SWR announce continuation of Yesvantpur-Visakhapatnam-Yesvantpur Weekly Tatkal Express Special

BANGALORE: South Western Railway has decided to continue the service of Train No. 06579/06580, Yesvantpur – Visakhapatnam – Yesvantpur Weekly Tatkal Express Special for few more trips to clear extra rush of passengers.

Train No. 06579, Yesvantpur – Visakhapatnam Weekly Tatkal Express Special departs Yesvantpur at 18:35 hrs. on every Friday from 02nd March, 2018 to 25th May, 2018  (Total 13 trips) and reaches Visakhapatnam at 14:35 hrs. on respective Saturday.

Enroute, the train arrives/departs Banasavadi at 18:54/18:55 Hrs., Krishnarajapuram at 19:10/19:12 Hrs., Whitefield at 19:18/19:20 Hrs., Bangarapet at 20:00/20:02 Hrs.  Kuppam  at 20:30/20:32 Hrs.,  Jolarpettai  at 21:38/21:40 Hrs.,  Katpadi at 22:53/22:55 Hrs.,  and on Saturday arrives/departs Renigunta  at 01:40/01:55 Hrs.,  Gudur  at 03:30/03:32 Hrs., Nellore  at 04:03/04:05 Hrs.,  Ongole  at 05:38/05:40 Hrs.,  Chirala  at 06:21/06:23 Hrs.,  Tenali  at 06:56/06:58 Hrs.,  Vijayawada  at 07:55/08:10 Hrs., Eluru  at 08:55/08:57 Hrs.,  Rajamundry  at 10:22/10:24 Hrs.,  Samalkot  at 11:05/11:07 Hrs.,  Anakapalle 12:55/12:57 Hrs.,  Duvvada  at 14:00/14:02 Hrs.,

Train No. 06580, Visakhapatnam – Yesvantpur Weekly Tatkal Express Special departs Visakhapatnam at 13:45 hrs. on every Sunday from 04th March, 2018 to 27th May, 2018  (Total 13 trips) and reaches Yesvantpur at 09:05 hrs. on respective Monday.

Enroute, the train arrives/departs Duvvada  at 14:15/14:17 Hrs Anakapalle 14:30/14:32 Hrs.,  Samalkot  at 16:05/16:07 Hrs.,  Rajamundry  at 16:55/16:57 Hrs.,  Eluru  at 18:20/18:22 Hrs.,  Vijayawada  at 19:40/19:55 Hrs., Tenali  at 20:30/20:32 Hrs.,  Chirala  at 21:20/21:22 Hrs.,  Ongole  at 22:10/22:12 Hrs.,  Nellore  at 23:30/23:32 Hrs., and on Monday arrives/departs Gudur  at 00:10/00:12 Hrs., Renigunta  at 01:35/01:50 Hrs.,  Katpadi at 03:43/03:45 Hrs.,  Jolarpettai  at 05:05/05:10 Hrs.,  Kuppam  at 05:38/05:40 Hrs.,  Bangarapet at 06:10/06:12 Hrs.  Whitefield at 06:58/07:00 Hrs., Krishnarajapuram at 07:28/07:30 Hrs., Banasavadi at 07:50/07:51 Hrs.,

The train Composition will have ONE AC 2-tier coach, TWO AC 3-tier coaches, EIGHT Second Class sleeper coaches, TWO Luggage-cum-Brakevan with disabled friendly compartment.

TEMPORARY STOPPAGE OF TRAINS AT NAYANDAHALLI

Railway will provide one minute stoppage for the Train No. 16219/16220, Chamarajanagar – Tirupati – Chamarajanagar Daily Express at Nayandahalli station on temporary basis for a period of six months from 25th March, 2018 to 24th September, 2018.  Train No. 16219, Chamarajanagar – Tirupati Daily Express arrives Nayandahalli at 19:38 Hrs. and departs at 19:39 Hrs.    Train No. 16220, Tirupati – Chamarajanagar Daily Express arrives Nayandahalli at 07:40 Hrs. and departs at 07:41 Hrs.

GE Transportation delivers first Two Locomotives in Indian Railways Partnership

Indian Railways inducts two State-of-the-Art High Horse Power Locomotives. These High Horse Power Locomotives are designed & developed under the Make in India Program under PPP Agreement with M/s General Electric. First Fully Digitally Enabled Locomotive with greater Reliability, Maintainability and Availability.

NEW DELHI: Indian Railways in collaboration with M/S General Electric (GE) under the Public Private Partnership initiative has inducted two Digitally Enabled Locomotives based on the state of the art insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) technology which enables the combined advantages of high efficiency and fast switching. As a gesture of inducting the two HHP locomotives on the Indian Railway system, GE handed over the symbolic reverser keys to Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Ashwani Lohani at a ceremony held at Northern Railway’s Diesel Loco Shed, Alambagh, Lucknow.

The two HHP prototypes locomotives were wholly designed in India under the Make in India program and manufactured under the Public Private partnership through a MOU with GE. The total investment amount is Rs.13000 crore and under the agreement Indian Railways has a 26% stake. The first GE manufactured Diesel locomotive No 49001 for Indian Railways, shipped from USA, landed in the country on 11th October 2017 and was put to extensive trials.

On behalf of IR, Sh. Ashwani Lohani , CRB, received the first two locomotives and launched Roza Maintenance Shed with collaboration and partnership with GE, at Alambagh Diesel Shed, Lucknow, in the presence of Sh. Vishwesh Chaube, GM, NR & Senior officers of Lucknow Division

The Salient features of the GE Locomotive are four stroke engine, 12 cylinders, 06 traction motors, AC Dual Cab locomotive; Safety features for self load, toilet facility, Upgraded Computer Controlled Braking (CCB system), Electronic Fuel Injection system, Fuel Efficient locomotive, IGBT based traction technology, Compliant with India’s UIC emission norm. The locomotive is also the first fully digitally enabled locomotive with greater reliability and availability and is also provided with a device to manage disasters. In a bid to setting higher benchmarks in maintenance of its assets for better reliability and safety, the Indian Railways had set up maintenance sheds at Roza, UP and Gandhidham, Gujarat.

GE is providing locomotive technology to Indian Railway and by 2025, through a joint venture company it will manufacture 1000 fuel-efficient locomotives (100 per year) that will be used for freight traffic hauling. Amongst these 700 locomotives will be 4500HP WDG4G and rest 300 locomotives will be of 6000HP. Initially 40 fuel efficient diesel locomotives will be manufactured in GE facility at Erie, Pennsylvania, USA and the rest 960 diesel locomotives will be manufactured in Marhoura, Saran District, Bihar. This production unit spread over 9.15 hectares, with township facility with a total area of 200 acres. This factory will start loco manufacturing from October 2018. Locos will be maintained in Roza, UP and Gandhidham, Gujarat.

IGBT Technology has a three-terminal power semiconductor device primarily used as an electronic switch which and was later developed to give the combined advantages of high efficiency and fast switching. It offers greater power gain than the standard bipolar type transistor combined with the higher voltage operation and lower input losses.

GE’s Make in India plan to kick-off with Remote Monitoring Centre in UP

In line with India’s Make in India push, the company is importing only 40 locomotives, as against 100 earlier planned with Railways

NEW DELHI: Public private partnership in the Indian Railways is reaching a landmark this Thursday with American conglomerate General Electric unveiling its first maintenance shed set up on design, build and operate model at Roza in Uttar Pradesh.

Spread across more than 160,000 square feet of railway land, the maintenance shed would have diagnostics infrastructure that would have real time monitoring of GE locomotives in operation across the country. All locomotives in the fleet would be fitted with sensors comprising a set of sophisticated algorithms that diagnose and suggest maintenance actions, Nalin Jain, president and Chief Executive Officer-International, GE Transportation, told in an interview. GE has tied up with Vodafone for providing the GPS link between the maintenance shed and the locomotives.

The second leg of the project is coming up at Marhowra in Bihar from where India made locomotives would roll out in the second half of this year. This factory will be a replica of GE factory at Fort Worth in Texas. “We will be ahead of the target of February 22, 2019. The construction of factory is in full swing. The factory is split into two bays–high and low—with a moving production line. Loco will move from one end to the other. And from the low bay, different parts will come and sit on it,” explained Jain.

The Railways ordered 1000 GE fuel-efficient Evolution series locomotives in November 2015. The contract is spread over 11 years. The $2.5 billion contract, involving an investment of $200 million (Rs 1,200 crore) investment by GE, is expected to create at least 6,000 direct and indirect jobs, with 30 per cent of the workforce being women. Besides the maintenance and monitoring work, Roza has a training institute with a simulator and hostel for railway drivers and maintenance staff.

The company has developed a vendor network and forged tie ups with companies like Texmaco, air conditioner manufacturer Lloyd and SFO Technologies. “Being an iconic Indian project with 70 per cent localisation commitment, we have tied up with around 60 suppliers already. Moreover, this will be the first loco in India meeting international energy compliance with UIC-1 European standard rating,” said Jain.

In line with the government’s Make in India push, the company is importing only 40 locomotives, as against 100, it had planned under the contract with the Railways. Once fully operational, the Marhowra factory would be rolling out one locomotive in three days.

Nalin added that the GE locomotives will be 6-8 per cent more fuel efficient than the current fleet of railways. The first two locomotives have been imported from the US at Mundra port and during its trial run will undergo safety tests by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS).

The company is also using a Tool Room and Training Centre at Patna, where it will conduct two-three months training schedule for staff to be employed at Marhowra factory. Already, two batches have passed out of the institute, said Jain.

Locomotive Tech moving towards Cheaper Storage Solutions: GE Transportation CEO

New locos will have AC cabins, washrooms for drivers

NEW DELHI: As India looks to arrive at the right pace of electrifying its railway network, Nalin Jain, President and CEO, International, GE Transportation, said that he feels the right mix is a ‘reasonable’ mix of diesel and electric, although it is for each country to decide its path.

The locomotive technology is moving towards cheaper energy storage solutions, use of LNG and more digitisation, Jain said, adding that these are the areas of innovation that GE is working on to help its rail customers deal with higher diesel prices.

As the battery gets better with lower cost and energy intensity improves, there will be a point in the next five to seven years when the battery becomes economically and technically feasible to be used in a locomotive. He, however, pointed out that from a longer term perspective, oil prices have gone down from $120 per barrel to $60 levels.

“At that point of time, you will switch from pure diesel to hybrid locomotive — there will be a smaller diesel engine, which will charge the battery, and battery becomes the source of power,” Jain told.

The other technology GE already has is based on LNG. “As diesel prices go up, you could run locomotives on LNG. The world has excess of LNG, and LNG prices are going down by the day. That’s another innovation,” he noted.

Going digital

Besides hybrid and LNG, Jain said that locomotives are getting digital, almost like moving computers. GE is making a lot of initiatives in digital space.

“For instance, Roza, Uttar Pradesh, will have India’s first remotely monitored diagnostic centre. This will allow real time, sensors from locomotives to feed in data into maintenance centre at Roza,” he added . So, as a problem gets diagnosed, even if a locomotive is far away, people at Roza, using iPads, will be placing the requisite work orders to fix the locomotive before it gets worse, Jain said.

Cooler workplace

The drivers or loco pilots of the Indian Railways will also get a better work space as they will get washrooms, and the locomotives will be air-conditioned. The two engines that GE will hand over this week are likely to be used in the Northern Railways network initially for hauling freight.

What the Indian Railways is getting is a 2005 technology that was introduced in the US. This is the first time that India is getting an engine that meets the international emission standards (UIC-1).

“We expect these locomotives, to be 6-7 per cent fuel efficient than the high power engines of Indian Railways run, everything else being the same,” he said.

Refuting rumours about cancellation of the contract, he says that this government is committed to do what they say.

“The country will continue to debate pros and cons of electrification. As a global company, we are doing business with multiple countries. Every country has determined, where and what they want to do. India is trying to figure that out. The right mix to my mind are a good mix of diesel and electric,” he added.

Piyush Goyal assures simpler Railway Procurement process

NEW DELHI: Union Minister for Railway and Coal Piyush Goyal on Thursday spoke about making procurement process in the Railways simpler and effective. He also informed about age relaxation and other changes made in the recruitment process.

“There are many issues related to approval process and speed of approval in Railways, which all are being looked at holistically by the government to make them more robust and simpler,” Goyal said while addressing a press conference at Suppliers Samvad in New Delhi.

“Railways will give a letter of credit to companies which supply goods worth more than Rs 10 lakh. We are planning to make procurement process much simpler and effective, giving us far more competitive prices and expanding the supplier base of the Railways,” he added.

Further pointing out at the railway recruitment, Goyal noted, “Railways has decided for this exam, there is no insistence on ITI or NTC qualification for the entire group D, we are reverting back to the criteria which were existing earlier”.

“All the changes, we are doing in railway recruitment- as a lot of candidates were not qualified to apply, so we gave age relaxation, brought availability to give exams in regional languages,” he noted.

Further hailing over Railways’ service towards passengers, Goyal said, “Railways have received a very good response from all the suppliers and we hope going forward this supply chain will become even more robust.”

The Ministry of Railways organised “Suppliers’ Samvad – Journey towards Digitisation, Transparency and Ease of Doing Business” in association with RITES limited and The Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (ASSOCHAM) here in the capital.

Suppliers’ Samvad will boost Indian Railways’ efforts to reduce entry barriers, promote competition and fairness, develop MSEs and reduce inefficiencies and deliver the outcome expected of Government of India policy initiative.

Indian Railways eases Eligibility Criteria in the Applications for Mega-Recruitment

  • Railways has made changes with respect to certain criteria so that more aspiring candidates from all sections of society get opportunity to serve the nation by working for Indian Railways.
  • Class 10 or ITI or Equivalent is the minimum qualification for level 1 posts:
  • Age relaxation restored for various categories of candidates by further extending relaxation by 2 more years.
  • For non-exempt candidates who have to pay Rs. 500/- as examination fees, Rs. 400/- will be refunded if they appear for the exam.
  • Educational Qualifications criteria for Level I will be class 10th or ITI or equivalent, again for this exam.
  • Question papers to candidates will be provided in 15 languages.
  • Candidates can now make signature in any language instead of only in Hindi or English.

NEW DELHI: Ministry of Railways has announced one of the world’s largest recruitment processes for 89,409 posts in Group C and Level I (Erstwhile Group D) and Level II Categories. Since this recruitment process is taking place after a gap of 4 years, many changes proposed in the intervening years had been included this time. However, some of these changes had restricted many candidates from applying this year without any adequate information in advance. Railways is also the lifeline of travel in India, and to provide the best service, its own staff should reflect the diversity and inclusiveness of the country.

Accordingly, Ministry of Railways has made changes with respect to certain criteria so that more aspiring candidates from all sections of society get opportunity to serve the nation by working for Indian Railways.

These changes include:-

  1. Examination Fees were levied to discourage non-serious candidates who applying and do not appear for the exam. This would save the Railways substantial amount of resources spent on setting up infrastructure to enable candidates to appear for exams. Examination fees for recruitment were fixed at Rs.500/- for non-exempted candidates. It is now decided that Rs. 400/- will be refunded to those candidates who appear for the exam. To enable refund of this amount, candidates will be required to submit details of their bank accounts online. This facility will be executed shortly. Exempted categories like SC / ST / Divyang / Ex-servicemen / Women / Minorities / Economically Backward Classes will be charged Rs. 250/-. The whole of this amount will be refunded to those candidates from these categories who appear for the exam. These fees will ensure only serious candidates appear.
  2. Educational Qualifications: Minimum educational qualifications for all Level I posts were class 10th or ITI or equivalent till July 2017. In July 2017 for many of these Level I posts, criteria was changed to class 10th and ITI or equivalent. This was not known the people in advance and was unfair to candidates who had been preparing over the past years for this recruitment. Candidates would have got a chance to acquire the required certifications and qualifications had they been given adequate advance notice. Therefore, it has now been decided that for this exam, criteria will be class 10th or ITI or equivalent, again. This will enable more candidates to apply for the posts and ensure wider participation. In addition, Railways has planned further training programmes to ensure better skills for staff.
  3. Language: Question papers to candidates will be provided in 15 languages – Hindi, English, Urdu, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu. This will ensure opportunities for candidates across India.
  4. Signature: Candidates can now make signature in any language instead of only in Hindi or English. This will adequately reflect the diversity and plurality of India.
  5. Age relaxation restored: Age restriction made many candidates who would normally have expected to be eligible to apply, ineligible. Therefore, age relaxation to various categories has been further extended by 2 years. Thus, revised age limit for applicants are as under:
CEN 01/2018 – Asst. Loco Pilot (ALP) & Technician (age in years)
Community Notified Revised
UR 28 30
OBC 31 33
SC 33 35
ST 33 35
CEN 02/2018 – Level-1 (erstwhile Group D) (Age in years)
Community Notified Revised
UR 31 33
OBC 34 36
SC 36 38
ST 36 38

 

Indian Railways mulls total Vacuum Toilets in Trains

NEW DELHI: Vacuum toilets seen on aircraft may soon be a reality on Indian trains if a trial-run of such toilets, to be installed in 500 coaches, is successful, a top Railways official said.

Speaking at the launch of an application for railway vendors here, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal today conceded that vacuum toilets could be an alternative to bio-toilets, which he said had issues of bad odour and clogging.

“After Lohaniji (Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani) came to Railways, he took a decision on vacuum toilets. Some problems of clogging and bad smell had arisen in bio-toilets. While the engineering department has addressed some of the problems, changes have been initiated,” Goyal said.

Lohani added that the Railways would soon start installing such toilets in 500 coaches on a trial basis where “air draft” would be induced into the toilets to prevent bad odour from emanating.

“One way to address the odour problem is to normally induce air draft into the bio-toilets, this will lead to proper suction. We have ordered these for 500 coaches and then we will access the result, then if needed, we will order more,” said Lohani.

A bio-vacuum toilet has a suction pump that reduces the requirement of water. Most vacuum systems flush with just half a gallon (2 litres) of fluid or less compared to bio-toilets, which require up to 15 litres per flush.

JanSadharan Special Trains for Iztema (Muslim Congregation at Aurangabad)

NANDED: In order to clear extra rush of passengers in view of Iztema (Muslim Congregation at Aurangabad), SCR will run two JanSadharan Special Trains from Akola to Aurangabad and Mudkhed to Jalna as detailed below:

Train No. 07102 Akola – Aurangabad Jansadharan Special Train (01 service):-

Train No. 07102 Akola – Aurangabad Jansadharan Special train will depart Akola at 23:30 hrs on 23rd February, 2018 and arrive Aurangabad at 09:05 hrs on the next day.

Enroute, this special train also stop at Washim, Hingoli, Basmat, Purna, Parbhani, Manwat Road, Selu, Partur and Jalna stations.

Train No. 07659 Mudkhed – Jalna Jansadharan Special Train (01 service):

Train No. 07659 Mudkhed – Jalna Jansadharan Special train will depart Mudkhed at 09:00 hrs on 25th February, 2018 and arrive Jalna at 13:55 hrs on the same day.

Enroute, this special train also stop at Nanded, Purna, Parbhani, Manwat Road, Selu and Partur stations.

All these above trains consists of General Second Class Coaches.

Changes in Pattern of Train Services due to Works at Attipattu Railway Station

CHENNAI: Due to Line Block to facilitate engineering works at Attipattu railway station in Chennai – Sulurpeta section, changes will be made in the pattern of train services on 24th & 25th February, 2018 as explained below.

A.  The following suburban train services will be fully cancelled.

·         MMC – Gummidipundi EMU local, scheduled to leave MMC at 12.20 hrs. will be fully cancelled.

·         Gummidipundi – MMC EMU locals, scheduled to leave Gummidipundi at 11.20 & 14.40 hrs.

B.  The following suburban train services will be partially cancelled between Ennore – Gummidipundi.

1.    MMC – Gummidipundi EMU locals, scheduled to leave MMC at 10.25, 11.35 & 13.25 hrs.

2.    MMC – Sulurpeta EMU local, scheduled to leave MMC at 12.40 hrs.

C.  The following suburban train services will be partially cancelled between Gummidipundi – Ennore.

·         Gummidipundi – MMC EMU locals, scheduled to leave Gummidipundi at 10.50, 12.55 & 13.35 hrs.

D.  The following train services will be regulated.

1.    Train No.12712 Chennai Central – Vijayawada Pinakini express will be regulated at Attipattu for 10 minutes..

2.    Train No.66027 Chennai Central – Sulurpeta MEMU will be regulated at Ennore and Attipattu Pudunagar.

E.  Passenger special suburban train service from Gummidipundi to Sulurpeta. 

·         A passenger special suburban train service from Gummidipundi to Sulurpeta will leave Gummidipundi at 14.00 hrs.

Railways to pay Lease Rentals for CIL-owned Wagons

The revived plan of Coal India (CIL) to buy railway wagons to transport fuel is likely to see the transporter pay the miner lease rental for the rolling stock, similar to the arrangement the Indian Railways has with its arm Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC).

NEW DELHI: The revived plan of Coal India (CIL) to buy railway wagons to transport fuel is likely to see the transporter pay the miner lease rental for the rolling stock, similar to the arrangement the Indian Railways has with its arm Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC). According to officials, an entirely new financing model will be on offer, compared with the terms agreed upon through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the railway and coal ministries in 2015. IRFC procures wagons and coaches and leases those to railways against rentals. The same model is likely to be adopted by the transporter for CIL’s investment. “CIL will buy wagons which will be operated by the railways and a lease rental will be paid to CIL. So instead of IRFC financing wagons, CIL will finance them,” said an official.

Freight earnings, the mainstay of the transporter’s revenue, of railways will not be affected under the new system, as they are paid by final consumers of coal. At present, CIL uses 260 rakes a day for transportation of coal and it is estimated that it would require 288 rakes a day to meet the country’s electricity generation targets in 2018-19.

The earlier wagon-purchase plan, wherein CIL was to invest Rs 500 crore initially to procure 2,000 wagons, could not materialise as return on investment, which was not part of the pact, cropped up as a bottleneck for the mining company. CIL was subsequently expected to invest around Rs 5,000 crore to buy wagons. Union minister for railways and coal Piyush Goyal announced the revival of the plan last week. Incidentally, the MoU was signed when Goyal held independent charge of coal and Suresh Prabhu was the rail minister.

In another departure from the earlier plan, CIL will now be investing in wagons with axle load capacity of 22.9 tonne, instead of the high capacity 25-tonne axle load wagons as envisaged in the earlier plan. One of the reasons that the MoU could not be materialised was also that the railways failed to lay tracks which could take the load of higher capacity wagons. A 22.9-tonne axle load wagon costs around Rs 20-21 lakh, compared with Rs 25 lakh for a 25-tonne axle load wagon.

“These wagons will be used exclusively by CIL and will be put into use in circuits used by it. So say CCL (Central Coalfields; a subsidiary of CIL) to north India. However, the wagons are likely to return empty,” said the official. The railways usually attempts to load different material in wagons during return journey to maximise profits.

Press Releases on Special Trains and Temporary Augmentation of Extra Coaches for various Trains on all Zonal Railways

CONTINUATION OF KRISHNARAJAPURAM – KACHEGUDA – KRISHNARAJAPURAM WEEKLY SPECIAL WITH SPECIAL FARE

BANGALORE: South Western Railway has decided to continue the service of Train No. 07603/07604, Kacheguda – Krishnarajapuram – Kacheguda Weekly Special with special fare for few more trips.

Accordingly, Train No. 07603, Kacheguda – Krishnarajapuram Weekly Special with special fare will run for 04 more trips on every Sunday from 04th March, 2018 to 25th March, 2018.  The train departs Kacheguda 18:00 hrs. on Sunday and reaches Krishnarajapuram at 06:00 hrs. on respective Monday.

Enroute, the train arrives/departs Jadcherla at 19:30/19:31 Hrs., Mahabubnagar at 19:48/19:50 Hrs., Gadwal at 20:54/20:55 Hrs., Kurnool Town at 21:50/21:52 Hrs., Dhone Town at 22:48/22:50 Hrs., Gooty at 23:35/23:36 Hrs. and on Monday arrives/departs Ananatpur at 00:39/00:40 Hrs., Dharmavaram at 01:38/01:40 Hrs., Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilyam at 02:03/02:05 Hrs., Penukonda at 02:18/02:20 Hrs., Hindupur at 02:58/03:00 Hrs., Yelhanka at 05:00/05:05 Hrs.

Train No. 07604, Krishnarajapuram – Kacheguda Weekly Special with special fare will run for 04 more trips on every Sunday from 05th March, 2018 to 26th March, 2018. The train departs Krishnarajapuram 15:25 hrs. on Monday and reaches Kacheguda at 06:55 hrs. on respective Tuesday.

Enroute the train arrives/departs Yelhanka at 15:55/15:57 Hrs., Hindupur at 17:02/17:04 Hrs., Penukonda at 17:38/17:40 Hrs., Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilyam at 18:00/18:02 Hrs., Dharmavaram at 19:10/19:15 Hrs., Anantapur at 19:53/19:55 Hrs., Gooty at 20:53/20:55 Hrs. Dhone at 23:50/23:55 Hrs. and on Tuesday arrives/departs Kurnool Town at 01:40/01:42 Hrs., Gadwal at 03:00/03:02 Hrs., Mahabubnagar at 04:10/04:12 Hrs., Jadcherla at 04:28/04:30 Hrs.

The train Composition will have ONE AC 2-tier coach, THREE AC 3-tier coaches, TEN Second Class sleeper coaches, TWO Second Class chair car and TWO Luggage-cum-Brakevan.

पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा हापा एवं सांत्रागाछी स्टेशनों के बीच एसी सुपरफास्ट विशेष ट्रेन

मुंबई: यात्रियों की सुविधा के लिए तथा यात्रियों की विशेष ट्रेनों की माँग के मद्देनज़र पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा ट्रेन सं. 02839/02838 हापा-सांत्रागाछी एसी सुपरफास्ट विशेष ट्रेन चलाने का निर्णय लिया गया है।

  • ट्रेन सं. 02839/02838 हापा-सांत्रागाछी एसी सुपरफास्ट विशेष ट्रेन (10 फेरे)

ट्रेन सं. 02839 हापा-सांत्रागाछी एसी सुपरफास्ट विशेष ट्रेन प्रत्येक सोमवार को हापा से 10.40 बजे प्रस्थान करेगी और बुधवार को 05.45 बजे सांत्रागाछी पहुँचेगी। यह ट्रेन 5 मार्च से 2 अप्रैल, 2018 तक चलाई जायेगी।

इसी प्रकार, ट्रेन सं. 02838 सांत्रागाछी-हापा एसी सुपरफास्ट विशेष ट्रेन प्रत्येक शुक्रवार को सांत्रागाछी से 21.05 बजे प्रस्थान करेगी और रविवार को 15.50 बजे हापा पहुँचेगी। यह ट्रेन 2 मार्च से 30 मार्च, 2018 तक चलाई जायेगी।

इस ट्रेन में सभी एसी III टियर डिब्बे होंगे। यह ट्रेन यात्रा के दौरान दोनों दिशाओं में राजकोट, वाँकानेर, सुरेन्द्रनगर, वीरमगाम, अहमदाबाद, नडियाड, आणंद, वडोदरा, भरूच, सूरत, नंदुरबार, अमलनेर, जलगाँव, भुसावल, मलकापुर, अकोला, बडनेरा, वर्धा, नागपुर, गोंदिया, दुर्ग, रायपुर, बिलासपुर, झारसुगुडा, राउरकेला, चक्रधरपुर, टाटानगर तथा खड़गपुर स्टेशनों पर ठहरेगी।

ट्रेन सं. 02839 की बुकिंग 23 फरवरी, 2018 से सभी यात्री आरक्षण केन्द्रों तथा आईआरसीटीसी की वेबसाइट पर प्रारम्भ होगी।

W.RLY TO RUN SUPERFAST AC SPECIAL TRAIN BETWEEN HAPA & SANTRAGACHI

For the convenience of passengers and to meet the travel demand, Western Railway has decided to run Train No. 02839/02838 Hapa – Santragachi Superfast AC Special train.

  • 02839/02838 Hapa – Santragachi Superfast AC Special Train (10 trips)

Train No Train No.02839 Hapa – Santragachi Superfast AC Special train will leave Hapa at 10.40 hrs every Monday and will reach Santragachi at 05.45 hrs on Wednesday. This train will run from 5th March, 2018 to 2nd April, 2018.

Similarly, in return direction Train No. 02838 Santragachi – Hapa Superfast AC Special train will leave Santragachi at 21.05 hrs every Friday and reach Hapa at 15.50 hrs on Sunday. This train will run from 2nd March, 2018 to 30th March, 2018.

This train will have AC 3 tier coaches. The train will halt at Rajkot, Wankaner, Surendranagar, Viramgam, Ahmedabad, Nadiad, Anand, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Nandurbar, Amalner, Jalgaon, Bhusawal, Malkapur, Akola, Vadnera, Wardha, Nagpur, Gondia, Durg, Raipur, Bilaspur, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Chakradharpur, Tatanagar and Kharagpur stations in both directions.

Booking for Train No. 02839 will be opened from 23rd February, 2018 at all PRS counters and IRCTC website.

WESTERN RAILWAY TO ATTACH EXTRA COACHES IN 29 PAIRS OF TRAINS ON TEMPORARY BASIS

MUMBAI: For the convenience of the passengers and to clear the rush, Western Railway has decided to augment extra coaches in the following pairs of trains on temporary basis. The details are as under:-

Sr.

No

Train No. From To No. & Type of coach Period of Augmentation
1 12903/12904 Mumbai Central Amritsar One AC

3 – Tier

Ex Mumbai Central:

01.03.18 to 31.03.18

Ex Amritsar:

03.03.18 to 02.04.18

2 12907/12908 Bandra (T) H. Nizamuddin One Sleeper Class

 

Ex Bandra (T):

04.03.18 to 28.03.18

Ex H. Nizamuddin:

05.03.18 to 29.03.18

3 12911/12912 Valsad Haridwar One AC

3 – Tier

Ex Valsad:

06.03.18 to 27.03.18

Ex Haridwar Jn:

07.03.18 to 28.03.18

4 19057/19058 Udhna Varanasi One AC

3 – Tier

Ex Udhna:

02.03.18 to 30.03.18

Ex Varanasi:

04.03.18 to 01.04.18

5  

12927/12928

 

Mumbai Central Vadodara One Sleeper Class Ex Mumbai Central:

01.03.18 to 31.03.18

Ex Vadodara:

02.03.18 to 01.04.18

6 12961/12962 Mumbai Central Indore One Sleeper Class Ex Mumbai Central:

01.03.18 to 31.03.18

Ex Indore:

02.03.18 to 01.04.18

7 12943/12944 Valsad Kanpur One AC

3 – Tier

Ex Valsad:

07.03.18 to 28.03.18

Ex Kanpur:

09.03.18 to 30.03.18

8 19051/19052 Valsad Muzaffarpur One AC

3 – Tier

Ex Valsad:

03.03.18 to 31.03.18

Ex Bhuj:

05.03.18 to 02.04.18

9 12972/12971 Bhavnagar Bandra (T) One Sleeper Class

 

Ex Bhavnagar:

01.03.18 to 31.03.18

Ex Bandra (T):

04.03.18 to 03.04.18

10 19217/19218 Bandra (T) Jamnagar One Sleeper Class Ex Bandra (T):

02.03.18 to 01.04.18

Ex Jamnagar:

03.03.18 to 02.04.18

11 19116/19117 Bhuj Dadar One AC

3 – Tier

Ex Bhuj:

01.03.18 to 31.03.18

Ex Dadar:

02.03.18 to 01.04.18

12 22956/22955 Bhuj Bandra(T) One AC

3 – Tier

Ex Bhuj:

01.03.18 to 31.03.18

Ex Bandra (T):

02.03.18 to 01.04.18

13 22973/22974 Gandhidham Puri One Sleeper Class Ex Gandhidham:

07.03.18 to 28.03.18

Ex Puri:

10.03.18 to 31.03.18

14 22915/22916 Bandra (T) Hisar One AC

2 –Tier cum AC 3 – Tier

Ex Bandra (T) :

05.03.18 to 26.03.18

Ex Hisar:

06.03.18 to 27.03.18

15 19061/19062 Bandra (T) Ramnagar One AC

2 –Tier cum AC 3 – Tier

Ex Bandra (T):

01.03.18 to 29.03.18

Ex Ramnagar:

02.03.18 to 30.03.18

16 19063/19064 Udhna Danapur One AC

3 – Tier & One Sleeper Class

Ex Udhna:

03.03.18 to 31.03.18

Ex Danapur:

04.03.18 to 01.04.18

17 22917/22918 Bandra (T) Haridwar One AC

2 –Tier cum AC 3 – Tier

Ex Bandra (T):

07.03.18 to 28.03.18

Ex Haridwar:

08.03.18 to 29.03.18

18 19021/19022 Bandra (T) Lucknow Jn One AC

2 –Tier cum AC 3 – Tier

Ex Bandra (T):

03.03.18 to 31.03.18

Ex Lucknow Ne:

05.03.18 to 02.04.18

19 22909/22910  Valsad Puri One AC

3 – Tier

Ex Valsad:

01.03.18 to 29.03.18

Ex Puri:

04.03.18 to 01.04.18

20 19055/19056 Valsad Jodhpur One AC

3 – Tier

Ex Valsad:

06.03.18 to 27.03.18

Ex Jodhpur:

07.03.18 to 28.03.18

21 19027/19028 Bandra (T) Jammu Tawi One Sleeper Class

 

Ex Bandra (T):

03.03.18 to 31.03.18

Ex Jammu Tawi:

05.03.18 to 02.04.18

22 22949/22950 Bandra (T) Delhi Sarai

Rohilla

One Sleeper Class

 

Ex Bandra (T):

07.03.18 to 28.03.18

Ex Sarai Rohilla:

08.03.18 to 29.03.18

23 22931/22932 Bandra (T) Jaisalmer One AC

2 –Tier cum AC 3 – Tier

 

Ex Bandra (T):

02.03.18 to 30.03.18

Ex Jaisalmer:

03.03.18 to 31.03.18

24 22933/22934 Bandra (T) Jaipur One AC

2 –Tier cum AC 3 – Tier

Ex Bandra (T):

05.03.18 to 26.03.18

Ex Jaipur:

06.03.18 to 27.03.18

25 22935/22936 Bandra (T) Palitana One AC

3 – Tier

Ex Bandra (T):

02.03.18 to 30.03.18

Ex Palitana:

03.03.18 to 31.03.18

26 19041/19042 Bandra (T) Ghazipur City One AC

3 – Tier

Ex Bandra (T):

02.03.18 to 30.03.18

Ex Ghazipur City:

04.03.18 to 01.04.18

27 19165/19166 Ahmedabad Darbhanga One AC

3 – Tier

Ex Ahmedabad:

02.03.18 to 30.03.18

Ex Darbhanga:

05.03.18 to 02.04.18

28 19167/19168 Ahmedabad Varanasi One AC

3 – Tier

Ex Ahmedabad:

01.03.18 to 31.03.18

Ex Varanasi:

04.03.18 to 03.04.18

29 19305/19306 Indore Kamakhya One AC

3 – Tier

Ex Indore:

01.03.18 to 29.03.18

Ex Kamakhya:

04.03.18 to 01.04.18

CHANGES IN PATTERN OF SUBURBAN TRAIN SERVICES ON SOUTHERN RAILWAY

CHENNAI – CHENGALPATTU SECTION

Due to Line Block to facilitate engineering works between Pallavaram and St Thomas Mount in Chennai Beach – Chengalpattu section, changes will be made in the pattern of train services for a few days from 22/02/2018 to 24/02/2018 and from 26/02/2018 to 02/03/2018 as explained below:-

Two trains, viz, Train No.40574 Chengalpattu – Chennai Beach EMU local scheduled to leave Chengalpattu at 23.10 hrs and Train No.40158 Tambaram – Chennai Beach EMU local scheduled to leave Tambaram at 23.30 hrs will be operated on the Express Line instead of the Suburban Line between Tambaram and Chennai Egmore from 22/02/2018 to 24/02/2018 and from 26/02/2018 to 02/03/2018.

