगेट में मुंबई मंडल केक्षेत्राधिकार के अंतर्गत आने वाले माननीय सांसदों के साथ मंडलीय रेल समिति की एक बैठक का आयोजन किया गया।

इस बैठक की अध्यक्षता माननीय सांसद श्री अरविंद सावंतने की, जिसमें पश्चिम रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक श्री ए. के. गुप्ता तथा अन्य वरिष्ठ रेल अधिकारी भी उपस्थित थे।

पश्चिम रेलवे के मुख्य जनसम्पर्क अधिकारी श्री रविंद्र भाकर द्वारा जारी प्रेस विज्ञप्ति के अनुसार इस बैठक में कुल 8 माननीय सांसदों ने भाग लिया, जिनमें माननीय सांसद श्रीअरविंद सावंत, श्री गजानन चन्द्रकांत कीर्तिकर, श्री गोपाल शेट्टी, श्री ए. टी. (नाना) पाटिल, श्री नाथूभाई जी. पटेल, श्री राहुल रमेश शेवाले, श्री राजन विचारे तथा श्री राजेन्द्र डी. गावितउपस्थित थे।

इस बैठक में सभी सांसदों द्वारा प्रतिदिन लगभग 35 लाख यात्रियों को उनकी मंज़िलों तक पहुँचाने वाली पश्चिम रेलवे की मुंबई उपनगरीय रेल प्रणाली की सुविधाओं कोऔर अधिक बेहतर बनाने के सम्बंध में चर्चा की गई।

CRB reviews progress of Bogibeel project ahead of CRS inspection planned in 2nd week of October

MALIGAON: The Bogibeel bridge will be ready for inspection by Commissioner of Railway Safety by 2nd week of October. This was informed to the Chairman, Railway Board (CRB), Shri Ashwini Lohani in a review meeting held through video-conferencing this afternoon. All the general managers of zonal railways of Indian Railway were connected through video-link in the meeting where the CRB reviewed progress of construction of New Lines, Gauge conversion and Doubling of railway lines, Track renewal, railway electrification and elimination of unmanned railway level crossings of the entire Indian Railway.

It was revealed in the meeting that in the whole country, a total of 4000 km of gauge conversion work and 5000 km of track renewal would be completed within this financial year. The N. F. Railway has targeted for track renewal of 288 km of broad gauge line. Apart from this, 192 km of gauge conversion and commissioning of 95km of new broad gauge line will be done within this financial year, said the General Manager, N. F. Railway Shri Sanjeev Roy. He also said that there is only one unmanned level crossing (UMLC) left to be eliminated in N. F. Railway which would soon be eliminated.

In case of Railway Electrification, a total of 298 km of railway lines would be electrified this year. Out of these 198km will be done by Central Organization of Railway Electrification (CORE) and 100km will be done by Rail Vikash Nigam Limited (RVNL). The General Manager informed that the Katihar – Kumedpur – Mukuria section is almost ready, Gunjeria – New Jalpaiguri section will be ready for commissioning by December and New Jalpaiguri – Raninagar Jalpaiguri section will be ready by January 2019.

Southern Railway holds meeting with Members of Parliament at Madurai

MADURAI: R.K. Kulshrestha, General Manager, Southern Railway had conducted a meeting with Hon’ble Members of Parliament belonging to both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha pertaining to  Madurai and Tiruchchirappalli divisions.  12 Hon’ble MPs from Tamil Nadu and one MP from Kerala took part in the meeting.  Principal Heads of Departments and Divisional Railway Managers of Madurai and Tiruchchirappalli divisions attended the meeting.

The General Manager, welcomed the dignitaries and appraised the MPs of several important works completed by Madurai and Tiruchchirappalli divisions and highlighted various works that have been targeted for completion and which have been proposed in the field of improving passenger amenities constituency-wise.

During the course of meeting Hon’ble Members of Parliament put forth their requirements both in terms of additional train services  as well additional stoppages. General Manager, mentioned that suggestions and views expressed by the Hon’ble Members of Parliament would be given due consideration.  Proposals which are beyond the powers of the Zone would be forwarded to Railway Board, he added.

The General Manager in response to the demands put forth by the Hon’ble MPs would be looked into and expedited.

Cabinet likely to okay plan to Electrify 13,000 kms of Rail tracks today!

NEW DELHI: The Cabinet is likely to approve the plan to electrify the last leg of about 13,000 kilometres of rail tracks on Wednesday. This will require around Rs 14,000 crore investment from the Indian Railways, source said.

Officials said the work will be undertaken as a part of “Mission 100% electrification” in the next three years. These works are spread over across a dozen of states including Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Telangana.

According to government data, about 8,400 kilometres of rail tracks have been electrified in the past four years as compared to only 2,600 kilometres during the previous four years under UPA-II.

Electrification of rail lines is being seen as yet another move to reduce the fuel bill. Last week, junior railways minister Manoj Sinha had claimed that railways electrification would save about Rs 13,000 crore per annum in fuel bill and reduce carbon emissions by around 3.4 million tonnes a year after the electrification of railway lines is completed.

Dhaboi-Miyagam Narrow Gauge line in Gujarat set to broaden

VADODARA: India is set to lose Asia’s first narrow-gauge railway line between Dhaboi and Miyagam in Gujarat, operational since the 19th Century. Considering its heritage value, and the fact that it does not add to present railway requirements in any significant way, the Railway Board in June had marked this line for preservation as an invaluable piece of industrial heritage.

But Western Railway, which has jurisdiction over this line, has refused to preserve it as heritage. It wrote to Railway Board this week, contending that the work of converting this line into broad gauge and linking it to the main line was sanctioned in 2011-12, and that portions of that work has already started.

Arguing in favour of gauge conversion, the zone has said that once converted, this 33-km section will reduce congestion in Vadodara. A total 13 tenders for this work has been awarded, amounting to Rs 110 crore, the Western Railway stated. “After the completion of gauge conversion… it will permanently remove the bottleneck in Vadodara and will bring operational flexibility and punctuality,” the note to the ministry said.

The Railway Board, including Member (Engineering), Financial Commissioner, and Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani had identified this, as well as four other lines connecting it, for preservation since they handle negligible traffic.

Commercially working narrow-gauge lines are pretty much nonexistent in the world, other than some hill railways in India, and this is an effort by the Railways to save them from extinction. All the lines are in Gujarat, totalling 204 km, and were originally owned by the princely state’s Gaekwad Baroda State Railway.

RITES shares climb 4% on getting order from Ministry of Railways

NEW DELHI: Shares of RITES Ltd rallied over 4 per cent in morning trade on Mondayafter the company on Friday informed bourses that it has secured an additional work of Rs 294.67 crore from Ministry of Railways for doubling of Dharmavaram Penukunda rail lines (41.5 Kms) in South Western Railways.

Earlier, RITES was awarded doubling work for 90.2 Kms of Dharmavaram Penukunda rail lines in South Central Railways for a cost of Rs 666.38 crores from Ministry of Railways. The said work has been awarded to RITES on cost plus basis in which RITES will be paid fee at the rate of 8.5 per cent of the cost of work.

The scrip was trading 4.21 per cent up at Rs 272 at around 9.40 am (IST), while the BSE Sensex was down 185 points, or 0.48 per cent, at 38,204 at around the same time.

The Railway PSU RITES last month posted an 18.5 per cent increase in net profit at Rs 82 crore for the April-June quarter.

The company has recorded revenue of Rs 370 crore in the the first quarter of 2018-19, a flat growth from the corresponding period in 2017-18.

The order book of the company stood at Rs 5,517 crore as on July 30, 2018.

84% Fewer Fatalities: How Indian Railways Recorded Best Safety Record in 5 Years

Renewal of tracks on a large scale, regular and intensive safety reviews, regular safety trainings for staff as well as a close inspection of safety performance done between Sept 2016 and Aug 2017 are crucial factors that led to this favourable safety record.

NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways has reported its best safety record in five years for the 12-month period from September 2017 to August 2018.

According to the official data, last year (September 2016-August 2017), a total of 80 train accidents occurred in India and they claimed 249 lives, while this year, the number shows a steep decline—the national transporter had to account for 40 deaths, which is an 84% reduction from last year.

Citing official data, a senior Railways official said, “Comparing the figures of the period between September 1, 2013 to August 31 2014, to that of the number between September 1 2017, to August 31, 2018, the fatality figures in collisions and derailments (whose causes the railways can address, according to the official) taken together have come down from 62 to 4—a 93 per cent reduction…”

The rest of the 36 deaths were due to mishaps at unmanned level crossings (UMLCs), manned level crossings, coach fire accidents and one has been registered under ‘miscellaneous.’

Elaborating on the number of injuries caused due to collisions and derailments, the official said that the number has come down from 272 last year to 12 this year.

Renewal of tracks on a large scale, regular safety reviews, improved safety training for staff as well as a close inspection of safety performance done between September 2016 and August 2017 are crucial factors that led to this favourable safety record.

The Railways has also started removing unmanned level crossings—1565 UMLCs were removed in 2017-18 and the railway official said that the plan is to remove 1600 more in the coming year.

In July this year, the Indian Railways has also inducted five futuristic machines that will ensure safer travel.

From cleanliness, free services and safety precautions, the Indian Railways is always taking steps to make your travel more comfortable and enjoyable. Although 40 deaths in a year is still a high number, the rate of decline in fatalities and accidents is excellent news.

Indian Railways restores ticket booking for circular journey 13 months after withdrawal

After 13 months since withdrawal, the Railway department has reinstated the facility to book tickets for circular journey recently.

CHENNAI: After 13 months since withdrawal, the Railway department has reinstated the facility to book tickets for circular journey recently. However, it has also extended the five per cent GST for sleeper class circular tickets as well.

Until June 30 last year,  the circular journey ticket enabled passengers to avail long-distance travels to multiple destinations at lesser ticket fares, without any inconvenience of booking the tickets at each station. Eight break journeys are allowed in a circular ticket.

The passengers were charged a single fare for the entire trip, rather than separate fares for each journey. The travel length was divided into two single journeys, each having half of the length of the total travel. Then, telescopic fare was charged for each single journey, thereby benefiting thousands of pilgrims and tourists.

