Apr 8, 2013


Bandra Terminus – Gorakhpur Bi-Weekly Special Express

Train No.05034 Bandra Terminus – Gorakhpur Bi-weekly summer special express will depart from Bandra Terminus o­n every Tuesday & Friday at 05.10 hrs to reach Gorakhpur at 18.45 hrs next day from 12thApril to 02nd July, 2013.

In return direction, train No. 05033 Gorakhpur – Bandra Terminus Bi-weekly summer special express will depart from Gorakhpur o­n every Wednesday & Sunday at 07.10 hrs and will arriveBandra Terminus at 17.35 hrsthe next day from 10th April to 30thJune, 2013.

The train will have AC 2 Tier, AC 3 Tier, Second Class Sleeper &Second class general coaches.

Enroute the train will halt at Borivali, Vapi, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Godhra, Dahod, Ratlam, Nagda, Bhawani Mandi, Ramganj Mandi, Kota , Sawai Madhopur, Hindaun City, Bharatpur, Achhnera, Mathura Jn., Hathras City, Kasganj, Farrukhabad, Kannuj, Kanpur Central, Lucknow Jn., Gonda, Basti & Khalilabad in both directions.
The booking of train No. 05034 will open from Thursday, 11th April, 2013.

SOURCE - (Sharat Chandrayan)
Chief Public Relations Officer


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Apr 7, 2013

35 Women Employees from Railways Honoured for Outstanding Performances

Railway Women’s Welfare Central Organisation (RWWCO) Organises Women’s Day Function cum Golden Jubilee Celebrations 

Thirty Five outstanding women  mployees of Railways were honoured on the occasion of Women’s Day function cum Golden Jubilee celebrations organized by Railway Women’s Welfare Central Organization  RWWCO), an apex body of the chain of Women’s Welfare Organisations spread over all Indian Railways, here last evening. Smt. Madhu Bansal (who is the wife of Railway Minister Shri Pawan Bansal) was the Chief Guest and Shri Vinay Mittal, Chairman, Railway Board was the Guest of Honour at the function. The programme was organised under the guidance of Smt. Poonam Mittal who is the President of RWWCO. Also present among others were Railway officials, staff and their families. 
Speaking on the occasion, Smt. Madhu Bansal said that the women in India have emerged as great achievers in all walks of life and time and again proven their capabilities and mettle. She said that it is heartening to know that women employees in Indian Railways have shown outstanding performances in various fields. Referring to the RWWCO, Smt. Madhu Bansal said that this organization has completed 50 years of selfless service and has been in the forefront of social welfare activities not only for railway families but also for the nation as a whole. She congratulated Award winners. 

Apr 5, 2013

4 Air-conditioned Special Trains between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Kamakhya - Bookings for 02519 open from 3.4.2013

Railways have decided to run 4 weekly air-conditioned special trains between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Kamakhya to clear the extra rush of passengers during summer season. The details of service as under –

02519 special will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 07.50 hours o­n Sunday 7.4.2013 and 14.4.2013 and will arrive Kamakhya at 04.15 hours o­n Tuesday.

02520 special will leave Kamakhya at 20.50 hours o­n Thursday 4.4.2013 and 11.4.2013 and will arrive at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 17.50 hours o­n Saturday. 

HALTS: Thane, Kalyan, Igatpuri, Nasik Road, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Katni, Satna, Mirzapur, Mugalsarai, Patna, Begusarai, Khagaria, Naugachia, Katihar, Kishanganj, New Jalpaiguri, New Coochbehar and New Bongaigaon

COMPOSITION: o­ne AC first class, Three AC 2-tier, 11 AC 3-tier, and 2 generator cum guard’s brake vans.

RESERVATION: Booking for 02519 will open from 3.4.2013 .
Source - Central Railway


Making the daily commute more comfortable

Western Railway will introduce 40 new suburban services of 15-car and 12- car o­n Churchgate-Virar section from 29thMarch, 2013. It will introduce two more 12-car Ladies Special trains between Churchgate and Vasai Road, taking the total number of Ladies special to 8 o­n its suburban section.

The newly introduced ladies Specials will be run during peak hours to further facilitate the women commuters. In Up direction, the new ladies special will start from Vasai Road at 9.56 hrs while in return direction it will start from Churchgate at 19.40 hrs.

Out of 40 new suburban services, 16 services will be 15-car services including 6 services during peak hours to facilitate commuters during rush period. The total number of 15-car services will go upto 30 o­n Western Railway.