CHENNAI –  ARAKKONAM SECTION

Due to Line Block and Power Block to facilitate engineering works at Kadambattur yard in Chennai – Arakkonam section from 09.00 hrs to 13.00 hrs, changes will be made in the pattern of suburban train services for four days on 22nd, 23rd, 26th and 27th February  2018 as explained below.

The following suburban train services will be dealt on fast line from Thiruvallur to Arakkonam and will not stop at Senji Panambakkam railway station.

  • MMC – Arakkonam EMU locals, scheduled to leave MMC at 08.20, 09.10 & 11.05 hrs.
  • MMC – Tiruttani EMU locals, scheduled to leave MMC at 10.00 & 11.45 hrs.
  • MMC – Kadambattur EMU locals, scheduled to leave MMC at 10.30 hrs and 12.00 hrs.

SPECIAL TRAINS

The following special trains will be run to clear the extra rush of traffic.

Special fare special trains between  Salem – Ernakulam Jn

Train No.06011 Ernakulam Jn – Salem special fare special train will leave Ernakulam Jn at 22.45 hrs. on Sundays from 08.04.2018 to 01.07.2018 and reach Salem at 06.40 hrs. the next day.

Train No. 06012 Salem – Ernakulam  Jn. special fare special train will leave Salem at 22.30 hrs on Mondays from 09.04.2018 to 02.07.2018 and reach Ernakulam Jn at 07.45 hrs  the next day.

Composition:  AC 2-tier – 1, AC 3-tier – 3, Sleeper Class – 13, General Second Class – 2 & Luggage-cum-brake van – 2 coaches.

Stoppages:  Aluva, Thrisur, Ottapalam, Palghat, Coimbatore, Tiruppur and Erode.

Advance reservations for the above trains will commence at 08.00 hrs. on 22.02.2018.

Running of HOLI Special Trains on East Central Railway (Click Here): Running of HOLI Special Trains

SER TO RUN ONE PAIR OF HOLI SPECIAL BETWEEN SANTRAGACHI AND DARBHANGA

Kolkata: With a view to clear extra rush of passengers during Holi Festival, South Eastern Railway has decided to run one pair of Holi Special train between Santragachi-Darbhanga-Santragachi on 28.02.18 from Santragachi and on 01.03.18 from Darbhanga.

The Special Train (08021) leaving Santragachi on 28.02.18 (Wednesday) at 15:40 hrs will reach Darbhanga at 11:30 hrs, the next day. In the return direction, the Special Train (08022) will leave Darbhanga on 01.03.18 (Thursday) at 13:50 hrs arriving Santragachi at 11.00 hrs, the next day.

The Special train consisting of one AC 2 Tier, two AC 3 Tier, eight Sleeper Class and four general second class coaches will have stoppages at Kharagpur, Tatanagar, Muri, Bokaro Steel City, Chandrapura, Gomoh, Dhanbad, Chittaranjan, Madhupur, Jasidih, Jhajha, Kiul, Barauni and  Samastipur between Santragachi and Darbhanga

सूर्यकांत त्रिपाठी “निराला” के जन्मदिन के अवसर पर सांस्कृतिक कार्यक्रम

हाजीपुर: पूर्व मध्य रेल मुख्यालय, हाजीपुर में सूर्यकांत त्रिपाठी “निराला” के जन्मदिन के अवसर पर दो सत्रों में सांस्कृतिक कार्यक्रम का आयोजन हुआ. प्रथम सत्र में निराला की रचनाओं एवं उनके व्यक्तित्व पर प्रकाश डाला गया. कार्यक्रम की शुरूआत में श्री विजय कुमार मिश्र “बुद्धिहीन”, उप मुख्य इंजीनियर/टीएमसी ने निराला साहित्य पर विचार प्रकट करते हुए कहा कि हिंदी साहित्य में निराला का स्थान कोई दूसरा कवि नहीं ले सकता. उन्होंने कहा कि किसी कवि की कविता में सच्चाई एवं महानता तब आती है जब उसका जीवन भी यथार्थ और महान हो. इस अवसर पर उन्होंने सरस्वती वंदना का सस्वर पाठ भी किया. श्री दिलीप कुमार, उप मुख्य वाणिज्य प्रबंधक/पीएस-1 ने कहा कि निराला मुक्ति के कवि थे. उनका पूरा साहित्य मनुष्य को मुक्तिपथ की ओर ले जाता है. इस अवसर पर अपना वक्तव्य प्रस्तुत करते हुए श्री अशोक कुमार प्रजापति, वरि. सहायक वित्त सलाहकार ने निराला के जीवन चरित्र पर प्रकाश डाला. उन्होंने इस अवसर पर कविता पाठ भी किया. सभी वक्ताओं ने इस कार्यक्रम को आयोजित कराने के लिए राजभाषा विभाग की प्रशंसा करते हुए बधाइयाँ दीं. उनका यह भी कहना था कि इस प्रकार के कार्यक्रमों से हम अपनी परंपरा और इतिहास से जुड़ते हैं.

इस कार्यक्रम में मुख्यालय/हाजीपुर के विभिन्न विभागों के अधिकारी व कर्मचारी उपस्थित थे. इनमें सुश्री श्वेता कुमारी, वरि. अनुभाग इंजीनियर, सिगनल ने निराला के रचना संचार पर अपना मत प्रकट किया, साथ ही निराला के ऊपर अपनी स्वरचित कविता का प्रभावशाली पाठ भी किया. श्री शैलेन्द्र कुमार ठाकुर, श्री धर्मेन्द्र कुमार, श्री अरविन्द कुमार, श्री प्रमोद कुमार, मो. सलीम अख्तर अंसारी सहित कई अन्य वक्ताओं ने निराला के ऊपर आयोजित इस कार्यक्रम में अपने विचार प्रकट किए. 

मौके पर उपस्थित श्री अशोक कुमार श्रीवास्तव, राजभाषा अधिकारी ने निराला के ऊपर बोलते हुए कुछ अंतरंग यादों का साझा किया, साथ ही उपस्थित अधिकारियों एवं कर्मचारियों को कार्यक्रम को सफल बनाने के लिए धन्यवाद दिया.

पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा 29 जोड़ी ट्रेनों में अस्थायी तौर पर अतिरिक्त डिब्बे

मुंबई: यात्रियों की सुविधा के लिए तथा अतिरिक्त भीड़ को कम करने हेतु पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा 29 जोड़ी ट्रेनों में अस्थायी रूप से अतिरिक्त डिब्बे जोड़ने का निर्णय लिया गया है। इनका विवरण निम्नानुसार है:-

क्रम सं. ट्रेन संख्या स्टेशन से स्टेशन तक संख्या एवं

कोच के प्रकार

कोच जोड़े जाने की अवधि
1 12903/ 12904 मुंबई सेंट्रल अमृतसर एक एसी 3 टियर मुंबई सेंट्रल से: 01.03.18 से 31.03.18 तक

अमृतसर से: 03.03.18 से 02.04.18 तक

2 12907/ 12908 बांद्रा टर्मिनस हज़रत निज़ामुद्दीन एक शयनयान बांद्रा टर्मिनस से: 04.03.18 से 28.03.18 तक

हज़रत निज़ामुद्दीन से: 05.03.18 से 29.03.18 तक

3 12911/ 12912 वलसाड हरिद्वार एक एसी 3 टियर वलसाड से: 06.03.18 से 27.03.18 तक

हरिद्वार से: 07.03.18 से 28.03.18 तक

4 19057/ 19058 उधना वाराणसी एक एसी 3 टियर उधना से: 02.03.18 से 30.03.18 तक

वाराणसी से: 04.03.18 से 01.04.18 तक

5  

12927/ 12928

 

मुंबई सेंट्रल वडोदरा एक शयनयान मुंबई सेंट्रल से: 01.03.18 से 31.03.18 तक

वडोदरा से: 02.03.18 से 01.04.18 तक

6 12961/ 12962 मुंबई सेंट्रल इंदौर एक शयनयान मुंबई सेंट्रल से: 01.03.18 से 31.03.18 तक

इंदौर से: 02.03.18 से 01.04.18 तक

7 12943/ 12944 वलसाड कानपुर एक एसी 3 टियर वलसाड सेः 07.03.18 से 28.03.18 तक

कानपुर से: 09.03.18 से 30.03.18 तक

8 19051/ 19052 वलसाड मुजफ्फरपुर एक एसी 3 टियर वलसाड सेः 03.03.18 से 31.03.18 तक

भुज से: 05.03.18 से 02.04.18 तक

9 12972/ 12971 भावनगर बांद्रा टर्मिनस एक शयनयान भावनगर से: 01.03.18 से 31.03.18 तक

बांद्रा टर्मिनस से: 04.03.18 से 03.04.18 तक

10 19217/ 19218 बांद्रा टर्मिनस जामनगर एक शयनयान बांद्रा टर्मिनस से: 02.03.18 से 01.04.18 तक

जामनगर से: 03.03.18 से 02.04.18 तक

11 19116/ 19117 भुज दादर एक एसी 3 टियर भुज से: 01.03.18 से 31.03.18 तक

दादर से: 02.03.18 से 01.04.18 तक

12 22956/ 22955 भुज बांद्रा टर्मिनस एक एसी 3 टियर भुज से: 01.03.18 से 31.03.18 तक

बांद्रा टर्मिनस से: 02.03.18 से 01.04.18 तक

13 22973/ 22974 गांधीधाम पुरी एक शयनयान गांधीधाम से: 07.03.18 से 28.03.18 तक

पुरी से: 10.03.18 से 31.03.18 तक

14 22915/ 22916 बांद्रा टर्मिनस हिसार एक एसी 2 टियर

सह एसी 3 टियर

बांद्रा टर्मिनस से: 05.03.18 से 26.03.18 तक

हिसार से: 06.03.18 से 27.03.18 तक

15 19061/ 19062 बांद्रा टर्मिनस रामनगर एक एसी 2 टियर

सह एसी 3 टियर

बांद्रा टर्मिनस से: 01.03.18 से 29.03.18 तक

रामनगर से: 02.03.18 से 30.03.18 तक

16 19063/ 19064 उधना दानापुर एक एसी 2 टियर

सह एसी 3 टियर

उधना से: 03.03.18 से 31.03.18 तक

दानापुर से: 04.03.18 से 01.04.18 तक

17 22917/ 22918 बांद्रा टर्मिनस हरिद्वार एक एसी 2 टियर

सह एसी 3 टियर

बांद्रा टर्मिनस से: 07.03.18 से 28.03.18 तक

 हरिद्वार से: 08.03.18 से 29.03.18 तक

18 19021/ 19022 बांद्रा टर्मिनस लखनऊ जं. एक एसी 2 टियर

सह एसी 3 टियर

बांद्रा टर्मिनस से: 03.03.18 से 31.03.18 तक

लखनऊ से : 05.03.18 से 02.04.18 तक

19 22909/ 22910 वलसाड पुरी एक एसी 3 टियर वलसाड से: 01.03.18 से 29.03.18 तक

पुरी से: 04.03.18 से 01.04.18 तक

20 19055/ 19056 वलसाड जोधपुर एक एसी 3 टियर वलसाड से: 06.03.18 से 27.03.18 तक

जोधपुर से: 07.03.18 से 28.03.18 तक

21 19027/ 19028 बांद्रा टर्मिनस जम्मू तवी एक शयनयान बांद्रा टर्मिनस से: 03.03.18 से 31.03.18 तक

जम्मू तवी से : 05.03.18 से 02.04.18 तक

22 22949/ 22950 बांद्रा टर्मिनस दिल्ली सराय रोहिल्ला एक शयनयान बांद्रा टर्मिनस से: 07.03.18 से 28.03.18 तक

दिल्ली सराय रोहिल्ला से: 08.03.18 से 29.03.18 तक

23 22931/ 22932 बांद्रा टर्मिनस जैसलमेर एक एसी 2 टियर

सह एसी 3 टियर

बांद्रा टर्मिनस से: 02.03.18 से 30.03.18 तक

जैसलमेर से: 03.03.18 से 31.03.18 तक

24 22933/ 22934 बांद्रा टर्मिनस जयपुर एक एसी 2 टियर

सह एसी 3 टियर

बांद्रा टर्मिनस से: 05.03.18 से 26.03.18 तक

जयपुर से: 06.03.18 से 27.03.18 तक

25 22935/ 22936 बांद्रा टर्मिनस पालिताना एक एसी 3 टियर बांद्रा टर्मिनस से: 02.03.18 से 30.03.18 तक

पालिताना से: 03.03.18 से 31.03.18 तक

26 19041/ 19042 बांद्रा टर्मिनस गाजीपुर सिटी एक एसी 3 टियर बांद्रा टर्मिनस से: 02.03.18 से 30.03.18 तक

गाजीपुर सिटी से: 04.03.18 से 01.04.18 तक

27 19165/ 19166 अहमदाबाद दरभंगा एक एसी 3 टियर अहमदाबाद से: 02.03.18 से 30.03.18 तक

दरभंगा से: 05.03.18 से 02.04.18 तक

28 19167/ 19168 अहमदाबाद वाराणसी एक एसी 3 टियर अहमदाबाद से: 01.03.18 से 31.03.18 तक

वाराणसी से: 04.03.18 से 03.04.18 तक 

29 19305/ 19306 इंदौर कामाख्या एक एसी 3 टियर इंदौर से: 01.03.18 से 29.03.18 तक

कामाख्या से : 04.03.18 से 01.04.18 तक

 

28 प्रतिशत की उल्लेखनीय वृद्धि के साथ पश्चिम रेलवे का टिकट चेकिंग में उत्कृष्ट निष्पादन

मुंबईपश्चिम रेलवे के प्रमुख मुख्य वाणिज्य प्रबंधक श्री राज कुमार लाल के कुशल मार्गदर्शन में पश्चिम रेलवे ने फरवरी, 2018 के पहले 18 दिनों में टिकट चेकिंग आमदनी में 28 प्रतिशत वृद्धि का उत्कृष्ट निष्पादन और असाधारण परिणाम प्रस्तुत किया है।

पश्चिम रेलवे के मुख्य जनसम्पर्क अधिकारी श्री रविंद्र भाकर द्वारा जारी प्रेस विज्ञप्ति के अनुसार इस क्षेत्रीय रेलवे ने टिकट चेकिंग में गत महीने की इसी आलोच्य अवधि में अर्जित 3.80 करोड़ रु. के मुकाबले इस बार 4.86 करोड़ रु. अर्जित किये, जो 27.71 प्रतिशत अधिक हैं। इसी प्रकार प्रमुख मुख्य वाणिज्य प्रबंधक के फ्लाइंग स्कॉड ने फरवरी, 2018 के पहले 18 दिनों में टिकट चेकिंग आमदनी में पिछले वर्ष के मुकाबले 108 प्रतिशत (दुगुने से अधिक) की वृद्धि का उत्कृष्ट निष्पादन और असाधारण परिणाम दर्शाया है। पश्चिम रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक श्री ए. के. गुप्ता ने इस अनुकरणीय निष्पादन की भूरि-भूरि प्रशंसा की है, जबकि प्रमुख मुख्य वाणिज्य प्रबंधक श्री लाल ने सभी छह मंडलों के वरिष्ठ मंडल वाणिज्य प्रबंधकों को प्रशंसा पत्र लिखा है, जिसमें उन्होंने इस बात का विशेष उल्लेख किया है कि सभी मंडलों द्वारा किये गये प्रयास काफी सराहनीय हैं। उन्होंने इस बात की संस्तुति भी की है कि आमदनी बढ़ाने में सर्वाधिक योगदान देने वाले कर्मचारियों को कैश अवार्ड एवं मेरिट सर्टिफिकेट देकर सम्मानित किया जाये।

उल्लेखनीय है कि पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा बिना टिकट यात्रा करने वालों के विरुद्ध नियमित रूप से ऐसे सघन अभियान चलाकर कड़ी कार्रवाई सुनिश्चित की जाती रही है। अपने अधिकृत रेल उपभोक्ताओं को बेहतर सुविधाएँ उपलब्ध कराने तथा बिना टिकट यात्रा में कमी लाने के उद्देश्य से पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा हमेशा कारगर कदम उठाये जाते रहे हैं। पश्चिम रेलवे के वरिष्ठ अधिकारियों द्वारा बिना टिकट यात्रा के कारण होने वाली राजस्व क्षति तथा इस तरह की अन्य अनियमितताओं पर कड़ी निगरानी रखी जाती है। पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा यात्रियों से अपील की गई है कि वे उचित टिकट खरीदकर सम्मान के साथ यात्रा करें।

राममंदिर जैसा बनेगा अयोध्या का रेलवे स्टेशन Railways plans Ayodhya Railway Station as Ram temple replica

When construction of Ayodhya railway station will be completed, the construction of Ram temple will be started, says the Minister of State for Railways (MOSR) Manoj Sinha. The Northern Railways will redevelop the station with modern facilities and model it around the proposed Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

LUCKNOW CHARBAGH: The Ayodhya Railway Station is set to get a facelift at a cost of Rs 80 crore. The Northern Railways will redevelop the station with modern facilities and model it around the proposed Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

This was announced by Railways Minister of State (MoS) Manoj Sinha at an event in Ayodhya.

Mandir ke dhaanche ka Ayodhya me station bhi ban kar ke Bhartiya Rail ki ore se taiyyar kiya jayega (The station in Ayodhya would also be built alike the structure of the temple by the Indian Railways),” he said at the Northern Railways’ programme.

Duniya bhar se log Ayodhya aate hain prabhu Shri Ram ke darshan karne ke liye… lekin Ayodhya ka station nishchit roop se aajtak uss tarah ka nahi ban-ne paaya (People from all over the world come to Ayodhya to worship Lord Ram. But the station in Ayodhya could never be built like that),” he said.

Desh ke har naagrik ki aastha Ayodhya se judi hui hai… aur khaas taur se iss desh ke pradhanmantri, aur hamari party ke rashtriya adyaksha… Ayodhya ko aisa viksit karna hai ke duniya ke kisi kone se aadmi aave… to garv se kah sake ke haan ye prabhu Shri Ram ki janam bhoomi hai… uss vikas ki ore Ayodhya ko le jaana hai (The faith of every citizen of the country is connected with Ayodhya… especially, the Prime Minister and our party’s national president… we need to develop Ayodhya in a way that any person visiting here from any part of the world could say with pride that this is the birth place of lord Ram).”

When contacted for comments, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Northern Railways, Satish Kumar said, “We have to make a new station, and whatever the drawing approval would be for it, the station would be made accordingly. The RITES (Railway Infrastructure Technical & Economic Services) officials have been asked to work on the project. An amount of Rs 80 crore has been sanctioned for Ayodhya railway station. Soon RITES will start the tendering process for the construction.”

He, however, refused to comment on the Ram Temple model for the station.

Manoj Sinha said: “I said that Indian Railways is developing railway stations at various pilgrimage centres and places of tourism in India. So, I said that, when devotees arrive at this station, they should get the feel that they have arrived at the birthplace of Lord Ram. The structure of the station would be like that of a temple.”

Speaking to reporters, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said Wednesday that the remodelled station would resemble a temple.

“In Ayodhya, if it (railway station) is connected to the birthplace of Lord Ram which all of us are well aware of, if Mathura is connected to the Vrindavan temple, if Ajmer Sharif is connected to the dargah or mosque over there and if Agra is connected to the Taj Mahal, I think its a great contribution of the Indian Railways to teach our history, our heritage and our tradition to the next generation,” he said on the sidelines of a book release event here.

When asked if the design of the Ayodhya station would be like a replica of a temple as the one conceptualised by the VHP, Goyal said, “Even if that is so, the Vishwa Hindu Prishad is a nationalist organisation and I don’t see anything objectionable in it. However, we have not yet decided on that yet.”

Asked if that is what is going to happen, Goyal said the design was yet to be finalised.

रेल राज्यमंत्री मनोज सिन्हा का ऐलान- राममंदिर जैसा बनेगा अयोध्या का रेलवे स्टेशन

उत्तर प्रदेश के अयोध्या में राम मंदिर के ढांचे जैसा रेलवे स्टेशन बनाया जाएगा। इसका प्रस्ताव भारतीय रेल की ओर से दिया जाएगा। यह बात रेल राज्यमंत्री मनोज सिन्हा ने कही। वह अयोध्या में 210 करोड़ की विभिन्न योजनाओं का शिलान्यास करने पहुंचे थे। 

उन्होंने कहा कि अयोध्या को ऐसा विकसित किया जाएगा कि दुनिया के किसी कोने से कोई भी आए तो गर्व से कह सके कि यह प्रभु श्री राम की जन्मभूमि है। उन्होंने कहा कि अयोध्या का विकास करके उसे ऐसी श्रेणी में लाना है कि देश के हर कोने से रेलगाड़ी अयोध्या आए। इसका इंतजाम भारत सरकार करेगी।
उन्होंने कहा कि देश के कोने-कोने से लोग राम के दर्शन करने अयोध्या आते हैं। निश्चित तौर पर अयोध्या का स्टेशन अभी तक उनकी आशाओं के अनुरूप नहीं बन सका लेकिन अब सरकार अयोध्या और फैजाबाद के स्टेशनों पर काफी काम करा रही है। इसके अंतर्गत अकबरपुर, फैजाबाद, बाराबंकी के दोहरीकरण और विद्युतीकरण पर 1116 करोड़ खर्च किए जा रहे हैं।

वैदिक मंत्रों से शुभारंभ

210 करोड़ में 80 करोड़ से अयोध्या रेलवे स्टेशन का विकास और 130 करोड़ की माल गोदाम शिफ्टिंग योजना पर काम होना है। योजनाओं पर जून में काम शुरू हो जाएगा। 2021 तक पूरा भी कर लेने का लक्ष्य है।

एक लाख लोग रहेंगे

रेल राज्यमंत्री ने बताया, अयोध्या रेलवे स्टेशन पर एक लाख लोग रह सकें इसका इंतजाम भारतीय रेल कर रही है। मंत्री मनोज सिन्हा योजनाओं का शिलान्यास करने से पहले हनुमान गढ़ी और कनक भवन दर्शन करने पहुंचे।

प्लैटफार्म बनने तक

राज्यसभा सदस्य विनय कटियार ने कहा कि जब तक अयोध्या का प्लेटफॉर्म बनकर तैयार होगा, तब तक राम मंदिर बनने की शुरुआत हो चुकी होगी। उन्होंने कहा अटल जी के जमाने से ही अयोध्या के रेलवे स्टेशन की विकास की बातें कही जाती रही हैं लेकिन काम अब शुरू हो पाया है।

ADB approves $360m for Bangladesh Railway project

The Asian Development Bank has approved loans totalling $360 Million to buy modern Rolling Stock and support reform in Bangladesh Railway to help promote a shift from roads to rail.

DHAKA: “Railways in Bangladesh potentially offer a cheaper, safer, and more fuel-efficient means of transport of goods and passengers than roads, but have been held back by lack of investment and aging and unreliable rolling stock,” Tsuneyuki Sakai, an ADB senior transport specialist, said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The ADB Railway Rolling Stock Operations Improvement Project will boost the operational performance of Bangladesh Railway by introducing new technology, equipment, and processes that will be cleaner and more efficient, cutting carbon dioxide emissions.”

Historically, railways enjoyed a monopoly as a carrier and transported most commodities. However, its market share has dropped because of inadequate investment in railway infrastructure and rolling stock over an extended period, according to the statement.

This has resulted in unreliable freight operations and uncomfortable experiences for passengers. Most rolling stock is more than 30 years old, and much is past the end of its economic life.

Maintenance facilities have also not improved over time and are not adequately equipped.

Under its seventh five-year plan for fiscal years 2016-2020, the government has placed special emphasis on railway development, setting targets to increase the market share to 15 percent in freight transport and 10 percent in passenger movements by 2020.

Bangladesh Railway has also been operating at a loss, its operating costs about double what it makes from revenue. Under the railway reform supported by ADB, the government has taken steps to boost revenue by raising the level of passenger and freight tariffs that have remained unchanged for decades. An increase in the operational capacity through new rolling stock is needed to generate more revenue.

Starting with a railway improvement programme in 2006, ADB has provided four loans to the government for railway development totalling $2.81 billion. Three loans invested in network improvement in key sections of the railway, with two targeting enhanced South Asian connectivity.

The Railway Reform Project under the 2006 programme introduced financial reforms and an enterprise resource planning information technology (IT) system. A loan approved in 2015 is also procuring rolling stock and maintenance equipment, for which work is ongoing to 2020.

This latest project seeks to address the investment and modernisation needs of Bangladesh Railway. It will procure 40 broad gauge locomotives, 125 luggage vans, and 1,000 wagons for freight trains for use on major lines of the rail network.

The rolling stock will introduce auxiliary power units (APU) to Bangladesh Railway, to significantly reduce diesel consumption when the locomotives are idling.

The project will also draw up investment plans for urgently required maintenance facilities, establish training programmes for the drivers, and run the enterprise-wide IT system.

The total cost of the project is $453.37 million, of which $93.37 million will be met by the government. It is due for completion around the end of June 2022.

Accompanying the loans is a technical assistance grant of $500,000 to devise a training scheme for drivers in the use of the APU and recommend potential approaches to achieving overall energy efficiency.

Railways to partly develop Stations, to lease them out to Private Players for 99 years

The redevelopment of 600 stations was mentioned by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget speech this month. While the redevelopment project is estimated to cost over Rs 1 lakh crore for 600 stations, IRSDC will tap into market sources for funds. Besides commercial use, the ministry also plans to allow residential use of its land around the stations.

NEW DELHI: The railways has come up with a new plan to involve private players in its ambitious scheme to redevelop 600 stations across India. According to the plan, the Railways will carry out 25-50 per cent of the construction work, and then give the station on a 99-year lease to the highest bidder for completion, development and subsequent operation.

Besides commercial use, the ministry also plans to allow residential use of its land around the stations.

The proposal has been sent for Cabinet approval and is likely to be discussed at the next meeting, said sources. If approved, it is expected to kick-off simultaneous construction work at stations across the country.

The redevelopment of 600 stations was mentioned by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget speech this month.

In the first phase, Railways arms like the Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) and zonal units will take up about 130 stations.

The IRSDC will develop about 10 types of designs, which will be followed at all the stations.

According to the plan, the IRSDC and Divisional Railway Managers will redevelop the main station facilities. After that, the station, along with its land parcels, will be put up for bidding. The government has sanctioned Rs 3,300 crore in the Budget for kicking off the initial process.

While the redevelopment project is estimated to cost over Rs 1 lakh crore for 600 stations, IRSDC will tap into market sources for funds.

Sources said work is expected to begin in the next few months.

“In the scenario that a station does not find a bidder even after we have completed half the construction, IRSDC has the mandate to complete the project and take over the operation of the station and earn through it,” said a senior Railways official.

The new model was devised by the ministry following deliberations with infrastructure and real estate majors like Shapoorji Pallonji Group, DLF, Reliance Infra, Hiranandani Developers and GMR Group since October last year, after Railways Minister Piyush Goyal mandated a new strategy to make the station redevelopment scheme a success. Recently, Goyal and ministry officials also discussed the issue with architect Hafeez Contractor.

This is in addition to the existing model of bidding out stations to private developers on “as is where is” basis. This model, however, has not been able to galvanise the tepid real estate sector. The last, and the only station so far, that was successfully bid out to a private player was Habibganj in Bhopal, where the local developer, Bansal Group, will develop and operate the station for eight years and get the lease for development of four adjacent land parcels for 45 years. The department had also invited bids for the Jammu and Kozhikode stations.

Last year, Railways changed its classification scheme of 7,000 stations across the country to make footfalls, and not commercial earnings, the guiding benchmark. About 50 stations were classified as “high-value”, including the 21 busiest stations.

To set in motion a revamped station redevelopment programme, the Ministry of Railways is at present seeking approval to nominate public-sector undertakings (PSUs) in case the proposed nodal agency, its arm Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC), is unable to start work on multiple stations simultaneously or fails to find a financially viable plan.

To this effect, a Cabinet note for inter-ministerial consultation has been in circulation. “The ministry of railways has prepared a Cabinet note on station redevelopment, leaving room for the railways to give stations to agencies other than IRSDC if it so desires,” said an official requesting anonymity. Given that 600 stations are to be redeveloped, the railways has also proposed that IRSDC can start preliminary work of select stations to showcase the viability and then the stations can be auctioned to private builders. In case there are no takers, IRSDC will complete the project by sourcing funds.

As reported by FE earlier, the station redevelopment model is being revisited as the ‘Swiss challenge’ bidding process evoked lukewarm interest. IRSDC will now be the primary developer. The revamped public-private partnership model is expected to offer more attractive terms for private investors with longer lease period of 99 years as against the current 45 years, residential premises being part of the assets created and multiple sub-leases being allowed rather than just one. The Swiss challenge method allows unsolicited offer being made by an original proponent ensuring the best process (in terms of cost and time efficiency). Then, third parties make better offers (challenges) with the original proponent getting the right to match any superior offers.

Under the new proposal, any PSU — IRCON International, Housing and Urban Development Corporation, Rail Vikas Nigam, NBCC (India), Delhi Metro Rail Corporation — which has expertise in the field can be given the work in association with Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA). The transporter is looking for an exemption from the provision that stipulates that PSUs can’t be given projects on a nomination basis under the general finance rules (GFR). “We are looking for an exemption for expert (PSU) companies,” added the official. RLDA is empowered to identify portions of the transporter’s vacant land viable for commercial exploitation.

The exemption has been sought keeping in mind the case in which IRSDC is unable to generate enough bandwidth for all stations, apart from maintaining a healthy competition; the Railway Board will only intervene for stations in which IRSDC is not interested. In case of nomination, the railways will decide the percentage of project cost as expenses, and depending on whichever PSU is ready, the price point will be awarded projects. “The way we give out projects is that, say, 8.5% of the cost is given for staff cost, overhead expenses and profits, if at all to be made,” said the official. So for instance, if a project is awarded at Rs 100 crore, Rs 92.5 crore will be the cost and the rest will be the PSU’s expense. The GFR states there should be competition among PSUs on a service charge basis. Once the percentage of service charge is fixed, PSUs can compete among themselves.

Approval for 6 major Railway projects in 4 states would generate more than 200 lakh person days of Employment

NEW DELHI: The approval of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Tuesday for six major Railway projects at a cost of Rs 11,661 crore for laying of new lines as well as doubling and electrification of tracks would generate more than 200 Lakh person days of employment in Uttar Pradesh and three other states, the Ministry of Railways said.

The projects would cover 881 km of lines in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved doubling and electrification projects of the 425 km-long Jhansi-Manikpur and Bhimsen-Khairar lines at a completion cost of Rs 4955.72 crore.

The projects are likely to be completed by 2022-23 and will cover the districts of Jhansi, Mahoba, Banda, Chitrakut Dham in Uttar Pradesh and Chhatarpur in Madhya Pradesh.

The CCEA also approved doubling with electrification of the 116.95 km-long Bhatni-Aurnihar line. The project, at a cost of Rs 1300.9 crore, is likely to be completed by 2021-22 and will cover the districts of Deoria, Ballia, Mau and Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh.Approval has also come for the doubling and electrification projects on the 100.6 km-long Muzaffarpur-Sagauli and 109.7 km-long Sagauli-Valmiki Nagar lines at completion costs of Rs 1347.61 crore and Rs 1381.49 crore respectively.These lines are in the districts of Muzaffarpur, East Champaran (Motihari) and West Champaran (Bettiah) in Bihar.

“Railways provides employment opportunities to lakhs of people. Doubling of railway lines, electrification, development and modernisation of the railways will generate employment of 211 lakh man days,” Railway Minister Piyush Goyal told the media yesterday.

