Dec 17, 2012

Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal hints at increase in freight

SANGRUR: Expressing concern over annual losses of Rs 22,000 crore incurred to the Indian railways from express and passenger trains, Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal today did not rule out the possibilities of an increase in freight charges in near future. 

Bansal, pointed out that the Railway Ministry makes up with the losses from goods trains, adding, the freight charges had not been enhanced since last 12 years. 

Bansal was talking to reporters here at residence of local Member Parliament Vijay Inder Singla before inaugurating a flyover on Sangrur-Barnala highway over a railway crossing. 

 the laying of new railway tracks in country to keep abreast with development, Bansal said that 2.30 crore commuters daily travel in trains and 36 lakh goods are daily loaded and unloaded in goods trains. 

He sought the cooperation of state governments to lay more railway tracks because the land acquisition is duty of the state concerned. 

The railway ministry has no reluctance in laying railway tracks particularly in Punjab if 50 per cent of the cost is contributed by the state government, the Minister said. 

He said that out of 32,000 unmanned railway crossings in the country 18,000 have already been manned, while the railway ministry now has planned flyovers on remaining 14,000 unmanned railway crossings provided the state governments contribute 50 per cent of its share. 

An investment of Rs 5.6 lakh crore is required to modernise Indian railways, he said adding, some major industries, mine and port merchants are coming forward for the expansion of railway tracks to intensify their services. 

The dedicated state corridor between Ludhiana-Kolkata and Delhi-Mumbai would be completed before five years, he said. 

The total length of both the corridor railway tracks is 3,338 kms and the Ludhiana corridor would be completed on priority because Punjab is the "bread-basket of the country", he said.
Source - economic times

Electric trains to Chennai via Nagercoil soon

Electrification of Negercoil-Tirunelveli stretch over

Decks have been cleared for running trains hauled by electric locomotive from the State to Chennai, via Thiruvananthapuram Central, Nagercoil, Tirunelveli, Madurai, and Dindigul.

The Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), Southern Circle, Satish Kumar Mittal, carried out an inspection of the work between Tirunelveli and Nagercoil on Friday, prior to giving the mandatory nod for the running of trains on the 75 route-km single line. Railways would be able to introduce electric locomotive all the way from Nagercoil to Tirunelveli once the CRS gave the clearance, sources told The Hindu. The clearance certificate was expected to reach the Southern Railway soon as the CRS had expressed satisfaction over the work, they said.

Railways would be able to run trains with electric locomotive to Chennai once the electrification works in the Tirunelveli and Madurai yards got completed. Electric traction was available from Chennai to Dindigul.

“We hope that the works will be completed soon and the entire stretch from Nagercoil to Chennai can be electrified before March 2013 as planned,” sources said.

The electrification of the Nagercoil-Tirunelveli stretch was part of the rail electrification of the 131 route km from Nagercoil to Madurai. Divisional Railway Manager, Thiruvananthapuram, Rajesh Agrawal; Additional Divisional Railway Manager V. Rajeevan; and Chief Project Manager, Railway Electrification, R.P. Udayakumar accompanied the CRS during the inspection.

Once the CRS gave the clearance, long-distance mail and express trains, including Happa Express and Bilaspur Express, originating from Tirunelveli and running via Thiruvananthapuram Central, and goods trains operating from Irumpanam, near Kochi, would stand to benefit.

In the electrified sections, Railways could run trains up to 140 km per hour. Decision on speed restrictions on the 75 route-km stretch would be taken after getting intimation from the CRS.

Henceforth, Railways could avoid changing the electric locomotive of express and goods trains bound for Tirunelveli at Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram Central, and Nagercoil Junction. This could save 30 minutes. Over 20 trains now ply daily in the section.

The 320 route-km Thiruvananthapuram-Ernakulam railway line was electrified and commissioned on December 30, 2006. Railways had been running trains hauled by electric locomotive up to Kanyakumari from May this year with the commissioning of the 87 route-km Thiruvananthapuram-Kanyakumari stretch.
Source - The HINDU

RWWCO Organises Sports meet for Children of Railway Staff

Smt. Poonam Mittal, President, Railway Women’s Welfare Central Organisation (RWWCO) inaugurated the Sports Meet for the children of officers and staff working in Railway Board and the Public Sector Undertakings under the Ministry of Railways here today. Nearly 200 children in the age group of 7 to 15 years participated in the day long event. Shri Vinay Mittal, Chairman, Railway Board, who was the Chief Guest at the function, gave away the prizes to the winning children. Around 60 children bagged various prizes in a total of 18 sports events for boys and girls.

In his address, Shri Vinay Mittal, apart from congratulating the winners, complimented the children and their parents for their inspired efforts. He particularly hailed the activities of RWWCO, aimed at welfare of railwaymen and their families in general and women and children in particular. Shri Mittal said that children are the future of the nation and their participation in constructive activities needs to be encouraged. He pointed out that it is necessary for the children to put in their best and do sincere hard work to achieve their goals which will definitely result in the success. The chairman Railway Board also announced an award of Rs. 1 Lakh to RWWCO on the occasion. 

Speaking on the occasion, Smt. Poonam Mittal elaborated RWWCO’s objective of holding the sports meet that is not only to encourage sporting talent of the children but also to bring their parents and other family members at one place so that they could interact with each other and develop a feeling of belonging to one single rail fraternity. She said that while the primary concern of the RWWCO is the welfare of Railway employees and their families, it has also risen to the call of the society and the nation – be it environmental awareness, family welfare drives, disturbances on the borders or the natural calamities. With a very modest start 48 years ago, RWWCO today has gained importance as one of the foremost voluntary organisations functioning in the country. She said that Indian Railways has given many players who brought laurels to the nation. She hoped that the children of railway person’s will continue to work hard so as to excel in sports and games. 

The programmed was also attended by Members of Railway Board, officers of , Northern Railway and Delhi Division, Managing Directors of Railway PSUs and senior railway officers and their family members. 





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