Rake diversion triggered Shutdown of NTPC Simhadri unit: Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd

MCL has been regularly offering coal as per programme of NTPC Simhadari to South East Central Railway as well as East Coast Railways

BHUBANESWAR: Diversion of coal rakes entitled for NTPC’s Simhadari plant from Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd (MCL) by NTPC management triggered shutdown of its 500 MW unit in Andhra Pradesh, an MCL release said.

NTPC management had continuously diverted coal rakes from MCL entitled for Simhadari STPS (super thermal power station) to the Korba STPS and Seepat TPS (thermal power station) which were running super-critical.

MCL has been regularly offering coal as per programme of NTPC Simhadari to South East Central Railway as well as East Coast Railways.

As on date, materialisation of Andhra Pradesh-based thermal power station has been 95 per cent of pro rata ACQ (Annual Contracted Quality) for the month and 79 per cent for annual pro rata ACQ.

Between November 11 and 14, 2017, MCL has dispatched an average of seven rakes to NTPC Simhadari (seven, six, nine and six rakes respectively), which has been more than the supply of 5.5 rakes per day to the plant, as per the decision of the sub-group of the Ministry of Coal.

MCL is committed to maintain continuous supply of coal to its consumers and with the cooperation of Railways, the company has been successful in checking the growing demand-supply gap in the country. On Tuesday, 73 rakes were provided by Railways to MCL for coal supply.

In the current quarter Q3, the supply of coal from MCL has crossed an average of 400,000 tonnes per day.

MCL has supplied about 82 million tonnes of coal to its consumers in the current fiscal and has sufficient stock to feed all power consumers, including NTPC Simhadri.

The company had crossed 141 million tonne supply of coal to consumers during 2016-17, which had been the highest supply ever by any coal company in the country.

800 Trains Set in a Few Clicks: Railways introduces Asia’s largest Interlocking System

The cost of installing the new system is a whopping Rs 39 crore. This new technology will allow the path of a train to be set in a way that it has to cross several tracks.

KOLKATA: With growing cases of derailment in the past few months, the South Eastern Railway (SER), in a move to increase capacity and ensure the safer running of trains, has replaced the route relay interlocking (RRI) system at Kharagpur with Asia’s largest solid state interlocking (SSI) system. This technology that is set to come into effect from Sunday will allow station masters at Kharagpur to set 800 different routes for trains in a matter of a few clicks.

This is in stark contrast to the vintage RRI system which only allowed operators to set a mere 423 routes.

Principal Chief Operations Manager of SER, Suchitto Kumar Das said, “This will be Asia’s largest SSI system. The RRI system is of pre-1980 vintage and has crossed its codal-life.”

The cost of installing the new system is a whopping Rs 39 crore. This new technology will allow the path of a train to be set in a way that it has to cross several tracks.

The prime benefit of the interlocking system is that it ensures no cross movement takes place during the crossings, to avoid disastrous collisions.

“The SSI system is much more dependable than the older ones. We have been carrying out tests on this system for the last 7-8 months,” said Das.

The project that was kick-started at the Kharagpur yard on November 4 will continue its work, till Sunday. It is likely, that passengers may face severe disruptions in the suburban rail services from Friday, once the SER begins to switch over to the SSI system from its current RRI system.

During the work, the SER will make platform numbers 7 and 8 at Kharagpur operational. To increase capacity, it will also link a third line from Howrah and a second line from Midnapore to the Kharagpur yard by Sunday.

As per SER’s Chief passenger transportation manager, Soumitra Majumdar, over 116 pairs of trains originate, terminate or pass through Kharagpur every day.

With the dawn of the new technology in place, three signal cabins will become inessential, and the requirement for cabin masters will decrease.

“We’ll require more station masters to operate the system. Some trains may be delayed, but we don’t anticipate any major trouble after Sunday,” he told.

ECOR to install Wi-Fi in small stations through Universal Services Obligation Fund

BHUBANESWAR: The Railway Board has recently approved the provision of installing free Wi-Fi hotspots at 200 rural and remote stations across the country through Universal Services Obligation Fund (USOF) of the Centre. RailTel, a company under the ministry of railways, will carry out the project. USOF, which comes under department of telecommunications, has an objective to provide widespread and non-discriminatory access to quality ICT (information and communications technology) services to people in rural and remote areas.

Stations like Malatipatpur, Sakhigopal, Birapurusottampur, Delang, Motori, Retang, Mancheswar, Barang, Gopalpur, Balikuda and other small stations under the jurisdiction of the East Coast Railway (ECoR) will be provided with free Wi-Fi service through the USOF project.

These stations will get high speed internet facility like Bhubaneswar, Puri and Visakhapatnam. Passengers passing the stations and local people can enjoy the free Wi-Fi facility at these stations. Target for completion of the project is March 2018.

Umesh Singh, ECoR General Manager, has reviewed the progress of Wi-Fi services in different stations and asked all concerned officials to expedite the new work.

The zone has already installed Wi-Fi services at small stations like Keonjhargarh, Paradeep, Tikiri and Bissamcuttack with the help of local industries, corporate houses and social organisations. The zone had decided on its own to request some corporate houses to invest their CSR fund to provide the service at some rural stations. This fund will boost their plan, said a senior railway officer.

Besides this, the ECoR has already installed Wi-Fi hotspots at all A1 category stations like Bhubaneswar and A category stations like Cuttack of the ECoR.

Call to use less Forest Area for Bhadrachalam-Sattupalli Railway Line

Kothagudem: Roads and Buildings Minister Tummala Nageswara Rao informed that he would explain the necessary changes in the proposals of Bhadrachalam Road-Sattupalli railway line to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the latter’s video conference.  At a review meeting in Kothagudem on Wednesday, the Minister laid stress on significant reduction in acquiring forest lands and cut costs by opting for land in plains which makes it easy to go in for alignment.

If the proposals revising all alignments made by the Minister are accepted, the distance would come down by 44.93 km from Bhadrachalam Road to Penuballi, and also by 30 km between Sattupalli and Jeelugumilli. In the proposal I, as revised by the Minister, the Bhadrachalam Road-Kovvur distance would be cut down by 53 km there by cutting the construction costs.

Tummala recalled that in the proposals accepted by the Centre, it was noted that the line passed through forest lands and that it was difficult in the present circumstances to acquire land. He explained that first proposal of the Bhadrachalam Road-Kovvur railway line, as accepted by the Centre in 2012-13, covered a distance of 151 km and to be laid at a cost Rs 923 crore. The cost was to be shared by both the Centre and the State.

Following the division of Andhra Pradesh, the two Telugu States had agreed in principle to share the cost. The distance covered in Telangana would be 78.50 km (cost Rs 239.82 crore) and 72.40 km in Andhra Pradesh (cost Rs 221.18 crore). As per the current estimates, the cost of the entire railway line would be about Rs 2,700 crore.

In the second proposal, the entire cost was to be met by Singareni Collieries (except land acquisition cost) with civil works accounting for Rs 586.44 crore, electrical engineering Rs 34.47 crore, signaling & traction Rs 29.90 crore and electrical (TRD)Rs 53.41 crore. The land acquisition cost was to be borne by the railways.

According to current estimates, the cost would now be around Rs 958 crore. In the third proposal, both the Centre and the Railways had approved PPP (Public Private Partnership) concept costing Rs 723 crore, covering a distance of 125 km. The revised cost would now be Rs 2,250 crore.

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Growth in Transportation of Goods items strengthening NFR coffers

GUWAHATI: Growth in transportation of various items, including food grain and mineral oil, as well as rise in prices of some commodities in the markets has brought dividends for the Maligaon-headquartered Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), with the zone’s year-on-year cumulative revenue earnings from freight traffic witnessing an increase during the first half of the current fiscal.

NFR’s revenue earnings from freight traffic on originating basis went up to Rs 609.35 crore during the April 1 to September 30 period this year, compared to Rs 594.10 crore in the year-ago period, resulting in a growth of 2.57 per cent.

During the period under review, the commodity-wise freight traffic of the NFR on originating basis also went up by 2.78 per cent annually to 4.81 million tonnes (MT) from 4.68 MT in the comparative period of 2016-17.

The increase in freight traffic and the resultant earnings have happened despite the fact that rail traffic from the NFR zone to the rest of the country remained snapped for as long as three weeks in August this year due to massive floods in eastern Bihar.

In the first half of the current financial year (2017-18), the NFR earned Rs 62.49 crore from transportation of 0.30 MT of coal compared to Rs 52.43 crore from transportation of 0.29 MT of coal in the same period of the last fiscal.

Its earnings from other major components like container service and ‘other goods’ also went up on an annual basis.

NFR earned Rs 14.62 crore from transportation of 0.05 MT of container service during the first half of this fiscal as against Rs 13.67 crore from transportation of 0.04 MT of the product in the year-ago period.

Similarly, its earnings from ‘other goods’ went up to Rs 103 crore by transportation of 1.53 MT of such items, compared to Rs 75.96 crore from transportation of 1.25 MT of ‘other goods’ during the first six months of 2016-17.

The zone earned Rs 184.17 crore from transportation of 1.50 MT of mineral oil (petroleum oil and lubricants) during the first half of this fiscal.

In addition, it earned Rs 172.54 crore from transportation of 0.67 MT of food grain, Rs 6.54 crore from 0.11 MT of fertilizers, Rs 17.43 crore from 0.20

MT of cement and Rs 48.46 crore by transporting 0.45 MT of raw materials for steel plants.

Overall, in the first half of the current fiscal, the Indian Railways’ cumulative revenue earnings from freight traffic on originating basis also jumped by over eight per cent on an annual basis to Rs 52,414 crore, while its commodity-wise freight traffic also registered a growth of over five per cent to 559.16 MT.

It is noteworthy that of the 17 zonal railways, as many as 12 registered a growth in the earnings from freight traffic during the first half of the current fiscal.

Railway officials said one of the reasons for the growth registered by NFR this year is the low base.

They added that freight traffic and earnings from it can receive further boost in the NFR zone as work on the double tracking has been taken up and railway services are being extended to remote parts of the north-eastern states.

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Army submits bridge drawings to Indian Railways

The GADs for making bridges at Parel-Elphinstone Road stations, Currey Road and Ambivali stations were submitted to the Railways.

MUMBAI: THE ARMY on Wednesday submitted the General Arrangement Drawings (GAD) for the bridges to be constructed at three railway stations.

The railways aims to send corrected drawings of the bridges back to the Army within this week. GADs form the earlier part of drawings which come before making the designs. The GADs for making bridges at Parel-Elphinstone Road stations, Currey Road and Ambivali stations were submitted to the railways.

“We have received their GADs. The next step would be to deliberate over the designs and suggest them corrections at certain stages. After respective officers of the division have approved the drawings, we can send the designs back to them. The Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) would also approve the designs,” a senior railway official said.

According to the designs, the bridge to be made by the Army at Parel station would be at least 70 metres long, the one at Currey Road would be 30 metres long and one at Ambivali station would be 20 metres long. They would each have 3.5 metres width.

“The railways has started clearing obstacles from the premises. These obstacles were coming in the way of the bridge construction, according to the design. They should be cleared before work starts on November 25,” the official added.

The next step would be to approve final design drawings of the bridges. Approvals from the municipal corporation were also taken with respect to designs, senior railway  officials added.

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NMDC Ltd spending Rs.50.36 Crore for Railway Track doubling works

HYDERABAD/RAIPUR: NMDC Ltd is making expenditure of Rs 50.37 crore to enable facilities towards doubling of railway line between Kirandul and Jagdalpur and Jagdalpur and Ambagaon required for augmentation of iron ore evacuation capacity of Bailadila sector in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.

The company is also making efforts to increase iron ore evacuation capacity through doubling of Kirandul-Kothavalasa (KK) railway line, officials informed.

Notably, the company is also participating in the Rowghat-Jagdalpur Rail line project as a major stake holder with 43 per cent share along with SAIL, IRCON & Govt. of Chhattisgarh being other stake holders with 21per cent, 26per cent & 10per cent respectively.

On the other hand, Chhattisgarh government would be earmarking suitable land banks in the vicinity of Dallirajahara-Rowghat-Jagdalpur Rail Corridor for setting up of small industrial units, officials informed.

Notably, the  Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) is co-ordinating the  construction of Railay line from DaIlirajhara to Rowghat covering a distance of 95 km with Indian Railways in Chhattisgarh.

The project for doubling of Railway line between Kirandul and Jagdalpurin Chhatisgarh’s insurgency ridden  Bastar region is expected to be complete by January 2019, official sources informed.

Notably, NMDC Ltd had also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Union Ministry of Railways on December 21, 2012 and the aforesaid project would be helpful in significantly augmenting evacuation capacity of NMDC’s Bailadila Sector mines by rail from the existing 28 MTPA to 40 MTPA of iron ore.

NMDC had deposited an amount of Rs  150 crores with East Coast Railway and the expenditure incurred as on March 31, 2015 was Rs  132.00 crore, sources informed.

For execution of the project, the Railways has divided the 150 km length of doubling work into three Sections namely, Jagdalpur to Silakjori 45.50 km, Kirandul to Gidam 52.23 km and Silakjori to Gidam 52.73 km.

Notably, the Rs 2000 crore Rowghat to Jagdalpur railway line would also pass through heavily insurgency infested Kondagaon and Narayanpur districts of Bastar division in Chhattisgarh, officials stated.

The project is a joint venture between Chhattisgarh government, NMDC, SAIL and IRCON.The initial stretch of the first phase of the ambitious 235-km-long Dallirajhara-Rowghat-Jagdalpur Railway line project in Bastar division of Chhattisgarh has been completed, officials stated.

In all, 17 km Rail track has been completed in the first phase and Chief Minister Raman Singh has expressed happiness over the achievement, they stated.

A successful trial run of a Railway diesel engine was also carried out earlier between Dallirajhara till Gudum village at the speed of 20 km per hour.

Notably, the development of two key Rail corridors in mineral-rich Chhattisgarh is now set to expand the Railway line network by 45 per cent in the State, officials stated.

The completion of Dallirajhara-Rowghat-Jagdalpur, East and East-WestRail corridor projects will comprise a total of 535 kilometers Railway-line during the next two to four years, they stated.

The East West Rail Corridor project is expected to get completed in 2018-19.

The corridor is to facilitate movement of about 60 million tonnes of coal to various parts of the country apart from providing passenger train facility for the local populace of the region.

The length of the rail track would be 135.30 kms.The Chhattisgarh East West Railway Ltd is the implementing agency for the project.

Notably, Coal India Ltd (CIL) is putting all its resources together to ensure its flagship subsidiary South Eastern Coalfields Ltd (SECL) is able to transport more coal easily to its customers, officials informed.

Notably, the East West Corridor project from Gevra to Pendra in Chhattisgarh with a length of about 122 kms is being executed by Chhattisgarh East West Rail Ltd (CEWRL) .

CEWRL is a joint venture company formed by South Eastern Coalfields Ltd (SECL), IRCON and Chhattisgarh government.

The project had been undertaken for evacuation of coal from SECL’s Gevra-Korba coalfields.

The Union Ministry of Coal has ensured Coal India Ltd (CIL) for getting Mand-Raigarh railway line project expedited to facilitate growth in offtake of coal from mines under South Eastern Coalfields Ltd (SECL) in Chhattisgarh.

Notably, the  coal requirement for the proposed Super Thermal Plant of NTPC Ltd at Lara would be met from Talaipalli Coal Block of Mand in Raigarh Coalfields, officials stated.NMDC Ltd is making an expenditure of Rs 41.16 crore for enabling facilities needed for doubling of railway line between Kirandul and Jagdalpur and Jagdalpur-Ambagaon section for augmentation of iron ore evacuation from Bailadila mines in Baster region of Chhattisgarh.

The company is also going for enhancement of production capacity enhancement of iron ore from 4.2 MTPA to 6 MTPA at its Bailadila Deposit no 10 in Dantewada district of South Bastar region in Chhattisgarh, officials informed.

It has already commenced work for setting up the 2.0 MTPA Pellet Plant at Nagarnar near Jagdalpur in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, officials informed.

Notably, the company has made a capital expenditure of Rs 4.76 crore as on September 2016 for development of its Bailadila iron ore mines in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh during the last financial year, officials informed.

The company is now going for construction of the 5th iron ore screening line at its existing screening plant number 2 at Bailadila Iron Ore Mine at Kirandul complex in Dantewada district of Bastar region.

It may also be recalled that NMDC has proposed to use its mine lease area at Deposit number 4 located at Bailadila range of hills at Bhansi near Bacheli in South Bastar’s Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh for meeting the raw material requirement ‘exclusively’ for its upcoming 3 MTPA Integrated Steel Plant at Nagarnar, officials informed.

The remaining iron ore quantity after meeting the requirement of integrated steel plant at Nagarnar from  Deposit 4 will be sold to domestic customers in Chhattisgarh, they informed.

The Deposit – 4 iron ore mine will be developed as a ‘standalone project’ with an estimated investment of Rs 1899.74 crores. Notably, NMDC proposes for mining the Deposit number 4 iron ore mine with a production capacity of 7.0 MTPA in the mine lease area of 646.596 hectares.

Notably, NMDC’s iron ore requirement for the steel plant would be 5 MTPA. The exploration work was done at Bailadila Deposit No. 4 by NMDC in the year back in 1972-74. The ore reserves were proved by detailed exploration activities.

The Deposit 4 has a production capacity of 7.0 MTPA and spread in a mining lease area of 646.596 hectares.

In addition to the mining lease area, 95.13 hectares forest land is identified for development of infrastructure such as downhill conveyor, screening plant, loading plant and approach road etc.

Further, 50 hectares of non-forest land is also required for installation of railway stock yard, administrative building, loading plant (part), tailing dam, STP and township etc.

The existing iron ore production from other Bailadila mines is catering to requirements of large steel plants and also to local sponge iron / pelletplants in Chhattisgarh.

Mining plan along with progressive mine closure plan has been approved by Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), for production capacity of 7.0 MTPA vide their letter no: No 314(3)/2012-MCCM (CZ)/MP-19 dated July 26, 2013, officials informed.

NMDC is operating iron ore mines at Bailadila Complex in South Bastar Dantewada District Chhattisgarh and is having long terms commitment for supply of iron ore to major steel plants across the country. Hence, J.V. Company between NMDC and Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corporation (CMDC)  i.e NMDC-CMDC (NCL) was formed for development of a new deposit in the already prospected areas i.e Bailadila Deposit-4 with a production capacity of 7 MTPA for meeting the iron ore requirement of Steel plant of NMDC at Nagarnar, near Jagdalpur.

It is doing a complete Energy Audit for Bailadila Iron Ore Mine at Deposit 14 and 11C at Kirandul complex and Deposit 5, 10 and 11A at Bacheli Complex in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.

The company is also planning to construct a ‘rapid iron ore loading system’ with a capacity of 14 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) at its Kirandul complex in Bastar, officials informed.

Adding yet another feather to its cap, NMDC’s Bailadila Iron ore Mine at Bacheli Complex in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh has bagged the prestigious ‘FIMI Golden Jubilee Award for Excellence’.

On the basis of best practices adopted, improvement over the last 10 years, excellence in environment management, social awareness, health and safety, overall mine performance and exemplary Reclamation & Rehabilitation (R&R) efforts by Bailadila Iron Ore Mine at Bacheli Complex, the Federation of Indian Mineral Industry (FIMI) has awarded NMDC’s flagship mine for this One Time Special Award, a company press release informed.

Jeypore-Malkangiri Railway line project still hangs in balance

NABARANGPUR: After much anticipation, the land acquisition for the 38 km-long broad gauge railway link between Nabarangpur and Jeypore has finally started. However, the fate of much-awaited project Jeypore-Malkangiri railway link still hangs in balance as Centre and State are now at logger heads over cost sharing.

A broad gauge rail line of 130 kilometres from Jeypore to Malkangiri will be set up under the project that aims at socio-economic development and put Malkangiri on the railway map.

A special land acquisition officer has been appointed to oversee the affairs of Nabarangpur-Jeypore and Jeypore-Malkangiri projects.

As per the detailed project report, land acquisition for Nabarangpur-Jeypore railway project will be carried out in 29 villages, official sources said.

On the other hand, uncertainty looms over the new railway link between Jeypore and Malkangiri as the project remains a non-starter due to Centre-State fight over land cost bearing for the project.

According to reports, the state government had initially offered to bear 25 percent of the land cost on sharing basis for the 130 km long railway line and had signed a MoU in 2016.

Even though the project was slated to be completed within six years of the signing of the link and an outlay of Rs 79 crore was made in the railway budget of 2016-17, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) had raised doubts over the viability of the project running through the red corridor.

As per the MoU, the state government had agreed to bear 25 per cent cost of project and land as well while the rest was to be borne by the Centre. But a letter from the ECoR to bear 100 per cent of the land cost had created controversy later.

After meeting with the state government in this regard this August, 2017 the ECoR had proposed the Niti Ayog to review the project.

Nabarangpur MP and Railway standing committee member Balabhadra Majhi has said that the move is against the spirit of the MoU.

“Once the government has sanctioned to move forward with the project after proposing to provide 25 percent of the land cost, the recent developments are unwarranted and have led to loss of valuable time,”

“We have received the go-ahead for the project and presently land for the project will be acquired at four villages which included Sindhiguda, Kenduguda, and Pujariguda,” Special Land Acquisition Officer Bhim Manseth said.

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CCTV Cameras in Locomotives to track Loco Pilots

CHENNAI: For the first time ever, Southern Railway has installed CCTV cameras in a WAP 7 locomotive to monitor loco pilots during train operation. Highly placed sources told that as a pilot project, two CCTV cameras and voice recorders have been installed on a WAP 7, a third generation passenger locomotive, a month ago at Royapuram AC Electric Loco shed.

“Initially, the surveillance cameras will record the tracks and a portion of the cabin. A voice recorder has also been installed in the loco cabin. The loco will be monitored closely for three months on parameters such as loco pilot behaviour, difficulties in navigating the operating tools and troubleshooting process. If it works well, it would be replicated in more locomotives. Passenger train locos will be given top priority,” said an official.

Sources said installing CCTV cams were part of the recommendations made by a task force in June this year. The panel was constituted to improve the safety of train operation in the wake of repeated rail accidents.

“Monitoring the loco pilots is essential for safe operation of trains. It has been found that a majority of safety violations, including signal jumping, derailment and non-adherence to speed restrictions happen mostly when drivers are taking calls on their mobile phones. Now, they will exercise more vigil while on duty,” the official said.

Predictably, the loco pilots association is upset. The cams, it said, would only put the loco pilots under pressure and not improve rail safety.

All India Loco Running Staff Association general secretary V Balachandran said removing loco pilots from service for jumping the red light has not reduced train accidents in any part of the country. “Railways should install cell phone jammer at loco cabins, besides providing train protection warning system, a technology that stops the train automatically if the loco crosses the red light. Also, the location of brakes, accelerator and monitoring screen should be standardised and kept in the same location in all types of locomotives,” he said.

At least 10 drivers have been removed from service in Southern Railway in the last two years for jumping red lights. There are about 4,600 drivers working in six divisions of Southern Railway. Of them, more than 15 percent of loco pilots were involved in safety violations, said sources. The railway passengers association welcomed the move and urged railways to install CCTVs in all locos as early as possible.

T Mohammed Mubeen, a member of the divisional rail users consultative committee (DRUCC), Chennai division, said unlike buses, flights and trucks, trains carry more than 2,500 passengers in one go. “Hence, it is essential to monitor loco pilots for the safety of passengers. Railways should install CCTV cameras at the earliest,” he said.

According to official records, Arakkonam AC electrical loco shed is one of oldest loco sheds in the country housing about 130 freight electrical locos, while Erode and Royapuram totally hold about 270 passenger locomotives of several types including WAP 4 and WAP 7.

Tiruchy Diesel Loco Shed, one of the premier sheds of Southern Railway accommodates around 130 locomotives of different types. Around 350 locomotives are maintained at Tondairpet, Erode and Ernakulam Diesel Loco Sheds.

In August 2017, Vellore JM Court awarded 10 years imprisonment and imposed penalty on a 47-year-old motorman for causing an accident near Arakkonam in 2011 in which 12 passengers died and 86 were injured. He was found guilty of talking over mobile phone when the tragedy occurred.

Pilots want sound-proof, air-conditioned cabins

The All India Loco Running Staff Association has urged the Railways to fulfil their long-pending demands, including sound-proof, air-conditioned cabins and toilets for pilots

In a memorandum sent to the Railway Board, the association said high noise levels inside the cabins had caused hearing loss to thousands of loco pilots and assistant loco pilots after retirement. “Hearing level of many loco pilots has come down even before the age of 45,” alleged the association’s south zone general secretary V Balachandran.

The control cabinets of the LHB power generator are noise proof and such provision should also be made for locomotives, he said.

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Greens up in arms against Mysuru-Madikeri and Mysuru-Thalassery rail line projects

Greens Cry Foul over Railway Line cutting through Kodagu, fear destruction of Forests

MYSORE: Activism is building up in Kodagu with local environmentalists campaigning hard against any new railway proposals on the grounds that it is inimical to the ecology of the district.

This includes the Mysuru-Madikeri railway line for which the survey work has already been completed. The other project is the Mysuru-Thalassery railway line, the survey of which was approved in the general budget for 2017-18.

The Mysuru-Madikeri railway line was listed in the Railway Budget 2016-17 under “new line” category at an estimated cost of ₹667 crore and the techno-economic survey was completed. But the project — originally mooted over 100 years ago — did not gain further traction. The funding was to be made under the extra budgetary allocation, but it is stuck in the maze of bureaucracy.

Similarly, the Mysuru-Thalassery railway line was mooted almost 60 years ago but it remained on paper. However, there is fresh traction for a new survey reckoned to have a new alignment so as to bypass the forestland, national parks and so on and avoid eco-sensitive zones.

But a senior official in the Forest Department told that the proposal was still in a “very preliminary stage” and it was too premature to comment on its likelihood of securing environmental clearance. However, the project has political support in Kerala as it reduces the travel time between North Kerala and Bengaluru, he added.

Meanwhile, C.P. Muthanna of Coorg Wildlife Society (CWS), said that they have already expressed their opposition to railway lines to Kodagu. “The State government has been apprised of the negative environmental fallout of railway projects passing through Kodagu as a whole and district in-charge Minister M.R. Seetharaman has agreed to write to the Centre opposing it,” said Mr. Muthanna.

Besides, Kodagu is already saddled with high human-elephant conflict and such projects would dismember or disturb the habitat further and accentuate the conflict, according to CWS.

The organisation recently conducted a Save Cauvery rally expressing fears over the environmental implications of major infrastructure projects that could cut through the forest area of the district and erode its green cover.

The Mysuru-Talassery railway line passes through Piriyapattana-Thithimathi-Balele-Kutta-Manandavadi-Kootuparambu-Talassery.

Environmentalists fear the destruction of vast area of forest if the railway line passes through Kodagu district.

It was Suresh Prabhu as a Railway Minister who gave green signal for the railwayline between Mysuru-Kushalnagar, covering a distance of 84 km. In the first phase, the government had even earmarked Rs 667 crore.

The railways had carried out survey of the route twice in the past. The work on land acquisition and laying of tracks are pending. There is also a proposal before the Centre to extend the route to Madikeri.

Environmentalists state, “If railway connectivity has to be provided to Kodagu district then restrict it to Kushalnagar. If it is extended to Madikeri, then there is a possibility of destruction of Aanekadu reserve forest, thousands of acres of coffee estates near Kedakal and Suntikoppa. The felling of thousands of trees will directly affect the rain pattern the region.”

The demand for railway connectivity to Kodagu was raised when R Gundurao was the Chief Minister. Those who have been supporting the project have been submitting petitions demanding railway connectivity for the last three decades.

Those who are supporting the project feel that the railway connectivity will promote tourism in the district. Without railway connectivity, the farm produce cannot be transported to Mumbai and Kolkatta.

Sources said that Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has shown keen interest in Mysuru-Talassery railway line. He has held talks with the Railway Board and has asked them to prepare a proposal on land acquisition and estimate for the project.

MLA K G Bopaiah said “In the backdrop of stiff opposition to the project, it is not right on the part of the bureaucrats of both the states to hold a discussion on the same. The project should be stalled.”

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SWR to run Bengaluru-Karwar/Kannur-Bengaluru Train Via.Shravanabelagola New Line

HUBBALLI:  After commissioning of Bengaluru-Hassan New Railway Line, there was a persistent demand from the public to run combined train No. 16517/16518, KSR Bengaluru-Kannur- KSR Bengaluru and Train No. 16523/16524, KSR Bengaluru-Karwar – KSR Bengaluru train via the new line as it is the shorter route to reach Mangaluru compared to that via Mysuru. To fulfil their demand and also keeping in mind the need of passengers travelling to Mangaluru from Mysuru, Railway has decided to divert KSR Bengaluru- Kannur /Karwar –KSR Bengaluru train to run via Shravanabelagola route for 4 days in a Week duly changing Train Numbers, Days of services and timings. For the remaining 3 days the train will run via Mysuru without any change in existing timings.

Accordingly, the diverted combined Train No. 16511/16513, KSR Bengaluru-Kannur /Karwar Express via Shravanabelagola will leave KSR Bengaluru at 19:15 hours on every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with effect from 10th February, 2018 and reaches Mangalore Central at 06:20 hours next day. Enroute, the train arrives/departs Yesvanpur at 19:28/19:30hrs., Kunigal at 20:44/20:45 hrs., B.G.Nagar at 21:15/21:16 hrs., Shravanabelagola at 21:51/21:52 hrs., Channarayapatna at 22:01/22:02 hrs., Hassan at 23:05/23:10 hrs., Sakleshpur at 00:05/00:15 hrs., Subhramanya Road at 03:30/03:35 hrs., Yedamangala at 03:50/03:52 hrs., Kabakaputtur at 04:18/04:20 hrs., Bantawal at 04:58/05:00 hrs. and Mangalore Junction at 05:58/06:00 hrs. In this route, the travelling time between KSR Bengaluru and Mangalore Central will reduce by 45 minutes. From Mangalore Central, Train No. 16511, KSR Bengaluru-Kannur Express departs at 06:40 hrs. to reach Kannur at 10:00 hrs. Enroute the train arrives/departs Kasargod at 07:28/07:30 hrs., Kanhangad at 07:53/07:55 hrs., Payyanur at 09:08/09:10 hrs. From Mangalore Central, Train No. 16513, KSR Bengaluru- Karwar Express departs at 07:00 hrs. to reach Karwar at 12:30 hrs. Enroute, the train arrives/departs Suratkal at 07:51/07:52 hrs., Mulki at 08:03/08:04 hrs., Udupi at 08:29/08:30 hrs., Barkur at 08:45/08:46 hrs., Kundapur at 09:04/09:05 hrs., Mookambika Road Byndoor at 09:40/09:41 hrs., Bhatkal at 09:57/09:58 hrs., Murdeshwar at 10:19/10:20 hrs., Honnavar at 10:49/10:50 hrs. (experimental halt), Kumta at 11:03/11:04 hrs., Gokarna Road at 11:23/11:24 hrs. and Ankola at 11:35/11:36 hrs. In return direction, the diverted combined Train No. 16512/16514, Kannur/Karwar-KSR Bengaluru Express via Shravanabelagola will run on every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with effect from 11th February, 2018 with no change in timings from Kannur/Karwar upto Hassan. From Hassan the train departs at 02:50 hrs. to reach KSR Bengaluru at 06:55 hrs. Enroute, the train arrives/ departs Channarayapatna at 03:39/03:40 hrs., Shravanabelagola at 03:50/03:51 hrs., B.G. Nagar at 04:25/04:26hrs., Kunigal at 04:59/05:00hrs. and Yesvantpur at 06:38/06:40 hrs. In this route, the travelling time between Mangalore Central and KSR Bengaluru will reduce by 1hour 25 minutes. Days of service from Bengaluru have been made as Wednesday to Saturday for facilitating passengers travelling from Bengaluru to their native towns in coastal region for weekends. Similarly, days of service from Mangalore have been chosen as Sunday to Wednesday to facilitate passengers of coastal region visiting Bengaluru to attend office work.

Combined Tri-Weekly Train No. 16517/16523, KSR Bengaluru-Kannur/Karwar Express via Mysuru will run on every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with effect from 11th February, 2018 without any change in existing timings. In return direction Train No. 16518/16524, Kannur/Karwar-KSR Bengaluru Tri-weekly Express via Mysuru will run on every Thursday, Friday and Saturday with effect from 15th February, 2018 without any change in existing timings.

SER cancels several Winter Special Trains via Tatanagar due to maintenance work

JAMHSHEDPUR: The South Eastern Railway on Monday announced the cancellation of several winter special trains. Several of these trains including those passing through Tatanagar and various other railway stations under Chakradharpur Railway Division have been cancelled.

The circular issued by Garden Reach, the Kolkata-based headquarters of South Eastern Railway said that the 02822 Santragachi-Pune Special leaving Santragachi on November 18, the 02834 Santragachi-Rajkot Special leaving Santragachi on November 17, 08093 Shalimar-Bhanjpur Special leaving Shalimar on November 17 and 02833 Rajkot-Santragachi Special leaving Rajkot on November 19 will remain cancelled.

The 02822 Santragachi-Pune Special train reaches Tatanagar on Saturdays at 10 pm while the 02834Santragachi-Rajkot Special reaches here at 12.50 pm on Friday. The 08093 Shalimar-Bhanjpur Special reaches here around midnight of every Friday while the 02833 Rajkot-Santragachi Special reaches here on every Tuesday at 12.45 pm.

A SER spokesperson said, ” We have cancelled all 16 special trains between November 17 and 19 for installation work of new electronic interlocking system and remodelling of railway yard at the Kharagpur railway station. Of 16, four special trains travel via Tatanagar and other railway stations on the Howrah-Mumbai route.”

Two other special trains 08628 Ranchi-Howrah Special leaving Ranchi on November 19 and 08627 Howrah-Ranchi Special leaving Howrah on November 19 would also remain cancelled because of the track work at Kharagpur junction.

On the other hand Its seems there are no end to the woes of passengers as fog in the northern parts of the country, particularly the national capital New Delhi, has taken a toll on train schedules.

As many as four trains — New Delhi – Puri Neelanchal Express, New Delhi- Bhubaneshwar SamparkKranti Express, Bhubaneshwar- New Delhi Rajdhani Express and Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Superfast Express are getting delayed at Tatanagar from past one week.

Railway officials said that dense fog in the northern parts of the country is taking a toll on movement of passenger trains. ” We have opened an extra counter at the railway station for refund of tickets and also to inform the passengers about the latest status of trains,” said an official.

Officials at the ticket booking counter said that several passengers are opting for cancellation of tickets due to delayed running of the train. 

Railways orders Enquiry in Rivalry leading to Train Delays

Due to rivalry between the two railway zones to maintain a better punctuality record, half a dozen express trains were kept waiting for the green signal on the outer circle of Palwal, 85km from New Delhi, on the Nizamuddin-Agra route from 4:15pm to 5:30pm.  Two organisations — All India Train Controllers’ Associations and Indian Railway Loco Running Men Organisation — confirmed that trains are halted at interchanging points between two zones due to such rivalries.

NEW DELHI: The Railway Board has asked senior officials of the two zones, Northern Railway (NR) and North Central Railway (NCR), to investigate and find out officers responsible for halting more than half a dozen trains on November 8 at the outer circle of Palwal Railway Station.

Due to rivalry between the two railway zones in order to maintain a better punctuality record, half a dozen express trains were kept waiting for the green signal on the outer circle of Palwal, 85km from New Delhi, on the Nizamuddin-Agra route from 4:15pm to 5: 30pm.

“The Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal, viewed the incident as a serious one and asked for an urgent report,” said a close source in the Railway Board.

Railway sources had informed that NR’s Delhi division deliberately halted trains under the NCR zones to dent its punctuality record.

Two organisations — All India Train Controllers’ Associations and Indian Railway Loco Running Men Organisation — confirmed that trains are halted at interchanging points between two zones due to such rivalries.

In another case, a goods train, the SBLT Special – running between Jhansi and Jodhpur — was halted for 11 hours on November 8 from 10.15 on Wednesday night to 9am on Thursday, at Utawar station near Alwar as NWR allegedly refused to enter the train in its zone due to a similar reason.

In 2002, former railway minister Nitish Kumar had increased the number of zones from nine to 16 to strengthen railway operations and administrative control.

“Interchange punctuality is a good initiative towards operational efficiency but the purpose seems partially defeated if ego or inter zone competition become unhealthy and starts affecting overall efficiency, like incidents in Palwal or Utawar,” said Sanjay Pandhi, working president, Indian Railway Loco Running Men Organisation.

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After 11-yr struggle, Sunam Railway Station named after Udham Singh

SUNAM: After a struggle of 11 years, Sunam residents have succeeded in getting their railway station renamed to Sunam Udham Singh Wala. Railway authorities issued a notification in this regard two days back.

The then state government had issued a notification on January 25, 2006 to change the name of the town to Sunam Udham Singh Wala, but did not follow up the matter with the Railways properly, causing considerable delay.

The name was changed to pay respect to martyr Udham Singh who belonged to the town.

But when the state authorities failed to take up the matter with the Railways, residents started efforts for it in 2006.

When repeated requests of residents fell on deaf ears, Jatinder Jain, a local RTI activist, requested Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate HC Arora to file a PIL in November 2014.

Jain said, “Arora sent a legal notice to the Railway Ministry for the delay in the matter on December 12, 2014.

“The ministry replied that it did not have any problem with the name change, but it had not received the mandatory proposal and documents from the state government. All steps had only been taken verbally. It made things clear to all that the state government was at fault, not the Railways.”

Jain said Arora again filed a PIL in 2016 and in December, the Punjab Government informed that it had sent a proper proposal to the Union Home Ministry to change the name of the railway station.

“Since December, we have been regularly following up the matter with the Railways,” said Jain.

Dalip Yadav, commercial inspector of Railways posted at Sangrur, confirmed that Railways had issued a notification to change the name of the railway station and they have started the process.

“We will change the board and other material of Sunam station to Sunam Udham Singh Wala on Monday,” said Yadav.