Change in Timings of 2 WR Trains (पश्चिम रेलवे की दो ट्रेनों की समय सारणी में परिवर्तन)

MUMBAI: Western Railway has decided to change the timings of TWO train’s i.e 59078 Bhusaval – Surat Passenger and 69170 Nandurbar – Surat MEMU w.e.f 10th June, 2018 instead of 10th April, 2018 as earlier notified. The details of change in timings are as follows:

59078 Bhusaval – Surat Passenger STATION 69170 Nandurbar – Surat MEMU
Existing Revised   Existing Revised
00.35 (Dep) 21.15 (Dep) Bhusaval
00.50/00.52 21.28/21.30 Bhadli
01.05/01.10 21.55/22.00 Jalgaon
Pass/01.26 Pass/22.16 Paldhi
01.42/01.44 22.32/22.34 Dharangaon
02.10/02.14 23.00/23.04 Amalner
02.43/02.45 23.33/23.35 Nardana
02.58/02.59 23.48/23.49 Sindkheda
03.30/03.33 00.40/01.10 Dondaicha
04.25/04.35 02.15/02.45 Nandurbar 02.45 (Dep) 04.35 (Dep)
04.45/04.46 02.55/02.56 Dhekvad 02.55/02.56 04.45/04.46
Pass/04.54 03.04/03.05 Bhadwad 03.04/03.05 04.54/04.55
05.01/05.03 03.13/03.14 Khandbara 03.13/03.14 05.02/05.04
05.13/05.15 03.23/03.24 Khatgaon 03.23/03.24 05.14/05.16
05.25/05.27 03.35/03.58 Chinchpada 03.35/03.58 05.26/05.28
05.35/05.36 04.06/04.07 Kolde 04.06/04.07 05.36/05.37
05.57/06.00 04.20/04.22 Navapur 04.20/04.22 05.57/06.00
06.12/06.13 04.34/04.35 Bhadbhunja 04.34/04.35 06.12/06.13
06.22/06.23 04.44/04.45 Lokkadkot 04.44/04.45 06.22/06.23
06.40/07.02 04.54/04.56 Ukai Songhad 04.54/04.56 06.40/07.02
05.02/05.03 Dosvada 05.02/05.03 07.08/07.09
07.14/07.15 05.08/05.09 Kikakui Road 05.08/05.09 07.21/07.22
07.32/07.34 05.21/05.24 Vyara 05.21/05.24 07.39/07.41
07.44/07.45 05.34/05.35 Kaher 05.34/05.35 07.51/07.52
07.52/07.54 05.45/05.48 Madhi 05.45/05.48 07.59/08.01
08.00/08.01 05.55/05.56 Mangrolia 05.55/05.56 08.07/08.08
08.07/08.08 06.02/06.03 Timbarva 06.02/06.03 08.14/08.15
08.18/08.20 06.11/06.13 Bardoli 06.11/06.13 08.25/08.27
08.28/08.30 06.21/06.22 Gangadhra 06.21/06.22 08.35/08.37
08.37/08.38 06.29/06.30 Bagumra 06.29/06.30 08.44/08.45
08.54/09.04 06.37/06.39 Chalthan 06.37/06.39 08.54/09.05
09.28/09.45 07.15/07.17 Udhna 07.15/07.17 09.28/09.45
Arr/ 10.00 Arr/ 07.35 Surat Arr/ 07.35 Arr/ 10.00

मुंबई: पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा ट्रेन सं. 59087 भुसावल-सूरत पैसेंजर तथा ट्रेन सं. 69170 नंदुरबार-सूरत मेमू की समय सारणी में पूर्व में अधिसूचित 10 अप्रैल, 2018 के स्थान पर 10 जून, 2018 से परिवर्तन करने का निर्णय लिया गया है। समय सारणी में होने वाले बदलाव का विवरण नीचे दिया जा रहा हैः-

59087 भुसावल-सूरत पैसेंजर स्टेशन 69170 नंदुरबार-सूरत मेमू
वर्तमान संशोधित   वर्तमान संशोधित
00.35 (प्रस्थान) 21.15 (प्रस्थान) भुसावल
00.50/00.52 21.28/21.30 भादली
01.05/01.10 21.55/22.00 जलगाँव
पासिंग/01.26 पासिंग/22.16 पालढी
01.42/01.44 22.32/22.34 धरणगाँव
02.10/02.14 23.00/23.04 अमलनेर
02.43/02.45 23.33/23.35 नरदाना
02.58/02.59 23.48/23.49 सिंदखेड़ा
03.30/03.33 00.40/01.10 डोंडाइचा
04.25/04.35 02.15/02.45 नंदुरबार 02.45 (प्रस्थान) 04.35 (प्रस्थान)
04.45/04.46 02.55/02.56 ढेकवड 02.55/02.56 04.45/04.46
पासिंग/04.54 03.04/03.05 भाडवड 03.04/03.05 04.54/04.55
05.01/05.03 03.13/03.14 खांडबारा 03.13/03.14 05.02/05.04
05.13/05.15 03.23/03.24 खाटगाँव 03.23/03.24 05.14/05.16
05.25/05.27 03.35/03.58 चिंचपाड़ा 03.35/03.58 05.26/05.28
05.35/05.36 04.06/04.07 कोलडे 04.06/04.07 05.36/05.37
05.57/06.00 04.20/04.22 नवापुर 04.20/04.22 05.57/06.00
06.12/06.13 04.34/04.35 भडभुंजा 04.34/04.35 06.12/06.13
06.22/06.23 04.44/04.45 लक्कडकोट 04.44/04.45 06.22/06.23
06.40/07.02 04.54/04.56 उकई सोनगड 04.54/04.56 06.40/07.02
05.02/05.03 डोसवाडा 05.02/05.03 07.08/07.09
07.14/07.15 05.08/05.09 कीकाकुई रोड 05.08/05.09 07.21/07.22
07.32/07.34 05.21/05.24 व्यारा 05.21/05.24 07.39/07.41
07.44/07.45 05.34/05.35 कहेर 05.34/05.35 07.51/07.52
07.52/07.54 05.45/05.48 मढ़ी 05.45/05.48 07.59/08.01
08.00/08.01 05.55/05.56 मांगरोलिया 05.55/05.56 08.07/08.08
08.07/08.08 06.02/06.03 टिम्बरवा 06.02/06.03 08.14/08.15
08.18/08.20 06.11/06.13 बारडोली 06.11/06.13 08.25/08.27
08.28/08.30 06.21/06.22 गंगाधरा 06.21/06.22 08.35/08.37
08.37/08.38 06.29/06.30 बगुमरा 06.29/06.30 08.44/08.45
08.54/09.04 06.37/06.39 चलथान 06.37/06.39 08.54/09.05
09.28/09.45 07.15/07.17 उधना 07.15/07.17 09.28/09.45
आगमन/ 10.00 आगमन/ 07.35 सूरत आगमन/ 07.35 आगमन/10.00

 

SCR Womens Kabaddi Team Wins All India ‘A’ Grade Kabaddi Tournament

Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager/SCR along with Women’s Kabaddi Winners team

SECUNDERABAD: South Central Railway Womens Kabaddi Team won the All India A Grade Kabaddi Tournament held at Mumbai from  13th to 17th February, 2018.

Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager complemented the team members for their victory. He advised the Kabaddi team to put their best efforts and bring laurels to South Central Railway and Indian Railways also.

South Central Railway Team beat Punjab Police by 44-20 in the quarter final and entered into Semi final and beat SMVK, Tamilnadu team with the score 39-27. In the finals SCR team had tough fight with Palam, Delhi and defeated by 34-20 score and won the tournament. Total 16 teams were participated in the Tournament.

Cabinet approves India-Morocco Cooperation Agreement in Railway Sector

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval to the Cooperation Agreement between India and the Moroccan National Railways Office (ONCF) to develop long-term cooperation and partnership in different areas of railway sector. The Cooperation Agreement was signed on 14th December, 2017.

The Cooperation Agreement will enable technical cooperation in the following areas:-

  1. Training and staff development;
  2. Expert missions, exchange of experience and personnel; and
  3. Mutual technical assistance, including exchanging of experts.

Background:

Ministry of Railways have signed MOUs for technical cooperation in the Rail sector with various foreign Governments and National Railways. The identified areas of cooperation include high-speed corridors, speed raising of existing routes, development of world class stations, heavy haul operations and modernization of rail infrastructure, etc. The cooperation is achieved through exchange of information on developments in areas of railways technology & operations, knowledge sharing, technical visits, training & seminars and workshops in areas of mutual interest.

The MoUs provide a platform for Indian Railways to interact and share the latest developments and knowledge in the railway sector. The MoUs facilitate exchange of technical experts, reports and technical documents, training and seminars/workshops focusing on specific technology areas and other interactions for knowledge sharing.

CCEA approves Doubling/Electrification of 116.95 Km long Bhatni-Aunrihar at a completion cost of Rs.1300.9 Crore

NEW DELHI: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved 116.95 Km long Bhatni-Aurnihar line doubling with electrification at a completion cost of Rs. 1300.9 crore and is likely to be completed by 2021-22. The project will cover the districts of Deoria, Ballia, Mau and Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh.

Aurnihar is junction station of Varanasi division having connectivity towards four sides namely Aurnihar-Chhapra, Aurnihar-Bhatni, Aurnihar-Jaunpur and Aurnihar-Varanasi. Present line capacity utilization of the section is 118% leading to congestion and slower train movement. The doubling project will ensure higher speed, reduce train delays, enhance safety by allowing more time for track/block maintenance, and provide additional capacity for future increase in traffic.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Project Likely to be completed by 2021-22
  • Doubling project will ensure higher speed, reduce train delays, enhance safety by allowing more time for track/block maintenance, and provide additional capacity for future increase in traffic
  • Decongestion of Mughalsarai-Allahabad route thereby benefiting passengers traveling to Eastern India especially Bihar, West Bengal and North East
  • By easing the connectivity in Varanasi district, often referred to as the Spiritual Capital of India it will give a boost to pilgrimage, tourism and the local economy
  • Electrification will lead to faster trains, reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable environment. Further, it will reduce fuel import dependence, and result in energy costs savings for Railways and forex savings for the country.
  • Generate direct employment during construction of about 28.07 lakh mandays

Allahabad-Mughalsarai route of North Central Railway is over saturated and there is heavy congestion at Mughalsarai. Doubling of this route will allow shifting of traffic from Mughalsarai-Allahabad route to this route thereby decongesting it. This will benefit passengers traveling to Eastern India especially Bihar, West Bengal and North East.

Further, by easing the connectivity in Varanasi district, often referred to as the Spiritual Capital of India it will give a boost to pilgrimage, tourism and the local economy

Electrification will lead to faster trains, reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable environment. Further, It will reduce fuel import dependence, and result in energy costs savings for Railways and forex savings for the country.

In addition, the project will generate direct employment during construction of about 28.07 lakh mandays.

CCEA approves Rs.4955.72 Crore 425-Km long Jhansi-Manikpur & Bhimsen-Khairar lines Doubling/Electrification projects

NEW DELHI: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved 425 Km long Jhansi-Manikpur and Bhimsen-Khairar lines doubling and electrification projects at a completion cost of Rs. 4955.72 crore. These are likely to be completed by 2022-23. The projects will cover the districts of Jhansi, Mahoba, Banda, Chitrakut Dham in Uttar Pradesh and Chhatarpur in Madhya Pradesh.

The present line capacity utilization of Jhansi-Khairar, Khairar-Manikpur and Khairar-Bhimsen is 126%, 160% and 107% respectively, which leads to congestion and slow movement of trains.

Project Highlights:

  • Project Likely to be completed by 2022-23.
  • Improve punctuality, and better safety through improved availability for maintenance blocks.
  • Will be important feeder route for Dedicated Freight Corridor.
  • Improve connectivity to Khajuraho which is an international tourist destination.
  • Generate direct employment during construction of about 102 lakh mandays

The doubling will provide for easy movement of trains going/coming from Jhansi/Kanpur and coming/going to Allahabad without any stoppage for crossing of trains of opposite direction. It will improve punctuality of passenger trains and smooth running on the routes of Jhansi-Satna and Kanpur-Satna. It will also help in better safety through improved availability for maintenance blocks. It will also result in overall development of Bundelkhand region.

It may be noted that DFC (Dedicated Freight Corridor) connectivity will be near Bhimsen. Thus, this route will also act as a feeder route of DFC and help in economic and industrial development through swift movement of goods especially agricultural produce to consumer areas, and to ports for export. The cement cluster in Satna and infrastructure sector will be another major beneficiary from this development through smoother movement of cement.

It will also improve connectivity to Khajuraho which is an international tourist destination. This will also lead to economic prosperity and employment opportunities through tourism in the region.

Electrification will lead to faster trains, reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable environment. Further, It will reduce fuel import dependence, and result in energy costs savings for Railways and forex savings for the country.

In addition, these projects will generate direct employment during construction of about 102 lakh mandays.

CCEA approves 130 Km long Jeypore-Malkangiri New Line project at a Completion Cost of Rs. 2676.11 Crore

NEW DELHI: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved 130 Km long Jeypore-Malkangiri New Line project at a completion cost of Rs. 2676.11 crore and is likely to be completed by 2021-22. The project will cover the districts of Koraput and Malkangiri of Odisha State.

Malkangiri and Koraput districts are among the identified left-wing extremism (Maoists) affected districts in the country. These areas are also amongst the 115 aspirational districts. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given a clarion call to develop these districts to help achieve the vision of New India by 2022.

  • Project likely to be completed by 2021-22.
  • Malkangiri and Koraput districts are among the identified left-wing extremism (Maoists) affected districts in the country.
  • Will result in short lead to many other places of Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.
  • Provide basic infrastructure support for overall development including industrial development of the area having large socio-economic ramifications.
  • Will also help in combating left wing extremism through development
    Generate direct employment during construction of about 31.2 lakh mandays

The proposed new line will connect Malkangiri, Boipariguda, Tanginiguda, Mathili, Pondripani Road and other major towns to Jeypore station on the existing Kottavalasa-Kirandul line. Further, connectivity to important towns viz. Koraput, Jeypore, Jagdalpur, Dantewara will improve. It will also result in short lead to many other places of Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.

At present Malkangiri has no connectivity with Railways. The new line will provide basic infrastructure support for overall development including industrial development of the area having large socio-economic ramifications. This project will provide connectivity to this region, and will help provide economic opportunities to the people of these regions. This will also help in combating left wing extremism through development.

In addition, this project will generate direct employment during construction of about 31.2 lakh mandays.

CCEA approves Doubling/Electrification of 100.6 Km Muzaffarpur-Sagauli & 109.7 Km Sagauli-Valmiki Nagar lines


These projects will cover the districts of Muzaffarpur, East Champaran (Motihari) and West Champaran (Bettiah) in Bihar. At present passenger trains suffer congestion and stoppages on Muzaffarpur to Valmiki Nagar route as the line capacity utilization is upto 213%. Additional capacity will ease congestion and allow faster and reliable movement with minimum delays Muzaffarpur-Sagauli & Sagauli-Valmiki Nagar projects will generate direct employment during construction for 24.14 lakh mandays and 26.33 lakh mandays respectively

HAJIPUR: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the 100.6 Km long Muzaffarpur (Sonpur Division/ECR) to Sagauli (Samasthipur Division/ECR) and 109.7 Km Sagauli to Valmiki Nagar lines (Samathipur Division/ECR) doubling projects with electrification at completion costs of Rs. 1347.61 crore, Rs. 1381.49 crore respectively. These projects will cover the districts of Muzaffarpur, East Champaran (Motihari) and West Champaran (Bettiah) in Bihar.

Areas served by this route are densely population regions of north Bihar. At present passenger trains suffer congestion and stoppages on Muzaffarpur to Valmiki Nagar route as the line capacity utilization is upto 213%. 38 mail/express trains are running in this section with thousands of passengers travelling daily. Additional capacity will ease congestion and allow faster and reliable movement with minimum delays. In addition, it will enhance safety through more availability of maintenance blocks.

In addition to decongesting the entire route from Muzaffarpur to Valmiki Nagar, doubling will improve capacity and connectivity, thus paving way for economic prosperity and overall development of the region. Development of eastern regions of the country is important for achieving the ‘New India’ vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister by 2022.Champaran is on the border with Nepal, thus doubling of this line will lead to better connectivity with neighbouring countries as well.

Electrification will lead to faster trains, reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable environment. Further, It will reduce fuel import dependence, and result in energy costs savings for Railways and forex savings for the country.

In addition, Muzaffarpur-Sagauli & Sagauli-Valmiki Nagar projects will generate direct employment during construction for 24.14 lakh mandays and 26.33 lakh mandays respectively.

MoU signed between Ministry of Railways and Maharashtra State Government for Coach Factory at Latur

रेलवे लातूर, महाराष्ट्र में एक कोच फैक्ट्री स्थापित करेगी। रेल मंत्रालय और महाराष्ट्र राज्य सरकार के बीच एक समझौता ज्ञापन पर हस्ताक्षर किया गया। इससे “मेक इन इंडिया” योजना के अंतर्गत बहुत लाभ होगा। इस परियोजना से हजारों व्यक्तियों को प्रत्यक्ष रोजगार मिलेगा तथा अप्रत्यक्ष रूप से रोजगार के भी अनेक अवसर मिलेंगे। इससे मराठवाड़ा में उद्योग और औद्योगिक ईको-सिस्टम की कई सहायक इकाइयों को बढावा मिलेगा ।

मुंबई: श्री पीयूष गोयल, माननीय केंद्रीय रेल एवं कोयला मंत्री तथा श्री देवेंद्र फडणवीस, माननी मुख्यमंत्री, महाराष्ट्र की उपस्थिति में श्री बी.के. अग्रवालअतिरिक्त सदस्य (पी.यू), रेलवे बोर्ड एवं श्री संजय सेठी, सी.ई.ओ., एम. आई.डी.सी ने क्रमश, रेल मंत्रालय एवं महाराष्ट्र राज्य सरकार की ओर से लातुर में रेल कोच  फैक्ट्री स्थापित करने के लिए आज समझौता ज्ञापन पर हस्ताक्षर किये।

यह मुंबई में दिनांक 31/01/2018 को माननीय रेल एवं कोयला मंत्री और माननीय मुख्यमंत्री, महाराष्ट्र के बीच हुई उच्च स्तरीय बैठक के अनुसरण में है।

इस अवसर पर श्री पीयूष गोयल माननीय रेल एवं कोयला मंत्री ने कहा कि करीब 500 करोड़ रुपये का निवेश पहले चरण के लिए है, लेकिन बड़ा विचार यह है कि इसे बड़ा दृष्टिकोण समझा जाए जिसकी कल्पना माननीय मुख्यमंत्री, महाराष्ट्र श्री देवेंद्र फडणवीस ने की है। उन्होंने आगे कहा भारत के लिए महाराष्ट्र का योगदान वास्तव में उल्लेखनीय है चाहे वह करों के रुप में है या यह विभिन्न क्षेत्रिय विकास के रुप में है, चाहे वह एफ.डी.आई. या जी.डी.पी की वृद्धि या ट्रिलियन डॉलर की अर्थव्यवस्था की ओर आदि। श्री गोयल ने कहा कि भारतीय रेलवे ने मराठवाडा क्षेत्र के विकास मे यह एक छोटा सा योगदान दिया है और यह भागीदारी एक लंबा सफर तय करेगी।

इस परियोजना पर सभी की सहमति के साथ काम तेजी से उच्च प्राथमिकता के आधार पर किया जाएगा। लगभग 150 हेक्टेयर की अनुमानित भूमि क्षेत्र के साथ परियोजना की प्रथम चरण करीब 500 करोड़ रुपये होगी। 

इस परियोजना के लिए राज्य सरकार –

  1. रियायती दर पर जमीन उपलब्ध करायेगी
  2. इसके लिए जरूरी जमीन सहित रेल संपर्क की सुविधा देगी
  3. पानी, बिजली और राज्य जीएसटी पर स्थानीय करों पर उचित रियायत देगी
  4. सड़क संपर्क प्रदान करने में सहायता देगी
  5. सभी वैधानिक आवश्यकताओं की शीघ्र मंजूरी की सुविधा देगी

मराठवाड़ा, यह इलाका जहां लातूर स्थित है, महाराष्ट्र के सबसे पिछड़े क्षेत्रों में से एक है। लातूर में स्थापित होने जा रहे इस रेल कोच फैक्टरी से मेक इन इंडियाकी अवधारणा को गति मिलेगी और हजारों लोगों को प्रत्यक्ष  रोजगार का लाभ होगा तथा अप्रत्यक्ष रूप से भी रोजगार के अनेक अवसर मिलेंगे ।

इसके अलावा, मराठवाड़ा में एक औद्योगिक ईको-सिस्टम पैदा करेगी जो सूखाग्रस्त क्षेत्र में उद्योग विकसित करने में मदद करेगी ।

यह समाचार सुनील उदासी, मुख्य जनसंपर्क अधिकारी, मध्य रेल, छत्रपति शिवाजी महाराज टर्मिनस मुंबई द्वारा जारी किया गया है।


भारतीय रेल्वे महाराष्ट्रात लातूर येथे एक कोच फैक्ट्री स्थाप करणार  

रेल्वे मंत्रालय आणि महाराष्ट्र राज्य शासन यांनी का सामंजस्य करारावर हस्ताक्षर केलेमेक इन इंडियाचा खूप मोठा फायदा. प्रकल्पामुळे हजारो लोकांना प्रत्यक्ष रोजगार तर अप्रत्यक्ष रूपात रोजगाराच्या अनेक संधी उपलब्ध होतील. प्रकल्पामुळे राठवाड्यात पूरक उद्योग आणि औद्योगिक क्षेत्राला चालना मिळेल.

मुंबई: मैग्नेटिक महाराष्ट्र कार्यक्रम प्रसंगी माननीय केन्द्रीय रेल्वे आणि कोळसा मंत्री श्री पीयूष गोयल आणि महाराष्ट्राचे माननीय मुख्यमंत्री श्री देवेंद्र फडणवीस यांच्या उपस्तिथीमध्ये  रेल्वे मंत्रालय आणि महाराष्ट्र राज्य शासन यांच्यावतीने अनुक्रमे रेल्वे बोर्डाचे अतिरिक्त सदस्य श्री बी.के. अग्रवाल आणि महाराष्ट्र औद्योगिक विकास महामंडळाचे मुख्य कार्यकारी अधिकारी श्री संजय सेठी यांनी लातूर येथे  रेल्वे कोच फैक्ट्रीच्या स्थापनेसाठी आज मुंबईत सामंजस्य करारावर हस्ताक्षर केले.  माननीय केन्द्रीय रेल्वे आणि कोळसा मंत्री श्री पीयूष गोयल आणि महाराष्ट्राचे माननीय मुख्यमंत्री श्री देवेंद्र फडणवीस या दोघा मान्यवरांच्या  दिनांक 31/01/2018 रोजी मुंबईत झालेल्या का उच्च स्तरीय बैठकिच्या अनुषंगाने   हे पार पडले.

माननीय केन्द्रीय रेल्वे आणि कोळसा मंत्री श्री पीयूष गोयल या प्रसंगी म्हणाले कि, पहिल्या टप्प्यासाठी 500 कोटी रुपयांची गुंतवणूक असली तरी माननीय मुख्यमंत्र्यांच्या परीकल्पनेनुसार आणखी मोठी कल्पना स्पष्ट करण्याचा दृष्टीकोन आहे.  ते पुढे म्हणाले कि, भारताच्या जडण घडणीत महाराष्टाचे  योगदान  खरेच उल्लेखनीय आहे मग ते कराच्या रुपात असो व विविध क्षेत्रातील प्रगतीच्या रुपात असो,  अथवा थेट परदेशी गुंतवणूक असो किंवा एकूण देशांतर्गत उत्पादन वाढ असो किंवा अब्जावधी डॉलरच्या  अर्थव्यवस्थेच्या दिशेने वाटचाल असो. मराठवाडा विभागाच्या विकासात भारतीय रेल्वेचे अल्पसे योगदान असले तरी हे संबंध पुढील दीर्घकाळ टिकणारे असेल.

या प्रकल्पाचे काम जलद गतीने  आणि उच्च प्राथमिकतेच्या आधारावर मंजुरी प्रदान करण्यात येईल.  सुमारे 150 हेक्टर क्षेत्रफळाच्या  जमिनीवर पहिल्या टप्प्यात अंदाजे ५०० कोटी रुपयांचा हा प्रकल्प असेल.  या प्रकल्पा साठी राज्य शासन:

अ)  सवलतीच्या दराने  जमीन उपलब्ध करून दिली जाईल.
आ)  यासाठी आवश्यक जमिनीसह रेल्वे संपर्काची सुविधा दिली जाईल.
इ)  पाणी, वीज आणि राज्य जीएसटी इ. स्थानीय करांवर सवलत दिली जाईल.
ई)  सडक मार्गे संपर्काची सुवीधा देण्यात येईल.
उ)  सर्व वैधानिक परवानग्या त्वरित मंजुरी प्रदान करण्यात येईल.

लातूर हे मराठवाड्यात येते जो भाग महाराष्ट्रातील सर्वात मागास भाग समजला जातो. लातूर मध्ये स्थापना होणाऱ्या या  रेल कोच फैक्टरी मुळे मे इन इंडिया ला  गति मिळेल आणि हजारो  लोकांना प्रत्यक्ष रोजगार मिळेल तर  अप्रत्यक्ष रूपातही रोजगाराच्या अनेक संधी उपलब्ध होतील.   या व्यतिरिक्त  मराठवाड़ा सारख्या दुष्काळ क्षेत्रात औद्योगिक ईकोसिस्टम शृंखला तयार होऊन उद्योगात वाढ होण्यास मदत होईल.

सदर प्रसिध्‍दी पत्रक सुनील उदासी, मुख्‍य जनसंपर्क अधिकारी, मध्‍य रेल्‍वे, छत्रपती  शिवाजी महाराज टर्मिनस, मुंबई यांचे द्वारा जारी करण्‍यात आले आहे.

Northeast Frontier Railway Sports Association registers Win

GUWAHATI: Guwahati and Northeast Frontier Railway Sports Association (NFRSA) won their respective matches of the 10th Veteran Inter District and Inter Institutional T20 Cricket Tournament for the Madhurjya Prasad Barooah and Badan Chandra Saikia Memorial Trophy at the DN Singha Stadium in Goalpara today. In the first match of the day, Guwahati outplayed Jorhat by nine wickets. Electing to bat, Jorhat batsmen scored 139 for the loss of five wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. In reply, Guwahati eased past the target losing one wicket in 12.1 overs.

In the other match of the day, NFRSA got the better of Dhubri by 69 runs. Batting first, the Railwaymen piled up 200 runs for the loss of two wickets in their stipulated overs. Chasing the target, Dhubri batsmen could only manage 131 for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs.

Brief scores: Jorhat VCA 139/5 in 20 overs (Hemanta Hazarika 55, Abhisekh Dhelia 44; Akash Chakraborty 2/19). Guwahati VCA 140/1 in 12.1 overs (Nitin Das 57 n.o., Situ Das 46 n.o.; Abdul Wahid 1/12).

NFRSA 200/2 in 20 overs ( Zakaria Zuffri 109 n.o., RB Indrajeet 60 n.o.; Nakibul Islam 1/35, Manik Mahanta 1/37). Jorhat VCA 131/8 in 20 overs (Nekibul Islam 31, Raju Islam 26; Deep Bora 3/23).

Railway Job Tsunami: Ministry of Railways extends Relaxation in Upper Age Limit for all Categories

Online Applications are invited around 90,000 posts in Group C Level I (Erstwhile Group D) like Track maintainer, Points man, Helper, Gateman, Porter and Group C Level II categories like Assistant Loco Pilots (ALP), Technicians (Fitter, Crane Driver, Blacksmith, Carpenter) through Railway Recruitment Boards websites. Last date of submission of application would be extended suitably. Option to take exam in regional languages like Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Odiya and others will be available to the candidates. 

NEW DELHI: For the ongoing recruitment of Group C Level I & II posts, Ministry of Railways have decided to extend the relaxation in upper age limit as under:

CEN 01/2018 – Asst. Loco Pilot (ALP) & Technician
Community Notified Revised
UR 28 30
OBC 31 33
SC 33 35
ST 33 35
CEN 02/2018 – Level-1 (erstwhile Group D)
Community Notified Revised
UR 31 33
OBC 34 36
SC 36 38
ST 36 38

Formal corrigendum is being issued on official websites of RRBs shortly. Last date of submission of application would be extended suitably. It has also been decided that the questions in regional languages like Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Odiya, Telugu, Bangla and others will be available for candidates to take the exam.

Earlier, Ministry of Railways has announced one of the world’s largest recruitment processes for 89409 posts in Group C Level I (Erstwhile Group D) & Level II Categories. Online applications have been invited for the Group C Level II posts like Assistant Loco Pilots, Technicians (Fitter, Crane Driver, Blacksmith, and Carpenter) and Group C Level I (Erstwhile Group D) posts like Track maintainer, Points man, Helper, Gateman, Porter. This recruitment drive is open for candidates who have passed Class Xth & ITI for Group C Level I posts & Class Xth & ITI or diploma in engineering or a graduation in engineering for Group C Level II posts like Assistant Loco Pilots, Technicians and aspire to join Indian Railways.

Ministry of Railways has published a notification no. CEN 01/2018 for Group C Level II Categories posts for the candidates in the age group of 18-28 years who have passed Class X and have an industrial training certificate (ITI) or diploma in engineering or a graduation in engineering.

The notification no. CEN 02/2018 about Group C Level I (Erstwhile Group D) posts for candidates in the age group of 18-31 years and who have passed Class X and have an industrial training certificate (ITI). The notifications have already been uploaded on RRB Websites. The link of the website is as follows:

http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/view_section.jsp?lang=0&id=0,4,1244

Background:

Indian Railways has announced more than 1 lakh jobs which was notified in RailNews (http://www.railnews.in/ministry-of-railways-announces-one-of-the-worlds-largest-recruitment-drive/) that will be available for high school pass-outs to engineers.  The railway ministry has issued notification for around 65,000 jobs in Group D category that includes Trackmen, Gangman, and another notification for hiring 27000 personal as Locomotive Pilots and Assistant Loco Pilots. The minimum qualification required for these jobs is high school pass and ITI diploma, and the last date for filing application is March 12.

Indian Railways is among the largest employers in the world with a workforce of 13 lakh employees. The national transporter is sprucing up its safety infrastructure by hiring more gangmen. Around 1.2 lakh positions related to safety are currently lying vacant.

Union Budget 2018-19 has for the first time outlined jobs/mandays that government’s infrastructure development projects and social welfare schemes can generate. An ET analysis of the Budget has shown that at least five million jobs will be created, absorbing nearly half of the 10 million people who enter the country’s workforce annually.

These projects and schemes include construction of national highways, railway tracks, building toilets under the ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission and rural houses under MGNREGS, creation of cold chains and food parks and the extended ‘Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana’.

The pace of job creation is often considered an important barometer of the government’s performance. Industry estimates that in FY12-16, India created 3.65 million new jobs a year.

New Railway Station to come up between Kasara and Khardi on CR’s Mumbai Division

MUMBAI: In this year’s state budget, funds were allocated for projects involved in augmenting the areas in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The Railway Board has taken a step towards it as it approved halts for local trains at Umbermali station between Kasara and Khardi. Until now, Umbermali simply had two platforms and a station master’s office.

The station will also have other amenities like FOBs, food stalls, roof over the platforms, seating arrangements, fans and lights etc. “We had been demanding for this for a long time now. It had been a struggle for the locals here who had to either go to Kasara or Khardi station,” said Rajesh Gangav, president of Kalyan-Kasara-Karjat Passenger Association.Both these stations are more than 3 kms apart. The locals staying between Asangaon and Kasara had demanded for two stations – Umbermali and Tanshet to be included in Mumbai suburban section.

Meanwhile, the budget will also provide funds for MUTP-3A which revolves around growth of MMR including additional rail lines between Kalyan-Asangaon and Kalyan-Badlapur.

Technology upgradation is a Continuous process towards Achieving Customer Satisfaction & Organizational Goals: GM/SCR

Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, GM/SCR delivering his speech during inaugural training program organized by Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI)

SECUNDERABAD: The technological up gradation for Indian Railways is a continuous process to match the customer requirements and organizational goals, said Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway. Technology on Indian Railways is evolving fast and it is the biggest challenge for the Indian railways to upgrade the knowledge and skills of the 13.5 lakh employees in tune with the technological up gradation. He delivered inaugural address in the inaugural session of the first ever unique 5- Day ‘Program on Training of Trainers for Training Institutes of Indian Railways’. The training program has been organized by Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad today i.e., 19th February 2018. The Directors, Senior Faculty members of different Centralized Training Institutes / Zonal Railway Training Institutes and other Training institutes all over the Indian Railways are participating in the 5-day program.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that this is a unique program, first of its kind on the railways and formulated for capacity building of the trainers in partnership with ASCI intends to promote motivational leadership in Indian Railways. He also stated that the centralized training institutes of Indian Railways impart training to the employees at regular intervals to upgrade their skills. However, there is a gap between their skill levels and the field requirements, this gap is required to be bridged by the capacity building of trainers.

The General Manager also stated that, the program is designed to teach the trainers on how to train and impart skills to their trainees. He opined that, this program will immensely help all the trainers to get a different perspective in designing training programs and evaluating the effectiveness of the same, besides enabling to adopt new methods in the profession. Further, he also advised trainers to utilize the program to develop their competency levels and imbibe the latest trends in training methodology in the next five days session to become effective teachers.

Earlier, Shri Gajanan Mallya, Director, Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Jamalpur spoke on the occasion and briefed about training in Centralized Training Institutes. He stated that the program will help in developing new training methods, effective presentation, skills and practices etc. Shri G.Mohan , Professor, ASCI welcomed the dignitaries and presented welcome address on this occasion. Shri N.V.Ramana Reddy, Principal Chief Personnel Officer, South Central Railway and delegates of ASCI were also present.

PM dedicates Electrified Mysuru-Bengaluru Railway line to the Nation, flags off Mysuru-Udaipur Humsafar Express

MYSURU: The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today dedicated to the nation, the electrified railway line between Mysuru and KSR Bengaluru. At a function at Mysuru Railway Station, he also flagged off the Palace Queen Humsafar Express between Mysuru and Udaipur.

Earlier the Prime Minister visited Shravanabelagola for the Bahubali Mahamasthakabhisheka Mahotsava 2018. He inaugurated the new steps carved at Vindhyagiri Hill by ASI. He also inaugurated the Bahubali General Hospital. Addressing the gathering at Shravanabelagola, the Prime Minister said saints and seers from our land have always served society and made a positive difference. The strength of our society is that we have always changed with the times and adapted well to new contexts, the Prime Minister said. It is our duty to provide good quality and affordable healthcare to the poor, he added.

The event was attended by important dignitaries Shri. Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Union Minister of Railways & Coal; Shri. D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Hon’ble Union Minister of Statistics & Programme Implementation; Shri. Ananthkumar, Hon’ble Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizer Parliamentary Affairs.From of the State Shri. Vajubhai Vala, Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka& Shri. Siddaramaiah, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnatakahave fgraced the occasion. Shri R V Deshpande, Hon’ble Minister for Large & Medium Scale and Infrastructure Development, Govt. of Karnataka and Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa, Hon’ble Minister for Public Works, Ports and Inland Water Transport & Minister In-charge of Mysuru District , Shri Pratap Simha, Hon’ble Member of Parliament Mysuru – Kodagu; Shri C.S.Putta raju,Hon’ble Member of parliament Mandya ,Shri Dhruv Narayana Hon’ble Member of parliament Chamarajanagar ,Shri P.C.Mohan , Hon’ble Member of parliament from Bengaluru Central and Shri Rangasayee Ramakrishna Hon’ble Member of Parliament of Rajyasabha ,have also participated in the function.

Smt. Bhagyavathi, Worshipful Mayor, Mysuru Municiapal Corporation; and Shri Vasu, Hon’ble Member of Legislative Assembly have taken part in the function.