These 40 new services include 19 Up and 21 Down trains.The section-wise detail is as under:-
Churchgate-Virar -Churchgate
3 Up
3 Dn
2 Up
Churchgate-Vasai Road-Churchgate
1Up(Ladies Special)
1 Dn (Ladies Special)
2 Up
3 Dn
2 Dn
1 Up
1 Dn
1 Dn
2 Up
2 Dn
6 Up
2 Dn
1 Dn
Borivali-Vasai Road
1 Dn
2 Up
1 Dn
2 Dn
1 Dn
Total New Services

Also 10 services of nine car will be conveted to 12 car from 29th March, 2013.

The addition of 40 new services willfurther increase the carrying capacity to a great extent by providing additional space for about 1,75,000 commuters per day. With this, the total number of WR’s daily suburban services will go up to 1290.

Break up of Suburban Services o­n Western Railway

15 car
12 Car
Harbour locals
Total Services

Source - Sharat Chandrayan, Chief Public Relations Officer


For the convenience of rail passengers during the ensuing Summer season-2013, Railway has decided to run Special train no. 08033/08034 Santragachi- Anand Vihar Terminal- Santragachi (Weekly) as per thefollowing programme:-

The 08034 Anand Vihar Terminal- Santragachi (Weekly) Summer Special train will depart from Anand Vihar Terminal on every Tuesday from 09.04.13 to 25.06.13 (12 trips) at 01.30 p.m. to reach Santragachi at 08.30 p.m. the next day. In the return direction, the 08033 Santragachi- Anand Vihar Terminal (Weekly) Summer Special train will depart from Santragachi on every Monday from 08.04.13 to 24.06.13 (12 trips) at 08.45 a.m. to reach Anand Vihar Terminal at 11.50 a.m. the next day.

Consisting of One AC 2-tier, One AC 3-tier, Eight Sleeper Class, Five general class, Two Disabled Friendly Second Class cum luggage van coaches, the 08033/08034 Santragachi- Anand Vihar Terminal- Santragachi (Weekly)Summer Special train will stop atKharagpur, Tata Nagar, Purulia, Gomoh, Gaya, Mughalsarai, Allahabad & Kanpur Central stations enroute in both the directions.
Source - northern railway


·Mumbai Central – New Delhi Bi-Weekly AC Superfast

Train No.09003 Mumbai Central – New Delhi Bi-weekly superfast AC special will depart from Mumbai Central o­n every Tuesday & Saturday at 19.45 hrs to reach New Delhi at 17.35 hrs next day from 13thApril to 29th June, 2013. In return direction, train No. 09004 New Delhi– Mumbai Central Bi-weekly superfast AC Special will depart from New Delhi o­n every Wednesday & Sunday at 23.40 hrs and will arrive Mumbai Central at 21.15 hrsthe next day from 14thApril to 30th June, 2013.

The train will have First AC, AC 2 Tier & AC 3 Tier coaches.

Enroute the train will halt at Borivali, Surat, Vadodara, Ratlam, Kota , Sawai Madhopur, Gangapur City, Hindaun City, Bharatpur and Mathura Jn. in both directions.

Western Railway has already announced train No. 09005/09006 Mumbai Central- New Delhi Bi-weekly Superfast Summer special train which is run o­n every Sunday & Wednesday from 03rdApril, 2013 to 26th June, 2013 Ex Mumbai Central.

The booking of train No. 09003 will open from Monday, 08th April, 2013.
Source- CPRO