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NFR aims to make Northeast Frontier Railway stand tall, literally

GUWAHATI: Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) seems determined to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of making the Northeast a link between mainland India and Southeast Asia a reality.

After making the Northeast host India’s longest river bridge – Bhupen Hazarika Setu over Lohit river linking Dhola with Sadiya in Tinsukia district of Assam that was inaugurated by the Prime Minister in May this year –NFR is now set to make the region even prouder by making it host the world’s highest bridge.

The Railways is now coming up with the world’s tallest rail girder bridge over river Irang near Imphal on the new Jiribam-Imphal broad gauge (BG) line in Manipur. To measure 141 metres in height, it will eclipse the current world record holder Mala-Rijeka viaduct in Montenegro in Europe (139 metres) when completed.

To measure 602 metres in length, the bridge is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 290 crore. Already 80% of pile foundation work is complete. And two firms – Simplex Infrastructures Ltd and Braithwaite Burn & Jessop Construction Company Limited – have been engaged by NFR to execute the project.

The Railways is also mulling to develop the bridge site as a tourist spot in co-ordination with Manipur government due to its scenic location and tall piers. And what will make the entire project a real treat to watch is the panoramic view that it promises to offer to railway travellers. For, after meandering its way through a mountain, the line will pass over the tallest bridge before entering an 11.5-km tunnel immediately at the other end and then reach Tupul railway station.

And according to sources, not just the bridge (codenamed bridge no. 164), the entire 111-km Jiribam-Imphal BG rail line will test to the limit the technical prowess of NFR. The new railway line will have 37 tunnels with a total length of 56 km, besides 22 big bridges.

The location of the bridge is in a very high seismic zone and heavy wind speeds have required adoption of state-of-the-art design and construction techniques. Site specific earthquake studies have been conducted and detailed model studies in wind tunnels have been performed to ensure a safe and sustainable design.

The total estimated cost of the entire Jiribam-Imphal BG rail line is Rs 9,657 crore. NFR has set a target of 2020 for completion of the project.

NFR’s Chief Engineer (Construction) A. Saibaba told that the project is very challenging, but added that when completed it will be one of the most challenging projects undertaken by Indian Railways.

He said NFR is trying to meet the target of 2020 for completing the project and that 11 km of the 111-km line has already been completed.

With CRB’s in-principle approval for Rs.25000-Cr. prioritised projects, KRDCL to submit DPRs by Dec end

TIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani giving in-principle approval for the Rs. 25,000-crore prioritised projects of the State, Kerala Railway Development Corporation Ltd (KRDCL) is gearing up to submit the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for key projects by December end.

The move by the KRDCL, a special purpose vehicle between the State and Railways to execute viable railway projects on a 51:49 cost-sharing basis, within days of the in-principle nod is aimed at securing allocation for the projects in the coming Union Budget.

The KRDCL has already roped in Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd to prepare and submit the DPR for the 247-km Thalassery-Mysuru railway line, estimated to cost Rs. 3,209 crore, before December 31.

The KRDCL has held discussions with RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Services) for studying the feasibility of laying the third and fourth line along the 575-km rail corridor from Thiruvananthapuram Central to Kasaragod. The corridor will cost Rs. 16,600 crore and the priority is for laying third and fourth lines along the 125-km line up to Chengannur to operate the RRTS (Regional Rapid Transit System) for short-distance commuters.

RITES will be asked to submit the DPR at the earliest. The report for the initial 125 km, estimated to cost Rs. 1,943 crore, has been prepared by the KRDCL, sources said.

The DPR for a rail corridor to Vizhinjam seaport from Balaramapuram is with Railways.

Railway hub

The DPR will also be worked out in two months for the railway hub proposed on 47 acres at the old railway station in Ernakulam. The aim is to operate north-bound trains from this hub, sources said.

The KRDCL is also trying to prepare DPRs for the 65-km Erumely-Punalur line, estimated to cost Rs. 1,600 crore, and the 15-km Ettumanur-Pala line as part of the Angamaly-Sabari line to get budgetary support, sources said.

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Transportation between India and Bangladesh – The Lifeline, so near, so far

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flags off Bandhan Express in New Delhi on Thursday. Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee join via video conferencing.

DHAKA/KOLKATA: Last week, Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina, and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, flagged off the Kolkata-Khulna Bandhan Express, to follow in the tracks of the erstwhile Barisal Express, which was stopped during the 1965 war with Pakistan. The weekly service, which will start rolling on Thursday, will cross the international border at Petrapol outside Bongaon in North 24-Parganas district, and will be the second train to Bangladesh after the Kolkata-Dhaka Maitree Express. Given how they are juxtaposed geographically and culturally, the two countries, and especially India’s Northeast, stand to gain enormously from closer road and rail links. Efforts have, however, progressed slowly.

Agartala-Dhaka-Kolkata, 910 km

Service on the 490 km Agartala-Dhaka route began in September 2003, and ran irregularly until January 2015, when it was stopped for security reasons. Service was restarted in May 2015 on an extended Agartala-Dhaka-Kolkata route (910 km). The Tripura Road Transport Corporation, Shyamali Paribahan Ltd of Bangladesh, and West Bengal Road Transport Corporation ran two weekly trips each, making it a daily service barring Sunday. But this service, too, has become irregular.

Guwahati-Shillong-Dhaka, 450 km

Formally inaugurated in December 2015, but service did not continue.

TRAIN Kolkata-Dhaka Maitree Express

In 2008, rail links disrupted by hostility with erstwhile East Pakistan were reestablished, the 375 km route crossing the border at Gede on the Indian side and Darshana on the Bangladesh side. The Maitree Express runs six days a week, and was, until the November 9 inauguration of the Bandhan Express, the only rail link with Bangladesh.

Agartala-Dhaka service

No seamless service between Agartala and Dhaka, but people from Tripura cross the border at the Integrated Check Post on Agartala’s outskirts and take a tempo or taxi to the railway station at Akhaura in Bangladesh to catch a train to Dhaka. A 15-km line between Agartala and Akhaura being built by the Indian Railways is set for completion by the end of 2018. Agartala has recently got a direct train to Sealdah (Kolkata) via Badarpur, Haflong, Lumding, Guwahati and New Jalpaiguri, a 37-hour journey that an Agartala-Dhaka-Kolkata train can cover in less than a third of this time.

Siliguri-Parbatipur link

A line links Siliguri in North Bengal to Parbatipur in northern Bangladesh, by which India sent a 42-wagon consignment of high speed diesel manufactured by Numaligarh Refinery in Assam in March 2017. But there is no regular goods train movement on this route, and passenger services are unlikely soon, given trans-border crimes and infiltration in the North Bengal sector.

BOAT

Kolkata-Dibrugarh waterway through Dhaka and Guwahati, started in 1844 by the East India Company and shut after the 1965 war, was recently reopened. Cargo vessels have been occasionally plying through Bangladesh under a Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade. Heavy machinery and equipment for the Numaligarh refinery and Lower Subansiri hydroelectric project in Arunachal Pradesh have been transported by this route.

In 2011, heavy over-dimensional consignments of turbines and other machinery for the Palatana power project in Tripura were shipped through Ashuganj port in Bangladesh. When the Lumding-Badarpur railway was shut for gauge conversion last year, India moved foodgrains to Tripura by waterways through Bangladesh, saving on both time and transportation costs.

ROAD TRANSPORT

Kolkata-Dhaka-Northeast seamless cargo

In November 2015, seamless road cargo transport between Kolkata and Agartala through Bangladesh was tried out successfully under the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA) for Regulation of Passenger, Personnel and Cargo Vehicular Traffic, signed by these countries in June that year. Regular services are yet to start.

NORTHEAST, THE BIGGEST BENEFICIARY

The creation of East Pakistan — and subsequently, Bangladesh — significantly increased the distance between the Northeast and the Indian mainland. Until 1947, a train to Guwahati from Kolkata took hardly 12 hours. Today, despite increased speeds, the journey takes at least 18 hours by the fastest train, while a normal train — such as the Kamrup Express — takes almost 24 hours through Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri.

Before Partition, people travelled from Guwahati to Kolkata via Lalmonirhat, in the Bangladesh district close to where the Brahmaputra crosses the border. Trains between Assam and Kolkata through East Pakistan stopped in 1947; trains between West Bengal and East Pakistan stopped after the 1965 war.

Set up Rail Wagon or Locomotive factory at Kantabanji: urges Odisha’s Oppn.Leader

BHUBANESWAR: Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Narasingha Mishra on Sunday warned that if a rail locomotive or wagon industry at Kantabanji in Balangir district is not set up, the dissatisfaction and wrath of the people may lead to an explosive situation in near future.

In a statement, Mishra said, “Balangir is a very backward and underdeveloped district in Odisha.

Lack of job opportunities push lakhs of people of the district to migrate every year to the brick kilns and construction sites of developed States as seasonal workers.

Because of this, a proposal was placed for the setting up of a rail locomotive or wagon industry at Kantabarij, the epicentre of seasonal migration, where a huge patch of around 700 acres of land was identified for the purpose.”

“Setting up of the industry will definitely lead to absorption of the unemployed of the region and minimise migration.

In case the genuine demand of the people of this region is suppressed or overlooked on one plea or other, the dissatisfaction and wrath of the people may lead to an explosive situation in near future.”

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Six Village Councils on NFR reiterates their collective decision to prevent construction works for Dimapur-Zubza rail line

DIMAPUR: Six village councils – Dhansiripar, Zutovi, Pimla, Khemnok, Razaphe Basa and Shokhuvi – have reiterated their collective decision to prevent construction works for “Nagaland rail project” (Dimapur-Zubza railway connection).

The councils issued a joint press release on Sunday informing that even as the “complete stoppage of works of the Nagaland rail project” by the six villages in their respective jurisdiction enters the 12th day, the state government has remained silent.

The silence of the authorities, they stated, was ‘becoming a big question’. according to the statement, several attempts by the councils to meet the chief minister as well as the chief secretary have not been successful till date.

“It was either denial or suppression of the demand for review of the discrepancy in the payment of land compensation. Mention may be made that the Railway authority through a written (sic) stated to have paid Rs. 25/-psf and the state govt. release Rs. 3.75 p over and above 25/- which is intriguing.

Despite having already a rate fixed by the cabinet the six villages were paid the lowest rate…therefore the stoppage of ongoing rail project works would be continued indefinitely as resolved which should not be considered as against the rail connectivity process”.

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Northeast Frontier Railway to standardise Rakes to ease operational constraint

GUWAHATI: To ease the operational constraints and ensure better availability of rakes for the running of trains on time, the NF Railway is going for standardisation of rakes, informed CPRO/NF Railway Pranav Jyoti Sharma in a press note.

“By this, any train can be made ready for departure even when its incoming link rake is delayed for some reason or the other. Every incoming rake requires a time of at least 7 hours for thorough inspection and cleaning of the pit line. If the incoming rake is late, an identical rake of the same composition can be used to run the service. Thus punctuality can be ensured” detailed the press note received here.

For the interest of rail users as well as for maintaining punctuality of trains, six rakes of train no.15960/15969 Dibrugarh-Howrah Express, 12526-12525 Dibrugarh-Coimbatore Express and 15906-15905 Dibrugarh-Kanyakumari Express with composition of 2 nos.SLR, 5 nos. General second class, 1 no.AC two tier, 3 nos. AC three tier, 11 nos. Sleeper class and 1 no. pantry car coaches; while four rakes of train no. 15903-15904 Dibrugarh-Chandigarh Express,15930-15929 Dibrugarh-Madras Express and 15933-15934 Dibrugarh-Amritsar Express with the composition of 2 nos. SLR, 2 nos. General second class, 1 no.AC two tier, 4 nos. AC three tier, 13 nos. sleeper class and 1 no. pantry car coaches, Dibrugarh based trains have already been standardised.

Four rakes of Guwahati-based train no. 15648/15647 Guwahati-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express, 15630/15629 Guwahati-Madras Express and 15646-15645 Guwahati- Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express with the composition of 2 nos.SLR, 2 nos. General second class, 1 no.AC two tier, 4 nos. AC three tier, 13 nos. sleeper class and 1 no. Pantry car coaches as well as two rakes of train no.15624/15623 Kamakhya-Bhagat ki kothi Express and 15655/15656 Kamakhya- Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Express with the composition of 2 nos.Chair car, 6 nos.General second class, 6 nos.Sleeper class , 2nos. AC two tier , 4 nos. AC three tier coaches; along with 15620/1519 Kamakhya-Gaya and 15621/15622 Kamakhya-Anand Vihar Expresswith the composition of 2 nos. SLR, 2 nos.General second class , 1 no.AC two tier , 2 nos.AC three tier and 8 nos. Sleeper class coaches have been standardised.

In the next phase it has been notified to standardise six rakes of Guwahati-based train no. 12505/12506 Guwahati-Anand Vihar Express, 15651-15652, 15653/15654 Guwahati-Jammu Tawi Express with the composition of 2 nos. SLR, 2nos. general second class, 1 no. AC two tier,2 nos. AC three tier , 8 nos. Sleeper class coaches together with four rakes of train no. 12508/12507, 12516/12515 Guwahati-Trivandrum Express, 15636/15635 Guwahati-Okha Express and 12514/12513 Guwahati-Secunderabad Express with the composition of 2 nos.SLR, 2 nos.General second class, 1 no.AC two tier, 4 nos. AC three tier, 13 nos. sleeper class and 1 no. Pantry car coaches.

In addition to these, the press note stated that Kamakhya-based two rakes of train no. 15668/15667 Kamakhya-Gandhidham Express, 22512/22513 Kamakhya- Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express have been notified for standardisation with composition of 2 nos.SLR, 2 nos.General second class , 1no. AC two tier , 4 nos.AC three tier ,10 nos. sleeper class and 1 no.Pantry car coaches. Similarly, two rakes of train no. 15640/15643 Kamakhya-Puri Express and 82506/82505 Kamakhya-Pune Express are also notified for standardisation with the composition of 2 nos.SLR, 4 nos. General second class , 1 no.AC two tier , 2 n AC three tier and 8 nos. sleeper class coaches.

Remove hawkers near Railway Stations : Petition in Bombay HC

Says Municipal Corporation should use home guards to remove hawkers

MUMBAI: A petition has been filed in the Bombay high court against the illegal hawkers near the railway stations in the city and the municipal regions. The petition has sought the removal of all the illegal hawkers as well as action against the civic and police officers who shelter these hawkers by taking bribes from them. The petition has been filed by journalist Ketan Tirodkar and is likely to be heard on Friday.

The petitioner has stated in the petition that he has himself visited the railways stations and the region that comes under the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), after coming to know about the practice of civic authorities, the Government Railway Police (GRP) and the Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel collecting ‘haftas’ from the hawkers to allow them to set up their stalls in the premises.

The petitioner also gave the example of `8 lakh being collected every month from the Kurla railway station and the nearby areas.

The petitioner has alleged that the overall collection of ‘haftas’ by the RPF and the GRP as well as the civil police and civic body officials is to the tune of `2,000 crore per month in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, spanning over Mumbai, Thane, and Palghar and Raigad districts. This includes both civil areas as well as railway premises.

The petitioner further states that the civic bodies like BMC, Thane Municipal Corporation and the likes cite reasons like being short-staffed for being unsuccessful in dealing with illegal hawkers. He states that the Maharashtra state has a security corporation and home guards with strength of thousands of personnel, which can be used to remove these hawkers. He also states that the government does not pay the home guards properly, and the civic bodies can bridge the gap by paying them for taking their help in removing the hawkers.

The Thane Municipal Corporation and Mumbai Metro Rail authority too have been availing the services of the state security corporation for regular functioning. Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation has been using services of private bouncers for erasing illegal construction and the removal of hawkers.

Mithila Artists transform Madhubani Railway Station with tradional Madhubani art

MADHUBANI: The Madhubani Railway station, in Bihar just got a make over. One of the oldest rail stations in India near Patna is now attracting tourists after hundreds of local Mithila artists adorned the walls of the station with world-famous Madhubani paintings. The excruciating work was undertaken as a Swachh Bharat mission and has been done free of cost as ‘Shramdaan’ in an attempt to promote the traditional art form. At least 7,000 sqft area at this Bihar station under the East Central Railway (ECR) has been decked up.

The first of its kind in Bihar, the officials of the Samastipur division say that this is the ‘largest’ depiction of Mithila artwork in the world and could even break any previous Guinness World Record.

The project started on October 2 with the aim not only as a beautification and cleanliness project but also to highlight the skill of the town’s artists. According to media reports, as the local artists did not take any money for their work, the colours, painting brushes and refreshments were provided by railway authorities. After the completion of the work, they were felicitated. The traditional Mithila artwork that originated in Nepal, uses the art to depict scenes from mythological texts and folklore.

Railways start putting up barbed wires to stop Mumbai commuters from crossing tracks

Mumbai suburban trains serve 8 million passengers daily. As part of various safety measures, Railways are sealing illegal entries and exits to reduce track deaths, as was recommended after safety audits at stations following the Elphinstone Road stampede. However, reducing the Dangerous Crowding on Mumbai’s Trains will take more than Increased Capacity

MUMBAI: For the first time ever, the Railways have started installing sharp, barbed metal wires – called concertina wires – to seal illegal entry and exit points on railway premises across Mumbai and dissuade people from crossing tracks.

Every year, around 3,000 people lose their lives on the local railway network. Of these, most people die while crossing tracks. To deter people, the Railways have, in the past, built cement-concrete walls along tracks, but there are many spots where the walls have been damaged or broken deliberately to allow illegal entries and exits.

On September 29, the Mumbai suburban train services saw one of the worst catastrophes in its history when 23 commuters lost their lives in a stampede at Elphinstone Road railway station. An enquiry committee of the highest level was formed, and the entire railway system is mobilizing to review and rework the way it provides passenger amenities and safety facilities.

Officials hope the wire fences will help reduce the number of track deaths.

The Railways have already started identifying vulnerable spots on the local suburban network and installing these spiked fences. Central Railway (CR) officials said they have fitted them along the tracks on the Thane-Airoli, Currey Road-Chinchpokli and Parel-Dadar stretches. “We are fixing wires at stretches commonly used to cross tracks,” said SK Jain, DRM.

The audit teams formed after the Elphinstone Road station stampede on September 29, to arrive at both short- and long-term measures to prevent a repetition of the incident that claimed 23 lives, recommended that a 17.5km-long concrete wall be built to seal railway boundaries.

Previously, the Railways have installed iron barricades between tracks at railway stations as people would hop across tracks to change platforms instead of using the foot over-bridges. These barricades have proved quite useful in stopping such trespasses at stations.

But this incident was about more than overcrowding a narrow foot bridge. It should compel policymakers to rethink transportation integration at a larger level.

Much of the focus after the deadly accident has been on adding more capacity. But if adding more train service was such an easy solution, then the World Bank-funded Mumbai Urban Transportation Project (MUTP), which has cumulatively invested more than $1.4 billion to upgrade and enhance suburban railway infrastructure, would have had a bigger impact by now. Instead, despite more than 2,800 suburban train services a day reaching some 8 million Mumbaikers, the average commuter still faces “super-dense crushed load” conditions, with up to 16 hapless commuters per square meter of train space.

In initiatives like MUTP, it is frequently assumed that new capacity will bring more comfort to riders. The first phase of MUTP aimed to bring down the number of passengers per train on the Western Railway during peak periods from 4,500 to 3,600, but could only achieve 4,016. The next phase started from a baseline of 5,400 peak hour passengers per train on the Western Railway route and set a more realistic target of 4,000, but could only achieve 5,257.

And herein lies the reason why project after project has failed to decongest Mumbai’s notorious rail system. Commuters are like water, always flowing through the path of least resistance. As long as the rail system is the only option for many people, more capacity will simply be filled with more demand. In the case of Mumbai suburban, the extra capacity created during peak hours was easily occupied by those who previously used other modes of public transport, private vehicles or previously traveled during non-peak hours. Indeed, after phase two of the MUTP, the World Bank’s independent evaluation group acknowledged that “better services increased demand more than had been expected.”

Yet, some policymakers have yet to learn these lessons. The third phase of MUTP is currently focused on quadrupling the length of track and adding additional train services.

To truly reduce congestion on suburban trains in the medium to long term, planning must take into account the bigger picture and become much more integrated.

Some 22 percent of commuters on Mumbai suburban trains travel less than 10 kilometers. Many could easily be shifted to non-motorized transport modes, like walking and cycling, if they had access to adequate and safe infrastructure. The example of congestion at Elphinstone Road is pertinent here. A large chunk of Central Railway route passengers get down at Dadar to catch the slow local to the next two stations, Elphinstone Road and Lower Parel. If there was well-developed cycling infrastructure integrated with the railway system, many commuters could easily cycle the 2.5-kilometer distance from Dadar to these stations instead.

It would take just a fraction of the $1.4 billion invested in MUTP projects to date to develop robust, sustainable cycling and walking infrastructure. Such changes would decongest trains far more effectively than adding more service. If needed, further mode shifts could be encouraged through fare changes to balance congestion and encourage healthy, sustainable modes of transport.

Why hasn’t this been done already? Fault lies with the institutional structure of the transport sector. India is the only country among the top 100 economies of the world where responsibility for transportation is segregated by mode across multiple government agencies. There is the Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Ministry of Shipping, and Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. Each handles some aspect of transport policy, but barely talks to the others. Add in the various state governments and you have a complex labyrinth of departments with virtually no convergence. There could be millions invested in a project within one ministry, but when an issue requires inter-departmental or inter-ministerial coordination, then no matter how beneficial the resolution might be for citizens, departmentalism makes it difficult to achieve. The case of universal ticketing for trains in Mumbai is a glaring example. After more than two years of futile attempts by the railways, Maharashtra Government and Mumbai Metro, there is nothing to show.

What Mumbai needs is not just more foot bridges, escalators and trains but a more mature and nuanced treatment of the transport policy landscape. Developing multiple modes of citizen-centric, integrated transport, with a focus on cheap and sustainable options, would go much farther toward preventing the next Elphinstone Road disaster than more tracks and more trains.

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Railway Passenger Amenities Committee inspects Railway Stations on SCR

During the course of the inspection, the Committee checked waiting halls, dormitories, retiring rooms, drinking water facility, lifts, escalators, station circulating area, Security Surveillance System and so on.

SECUNDERABAD: Members of Passenger Amenities Committee on Indian Railways visited Tirupati, Kacheguda, Hyderabad and Secunderabad Railway Stations of South Central Railway to undertake inspection of the quality of passenger amenities being maintained at these stations.

The Committee comprised of Shri Ladharam H. Nagwani; Shri B. Rajavardhan Reddy; Shri Lakshmi Prasad Jayaswal; Ms. Manisha Chatterjee; Shri Ramdheen Singh and Shri Prabhunath Chauhan.

The Committee inspected Hyderabad and Kacheguda Railway Stations on 8th November, 2017 and had a detailed inspection of Secunderabad Railway Station today i.e., 9th November, 2017. Prior to this, the Committee undertook inspection of Tirupati Railway Station.

During the course of their extensive inspection of these stations, the Committee checked various passenger amenities provided for passengers such as waiting halls, dormitories, retiring rooms, drinking water facility, lifts, escalators, station circulating area, Security Surveillance System (CCTV’s) etc.,

Later, during their interaction with Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, SCR at Rail Nilayam, the Committee members complimented the Zone for best upkeep of cleanliness standards at Stations and fool proof Security arrangements put in place for meeting the needs of passengers, with use of advanced technology.

The Committee opined that the practices and procedures adopted at Secunderabad Railway Station are excellent and can be taken as a Model Railway Station on entire Indian Railways.  The committee members also interacted with passengers and took feedback on facilities available at Stations.

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Safety Audit: NGO to identify issues at Mumbai Suburban Railway Stations

A safety sprawl will be conducted by ‘Safecity’ to understand issues with sexual harassment, infrastructure.

MUMBAI: Commuters travelling in local trains and crowded railway stations have been facing harassment issues every day. Recently there have been instances where women commuters had come forward to report about the harassment they faced while commuting at the railway stations.

In order to check how safe the railway stations in the city are, a group of activists along with citizens will be conducting a social audit called the ‘safety audit’ at three railway stations on the Western line.

While the first safety audit was conducted on November 8, Wednesday at Goregaon railway station, the other two social audits will be conducted in the afternoon at Andheri station on Thursday and Borivali railway stations on Friday.

The safety audit is organised by the NGO Safecity to evaluate and improve the safety of citizens by identifying problems and reporting it to the concern authorities.

As per the organisers, the objective of the safety audits is to assess the railway stations from the angle of safety and existing infrastructure. The organiser, said, “We will be communicating with commuters of all genders at the stations to understand the occurrence of sexual harassment at these stations. We are building an understanding of the needs of people and infrastructure for safer public transport (railways) and look forward to your suggestions.”

Other commuters who want to report any sexual harassment at stations can report it online at safecity.in.

A few years ago, as per a study conducted by another NGO revealed that many women have a tendency to not report instances of sexual harassment.

They have ignored sexual harassment faced by them or others out of fear of the consequences. It was also found that overcrowded trains, congested platforms, narrow footbridges make train travel more dangerous for women.

 

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Railways owes Rs.366 Crore to BMC in Water Bills

The Railways owes over Rs 366 crore to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) towards water supply bills, reply to an RTI query has revealed.

MUMBAI: The Railways owes over Rs 366 crore to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) towards water supply bills, reply to an RTI query has revealed.

While the Western Railway is yet to pay Rs 205.74 crore to the civic body till date from 2001, the Central Railway’s outstanding bill amount is Rs 161.04 crore during the same period.

Activist Samir Jhaveri had sought to know the total bill amount that is pending and yet to be received from the railway authorities towards water supply made by the BMC.

In its reply, the hydraulic department of the municipal corporation said, “Payment of water bills worth Rs 205.74 crore is pending with the Western Railway, while the Central Railway’s outstanding amount from the year 2001 to November 3, 2017, is Rs 161.04 crore.”

Jhaveri said, “While on the one hand, the BMC paid Rs 26 crore to the railway authorities for construction, repair and maintenance of the foot over bridges (FOBs) at railway stations in Mumbai, on the other hand, the transporter is defaulting on this huge amount to the civic body. The BMC could have adjusted this outstanding amount with the payment it made to the railways.”

“I requested the BMC Commissioner to invoke stringent rules and act accordingly to recover the outstanding amount within a stipulated time,” the activist added.

When asked, chief spokesperson for the Western Railway, Ravinder Bhakar, attributed this outstanding amount to “unresolved policy issues” with the BMC.

“We have been regularly paying water bills to the civic body. But earlier, the BMC levied sewerage charges as well, which is not in our policy to pay.

This amount has swelled up owing to the compound interest year on year. The actual amount is not so much.”

According to Bhakar, a meeting with senior officials of the WR and BMC is scheduled to take place this month.

“Both the sides hope that the old issue would be sorted out,” he added.

RTI queries filed by other activists in the past had revealed that apart from railways, other government agencies and departments are also in the defaulters’ list of the BMC for the non-payment of water bills.

“We have been sending several reminders and notices to recover the pending bills. We have even brought amnesty scheme. However, a few agencies came forward to pay, while few others still continue to be in the defaulters’ list,” a senior civic official said.

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Innanje to get a full-fledged Railway Station by November next

Part of the Konkan Railway’s drive to provide better facilities to the people of the region.

INNANJE, UDUPI: A new railway station with modern facilities along with a 1.1-km loop-line (railway track) would be commissioned here by the end of next year as part of the Konkan Railway’s drive to provide better facilities to the people of the region.

The commissioning of the new railway station, where only two trains halt at present at a small railway station, the size of a room, will serve the people of villages such as Shankarpura, Subashnagar, Katapady, Manchakal, Paniyur, Manjedy, Pangala, Bantakal and Shriva. A lot of people from these places travel to Mumbai and Bengaluru and are employed across the country and abroad. At present, people have to travel about 12 km by road to Udupi to catch an express train. The work on this new station started in April 2017.

Briefing presspersons here on Wednesday, Vijay Kumar, Assistant Executive Engineer, Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd., said that the new platform would be 560 m long. It will be a high-level platform with a full-fledged railway station, which is being constructed at a cost of ₹ 6.78 crore.

This station is equidistant (nine kilometres on either side) to the two railway stations — Udupi in the North and Padubidri in the South. “The construction of the station will also help in facilitating train crossings because of the loop line. Hence, it will be converted from a block station to a crossing station,” he said.

Earthwork by March

The earthwork for the station would be completed by March 2018, while the railway station, platform and staff quarters would be completed by June 2018. The commissioning of the station would be done in November 2018.

The railway station will have waiting rooms, station master’s room, signal room, electrical room, relay room, generator room, and toilet facility. “After the commissioning of this station, more trains will be able to stop here. But this will also depend on public demand,” said Sudha Krishnamurthy, Public Relations Officer.

A full-fledged crossing railway station is being constructed at Mirjan between Kumta and Gokarn in Uttara Kannada district. It would be completed in December 2018 at a cost of ₹ 7.12 crore.

One more platform and railway track would be laid and a foot overbridge connecting the two platforms would be constructed at the railway station in Murdeshwar by March 2018 at a cost of ₹ 5.89 crore, Mr. Kumar said.

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Marathwada Rail activists fume over continuing ignorance of their demands

AURANGABAD: Railway activists are up in arms against the authorities concerned for continuing to ignore their demands such as better connectivity and infrastructure, special trains during vacations and new rail lines.

Although their demands have fallen on deaf ears, the activists are optimistic that Marathwada in particular and Aurangabad in general will get a better deal during the next railway budget.

Omprakash Varma of Marathwada Railway Vikas Samiti said the South Central Railway (SCR) authorities have been ignoring the demand for better connectivity mainly because of lack of political will.

“Constant pressure from public representatives can only ensure that the demand for new trains will be met. Otherwise, Aurangabad, which is the tourists capital of Maharashtra and a major industrial hub, will have to suffer continuously due to poor connectivity,” he said.

Senior authorities from the SCR had in March this year informally announced a new train to Mumbai via Aurangabad, followed by a hint from the then railway minister Suresh Prabhu during his Marathwada visit in June.

While no plans of new train to Mumbai could materialise for several weeks following the promises, SCR general manager Vinod Kumar Yadav on September 28 announced extension to Manmad-Mumbai superfast train up to Nanded via Aurangabad in a bid to increase train frequency to the state capital.

Known as Rajya Rani Superfast Express, the train (22101/22102), however, continues to run on weekdays on its old route between Manmad and Mumbai with no desired extension given despite lapse of more than a month.

Aurangabad currently has only one daily train to Nagpur and many passengers find its timing inconvenient. The demand for new train starting from Aurangabad at 8 pm and reaching Nagpur in12 hours has been also been ignored. Similarly, the demand for a new train to Pune has not been getting official attention for years now.

Rajkumar Somani of Marathwada Railway Pravasi Sena said that even if there is a big demand for a daily train to Pune from Aurangabad, no new train gets pressed into service.

“Over 500 buses, including private vehicles, ply between Aurangabad and Pune daily. Such huge number of private buses underlines the need for need for a new train service. Similar is the case with Nagpur as considerable number of private buses ply between Aurangabad and that city every day,” he said.

A survey for rail line on Rotegaon-Kopargaon, Aurangabad-Sillod-Ajintha, Ambejogai-Kaij-Kalamb-Yermala and Pathri-Manwat-Sonpeth has been repeatedly demanded by railway activists.

As regards to infrastructure, official work has not yet started on the proposed pit-line at Chikalthana, while the demand for coach factory at Purna in Parbhani district has been ignored so far.

Increasing the frequency of Kolhapur-Dhanbad Deekshabhoomi Express passing via Aurangabad, Hyderabad- Jaipur and Chennai-Nagarsol among other long-distance trains is also yet to be done.

Eight out of 11 MPs had turned their back on crucial railway meet organised by the SCR to discuss the rail connectivity needs of Marathwada on May 12

Officials from the Traffic and Operating Departments of Nanded Division of SCR said the SCR and other Zonal Railways always focus on passenger-centric functioning. Capacity constraints in Mumbai CST & Churchgate could be the reason for not able to run additional trains between Aurangabad and Mumbai, which could be resolved over a period of time.

“Concerned Divisions of CR & WR in Mumbai are taking necessary steps to increase the line capacities in Mumbai which could turn around the situation in the days to come,” they added.

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Central Railway to roll-in 13 new 12-car Local Train sets developed by Medha Group, on Harbour Line

Earlier in February, the Medha Train sets has undergone stationary trials in Virar and Mumbai Central and successfully run trials on the Kasara section. The Central Railway (CR) is also considering procuring the Medha trains for upcoming Seawoods-Uran section, that is slated to be operationally by 2018.

MUMBAI: For the first time in five years, Central Railway will induct 13 brand new local trains in Mumbai. The first of these already reached Mumbai from Chennai’s Integral Coach Factory of Indian Railways on Monday. Most likely, the new trains will ply on Harbour line.

All 72 trains procured in last five years under the second phase of Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP-II) were given to Western Railway.

Commuters on the Harbour line travel on old dual current (AC-DC) locals which are suffocating as they have very poor illumination and ventilation.

Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation spokesperson quoted in the report said that new locals are procured under nine-coach to 12-coach extension project and all new trains are expected to be delivered by March next year.

Popularly known as Medha local as the electric control system in the trains are developed by Medha Servo Drives in Hyderabad, they cost Rs 42 crore each and can run at the speed of 110 kmph.

Visually, Medha locals are similar to the trains procured from Bombardier and are equally advanced as other MUTP I and MUTP II locals. The only difference is the electric system that includes traction motors and train control system fit in the rakes.

The 12-car train will carry 33 percent more load on the Harbour line than the existing trains. All 13 trains have cost the Railways Rs 714.1 crore. Presently, total 51 old local trains run in Mumbai, 41 on Central Railway and 10 on Western Railway.

The report also says that these trains will replace the existing rakes instead of being introduced as new trains in addition. The officials are also considering running the new trains on the main line and trans-harbour line.

Central Railway runs the main line (CST to Karjat, Kasara and Khopoli), Harbour line (CST to Panvel) and trans-harbour line (Thane to Navi Mumbai).

In September, Rail Minister Piyush Goyal had said that in next three years, the number of trains running on the suburban network will be doubled.

He also unveiled a roadmap for 100 new services in next four months for the commuters of local trains in Mumbai.

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Central Railway to raze illegal structures near stations in Mumbai

MUMBAI: To facilitate passengers, the Central Railway (CR) has decided to demolish over 3,000 unauthorised structures located on railway’s land, including 63 religious structures with the help of local authorities.

After the stampede at Elphinstone Road station, in a joint meeting headed by minister of railways Piyush Goyal held at Churchgate, several multi-disciplinary teams were formed, which audited the stations on the city’s suburban network and submitted a report.

“During the audits of the station premises, many unauthorised structures were found which were creating inconvenience for the passengers,” said a railways officer, who was also a part of the disciplinary team.

In all, 63 religious structures such as, a Ganesh Mandir at GTB Nagar and Matunga stations; Saibaba Mandir at GTB Nagar, Sion, and Dadar stations; Hanuman Mandir at Dadar station; Mahadev Mandir at Dadar station, Datta Mandir at CSMT, and Masjid/Dargah at CSMT have been shortlisted for demolition by the railway officials. Officials also added that they do not want to hurt religious sentiments, and are only trying to safeguard the Railway safety and commuters’ lives.

Railways, BMC evict squatters from Elphinstone, Parel stations

The railways and BMC have finally decided to make peace with each other over whose responsibility it was to remove the encroachments near the foot overbridge (FOB) of Elphinstone Road and Parel stations. A week after reports in the media highlighted that nothing had changed since the stampede took place, teams of the Central Railway, civic body, Railway Protection Force and Mumbai Police demolished the hutments lining the approach road to the FOB.

Sunil Udasi, CPRO/Central Railway, said, “It was a special drive conducted by the Mumbai division. About 33 hutments were removed from the Parel side. The space will now be protected so that the structures don’t come up again.”

Sources said that though the FOB on the western side of the Elphinstone Road-Parel station, where the stampede had taken place, has been opened up after removing the panels on the side; the authorities concerned are planning to widen the staircase.

The encroachments that had come up in the area had narrowed down the approach road to the station and was also making it difficult for commuters to move about freely. Sources said that once all the encroachments, including an illegal temple, are removed, there would be a lot of space for free movement.

BMC chalks ‘laxman rekha’ outside Mumbai’s local railway stations to fend off hawkers

Saint Valmiki in the ancient Indian poem ‘Ramayana’ mentioned the ‘Laxman Rekha’ as an imaginary line that was drawn to ward off evil spirits and keep Sita safe.

As part of their drive to make railway surroundings and premises safer for commuters, India’s richest civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) along with the Railways has decided to adopt a similar concept in keeping hawkers stationed outside railway stations from entering the premises or vending in restricted zones.

Demarcation lines marking 150-metre zones to restrict hawkers from vending in the restricted areas were drawn by the civic body on Monday outside Mahim, Matunga, Dadar and Sion railway stations to ward off the ‘nuisance’ of hawkers.

The move comes in the wake of Bombay High Court’s order banning hawkers from vending on foot overbridges and near railway stations.

We have drawn lines indicating a 150-metre perimeter around railway stations. We have deployed a special team comprising senior inspectors and four workers with a van to monitor hawker encroachment. Currently, they work two shifts. But these nuisance detectors will work for 24 hours. We will also demarcate zones outside schools and religious places, assistant commissioner G (north) ward Ramakant Biradar told.

This move by the civic body has affected the daily livelihoods of hawkers pushing their trades near local railway stations. The BMC has become strict but we want to see how long this lasts, said one of the affected hawkers.

A major stampede at the Elphinstone Road station that claimed 23 lives on September 29 can clearly be noted as the reason behind the crackdown on hawkers vending outside and around local railway stations in Mumbai.

A list of habitual offenders who move around from one spot to the other near various stations is also being prepared and additional security personnel have been deployed to monitor the situation, said a spokesperson with the Railways.

