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Aug 4, 2012

Shatabdi to use ordinary coaches for two days

CHENNAI: Not all passengers may be able to travel in the spacious and modern Linke Hoffman Bush (LHB) coaches on the Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore Shatabdi Express on Monday and Tuesday. Railways have pulled out a few LHB coaches for maintenance after employees of Basin Bridge yard protested against using them as they had crossed the deadline for periodic overhaul in July.

Regular ICF made AC III tier coaches or chair car coaches will be included in the train till the LHB coaches are back from maintenance. As seating arrangement of some of the coaches will be different from what is given in tickets and charts, railway officials will open a help desk at Chennai central to assist passengers.

"We are planning to do maintenance of these coaches so that they can be used. They will return soon," said Southern Railway chief public relations officer V J Accamma. The decision has come too late. Railways has been using the coaches because of the lack of spare rakes though the deadline for periodic overhaul (POH, a full maintenance carried out every 36 months) was July 31. A rake comprises 10 coaches, including a power generator carr.

Indian Railways Technical Supervisors Association (IRTSA) alleged that the mechanical department extended the periodic overhaul deadline of the coaches and used them for running the train on Thursday and Friday (August 2 and 3). Technicians and other employees of Basin Bridge train care centre staged a protest near Central railway station on Thursday alleging that railways were forcing them to compromise on safety.

There is no spare rake but there is one power generator car, one executive chair car and two chair cars to be used as spare. But the spare coaches are now under periodic overhaul at Carriage and Wagon works. POH of a coach can be extended if intermediate overhaul is done. 
Source - Times of India

 

Rail ticket booking: SBI launches mobile payment service

State Bank of India has launched a mobile payment service where customers can now book railway tickets over the IRCTC (Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation) Web site and pay through SBI.

Customers can download the application from the SBI’s site and register it at an ATM or any SBI branch and make payments using the Interbank Mobile Payments Service (IMPS). After booking the tickets on the IRCTC site, the customer can opt to pay through mobile/Net banking, choose IMPS and enter his/ her mobile number, MMID (Mobile Money ID) and one-time password, which can be obtained through mobile banking application/contact centre.

Source - The hindu

German Railways-Moser Baer tie up for clean energy project

New Delhi, Aug 3:

While the Indian Railways has yet to attempt environment-friendly projects, its German counterpart – Deutsche Bahn (DB) – is partnering withIndian company Moser Baer Clean Energy to build a solar park that can generate electricity for 900 households.

Moser Baer Clean Energy has set up a powerful photovoltaic plant on a railway-owned surface in Wittenberge, says the company in a release.

The solar park stands on a former eight-hectare landfill site (about the size of 11 football fields) with a power generation capacity of 3.92 MWp. The electricity generated will be fed into the local grid which will help meet the annual energy needs of about 900 households.

Since 1997, DB has equipped railway station roofs at Uelzen, Hamelin and the Berlin Central Station with solar PV plants.

The DB board has systematised the use of solar energy since late 2010 to identify surfaces in Germany that can be used for renewable energy. As part of this effort, three million square feet of potential space has been identified for installation of solar plants.

DB invites tenders for a suitable location and leases such land to an outside investor, who then builds Source - The hindu business line

Aug 3, 2012

New fast food unit at Charbagh station soon

LUCKNOW: Charbagh station will soon get a fast food unit. The Lucknow division of Northern Railway has bagged the consent of the headquarters to open the unit at the station.

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corportation (IRCTC) might begin the tendering process soon. "We have informed our corporate office that tendering for a fast food unit at Lucknow station can start," said Manoj Sinha, chief regional manager, IRCTC Lucknow. The fast food unit will provide passengers quick meals.

This will be in addition to Comesum and Jan-Aahar, the two IRCTC food outlets already functional at the station. As per the new catering policy, IRCTC can run either a food plaza or food court or fast food units at stations. IRCTC had planned to open a food court at Charbagh but that did not materialise due to lack of proper site. A food plaza, Comesum, already exists at the station.

Northern Railway has provided space at the second class booking for the fast food unit. The unit will have automatic dispensing machines. But unlike Comesum, it will not have seating arrangements for passengers.

The Lucknow office of IRCTC has to open 32 fast food units at stations including Lucknow, Varanasi, Allahabad and Izzatnagar. IRCTC has also identified a few sites at Varanasi to open such units. On the variety of food to be provided at fast food units, IRCTC has to finalise the menu. The units will add to passenger amenities at the station, as passengers can carry the ready-to-take food on their journey as well. The ready-to-take food might also not cost more as IRCTC will make efforts to keep it economical.
Source - Times of India

 Though presently only Charbagh station is getting the unit, Lucknow Junction station might also get one in the coming days. Besides, IRCTC Lucknow might also start a food plaza at stations where the facility is not available.