For the convenience of rail passengers during the ensuing Summer season, Railway has decided to run Special trainnos. 04051/04052 Anand Vihar Terminal – Jammu Tawi Express, 04031/04032 Delhi Jn-Ambala Delhi Jn Express Special, 04009 /04010 Delhi Sarai Rohilla – Bhatinda– Delhi Sarai Rohilla Express, 04203/04204 New Delhi-Lucknow-New Delhi (Daily) Express, 04201/04202 Delhi Jn – Varanasi-Delhi Jn. Express, 04012/04011 Hazrat Nizamuddin- Sainagar Shirdi- Hazrat Nizamuddin (weekly) Express, 04314/04313 Barielly- Darbhanga- Barielly (weekly) express, 02208/02207 Jammu Tawi- Ahmedabad- Jammu Tawi (weekly) A.C. Express, 04602/04601 Amritsar- Barauni- Amritsar (unreserved weekly) express, 04022/04021 Delhi Jn.- Patna- Delhi Jn. (bi-weekly) Express, 01027/01028 Mumbai CST- Varanasi- Mumbai CST (weekly), 01051/01052 Lokmanya Tilak T.- Gorakhpur- Lokmanya Tilak T. (Weekly) Unreserved, 01055/01056 Lokmanya Tilak T.- Varanasi- Lokmanya Tilak T. (Weekly) Unreserved, 01057/01058 Lokmanya Tilak T.- Muzaffarpur- Lokmanya Tilak T. (Weekly), 03125/03126 Kolkata- Anand Vihar- Kolkata (Weekly) Superfast (via Dankuni), 03129/03130 Kolkata- Haridwar- Kolkata (Weekly) Superfast (via Dankuni), 05023/05024 Gorakhpur- Pune- Gorakhpur (Weekly), 05031/05032 Gorakhpur- Lokmanya Tilak T. - Gorakhpur (Weekly), 01019/01020 Mumbai CST- Lucknow-Mumbai CST (weekly), 01047/01048 Mumbai CST- Gorakhpur-Mumbai CST (weekly), 01049/01050 Lokmanya Tilak T.- Darbhanga- Lokmanya Tilak T. (Weekly), 05620/05619 New Delhi-Kamakhya-New Delhi Superfast (Weekly), 05903/05904 Dibrugarh- Chandigarh- Dibrugarh (Weekly) and 02281/02282 New Delhi-Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi Superfast Duronto (Weekly) as per thefollowing programme:

1.04051/04052 Anand Vihar Terminal – Jammu Tawi - Anand Vihar Terminal Tri-Weekly Summer Express (78 trips):
The 04051 Anand Vihar Terminal – Jammu Tawi Tri- Weekly Express Summer Special will depart from Anand Vihar Terminal on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 02.04.13 to 29.06.13 (39 trips) at 11.45 p.m. to reach Jammu Tawi at 11.50 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, the 04052 Jammu Tawi - Anand Vihar Terminal Tri-Weekly Express Summer Special will depart from Jammu Tawi on every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 03.04.13 to 30.06.13 (39 trips) at 05.20 p.m. to reach Anand Vihar Terminal at 05.55 a.m. the next day.

Apr 4, 2013

Railway Minister Inaugurates Assocham Conference on Dedicated Freight Corridor

Private Investment Needed for Expansion of Railway Infrastructure: Bansal 

The Minister of Railways Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal inaugurated International Conference on Dedicated Freight Corridor ‘Challenges and Opportunities’ organized by ASSOCHAM India, here today. The Minister also released ASSOCHAM-YES BANK knowledge Report “Corridors for India’s Economic Development”, on this occasion. 

In his inaugural address, Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal said that Indian Railways have increased its freight loading capacity and have achieved the distinction of joining one billion tonne select club in freight movement by successfully loading 1010 million tonne in 2012-13. India joins China, Russia and USA for this milestone achievement. However, Railways share as compared to roads in total goods traffic has come down from 80% to 36% over the years which is a cause of concern, he pointed out. The railway Minister said that Railways provide a more cost effective, efficient, faster and environment friendly mode of transportation. The freight trains have a capacity to move a very large volume of traffic in one go over a very large distance and help in declogging the roads. Hence, there is a need to increase the rail share in the overall transportation in the country. 

Safety of Passengers Remains Top Priority: Bansal

Two-Day General Managers’ Conference Begins 

The Minister of Railways Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal said that it is heartening to know that Indian Railways has entered the prestigious one billion tonne select club in freight movement joining with China, Russia and USA. He congratulated General Managers and all railway men for this milestone achievement. He said that Indian Railways has achieved a remarkable freight loading capacity leading to this achievement. The Railway Minister announced an award of Rs. 5 crore for this achievement. The Minister stated this while addressing the two-day conference of General Managers of all Zonal Railways and Production Units which began here today. 

The Railway Minister pointed out that safety in railway operations is always a priority subject and all efforts should be made to ensure safe railway operations. He hoped that the conference will deliberate on all safety related issues in detail and will take suitable measures wherever required. The Minister said that the efforts should also be made to minimize human error which also leads to accidents. He said that reasons for human error should be properly ascertained and corrective measures be taken to address this issue like, creating necessary environment for the crew, proper training and counseling of safety staff etc.

Apr 3, 2013

Interestin Fact - Know Here's how First AC trains Coach were kept cool

New Delhi: Indian Railways will complete its 160 years this month. The first train in India started on April 16, 1853. At the occassion, dailybhaskar.com brings you the history of Indian Railways and interesting facts related to it. 