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BMRCL yet to release Rs.90 Lakh for construction of FOB between Bengaluru City station and KSR Metro station

BANGALORE: Work on the proposed Foot Over Bridge (FOB) between Platform number 10 of Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna (Bengaluru City) Railway station and the KSR Metro station via M G Railway Colony Road came to a halt three months ago. The reason — BMRCL is yet to release Rs.90 lakh sought by Bangalore Railway Division to complete the work.

The bridge is meant to ensure that both Metro and Rail passengers can easily commute between the two transportation modes. This FOB will be connected with the railway bridge in KSR station which connects all platforms from Platform 10.

As per the agreement entered between the two agencies, Railways will do the construction work while BMRCL will fund it. The FOB has missed two deadlines given by top railway officials — March and July.

According to Senior Divisional Engineer, Co-ordination, Bengaluru Railway Division, R K Singh, the FOB was initially estimated to cost Rs.93.48 lakh in 2013 when the proposal was made. “The cost was revised to Rs.188 lakh, with a maintenance cost of 30 per cent that Railways will incur along with other charges,” he told.

A letter written by a top BMRCL official to Railways last month requesting to waive off the maintenance charges as it was not listed in the initial estimate. The letter states that Railways needs to bear the maintenance charges. However, Railways insists that BMRCL bear the full cost. Asked about the reasons for the FOB showing no signs of completion, Divisional Railway Manager R S S Saxena said, “Work relating to the covering shelter and landing facilities for the bridge have not been completed due to paucity of funds. The moment they release it, we can restart the work.”

The DRM also said that in a meeting held with BMRCL officials on November 5, “The Metro MD promised to release funds within a week’s time.”Singh said the contractor carrying out the work for Railways is yet to be paid his dues of Rs.30 lakh. “If BMRCL releases Rs.99.29 lakh, the FOB will be ready for use by February 2018.

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Locomotive moves on its own without Train Pilot at Wadi Jn.

WADI Jn.: A diesel locomotive train engine moved a couple of kilometres without a pilot from Wadi Junction in Kalaburagi district on Wednesday afternoon. However, no untoward incident was reported as the railway staff followed it on motorcycles along the trackside and stopped the engine and brought it back to Wadi.

As per sources in the South Central Railway, the diesel locomotive was supposed to take the Chennai-Mumbai Mail (11028) from Wadi Junction at 3 p.m. towards Mumbai on the non-electrified section of the track. However, when the staff were engaged in engine-changing, the diesel locomotive began to move in the opposite direction (towards Nalwar) on its own without a pilot. The exact cause was yet to be ascertained.

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Two coaches of Amrapali Express gutted in Railway Yard in Bihar

KATIHAR: A fire broke out in the railway yard here yesterday evening in which two coaches of a stationary train were gutted and as many damaged, a railway official said.

A general and a sleeper coach of the Amrapali Express, which was scheduled to leave late tonight for Amritsar, was destroyed while two other coaches were damaged by the blaze.

No casualties have been reported yet, officials said, adding that the reason behind the fire is yet to be ascertained.

“The fire has been brought under control. Fire brigade personnel and engineers are on the spot. An inquiry will be ordered to ascertain the cause of the fire,” Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Katihar, D L Meena, said.

The fire was noticed at around 6 pm by railway personnel engaged in the yard who informed the RPF and the fire brigade was called subsequently.

By the time flames were extinguished, a general and a sleeper coach were gutted and two other coaches were badly damaged.

Railway officials said the train would run as scheduled with fresh coaches attached to it in place of the affected ones.

Amrapali Express (15707/15708) runs between Katihar and Amritsar. It operates as train number 15707 in Up direction from Katihar Junction of North east Frontier railway to Amritsar of Northern Railway and as train number 15708 in the reverse direction.

Amrapali Express covers the distance of 1799-km between Katihar and Amritsar in 37 hours. As the average speed of the train is below 55 km/hr, its fare does not include a Superfast surcharge.

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Railways announces running of Special Trains on various Routes

SECUNDERABAD: In order to clear extra rush of passengers, the following Special Trains will run between Tirupati – Dharmavaram – Tirupati as detailed below:-

Train No. 07402/07401 Tirupati–Dharmavaram–Tirupati Special Trains:

Train No. 07402 Tirupati – Dharmavaram Special train will depart Tirupati at 05:00 hrs from 8th November to 14th November 2017 and arrive Dharmavaram at 10:40 hrs on the same day.

In the return direction, Train No. 07401 Dharmavaram – Tirupati Special train will depart Dharmavaram at 13:00 hrs from 8th November to 14th November 2017 and arrive Tirupati at 19:10 hrs on the same day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Pakala, Piler, Madanapalle Road and Kadiri stations in both the directions.

These trains will comprise of one AC II Tier, two AC III Tier, ten Sleeper Class and four General Second class Coaches.

Special Trains between Kakinada Port- Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam 

In order to clear extra rush of Passengers during spiritual festivities of  Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai  Baba from 12th to 26th November, 2017  at Puttaparthi, SCR will run four special trains between Kakinada Port – Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam – Kakinada Port  as detailed below:-

Tr.no. 07248/07245  Kakinada Port – Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam – Vijayawada Special Trains (2 Services):

Train No. 07248 Kakinada Port – Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam special train will depart Kakinada Port at 14:30 hrs on 18th November, 2017 and arrive Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam at 06:25 hrs on the next day.

Enroute, this special train will also stop at Kakinada Town, Samalkot, Rajahmundry, Nidadavolu, Eluru, Vijayawada, Guntur, Narsaraopet, Donakonda, Markapuram Road, Giddalur, Nandyal, Betamcharla, Dhone, Gooty, Anantapur and Dharmavaram stations.

In opposite direction, Train No. 07245 Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam – Vijayawada special train will depart Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam at 17:45 hrs on 19th November, 2017 and arrive Vijayawada at 05:15 hrs on the next day.

Enroute, this special train will also stop at Dharmavaram,  Anantapur,  Gooty, Dhone, Betamcharla, Nandyal, Giddalur, Markapuram Road, Donakonda, Narsaraopet and Guntur stations.

Tr.no. 07246/07249  Vijayawada – Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam – Kakinada Port Special Trains (2 Services):

Train No. 07246 Vijayawada – Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam special train will depart Vijayawada at 23:10 hrs on 23rd November, 2017 and arrive Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam at 11:30 hrs on the next day.

Enroute, this special train will also stop at Guntur, Narsaraopet, Donakonda, Markapuram Road, Giddalur, Nandyal, Betamcharla, Dhone, Gooty, Anantapur and Dharmavaram stations.

In opposite direction, Train No. 07249 Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam – Kakinada Port special train will depart Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam at 16:20 hrs on 24th November, 2017 and arrive Kakinada Port at 09:30 hrs on the next day.

Enroute, this special train will also stop at Dharmavaram,  Anantapur,  Gooty, Dhone, Betamcharla, Nandyal, Giddalur, Markapuram Road, Donakonda, Narsaraopet,  Guntur, Vijayawada, Eluru, Nidadavolu, Rajahmundry, Samalkot and  Kakinada Town  stations

*These special trains will have AC II Tier, AC III Tier, Sleeper Class and General Second class coaches.

Train No. 04428/04427 New Delhi – Kochuveli – New Delhi Superfast Special Trains via Warangal, Vijayawada (2 Services):

 Train No. 04428 New Delhi – Kochuveli superfast Special Train will depart New Delhi 11:50 hrs on 8th November, 2017 (Wednesday) arrive/depart Warangal at 12:20/12:25 hrs, Vijayawada at 15:5/15:50 hrs on the next day and arrive Kochuveli at 15:45 hrs on Friday.

In the return direction, Train No. 04427 Kochuveli – New Delhi superfast Special Train will depart Kochuveli at 23:00 hrs 12th November, 2017 (Sunday) arrive/depart Vijayawada at 21:00/21:15 hrs, Warangal at 23:40/23:45 hrs on the next day and arrive New Delhi at 04:00 hrs on Wednesday.

Enroute, these superfast special trains will stop at Gwalior, Jhansi, Bhopal, Itarsi, Nagpur, Balharshah, Warangal, Vijayawada, Renigunta, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Coimbatore, Thrisur and Ernakulam Town stations in both the directions.

These trains will have AC III tier, Sleeper Class, Second General and Brake Luggage cum Generator Car Coaches.

Train No. 07230/07229 Hyderabad – Kochuveli – Hyderabad Special Trains (2 Services):

Train No. 07230 Hyderabad – Kochuveli Special Train will depart Hyderabad at 21.00 hrs on 09th November, 2017 (Thursday) and arrive Kochuveli at 03.20 hrs on Saturday.

In the return direction, Train No. 07229 Kochuveli – Hyderabad Special Train will depart Kochuveli at 20:00 hrs on 11th  November, 2017 (Saturday) and arrive Hyderabad at 03:40 hrs on Monday.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Secunderabad, Kazipet, Warangal, Mahabubabad, Khammam, Vijayawada, Tenali, Ongole, Nellore, Gudur, Renigunta, Tirupati, Chittoor,  Katpadi, Ambur, Vaniyambadi,  Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Ottapalem, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur, Kayankulam and Kollam stations in both the directions.

These trains will have  AC II tier, AC III tier , Sleeper Class and Luggage cum Brakevan  Coaches.

Additional Stoppage to Guwahati – Kochuveli – Guwahati Special Trains at Kishanganj Railway Station

With the view to facilitate the passengers, additional stoppage for five minutes is provided for Train No. 05616/05615 Guwahati – Kochuveli – Guwahati Special Trains at Kishanganj Railway Station as detailed below:-

  1. Train No. 05616 Guwahati – Kochuveli Special Trainwill arrive / depart Kishanganj station at 17:00/17:05 hrs.
  2. Train No. 05615 Kochuveli – Guwahati special Train will arrive / depart Kishanganj station at 22:03/22:08 hrs.

Meanwhile, Railway had issued a press release on the diversion / cancellation of certain trains.

Trains Diverted­­­­ With Additional Stoppage Provided at Hijli

In order to facilitate infrastructure development works at Kharagpur Station in South Eastern Railway a line block is imposed, consequently the following trains are diverted to run without touching Kharagpur Station and with provision of additional stoppage at Hijli Railway Station on the following dates.

1)     Train No.22603 Kharagpur – Villupuram Bi- weekly Express Train scheduled to depart Kharagpur on 17th November, 2017 will arrive/depart Hijili 14.12/14.17 hrs.

2)     Train No.12514 Guwahati – Secunderabad Express Train scheduled to depart Guwahati on 16th November, 2017 will arrive/depart Hijili at 03.00/03.05 hrs.

3)     Train No.22604 Villupuram – Kharagpur Bi- weekly Express Train scheduled to depart Villupuram on 16th November, 2017 will arrive/depart Hijili at 19.05/19.10 hrs.

4)     Train No.12508 Guwahati – Thiruvantapuram Express Train scheduled to depart Guwahati on 17th November, 2017 will arrive/depart Hijili at 03.00/03.05 hrs.

5)     Train No.22502 New Tinsukia – KSR Bengaluru Express Train scheduled to depart New Tinsukia on 17th November, 2017 will arrive/depart Hijili at 03.00/03.05 hrs.

6)     Train No.12509 Bengaluru Cantt – Guwahati Express Train scheduled to depart Bengaluru Cantt on 15th November, 2017 will arrive/depart  Hijili at 07.45/07.50 hrs.

7)     Train No.12253 Yesvantapur – Bhagalpur Express Train scheduled to depart Yeshvantapur on 18th November, 2017 will arrive/depart Hijili at 19.50/19.55 hrs.

Train No.15227 Yesvantpur – Muzaffurpur Express Train scheduled to depart Yesvantpur on 15th November, 2017 will arrive/depart Hijili at 10.50/10.55 hrs.

Trains Diverted due to recent floods in Samastipur Division of East Coast Rly

1)      Train No. 07091 Secunderabad – Raxaul Special train which has left Secunderabad on 7th November, 2017 is diverted via  Samastipur, Muzaffarpur, Sagauli and Raxaul instead of  Samastipur, Darbhanga , Sitamarhi and Raxaul stations.

2)      Train No. 07092 Raxaul – Secunderabad Special Train scheduled to depart Raxaul at 12.45hrs  on  10th November, 2017 is diverted via Raxaul, Sagauli, Muzaffarpur and Samastipur instead of  Raxaul, Sitamarhi, Darbhanga and Samastipur Stations.

Trains Cancelled due to Sudden Foggy Weather in Northern Railway ­­­

1)      Train No. 04426 Nizamuddin – Kochuveli Special Train  is cancelled on 11th , 18th and 25th November,2017.

2)      Train No. 04425 Kochuveli – Nizamuddin  Special Train  is cancelled on 13th , 20th and 27th November,2017.

EXTENSION OF TEMPORARY DIVERSION OF TRAIN

Train No. 22691/22692, KSR Bengaluru – Hazrat Nizamuddin – KSR Bengaluru Rajdhani Express will continue to run via diverted route, Gooty – Kalluru till 31st March, 2018 for operational reasons.

CANCELLATION OF TRAINS

1.    Train No. 12245, Howarah – Yesvantpur Duranto Express journey commencing on 19th November, 2017 is cancelled.

2.    Train No. 12246, Yesvantpur – Howarah Duranto Express journey commencing on 21st November, 2017 will remain cancelled for want of rake. 

TEMPORARY DIVERSION OF TRAINS

Train No. 12509, Bengaluru Cantt. – Guwahati journey commencing on 15th, 16th & 17th November, 2017; Train No. 15227, Yesvantpur – Mujaffarpur journey commencing on 15th November, 2017; Train No. 12503, Bengaluru Cantt. – Kamakhya journey commencing on 17th November, 2017; Train No. 12253, Yesvantpur – Bhagalpur journey commencing on 18th November, 2017 will be diverted via Hijilli, Nigatpur, Asansol instead of Kharagpur, Howrah.  

Train No. 22502, New Tinsukiya – KSR Bengaluru journey commencing on 17th November, 2017 will be diverted via Asansol, Nigatpur, Hijilli instead of Howrah, Kharagpur.

 

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Indian Railways and Chhattisgarh Govt JV to build Rs.10,000 Crore worth Rail corridors

Chhattisgarh State Govt and the Indian Railways will build two fully electrified rail corridors—the Katghora-Dongargarh and Kharsia-Naya Raipur to cater to the coal and cement belts of Korba and Raigarh. The projects would be undertaken by the Chhattisgarh Railway Corporation Limited, a JV between Railways and Chhattisgarh Govt.

RAIPUR: In a potential boost to industrial infrastructure in Chhattisgarh, the state government, in a joint venture with Indian Railways, has decided to build two fully electrified rail corridors worth Rs.10,000 crore.

The Katghora-Dongargarh and Kharsia-Naya Raipur corridors will cater to the coal and cement belts of Korba and Raigarh and have been put before Indian Railways for in-principle clearance to start with land acquisition and other pre-construction activities.

The projects would be undertaken by the Chhattisgarh Railway Corporation Limited (CRCL), a joint venture between Indian Railways and Chhattisgarh government. The national transporters has a 41% stake in the venture with the rest owned by the state government.

“Land identification is already on and acquisition will be started as soon as railways gives its in-principle nod,” CRCL Managing Director Sanjay Rastogi said.

Rastogi said some passenger trains would also be allowed to run on the corridors, but the rail lines will primarily cater to freight.

The Katghora-Dongargarh rail corridor would be 294 km long and will cost Rs.4,820 crore; the 260-km Kharsia-Naya Raipur corridor will cost Rs4,900 crore. The two rail corridors will be ready in five years.

“We plan four corridors. Two have been submitted; the other two are Parsa-Surajpur and Ambikapur-Barwadih. They will not only boost infrastructure, but provide employment and strengthen environment for investment in the state,” a senior Chhattisgarh government official said on condition of anonymity. He declined to give more details.

The project is a part of the Indian Railways 2016 scheme under which the national carrier had announced joint ventures with state governments, empowering the latter to decide and formulate railway infrastructure in their regions by sharing costs. The project was former railway minister Suresh Prabhu’s idea of promoting cooperative federalism through Indian Railways.

According to the arrangement worked out between Indian Railways and Chhattisgarh, CRCL would be responsible for identifying, planning and preparing the rail corridors in the state. Once the projects are approved by the union cabinet, special purpose vehicles (SPVs) would be formed to implement the projects.

Indian Railways Executive Director (Joint Venture) Rajesh Aggarwal said: “The JV arrangement is gaining momentum. Seven states have formed joint-venture companies. These include Gujarat, Kerala, Harayana and Jharkhand.”

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Assam yet to respond to Railways proposal

GUWAHATI: The Indian Railways has proposed to jointly work with the Assam government to increase inflow of tourists to the State by operating special tourist trains.“The Railway Board has proposed to operate tourist trains in the pattern of Astha trains in the northeastern region by the Northeast Frontier Railway as per itinerary to be fixed in consultation with the Assam State Tourism Corporation (ATDC),” Pranav Jyoti Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), told.

He said that the railway authorities have held consultations with senior ATDC officials, including the corporation’s managing director in this regard. “It was decided that the ATDC will take up the responsibilities of marketing the off-board facilities. The final response from the ATDC is awaited. Once the issue is finalised, such type of trains can be made operational,” Sharma said.

Recently, the NFR received an offer from the ATDC for providing accommodation in trains of some identified routes. “The railway authorities have appreciated the plan and agreed to provide accommodation in trains subject to the Railways’ terms and conditions,” Sharma said.

However, sources in the Indian Railways said that a lot more could be done to tap the resources of the Indian Railways, the largest public carrier of the country, to boost inward tourist flow into the State.

Some officials said on the condition of anonymity that while the ATDC and the tourism department have made some efforts to tie up with the Railways to send tourists from the State to other regions of India, not much has been done with regard to bringing tourists from other parts of the country to Assam.

“The Indian Railways by itself cannot do much until and unless some concrete proposals come from the ATDC or the State tourism department. There is potential for inbound tourist flow. The Railways is more than willing to explore any proposals coming from the State tourism department in this regard,” said an official.

He added that the Railways and the IRCTC, on their own, have operated a number of Bharat Darshan special tourist trains to Guwahati from other parts of the country. “There is big demand to visit sites like Kamakhya and Kaziranga,” the official added.

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Refurbished Delhi-Kathgodam Shatabdi Exp to commence service

NEW DELHI: Under Project Swarna, the Railways has upgraded the Delhi-Kathgodam Shatabdi Express keeping in mind passenger comfort, hygiene and value-added features.

The maiden service of the refurbished train, with new look, feel and experience features will commence its services tomorrow.

General Manager, Northern Railway Vishwesh Chaubey and Divisional Railway Manager RN Singh on Monday inspected the refurbished train at the Safdarjung yard here.

The interiors have been redone with vibrant vinyl wrappings in doorways, gangways and luggage rack panels.

The compartment aisle has been earmarked with fluorescent strips for guidance of passengers. Anti-graffiti coating on exteriors and an all now anti-abrasion permanent coating for the polished look of coach flooring.

Besides, toilets will have additional features such as dustbins, personal seat covers, automatic odour and hygiene control system in all coaches and disposable head rest covers in the executive class.

Scraper matting with better durability and suited to heavy traffic has been provided in toilets, so that dirty water is not carried over to the sitting areas.

During the travel passenger would enjoy HD streaming of entertainment through WiFi hotspot over their smart phones.

Tabs and laptops, which covers the entire gamut including movies, cartoon movies, e-magazines and government programmes like ‘Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mann Ki Baat’.

All coaches have been provided with integrated Braille signages. The Northern Railway also plans to provide CCTV and GPS-based passenger information system in all these coaches. It has planned to progressively upgrade all Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains of similar or higher standards by March, 2018.

Routine Overhaul Depot to come up at Maneswar in Sambalpur: DRM/Sambalpur

SAMBALPUR: A Routine Overhaul (ROH) Depot of the Railways will come up at Maneswar area in Sambalpur city at an estimated cost of Rs 49.16 crore.

The drawing for the ROH has already been prepared and it is at the approval stage, said Divisional Railway Manager, Sambalpur Railway Division, Jaideep Gupta.

Gupta said land for the project has already been identified, and the tender will be floated after the design is approved.

The proposed ROH Depot here will have a capacity to overhaul 100 wagons in one month.

The wagons require complete overhauling in 18 months to ensure safe. The refurbishing work of the wagons will be carried out here after the ROH Depot is commissioned, he said.

Gupta said a Periodical Overhaul (POH) Workshop will also be set up at Narla road under the Sambalpur Railway Division at an estimated cost of 186.37 crore.

Work on a Road Over Bridge (ROB) with Foot Over Bridge (FOB) to mitigate the traffic problem at Khetrajpur area will be completed within 18 months after the work order is handed over, he added.

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Karnataka explores new Rail Line from Yesvantpur to Bengaluru Airport

BENGALURU:  The Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT), an arm of the state government, has engaged RITES, a Government of India entity, to prepare a feasibility report on upgrading rail infrastructure between the Kempegowda international airport (KIA) and the Yesvantpur railway station.

This is one of the many options the government is looking at to ease the pressure off the Ballari Road and improve connectivity from other directions to the airport.

The study would look into the ways to improve existing infrastructure by building a new line and electrification of the entire stretch. “We have asked RITES to do the study and give us the report in 10 weeks,” DULT Commissioner Darpan Jain told.

In the map of Bengaluru’s suburban railway network, the stretch up to the airport is one of the most neglected railway lines along with the Yesvantpur-Hosur line via Hebbal.Both are single lines and not electrified despite several demands to upgrade them. Although the Yesvantpur-Yelahanka line (roughly about 14 km) is doubled and electrified, it is congested. The stretch from Yelahanka to the trumpet flyover near the airport and Devanahalli is a single line and not electrified.

“The feasibility report will study the best options to improve airport connectivity . It includes building a third line up to Yelahanka either elevated or at surface level, depending on the availability of space. The report will also survey the passenger demand and future requirement of train services,” Jain explained.

“There is no plan to divert from the existing line as it is close to the airport. We will integrate stations with another public mode of transport wherever possible, including with the Metro at Yesvantpur railway station,” he said.

Mahendra Jain, additional chief secretary, Urban Development Department, said the project would be implemented through the special purpose vehicle as mandated by the Indian Railways in the suburban railway policy. “The state has given priority to upgrade railway connectivity to the airport. We will examine ways to fund the project,” said.

According to the policy, the state and the Union governments should share 20% each of the project cost while the remaining 60% should be raised through borrowings.

Commuter rail activist Sanjeev Dyamannavar said the purpose of building a suburban rail system would be meaningless if the new line is not brought close to the airport. “The existing line is away from the airport. The feasibility study should look at the possibility of diverting the line after Doddajala and bring it close to the terminal before connecting it to the Devanahalli railway station,” he said.

The Route to Airport

Yeshwanthpur, Lottegollahalli, Kodigehalli, Yelahanka, Kenchanahalli East MVIT, Ganganahalli, Bethalsoor, Doddajala, NH-7 BIAL trumpet interchange, Kempegowda international airport, Devanahalli RITES Limited.

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Mumbai Suburban Rail Network to get 30 FOBs

MUMBAI: The Railway Board has sanctioned 30 foot overbridges for the Mumbai suburban section on an out-of-turn basis. Of this, 14 FOBs will be built on the CR suburban section, and 16 under the jurisdiction of the WR.

Also, wherever space permits, most of these FOBs will also be fitted with escalators, railway officials said.

According to a letter written by Ashish Kumar, Director, Railway Board, to the General Managers of WR and CR, on November 3, 2017, the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Ltd (MRVC) assigned construction work on 30 FOBs in the suburban section of the city. Mirror has the copy of the letter.

When contacted Sanjay Singh, Executive Director (planning), MRVC, he said, “We received the letter of the Railway Board, and are now planning to construct these FOBs at the earliest.”

In the last three years, MRVC has constructed 27 FOBs in the city suburban network, which is why they have been handed this responsibility. When as

ked about the timeframe, Singh said, “Generally, we need around one year to complete the construction of FOBs, but now we have decided to take help from experts in the construction field to minimise the timeframe.”

However, a senior Indian Railways officer said that Piyush Goyal, central minister of railways, wants to complete the construction work on new FOBs within a year. “That’s why the Railway Board has decided to assign construction work of 30 FOBs to the MRVC,” the officer said.

“We are going to organise an open interactive session on November 10. All technical experts in the construction field are invited to attend it,” said an MRVC officer. “The purpose of the session is to find new techniques to minimise the timeframe.” Apart from these, MRVC will also build around 20 more FOBs under MUTP.

Commissioner of Railway Safety completes Track Inspection of stretch near Srirangapatna

SRIRANGAPATNA: The statutory inspection of the pending 1.5 km stretch of railway line near Srirangapatna – taken up as part of track doubling work between Mysuru and Bengaluru – was completed by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) on Monday.

Though originally scheduled to be held on Saturday, the authorities conducted a spot visit besides the track inspection, complete with speed trials and inspection of the two new railway bridges, across the Cauvery, on Monday.

Sources said the CRS inspection covered all technical issues besides observation of the curvature, points and crossings and no major lacunae have been found. All things being satisfactory, the authorisation for operationalising the track may be issued within a week.

The inspection team comprised Manoharan, (CRS) Southern Region; Ashok Gupta, Chief Administrative Officer (Construction), South Western Railways; A.K. Garg, Chief Bridge Engineer, SWR, Hubballi; S.K. Jain, Chief Engineer, (Construction); and R.S. Saxena, DRM, Bengaluru Division. Consequent to the CRS approval for operationalising the track, the running time between Naganahalli and Pandavpura is expected to further reduce by about 7 to 10 minutes.

The CRS inspection also draws the track doubling work between Mysuru and Bengaluru to a close. While the Bengaluru-Ramanagaram section had been doubled earlier, the Ramanagaram-Mysuru section received administrative clearance in 2007 and the authorities took more than 11 years to complete the doubling work on the 93 km stretch.

Though doubling work along the entire section was completed in 2014, work on the 1.5 km stretch was pending owing to the 18th Century armoury belonging to the era of Tipu Sultan which was located along the alignment of the new track, causing the work to be stalled.

Following permission from the Archaeological Survey of India, the monument was translocated in one piece with expertise from the U.S. in March this year, paving the way for completion of the second track as well.

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Laying of concrete filled steel arches begins over Chenab Railway Bridge

JAMMU: The Indian Railways has undertaken a mega project of construction of a new Railway line in J&K state from Udhampur to Baramulla, which has been declared a national project. The alignment is a culmination of large number of Tunnels and Bridges, which are to be implemented in highly rugged and mountainous terrain with most difficult Himalayan Geology.

The alignment crosses deep gorges of Chenab River near Salal Hydro Power Dam, which necessitates construction of long span bridges. The configurations of steel arches have been selected on account of aesthetics, economy, and availability of local expertise and construction materials.

The Chenab Bridge, 359 m above river bed, will be the highest bridge in the world, and longest span for BG Rail line with arch span of 467 m.  Indian Railways has completed over 70 per cent of work on the 359 meters world’s highest railway bridge over River Chenab in Kauri area of Reasi district.

The project has been declared as a Project of National Importance. Jammu- Udhampur- Katra- Quazigund- Baramulla Railway line is the biggest project in the construction of a mountain railway since independence. From Jammu to Baramulla, length of the new rail line is 326 Km. It passes through the young Himalayas, tectonics thrust and faults. The work is in various stages of progress in the balance length from Katra to Banihal (111 Km). The railway authorities are looking forward to provide direct connectivity to the Kashmir Valley, latest by 2020 after completing railway bridge by June 2019.

With this it would be easier for the Indian army to rush its supplies and men via rail route to the Valley besides promoting tourism in the region.

To achieve timely completion of the Chenab Railway Bridge, top officials of the Railway Ministry on Sunday launched the construction work of the main arch of the iconic bridge. This is the most crucial leg of the construction. It is for the first time in India that concrete filled steel arch is being used in the main arch bridge, spanning at a height of 359 meters above river bed.

The launch of the main arch commenced after traditional prayers were offered by M. K Gupta, Member Engineering, Railway Board and AK Sachan, Chief Administrative officer, Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project at the Chenab construction site.

With this the railway engineers would begin the job of carrying heavy segments from the two ends of the bridge viz. Kauri end and Bakkal end and includes categorically the world’s longest cable crane arrangement.

Senior officers of KRCL and Northern Railway along with construction partners were present on this historic occasion.

It may be mentioned that the Chenab Bridge on Katra- Banihal section of USBRL project is the world’s highest Railway Arch bridge at 359 meters height.

World renowned national & international consultants have been engaged during various stages of project.

Detailed geo-physical studies, seismic studies, slope stability studies have been included.

According to Chief Public Relations Officer of Indian Railways, “Chenab Bridge has been designed for blast load in consultation with DRDO”.

He said, the erection of the bridge is a project in itself.

To achieve this, pylons were erected on either side of the river, and two auxiliary self-propelled cable cranes were used to tow temporary auxiliary ropes across these pylons.

The ropes were used to support the partly finished arch parts.

The launching is typically performed in a series of increments so that additional sections can be added to the rear of the superstructure unit prior to subsequent launches.

The bridge is envisaged to create its own benchmarks in construction engineering and unparalleled records.

Three massive workshops for undertaking fabrication of steel structure has been commissioned at Srinagar end of bridge and one at Katra end of the bridge. For launching purpose, arrangements in the form of pylons with cable cranes spanning the entire gorge have been completed successfully. The cable crane assembly, including pylons at span of 915 meters is the longest in the world . For the first time on Indian Railways viaduct was launched on curve of 2.74 degree.

Salient Features of Chenab Bridge:

1. Total length of the Bridge 1315 meters
2. Contract amount Rs.5120 millions
3. Design life of the bridge 120 years
4. Design speed 100 kmph
5. Height of Bridge (river bed to formation)      359m
6. Main Arch Span 467 meters
7. Total No of Spans 17 Nos.
8. Deck Width  
Viaduct Portion 13.50 meters
Arch Portion 17.00 meters
9. Max. Ht. of Steel Pier 133.734 meters
10. Max. Ht. of Concrete Pier 49.343 meters
11. Max. Size of Foundation  
Viaduct Portion 18 x 15 x 4.15 meters
Arch Portion 50 x 30 meters
12. Total Steel Fabrication 25,000 MT
13. Seismic zone Zone V
14. Design Wind Velocity 266 kmph (at deck level)
15. Geology of terrain  
16. Slope along  
Katra side bank (South) +35 to 50 degrees
Qazigund side bank vertical to sub-vertical

Major Quantities (BOQ)

1. Concrete Quantity 42639Cum
2. Reinforcement Steel    3179 MT
3. Excavation 510000 Cum
4. Grouting 1300 MT.
5. Drilling 53400 Rmt.
6. Structural Steel Work 13930MT
Kauri End Structural Steel          
7. Structural Steel Work 11470MT
Bakkal End Structural steel   

Sections Completed

  1. The work on Jammu-Udhampur section (55 Km) has been completed and opened to public by Hon’ble Prime Minister in Apr’05.
  2. The work on Quazigund – Baramulla section (118 Km) has also been completed and section has been opened to public in three phases. The section from Anantnag to Mazhom (68 KM) was opened to the public by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 11/10/08. The section from Mazhom to Baramulla (32 KM) was inaugurated and dedicated to the nation on 14.02.09.The section from Quazigund to Anantnag (18 km) was opened to the public by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 28/10/09.
  3. The section from Quazigund to Banihal (18 Km) involving Pir Panjal Tunnel, the longest transportation tunnel in India of total 11.215 Km length has also been opened to the Public by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 26.06.2013. The block section from Quazigund to Banihal is a part of Katra-Quazigund section of the project, wherein the alignment passes through the world’s most difficult terrain, both in terms of logistic and geological strata.
  4. Udhampur – Katra which is 25 Km long has been opened to traffic by Hon’ble Prime Minister on 4th July 2014.

 

Ferozepur-Amritsar Rail line: Railways ask State Govt to expedite Land acquisition to start work on the line

FEROZPUR: Uncertainty looms large over the much-needed “crucial” Ferozepur-Amritsar rail link, which has the potential to shorten the distance between the northern states, including Punjab, to trade capitals of Gujarat and Maharastra to large extent.

When constructed, it will also reduce the distance between two border districts of Ferozepur and Amritsar from the present 118 km to 86 km. The distance between Amritsar and Mumbai will be cut down by over 200 km. However, the project has been hanging fire due to red-tape for the last several years.

The rail link between Majha and Malwa was earlier snapped at the time of Partition when the province of Punjab was divided and some part of Ganda Singh Wala (now in Kasur) fell into the share of Pakistan for which now an alternative broad-gauge link between Ferozepur and Patti needs to be constructed.

Though the link was given “green signal” in the rail budget during 2013 and subsequently the go-ahead by the ministry and ratification by Niti Aayog, the matter is still hanging in the balance.

Last month, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had also written to the Railway Ministry to expedite the process for the construction of this broad-gauge link between Gharyala on the Amritsar-Khemkaran line and Mallanwala on the Ferozepur-Jalandhar line as it will give a major fillip to trade and industry in the border region.

Earlier also, the matter had been taken up by Rajya Sabha MP Shwet Malik and dozens of representations had been sent to the Railways, but nothing tangible has come out yet.

Railway officials had maintained that since the Internal Rate of Return (IPP) was negative for the project, the ministry had asked the state to provide 50 per cent of the funds besides the land for the project. However, the “cash- strapped” state government was reluctant to foot the bill for the project, which also included two bridges across the Sutlej and Beas, on which an amount of Rs 300 crore was likely to be incurred.

Social worker Ranjan Sharma said, “This rail link is extremely vital to join the two strategically located border districts of Ferozepur and Amritsar, besides connecting them to Rajasthan, Maharastra and Gujarat to boost their economy.” “It will be a boon for the farmers who will be able to send vegetables and fruits to the markets in Mumbai and other areas within 2-3 days,” he added.

Kulbhushan Gautam, president, Bharat Vikas Parishad, said the project would not only benefit the people from Punjab, but also a number of other states, including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and those of south India.

When contacted, Vivek Kumar, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Ferozepur Division, said the process for acquiring land for the project had been initiated by the state government. “Once the land is provided, we will immediately start work on the line, for which funds are no constraint,” he added.

Will reduce Amritsar-Mumbai route by 200 km 

  • When constructed, it will reduce the distance between two border districts of Ferozepur and Amritsar from the present 118 km to 86 km.
  • The distance between Amritsar and Mumbai will be cut down by over 200 km.

Una-Hamirpur Railway line soon, says Railway Minister

SHIMLA: Railways minister Piyush Goyal said here on Sunday that his ministry had approved a budget for a new rail line between Una-Hamirpur Railway Line (50 Kms).

He said Rs.10,200 crore would be spent on laying 254km rail line in Himachal Pradesh. “Also, four other railway projects would be started in the state soon; their detailed project reports are being prepared,” he said.

The Union minister also attacked the Congress’s state leadership, saying that it was engulfed in corruption and had been divided. “Its state government could not live up to the expectations of people,” he said. “If elected to power, the new government under Prem Kumar Dhumal will speed up development.” Goyal said Himachal Pradesh had immense potential for tourism-related activities and a BJP victory was certain in the state.

Apart from the above, projects like Amb-Andaura to Daulatpur Chowk (16 kms), is also being considered for expediting.

The Defence Ministry has declared four railway lines of National Strategic Importance including Bhanupali-Bilaspur-Beri-Manali-Leh broad gauge line.

During the year 2013-14, the then Railway Minister had announced that a railway station will be established at Basal in Una district but the announcement never saw the light of the day, he said and requested the minister to provide sufficient funds for the these projects.

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Western Railway stations, trains to get 3,500 HD cams post tragedy

The cameras are expected to be placed by June 2018 and their installation will be personally monitored by Piyush Goyal. The cameras will be installed on all the 32 WR stations and around 308 coaches on 25 local trains.

MUMBAI: The Western Railway (WR) will soon have almost 3,500 eyes on its commuters in the form of high definition closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras both on coaches and platforms of railway stations. The Rs 200-crore project is sanctioned under the Rail Budget 2017-18 and money has been arranged from the existing budgetary allocation for the railways by adjusting from the overheads and the Nirbhaya Fund.

The cameras are expected to be placed by June 2018 and their installation will be personally monitored by Union railway minister Piyush Goyal.

The cameras will be installed on all the 32 WR stations and around 308 coaches on 25 local trains. A total of 100 rakes (trains) run on the WR. The decision to install the CCTVs comes after the September 29 Elphinstone Road stampede, in which 23 people died. The CCTV camera installed at the Elphinstone Road station captured very little footage that could help divulge details of the tragedy.

The move to install CCTV at the 32 stations has already undergone three revisions this year, while the cameras in coaches were limited to women compartments. But it has now been revised to not just to increase the number of cameras installed but also to make them high definition after the September 29 stampede. In fact, the concerned file was cleared from WR’s Mumbai division in Mumbai Central, then by the headquarters located in New Delhi and then finally by the Railway Board, all in one day.

An official said, “A day after the stampede when the railway minister Piyush Goyal was reviewing the measures of how to make the system better, he said that whatever the cost, it would be approved by the ministry.”

The Rs 200 crore fund has been adjusted by the railways from its budget that was merged with the Union budget on February 1 this year. The railways will also be taking a chunk, albeit a small one, from the Nirbhaya Fund that was set up in 2013 after the Delhi gang rape case.

Funds have been fast-tracked to install more CCTVs after it was pointed out by officials that the elevated portion of the foot over-bridge (FOB) at Elphinstone Road station did not have any CCTV camera installed. As a result, there were some gaps in knowing the exact series of events that led to the stampede at Elphinstone.

On the other hand, there was also a general outlook among officials that the advantage of CCTV cameras in coaches should be extended to the general compartments for men and not just the women compartments. Another official said, “Now the mindset is that everyone should have security and not just one gender.”

Railways shelve Rs.5,000 Crore Jaisalmer-Bhabhar Rail link project

On September 27, in his reply to the question, Union minister of state for railways Rajen Gohain said in 2012-13, a survey was conducted for the rail link in which the project was found financially nonviable with 7.74% negative rate of return.

BARMER: The much awaited Jaisalmer (in the Jodhpur Divison of NWR) to Bhabhar (in the Ahmedabad Division of WR) rail link project has been shelved by the Union railway ministry, said Union minister of state for railways Rajen Gohain said in a letter to the BJP parliamentarian from Barmer.