From July 1, citing technical constraints in assessing the five per cent GST for AC class tickets as a result of the implementation of GST, the Railways discontinued circular journey tickets.

Recently, the Railway Board, apex body of the Railways, issued directions clarifying the methodology to be adopted for calculating the GST for circular tickets. “All circular journey ticket passengers shall be treated as unregistered customers as far as applicability of GST is concerned,” reads the board order.

The order further stated that five percent GST would be imposed on the total fare of the ticket regardless of the classes. “Earlier, 5 per cent GST was imposed for the AC and first-class tickets.

To eliminate shortcomings in assessing the fares, sleeper class tickets are also brought under the GST ambit only for circular journey,” explained a senior railway official, quoting the railway board directive. The zonal railways have been directed to issue circular from the first week of September.

The move is expected to provide huge relief to passengers who go on pilgrimage between October and December. Particularly, passengers travelling to Rameswaram, Kasi, Varanasi and Rishikesh can book tickets comfortably at one leg instead of booking the tickets at each locations.

Rail passengers can take a maximum of eight breaks during the a single circular journey for a travel distance of minimum 1,500 km and maximum up to 10,000 km.

The validity period for journey is roughly fixed for a minimum travel distance by 125 km to 135 km per day. This means circular ticket of a passenger travelling for 8,000 km will get a validity for 60 to 64 days. There is no restriction for passengers on maximum number of days spent at each stopover and a halt for less than 24 hours to board connecting train will not be considered as break.

T. Mohammed Mubeen, former member of the Divisional Rail Users Consultative Committee (DRUCC), Chennai Division, welcomed the decision and said the move would promote domestic tourism. He demanded that the Railways withdraw the GST for sleeper class tickets.

Railways to study impact of Diesel price hike, yet to take a call on passing it on to users

NEW DELHI: The Railways will review the impact of fuel price increase and its pricing strategy.

A Railway Ministry official said the national transporter is yet to take a call on whether it will absorb the entire increase in diesel costs or consider passing them.

The Railways is the single largest transport fuel consumer and had projected a fuel bill of 27,200 crore for the present financial year (FY19). Of this, 10,000 crore is projected for electric traction and remaining 17,000 crore for diesel.

The Railways is adopting electrification at a faster pace to lower the total fuel costs.“While it is difficult to gauge the trend, in the present fiscal, going by the present trend, the Railways expects 1,000-1,500 crore impact for the entire fiscal,” said a source.

Although the official maintained that there is nothing political about the decision to hold back passenger and freight tariff hikes, industry observers point out that the rail tariffs are always political and freight has a cascading inflationary impact that the Centre may want to avoid while going into an election year. The official was speaking at the sidelines of an event to mark the launch of Rail Sahyog, a Web portal to aid the spend of Corporate Social Responsibility Fund for bettering the rail service infrastructure.

Coal sector

As regards coal, which is the largest source of revenue for the Railways, a Coal Ministry official present at the event said some progress can be also expected in the coal sector. After a one-year break, the Ministry of Coal hopes to auction coal blocks again. “We hope to hold another round of coal block auctions in the current financial year. The last round of auction did not elicit much response from participants,” the official said.

Honest reporting, efforts of employees improved Punctuality of Trains: Piyush Goyal

“In April, it went up to 1.20 lakh minutes and 1.18 lakh minutes in May. In June, railways lost 95,000 minutes and in July it fell to 67,000 minutes. And 59,000 minutes in August,” Goyal added.

NEW DELHI: “Honest” reporting of delays and efforts by railway employees in monitoring trains and routes have improved punctuality of the national transporter by 20 per cent this year, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said Tuesday.

Goyal said the railways lost 88,000 minutes per day in journey time in March 2018, but the number of minutes lost was reduced to 59,000 per day by August 2018.

This, he said, shows that more trains were sticking to their schedule now than during the beginning of the year.

“We implemented the automatic data logger at over 98 places of railway routes. Due to the automatic data collection, the punctuality of trains dipped in the last few months.

“However, now with honest reporting of figures, efforts of the staff, minute analysis of routes and close monitoring, we have been able to improve our punctuality by 20 per cent on an average,” Goyal told media on the sidelines of an event to launch the Rail Sahyog portal.

The minister said before the data loggers became operational on April 1, over 57 trains ran late by more than six hours per day, which meant that more than 1,000 trains ran late for more than six hours per month.

“After a series of meeting with officials of the zonal railways, the situation improved in July as only 33 trains ran late for more than six hours per day,” he said, adding that in August the number has now come down to 25.

In March 2018, the railways lost over 88,000 minutes per day in journey time out of the 27 lakh minutes per day that trains ran, he said.

“In April, it went up to 1.20 lakh minutes and 1.18 lakh minutes in May. In June, railways lost 95,000 minutes and in July it fell to 67,000 minutes. And 59,000 minutes in August,” Goyal added.

DPR on new Railway terminal in Mysuru to be ready by November

Project approved in the last budget and estimated to cost Rs. 789 crore
MPs Pratap Simha and R. Dhruvanarayana with railway officials at a meeting of SWR in Mysuru on Tuesday.

MYSORE: The detailed project report (DPR) on a new railway terminal at Naganahalli, entailing the creation of additional infrastructure for Mysuru, will be submitted to the Railway Board in November.

This was stated at a division-level meeting of railway officials with MPs within the jurisdiction of Mysuru railway division on Tuesday.

The project is of special importance to Mysuru city as the existing railway station is saturated and cannot handle the projected growth of traffic envisaged consequent to the completion of track doubling and electrification work. The project was approved in the last budget and is estimated to cost Rs. 789 crore.

The details were given in response to a query by Pratap Simha, MP for Mysuru.

The construction wing of the Railways is working on the DPR, which is expected to be finalised by November. “The project requires around 400 acres of land, for which the State government has been sounded off, and it will take three years to be fully operational from the date of commencement,” said South Western Railway general manager A.K. Gupta.

The terminal will include stabling lines, maintenance lines at least six platform lines, besides high-level island platforms and other infrastructure required for operating both inbound and outbound services as a station of origin.

New railway line

Meanwhile, MP for Chamarajanagar R. Dhruvanarayana sought to know the fate of the proposed Hejjala-Chamarajanagar railway line, which has been approved by the Railway Board to provide an alternative route to that town via Kanakapura-Malavalli and Kollegal.

Officials pointed out that the progress of the project hinges on land acquisition by the State government. The 140-km line will pass through new terrain not connected by the Railways, but the cost of land acquisition has been pegged at around Rs. 500 crore.

The project is to be taken up on a cost-sharing basis, with the State pitching in with 50% of the estimated cost of Rs. 1,300 crore, in addition to providing land to the Railways. Mr. Dhruvanarayan said a one-time lump sum release of funds towards land acquisition may be prohibitive for the State government. He said he would try to push for land acquisition in a phased manner.

But if the current pace of progress is any indication, it is likely the project will remain on paper, according to sources in the Railways.

The Railways will also study the feasibility of extending the existing DEMU service from Bengaluru to Ramanagaram, up to Mysuru so as to meet the demand for additional services.

A project to establish a zonal RPF training centre at K.R. Nagar is also in the pipeline, and land has been identified for it.

The project requires around 400 acres of land… and it will take three years to be fully operational from the date of commencement.

Salem Division tops in generating revenue through UTS ON MOBILE App over SR

SALEM: The Salem division of Southern Railway has earned Rs 27,69,495 lakh through UTSONMOBILE (unreserved ticketing system on mobile) App since April 2018.

According to officials, the Salem division stands number one in generating revenue among other divisions in Southern Railway using the App.

“Using the App, 2,48,602 passengers have travelled across Salem division since April 2018,” U Subba Rao, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) told.

He said Coimbatore railway station stands first in revenue generation using the App when compared to other railway stations in the division. “Of them, 87,003 passengers had travelled from Coimbatore railway station,” the DRM said.

While Mettupalayam railway station earned a revenue of Rs 2,31,770 collected from 43,940 passengers using the app, Erode railway junction earned Rs 5,25,440 from 36,291 passengers. Tirupur railway station generated a revenue of Rs 4,04,515 from 41,779 passengers while Salem railway station earned Rs 2,44,610 from 9,711 and Karur railway station earned Rs 79,860 from 5,267 passengers.

The DRM said passengers can travel without taking hardcopy of the ticket.

“Whenever ticket checking staff asks for the ticket, the passenger can use ‘Show Ticket’ option in the app to show the ticket,” the DRM said. The season ticket can also be issued or renewed from the App and it will be valid from the next day of booking the ticket. No need of GPS for issue or renewal of season ticket.

He urged the passengers not to stand in long queues when they take unreserved tickets and insisted on booking them using ‘UTSONMOBILE’ App.

The Indian Railways had introduced the App in April 2018. The app was developed by the Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS).

The App enables booking and cancellation of unreserved tickets, issuing and renewal of season and platform tickets, checking and loading R-wallet balance. It also helps to maintain user profile management and booking history.

The UTSONMOBILE App is very handy, free and is available for both Android and Windows smart phones. Users can download this app from Google Play Store or Windows store at free of cost.

The Salem Division has 96 railway stations, including major railway stations in Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Coimbatore, Mettupalayam and Karur.

Railways to step up Security, 100 more Barracks for RPF personnel on the anvil

NEW DELHI: The Railways has decided to build 100 additional barracks at key locations to depute Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel. The decision comes following a crucial meeting between Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani and RPF Director-General Dharmendra Kumar on the safety and security issues of passengers and rail properties.

DG RPF mentioned about non-availability of barracks and said it was essential for the secure and safe operations of railways. He requested barracks be built on priority. Lohani has now directed the zonal railways to identify locations and take immediate steps to ensure availability of barracks.  “In fact, a need for 100 additional barracks for the RPF personnel was highlighted by the RPF DG. In phase one, 10 locations have been short-listed for expeditious construction of the barracks,” said a senior rail official.

There are 744 barracks in the country for residential facilities of RPF and RPSF personnel while 740 posts and 527 outposts of the RPF across the railway network. The barracks are usually built near railway stations for easy access to them.

