May 28, 2013

Introduction of Train No. 12761/12762 Tirupati-Karimnagar-Tirupati Weekly Superfast Express

 Dr. Chinta Mohan, Hon’ble Member of Parliament will flag off Train No. 02761 Tirupati-Karimnagar Superfast Express Trainfrom Tirupati railway station at 15 30 hrson 29th May 2013. On its inaugural run, Train No. 02761 Tirupati-Karimnagar Superfast Expresswill depart Tirupati o­n 29thMay 2013 at 15 30 hrs and arrive Karimnagar at 04 15 hrs o­n the next day.

Similarly, in the return direction, Tr. No. Train No. 12762 Karimnagar-Tirupati Weekly Superfast Express will be flagged off by Shri Ponnam Prabhakar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament at 19 00 hrs o­n 30th May, 2013 . The inaugural run of this train will depart at 19 00 hrs o­n 30th May, 2013 and arrive Tirupati at 08 05 hrs o­n the next day.

Regular Services:The regular services of these trains will commence as per the following schedule:-

Train No. 12761 Tirupati-Karimnagar Weekly Superfast Express will depart Tirupati every Wednesday from 5th June 2013 at 22 40 hrs and arrive Karimnagar at 11 15 hrs o­n the next day.In the return direction, Train No. 12762 Karimnagar-Tirupati Weekly Superfast Express will depart Karimnagar every Thursday from 6th June, 2013 at 19 15 hrs and arrive Tirupati at 08 05 hrs o­n the next dayEnroute these trains will stop Renigunta, Srikalahasti, Guntur, Vijayawada, Madhira, Khammam, Mahbubabad, Wrangal, Jammikunta and Peddapalli.These trains will comprise of o­ne AC II Tier, o­ne AC III Tier, eight Sleeper Class, six General Second Class and two Second Class Luggage cum Brake Van Coaches totaling to eighteen coaches

Source - K.Sambasiva Rao, Chief Public Relations Officer, S C RLY

How Engineers Are Building a New Railroad Under New York City


Workers inspect the “shock tubes” that set off blasting caps, which detonate the charges. More than 2,400 blasts have been conducted on the project.

The biggest public transit infrastructure effort in the US is almost completely invisible — unless you’re 160 feet underground. The East Side Access project will connect the Long Island Railroad to New York’s Grand Central Terminal via a massive tunnel under the East River. Actually, that tunnel was the easy part; it was started in 1969. The hard part? “We are building a brand-new railroad here,” says Michael Horodniceanu, president of Metropolitan Transit Authority Capital Construction. When it’s finished in 2019, around 160,000 people will see shorter commutes. But before that, engineers must complete three tricky segments. Here’s how (and where) they’ll do it.


1. Grand Central Terminal
“We are a stealth project when we land in Manhattan,” Horodniceanu says. “No one really knows we are here.” His crews are carving out a terminal beneath Grand Central (above), where twin caverns 1,050 feet long will have eight separate platforms.

2. Northern Boulevard Crossing
To keep the soft ground from collapsing, engineers snaked coils of coolant through the soil to form a protective arch of frozen earth. That let crews work safely while traffic rumbled overhead. Cost: $1 million per foot.

3. The Harold Interlocking
The busiest rail junction in the nation can’t stop for construction. As trains lumber through, crews have been boring the main tunnel below, rerouting and fixing cable and wire as they go. Work there, Horodniceanu says, “is like a dance.”
Source - wired.com

IRCTC website to book 7,200 tickets per minute

NEW DELHI: With the aim of bridging the gap between demand and supply in e-ticketing category, IRCTC today spelt out its grand plan to book 7200 e-tickets per minute in the current fiscal.


Currently, the ticketing site of the IRCTC is able to handle about 1.2 lakh concurrent connections on web servers and can book about 2000 tickets per minute.


In a detailed presentation of its upgrading, IRCTC Managing Director R K Tandon explained the action plan for capacity enhancement to the Railway Minister CP Joshi at a review meeting here.