In the 2016-17 rail budget, the then Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu had sanctioned ₹ 5,000 crore for the project, which was considered as a big economic boost for the limestone industry in the desert region.

In 2012-13, the North Western Railway had conducted three surveys for the 339km-long rail link.

In October 2016, a MoU was signed between the railways, Rajasthan and Gujarat governments for laying a new railway line from Jaisalmer in Jodhpur division of the North West Railway to Kandla Port in Ahmadabad division of the Western Railway in Gujarat.

Barmer MP Sonaram Choudhary raised a question in Parliament in November 2016 about the status of the proposed Jaisalmer-Bhabhar rail link.
On September 27, in his reply to the question, Union minister of state for railways Rajen Gohain said in 2012-13, a survey was conducted for the rail link in which the project was found financially non-viable with 7.74% negative rate of return.

“The railways have a long list of ongoing rail projects and since the project was not found financially viable due to which further consideration for sanctioning the project was not taken,” Gohain said in the letter.

Considering the strategic importance of the project, the view of the defence ministry is vital, the minister said, adding that a proposal has been to the ministry for its consideration.

“Until now the railways have not received any reply from the defence ministry.”

In April, this year, chief minister Vasundhara Raje, too while signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the ₹ 43,129 crore Barmer oil refinery with the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, demanded a rail connectivity between Barmer and Kandla port for transporting fuel and petrochemical products.

Choudhary said it is not possible for the railways scrap the project.

“How can the railways scrap a project that the Prime Minister mentioned as an achievement during his recent visit to Rajasthan,” said Choudhary.

“I will soon meet railway ministry official to know about the status of the project.”

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ICICI Bank priority customers to get IRCTC Executive Lounge access at Visakhapatnam Railway Station

VISAKHAPATNAM: Travel Food Services (TFS) has done an alliance with ICICI Bank for providing lounge access to its priority customers on Visakhapatnam railway station. The services at Travel Club Lounge are complimentary to the RUBYX and CORAL range of cards. Located on the platform number 1 and providing the travellers with a host of services, this lounge operates 24X7. The lounge can accommodate over 50 passengers at a given time.

The luxury lounge at Visakhapatnam Railway Station by IRCTC is less talked and not many people know about this service. Opened on 14th December last year, this lounge is the answer to all the waiting situations and hunger cravings on the Railway Station. Located on the first floor on the platform number one and providing the travellers with a lot of services, this lounge operates 24*7 and is first of its kind in India.

The IRCTC Executive Lounge at the railway station in India has been opened by TFS include facilities like a shower area, buffet, recliners, entertainment, live cooking, snacks, tea & coffee and cold beverages. The lounge also offers a wide selection of popular newspapers and magazines. Complimentary Wifi and hygienic/clean toilet facilities are available for travellers, alongside paid facilities like shower rooms, recliners, etc.

Speaking about the executive lounge, Gaurav Dewan, COO, TFS said, “TFS is always in search of excellence and committed to transforming the F&B experience of travellers. Our intent is to give the travellers a memory of India to cherish, in the little transition time between or before travel. Considering the volume travellers and the distances involved in travelling across a large country like India, travellers would definitely look forward to a place to spend a couple of hours where they can relax, rejuvenate and recharge themselves.”

Fully air conditioned hall with access to free WiFi is what attracts one and there is absolutely no discrimination in the passenger class. Collaborated by the Indian Railways, this luxury lounge is handled by the IRCTC.

The rate for initial entry (for 2 hours) into the lounge is Rs.150 + tax. Subsequently for every hour an additional Rs. 50 will be charged. The buffet breakfast is charged at Rs.150 + tax with a variety to choose from. The lunch and dinner buffet is priced at Rs.250 + tax.

Options of hot and cold beverages are available for travellers while they can feast on the vast menu of vegetarian and non-vegetarian breakfast and buffets. This lounge serves almost everything from soups and sweets to juices, Chinese and Indian cuisine along with an all day snack bar where local Andhra flavour is also made available.

Along with the delicious food, travellers can also relax on recliners for which they have to pay Rs.400 + tax and Rs 250 is charged for every extra hour. A spa is also maintained in the lounge managed by O2 with fixed timings. Train information display, television, toilets and baths, newspaper and magazines are additional benefits of the lounge.

Serving its customers quality food and services, the lounge has managed to get some regular customers and the feedback they get from the customers is always good. Visakhapatnam is the first to get this luxury lounge in the country while Howrah will  soon have one too.

The motto of Travel Food Services Pvt.Ltd. (the service provider) is to transform the traveller’s experience by providing luxury services. This is the India’s largest F&B retail service Provider with operations in India & Abroad. This company is based in all the major units of India like, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, Mangalore etc . IRCTC plans to provide airport-like services at the Railway Station as well and we are very impressed!

Salient Features of New Railway Time Table – SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY

Shri A.K. Gupta, General Manager of South Western Railway (Centre) released New Southern Zone Railway Time Table at Hubballi Railway Station. Smt. E. Vijaya, Chief Public Relations Officer & Deputy General Manager; Shri R.C. Punetha, Additional Divisional Railway Manager; Shri H.M. Dinesh, Chief Passenger Transportation Manager; Shri G.J. Prasad, Principal Chief Operations Manager; Shri Rajesh Mohan, Divisional Railway Manager; Shri Rajeev Kumar, Principal Chief Electrical Engineer (from left to right) are also seen in the picture

HUBBALLI: A.K. Gupta, General Manager of South Western Railway released New Southern Zone Railway Time Table at Hubballi Railway Station on 01.11.2017. Rajeev Kumar, Principal Chief Electrical Engineer, Rajesh Mohan, Divisional Railway Manager, R.C. Punetha, Additional Divisional Railway Manager, G.J. Prasad, Principal Chief Operations Manager, H.M. Dinesh, Chief Passenger Transportation Manager and other officers were also present. A.K. Gupta, GM/South Western Railway interacted with media during releasing of New Southern Zone Railway Time Table at Hubballi Railway Station. The New Time Table came into effect from 01.11.2017 with the following changes. The important changes are as follows

New trains introduced in the last one year from November 2016 17
Daily trains,

6 days a  week trains,

Tri-weekly trains

Weekly trains

04

06

02

05

Extension to further stations 06
Speeded up trains to reduce the journey time 16
Conversion from Express to Superfast

Conversion from Passenger to Express

02

02

Trains coaches replaced to LHB from old conventional coaches 05
Train coaches replaced with DEMU from old conventional coaches 01
Train terminal shifted from KSR Bengaluru to Banasawadi to decongest KSR Bengaluru 02
Train frequency increased from Weekly to Bi-weekly 01
Train timings revised for the better convenience of the passengers 45

The time table has come into effect from 01.11.2017. The salient features of New Southern Zone Railway Time Table are as follows:

TRAINS INTRODUCED: Seventeen new trains have been introduced in the last one year from November 2016. 4 Daily trains, 6 Nos. of Six days a week trains, 2 Tri-weekly trains and 5 weekly trains have been introduced. 

SNo. Train No. From To Date of Introduction Nature Introduced/Extension/Increasing Frequency
1 57477/57478 Rayadurga Kalyanadurg 30.12.2016 Daily Introduction of New services in RDG-KYND new line duly extending 57477/ 57478 GTL-TPTY-GTL Passenger upto KYND
2 22679/22680 Yesvantpur Hassan 27.03.2017 Daily S/F intercity Exp Introduced on 27.03.2017
3 56927/56928 Hubballi Chikkabenakal 01.04.2017 Daily Fast Passenger Introduced on 01.04.2017
4 17325/17326 Hubballi Mysuru 23.05.2017 Daily (Vishwamanav Exp) Introduced on 23.05.2017
5 66542/66541 KSR Bengaluru Whitefield 17.01.2017 6 days a week

(except-SUN)

Introduction of MEMU services
6 66544/66543 KSR Bengaluru Kuppam 17.01.2017 6 days a week

(except-SUN)

Introduction of MEMU services
7 22266/22265* Coimbatore KSR Bengaluru Yet to introduce 6 days a week

Uday Exp (except Mon)

*Date of Introduction will be advised
8 66535/66536

 

KSR Bangalore Ramanagaram 16.01.2017 6 days a week MEMU Passenger (except SUN) Introduced on 16.01.17
9 66537/66538

 

KSR Bangalore Ramanagaram 16.01.2017 6 days a week MEMU Passenger (except SUN) Introduced on 16.01.17
10 66539/66540 KSR Bangalore Ramanagaram 16.01.2017 6 days a week MEMU Passenger (except SUN) Introduced on 16.01.17
11 16581/16582 Yesvantpur Shivamogga Town 17.01.2017 Tri-weekly Express (Ex. YPR on Sat, Mon, Wed & Ex. SMET on Sun, Tue,Thu) Introduced on 17.01.2017
12 16575/16576 Yesvantpur Mangalore Jn. 09.04.2017 Tri-weekly (Gomoteshwar Exp) Introduced on 09.04.2017
13 17419/17021

17420/17022

Tirupathi/

Hyderabad

Vasco 05.01.2017 Weekly Ex. TPTY/HYB-Thu & Ex. VSG-Fri Introduced on 05.01.2017
14 22887/22888 Howrah Yesvantpur 26.01.2017 Weekly Humsafar Express via RU Introduced on 26.01.2017
15 22497/22498 Sriganganagar Tiruchirapalli 07.03.2017 Weekly Humsafar S/F Express Introduced on 07.03.2017
16 12504/12503 Kamakhya KSR Bengaluru 30.12.2016 Weekly Humsafar Express Introduced on 30.12.2016
17 17323/17324 Hubballi Varanasi 23.05.2017 Weekly Introduced on 23.05.2017

EXTENSION OF TRAINS: Six trains are extended to further stations

1 66514/66515 Marikuppam Bangarapet 21.11.2016 6 days a week(except-SUN) Extension upto Baiyyapanhalli
2 76525/76526 KSR Bengaluru Kolar 21.11.2016 6 days a week

(except-SUN)

Extension from KSR Bengaluru to Channapatna
3 56216/56215 Mysuru Shravanabelagola 29.03.2017 Daily Extension upto Yesvantpur
4 12295/12296 KSR Bengaluru Patliputra 01.03.2017 Daily Change of terminal from Patliputra to Danapur
5 22501/22502

(15901/15902)

Dibrugarh KSR Bengaluru 20.01.2017

31.01.2017

Weekly Express to Superfast Extended upto Tinsukiya

And speeded up to make Superfast duly changing Train Number Ex. New Tinsukia 20.01.2017 &

Ex. KSR Bengaluru -31.01.2017

6 57477/57478 Rayadurga Kalyanadurg 05.04.2017 Daily Extension from Kalyandurga to Kadiridevarapalli

 Speeding up of Trains: Sixteen trains are speeded up to reduced the journey timings

SNo. Rly Train No. Existing Timings Revised Timings Speeded up in Min Remarks
Dep Arr. Dep Arr.
1 SWR 22678 (16562) Kochuveli-Yesvantpur 12.40 04.30 12.50 04.15 25 Converted to Superfast
2 SWR 56270 Mysuru-Shivamogga Town 10.20 16.45 10.20 16.40 5
3 SWR 20651 (16201) KSR Bengaluru – Shivamogga Town 15.30 20.45 15.00 19.55 20 Converted to Superfast
4 SWR 20652 (16202) Shivamogga – KSR Bengaluru 06.35 11.55 06.40 11.35 25 Converted to Superfast
5 SWR 16219 (56213) Chamarajanagar-Tirupati 15.00 05.35 15.10 05.25 20 Converted to Express
6 SWR 16220 (56214) Tirupati – Chamarajanagar 21.35 12.30 21.35 12.20 10 Converted to Express
7 SWR 16227 (56234/16227) Mysuru – KSR Bengaluru – Talaguppa 19.10 07.15 19.40 07.15 30 Converted T No. 56234/56233 MYS-SBC-MYS Passenger as Express duly extending

T No 16227/16228 TLGP-SBC-TLGP Express to MYS

8 SWR 16228 (16228/56234) Talaguppa- KSR Bengaluru – Mysuru 20.15 08.00 20.20 08.00 5
9 SWR 17301 Mysuru -Dharwar 22.30 08.15 22.30 08.00 15
10 SWR 56217 Talaguppa – Shivamogga Town 10.00 12.50 10.00 12.30 20
11 SWR 56218 Shivamogga Town- Talaguppa 13.40 16.45 13.40 16.30 15
12 SWR 16577 Yesvantpur -Harihar 16.15 23.45 16.15 23.30 15
13 SWR 16578 Harihar – Yesvantpur 05.00 11.25 06.15 12.30 10
14 SWR 16575 Yesvantpur –Mangaluru Jn. 07.10 17.30 07.10 16.55 35
15 SWR 16515 Yesvantpur – Mangaluru Jn. -Karwar 07.00 17.30 (MAJN) 07.10 16.55 (MAJN) 45 Train speeded up between YPR-MAJN
16 SWR 56515 ) KSR Bengaluru -Hubballi Pass 07.45 20.50 07.45 20.45 05

SPEEDING UP OF TRAIN FROM MAIL/EXRESS TO SUPERFAST:  Two trains are speeded up to convert from Express to Superfast.

1 20651/20652 Old No.

16201/16202

Bengaluru Shivamogga Town 01.11.2017 Daily Express Express into Superfast with Change in timings & new Train Number
2 22677/22678 Old No.

(16561/16562)

Yesvantpur Kochuveli 31.08.2017 Weekly AC Exp Converted as Weekly S/F AC Express

CONVERSION OF PASSENGER TRAINS IN TO EXPRESS: Two trains are speeded up from Passenger to Express.

1 16219/16220 Old No. 56213/56214 Chamarajanagar Tirupathi 22.08.2017 Daily Passenger into Mail/Express
2 16227/16228

Old No. 56234/56233

Mysuru Talaguppa 28.07.2017 Daily Passenger into Express, duly extending T.No. 16227/16228 SBC-TLGP-SBC upto MYS

CONVERSION OF CONVENTIONAL TO LHB/DEMU, MEMU: In five trains coaches are replaced to LHB from old conventional coaches. In one train conventional coach is replaced with DEMU

1 15023/15024 Yesvantpur Gorakhpur 21.03.2017 Weekly Converted from conventional to LHB
2 76525/76526

(Old no.56525/56526)

KSR Bengaluru City Kolar 21.11.2016 6 days a week

(except-SUN)

Converted from Conventional to DEMU
3 16502/16501 Yesvantpur Ahmadabad 16.04.2017 Weekly Converted from conventional to LHB
4 12291/12292 Yesvantpur Chennai 21.04.2017 Weekly Converted from conventional to LHB
5 16527/16528 Yesvantpur Kannur 14.07.2017 Daily Converted from conventional to LHB
6 18637/18638 Hatia Bengalore Cant. 08.07.2017 Weekly Converted from conventional to LHB

SHIFTING OF TERMINALS: For two trains terminal are shifted from KSR Bengaluru to Banasawadi to decongest KSR Bengaluru

SNo. T.No From To New Terminal Date of change in terminals  
1 12683/12684 Ernakulam KSR Bengaluru Banasawadi 04.01.2018 Bi-Weekly Express
2 22607/22608 Ernakulam KSR Bengaluru Banasawadi 08.01.2018 Weekly Express

INCREASE IN FREQUENCY: For one train frequency increased from weekly to Bi-weekly.

SNo T.No. From To Existing days of service Increasing in frequency days of service (weekly to Bi-weekly Express) Remarks
1 12504/12503*

HUMSAFAR EXP

Kamakhya Bengaluru Cant. Ex;KYQ:Tue

Ex: BNC:Fri

Ex;KYQ:Tue & Sat*

Ex: BNC:Fri & Tue*

*Date of increase in frequency will be advised

REVISION IN TIMINGS: Forty-five train timings are revised for the better convenience of the passengers. Timings of the following trains at the station is revised from the date as mentioned against each:

SNo Train No. From/To Station Existing Timings Revised Timings Date
1 12246 Yesvantpur – Howrah Duranto Express Yesvantpur 11.15 (D) 11.00 (D) 02.11.17
2 22864 Yesvantpur – Howrah AC Weekly Express Yesvantpur 11.15 (D) 11.00 (D) 01.11.17
3 56278 Yesvantpur – Chikkamagalore Fast Passenger Yesvantpur 15.15 (D) 15.30 (D) 01.11.17
Chikkamagalore 22.00 (A) 22.15 (A) 01.11.17
4 19302 Yesvantpur – Indore Weekly Express Yesvantpur 11.30 (D) 11.20 (D) 01.11.17
5 15016 Yesvantpur – Gorakhpur Weekly Express Yesvantpur 07.35 (D) 07.30 (D) 02.11.17
6 56503 Bengaluru Cant. – Vijayawada Passenger Bengaluru Cant. 07.30 (D) 07.20 (D) 01.11.17
7 66535 KSR Bengaluru City – Ramanagaram MEMU Passenger. KSR Bengaluru 05.30 (D) 05.00 (D) 01.11.17

 

 

Ramanagaram 06.35 (A) 06.05 (A)
8 66536 Ramanagaram – KSR Bengaluru City MEMU Passenger. Ramanagaram 06.50 (D) 07.35 (D)
9 66539 KSR Bengaluru City – Ramanagaram MEMU Passenger Ramanagaram 21.10 (A) 21.00 (A)
10 66540 Ramanagaram – KSR Bengaluru City MEMU Passenger. Ramanagaram 21.55 (D) 22.35 (D)
KSR Bengaluru 23.00 (A) 23.50 (A)
11 17326 Mysuru – Hubballi Vishwamanav Express Mysuru 06.15 (D) 06.10 (D) 01.11.17
12 16227 Mysuru – Talaguppa Express Mysuru 19.45 (D) 19.40 (D) 01.11.17
13 16228 Talaguppa – Mysuru Express Mysuru 07.45 (A) 08.00 (A) 02.11.17
Talaguppa 20.15 (D) 20.20 (D) 01.11.17
14 20651 KSR Bengaluru – Shivamogga Town S/F Express KSR Bengaluru 15.30 (D) 15.00 (D) 01.11.17
15 20652 Shivamogga Town – KSR Bengaluru S/F Express Shivamogga Town 06.35 (D) 06.40 (D) 02.11.17
KSR Bengaluru 11.55 (A) 11.35 (A)
16 17301 Mysuru – Dharwar Express Krishnarajanagara 23.08 (D) 23.00 (D) 01.11.17
Ranibennur 05.15 (D) 04.47 (D) 02.11.17
Haveri 05.50 (D) 05.17 (D)
Hubballi 07.45 (D) 07.15 (D)
Dharwar 08.15 (A) 08.00 (A)
17 56913 KSR Bengaluru – Hubballi Passenger Tumakuru 07.55 (D) 07.50 (D) 01.11.17
Arsikere Jn 10.35 (D) 10.05 (D)
Kadur 11.20 (D) 10.45 (D)
Birur 12.10 (D) 11.40 (D)
Ajjampur 12.30 (D) 11.58 (D)
Chikkajajur 13.30 (D) 13.00 (D)
Davanagere 14.20 (D) 13.55 (D)
Harihar 14.45 (D) 14.25 (D)
Ranibennur 15.20 (D) 14.52 (D)
Haveri 16.07 (D) 15.35 (D)
18 16205 Talaguppa – Mysuru intercity Express Shivamogga Town 16.50 (D) 16.40 (D) 01.11.17
19 56217 Talaguppa – Shivamogga Town Passenger Shivamogga Town 12.50 (A) 12.30 (A) 01.11.17
20

 

56917 Birur – Shivamogga Town Passenger Birur 12.10(D) 11.40 (D) 01.11.17
Shivamogga Town 13.20 (A) 13.05 (A)
21 56916 Hubballi – Chikkajajur Passenger Chikkajajur 23.30 (A) 23.50 (A) 01.11.17
22 56227 KSR Bengaluru – Shivamogaa Town Passenger Shivamogga Town 23.20 (A) 23.35 (A) 01.11.17
 

23

17315 Vasco – Velankanni Express Davanagere 17.34 (D) 17.05 (D) 06.11.17
Birur 19.20 (D) 19.00 (D)
Arsikere 20.20 (D) 19.55 (D)
 

24

16230 Varanasi – Mysuru Express Chitradurg 17.20 (D) 18.30 (D) 04.11.17
Kadur 19.30 (D) 20.10 (D)
Arsikere 20.30 (D) 20.50 (D)
25 16590 Kolhapur – KSR Bengaluru Ranichinnamma Express Alnavar 20.30 (D) 20.45 (D) 01.11.17
Dharwar 21.25 (D) 21.45 (D)
Hubballi 22.15 (D) 22.40 (D)
Haveri 23.30 (D) 23.45 (D)
Ranibennur 00.02 (D) 00.12 (D) 02.11.17
Harihar 00.26 (D) 00.35 (D)
Davanagere 00.43 (D) 00.52 (D)
Arsikere 03.25 (D) 03.35 (D)
Tiptur 03.55 (D) 04.00 (D)
Ammasandra 04.20 (D) 04.22 (D)
Tumakuru 05.05 (D) 05.20 (D)
KSR Bengaluru 06.40 (D) 06.45 (D)
26 16506 KSR Bengaluru – Gandhidham Express Arsikere 00.50 (D) 00.45 (D) 05.11.17
Birur 01.35 (D) 01.30 (D)
Ranibennur 04.09 (D) 03.55 (D)
Haveri 04.40 (D) 04.25 (D)
27 16508 KSR Bengaluru – Bhakat Ki Kothi Express Arsikere 00.50 (D) 00.45 (D)  02.11.17
Birur 01.35 (D) 01.30 (D)
Ranibennur 04.09 (D) 03.55 (D)
Haveri 04.40 (D) 04.25 (D)
28 16210 Mysuru – Ajmer Express Arsikere 00.50 (D)  00.45 (D) 02.11.17
Birur 01.35 (D) 01.30 (D)
Ranibennur 04.09 (D) 03.55 (D)
Haveri 04.40 (D) 04.25 (D)
30 17311 Chennai Central – Vasco Express Arsikere 00.50 (D) 00.45 (D) 04.11.17
Birur 01.35 (D) 01.30 (D)
Ranibennur 04.09 (D) 03.55 (D)
Haveri 04.40 (D) 04.25 (D)
31

 

22698 Chennai Central – Hubballi Express Arsikere 00.50 (D) 00.45 (D) 06.11.17
Birur 01.35 (D) 01.30 (D)
Ranibennur 04.09 (D) 03.55 (D)
Haveri 04.40 (D) 04.25 (D)
32 56530 Kotur – Harihar Passenger Harihar 14.30 (A) 14.15 (A) 01.11.17
33 16229 Mysuru – Varanasi Express Arsikere 13.15 (D) 13.05 (D) 02.11.17
Chitradurg 15.45 (D) 15.35 (D)
34 56519 KSR Bengaluru-Chikkajajur- Chitradurg Passenger Chitradurg 16.20 (A) 16.45 (A) 01.11.17
35 11006 Puducherry – Dadar Chalukya Express Davanagere 11.45 (D) 11.40 (D)  01.11.17
Harihar 12.10 (D) 12.05 (D)
Ranibennur 12.40 (D) 12.27 (D)
Haveri 13.15 (D) 12.55 (D)
Hubballi 15.20 (D) 15.15 (D)
Dharwar 15.40 (D) 15.35 (D)
Alnavar 16.20 (D) 16.15 (D)
Londa 17.10 (D) 17.05 (D)
36 11022 Tirunelveli – Dadar Express Davanagere 11.45 (D) 11.40 (D) 03.11.17
Harihar 12.10 (D) 12.05 (D)
Ranibennur 12.40 (D) 12.27 (D)
Haveri 13.15 (D) 12.55 (D)
Hubballi 15.20 (D) 15.15 (D)
Dharwar 15.40 (D) 15.35 (D)
Alnavar 16.20 (D) 16.15 (D)
Londa 17.10 (D) 17.05 (D)
37 11036 Mysuru – Dadar Express Davanagere 11.45 (D) 11.40 (D) 05.11.17
Harihar 12.10 (D) 12.05 (D)
Ranibennur 12.40 (D) 12.27 (D)
Haveri 13.15 (D) 12.55 (D)
Hubballi 15.20 (D) 15.15 (D)
Dharwar 15.40 (D) 15.35 (D)
Alnavar 16.20 (D) 16.15 (D)
Londa 17.10 (D) 17.05 (D)
38 11005 Dadar – Puducherry Chalukya Express Arsikere 18.10 (D) 18.05 (D) 04.11.17
Tiptur 18.38 (D) 18.30 (D)
39 11021 Dadar – Tirunelveli Express Tiptur 18.38 (D) 18.30 (D) 01.11.17
40 11035 Dadar – Mysuru Express Arsikere 18.10 (D) 18.05 (D) 03.11.17
41 12630 H.Nizamuddin – Yesvantpur Express Dharwar 21.40 (D) 21.20 (D) 02.11.17
Hubballi 22.35 (D) 22.20 (D)
Davanagere 00.57 (D) 00.30 (D) 03.11.17
Arsikere 03.00 (D)
42 22686 Chandigarh – Yesvantpur Express Dharwar 21.40 (D) 21.20 (D) 05.11.17
Hubballi 22.35 (D) 22.20 (D)
Davanagere 00.57 (D) 00.30 (D) 06.11.17
Arsikere 03.00 (D)
43 56529 Harihar – Kottur Passenger Kottur (A) 11.00 (D) 10.50 (D) 01.11.17
44 17310 Vasco-Yesvantpur Yesvantpur(A) 11.25 (D) 11.50 (D) 05.11.17
45 56501 Vijayawada – Hubballi Passenger Hubballi(A) 05.45 (A) 05.35 (A) 01.11.17

 

Extension of Four Express Trains from Chennai Egmore to Tambaram on experimental basis

SECUNDERABAD: As part of commissioning of Tambaram Coaching Terminal, the following train services running to/from Tambaram will be further extended to run to/from Tambaram on experimental basis from 2nd November, 2017 to 3rd January, 2018.

  1. Accordingly, Train No. 15630 Guwahati-Tambaram Weekly Express will arrive/depart Chennai Egmore at 20:05/20:40 hrs and arrive Tambaram at 21:15 hrs on its scheduled dates.
  2. Train No. 15629 Tambaram – Guwahati Weekly Express will depart Tambaram at 21:45 hrs and arrive/depart Chennai Egmore at 22:15/22:30 hrs on its scheduled dates.
  3. Train No. 15930 Dibrugarh – Tambaram Weekly Express will arrive/depart Chennai Egmore at 20:05/20:40 hrs and arrive Tambaram at 21:15 hrs on its scheduled dates.
  4. Train No. 15929 Tambaram – Dibrugarh Weekly Express will depart Tambaram at 21:45 hrs and arrive/depart Chennai Ignore at 22:15/22:30 hrs on its scheduled dates.

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Machilipatnam-Secunderabad-Machilipatnam Superfast Express to be extended to Bidar from 1st March, 2018

SECUNDERABAD: Ministry of Railways has approved the extension of Tr. No. 12749/12750 Machilipatnam – Secunderabad – Machilipatnam Superfast Express to Bidar with effect from 1st March, 2018 from Machilipatnam and 2nd March, 2018 from Bidar with revised timings. The Present and Revised Timetable is given below:-

Station Present Timings of

Train No. 12749 Machilipatnam – Bidar SF Express

Arrive/Departure

Revised Timings of

Train No. 12749 Machilipatnam – Bidar SF Express

Arrive/Departure

Station Present Timings of

Train No. 12750 Bidar – Machilipatnam SF Express

Arrive/Departure

Revised Timings of

Train No. 12750 Bidar – Machilipatnam SF Express

Arrive/Departure

Machilipatnam 20.35 (Departure) 20.40 (Departure) Bidar   19.25 (Departure)
Chilakalapudi 20.39/20.40 20.44/20.45 Zahirabad   19.53/19.54
Pedana 20.49/20.50 20.49/20.50 Vikarabad   20.48/20.50
Vadlamannadu 20.57/20.58 20.57/20.58 Lingampalli   21.34/21.25
Kavutaram 21.04/21.05 21.04/21.05 Secunderabad 22.30 22.20/22.30
Gudlavalleru 21.11/21.12 21.11/21.12 Jangaon 23.35/23.36 23.35/23.36
Nujella 21.17/21.18 21.17/21.18 Kazipet 00.23/00.24 00.23/00.24
Gudivda 21.30/21.32 21.30/21.32 Warangal 00.38/00.40 00.38/00.40
Vijayawada 22.30/22.45 22.30/22.45 Kesamudram 1.13/1.14 1.13/1.14
Kondapalli 23.04/23.05 23.04/23.05 Mahbubabad 1.26/27 1.26/27
Madhira 23.32/23.33 23.32/23.33 Dornakal 1.55/1.57 1.55/1.57
Khammam 00.05/00.06 00.05/00.06 Khammam 2.15/2.16 2.15/2.16
Dornakal 00.25/00.26 00.25/00.26 Madhira 3.01/3.02 3.01/3.02
Mahbubabad 00.44/00.45 00.44/00.45 Kondapalli 3.59/4.00 4.00/4.01
Kesamudram 00.56/00.57 00.56/00.57 Vijayawada 4.20/4.40 4.25/4.40
Warangal 01.44/01.45 01.44/01.45 Gudivda 5.28/5.30 5.28/5.30
Kazipet 01.59/02.01 01.59/02.01 Nujella 5.34/5.35 5.36/5.37
Jangaon 02.43/02.44 02.43/02.44 Gudlavalleru 5.45/5.46 5.43/5.44
Secunderabad 04.35 04.30/04.40 Kavutaram 5.50/5.51 5.50/5.51
Lingampalli   05.12/05.13 Vadlamannadu 5.55/5.56 5.55/5.56
Vikarabad   05.53/05.55 Pedana 6.04/6.05 6.04/6.05
Zahirabad   06.49/06.50 Chilakalapudi 6.09/6.10 6.09/6.10
Bidar   07.38 (Arrival) Machilipatnam 6.25 6.23 (Arrival)

These trains consist of 1st AC, AC II Tier, AC III Tier, Sleeper Class and General Second Class Coaches.

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SCR’s surprise drive lands Ticketless Travellers in soup

NANDED: South Central Railway (SCR) on Thursday carried out a series of surprise checks on trains passing through Aurangabad railway station, taking action against several ticketless travellers.

Even unauthorized vendors bore the brunt of the drive, railway authorities said.

The crackdown, which began in the morning, helped the authorities to recovery a significant amount of money in penalties. However, details of the number of errant passengers that were penalized and the amount recovered as fines were not compiled by the SCR authorities till late on Thursday evening.

The authorities focused their energies on trains originating in and passing through Aurangabad, among other station. Notably, on-board inspections were carried out by halting trains a fair distance from the stations, catching ticketless passengers on the wrong foot.

Authorities said they did this to ensure errant travellers did not jump out of the train and escape, which would have been the case had this been done at the station.

SCR officials said this was only the beginning, and that they would carry out similar drives in the future too, to curb ticketless travel and other unauthorized practices on trains. The focus, authorities said, was on ensuring the rights of bona fide passengers were protected.

Appealing to passengers to travel in a legitimate manner, SCR authorities said cooperation from travellers would help the Indian railway authorities in improving their services across the country.

In 2016-17, the Nanded division of the South Central Railway had caught over 1.52 lakh ticketless travellers, which was 19,000 higher than the previous year. Subsequent penalties generated Rs5.59 crore in revenue for SCR.

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Special Trains between Tirupati – Dharmavaram to clear Extra Rush of Passengers

TIUPATI: In order to clear extra rush of passengers, the following Special Trains will run between Tirupati – Dharmavaram – Tirupati as detailed below:-

Train No. 07402/07401 Tirupati –Dharmavaram– Tirupati Special Trains:

  • Train No. 07402 Tirupati – Dharmavaram Special train will depart Tirupati at 05:00 hrs from  1st November to 7th November 2017 and arrive Dharmavaram at 10:40 hrs on the same day.
  • In the return direction, Train No. 07401 Dharmavaram – Tirupati  Special train will depart Dharmavaram at 13:00 hrs from  1st November to 7th November 2017 and arrive Tirupati at 19:10 hrs on the same day.
  • Enroute, these special trains will stop at Pakala, Piler, Madanapalle Road and Kadiri stations in both the directions.

These trains will comprise of one AC II Tier, two AC III Tier, ten Sleeper Class and four General Second class Coaches.

Trains Short Terminated:

Due to heavy floods & breaches in Samastipur Division of East Central Railway, the following Express Trains are Short Terminated/Originated as detailed below:

  • Train no. 07005 Hyderabad – Raxual Express Train scheduled to depart Hyderabad at 21.30 hrs on 2nd November, 2017 will be Short Terminated at Darbhanga Station.
  • Change of Originating station: Train No. 07006 Raxual – Hyderabad Express schedule to originate from Raxual will Short Originated from Darbhanga station on 05th November, 2017.
  • Tr.No.51421 Pune – Nizamabad Passenger, which left Pune on 1st November, 2017 is partially cancelled between Mudkhed – Nizamabad stations due to late running.
  • Change of Originating Station: Train no. 51433 Nizamabad – Pandharpur Passenger scheduled to depart Nizamabad on 2nd November, 2017 will depart from Mudkhed instead of Nizamabad due to late running of its pairing train.

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Manmad-Mumbai ‘Panchavati Express’ enters 43rd year

NANDED: The Manmad-Mumbai ‘Panchavati Express’ today completed 42 years of its operations, Central Railway officials said.

Panchavati Express (Marathi: पंचवटी एक्सप्रेस) is a superfast intercity express train that connects Mumbai with Manmad . It is a daily means of transport for passengers traveling between Mumbai, capital of Maharashtra and Nashik. The train is recorded in the Limca book of records as an ideal train since the train preserves some of its features. It is one of the prestigious trains of Central Railways. It was introduced on 1st November 1973.

The train passes through Nashik and several traders use it daily to commute to Mumbai from the North Maharashtra city.

Nashik MP Hemant Godse and others cut a cake at the Nashik Road railway station, when the train arrived at around 7 AM, the CR officials said.

The train, which starts from Manmad, terminates at the Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.

Loco In-charge for this train is WCAM 3 from the Kalyan (KYN) Shed and hauls the train from end to end.

12110 UP Panchavati Express departs Manmad Junction at 06:02 IST and reaches Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Mumbai at 10:45 IST. 12109 DOWN Panchvati Express departs Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus(CST), Mumbai daily at 18:15 IST and reaches Manmad Junction at 22:50 IST. The train covers a distance of 258 km between Manmad Junction and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

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Railway’s decision to revise the schedule of popular Chennai-Tiruchi Rockfort Express draws flak

CHENNAI: Southern Railway’s decision to revise the schedule of the hugely popular Rockfort Express, especially the Chennai-Tiruchi Rockfort Express (Train 12653), has drawn flak from city residents.

As per the new schedule, which would come into effect from November 1, the train’s departure time from Chennai Egmore has been pushed to 11.30 p.m. It will reach Tiruchi at 5.15 a.m. Currently, the train leaves Chennai at 10.30 p.m. and arrives here at 4.30 a.m.

Under the revised scheduled, the travel time of the train has been brought down to five hours and forty-five minutes instead of six hours.

“This is not a felt need and no one asked for speeding up as this is an overnight train. Although technically the train meets the super fast norm of 55 km per hour, it hardly offers any benefit to the passengers. Earlier, it was doing 53 km per hour,” says S. Pushpavanam, Secretary, Consumer Protection Council, Tamil Nadu.

Besides, with the super fast surcharge of ₹45 on AC classes and ₹30 on sleeper class, the passenger has to spend more and has to shell out taxi or auto fare to reach the railway station in unearthly hours, he contends.

Echoing similar sentiments, M. Sekaran, president, Air, Rail and Road Travellers Federation, said: “The move will adversely affect the interest of the passengers. In Chennai, public transport system is very limited after 10 p.m. and travellers will find it difficult to reach the railway station to board the train. Beside, a large numbers of passengers board the train at Mambalam and Tambaram. Under the new schedule, passengers would have to board the train at Mambalam at 11.45 p.m. and at midnight at Tambaram. This being a night train operated for the convenience of passengers, the change will only come as a nightmare.”

No consultation

The Railways has not bothered to consult passengers or service associations before deciding to change the time, he regretted and appealed to the Chairman, Railway Board to consider the genuine grievance of the passengers. The revised schedule will badly affect the passengers as they will be able to sleep less than five hours on what is supposed to be an overnight train, said H. Ghouse Baig, a consumer activist.

Mr. Pushpavanam too felt that trains should be run for the convenience of passengers. “Passengers who have to pay much more for disturbed sleep are not likely to bless the Railways. I am afraid the Railways are working overtime to get a bad name for the present government as this move will affect patronage, which it can hardly afford,” observes Mr. Pushpavanam.

He demanded that the railway retain the trains as express service, forego the super fast surcharge and earn the goodwill of passengers.

Mainline section passengers complain many demands not met by Railways

The revised railway timetable which came into effect from November 1 has thrown a mixed bag for mainline passengers. While passengers welcomed few announcements, they rued that many of their demands like extensions, increase in frequency were not considered.

Welcoming the announcement of two new fully unreserved Antyodaya Express trains between Tambaram – Sengottai and Tambaram – Tirunelveli route via Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, they said both trains will be a boon to ordinary people.

Being fully unreserved, these trains will also be useful for those who cannot plan their travel in advance. If these two trains are operated with the same speed of other trains in this section, it will be a sure success, they said.

Vice-president of Thanjavur District Rail Users’ Association, A Giri while welcoming the speeding up of Rameswaram – Faizabad Shraddha Sethu Express in both directions between Rameswaram and Chennai, however, alleged that the Southern Railway was keen on diverting Mannai Express via Tiruvarur. He expressed hope that authorities would come out with a suitable solution to mitigate the problems of the passengers of high-ticket revenue yielding stations at Thanjavur and Kumbakonam before effecting the diversion of Mannai Express.

He also said that it has not considered the long-pending demand to operate Coimbatore – Mannargudi Chemmozhi Express as a link express up to Mayiladuthurai as it has patronage from Mayiladuthurai, Kumbakonam and Thanjavur passengers.