India and Belgium Sign MOU for Development & Modernization of Railway Sector

 MOU to Focus Especially on Development of Railway Stations to International Standards


A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the visiting Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs of Belgium, Mr. Didier Reynders and the Union Minister of Railways of India Shri Mukul Roy on bilateral co-operation for the effective development and modernization of railway sector of both the countries, here today. In pursuance of the Vision 2020 document promulgated by the then Minister for Railways, Mamata Banerjee, for modernization and development of major Railway Stations as vibrant centres of the life of cities for commerce, entertainment and social space, Indian Railways has identified stations for development to the international standards and signing of this MOU will especially focus in this direction.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Mukul Roy said that the MOU will usher in a new era of cooperation between two countries for effective development and modernization in Railway sector. He said that both Indian and Belgian Railways will benefit with mutual consultation and exchange of information services on development and modernization of railway stations.

Shri Mukul Roy further said that knowledge sharing on design and current practices in the field of Railway Infrastructure and deputation of specialists and experts in areas of mutual interests will bond the ties between the two countries further. He said that Belgium Government owned companies, namely Euro Station and Immostar, have vast experience in field of development of stations in and outside Belgium. These companies have extensive expertise in transforming historical railway stations into the modern international terminals and the experience gained by them can be gainfully emulated in India after suitable adaption to Indian conditions.

Shri Mukul Roy informed that both the countries have agreed to form Steering and Working Groups consisting of experts to determine and define detailed scope and modalities of the activities and projects to be undertaken by both the countries for mutual benefit. Shri Mukul Roy said that he is directing these groups to start working immediately and come up with workable recommendations. Shri Mukul Roy hoped that the cooperation between Indian and Belgian Railways reaches a new high with the signing of this MOU.

Speaking on the occasion, the Belgium Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs of Belgium, Mr. Didier Reynders said that the size of Indian Railway sector is truly impressive. He said the developments and opportunities in this sector are equally impressive in view of the vision and ambitions of the Indian Government. He pointed out that Indian Railway sector is a focus sector of Belgium economic diplomacy.

Referring to the existing Belgium involvement in Indian Railway sector, Mr. Didier Reynders said that several Belgium or Belgium-based companies are already firmly present in India and their activities range from the fastening and coating of rails to the delivery of parts for the train construction and software for safety and network management. Referring to today’s MOU, Mr. Didier Reynders said that this initiative will kick start Belgium cooperation for the development of world class railway stations in India. He expressed the hope that it will be a fruitful and long standing partnership. He also outlined the economic and commercial potential of Belgium and elaborated about the well developed Railway network of Belgium.

In his welcome address, Shri Vinay Mittal, Chairman Railway Board (India) said that with the signing of this MOU, a new era of construction and exchange of technical and managerial information in relation to the modernisation of railway station and commercialization of real estate around stations between the two countries will begin. Shri Mittal said that the rich experience of the Belgium Railway companies will boost Indian Railways’ endeavours in modernizing and upgrading its stations. He said that under this MOU, the areas of cooperation among others shall also include carrying out joint research and training programmes.

The Minister of State for Indian Railways, Shri K. H. Muniyappa was also especially present on the occasion.

CEO of Euro Immostar/Eurostation Mr. Herwig Persoons also spoke on the occasion. Also present on the occasion were Board Members and senior officials of Indian Railways and Ambassador of Belgium to India Mr. Pier Vaesen among others.
Source - PIB

Burglars target Parcel Wagon of super fast trains to steal expensive sarees

JAIPUR: The trains already had the menace by drugging gangs who were involved in looting valuables and baggage of the passengers is now facing another threat. There has been a significant sudden rise in cases in which expensive courier packets have been stolen from super fast trains run by the north western railways (NWR).

The government railway police (GRP) is concerned as at least seven cases took place in last two months in various trains in Jaipur in which unknown burglars decamped with courier packets worth Rs 40 lakhs containing expensive sarees. A cargo firm in Jaipur has registered a case at GRP police station, Jaipur in which it stated that its 20 courier packets having expensive sarees were stolen from the parcel wagon of Jaipur Banda train. The GRP, Jaipur is also confused over investigations since these packets were stolen between Varodara Junction and Mehsana railway stations.

"We have also intimated GRP, Varodara and Mehsana to help us in the investigations. The cargo firm has its office in Jaipur thus they have lodged their case here, but the crime took place there thus they need to investigate the case," said an officer with the GRP police, Jaipur. However the team of GRP when visited the parcel wagon of the train they were stunned that a part of the van was cut from the general coach side through which the burglars entered into the parcel wagon.

"This parcel wagon usually remains covered and locked. It opened only at the stations where various parcels are to be delivered to railway stations based parcel offices," said an officer from the parcel office of Jaipur railway station. The GRP officials have not ruled out the connivance of the railway staff into the matter and will also investigate if in these thefts any officials of the railway protection force or onboard staff are responsible.

Many traders import Sarees from various parts of the state and they are in shock after sudden rise in these incidents. "Railway parcel booking is considered as the safest mode to get your commodity. It is cheaper and faster. But in past one month at least seven such incidents have taken place," said Ghanshyam Das, of a cargo company whose 10 packets were lost.

