Jul 26, 2014

Anti-collision devices hold the key, says rail body

Being developed by the Railways, the TCAS is currently undergoing field trials. In the context of Thursday’s accident involving a train ramming a school bus, resulting in deaths at an unmanned level crossing (UMLC), the TCAS assumes significance.

Could Thursday’s collision involving a train and school bus in Medak district have been prevented if a Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), currently undergoing field trials, were in place?

Yes, say experts at the Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), the technical wing of the Indian Railways that indigenously developed the promising new safety device. Its features include automatic braking of locomotives when they confront each other on the same track, preventing a train from passing through a red signal by tripping its speed, keeping a tab on the speed beyond prescribed limits at various track sections.

In the context of Thursday’s accident involving a train ramming a school bus, resulting in deaths at an unmanned level crossing (UMLC), the TCAS assumes significance.

Officials of RDSO are confident of adding a feature wherein there would be a continuous, high-pitched whistle both from an UMLC and the approaching locomotive, to warn road users trying to cross the tracks.

The whistle would automatically start once a locomotive touches the 300-metre mark on either direction at the UMLC, said Mahesh Mangal, Senior Executive Director-Signal at the RDSO. Once installed, the TCAS will constantly update the locomotive pilot, information pertaining to the location of a signal, an UMLC, the safe distance that the train can move and permissible speeds.

TCAS is based on a combination of railway signalling data with radio communications, global position, radio frequency identification devices (RFID), software and logic and is said to be the first-of-its-kind. It comprises three main sub-systems-Loco TCAS the onboard equipment, Station TCAS deployed at stations and level crossings and RFID tags on the tracks, at one each per kilometre.

The device, with European Level II safety features, promises to prevent train accidents and based on successful trials. Officials are confident that the TCAS would be far more effective than all other safety devices.

As for the cost, installation of TCAS would cost about Rs.10-12 lakh per route km and the project cost is estimated at about Rs.7,000 crore for Indian Railways. This will cover about 64,000 route km, all the 6,000-odd stations, 8,000 to 10,000 Interlock level crossing gates and the 10,000-odd locomotives (engines) and take five years to implement, officials said.
Source..the hindu

Jul 25, 2014

INDIAN RAILWAY - Development of Railway Stations for Tourism



The identified stations are Puri, Gaya, Tarapith, Tarakeshwar, Agra Cantt., Guwahati, Kamakhya, New Jalpaiguri, Amritsar, Rae Bareilly, Varanasi, Haridwar, Delhi Safdarjung, Kurukshetra, Jaipur, Ajmer, Tirupati, Hyderabad, Aurangabad, Nanded, Hospet, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram and Rameshwaram. In the first phase, 5 stations (Amritsar, Agra Cantt, Gaya, Rae-Bariely and Thiruvananthapuram) have been jointly inspected by a team of officers from Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Tourism to identify the amenities needed and part allocation of funds made. In addition, Jaipur and Ajmer stations have been jointly inspected and works finalized while Delhi Safdarjung and Kurukshetra stations have been jointly inspected. The stations are identified on the basis of heritage and tourism importance of the stations/destinations it caters. Railways undertake these works on priority after release of funds by Ministry of Tourism. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.




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Running of Summer Special Trains

Indian Railways plan special trains well in advance and additional coaches are attached in regular trains to clear the extra rush of passengers during summer and festival seasons keeping in view the pattern of traffic, operational feasibility and availability of resources. On a few occasions, special trains are required to be run at the last moment to clear rush due to sudden events. This is an ongoing process in Indian Railways. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

SOURCE - PIB

Modernisation of Railway Network

Modernisation of services and extension of Railways network is an ongoing process over Indian Railways. There is a constant endeavour of Ministry of Railways for capacity augmentation and upgradation of tracks and rolling stock, improvements in signalling systems, training and monitoring of loco pilots, induction of modern technologies, including provision of enabling infrastructure. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

SOURCE - PIB

Booking of Reserved Train Tickets in Advance

The advance reservation period for booking reserved accommodation is 60 days excluding the day of journey. In case of certain day time express trains, shorter time limits are prescribed. 

In case of Tatkal tickets, the booking opens at 1000 hours on the previous day of journey from the train originating station. 

In case of unreserved tickets involving journey upto 200 kilometres, the tickets can be booked on the same day whereas tickets involving journey of more than 200 kilometres can be booked up to three days in advance excluding the day of journey. 

Premium trains with dynamic pricing have been introduced during the Holi and summer rush with shorter advance reservation periods of up to 15 days. 