The 10 barracks include one each near station premises in West Bengal’s New Jalpaiguri and Kolkata Terminal in Sealdah, Kishanganj in Delhi, Raipur in Chattisgarh and Rayagada in Odisha. There would be two barracks each in Danapur, one for women personnel, and Lumding in Assam.

The railways board had said that basic amenities like drinking water, toilets and vehicles for the railways’ security personnel, both at their barracks and work, should be improved as it had been pending for decades.

The RPF is a security force of India entrusted with protecting railway passengers, passenger area and railway property of the Indian Railways. It also has the responsibility of escorting passenger trains in vulnerable areas.

Lok Sabha MPs meet WR officials to review progress of projects

MUMBAI: Eight Maharashtra Lok Sabha MPs Monday participated in Western Railway’s divisional committee meeting to take stock of projects currently underway.

A senior official said that MPs Arvind Sawant, Gajanan Kirtikar, Gopal Shetty, A T Nana Patil, Nathubhai Patel, Rahul Shewale, Rajan Vichare, and Rajendra Gavit took part in the meeting organized by WR General Manager A K Gupta.

“The MPs reviewed projects taken up in the last four years and expressed concerns over the inordinate delay in the completion of projects. They gave suggestions to increase the speed of work. They asked WR to initiate works on development of stations,” the official said.

When contacted, Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant said that he was not happy with the railways which he claimed: “lacked will power”. “Even those works which were started from my MP fund have not been completed. What can I say about other projects? I raised several passenger-friendly issues with WR and railway board but most of them were not heard. There is complete lack of willpower,” Sawant said.

A railway official said that 88-foot overbridges (FOBs) had been constructed since May 2014, including three built by the Army, while work on 159 others was underway.

He was quoting figures from a booklet “Railway’s Development in Maharashtra (2014 to Present)” published by the railways.

The WR official said that several passenger amenities were being put in place and claimed that there was no paucity of funds with the railway ministry.

Hasina, Modi launch Railway, Power projects

The inauguration of the three projects was done via video conference with Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee joining in.

NEW DELHI/DHAKA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the construction work of two railway projects through video conferencing yesterday.

The two projects, Kulaura-Shahbajpur section rehabilitation of Bangladesh Railway and Akhaura-Agartala duel gauge rail connectivity (Bangladesh part), will be jointly funded by Bangladesh and India, said an official release said. There is also inauguration of a power link through which New Delhi would export an additional 500 megawatts (MW) of power to Dhaka. One of the railway projects that received the green signal on Monday involves the construction of a 15.5 kilometre railway link between Akhaura in Bangladesh and Agartala in Tripura. The project was agreed to when Sheikh Hasina visited New Delhi in 2010 and is expected to be operational in the next two years. It will aim to boost trade and connectivity between Bangladesh and the landlocked northeast. It will also reduce the travel time and distance between Kolkata and Agartala. India and Bangladesh started a train service between Kolkata and Dhaka in 2008. With a line already existing between Dhaka and Akhaura, the Akhaura-Agartala section when completed will allow seamless travel between Kolkata and Agartala through Bangladesh.

The second railway project involves rebuilding the Kulaura-Shahbajpur section of Bangladesh Railways (a rehabilitation project) to restore train link between Bangladesh and India as a part of Trans-Asian Railway Network. Mahisasan (Single Diesel-Line) is a border railway station in India’s side and a defunct railway transit facility point on the India-Bangladesh border in Karimganj district in the Indian state of Assam. The corresponding station on the Bangladesh side is Shahbajpur (also known as Latu) in Sylhet District. The border station is linked to Karimganj 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) away. The Mahisasan-Shahbajpur route has not been operational since December, 1996 due to lack of traffic.

Under the project, about 53 kilometres of duel gauge rail lines, bridges and culverts, stations and infrastructure would be constructed and non-interlocked colour light signaling system will be set up.

The estimated cost of the project is Tk 678.5 crore, of which around Tk 556 crore is line of credit (LOC) loan of Indian government, while the Bangladesh government will give the remaining amount, the release added.

Under the second project, around 10 kilometers of duel gauge rail lines, culverts, passenger platforms, platform shades, customs and immigration buildings and rest houses will be constructed with an estimated cost of about Tk 241 crore. The project will be implemented with Indian grant, the release said.

The third project is the 500MW additional power supply from India to Bangladesh, through the existing Bheramara-Baharampur interconnection. With this, the total amount of electricity exported by India to Bangladesh will reach 1.016GW with Banerjee offering to export another 1,000MW of power. “This quantum jump in electricity export from megawatt to gigawatt is a symbol of the golden chapter in relations between India and Bangladesh,” Modi said.

History

In response to the demand of the Assam tea planters for a railway link to Chittagong port, Assam Bengal Railway started construction of a railway track on the eastern side of Bengal in 1891.  A 150 kilometres (93 mi) track between Chittagong and Comilla was opened to traffic in 1895. The Comilla-Akhaura-Kulaura-Badarpur section was opened in 1896-1898 and finally extended to Lumding in 1903. Mahisasan was a station on this track. With the partition of India in 1947, it assumed importance as a border station.

The Railway Budget for 2011-12 has approved the conversion of the metre gauge Karimganj-Mahisasan section to broad gauge. Now this a broad gauge single track non electrified line. Currently 2 passenger trains are running in this line from Silchar.

Trans-Asian Railway

Currently, all freight traffic originating from Asia destined for Europe goes by sea. The Trans-Asian Railway will enable containers from Singapore, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Korea to travel over land by train to Europe. The Southern Corridor of the Trans-Asian Railway is of prime interest to India. It connects Yunnan in China and Thailand with Europe via Turkey and passes through India.

There is a general understanding between India and Myanmar that their railways will be interconnected via a 346-km line section that will extend from Kalay in Myanmar to Jiribam in India via the border point at Tamu / Moreh.

The proposed route will enter India through Tamu and Moreh in Manipur bordering Myanmar, then enter Bangladesh through Mahisasan and Shahbajpur and again enter India from Bangladesh at Gede. On the western side, the line will enter Pakistan at Attari. There is a 315 kilometres (196 mi) missing link on this route in the India-Myanmar sector; of this, 180 kilometres (110 mi), in India, is between Jiribam in Manipur and Tamu in Myanmar. The rail link between Jiribam and Imphal has been sanctioned by Indian Railways, but that is unlikely to be completed before 2016. At present construction work is in progress in a 97 kilometres (60 mi) stretch between Jiribam and Tupul.

MUTP-3 on slow track – World Bank to give decision by December 2018

Of the estimated cost of ₹10,948-crore, ₹6,000 crore has been sought from the World Bank. Till date, no clarity on funds; project aimed at improving connectivity in Mumbai Metropolitan Region is stuck.

MUMBAI: Almost two years after getting Cabinet nod, the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) 3, a project aimed at boosting rail connectivity in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), is stuck for want of funds.

Of the estimated cost of ₹10,948-crore, ₹6,000 crore has been sought from the World Bank. According to the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC), the nodal agency responsible for executing major infrastructure projects related to suburban railways, the World Bank is studying and reviewing the projects. “Talks with World Bank over the funding are going on. We are expecting a final decision by December,” said RS Khurana, Chairman and Managing Director, MRVC.

Railway officials feel MUTP-3 may miss its 2022 deadline, despite major infrastructure projects being expedited. “After we get an official nod from the World Bank, we will take a minimum of nine months to finish tendering, issue work orders and complete other formalities. Although a few parts of the project might begin, the main work is likely to start only by the end of 2019. Meeting the deadline seems difficult,” said a senior MRVC official.

MRVC is yet to start land acquisition for the project, which includes quadrupling of Virar-Dahanu Road section (63km), suburban corridor between Panvel and Karjat (28km), elevated corridor link between Airoli and Kalwa (3km), among others.

The MRVC has expedited the work on the Panvel-Vasai-Virar corridor and included it in under MUTP-3. All these corridors will provide connectivity to areas witnessing substantial real estate development around the new international airport and is expected to decongest the city. However, without rail connectivity, it will be difficult to populate the many smart cities that are coming up in these areas.

While MUTP-3 is delayed, the ₹55,000-crore next phase, MUTP-3A, has been sent to the railway board for nod in June. The project will go to Niti Aayog, after the Union cabinet gives final nod. The deadline is 2023.

PMO directs Rail Ministry to work in a Mission Mode – advances the deadlines of projects

PMO appreciates the best punctuality performance registered by Western Railway followed by South Central Railway!

NEW DELHI: Peeved by the tardy progress of some sectors in the railways, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed the Ministry of Railways to “work in a mission mode rather than on incremental progress”.

At a meeting with Railways, the PMO has finalised and in some cases advanced the deadlines of projects like that of achieving punctuality by next month end, couple of them to be completed by year end and other important projects like commissioning of Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) by March 2019.

Sources said that the Prime Minister, at the backdrop of several apprehensions regarding Bullet Train, also took stock of the situation of Indian Railways’ ambitious projects like the High Speed Mumbai Ahmedabad corridor and redevelopment of some of the chosen railway stations which includes one in his home State Gujarat.

The Prime Minister was more concerned about the delays of passenger trains and has directed the national transporter to put trains on time on the tracks by October 2018 under the railways “Mission Raftar”, a project conceived by PM himself during the tenure of Suresh Prabhu as Railway Minister.

As per the latest report the trains on Delhi Howrah route registered a dismal punctuality performance with North Central Railways Zone recording only 42.11 percent. The Zone accounts for dropping of the average punctuality figures of entire railways. The best punctuality performance (PP) has been registered by Western Railway at 99.9 percent followed by South Central Railway.

While most of the other Zones PP oscillate between 74-79 percent, the Central Railway and South Eastern Railways hovers around 86 percent. Northern Railway which receives maximum number of trains with important stations like New Delhi under its jurisdictions, has faired compared to neighbouring NCR and has recorded 62 percent punctuality performance (PP).

Sources said that the PM has also sought details by this month end pertaining to the ideas and projects deliberated during the two Chintan Shivirs which was attended by the Prime Minister himself. Another significant aspect discussed by the PMO was rationalizing of the passenger and freight fares and to generate revenue from non-fare sectors like the national transporter properties like land, station buildings etc and for which a deadline for December 2018 has been set up.