You will be surprised to know that ice was used to keep the AC trains cool. A particular system was evolved for the same. The first Indian train started on April 16, 1853 at 3:35 from Bombay to Pune. 

The first Indian air-conditioned train was Frontier Mail which was introduced in 1934. Earlier, the AC coaches of the train were kept cool by using ice blocks. These were replenished at several halts along the line. A battery operated blower constantly blew air into these receptacles, and the cold air entered the insulated cars through vents.

The air conditioning system in those days used ice blocks, carried in sealed receptacles whih were replenished at several halts along the line. The process was very basic, very messy, but the effect was very pleasant.
Mostly, British officers used to travel by Frontier Mail. It was a challenge to maintain the temperature of the AC coaches.

The Frontier Mail was one of the first trains in India to get an air conditioned car. The AC car started running from 1934.
Source - Daily Bhasker

Apr 2, 2013

Escalators to ease railway station rush

CHANDIGARH: Passengers at the Chandigarh railway station will find it more convenient to make their way around with the Ambala railway division deciding to install two more escalators by September. These are in addition to the two escalators, work on which is in progress. The new escalators will be constructed at a cost of Rs 1.5 to Rs 2 crore.

One of the two escalators will come up on the Panchkula side for people who take that route to the station. The other will be constructed between platform number 4 and 5. Divisional railway manager of Ambala division P K Sanghi said, "The new escalators have been approved recently.
Source - times of india

Mar 30, 2013

मध्य प्रदेश का सबसे मॉर्डन प्लेटफॉर्म तैयार

भोपाल। भोपाल स्टेशन पर बनने वाला प्रदेश का पहला ड्राइव इन प्लेटफॉर्म पूरी तरह तैयार है। इस छठवें प्लेटफॉर्म पर ट्रेनों की टेस्टिंग एक अप्रैल से शुरू हो सकती है। हालांकि ड्राइव इन की सुविधा मिलने में अभी करीब तीन माह का वक्त और लग सकता है। इस प्लेटफॉर्म पर फिलहाल भोपाल से शुरू होने वाली गाड़ियों को लिया जाएगा।

शुक्रवार को नगरीय प्रशासन मंत्री बाबूलाल गौर ने प्लेटफॉर्म का निरीक्षण किया। उन्होंने यहां प्रवेश द्वार के निर्माण में आड़े रही दुकानों को हटाने के निर्देश दिए।

यह होगी सुविधा

ड्राइव इन प्लेटफॉर्म की सबसे खास विशेषता यह होगी कि यात्री अपनी कार से सीधे अपने कोच के सामने उतर सकेंगे। साथ ही ड्राइव इन लेन पर केवल एक ओर से ही चार पहिया वाहन आ सकेंगे।
Source - bhaskar

Railways planning to run special train

LUCKNOW: Northern Railway has decided to run a pair of special train number 04026/04025 between New Delhi and Lucknow to clear the extra rush of passengers. Train number 04026 New Delhi-LucknowHoli special will depart from New Delhi on March 30 at 6.05 pm to reachLucknow at 3.10 am the next day. In the return direction, train number 04025 will depart fromLucknow on March 31 at 9.15 pm to arrive at New Delhi at 6.25 am the next day. The train will consist of 15 general class and two disabled friendly second class cum luggage van coaches. The train will stop at Moradabad and Bareillystations enroute in both the directions.

Railway will also provide extra coaches in some of the trains. Train number 12233/12234 Lucknow-New Delhi AC Express will be augmented by an additional AC-3 tier coach from Friday (March 29) till April 6, in both the directions. Similarly, train number 12271/12272 Lucknow-New Delhi Duronto Express has been augmented by an additional AC-3 Tier coach with immediate effect till April 5 in both the directions.
Source - timesofindia