Indian Railways have a route length of about 65,436 kilometres. On an average, about 23 million passengers commute across Indian Railways daily. The passenger traffic on different routes varies from season to season, day to day and train to train. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

Source - PIB

Advance Booking of Reserved Train Tickets

 It is proposed to add another 5000 such machines across all Zonal Railways, out of which 2000 will be coin operated and 3000 smart card operated.  The procurement these machines will start from this financial year.
Smart card based ATVMs have been deployed at 313 stations as under:

S.No.
Zonal Railways
Deployed at number of Stations
No. of functional ATVMs
1.
Northern Railway
31
54
2.
Western Railway
32
80
3
Central Railway
73
312
4
Eastern Railway
40
83
5
South Eastern Railway
43
76
6
East Coast Railway
21
32
7
Southern Railway
50
74
8
South Central Railway
23
70

Total:
313
781

            At times, due to vandalisation and rough usage by passengers, some of these machines get defective. Zonal Railways are constantly monitoring the performance of ATVMs and defective machines are repaired expeditiously.
           This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha .
SOURCE - PIB

Railways Identify Nine Corridors for Running Semi High Speed Trains

The Indian Railways has identified nine corridors for taking action to raise speeds of passenger trains to 160-200 kmph. These are (i) Delhi-Agra (ii) Delhi-Chandigarh (iii) Delhi-Kanpur (iv) Nagpur-Bilaspur (v) Mysore-Bengaluru-Chennai (vi) Mumbai-Goa (vii) Mumbai-Ahmedabad (viii) Chennai-Hyderabad & (ix) Nagpur-Secunderabad. 

Trail of Shatabdi Express and similar trains up to a maximum speed of 160 kmph between New Delhi-Agra and back was conducted on 3rd July, 2014 for assessing the condition of fitness of track at a particular speed and was found to be successful at 160 kmph. The trial train took 102 minutes and 105 minutes from New Delhi-Agra Cantt. And Agra Cantt.- New Delhi respectively. 

The rolling stock i.e. Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches and electric loco have already been tested earlier successfully at speed of 180 kmph. During the trial, all issues related with safety, technical aspects related with rolling stock and with other technical sub-systems like track, bridges, signaling, overhead equipments etc. have been checked and found to be in order. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.
Source - PIB

2230 Touts Charge Sheeted by Railways for Ticket Black Marketing During March’13 to April’14

The Indian Railways arrested 2407 touts and charge sheeted 2203 touts for ticket black marketing during the period from March 2013 to April 2014. Indian Railways takes measures to ensure that common man’s access to the ticketing system is not affected. Some cases of touting activities come to notice during checks conducted by Railways, particularly during peak rush period/festival seasons. To facilitate travel for the passengers during peak rush period and to ensure availability of train tickets to ‘Common Man’, regular and preventive checks against touting activities are conducted. This is an ongoing continuous process. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.

SOURCE - PIB

Railways Provide Battery Operated Vehicle at Some of Major Stations for Disabled & Old Aged Passengers

The Indian Railways provide ‘Battery Operated Vehicles’ for disabled and old aged passengers free of cost at some of the major railway stations. Provision/augmentation of amenities at stations, including those for differently abled passengers is a continuous process. Short term facilities like standard ramp for barrier free entry, earmarking at least two parking lots, non-slippery walk-way from parking lot to building, signages of appropriate visibility, at least one toilet (on the ground floor) & at least one drinking water tap suitable for use by differently-abled persons and ‘May I help you’ Booth, have been planned at all stations beginning with A1’, ‘A’ and ‘B’ category stations. Long term facilities viz. provision of facility for inter-platform transfer and engraving on edges of platform are planned after provision of short term facilities. Instructions also exist for provision of wheel chairs at stations. This facility is provided, duly escorted by collies (on payment) as per present practice. 

Provision of escalators at ‘A-1’, ‘A’ & ‘C” category stations and stations of tourist importance is a part of ‘Desirable Amenities’ and are planned on need basis depending upon techno commercial feasibility & availability of funds. Provision of lifts has also been planned at important Railway stations. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.

SOURCE - PIB

Bogibeel Rail-Cum-Road Bridge Project Targeted for Completion by March 2017

Physical works of both North and South guide bunds, 44 km long rail link from Chaulkhowa - Moranhat, 14 km long north bank rail link and 8 km long south bank rail link of Bogibeel rail-cum-road bridge over river Brahmaputra have been completed. In main bridge, 36 out of 42 well foundations and 28 out of 40 piers have been completed. 2 out of 41 girders have been launched. The project has been targeted for completion by March 2017. 

Bogibeel rail-cum-road bridge was sanctioned in 1997-98. Latest anticipated cost of the project is Rs. 4996 crore and an expenditure of Rs. 3041 crore has been incurred upto March, 2014. An outlay of Rs. 600 crore has been provided for the year 2014-15. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.

SOURCE - PIB

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