Similarly, another demand to operate the less patronised Puducherry – Mangalore Weekly Express via Kumbakonam and Thanjavur was not considered. Other demands such as increasing in frequency of Rameswaram – Tirupathi Express to daily, operating Puducherry – Kanyakumari Express via Madurai with an increase in frequency to three times a week; Trichy – Howrah Expresses via Mayiladuthurai for one day in a week and Mayiladuthurai – Mysore Expresses via Namakkal etc too were not considered.

Giri said the departure timings of all trains running via mainline from Chennai Egmore which have been advanced to facilitate the late arrival of chord line trains at Trichy, will put the passengers to great hardship on the mainline section, especially in Mayiladuthurai.

With the revised timings, Mannai, Kamban and Uzhavan Expresses from Chennai Egmore will reach Mayiladuthurai at odd hours like 2.15am, 3.33am and 4.13am respectively.

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Clueless of Rule – Ignorance on Ticket Cancellation rules filling Railway coffers?

SECUNDERABAD: The surge in online sale of railway tickets has Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) laughing all the way to the bank. The reason: Many tech-savvy passengers, who go for e-tickets, are not aware of the cancellation policies and end up losing on their refunds altogether.

If South Central Railway (SCR) sources are to be believed, passengers tend to cancel their e-tickets at the last moment, unaware of the fact that cancellations have to be done within the stipulated time to be eligible for refunds.

Two years back, the Indian Railways tweaked the refund rules, doubling the cancellation charges and making it mandatory to cancel at least 48 hours prior to departure. “Many still don’t know that cancellation is not done at e-ticket counters and has to be done online only and that too at least 48 hours in advance. Many e-ticket purchasers hence suffer heavy losses on account of their ignorance,” a senior railway official told. “The cancellation and refund rules were revised to plug the scope of misuse after cases of touts selling railway tickets in black surfaced,” said an employee of IRCTC, which is responsible for issuing refunds against e-ticket cancellations.

According to SCR sources, the zone witnesses a spike in cancellations of e-tickets mostly during the festive season -between September and December -as many passengers book both railway and air tickets to beat the rush. When their flight reservations get confirmed, they cancel their railway tickets at the last minute.

The destinations, for which e-tickets are primarily booked and cancelled in SCR zone, include Delhi, Bangalore, Howrah, Chennai and Visakhapatnam, among others.

Railway Coaches as Shelters: Easier said than done

HYDERABAD: Weeks after the Centre unveiled plans to turn discarded railway coaches into shelters for the homeless, railway officials said that the project could go off the track due to various problems that may crop up in executing it.

SCR sources said that for instance in Hyderabad, till date, the civic authorities have not sent them details of the areas where these shelter coaches have to be stationed.

“Since the decision has been taken by the Centre, we will have to work with the urban housing department to make the project a reality but the feasibility is in doubt because of certain issues,” said a railway officer about the project that is being jointly spearheaded by the Union railways and urban housing ministries.

Speculation is rife that the wheels of the abandoned coaches will be removed and placed in areas to be specified by the municipal authorities.

Elaborating on the reason for this buzz, railway authorities said it will be difficult to restrict the entry of unauthorised persons into railway premises if the coaches are stationed on unused tracks and may even turn into dens for miscreants.

Besides, the railways earns a considerable amount of money by selling the scrap of discarded coaches. For instance, an eight wheeler BG coach (lot number TPY2110CH10J) was recently auctioned off for Rs 3.55 lakh.

SCR authorities said they are clueless about the number of coaches they will have to arrange across Telangana as the state government is yet to estimate the number of people to be accommodated in these defunct coaches.

A member of Telangana Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas said the unused coaches will be used as a temporary housing measure as the state government is coming up with permanent shelters for the homeless in the state.

In Hyderabad, two such permanent shelters are about to be completed, while construction of five more is in progress. Apart from the upcoming seven shelters, 12 are functional, according to municipal dept. sources. “We may require four to five railway coaches to accommodate the homeless temporarily in Hyderabad, until the construction of permanent shelters is completed. We have requested the municipal commissioners in Telangana to confirm the locations where the railway coaches are to be put up,” he said.

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Telangana seeks aviation ministry’s help on MMTS Phase-II project

HYDERABAD: The Telangana government has sought intervention of the Union ministry of civil aviation to resolve the issue of alignment plans of the railways on airport connectivity in the MMTS phase-II.

The GMR Hyderabad international airport authorities are not agreeing to the alignment proposed by the railways up to a location near to the airport border. The officials are citing security issues.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently held a video conference with TS officials on MMTS phase II project under the Pragathi programme. The Central government has sent a note on the video conference. According to the note, land acquisition for MMTS phase II and funds to be given by TS to the railways were discussed.

The state government has said that the alignment has been finalised up to a location near to the airport and an independent consultant has been appointed by the state government to study the alternate options.

The railway officials said that this issue has been pursued with the state government and the airport authorities.

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Railways identify land for Jeypore-Nabarangpur line

BHUBANESWAR: The Railways has identified land for the much-awaited Jeypore-Nabarangpur broad gauge line and an electric engine workshop at Narla in Kalahandi district.

The two projects will be jointly developed by the Railways and the Odisha government, a statement issued by East Coast Railways said.

The Railways has identified plots and submitted documents to the state government through the land acquisition officers, it said. The projects have been earmarked for early commissioning in the interest of the development of less-developed areas of the state.

The Railways, in its statement, expressed hope that land acquisition would be smooth with the cooperation of the state government. “Railways is keeping its mechanism ready to start work on the projects as soon as the land is available,” it said. These projects would help in fostering growth and development of nearby areas, the statement said.

File Photo: On 11 Oct 2016, Ministry of Railways signed MOU with the Odisha State Government for new rail line from Jeypore to Nabarangpur & Malkangiri; Odisha Govt sharing 50% of costs

Earlier, the Railways used to appoint a special land acquisition officer who dealt with the land requirement issue.

However, as per the memorandum of understanding, Railway and State Government will have equal responsibilities. While the Railways will bear half of the construction cost, the Government will bear the entire cost of land. Now that the ECoR has furnished the details of land requirement, so it is the state government’s responsibility because acquisition remains the single biggest problem for progress of the projects. In 2016-17, when Ministry of Railways sanctioned the Jeypore-Nabarangpur line, the cost was estimated at Rs 747.91 crore. The project was targeted to be completed in three years.

The broad gauge line is important considering it brings connectivity to Nabarangpur district with an existing station on Kottavalasa-Kirandul line. This rail line will provide connectivity to Koraput, Jeypore, Jagdalpur and Dantewada. It will also connect Nabarangpur to Junagarh and result in cutting travel time to Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.Both Jeypore-Nabarangpur project and Narla Electric Engine Periodic Overhauling Workshop are located in backward regions and expected to bring in development.

In October last year, an agreement was signed between Odisha government and the Indian Railways for the 38-km broad gauge line between Jeypore and Nabarangpur. The state government has agreed to provide land for free and bear 50 per cent cost of the project.

The cost of the project is Rs 747.91 crore and is expected to be completed in three years. The project is important for connecting Nabarangpur district of western Odisha with Jeypore in the southern region to an existing station on the Kottavalasa-Kirandul line.

The new line will provide connectivity to important towns like Koraput and Jeypore in Odisha and Jagdalpur and Dantewada in Chhattisgarh. The line will also be useful for connecting Nabarangpur to Junagarh in the Kalahandi district. The Project is important for connecting Navarangpur District of Western Odisha, with Jeypore, an existing Station on Kottavalasa- Kirandul line. This line will provide connectivity to important towns viz. Koraput, Jeypore, Jagdalpur, Dantewada. Further, the line is useful for connecting Navarangpur to Junagarh/Kalahandi District and result in short lead to many other places of Odisha, Chhattisgarh & Andhra Pradesh. Further,  State Govt. of Odisha will be bearing entire cost of land and 50%  of the construction cost of the project.

The salient features of new BG line is as under:

Construction of New Broad Gauge Railway Line between Jeypore & Navarangpur (38 Km)

Name of the Project

New B.G. Railway Line between Jeypore & Navarangpur

Length

38 Km

Cost

Rs 747.91 Crores.

Completion Cost

Rs 791.47 crore

Completion Period

3 years

Mode of funding

Cost-sharing basis (50% by Ministry of Railways under GBS and 50% by State Govt. of Odisha)

States/Districts served

Odisha / Koraput and Navarangpur

Background

The Project is important for connecting Navarangpur District of Western Odisha, with Jeypore, an existing Station on Kottavalasa- Kirandul line. This line will provide connectivity to important towns viz. Koraput, Jeypore, Jagdalpur, Dantewada. Further, the line is useful for connecting Navarangpur to Junagarh / Kalahanidi District and result in short lead to many other places of Odisha, Chhattisgarh & Andhra Pradesh.

Further,  State Govt. of Odisha will be bearing entire cost of land and 50%  of the construction cost of the project.

Outcome

Once implemented, this important rail line will connect Navarangpur District of Western Odisha, not connected with railway line, with Jeypore, the existing station on Kottavalasa- Kirandul line, thus connecting other important towns viz. Koraput, Jeypore, Jagdalpur, Dantewada.  This line will also connect Navarangpur with Junagarh/Kalahandi District and result in short lead to many other places of Odisha, Chhattisgarh & Andhra Pradesh.  Besides freight  traffic viz. Maize, Rice, fertilizer, cement, wheat, POL etc. is expected from various villages en-route.

The cost of the project is Rs 747.91 crore and is expected to be completed in three years.

The project is important for connecting Nabarangpur district of western Odisha with Jeypore in the southern region to an existing station on the Kottavalasa-Kirandul line.

The new line will provide connectivity to important towns like Koraput and Jeypore in Odisha and Jagdalpur and Dantewada in Chhattisgarh.

The line will also be useful for connecting Nabarangpur to Junagarh in the Kalahandi district.

Odisha government will bear the entire cost of land and 50 per cent of construction cost of the project.

The link will be a boon for transporting maize, rice, fertiliser, cement, wheat and others from various villages and towns en-route, the officials added.

On 11 Oct 2016, Ministry of Railways signed MOU with the Odisha State Government for new rail line from Jeypore to Nabarangpur & Malkangiri; Odisha Govt sharing 50% & 25% of costs.

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South Central Railway sets eyes on open access power

HYDERABAD: Despite reduction in the unit cost, SC Railway has decided to purchase power through the open access system. South Central Railway (SCR) general manager Vinod Kumar Yadav held discussions with energy department special chief secretary Ajay Misra and TS Transco chairman and managing director D. Prabhakar Rao at Vidyut Soudha on Thursday.

Mr Yadav asked for permission to purchase power in the open access system. Special chief secretary Ajay Misra and Transco CMD Prabhakar Rao informed Mr Yadav that in the electricity department, everything has to be decided by the TS Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC). They asked him to send a letter to ERC with a request to purchase power in the open access system. They also told him to send a similar letter to Transco and that they would send one to ERC.

In the recent tariff order, ERC has reduced the unit cost from Rs 7.10 to Rs 4.05 for the railways. After adding demand charges and wheeling charges the  cost per unit will come to around `6.

In several states, the Indian Railways is availing power through the open access system from Ratnagiri Gas and Power Private Ltd (RGPPL). The rate is Rs 4.70 per unit in TS southern power distribution company and Rs 5.50 in TS northern power distribution company.

Earlier, SCR told  ERC that they are planning to procure power through open access in Telangana state. SCR has requested the ERC to reduce the power tariff, considering that the railways are a public utility with the characteristics of base load, high power factor and bulk consumption.

They want approval of a rebate of at least 10% of energy charges to give impetus to electrification of the railway network. According to officials, South Central railway requires about 1000 MU per year in Telangana.

 Meanwhile, the Special Chief Secretary of the Energy department Ajay Misra said that they have had discussions about the open access system for power purchase by SC Railways. Speaking to this newspaper, he said that they have suggested to the Railways to write a letter to ERC requesting permission to purchase power in the ‘pen access’ system. He said that when it comes to this issue, ERC has to take a final decision

SWR conducts “SPANDANA” – a Massive Employee Outreach Programme

A.K. Gupta, GM/SWR seen checking the registers on the occasion of “Spandana”, a massive employee outreach programme.  S.K. Albela, Principal Chief Personnel Officers and others are also seen in the picture.

HUBLI: South Western Railway Head quarters organized a massive Employee outreach  programme under the banner of “SPANDANA” recently, at Rail Soudha, Hubballi.  The programme was inaugurated by    Shri A.K. Gupta, General Manager, SWR. Shri B.B.Singh, Additional General Manager, Shri H. Pradeep Kumar, Principal Chief Medical Director, Shri A.K. Singh,  Principal Finance Advisor, Shri S.K. Albela, Principal Chief Personnel Officer and other Officers and staff were present.

Apart from registering their grievances and showing their service details, leave details etc. to the staff, the presentation on General Health maintenance,  General Health check up camp, Specialized Echo Test through Narayana Hrudayalaya,  tips on food/diet by Dietician were also conducted during the programme.   The health check up camp was availed by about 300 employees. Overall 208 grievances were received in which  159 grievances pertaining to Service Record entries  were solved immediately and remaining 49 service related  grievances were being processed for redressal.

Similar 16 Camps are being conducted over Hubballi, Bengaluru and Mysuru Division of South Western Railway.

 

RASHTRIYA EKTA DIWAS observed on SR’s Madurai Division on 31st October 2017

MADURAI: The Government observes 31st October all over the country as a day of special occasion, to foster and reinforce the Government’s dedication to preserve and strengthen Unity, Integrity and Security of our Nation, by celebrating it as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India.

On this occasion, Southern Railway, Madurai Division observes the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas between 08.00 hrs. to and 09.00 hrs. today (31.10.2017) at Madurai Jn. railway station in a befitting manner.

To commemorate the occasion floral tributes were paid to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, followed by administering the Pledge, March pasts by Railway Protection Force battalion, Band party performance by students of Railway Mixed Higher Secondary School, to mark the day for unity a cultural programe was performed by School students of Southern Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation and ‘Run for Unity’ Marathon flagged off by Ms. Neenu Ittyerah, Divisional Railway Manager and          Shri K. Veera Raghava Rao, District Collector, Madurai.

Shri P.V. Murali Krishna, Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Southern Railway Madurai Division and other railway officials  participated in the prgramme.

Similar programme was also held in other railway stations in the division, administered the pledge to officers and staff and led the run for unity.

Salient Features of new SCR Public Time Table to come into force from 1st Nov, 2017

SECUNDERABAD: The New Southern Zone Time Table (SZTT), which includes South Central Railway, will come into effect from 1st November, 2017. The salient features of the Public Time Table pertaining to South Central Railway Jurisdiction in brief are as follows –

  • Extension of 04 Train Services including Tirupati-Hyderabad Deccan-Tirupati Rayalaseema Express extended upto Nizamabad
  • Increase in frequency of 01 Train i.e., Train No. 12504/12503 Kamakhya – Bengaluru Cantt – Kamakhya Express from Weekly to Bi-Weekly
  • Speeding up of 64 Trains including Train No.17605 Manguluru Central – Kacheguda Express by 3 hrs 55 mnts, Train No. 20809
  • Sambalpur-H.S.Nanded Nagavalli Express by 2 hrs 30 mnts, Train No. 20811 Visakhapatnam – H.S.Nanded Express

Change in timings of 146 Trains at important stations

Change of 01 Train Number and Conversion from Express Train to Superfast i.e., Train No. 12793 / 12794 Tirupati- Nizamabad-Tirupati Rayalaseema Express (Old Train No. 17430/17429 Tirupati – Hyderabad – Tirupati) *The detailed summary of salient features of the public time table is in the following page. It is also available on the South Central Railway Website. Information can be had locally from the Station Masters at Railway Stations also.

Summary of Salient Features of Time Table Coming Into Force from 01.11.2017 pertaining to SCR

(जोड़ों में ट्रेनें/Trains in pairs)

क्र.सं./ SNo. विवरण/Description हमसफ़र/ Humsafar डबल डेकर/

Double decker

सुपरफास्ट/

Superfast

एक्सप्रेस/

Express

डेमू/मेमू/पॅसेंजर

DEMU/

MEMU/

Passenger

कुल/ Total
I गाड़ियों का सर्विस विस्तार / Extension of Train Services
दक्षिण मध्य रेलवे में प्रारंभिक समाप्त्/ होनेवली गाडियाँ Originating/Terminating in SCR 1 3 4
II ट्रेनों की आवृत्ति में वृद्धि/Increase in frequency of trains
दक्षिण मध्य रेलवे से गुजरने वली गाडियाँ/Trains Passing through SCR 1 1
अन्य/Others
III ट्रेनों की गति में वृद्धि/Speeding up of trains 11 13 40 64*
IV महत्वपूर्ण स्टेशनों पर समय में परिवर्तन/ Change in timings at important stations 46 61 39 146*
V ट्रेन संख्या में बदलाव /Change in Train Numbers 1 1
VI एक्सप्रेस गाड़ियों का सुपरफास्ट में रूपांतरण/ Conversion of Express trains in to Superfast 1 1
कुल योग/Grand Total 59 79 79 217

 * Individual Trains

 Extension of Train Services

Sl.No Train No. From-To Present Extended to Date of Extension
1* 17429/

17430

Tirupati-Hyderabad-Tirupati Rayalaseema Express Hyderabad Nizamabad 01.11.2017
2# 16571/

16572

Yesvantpur-Bidar-Yesvantpur Express Bidar Latur 03.02.2018
3 12749/

12750

Machilipatnam-Secunderabad-Machilipatnam Express Secunderabad Bidar Date will be

notified later

4 11304/

11303

Kolhapur-Hyderabad-Kolhapur Express Hyderabad Manuguru Date will be

notified later

# Extended the T.No. 16571/16572 Yesvantpur-Bidar-Yesvantpur to Latur (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from Yesvantpur and Thursday, Saturday, Sunday from Latur) with new Train No.16583/16584 Yesvantpur-Latur-Yesvantpur Express.

* Extended the train with new Train No.12793/12794 Tirupati-Nizamabad-Tirupati

Rayalaseema Express

Increase in Frequency of Trains:

(a) Trains Passing through South Central Railway:

1) Train No.12504/12503 Kamakhya-Bangalore Cant-Kamakhya express from weekly to Bi-weekly

Days of Service Ex- Kamakhya Jn             : Tuesday, Saturday

Ex- Bengaluru Cant.            : Friday, Tuesday

Note: Date of increase in frequency will be notified late

III. Speeding up of trains

Within South Central Railway (Express Trains)

Sl        No. Train

No.

From To Existing Timings Revised Timings Speeded-up by (Minutes)
Dep. Arr. Dep. Arr.
1 12749 Machilipatnam Secunderabad 20.30 05.05 20.35 04.35 35
2 17026 Secunderabad Manuguru 23.45 07.00 23.45 06.50 10
3 17021 Hyderabad Guntakal 09.20 17.10 09.20 17.05 5
4 17027 Secunderabad Kurnool City 16.50 21.35 16.55 21.35 5
5 17202 Secunderabad Guntur 13.00 21.20 13.00 21.15 5

 Inter Railway (Express Trains)

S.No. T.No. From To Existing Timings Revised Timings Speeded-up by (Mts)
Dep. Arr. Dep. Arr.
1 17605 Mangaluru Central Kacheguda 20.00 03.30 20.15 23.50 235
2 20809 Sambalpur H.S.Nanded 09.30 14.35 11.45 14.20 150
3 20811 Visakhapatnam H.S.Nanded 19.20 14.35 20.45 14.20 100
4 17416 CST Kolhapur Tirupati 11.35 08.50 11.35 08.00 50
5 20810 H.S.Nanded Sambalpur 16.15 20.00 16.35 19.30 50
6 17229 Kochuveli Hyderabad 07.15 13.40 07.15 12.55 45
7 17414 Pondicherry Tirupati 08.35 16.00 08.35 15.20 40
8 22871 Bhubaneswar Tirupati 12.00 09.25 12.00 08.45 40
9 22879 Bhubaneswar Tirupati 12.00 09.25 12.00 08.45 40
10 12773 Shalimar Secunderabad 16.05 19.00 16.05 18.30 30
11 16779 Tirupati Rameswaram 12.40 07.45 13.00 07.35 30
12 12703 Howrah Secunderabad 07.25 09.35 21.25 09.05 30
13 12735 Secunderabad Yesvantpur 19.50 08.20 20.30 08.20 22
14 20812 H.S.Nanded Visakhapatnam 16.15 10.15 16.35 10.15 20
15 22855 Santragachi Tirupati 15.50 18.00 15.50 17.40 20
16 17479 Puri Tirupati 12.30 16.35 12.30 16.20 15
17 17481 Bilaspur Tirupati 10.05 16.35 10.05 16.20 15
18 17420 Vasco-Da-Gama Tirupati 09.00 04.00 09.00 03.50 10
19 16057 Chennai Central Tirupati 06.25 09.45 06.25 09.40 5

 Passenger Trains

SNo. Train No. From To Existing Timings Revised Timings Speeded-up by (Minutes)
Dep. Arr. Dep. Arr.
1 57626 Manuguru Secunderabad 22.15 09.25 23.45 09.25 90
2 56011 Arakkonam Cuddapah 07.05 13.45 07.05 12.40 65
3 57658 Kazipet Manuguru 13.05 19.05 13.05 18.30 35
4 57403 Tirupati Katpadi 18.45 22.00 19.30 22.20 25
5 57145 Dornakal Bhadrachalam Road 08.30 10.10 08.50 10.10 20
6 57146 Bhadrachalam Road Dornakal 17.00 18.40 17.30 18.50 20
7 57631 Solapur Guntakal 03.50 13.20 03.50 13.00 20
8 57475 Tirupati Guntakal 08.15 20.30 08.15 20.15 15
9 57540 Parli Vaijnath Akola 13.15 21.25 13.15 21.10 15
10 57625 Secunderabad Manuguru 18.40 04.30 18.40 04.15 15
11 56012 Cuddapah Arakkonam 14.35 20.55 14.45 20.55 10
12 57133 Vijayapura Raichur 12.25 22.20 12.25 22.10 10
13 57238 Vijayawada Kazipet 13.00 19.05 13.00 18.55 10
14 57306 Guntur Kacheguda 17.30 09.55 17.30 09.45 10
15 57326 Guntur Kacheguda 05.15 23.25 05.15 23.15 10
16 57405 Tirupati Katpadi 11.00 14.10 11.00 14.00 10
17 57425 Kacheguda Guntakal 09.40 19.30 09.40 19.20 10
18 57476 Guntakal Tirupati 07.00 17.15 07.10 17.15 10
19 57477 Tirupati Kadiridevara Palli 22.30 13.15 22.30 13.05 10
20 57652 Repalle Secunderabad 07.10 17.10 07.00 17.00 10
21 57657 Manuguru Kazipet 06.15 12.00 06.15 11.50 10
22 57687 Nizamabad Kacheguda 14.15 18.30 14.25 18.30 10
23 57258 Kakinada Port Tirupati 07.00 02.50 07.00 02.45 5
24 57328 Guntur Dhne 12.10 21.30 12.10 21.25 5
25 57330 Guntur Tirupati 01.00 11.55 01.00 11.50 5
26 57427 Raichur Guntakal 07.55 10.35 07.55 1030 5
27 57428 Guntakal Raichur 18.45 21.20 18.45 21.15 5
28 57430 Gudur Tirupati 17.30 19.55 17.30 19.50 5
29 57435 Kacheguda Kurnool City 17.35 23.45 17.35 23.40 5
30 57469 Kurnool City Guntakal 18.55 22.10 18.55 22.05 5
31 57553 Parli Vaijnath Adilabad 04.30 13.00 04.30 12.55 5
32 57554 Adilabad Parli Vaijnath 03.30 12.45 03.30 12.40 5
33 57690 Kacheguda Nizamabad 09.50 14.00 09.50 13.55 5

DEMU/MEMU Trains

S.No. T.No. From To Existing Timings Revised Timings Speeded-up by (Mts)
Dep. Arr. Dep. Arr.
1 77255 Karimnagar Sirpur Town 08.00 11.10 07.35 11.10 25
2 66033 Tirupati Nellore 11.25 14.50 11.30 14.50 5
3 77295 Narasapur Guntur 12.40 19.20 12.40 19.15 5
4 77615 Secunderabad Medchalchal 16.45 18.00 16.45 17.55 5
5 77674 Kacheguda Miryalaguda 09.20 13.30 09.20 13.25 5
6 77675 Kacheguda Miryalaguda 19.15 23.00 19.15 22.55 5
7 77695 Nandyal Kurnool City 06.15 10.20 06.15 10.15 5

Change in Timings at Important Stations

S.No Train No From-To Station Present Revised
1 11017 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Karaikal Renigunta (a/d) 08.10/25 08.00/15
2 11019 Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus – Bhubaneswar Vijayawada (a/d) 14.00/20 13.50/14.00
3 11020 Bhubaneswar -Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Secunderabad (a/d) 11.35/45 11.30/40
4 11042 Chennai Central – Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Renigunta (a/d) 14.30/35 14.50/55
Cuddapah (d) 16.40 16.50
5 11303 Hyderabad Deccan – Chatrapathi Sahumaharaj Terminus Kolhapur Guntakal (a/d) 07.30/40 07.20/30
6 12025 Pune- Secunderabad Jn. Vikarabad (d) 12.45 12.55
7 12026 Secunderabad Jn. -Pune Vikarabad (d) 15.41 15.45
8 12193 Yesvantpur Jn. – Jabalpur Kurnool City (d) 23.50 23.37
9 12193 Yesvantpur Jn.- Jabalpur Kazipet (a/d) 06.28/30 06.23/25
10 12194 Jabalpur – Yesvantpur Jn. Kazipet (a/d) 22.10/12 22.18/20
11 12252 Korba- Yesvantpur Jn. Kazipet (a/d) 22.10/12 22.18/20
12 12644 Hazrat Nizamuddin Jn.- Thiruvananthapuram Central Vijayawada (a/d) 10.25/40 09.55/10.10
13 12646 Hazrat Nizamuddin Jn.- Ernakulam Jn. Vijayawada (a/d) 10.25/40 09.55/10.10
14 12648 Hazrat Nizamuddin Jn.- Coimbatore Jn. Kazipet (a/d) 09.33/35 09.23/25
15 12703 Howrah- Secunderabad Jn. Guntur (d) 04.30 04.10
Piduguralla (d) 05.35 05.15
Miryalaguda (d) 06.34 06.11
Nalgonda (d) 07.06 06.41
Ramannapeta (d) 07.36 07.20
Secunderabad (a) 09.35 09.05
16 12704 Secunderabad Jn.- Howrah Piduguralla (d) 19.11 19.07
17 12706 Secunderabad Jn.- Guntur Jn. Kazipet (a/d) 09.43/45 09.48/50
Warangal (a/d) 09.58/10.00 10.08/10
18 12708 Hazrat Nizamuddin Jn. – Tirupati Mahabubnagar (d) 11.24 11.40
19 12713 Vijayawada Jn. – Secunderabad Jn. Kazipet (a/d) 09.28/30 09.33/35
20 12720 Hyderabad Deccan – Ajmer Jn. Purna (d) 02.10 02.20
21 12721 Hyderabad Deccan- Hazrat Nizamuddin Jn. Ramagundam (d) 02.45 02.55
22 12737 Kakinada Port- Secunderabad Jn. Kazipet (a/d) 03.43/45 03.48/50
23 12740 Secunderabad Jn.- Visakhapatnam Warangal (a/d) 22.08/10 22.28/30
24 12748 Vikarabad Jn – Guntur Jn. Secunderabad (a/d) 15.05/15 15.05/10
Nalgonda (d) 16.55 16.51
Miryalaguda (d) 17.26 17.21
Nadikude (d) 18.07 18.01
Piduguralla (d) 18.29 18.25
Sattenpalle (d) 19.00 18.56
25 12749 Machilipatnam- Secunderabad Jn. Secunderabad (a) 05.05 04.35
Kazipet (a/d) 02.24/26 01.59/02.01
Warangal (d) 01.58 01.45
26 12758 Sirpur Kaghaznagar- Secunderabad Jn. Ramagundam (d) 15.40 16.05
27 12764 Secunderabad Jn.- Tirupati Kazipet (a/d) 20.18/20 20.23/25
28 12773 Shalimar- Secunderabad Jn. Warangal (d) 15.25 15.40
Secunderabad (a) 19.00 18.30
29 12783 Visakhapatnam- Secunderabad Jn. Warangal (a/d) 04.36 04.32
30 12784 Secunderabad Jn.- Visakhapatnam Kazipet (a/d) 19.44/45 19.39/40
Warangal (a/d) 19.59/20.00 19.56/58
31 12861 Visakhapatnam- Kazipet Jn. Khammam (d) 22.58 22.55
32 12862 Kazipet Jn.- Visakhapatnam Kazipet (d) 02.30 02.40
33 15023 Gorakhpur Jn. – Yesvantpur Jn. Kazipet (a/d) 18.18/20 18.38/40
34 16003 Chennai Central – Nagarsol Kurnool City (d) 19.10 18.07
Gadwal (d) 20.05 19.13
Mahabubnagar (d) 21.10 21.02
Kacheguda (d) 23.50 23.40
35 16057 Chennai Central – Tirupati Tirupati (a) 09.45 09.40
36 16318 Shri Mata Vaishno Devi  Katra – Kanniyakumari Khammam (d) 17.10 17.08
37 16351 Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus – Nagercoil Jn. Renigunta (a/d) 10.50/11.05 10.00/20
38 16352 Nagercoil Jn. – Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus T Renigunta (a/d) 21.50/22.00 21.15/30
Cuddapah (d) 00.15 23.50
Guntakal (a/d) 04.15/20 03.05/10
Raichur (d) 06.30 05.00
39 16353 Kacheguda – Nagercoil Jn. Kurnool City (d) 19.55 19.42
40 16364 Mannargudi – Bhagat-Ki-Kothi Khammam (d) 04.12 04.40
41 16532 Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna (Bengaluru Station) – Ajmer Jn. Guntakal (a/d) 23.50/55 22.40/45
42 16534 Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna (Bengaluru Station) – Bhagat-Ki-Kothi Guntakal (a/d) 23.50/55 22.40/45
43 16571 Yesvantpur Jn. – Bidar Vikarabad (a/d) 07.27/32 07.20/30
44 16572 Bidar – Yesvantpur Jn. Vikarabad (d) 19.45/55 19.50/20.05
45 16593 Hazur Sahib Nanded- Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna (Bengaluru Station) Vikarabad (a/d) 14.20/30 14.25/40
46 16734 Okha- Rameswaram Kurnool City (d) 22.10 21.52
47 17001 Sainagar Shirdi- Secunderabad Jn. Vikarabad (a/d) 07.00/10 07.10/15
48 17011 Hyderabad Deccan- Sirpur Kaghaznagar Kazipet (a/d) 07.35/37 07.28/30
49 17013 Pune- Hyderabad Vikarabad (a/d) 02.45/50 02.40/45
50 17020 Hyderabad Deccan- Jaipur Jn. Nagarsol (d) 03.40 03.00
51 17022 Vasco-Da-Gama- Hyderabad Deccan Dhone (d) 00.25 23.55
Kurnool City (d) 02.10 01.05
Gadwal (d) 03.15 02.05
Mahabubnagar (d) 04.22 04.02
52 17027 Secunderabad Jn.- Kurnool City Kacheguda (d) 17.17 17.10
53 17031 Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus- Hyderabad Deccan Vikarabad (a/d) 03.57/59 03.53/55
54 17032 Hyderabad Deccan- Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Vikarabad (a/d) 22.03/05 22.08/10
55 17038 Bikaner Jn.- Secunderabad Jn. Kazipet (a/d) 05.55/57 05.50/52
56 17201 Guntur Jn.- Secunderabad Jn. Kazipet (a/d) 10.33/35 10.38/40
57 17202 Secunderabad Jn.- Guntur Jn. Guntur (a) 21.20 21.15
Kazipet (a/d) 15.05/07 15.23/25
Khammam (d) 17.16 17.36
Warangal (a/d) 15.20/22 15.43/45
58 17203 Bhavnagar Terminus- Kakinada Port Nalgonda (d) 12.19 12.16
Secunderabad (a/d) 10.30/40 10.15/25
Vikarabad (a/d) 08.10/12 07.58/08.00
59 17205 Sainagar Shirdi- Kakinada Port Vikarabad (a/d) 07.00/10 07.10/15
60 17207 Sainagar Shirdi-Bza Vikarabad (a/d) 07.00/10 07.10/15
61 17209 Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna (Bengaluru Station)- Kakinada Port Tirupati (a/d) 18.00/05 17.40/45
62 17213 Narasapur- Nagarsol Secunderabad (a/d) 20.10/35 20.10/30
63 17215 Vijayawada Jn. – Dharmavaram Jn. Nandyal (d) 05.30 05.20
64 17216 Dharmavaram Jn. – Vijayawada Jn. Nandyal (d) 00.10 23.40
65 17229 Kochuveli – Hyderabad Deccan Guntur (d) 07.35 07.20
Sattenapalle (d) 08.16 08.00
Piduguralla (d) 08.46 08.28
Nadikude (d) 09.09 08.51
Miryalaguda (d) 09.54 09.30
Nalgonda (d) 10.25 10.01
Secunderabad (a/d) 13.10/15 12.15/20
66 17230 Hyderabad Deccan – Kochuveli Secunderabad (a/d) 11.40/45 11.35/40
67 17232 Nagarsol- Narasapur Nalgonda (d) 01.06 01.04
Miryalaguda (d) 01.36 01.34
Nadikude (d) 02.41 02.31
Piduguralla (d) 03.16 02.56
Sattenapalle (d) 03.46 03.31
68 17233 Secunderabad Jn. – Balharshah Kazipet (a/d) 17.30/32 17.45/50
Ramagundam (d) 19.30 20.00
69 17234 Balharshah – Secunderabad Jn. Ramagundam (d) 05.15 05.12
70 17401 Tirupati – Machilipatnam / Narasapur Tirupati (d) 19.30 19.15
71 17414 Pondicherry – Tirupati Tirupati(a) 16.00 15.20
72 17416 Chatrapathi Sahumaharaj Terminus Kolhapur – Tirupati Tirupati(a) 08.50 08.00
73 17417 Tirupati – Sainagar Shirdi Vikarabad (a/d) 19.02/04 19.08/10
Partur (d) 06.00 05.55
74 17479 Puri – Tirupati Tirupati(a) 16.35 16.20
75 17481 Bilaspur Jn. – Tirupati Tirupati(a) 16.35 16.20
76 17621 Aurangabad – Renigunta Jn. Vikarabad (a/d) 07.20/30 07.25/40
77 17622 Renigunta Jn. – Aurangabad Vikarabad (a/d) 09.30/45 09.35/50
78 17639 Kacheguda – Akola Jn. Purna (d) 14.35 14.25
79 17641 Kacheguda – Narkher Purna (d) 14.35 14.25
80 18047 Howrah – Vasco-Da-Gama Nandyal (d) 01.05 01.00
81 18111 Tatanagar Jn. – Yesvantpur Jn. Guntakal (a/d) 07.50/08.05 07.40/50
82 18503 Visakhapatnam – Sainagar Shirdi Kazipet (a/d) 18.30/32 18.38/40
Nagarsol (d) 09.40 09.30
83 18519 Visakhapatnam – Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Secunderabad (a/d) 12.55/13.10 12.50/13.05
84 18567 Visakhapatnam – KOLLAM Jn. Vijayawada (a/d) 14.50/15.10 14.20/40
Renigunta (a/d) 21.55/22.05 21.40/50
85 18645 Howrah – Hyderabad Deccan Kazipet (a/d) 14.23/25 14.28/30
Secunderabad (a/d) 17.00/05 17.10/15
86 20809 Sambalpur – Hazur Sahib Nanded Vijayawada (a/d) 01.35/55 02.50/03.10
Basar (d) 12.42 12.30
Mudkhed (d) 13.47 13.37
Nanded (a) 14.35 14.20
87 20810 Hazur Sahib Nanded – Sambalpur Nanded (d) 16.15 16.35
Mudkhed (d) 16.45 17.07
Basar (d) 17.51 18.00
Nizamabad (d) 18.15 18.25
Kamareddi (d) 18.55 19.15
Secunderabad (a/d) 21.10/30 21.30/50
Kazipet (a/d) 23.45/47 23.53/55
Vijayawada (a/d) 03.35/55 03.50/04.10
88 20811 Visakhapatnam – Hazur Sahib Nanded Vijayawada (a/d) 01.35/55 02.50/03.10
Basar (d) 12.42 12.30
Mudkhed (d) 13.47 13.37
Nanded (a) 14.35 14.20
89 20812 Hazur Sahib Nanded – Visakhapatnam Nanded (d) 16.15 16.35
Mudkhed (d) 16.45 17.07
Basar (d) 17.51 18.00
Nizamabad (d) 18.15 18.25
Kamareddi (d) 18.55 19.15
Secunderabad (a/d) 21.10/20 21.30/50
Kazipet (a/d) 23.45/47 23.53/55
Vijayawada (a/d) 03.35/55 03.50/04.10
90 22415 Visakhapatnam – New Delhi Vijayawada (a/d) 14.00/20 14.35/55
Khammam (d) 15.30 16.08
Warangal (a/d) 17.10/12 17.43/45
Ramagundam (d) 18.24 19.10
91 22416 Hazrat Nizamuddin Jn. – Visakhapatnam Ramagundam (d) 06.25 06.18
Vijayawada (a/d) 11.55/12.15 11.30/11.50
92 22684 Lucknow Jn. – Yesvantpur Jn. Kazipet (a/d) 22.10/12 22.18/20
93 22692 Hazrat Nizamuddin Jn. – Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna (Bengaluru Station) Secunderabad (a/d) 18.35/50 18.25/40
94 22706 Jammu Tawi – Tirupati Trupati (a) 11.35 11.25
95 22807 Santragachi Jn – Chennai Central Vijayawada (a/d) 14.50/15.10 14.20/40
96 22837 Hatia – Ernakulam Jn. Renigunta (a/d) 21.50/22.00 21.40/50
97 22841 Santragachi Jn – Chennai Central Vijayawada (a/d) 14.50/15.10 14.20/40
98 22855 Santragachi Jn – Tirupati Trupati (a) 18.00 17.40
99 22871 Bhubaneswar – Tirupati Trupati (a) 09.25 08.45
100 22872 Tirupati – Bhubaneswar Trupati (d) 12.45 12.15
101 22879 Bhubaneswar – Tirupati Trupati (a) 09.25 08.45
102 22880 Tirupati – Bhubaneswar Trupati (d) 12.45 12.15
103 22881 Pune- Bhubaneswar Nalgonda (d) 23.21 23.19
104 22919 Chennai Central – Ahmedabad Jn. Renigunta (a/d) 22.40/45 22.30/35
105 51433 Nizamabad – Pandharpur Parbhani (d) 18.40 18.20
Pokarni Narasimha (d) 19.10 19.00
106 56011 Arakkonam Jn – Cuddapah Renigunta (d) 10.30 09.50
Cuddapah (a) 13.45 12.40
107 56012 Cuddapah – Arakkonam Jn Renigunta (a/d) 18.00/10 17.45/50
108 57123 Bhadrachalam Road – Sirpur Town Ramagundam (d) 11.42 11.30
109 57129 Vijayapura – Bolarum Vikarabad (a/d) 05.05/10 05.15/20
110 57130 Hyderabad Deccan – Vijayapura Vikarabad (a/d) 12.30/35 12.35/40
111 57133 Vijayapura – Raichur Raichur (a) 22.20 22.10
112 57156 Hyderabad Deccan – Gulbarga Vikarabad (a/d) 18.53/58 19.03/15
113 57403 Tirupati – Katpadi Jn. Tirupati (d) 18.45 19.30
Katpadi (a) 22.00 22.20
114 57405 Tirupati – Katpadi Jn. Katpadi (a) 14.10 14.00
115 57425 Kacheguda – Guntakal Jn. Guntakal (a) 19.30 19.20
116 57451 Chikjajur Jn. – Guntakal Jn. Guntakal (a) 22.00 21.45
117 57475 Tirupati – Guntakal Jn. Guntakal (a) 20.30 20.15
118 57476 Guntakal Jn. – Tirupati Guntakal (d) 07.00 07.10
119 57522 Purna Jn. – Parli Vaijnath Parbhani (d) 17.02 17.05
120 57539 Akola Jn. – Parli Vaijnath Purna (d) 19.20 19.38
Mirkhel (d) 19.35 19.52
Pingli (d) 19.45 19.58
121 57540 Parli Vaijnath – Akola Jn. Akola (a) 21.25 21.10
122 57547 Hyderabad Deccan – Purna Jn. Vikarabad (a/d) 09.30/35 09.25/30
Parbhani (d) 19.40 19.00
Pingli (d) 20.10 19.20
Mirkhel (d) 20.20 19.40
123 57549 Hyderabad Deccan – Aurangabad Vikarabad (a/d) 23.20/30 23.20/25
124 57552 Adilabad – Purna Jn. Umram (d) 15.26 15.28
125 57553 Parli Vaijnath – Adilabad Adilabad (a) 13.00 12.55
126 57554 Adilabad – Parli Vaijnath Parli Vaijanath (a) 12.45 12.40
127 57583 Akola Jn. – Purna Jn. Akola (d) 23.00 22.15
Amanwadi (d) 23.50 23.01
Washim (d) 00.25 23.38
Hingoli (d) 01.20 00.55
128 57626 Manuguru- Secunderabad Jn. Warangal (d) 04.00 05.22
Kazipet (a/d) 04.30/50 06.04/06
129 57631 Gulbarga- Guntakal Jn. Guntakal (a) 13.20 13.00
130 57652 Repalle- Secunderabad Jn. Secunderabad (a) 17.10 17.00
131 57657 Manuguru- Kazipet Jn. Kazipet (a) 12.00 11.50
132 57658 Kazipet Jn.- Manuguru Warangal (a/d) 13.18/20 13.16/18
133 57659 Solapur- Falaknuma Vikarabad (a/d) 16.35/45 16.40/50
134 57660 Falaknuma- Gulbarga Vikarabad (a/d) 07.58/08.03 07.55/08.00
135 67267 Warangal- Hyderabad Deccan Kazipet (a/d) 14.28/30 14.15/17
136 77245 Guntur Jn.- Tenali Jn. Guntur (d) 21.05 21.10
Tenali (a) 21.45 21.55
137 77295 Narasapur- Guntur Jn. Guntur (a) 19.20 19.15
138 77402 Cuddapah- Nandyal Nandyal (a) 15.10 15.50
139 77403 Nandyal- Cuddapah Nandyal (d) 15.20 16.00
140 77404 Cuddapah – Nandyal Nandyal (a) 22.50 23.50
141 77674 Kacheguda – Miryalaguda Miryalaguda (a) 13.30 13.25
142 77675 Kacheguda – Miryalaguda Miryalaguda (a) 23.00 22.55
143 77683 Jalna – Nagarsol Karmad (d) 06.25 06.20
Aurangabad (d) 07.10 06.55
Daulatabad (d) 07.25 07.08
Potul (d) 07.35 07.16