TRACTION SUBSTATIONS 03 – Bidadi, Yeliyur & Mysuru
PHASE WISE WORKS
Section Length in Km Completed
Bengaluru – Ramanagaram 44 Aug.2016
Ramanagaram – Yeliyur 56 Apr.2017
Yeliyur – Mysuru 38 Dec.2017

MYSURU- BENGALURU ELECTRIFICATION

The Railway line between Bengaluru and Mysuru connects the capital of Karnataka with important tourist and business city of Mysuru. Brief details of the section are as follows:

Length of section: 138 Km

Nos. of stations: 13

Districts covered: 04 – Bengaluru, Ramanagaram, Mandya, Mysuru.

The work was started in 2010-11 and has been completed at a cost of Rs.218 Cr on 50:50 cost sharing basis with State Government.

The Electrification will bring benefits in terms of faster travel, less pollution and energy savings:

  • Sectional capacity will increase by 15% with better average speeds.
  • Line haul cost will reduce from Rs 365 to Rs 198 per 1000 Gross Ton Km leading to annual saving of Rs.20 crore in fuel cost.
  • Regenerative braking will be possible with generation of about 20% electricity during braking.
  • Diesel consumption on trains will reduce by 1.2 crore litres annually, reducing CO2 emission in the area by 5 Million Ton per year.
  • Traction change enroute at Bengaluru will be avoided leading to smoother train operations and improvement in punctuality.
  • This project will mark mile stone in the development of rail network in the region and it is expected to tremendously improve Railway connectivity benefitting 25,00 no. of daily passengers in the line including 6000 daily commuters between these two stations.

INTRODUCTION OF NEW HUM SAFAR EXPRESS TRAIN “Palace Queen” BETWEEN MYSURU AND UDAIPUR CITY.

A new weekly Hum Safar Express train “Palace Queen” is being introduced between two important tourist destinations of Karnataka and Rajasthan i.e. Mysuru and Udaipur. This will connect important heritage palaces in and around Mysuru, Bengaluru, Hubballi, Belagavi, Pune, Vasai Road,Surat, Vadodara, Ratlam, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur and pass through 5 states, i.e., Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, connecting whole of Western India.

This will directly and indirectly benefit 30 parliamentary constituencies with having 12 stoppages enroute. It will be passing through 11 districts in the state of Karnataka.

List of 30 parliamentary constituencies:

Karnataka-(14) Mandya, Bengaluru central, Bengaluru North, Bengaluru South, Bengaluru Rural, Tumkuru, Chitaradurga, Hasan, Davangere, Haveri, Belgaum, Dharwad, Uttar Kannada

Maharashtra-(5) Sangli, Satara, Pune, Maval, Palghar

Gujarat-(7) Valsad,Navsari,Surat,Bharuch,Vadodara,Panchmahal, Dahod

Madhya Pradesh-(2) Ratlam, Mandsaur,

Rajasthan-(2) Chittorgarh, Udaipur

It is facility for middle class travellers with exclusively 3 tier AC coaches and the train is provided with GPS based LED display system for giving information on stations, train speed and with adequate mobile, laptop charging points and Divyang friendly Integrated Braille displays. It will have plush interiors and comfortable cushion seats with curtains in each compartment. The train coaches also have fire/smoke detection and suppression system. Each coach has a small pantry unit equipped with Tea / Coffee vending machine, Hot box and Refrigerator, Urinal in 2 toilets per coach and Baby Nappy Changing Pad in 2 toilets per coach. In addition to these, all the existing features of Humsafar Express coaches will continue to be available, some of which are listed below:

  • Aesthetically pleasing colour scheme with anti-graffiti coating and distinctive 3D numbering on the exterior.
  • Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) surveillance of the common areas of the coaches.
  • Hygienic lavatories with odour flushing system
  • Passenger announcement system

The train will depart from Mysuru at 10.00 hrs, every Thursday arriving Udaipur City at 4.55 AM on the 3rd day covering a distance of 2250 Kms.

The train designed for middle class travelers with exclusively 3 Tier AC Coaches is provided with state-of-the-art amenities. The train which passes through the States of Karnataka, Maharastra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan connect whole of Western India. The Benefits of Hum Safar Express:

(i)            The train has very efficient systems to detect fire and smoke as well as control them, which enhance safety to the passengers.
(ii)           The berths of Humsafar Express are now more comfortable than the previous 3-tier AC sleeper with Khadi bedrolls.
(iii)          Humsafar Express features side curtains on corridors like AC-2 to maintain privacy.
(iv)          The LED screens on Humsafar Express display information about stations, train speed and others.
(v)           There are mobile and laptop charging points next to each column of berths.
(vi)          There are odour control systems, GPS-based information systems, toilet occupancy indicators.
(vii)         The toilets have plush interiors, with soap dispensers and heat detection devices.
(viii)        Each coach has a small pantry unit which is equipped with a coffee/tea/ soup vending machine, a heating chamber and a refrigerating box.

Train No. 19668, Mysuru – Udaipur City Palace Queen Weekly Humsafar Express departs Mysuru at 10:00 hrs. on every Thursday from 01st March, 2018 and reaches Udaipur City at 04:55 hrs. on respective Saturday.

Enroute, the train arrives/departs Mandya at 10:35/10:37 hrs. KSR Bengaluru at 12:10/12:15 hrs. Davanagere at 17:33/17:35 hrs., Hubballi at 20:35/20:50 hrs., Belagavi at 23:30/23:32 hrs. and on Friday arrives/departs Miraj at 02:30/02:40 hrs. Pune at 08:15/08:20 hrs., Vasai Road at 12:45/12:50 hrs., Surat at 15:42/15:47 hrs. Vadodara at 17:38/17:48 hrs., Ratlam at 21:50/22:10 Hrs. and on Saturday arrives/departs Chittaurgarh at 02:50/02:55 hrs.

Train No. 19667, Udaipur City – Mysuru Palace Queen Weekly Humsafar Express departs Udaipur City at 21:00 hrs. on every Monday from 26th February, 2018 and reaches Mysuru at 16:25 hrs. on respective Wednesday.

Enroute, the train arrives/departs Chittaurgarh at 23:10/23:55 hrs., and on Tuesday arrives/departs Ratlam at 02:50/03:15 Hrs., Vadodara at 07:31/07:41 hrs., Surat at 09:52/09:57 hrs. Vasai Road at 13:00/13:05 hrs., Pune at 16:55/17:00 hrs., Miraj at 23:45/23:55 hrs. and on Wednesday arrives/departs Belagavi at 02:08/02:10 hrs., Hubballi at 05:20/05:30 hrs., Davanagere at 07:38/07:40 hrs., KSR Bengaluru at 13:45/13:50 hrs. Mandya at 15:05/15:07 hrs.

The train composition will have 19 coaches comprising of SIXTEEN AC 3-tier Coaches, TWO Luggage cum Brake vans with generators and ONE Pantry Car.

Railway Board launches Crackdown on ‘Fake Data’ recorded by Staff

The Board has made clear that all asset failures must now be recorded in the online platform called Integrated Coaching Management System. Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani has instructed general managers and divisional railway managers that manual feeding of system data will no longer be allowed.

NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways has launched a crackdown on what senior officials believe is “fake data” being recorded in its systems over the years by staff, leading to under-reporting of inefficiencies.

Recently, the Railway Board issued instructions to zonal units that all asset failures must be “truthfully reported” so that a “correct picture of the state of affairs is available for informed management decisions”. The Board has made clear that all asset failures must now be recorded in the online platform called Integrated Coaching Management System.

Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani has instructed general managers and divisional railway managers that manual feeding of system data will no longer be allowed. Besides, officials will not be allowed to edit the data retrospectively, as is now possible, thereby taking away the scope of window-dressing the figures later.

Another set of instructions mandate that in 34 locations across India, where trains cross from one zone to another, known as interchange points, punctuality figures will only be fed into the system through automatic data loggers — a marked departure from the current system.

Data loggers — machines fitted in various locations in tracks — are able to catch the movement of trains automatically. The mandate now is to integrate that data with the online platform called Control Office Application, taking away the scope of manual feeding. There are around 6,000 data loggers across the railway network capturing train movement statutes, such as time and speed.

A vast amount of data on punctuality of trains, breakdown of all assets, and failures of its complex engineering assets are recorded daily and compiled monthly for measurement of system efficiency and planning in the rail network. According to sources, what raised eyebrows within the Railway Board was the monthly statistical compilation of system data from all zones. In that report, zonal railways were showing signs of under-reporting of inefficiencies.

For instance, a large and busy sector like Eastern Railway had only four instances of diesel locomotive failures and eight electric locomotive failures in December, and one instance of train parting — when a train gets detached into two or more portions. “There is wide range of disparity in the pattern represented in the numbers of these failures in all 16 zonal railways,” said a senior official.

Since mid-January, when the mission to weed out manual feeding of data began, the percentage of manual feeding of information into the Control Office Application decreased from up to 100 per cent to around 10-20 per cent in February. In some smaller divisions, manual feeding has completely stopped while in some larger divisions it has come done to as low as 10 per cent.

A fallout of right reporting and automatic capture of system data will be that punctuality figures may fall, while asset failure figures may go up, said officials. “This is to guard the system against data fudging and even if the figures go up or down, the main thing is truth. The true picture needs to come out,” said Ajay Shukla, former Railway Board Member (Traffic), who initiated the “right reporting” of punctuality data during his tenure two years ago.

Now you can book Railway Coaches for Marriage Party, Religious Tour online on IRCTC Portal

NEW DELHI: Need coaches for a marriage party or a religious tour? Now, it can be done online, according to instructions issued by the railway board. According to a circular by the Railway Board, booking of special trains, coaches, saloons on full tariff rate (FTR) shall now be booked through a “single window booking system” of the Indian Railway Tourism and Catering Corporation (IRCTC).

“Henceforth, any individual or party seeking to book trains/coaches on FTR shall approach the IRCTC and it will book trains/coaches online on behalf of the individual or party”, stated the circular issued earlier this month.

Currently, to book such coaches or trains, the concerned party had to go to the chief booking supervisor or station master of the station from where the journey would commence and provide a written request containing journey details for FTR booking.

After depositing the money, they would be given a receipt with a unique FTR number printed on it. The process was cumbersome, officials said, which necessitated the change.

Mostly special trains or coaches were booked by travel agencies taking parties for religious tours, by MNCs taking employees for trips, schools booking for educational tours and even individuals travelling with a large contingent, officials said.

However, now, a charge of five percent on the total fare shall be levied, over and above a 30 percent service charge on such bookings.

The railway has fixed a security deposit of Rs 50,000 per coach and for special trains a minimum of 18 coaches will be charged. The entire transaction in the new online system will have to be digital, the board has said.

Ministry of Railways plans to conduct extensive Market Study to shore-up Revenue

Railways has been increasing capital expenditure every year for the last three years since the BJP government came to power, but extra-budgetary resources have become the key source of railway capex over the last few years.

NEW DELHI: The top-brass in the Ministry of Railways are planning to carry out an extensive market study to find out ways to increase the revenue by nearly Rs 30,000 crore in the 2018-19 financial year. The move follows the railways unveiling its plan in the 2018 budget to spend around Rs 1.5 lakh crore – the highest ever – on strengthening rail network and capacity expansion to bring the national transporter back on track.

Railways has been increasing capital expenditure every year for the last three years since the BJP government came to power, but extra-budgetary resources have become the key source of railway capex over the last few years. As gross budgetary support (funds from central budget) to railways more or less stagnated, the transporter has to mostly depend on institutional financing (such as loans mobilised from LIC and the Indian Railway Finance Corporation) and monetisation of assets.

A senior railway official said, “The major concern is that around Rs 93,000 crore of the total capex spending (Rs 1.5 lakh crore) will come from borrowings.” Despite tall claims, the budget figures were not very encouraging as railways’ gross budgetary support (GBS) which was around Rs 55,000 crore last year has been revised to Rs 40,000 crore for 2017-18. This means the transporter failed to utilise funds, raising questions over execution of projects and its capacity to take up large-scale expansion.

As a result, GBS for 2018-19 is Rs 53,060 crore only. Similarly, investments through PPP were pegged at Rs 24,000 crore for 2017-18 (revised estimate) and projected to be Rs 27,000 crore in 2018-19. This means even the transporter is not optimistic about PPP investments in projects. As private investments are not coming, the railways’ top echelon is worried and decided to go for a market study to increase revenues by Rs 30,000 crore in next fiscal.

Railways to give Charging Points for Electric Vehicles soon

The parking lots at the New Delhi and Nizamuddin railway stations have been identified to set up e-vehicle (EV) charging spots.

NEW DELHI: The Railways will provide space for electric vehicle charging stations at the parking lots of train stations to promote the use of green energy.

To begin with, the parking lots at the New Delhi and Nizamuddin railway stations in the capital have been identified to set up e-vehicle (EV) charging spots and “necessary preparations” are underway, according to a senior Railway Ministry official.

According to the plan, there will be five fast-charging DC points capable of charging 10 cars simultaneously at a dedicated place in the parking lots of the two railway stations.

While an AC charger takes around six hours to charge an EV, the DC chargers are faster and take only around 40 minutes to an hour to fully charge a vehicle.

According to the Railway Ministry official, the charging points at the two stations will be set up by BSES – Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL).

The scope of work includes funding, procurement and construction, operation and maintenance of the electric charging station infrastructure. It will cost about Rs. 15 lakh to provide charging infrastructure at each station parking lot – at Rs. 3 lakh per charging point.

“An effective charging infrastructure is required for creating the ecosystem for EVs to operate smoothly. And the lack of charging facilities inhibits the growth of e-vehicles in the city,” said the official.

BRPL, which will operate the charging stations, will price the power at Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) tariffs.

The EV charging points at the two railway stations will not only generate revenue for the national transporter, it will also reduce emission of green house gases, “thereby reducing Indian Railways’ carbon footprint and helping the country achieve targets set in Paris Agreement for combating climate change”, said the official.

The Railways efforts are also expected to contribute towards helping the highly polluted capital to breathe a little easier, he added.

The Railways will allocate parking spaces at the station parking lots and will continue to collect parking fees from the vehicle owners as usual.

The promotion of EVs is a strategic goal for the National Democratic Alliance government, which is keen to cut the country’s oil imports.

The Railways is also phasing out diesel engines and replacing them with electric locos to reduce fossil fuel consumption. Besides, the state-run transporter is also promoting solar and wind energy in a gradual manner.

India-Iran $2BN Deal for Rail Sector Cooperation to boost Steel Authority of India

NEW DELHI: This development could bring some cheer to India’s Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), the state-run corporation that has a monopoly in the supply of railway tracks, and some of the domestic steel companies.

India and Iran recently signed a deal worth U.S. $2 billion dollars for cooperation in the rail sector. The agreement included a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) worth $600 million that will enable Iran to purchase locomotives and freight cars from India. The new trains in Iran will help transport passengers and freight in Iran.

What’s more, they will also be used in the Chabahar-Zahedan railroad to accelerate development of the Chabahar Port, which will eventually connect to Central Asia and, ultimately, Europe.

Iran had recently announced the launch of the construction of the Mashhad-Zahedan railway. This is part of the plan to connect Central Asia with the Iranian port of Chabahar on the Indian Ocean coast.

According to news reports, the track-laying project covering 100 kilometers of Chabahar-Zahedan Railroad will be completed by March 20. Announced by Iran’s Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development Kheirollah Khademi in a meeting with Saurabh Kumar, Indian ambassador to Iran this week, Iran is said to have invested U.S. $300 million from domestic resources.

For its part, India’s financial input in the project shall be finalized soon.The Chabahar port had improved transportation activities between the two countries and will open the door to transit cooperation with more Indian ports.

Steel experts in India said such a large order would obviously give a boost for the sector. But whether the order for rail steel eventually goes to SAIL or not remains to be seen. SAIL has already been under strain for not been able to meet its target vis-à-vis rail steel.

In fact, according to a report by news agency Reuters, Japanese company Sumitomo Corp. and India’s Jindal Steel and Power Ltd were among eight bidders competing for Indian Railways’ first global tender to supply 487,000 tons of rails. The other bidders were East Metals AG (a unit of Russian steel and coal producer Evraz), Austrian company Voestalpine Schienen, CRM Hong Kong Trading Ltd, New Delhi-based Atlantic Steels, French company British Steel France Rail and China-based Angang Group International, the report said, quoting an unnamed official.

If the tender process does go through, it will end the monopoly of SAIL in supplying rails to the world’s fourth-largest rail network. But the two ministries, Steel and Railways, have been at loggerheads over the state-run network’s decision to buy rails from overseas.

The Indian Railways had slashed its tender size by more than 30% to 487,000 tons of rails after SAIL said it would scale up supply to 950,000 tons in 2017-18 and 1.5 million tons in 2018-19.

The rail tender has created a piquant situation for the Indian government since it has constantly stressed a “Make In India” policy, which encouraged government departments to prioritize the use of local products in state projects.

Railway Ministry suggests Closure of Burn Standard

KOLKATA: The government appears to have moved a step ahead to close down Burn Standard, one of the largest wagon makers and a heritage PSU company under Ministry of Railways.

The Ministry of Railways, which undertakes the company, has recommended for closure and has created a corpus of Rs 417 crore so that the wagon maker can pay the dues to creditors, suppliers and employees, two people familiar with the matter told.

The corpus includes a provision to offer voluntary retirement to all 500 employees of Burn Standard, they said. United Bank of India is its sole lender.

The proposal is now with the cabinet committee for approval.

Burn Standard, which saw successive revival plans failing over the last two decades after being declared sick in January 1995, is preparing insolvency resolution under the provisions of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.

It is learnt that the ministry’s recommendation has been discussed at the committee of creditors meeting last week. The company is likely to submit the final resolution plan to National Company Law Tribunal this week while the case is slated to come up for hearing at NCLT’s Kolkata bench on February 26.

The ministry’s recommendations as the promoter will be a key consideration for the insolvency resolution exercise.

Both Partha Kamal Sen, resolution professional and chairman Md Asad Alam refused to comment at this stage.

Under the ministry’s recommendation, the company may settle all the dues during the first two quarters of 2018-19.

There can be three possibilities after that. The ministry may shut the company, it may sell it fully or partly to private parties, or revive it afresh.

The company, which is still operation, reported net sales of Rs 197 crore for the first nine months of the fiscal. It made 680 wagons and repaired 3,700 till December amid adversities. The company has two engineering units at Howrah and Burnpur and a foundry operation.

The NITI Aayog last year recommended closure as the company faces high overhead costs and is way far behind rivals with no investments in years in technology.

Burn Standard Company Limited (BSCL) is a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) of the Government of India. Headquartered in Kolkata, India, BSCL is engaged mainly in railway wagon manufacturing under the Ministry of Railways.

The company was formed with the merger of two companies – Burn & Company (founded 1781) and Indian Standard Wagon (founded 1918), and was nationalised in 1976. Burn Standard was built and nationalised in 1976 through amalgamation of Burn & Company, which built iconic structures in Kolkata such as Shahid Minar and Ramakrishna Mission’s headquarter Belur Math before venturing into the field of railway engineering in 1950s, and Indian Standard Wagon Company.

It came under the administrative control of railway ministry in 2010 when Mamata Banerjee was the railway minister.

In fiscal 2006, the company reported aggregated revenues of ₹1,373 million (US$21 million). Subsequently, the company with its two engineering units at Howrah and Burnpur came under the administrative control of Ministry of Railways in September 2010. The refractory unit at Salem, Tamil Nadu, was transferred to Steel Authority of India Limited.

PM to inaugurate Mysuru-Bengaluru Electrified Rail line, to flag-off Mysuru-Udaipur Palace Queen Humsafar Express

Surat gets stoppage for Palace Queen Humsafar Express

MYSURU: The Prime Minsiter will inaugurate the electrified works of the railway line between Mysuru and Bengaluru today. The Prime Minister will arrive at the station at 2.30 pm and is also to flag-off Palace Queen Humsafar Express between Mysuru and Udaipur.

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled to visit the Mysuru Railway station on Monday, most of the trains, operating between 9 am and 4 pm, will leave from platform number five and six. For the convenience of passengers, the railway authorities have established additional ticket counters at the station’s entry gate from CFTRI side.

Prime Minister is also all set to address a public meeting in Mysuru later in the day.

The Humsafar Express Train introduced by the Indian Railways which connects five states across the country has arrived at Mysuru Railway Station on Saturday.

The train will run via Mandya, Bengaluru, Davangere, Hubballi, Belagavi, Meeraj, Pune, Kalyan Vasai Road, Surat, Vadodara, Ratlam, Chittorgarh and reach Udaipur passing through five states, i.e., Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. It covers a distance of 2000 Kms out of which more than 1000 Kms will be in Karnataka. The train comprises 19 coaches, out of which 16 are equipped with air-condition facility.

Udaipur City falls on the Ajmer Division of the North Western Railway whereas Mysuru is one of the Divisional HQrs on the South Western Railway.

The passengers and travellers in the Diamond City will have an opportunity to travel to Mysuru and Udaipur with the railways providing stoppage to the Mysuru Palace Queen Weekly Humsafar Express at Surat after Navsari BJP Member of Parliament C R Paatil made representation to railway minister Piyush Goyal for providing stoppage to the Palace Queen weekly express at Surat railway station, which was accepted by the railway board.

The train will provide a unique travel experience to the people on board as it will have state-of-the-art passenger facilities, including the GPS controlled LED display in coaches for alerting passengers on train’s speed, stoppages and other information.

Indian Railways to depute experts to assess Fiji network for Revamp and Modernisation

Railway Engineers from India are expected to arrive in Fiji in the next few weeks to assess the country’s railway network.

NEW DELHI: Fiji Government indicted that it had secured significant development assistance from the Indian government during the World Sustainable Development Summit in New Delhi last week.

Fiji is looking to upgrade its railway network, which is presently used for carting sugarcane, to carry more cargo and start carrying passengers.

The Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum met India’s Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal who has offered the immediate deployment of technical expertise for the assessment of the network.

An Indian team, provided by Indian Railways, will comprise civil and mechanical engineers, including traffic management experts.

Rail Transport in Fiji: Rail transport in Fiji moves cut sugar cane to crushing mills. Also, there used to be two horse-drawn street tramway systems, some other passenger systems, an underground mine system, and some tramways on construction projects. There are multiple other modes of transport in FIji.

Tramways have been used to transport sugar cane from the fields to the mill since 1876, when a 2.4 km (1.5 mi) horse tramway was constructed on the Selia Levu estate, on the island of Taveuni. The Holmhurst Mill on Tavenui had tramways from 1882 of 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge. A tramway was also built on Mago Island.

Most cane tramways were of 2 ft (610 mm) gauge, on the main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Steam engines were used, later replaced with diesel engines. Most of the mills and tramways were built by the Colonial Sugar Refining Company (CSR), an Australian-owned company, and were transferred to the Fiji Sugar Corporation in 1973, when CSR withdrew from Fiji.

Many lines were on road reserve provided by the government; combined road-rail bridges were common. Some passenger services were provided, such as the famous Free Train from 1915, with one or two trains a week from Lautoka to Kavanagasau and Rarawai on the Rarawai-Kavanagasau Light Railway.

In 1988, according to Cane Train, there were 645 km (401 mi) of permanent cane railway in Fiji, for the Lautoka and Rrawai, and Penang mills on Viti Levu, and the Labasa, on Vanua Levu.

In the 1970s, a holiday resort on Malololailai Island, Nadi Bay, built a short tramway from the air strip to the resort complex, using 2 ft (610 mm) gauge equipment from the Fiji Sugar Corporation.

The Coral Coast Railway Company, on Viti Levu, has operated return trips for visitors from Yanuca Island to Natadola Beach (16 km or 9.9 mi towards Nadi) from 1986 and also to Sigatoka.

The Emperor Gold Mine, at Vatukoula, in northern Viti Levu, used 2 ft (610 mm) gauge tramways underground, with 21 battery-electric locomotives.

Tramways were built for reclamation at Suva and Lautoka, airfield construction at Nadi (1941-1942), tunnelling for the Suva sewerage system and for the 1980s Monasavu hydroelectric scheme in the centre of Viti Levu.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Rs.7,900 Crore terminal at JNPT

MUMBAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today dedicated the first phase of the Rs 7,900-crore 4th terminal project of the JNPT to the nation, which will raise the cargo handling capacity of the nation’s largest container port by 50 per cent.

The fourth terminal project seeks to double JNPT’s capacity to nearly 10 million standard container units and will make it the 33rd biggest port globally. In contrast, the global export powerhouse China already has 15 ports with over 20 million TEUs capacity.

The nation’s largest port JNPT has a capacity of 4.8 million standard container units capacity now and with this inauguration 2.4 million standard container units are added. On completion of the second phase by 2022, which will also have a capacity of 2.4 million standard container units, total capacity will go up to almost 10 million.

Inaugurating the first phase of the fourth terminal of the JNPT, to be operated by the Singapore Ports, through a remote control, Modi, who also laid the foundation stone for the first phase of the Rs 16,700-core Navi Mumbai international airport here, said his government is focusing on port-led development. “If we have to carve out a place for ourselves in a globalised world, we need to enhance our waterways,” Modi said.

The Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) has invested Rs 4,719 crore in the first phase of terminal at Uran through its subsidiary Bharat Mumbai Container Terminal (BMCT).

The work on the terminal began in 2015. The overall capacity of the first phase, which entails a 1-km-long berth mostly built on reclaimed land, can handle three ships simultaneously, is 2.4 million standard container units.

PSA Group chief executive Tan Chong Meng said the port is targeting to handle 500,000 TEUs in 2018 and then add further. He said the JNPT, which awarded the fourth terminal to the PSA in May 2014 after long delays, has struggled with capacity till now due to which ports like Mundra in the private sector have been able to attract more traffic.

“Because of this capacity constraint, cargo movements have been sought to move to other places. Perhaps, not their first choice to do so. They would prefer to go through Mumbai as this city has a very big hinterland,” Meng said.

Now that the capacity has been added, government will also be able to seek investments for the economy, he added and underlined the need to have the pricing power for operators. “The first phase took a lot of energy, we learnt a lot,” he said, without elaborating.

The project has been executed with the support of Singaporean banks, Meng said, adding that features like a longer berth and modern cranes which can handle larger ships, distinguish it from other terminals of JNPT located off the financial capital’s eastern coastline.

Expressing reservations about the BMCT being seen as a “new kid on the block” despite adding 50 per cent to the capacity, he said there is a need for all the stakeholders to work together. “BMCT is not built for its own sake, it is built for the sake of the whole port of Mumbai. If BMCT has a good reputation, the whole port of Mumbai will have a good reputation,” he said.

Chhattisgarh DGP for co-ordination between Police Units to enhance Safety of Railway passengers

RAIPUR: “Trains from the entire nation pass through Chhattisgarh. Hence, the protection of passengers and railway property is joint responsibility of the State Police and Railway Protection Force (RPF),” Director General of Police (DGP) A N Upadhyay stated while chairing the Chhattisgarh State Railway Protection Committee meeting at Police Head Quarters (PHQ) on Saturday.

DGP Upadhyay while laying impetus on enhanced coordination between police units of the bordering states and other stakeholders said that the protection of passengers is the most important subject for the State Police and RPF. Railway infrastructures are expanding in Chhattisgarh and works on new rail corridors have begun. The ‘Rawghat’ rail project is also heading towards completion. Extension of railway facilities will play a pivotal role in the progress of the state. DGP directed for recruitment on vacant posts of Government Railway Police (GRP) and setting up of child care centres.

Special invitee, Additional Director General (ADG- Planning & Provisioning/ CCTNS) RK Vij gave assurance of all possible assistance on part of State Police. He asked Dantewada Superintendent of Police (SP) to temporarily provide the barrack to RPF Company and directed the RPF to install CCTV cameras with Face Recognition Feature at all important stations and link them up with the local police stations.

ADG Vij also suggested for preparing software to trace stolen mobile phones and to prevent the mobile theft. ADG, Rail and Traffic TJ Langkumer directed for making sufficient arrangements to curb parcel theft and safety of passengers in SOP. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Anand Chhabra gave detail description of the security resources arranged for protection of Rawghat Railway line. SP In-charge Railways Girijashankar Jaiswal gave power point presentation on measures to prevent crimes in railways.

Meanwhile, sources told The Hitavada that ADG Vij, during the meeting, asked the RPF as well as GRP to ensure optimum access of Chhattisgarh police website, which has state-of-art technology to locate the stolen mobile phones as well as keep them under surveillance. This facility has been made available under the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System (CCTNS) of Government of India, the sources said while referring ADG Vij directives.

The railway routes of Mumbai-Howrah, East Coast lines and Rajnandgaon-Gadhchiroli are hot routes for Naxal movements. Instructions were given for prompt deployment of the Special Forces earmarked for RPF to step up the security in these notorious routes. Chief Safety Commissioner RPF, Bilaspur R S Chauhan, Chief Safety Commissioner RPF Bhubaneshwar Atul Pathak and Railway Police Director General Cuttack admired Chhattisgarh Police for cooperation and coordination. ADG Intelligence Ashok Juneja and Joint Director (Intelligence Bureau) Jaideep Singh also put their suggestions in the meeting.

Loco Pilots relieved as punishment for ‘signal jumping’ is reduced

SAPD is an occupational hazard. No pilot intentionally passes signal at danger: All India Loco Running Staff Association

MANGALURU: Loco pilots across the country have heaved a sigh of relief after the Ministry of Railways relaxed punishment for Signal Passing at Danger (SPAD) within the block/signal overlap, from summary dismissal to reduction to a lower grade last month.

“The pilots constantly work under stress and the summary dismissal from service for any SPAD amounted to capital punishment,” said All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA).

Irrespective of reasons for SPAD, whether the pilot’s fault or contributory reasons namely, non-functional brakes or signal malfunctioning, loco pilot and assistant loco pilots were subjected to removal from service earlier. However, the Ministry on January 8 issued guiding norms for imposition of punishment on loco and assistant loco pilots for SPAD in suppression of previous instructions.

Removal or compulsory retirement from service in the revised guidelines is prescribed only when the distance travelled beyond the stop signal was more than the signal overlap.

If the pilot during the inquiry proves that the SPAD was not due to his negligence, the punishment could be reviewed after two years, the guidelines say.

AILRSA has constantly been advocating that no loco pilot commits SPAD intentionally puts the life of passengers and his life at stake.

It was also highly critical of punishment to assistant LP saying his duty was only to caution the pilot about signals and other issues and he comes to know SPAD only after the locomotive passes the signal before he applies emergency brakes.

The association said SAPD is an occupational hazard which every kind of job in the world has and that did not attract capital punishment for loco pilot alone.

MMRCL to conduct ‘Noise and Vibration’ survey

NAGPUR:  Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) will conduct a survey of ‘Noise and Vibration’ through Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) in Nagpur. CRRI will start work within next 10 days and submit its report to MMRCL in two months. The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) team will arrive in the first week of March to check the trial run of 5.4 kms between South Airport and Khapri stations. The paper work has been completed and after the CMRS inspection, joy ride may start by April.

Dr Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director of MMRCL, told mediapersons on the sidelines of third foundation day of MMRCL, “CRRI will conduct survey of the effect of noise and vibration on shops, houses, hospitals, schools, colleges and other sensitive places near the railway track of Nagpur Metro. As per the recommendations, we will place sound barriers appropriately. The sound barriers will be placed on viaduct to reduce noise pollution created by metro rail movement. The metro can also opt for putting mass spring system to reduce vibration.”

Dixit said, the sound barriers will be required in maximum in Central Nagpur areas, North Ambazari, Congress Nagar, and dense locality from which the metro rail shall pass. The permissible noise limit is 65 decibel.  Replying to a question, Dr Dixit said, now, the total length of Metro Rail will be 43 kms with 42 railway stations. Six additional railway stations Cotton Market, Airport South, Eco-Park, Metro City, Hingna Mount View, and Pardi have been sanctioned in Phase-I.

An extra loop or pocket track will be laid in NEERI, Agrasen Square, and Subhash Nagar areas, said Dr Dixit and added that this would be the third track. An extra train can stay there at night to run early the next day. More services will be required in dense localities between Gaddigodam, Sitabuldi, and Rahate Colony. Wardha railway track will be called as ‘Orange Line’ while Hingna rail track will be known as ‘Acqua Line’. This will be helpful for the commuters to board specific train. He also clarified that the height of Jaiprakash Nagar and Vasudeo Nagar railway stations of Metro had been reduced by 80 cms as per the directions of Airport Authority of India (AAI).

Earlier, Dr Dixit inaugurated the third foundation day programme of Metro Rail at Centre Point. Addressing the gathering, he said, MMRCL has come so far and it has to achieve a lot in coming years. The expectations of citizens have increased tremendously. The Metro Rail will provide obstacle-free footpaths to pedestrians to reach metro stations without any fear. It will use extra width of either sides of the road. It will connect railway stations, bus stations, airport to increase ridership from present 10 per cent to 30 per cent. The target is to increase ridership upto 3 lakh. Social worker Dinesh Naidu also expressed his views regarding the project. He appreciated ‘Team Metro’ for fast track construction and believed that it would change the growth story of Nagpur.  Mahesh Kumar, Director (Project); Sunil Mathur, Director (Rolling Stock); S Sivmathan, Director (Finance); Anil Kokate, General Manager (Administration) and others also were present.

Odisha CM bats for Singular Entity for Railways in the State similar to Income Tax, Central Excise, Dept of Posts & Telecom

Since Odisha State Government have signed MOU with Indian Railways on 50:50 cost-sharing for development of Railway infrastructure and new Railway lines in the state, it is justifiable to cover all Railway lines of Odisha under one single Railway Zone: says Naveen Patnaik in his letter to Railway Minister

BHUBANESWAR: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday wrote a letter to Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal requesting to consider expanding the jurisdiction of East Coast Railway (ECoR) to cover all parts of Odisha under one Railway zone, in similar lines to that of the Income Tax, Central Excise and Department of Posts which comes under the Central Government.

In the letter, the Chief Minister also demanded for creation of three new Railway Divisions at Rourkela, Jajpur/Jajpur-Keonjhar Road and Rayagada under the East Coast Railway.

He said a singular entity for Railways in Odisha will create a lot of synergy and reduce barriers in coordination as well as mobility, which is a major objective and need for Railways today, particularly when the State Government had already signed an MOU with the Ministry of Railways for development of Railway infrastructure and new Railway lines in the state on 50:50 cost sharing.

“The expansion of ECoR has become a necessity in light of the recent industrial projects coming up in Odisha to ensure better coordination and facilitation of bulk customers,” the Chief Minister further said. He said a singular railway entity in Odisha would bring in a lot of synergy and reduce barriers in coordination as well as mobility, which was a major objective and need for the railways today. The proposed reorganisation will help the railways in better delivery of services in the state in terms of both meeting the requirements of the large and medium freight customers, aspiration of amenities for the people and also in expediting the project works,” he said.