Source - Times of India

Aug 1, 2012

Job Highlights (28 Jul - 03 Aug 2012)

  1. IDBI Bank requires 500 Assistant Manager Grade ‘A’. Last Date for online application : 09.08.2012
  2. Central Industrial Security Force requires 343 Constable/Driver-cum-Pump Operator (Driver for Fire Services). Last Date: 25.08.2012.
  3. Union Public Service Commission notifies Central Armed Police Force (Assistant Commandants) Examination-2012, Vacancy 401. Last Date: 27.08.2012.
  4. Mazagaon Dock Limited, Mumbai requires 84 Chief Manager, Manager, Dy Manager, Assistant Manager and Senior Engineer. Last date for online application : 22.08.2012
  5. North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd., Shillong requires 52 Trainee Engineer, Trainee Officer, Medical Officer, Assistant Manager etc. Last Date : 05.09.2012.
  6. Parliament of India requires 31 Parliamentary interpreter Grade II and Hindi Assistant. Last Date : 27.08.2012.
  7. Tea Board of India, Kolkata requires 27 Controller of Licensing, Factory Advisory Officer, Accounts Officer, Jr. Translator and Director. Last Date : 10.08.2012
  8. Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Ltd., Dibrugarh requires 23 Chief Manager, Manager and Dy Manager. Last Date : 13.08.2012
  9. RailTel Corporation of India Limited, New Delhi requires 18 Additional General Manager, Assistant General Manager and Public Relations Officer. Last Date : 17.08.2012.
  10. Indian Army invites applications from married/unmarried male and unmarried female and also from widows of Defence Personnel for grant of Short Service Commission. Last Date of online Registration : 31.08.2012.
Source - Employment News

15 trains from Delhi rescheduled today

New Delhi, Aug 1:

The railways today rescheduled 15 trains from here as it remained busy normalising the passenger services which were badly hit due to back-to-back power failure in several states since the last two days.

As scores of long distance trains arrived here several hours behind schedule, the Northern Railway decided to reschedule the timings of Rajdhani trains bound for Guwahati, Howrah, Sealdah and Bhubaneswar apart from other long distance trains.

The failure of the Northern and Eastern Grids yesterday and of the Northern Grid the day before led to a large-scale disruption of train services with the worst affected ones being those travelling to and from the Eastern states.

The Dibrugarh Rajdhani would depart from here at 10.50 pm instead of 2 pm and Howrah Rajdhani will depart from here at 8.50 pm instead of 5 pm, said a Northern Railway statement.

The Sealdah Rajdhani will depart at 8.30 pm instead of 4.30 pm, while the Bhubaneswar Rajdhani will start at 10 pm instead of 5.10 pm, the statement said.

Timings of the Gaya-bound Mahabodhi Express, New Jalpaiguri-bound Superfast Express, Jalandhar Intercity Express, Bhagalpur-bound Vikramshila Express and Garib Rath Express, West Bengal Sampark Kranti Express and Gomti Express, among others, have also been rescheduled, the statement added.

According to a Northern Railways spokesperson, over 24 trains arrived here two to six hours behind schedule this morning.

Source - The hindu

For Raksha Bandhan, Delhi Metro to run over 160 extra trips

New Delhi: Anticipating huge rush on Thursday on the occasion of 'Raksha Bandhan', the Delhi Metro will run over 160 extra train trips and deploy additional personnel to cater to the passenger traffic.

Trains will be run at peak-hour frequency from 8:00 am to 8:30 pm on Thursday and over 20 trains which are normally withdrawn from lines during off peak hours will be kept in service.

This would result in over 160 extra trips making a total of about 2900 trips on Thursday.

The DMRC will also deploy more Customer Facilitation Agents (CFA) to help and guide commuters on August 2, DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said on Wednesday.

A total of 182 shifts of CFAs of 4 hours each have been arranged for this purpose at 93 Metro stations.

The prominent stations to have extra CFA deployment are Dilshad Garden, Shahdara, Welcome, Seelampur, Shastri Park, Pitampura, Rohini East, Rohini West, Rithala, Jahangir Puri, Adarsh Nagar, GTB Nagar and Yamuna Bank.

In addition, extra personnel will be deployed to handle the increased load on the ticketing system and the Metro ticketing staff at 93 stations will do 228 additional shifts of 4 hours each.

The Delhi Metro normally witnesses greater rush of commuters on Raksha Bandhan Day. Last year, around 17 lakh passengers traveled on Rakhi by the Metro.
Source - ND TV
 

Jul 31, 2012

Yoga lessons to increase railway employees' efficiency

ALLAHABAD: Realizing the importance of the meditation and spiritual upliftment for better efficiency of the employees, Indian Railways has drafted a uniform policy to encourage its employees to participate in such programmes. Railways will also provide special passed to employees keen on participating in meditation/yoga/ spiritual camps.

In this connection, deputy director/training in the Railway Board, Padma Sharma has written to all general managers of zonal railways including North Central Railway to take efforts in this direction.

 The issue of formulating a uniform policy for participation of Indian Railways personnel in spiritual programmes, meditation/yoga and other related training programmes has been under consideration of the Board for past some time.
Therefore, Railway Board has decided for providing facilities/privileges to the participants willing to participate in meditation/yoga/ spiritual camps. Special Casual Leave (CL) upto a maximum of five days would be allowed once a year to any willing employee for only one such programme. Further, a special pass (as per the entitlement ) would also be given once a year to any willing employee participating in such camps.