 144 & 145 Change in Timings of Train No.17430/17429 Tirupati-Hyderabad Deccan-Hyderabad Rayalaseema Express with extension to NZB and converting as Superfast with new Train No.12793/12794

T.No.12793 (TPTY-NZB) Rayalaseema Express   Station   T.No.12794 (NZB-TPTY) Rayalaseema Express
Revised Revised
16.25 D Tirupati A 06.15
16.40/42 a/d Renigunta a/d 05.55/52
17.20 d Koduru d 05.10
17.30 d Obulavaripalle d 04.50
17.40 d Pullampet d 04.40
17.50 d Razampet d 04.30
18.05 d Nandalur d 04.10
18.40 d Cuddapah d 03.30
19.00 d Kamalapuram d 03.05
19.20 d Yerraguntla d 02.45
19.35 d Muddanuru d 02.30
19.55 d Kondapuram d 02.05
20.20 d Tadipatri d 01.40
21.00 d Gooty d 00.55
21.30/35 a/d Guntakal a/d 00.25/30
22.15 d Adoni d 23.40
22.45 d Mantralayam Road d 23.00
23.10 d Raichur d 22.35
23.35 d Krishna d 22.00
23.50 d Saidapur d 21.40
00.10 d Yadgir d 21.25
00.40 d Nalwar d 21.05
01.10 d Halkatta d 20.50
01.43/45 a/d Chittapur a/d 20.28/30
01.55 d Malkhaid Road d 20.17
02.05 d Seram d 20.07
02.20 d Kurugunta d 19.57
02.30 d Nawandgi d 19.48
02.55 d Tandur d 19.31
03.38/40 a/d Vikarabad a/d 18.50/52
04.10 d Shankarpalle d 18.26
04.30 d Lingampalle d 18.10
04.45 d Sanatnagar d 17.48
04.51 d Begumpet d 17.40
05.15/30 a/d Secunderabad a/d 17.10/25
07.32 d Kamareddi d 14.49
08.38 A Nizamabad D 14.05

146  Change in Timings of T.No.17605 Mangaluru Central-Kacheguda Weekly Express on SCR portion

Station   17605 (MAQ-KCG) 17605 (MAQ-KCG)
Present Revised
Renigunta A/D 13.15/20 11.50/55 (Sat)
Razampeta d 14.40 13.00
Cuddapah d 15.22 14.00
Yerraguntla d 15.58 14.35
Gooty d 18.10 16.40
Dhone a/d 21.25/30 18.05/10
Kurnool City a/d 22.30/32 19.08/10
Gadwal d 00.02 20.05
Mahabubnagar a/d 01.00/02 21.38/40
Jadcherla d 01.20 21.57
Kacheguda A 03.30 23.50

 Change in Train Numbers

SNo. Train Description Present T.No. Revised Tr. No. W.e.f
1 Tirupati-Hyderabad Deccan-Tirupati Rayalaseema Express 17429/17430 12793/12794 01.11.2017

 Conversion of Express Trains in To Superfast

SNo. Train Description Present T.No. Revised Tr. No. W.e.f
1 Tirupati-Hyderabad Deccan-Tirupati Rayalaseema Express 17429/17430 12793/12794 01.11.2017

 

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Pvt.Sector corruption should be brought under preview of Vigilance for effective monitoring: Advisor/Telangana & AP Police

SECUNDERABAD: The “Vigilance Awareness Week – 2017” being observed by South Central Railway from 30th October to 4th November, 2017 got off to a start with a seminar on the theme for current year’s Vigilance Awareness Week “My Vision – Corruption Free India” at Rail Nilayam Auditorium, Secunderabad on 30.10.2017.

P.Sharath Kumar, Advisor to the AP & Telangana Police graced the occasion as Chief Guest while Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway presided over the function. John Thomas, Additional General Manager, Senior Officers and staff were present in large numbers.

Addressing the seminar, P Sharath Kumar opined that corruption is basically a demand – supply link and the supply side is vital to negate corruption. Ethicality plays an important role in the fight against corruption. He advocated that private sector corruption which basically relates to the supply side, should also be brought under the purview of vigilance commission for more effective monitoring of corruption.

Sharath Kumar also stressed on the use of technology towards vigilance and identification of fraudulent and corrupt practices, and added that this has enabled block over two lakh shell companies, in the recent times.

Acknowledging the relevance of the current years theme of “My Vision – Corruption Free India”,  the speaker said that corruption is akin to Brahma Padardh, the mythological term for God’s creation which is invisible, Sharath Kumar also gave a detailed presentation on methods employed by the various agencies to increase their business at the cost of their Customers’ hard earned money.

He cautioned the audience to make it a habit to ensure that they get quality of service they pay for. He also released a Vigilance Bulletin of South Central Railway, brought out on the occasion.

Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway, presiding over the function, stated that steps like e-procurement, e-auction, e-tendering,  e-payments have resulted in eliminating complaints. He added that the South Central Railway has introduced CCTV surveillance in areas like Departmental examinations, Parcel Offices and Station cleanliness etc., to have transparency. The General Manager highlighted that, apart from the technological initiatives, the Railway has been working for dissemination of information through the Official website to benefit the stakeholders viz., Passengers, Freight-loaders, Contractors and Suppliers.

John Thomas, Additional General Manager cautioned against corrupt practices which reduce the quality of service resulting in making the organization economically unviable in the long run. He stated that the Vigilance Awareness Week helps in generating awareness about corruption and provides an opportunity to explore ways to improve transparency and eradicate corruption.

Ashesh Agrawal, Senior Deputy General Manager & Chief Vigilance Officer of South Central Railway welcomed the gathering and gave an account of the activities of the Vigilance department during the year. He stated that the Vigilance team of South Central Railway is conducting over 1300 preventive Vigilance Checks. He also informed that Vigilance department is creating awareness among the employees through seminars and personal interactions. He hoped that these measures will bring down corruption at grass root level to move towards a Corrupt Fee India.

Central Railway conserve 1.24 crore Energy Units, saves Rs 6.61 Crore

NAGPUR: Close monitoring and effective counselling has led to Nagpur Division of Central Railway saving 1.24 crore units of electric traction energy worth Rs6.61 crores in the last six months — from April to September.

Indian Railways has developed a long-term energy efficiency & conservation program (EECP) which aims at progressively introducing a number of energy-efficient technologies and measures in the railway system. The Nagpur Central Railway seems to have taken a lead.

The division’s consumption decreased from 7,71,47,664 energy units to 7,18,13,112 units during the last six months which translates to 6.92%. Its regeneration increased from 1,21,98,015 energy units to 1,24,44,714 units during the same period, an increase of 2.02%.

“In terms of money, the loco pilots could save Rs6.61 crore. The amount has been calculated on the basis of what railways used to pay to MSEDCL,” said officials.

DRM Brijesh Kumar Gupta told that CR has a special focus on “conservation of electrical energy consumption by the locomotives while hauling trains”.

Gupta said a special drive was launched for loco running staff regarding energy conservation and all running staff were contacted individually and counselled by chief loco inspectors (CLIs) for steps they have to take during duty to ensure conservation of energy while hauling trains by locomotives.

The DRM said application of brakes invariably results in loss of energy. “Hence, we have seized the opportunity by utilizing regenerative braking technology available in three-phase locos. This technology acts like a power house,” added Gupta.

All loco pilots are being motivated to effectively regenerate as much energy as possible. “CLIs have also been told to play a major role by improving loco pilots’ driving technique through monitoring and counselling,” said Gupta.

The division has fixed a benchmark in terms of energy consumption and regeneration in all sections and pamphlets with energy consumption and regeneration yard sticks were distributed to all running staff for their ready referral. For the last six months, a section-wise data bank has been prepared on consumption and regeneration for stringent monitoring purposes on monthly basis.

Gupta says by analysing this data, good and poor performing loco pilots are being identified and through counselling corrective actions are initiated. “A habit is being cultivated among all loco pilots to use more and more regenerative braking during driving,” he says.

Further, to encourage running staff, the division has started rating best three performers working on passenger and goods trains as ‘Energy Stars’. The selection is done based on monthly data analysis. Names of best performers are also displayed at all driver lobbies and they are presented DRM’s ‘Energy Star’ honour.

Doubling of Mysuru-Bengaluru Rail Line: CRS to inspect the newly laid Section on Saturday

MYSORE: The long awaited project of doubling the Bengaluru-Mysuru railway line will be complete with the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) on Saturday scheduled to inspect a crucial stretch of the second line, which is likely to be operational within the next two weeks.

South Western Railway (SWR) officials said all the necessary files were sent to CRS, K A Manoharan. The inspection was originally scheduled for October 28 but was postponed due to the arrival of the Railway Board Chairman. “Once sanction is accorded for running of passenger trains on this stretch, the line will be commissioned,” SWR Chief Public Relatons Officer E Vijaya said while interacting with media.

The spokesperson said the electrification of tracks was also nearing completion. “It is expected to be ready by end of November and electric trains will run between the two cities by December. This will avoid engine change currently being done at Bengaluru,” she added.

A senior official in the SWR told that they will start further streamlining the operations between the two cities within the next fortnight. The doubling work was dragged for years due to various reasons, including the need to shift Tipu armoury near Srirangapatna.

The railways finally shifted the armoury in March with assistance of two private companies, one of them from the United states, at a cost of nearly Rs 14 crore. The doubling project started in 2003 with the government sanctioning Rs 14 crore for the first phase of doubling between Bengaluru and Ramanagaram. The project cost has gone up from Rs 480 crore to Rs 875 crore.

The completion of doubling will help thousands of passengers who have long complained about their journeys stretched at the fag end. “The 1.5 km gap in the line meant a train had to wait at Naganahalli and Pandavapura for clearance. The waiting time of 20 minutes will be cut by doubing,” said T P Lokesh of Karnataka Railway Vedike.

About 20 trains run between the two cities every day with weekly specials taking the number up to 23 on weekends and select days.

While the bottleneck at Mysuru is removed, officials said the issue of trains from Mysuru stopping at various places after Kengeri will not be resolved as long as stations such as Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna station are decongested. “We need to build maintenance lines for which we have sought (Binny Mill) land. This will pave way for optimum utilisation of infrastructure.”

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ECOR to tie-up with Corporate Houses for Wi-Fi services at small stations

BHUBANESWAR: East Coast Railway (ECoR) is planning to provide free Wi-Fi at some small stations like Damanjodi and Tikiri with the help of corporate houses and public sector undertakings (PSUs). Local students and youths (mostly belong to small towns and rural areas) will get benefit of the service, said ECoR sources.

The Railways has a provision to provide Wi-Fi services to A1, A and B category stations. “But there is no such policy to provide this facility in small stations. So the ECoR has decided to make some small stations Wi-Fi enabled with the help of local industries and business houses for the benefit of the locals,” said ECoR chief public relations officer JP Mishra.

Presently, A1 category stations, Bhubaneswar, Puri and Visakhapatnam, and A category stations like Cuttack, Khurda Road, Sambalpur and Vizianagaram have Wi-Fi facility. The Railways has started process to provide Wi-Fi facilities to B category stations like Paradeep, Balugaon, Chatrapur and Bargarh Road.

The ECoR has identified some stations under the jurisdiction of three railway divisions- Khurda Road, Waltair and Sambalpur. These stations are-Mancheswar, Barang, Kendujhargarh, Jakhapura, Talcher Road, Chilika, Bhawanipatna, Lanjigarh, Ambadola, Singapur Road, Bissamcuttack, Hirakud, Badmal, Jeypore, Jharsuguda Road, Tikiri, Damanjodi, Kottavalasa, Kirandul and Garividi.

All these stations are situated near different industries and corporate houses. The corporate houses can provide fund from their corporate social responsibilities (CSR) fund to provide these facilities in the stations, said the ECoR official sources.

Besides, the corporate houses and PSUs, the local volunteer or social organisations can also sponsor the project. “Even individuals like MLAs and MPs and business persons are welcomed to tie up with us,” said Mishra.

As per the procedure, the zonal railways will install the Wi-Fi hardware at the station, while monthly recurring cost to the telecom provider will be sponsored by the organization.

ECoR has already installed a Wi-Fi system at Bissamcuttack station in Rayagada district. Testing of the service is underway. Four local organisations have come forward to sponsor the project in the station, official sources said.

“If any corporate house interested to provide this service at their nearest stations, they can contact the concerned divisional railway manager of the railway division,” said Mishra.

MOSR flagged off Agartala-Delhi Rajdhani Express ending a long wait of around 53 years

AGARTALA: Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain flagged off the Rajdhani Express from Agartala railway station in presence of Governor Tathagata Roy and other dignitaries here on Saturday ending a long wait of around 53 years.It was 1964 when the first metre-gauge train reached at Dharmanagar, State’s extreme subdivision with Assam’s border.

Gohain and the Governor flagged off the superfast train at 2.30 pm amidst cheers and joy as large number of people assembled at the station to witness the historic moment.

The Union Minister said that it is a good beginning for the people of Tripura as they have Rajdhani Express to travel to Anandvihar (Delhi) within shortest period of time.

“We used to hear that there is a need to give due importance to the North-east but nothing has been done for the backward region. But, during the past three years, especially under the leadership of Prime Minister, there has been a mark improvement in the connectivity- railways and road”, he said.

“Tripura has been a front runner when it comes to railway expansion in the region over the past three years”, he said.

Asserting that there is no dearth of fund for executing railway projects in this region, Gohain said officials were asked to speed up the railway projects taken up as sufficient funds are available for this purpose.

“Modiji doesn’t believe in political colour when it comes to need of a State. In Assam, the Centre has given Rs 2,000 crore for flood relief and Rs 200 crore was earmarked separately for study the cause of floods in Assam and find ways to prevent this”, he said.

Gohain said Union Minister of Railways Pijush Goyal would be on a three-day visit to the North-east starting from November 3 to take stock of the railway projects. “If you have any demand, you can place before Goyalji during his visit to the State”, he added.

In his speech, the Governor lauded the Central Government role in speedy expansion of railway network in Tripura and other north-eastern States over the past three years.

Iconic 110-year-old Matheran Toy Train services resumed partially after being suspended for 18 months

Raigad: After nearly 18 months, the famed 110-year old Matheran Toy Train resumed partial services on Monday, after it was suspended in May 2016 following several derailments, a top official said.

“The train resumed services on the critical Matheran-Aman Lodge sector, around 3.5 kilometres distance. We are planning to restart services on the entire 21-kilometres Neral-Matheran route as soon as possible,” Central Railway (CR) CPRO Sunil Udasi told.

From Monday, the CR started 12 shuttles daily on the route. It started from Matheran at 8.50 am and in the return direction from Aman Lodge at 9.25 am, in what is Asia’s only automobile-free hill station nestled in the Western Ghats, around 110 kilometres from both Mumbai and Pune.

To ensure passenger safety, the CR has introduced enhanced safety features in the toy train ‘Phul Rani’, and replaced the original manual brakes with the safer air brakes system.

In the original system, there was manual braking in which six brake porters applied the brakes in sync and any time lag between could cause an accident.

Under the new air brake system, the train driver can now slow down or apply the brakes as required without the involvement of the brake porters.

Udasi said that the final trials to check the safety and operational issues before top officials were conducted on Sunday before giving the green signal to resume operations from Monday.

The resumption of services would prove a boon to the local residents and tourists to Matheran as the winter peak tourism season has started and they were forced to cough out exorbitant amounts to hire horses or carts.

The other option for the able-bodied people was to walk the steep route from Matheran to Dasturi Naka, the termination point for all vehicles outside the hill station precincts.

The narrow guage toy train is considered a marvel and ascends in a crazy zig-zag (with more than 280 steep turns) from Neral to Matheran, around 2,500 feet from sea-level, offering breathtaking views of the lush green and steep hills and deep valleys, highlighting the beauty of the hill station.

The toy train was built by a Mumbai industrialist, the late Sir Adamjee Peerbhoy at a staggering cost of Rs 1.60 million in seven years, between 1901-1907.

The hill railway contributed in a big way to the growth of Matheran and forever changed the face of the tiny hill station, after it was discovered in May 1850 by the then Mumbai Collector Hugh Poyntz Malet.

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NFR registers double-digit dip in Revenue Earnings

GUWAHATI: Prolonged disruption in rail services to and from the rest of the country due to massive floods in eastern Bihar during August last has affected the finances of the Maligaon-headquartered Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), with the zone registering a double-digit fall in overall revenues on an annual basis during the first half of the current fiscal. However, earnings from the goods segment went up during the period under review.

Latest data shows that the total approximate gross earnings of the NFR on originating basis during the April-September period of 2017-18 stood at Rs 1,550.94 crore as compared to Rs 1,802.65 crore during the corresponding period of the last financial year. This amounted to a decline of 13.96 per cent in total earnings for the railway zone year-on-year.

The NFR’s passenger revenue during the first six months of the current fiscal was Rs 742.04 crore as against Rs 807.26 crore in the April-September period of 2016-17, registering a fall of 8.08 per cent.

Revenue from other coaching also went down by 9.18 per cent annually during the April-September period this year to Rs 108.74 crore. The earning from other coaching was Rs 119.73 crore in the first half of the last fiscal.

Similarly, sundry earnings of the NFR in the first six months of 2017-18 went down by 76.87 per cent to a mere Rs 64.64 crore as against Rs 279.42 crore in the year ago period.

However, earnings from goods on originating basis increased by 6.59 per cent to Rs 635.52 crore in the period under review. The NFR’s goods revenue has stood at Rs 596.24 crore in the same period of the last financial year.

Official sources attributed the annual growth in goods earnings to the low base.

Interestingly, the NFR was among the only six of the total 17 zones of the Indian Railways to have registered a year-on-year decline in its gross earnings during the first half of the current fiscal. The other five zones which have performed badly are the Eastern Railway (Kolkata), the Northern Railway (Delhi), the Southern Railway (Chennai), the South Western Railway (Hubli) and the Western Railway (Mumbai).

The total gross earnings on originating basis of the Indian Railways as a whole increased by over 5.8 per cent on an annual basis to Rs 81,686 crore in the first half of this fiscal.

Meanwhile, the approximate number of passengers booked in the NFR zone touched 51.04 million during the period from April 1 to September 30 this year. This is an increase of 4.21 per cent over the figure of 48.98 million recorded during the corresponding period of last year.

Commenting on the latest numbers, officials said the Bihar floods had severed railway link between the NFR zone and the rest of the country for over three weeks during August and it is the main reason for the poor earnings. Officials further said with services back on track, the revenue figures are expected to get better during the second half of this fiscal.

They added that expansion of railway services to remote parts of the North-east as well as progress in double-tracking will boost both passenger and goods traffic in the region, thus helping the NFR further augment its earnings.

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Central Railway cancels Solapur Intercity Express for four months

SOLAPUR: The Central Railway will be cancelling the Pune-Solapur-Pune Intercity Express train (train nos. 12169 and 12170) from November 1for the next 125 days, causing much trouble for passengers travelling along the route. While schedules of several other trains on this route have been changed, the reason behind this cancellation is that the railway track work between Washimbe and Jeur on this route will begin from November 1. Every day, one hour 45 minutes during the afternoon will be set aside for this track work. As the Intercity Express is a major mode of travel for students, office goers and other passengers, they will suffer the most for the next four months.

“Currently, it is a single line railway track on the Daund-Kurduwadi-Solapur route. So, work will start in the first phase on the Washimbe to Jeur stretch for development of the track. For this, daily, a one-hour-45-minute block will be taken by our workers on this route to carry out the work. So, all trains running in the afternoon are being either cancelled or delayed. Other than the Intercity Express, the Sainagar-Pandharpur-Sainagar train that runs thrice a week has also been cancelled. We will be trying to complete the work as early as possible, but the estimated time needed for it is 125 days according to our calculation,” said senior commercial manager of Central Railway R K Sharma.

Regular passenger Shailesh Kshirsagar said, “I work in Pune, but my native place is Kurduwadi and the Intercity Express is a lifeline for a majority of people living on this route. We prefer this train due to its convenient timings and as it runs on all seven days of the week. The railways should not have cancelled this train.” Bhaurao Tandale, a trader from Solapur, added, “Travelling by the Intercity Express to Pune is convenient, cheaper and takes less time than road travel. If it doesn’t ply from November 1, it will be difficult for regular passengers like us as we cannot afford the high fares of state or private buses.”

 

Rajdhani Express to travel via.Chakradharpur from February 10

JAMSHEDPUR: A long wait of passengers from Chakradharpur to travel on the Bhubaneshwar- New Delhi Rajdhani Express is over. The train will travel via Chakradharpur railway station on every Saturday from February 10 next year. This change has been made in the new railway time table of South Eastern Railway ( SER) which will be effective from November 1.

As per the plans, on Saturdays starting from February 10 the train will leave Bhubaneshwar at 7.10 am and it will reach Chakradharpur railway station at 4.20 pm the same day. The train will reach New Delhi the next day at 10.40 am. On its return journey the train will leave New Delhi at 5.05 pm every Sunday ( with effect from February 11). The train will reach Chakradharpur the next day at 10.37 am. It will reach Bhubaneshwar at 8.35 pm the same day.

Chakradharpur is the highest revenue earning railway division in terms of freight in the country.

Railway officials said that commensing February 10 on every Saturday he train will travel via Sambalpur,Jharsuguda, Rourkela and Chakradharpur. “It has been long waited demand of the people of Chakradharpur. The town has been included in the route of Rajdhani Express keeping in view the demand of passengers,” said an official of Chakradharpur Railway Division.

Moreover, the new railway time table one pair of Weekly Humsafar Express between Santragachi and Pune every Saturday and leaving Pune every Monday will be introduced. The train will travel via Tatanagar railway station. The date of introduction of the train will be notified later.

Similarly, another weekly Humsafar Express train between Santragachi and Jabalpur leaving Santragachi every Thursday and Jabalpur every Wednesday will be introduced.

Located on the Howrah-Mumbai main route Tatanagar is an important station. Several important trains travel via Tatanagar, including the high-profile Rajdhani Express and Duronto Express. The station sees a daily traffic of 90 mail, express and passenger trains, besides a footfall of more than 60,000 passengers.

RFP floated to develop Pune’s Hadapsar Railway Station

PUNE: Pune rail division officials have revealed that the works to develop the Hadapsar railway station into a full-fledged terminal will begin in a couple of months. A tender for the first phase of the project has been floated and bidder submissions will be opened in a fortnight. The new terminal will allow Pune Junction to expand its operations by adding more trains to different destinations from the city.

“Hadapsar already has a railway station. The plan is to develop it into a proper terminal. We expect construction to begin by January, and the works to be completed by mid-2019,” a senior official of the division told.

“Phase one of the project involves the extension of the existing platforms to full coach length. Also, an additional platform will be erected at Hadapsar, bringing the total number of platforms at the station to three. Passenger amenities will be created as well. Work on this phase will begin soon. A decision on the second phase will be taken in the near future as it involves more work and land acquisition. We will have to study and calculate the extent of land that needs to be acquired. Currently, we will be focusing on phase one,” the official said.

Another official said that apart from some new trains, most of the north-bound trains from the Pune Junction will be shifted to the Hadapsar terminal.

“The Pune station has become congested. The new terminal will reduce the load on Pune station. Though a final decision on the trains is awaited, the plan is to shift the originating point of all north-bound trains to the new terminal. Also, once the project is ready, trains to new locations can be run from Hadapsar. With the city expanding, one needs a proper rail terminal and Hadapsar is the answer,” the official pointed out.

Passengers, however, are in two minds. “Rail projects take a lot of time. If they are planning to shift the north-bound trains to Hadapsar, other infrastructure like roads leading to the station, proper connectivity to the station etc. need to be considered too,” said Ankur Singh, a Bihar native.

The railway authorities had said that the total cost to develop Hadapsar station as a rail terminal would be about Rs23.94 crore, but since the project got delayed, the cost went up.

Prime Minister dedicates New Bidar–Gulbarga Railway Line to the Nation; Flags off DEMU Train Service

BIDAR: Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India dedicated the New Railway Line between Bidar and Gulbarga (Kalaburagi) to the Nation and flagged off DEMU Train Service between Bidar – Gulbarga (Kalaburagi) at a function held today i.e., 29th October, 2017 at Bidar Railway Station.

Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Railways and Coal, D.V.Sadananda Gowda, Hon’ble Union Minister for Statistics & Programme Implementation; Ananth Kumar, Hon’ble Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs; Anant Kumar Hegde, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; R.V.Deshpande, Hon’ble Minister for Large and Medium Scale Industries and Infrastructure Development, Govt. of Karnataka; Eshwara B. Khandre, Hon’ble Minister for Municipalities, Local Bodies & Public Enterprises and Bidar District In-charge Minister, Govt. of Karnataka; Dr. Basawaraj Patil, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha; Bhagwant Khuba, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Bidar and B.S.Yeddyurappa, Hon’ble Member of Parliament were present on the occasion.

Though the foundation stone for the project was laid in 1996 when Janata Dal-Secular supremo HD Deve Gowda from the state was the Prime Minister of a coalition government, construction began only in 2000 under the BJP-led NDA government and the railways took 16 years to complete it.

“The new track provides direct rail connectivity from Bengaluru to Bidar, 690km away from the state capital, and enable running more long-distance passenger and freight trains on the route,” a senior railway official told.

The New Railway line between Bidar – Gulbarga (Kalaburagi), which criss crosses the Bidar and Kalaburagi Districts, has brought a vast extent of the region on to the Railway Map for the first time, opening up new vistas of economic, industrial and agricultural growth. The project, funded jointly by Railways and the Karnataka State Government on 50:50 basis, extends to a length of 110.40 Kms, and has been completed at a cost of Rs.1542 Crs. Work was taken up in the Ist Phase between Khanapur – Humnabad for a length of 37.20 kms while in the IInd Phase, the balance portion between Humnabad – Kalaburagi (Gulbarga) was completed to a length of 73.19 kms. 12 New Railway Stations have come up enroute. To begin with, two pairs of Passenger Services will be running in the section.

The new Bidar – Kalaburagi (Gulbarga) rail line is going to offer a very convenient and faster transport access from Bidar/Gulbarga (Kalaburagi) to various cities. The distance from Bidar to Bengaluru will be reduced by 52 kms, from Bidar to Mumbai by 115 kms, since the trains can run directly towards Kalaburagi and further. The distance towards North of India will also get reduced, while the new route will also act as an alternative rail route access from Kalaburagi towards Hyderabad too.

The New Railway line between Bidar – Gulbarga (Kalaburagi) a length of 110.40 Kms, was completed in two Phases at an approximate expenditure of Rs.1542 Crs. In the first phase, work was taken up between Khanapur – Humnabad to a length of  37.207 Kms. Later on, the  second Phase work was taken up between Humnabad – Kamalapur – Gulbarga (Kalaburagi) to a length of 73.193 Kms, which has been completed as per the scheduled target in October 2017. The new line will have 12 new railway stations enroute Kanaji(H), Hallikhed-B, Nandagaon(H), Humnabad, Kallur Road(H), Hallikhed-K, Margutti(H), Kamalapur, Nawadgi(H), Mahagaon(H),  Kurukotta(H) and Sultanpur.

The new rail line offers a very convenient and faster transport access from Bidar/Gulbarga (Kalaburagi) to the metropolitan cities of Bengaluru, Mumbai, etc., since it connects the existing rail routes of Wadi – Bengaluru/Mumbai and Vikarabad – Parli Vaijnath. The new rail line will help boost the agri market economy of the region, offering opportunity for transport of pulses, sugar cane, dairy products etc and will provide a push for industrial development of the area. The new rail line also serves as an alternate route bypassing Wadi junction, thereby offering scope for running of more rail services in the region.

Introduction of  New Train Service between Bidar – Gulbarga

Train No.07655 Bidar – Gulbarga Inaugural Special Train consisting of 10 DEMU coaches will depart Bidar at 18:00 hrs on 29th October, 2017 (Sunday) and arrive Gulbarga at 21:30 hrs on the same day.

Enroute, this train will stop at Khanapur, Kanaji, Hallikhed B, Nandagaon, Humnabad, Kallur Road, Hallikhed K, Margutti, Kamalapur, Nawadgi, Kurukotta and Sultanpur  stations.

Regular Services between Bidar – Gulbarga – Bidar :-

1)            Train No. 77651 Bidar – Gulbarga DEMU Train will depart Bidar at 06:15 hrs on every day except   Sundays and arrive/depart Khanapur at 06:31/06:32 hrs, arrive/depart Kanaji at 06:48/06:49 hrs, arrive/depart Hallikhed B at 07:04/07:05 hrs, arrive/depart Nandagaon at 07:24/07:25 hrs, arrive/depart Humnabad at 07:37/07:38 hrs, arrive/depart Kallur Road at 07:55/07:56 hrs, arrive/depart Hallikhed K at 08:20/08:21 hrs, arrive/depart Margutti at 08:28/08:29 hrs, arrive/depart Kamalapur at 08:38/08:39 hrs, arrive/depart  Nawadgi at 08:49/08:50 hrs, arrive/depart Kurukotta at 08:59/09:00 hrs, arrive/depart  Sultanpur at 09:45/09:46 hrs and arrive Gulbarga at 10:00 hrs on the same day with  effect from 30th October, 2017.

In the return direction, Train No. 77652  Gulbarga – Bidar DEMU Train will depart Gulbarga at 10:30 hrs  on every day except Sundays, arrive/depart Sultanpur at 10:44/10:45 hrs, arrive/depart Kurukotta at 11:03/11:04 hrs, arrive/depart Nawadgi at 11:13/11:14 hrs, arrive/depart Kamalapur at 11:23/11:24 hrs, arrive/depart Margutti at 11:33/11:34 hrs, arrive/depart Hallikhed K at 11:41/11:42 hrs, arrive/depart Kallur Road at 12:10/12:11 hrs, arrive/depart Humnabad at 12:29/12:30 hrs, arrive/depart Nandagaon at 12:42/12:43 hrs, arrive/depart Hallikhed B at 13:02/13:03 hrs, arrive/depart Kanaji at 13:17/13:18 hrs, arrive/depart Khanapur at 13:34/13:35 hrs  and arrive Bidar at 14:15 hrs on the same day with  effect from 30th October, 2017.

2)            Train No. 77655  Bidar – Gulbarga DEMU Train will depart Bidar at 14:45 hrs on every day except   Sundays and arrive/depart Khanapur at 15:01/15:02 hrs, arrive/depart Kanaji at 15:18/15:19 hrs, arrive/depart Hallikhed B at 15:34/15:35 hrs, arrive/depart Nandagaon at 15:54/15:55 hrs, arrive/depart Humnabad at 16:07/16:08 hrs, arrive/depart Kallur Road at 16:25/16:26 hrs, arrive/depart Hallikhed K at 16:50/16:51 hrs, arrive/depart Margutti at 16:58/16:59 hrs, arrive/depart Kamalapur at 17:08/17:09 hrs, arrive/depart Nawadgi at 17:19/17:20 hrs, arrive/depart Kurukotta at 17:29/17:30 hrs, arrive/depart Sultanpur at 18:15/18:16 hrs and arrive Gulbarga at 18:30 hrs on the same day with  effect from 30th October, 2017.

In the return direction, Train No. 77656  Gulbarga – Bidar DEMU Train will depart Gulbarga at 19:00 hrs  on every day except Sundays, arrive/depart Sultanpur at 19:14/19:15 hrs, arrive/depart Kurukotta at 19:33/19:34 hrs, arrive/depart Nawadgi at 19:43/19:44 hrs, arrive/depart Kamalapur at 19:53/19:54 hrs, arrive/depart Margutti at 20:03/20:04 hrs, arrive/depart Hallikhed K at 20:11/20:12 hrs, arrive/depart Kallur Road at 20:40/20:41 hrs, arrive/depart Humnabad at 20:59/21:00 hrs, arrive/depart Nandagaon at 21:12/21:13 hrs, arrive/depart Hallikhed B at 21:32/21:33 hrs, arrive/depart Kanaji at 21:47/21:48 hrs, arrive/depart Khanapur at 22:04/22:05 hrs  and arrive Bidar at 22:45 hrs on the same day with  effect from 30th October, 2017.

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Drastic Measures for Systems Improvement will enhance the Efficiency of Indian Railways

NEW DELHI: What a contrast in the Indian Railways that there is acute understaffing in the field staff and overstaffing in the Railway Board. There 90 high official are superficial and not required.

There is a racket of deputation and attachment in all the Government services at the Centre and in States. Due to some political connections they secure such posting and it is affecting the services very adversely. The Railway Minister has decided to downsize the Railway Board and these 90 officials are being sent back to various zones.

It is a drastic measure aimed act enhancing the efficiency. These 90 superficial posts and persons are there in the Railway Board for the 30 to 40 years. It is decided to trim the functions and powers of the Railway Board and keep it as supervisory top body. There is massive devolution of powers at zonal and station level officers.

The Railways being restructured by merging various departments to work in unison ways for swift working as one team. The Railway Ministry has directed the Railway Board to empower Zonal General Manager (GM) and Divisional Railway Managers (DRM) and other field officers to fast track decision making, execution and overall working of the Railways.