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The Chief Minister while opposing the demand to take away the existing Waltair Railway Division (Visakhapatnam) from the jurisdiction of ECoR to facilitate formation of a new railway zone in Andhra Pradesh, he said even if such a decision is taken, then it should be done after meeting their demand of bringing the entire Railway networks of various Railway Zones into the Odisha state network.

The central government is considering setting up a new railway zone headquartered in Andhra Pradesh, which lost the zonal headquarters of South Central Railway in Secunderabad.

Demand for creation of a Separate New Railway Division for Rourkela gets a Boost

ROURKELA: Even as Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram for long has been pressing for creation of a new railway division at Rourkela, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s belated endorsement to the demand has come as a huge boost. Yet, while the two political stalwarts are trying to score points, it remains to be seen if Rourkela Smart City in Sundargarh Lok Sabha constituency of Jual manages to get its legitimate demand fulfilled.

Apparently, under pressure with the Andhra Pradesh aggressively seeking a new railway zone and Waltair Division likely to go to AP, Naveen on Friday shot off a letter to the Railway Minister seeking creation of three new railway divisions at Rourkela, Rayagada and Jajpur-Keonjhar Road under the jurisdiction of East Coast Railway (ECoR).It has been a long-standing demand to bifurcate Chakradharpur Division (in Jharkhand) of South Eastern Railway (SER) and carve out a new railway division under ECoR at the industrial hub of Rourkela comprising Odisha’s three industrial and mining districts of Sundargarh, Keonjhar and Jharsuguda.

SER sources said that Chakradharpur contributes about 70 per cent of SER’s earning and the three Odisha districts contribute about 75 per cent revenue share of Chakradharpur division. For instance, in 2014-15, SER’s freight revenue was Rs 6,062.81 crore and Chakradharpur’s share was about Rs 4,038 crore, including Rs 2,600crore-Rs 2,700 crore from Sundargarh, Jharsuguda and Keonjhar.A commercial officer of SER said loading-wise Chakradharpur division is the fourth most highest earning of Railways and after Jharsuguda-Sardega line of MCL in Sundargarh district becomes operational, it would leave the other divisions behind.

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Rourkela Development Steering Committee (RDSC) Chairman Subrata Patnaik said the required railway infrastructure growth in the three Odisha districts is not possible until the creation of a new division at Rourkela, adding that the Railway Ministry would have to look into this legitimate demand.

If old-timers are to be believed, at Bondamunda of Rourkela city, about 4,000- acre of land was provisioned in the 1960s for creation of a new railway division and setting up of a wagon manufacturing unit. Rail Users’ Association general secretary AC Baral said Rourkela is 180 km from Sambalpur divison of ECoR and 100 km from Chakradharpur division of SER, adding that at Bondamunda, the SER has country’s second largest marshalling yard.

Talking to this paper, Jual took a dig at the CM and asked, “Why the CM responded so late?” Jual said he has been pursuing the issue consistently and hoped that it would soon be a reality, adding that the CM, under pressure from AP’s move, is trying to take credit.

For Speed and Savings, Railways to eliminate Uneconomical Train Stops

NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways has decided to do away with uneconomical train stoppages that were made over the years as part of social obligations from Parliamentarians and state governments.

It is being done to cut down on losses incurred due to poor response and to increase the speed of trains.

The decision was taken based on the report of a committee constituted on directions of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to look into strategies for increasing carrying capacity and speed of trains.

A CAG report in 2009-10 had pulled up the public transporter for failing to withdraw uneconomical temporary stops despite some railway divisions demanding that these halts be discontinued.

The Railway Board has directed zonal railways to prepare a list of uneconomical train stoppages and withdraw them over the time. Some railway divisions have already finalized their list and have also set deadlines to end the uneconomical stoppages.

“Uneconomic train stoppages of mail/express trains may be eliminated and stoppage time reduced,” the Railway Board said in its order issued last week. The cost of a train stoppage ranges from Rs 12,716 to Rs 24,506. As per the standard rules, any new stoppage should be able to recover the cost.

It was in 2005 when the Indian Railways had issued the policy guidelines for provisions/withdrawal for train stoppages. According to the guidelines, a minimum of 40 or more sleeper class tickets per day per train for a distance of 500 km or its equivalent fare in case of other classes of travel have to be sold in order to recover the costs.

Besides, no new stoppages are to be provided for trains passing at odd hours, to long distance trains in suburban sections and in sections with a capacity utilisation of more than 90 per cent.

South Western Railway annouce Scouts & Guides Recruitment 2018 Apply Online (11 Vacancies)

HUBBALLI: South Western Railway (SWR) Railway Recruitment Cell (RRC), Hubballi (Hubli) invites online applications from Indian Citizens from eligible and meritorious Scouts and Guides candidates for filling up 11 Vacancies of Group ‘C’ category posts against Scouts and Guides Quota for the year 2017-18.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 3rd March 2018.

Group ‘C’ 03 (02 posts on South Western Railway and 01 post on Rail Wheel Factory/ Yelahanka) PB-1 ₹ 5200 – 20200 with Grade Pay ₹ 1900/- (VI CPC)
Erstwhile Group ‘D’ 08 ((02 posts each for Hubballi Division, Bengaluru Division, Mysuru Division and Rail Wheel Factory, Yelahanka) PB-1 ₹ 5200 – 20200 with Grade Pay ₹ 1800/- (VI CPC)

Age Limit: [Upper age relaxation as per GOI Rules]

Group ‘C’ -> The candidate must have attained the age of 18 years and must not have attained the age of 28 years as on 01-01-2018 i.e. must have been born not earlier than 02nd January 1990 and not later than 01st January, 2000.

Erstwhile Group ‘D’ -> The candidate must have attained the age of 18 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years as on 01-01-2018 i.e. must have been born not earlier than 02nd January 1987 and not later than 01st January, 2000.

Educational Qualifications:

Group ‘C’ Level 2 -> Passed 12th (+2 stage) or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in aggregate. 50% marks is not insisted upon in the case of SC/ST/Ex. Servicemen/Persons With Disabilities (PWD) candidates. 50% marks is also not insisted upon in the case of candidates who possess qualifications higher than the essential minimum prescribed qualification.

Educational Qualification must be from Recognized Institutions (OR) Matriculation Plus Course Completed Act Apprenticeship/ ITI approved by NCVT/SCVT with not less than 50% marks in aggregate. 50% marks is not insisted upon in the case of SC/ST/Ex. Servicemen/Persons With Disabilities (PWD) candidates.

50% marks is also not insisted upon in the case of candidates who possess qualifications higher than the essential minimum prescribed qualification. Educational Qualification must be from Recognized Institutions.

Group ‘C’ Level 1 -> Candidates should possess the qualification of 10th Pass or ITI or equivalent. Candidates appearing and/or awaiting results of the final examinations of 10th or ITI or equivalent on the date of application are not eligible to apply. Educational Qualification must be from Recognized Institutions.

Scouts & Guides Qualification: The following qualification would apply for recruitment of Scouts & Guides to posts in Grade Pay ₹ 1900/- and Grade Pay ₹ 1800/-.

(a) A President Scout/ Guide/ Rover/ Ranger OR Himalayan Wood Badge (HWB) holder in any section;

(b) Should have been an active member of a Scouts organization for the last 5 years. The ‘Certificate of Activeness’; and

(c) Should have attended two events at National level OR All Indian Railways’ level AND two events at State level.

Selection Process: Written Test (50 Marks), Scouting Skill Assessment (10 Marks) and Marks on Certificates (40 Marks)

Examination Fee: ₹ 500/- for General and OBC Category Candidates; ₹ 250/- for SC / ST / Ex-Servicemen / Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Women, Minorities and Economically Backward Classes. The examination fee should be paid in the form of crossed Indian Postal Order (IPO) only, from any Post office drawn in favour of Asst. Personnel Officer/ Traffic, South Western Railway, Hubballi, payable at Hubballi.

How to Apply:

Applications should be registered online by filling up the required details in the prescribed format. The last date for submission of online registration is 03/03/2018 up to 23:59 Hours.

For candidates residing in Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Jammu & Kashmir, Lahaul & Spriti districts and Pangi sub-division of Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, Andaman, Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands and the candidates residing abroad, the closing date for uploading of applications in the website will be before 09/03/2018 up to 23:45 Hours.

Port Ministry in talks with Railways for Indore-Manmad Rail Line to get local produce to the Exports Market

Indore-Manmad Railway Project Struggle Committee sought intervention of High Court to increase funding due to meagre allocation of funds in the Union Budget 2018-19

MUMBAI: Indore-Manmad Rail Project is the maiden one taken up by recently constituted Indian Port Rail Corporation Limited (IPRCL) by Union ministry of shipping on December 22, 2017. The objective of constitution of the PSU Corporation is to enhance port connectivity and evacuation.

The railway board has approved DPR of the project and forwarded it to railway ministry for its formal approval. The project, which had been conceptualised about 100 years ago, was approved in 2016 by then railway minister Suresh Prabhu in the railway budget. Thereafter the project got speed and its final earth survey was completed last year and subsequently the DPR was chalked out.

Indian Port Rail Corporation Ltd (IPRCL), which is executing projects worth Rs 1 lakh crore, will build Indore-Manmad rail corridor for shipments of containers to JNPT, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said earlier. IPRCL is a first-of-its-kind Joint Venture Company (JVC), between the Major Ports under the Ministry of Shipping, and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL). From Indore and Dewas 47,000 containers go to JNPT (Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust). They go via Ahmedabad and Delhi. It takes eight days for containers to reach JNPT. We (IPRCL) are constructing a railway line between Indore and Manmad which can carry shipments in just 24 hours,” Shipping, Road Trnasport and Highways Minsiter Gadkari told reporters on the sidelines of India PPP Summit organised by FICCI.

He said the detailed project report for about 339 km-long project is ready. The project is aimed at cutting down Indore-Mumbai distance by 200 km and would offer a corridor for despatching export containers from Indore region directly to JNPT.

The minister said that 50 per cent of the about Rs 4,000 crore project would be funded by the Railways while the remaing will be offered by JNPT. “Earlier, Railway Minister has said that 50 per cent of the cost will be contributed by the states and the rest 50 per cent by the Railways. Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra had expressed their inability to do so. I said JNPT will provide 50 per cent and the rest 50 per cent will be provided by the Railways,” Gadkari said.

The discussions on the project are on and the land will be provided free of cost by Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra governments, which will be converted into equity. State governments have also agreed to exempt taxes, he said. Likewise, the minister said that a Rs 1,000 crore rail line is bieng built to carry coal from Talcher to Paradip where Coal India plans to augment its output from the present 60 MT to 300 MT.

“Coal can easily be transported to Kandla and Mumbai from Paradip after the project,” he said. The nation’s largest port JNPT is planning to takeover the idle port assets in its close vicinity which are struggling to takeoff, as it tries to expand into newer cargo categories beyond its stronghold of containers, a top government official said. “This port was thought of as a satellite port to the Mumbai Port, But now time has come that we have to think of satellite port to this port as well,” shipping secretary Gopal Krishna told reporters here today.

He mentioned two projects – Revas and Vijaydurg – which are under consideration apart from three others, that can be taken over from concessionaires who had bagged the project in the past. The Revas port project is promoted by largest corporate Reliance Industries, while the Vijaydurg port in south Konkan, which is located in close proximity to the Rs 1.5-trillion mega refinery, was promoted by a company run by politician-turned media entrepreneur Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

Asserting that JNPT is a financially-strong port, he said the ministry has undertaken feasibility studies for the assets and will be taking a decision accordingly. It can be noted that the JNPT has already announced a slew of projects including the multi-thousand crore terminal at Wadhavan off the Dahanu coast to be built by deep-sea land reclaiming and dry ports in four locations of Maharashtra. JNPT acting chairman Neeraj Bansal mentioned the country’s largest container port is keen on handling liquid and polluting bulk cargo in the future due to requirements of the country or the locality.

The government is cognizant of ports requiring large investments and is committed to do so. There are studies which we are doing in collaboration with some financial institutions. Once the results of the studies will come, then we will assess whether it is a good proposal or not. Everything has to be weighed in terms of its financial and technical viabilities.

He seemed to suggest that the progress on Wadhavan has not been satisfactory as the port is facing resistance from the locals, difficulties in getting green clearances and also facing trouble because it is located in close vicinity of strategic installations.

The secretary, however, said the port is moving ahead with the DPR (detailed project report) for the project.

Krishna said the ministry continues to be in talks with railways for having the Indore-Manmad railway line which can help in getting local produce to the export market.

Bansal said the JNPT is also carrying out works of over Rs 2,000 crore on the dry ports front and will be coming out with some results soon.

Progress on the Sittwe port project in Myanmar is hindered by concerns on connectivity from Indian soil, he said, adding a road will be built from Manipur for the same.

Meagre allocations in the Railway Budget

The reluctant approach of central government in handling railway projects involving great public interest as well as foreign exchequer earning got exposed in the recently presented Union budget, which included railway budget as well.

In a disappointing turn, the budget, presented on February 1, had just Rs 100 crore allocated for 339-km-long Indore-Manmad railway project estimated at Rs 10,000 crore. Strangely, the apathy was despite the fact that the project once completed would reduce the distance between Indore and Mumbai by about 150 km and thus, avail the shortest route to dispatch export consignment from Pithampur to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) Mumbai.

According to pink book of the Railway Budget for 2018-19, Rs 100 crore has been sanctioned for the important project, while as per the detailed project report (DPR) the estimated cost is Rs 10,000, with railway contributing Rs 4983.99crore and the Union shipping ministry the rest.

Criticising the move, experts said that the fund sanctioned in the budget was quite insufficient to complete the ambitious project early, and if the government continues to fund the project in such small amounts after long intervals, the project might take at least next 10 years to complete, with project cost being doubled up.

Chief of Indore-Manmad Railway Project Struggle Committee, Manoj Marathe expressed deep disappointment over the paucity of fund in railway ministry. He said that the sanctioned amount was almost nothing against the projects’ estimated cost of whopping Rs 10,000 crore. He said that “My petition on the issue is still pending before Indore Bench of MP High Court and we shall again approach court demanding it to serve notice to railway ministry to increase allocation of funds for the important project.”

Russian Railways to Build New LNG Fuelled Locomotives

Sinara’s GT1h-002 prototype natural gas fuelled turbine-electric locomotive (LNG Loco)

MOSCOW: In accordance with the Implementation Program, signed under the Agreement of Cooperation in the NGV sector at the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi, Russian Railways plans to increase the fleet of mainline gas turbine locomotives and gas turbine shunters powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) from 3 to 22 units by 2023. The locomotives will operate on the Sverdlovsk Railway.

The Agreement of Cooperation in the NGV sector between Gazprom, Russian Railways, Sinara Group, and Transmashholding was signed in June 2016. The document is aimed at promoting natural gas use in railway and motor transport, mitigating environmental impacts, facilitating NGV market growth, increasing domestic gas consumption, and fostering the national machine building industry.

For refueling purposes, Gazprom intends to build two small-scale LNG production facilities at the gas distribution stations in Tobolsk and Surgut, as well as platforms for mobile refuellers at the Voynovka and Surgut stations.

Pursuant to the Program, manufacturers Sinara Group and Transmashholding will take measures to improve the designs of gas-powered locomotives. In addition, new series of gas-powered vehicles will be developed.

The Implementation document was signed by Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Sergey Kobzev, Deputy Chief Executive Officer – Chief Engineer of Russian Railways, Sergey Papin, President of Sinara-Transport Machines (part of Sinara Group), and Alexander Yermonsky, Deputy CEO for Technical Development of Transmashholding.

The Russian Federation is the founder and sole shareholder of Russian Railways.

Background

In 2005, Russian Railways launched a project aimed at designing and manufacturing a liquefied natural gas-powered locomotive (gas turbine locomotive) within the framework of its strategy for increasing energy efficiency in transportation. The first trips of the gas turbine locomotive proved its efficiency in heavy train transportation. In 2009, the gas turbine locomotive was used in transporting a 15,200-ton freight train, setting a world record for a self-powered locomotive with one propulsion unit.

Based on Russian Railways’ specifications, Russian companies manufactured two mainline gas turbine locomotives and one gas turbine shunter, all of them powered by LNG. They are in regular service at the Egorshino – Serov-Sortirovochny section of the Sverdlovsk Railway.

Sinara-Transport Machines is the machine building holding of Sinara Group focused on engineering, manufacturing and maintenance of railroad machinery and diesel plants.

Transmashholding is a leading Russian manufacturer of rolling stock for railways and public transport. It produces, inter alia, locomotives, electric and diesel trains, passenger cars, and freight wagons.

Central Railway passes Order to shut 139-year-old Railway Workshop at Parel

MUMBAI: Work on one of the most ambitious projects, of building a mega outstation rail terminal at Parel that will change the face of the city, has gathered momentum after budget announcement with the first step taken – Central Railway has an issued letter to the Railway Board for the closure of the 139-year-old Parel workshop with an elaborate action plan to shift its activities elsewhere.

With Mumbai CSMT saturated and LTT station too out of the way for passengers on the Western Railway, CR’s idea to build a mega outstation train terminus complex at Parel in South Mumbai, at the site of the existing workshop, had received a boost in this year’s budget with fund allocation of Rs.193 crore. In the letter issued to the Railway Board a fortnight ago, CR has discussed in detail how the activities at Parel workshop could be distributed to other workshops before shutting it down.

Passing the parcel

Originally, it was at Parel workshop that work on the maintenance of the new LHB coaches was proposed at a cost of Rs.88.14 crore; now kept on hold, and given the inadequate space at Matunga, the work is likely to be shifted to Nagpur. The work of maintaining the heavy 149-ton crane, diesel engines and accident relief and tower cars could be taken up at Ajmer, and the manufacturing of narrow-gauge locomotives that Parel used to do will be taken up at Kurduwadi, with the proposed work of maintenance of wagons at Kurduwadi shifted to Badnera. The new terminus at Parel will not only have passenger platforms, but also a huge maintenance yard for trains. It will be linked with the new fifth and sixth lines between Kurla and Parel, work on which is on. This is in addition to the work on Parel local train terminus, which too is underway.

Rs.193 Crore: Funds allocated for Parel train terminus complex project
139 Years: Age of the Parel railway workshop.

This is the only workshop, other than the Diesel Locomotive Works and Chittaranjan Locomotive Works, which builds diesel locomotives.

Humongous Machines – The Workshop Story

Indian Railways that carry around 12 million passengers every day has grown by leaps and bounds over the last 160 years. Indian Railways, which had a modest beginning in 1853, has since then been an integral part of the nation, making the country proud of manufacturing all the engines and coaches locally. To understand the activities taking place in Central Railway’s Locomotive Workshop at Parel in Mumbai, RailNews visited the work spot recently; it took nearly 4 hours to cover the workshop and understand the activities taking place there.

The Parel workshop, one of India’s oldest railway workshops, diversified over the years, and, at present, is also carrying out the repair and overhauling of diesel locomotives, diesel cranes and rehabilitation of mainline coaches. It also manufactures many components for diesel locos, carriages and wagon. The workshop successfully manufactured narrow-gauge locos for the Neral-Matheran section and the Kalka-Simla section.

Normally, each workshop is specialised in any one area – either coach building or engine manufacturing or refurbishing of engines and coaches. But the Parel workshop currently manufactures and overhauls broad and narrow gauge locomotives, carries out refurbishing and overhaul of coaches and 140 tonne accident relief cranes as well.

History of Locomotive Manufacturing

The Parel Locomotive Workshop, established in 1879 as a steam locomotive repair unit, has now diversified and started manufacturing shunting type locomotives from 2007 by supplying it to Steel Authority of India Limited for their entire in-campus requirements.

Later, it bagged orders from major power plants, ports, rail yards and logistics providers across the country and received orders for more than 190 locomotives. Till date, it has manufactured 155 shunting locomotives to become the largest manufacturer of such locos in India.

The workshop also manufactures diesel locomotives for the hill railways. The first locomotive manufactured by Parel workshop ran between Neral and Matheran, a quaint hill station near Mumbai. The locomotive is uniquely designed to negotiate the sharp hairpin curves of the hills, by an articulated design inspired from the German Arn-Jung locomotives. It has 2 Cummins NT-495 model diesel engines with hydraulic transmission units manufactured by Allison Transmission. So far it has manufactured and supplied 23 locomotives to the hill railways.

Under-Frame Construction

The entire engine and the driver cabin are fitted over the under-frame. The under frame is manufactured with the help of high grade steel structure and joined by CO2 welding. CO2 welding is preferred in manufacturing locomotives since the weld metal will not be affected by oxygen and nitrogen in the atmosphere. After welding, the deposition efficiency is high and slag formation little, which makes it unnecessary to remove the slag after each cycle; this is the main reason why CO2 welding is preferred for underframe construction. After manufacturing the under-frame, the entire unit is transferred to the assembly line where other major components are fitted in.

Bogey Construction

Bogies are considered the main part of a locomotive, as the wheel sets with the axle box and traction motors and suspensions are fixed in. Each locomotive has 24 primary suspensions, 16 secondary suspensions and 8 vertical shock absorbers. The wheels and axles sourced from the Bonatrans Group are checked for nomenclature and finally painted and polished before going into the assembly line. Normally, all the trains run on steel wheels to bear the entire weight and reduce rolling friction. Once the wheel sets come into the assembly line, the axle box and traction motors are fitted. Each bogey has 6 sets of wheels, with individual traction motors and axle boxes. Each of its 6 wheel sets or 12 individual wheels drive the locomotive. But these massive 21 tonne bogies are not rigidly fixed to the frame of the loco; it has been constructed as body-onframe chassis.

Andaman Rail project: Railways Green Signal for 240km BG Rail Line between Port Blair-Diglipur to open up Tourism Avenues

NEW DELHI: As the overland connectivity in Andaman and Nicobar islands is poised to get a boost, with the Railway Ministry green-signaling for construction of a Railway Line linking Port Blair with Diglipur, the largest town of North Andaman Island, the tourism avenues especially along the Jarawa reserve areas is going to open up anew and in the context of the jubilating fact that the number of Jarawas presently are on the rise.

Currently, travel within the archipelago is possible only by road and sea. The journey between Port Blair and Diglipur via the 350 km Andaman Trunk Road (ATR) takes nearly 14 hours, while the ferry takes a whole day. By comparison, travel via the proposed 240km broad-gauge railway line will take just three hours.

A 240-KM broad-gauge railway line connecting two major islands, with bridges and stations along the coast, will be part of an ambitious rail link connecting Port Blair with Diglipur on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands a first in the country that will bring the archipelago on the rail map.

This is in addition to alternate sea route to Baratang Island inaugurated by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport, Highways and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari recently.

The sea route to Baratang will provide an alternative to the National Highways-4 route that linked Baratang to Port Blair, passing through the Jarawa Tribal Reserve. This sea route will thus help promote tourism, especially that of Jarwa sighting tourism without disturbing this negrito aborigine, whose life is basically a nomadic one.

And here the statistics provided by Chief Secretary, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Shri Anindo Majumdar requires to be mentioned. It says, the total number of Jarawas at present is 500.

However, the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs puts the figure as 380. The A&N Administration has opened various channels of communication with the Jarawas so as to find out their present concerns as well as their future needs within the framework of Government policy, particularly the Jarawa Policy as enumerated in 2004.

This has yielded promising results in terms of the communities’ greater confidence in sharing information relating to poaching, encroachment and other forms of abuse they have had to face. Besides, in order to ensure a rich resource of forest based traditional food like wild pig, turtle, honey and fish etc, the Jarawa reserve area has been increased from 847 to 1028 Sq. kms. Exclusive marine resource base has also been increased by declaring coastal water up to 5 km from High Tide Line as tribal reserve.

Related Link: http://www.railnews.in/railway-ministry-set-to-give-nod-for-240-km-port-blair-diglipur-rail-line-project-in-andaman-and-nicobar/

According to an internal survey report of the ministry, the cost of the line will be Rs 2,413.68 crore with a negative rate of return on investment of -9.64 per cent. The Railways considers a line to be commercially viable if this figure is at least a positive of 12 per cent. But the ministry is set to approve this project owing to its “uniqueness and strategic importance”, according to documents.

The ministry’s Planning and Finance directorates cleared the project last week saying it is desirable because “it is unique, away from the mainland, and has tourism potential.”

Giving a fillip to the rail link, the Union Territory administration has agreed to share 50 per cent of the project’s operational cost — or loss.

“As soon as the line is commissioned, tourism will see a jump from the current 4.5 lakh visitors a year to around 6 lakh a year, as per our estimates. So even though the railway survey shows a negative return, our assessment is otherwise. However, we have agreed to share the operational losses, if any,” Jagdish Mukhi, Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, told The Indian Express.

According to the UT administration, the line has tourism potential and is of “immense strategic value” to the defence forces because Diglipur is just 300 km by sea from the southern coast of Myanmar — a broad-gauge train line from Port Blair to Diglipur will take three hours at the most.

The Railways’ Planning wing has suggested that the project may be taken up as part of the strategic lines it will build for Defence ministry, such as those in the border regions of the Northeast. The Finance arm has said that it may be taken up as a national project, like the Kashmir link, in which the general exchequer is billed. The Railway Board will take a final view on this issue soon.

The initial survey for the proposed line was completed in December 2014 but the plan was dropped. Last year, the project received a fresh push when the Railways updated the survey and the UT administration said it would chip in.

Among the major tourist attractions in Diglipur are the Ross and Smith islands. “These are just two of the main attractions. Lakhs of tourists take great pains to reach there from Port Blair every year. With the railway line in place, that part essentially become a part of the capital, beneficial to tourists, local residents and the defence forces,” said Mukhi.

Mega Solar RFPs: Indian Railways to issue Tenders for setting up of Solar Power Plants on its Unused Railway Lands

NLC India to aggressively bid for Railways’ large scale Solar projects: said Railway Minister Piyush Goyal

NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways will call tenders to award contracts to set up 3,000 mw of solar power projects on its unused land, rail and coal minister Piyush Goyal said.

State-run lignite miner and power producer Nyveli Lignite Corporate India will also bid aggressively for the contracts, the minister said while addressing the media on Tuesday.

NLC entered the renewable energy sector with the commissioning of a 140 mw solar photo voltaic power plant at Neyveli and another 51 mw wind energy plant, also in Tamil Nadu. “In renewable energy, they already have about 191 mw today. It will become 300 mw by March 2018 and by 2025 it’s actually 4,251mw that they are planning. So almost 24% of their 13,700 mw capacity will be renewable energy,” the minister said.

Union minister Piyush Goyal said state-owned NLC India plans to aggressively bid for Indian railways’ solar projects. “Indian railways plans to have a bidding process to soon come out for expanding solar footprint of railways where NLC India Ltd is also having very aggressive plans and will be bidding very aggressively to try and get those contracts through the bidding process,” the Railways Minister told reporters here.

The company, he said, was now investing in solar projects so that it becomes a serious player in the renewable energy sector.

“They (NLC India) are also having discussion and dialogues with Indian Railways,” Goyal, who also holds coal portfolio, said.

The company forayed into the renewable energy sector with the commissioning of a 140 mw solar photo voltaic power plant at Neyveli and a 51 mw wind energy plant in Tamil Nadu. “In renewable energy, they already have about 191 mw today. It will become 300 mw by March 2018; and by 2025 it’s actually 4,251 mw that they are planning. So almost 24 per cent of their 13,700 mw will be renewable energy,” the minister said.

The minister also urged the West Bengal government to accord approval for transfer of DVC’s Raghunathpur power project to NLC India Ltd. “There is also a discussion going on…for transferring the Rahunathpur power plant from DVC to NLC India Ltd for which we are awaiting approval from government of West Bengal for almost two years…I would urge the West Bengal government to give us approval so that we can transfer the Raghunathpur power plant,” Goyal stressed. “If they (West Bengal government) had given us permission two years ago by now we would have actually started Raghunathpur plant and it would have started serving the people of India,” the minister said.

NLC India posted a 96% increase in net profit at Rs 2,368 crore for the fiscal year ended March 2018. Its turnover grew 30% to Rs 8,672 crore.
Its mining capacity increased from 41.6 million tonnes a year as of March 2014 to 61.6 mtpa in January 2018.

Goyal said the company last year made its highest ever contribution to national exchequer — Rs 4,965 crore, or two-and-half times the previous year.

Railway Jobs Tsunami: Job aspirants protest against reducing Age Limit & making ITI Certificate mandatary

रेलवे भर्ती परीक्षा में रियायत देने की मांग को लेकर आक्रोशित छात्रों ने रविवार की दोपहर शहर पर बवाल किया। लाठी-डंडे लेकर दर्जनों छात्रों ने रेल लाइन पर विरोध-प्रदर्शन किया।

ARA/PATNA: Thousands of job aspirants for the recently advertised railway Group D recruitments, blocked the railway track at Ara railway station for almost five hours on Friday to protest against reducing the age limit for recruitment in Indian Railways and making ITI certificate mandatory to apply.Ara station master SK Jain said, “The job aspirants squatted on the railway tracks from 8.35 am till 1.30 pm on Friday.

As a result many trains were stranded at different stations.Though we accepted their memorandum in the morning and assured to convey their grievances to higher authorities, agitating students refused to budge.

”While 12 mail and express trains were detained, at least five local passenger trains remained stranded at different stations. According to railway sources, the long distance express trains which were affected due to agitation included New Delhi – Rajgir Shramjeevi Express, Patna -Vasco da Gama Express, Vikramshila Express, New Delhi- Malda Town Express, Danapur- Secunderabad Express, Bhagalpur -Anand Vihar Express, Patliputra-Lokmanya Tialk Mumbai Express, Seemanchal Express, Bhramputra Mail and Patna-Indore Express, sources said adding five local passenger trains mostly MEMU were also detained by the agitators.Police and district administration officials including Sadar SDPO Sanjay Kumar, Sadar SDO Arun Prakash also reached the spot and tried to persuade the agitating students but in vain.

The demonstrators shouted slogans against the central government and displayed posters that read “hum pakoda nahi bechenge”, “protest against surgical strike on railway job aspirants”, “notify more jobs in Railways”. The protest left nearly a dozen police officials injured and services on the Patna-Mughalsarai section of the East Central Railway paralysed.”Students pelted stones at the police when officers tried to disperse them in which nearly a dozen of them were injured,” a district police official said.

The police opened fire to disperse the protesters after they damaged the engine of a passenger train and tried to ransack the railway station. The blockade was lifted at about 1.30 pm after police chased away them away.

Background:

Indian Railways has announced more than 1 lakh jobs which was notified in RailNews (http://www.railnews.in/ministry-of-railways-announces-one-of-the-worlds-largest-recruitment-drive/) that will be available for high school pass-outs to engineers.  The railway ministry has issued notification for around 65,000 jobs in Group D category that includes Trackmen, Gangman, and another notification for hiring 27000 personal as Locomotive Pilots and Assistant Loco Pilots. The minimum qualification required for these jobs is high school pass and ITI diploma, and the last date for filing application is March 12.

Indian Railways is among the largest employers in the world with a workforce of 13 lakh employees. The national transporter is sprucing up its safety infrastructure by hiring more gangmen. Around 1.2 lakh positions related to safety are currently lying vacant.

Union Budget 2018-19 has for the first time outlined jobs/mandays that government’s infrastructure development projects and social welfare schemes can generate. An ET analysis of the Budget has shown that at least five million jobs will be created, absorbing nearly half of the 10 million people who enter the country’s workforce annually.

These projects and schemes include construction of national highways, railway tracks, building toilets under the ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission and rural houses under MGNREGS, creation of cold chains and food parks and the extended ‘Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana’.

The pace of job creation is often considered an important barometer of the government’s performance. Industry estimates that in FY12-16, India created 3.65 million new jobs a year.

Diesel or Electric in future Railway Transportation – Questions of Infra costs, Logistics & Flexibility for Railways

NEW DELHI: The chief of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council Bibek Debroy has now presented a paper saying the policy of 100 per cent electrification needs more study.

Last year, the government decided to electrify the entire broad gauge network of the Indian Railways by 2022. Over the years, the rate at which electrification has progressed has been determined both by how much money has been available, as well as the returns on investment that the Railways got from operations on these lines. The more the traffic, the better are the returns on electrified routes.

However, all electrified routes also ran diesel trains because in a network that has both tractions, total segregation is neither possible nor viable. The chief of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council Bibek Debroy has now presented a paper saying the policy of 100% electrification needs more study.

Electrification is cheaper, but…

Globally, the cost of operations has been cheaper on electrified routes. However, for it to be cheaper than diesel traction in the overall transport economics, the total traffic on that route must cross a certain threshold of Gross Tonne Kilometres (GTKM). This is the unit of measurement of total weight of locomotives and coaches carried per kilometre in a year on a route. A committee of experts headed by retired Railway Board Member (Traffic) C M Khosla determined that value at 53 GTKM in 2002. The World Bank has in the past suggested around 52 GTKM.

This is because unlike diesel, an electric engine requires heavy overhead equipment to run. Capital expenditure for this electrification is over Rs 1 crore per kilometre. The only way to recover this cost is by running trains — and if the number of trains does not cross a certain threshold, the calculation for the transporter goes into negative territory. On that parameter, the average GTKM value of currently electrified routes is around 45.

It, therefore, makes more sense to electrify routes that see heavy traffic volumes — which is what the Railways have done over the years. This is also why there is no talk of electrifying the 2,000-odd km of metre gauge and narrow gauge lines; the stress is more on converting them to broad gauge first. For the same reason, of the 22,019 km of the busiest double/multiple lines, a little over 82% already stand electrified. And everyone seems to agree that electrifying the remaining 3,842 km is a good idea.

The single-line problem

Of the 67,000-odd route km of railway network (narrow, meter gauges included), 39,658 km are single lines with mostly very poor train traffic volumes, almost less than half of the heavy-density electrified routes. This portion also includes the “uneconomic branch lines”. When the Railways say they wants to electrify the entire broad gauge network, they mostly mean the remaining single lines on the network.

Due to the poor density of both freight and passenger traffic, the Railways have not found financial justification for the electrification of these routes. Data show only 28%, or 7,190 km, of single lines are electrified — that too, due to operational reasons. With the stress on network capacity expansion, most single lines may be doubled in the future. However, the doubling will have a bearing on easing operational bottlenecks more than increasing traffic volumes — which is mainly determined by economic activity.

So the dilemma is, should the Railways also electrify these routes at a projected loss?

The cost breakup

The Railways spend around Rs 16,000 crore in diesel bills, and around Rs 10,000 crore in power bills, annually. It buys diesel at state rates, and power at an average per-unit cost of Rs 6.50.