 However, no TA/DA would be payable. No programme fee would be payable by the Railways and the personnel willing to participate in such programmes would be spared subject to the convenience of the administration.

 Deputy director/training in Railway Board Padma Sharma has written for strict compliance to the above directives ay be ensured by all the concerned.

 Talking to TOI, chief public relations officer of North Central Railway Sandeep Mathur informed that the efficiency of the railway employees would significantly increase with the attending of the meditation camps.
Source - Times of India

SPECIAL TRAINS FROM VELANKANNI TO CHENNAI AND VASCO-DA-GAMA

The following special trains will be run from Velankanni to Chennai and Vasco-da-Gama to clear the extra rush of passengers during Velankanni festival.

1)T.No.06059/06060 Chennai Egmore – Velankanni – Chennai Egmore Specials: T.No.06059 Chennai Egmore – Velankanni Special will leave Chennai Egmore at 22.45 hrs. on 27.8.12 & 3.9.12 and arrive Velankanni at 06.30 hrs. the next day.T.No.06060 Velankanni – Chennai Egmore Special will leave Velankanni at 23.15 hrs. on 28.8.12 & 4.9.12 and arrive Chennai Egmore at 07.20 hrs. the next day.The composition of the trains will be 1 AC 3-tier, 5 Sleeper Class, 6 General Second Class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches. The trains will stop at Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Tiruppadiripuliyur, Chidambaram, Sirkazhi, Mayiladuthurai, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam. T.No.06060 will stop at Mambalam also.

 2)T.No.06061/06062 Chennai Egmore – Velankanni – Chennai Egmore Specials: T.No.06061 Chennai Egmore – Velankanni Special will leave Chennai Egmore at 22.45 hrs. on 30.8.12 and arrive Velankanni at 06.30 hrs. the next day.T.No.06062 Velankanni – Chennai Egmore Special will leave Velankanni at 23.15 hrs. on 31.8.12 and arrive Chennai Egmore at 07.20 hrs. the next day.The composition of the trains will be 3 AC 2-tier, 3 AC 3-tier, 12 Sleeper Class, 2 General Second Class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches. The trains will stop at Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Tiruppadiripuliyur, Chidambaram, Sirkazhi, Mayiladuthurai, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam. T.No.06062 will stop at Mambalam also.

3)T.No.06063/06064 Chennai Egmore – Velankanni – Chennai Egmore Specials: T.No.06063 Chennai Egmore – Velankanni Special will leave Chennai Egmore at 22.45 hrs. on 8.9.12 and arrive Velankanni at 06.30 hrs. the next day.T.No.06064 Velankanni – Chennai Egmore Special will leave Velankanni at 23.15 hrs. on 9.9.12 and arrive Chennai Egmore at 07.20 hrs. the next day.The composition of the trains will be 1 AC 2-tier, 3 AC 3-tier, 11 Sleeper Class, 3 General Second Class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches. The trains will stop at Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Tiruppadiripuliyur, Chidambaram, Sirkazhi, Mayiladuthurai, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam. T.No.06064 will stop at Mambalam also.

4)T.No.07315/07316 Vasco-da-Gama – Velankanni – Vasco-da-Gama Specials: T.No.07315 Vasco-da-Gama – Velankanni Special will leave Vasco-da-Gama at 09.00 hrs. on 29.8.12, 2.9.12 & 5.9.12 and arrive Velankanni at 12.25 hrs. the next day.T.No.07316 Velankanni – Vasco-da-Gama Special will leave Velankanni at 14.25 hrs. on 30.8.12, 3.9.12 & 9.9.12 and arrive Vasco-da-Gama at 19.50 hrs. the next day.The composition of the trains will be 1 AC 2-tier, 1 AC 3-tier, 8 Sleeper Class, 6 General Second Class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches.The trains will stop at Madgaon, Kulem, Castle Rock, Londa, Dharwad, Hubli, Haveri, Davengere, Birur, Arsikere, Tumkur, Yesvantpur, Krishnarajapuram, Bangarapet, Salem, Erode, Karur, Tiruchchirappalli, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur and Nagapattinam.
Advance reservation for the above trains are open
Source - CPRO , S RLY

Upgrade facilities at railway station

PUNE: Commuters have demanded upgradation of basic facilities such as starting of additional ticket windows, widening of entry-exit gates as well as a separate booth for autorickshaws at the Shivajinagar railway station, a day after the railway administration started two local trains from Shivajinagar to Talegaon and Lonavla.

The commuters said the number of passengers at the station will now go up and it is the responsibility of the railway administration to make daily commuting safe and hassle-free.

 In a recent development, one train each has been started from Shivajinagar to Talegaon and Lonavla which will terminate at Shivajinagar on the return journey and not travel up to the Pune railway station. The administration has said that new trains would prove beneficial for more than 10,000 commuters who travel daily in local trains from Shivajinagar. The administration has claimed that termination of local trains at Shivajinagar would save 15 to 20 minutes per train trip.

