Apr 12, 2013

Subodh Jain takes over as Member Engineering, Railway Board

Shri Subodh Jain took over today i.e. 12th April 2013 as new Member Engineering, Railway Board and ex-officio Secretary to Government of India. Prior to this new posting, he served as General Manager, Central Railway (CR), Mumbai, from 9th November 2011 to 11th April 2013. During his tenure as General Manager, Central Railway, innovative works like introducing 15-Car suburban services, pioneering the first private freight terminal on Indian Railways, introducing shuttle services between Matheran and Aman Lodge and implementing the novel concept of single line mega block for asset maintenance in a double line sector on a major trunk route, were completed. 

An officer of the 1975 batch of Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE), Shri Jain is a Graduate in Civil Engineering from University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkie). During his long professional career, Shri Jain has worked on Indian Railways as well as with BHEL, Jhansi and Engineers India Ltd, Vadodara, IRCON International Ltd. on Railways, his challenging assignments include Executive Director Delhi Metro, Divisional Railway Manager, Bhopal, Principal Chief Engineer, Central Railway and Chief Administrative Officer (Construction), East Central Railway & Western Railway. He has extensive international exposure by way of international assignments through IRCON International Ltd, various technical training programmes and seminars and conferences. He has published and presented a large number of technical papers in various international conferences in Indian and abroad. 

Shri Subodh Jain has been a guest lecturer at Indian Railway Institute of Civil Engineering (IRICEN), Pune and Railway Staff College Vadodara. He has won international patent for one of his innovations and has also received the best innovation award for the year 2006-07 by Railway Board. He has also been awarded "The Engineer of the Year 2009" by CBR International. 

As Chief Administrative Officer, Western Railway, he has been responsible for successful execution of new station building at Borivali East, extension and renovation of iconic station at Churchgate and further development of Dadar and Bandra Terminus.
Source -PIB

58th Railway Week Award Function of Railway Board Celebrated

Chairman, Railway Board Shri Vinay Mittal said that it is a matter of proud for all railway men when Indian Railways entered the select one billion tonne club by achieving a loading of about 1010 million tonne during fiscal 2012-13, which was hitherto the preserve of only three countries. Addressing a gathering at the 58th Railway Week Award function organised by Railway Board, here today, Shri Mittal said that in a scenario where the core sector remained sluggish, this is no mean achievement as the incremental loading itself stood at 40 million tonne. 
Shri Vinay Mittal said that Public Private Participation received a focused attention with a slew of freight incentive schemes getting introduced or getting modified for being more customer-friendly. A new policy with five participative models for incentivizing private investment in last-mile-rail connectivity projects was rolled out for connecting ports, mines and industrial hub. Similarly, a renewed thrust was given to the comfort of passengers by introducing special schemes in catering and cleanliness, modifying the Tatkal scheme to prevent misuse and by promoting internet ticketing which now covers 48% of the total reserved tickets. A total number of 980 stations have been identified as Adarsh Stations, out of which 711 have already been completed. Among the green initiatives, focused attention was given in consultation with DRDO to introduce bio-toilets in selected trains which prevent pollution caused due to direct discharge toilet system, he added. 

Shri Mittal said that with a view to provide a safer system, several initiatives in technological upgradations have been taken viz. provision of Train Protection Warning System (TPWS), Vigilance Control Devices (VCDs), Wheel Impact Load Detectors (WILD), Mobile Train Radio Communication (MRTC), Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), etc. 

Congratulating the award winners, Shri Mittal said that any award function cannot accommodate everyone and the fact that our performance was encouraging during the last year clearly indicates that the same would not have been possible without synergizing the various individual efforts that provide the required momentum for moving ahead. 

Shri Vinay Mittal gave away the running Efficiency Shield, Merit Certificates and Cash Awards for maintaining high standard of efficiency, prompt disposal of cases and punctuality to two branches jointly viz. Vigilance-I, and Record Branch; and four branches were given Merit Certificates and Cash Awards. A total of 139 officers and staff of Railway Board were given Merit Certificates and Cash Awards for rendering outstanding service during the year 2012-13. In addition, 80 outstanding Sports persons and 12 artists of Railway Board who excelled in the Inter-Ministry and All India Civil Services Competition were also felicitated with cash awards/appreciation letters on this occasion. 

Source - PIB

Railways returns to Facebook with passenger, train info

NEW DELHI: Now, you can log on to Facebook to get real-time information on arrival and departure of trains, platform numbers and daily availability of seats.

The Delhi division of Northern Railway has resumed its disabled Facebook page after Hindustan Times in February published a report, “Flooded with complaints, railways logs off FB.”

Passengers can get information regarding three railway stations in the Capital — Old Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin and New Delhi.

Divisional railway manager (Delhi) Anurag Sachan said, “Use of technology would provide information conveniently and save time. Passengers should make maximum use of this facility.”

“You must have a Facebook account. Type Delhi Division Northern Railway in the search box and click “About”. You will see two addresses. The first link () will give information on arrival/ departure of trains and platform numbers,” he said.

“The second link () will have information on availability of seats/berths in all classes after the final charts have been prepared,” Sachan said.

First launched about two years ago on March 8, 2011, for passenger feedback and to ensure better facilities, the Facebook page had gradually become a one-way traffic. Faced with a barrage of complaints, the authorities stopped responding on the page.

A set of railway officials was supposed to update the page on an hourly basis. People uploaded pictures, shared links and posts. But the railway authorities cited “technical reasons” and “disabled” the page to avoid “negative publicity.”

“The daily footfall of passengers at railway stations in Delhi alone is 10 lakh. A lot of people these days use social media. It was a vital source of feedback. But we needed competent people for real-time redress. We couldn’t cope with the outpour,” admitted a railway official.
Source - hindustantimes

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