Of the Rs 16,000 crore diesel bill, around Rs 8,000 crore are taxes. While the tax component varies from state to state, the Railways on average pay around 53% of the total diesel bill as taxes. Electric traction is more or less tax-neutral. The transporter is also purchasing directly from power producers at best-available rates per unit.

So, half of the money the Railways want to save is taxes ploughed into the economy that go into welfare schemes of the state, while most of the rest go to oil PSUs.

Also, stakeholders say, if GST is implemented on diesel, the Rs 8,000 crore the Railways pay in taxes would be almost halved even if the rate is 28%. It remains to be seen if the Railways wait for the government’s GST move before taking a final call on the choice of traction.

The power gain

The biggest argument put forth in favour of total electrification is the yearly saving to the tune of Rs 8,000-10,000 crore on the fuel bill. However, calculated at present rates, the total capital cost of electrification could be around Rs 40,000 crore. The cost of replacing the current fleet of around 5,800 diesel locomotives could be around Rs 50,000 crore. Taken with the maintenance infrastructure needed, the total figure may be Rs 1 lakh crore.

The Railways would have to borrow much of this money, while factoring in the cost of depreciation of assets. The servicing of this debt is an issue that needs to be looked at closely, experts say.

Environment, flexibility

If the Railways consume around 2,776 million litres of diesel, they currently require around 15,000 units of electricity, mostly coal-based thermal power. Total electrification might require the generation of an estimated 1,800 MW of additional power. The Railways have traditionally justified dual traction of diesel and electric on a variety of grounds, including, importantly, operational flexibility. During times of disaster or war, diesel engines have been more reassuring. While talking about 100% electrification, policymakers have discussed keeping a small fleet of diesel locomotives handy for such purposes.

Indian Railways to build modern Signalling System: Piyush Goyal

NEW DELHI: The railways ministry is planning to build a modern signalling system on the lines of European Train Control System with a view to mitigating safety risk, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said today.

He said the development, once in place, would also help control crime and make train travel safer in the country.

“To make Indian railways safe, I am planning to build the most modern signalling system through the entire railways network in India which will mean over 1.18 lakh kms of railways on the line of European Train Control System (ETCS),” he said.

The minister was speaking at a Mahindra Group event here.

Goyal said that today only 20,000 kms of railways line in the world has such an advanced safety mechanism in place.

“And we are embarking on a plan to do six times that in the next six years,” he said, adding that the entire network would be connected with wifi.

Through the wifi-enabled stations, the local population would also benefit “from the connected world”.

When asked if autonomous mobility in terms of public transport would lead to unemployment, the minister said, “every country will have to adopt to what is the most essential for that country. So really, India doesn’t need driverless cars”.

Primary health centres at 7,000 Railway Stations soon

NEW DELHI: Indian Railways may soon unveil primary healthcare centres along with Jan Aushadhi stores and sanitary pad vending machines at around 7,000 stations across the country as part of efforts to boost the national healthcare plan proposed in Budget 2018-19.

The railways ministry has proposed that its infrastructure be used for providing primary healthcare services at affordable prices.

“We have got a robust network across the country including in villages that can be used by the Centre to take the preventive and primary healthcare to the last mile,” said a senior railways ministry official, who did not wish to be identified.

The railways ministry is working with the health and family welfare ministry to chalk out details of the plan, which could entail inviting private sector participation for setting up basic diagnostic centres.

“There’s a proposal to use retired doctors and ex-army hospital staff for the purpose,” the official said.

To begin with, the railways plans to immediately set up sanitary pad vending machines at stations across the country.

Bangladesh Railway implementing 12 projects under first Indian LoC

DHAKA: Bangladesh Railway (BR) is implementing 12 projects under the first Indian Line of Credit (LoC).

Three other projects will be implemented under the second LoC of Indian soft loan while two more projects under the third LoC, according an official release issued here on Thursday

An evaluation meeting on the progress of the projects undertaken by the Bangladesh Railway under the Indian soft loan LoC was held at the Railway Bhaban here on Thursday, the release said.

Railways Minister Mujibul Haque chaired the meeting that was attended by Prime Minister’s Economic Affairs Adviser Dr Moshiur Rahman, among others.

According to the release, detailed discussions on the projects being implemented under Indian finance, particularly under the first LoC, were held in the meeting. Project-wise discussion was also held on problems and the way out, it said.

123 Year Old Udvada Railway Station to be Redeveloped as a Pilgrimage Destination for Parsis

Udvada is an important station and we have worked out a plan to completely revamp and convert it into a pilgrimage destination with enhanced facilities and infra. The station will get a makeover over the next year, says Ravinder Bhakar

UDVADA: A 123 year old railway station serving Udvada in the Valsad district of Gujarat is all set to get a makeover. The Udvada station – that acts as a gateway to the Atash Behram or Iranshah, among the oldest and holiest fire temples for Zoroastrians in India – will be remodeled by Western Railways (WR) to become a pilgrimage destination station.

The railway station was originally built in 1895 and owing to its location witnesses thousands of pilgrims visiting the agiary. However, it has been unable to handle the load, leading to several accidents. In response to this, WR had sanctioned the construction of a foot-overbridge (FOB) for passengers and upgraded the station’s platforms.

However, a new plan from the Railways seeks to change the face of the station altogether. WR has called for tenders to remodel the station with a Parsi heritage design featuring bricks, teak wood doors and and Mangalore tiles. Other proposals include murals on the walls and heritage benches and domes along with a slew of upgrades for regular facilities including toilets, drinking water and more.

Railways announces NOTIFICATION for one of the World’s Largest Recruitment Drive: ONE LAKH posts on Indian Railways


Online Applications are invited for around 90000 Posts in the Group-C Level-I (Erstwhile Group D) like Track Maintainer, Points Man, Helper, Gateman, Porter and Group-C Level-II categories like Assistant Loco Pilots (ALP), Technicians (Fitter, Crane Driver, Blacksmith, Carpenter) through Railway Recruitment Boards websites. Largest Computer based test in the World is scheduled tentatively in April–May 2018. Educational Qualifications for various posts are class Xth passed & Industrial Training Institute Certificate (ITI). Selection procedure only includes Computer Based Test without Interviews

NEW DELHI: Ministry of Railways has announced one of the world’s largest recruitment processes for 89409 posts in Group C Level I (Erstwhile Group D) & Level II Categories. Online applications have been invited for the Group C Level II posts like Assistant Loco Pilots, Technicians (Fitter, Crane Driver, Blacksmith, and Carpenter) and Group C Level I (Erstwhile Group D) posts like Track maintainer, Points man, Helper, Gateman, Porter. This recruitment drive is open for candidates who have passed Class Xth & ITI for Group C Level I posts & Class Xth & ITI or diploma in engineering or a graduation in engineering for Group C Level II posts like Assistant Loco Pilots, Technicians and aspire to join Indian Railways.

Ministry of Railways has published a notification no. CEN 01/2018 for Group C Level II Categories posts for the candidates in the age group of 18-28 years who have passed Class X and have an industrial training certificate (ITI) or diploma in engineering or a graduation in engineering.

The notification no. CEN 02/2018 about Group C Level I (Erstwhile Group D) posts for candidates in the age group of 18-31 years and who have passed Class X and have an industrial training certificate (ITI). The notifications have already been uploaded on RRB Websites. The link of the website is as follows:

http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/view_section.jsp?lang=0&id=0,4,1244

For Group C level II posts, the monthly salary along with allowances as per the Seventh Pay Commission (level 2) Scale (19,900-63,200) will be given to the selected candidates. For Group C Level I (Erstwhile Group D) posts, the monthly salary along with allowances as per the Seventh Pay Commission (level 1) Scale (18,000- 56,900) will be given to the selected candidates. Applications for Group C Level II posts will be accepted till 5th March 2018 & for Group C Level I (Erstwhile Group D) posts will be accepted till 12th March 2018.

Free Sleeper Class Railway Pass facility shall be available for SC/ST candidates for Computer Based Aptitude Tests, Physical Efficiency Tests, Document verification during the recruitment stages.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal exhorts Job aspirants to apply for 1 lakh Railways jobs

Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday exhorted job aspirants to apply for more than one lakh vacancies in the railways.In a tweet, Goyal said, “More than one lakh job openings are available, visit Railway Recruitment Board website and apply.”These vacancies are in Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Bilaspur, Chandigarh, Chennai, Gorakhpur, Guwahati, Jammu, Kolkata, Malda, Mumbai, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Ranchi, Secunderabad, Siliguri, and Trivendrum. Out of these one lakh vacancies, 62,907 are Group- D posts. “Opportunities for the youth in the Railways: For the 62, 907 posts of Group-D, the Railways have started recruitment process for the high school and ITI pass-outs,” Goyal tweeted. He added that the eligible candidates can apply for these posts.

IMPORTANT DATES

Railway Recruitment Group C Level II Notification February 3, 2018
Start of Railway Recruitment Group C Level II 2018 Online Application February 3, 2018
Application Closes March 5, 2018
Computer Based Aptitude Test (CBT) tentatively April- May, 2018
Railway Recruitment Group C Level I 2018 Notification February 10, 2018
Start of Railway Recruitment Group C Level I 2018 Online Application February 10, 2018
Railway Recruitment Group C Level I 2018 Application Form Closes March 12, 2018
Computer Based Aptitude Test (CBT) tentatively During April and May, 2018

VACANCY DETAILS FOR GROUP C Level II POSTS

VACANCY DETAILS FOR GROUP C Level I (Erstwhile Group D) POSTS

Pune Metro: Tendering process for Civil Court-Ramwadi Metro Rail Route set to begin

PUNE: The MahaMetro Rail Corporation will start the process of inviting tenders for constructing the 7.7-km-long viaduct on Civil Court-Ramwadi route in a few days and complete the entire procedure in three months.

Maharashtra Metro Corporation Limited (MahaMetro)’s managing director Brijesh Dixit said on Thursday the tenders would be invited in two to three days.

He said MahaMetro had plans to complete the process in the next three months, following which the actual work would begin.

The MahaMetro is done with the required surveys and alignment of this Metro corridor.

The route planned via RTO, Pune station, Bund Garden, Yerawada, Nagar Road and Ramwadi would have eight stations.

The entire stretch would be elevated.

The Civil Court-Ramwadi line is a part of Vanaz-Ramwadi Metro corridor. MahaMetro has started civil work on the Vanaz to Civil Court stretch.

The Metro route has been changed near Pune station after the railway administration sought rerouting of the line via Raja Bahadur Mill Road-end instead of the earlier alignment via Pune station’s main entrance.“The re-routing has brought down the length of the route by about 300metres.

Why full Electrification may be a case of Bad Economics for Indian Railways

NEW DELHI: When Union railway minister Piyush Goyal talks about complete electrification of railway traction, he is saying something which no railway has done in the world. Even in Europe, which is predominantly electric traction for reasons of cheap power available, around 20 per cent continues to be diesel.

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, who has been laying down the roadmap for Indian Railways since last year as well, emphasised on electrification in his February 1 Budget speech. “We are moving fast towards optimal electrification of railway network. Four thousand kilometers are targeted for commissioning during 2017-18,” said Jaitley.

The budget speech came as no surprise since Goyal has been talking about electrification of railway ever since he took office as railway minister last year. Even after the GE controversy, that erupted within days of his taking over, settled down, Goyal on November 22, 2017 told a gathering at FICCI, “We have planned to switch all trains to electric-driven in the next five years.” Diesel locomotives will be used for back-up purposes in the yards, according to the minister.

Since Goyal has been minister of state for power and still takes keen interest in the electricity sector, his penchant for electrification is understandable. But this emphasis has now been challenged by Bibek Debroy, chairman, Economic Advisory Committee of Prime Minister. Debroy had earlier chaired a committee on railways. Though the committee did not dwell much on electrification, it acknowledged the fund crunch faced by the national transporter and how its resources are thinly spread over various projects including those for electrification.

Goyal, however, says the Railways is spending Rs 160 billion every year on diesel and moving to electricity will save it Rs 80-100 billion. The railways consume 17.5 billion units of electricity. In 2015-16, its electricity bill stood at Rs 110 billion, and dropped to Rs 90 billion in 2016-17. The average per-unit cost dropped from Rs 6.75 a unit in 2015-16 to about Rs 6 in 2016-17.

This argument can be countered by the fact that it is the taxation structure which makes diesel expensive even during the low oil price scenario. The Indian Railways roughly consumes 2.8 billion litres of diesel a year for which it pays roughly Rs 69 billion in tax to state and central governments.

Besides, electrification, comes with a cost. Out of the total network of 66,687 route kilometre (RKM), only 30,012 RKM is electrified. According to a roadmap chalked out by the Railway Board last year, the Railways would electrify at least 22,400 RKM by 2020-21. In the last four years, Rs 171.65 billion has been spend on electrifying 16,815 RKM. Electrifying low traffic routes is, therefore, not financially prudent.

Railway experts say electrification for high-speed passenger services is understandable but in the US, for instance, where freight business dominates rail system, diesel continues to be the main traction. On electrified routes, moving double-stack containers is difficult though there have been some pilots done by the Railways. There is no pressing need, therefore, for the financially-starved Railways to electrify.

One more platform at Danapur station soon

PATNA: A new station building has been readied at the southern end of the Danapur railway station at an estimated cost of Rs 2 crore.

Officials claimed that the building has been built keeping in mind the sudden increase in footfall of passengers at the Danapur station. The railways intends to shift at least two unreserved ticketing system (UTS) counters to the new station building to help people living in the southern end of the state capital.

According to sources, the railways is also building a new platform close to platform number 1 at the Danapur station for arrival and departure of passenger trains either originating from or going towards the Pataliputra Junction. The new platform will have provisions to accommodate passenger trains with a load combination of 24 coaches. Although a spacious area has been earmarked for parking vehicles and autorickshaws in the circulating area of the new station building, the railways is yet to complete the circulating area.

The railways has also decided to build a refreshment room and two retiring rooms at the Danapur station for passengers’ conveniences.

As many as 10 mail and express trains originate daily from the Danapur station, while at least 280 passenger trains pass through it while going to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Calcutta.

Meanwhile, the main circulating area of the Danapur station at the northern end has become highly congested and a veritable death trap for pedestrians. According to a Danapur RPF official, encroachment by autorickshaws in the main Danapur station area is the main cause for traffic congestion.

Frequent passengers have welcomed the opening of the second exit point of the Danapur station.

Massive protest against Kodagu Railway projects on Sunday in Mysuru

Mysuru & Madikeri: Opposing the Thalassery-Mysuru Railway line via Kodagu , a protest will be staged at the Dasara Exhibition Grounds on Sunday, said ‘Kodagu against Railway’ coordinator J P Ayyanna.

Speaking to reporters here on Thursday, Aiyanna said, “River Cauvery is the lifeline of Karnataka.

Coffee and paddy are mainly grown in Kodagu district. If the railway project is implemented, it will severely impact the main catchment area of Cauvery. With unwanted development projects like the Mysuru-Kushalnagar-Mangaluru Railway line and widening and upgrading of state Highways to National Highways will affect the Kodagu belt.” “The high-tension power line project from Mysuru to Kozhikode had resulted in the cutting down of 50,000 trees. With the road widening and railway line projects, many more trees will be cut resulting in groundwater depletion,” he added.

“Two proposed railway lines will pass through Kodagu and both will have Periyapatna or KR Nagar as junctions. The Thalassery-Mysuru Railway line will lead to more than one lakh trees being cut,” he said.

Railway minister Piyush Goyal has already invited us for a discussion on the railway projects in Kodagu.

Indian Railways to do away with Reservation Charts on trains from March 1

Railways to replace physical Reservation Chart with Electronic Charts from March 1

NEW DELHI: While rail passengers are demanding the restoration of reservation charts on trains at Chennai Egmore and Chennai Central stations, the railways has decided to do away with the practice.

From March 1, zonal railways will discontinue pasting reservation charts for all trains originating at A1, A and B grade stations for six months, said a directive to Southern Railway on February 13 by Shelly Srivastava, Director, Passenger Marketing (Railway Board).

This means, Express, Mail, Shatabdi, Humsafar, Duronto, Rajdhani and Garib Rath Express trains originating at Nagercoil, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Sengottai, Salem, Erode, Tiruchy, Nagapattinam, Nagore, Velankanni, Karaikal, Villupuram, Tambaram, Coimbatore, Chennai Egmore and Central, Chengalpattu, Rameswaram, Virudhungar, Thanjavur, Mayiladuthurai, Kanniyakumari, Tiruchendur and Puducherry will be operated without reservation charts.

The decision to discontinue pasting of reservation charts for all trains was introduced on October 2nd as a pilot project at Chennai Central, New Delhi, Nizamuddin, Bombay Central, Howrah and Sealdah stations for three months.

Even before the railway board extended its decision to stop pasting reservation charts, Southern Railway had already stopped the practice for select trains at Chennai Egmore and other parts of Tamil Nadu.

The railway board directive said the decision was taken based on feedback from the zonal railways.

“Displaying of physical reservation charts at the entrance of stations also will be scrapped at stations which have electronic display boards,” read the communication.

The decision has drawn strong opposition. G Aravind Kumar, a member of Nagapattinam Station consultative committee, said when RAC tickets get confirmed, passengers receive SMS alerts with the berth number only if the tickets are booked through IRCTC or mobile app.

“For those tickets booked at reservation counters, the alert message will have code ‘CNF’ indicating that the berths are confirmed, but not the berth numbers. If no charts are pasted on trains, we have to run behind each and every TTE and travel will become a nightmare,” he said.

The move would create chaos at railway stations, making the elderly run from pillar to post to find the berths, lamented K Padmanaban, a former zonal railway consultative committee (ZRUCC) member of Southern railway, who is also general secretary of Southern railway passengers welfare association.

“A large section of elderly people still do not know how to unlock mobile phones and read the messages. We are not upgraded enough to go paperless. Railways should immediately drop this proposal,” he said.

Tamil Nadu has 40 stations under A1, A and B category, out of which four stations are A1 stations — Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore, Coimbatore and Madurai stations. Twenty four stations, including two stations under Thiruvananthapuram division, are categorised under A category.

The Real Inspiration Behind This Project

In 2016, Indian Railways had launched a no-reservation chart concept at Bengaluru City and Yeshwantpur railway stations, which comes under South Western Railways Bengaluru Division (SBC).

The trains originating from these railway stations had no longer any reservation charts, and this exercise helped the Railways to save Rs 60 lakh in a year.

Hence, even if reservation charts are stopped at 10 such stations, Rs 6 crore can be saved per year.

Starting March 1st, Southern Railway will stop pasting reservation charts on all trains, and as per estimates, this will help them to save 28 tonnes of charting paper and Rs 1.70 lakh every year, per train.

SBC’s Senior Divisional Commercial Manager Sridhar Murthy has initially mooted this idea, which has now spread to the entire country.

In future, as per incoming reports, the concept of paper reservation chart would be totally abolished, and the passenger will have these 4 mediums to check the status of their ticket, and to find out the berth, coach:

  1. Digital Display at platforms
  2. Dial 139 and get IVR assistance
  3. SMS sent on their phones, with berth and coach number
  4. Ask TT of the train, as they will have a physical chart ready (which will soon change to digital gadgets)

In our opinion, this is a good initiative and will set a new example and standard for all other Govt. departments.

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It’s time the Indian Railways got a tech upgrade: Arunendra Kumar, former CRB

Any Indian who has travelled in a train abroad will lament the poor condition and facilities in Indian trains. Efforts made so far by the railways have got mired in specifications and vendor selection, thereby missing the larger picture

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal deserves praise for allocating over Rs 1.48 lakh-crore for capital investment in the Union budget. This is a substantial increase from last year’s allocation.

Track safety is of prime importance, and controlling track, rail and weld failures pose a serious challenge. In the first nine months of the fiscal year 2017, there were 3,006 failures — an increase from 2,404 in same period last year. At close to 10 failures per day, it’s an alarming rate; because each is a potential accident. The budget makes efforts to address these failures by hiking the allocation of track renewals from Rs 9,305 crore in Revised Estimates (RE) 2017 to Rs 11,450 crore in Budget Estimates (BE) 2018. The underlying belief is that the renewal of overaged tracks will reduce such failures.

Without challenging this premise, it needs to be analysed why rails in India crack so much in comparison to other countries.

First, the use of technology for crack detection without engaging trackmen needs to be used much more. This is because manual detection is not entirely foolproof, especially at night. A recent pilot project in the North Central Railway is a welcome move.

Second, it is all about improving the railways’ financials. The capacity utilisation in sections that really matter is already above 100%, leading to delays in running trains, denial of maintenance blocks and difficulty in introducing new trains.

The railways proposes to induct high-speed rolling stock, but this may not be a solution. It would be like driving a new BMW through the packed streets of Chandni Chowk in old Delhi. The answer lies in increasing the average speed of freight trains which is hovering around 23.1 km/hr. The technical advancements so far have primarily concentrated on longer and heavier freight trains rather than faster ones.

The simplest way to make freight trains faster is by focusing on the horsepower (HP) to trailing load (TL) ratio. Using remote radio controls for multiple locomotives will also help. Thus, the time for a technology push is overdue.

Third, the fog during winter plays havoc with train operations. Fog-safe devices now being used have their limitations as they indicate the signal location and not the signal aspect — yellow, red or green. Loco pilots need to slow down for checking this. Cab signalling can solve this problem. This technology is quite common in Europe and Japan, and can be adopted in at least one zone, the North Central Railway, where fog delays are rampant during winter.

Fourth, any Indian who has travelled in a train abroad will lament the poor condition and facilities in Indian trains. Efforts made so far by the railways have got mired in specifications and vendor selection, thereby missing the larger picture. The easier way is to have a government-to-government partnership on the pattern of India-Japan rail cooperation for the dedicated freight corridor or the high speed train project. The funding requirement is also not much and a small beginning, of placing an order of 1,000 coaches, can be made initially. This strategy will deliver coach interiors with international benchmarking with a strong potential for Make in India eventually.

Railway Ministry’s Mega Plan to link Metro, Ring Rail in Delhi

NEW DELHI: In a bid to ease traffic situation in Delhi and to give the national capital a comprehensive suburban network, the Railway Ministry is now trying to revive the ring rail system here.

As per a report, the Ministry of Railways has planned to revive and then integrate the ring rail system with the Delhi Metro.

Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said together as part of the integrated network, the Delhi Metro and the ring rail has the capability to unclog Delhi and send “50% cars off the roads”.

A study has already been commissioned to work out the modalities of the project, the report said.

Further, to reduce the burden on the rail network in Delhi, the ministry is mulling a separate bypass for freight trains passing through Delhi. Goyal said the aim is to let trains, which are not bound for Delhi, to bypass it.

There is a 35-km-long ring rail network in Delhi which touches the Metro rail network at several places. However, no effort has so far been made to link the two. But, this might change now.

The Railway Minister said Metro will be connected to the ring rail network as part of the project, as the former has been “a boon for Delhi”.

The study that is underway will evaluate whether new lines or linkages are required to connect the Metro and ring rail systems. The ministry is looking at linkages and interchanges with the Metro system, the report added.

Delhi got its ring rail system in 1975 for freight purposes and was tapped for passenger trains in 1982 when the city played host to the Asian Games.

Southern Railway announces Changes in Pattern of Suburban Train Services

CHENNAIDue to Line Block to facilitate engineering works between Chennai Beach – Royapuram railway stations, changes will be made in the pattern of suburban train services on 17th & 18th February, 2018 as explained below.

A.  The following suburban train services will be fully cancelled on 17th February, 2018.

1.    MMC – Thiruvallur EMU local, scheduled to leave MMC at 09.30 hrs.
2.    Velachery – Avadi EMU local, scheduled to leave Velachery at 10.15 hrs.
3.    Velachery – Thiruvallur EMU local, scheduled to leave Velachery at 12.15 hrs.
4.    MMC – Avadi EMU local, scheduled to leave MMC at 12.35 hrs.

1.    Thiruvallur – Velachery EMU local, scheduled to leave Thiruvallur at 11.05 hrs.
2.    Avadi – Velachery EMU local, scheduled to leave Avadi at 12.10 hrs.
3.    Thiruvallur – MMC EMU local, scheduled to leave Thiruvallur at 14.40 hrs. 

B.  The following suburban train services will be fully cancelled on 18th February, 2018. 

1.    MMC – Thiruvallur EMU local, scheduled to leave MMC at 09.30 hrs.
2.    Chennai Beach – Avadi EMU local, scheduled to leave Chennai Beach at 11.10 hrs.
3.    Chennai Beach – Thiruvallur EMU local, scheduled to leave Chennai Beach at 13.05 hrs.

1.    Thiruvallur – Chennai Beach EMU local, scheduled to leave Thiruvallur at 11.05 hrs.
2.    Avadi – Chennai Beach EMU local, scheduled to leave Avadi at 12.10 hrs.
3.    Thiruvallur – MMC EMU local, scheduled to leave Thiruvallur at 14.40 hrs. 

C.  The following suburban train services will be partially cancelled on 17th & 18th February, 2018. 

  • Velachery – PTMS EMU local, scheduled to leave Velachery at 12.55 hrs., will be partially cancelled between Velachery – Avadi.  The train will run from Avadi to PTMS only.
  • Thiruvallur – Chennai Beach EMU local, scheduled to leave Thiruvallur at 13.40 hrs., will be partially cancelled between Avadi – Chennai Beach.  The train will run from Thiruvallur to Avadi only.

D.  The following suburban train services will leave from MMC on 17th February, 2018.

1.    Velachery – Tiruttani EMU local, scheduled to leave Velachery at 11.20 hrs., will instead leave from MMC at 12.15 hrs.
2.    Velachery – Arakkonam EMU local, scheduled to leave Velachery at 13.35 hrs., will instead leave from MMC at 14.30 hrs.
3.    Velachery – Sulurpeta EMU local, scheduled to leave Velachery at 13.55 hrs., will instead leave from MMC at 14.45 hrs.

E.  The following suburban train services will leave from MMC on 18th February, 2018.

1.    Chennai Beach – Tiruttani EMU local, scheduled to leave Chennai Beach at 12.10 hrs., will instead leave from MMC at 12.15 hrs.
2.    Chennai Beach – Arakkonam EMU local, scheduled to leave Chennai Beach at 14.25 hrs., will instead leave from MMC at 14.30 hrs.
3.    Chennai Beach – Sulurpeta EMU local, scheduled to leave Chennai Beach at 14.40 hrs., will instead leave from MMC at 14.45 hrs.

F.  The following suburban train service will be diverted to MMC on 17th & 18th February, 2018.

  • Kadambattur – Chennai Beach / Velachery EMU local, scheduled to leave Kadambattur at 12.05 hrs., will be diverted to MMC. 

G.  Passenger special suburban train service from Avadi to PTMS. 

  • A passenger special suburban train service from Avadi to PTMS will leave Avadi at 14.20 hrs. and reach PTMS at 14.40 hrs.

CHANGES IN PATTERN OF SUBURBAN TRAIN SERVICES – IN CHENNAI – ARAKKONAM SECTION

Due to Line Block and Power Block to facilitate engineering works between Thiruvallur – Kadambattur in Chennai – Arakkonam section, changes will be made in the pattern of suburban train services on 16th & 17th February, 2018 as explained below.

A.  The following suburban train services will be dealt on fast line from Thiruvallur to Arakkonam and will not stop at Senji Panambakkam railway station. 

1.    MMC – Arakkonam EMU locals, scheduled to leave MMC at 08.20, 09.10 & 11.05 hrs.
2.    MMC – Tiruttani EMU locals, scheduled to leave MMC at 10.00 & 11.45 hrs.
3.    MMC – Kadambattur EMU local, scheduled to leave MMC at 12.00 hrs.

B.  The following suburban train services will be dealt on fast line from Thiruvalangadu to Thiruvallur and will not stop at Senji Panambakkam railway station. 

1.    Arakkonam – MMC EMU locals, scheduled to leave Arakkonam at 08.55, 10.50 & 12.00 hrs.
2.    Arakkonam – Avadi EMU local, scheduled to leave Arakkonam at 11.20 hrs.
3.    Tiruttani – Velachery EMU local, scheduled to leave Tiruttani at 08.50 hrs.
4.    Tiruttani – MMC EMU local, scheduled to leave Tiruttani at 09.40 hrs.
5.    Kadambattur – Velachery EMU local, scheduled to leave Kadambattur at 12.05 hrs.
6.    Kadambattur – MMC EMU local, scheduled to leave Kadambattur at 13.40 hrs.

CRIS empanels RPS Consulting as Training Organisation for conducting Trainings in the Core & Critical IT/ICT Technologies


NEW DELHI: Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) is the nodal agency under Ministry of Railways for providing Information Technology services to the Indian Railways (IR). CRIS designs, develops and implements IT systems covering different domains on diverse technologies. CRIS has strength of approximately 600 technical professionals working in multiple projects and on varied technologies. For effective job performance, CRIS felt the need for continuous upgradation and acquisition of knowledge, skills and abilities through Training and Development programs.

As part of this decision to meet the above milestone, CRIS had published an RFP for empanelment of a competent Training Organization for three years to provide Training to its Technical staff.

RPS Consulting Private Limited has been empaneled as one of the choicest Technology Trainings partner by the Centre for Railway Information Systems for a period of 3 years for delivery of trainings on various types of core and critical Information Technology areas for the technical staff of CRIS, based on the technical capabilities. As part of the empanelment, RPS shall render the technical trainings to CRIS staff on the course categories / sub categories including implementation of a Learning Management System (LMS) in CRIS.

RPS Consulting Pvt Ltd is one of the “Authorised & Certified” Technology Trainings and Learning & Development programs partner (ranks No.1 in terms of Ratings) with large Principle Brands (OEMs) like Cisco, Red Hat, Microsoft, Palo Alto, VMWare, Veeam, EMC, Symantec, Veritas, IBM, BMC, Hitachi, Citrix, F5, Infoblox, Check Point, CA, EC-Council, Salesforce.com, Axelos, APMG, CompTIA and many more.

With the finest of its kind Training Standards & Process Excellence, the experienced & benchmarked Trainers of RPS are credited for excellence in delivery of the training services with highly adaptable training delivery methodologies and with seamless planning and execution using various L&D Methods viz.Instructor Led Training (ILT), Live Virtual Classes (LVC), Onsite Training, Training on Demand, Blended Training and Webninars and Seminars.

RPS Consulting works on approx.. 35+ Principles (OEMs), with 30+ Certified Instructors and 650+ Technology Consultants/Trainers from 7+ Delivery Centres. RPS today serves more than 250+ Enterprise Class clients on more than 2600+ IT/ICT Technologies covering varied OEM Platforms, thus empowering the executives in periodical upgradation of their core IT/ICT Skills in different IT platforms.

RPS founders’ says “At the heart of our solutions is our unique talent development and delivery platform that drives success for many marque Fortune-500 and Enterprise-class customers making leading-edge, NextGen and niche technologies work for their businesses and enable them stay top in meeting their business challenges. 

Our marque customers include Indian Air Force (Information Warfare School), Bank of America, HP, IBM, Cognizant, Capgemini, Wipro, Wells Fargo, EMC, HCL, Accenture, AstraZeneca, Vodafone, Verizon, RedHat, Cerner, Mphasis, VMware, Fidelity, TCS, Infosys, ANZ, GE, TCL, Ericsson, HSBC, Societe Generale, CGI, Allstate, Intuit, Microland, Fujitsu, Unisys, GENPACT, L&T, iNautix, Govt.of Telangana State etc.

The Trainings comprises of Laboratory-orientation wherever required, and are Instructor led in the capacity of an authorized partner on principle Brand OEMs for each course from RPS Consulting.

IR lacks focus and pragmatism in PPP Ventures and will have to redo schemes: says Analysts

According to an analyst with a consultancy firm, while higher exposure to loans is not a problem per se if they can be serviced, IR lacks focus and pragmatism in PPP ventures and will have to redo schemes.

NEW DELHI: Indian Railways (IR) may be making all the right noises about public-private partnerships (PPPs) in railway projects (expert committees had pitched for broad-basing PPPs, having private train operators paying rentals to IR for track access, proposals which haven’t materialised), but the share of PPPs in extra-budgetary resources (EBR) has declined from 51% in 2016-17 to 33% in 2018-19 (budget estimate). This is even as EBRs have become the mainstay of railway capex over the last few years, as support from the central Budget stagnated. EBRs increased from 47% of capex in 2016-17 to 56% in 2018-19 (BE).

“The capex is happening through EBRs which are basically loans even as internal accruals are reducing over the years,” said a former railway official, on condition of anonymity.

Of EBR, loans mobilised through the Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC) and taken from financial institutions including Life Insurance Corporation of India and multilateral bodies like the World Bank are on the rise.

PPP investments for 2016-17 were Rs 26,834 crore; these are pegged at Rs 24,000 crore for 2017-18 (revised estimate) and projected to be Rs 27,000 crore in 2018-19. This means, say analysts, the government has almost given up on the plan to accelerate PPPs in railway projects.

Station redevelopment has been an area identified for massive PPP investments but a plan to award 400 station-projects to private operators has come a cropper as the Swiss challenge method for auction hasn’t attracted investors. Only four station redevelopment projects have been awarded thus far while an effort is on to sweeten the terms for investors.

According to an analyst with a consultancy firm, while higher exposure to loans is not a problem per se if they can be serviced, IR lacks focus and pragmatism in PPP ventures and will have to redo schemes. “If you look at the roads sector, the hybrid annuity model has done well and the toll-operate-transfer model is also expected to gain traction. In comparison, a lot of railway projects relating to capacity augmentation and station redevelopment did not take off,” said the analyst.

The DK Mittal committee which had submitted report in 2014 suggested PPP investments in core operational areas of the railways. All wagons could be owned by the private sector, it said, adding that passenger trains could be either fully owned by the private players or taken on lease basis from IR.

IR, it said, should cease to make direct investments in wagons, locomotives and passenger trains and let the private sector fund the rolling stock.

Currently, IRFC, which borrows for the railways, owns the rolling stock procured and receives lease rentals from the transporter. Under the PPP model envisaged, private companies as train operators can realise revenue as passenger fares and freight from users and share it with the the railways as track access charges. Whatever limited PPP investments that occurred relate mainly to port connectivity and logistics sectors.

A committee headed by NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy also advocated private participation in core railway projects given the infrastructure requirements will be going up at a time when gross budgetary support (GBS) is expected to remain a constraint. GBS went down from Rs 45,231 crore in 2016-17 to Rs 40,000 crore in the revised estimate for 2017-18 and is pegged at Rs 53,060 crore for 2018-19.

NTPC/Bongaigaon blames Railways for failure to provide sufficient Rakes to move Coal

Facing severe Coal Shortage, NTPC worried even as its third Bongaigaon Unit is ready!