 "It is a welcome change," said Paresh Deshmukh, who travels every day from Talegaon to Shivajinagar to attend college. He added, "The administration needs to act on various issues. The Shivajinagar station needs more ticket windows. At present, there are only two. Two additional ticket windows should be started, especially during rush hours, to prevent long queues in front of the exit gates."

 Ruturaj Amarendhra, another commuter, said the rail and traffic authorities should take steps to streamline the movement of autorickshaws outside the station. "At present, nobody is monitoring the autorickshaws here. With increase in the number of trains at the station, a comprehensive plan to streamline traffic movement on both sides of the station would be needed," he added.

 Commuter Vinay Nikam said, "Termination of trains at Shivajinagar would lead to increase in trespassing. The railway administration should fix barricades parallel to the platforms to prevent people from crossing the tracks."

 Sources at the railway administration said there is a plan to set up a traffic police booth to handle autorickshaws outside the station. An additional railway track at Shivajinagar has been planned that will be used only by the long distance trains which do not halt at the station.
Source - Times of India

Railway staff skips mandatory overhaul of electrical parts

CHENNAI/NEW DELHI: Railways maintenance staffs say Monday's disaster was waiting to happen, as shortage of staff, scarcity of components and pressure to operate trains on time make them skip mandatory overhauling of electrical components, especially wiring inside coaches.

"Many times components like switches, alternators and regulators are taken from sick coaches and installed in new ones. Alternators are used to generate power when train runs and a regulator is used to control voltage. When these components malfunction, there is a possibility of a voltage surge. The fire seems to have been caused by a power short circuit," said a railway technician.

"Coaches are checked for defects in the undercarriage, wheels and equipment. But, electrical fixtures are given only a perfunctory check. Even broken fixtures are not changed when a train is readied for operation. In air conditioned coaches battery is charged without checking whether it is working well," said a railway staff at the electrical department.

Rules say that all electrical items should be replaced periodically, when midlife overhauling is done every 12 years. But, "in most of the cases wiring is not changed. The coach that caught fire was due for its periodic overhaul next year," said an official.

The emphasis now is only on AC travellers who constitute one-third of rail passengers. In the sleeper coaches, only the rexin of the seats and the side window panels of the train are fire resistant. Fire extinguishers are found only in AC coaches and the floor vinyl panel and curtains of only coaches used in Rajdhanis, Shatabdis and Durantos are fire resistant. Railways claimed last year that it has launched a pilot project to install fire and smoke detection alarms on trains and equip coaches with fire-retardant material.

Railways standing committee chairman on Monday promised to work out ways to prevent recurrence. "The next meeting of the standing committee will discuss steps to be taken to prevent recurrence of such accidents and present it to Parliament for consideration," he said in a statement.

For more than six months, the ministry of railways has been sitting on the recommendations by a panel headed by nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar to improve safety of trains. Kakodkar who went into reasons of various accidents had suggested that trains should have flame detection sound alarms. Eyewitnesses of the Nellore accident said they woke up only after the fire had spread.

The panel had noted that the possibility of fire accidents is highest between 2pm to 6am. The Tamil Nadu Express compartment caught fire at 4:20am. The panel had suggested immediate investment of Rs1 lakh crore for a safer railway system and raising Rs 5,000 crore from passengers as safety cess.

Last month, the Comptroller and Auditor General observed that the railway authorities have given least priority to the safety of passengers and train operations. The CAG report slammed the railways' inability to maintain safety as its first priority after 20 passengers were killed in more than six accidents since January 2012.
Source - Times of India

Jul 30, 2012

Freight corridor work to begin soon

ALLAHABAD: A meeting between officers of North Central Railway and Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation India Limited was held at NCR headquarters here on Tuesday.

NCR general manager Alok Johri said with the construction of the freight corridor, movement of trains would be more effective on the busy routes. He assured all support for the completion of the project.

Managing director of Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation India Limited RK Gupta said work will begin shortly in the territory of North Central Railway from Mughalsarai to Khurja. Tendering process for the work of stretch from Bhaupur to Khurja has already been initiated.

Land acquisition between Mughalsarai-Bhaupur is going on fast pace and compensation for nearly 70% land has been paid.

The total length of DFCCIL corridor from Mughalsarai to Dadri is about 780 km.
Source - TIMES OF INDIA

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Central Railway approves all necessary clearance for SCLR project



MUMBAI: Central Railway has claimed that it has granted requisite clearances that will aide faster execution of much-delayed Santacruz-Chembur Link Road project CR clearance is necessary as the bridge will criss-cross above main and harbour tracks in between Kurla and Chembur.

A senior CR official said, "The state government agencies will now not have any reason to blame us for any further delay in execution of project. We have approved the drawing/design and also agreed to provide blocks to undertake work along the railway tracks."