It would cost about Rs 100 crore to Railways for strengthening the ticketing site.


A power point presentation was made before the Railway Minister about the plan to strengthen the website to enable it for booking 7200 tickets per minute, said a seniorRailway Ministry official.


Besides Joshi, Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal and CRIS Managing Director Sunil Kumar were also present.


CRIS, the technical arm of railways, is involved in the upgrading of the IRCTC website.


The official said the upgrading of website is a continuous process as an average booking per day has been increased from 3.67 lakh in 2012 to 4.15 lakh now.


There are about 31 crore reserve tickets being booked in a year out of which 55 per cent tickets are sold through windows. While 37 per cent tickets are booked online, eight per cent are being booked by ticketing agents.


Tendering process for upgrading of software and strengthening of hardware is on as per the Rail Budget announcement, said the official.


Former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal had announced in his Rail Budget 2013-14 that the booking capacity will be enhanced to 7200 tickets per minute with the development of next generation software for the e-ticketing site.


Generally there is a huge load on the website at 10 AM, when booking of Tatkal tickets opens. The booking of ticket varies from time to time based on festival and vacations.
Source - economic times

Super plan’ for railways

Bangladesh - Finance Minister AMA Muhith has spoken of a ‘super plan’ for the development of the railways sector, what he says will ‘dazzle’ all when he presents the 2013-14 fiscal budget.

“The government will take a revolutionary step for development of the railways, something no previous government had done. We hope our initiative will be continued,” Muhith told bdnews24.com in an interview in his office.

“As part of that plan, the new budget has a super plan for the railways,” he said.

The forthcoming budget session will be the last for the incumbent Awami League-led ruling coalition.

Annual Development Programme (ADP) allocations saw a sharp rise in this year of election. The government is also on a spending spree and bank borrowings are going up sharply.

“The upcoming budget will integrate the socio-economic development of the past four years and will provide pointers for the next government,” he said.

A report will be placed in the parliament on the government's performance in implementing its poll-time promises.

“The super plan for the railways sector will dazzle all this time. We want to begin a new era for the railways with new projects and sufficient allocations for them.”

Muhith said beside separate allocations, high-technology will be inducted into the railways.

Bangladesh Railway, made up of truncated portions of the erstwhile East Bengal Railway and Bengal Assam Railway (of the then British-Indian rail system), inherited a number of structural and physical weaknesses as the network was not specially designed and constructed to serve Bangladesh.

Since the liberation of Bangladesh, instead of constructing new rail-routes, some of the branch line railway sections were declared redundant and subsequently closed and no proper attention to maintain the existing asset was being given. “Although huge development budget has been allocated for roads & highways sector, a little attention has been given to rail sector,” says a study on Bangladesh Railways by Saidur Rahman.

Rahman says more than 1200 kms rail lines are under risk for operation due to lack of proper maintenance. The railways also face a shortage of locomotives and route capacity.

Rahman says the withdrawal of government funding assistance is a serious threat to the long term survival of the railways.

Now that course-correction is what Muhith seems to be promising in the forthcoming budget.

Muhith said that the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting of Tuesday will approve of Tk 740 billion annual development programme (ADP) allotment for fiscal 2013-14.

This year’s allotment seems a bit high owing to expenses involved in developing several automated institutions.

Muhith refused to comment on the size of the budget. “What will I tell on Jun 6 if I reveal everything now? I am working on the budget now and will continued to do so until Jun 2.”

The veteran politician will be placing his seventh budget at the parliament on Jun 6.

From what Muhith said, the upcoming 2013-14 fiscal budget will prioritise power, fuel, roads, railways, ports and infrastructure development.