एक्सप्रेस ट्रेनों का परिचालन अब प्लेटफॉर्म एक से

जयनगर (मधुबनी), संसू : विगत दिनों जयनगर नागरिक मंच के द्वारा 21 सूत्री मांगों को लेकर दिए गए धरने से रेलवे प्रशासन ने एक मांग पर कार्रवाई करते हुए सभी एक्सप्रेस ट्रेनों का परिचालन प्लेटफार्म संख्या एक से चलाने की स्वीकृति दे दी है। स्टेशन अधीक्षक बी.एन. सिंह ने बताया कि जयनगर से रांची को जाने वाली रांची एक्सप्रेस, जयनगर से अमृतसर को जाने वाली शहीद व सरयू यमुना एक्सप्रेस, दानापुर को जाने वाली इंटर सिटी एक्सप्रेस, सहरसा को जाने वाली जानकी एक्सप्रेस, साप्ताहिक कोलकाता एक्सप्रेस एवं धुरियान पैसेंजर का परिचालन प्लेटफार्म संख्या एक से कर दिया गया है। रेल प्रशासन के द्वारा उठाए गए ये कदम पर स्थानीय नागरिक मंच के संयोजक रामप्रसाद राउत, अरुण जैन, बौआ झा, जिलानी आजाद, डा. कमलकांत झा, विमल मसकरा, विनोद सुरेका समेत अन्य लोगों ने हर्ष व्यक्त किया है।
Source - Jagran

3 railway stations to be revamped this year

The Union Rail Budget on Tuesday provided a boost to the cash-strapped Delhi Division of Northern Railway. Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal sanctioned Rs 100 crore for the Delhi Division, as compared to Rs 12 crore in the previous budget.

Officials said the substantial budgetary allocation is set to help strengthen the rail infrastructure and enable the rail administration to implement pending projects.

"The railway infrastructure of the Delhi Division will witness a tremendous boost with the budgetary allocation. Anand Vihar, Sarai Rohilla and Shakurbasti stations will be revamped," Delhi Divisional Railway Manager A K Sachan said.

Key rail projects set to benefit from the increased allocation are construction of waiting hall at the Paharganj side of New Delhi railway station; and escalators at stations such as New Delhi, Old Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Anand Vihar, Faridabad and Delhi Shahdara.

Mar 29, 2013

Residents demand better security

GURGAON: After the Delhi Metro (Karkardooma) shooting, the residents ofGurgaon have once again made their demand for better safety and security measures in and around the Metro stations in the city. At times, many mischievous elements roam within the Metro station premises and commit crime but there is no way to keep a watch on them.

Richa Mishra, a frequent Metro commuter, said security personnel should not allow people such as autorickshaw and cab drivers and beggars at the entrance of Metro stations. "Often these people misbehave with commuters and there is no one to stop them," she added. According to local police, there is no sanctioned position for state police on the Metro network as CISF has been assigned the responsibility of security from the check-in point onwards. Due to this, the security at the station gates and surroundings is unattended, thus giving an opportunity to criminals.

Shruti Dhawan, a local businesswoman, said there is need to guard entry and surrounding areas of Metro stations. "Crowded place gives an opportunity to petty criminals not only to commit crime but also escape from the scene," she said. Also, there have been rising incidents of chain and purse snatching being reported from Metro stations in Gurgaon. Recently, when a woman was robbed of her ATM card in a washroom at the Sikanderpur Metro station, there was fear among women commuters and some were even reluctant to wait for cabs at the entrance of stations. And the local police had to deploy women constables to ensure the safety of female commuters.

Meanwhile, a security guard on duty said he was responsible for passengers once they enter the premises after the security check. And before that it is responsibility of local police, he added.
Source - times of india

Metro may increase card validity to 10 years

NEW DELHI: The hassle of re-charging smart cards within a year's time is finally a thing of the past. The Delhi Metro is planning to increase the duration of the smart card from the present one year to 10 years. Over one crore smart cards are in circulation.

The smart cards have been in use for several years now. However, since the duration of the smart card is for one year, to continue to use it, you have to recharge the card once during the one year period after purchase to extend the validity of the smart card, said a DMRC official.

"The minimum recharge value of a travel card is Rs 100, while the maximum is Rs 1,000. Subsequent recharge will be in multiple of Rs 50," added the official.
Source - times of india

Summer trouble: Trains sold out

CHENNAI: It is set to be a summer of discontent for those planning short holidays. Trains are sold out and special services are not scheduled on days when there is a maximum demand.

The travel season has begun with Holi and Easter holidays and is expected to peak during mid-April for Tamil New Year and at the end of the month when schools close.

With several families planning holidays when schools close and young employees of private companies deciding to head to hometowns on weekends, the demand for tickets has shot up. Many have booked early, pushing reservations to waitlist on most trains to Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli, Bangalore and Kochi. Many Southern Railway special trains are not convenient for those wanting to travel for Tamil New Year on April 14 (Sunday).

Only three special trains from Chennai — to Tirunelveli, Ernakulam and Kochuveli — run on April 12, when most people prefer to travel for Tamil New Year or Vishu.

The remaining weekly specials — to Coimbatore, Tuticorin, Rameswaram and Nagercoil — don't run on days convenient for those planning to be home for the New Year. Reservation has touched waitlist on specials starting on April 12. Berths are available on trains leaving on other days.