The world bank funded project has been hit by delays due to disputes on the issue of rehabilitation of Project Affected People and frequent changes in design because of objections from railways. The total length of th e bridge above the Kurla railway tracks is 62 meter. The six-lane road will have the city's first double-deck bridge. The deadline now for completion of the project is June 2013. The total length of this proposed road is 6.45 km from Western Express Highway (WEH) to Eastern Express Highway (EEH) and it starts at Dr Hans Burga junction on WEH before Vakola junction in Santacruz (E) and runs to the east skirting Vidyanagari campus (Mumbai University at Kalina) on its west, crosses Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) Marg and joins near Amar Mahal Junction on EEH.
Source - Times of India

Northern Grid power failure: Indian Railways, Delhi Metro services resume

Following a major power outage across nine states in northern India, including Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh when power transmission grid failed in early hours of Monday, the power ministry said essential services like public transportation are being given priority in power supply restoration.

Power supply to Indian Railways has resumed and trains are plying about 4-5 hours late on several routes. Railway ministry information officer Anil Saxena said trains are plying on tracks as power supply has been completely restored. "But there is a backlog of 4-7 hours. We are holding back goods trains and giving priority to passenger trains," he told ET.

Meanwhile, Delhi Metro officials said the metro trains were back on track. Metro services resumed normal services at 9 a.m. after a three-hour glitch due to the grid collapse.

"There was no power in the morning. So we could not start services. Now everything is fine. We started normal operations at 9 a.m.," Delhi Metro spokesman Anuj Dayal told ET.

Power ministry officials also said there has been about 30% supply restoration in most northern cities and situation is expected to improve in few hours.

Industries across the states are likely to be affected though Power Grid Corp of India Ltd (PGCIL), that owns and operates the grid, has begun restoration process. Services of Indian railways and Delhi Metro Rail Corp were among the worst affected after the grid failure at around 2.35 a.m.

The northern grid had earlier tripped due to technical snags caused by fog in winters of 2010 and 2008. The grid has the largest number of constituents with nine states and union territories.
Source - Economic Times

Jul 29, 2012

आईआरसीटीसी इंटरनैशनल पैकेज टूर भी चलाएगा

नई दिल्ली : रेलवे टिकटों की बुकिंग के अलावा कैटरिंग और देश में टूरिस्ट पैकेज टूर ऑपरेट करने वाली रेलवे की कंपनी आईआरसीटीसी ने अब इंटरनेशनल टूर पैकेज भी शुरू करने की तैयारी कर ली है। पहला टूर पैकेज भोपाल के लोगों के लिए होगा और इस टूर के तहत टूरिस्टों को दुबई की सैर कराई जाएगी। यह पायलट प्रोजेक्ट माना जा रहा है।
आईआरसीटीसी के प्रवक्ता ने बताया कि पहला ट्रिप 21 अगस्त से शुरू होगा, जिसकी सभी सीटें बुक हो चुकी हैं। आईआरसीटीसी भोपाल से टूरिस्टों को एसी कोच से मुंबई ले जाएगा और वहां से हवाई जहाज से दुबई ले जाएगा। इस पैकेज के तहत टूरिस्टों को वहां बुर्ज खलीफा जैसी जगह भी दिखाई जाएगी। पैकेज में दर्शनीय स्थलों के अलावा होटल में रहने, खाने-पीने की भी व्यवस्था होगी। प्रति टूरिस्ट 44,270 रुपये अदा करने होंगे।


Source - Navbharat Times

6 Special Trains for Velankanni Festival - Bookings open from 31.7.2012

6 SPECIAL TRAINS FOR VELANKANNI FESTIVAL

Central Railway will run 6 Specials between Mumbai - Velankanni to clear the extra rush of Passengers during Velankanni Festival. The details are as under -

(A) LOKMANYA TILAK TERMINUS-VELANKANNI-LOKMANYA TILAK TERMINUS SPECIAL TRAINS -

1. Train No. 01041 Special will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 11.20 hrs o­n 25.8.2012 and will reach Velankanni at 21.45 hrs next day.

Train No. 01042 Special will leave Velankanni at 20.30 hrs o­n 27.8.2012 and will arrive Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 10.15 hrs o­n third day.

2. Train No. 01043 Special will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 11.20 hrs o­n 26.8.2012 and will reach Velankanni at 21.45 hrs next day.

Train No. 01044 Special will leave Velankanni at 20.30 hrs o­n 28.8.2012 and will arrive Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 10.15 hrs o­n third day.

Composition: o­ne AC-2 tier, Two AC-3 tier, 12 sleeper class, 2 General Second class and 2 General second class cum guard's brake vans.

(B) DADAR (T) - VELANKANNI - DADAR (T) SPECIAL TRAINS -

3. Train No. 01045 Special will leave Dadar (T) at 11.15 hrs o­n 27.8.2012 and will reach Velankanni at 21.45 hrs next day.

Train No. 01046 Special will leave Velankanni at 20.30 hrs o­n 29.8.2012 and will arrive Dadar (T) at 10.00 hrs o­n third day.

Composition: o­ne AC-2 tier, Two AC-3 tier, 12 sleeper class, 5 General Second class and 2 General second class cum guard's brake vans.