“Human resource development, agriculture and rural development, employment, empowering social security, climate change and digital Bangladesh will also be important priorities reflected in this budget.”
Source - 

आरक्षण काउंटर पर आरपीएफ का कब्जा


प्रतापगढ़। आरक्षण काउंटर पर दलाली रोकने की जिम्मेदारी निभाने वाले आरपीएफ के सिपाही ही दलाली करा रहे हैं। काउंटर पर आम आदमियों को आसानी से टिकट दिलवाने के लिए इनकी ड्यूटी लगती है लेकिन यह सिर्फ अपने गुर्गों को आगे पहुंचाने का काम करते है। 


आरक्षण काउंटर पर दलाली रोेकने की जिम्मेदारी आरपीएफ की है। आरपीएफ सिपाही कभी-कभी ही आरक्षण काउंटर पर आते हैं। जबकि इन दिनों हर आरक्षण काउंटर पर लोगों की भारी भीड़ होती है। लाइन लगाने और नंबरिंग के दौरान हर दिन हंगामा होता है। यही नहीं फार्म बंटने के समय मारपीट की घटनाएं भी तेज हो गईं हैं। चार दिन से जीआरपी ने हंगामे को रोेकने की जिम्मेदारी तो संभाल ली है लेकिन दलाली की तरफ किसी का ध्यान नहीं है। दलाली में आरपीएफ के सिपाही भी लिप्त हैं। वह कुछ लोगों को लाइन में खड़ा कर देते हैं। लाइन लगने के दौरान आम लोगों को डांट फटकार कर अपने गुर्गों को आगे कर देते हैं। टिकट निकलने के बाद वह इसे महंगे दाम पर बेंचते हैं। इसका खुलासा भी हो चुका है। रविवार को एक वकील और जीआरपी के सिपाही ने एक ही आदमी को आगे खड़ा कर दिया था। इसको लेकर दोनों में भिड़ंत हो गई।
आरक्षण काउंटर पर ड्यूटी करने वाले बाबू इन लोगों को पहचानते हैं। जब भी लाइन में ऐसे लोग लगते हैं तो वह उनका विरोध करते हैं लेकिन सिपाही उन्हें अर्दब में ले लेते हैं। इससे बाबुओं को चुप रह जाना पड़ता है। 
आरपीएफ इंस्पेक्टर एके धीमान का कहना है कि सिपाहियों के आरक्षण काउंटर पर दलाली में लिप्त होने की जानकारी नहीं है। इसकी जानकारी कर कार्रवाई की जाएगी।
Source - Amar Ujala

Indian Railways great unifier: Pranab Mukherjee

NEW DELHI: Indian Railways has been a great unifier of the country, President Pranab Mukherjee said today. 

He was talking to a group of probationer officers of Railway services, who had called upon him at Rashtrapati Bhavan. 

Congratulating them on their success in the competitive examination, Mukherjee said they are joining the great task of nation building by serving Indian Railways and they must dedicate their life and services to the cause of the country. 

He said Indian Railways has been a great unifier of the country and they are fortunate to have the opportunity to serve this great organisation, a press release quoted the President as saying. 

The group of 56 probationers officers were from Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS), Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) and Indian Railways Service of Stores (IRSS). 

"Twenty-nine per cent of this group of probationers from seventeen states were women," the release said.

Source - Economic Times

Biometric devices at railway station entrances soon

: All railway stations in the country will be provided with biometric devices at the entrance gates to ensure the safety of passengers, Union minister of state for railways K Suryaprakash Reddy said in Mahbubnagar on Monday. 

After inspecting the Jedcherla and Mahbubnagar railway stations, he said passengers' safety is a prime concern for the Indian railways. He said escalators will also be provided at all main railway stations in a phased manner. 

He said another train will be introduced between Kurnool and Hyderabad, like in the existing Tungabhadra train. He said nearly Rs 1,023 crores and 23 new trains were allocated to the state during this year for the development of the state. 

The minister also said a foot over bridge would be constructed at the Jedcherla railway station. He assured passengers that the need for a halt of Yashwanthpur express would be looked into.

Source - Times of India

 

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