BONGAIGAON: Facing coal shortage, NTPC worried even as its third Bongaigaon unit is ready. Dipankar Bose, Group General Manager of NTPC’s Bongaigaon operation, blames the Railways for the problem, saying the Railways have not been able to provide rakes to move more quantity of coal to NTPC’s Bongaigaon plant from the Central India Coalfields despite the latter having enough coal.

A severe shortage of coal, caused primarily due to non-availability of Railway rakes, has emerged as a major hurdle for the newly-established Bongaigaon Thermal Power Station (BTPS) of the public sector giant National Thermal Power Corporation’s (NTPC), especially with its third unit ready for commissioning.

“We have been facing a severe coal shortage for the past six months. While we require 5,500 metric tons of coal per day to run the existing two units, a stock for 15 to 20 days very much essential to cope up with any exigency, which we have not been able to build up despite our best efforts,” Dipankar Bose, Group General Manager of NTPC’s Bongaigaon operations told.

Bose blames the Railways for the problem, saying the railways have not been able to provide rakes to move more quantity of coal to NTPC’s Bongaigaon plant from the Central India Coalfields despite the latter having enough coal.

“We are entirely dependent on the Railways for our coal supply. The Railways have some problem in its Asansol-New Jalpaiguri-Bongaigaon route and has been unable to move even two rakes on an average per day,” Bose complained.

While the existing two BTPS units require 5,500 tons of coal per day, the daily requirement will shoot up to 8,000 tons once the third unit is commissioned. “With one rake containing 3,500 tons, we require a little less than two rakes now. But once our third unit becomes operational, we will not only need 8,000 tons per day, but also have to build up a larger stock for the monsoon and flood season,” he said.

The existing two units at BTPS produces 250 MW of power each, and once the third unit is commissioned, NTPC production in Bongaigaon will go up to 750 MW, Bose said. While the Bongaigaon Thermal Power Station (BTPS) was originally set up by Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) in the 1980s, it was handed over to the NTPS in 2006 after remaining shut for several years. The first unit of the entirely rebuilt BTPS was commissioned in May 2015.

Railway Board Chairman Aswani Lohani had last month said that the New Jalpaiguri-Bongaigaon and Bongaigaon-Guwahati sections being single-track, were running at about 160 per cent of its capacity because of increased traffic. Delay in track doubling works of the railway lines in Assam and the Northeast has remained a major bottleneck for the region.

New project in Assam

NTPC meanwhile is awaiting for a positive response from the Assam Power Generation Company Ltd (APGCL) on a detailed project report it had submitted for setting up a new 1600 MW coal-based power plant at Margherita in upper Assam. “The Assam government had approached us for a DPR for the 2×800 MW power plant proposed to be set up close to the Margherita coal fields. It has been almost a year now, and we are still waiting for a positive response,” Bose said.

Once given the go-ahead, NTPC would require 40 to 48 months to set up the 1600-MW power plant, which would immensely ease the power situation in Assam and the adjoining states, Bose said. “Since coal available in Coal India’s Margherita coalfields has high sulphur content, the proposed 1600-MW power plant will also require a sulphur separation unit with it,” Bose said.

NTPC Group General Manager Bose said the Bongaigaon power plant was also facing a new problem due to decreasing water-level of the Champamati river due to the construction of a hydro-electric project upstream. “While we have been drawing water from the Champamati for the past three years, the water-level has started receding upstream,” he said.

Bangalore Suburban Rail: Karnataka State Govt agrees to raise FAR for Railway Land

Karnataka ready to accept five floor area ratio demand!

BENGALURU: The State government is ready to concede to the demand by Railways for a Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of 5 that the Railways had demanded in return for funding 50% of the cost of the Rs 17,000-crore suburban network for the City.

Responding to Union Parliamentary Affairs and Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ananthkumar’s remark on the Railways seeking an increase in FAR from the existing 2.5 to 5, George announced, “In principle we agree.” FAR refers to the amount of usable floor area permitted for any building.

“Permitting a higher FAR allows the Railways to make more use of its existing land,” explained an official.

Urban Development Minister K J George called upon the Railways to enter into a 50:50 funding pattern to fund the 161-km suburban network. “The first phase is likely to cost Rs 1,800 crore. The Detailed Project Report is being readied. We will start the work at the earliest,” he said.

“The State has already released Rs 100 crore out of the Rs 350 crore required for the MEMU coaches,” he added.

Ananth Kumar called for the setting up of a Special Purpose Vehicle, B-RIDE for the suburban network on the lines of the Karnataka Rail Infrastructure Development Enterprise (KRIDE) for the State.

Chairman and Managing Director of BEML D K Hota said the concern was very keen on manufacturing the suburban coaches for the Railways. “We are pitching for it and can deliver it faster than others,” he said.

“BEML can manufacture 800 rail coaches a year. We can use our facilities at KGF and Palakkad too to ensure timely delivery,” he said.

“BEML presently manufacture 30 Metro coaches every month,” he added.

Villagers threaten to shut down N.F.Railway related work under Makhuam village area

IMPHAL: Villagers of Makhuam (Marangching) today threatened to ban and shut down Northeast Frontier Railway related work within the jurisdiction of Makhuam (Marangching) Village of Tamenglong district from the midnight of February 16, 2018 against the inaction to resolve the rehabilitation and compensation of the Makhuam (Marangching) Village, Tamenglong.

Speaking to the media persons at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul, Imphal, Guangchalung Gangmei, Secretary of Makhuam (Marangching) Village said that villagers of Makhuam (Marangching) Village which has been affected by the Trans Asian Railways has submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Manipur on December 10, 2017 to initiate action to the grievances to resolve the rehabilitation and compensation matter of the Makhuam (Marangching) Village however no positive response has been received till date.

With strong condemnation for non-action from the government side despite the submission of memorandum, the villagers took the decision to completely ban the railway works from the midnight of February 16, 2018, he added.

Guangchalung Gangmei also said that the villagers had urged the Chief Minister to recover the compensation amount illegally siphoned by Thaunkulung Gangmei and Kh Lovejoy who had clamied individual ownership over the major portion of lands which legally belongs to Makhuam (Marangching) Village acquired for construction of NF Railway Board Gauge and the illegal withdrawal of the compensation amount due to illegal acts of Armstrong Pamei, Deputy Commissioner of Tamenglong based on nullified copy of the court orders and fabricated documents but their demands are not made till date.

Since the villagers had suffered enough, their demands to the government of Manipur is take full responsibility to recover the compensation amount made to Thaunkulung Gangmei and Kh Lovejoy by setting up a committee consisting of a senior officer not below the rank of Chief Secretary or Additional Chief Secretary, Guangchalung Gangmei added.

Guangchalung Gangmei further said that the government should also take necessary legal action against Armstrong Pamei, Deputy Commissioner of Tamenglong and his subordinate officials involved for causing the siphoning and the loss of public exchequer more than 36 crores including the authority of United Bank of India for allowing the withdrawal of amounts despite the persisting controversy and timely notification on illegal and fraudulent attempts by Thaunkulung Gangmei and Kh Lovejoy for the withdrawel.

Failure to fulfil their demands, villagers of Makhuam (Marangching) Village will imposed total shutdown NF Railway related work within the jurisdiction of Makhuam (Marangching) Village of Tamenglong to Imphal from the midnight of February 16, 2018 and appeals the railways authorities to stop the railway works till the matter is amicably resolved in accordance with the demands of the villagers.

State government and the railway authorities and companies should hold responsible for any untoward incidents, Guangchalung Gangmei asserts.

Mention may be that vehicles were burn down on December of 2017 for failing to meet their demands made in the memorandum by the villagers.

52 RoBs under construction at Railway level crossings in Telangana

In all, proposals have been prepared for construction of RoBs at 460 railway level crossings identified in the State. The Railways Ministry has approved construction of 52 RoBs in the current fiscal and construction of 16 RoBs was nearing completion.

HYDERABAD: Construction of 52 Road-over-Bridges (RoBs) at railway level crossings will be taken up in Telangana this year. Though the Indian Railways and the State government will equally share the estimated cost of Rs 2,700 crore for construction of these RoBs, the Roads and Buildings Department has been entrusted with the construction works besides taking up development of approach roads on both sides of railway tracks.

In a meeting chaired by Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao at Jala Soudha here on Wednesday, Roads and Buildings Minister Tummala Nageshwar Rao, Transport Minister P Mahender Reddy, Principal Secretary Sameer Sharma, South Central Railway General Manager Vinod Yadav and others participated to review progress of construction of RoBs.

The officials said the RoBs were aimed at reducing accidents and also streamlining traffic near railway level crossings.

In all, proposals have been prepared for construction of RoBs at 460 railway level crossings identified in the State. The Railways Ministry has approved construction of 52 RoBs in the current fiscal and construction of 16 RoBs was nearing completion. The Ministers instructed the Collectors to expedite land acquisition for construction of RoBs and expansion of approach roads to the RoBs.

Nageshwar Rao requested the railway authorities to allocate necessary funds for restoration of old RoBs considering the increasing vehicular movement at various railway level crossings.

He also urged allocation of funds for expansion or construction of four-lane RoBs at level crossings where four-lane roads were being developed.

Railway officials said laying of Medak-Akkampalli railway line would be completed by the end of 2018. They also said proposals for construction of a railway terminal at Miyapur-Patancheru stretch on the outskirts of Hyderabad were under examination, while second phase works of MMTS in Hyderabad city would be completed by the end of December this year.

Bibek Debroy red-flags Indian Railways Electrification plan: Rethink

NEW DELHI: Economist Bibek Debroy, chairman of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, has struck a note of caution on government plans for electrification of the entire network of Indian Railways and replacement of its diesel fleet. He has said it requires “strategic rethink”, and that there is limited clarity on returns on an estimated capital investment of Rs 1 lakh crore in the exercise.

“Hence it is strongly suggested that the government take a step back at this stage and get this issue examined by expert group in a comprehensive manner,” Debroy has said in a detailed analysis ‘Mission 100% Railway Electrification: Need for a strategic re-think?’, which has reached Rail Bhavan from the Prime Minister’s Office for examination.

“Future course of action, in terms of speed of execution and levels of electrification envisaged, should be guided by findings of this study. A time of five to six months should be given for this study,” the paper states.

Reached for comment, Debroy declined: “I would not like to comment on it.”

The Railways’ total electrification drive and talk of phasing out diesel completely stem from a Power ministry policy proposal — Piyush Goyal was Power minister then — two years ago, pushing 100 per cent conversion to electric traction. Electrification of unelectrified routes in railways still remains the key policy initiative of the government, which even found mention in this year’s Union Budget. The central thrust of the policy is on monetary gains to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore per annum to Railways in savings on fuel bills — Debroy’s paper questions this and calls for further examination.

The detailed note has quoted government data as well as reports commissioned by governments in the past to ascertain the feasibility of electrification and views from “stakeholders” to get a comprehensive picture.

Till the time that the suggested study takes and the Railways finally decides on a traction policy, ongoing electrification process should not be slowed down because electrification levels in India are still sub-optimal, Debroy’s note suggests — with a caveat.

“However, since Indian Railways has access to limited funds, it may take a judicious call on whether electrification needs substantial hike in funding immediately or it is better off in putting money into avenues which need priority investments (safety works, network decongestion, expansion works, modernisation etc),” the paper states.

Analysing arguments for and against electrification recorded in reports in the past and putting in context the available financial numbers, the paper leans towards continuing a dual traction policy of electric and diesel, which is what the Railways has.

Presenting data of railway systems from other countries, the analysis has taken note that China, Russia and Europe have between 33 and 43 per cent diesel traction in their railways. In North America and Latin America, 99 per cent of the trains run on diesel. In India, it is 50 per cent. Globally, the railway systems (India included) have a mix of traction wherein 45 per cent locomotives are run on electric while the majority are on diesel.

“It is also suggested that Indian Railways puts in place a rolling stock strategy,” the paper states.

The future traction strategy, according to the paper, should consider aspects like gradual phase-out path of less efficient and lower horse power diesel and electric locomotives with modern state-of-the-art products; impact of train sets on future requirement of diesel and electric locomotives in passenger business, etc.

The analysis estimates that the capital cost of electrification of around 40,000 km of lines, replacing around 5,000 diesel engines with electric ones together, would be around Rs 1 lakh crore when taken together with depreciation cost and the debt service obligation over the next four-five years — funds for which Railways would have to tap market sources.

In terms of financial feasibility of total electrification, the paper puts forth arguments that question the official calculation that conversion to a total electric fleet will save the Railways Rs 10,000 crore on fuel bills annually.

“If one considers the fact that taxes (State and Union combined) account for more than 50 per cent of diesel cost, the net savings to the government look more reasonably be around INR 5,000 crore per annum instead of Rs 10,000 crore,” it says, adding, “Information in public domain shows that diesel and electric traction have similar levels of operating cost (per unit).”

The paper from Debroy also rues the fact that there is lack of any credible study that “detail the financial computation for the mission electrification.”

To present arguments on utility of having two kinds of fuel systems, the paper touches upon the rationale of strategic flexibility that diesel engines offer, especially in cases of crisis, disasters, war etc.

“Any rethink on the need, viability, appropriateness or the implementation speed in the mid-term would be difficult and costly,” the note says, adding, “Considering the size, scale and strategic implications of this decision, it is therefore crucial to take a step back and examine carefully the pros and cons of this mission. At the least, the major concerns should be examined dispassionately to ensure that the path towards mission electrification is based on a firm foundation.”

Install emergency buttons in trains for women’s safety, Railways told

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has asked the Ministry of Railways to ensure installation of emergency button in trains and in the washrooms to provide better safety to women passengers during travelling.  The WCD also wants the Railways to provide berths or seats to a woman travelling alone, close to other female passengers. A woman could exercise this option while booking her ticket.

In a letter to Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, WCD Minister Maneka Sanjay Gandhi has suggested some measures, including display of women helpline numbers in coaches, stations and on tickets. “Women helpline number (toll free helpline number 182 and All India helpline 138) are in use at a few places. However, women are sometimes unaware of such a helpline,” the letter said.

It added that railways should advertise these numbers through stickers in compartments and on stations.

“Unfortunately, trains and railway premises are vulnerable areas for women and cases of sexual assault, molestation keep getting reported, “Menaka said in the letter.

The Central Railway had introduced panic buttons system in women’s coaches of a suburban train two years ago, but it was withdrawn after rampant misusing of the panic buttons.

The WCD Minister said the connectivity to helpline numbers during travel is also an issue. “Railways may improve connectivity in no signal zones or take up the issue with telecom operators for providing shared networks for calling helpline numbers under emergency or SOS call provisions,” she said.

The Minister advised that Railways should consider employing more women not only in RPF but also in other jobs. “Thirty three per cent reservation for women may be ensured at all levels of jobs in railways and at least in RPF”, the letter said.

The WCD Ministry has also suggested that CCTV cameras should be installed in all the trains and their working must be ensured.

Jabalpur-Coimbatore spl train service extended

JABALPUR: The railways have decided to extend the periodicity of train No 02198 / 02197 Jabalpur-Coimbatore-Jabalpur Special (Weekly) and provide one additional stoppage at Kundapura (KUDA) station to clear the extra rush of passengers in coordination with West Central Railway.

According to a release, the train timetable during non-monsoon (April 7 to June 9) will be as follows: Train No 02198 Jabalpur – Coimbatore Special (Weekly) will leave from Jabalpur at 11:00 hrs on every Saturday and reach Coimbatore at 03:40 hrs on the third day.

Train No 02197 Coimbatore – Jabalpur Special (Weekly) will leave from Coimbatore at 19:05 hrs on every Monday and reach Jabalpur at 10: 20 hrs on the third day.

Similarly, during monsoon (from June 10 to July 2) – Train No 02198 Jabalpur-Coimbatore Special (Weekly) will leave from Jabalpur at 11:00 hrs on every Saturday and reach Coimbatore at 05:00 hrs on the third day.

Train No 02197 Coimbatore – Jabalpur Special (Weekly) will leave from Coimbatore at 19:00 hrs on every Monday and reach Jabalpur at 12:45 hrs on the third day.

Train will halt at Narsinghpur, Gadarwara, Pipariya, Itarsi, Harda, Khandwa, Bhusaval, Manmad, Igatpuri, Panvel, Roha, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Kudal, Thivim, Madgaon, Karwar, Kumta, Mookambika Road Byndoor, Kundapura, Udupi, Mulki, Mangalore Jn, Kasaragod, Kanhangad, Payyanur, Kannur, Thalasaery, Vadakara, Kozhikkode, Tirur, Soranur Jn. and Palghat stations.

India’s fastest train Gatimaan to slow down from 160 to 130 kmph on extended route

NEW DELHI: India’s fastest train, Gatimaan Express, which runs at a speed of 160 kmph, will slow down to 130 kmph after it is extended to Gwalior and Jhansi, according to senior railways officials. Railway ministry officials say the Railway Board has taken a decision to extend the route of Gatimaan Express – which runs between Delhi and Agra at a speed of 160 kmph – to Gwalior and then to Jhansi. On the new stretch, the train will run at a speed of 130 kmph and not at its original speed. “The Agra-Gwalior-Jhansi route is fit for only 130 kmph only, so the train has to run at that speed,” officials said. The train’s extended run, expected to begin any day now, however, is stuck as the board is still contemplating the fare structure, ministry sources indicate.

The difference in speed limits is making their task difficult. At present, the fare for travelling in an executive class is Rs 1,505 and a booking for AC chair car costs Rs 755 between Delhi and Agra. The board now faces two options: either to reduce the ticket fare in lieu of the reduced speed on Agra-Gwalior-Jhansi stretch or stick with the structure for the better amenities it provides.

Gatimaan Express is equipped with modern amenities including bio-toilets, fire alarms, GPS-based passenger information system, automatic sliding doors and free Wi-Fi Internet service. Officials say the decision to extend the train’s run was taken because it reaches Agra in the morning and then it is stationed there all day. Now, it will make its way to Jhansi.

Bangalore Metro gets 3 Intermediate Car Units from BEML

BEML hands over first intermediate car unit to BMRCL; all 150 coaches to be delivered by June 2019

BANGALORE: Bangalore Metro got its first set of three intermediate car units from by public sector undertaking Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML) in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Bangalore Metro at present runs three car train sets.

Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) Managing Director Mahendra Jain said the Bangalore Metro is committed to integrating the new car sets to the existing trains as early as possible.

BEML is expected to hand over all the 150 cars by June 2019.

“Metro has become very popular now. Our ridership has reached four lakh per day. Please give us all 150 coaches by June 2019. We will try and integrate the new set of coaches into the existing trains soon so that it can be dedicated to the public,” he said.

Jain also said an exclusive coach for women would be introduced shortly.

“The first coach of every train will be reserved for women after the integration. But on an experimental basis we will allow women to enter the first two entrances and then the others from March 1,” he said.

Bengaluru Development Minister K. J. George said the number of people travelling by Bangalore Metro on its 45 km of Phase I had increased manifold.

He also said the BMRCL had to earlier import metro coaches from abroad earlier, but now it was being manufactured locally by PSU BEML.

George also said work on the extension of the metro was happening at a rapid pace in places such as Kanakapura Road, Kengeri and Whitefield and the inconvenience caused due to it would be unavoidable.

About the suburban rail project, he said there was a delay in getting coaches from the Railways and the task could be handed over to BEML as it had the capacity, which could reduce the delay.

“It would be good if the Centre also pitches in 50-50 for land acquisition,” he said.

Bengaluru Central MP P. C. Mohan said with clearance coming for the suburban rail project for the city, Bengaluru’s roads could be decongested by up to 25% by easing the roads from traffic along with the metro.

Six-coach metro trains in two months

Hopes of travelling in a less crowded Namma Metro train could soon be a reality. With BEML Ltd. handing over the first intermediate car unit to Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) here on Wednesday, the rail corporation said six-coach trains would be put to public use in about two months.

BEML is expected to hand over all the 150 cars to the BMRCL by June 2019, which will result in six-car trains. This is expected to double the passenger-carrying capacity as metro trains at present have three cars.

The first set of three cars handed over on Wednesday was for the east-west Purple Line that runs between Baiyappanahalli and Mysuru Road.

Bengaluru Development Minister K.J. George said the new cars would have to undergo security checks first. “Namma Metro has become popular now with the ridership reaching around four lakh a day. But the coaches have to go through security checks before being dedicated to the public, which could take a month or two. Once the first set of cars get clearance, the remaining ones will be integrated faster,” he said.

BMRCL’s managing director Mahendra Jain said BEML would hand over six cars a month from June, and nine to twelve cars a month from September. “By June 2019, all the 150 cars will be handed over to us,” he said.

D.K. Hota, CMD, BEML, said the PSU was committed to de-congesting Bengaluru. “BEML has 47% of the market share in metro coaches. We would be happy if greater reliance is placed on us. BEML has the capacity to make 30 cars a month as we have three lines (one line can accommodate three cars),” he said.

Mr. Hota also said the cost of manufacturing the cars had come down. “It has come down by at least 15 to 20%. When the cars were delivered the first time, one coach cost ₹11.5 crore. Today, it has come down to ₹8.9 crore,” he said.

Union Minister Ananth Kumar assured BEML that disinvestment of the PSU would not be allowed. He said the HAL airport should not be allowed to remain as it is, keeping in mind the fact that Bengaluru is the aerospace hub.

“It should be made the maintenance, repair and overhauling centre of the country,” he said.

First two entrances for women from March 1

After promising that the first of the six-coach trains will be reserved for women, BMRCL’s managing director Mahendra Jain said until the new coaches are integrated into the existing three-coach trains, they will experiment with prioritising entry and exit of women in the first two entrances of trains from March 1.

“The first coach of every train will be reserved for women after the integration. But on an experimental basis, from March 1, we will first allow women to enter the two entrances, and then let in the others,” he said.

Suburban rail coaches from BEML?

Another ambitious mass transport project — suburban rail — found its way into the discussion on Wednesday.

Bengaluru Development Minister K.J. George said there was a delay in getting coaches from the Railways and suggested that the task could be handed over to BEML as it had the capacity, thereby bringing the project closer to reality sooner. “It would be good if the Centre also shares the cost of land acquisition with the State government,” he added.

D.K. Hota, CMD, BEML, said the PSU would be able to fulfil the demand as it could manufacture up to 800 railway coaches in a year at its plants in Kolar, Bengaluru, and Palakkad.

Railway Minister exhorts job aspirants to apply for 1 lakh Railways Jobs

NEW DELHI: Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday exhorted job aspirants to apply for more than one lakh vacancies in the railways.

In a tweet, Goyal said, “More than one lakh job openings are available, visit Railway Recruitment Board website and apply.”

These vacancies are in Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Bilaspur, Chandigarh, Chennai, Gorakhpur, Guwahati, Jammu, Kolkata, Malda, Mumbai, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Ranchi, Secunderabad, Siliguri, and Trivendrum.

Out of these one lakh vacancies, 62,907 are Group- D posts.

“Opportunities for the youth in the Railways: For the 62, 907 posts of Group-D, the Railways have started recruitment process for the high school and ITI pass-outs,” Goyal tweeted.

He added that the eligible candidates can apply for these posts. The last date for application is March 12, 2018.

Railways targets Training of 30,000 Apprentices in its 16 Zonal Units and 7 Production Units

NEW DELHI: As part of Skill India initiative, Ministry of Railways has been contributing in a big way to provide training to Apprentices in various disciplines training in categories like Fitter, Turner, Machinist, Welder, Painter, Carpenter, Electrician, Refrigerator and AC Mechanic, Mechanic (Motor Vehicle/Diesel) etc., since long.  Ministry of Railways has kept a target of training of 30 thousand Apprentices in its 16 Zonal Units and 7 Production Units.

For the year 2017-18, about 26,000 training slots for Apprenticeship training have been notified.  This is in addition to over 4000 persons already undergoing training in various establishments.  An Employment Notification has been issued earlier in the week for recruitment of 62,907 staff in Level 1 pay scale and out of these, apprentices trained in Railway establishments will be given preference to the tune of over 12,000 vacancies which is in line with the recent amendments made in the Apprentices Act, 1961

 With a large set up of Workshops and Production Units, Indian Railways has been in the forefront of implementation of the Apprentices Act, 1961.  Railway Workshops have been imparting Apprentices. A large number of Apprentices were turned out from these Workshops and Production Units every year who were certified and granted the NCVT (National Council for Vocational Training) Certificate, making them employable for jobs in industry as well as for posts in Railways.  In this way, the Indian Railways is contributing to Skill India.

Railway recognizes that skill development of the labour force is an important component of development of Human Resources.  It is crucial for the industrial development of the country.  Skill training imparted through formal institutions alone is not sufficient to make the labour force fully skilled.  This needs to be supplemented by training in the actual work place.

Apprentices’ Training consists of Basic Training and On-the-Job Training/Practical Training at workplace.  Basic training is an essential component of apprenticeship training for those who have not undergone any institutional training/skill before taking up on-the-job training/practical training.  It counts for 20-30% of overall duration of Apprenticeship Training.  The component of on-the-job training is performed and undertaken in the establishment itself.

Elphinstone Stampede: WR approach RCT for formation of Special Bench and to expedite Settlement of Claims

MUMBAI: Western Railway has ensured suitable steps to expedite settlement of claims by the families of Elphinstone Road stampede victims. In this regard, necessary request has also been made to Railway Board to further request Hon’ble Chairman of Railway Claims Tribunals Principle Bench for formation of the Special Bench to facilitate expeditious settlement of claims pertaining to the this unfortunate incident.

According to a WR press release issued by Shri Ravinder Bhakar, Chief Public Relations officer of Western Railway, Railway Board has also been requested for necessary intervention of Railway Board and direction for an early settlement of compensation to the affected families of injured and diseased persons through Railway Claims Tribunal. It is worth mentioning that Western Railway had also organized a guidance camp for relatives/victims of the above incident from 9th Oct, 2017 to 11th Oct, 2017.

Besides this Commercial Inspectors and Law Assistants were also deployed to visit the residences of victims and to explain to them about their right of claiming compensation for death/injury as the case may be and they were suitably explained the procedure of claiming compensation from Tribunal. The copy of prescribed form was also distributed to the family of each victim. Similarly, on special request, Divisional Railway Manager of Mumbai Central Division, Chief Security Commissioner/Churchgate and Commissioner of Police expedited the process of the investigation report which is required for adjudication and is a statutory requirement of Railway Claims Tribunal.

In this unfortunate incident of stampede, 23 victims have lost their lives, 5 persons were grievously injured and 33 persons have suffered simple injury. As per the announcement of Hon’ble Minister of Railways, an enhanced Ex – gratia of Rs. 5,00,000/- to the next of kin of each deceased, Rs. 1,00,000/- to each of the person who sustained grievous injury and Rs. 50,000/- to each of the person who sustained simple injury, have already been disbursed by Western Railway with details as below:

Type No. of cases No. of cases paid Paid @ Rs Total Amount paid Pending cases
Simple Injury 33 32 50,000 16,00,000 1**
Grievous Injury 5 5 1,00,000 5,00,000 0
Death 23 23 5,00,000 1,15,00,000 0
Grand Total 1,36,00,000 1

** (Left Hospital on his own without taking discharge, contact details not available.)

पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा एलफिंस्टन रोड हादसे में प्रभावित परिवारों के दावों के शीघ्र निपटारे के लिए स्पेशल बेंच के गठन का अनुरोध

पश्चिम रेलवे ने एलफिंस्टन रोड स्टेशन पर 29 सितम्बर, 2017 को घटे दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण हादसे में प्रभावित व्यक्तियों के परिवारजनों द्वारा किये गये दावों के शीघ्र निपटारे के लिए विभिन्न स्तरों पर हरसम्भव प्रयास सुनिश्चित किये हैं। इस सम्बंध में रेलवे बोर्ड से अनुरोध किया गया है कि इस दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण घटना से सम्बंधित दावों के तेज़ी से निपटारे को सुनिश्चित करने हेतु स्पेशल बेंच का गठन करने के लिए रेल दावा अधिकरण की प्रधान बेंच के माननीय चेयरमैन से आग्रह किया जाये।

पश्चिम रेलवे के मुख्य जनसम्पर्क अधिकारी श्री रविंद्र भाकर द्वारा प्रेस विज्ञप्ति के अनुसार रेलवे बोर्ड से इस सम्बंध में आवश्यक हस्तक्षेप करने तथा इस दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण हादसे में घायल एवं मृतक व्यक्तियों के प्रभावित परिवारों के दावों के जल्दी निस्तारण में रेल दावा अधिकरण को समुचित निर्देश देने का आग्रह किया गया है। उल्लेखनीय है कि पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा 9 अक्टूबर से 11 अक्टूबर, 2017 तक इस हादसे में प्रभावित व्यक्तियों/परिवारजनों के लिए एक गाइडेंस कैम्प का आयोजन भी किया गया था। इसके अतिरिक्त पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा अपने वाणिज्य निरीक्षकों एवं विधि सहायकों को प्रभावितों के घरों पर भेजा गया था, जिन्होंने रेल दावा अधिकरण में क्षतिपूर्ति के दावे की प्रक्रिया और मृतकों/घायलों की स्थिति के अनुसार क्षतिपूर्ति का दावा करने के अधिकार के बारे में सभी को सही ढंग से विस्तारपूर्वक समझाया।

प्रभावितों के परिवारों को इस क्षतिपूर्ति दावे के लिए निर्धारित फॉर्म की प्रतिलिपियाँ भी वितरित की गईं। इसी प्रकार विशेष अनुरोध पर पश्चिम रेलवे के मुंबई मंडल के मंडल रेल प्रबंधक, प्रमुख सुरक्षा आयुक्त/चर्चगेट तथा मुंबई के पुलिस कमिश्नर कार्यालयों द्वारा अनुसंधान रिपोर्ट की प्रक्रिया को तेज़ी से पूरा किया गया, जो न्यायिक स्तर पर निर्णय लेने एवं रेल दावा अधिकरण की इस सम्बंध में प्रशासनिक आवश्यकताओं की पूर्ति के लिए बहुत ज़रूरी है। इस दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण घटना में 23 व्यक्तियों ने अपनी जान गंवाई, 5 व्यक्ति गम्भीर रूप से घायल हुए तथा 33 व्यक्तियों को सामान्य चोटें आई थीं। माननीय रेल मंत्री द्वारा की गई घोषणा के अनुसार प्रत्येक मृतक के करीबी सम्बंधी को 5 लाख रु., गम्भीर रूप से घायल प्रत्येक व्यक्ति को 1 लाख रु. तथा सामान्य रूप से घायल प्रत्येक व्यक्ति को 50 हज़ार रु. की विशेष तौर पर बढ़ाई गई अनुग्रह राशि पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा काफी पहले निम्नानुसार वितरित की जा चुकी हैः-

मामले का प्रकार मामलों की कुल संख्या भुगतान किये गये मामलों की संख्या भुगतान राशि कुल भुगतान राशि लम्बित मामले
सामान्य रूप से घायल 33 32 50,000 16,00,000 1**
गम्भीर रूप से घायल 5 5 1,00,000 5,00,000 0
मृतक 23 23 5,00,000 1,15,00,000 0
कुल योग 1,36,00,000 1

** (यह व्यक्ति बिना डिस्चार्ज लिये अपनी मर्जी से अस्पताल से चला गया, जिसका सम्पर्क विवरण उपलब्ध नहीं है।)

Chairman/Railway Board visits Jamalpur Workshop, address Probationers at IRIMEE, inspects Railway Stations

श्री अश्विनी लोहानी, चेयरमैन, रेलवे बोर्ड द्वारा जमालपुर स्टेशन और जमालपुर वर्कशॉप का निरीक्षण, इरिमी के वार्षिकोत्‍सव में किया प्रशिक्षु इंजीनियरों को संबोधित
Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board flagging off a new Goods Rake at ER’s Jamalpur Workshop in presence of Harindra Rao, GM.

HAJIPUR: Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board (CRB) inspected Eastern Railway’s Jamalpur station and Jamalpur Workshop today along with Harindra Rao, General Manager, Eastern Railway.

Lohani along with Ravindra Gupta, Member (Rolling Stock), Railway Board thoroughly inspected all the wings of Jamalpur Workshop and enquired about the quality output. Chief Workshop Manager, Jamalpur and other officers of the workshop apprised Chairman, Railway Board about the progress and good work done by Eastern Railway’s Jamalpur Workshop.

Ashwani Lohani, Chairman/Railway Board addressing IRIMEE Annual Day celebration as the Chief Guest.

Lohani also visited the Indian Railway Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering (IRIMEE) at Jamalpur and joined the Annual Day celebration at IRIMEE as the Chief Guest. Addressing on the occasion, the Chairman, Railway Board, Lohani encouraged the trainee engineers & probationers at IRIMEE to become the most efficient engineers in Railways. CRB also handed over prizes & certificates to the probationers & trainee engineers for their outstanding performance.

Ashwani Lohani, Chairman/Railway Board talking with the trainee engineers while visiting IRIMEE

General Manager, Eastern Railway and Chief Workshop Manager and Director IRIMEE accompanied CRB during his visit to IRIMEE. Ashwani Lohani, Chairman , Railway Board addressed on the occasion of Annual Day’ celebration of Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering (IRIMEE) at Jamalpur today.

Ashwani Lohani, Chairman/Railway Board inspecting ER’s Jamalpur Workshop , today, in presence of Shri Harindra Rao, General Manager

Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board (CRB) flagged off a new goods rake at Jamalpur Workshop in presence of Ravindra Gupta, Member (Rolling Stock), Railway Board, Harindra Rao, General Manager, Eastern Railway and A.K. Pandey, Chief Workshop Manager, Jamalpur.

Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board (CRB) and Ravindra Gupta, Member (Rolling Stock), Railway Board inspected Jamalpur Workshop today in presence of Harindra Rao, General Manager, Eastern Railway and A.K. Pandey, Chief Workshop Manager, Jamalpur.

Ashwani Lohani, Chairman Railway Board inspecting ER’s Jamalpur Station this morning along with Harindra Rao, General Manager
श्री अश्विनी लोहानी, चेयरमैन, रेलवे बोर्ड द्वारा जमालपुर स्टेशन और जमालपुर वर्कशॉप का निरीक्षण, इरिमी के वार्षिकोत्‍सव में किया प्रशिक्षु इंजीनियरों को संबोधित

हाजीपुर: आज दिनांक 14.02.2018 को रेलवे बोर्ड के चेयरमैन श्री अश्विनी लोहानी ने जमालपुर स्टेशन और जमालपुर कार्यशाला का निरीक्षण किया. इस अवसर पर श्री रवींद्र गुप्ता, सदस्य/रोलिंग स्टॉक, रेलवे बोर्ड एवं पूर्व रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक श्री हरिन्द्र राव भी उपस्थित थे.

