Mar 29, 2013

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.

 

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