Railway Ministry sources said following the PMO meeting, very soon a decision on the controversial flexi fare in premium trains is to be taken which might bring a big relief ahead of the festive season to rail passengers.

Other issues discussed in the meeting last month has a timeline till the end of this fiscal which includes many infrastructure development projects which had a deadline of June 2019 and beyond. Sources said that the PM also discussed over restructuring of the Railway Board and to improve upon the legacy of the national transporter.

India agrees to supply 160 passenger train-sets to Sri Lanka under Concessional Financing

Secretary Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, G. S. Vithanage exchanging the agreement with Director Technical, Rights Company of India Malik Rathor. General Manger Sri Lankan Railway Dilantha Fernando, Economic Counciller, Suja K. Menan and Additio

COLOMBO: India agreed to supply 160 railway passenger coaches to Sri Lanka valued at around 82 million US dollars under concessional financing.

India has agreed to supply 160 railway passenger coaches to Sri Lanka valued at around 82 million US dollars under concessional financing. The agreement to supply coaches custom-made in India, was signed between RITES Limited of India and Sri Lankan government in Colombo last evening.

The current contract is part of a line of credit agreement for procurement of railway rolling stock and upgradation of rail tracks worth 318 million US dollars, which was signed between EXIM Bank of India and Government of Sri Lanka in June 2017.

Procurements of rolling stock from India which underway include 6 DMUs, 10 locomotives, 20 container carrier wagons and 30 fuel tank wagons.

India has already completed projects close to 1 billion US dollars under concessional financing in the railway sector in Sri Lanka including railway lines to Jaffna and Thalai Mannar.

An official from the Ministry of Transport Sri Lanka said that with the growth of tourism and road congestion, more passengers are traveling in trains and these train compartments would be used to meet this demand. The other objective is to retire aging rail carriages.

Rail Ancillary Park being set up to supply Raebareli’s Coach Factory

RAEBARELI: A rail ancillary park will soon come up in this Uttar Pradesh town at an estimated cost of Rs 1,300 crore to cater to the growing needs of the rail industry, especially the Modern Coach Factory (MCF) here.

The state administration is in the process of notifying the 400 acres of land identified for the rail ancillary park — a first-of-its kind project — near Fatehpur rail station and the railway freight corridor.

“We are going to notify about 400 acres of land for the rail park project soon as all other formalities are completed,” Fatehpur District Magistrate Aunjaneya Kumar Singh said.

The park will house manufacturers of auxiliaries needed at the Raebareli MCF, including components required for bogies, fabrication and furnishing items, electrical equipment, springs and rubber parts, among others. It is part of the “Make in India” initiative of the Centre.

The MCF, at Lalganj, is the third facility in India that produces railway compartments. The other two are the Integral Coach Factory at Perambur in Tamil Nadu and the Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala in Punjab. The MCF was inaugurated by then Congress President Sonia Gandhi in 2012.

“There are about 50 players who have shown keenness to set up units at the rail park,” a senior Railways official at MCF who is involved in coordinating with the state government to speed up the project, told.

Apart from notifying the land, the Uttar Pradesh government is giving an interest subsidy for buying land, building infrastructure, providing 100 per cent reimbursement on stamp duty to the developer and 50 per cent reimbursement to individual buyers for the project.

“The Rail Ancillary Park is an ambitious project and it has to be made into a reality,” Rajesh Agarwal, General Manager, MCF, told this correspondent.

Increasing its output at a faster pace since the first modern coach rolled out in August 2014, MCF is slated to produce 1,500 in the current fiscal besides planning to manufacture Metro and aluminium coaches at its state-of-the-art facility.

In 2015-16, MCF produced 76 modern coaches and the number has now reached 368 with the target of 1,500 in 2018-19 and 3,000 in 2019-20.

Besides supplying to the Indian Railways, MCF is also exploring the possibility of exporting coaches to West Asia for which negotiations are underway.

MCF will be a major beneficiary of the ancillary park project as the transportation cost, about 10 per cent of the total product cost, will be reduced once production begins at the proposed park.

Since the project site is just 10 km from the freight corridor and 7 km from the Kanpur-Allahabad six-lane highway, many major players have shown interest, the Railways official said.

While it would cost about Rs 300 crore for the land, investments worth Rs 1,000 crore are estimated to be made in the project.

India awaits longest road-rail bridge – the Bogibeel Bridge

GUWAHATI: The Brahmaputra was till 1962 the only river in India that had not been bridged along its entire length either for road or railway, according to a 1988 book co-authored by former railwayman and IIT Madras teacher S. Ponnuswamy.

The river, more than 10 km wide in several stretches, now awaits the completion of its fourth and easternmost span — the country’s longest road-rail bridge at 4.94 km — that India’s defence forces and residents of the eastern half of the Northeast have been demanding for almost five decades.

“The Bogibeel bridge will usher in a new era of economic development in the region, apart from strengthening national security in the border areas,” Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, following a recent visit to inspect progress on the construction of the bridge.

Sited about 17 km downstream of Dibrugarh town, the bridge will facilitate road and rail connectivity between the north and south banks of the Brahmaputra in the eastern part of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

“A lot of emotion is attached to this bridge because it was part of the Assam Accord of 1985, but it is taking a long time,” said Lurinjyoti Gogoi, general secretary of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU).

For the construction wing of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) that is undertaking the project, it is better late than never given the unpredictability of the Brahmaputra and instability of its banks.

Training the river

While former Prime Minister H. D. Deve Gowda laid the foundation stone for the Bogibeel bridge in January 1997, work started only in April 2002, when Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the construction.

With several deadlines having been missed over the past 16 years, impatience has grown in the area. The NFR had set a June target, which was pushed back to October, and the latest indications are that the formal inauguration might be delayed by another couple of months more.

The protracted delay has resulted in the project’s cost increasing more than threefold to ₹5,800 crore, from the initial estimate of ₹1,767 crore.

At Bogibeel, the unpredictable river needed to be trained first for diversion through a narrower channel by constructing a total of 4.83 km of guide bunds, while flood dykes had to be raised and strengthened 9 km upstream and 7 km downstream on both banks.

Strategic span

“The actual work on the bridge began in 2011, and by that time we knew the guide bunds and dykes could withstand the river’s might,” a railway engineer, who did not wish to be named, said. The bridge has been designed for carrying very heavy loads and features dual broad-gauge tracks and a three-lane road.

“This is very strategic from the defence point of view, and the Army has been demanding it for years,” retired Brigadier Ranjit Barthakur told. “The bridge classification is on the higher side for movement of heavy military equipment. It will drastically cut time for induction of troops and logistics during a war-like situation,” he added.

At present, troops moving between Dhemaji and Dibrugarh — districts on opposite banks — have to travel more than 600 km via the 3.015 km Kaliabhomora bridge, west of Bogibeel.

Ferry services could be hit

The Inland Water Transport (IWT) Department of Assam fears that the Bogibeel bridge will impact ferry services to a large extent. At present, one government vessel and 24 private boats ferry 2,500 people, 146 cars and 84 two-wheelers on an average every day, said Bharat Bhushan Dev Choudhury, director, IWT Department.

“We have to think of other ways to remain in business, such as long-distance cargo movement that works out cheaper than road transport,” Mr. Choudhury said.

Indian Railways registers Best Rail Safety figures in 5 years: Officials

‘Fatalities in rail accidents stood at 40 between 2017-18’

NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways has registered its best safety figures in five years for the corresponding 12-month period, a senior Railway official said. There have been just 40 deaths in 75 accidents between September 2017 and August 2018.

Between September 2016 and August 2017, there were 80 train accidents and 249 fatalities. In the corresponding period for 2017 and 2018, the number of deaths stood at 40, the official said.

He added that there were two major accidents during this period — the derailment of the Utkal Express in August 2017 which killed over 20 people, and the death of 13 children in Uttar Pradesh on April 26 this year after a train rammed into their school van.

Similarly, between September 2013 and August 2014, the number of deaths was 275 in 139 accidents, in the corresponding period in 2014-2015 while the number was 196 deaths in 108 accidents. The rest 36 deaths in 2017-2018 were accounted for by other factors like mishaps at unmanned-level crossings (28 fatalities), six deaths at manned-level crossings, one in a coach fire accidents and one in “miscellaneous” accidents.

The reason for this, the official said was better tracks, replacement of existing coaches with LHB ones and more focus on maintenance in the last four years have resulted in fewer accidents due to technical reasons.

He further said that the vast reduction in injuries and fatalities happened primarily because of the massive renewal of tracks, regular safety reviews, better safety training of staff and close monitoring of safety.

SR effects traction change in 3 trains consequent to conversion of Erode-Tiruchi BG line from non-electrified to electrified

TRUCHCHIRAPPALLI: Consequent to the conversion of the Erode -Tiruchi broad gauge section from non-electrified to electrified line, Southern Railway has effected traction change in three trains leaving from Tiruchi Junction. A written communication from the Electrical Engineering Branch of the Southern Railway headquarters has already been sent to the senior officials of Tiruchi, Salem and Palakkad divisions.

As per the change, the Coimbatore – Mayiladuthurai- Coimbatore Jan Shatabdi expresses (Train No. 12083/12084), Tiruchi-Palakkad Town – Tiruchi passengers (Train No. 56712/56713) and Tiruchi – Erode – Tiruchi passengers (Train No. 56110 / 56109) are the trains which will run on electric traction, said Southern Railway sources.

However, the Jan Shabtadi expresses will be hauled by electric locomotive only in the Coimbatore – Tiruchi-Coimbatore section since the stretch from Tiruchi to Mayiladuthurai was yet to be electrified.

The loco change-over for the Jan Shatabdhi express train will take place upon arrival at Tiruchi junction in both direction.

The traction change from diesel to electric for these three trains in both direction came into effect from September 8, according to railway sources.

The 140-km Tiruchi – Erode broad gauge section via Karur was electrified early this year with the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) according mandatory clearance in February for operation of electric loco hauled trains in this single line section after inspecting the stretch following completion of overhead electrification works that was carried out by the Central Organisation of Railway Electrification (CORE).