India committed to development of inter-country rail linkages: Bansal

New Delhi: Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Monday said the Government of India is committed to the development of inter-country rail linkages and in furtherance of this policy extended its fullest support to the development of Trans-Asian Railway Network.

Bansal, who inaugurated the 7th Meeting of Railways of South and South East Asian Countries here, delivering his inaugural address hoped that this network will come into being sooner than later.

"This network would provide a major land corridor for transport of people and goods across the frontiers of the member countries," he said.

Bansal said one of the important key objectives of the Government of India is to assist the neighbouring countries to develop their rail infrastructure and substantial credit facilities have been extended to some of these countries.

Revised train timings

By Express News Service - HUBLI 27th March 2013 10:16 AM

The South Western Railway (SWR) has decided to revise the timings of Mysore-Bangalore City-Bangalore Express Special, Chennai-Mysore Kaveri Express, Ajmer-Mysore Express, Sai Nagar Shirdi-Mysore Express and Mysore-Bangalore Passenger Train with effect from April 1.

1. Train No 06221 Mysore-Bangalore Express will depart from Mysore station at 8.15 am instead of 9.15 am and arrive at Bangalore City station at 11 am instead of 1.10 pm. In the return direction, Train No 06222 Bangalore City-Mysore Express will depart from Bangalore city station at 12.15 pm instead of 1.40 pm and arrive at Mysore station at 3 pm instead of 5 pm.

2. Train No 16222 Chennai-Mysore Express will arrive/depart from Bangalore city station at 4/4.15 am and arrive at Mysore station at 7 am instead of 7.40 am.

3. Train No 56229 Mysore-Bangalore City Passenger will depart from Mysore station at 8.45 am instead of 8.20 am and arrive at Bangalore city at 12-10 hrs (no change in arrival time).

4. The timings of Train No 16209 Ajmer-Mysore Express and Train No 16218 Sainagar Shirdi-Mysore Express will be revised between Bangalore city and Mysore stations with effect from April 2. Accordingly, Train No 16209 Ajmer-Mysore Express and Train No 16218 Sainagar Shirdi-Mysore Express will arrive/depart at Bangalore City at 3.30/3.45 am instead of 3.45/4 am; Mandya at 5.11/5.13 am instead of 5.29/5.30 am; and arrive at Mysore station at 6.10 am instead of 6.55 am.
Source - newindianexpress

Mar 27, 2013

Sales tax authorities seal railway workshop in Jhansi

JHANSI: Sales tax authorities on Monday sealed a railway workshop in Jhansi as it had failed to deposit Rs 94 lakh, which was outstanding on it for quite a long time. Surprisingly the action was taken at around 9.00 am, when nearly 2,500 workers were already working inside the workshop and were locked from outside.

It was a shock for the workers of this 118-year-old workshop to find themselves locked inside the premises. As per Farokh Pestonji, joint secretary of NCRMU, "It seems quite horrible that we are finding ourselves locked inside the workshop premises with no valid reasons. It is for the first time in the history of this workshop that such an incident has occurred." Similarly Prabhat Tarafdar who has been working here for past 30 years said that it is a mental harassment for the workshop staff. "It is a blot on the 5,000 strong workforce and quite shameful," he said.

Giving further details, Shivendra Mohan, chief workshop manager said that a long case related to entry tax on various products brought by the Railways for its own work was pending. According to him, such products are exempted from such taxes and an appeal had also been filed by their advocates and on that basis they had got a stay on 70% of the amount (whereas they were seeking total exemption). "Apart from this we have also deposited around Rs 24 lakh recently as taxes," Mohan said.

Later on the authorities of sales tax department removed the seal at around 1.30 pm after Railways agreed to deposit the balance 30% of the remaining amount.

SP Singh, joint commissioner sales tax said that the department has been continuously reminding the Railways for payment of the dues and five days ago they had served a notice mentioning that they will be sealing the premises if the workshop does not pay the due. and had even summoned their advocate in this matter but no one took any cognizance.

