May 26, 2013

Surveillance cameras to be installed at railway reservation offices

The move is aimed at arresting the menace of agents and middlemen at major railway stations

South Central Railway is installing surveillance cameras at Passenger Reservation System offices and booking offices at major railway stations in the State to eliminate the menace of agents and middlemen at railway reservation ticketing area.

Already, 25 surveillance cameras have been installed at Secunderabad, Vijayawada, Guntur, Nanded and Guntakal Stations this month. Each camera entails an expenditure of Rs.30,000 and authorities are planning to install similar cameras at Hyderabad, Kacheguda, Kakinada, Rajahmundry, Kurnool, Mahabubnagar, Aurangabad, Tirupati, Kadapa and Renigunta stations in the second phase very shortly.

These cameras are installed to observe the activity of touts, if any, in the Reservation Offices and also to observe the presence of middlemen, who may approach the passengers near reservation counters. The footage of these surveillance cameras is made available to higher officials on real time basis through Railnet with the help of an IP address assigned to each camera.

This apart, these surveillance cameras are now facilitating the divisional authorities, including Divisional Railway Manager and Senior Divisional Commercial Manager to monitor the working of reservation or booking counters to take appropriate decision for catering to the needs of visitors at the counters. Video recording facility is also available for recording the images and storing them for subsequent viewing.


Railway police arrest man on robbery charge

The Railway Police here have arrested a 30-year-old person on charges of robbery.

According to the police, R. Veerabadran, who was working in the railway parcel office, was accosted by a man with a knife on Thursday afternoon and was forced to hand over his wallet, which contained Rs. 2,200.

Based on the information provided by Veerabadran, Railway police began to investigate and found that the description matched one S. Senthil Kumar, 30, of Town Hall. They began to search for him and arrested him on the late hours of Thursday. Around Rs. 2,000 was recovered from him. The Railway Police have registered a case.

Taken into custody

In another case, the Railway Police arrested a 22-year-old man on charges of stealing cash and jewellery from a rail passenger.

According to sources here, Ponnulakshmi, 26, had lost her handbag containing a mobile phone, 3.5 sovereigns of gold jewellery and Rs. 14,000 in cash while travelling in the Coimbatore-Nagercoil Express on April 5.

The police began to track her cell phone, which was found to be in the possession of Selvaraj, 22, a resident of Thennampalayam on Tirupur-Palladum road, who was arrested on Friday.


‘Expedite work in railway division’

The Southern Railway should expedite pending works in Madurai Railway Division, said Tamil Nadu Foodgrains Merchants Association.

A memorandum submitted to Southern Railway General Manager Rakesh Mishra by a delegation of the association led by its president S.P. Jeyapragasam and Dindigul MP N.S.V. Chithan said most of the current booking and reservation counters in Madurai railway station remained closed owing to severe shortage of manpower. If additional staff were posted, passengers seeking tickets at the eleventh hour could board trains without difficulty.

Also, to enable the public to buy platform tickets easily, vending machines should be installed at the railway station, they demanded.

The old foot overbridge connecting the six platforms had been remaining closed for the past six months owing to maintenance work, causing inconvenience to passengers as they had to walk a long distance to reach the platforms using the new foot overbridge.

There was a good patronage for the twice-a-week Duronto Express between Madurai and Chennai. It could be made a daily service. The coaches were old and must be replaced with new coaches, it was stated in the memorandum.

Source - The Hindu

Sri Lanka Railways to launch super luxury train from Colombo to Kandy on Monday

May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Transport says the Sri Lanka Railways will launch a super luxury train service from Colombo to Kandy from May 27.

Minister of Transport Kumar Welgama said that this is the first time a super luxury train is launched by Sri Lanka Railways in its history from 1864.

This fully air conditioned first class intercity train will have fully rotating adjustable seats and electronic entertainment facilities.

The train will have 10 compartments which will include 44 seats. One way ticket will be Rs. 500 only, a spokesman of the Sri Lanka Railways said.

The train will run only in weekends. It will stop only at Ragama, Gampaha, Peradeniya Junction and Kandy.

A private company Expolanka Holdings already operates Expo Rail, a luxury train service to Kandy at a much higher ticket price

SOURCE - colombo page



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