A senior railway official said some freight trains were already being hauled by electric locomotive in the Tiruchi – Erode section after it was energised. The electric loco link of the Southern Railway had been revised as a result of which the traction change from diesel to electric loco have been effected in the three trains from Tiruchi.

The official said electric traction was cheaper than diesel and it would help Railways in cutting down mounting fuel bills substantially in the longer run. Further, electric locomotives were pollution free as compared to diesel loco and have better acceleration.

The Erode- Tiruchi BG section was one among the major stretch to get electrified in the Southern Railway zone. Electrification works were currently under way in the Karur – Salem broad gauge section, Tiruchi – Thanjavur and Thanjavur – Tiruvarur – Karaikal broad gauge sections. These projects were being carried out by the CORE.


ON TRACK

  • 1. Electric traction cheaper than diesel and will help railways in cutting down mounting fuel bills
  • 2. Electric locomotives are pollution free as compared to diesel locos and have better acceleration
  • 3. Erode – Tiruchi line, is one among the major stretch to get electrified in the zone
  • 4. This section was electrified early this year with CRS according mandatory clearance in February

Need for Advance Planning & Fixing of Tentative Targets to expedite Completion of Projects on-time: GM/SCR

Different strategies on anvil to put several pending projects on track and complete them within the deadline.

SECUNDERABAD: Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway advised the officials to focus on resolving critical issues related to ongoing projects, so as to meet the targets as per the schedule. He conducted a project wise detailed review meeting with the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), Railway Electrification (RE), Construction Organization, Principal Heads of Departments officials and Divisional Railway Managers of all the six division i.e. Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntur, Guntakal and Nanded divisions through Video Conference at Rail Nilayam today i.e. 06th September , 2018.

Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav instructed the officials of RVNL, RE and Construction Organization to meticulously plan and co-ordinate with officials of various departments to resolve issues like land acquisition, allocation of state government funds, issues pertains to forest and wild life clearance, crossing of electrical high-tension lines and shifting of signal and telecom cables etc, and ensure smooth progress of projects as per the target time. He also stressed upon allocation and expenditure of funds, drawing up of plans pertaining to work proposals, estimates and drawings etc., so that the execution is carried out without any constraints. He discussed in detail the year wise planning for commissioning of projects including MMTS Phase –II,  Kazipet-Vijayawada tripling, Parbhani-Mudkhed doubling, Nadikudi-Srikalahasti new line, Kallur-Guntakal doubling, Manoharabad-Kothapalli new line, Nandyal-Yerraguntla new line, Kazipet-Balharshah tripling, Guntur-Guntakal doubling and Akola-Khandwa gauge conversion etc. Further, General Manager instructed the officials of RVNL, RE to change the strategy and handle the projects properly to achieve the fast progress in completing the projects within time frame.

Officials representing RVNL and RE, Shri Vijay Agrawal, Chief Administrative Officer/Construction and the Chief Engineers holding charge for various projects made a detailed presentation on the status of works / projects under progress and Traffic facility works to the GM/SCR.

Shri John Thomas, Additional General Manager; Shri.K.Siva Prasad, Principal Chief Engineer; Shri N. Madhusudana Rao, Principal Chief Operations Manager; Smt. Padmini Radhakrishnan, Principal Financial Advisor; Shri Vijay Agrawal, Chief Administrative Officer (Construction); Shri Vinay Mohan Shrivastava, Principal Chief Signal & Telecommunications Engineer; were amongst the officials present.

राजकोट मंडल एवं भावनगर मंडल के माननीय सांसदो के साथ पश्चिम रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक की बैठक सम्पन्न

AHMEDABAD: पश्चिम रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक श्री ए के गुप्ता ने राजकोट एवं भावनगर मंडल के अन्तर्गत आनेवाले संसदीय क्षेत्रों के माननीय सांसदो के साथ बैठक की। सर्वप्रथम महाप्रबंधक श्री गुप्ताद्वारा उपस्थित सांसदो का स्वागत किया गया तथा उन्हे राजकोट व भावनगर मंडल में नवीनतम यात्रीसुविधाओं की जानकारी दी गई। माननीय सांसदोद्वारा उनके क्षेत्र की रेल समस्याओं, परियोजनाओं, ट्रेनों के स्टापेज, नयी ट्रेन चलानेतथा ट्रेनों के विस्तार, ट्रेनों के फेरे बढानेके सम्बंध में चर्चा की एवं बहुमूल्य सुझाव दिये। महाप्रबंधक श्री गुप्ताने माननीय सांसदो को आश्वस्त किया कि उनके बहुमूल्य सुझावों पर शीघ्र उचित कार्यवाही की जायेगी। बैठक में माननीय सांसदगण श्रीमती पूनमबेन माडम, श्री मोहनभाई कुंडारीया, श्री देवजीभाई फतेपरा, श्री विनोद एल. चावडा, डॉ. भारतीबेन डी. शियाल, श्री राजेशभाई चुडासमा, श्री नारणभाई काछडिया ने भाग लिया।

बैठक के दौरान मण्डल रेल प्रबंधक राजकोट श्री पी.बी.निनावे, भावनगर मंडल की मंडल रेल प्रबंधक सुश्री रुपा श्रीनिवासन सहित मुख्यालय के प्रमुख विभागों के अधिकारीउपस्थित रहे। कार्यक्रम का संचालन उप महाप्रबंधक (सामान्य) श्री परीक्षित मोहनपुरिया ने किया।

રાજકોટ મંડળ અને ભાવનગર માનનીય સાંસદો સાથે પશ્ચિમ રેલવેના મહાપ્રબંધકની બેઠક સંપન્ન

પશ્ચિમ રેલવેના મહાપ્રબંધક શ્રી. એ. કે.  ગુપ્તાએ રાજકોટ અને ભાવનગર મંડળ અંતર્ગતના સંસદીય ક્ષેત્રોના માનનીય સાંસદો સાથે બેઠક યોજી. સર્વપ્રથમ મહાપ્રબંધક શ્રી ગુપ્તાદ્વારા ઉપસ્થિત સાંસદોનું સ્વાગત કર્યું. તથા તેમને રાજકોટ અને ભાવનગર મંડળમાં નવીનતમ પ્રવાસી સુવિધાઓની માહિતી આપવામાં આવી. માનનીય સાંસદોએ તેમના વિસ્તારની સમસ્યાઓ, પરિયોજનાઓ, ટ્રેનોના સ્ટોપેજ, નવી ટ્રેનો ચલાવવા તેમજ ટ્રેનોના વિસ્તાર, ટ્રેનોના ફેરા વધારવા બાબતે ચર્ચા કરી અને બહુમૂલ્ય સૂચનો કર્યા. તેમને ગુજરાતમાં ચાલી રહેલા ડબલીંગ, વિદ્યુતીકરણ તથા ગેજ પરિવર્તનની મહત્વપૂર્ણ પરિયોજનાઓને જલ્દી પુર્ણ કરવાની માંગ કરી. જેથી ક્ષેત્રની પ્રજાને તેનો પૂરેપૂરો લાભ મળી શકે. મહાપ્રબંધક ગુપ્તાએ સાંસદોને વિશ્વાસ આપતાં જણાવ્યું હતુ કે તેમના બહુમૂલ્ય સૂચનો પર તાકીદે યોગ્ય કાર્યવાહી કરાશે. આ બેઠકમાં માનનીય સાંસદગણ શ્રીમતી પુનમબેન માડમ, શ્રી મોહનભાઇ કુંડારિયા, શ્રી દેવજીભાઇ ફતેપરા, શ્રી વિનોદ એલ. ચાવડા, ડૉ. ભારતીબેન ડી. શિયાળ, શ્રી રાજેશનભાઇ ચુડાસમા, શ્રી નારણબાઇ કાછડીયાએ ભાગ લીધો.

બેઠક દરમિયાન મંડળ રેલ પ્રબંધક રાજકોટ શ્રી પી. બી. નિનાવે, મંડળ રેલ પ્રબંધક ભાવનગર  સુશ્રી રૂપા શ્રીનિવાસ, સહિત મુખ્યાલયના મુખ્ય વિભાગોના અધિકારીઓ ઉપસ્થિત રહ્યા. કાર્યક્રમનું સંચાલન ઉપ મહાપ્રબંધક (સામાન્ય) શ્રી પરીક્ષિત મોહનપુરિયાએ કર્યું હતું

GM/NFR hold interaction with MPs in Rangiya Division

MALIGAON: General Manager of N.F. Railway Shri Sanjive Roy today held a discussion with Members of Parliament falling under the jurisdiction of Rangiya Division. The discussion was held at the conference hall of the DRM office, Rangiya.  The discussion was attended by Shri Pradhan Baruah, MP-Lakhimpur, Shri Biswajit Daimary, MP-Rajya Sabha, Shri Santiuse Kujur, MP-Rajya Sabha, and representatives from other MPs apart from senior railway officials.

During discussion Shri Pradhan Baruah requested to improve the station approach road of stations like Gogamukh, Murkongselek etc for convenience of passenger. He also requested to check feasibility of construction of over bridges at stations like Silapather, Jonai etc. He also requested railway authority to introduce a South bound train from North bank of Brahmaputra for convenience of people.

Shri Biswajit Daimary requested to construct flyovers in all major stations under BTDA areas. He also demanded to fence the thickly populated portion between two level crossing gates by barbed wire, so that people cannot cross the track easily. He also suggested that all coaches of local trains should be chair car for better comfort and safety and requested railway authority to introduce a Shabadti type train from Tezpur to New Jalpaiguri.

Shri Santiuse Kujur in his speech requested for improvement of passenger amenities at Tangla station and increase in train stoppage timing.

Representatives of MPs also put forward demands like stoppages of all Rajdhani Express trains at Rangiya, introduction of a Janshatabdi type train between Dhubri and Guwahati. etc.

Earlier Shri Ravilesh Kumar, Divisional Railway Manager of Rangiya division welcomed all and gave a presentation about the activities and performance of the Division.