Substantial financial and administrative powers covering a wide Spectrum of working have been delegated to them. The General Manager have been given full power to sanction out of turn safety related works without any ceiling. The delegation of powers is comprehensive and will cover commercial, engineering works, track maintenance, mechanical, financial establishments, procurement, medical matters improve safety speed and service of the Railways.

Besides GM the DRM have been given powers to re-engage retired railway employees upto the age of 62 against vacancies. To improve station, passenger interfaces, the DRM can sanction waiting halls, platform shelters, lift, escalators, digital display charts upto Rs.2.50 crores. The Station Directors of big stations have been given powers of the Branch Officers to take decisions for smooth operation.

At 75 super big railway stations young and dynamic officers will be posted. From December Railway Ministry will apply and implement passenger charter for time-bound disposal of passenger complaints and suggestions. The Railways have floated tenders for procuring 7 lakh tonnes Railway track to renew and replace old tracks. The Railways are in process to have big changes and new face.

As part of the efforts to ensure passenger safety, the railways has given more financial powers to General Managers’ and Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs) across the country so that they can allocate funds for safety-related works rather than seek the concurrence from the railway board for the work.

The order issued by Jeetendra Singh, Executive Director (Electrical) Transformation Cell of Railway Board a week ago, will give a major push to safety on railway tracks as the financial and administrative powers of zonal General Managers to carry out the out-of-turn works have  been increased from Rs 12 crore to Rs 50 crore a year.

“Of the Rs 50 crore, Rs 25 crore must be spent on safety-related works, including track maintenance, strengthening of tracks and replacement of tracks. Earlier, the limit was Rs 12 crore a year, out of which only Rs  seven crore can be spent on safety-related works,” said railway sources.

Empowerment of DRMs to improve passenger amenities at stations has been increased to Rs  2.5 crore per case from Rs one crore. In addition to this, DRMs and Chief Workshop Manager of ICF, RCF and other units can engage retired railway staff.

The Indian railway network  is administrated by 17 Zones with 68 DRMs across the country. Besides, the order also enhances powers for repair of track machines to field level officers. They can hire vehicles upto Rs 5,000 per case to reach the spot in case of emergency or accidents.

Sources said apart from safety works, financial and administrative powers of General Manager and DRMs have been increased with respect to tendering process, station development, providing passenger amenities, maintaining hospitals and schools, regular maintenance works and employees medical benefits,” said  sources.

Earlier, even for opening an additional unreserved ticket counter at  small stations or allotting a space for new ticket booking counter at  non rail head stations required approval from zonal railway General Manager. “Now such decisions can be taken by the DRM himself, in concurrence with finance ministry. In addition, DRM will be a competent authority to sanction the development works at stations executed through corporate social responsibility (CSR) by private and public sector companies. Such works no longer require headquarters or railway board approval, explained a railway official.

After a high-level Railway Board meeting chaired by Goyal at the Western Railway headquarters at Churchgate, Mumbai on Wednesday, the minister notified a first of its kind charter for its employees guaranteeing time-bound redressal of their grievances, among other measures.

“Through this charter we will address their concerns in a time-bound manner be it dues, entitlements, and in the next month or month and a half we will issue a similar charter for rail users or passengers. This charter will be binding on all of us for improving the services for our rail consumers,” said Goyal.

Lambasting the UPA government, Goyal said the BJP-led Centre inherited its railway woes from past governments in 2014. “I am not giving an excuse, but problems in Indian Railways aren’t one or two years old, they were accumulated over years and we inherited it in 2014,” quoted Goyal as saying after the meeting.

Following the stampede in Mumbai, Goyal said 20 new foot-over bridges have been approved in the Central Railway and 10 in the Western Railway, as per the report. Additionally, 13 foot-over bridges have been approved for widening.

Goyal also declared that 40 maintenance yards across the country would be upgraded with modern technology for better upkeep of locomotives, according to the report. “I have sanctioned 15 car platforms for extension in the Western Railway, which will be beneficial for speeding up the process in the slow corridor,” he said.

The local train network, considered Mumbai’s lifeline, is heavily congested and carries over 65 lakh passengers very day, with the Western Line alone accounting for 35 lakh passengers.

The railway minister also announced formation of committees to look into restructuring of railway administration and suggest measures for making safety improvements in work sites.

For improving station and passenger interface, the amount sanctioned to Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs) for undertaking work on waiting halls, platform shelter, lifts, escalators, digital chart displays, illumination and train or coach indication board has been hiked from Rs 1 crore to Rs 2.5 crore per case.

Goyal also said that multidisciplinary audit teams formed after the 29 September stampede at Elphinstone Road station in Mumbai have surveyed each suburban station and recommended a slew of actions: Building of new foot over-bridges, widening and replacement of existing foot-over bridges, provision of escalators and provision of additional entry and exit at the stations.

They also suggested provision of subways at required locations, removal of hawkers from foot-over bridges or entry and exit points of landings among other things which will be implemented by the zonal railways.

The report submitted on Wednesday also suggested relocation of certain structures within the premises such as kiosks, help desks, unused toilets and 1,600 additional high-tech CCTV cameras.

In September, Goyal ordered a slew of initiatives to increase passenger safety including ongoing works on foot-over bridges at various stations to be completed on a war-footing and installation of CCTV cameras in all local trains.

A high-powered committee headed by the Secretary Railway Board has been constituted to restructure Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) as well as related processes with a view to fast track redevelopment of stations and monetisation of vacant railway land parcels.

Another committee has been notified to suggest measures for making substantial safety improvements in work sites over the entire rail network.

Also as part of restructuring, the railway board has decided that the lease period for station redevelopment shall be increased to 99 years from the existing 45 years so that both the land and station’s value gets maximised.

Increase in number of ADRMs

Goyal said that with a view to improve supervision, it has been decided to increase number of posts of Additional Divisional Railway Managers (ADRMs) in all the railway division offices. In most cases, the post will increase from the one existing post to two. In important divisions like Delhi, the number of posts of ADRMs will increase to three posts in place of existing two.

In case of two divisions in Mumbai, in Western and Central Railway, the number of ADRM posts will increase to four from the existing two: One post of ADRM in each of the two Mumbai Divisions will be exclusively for handling suburban services, he said.

Goyal told the media that general managers had been given full powers to sanction out of turn safety related work without any ceiling, “within the financial limit set out by Ministry of Finance”.

Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs) and Chief Workshop Managers can now re-engage retired railway employees up to 62 years against vacancies. “This will take care of safety and maintenance related work wherever there are vacancies,” Goyal said. According to a report, the ministry has decided to post 90 station officers in the board and zonal headquarters.

Enhanced powers for repair of track machines have been given to the field officers for faster track safety work. Goyal said procedures had been substantially simplified for procurement of material like spare parts for locomotives and coaches.

The remarks come at a time of recurring railway accidents in the country leading to several deaths.

Goyal said that in order to provide faster access to breakdown or work sites, junior field officers and supervisors in charge had been provided multi-utility vehicles. They can also hire vehicles up to Rs 5,000 per case for rushing to the location without loss of time.

“This will lead to faster restoration of train services and improve punctuality and safety of trains,” he said.

On Wednesday, Piyush Goyal announced the first suburban train with air conditioning in Mumbai will be introduced on 1 January.

Officials said the plan to introduce AC trains had been in the offing for over a year. To start with, one AC train with around seven services daily will run on the Western line.

“The AC trains have been tested and will be introduced on 1 January,” Goyal told reporters.

Officials said that the fares on the AC train will be like the Delhi Metro or around 1.5 times the cost of first class tickets in the existing local trains.

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SCR to run 156 Sabarimalai Special Trains between various Destinations

SECUNDERABAD: South Central Railway will run 156 Sabarimalai special trains between Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Kacheguda, Tirupati, Kakinada Town, Nizamabad, Vijayawada, Machilipatnam, Narsapur, Sirpurkagaznagar, Karimnagar, Adilabad, Aurangabad and Akola to Kollam from 10th November, 2017 to 18th January, 2018 to clear the extra rush of passengers and pilgrims heading to Sabarimalai as per the details given below.

Advance Reservations for these special trains will commence from ­08:00 hrs of Monday, the 30th October, 2017. All these Trains will run as Special Fare Tatkal Services.

The details of these special trains are as follows:-

Train No.07109/07110 Hyderabad-Kollam-Hyderabad Sabarimalai Special (via. Kazipet, Vijayawada, Gudur, Renigunta, Melpakkam) (24 services):

Train No. 07109 Hyderabad-Kollam special train will depart Hyderabad at 15:55 hrs o­n 17th, 21st November, 11th, 15th, 23rd, 31st December, 2017, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th & 13th January, 2018 and arrive Kollam at 23.10 hrs on the next day.

In the return direction, Train No. 07110 Kollam-Hyderabad special train will depart Kollam at 02.15 hrs on 15th November, 1st, 8th, 15th & 24th December, 2017 and 2th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 13th and 15th January, 2018 and arrive Hyderabad at 10.30 hrs on the next day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Secunderabad, Cherlapalli, Jangaon, Kazipet, Warangal, Mahbubabad, Dornakal, Khammam, Madhira, Vijayawada, Tenali, Nidubrolu, Bapatla, Chirala, Ongole, Kavali, Nellore, Gudur, Venkatagiri, Sri Kalahasti, Renigunta, Tirutani, Katpadi, Vaniyambadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam stations in both the directions.

These special trains will consist of II AC, III AC, AC Chair Car, Sleeper Class, General Second Chair Car coach, General Second Class.

Train No.07141/07142 Hyderabad-Kollam-Hyderabad Sabarimalai Special (via. Suklehalli, Raichur, Guntakal, Renigunta, Melpakkam) (22services):

Train No. 07141 Hyderabad-Kollam special train will depart Hyderabad at 16:15 hrs o­n 25th November, 16th, 19th, 24th December, 2017, 4rd, 6th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 14th & 15th January, 2018 and arrive Kollam at 23.10 hrs on the next day.

In the return direction, Train No. 07142 Kollam-Hyderabad special train will depart Kollam at 02.15 hrs on 27th November, 18st, 21st & 26th December, 2017 and 6th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 14th and 16th, 17th January, 2018 and arrive Hyderabad at 08.30 hrs on the next day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Begampet, Lingampalli, Vikarabad, Tandur, Seram, Chittapur, Yadgir, Raichur, Mantralayam, Road, Adoni, Gutakal, Gooty, Tadipatri, Kondapauram, Yerraguntla, Kamalapuram, Kadapa, Nandalur, Razampeta, Koduru, Renigunta, Tirutani, Katpadi, Vaniyambadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam stations in both the directions.

These special trains will consist of II AC, III AC, AC Chair Car, Sleeper Class, General Second Chair Car coach, General Second Class.

Train No.07143/07144 Nizamabad-Kollam- Nizamabad Sabarimalai Special (via. Malkajgiri, Kacheguda, Dhone, Raichur, Renigunta, Melpakkam) (4services):

Train No. 07143 Nizamabad-Kollam special train will depart Nizamabad at 12:10 hrs o­n 13th , 29th November, 2017 and arrive Kollam at 23.10 hrs on the next day.

In the return direction, Train No. 07144 Kollam-Nizamabad special train will depart Kollam at 02.15 hrs on 19th , 23rd November, 2017 and arrive Nizamabad at 13.15 hrs on the next day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Kamareddy, Medchal, Bolarum, Malkajgiri, Kacheguda, Shadnagar, Jadcharla, Mahbubnagar, Gadwal, Kurnool City, Dhone, Gooty, Tadipatri, Kondapauram, Yerraguntla, Kadapa, Razampeta, Koduru, Renigunta, Tirutani, Katpadi, Vaniyambadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam stations in both the directions.

These special trains will consist of II AC, III AC, AC Chair Car, Sleeper Class, General Second Chair Car coach, General Second Class.

Train 07211/07212 Kakinada Town-Kollam-Kakinada Town Sabarimalai Special Trains (via. Vijayawada, Tenali, Renigunta, Melpakkam) (46 services):

Train No. 07211 Kakinada Town-Kollam special train will depart Kakinda town at 23.50 hrs o­n 10th, 15th, 19th, 23rd , 27th November, 2017 and 12th, 14th, 17th, 18th , 20th, 21st, 23rd, 24th, 28th December, 2017 & 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th January, 2018 and arrive Kollam at 06.30 hrs o­n the second day.

In the return direction, Train No. 07212 Kollam-Kakinada Town special train will depart Kollam at 09.30 hrs o­n 12th, 17th, 21st, 25th , 29th November, 2017 and 14th, 16th, 19th, 20th , 22nd, 23rd, 25th, 26th , 30th December, 2017 & 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th January, 2018 and arrive Kakinada Town at 13.30 hrs o­n the next day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Samalkot, Rajahumdry, Nidadavolu, Tadepalligudem, Eluru, Vijayawada, Tenali, Nidubrolu, Bapatla, Chirala, Ongole, Kavali, Nellore, Gudur, Venkatagiri, Sri Kalahasti, Renigunta, Tirutani, Katpadi, Vaniyaambadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam stations in both the directions.

These special trains will consist of II AC, III AC, Sleeper Class, General Second Chair Car coach, General Second Class.

Train No.07133/07134 Hyderabad-Kollam-Hyderabad Sabarimalai Special Trains (via. Nadikudi, Guntur, Gudur, Renigunta, Melpakam) (10 services):

Train No. 07133 Hyderabad-Kollam special train will depart Hyderabad at 15.30 hrs o­n 12th, 20th, 30th December, 2017 & 2nd, 16th January, 2018 and arrive Kollam at 23.10 hrs o­n the next day.

In the return direction, Train No. 07134 Kollam-Hyderabad special train will depart Kollam at 02.15 hrs o­n 14th, 22nd December 2017 and 1st, 4th, 18th January, 2018 and arrive Hyderabad at 10.30 hrs o­n the second day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Secunderabad, Moula-ali, Nalgonda, Miryalaguda, Vishnupuram, Nadikudi, Piduguralla, Sattenpalli, Guntur, Tenali, Nidubrolu, Bapatla, Chirala, o­ngole, Kavali, Nellore, Gudur, Venkatagiri, Sri Kalahasti, Renigunta, Tirutani, Katpadi, Vaniyambadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam stations in both the directions.

These special trains will consist of II AC, III AC, AC chair Car, Sleeper Class, General Second Chair Car coach, General Second Class.

Train No.07613/07614 Nizamabad-Kollam-Nizamabad Sabarimalai Special Trains (via. Malkajigiri, Kacheguda, Dhone, Renigunta, Melpakkam) (6 services):

Train No. 07613 Nizamabad-Kollam special train will depart Nizamabad at 12.10 hrs o­n 6th, 13th & 22nd December, 2017 and arrive Kollam at 23.10 hrs o­n the next day.

In the return direction, Train No. 07614 Kollam-Nizamabad special train will depart Kollam at 02.15 hrs o­n 13th, 17th & 25th December, 2017 and arrive Nizamabad at 13.15 hrs o­n the second day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Kamareddi, Medchal, Bolarum, Malkajgiri, Kacheguda, Shadnagar, Jadcherala, Mahbubnagar, Gadwal, Kurnool City, Dhone, Gooty, Tadipatri, Kondapuram, Muddanur, Yerraguntla, Cuddapah, Rajampeta, Koduru, Renigunta, Tirutani, Katpadi, Vaniyambadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam in both the directions.

These special trains will consist II AC, III AC, AC Chair car, Sleeper Class, General Second Chair Car coach, General Second Class.

Train No. 07113 Karimnagar-Kollam Sabarimalai Special Train (via. Warangal, Vijayawada, Renigunta, Melpakam) ( 01 service):

Train No. 07113 Karimnagar – Kollam special train will depart Karimnagar at 16.00 hrs o­n 29th December, 2017 and arrive Kollam at 23.10 hrs o­n the next day.

Enroute, this special train will stop at Peddapalli, Jammikunta, Warangal, Mahbubabad, Dornakal, Khammam, Madira, Vijayawada, Tenali, Nidubrolu, Bapatla, Chirala, O­ngole, Kavali, Nellore, Gudur, Venkatagiri, Sri Kalahasti, Renigunta, Tirutani, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam stations.

These special trains will consist of II AC, III AC, Sleeper Class, General Second Chair Car coach, General Second Class..

Train No.07611/07612 Kacheguda-Kollam-Kacheguda Sabarimalai Special (via.Malkajgiri, Kazipet, Vijayawada, Renigunta, Melpakkam) ( 02 services):

Train No. 07611 Kacheguda-Kollam special train will depart Kacheguda at 15:40 hrs o­n 1st January, 2018 and arrive Kollam at 23.10 hrs on the next day.

In the return direction, Train No. 07612 Kollam – Kacheguda special train will depart Kollam at 02.15 hrs on 3rd January, 2018 and arrive Kacheguda at 10.15 hrs on the next day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Jangaon, Kazipet, Warangal, Mahbubabad, Dornakal, Khammam, Madhira, Vijayawada, Tenali, Nidubrolu, Bapatla, Chirala, Ongole, Kavali, Nellore, Gudur, Venkatagiri, Sri Kalahasti, Renigunta, Tirutani, Katpadi, Vaniyambadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam stations in both the directions.

These special trains will consist of II AC, III AC, AC Chair Car, Sleeper Class, General Second Chair Car coach, General Second Class.

Train 07217/07218 Narsapur-Kollam-Narsapur Sabarimalai Special Trains (via. Vijayawada, Tenali, Renigunta, Melpakkam) (04 services):

Train No. 07217 Narsapur -Kollam special train will depart Narsapur at 23.50 hrs o­n 29th , 30th December, 2017 and arrive Kollam at 06.30 hrs o­n the second day.

In the return direction, Train No. 07218 Kollam-Narsapur special train will depart Kollam at 09.30 hrs o­n 31st December, 2017 and 1st January, 2018 arrive Narsapur at 13.45 hrs o­n the next day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Palakollu, Viravasaram, Bhimavaram, Bhimavaram Town, Akivedu, Kaikalur, Gudivada, Vijayawada, Tenali, Nidubrolu, Bapatla, Chirala, Ongole, Kavali, Nellore, Gudur, Venkatagiri, Sri Kalahasti, Renigunta, Tirutani, Katpadi, Vinayaambadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam stations in both the directions.

These special trains will consist of II AC, III AC, Sleeper Class, General Second Chair Car coach, General Second Class.

Train 07221/07222 Machilipatnam-Kollam-Machilipatnam Sabarimalai Special Trains (via.Guntur, Renigunta, Melpakkam) (06 services):

Train No. 07221 Machilipatnam-Kollam special train will depart Machilipatnam at 23.40 hrs o­n 10th, 16th &19th December, 2017 and arrive Kollam at 06.30 hrs o­n the second day.

In the return direction, Train No. 07222 Kollam-Machilipatnam special train will depart Kollam at 09.30 hrs o­n 9th, 15th & 18th December, 2017 and arrive Machilipatnam at 12.30 hrs o­n the next day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Pedana, Gudlavalleru, Gudivada Jn., Vijayawada, Guntur, Tenali, Nidubrolu, Bapatla, Chirala, O­ngole, Kavali, Nellore, Gudur, Venkatagiri, Sri Kalahasti, Renigunta, Tirutani, Katpadi, Vanniyambadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam stations in both the directions.

These special trains will consist of II AC, III AC, Sleeper Class, General Second Chair Car coach, General Second Class.

Train 07213 / 07214 Vijayawada-Kollam-Vijayawada Sabarimalai Special Trains (via. Tenali, Renigunta, Melpakkam) (06 services):

Train No. 07213 Vijayawada-Kollam special train will depart Vijayawada at 04.00 hrs o­n 8th, 14th & 23rd December, 2017 and arrive Kollam at 06:30 hrs o­n the next day.

In the return direction, Train No. 07214 Kollam-Vijayawada special train will depart Kollam at 09.30 hrs o­n 12th, 21st & 24th December, 2017 and arrive Vijayawada at 09.35 hrs o­n the next day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Tenali, Nidubrolu, Bapatla, Chirala, Ongole, Kavali, Nellore, Gudur, Venkatagiri, Sri Kalahasti, Renigunta, Tirutani, Katpadi, Vaniyaambadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam stations in both the directions.

These special trains will consist II AC, III AC, Sleeper Class, General Second Chair Car coach, General Second Class.

Train No.07505 Aurangabad-Kollam Sabarimalai Special Trains (via. Nizamabad, Dhone, Tirupati, Katpadi) (2 services):

Train No. 07505 Aurangabad-Kollam special train will depart Aurangabad at 11.00 hrs o­n 7th & 21st December, 2017 and arrive Kollam at 03.45 hrs o­n the next day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Jalna, Selu, Parbhani, Purna, Nanded, Mudkhed, Dharmabad, Basar, Nizamabad, Kamareddi, Medchal, Bolarum, Malkajgiri, Kacheguda, Shadnagar, Jadcherala, Mahbubnagar, Gadwal, Kurnool City, Dhone, Gooty, Tadipatri, Kondapuram, Muddanur, Yerraguntla, Cuddapah, Rajampeta, Koduru, Renigunta, Tirupati, , Chittor, Katpadi, Vaniyambadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam.

These special trains will consist II AC, III AC, AC Chair car, Sleeper Class, General Second Chair Car coach, General Second Class.

Train No.07507 Akola – Kollam Sabarimalai Special Train (via. Nizamabad, Kacheguda, Dhone, Tirupati, Katpadi) (01 service):

Train No. 07507 Akola -Kollam special train will depart Akola at 11.50 hrs o­n 14th December 2017 arrive/depart Kacheguda at 22.10/22:30 hrs and arrive Kollam at 03:45 hrs o­n the second day.

Enroute, this special train will also stop at Washim, Hingoli, Purna, Nanded, Mudkhed, Dharmabad, Basar, Nizamabad, Kamareddi, Medchal, Bolarum, Malkajgiri, Shadnagar, Jadcherala, Mahbubnagar, Gadwal, Kurnool City, Dhone, Gooty, Tadipatri, Kondapuram, Muddanur, Yerraguntla, Kadapa, Rajampeta, Koduru, Renigunta, Tirupati, Chittoor, Katpadi, Vaniyaambadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam stations.

Train No.07509 Adilabad – Kollam Sabarimalai Special Train (via. Nizamabad, Kacheguda, Dhone, Tirupati, Katpadi) (01 service):

Train No. 07509 Adilabad -Kollam special train will depart Adilabad at 13:25 hrs o­n 28th December 2017 arrive/depart Kacheguda at 22.10/22:30 hrs and arrive Kollam at 03:45 hrs o­n the second day.

Enroute, this special train will also stop at Kinwat, Sahasrakund, Himyatnagar, Bhokar, Mudkhed, Dharmabad, Basar, Nizamabad, Kamareddi, Medchal, Bolarum, Malkajgiri, Shadnagar, Jadcherala, Mahbubnagar, Gadwal, Kurnool City, Dhone, Gooty, Tadipatri, Kondapuram, Muddanur, Eraguntla, Kadapa, Rajampeta, Koduru, Renigunta, Tirupati, Chittor, Katpadi, Vaniyaambadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam stations.

Train No. 07111 Sirpurkagaznagar-Kollam Sabarimalai Special Train (via. Warangal, Vijayawada, Renigunta, Tirupati, Katpadi) ( 02 services):

Train No. 07111 Sirpurkagaznagar-Kollam special train will depart Sirpurkagaznagar at 21:15 hrs o­n 5th & 11th January, 2018 and arrive Kollam at 03:45 hrs o­n the second day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Bellampalli, Mancherial, Ramagundam, Peddapalli, Jammikunta, Warangal, Mahbubabad, Dornakal, Khammam, Madira, Vijayawada, Tenali, Nidubrolu, Bapatla, Chirala, O­ngole, Kavali, Nellore, Gudur, Venkatagiri, Sri Kalahasti, Renigunta, Tirupati, Chittoor, Katpadi, Vaniyaambadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam stations.

Train No. 07112 Kollam-Secunderabad Sabarimalai Special Train (via. Katpadi, Tirupati, Guntur) (03 services):

Train No. 07112 Kollam-Secunderabad special train will depart Kollam at 05.45 hrs o­n 31st December, 2017, 7th & 13thJanuary, 2018 and arrive Secunderabad at 13:20 hrs o­n the next day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Kayankulam, Chengannur, Tiruvalla, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Aluva, Thrisur, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai, Vaniyambadi, Katpadi, Chittoor, Tirupati, Renigunta, Sri kalahasthi, Venkatagiri, Gudur, Nellore, Kavali, O­ngole, Chirala, Bapatla, Nidubrolu, Tenali, Guntur, Sattenapalli, Piduguralla, Nadikudi, Vishnupuram, Miryalaguda and Nalgonda stations.

Train 07215/07216 Machilipatnam-Kollam- Machilipatnam Sabarimalai Special Trains (via. Guntur, Tirupati, Katpadi) ( 04 services):

Train No. 07215 Machilipatnam-Kollam special train will depart Machilipatnam at 22.30 hrs o­n 7th & 13th January, 2018 and arrive Kollam at 03.45 hrs o­n the second day.

In the return direction, Train No.07216 Kollam- Machilipatnam special train will depart Kollam at 05.45 hrs on 6th & 12th January, 2018 and arrive Machilipatnam at 11:45 hrs on the next day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Pedana, Gudlavalleru, Gudivada Jn., Vijayawada, Guntur, Tenali, Nidubrolu, Bapatla, Chirala, Ongole, Kavali, Nellore, Gudur, Venkatagiri, Sri Kalahasti, Renigunta, Tirupati, Chittoor, Katpadi, Vaniyaambadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam stations in both directions.

Train 07219 / 07220 Vijayawada-Kollam-Vijayawada Sabarimalai Special Trains (via. Guntur, Tenali, Renigunta, Tirupati) (04 services):

Train No. 07219 Vijayawada-Kollam special train will depart Vijayawada at 23:55 hrs o­n 4th & 10th January, 2018 and arrive Kollam at 03:45 hrs o­n the second day.

In the return direction, Train No. 07220 Kollam-Vijayawada special train will depart Kollam at 05:45 hrs o­n 9th & 15th January, 2018 and arrive Vijayawada at 08:15 hrs o­n the next day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Guntur, Tenali, Nidubrolu, Bapatla, Chirala, Ongole, Kavali, Nellore, Gudur, Venkatagiri, Sri Kalahasti, Renigunta, Tirupati, Chittoor, Katpadi, Vaniyaambadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam stations in both directions.

Train No. 07506 Kollam-Tirupati Sabarimalai Special Trains (via. Katpadi) (04 services):

Train No. 07506 Kollam-Tirupati special train will depart Kollam at 05.45 hrs o­n 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th December, 2017 and arrive Tirupati at 00:15 hrs o­n the next day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Kayankulam, Chengannur, Tiruvalla, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Aluva, Thrisur, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai, Vaniyambadi, Katpadi and Chittoor stations.

Train No.07408 Tirupati -Akola Sabarimalai Special Train (via. Dhone, Kacheguda, Nizamabad) (01 service):

Train No.07408 Tirupati-Akola special train will depart Tirupati at 09.15 hrs o­n 18th December, 2017 arrive/depart Kacheguda at 22:15/22:30 hrs o­n the same day and arrive Akola at 10:00 hrs o­n the next day.

Enroute, this special train will also stop at Renigunta, Koduru, Rajampeta, Kadapa, Yerraguntla, Muddanur, Kondapuram, Tadipatri, Gooty, Dhone, Kurnool City, Gadwal, Mahabubnagar, Jadcherla, Shadnagar, Malkajgiri, Bolaram, Kamareddi, Nizamabad, Basar, Dharmabad, Mudkhed, Nanded, Purna, Basmeth, Hingoli and Washim stations.

Train No.07410 Tirupati –Aurangabad Sabarimalai Special Trains (via. Dhone, Kacheguda, Nizamabad) (02 services):

Train No.07410 Tirupati –Aurangabad special train will depart Tirupati at 09:15 hrs o­n 11th & 25th December, 2017 arrive/depart Kacheguda at 22:15/22:30 hrs o­n the same day and arrive Aurangabad at 09:30 hrs o­n the next day.

Enroute, these special trains will also stop at Renigunta, Koduru, Rajampeta, Kadapa, Yerraguntla, Muddanur, Kondapuram, Tadipatri, Gooty, Dhone, Kurnool City, Gadwal, Mahabubnagar, Jadcherla, Shadnagar, Malkajgiri, Bolaram, Kamareddi, Nizamabad, Basar, Dharmabad, Mudkhed, Nanded, Purna, Parbhani and Jalna stations.

Train No.07407 Tirupati–Adilabad Sabarimalai Special Train (via. Dhone, Kacheguda, Nizamabad) (01 service):

Train No.07407 Tirupati –Adilabad special train will depart Tirupati at 09:15 hrs o­n 1st January, 2018 arrive/depart Kacheguda at 22.15/22:30 hrs o­n the same day and arrive Adilabad at 07:55 hrs o­n the next day.

Enroute, this special train will also stop at Renigunta, Koduru, Rajampeta, Kadapa, Yerraguntla, Muddanur, Kondapuram, Tadipatri, Gooty, Dhone, Kurnool City, Gadwal, Mahabubnagar, Jadcherla, Shadnagar, Malkajgiri, Bolaram, Kamareddi, Nizamabad, Basar, Dharmabad, Mudkhed, Bokar, Himayatnagar, Sahasrakund and Kinwat stations.

SCR to run Special Trains for Kartika Ekadashi and Pooja Sessions at various Pilgrim Centres

SECUNDERABAD: South Central Railway will run six Special Trains during Kartika Ekadashi Celebrations at Pandharpur as per the following schedule:-

Train No. 07517/07518  Bidar – Pandharpur – Bidar special trains (2 Services):

Accordingly, Train no 07517  Bidar – Pandharpur  special train will depart Bidar at 22:30 hrs o­n 29  October, 2017 and arrive Pandharpur at 07:45 hrs on the next day.

In the return direction Train No. 07518 Pandharpur – Bidar special train will depart Pandharpur at 20:00 hrs on  30th  October, 2017 and arrive Bidar at 04:00 hrs on the next day.

Enroute these special train will stop at  Bhalki, Udgir, Latur Road, Latur,  Usmanabad, Barsi Town and Kurduwadi stations in both the directions.

This special train will have 10 coaches viz., eight General Second Class and two Second Class Luggage Cum Brake van Coaches

Train No. 07501/07527 Adilabad – PandharpurH.S.Nanded special trains  (2 Services):

Accordingly, Train no 07501 Adilabad – Pandharpur special train will depart Adilabad at 14:00 hrs o­n 30th October, 2017 and arrive Pandharpur at 07:15 hrs on the next day.

Enroute, this special train will stop at Kinwat, Bodhadi Burug, Dhanora (Deccan), Sahasrakund,  Himayatnagar, Hadgaon Road, Bhokar, Mudkhed, H.S.Nanded, Purna, Parbhani, Gangakher, Parli Vaijnath, Latur Road,  Latur, Usmanabad, Barsi Town and Kurduwadi stations.

In the return direction, Train no 07527 Pandharpur – H.S.Nanded special train will depart Pandharpur at 08:00 hrs on 31st  October, 2017 and arrive H.S.Nanded  at 20:45 hrs on the same day.

Enroute, this special train will stop at Kurduwadi, Barsi Town, Usmanabad, Latur, Latur Road, Parli Vaijnath, Gangakher, Parbhani and Purna Stations.

This special train will have 10 coaches viz., eight General Second Class and two Second Class Luggage Cum Brake van Coaches

Train No. 07528/07502 H.S Nanded – PandharpurAdilabad special trains  (2 Services):

Accordingly, Train no 07528 H.S Nanded – Pandharpur special train will depart H.S Nanded at 19:25 hrs o­n 3rd  November,2017 and arrive Pandharpur at 07:15 hrs on the next day. 

Enroute, this special train will stop at Purna, Parbhani, Gangakher, Parli Vaijnath, Latur Road,  Latur, Usmanabad, Barsi Town and Kurduwadi stations.

In the return direction, Train no 07502  Pandharpur – Adilabad special train will depart Pandharpur at 08:00 hrs on 4th  November, 2017 and arrive Adilabad at 00:30 hrs on the next day.

Enroute, this special train will stop at Kurduwadi, Barsi Town, Usmanabad, Latur, Latur Road, Parli Vaijnath, Gangakher, Parbhani, Purna, H.S.Nanded, Mudkhed, Bhokar, Hadgaon Road, Himayatnagar, Sahasrakund, Dhanora (Deccan), Bodhadi Burgu and Kinwat Stations.

This special train will have 10 coaches viz., eight General Second Class and two Second Class Luggage Cum Brake van Coaches.

Special Trains between H. Nizamuddin – Kochuveli during Pooja Session

In order to clear extra rush of passengers during Pooja season, 8 superfast AC special trains will be run between H. Nizamuddin – Kochuveli (via Warangal, Vijayawada):-

Train No. 04426/04425 H.Nizamuddin – Kochuveli – H.Nizammudin superfast AC Special Trains via Warangal, Vijayawada (8 Services)

Train No. 04426 H. Nizamuddin – Kochuveli superfast AC Special Train will depart H. Nizamuddin at 05:55 hrs on 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th November, 2017 (Saturdays) arrive/depart Warangal at 06:28/6:30 hrs, Vijayawada at 10:25/10:40 hrs on the next day and arrive Kochuveli at 11:00 hrs on Mondays.

In the return direction, Train No. 04425 Kochuveli – H. Nizamuddin superfast AC Special Train will depart Kochuveli at 23:00 hrs 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th November, 2017 (Mondays) arrive/depart Vijayawada at 21:00/21:15 hrs, Warangal at 23:50/23:53 hrs on the next day and arrive H. Nizamuddin at 03:00 hrs on Wednesdays.

Enroute, these superfast AC special trains will stop at Mathura, Agra Cantt, Gwalior, Jhansi, Bhopal, Itarsi, Nagpur, Balharshah, Ramagundam, Warangal, Khammam, Vijayawada, Chirala, Ongole, Nellore, Renigunta, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur, Kayankulam and Kollam stations in both the directions.

These trains will have AC First Class,  AC II tier and  AC III tier Coaches.

Temporary Augmentation of 18 Express Trains & Permanent Augmentation of Two Express Trains with Additional Coaches

In order to provide additional travelling facility for waitlisted passengers, South Central Railway will extended the temporary augmentation of following Trains with additional Coaches as detailed below:-

  1. Train No. 17618 Nanded-Mumbai CSMT Tapovan Express will be augmented with one AC Chair Car Coach from 1st to 30th November, 2017.
  2. Train No. 17617 Mumbai CSMT-Nanded Tapovan Express will be augmented with one AC Chair Car Coach from 2nd November to 1st December, 2017.
  3. Train No. 12747 Guntur-Vikarabad Palnadu Express will be augmented with one AC Chair Car Coach from 1st to 30th November, 2017.
  4. Train No. 12748 Vikarabad-Guntur Palnadu Express will be augmented with one AC Chair Car Coach from 1st to 30th November, 2017.
  5. Train No. 17256 Hyderabad-Narsapur Express will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coach from 1st to 30th November, 2017.
  6. Train No. 17255 Narsapur-Hyderabad Express will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coach from 2nd November to 1st December, 2017.
  7. Train No. 17230 Hyderabad-Trivandrum Sabari Express will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coach from 3rd November to 2nd December, 2017.
  8. Train No. 17229 Trivandrum-Hyderabad Sabari Express will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coach from 5th November to 4th December, 2017.
  9. Train No. 12795 Secunderabad – Vijayawada Intercity Express will be augmented with one AC Chair Car Coach from 1st to 30th November, 2017.
  10. Train No. 12796 Vijayawada- Secunderabad Intercity Express will be augmented with one AC Chair Car Coach from 1st to 30th November, 2017.
  11. Train No. 07757 Secunderabad – Vijayawada weekly special train will be augmented with one AC Chair Car Coach from 5th to 26th  November, 2017 ( on every Sunday).
  12. Train No. 07758 Vijayawada – Secunderabad weekly special train will be augmented with one AC Chair Car Coach from 5th to 26th November, 2017( on every Sunday).
  13. Train No. 12749 Machilipatnam – Secunderabad Express will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coach from 1st to 30th November, 2017.
  14. Train No. 12750 Secunderabad-Machilipatnam Express will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coach from 2nd November to 1st December, 2017.
  15. Train No. 17417 Tirupati – Sai Nagar Shirdi Weekly Express will be augmented with one Sleeper class Coach from 7th November to 05th December, 2017(on every Tuesday).
  16. Train No. 17418 Sai Nagar Shirdi – Tirupati Weekly Express will be augmented with one Sleeper class Coach from 8th November to 6th December, 2017(on every Wednesday).
  17. Train No. 07417 Tirupati – Nagarsol Weekly Special Train will be augmented with one Sleeper class Coach from 3rd November to 24th November, 2017(on every Friday).
  18. Train No. 07418 Nagarsol – Tirupati Weekly Express will be augmented with one Sleeper class General Coach from 4th November to 25th November, 2017(on every Saturday).

In order to provide additional travelling facility, two express trains are permanently augmented with additional coach as detailed below:

  1. Train No. 17221 Kakinada-LTT Mumbai Bi- weekly Express will be permanently augmented with one AC III Tier Coach from 28th October, 2017.
  2. Train No. 17222 LTT Mumbai-Kakinada Bi- weekly Express will be permanently augmented with one AC III Tier Coach from 29th October, 2017.

Congress caused Delay in Bidar-Kalaburagi Railway Line project: Piyush Goyal

Piyush Goyal said that Indian Railways is missioned to invest $150 Bn, create 1 mn jobs in 5 years under NDA Government.

MANGALORE: Unon Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday accused the former United Progressive Alliance (UPA) – led government for causing delay in the Bidar-Kalaburagi railway line project, saying that the link, which was approved during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure, could not see light of day as Congress failed to provide adequate land.

“Congress government that came in 2004, did not provide adequate land which caused the delay,” Goyal said at a press conference in Mangalore.

He further added that the project gained momentum only in 2007, when the then chief minister of Karnataka, B.S. Yeddyurappa, offered to pitch in 50 percent of the cost from the state government’s funds.

Goyal, stating that the last piece of land was received in February 2017, commended the Railway Ministry for having “completed the work in record time after that”.