Halts - Kalyan, Pune, Daund, Solapur, Gulbarga, Wadi, Raichur, Mantralayam Road, Adoni, Guntakal, Gooty, Tadipatri, Yerraguntla, Cudappah, Razampet, Kaduru, Renigunta, Puttur, Tiruttani, Katpadi, Vellore Cantt.,, Tiruvannamalai, Villupuram, Tirupadaripulliyur, Chidambaram, Sirkazhi, Mayiladuthurai, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam.

RESERVATION: Bookings for Train No. 01041, 01043 and 01045 open from 31.7.2012.
---- ---Date: 28.7.2012This news comes to you from the Public Relations Department, Central Railway, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai
Source - CPRO, C RLY

Travel time between Fatehabad to Gurgaon to be reduced

CHANDIGARH : The people of Hisar, Fatehabad and Sirsa can now look forward to a shorter and better road connection to the Millennium City.

The Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda on Sunday laid foundation stone of Meham-Kalanaur Road at Meham today. The ten meter broad and 19 kilometer long road link would cost Rs 29 Crore and is likely to be completed in time span of one year.

 This road would not only benefit the people of Meham and Kalanaur but a large part of the state. Four laning of Hisar-Rohtak road would begin soon. He disclosed that he was trying hard for early start of Hansi-Meham-Rohatk rail line and its foundation stone would soon be got laid by inviting Union railway minister, the Rohtak MP said.

 Referring to the Fatehabad-New Delhi Shatabadi, Hooda reiterated that government is making efforts and he is personally taking up the case with Raliway ministry.

 Notably, with laying of 19 kilometer stretch, the locals will be able to save time. As on now the residents from Rohtak are reaching Gurgaon via New Delhi by taking Peeragarhi, Dwarka route for entering Gurgaon. The stretch will also facilitate the traders from Sirsa, Fatehabad, Hisar and some belts of Rajasthan.
Source - Times of India

Rlys to set up corporation to focus on bullet train project

Aiming to expedite the ambitious high speed corridor project, the government has decided to set up a corporation which will exclusively deal with aspects like its tendering process and execution.

The National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRC) will be constituted shortly and focus on execution of the bullet train project, including tendering, pre-feasibility study and awarding contracts, among others, Railway sources here said.

The corporation will comprise four members, all railway officials, they added.

According to Railway officials, among the eight upcoming high speed rail corridors, the one between Mumbai-Ahmedabad will be taken up on priority.

 The 492-km-long Mumbai-Ahmedabad rail route will see its first bullet train, with a speed of 300 km per hour, which is expected to reduce the travel time drastically between the two financially strong cities to a mere two and a half hours from seven hours by Duronto, the fastest train at present.

The high speed corridors, considered to be a flagship infrastructure project, has got the nod from the Prime Minister's Office, which has announced a roadmap for implementation of the project.

Besides the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route, the seven other high speed corridors which have got in-principle approval are Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar, Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Hyderabad- Dornakal-Vijayawada-Chennai, Howrah-Haldia, Chennai-Bangalore- Coimbatore-Trivandrum, Delhi-Agra-Lucknow-Allahabad-Patna and Delhi-Jaipur-Ajmer-Jodhpur.

Except Delhi-Amritsar and Delhi-Jodhpur, pre-feasibility study has been undertaken for all the corridors.

The PMO has also decided to set up a project steering group consisting of Chairman Railway Board as Chairman and Secretary (DEA), Secretary (Planning), Member (Mechanical), Member (Engineering) and Member (Electrical) as members to monitor the project closely.

Source - Business Standard

Mamata flags off Asansol-Chennai weekly train

Burdwan (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee flagged off weekly Asansol-Chennai Central Express on Saturday and said promises made by her during her tenure as Railway minister were now being carried out.

''Nobody had done anything for West Bengal earlier. But I assured to do as much as possible during my stint as Railway Minister. The work is being done now," she said at the function on the occasion.

Banerjee, who was accompanied by Railway Minister Mukul Roy and flagged off the train through remote, said she had announced 16 railways projects for the state in the past one and half years and work on 14 of them had been completed.

Measures for development of the socio-economic sector had also been taken, Banerjee said.

She also inaugurated EMU services on the completed portion of Burdwan-Bolgona rail route, which has been converted from narrow gauge line to broadguage and laid the foundation stone of the four-lane Burdwan road overbridge.

Speaking at the function, Roy said 2009-2011 was the 'golden age' of the Railways as Banerjee, then Railways minister had promised a number of projects for Bengal, were now being implemented.

Source - ZEE NEWS

Govt nod to coal-linkage to Railway power plant



After keeping the matter hanging for almost a year, the Centre has finally given the green signal for coal-linkage to the Railways biggest power project, the 1320 MW thermal power plant in West Bengal — a pet project of Trianmool Congress chief and bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Union Coal Minister Shriprakash Jaiswal and Railway Minister Mukul Roy had a meeting earlier this week and finalised the long-pending commitment, without which, the ambitious project had been left stuck for a year.

“We will send a letter of commitment to the Railways in a week and the supply will start as and when they require,” Jaiswal told The Indian Express.