SPV for Bangalore Suburban Rail likely to be in place by November

A high-level meet chaired by the Chief Secretary at Vidhana Soudha on Friday specified stringent timelines to both the State and the Railways to implement each stage of the project. K’taka Chief Secy accepts specific demands post Rail Yatra drive. State government also announced allocation of Rs.23 crore for the suburban train project as activists met the CS

BENGALURU: Friday was a good day for all Bengalureans rallying for an efficient, robust, suburban railway system to solve the city’s traffic gridlock. While the state government announced allocation of Rs 23 crore for the suburban train project, Karnataka Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar met suburban rail activists and accepted a memorandum on basic demands related to the suburban railway project.

To push for the formation of the suburban rail at the earliest, Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar has fixed September 16 as the deadline for the Karnataka Rail Infrastructure Development Enterprises (K-RIDE) to prepare a note to be presented to the Cabinet on the joint venture between Railways and the State government. A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) that will implement the Suburban Rail project for the city will be constituted after the joint venture under the umbrella of the K-RIDE is in place. If things go through, it is likely to be in place by November.

A high-level meet chaired by the Chief Secretary at Vidhana Soudha on Friday specified stringent timelines to both the State and the Railways to implement each stage of the project. Highly placed State government sources said, “The Cabinet note will speak about the revised share holding pattern that will be implemented- in K-RIDE. The ownership pattern will be restructured as 51: 49 with the State being the majority shareholder. The private partner, I-DECK would be divested of all the shares held by it in K-RIDE.”

“The note can be placed before the Cabinet and approval obtained within three or four days. A deadline of September 20 has been fixed for it,” an official said. K-RIDE will facilitate signing of an MoU between State and the Centre to form the Joint Venture, he added.

A South Western Railway Zone official said, “The JV will require an investment of Rs.5 crore. Since a small sum already exists, the State and the Centre will have to pool in Rs.2.45 crore each for setting it up.” The Ministry of Railways has already given its in-principle approval for formation of the joint venture.

“The Railways has also been asked to expedite the process so that a formal approval is obtained before September 16,” another senior railway official said.

The SPV will be set up within two to three months of the State Cabinet approving the JV, a source said. “Most likely it will be in place by November-end,” he added.The 161-km dedicated suburban rail corridor is estimated to cost Rs 17,000 crore.

The state government fund was given to the South Western Railways to increase Mainline Electric Multiple Units (MEMU) trains for suburban railway project. The chief secretary assured that talks with the Railways are on and the process to form a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) will soon happen.

The chief secretary is holding meetings with the Railways, Department of Urban Land Transport, Urban Development Department and  Bangalore Metro Railway Corporation Limited (BMRCL) officials every 10 days.

Tara Krishnaswamy, co-founder of Citizens for Bengaluru (CfB), which led the highly followed Modalu Train Beku campaign recently, said, “The first time when we met him before the yatra, he asked us to note and collate the low hanging fruit demands. He wanted a detailed discussion on specific detailed demands that we collected in the Rail Yatra so that he can be prepared for the next meeting with the railway officials.”

She added, “He acknowledged the success of the Rail Yatra and said that it will be addressed in the fastest possible way.”

The chief secretary has also given time in the third week of September to the activists, for a detailed meeting on specific action points.

Formation of an SPV like that of BMRCL, a separate company (co-owned by the state and centre) is necessary for the steady expansion of tracks and services.

CfB on Friday asked the chief secretary to meet five demands by the start of next year:

  • ORR and E City: There are only two trains from city to ORR and E City. 6.30am from Yeswantpur and 7:15 from City Station. We need at least two more trains from each of these places at more convenient times morning and evening. Most importantly, these trains cannot be delayed yielding to other trains and must run on time.
  • Access roads at Bellandur, Carmelaram and Heelalige needs work immediately. We request the DEMU train between Banaswadi to Hosur to be re-introduced.
  • Yelahanka – Whitefield now has double line and electrified and yet no trains! Whitefield – Hoody -KR Puram – Byappanahalli-Banaswadi-Hebbal -Lottegolla halli – Yeswantpur line has tremendous potential due to metro connectivity at Byappanahalli and KR Puram (in future). Evening service after 7pm from Whitefield to Bangalore City is in much demand. Trains do not run on time. We learned that the Cantonment-Whitefield quadrupling work has been pending for several years.
  • Optimal utilisation of 16 Coach MEMU rakes: They should run for 500 kms/day.
  • Tumkuru: Evening service after 5pm from Bengaluru to Tumkuru.

Growth in SER’s Earnings from Passenger Traffic

KOLKATA: During the first five months i.e. April-August of current financial year (2018-19), South Eastern Railway has earned Rs. 883.26 crores from originating passenger traffic which is Rs.39.32 crores more than the corresponding period of last year i.e. 2017-18 thus registering a growth of 4.66%.

This growth in passenger earnings has been possible due to increase in number of passengers carried during the first five months of the current financial year. During April-August of the current financial year, South Eastern Railway carried 112.06 million originating passengers as against 108.25 million originating passengers carried during the corresponding period of last financial year achieving a growth of 3.52%. Out of total 112.06 million originating passengers, 57.91 million were suburban passengers while 54.15 million were non-suburban passengers.

Chennai Metro: CMRL authorities to inspect 21-km elevated corridor, test for structural strength

CHENNAI: To check the stability of elevated metro rail corridors that run across two arterial roads, Chennai Metro Rail Ltd will soon begin inspection of the structures. CMRL is looking for a firm that has the expertise to inspect, investigate and submit a report with suggestions. Metro rail operates a 21km elevated corridor from Thirumangalam ramp to St Thomas Mount and Saidapet ramp to Airport.

“Such inspections are important once an elevated section completes two years of operation. The contractor will only inspect the corridor and submit a report to us in six months. Depending on the outcome of the report, we will decide on the next step,” an official said. A team of experts will inspect the structures on parameters including strength, stability, development of cracks among others. More than 500 columns and the viaducts above them will be checked during the inspection.

“The most important part of the structure is the rubber bush between the columns and the deck on which tracks have been laid. We must periodically check its condition and position and look for disturbances that may have occurred due to the movement of trains above,” a CMRL official said.

The inspection is critical for the safety of metro rail passengers as well as those on the road below. In August in Kochi, a piece of concrete from a pillar of the elevated corridor fell on an autorickshaw, whose passengers managed to escape unhurt.

This is will be the second inspection on the elevated corridor. “Last time, we got quotations from contractors instead of floating tenders as the stretch was small and the value was less. This time the value is high as the entire corridor is to be inspected,” an official said.

Traffic Marshals outside railway stations to clear chaos

NEW DELHI: Troubled with congestion at the entrances of Delhi’s major railway stations, Northern Railways has now outsourced traffic marshals who will be stationed outside the New Delhi, Old Delhi and Hazrat Nizamuddin stations from Monday, officials said. The teams have been deployed to clear unauthorised vendors and hawkers, prevent traffic jams in the vicinity and also assist people in parking their cars.

Railway officials said that initially 76 marshals will be deployed at the three stations with 34 at New Delhi, 26 at Old Delhi and 16 at Hazrat Nizamuddin. However, their numbers will be increased if required. “They will be deployed in two shifts and both entrances of the three stations are being covered at present. Based on their findings, we can increase the manpower or make changes as required,” said a senior railway officer.

RN Singh, divisional railway manager of the Delhi division, said that the team has also been particularly asked to keep an eye out for vendors or anti-social elements that may be creating trouble nearby. “Their job is to clear the parking and circulating area of the station and ensure that there are no traffic jams. We have asked them to inform the RPF or the GRP directly if they spot someone suspicious, and this will give us additional security,” said Singh.

Northern Railways in March had also held a meeting with the lieutenant governor, asking for directions to ensure congestion is removed from the station entrances. The meeting was also attended by the traffic police and corporations.

“We have written to the corporations and police for stricter action. However, street vendors return to their spots in a few days after being removed. We are deploying these marshals so that they are unable to return,” said an official.

Adani Mundra Port successfully handles Diesel Locomotive of GE for Indian Railways

The import was handled on 10th October 2017. The vessel named MV Rickmerse Hamburg carried the locomotives. The locomotives were manufactured by General Electric (GE), USA. The shipment was received by Indian Railways, Roza Loco Shed (UP)

AHMEDABAD: Mundra Port successfully handled first Diesel locomotive of GE, USA for Indian Railways on 10th October 2017. The vessel named MV Rickmers Hamburg has a Parcel Size of 139.072 MT. The locomotives manufactured by General Electric (GE), USA were received by Indian Railways, Roza Loco Shed (UP).

With the purpose of Dedicated Freight Cargo Corridor, the selling point for the port was the availability of port based railways infrastructure to facilitate the commissioning of Loco’s. Also the strategic location of port was an advantage.

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ) is India’s largest private multi-port operator. APSEZ is a part of the Adani Group, an integrated infrastructure corporation.

Southern Railway registers increase in Originating Freight Loading

CHENNAI: Freight traffic essentially serves the revenue of Southern Railway. Southern Railway loaded 14.85  Million Tonnes during April-August, 2018 surpassing Railway Board’s target by 12% and registering a growth of 35% as compared to last year’s loading of 11.01 MT during the corresponding period.  Amongst the commodities which contributed to this performance are Coal, raw materials for steel plants, Iron & Steel, Iron Ore, cement and Gypsum.

Major Commodities

  • Coalloading constituted 57% of the total freight loading during the current year.
  • Coal Loading to Power Houses :  Out of the total  coal loading of 8.48 MT during April-August 2018, 54% of the coal has been loaded to Power Houses viz., TANGEDCO (TN State Power House), ITPCL (IL&FSEnergy and Tamil Nadu Power Company), Udupi Power Corporation Ltd. and TAQA Neyveli Power Company.  An increase of 1.03 MT of coal loading to these power houses has been recorded during April-August, 2018 compared to the corresponding period of  last year.
  • Dolomite & Limestoneloading at Chennai Port by M/s.Jindal Steel Ltd. For their Steel Plant at Vijayanagar, Tornagallu has registered a sharp growth of 92%.  0.94 MT has been loaded during April-August, 2018 compared to 0.49 MT during the corresponding period of 2017-18.
  • Loading of Iron & Steelalso witnessed growth as 31 rakes of 80,000 tonnes of finished steel was loaded by M/s Jindal Steel Works from their Plant in Salem out of which 40,000 was moved to Chennai Port for export and the rest was moved to Northern India.
  • Iron Oreto the tune of 0.27 MT was also loaded by M/s Jindal Steel works Salem Plant compared to 0.17 MT last year recording a growth of 59%.
  • 2 MT of Gypsum has been loaded during Apr-August, 2018 compared to 0.01 MT during the last year registering a growth of 200%.