SP Singh also claimed that he had even met the Jhansi DRM, but nothing happened and ultimately they had to take this action.
Source - times of india

Mar 25, 2013


In order to cater for the extra rush during the ensuing Summer Season-2013, Konkan Railway, in co-ordination with Central Railway and Western Railway, has introduced the following Special Trains between LTT- Madgaon & Ahmedabad - Mangalore for the convenience of its most valuable and esteemed passengers. The details of these train services are as under:

Train No. 01007/01008 LTT – Madgaon, AC Special Train (Weekly)

Train No.
01007 ( Every Thursday)
00.55 / 12.00 Hrs (On same day)04/04/2013, 11/04/2013, 18/04/2013, 25/04/2013, 02/05/2013, 09/05/2013, 16/05/2013, 23/05/2013, 30/05/2013, 06/06/2013
01008 (Every Thursday)
17.10 / 04.10Hrs (On next day)04/04/2013, 11/04/2013, 18/04/2013, 25/04/2013, 02/05/2013, 09/05/2013, 16/05/2013, 23/05/2013, 30/05/2013, 06/06/2013

Halts at: The trains will halt at Thane, Panvel, Roha, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kudal, Thivim, and Karmali stations. The train will have 15 coaches.

Train No. 09420 / 09419 Ahmedabad – Mangalore, AC Superfast (Weekly)

Train No.
09420 ( Every Wednesday)
16.35 / 19.10 Hrs (On next day)03/04/2013, 10/04/2013, 17/04/2013, 24/04/2013, 01/05/2013, 08/05/2013, 15/05/2013, 22/05/2013, 29/05/2013, 05/06/2013
09419 (Every Thursday)
22.40 / 23.15 Hrs (On next day)04/04/2013, 11/04/2013, 18/04/2013, 25/04/2013, 02/05/2013, 09/05/2013, 16/05/2013, 23/05/2013, 30/05/2013, 06/06/2013
Halts at: The trains will halt at Nadiad, Anand, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Nasari, Valsad, Vapi, Vasai Road, Panvel, Roha, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Kudal, Thivim, Karmali, Madgaon, Karwar, Kumta, Bhatkal, Udupi and Thokur. The train will have 15 coaches.

SOURCE - Siddheshwar Telugu, Chief Public Relations Officer

Tatkal charges revised

It has been decided to revise Tatkal Charges from 1st April, 2013. Now, Tatkal charges will be levied 10% of base fare for reserved Second (2S) class and 30% of basic fare for all other classes subject to minimum Rs.10/- & maximum Rs.15/- for reserved 2nd sitting (2S); minimum Rs.90/- & maximum Rs.175/- for sleeper class; minimum Rs.100/- & maximum Rs.200/- for AC Chair Car; minimum Rs.250/- & maximum Rs.350/- for AC 3 tier and minimum Rs.300/- & maximum Rs.400/- for AC 2 tier and Executive class.
1 अप्रैल, 2013 से तत्काल शुल्क में संशोधन करने का निर्णय किया गया है। अब आरक्षित द्वितीय श्रेणी कुर्सीयान (2S)में मूल भाड़े का10 प्रतिशत तथा अन्य सभी श्रेणियों में मूल भाड़े का 30 प्रतिशत तत्काल शुल्क देय होगा।

तदनुसार आरक्षित द्वितीय श्रेणी कुर्सीयान हेतु न्यूनतम तत्काल शुल्क 10 रु. तथा अधिकतम तत्काल शुल्क15 रु.;शयनयान श्रेणी (SL) के लिए न्यूनतम तत्काल शुल्क 90 रु. तथा अधिकतम तत्काल शुल्क 175 रु.; वातानुकूलित कुर्सीयान (CC) के लिए न्यूनतम तत्काल शुल्क 100 रु. तथा अधिकतम तत्काल शुल्क200 रु.; तृतीय वातानुकूलित (3A) श्रेणी के लिए न्यूनतम तत्काल शुल्क 250 रु. तथा अधिकतम तत्काल शुल्क 350 रु. और द्वितीय वातानुकूलित तथा एक्सिक्यूटीव श्रेणी के लिए न्यूनतम तत्काल शुल्क 300 रु. तथा अधिकतम तत्काल शुल्क 400 रु. होगा।

Source - (Sharat Chandrayan) Chief Public Relations Officer

Ministry of Railways Takes Measures to Catalyse Rail – Borne Container Traffic

Haulage Charges Rationalized Resulting in Reduced Charges
Concession Allowed for Movement of Fruits and Vegetables Traffic in Containers
Feldspar Mineral Now Allowed to be Transported in Containers 
The Ministry of Railways has decided to rationalize 
charges for containers transported by rail in privately owned wagons; the resultant reduction in haulage charges is expected to catalyse rail borne container traffic at a time when growth, both globally and domestically, is stunted.