Roy has sought around 6.8 million tonnes per annum of coal on an urgent basis. As per the project documents, the plant requires around 92 tonnes of coal per hour for continuous generation in two units of 660 megawatts each.

Focused on completing projects promised by Mamata as Railway Minister, Roy had also written to Jaiswal in May but the it did not yield anything back then.

The approval to the coal linkage now, finally, is being viewed in the context of renewed friendship between the Trinamool Congress and the Congress after the Presidential poll in which Trinamool Congress supported UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee.

The plant, situated in Adra, West Bengal, is being built in a joint venture with the state-owned power major NTPC.

Once complete, the plant is expected to help Railways take a quantum leap in self-reliance in terms of its power needs to run trains.
Source - indian express

Nagpur Metro - Work on metro to begin next year

NAGPUR: Work on Nagpur metro railway is likely to begin next year if everything goes as per schedule. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has told Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) that it will submit the detailed project report (DPR) in September.

NIT chairman Pravin Darade said DMRC had completed the surveys and was now preparing the report. "Once we get the report, we will send it to state and central governments for approval. Then we will start the tender process," he said.
Source - Times  of India

यात्रियों के लिए 30 जुलाई से दो नई ट्रेनों का तोहफा

जयपुर। यात्रियों की सुविधा के लिए रेलवे प्रशासन 30 जुलाई से बीकानेर-हिसार और बीकानेर-चूरू ट्रेन शुरू कर रहा है। उत्तर पश्चिम रेलवे के मुख्य जनसंपर्क अधिकारी ललित बोहरा ने बताया कि बीकानेर हिसार सवारी ट्रेन 30 जुलाई से बीकानेर से प्रतिदिन 18.30 बजे रवाना होकर 0.05 बजे हिसार पहुंचेगी।

इसी प्रकार हिसार बीकानेर सवारी ट्रेन हिसार से प्रतिदिन 1.25 बजे रवाना हो कर 08.30 बजे बीकानेर पहुंचेगी। ट्रेन का दोनों दिशाओं चिड़ौद, सिवान, झूंपा, सादुलपुर, चूरू, रतनगढ़, पायली हाल्ट, राजलदेसर, परसनेऊ, शीतल नगर हाल्ट, बिग्गा बास रामसरा हाल्ट, बिग्गा, श्रीडूंगरगढ़, बेनीसर, सूंडसर, बेलासर हाल्ट, नापासर एवं गाढ़वाला स्टेशनों पर ठहराव रहेगा।

बीकानेर-चूरू ट्रेन 30 जुलाई से बीकानेर से प्रतिदिन 9.35 बजे रवाना होकर 13.25 बजे चूरू पहुंचेगी। इसी प्रकार चूरू बीकानेर यात्री ट्रेन चूरू से प्रतिदिन 13.55 बजे रवाना होकर 17.35 बजे बीकानेर पहुंचेगी। इस ट्रेन का ठहराव दोनों दिशाओं में देपालसर, जुहारपुरा, मकड़ी नाथ नगर हाल्ट, मोलीसर, रतनगढ़, पायली हाल्ट, राजदेसर, परसनेऊ, शीतल नगर हाल्ट, बिग्गा बास रामसरा हाल्ट, श्रीडूंगरगढ़, बेनीसर, सूंडसर, बेलासर हाल्ट, नापासर स्टेशनों पर रहेगा।
Source - bhasker

Complimentary cards now valid in Rajdhani/Shatabdi Express

VARANASI: In a welcome gesture to sportspersons, Ministry of Railways has decided that the complimentary card passes issued to sportspersons who are Arjuna Awardees would now be valid for travel in 1st Class/2nd AC in Rajdhani trains and Chair Car (CC) in Shatabdi trains besides being valid for travel in 1st Class/2nd AC in other mail/express trains (except Duronto trains) over All Indian Railways (except Metro Railway/Kolkata) as per the existing provision.

In this connection, a circular dated July 20, 2012 of Railway Board has been sent to all the zonal railways for implementation.

Source - TIMES OF INDIA

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world rail news rail renewal target rail route areas rail services railway booking railway employees award railway enquiry number railway gangmen railway infrastructure railway museum railway personnel railway tour packages railway track condition railway union demand on pension railways water requirement rain water harvesting rake allotment system rakes real-time alerts refrigerated wagons refund regular and rigorous system of inspection religious destinations reservation form restart blocked survey retail inflation retired staff review meet of ongoing projects rickshaws rise in Dearness Allowance to 8% safety awareness screening devices semi-high speed server server load service tax service tax registration smart card solar powered spain-train-crash spl train stop summer bookings summer season. surveillance cameras system systems transform tank wagon tata nagar tatkal bookings faster temporary steel pier threat ticket printing to be paid today toilet facility for train drivers top 5 tra train cars train mishaps train speed train ticket fare trains cancelled tte union urban India urban fuel consumption urban population user IDs vegetables wine winter winter rush woes work on time works world zone अमृतसर-जयपुर रेलगाड़ी चलेगी इंदौर-यशवंतपुर स्पेशल नर्मदा एक्सप्रेस रितिक ​Railway minister ‘Rail-roko’ tomorrow

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