New streams of traffic

  • 43 MT of  Petroleum Cokeproduced by BPCL at Irumbanam has enhanced the freight basket of Southern Railway supplementing as a  new stream of traffic.
  • For the first time, 10 Container rakes of Cementwere moved by M/s Dalmia Cements from their Ariyalur Plant to Tuticorin for export through M/s.CONCOR.
  • Out of the total Gypsum loadingof 0.2 MT during April-August, 2018, 7 rakes of 28000 tonnes was loaded from the new siding at Kamarajar Port, Ennore for the first time since opening of the siding during May 2017.F

RailTel bags Best Social Wi-Fi Award by Digianalysys at My India Wi-Fi Summit 2018

NEW DELHI: RailTel Corporation of India Ltd. has added yet another jewel in its crown by wining the ‘Best Social Wi-Fi Project Award’ by Digianalysys at My India Wi-Fi Summit 2018. The award was presented in a grand ceremony on 6th September 2018 at New Delhi. RailTel won the award in recognition of it’s Rural station Wi-Fi initiative supported by Universal Service Obligatory Fund (USOF) of Department of Telecom, Govt of India.

The award was presented in a grand ceremony on 6th September 2018 at New Delhi. RailTel won the award in recognition of it’s Rural station Wi-Fi initiative supported by Universal Service Obligatory Fund (USOF) of Department of Telecom, Govt of India.

RailTel was entrusted with the work of providing high speed Wi-Fi service at 200 B, D, E & F category stations across India with the utilization of Universal Service Obligatory Fund (USOF) of Department of Telecom. The idea behind providing Wi-Fi in these stations were to transform the Railway stations into a platform for Digital inclusion for the populations of the nearby areas of those stations. RailTel completed the work of providing Wi-Fi service at 200 B, D, E & F category stations in a span of mere 4 months. The Wi-Fi service is branded under RailWire, RailTel’s retail broadband service.

These stations see very less footfall yet we have 5 lakh+ and growing monthly logins which speaks volume of the success of the project. We plan to leverage the Wi-Fi systems installed at station to create a larger eco system of digital literacy by opening small kiosks- RailWire Saathi stall- at stations to help people use internet and access various online services.

RailTel is a major player in Public Wi-Fi space and RailTel have successfully provided Wi- Fi in 700+ railway stations across India and with more than 8 million users login monthly this network is one of the largest Public Wi-Fi network of the world. Out of these 200 rural (B,D,E,F category) stations were done with the USOF of DoT, 413 large( A,A1 and C category) station Wi-Fi were executed in partnership with Google and 98 more stations were executed by RailTel on it’s own. We have plan of further providing Wi-Fi at more railway stations across India.

About RailTel

RailTel Corporation a “Mini Ratna (Category-I)” PSU is one of the largest neutral telecom services providers in the country owning a Pan-India optic fiber network covering all important towns & cities of the country and several rural areas covering 70% of India’s population. RailTel is in the forefront in providing nationwide Broadband Telecom & Multimedia Network in all parts of the country in addition to modernization of Train operations and administration network systems for Indian Railways. With its Pan India high capacity network, RailTel is working towards creating a knowledge society at various fronts and has been selected for implementation of various mission-mode Govt. of India  projects in the telecom field.

Ministry of Railways organises Seminar on ‘Leveraging IT for Mobility’

Piyush Goyal says “Paperless Unreserved Tickets have moved up from 195 in 2014-15 to 67,000 last year, which is a 35,000 % increase over a period of three years”. Minister launches “AAPOORTI” mobile app of ‘Indian Railways. e-Procurement system provides information and data related to e-tendering and e-auction activities of IR.

NEW DELHI: Ministry of Railways & Centre for Railway Information Services (CRIS) organised a seminar on “Leveraging IT for Mobility” here today.  Minister of Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Shri Goyal also launched a new app – “AAPOORTI’ mobile App of ‘Indian Railways e-procurement system’.

Speaking on this occasion, Shri Piyush Goyal said, “It’s time we get the charm back to the Indian Railways and to my mind, technology can be that defining factor that will help Indian railways change both its direction and its face. There are so many new transformations that the railways is working on related to the tracks, safety, signalling, catering, punctuality, and modernizing our inspection processes which will make them more efficient and clinically sound. A rapid scale-up of technology is what the nation expects out of us, and that’s where we can take the help of the private sector in helping us develop and use that technology. It is encouraging to note that Paperless Unreserved Tickets have moved up from 195 in 2014-15 to 67,000 last year, which is a 35,000 % increase over a period of three years. We have now taken Wifi to 710 railway stations, best in the country in terms of speed. I am proud of Railwaymen who have done that. We have to make Indian Railways efficient, better & customise it for better customer experience by changing the mindset.”

Shri Girish Pillai, Member Traffic, Railway Board, Shri Mukesh Nigam, MD, CRIS, Shri V.P.Pathak, DG/Store, Railway Board, Shri Anand Mathur, DG/Personnel, Railway Board, Ms. Sunira Bassi, Additional Member, C&IS, Railway Board & other senior Railway officers were also present on the occasion. The seminar was organised in four sessions namely i) Mobility for Passenger Business, ii) Continuous Cargo Visibility, iii) Network Optimisation, iv) IoT (Internet of Things) and Mobile Data in Maintenance, Repair and Operations.

About the seminar:

During the sessions in the seminar, it was deliberated how IT can be leveraged to facilitate mobility in a number of ways. Speakers during the sessions spoke how IT can be used to enhance mobility can give rise to a number of solutions for the Railways such as continuous information availability to customers, network optimisation, end-to-end visibility of cargo, and maintenance of assets using IoT. These solutions which came during seminar can help to make Railway operations more effective to serve  customers.

Apart from computers and information processing systems, communication networks play a crucial role in leveraging IT for mobility. Efficient communication networks can be designed using latest technologies, to provide reliable high-bandwidth channels for fixed and moving devices.

Similarly, modern IoT devices provide high processing power in small packages with low power consumption to ensure that workers are facilitated even while working in harsh environments.

Mobility being such an important part of the overall productivity of the nation’s enterprises, this seminar served a good platform to deliberate upon the technology alternatives that can best facilitate it.

Background material:   

IT can be leveraged to facilitate such mobility in a number of ways.

Firstly, mobile apps on hand-held devices connected through reliable networks to central IT systems can provide information to consumers while they are on the move. Such devices also facilitate collection of information for further processing. Secondly, IT systems can help to optimise the resources that make mobility possible. Examples are information systems that can optimise the routing of traffic through the rail network. Thirdly, IoT (the Internet of Things) enables data to be collected automatically using remote devices placed on fixed or moving assets to ensure that these are optimally utilised. This helps to provide reliable transportation systems for mobility. Fourthly, the use of IT can enable information to be seamlessly exchanged across organisational, even national boundaries, to provide efficient and uninterrupted movement of goods and people across these boundaries.

About Aapoorti   (IREPS Mobile App) :

The ‘Aapoorti’ mobile App of ‘Indian Railways e-procurement system’.

  • This App provides information and data related to e-tendering and e-auction related activities of Indian Railways.
  • For e-tendering activities, users can see details related to tenders published, tenders closed, purchase orders placed.
  • For activities related to e-auction of scrap sale, users can see upcoming auctions, auction schedules, sale conditions, details of material available for e-auction, auctioning units.
  • User manuals of IREPS are also made available on the App.
  • The App also provides for rating of the app and taking feedback from users which shall help us continuously improve the app.

Digitization of Railway supply chain is an ongoing program with new features and facilities being added through the e-procurement system “IREPS”. Complete tendering activity of Indian Railways for procurement of goods, services & works and e-auction of scrap sale is on IREPS. IREPS system is largest such G2B portal in India. It has helped in achieving objectives of Transparency, Efficiency and improving Ease of Doing Business. During 2017-18, Four lakh Forty Four Thousand e-tenders valuing more than Rs One lakh Fifty Thousand crores were issued on IREPS. Online scrap sale of Rs Two Thousand Eight Hundred crores was also done last year through e-auction.  Ninety Thousand vendors have registered themselves on IREPS website. Central Vigilance Commission has recognized and awarded the system under “Vigilance Excellence Awards-2017” for outstanding contribution in the category of “IT initiatives for transparency in the organization”.

Northeast Frontier Railway efforts in supply of Fertilizers for the Farmers of Manipur lauded

Chief Minister of Manipur N.Biren Singh appreciated the efforts of Indian Railways for running Freight Trains carrying fertilizers for the farmers of Manipur during the all-important sowing season.

MALIGAON: The Chief Minister of Manipur, Shri N. Biren Singh has appreciated the efforts of Northeast Frontier Railway for running Freight Trains carrying fertilizers for the farmers of Manipur during the all-important sowing season.

In a letter written to the Railway Minister Shri Piyush Goyal yesterday, the Chief Minister had said that “non-availability of fertilizers was creating a huge problem and would have adversely affected the agricultural production of the state”.

The Chief Minister thanked the Railways Minister for taking immediate steps in arranging a freight train on August 28 to carry fertilizers from the Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporations’ Namrup plant to Jiribam, the only rail-head in Manipur.

It may be mentioned that N. F. Railway had arranged 21 wagons on priority basis within three and-a-half hours of receiving the request on 28th August to carry 1319 Metric Tonne of Neem Coated UREA from Namrup to Jiribam for the distressed farmers at the request of the Chief Minister. These were carried by two separate freight trains.

The trains were run on priority basis in the night of 28th August and they reached Jiribam in the morning of 30th September. The arrival of the fertilizers ahead of the main crop season is likely to help the farmers immensely.

Manipur was brought to the broad gauge railway network on 27th May 2016 when Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi flagged off 55665/55666 Jiribam – Silchar Passenger train – the 1st BG train connecting the state. At present, work is going on in full swing in the Jiribam – Tupul – Imphal new broad gauge line project.