श्री लोहानी ने जमालपुर वर्कशॉप की सभी शाखाओं का गहन निरीक्षण किया एवं गुणवत्ता संबंधी जानकारी ली । इस अवसर पर श्री ए.के.पाण्‍डेय, मुख्य वर्कशॉप प्रबंधक ने जमालपुर वर्कशॉप की प्रगति एवं किये गये उल्‍लेखनीय कार्यों से श्री लोहानी को अवगत कराया.

श्री लोहानी ने जमालपुर में भारतीय रेलवे इंस्टीट्यूट ऑफ मैकेनिकल एंड इलेक्ट्रिकल इंजीनियरिंग (IRIMEE) का भी दौरा किया और मुख्य अतिथि के रूप में इरिमी के वार्षिकोत्‍सव समारोह में शामिल हुए । अपने संबोधन में श्री लोहानी ने प्रशिक्षु इंजीनियरों और परिवीक्षार्थियों को रेलवे के सबसे कुशल इंजीनियर बनने के लिए प्रोत्साहित किया। इस अवसर पर श्री लोहानी द्वारा उत्कृष्ट प्रदर्शन करने वाले परिवीक्षाधीन और प्रशिक्षु इंजीनियरों को पुरस्कार और प्रमाण पत्र भी प्रदान किया गया.

इसके साथ ही रेलवे बोर्ड के अध्यक्ष श्री अश्वनी लोहानी द्वारा रेलवे बोर्ड के सदस्य (रॉलिंग स्टॉक) श्री रविंद्र गुप्ता, पूर्व रेलवे के महाप्रबंधक श्री हरिंद्र राव एवं मुख्‍य वर्कशॉप मैनेजर, जमालपुर श्री ए.के.पाण्डेय की उपस्थिती में जमालपुर वर्कशॉप में एक नये गुड्स रैक को हरी झंडी दिखायी गयी.

GM/SR called on Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu

CHENNAI: Shri R.K. Kulshrestha, General Manager, Southern Railway called on Smt. Girija Vaidhyanathan, Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu Government today (14.02.2018).

During the meeting, General Manager, Southern Railway updated the Chief Secretary regarding the various development works progressing over Southern Railway.  He also sought the State Government’s support to speed up the various projects and works being undertaken in Tamil Nadu. 

The General Manager was accompanied by Shri L. Sudhakar Rao, Chief Administrative Officer / Construction and Shri S. Ramasubbu, Principal Chief Electrical Engineer.

GPT Infraprojects secures Order worth Rs.129 Crore from Eastern Railway

Company gains 2.84% to Rs.197.30 at 12:45 Hrs on Bombay Stock Exchange after the Company declared winning of the Work Order valued Rs.129 Crores from Eastern Railway.

Company’s Founders & Board of Directors

KOLKATA: GPT Infraprojects has bagged an order worth Rs 129 crore from Eastern Railways. The company has currently has orders in hand worth Rs 2089 crore including cumulative order inflow of Rs 673 crore in the current financial year.

GPT Infraprojects gained 2.84% to Rs 197.30 at 12:45 IST on BSE after the company said that it has bagged an order valued Rs 129 crore from Eastern Railway.

The announcement was made during market hours today, 14 February 2018.

Meanwhile, the S&P BSE Sensex was down 39.50 points or 0.12% at 34,260.97. The S&P BSE Small-Cap index was up 124.95 points or 0.68% at 18,588.33.

On the BSE, 2,567 shares were traded on the counter so far as against the average daily volumes of 52,281 shares in the past one quarter. The stock had hit a high of Rs 203.90 and a low of Rs 188.25 so far during the day. The stock had hit a record high of Rs 247.25 on 16 January 2018.
The stock had hit a 52-week low of Rs 101.30 on 2 March 2017.

The stock had underperformed the market over the past 30 days till 12 February 2018, falling 11.96% compared with 0.84% fall in the Sensex. The scrip, however, outperformed the market in past one quarter, gaining 17.7% as against Sensex’s 4.12% rise. The scrip also outperformed the market in past one year, advancing 56.04% as against Sensex’s 20.98% rise.

The small-cap company has equity capital of Rs 29.09 crore. Face value per share is Rs 10.

GPT Infraprojects said that it has bagged an order valued Rs 129 crore from Eastern Railway for construction of new rail bridge in West Bengal. The contract completion period is 24 months. The company has current orders in hand of nearly Rs 2089 crore including cumulative order inflow of Rs 673 crore in the current financial year.

GPT Infraprojects’ consolidated net profit jumped 91.61% to Rs 6.17 crore on 10.79% rise in total income to Rs 118.66 crore in Q3 December 2017 over Q3 December 2016.

GPT Infraprojects is an infrastructure company engaged in the execution of civil and infrastructure projects and manufacture of concrete sleeper for Railways.

About GPT Infraprojects

GPT Infraprojects Limited, the flagship company of the GPT Group is a premier Infrastructure company based out of Kolkata, India engaged in the execution of civil and infrastructure projects and manufacture of concrete sleeper for Railways. The entity has strong project execution capabilities, a healthy financial base, and enviable growth prospects across all areas of operation.

The shares of the Company are listed on National Stock Exchange of India Limited and BSE Limited.

The manufacturing units of the company are located at Panagarh (Dist Burdwan, West Bengal, India), Ladysmith (KZN, South Africa) and Tsumeb (Namibia).

The Company is an ISO 9001:2000 certified organization. The Panagarh unit of the Company is approved by Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO), Ministry of Railways, India.

Mobile Ticketing through UTS App crosses One Million Trips in a Month for the first time in Chennai Division

CHENNAI: Southern Railway’s Chennai Division has been catering to the demands of short distance commuters by operating over 700 services daily.

The dedicated suburban corridor covers 90 stations in Chennai and its vicinity. There is a noteworthy increase in the number of passengers using train services during January 2018 and there is a 36% growth in the number of passengers who book tickets through UTS mobile App. Using this app, a person can book suburban tickets including season tickets using Net enabled Android/Windows phone.

The UTS on Mobile tickets was launched in January 2015. Mobile UTS paperless ticketing was launched in April 2015 over the Chennai Egmore – Tambaram Suburban section. This was later extended to the entire suburban section in June 2015. Then this facility was extended to Season Tickets also. Later, Geo-fencing (for paperless tickets) were extended upto Tirumalpur, Tiruttani, and Sulurpettah during December 2016. Paper ticket though mobile app extended to non-suburban stations (non-geo fenced area) also from December 2016.

After UTS on Mobile was introduced in 2015, during the month of May 2015, the total number of passengers using UTS on Mobile were 9732. Today, the total number of passengers using UTS on Mobile has crossed 1 Million with 10,31,029 passengers having used UTS on Mobile in January 2018.

OCR MACHINES – THE LATEST CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY

OCR machines (optical character recognition) provided at Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore, Tambaram, Chennai Beach and Guindy stations are the latest in the Mobile Apps. These machines take print out of mobile app paper tickets by recoginising the details in customers mobile. This is an addition to already available avenues like ATVM and Railway UTS counters to take print out of mobile app tickets.

BEML to hand over first-set of Metro Rail Coaches to Bangalore Metro today

BANGALORE: BEML will officially hand over the first set of three coaches to Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd on February 14, said Managing Director and Additional Chief Secretary of Urban Development Department, Mahendra Jain. “The testing of the coaches is over since last 10 days”, he said. BEML has assured a regular supply from May/June 2018, at the rate of 2-3 coaches per month and complete conversion of the existing 50 train sets into 6 coaches by June 2019. 150 more coaches will arrive at a cost Rs 1,421 core.

“It took 10 days for the tests and trials for the first set. The six-coach train will run together. We tested the load it has taken, the alignment, service, etc. The Commissioner of Rail Safety certified the new coaches. Testing is already successful at BEML and Safety trials were given time, before beginning commercial operations,” said BMRCL Chief Public Relations Officer Vasanth Rao. On the official Twitter handle, Rao recently explained, “For conversion into six coaches, Metro will add 2 Driving Motor Car (DMC) + 1 Trailer Car (TC) to achieve 66% motorisation and negotiate sharp and vertical curves of the alignment.”

Given the rush experienced during peak hours, the extra coaches will provide the necessary and overdue relief to commuters. The highest ridership until date was on January 24 with, 2.32 lakh riders on Purple Line and 1.79 lakh on Green Line, totalling at 4.1 lakh. Last December, Bengaluru Development Minister K.J. George had said that BEML opened one more line of production to increase supplies of Metro cars. “Frequency too will increase from 6 minutes to 3, with one coach reserved for women, physically challenged and senior citizens,” he had announced.

Sixty-three coaches are expected to be deployed on the Purple Line, including the extension from Challaghatta to Whitefield, and 87 on the Green Line including extensions from BIEC-Anjanapura, due to the longer length of the line.

The first set that arrives soon will be deployed on the Purple Line to ease congestion, especially from Kempegowda to Baiyappanahalli station.

Hitachi seeks Tech cooperation with BEML with eye on Bullet Train project


Hitachi will form a technological partnership with an Indian state-owned company as part of efforts to win Orders for the India’s first Bullet Train project.

BANGALORE: The tie-up between the Japanese conglomerate and BEML, one of India’s top suppliers of subway train cars, could eventually lead to local production at a joint venture.

The governments of Japan and India have already agreed to adopt Japanese shinkansen bullet train technology for a high-speed railway spanning roughly 500km between Mumbai and the western state of Gujarat.

Bidding for the project by India’s national high-speed rail company is expected to start soon. Hitachi, with a tack record of building bullet train cars, is seen as a strong candidate for supplying them.

The project is estimated to cost around 1.8 trillion yen ($16.4 billion). Construction is expected to start this year, with the service likely to launch in 2023.

A number of Japanese companies will take part in the project. Kawasaki Heavy Industries is another promising candidate for supplying train cars. Mitsubishi Electric, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal and Toshiba also are angling to supply components.

If Hitachi does win an order, it would ship train cars built in Japan. But it would also consider building the cars in India at a joint venture in the future, marking the first time that shinkansen bullet trains are built outside Japan. Vehicle assembly would be moved to India by 2023, and key components like undercarriages also would be produced locally.

Globally, European and U.S. companies have been more successful in winning orders for major high-speed rail projects, along with Chinese companies touting cost competitiveness.

Japanese companies, for their part, are strong in delivery time management and quality — part of shinkansen’s appeal for the Indian government.

Japanese companies seek to parlay their experience in India to the rest of the world. Just in India, six more high-speed rail projects are being planned.

Japan first exported shinkansen technology to Taiwan, more than a decade ago. A consortium of seven Japanese companies won orders for the high-speed railway that began service in 2007. Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy and Nippon Sharyo built the first batch of train cars for the service, but production in Taiwan was not pursued due to concern over the potential for technology leaks.

Electrification of Railway Track between Masagram-Bankura stretch to cut travel time

Though the stretch between Kharagpur to Bankura via Masagram would be lengthier by 44 kilometres, avoiding these congested suburban sections, where EMU locals ply, would lead to lesser travel time for the express trains.

HOWRAH: Electrification of the stretch between Masagram and Bankura in West Bengal would help trains avoid the congested Howrah suburban line and cut travel time between the North East and south India, a South Eastern Railway official said.

The electrification of the 118-kilometre long Masagram (ER/Howrah Division) – Bankura (SER/Adra Division) route, the only stretch waiting to get electrified in the whole Adra Division of South Eastern Railway, would also ensure a single traction for trains.

“This means that we will be able to use electric engines for the entire route from the North East to the south instead of having to change to diesel engines for the non-electrified section,” SER spokesman Sanjoy Ghosh told.

“Also, getting caught in the busy Howrah-Bardhaman and Howrah-Kharagpur lines will soon be a thing of the past,” he said.

Though the stretch between Kharagpur to Bankura via Masagram would be lengthier by 44 kilometre, avoiding these congested suburban sections, where EMU locals ply, would lead to lesser travel time for the express trains, Ghosh said.

Using a single traction would entail a lesser detention en route, he noted.

“A large number of patients and students travel between the North East and southern destinations of Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai every day,” he said.

Howrah station is choc a bloc with trains throughout the day and finds it hard to allot platforms for trains, leading to long waiting time outside the station, Ghosh added.

The 2018-19 Union Budget has sanctioned electrification of the 118-km stretch of Bankura-Mashagram rail link at a proposed cost of Rs 92.8 crore.

The SER spokesman said that the completion of 24-km rail link between Bowachandi and Khana Junction stations would also help reduce travel time for trains between the north-east and various destinations in the south and the west.

The route, which was sanctioned in the Railway Budget of 2005-06, had faced land acquisition hurdles leading to delay in completion.

“The Railways has deposited Rs 14.34 crore with the West Bengal government for land acquisition for the rail link. Around 90 per cent of the land required for the project has been handed over to SER,” Ghosh said.

He said that the construction work was in full swing on the stretch and foundation and structure of a major bridge over River Damodar have been laid.

This Bowachandi-Khana route will serve as an important link between SER’s Adra division and Eastern Railway’s Howrah division, reducing distance between Kharagpur and Khana by 19 kilometre, Ghosh said.

Electrification of Railway Tracks in Punjab goes in full swing

AMRITSAR: The recently-released Union Budget has a number of plans for the electrification of railway tracks, including that of Verka-Dera Baba Nanak and Tarn Taran-Patti-Khemkaran. Besides, there’s a plan for doubling the track between Amritsar and Chheharta at the cost of Rs 28.68 crore.

The Railways will spend Rs 175 crore on foot overbridges and raise the platforms to a higher level in the state. Upgrade of stations with investment of Rs 40 crore and lifts and escalators for Rs 50 crore is also in the pipeline.

The railway electrification project includes 301-km Bathinda-Ferozepur-Jalandhar City, including Lohian Khas-Nakodar-Phillaur and Nakodar-Jalandhar, that will cost the government Rs 223.93 crore.

The 339-km Ludhiana-Firozpur City-Hussainiwala, including Ferozepur City-Fazilka-Abohar and Kotkapura-Fazilka, will be electrified at the cost of Rs 235.08 crore.

The 74-km Phagwara-Nawashahar Doaba-Jajon Doaba, including Nawashahar-Rahon, will be electrified for Rs 56.89 crore.

The 38.4-km Jalandhar City-Hoshiarpur track will be electrified at the cost of Rs 31.81 crore.

The 45 kms stretch of Verka-Dera Baba Nanak and 54.4-km Tarn Taran-Patti-Khemkaran stretch will be electrified Rs 33.38 crore and Rs 41.79 crore, respectively.

Besides, Rs 11.35 crore and Rs 116.75 crore has been sanctioned for the 19-km Batala-Quadian and 125-km Bathinda-Abohar-Sriganga Nagar stretches, respectively.

Transrail Lighting wins Substation and Railway Electrification contract worth Rs.395 Crore

MUMBAI: Integrated power transmission and distribution company, Transrail Lighting Limited, has forayed in the substation and railways electrification businesses and secured orders worth Rs 395 crore which are now in execution stage.

The substation mandate includes orders from Madhya Pradesh Power Transmission Co. Ltd (MPPTCL) for two 400 kV substations and from Chhattisgarh State Power Transmission Co. Ltd (CSPTCL) for three 220 kV substations.

Transrail bagged the Railway Electrification order from IRCON International Limited for electrification of over 200 track km in Madhya Pradesh.

Commenting on the market opportunity, Mr. D.C. Bagde, Managing Director, Transrail Lighting Limited said, “With Government’s focus on bringing down the aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses, T&D spending is expected to gravitate towards substations. An estimated 300,000 MVA of substation capacity addition over the 13th Five Year Plan (2017-2022) represents a huge opportunity for T&D players and Transrail is hoping to corner a meaningful part of it.”

Elaborating on the opportunities in the railway electrifications, Mr. Bagde added, “The government has proposed to run India’s entire rail network on electricity to cut down on pollution and its diesel bill. The government’s plan of working towards electrification of over 30,000 km of tracks over the next five years is expected to augur well for the company. Further, laying of new tracks also presents a vast opportunity for the sector and Transrail.”

Mr. Bagde further added, “Substations and Railway Electrification have become Transrail’s key business verticals. We have been focusing on diversifying into new sources of growth by capitalising on our knowledge, capabilities, experience and existing infrastructure related to turnkey EPC project management. Leveraging on these competencies, we choose to expand in promising business spaces within the adjacencies of our existing business.”

About Transrail Lighting Limited

Transrail Lighting Limited (Transrail) is a leading EPC company with over three decades of experience in providing comprehensive solutions on the turnkey basis globally. Transrail has presence across power transmission and distribution, lighting infrastructure, substations and railways. The company has in-house manufacturing facilities for towers, conductors and poles. Transrail’s solutions range from design, testing to fabrication, supply of materials, erection, stringing and commissioning. Transrail’s lighting infrastructure solutions business designs and installs engineered polygonal galvanised poles for power T&D, high mast, street lights and stadium mast, among others. Transrail caters to customers across India, Africa, Americas and Asia.

To know more about Transrail, visit http://www.transrail.in.

Chennai Division gearing up for introduction of 3-Phase EMUs soon

CHENNAI: The Chennai Division of Southern Railway is gearing up to induct 3 phase EMUs into service in the Chennai – Tambaram – Chengalpattu – Tirumalpur route.  Trial runs of this 3 phase EMU rake are being conducted between Tambaram – Chengalpattu.  After completion of statutory trial runs, this 3 phase EMU rake will be introduced for passenger services.  The date of introduction will be notified later.

Shri R.K. Kulshrestha, General Manager, Southern Railway accompanied by Shri A.K.Kathpal, Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer, Shri Naveen Gulati, Divisional Railway Manager, Chennai, and other Railway Officials, inspected the EMU Car Shed unit located at Tambaram for commissioning of the new EMU Suburban rail coach manufactured at ICF/S.Rly and handed over to EMU Car Shed, Tambaram, for public services.

The new 12-car rake comprising of 4 units with solid state IGBT (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors) based 3 phase propulsion drive system, all the coaches are provided with many additional features for better passenger journey and additional safety features in ladies compartment.

Salient features of 3 phase EMUs:

  • Manufactured by ICF, Chennai.
  • Coaches are fabricated with stainless steel body and provided with electronic sensors for computer monitored speed control and braking system.
  • Energy efficient and Higher hauling capacity
  • LED indication for chain pulling.
  • Regeneration of 30% power during braking for conservation of energy.
  • Smooth speed control by VVVF technology for comfortable riding.
  • Event Recorder for recording the data of train operation and other train control systems.
  • Surveillance cameras (CCTV) in ladies coaches to strengthen security for women passengers.
  • In Addition to fans, Modular Roof Mounted Forced Air Ventilation System which supplies 16000m3/hr fresh air into the passenger area is provided.
  • GPS based Passenger Information System for announcement of stations and display as well.
  • LED based lighting for better illumination and energy conservation.
  • Maximum speed – 105 kmph.
  • Stainless steel body coaches for aesthetic appearance, better durability and safety.
  • Corrosion resistance stainless steel pipelines for more reliability and minimal maintenance.
  • Passenger carrying capacity:  Seats – 1168 nos. and standing passengers – 4852 nos.
  • Air-conditioned cab for crew comfort.
  • PA system for private communication between crew and also for in-coach announcement.
  • Emergency stop button in cabin for immediate stop, during emergency situations

The budget adopts a business-as-usual approach towards Indian Railways

This is the second year after the accounts of Indian Railways were merged — some might say obscured — with the rest of the budget. As a result, there has been little discussion on the plans, performance and outlays of an organisation that generates revenues of over 2 lakh crore, employs 1.3 million people and transports a staggering 20 million or more passengers every day.

The Centre has rightly identified the focus areas, for which it has targeted a capex spending of over 1.48 lakh crore. These are: track doubling, gauge conversion, better designed coaches, electrification, beefing up rolling stock, and work on the dedicated freight corridor (DFC).

Besides, the refurbishing of railway stations and improvement of the suburban rail network, not to mention the ‘bullet train’, find a mention. However, the key concern here is that the capex spending will be raised through over 93,000 crore of borrowings. Budgetary support for 2018-19 at 53,060 crore is, in fact, lower than the budgeted sum of 55,000 crore for 2017-18, with the revised estimates for the current year at just 40,000 crore. The inability of the Railways to spend the Centre’s outlay perhaps tells us that the former has its task cut out when it comes to execution.

This is borne out by the tardy progress with respect to DFC. Managerial reform steps such as delegation of powers to general managers do not seem to have yielded results so far. The Centre needs to fix this issue soon, given the dire infrastructure shortcomings with respect to safety, requiring investment in track maintenance, automatic signalling and training of the workforce.

The operating ratio (of revenues to expenditure) remains adverse as ever. It is expected to reduce (improve) to 92.8 in 2018-19 from over 96 in the present fiscal, on the back of a steep increase in sundry revenues, which basically means monetisation of its real estate. While passenger earnings are based on just a 0.1 per cent growth in passengers — a concession to the growing inroads made by air travel and road transport as a medium-distance option — goods earnings are based on an additional 51 million tonnes of freight. The Railways must focus on passenger comfort and safety to improve its share in the transport mix; the Centre has rightly rationalised freight rates and the benefits are showing this year.

But a major concern over which the Centre is quiet is the impact of automation on workforce deployment. There are over two lakh vacancies in the Railways, of which a lakh, according to the Kakodkar panel, pertain to safety alone. Notably, according to the DP Tripathi committee report on loco pilots, about 16,000 posts remain unfilled. Automation will require a rejigging of workers from one job description to another, without any impact on outcomes. Indian Railways has built its reputation on the morale of its workforce. In its drive to modernise and improve efficiencies, these gains should not be frittered away.

TN fears infra-growth of Railways in the state may go off-track due to poor allocation of funds

CHENNAI: Railway infrastructure growth in southern districts of Tamil Nadu is set to suffer a setback as the Union Budget has poorly allotted funds for the ongoing doubling works in the state. Even 10 per cent of estimated funds have not been allotted for the doubling of Madurai-Thoothukudi, Vanchi Maniyachi-Tirunelveli- Nagercoil and Kanniyakumari-Thiruvananthpauram lines.

According to the railway pink book submitted before Parliament on Tuesday, for 160-km-long Madurai-Vanchimaniyachi-Thoothukudi line, the railways has sanctioned Rs 75 crore, while the project cost is estimated at 1182.23 crore.

Similarly, another doubling project of the 102-km Vanchi Maniyachi-Tirunelveli-Nagercoil section which was estimated to cost Rs 1003.94 crore has been sanctioned just Rs 75 crore.

The Kanniyakumari-Nagercoil-Thiruvananthapuram line estimated to cost Rs 1431.90 crore has received Rs 110 crore, out of which Rs 100 crores was proposed to be sourced from extra budgetary resources.

While Tamil Nadu witnesses highest inter-state migration for education, health and employment, transportation demand has been increasing every year.

People of the southern districts hoped that speedy completion of the doubling project would connect the region with other parts of Tamil Nadu and the country. It would also accelerate the social and economic development of Madurai, Virudhunagar, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli and Kanniyakumari districts.

P Edward Jeni, general secretary, Kanniyakumari District Railway Users Association, said that even if Rs 250 crore to Rs 300 crore was allotted for each project a year, it would take another three to four years to get completed. “With hardly Rs 75 crore a year, it’s nearly impossible to finish the project in 10 years,” he said.

According to the budget allocation, the state has received Rs 2,548 crore this year as against Rs  2,287 crore allotted last year.

Though the state has received Rs 261 crore more compared to the previous year, the funds remain insufficient to complete the rail projects in the state.

Gauge conversion

The Union Budget has also allotted Rs 80 crore for one of the much delayed Madurai-Bodinayakkanur gauge conversion works. The section track was dismantled in 2010 and Theni district has since lost its train connectivity.

Central districts

Central districts of Tamil Nadu have received Rs 239.46 crore for ongoing gauge conversions and new lines. While 64.46 crore has been allotted under capital expenditure by the  railways, Rs 175 crore is to be sourced through extra budgetary resources.

The gauge conversion work between Tiruvarur and Pattukottai has just been finished, as part of the 149-km gauge conversion of Tiruvarur-Thiruthuraipoondi-Pattukottai-Aranthangi-Karaikudi section. Similarly, the gauge conversion works are being carried out in full swing in Thirutturaipoondi-Agasthiampalli section. In addition to this, funds are to be used for laying a new track between Mannarkudi-Pattukottai (34 km) and Thanjavur-Pattukottai (47 km). Laying of these new tracks has been pending for nearly 20 years.

New lines

Projects delayed for more than 10 years have also not received funding. The 91.5-km-long Erode-Dharapuram-Palani line was allotted Rs 10 lakh this year too. It was approved in 2005.

The other two projects in northern districts – Tindivanam-Gingee-Tiruvannamalai and Tindivanam-Nagari (179.2 km)  – have been allotted Rs 10 crore each. These projects were also inaugurated in 2007-2008. For laying a new line in the Chennai-Cuddalore section via Mahabalipuram (179.28 km), the railways has allotted Rs 100.10 crore. The Madurai-Tuticorin via Aruppukkottai (143.5 km) project has been allotted Rs 20 lakh, while the 36-km long Morappur-Dhamapuri line has received Rs 36 crore.

Chennai

For laying 60-km line connecting Sriperumbudur with Avadi via Guduvanchery and Irunkattukottai, estimated to cost Rs 839 crore, has got Rs 20 lakh.

Slow track

There has been scant progress in railway gauge conversion, which began in 2004, between Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu, and Kollam, Kerala. Work between Virudhunagar and Rajapalayam, in Tamil Nadu, ended in 2007 and was extended to Shencottah in Tamil Nadu a year later. Conversion between Kollam and Shencottah was finished in part in the Kollam-Punalur stretch, in Kerala, in 2010. However, in mid-2010, train services between Shencottah and Punalur were suspended. After the issue was raised repeatedly, work was completed on the Shencottah-Edamon-Punalur section.

After the Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety, Southern Railway, inspected the broad gauge line between Shencottah and Edamon in January this year, the green signal was given for commencing services between Edamon and Shencottah. However, given the slow pace of work so far, one wonders whether people in the region will have to wait for long for a service between Punalur and Shencottah, despite it being a long-standing demand.

Train operated in Coimbatore-Podanur-Pollachi section had poor patronage because of timings. After gauge conversion, section remains underutilised

Now, this one is a clear case of precious funds going down the drain. The railway line between Podanur and Pollachi was converted from metre gauge to broad gauge by spending several crores. The project was implemented after a long wait as it ran into funds constraints, land acquisition litigations and a rocky terrain that made work execution difficult.

Now, after completion, it remains underutilised. The only passenger train that was introduced on this section is described as tokenism by the people as it lacks patronage because of the odd timings and was withdrawn from Jan. 14.

Train No. 06081/06082 operated in Coimbatore-Podanur-Pollachi section from July 15, 2017. It has had very poor patronage from the start because of the timings. The idle rakes of Train No. 56604/56605 (Shoranur-Coimbatore Fast Passenger) shared for the passenger train to Pollachi has now been withdrawn from Jan. 14 due to the introduction of a special train between Palani and Coimbatore via Pollachi, Kinathikkadavu and Podanur from on that day. The train chugs out of Coimbatore at 1.35 p.m. In the return direction, it leaves Pollachi at 3.05 p.m. and reaches Coimbatore at 4.15 p.m., with an average patronage of only 50 to 60 passengers across 11 coaches every day. As a consequence, the revenue is a measly Rs. 750 to Rs. 900 a trip, as against the operational cost of around Rs. 1.5 lakh.

Many regular commuters suggested that the patronage will increase if the train is operated during peak hours.

After the persistent demand from the people from different corners, the Salem Railway Division had introduced the Special Train No. 06709/06710 Coimbatore-Palani-Coimbatore from Jan. 14 for three months. Coaches of this train would run as Train No. 56709/56710 Palani-Madurai-Palani.

Even though the Salem Division had submitted a proposal to extend the services of Semmozhi Express up to Pollachi, it might not serve any purpose. Rail users say this is because the train would depart Pollachi late in the night and leave Coimbatore for Pollachi very early in the morning.

It was also suggested that the Fast Passenger (Train No. 56848) in Palghat town-Tiruchirappalli could be operated via Pollachi instead of Madukkarai (as a train is already being operated via Madukkarai) in the morning to the serve commuters from Pollachi. Similarly, another section that needs more services is the Coimbatore – Mettuppalayam route. Though many train services are operated to Mettupalayamm from Coimbatore, tourists look for late night trains and also on Sundays to reach Udhagamandalam, and the Vanabadrakaliamman temple and a water theme park on the way.

Over 54 percent railway tracks in Tamil Nadu yet to be electrified

With the Railway Ministry having decided not to announce any new train in its budget, rail passengers in the state are pinning their hopes on an increased fund allocation for speedy completion of ongoing and long-pending rail projects.

Despite being sixth most populous state in the country and one of the highly passenger revenue-generating states in the Indian Railways, rail infrastructure  in Tamil Nadu lags behind on several counts.  Particularly, in terms of electrification of tracks, the state has been ignored for several decades, running with only 46 per cent of electrified tracks on its total track length.

According to a report submitted by the Railway Ministry in Parliament, as on April 1, 2017, a total of 4,027-km-long track runs through the state, out of which 1,851-km track has been electrified. The electrification percentages in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, which are relatively larger than in Tamil Nadu with respect to population stood at 77.77 and 64.84 respectively, while smaller states like Kerala, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh have got over 75 per cent of tracks electrified.

“After fighting for three decades, we got the Madurai – Kanniyakumari line doubling works,” said Kanniyakumari Rail Users Association general secretary P Edward Jeni. He said  passengers would get the benefit of track improvements only if station infrastructure was developed to handle more trains.

Even though several sections were thrown open for traffic after gauge conversion and new tracks were introduced including Mandamadurai-Virudhunagar, Karur-Namakkal- Dindigul, Pollachi-Palakkad-Podanur and Vellore-Tiruvannamalai-Villupuram, the Railways could not operate more trains. It has been more than six months since the entire stretch of Chenai Egmore-Tiruchy was completely electrified with double lines, the Railway could not ply any additional train in the section.

“More funds should be allotted for improving terminals with additional stabling lines and pit lines at Tambaram, Madurai, Tiruchy, Virudhuangar, Tirunelveli, Rameswaram, Nagercoil, Salem and Tondiarpet,” said Naina Masilamani, member of Divisional Rail Users Consultative Committee. With the Railways replacing the old ICF coaches with LHB rakes, the Southern Railway should be allotted more coaches.

The ongoing works include doubling of tracks from Chennai to Kannaiyakumari, gauge conversion of Tiruvarur-Pattukottai-Aranthangi-Karaikudi section, electrification of Villupuram – Cuddalore Port – Mayiladuthurai – Thanjavur and Mayiladuthurai – Tiruvarur sections. In addition to this, Madurai-Bodi gauge conversion and new line-laying works between Tindivanm and Nagari via Walajah road have been delayed.

The Union budget is also expected to take a final call on the East Coast Railway line proposed to connect Kanniyakumari with Karaikudi via Tiruchendur. When contacted, official sources hoped that funds would be allotted for electrification and doubling works in Tamil Nadu. “We also expect fund allocation for modernising the ICF to manufacture the LHB coaches and replacing the Scherzer span of Pamban bridge,” said an official.

Infra boost needed

  • Though several sections were thrown open for traffic after gauge conversion and new tracks were introduced, Railways could not operate more trains
  • Even six months after the entire stretch of Chenai Egmore-Tiruchy was completely electrified with double lines, the Railway could not ply any additional train
  • Madurai-Bodi gauge conversion, new line-laying works between Tindivanam and Nagari via Walajah road delayed
  • Union budget is expected to take a final call on the East Coast Railway line

Madurai votes for a Suburban Rail Network

MADURAI: Those were the days of steam engines and meter gauge trains,” recalls a nostalgic Prof N Murali about his college days in the mid-1980s. “We used to reach our college, which was a good 25km away from Madurai, in 40 minutes, the time speeding moffusil buses now take to cover the same distance. And commuting for a month would cost less than Rs 10.” He was one of the many students, teachers and others who relied on the Madurai-Bodi train to commute before the section was dismantled for gauge conversion in 2011.

It was in 1984 that Madurai city took a giant leap in expansion from 51.82 sqkm to 147.99 sqkm, annexing most of town panchayats, municipalities and village panchayats on the outskirts. The city’s population expanded to 14 lakh during the 2011 census. Today, being a major shopping centre and the chief market for south Tamil Nadu, Madurai attracts roughly 5 lakh people who constitutes its daily floating population.

This has made the city lively, but has also made Madurai congested. “Madurai gets crowded by morning because people from across the region come for shopping and work here. Commuting by bus here is costly and cumbersome. An affordable suburban train service will make commuting easier for thousands of passengers,” said S P Jeyapragasam, president of the Tamil Nadu Foodgrains Merchants Association Limited.

Every day, hundreds of people from Madurai travel by rail to nearby towns for work. For A Vadivel, a telecommunications employee from Madurai working in Virudhunagar, taking the Mysore-Tuticorin Express at 7.40am is more economical and time-saving than taking a moffusil bus from Mattuthavani. He comes to Madurai junction from Thiruppalai, 15km from city, and gets into the train for another 40-minute journey. The other option is a two-hour bus trip to Virudhunagar.

“There are hundreds of commuters like me travelling to neighbouring towns for work. We fought tooth and nail with the railways to board reserved coaches with season tickets, since the unreserved coaches are cramped during peak hours,” he said, quite thrilled about the idea of a suburban rail network. “Imagining a network like in Chennai… even a quarter of its size will be of great help to regular commuters like us during peak hours,” he said.

At present, there are a few express and passenger trains on the Madurai-Virudhunagar & Madurai-Dindigul sections that are electrified. There are also passenger trains towards Rameswaram, covering the Madurai-Manamadurai section. Gauge conversion work has been going on in the Madurai-Usilampatti section of the Madurai-Bodi line for seven years. Considering that there is no line in the western direction, rail user forums have been demanding a new line from Madurai and Karaikudi via Melur.

Madurai MP R Gopalakrishnan said the new line project seemed to be shelved after a survey. “But we are not going to give up,” he said. The MP said a suburban train network is a great idea to ease traffic congestion in the city. “A 17-coach passenger train may reduce at least 20 buses on a route and save a lot of money on fuel and bring down damage to the environment. We will start pitching for this,” he said.

General secretary of the Railway Passengers Welfare Organisation in Madurai K Padmanathan said such a demand never struck rail users or elected representatives for long because the railways was taking its own time to even double the Chennai-Madurai line and has begun doubling the Madurai-Kanyakumari line only now. “Creating a suburban network is a mega project for a city like Madurai. It requires a lot of money and state government support in acquiring land. We may be able to take up the demand vigorously once the doubling work between Madurai and Kanyakumari is completed,” he added.