In the modified tariff structure, which takes effect from 1st April 2013, the share of traffic moving in 40 feet containers, which is growing ‘fleet’ particularly in case of EXIM traffic, has been reckoned for the first time; the resultant reduction in the haulage rates of 10 T to 20 T loaded containers is 5 %.

Additionally, the linkage of haulage rates of empty containers and flats to the haulage rates for 20 feet containers (single deck) in the 0-20 tonne weight slab @ 65% and 60% respectively) has been reintroduced, which has resulted in the reduction in haulage rates of empty containers and empty flats by 13% in each case.

The net impact of the aforesaid rationalization as assessed at average lead of container traffic is summarized in the following Table.

Weight Slab
Existing Rate w.e.f. 01.02.13
Proposed Rate w.e.f. 01.04.13

(in kms)
(in Rs. per TEU)
(in Rs. per TEU)
10 T to 20 T

Empty Containers
Empty Flats

Haulage rates in the case of loaded containers in other weight slabs, viz. upto 10T, 20T to 26T and more than 26T are not impacted either way by the proposed rationalization.

In the prevailing context of slow economic growth both domestically as well as globally, it is expected that the aforesaid reduction in haulage rates would help Container Train Operators (CTOs) in augmenting their competitive edge. The consequent increase in traffic volumes would be to the mutual benefit of the CTOs as well as Indian Railways.
In another related notification, Ministry of Railways in response to several representation, has decided to allow 25% concession in the Haulage Rate circulated vide Ministry of Railways Rates Circular No. 34 of 2012 (and as amended from time to time) in the case of containerized fruits and vegetables traffic sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture and / or its National Horticulture Board. This scheme has taken effect from 15.03.2013 and is valid upto 14.03.2014.

In response to requests made by Container Train Operators, Ministry of Railways has also decided to permit felspar (or Feldspar) which is a mineral, to be transported in containers as a specific exception, this permission has come into effect from 19th March 2013. This new traffic is expected to further spur growth in rail borne container traffic.

Ministry of Railways maintains continuous dialogue with CTOs as part of a well – defined and institutionalized mechanism. The slew of recently launched initiatives is expected to further strengthen the existing foundations of a sustainable win - win situation for Indian Railways and the Container Train Operators

The details about these new measures and decisions can be seen in the official website of Ministry of Railways namely www.indianrailways.gov.in.

Source - PIB

Mar 24, 2013

Chairman Railway Board Addresses the National Editors’ Conference

The Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Shri K. Rahman Khan addressing the National EditorsChairman Railway Board Shri Vinay Mittal informed that the Pir Panjal railway tunnel the longest tunnel of India and second largest in Asia on Banihal-Qazigund section of J&K Railway line is now ready and trial runs of train operations are continuing on this section which will be opened shortly for regular train operations in about two months time from now. With the commencement of this Section, the Kashmir valley will be linked with the Jammu region by train. Shri Mittal said that Railways proposes to launch a multi –model travel package with cooperation of State Government of Jammu & Kashmir enabling passengers to travel from Jammu through Udhampur, Quzigund to Srinagar and Baramulla on a common rail-bus ticket. Chairman Railway Board Shri Vinay Mittal along with Financial Commissioner, Railways, Smt. Vijaya Kanth was addressing the National Editors’ Conference organised by Press Information Bureau here today.

Terming railway safety to be the top priority, Shri Mittal informed that the allocation for the safety related works has been increased in the Railway Budget 2013-14 by about 13% as compared to last year. Similarly, there is sufficiently increase in the passenger amenity segment also. Shri Mittal said that over the years there has been a significant reduction in the incidence of rail accidents as the number of consequential train accidents per million train kilometre has decreased from 0.41 in 2003-04 to 0.13 at the end of 2011-12, we will however strive to work towards a zero accident regime.

1.21 lakh encroachments on Railway land

There are approximately 1.21 lakh encroachments on Railway land involving an area of 2337 acre. These encroachments came up on Railway land near tracks in Metros and big cities over the past many years. Railways maintain record of number of encroachments in its land. Railways maintain record of number of encroachments in its land. Family wise details of the period of unauthorized occupation is not maintained.

Housing being a State subject, resettlement and rehabilitation of slum dwellers with proper civic amenities is the responsibility of State Government. Meanwhile, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has launched Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) which envisages slum free city will be carried out by the respective State Governments. Initially, 250 cities will be taken up by the end of 12th Five Year Plan. Ministry of Railways will work with respective State Governments whenever they select city for rehabilitation & resettlement of slum dwellers under this scheme.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.

Source - PIB



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