A large number of farmers recently raised an uproar at the Sanjenthong office of Agriculture Department against the department’s failure to provide fertilizers even after money was deposited in advance. Subsequently, Assistant Fertilizer Officer (AFO) K Kullabidhu was suspended on August 27 in connection with the department’s failure to provide fertilizers to farmers. Many CSOs too asked the State Government to ensure that adequate fertilizers are made available to farmers at subsidised rates.

Taking serious note of the growing pressure from different directions, the State Government took up special measures to ensure that fertilizers are available to farmers. Subsequent upon the State Government’s initiative, a train comprising of 21 compartments laden with Urea reached Jiribam from Namrup last week too. Loading Urea on trucks for onward journey to Imphal has already begun from Jiribam and are expected to reach Imphal within the next couple of days and problem of scarcity of fertilizers is likely to be resolved soon.

Meanwhile, Agriculture Department started distribution of fertilizers to farmers through District Agriculture Offices on production of pattas of paddy fields since yesterday. Farmers can be seen in long queues in front of DAOs. But some farmers have lodged complaints that the price of subsidised Urea charged by different DAOs is not uniform.

The price of Urea per bag of 45 Kg capacity is Rs 266.80.There are complaints that one Urea bag costs Rs 310 at Thoubal and Rs 290 at Bishnupur. Railways had shipped another 1500 MT of Urea by special train.

Western Railway wins All India Railway Aquatic Championship

पश्चिम रेलवे ने जीती अखिल भारतीय रेल एक्वाटिक चैम्पियनशिप
Photo Caption: Western Railway’s winning team of All India Railway Aquatic Championship. अखिल भारतीय रेल एक्वाटिक चैम्पियनशिप में पश्चिम रेलवे की विजेता टीम

MUMBAI: It was indeed a moment of pride as Western Railway won the All India Railway Aquatic Championship. The 59th All India Railway Aquatic Championship was organized by South Western Railway Sports Association at Hubli from 1st Sept to 5th Sept 2018. The Championship consisted of 3 events viz. Waterpolo, Diving and Swimming. Western Railway excelled in Waterpolo and Diving where they were the champions and were Runner up in Swimming.  Shri A K Gupta- General Manager of South Western Railway congratulated the teams and gave away the prizes.

मुंबई – पश्चिम रेलवे ने अखिल भारतीय रेल एक्वाटिक चैम्पियनशिप में जीत का परचम लहराया है। दक्षिण पश्चिम रेलवे खेलकूद संगठन द्वारा 1 सितम्बर से 5 सितम्बर, 2018 तक 59 वीं अखिल भारतीय रेल एक्वाटिक चैम्पियनशिप आयोजित की गई थी। इस चैम्पियनशिप में 3 प्रतियोगिताएँ अर्थात वॉटर पोलो, डाइविंग तथा तैराकी आयोजित की गईं। पश्चिम रेलवे वॉटर पोलो एवं डाइविंग प्रतियोगिता में अव्वल रही तथा तैराकी प्रतियोगिता में उपविजेता रही। दक्षिण पश्चिम रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक श्री ए. के. गुप्ता ने टीम को बधाई दी तथा विजेताओं को पुरस्कार प्रदान किये।

IRCON’s IPO to hit market by Sept 18

The IPO will contribute towards the government’s disinvestment target of Rs.80,000 crore.

NEW DELHI: The initial public offering (IPO) of railway PSU IRCON International will hit the market on September 17 or 18. Around 1 crore equity shares of the face value Rs 10 each will be on offer.

While the government plans to divest 10% of its stake in the construction company via the IPO, employees will be offered around 5 lakh equity shares over and above of what is available for the public. The IPO is likely to fetch the government Rs 500-600 crore.

IRCON International was incorporated in 1976 by the government and the firm specialises in railway and highway construction, EHP sub-stations and mass rapid transit systems. While the company has so far completed around 300 infrastructure projects in India and more than 100 projects overseas, its overseas portfolio has gone down of late. “Three years back, almost 50% of the company’s turnover used to come from abroad. Now, that share has gone below 10%,” said a source.

The firm executed projects in Malaysia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Mozambique, Ethopia, Afghanistan, Algeria, Sri Lanka and the UK. According to the source quoted above, IRCON is competing for projects in Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

The IPO will contribute towards the government’s disinvestment target of Rs 80,000 crore. So far this year, the government has raised Rs 9,220 crore, or less than 10% of the annual target. The poor disinvestment performance is partly because the government’s plan to sell Air India did not fructify.

The government is expecting the IPO to do well on the stock exchanges as the response from investors was good during the road shows, the source said.

This will be the second railway PSU to be listed in this financial year after RITES was listed in July wherein 2.52 crore equity shares were offered and the government received around Rs 460 crore. The other railway PSUs in line to be listed include IRFC and RVNL, whereas IRCTC has been put on hold as the business model of the company got affected as it stopped charging service charge from consumers as per the government’s direction post demonetisation.

Massive Railway & Metro Rail infra boost in UP; more cities to get Metro Rail

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during the ‘Lucknow Metro Diwas’ said that after Lucknow, Ghaziabad and Noida, more cities will get metro connectivity.  The Uttar Pradesh government decided to start metro services in Agra, Kanpur and Meerut cities by 2024 at a total estimated cost of Rs.50,000 crore. There would be two metro corridors in Agra, the Taj city, and the project will cost more than Rs.13,000 crore.

“The Kanpur project will have 31 stations and it will be 30-km-long costing over Rs.17,000 crore, while Meerut Metro project will be of 33 km costing over Rs.13,800 crore,” he said.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Tuesday that the rail infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh had been severely lagging for decades and that the Modi government is working for a massive infrastructure boost and has increased the capital expenditure manifold.

“During 2009-2014, Rs 5,500 crore were invested on new rail infrastructure in UP while Modi regime allocated Rs 27,000 crore for building facilities in the state by 2019,” said Goyal.

“During one estimate, it was determined that in 65 years since independence, rail infrastructure in UP increased only by 25% while the passenger load increased 15 times and freight demand grew by 12 times,” said railway minister while addressing mediapersons during his Gomtinagar railway station inspection on Tuesday.

Goyal said that there has been a massive increase in development of infrastructure, amenities, services and commercial growth in railways since the Modi government came to power.

While inspecting the ongoing construction work at Gomtinagar railway station, Goyal said that the project is likely to be completed by 2020.

The project of remodelling the Gomtinagar railway station which includes construction of six tracks, 10 platforms, concourse halls, twostorey terminal building, foot overbridges, shopping mall, multilevel parking, connecting dedicated road for arriving and departing passengers, etc, would cost Rs 1,800 crore.

India to purchase 18 Bullet Train sets from Japan with Transfer of Technology clause

Railways to spend Rs.7,000 crore for 18 Bullet Train sets from Japan!

AHMEDABAD: India will purchase 18 bullet train sets from Japan at a total cost of about Rs 7,000 crore in a deal that includes a pledge to transfer technology for local production, an official said.

The country’s first bullet train is likely to start running between Mumbai and Ahmedabad by the end of 2022. The 508-km, high speed train corridor is being built with Japanese assistance.

Japanese manufacturers will participate in a tender that will be floated soon to procure the high-speed trains. They will follow the Japan Railways design. The official said Japanese bullet trains are among the safest in the world and those imported will have automatic protection systems to ensure safety.

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad route is expected to be used by 18,000 passengers with fares between the two cities likely to be less than Rs 3,000 in economy class. The trains will also have a first class with amenities similar to those in airlines.

In parallel, Indian Railways will start the process of setting up a bullet train assembling facility in India on a public private participation (PPP) basis that will cater to future needs. Japanese train technology companies such as Kawasaki and Hitachi may set up facilities in the country, the official said.

Construction on the bullet train project is likely to start in January next year with Indian Railways hopeful of meeting the December 2018 deadline for acquiring land.

The bullet train corridor will have sound baffles along the route that will have 12 stations, with about 350 km of it in Gujarat and 150 km in Maharashtra.

The government has already started getting funds from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, which is providing a soft loan of Rs 88,000 crore for the project over 50 years at an annual interest rate of 0.1%. Repayments will start after a moratorium of 15 years from the date the loan was released.

Railway and Civil authorities review facilities in view of forthcoming Pitrapaksh Mela rush at Gaya

GAYA: The proposal to run special trains between Gaya-Varanasi and Gaya-Patna during the forthcoming Pitrapaksh Mela is yet to be approved by the competent authority.

The proposal came up for discussion at the high-level meet held on August 30 between railway officials and civil authorities. Gaya DM and Mughalsarai Divisional Railway officials, besides other officials participated in the discussions.

Asked about the Pitrapaksh Mela special trains, station director Pavinesh Kattal said a final decision on the proposal is yet to be taken. “It will come in public domain once the proposal is approved. I am not in a position to say whether the proposal would be ultimately approved or not,” Kattal said.

Referring to the ongoing repair of the overbridge at what is called the Howrah-end of Gaya station, Kattal said the job will be over before September 10 and it will be opened for passengers much before the start of Pitrapaksh Mela.

This year, the Pitrapaksh Mela begins on September 23. Way back in 2014, a decision was taken to install escalator at the Gaya railway station. But the much-promised escalator continues to be elusive. A sizeable number of elderly people, both men and women visit Gaya during Pitrapaksha Mela for pindadaan rituals. “Such pilgrims face difficulty in negotiating the somewhat steep stairs and escalator facility was needed at the station,” said DK Jain, president of the Grand Chord Passengers’ Association.

Asked about the progress made in escalator installation, the station director said the plinth for escalator installation has been constructed. “I will have to consult the electrical section for further details. The escalator is unlikely to be ready before the commencement of Pitrapaksha Mela,” Kattal said.

Gaya region has become vulnerable to terror attacks and two such attacks have already taken place in Bodh Gaya during the last five years. For security reasons, recommendation was made to install state of- the- art luggage scanner at the station. Asked about the luggage scanner installation, the station director said he will have to go through the file.

Conceding that the condition of roads around the station was not good, the station director said repair job will be shortly undertaken. “These roads along with the roads leading to the Inspector Colony are maintained by the railways. A separate slot has been earmarked for parking of auto rickshaws,” Kattal said.