Speaking on the railway project, Goyal informed that a major specialty of the 110.40-km line was its 12 new railway stations, 1.7 km long tunnel, and 269 bridges.

Goyal assured that the railway line will not only contribute to the socio-economic development of Karnataka, but also facilitate the functioning of the railways.

Elaborating on it, Goyal said the connectivity of Bidar with such major cities as Bengaluru and Mumbai will improve as the distance between Bidar and Mumbai will shorten by 115 km, while distance between Bidar and Bengaluru will be cut short by 52 km.

In effect, the farmers will then be benefited in selling their produce, Goyal inferred, adding that it will also improve efficiency and scope of cement industry in North Karnataka.

“Under the government of Modi ji, development in rail facilities for the whole of Karnataka have quickened in pace. The investment by rail ministry in the state has increased by five times,” the Railway Minister claimed, adding that the budget provision for rail projects in Karnataka has increased from Rs 783 crore in the year 2014-15 to Rs 3174 crore in the current year 2017-18. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the railway line today in Bidar.

Railways to invest $150 bn, create 1 mn jobs in 5 years

The Railways is looking to invest over $150 billion over the next five years which would help create one million additional jobs, minister Piyush Goyal has said. Goyal, who took over as the rail minister after a Cabinet reshuffle in August, said he was trying to give the national transporter a “new direction”.” During the next five years, the Railways alone will be looking at an investment of upwards of $150 billion. And when I translate that into jobs, I see a million jobs being created only through investments in the railway sector,” he said.

The Railways can play an important role in “aggressively pursuing” government agenda to provide safe, secure, comfortable travel, he said addressing an awards function organised by the business daily Economic Times here late last night. A focus on infrastructure could also help increase local manufacturing, he said. Goyal said his ministry was also compressing the time taken for complete electrification of rail lines to four years from the earlier plan of 10 years, which would help cut costs by around 30 per cent for the loss-making Railways.

This electrification initiative would help save the national transporter around Rs 10,000 crore per annum on fuel bill, he said.Earlier this month, Goyal had said the Railways would create one million jobs within the next 12 months. In 2015, his predecessor Suresh Prabhu had said the Railways needed investments of Rs 8.5 trillion over the next five years, and invited overseas investors for the same.

Prabhu had also secured a debt funding worth Rs 1.5 trillion from Life Insurance Corporation to fund various projects. It is not clear whether Goyal’s $150 billion is part of Prabhu’s Rs 8.5 trillion investments.

 

Additional Stoppages to Chhat Special Trains at Zamania & Dildar Nagar Railway Stations

SECUNDERABAD: In order to facilitate passengers, additional stoppage is  provided for Train No. 07091/07092 Secunderabad – Raxaul – Secunderabad Special Trains , Train No. 02792 Barauni – Secunderabad  Special Train and  Train No. 07640 Patna-Secunderabad Special Train  at Zamania and Dildarnagar Railway Stations of Danapur Division as detailed below:-

  1. Train No. 07091 Secunderabad-Raxaul Special Train will arrive / depart Zamania station at 06:20/06:21 hrs and Dildar Nagar station at 06:31/06:32 hrs Upto 28th November,2017.
  2. Train No.07092 Raxaul-Secunderabad Special Train will arrive / depart Dildar Nagar station at 22:45/22:46 hrs and Zamania station at 22:56/22:57hrs Upto 1st December,2017.
  3. Train No. 02792 Barauni-Secunderabad Special Trainwill arrive / depart  Dildar Nagar station at 18:44/18:45 hrs and Zamania station at 18:55/18:56 hrs on its scheduled date.
  4. Train No. 07640 Patna-Secunderabad Special Train will arrive / depart Dildar Nagar station at 18:44/18:45 hrs and Zamania station at 18:55/18:56 hrs on its scheduled date.

CRB directs KRDC to submit 247-km long Thalassery-Mysore Rail line DPR by Dec 31

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state government and railways have started considering the construction of third and fourth tracks between the state capital and Kasaragod.

Doubling the number of tracks was among the projects that came up for discussion between chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and railway board chairman Ashwani Lohani here on Friday.

The chairman said the special purpose vehicle formed with the state government, Kerala Rail Development Corporation, has been told to submit a detailed report of the proposed projects, and the feasible projects would be taken up by railways. “We have issues related to the saturation of railway lines. So, a third and fourth railway line from north to south of Kerala received positive response in the meeting,” said Sudhanshu Mani, general manager, Southern Railway . The proposed 575-km rail line between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragode would require Rs 16600 crore.

Though the state had proposed new railway lines for high-speed trains, the railway chairman pointed out the technical issue of automatic signalling system, but said semi speed trains could be consider for the corridor. On the chief minister’s request, Lohani directed KRDC to submit the 247-km long Thalassery-Mysore rail project by December 31

The chief minister also requested the railways to expedite the Angamaly-Sabari line; Guruvayor-Thirunavaya rail line and Ernakulam-Ambalapuzha rail line work, bio-toilet facility in all trains and rain water harvesting in railway land in the state. The 65 km Erumely-Sabari rail project, rail connectivity to Cochin International Airport and railway terminal at Ernakulam were other projects discussed in the meeting.

High Speed Train to Meerut to have a station at New Ashok Nagar, will connect three lines of Delhi metro

All three stations will be developed as interchange hubs. Sarai Kale Khan and Anand Vihar will also have connectivity with railway stations and bus terminals. The station at New Ashok Nagar will benefit metro commuters coming from Noida.

NEW DELHI: The high-speed rail corridor between Delhi and Meerut will have three stations in Delhi, instead of two, connecting the link to three different lines of Delhi Metro.

The National Capital Region Transport Corporation Limited (NCRTC), which is executing the project, has added New Ashok Nagar of the Noida line of Delhi Metro as the third station. The other two are Sarai Kale Khan and Anand Vihar.

The project is yet to get in-principle approval from the Delhi government, but sources said another station was added in Delhi after a request from Delhi government representatives.

All three stations will be developed as interchange hubs. Sarai Kale Khan and Anand Vihar will also have connectivity with railway stations and bus terminals. The station at New Ashok Nagar will benefit metro commuters coming from Noida.

“The project will immensely benefit commuters and will take off a significant load from roads. By connecting it with metro, option for passengers will increase and more people will be discouraged to use their own mode of transport if the fare is less,” said Dr S Velmurugan, Senior Principal Scientist (Traffic Engineering and Road Safety Division) at CSIR-Central Road Research Institute.

Called the Regional Rail Transit System (RRTS), the trains under this project are designed to run at speeds as high as 180 kmph and are expected to travel at an average speed of 100 kmph.

The 90.2-km long corridor will now have 19 stations against 17 planned earlier. Other than the New Ashok Nagar station, another station has been added in Modi Nagar in Uttar Pradesh.

An NCRTC spokesperson said the decision to add the two stations was taken after a recently conducted joint survey.

“The distance between Sarai Kale Khan and Anand Vihar was turning out to be too much and stakeholders were of the view that another station could be planned in between. It has been finalised that line will be elevated from Sarai Kale Khan to New Ashok Nagar and thereon it will be underground,” said a NCRTC official, who did not wish to be named.

Pre-construction work has begun as NCRTC aims to start construction by July 2018.

The daily ridership on the corridor is expected to be 7.4 lakh and entire network in Delhi will be underground. The cost of the total project is expected to be ₹33, 000 crore.

The NCRTC officials have started field surveys to check any hindrance in the route.

Sarai Kale Khan will be developed as the biggest transport hub of Delhi. With lifts, escalators, walkalators, foot overbridge and underpass, all modes of transport will be under one roof.

Currently, interstate buses and trains bound for Mumbai operate from Sarai Kale Khan, which is next to the Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station.

The metro station will be on Line 7 of Delhi metro connecting Mukundpur (Majlis Park) and Shiv Vihar.

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NCR to deploy Drones for Surveillance of Train Tracks

Drone cameras were earlier used during construction of Dedicated Front Corridor (DFC) between Varanasi and Sultanpur to maintain safety of its property and had very effective results.

ALLAHABAD: In order to check train accidents, the Northern Central Railway (NCR) has planned to deploy drone cameras to ‘keep an eye’ on rail tracks. The high resolution cameras will take pictures from a height of 30 to 40 metres and also maintain surveillance over fish plates, pedal clips and fractures, if any, on the track.

The drones would be connected with computer networks at various railway stations for monitoring and speedy action. These cameras would be installed at almost all important NCR railway stations especially in areas, which had frequent train mishaps, sources said.

Chief public relations officer of NCR GK Bansal said the railway board had approved the plan. These cameras would also keep an eye on railway property in isolated areas. He further said drone cameras would be used for ensuring the safety and security of railway property and of railway tracks as well. “The cameras would help locate track faults quickly that would be repaired at the earliest to avoid any mishap,” he said.

Drone cameras were earlier used during construction of Dedicated Front Corridor (DFC) between Varanasi and Sultanpur to maintain safety of its property and had very effective results.

Maha Govt diverting funds from Karad-Chiplun Railway Line project to Bullet Train: allege Prithviraj Chavan

MUMBAI: Former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan allege that the state government is in the process of diverting the funds of the proposed Karad-Chiplun railway line project to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project.

“Shapoorji Pallonji Co Pvt Ltd, which had inked a memorandum of understanding with Konkan Railway Corporation Limited in August 2016, has now withdrawn from the (Karad- Chiplun railway line) project. The company was supposed to construct the new train line between Karad and Chiplun at a cost of Rs 3,195 crore,” Chavan said.

“No decision was taken since the MoU was signed and the company had to wait for almost a year. Now, it has pulled out. I suspect it is being done to divert the funds for bullet train,” the senior Congress leader alleged.

The ambitious Rs 1,10,000 crore bullet train project was launched by prime minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Ahmedabad last month. A loan of Rs 88,000 crore will be taken from Japan for the project. The funds will be given at an interest of 0.1 percent per annum by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). This loan has to be repaid to Japan in 50 years, with 15 years grace period.

Chavan, however, said that land acquisition costs are not considered in these figures. “The state government will have to spend for it (land acquisition) from its treasury.

Hence, the land acquisition costs in the Karad-Chiplun railway line project are going to be diverted to the bullet train project,” Chavan, who represents Karad South assembly constituency, alleged.

“Even if the interest rate is just 0.1 percent, I think we will have to repay it in the Japanese currency yen and the appreciation rate of yen is three per cent every year.

In the last decade, the Japanese yen has appreciated over 60 percent. So imagine, how much we will have to repay to the Japanese partner after 15 years,” he added. He also raised question marks over the sharing of expenses for the bullet train project. “When only 24 percent length of the bullet train route passes through Maharashtra, why should we bear equal share with Gujarat? It means we are paying more by cancelling the already sanctioned projects in the state,” he said.

The Congress veteran said, the bullet train project was announced just ahead of the Gujarat elections, although its signing of MoU had taken place much earlier. “On the other hand, metro projects for Pune and Nagpur were signed at the same time, but (Union minister) Nitin Gadkari, after swearing in immediately brought Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nagpur and laid the foundation of the work. Today, it has significantly progressed,” he said. Chavan also slammmed the BJP-led state government over its decision to implement 30 percent cuts on development works across the ministries.

Though the government is saying it is 30 percent, in reality it will be 50 percent as this government has miserably failed on managing its finances, he said. “This government has made several false and tall claims of improving the financial condition of the state. When the BJP-led dispensation came to power, the total loan on the state government was Rs two lakh crore, which has jumped to Rs four lakh crore. Who is misleading the people of the state,” Chavan asked.

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Differently-abled allege unfair treatment by Railway Officials

Say they were made to go to Tirur station six times to book train tickets

PALAKKAD: A group of differently-abled persons who tried to book train tickets from the Tirur railway station last week has alleged that they were given a raw deal by Railway officials. The wheelchair-bound persons said they were made to go to the booking station six times before they could book tickets using the concession they were eligible for. Their applications were rejected by the Railway officials on various grounds even as they were made to run pillar to post.

The group had tried to book AC Chair Car tickets on the Jan Shatabdi Express to Thiruvananthapuram for November 12. But, the tickets were overbooked by the time they had produced the “final correct form” as directed by the officials. “AC tickets were available on the first five days that we went to the station to book tickets. By the time the officials cleared our application, they had been booked. We were seeking AC Chair Car tickets not because we are rich, but because many of us have bedsores,” said Basheer Mamburam, district president of the All Kerala Wheelchair Rights Federation (AKWRF).

Mr. Mamburam, who went to the station six times braving several hurdles including the lack of a ramp at the booking station, said the officials would not have treated them so callously had they any concern for the disabled.

Eight wheelchair users and 13 aides were to go to Thiruvananthapuram from different parts of Malappuram district to attend the maiden State conference of the AKWRF scheduled for November 13 and 14.

‘Forms rejected’

Mr. Basheer said although the station master and some booking officials had showed great care, they were made to travel six times to book tickets. “They rejected our forms on different occasions saying such reasons as it lacked the register number of the government doctor who certified our disability, it lacked the counter signature on a minor spelling correction, and it lacked certificates in original,” he said.

“On one occasion they told us that we needed to keep the concession and medical certificates given by the government doctor during our journey and that they were not needed while booking. Later they rejected our applications saying that we ought to produce the certificates at the time of booking,” said Mr. Basheer.

Mr. Basheer has complained to District Collector Amit Meena who assured him that the matter would be taken up with the Railway higher-ups at the divisional level. He said he would also send a memorandum to the Union Railway Minister.

Railway booking officials at Tirur refused to go on record, but said they had acted in accordance with the Railway booking rules.

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Kolhapur Railway Station awaits revamp to boost Tourism

KOLHAPUR: In a move to promote regional tourism and encourage people to travel to Kolhapur by train, the railway authorities have decided to revamp the Kolhapur railway station.

The decision was taken in a meeting conducted at Railway station in Kolhapur on Wednesday.

The meeting was attended by various organisations including hotel owners association, businessmen, tour operators and residents along with the railway officers.

The meeting was organised against the backdrop of ‘Paryatan Parva’ celebrations started by the central government in the first week of October.

Various issues regarding growth of tourism in the region were discussed in the meeting.

Addressing the gathering, H N Dass, assistant divisional commercial manager (DCM), Pune said, “To increase the flow of tourists to Kolhapur through railway, various steps are required which must be done systematically. First, we must provide a customer-friendly railway station.”

Dass further said, “It is the responsibility of every section and department of railways as well as other organisations to provide good service to the travellers that alight on Kolhapur’s platform. The good image of Kolhapur will be helpful to boost the tourism in the region and increase number of people travelling by train to Kolhapur.”

Kolhapur railway station is needs to be developed as a destination for tourists, official in the meeting said. “The railway administration will do its best to take up works like beautification of the station, initiation of painting work and installation of posters related to tourism in the station premises,” Dass said.

“For other major infrastructural developmental works we will put forward the demands to higher authorities and the work will be initiated after funds are sanctioned for the same,” he said.

“We request all the organisations related to tourism industry to take initiative and prepare proposals regarding the development of the Kolhapur railway station. The proposal will be sent to the higher authorities,” he added.

The Kolhapur region is famous across the country for its various tourist attractions.

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Western Railway, Traffic Police to Identify Illegal Entry, Exit Points at Stations

The aim is to minimise its use by unscrupulous elements such as drug addicts and hawkers

MUMBAI: In the next fifteen days, the Railways, traffic police and different civic bodies will identify entry/exit points at stations on the Western Railway (WR) that are not used frequently. These will also include the illegal entry/exit points that have been created by unscrupulous elements and slum dwellers staying along the tracks.

According to Railway officials, at a meeting held on Tuesday between the various agencies, it was decided to identify various points used by commuters to illegally enter or exit the rail premises. These locations, also the reason behind trespassing on the tracks, have lead to fatal accidents. A total of 17.5 km of boundary wall too will be erected along the WR stretch at the cost of Rs 4.5 crore.

“Our rail officers from Mumbai division along with other departments will survey these entry/exit points that are either used infrequently or have been illegally created,” said Ravinder Bhakar, Chief PRO, WR.

The aim is to minimise its use by unscrupulous elements such as drug addicts and hawkers. Moreover, it will also mean proper vigilance at selective sections where people use the rail premises. Once these points are identified, then the local municipal corporations will plug them by fencing or erecting a wall for a controlled crowd management.

Also, the work of demarcating station premises is almost complete. Here, the railways have either erected blue poles for signage that demarcate the boundary of railways. Sources said that these are steps carried out for transport and crowd management and will soon have barricades put up outside stations beyond which taxis and auto rickshaws won’t be allowed.

Also, CCTVs will be installed at the FOB landings to keep a tab on the crowd.

IR’s new-year gift to Mumbai: India’s first AC Local Train to be launched by Jan 1, 2018

MUMBAI: Indian Railways has planned to give a new year gift to Mumbaikars. 2018 will bring a great relief to passengers of local train in Mumbai as Railways has decided to launch India’s fist air-conditioned local trains for Mumbai routes.

Indian Railways has planned to give a new year gift to Mumbaikars. 2018 will bring a great relief to passengers of local train in Mumbai as Railways has decided to launch India’s fist air-conditioned local trains for Mumbai routes.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that the first AC rake will be introduced on Western Railway on January 1, 2018.

The local trains are considered Mumbai`s lifeline. These trains carries over 65 lakh passengers very day. Moreover, the Western Line alone give service to 35 lakh passengers.

The railways authorities have procured 9 more electrical multiple unit (EMU) AC rakes for Mumbai so that such services can be operated both on the Western railway (WR) and Central railway (CR) lines.

Earlier, the first such train was scheduled to run this month but there were some operational issues which delayed it.

However, senior officials of the railway board said that the hurdles are cleared now.

Here, we brought the salient features of the modern local train:
Maximum Speed: 110 km/h
Capacity: 5,964 passengers
Sitting Capacity: 1,028
Halts: About 20-30 second at each station
Train has electrically operated automatic sliding doors
Initially, WR will run one AC rake with seven services daily.
CCTVs are to be installed in all the trains
Fare: A single ticket is likely to cost the same as a first class ticket. Season passes are expected to be priced around 1.5 times more than their first class equivalents.

Kerala CM to present State’s Wish List of Rail Development projects to CRB today

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will present the State’s wish list of projects for the development of the rail network to Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani here on Friday.

The immediate needs of the network under the Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad railway divisions will also be taken up by the Chief Minister at the meeting at the Secretariat at 12 noon.

Mr. Lohani is reaching the State capital for a two-day visit at an invitation of the Chief Minister.

Prioritised projects

The prioritised projects to be taken up by Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL), the joint venture between the State and Railways for executing rail projects on 51:49 cost-sharing basis, will mainly figure at the meeting.

The State may demand a Shatabdi train for speedy travel of inter-city commuters and steps to speed up projects such as doubling via Kottayam that had been dragging on for years. Mr. Lohani is making his maiden visit here after taking over as Chairman.

Railways’ willingness will be sought for the Rapid Rail Transit System on the 125.65-km Thiruvananthapuram Central- Chengannur corridor and the Thalassery-Mysuru line that figure as the first and second prioritised projects by the KRDCL, sources told.

Other demands

The rail coach factory at Kanjikode, a third and fourth rail line along the 574-km Thiruvananathapuram Central-Kasaragod corridor, Cochin Airport Link rail, renovation of the old Kochi railway station, and the Thalassery- Kannur airport- Mysuru rail link figure on the list.

Rail connectivity to the upcoming Vizhinjam seaport, Erumeli- Punalur route, Ettumanur- Pala- Sabari link route, Nilambur- Nanjangud route, and the Kanhangad-Panathur line figure on the list.

The Chief Minister is expected to take up the sanctioned projects such as Angamaly-Sabari rail line, Guruvayur-Thirunavaya line, and the development of railway stations at the meeting.

Chief Secretary K.M. Abraham, General Manager of Southern Railway Sudhanshu Mani, divisional railway managers of Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad Prakash Bhutani and Naresh Lalwani, and top officials of the State, Railways, and the KRDCL will attend.

South Western Railway takes the Green Track, translocates 46 Trees

MARGAO: In a novel initiative by the Indian Railways, the South Western Railway (SWR), which has jurisdiction over Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Goa, has adopted the method of translocation of trees, which in the normal course would require their axing to facilitate infrastructure projects of the railways.

In a first, the SWR has translocated 46 trees adjacent to the Devargudda railway station under the Chikkajajur-Hubballi section of the Mysuru Division—a two-line station that is being developed into a four-line crossing station.

“There were 46 trees of various varieties such as Nemalinare, Neem, Delbargia, Sisso, Pumgamia, Albizzia, lebbeck, etc, varying in size from 60cm to 290cm girth in the proposed alignment of new lines. In the normal course these trees are cut to facilitate construction works. However, keeping in view the vision of Indian Railways – to promote green environment and green energy while making the Indian Railways a global leader in sustainable mass transports – it was decided to transplant trees,” SWR’s chief public relations officer, E Vijaya, said, in a press release.

Green Morning Horticulture, which has been entrusted with the work, has ensured that the survival rate of the translocated trees would be 70-80%.

Alokkan Padmanabhan, executive engineer of the construction wing of South Western Railway, along with his team of engineers monitored the exercise. The work was undertaken under the supervision of horticulture experts who have transplanted many trees in the past at various places, the press release said.

Standard translocation procedure is being adopted for the purpose. “The process involves uprooting the trees with surrounding soil after duly protecting the roots, shifting to new location using crane, transplantation to required depth and further providing manure and fertilizers, pesticides etc. After completion of transplantation work, regular watering is to be done for six months and horticulture experts have to visit to see the growth of transplanted trees,” Vijaya said, adding that the SWR is planting trees alongside the tracks even up to Hubballi.”

Chhath Festival: Security beefed up at all major Railway stations

PATNA: Thousands of passengers boarded Bihar-bound trains to reach home in time for Chhath Puja. The Chhath Puja festivities began on October 24 and will continue till October 27. It is a festival for the people of Bihar, Jharkand and some parts of Uttar Pradesh. The festival sees thousands of people come home to Bihar to offer prayers to Lord Sun and Chhathi Maiyya. Obviously, being the three most populous states of the country, the crowd is mammoth.

Hundreds of additional Railway security men and senior railway officials have been deployed at key stations under Danapur, Sonepur and Samastipur divisions of the East Central Railway (ECR) for Chhath, apart from various other Divisions like Delhi, Lucknow etc.

According to ECR Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Rajesh Kumar, RPF Chief Security Sommissioner Ravindra Verma held a high-level meeting at Hajipur on Monday and directed divisional security commissioners of the three divisions to ensure foolproof safety plan. All RPF posts would remain vigilant to check any stampede-like situation on the crowded stations.

The railways has created a ‘holding area’ on each major platform, including at Patna Junction, to restrict sudden rush of passengers in large numbers. The ‘holding area’ is provided with public address system and the first aid facilities, the CPRO said.

He said there would be no last-moment change in platform to avoid a stampede-like situation on the foot overbridges (FOBs). Scouts and guides have been deployed at all major stations to assist passengers, particularly elderly and women. ‘May I Help You’ booths would function 24X7 at all major stations, he said.

The railways has also installed additional CCTV cameras at vantage points to surveillance on passengers rush on gates during the Chhath festival. Besides, commercial employees of these three divisions have been deployed at the crowded FOBs to guide passengers while entering or making an exit during peak hours, Kumar said.

ECR chief commercial manager Bishnu Kumar, chief operating manager Salil Kumar Jha and other senior railway officials also attended the safety review meeting.

Muzaffarpur-Howrah spl trains: The railways is running two pairs of weekly special passenger trains between Muzaffarpur and Howrah from October 21 to November 25 next month to cope with huge passenger rush during Chhath festival. These trains will run via Munger- Bhagalpur-Sahebganj-Rampurhat.

According to sources, while the special train (05227-05228) will leave Muzaffarpur every Saturday on October 28, November 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 1.45pm to reach Howrah at 4.30am next day. On its return journey, it leaves Howrah every Sunday at 6am and reaches Muzaffarpur at 8.45pm. The train has 23 coaches, including two 2AC, four 3AC, 11 sleeper, four general and two brake vans.

Railways launches cleanliness drive: The Danapur division of the East Central Railway (ECR) has launched an intensive drive to clean railway platforms during Chhath Puja.

“Under the drive launched before Chhath Puja on Saturday, the railways has introduced a mechanized cleaning system at major stations like the Patna Junction, Rajendra Nagar Terminal and Pataliputra Junction. The contract for cleaning work has been outsourced and is being directly monitored by a team of railway officials. We have also asked passengers to help us keep the stations and tracks clean,” Danapur DRM Ranjan Prakash Thakur said on Monday and added waiting rooms, lavatories and washable aprons were also being cleaned.

The railways has also awarded a contract to an agency to remove and collect garbage from 32 stations of the ECR, including the Patna Junction.

Keeping in the mind the heavy rush at the railway stations in Delhi, the Indian Railways announced running of 31 special trains for the festival season. The Railway Police Force was tasked with the duty of maintaining order at the stations. The Railways also pitched in doctors to provide immediate medical attention in case of emergencies.

To control the crowd, the railways have positioned ticket checkers and other officials at the foot-over bridges – the most vulnerable areas during crowd movement. Temporary toilets and drinking water taps have been installed and tents have been pitched to accommodate the passengers.

However, the Indian public doesn’t seem to have learnt from the Elphinstone Bridge collapse incident at Mumbai. Despite the authorities trying their best to tackle the crowd, people were seen hanging from the train windows, boarding moving trains, and pushing each other at the foot-over bridges.

Overhead Electrification works on Tiruchi-Erode section speeding towards completion

TIRUCHI: Rail project will be over by end of the current financial year, says CORE. Electrification of the 140 km Tiruchi–Karur–Erode broad gauge section has reached an advanced stage of completion. Overhead wiring works are over in the stretch from Karur to Chavadipalayam towards Erode and from Karur to Mutharasanallur towards Tiruchi.

The Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE), working under the Ministry of Railways, is executing the project as part of which three electric sub stations will be constructed at Pettavaithalai, Pugalur and Vellianai.

Around 4,200 masts and 210 portals are being installed in the entire stretch for the overhead electrical wire. Officials attached with CORE said the electrification project from Tiruchi to Erode was expected to be completed before the end of the current financial year. The Commissioner of Railway Safety will inspect the electrified section, which is expected to be commissioned in March after obtaining mandatory clearance.

The CORE will also carry out electrification of the 160 km Salem–Karur-Dindigul section. The entire project cost for electrifying the Tiruchi–Karur–Erode and Salem– Karur–Dindigul sections isabout Rs. 350 crore.

The Railway Electrification organisation has launched electrification works in the Tiruchi– Karaikal broad gauge section via Thanjavur and Tiruvarur. With track doubling currently apace in the Tiruchi– Thanjavur section, CORE authorities have started the work in the stretch from Thanjavur to Karaikal covering around 100 km.

Foundation works for laying overhead electrical lines have begun in the broad gauge stretch, which witnesses movement of passenger and freight trains every day.

Three electric sub stations are proposed to be constructed as part of the ongoing electrification project at Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Karaikal. Installation of masts and portals will begin soon in the Thanjavur– Karaikal stretch, the official said adding that around 4,500 portals and masts will be erected.

As track doubling project is currently underway in the Tiruchi–Thanjavur stretch, electrification of the stretch will begin once the works are completed. Track doubling of the nearly 50 km stretch from Tiruchi to Thanjavur section is being executed by Rail Vikas Nigam Limited.

CORE authorities expect the track doubling works to get over in the coming months following which they propose to take up electrification of thestretch. The entire electrification project from Tiruchi to Karaikal is expected to be completed by November – December 2018, said CORE authorities.

Electrification of the Tiruchi–Karaikal and Tiruchi- Karur-Erode broad gauge section will increase the speed of trains as they will be hauled by electric locomotives, the officials added.

Crisis of Coal Supply Shortage began with the Closure of Dhanbad-Chandrapura Rail Line

DHANBAD: For those who remember the headlines that the current government made, a prominent one was ‘coal surplus’. From 2014 onwards, the BJP government’s clarion call was increasing coal production and improving supply. State-owned monopoly Coal India Limited was given a tall target of 1 billion tonnes of coal production by 2019; three arterial railway lines were started from Odisha, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh; and the number of railway rakes for coal supply was to be increased.

Coal India ramped up production by opening new mines. So much that one of its subsidiaries, CCL, was opening a new mine every month last year. This improved coal supply boosted confidence in the government, which then started the programme to reduce dependence on imported coal to nil. This is where the problems began.

During the last financial year, while Coal India was increasing coal production to record levels, takers and the amount of coal dispatched reduced. Financially beleaguered power distribution companies weren’t buying surplus power, and they still aren’t. This led to power plants running at low capacity and, thereby, impacting the coal demand. Demand was so low that the ministry of coal rounded up close to 30 power generating units last year to pay penalty for sourcing coal below their lowest permissible threshold.

At the same time, state-owned NTPC went on a drive to reduce its import dependence. NTPC typically blends 8-10 per cent of imported coal in case of a domestic supply crunch. As Coal India increased production, NTPC was pursued to reduce coal dependence. The thermal power behemoth, which runs 49,000 Mw of coal-based units, reduced its imported coal consumption by 85 per cent as compared to the previous year. This was to be met through domestic coal supply, which Coal India duly complied with. Private units, even those in western India, that were dependent on imported coal shifted their loyalty to domestic coal as Coal India claimed to have a surplus supply.

In August, coal imports fell by 14 per cent over last year to 18.8 million tonne. At the same time, as the private units were running at low capacity, Coal India reduced production. Meanwhile, a crucial railway line (Dhanbad-Chandrapura) broke down and is still under repair. Further, the three planned lines are yet to be fully operational.

Crisis struck once peak summers came. Uttar Pradesh was the first to complain that it was only NTPC that was getting coal, while state-run and private units were facing a scarcity. Next in line came Maharashtra and Rajasthan, which had the same issue, and the latter suffered from power cuts.

By August, the situation worsened with hydropower generation not running at optimum capacity due to weak monsoon. Marred by payment issues and regulatory confusion, wind power faced its worst production year, with 354 Mw produced during April-August 2017.

By September end, average coal stocks at power plants were at a record low of five days. Last year, for the same month, it was 28 days. The number of rakes carrying coal for power sector was increased by the railway ministry. But this led to other sectors such as steel, cement and captive power units complaining of diversion of their rakes for power plants.

As the situation stands now, the ministry of coal has gone on record with the counter that it’s the power plants that should have kept a certain coal stock at their sites. Power plants, however, are alleging mismanagement by the ministries involved — coal, power, and railways. A lack of synchronised approach, they said, has led to this crisis.

Currently, 23 power units with a cumulative capacity of 30,000 Mw have super critical coal stock situation of less than three days, as per Central Electricity Authority. Latest data from ports show that, after five months of straight decline, coal imports have shown a spurt to 18.33 million tonne.

The headlines have gone back to coal deficit. Earlier, states would blame the Centre, the Union power ministry would blame the coal ministry, and the coal ministry would blame railways. For a government that vowed to break down silos, this is the test of cooperative federalism that it claimed to reinstate.

SWR announces Speeding up of Trains and Shifting of Terminals

HUBLI: South Western Railway has decided to speed up as many as 17 trains running within its jurisdiction from 01st November, 2017. New passenger time table for all Railway zones is being introduced with effect from 01st November, 2017. A unique feature of new time table this time will be thrust on speeding up of trains. All over Indian Railways running time of about 700 long distance trains has been reduced. The list of 17 trains being speeded up on South Western Railway are as under:

Speeding up of Trains

SNo. Train No. & Train Name ExistingTimings Revised Timings Speeded up in Minute
Departure Arrival Departure Arrival
1. 22678 (16562) Kochuveli – Yesvantpur 12:40 04:30 12:50 04:15 25
2. 22677 (16561) Yesvantpur – Kochuveli 15:20 06:50 15:20 06:45 5
3. 20651(16201) KSR Bengaluru-Shivamogga 15:30 20:45 15:00 19:55 20
4. 20652 (16202) Shivamogga-KSR Bengaluru 06:35 11:55 06:40 11:35 25
5. 16219 (56213) Chamarajanagar-Tirupati 15:00 05:35 15:10 05:25 20
6. 16220 (56214) Tirupati – Chamarajanagar 21:35 12:30 21:35 12:20 10
7. 16227 (56234/16227) Mysuru-KSR Bengaluru-Talguppa 19:10 07:15 19:40 07:15 30
8. 16228 (16228/56234) Talguppa -KSR Bengaluru- Mysuru 20:15 08:00 20:20 08:00 5
9. 17301 Mysuru-Dharwad 22:30 08:15 22:30 08:00 15
10. 56217 Talaguppa-Shivamogga 10:00 12:50 10:00 12:30 20
11. 56218 Shivamogga – Talaguppa 13:40 16:45 13:40 16:30 15
12. 56270 Mysuru- Shivamogga 10:20 16:45 10:20 16:40 5
13. 16577 Yesvantpur-Harihar 16:15 23:45 16:15 23:30 15
14. 16578 Harihar- Yesvantpur 05:00 11:25 06:15 12:30 10
15. 16575 Yesvantpur-Mangaluru Jn. 07:10 17:30 07:10 16:55 35
16. 16515 Yesvantpur-Mangaluru Jn.-Karwar 07:00 17:30 (MAJN) 07:10 16:55

(MAJN)

45
17. 56515 KSR Bengaluru-Hubballi Passenger 07:45 20:50 07:45 20:45 5

It can be seen that saving of running time to the tune of 5 to 45 minutes has been achieved due to emphasis on speeding up of trains. This shall reduce travel time and it indicates commitment of Railways for facilitating faster travel of passengers.

The following trains already notified for upgrading to Express Train/Superfast Train from dates indicated in the time table.

Speeding UP Trains from Mail/Express to Superfast

SNo. Train No. From To Date Conversion  
1. 22501/22502 (15901/15902) New Tinsukkiya KSR Bengaluru 20.01.2017

31.01.2017

Weekly Express to Superfast Speeding UP Train New No. Ex.New Tinsukiya-20.01.2017 & EX KSR Bengaluru-31.01.2017
2. 22697/22698 (17314/17313) Hubballi Chennai Central 01.10.2016

02.10.2016

Weekly Express to Superfast Speeding UP Train
3. 20651/20652 Old No. (16201/16202) Bengaluru Shivamogga Town 01.10.2017

 

Daily Express Express in to Superfast with change in timings & New Train No.

Conversion Passenger Trains in to Express

Sl. No. Train No. From To Date Service  
1. 16219/16220 Old No. 56213/56214 Chamarajanagar Tirupati 22.08.2017

 

Daily Passenger in to Mail/Express
2. 16227/16228 Old No. 56234/56233 Mysuru Talguppa 28.07.2017 Daily Passenger in to Express, duly extending Train No. 16227/16228 KR Bengaluru-Talguppa-KSR Bengaluru up to Mysuru

III.      Shifting Of Terminals:

To decongest KSR Bengaluru, the terminal of following Trains has been shifted

Sl. No. Train No. From To New Terminal instead of KSR Bengaluru Date of Change in Terminals Frequency
1. 12683/12684 Ernakulam KSR Bengaluru Banasawadi

 

04.01.2018 Bi-Weekly
2. 22607/22608 Ernakulam KSR Bengaluru Banasawadi

 

08.01.2018

Weekly

 

Trains Diverted due to Heavy Floods & Breaches in Samastipur Division

Diversion of Passenger Trains due to Heavy Floods & Breaches in Samastipur Division

1)      Train No. 07091 Secunderabad – Raxaul Special Train  departed Secunderabad at 21:40 hrs on 24th October, 2017 is diverted via  Samastipur, Muzaffarpur, Sagauli and Raxaul instead of  Samastipur, Darbhanga , Sitamarhi and Raxaul stations.

2)      Train No. 07092 Raxaul – Secunderabad Special Train scheduled to depart Raxaul    at 12:45 hrs on 27th October, 2017 is diverted via Raxaul, Sagauli, Muzaffarpur and Samastipur instead of  Raxaul, Sitamarhi, Darbhanga and Samastipur Stations.

I) Trains Diverted due to traffic block

1)      Train No. 12508 Guwahati – Thiruvananthapuram Super fast Train scheduled to depart Guwahati at 06:20 hrs from 27th October to 22nd December, 2017 (Fridays)  is diverted on its scheduled days from New Farakka Jn via Azimganj, Katwa, Bandel and Howrah Stations with stoppage at Azimganj .

2)      Train No. 12510 Guwahati – Bangalore Cantt Super fast Train scheduled to depart Guwahati at 06:20 hrs from 29th October to 24th December, 2017 (Sundays)  is diverted on its scheduled days from New Farakka Jn via Azimganj, Katwa, Bandel and Howrah Stations with stoppage at Azimganj.

3)      Train No. 12516 Guwahati – Thiruvananthapuram Super fast Train scheduled to depart Guwahati at 06:20 hrs from 25th October to 20th December, 2017 (Wednesdays) is diverted on its scheduled days from New Farakka Jn via Azimganj, Katwa, Bandel and Howrah Stations with stoppage at Azimganj.

Yesvatpur-Bidar-Yesvantpur Express to be extended to Latur from 3rd Feb, 2018

Ministry of Railways has approved the extension of Tr. No. 16571/16572 Yesvatpur-Bidar-Yesvantpur Express to Latur (three days in a week) with effect from 3rd February, 2018 from Yesvantpur and 4th February, 2018 from Latur. The Train Numbers of extended train services will be changed as Train No. 16583 Yesvantpur-Latur Express and Train No. 16584 Latur-Yesvantpur Express.

Accordingly Train No.16583 Yesvantpur – Latur Tri-weekly Express will depart Yesvantpur at 19:00 hrs on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, arrive/depart Bidar at 09:15/9:20 hrs, on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, arrive/depart  Latur Road at 12.08/12.10 hrs and arrive Latur at 13.05 hrs on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

In return direction, Train No.16584 Latur – Yesvantpur Tri-weekly Express will depart Latur at 15:00 hrs on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, arrive /depart Latur Road at 15:35/15:37 hrs ,  arrive/depart Bidar at 18.00/18.05 hrs and arrive Yesvantpur at 07.40 hrs on Fridays, Sundays  and Mondays.