Jul 8, 2013

Railway stations take children-friendly route

LUCKNOW: After rolling out hi-tech security plan for railway stations, the Railway Board will now make stations across the country children-friendly.

As part of this, zonal railways in Lucknow will also make the prominent stations of the division safe and children-friendly. To work out a strategy in this regard, railway officials will hold a meeting with the state government agencies and social organizations on July 9.
Source - .times of india.

Railways hopes to make hay while sun shines

VISAKHAPATNAM: Though the monsoons signal a lean period for the Indian Railways and the Waltair division of the East Coast Railways(ECoR) is no exception, this year the division is hoping that its revenues will not hit the brakes thanks to poor rainfall so far.

Each year during the monsoon months from mid-June to September, revenues of the Waltair division take a hit as mining activities come to a grinding halt, affecting freight transport, and passenger traffic too slows down.

While admitting that the monsoon revenues of the division usually show a downslide as compared to the summer and winter months, Anil Kumar, divisional railway manager, Waltair division, ECoR, said that this year they were hoping that the division would not be affected much as there have been no massive rains since the beginning of monsoons till Saturday.

"The reopening of educational institutions and unfriendly weather for railway passengers as well as cargo transport are the primary reasons for the slackening of traffic and dip in revenues. However, we always try to recoup the monsoon losses in the other seasons. This year, we are better off as compared to last year's earnings till June," Anil Kumar said.

In fact, on an average, the Waltair division garners about Rs 300 crore annually by handling 3.3 crore passengers from all the railway stations falling within its limits, including the Visakhapatnam railway station. But during the monsoon months last fiscal 2012-13, the division's revenues slid to Rs 50 to Rs 60 crore as against the average of Rs 75 crore in the three winter or summer months last year.

Apart from passenger traffic, the division also faces massive difficulties in freight loading, particularly ores such as iron ore and coal, during the rainy season. The Waltair division garners about Rs 5,000 to Rs 5,500 crore from the freight traffic alone each year. In 2012-13, it mopped up Rs 5275.83 crore by handling 51.54 million tons of cargo such as iron ore, gypsum, alumina and steel.

"During the rainy season, the freight loading earnings fall to nearly Rs 900-Rs 1,000 crore for the monsoon months as against average earnings of Rs 1,250 crore during the other seasons. This is mainly because mining activity comes to a standstill and frequent disruptions take place on the railway tracks," a railway officer said.

During the monsoons last year, nearly 10 disruptions such as landslides occurred on the 446-km long Kottavalasa-Kirandul railway line connecting Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Chhattishgarh, he added. It may be mentioned that the division suffered a loss of around Rs 60 crore due to disruptions, mainly landslides, last year.

The railways deploys special patrolling teams comprising gangmen at vulnerable points on the railway lines during the rainy season to protect the tracks from landslides and other disruptions caused by rains. "Each year we face problems due to rains despite taking preventive measures including deployment of special patrolling teams," a railways officer said.
Source - times of india

Prepaid auto rickshaw service takes a rebirth at railway station

MANGALORE: A new sense of optimism has marked inauguration of new prepaid auto rickshaw kiosk at the Mangalore central railway station here. Constantly plagued by problems over maintenance, and jurisdictional issues, the pre-paid kiosk here has always functioned in fits and starts and never to the fullest satisfaction of commuting public. However, authorities feel it is premature to judge success or otherwise of this latest experimentation.

Funded by city based Corporation Bank, Mangalore City South MLA JR Lobo inaugurated this kiosk at the station on Tuesday last. After a long gap, the prepaid auto rickshaw service at the railway station has resumed, with installation of the new kiosk that is constructed on a large area with necessary facilities and better infrastructure, including a shed for the convenience of the commuters as well as the staff manning the kiosk.

Deputy Commission N Prakash, ever an optimist told TOI that it is not fair to judge success of this latest attempt to restart pre-paid auto rickshaw services at the central railway station. "It is true that the pre-paid service has functioned on and off in the past. However, one must always welcome any move that aims at providing some facility for the people, rather than delve into the previous failures associated with any such move," he surmised.

The kiosk should come as boon for thousands of commuters at Mangalore Central Railway Station, wherein a large number of trains including long distance ones pass through. The common woes of passengers arriving at the railway station is that they find themselves at the mercy of auto rickshaw drivers who take advantage of their position and charge more to ferry them to their respective destinations. "The kiosk should change this," Prakash avers.

Lobo appreciative of initiatives taken by all concerned in constructing the new kiosk and resuming services of prepaid auto rickshaw avers that prepaid system should instil confidence among the commuters. "The manner in which auto rickshaw drivers conduct themselves holds a mirror to the city and travellers carry that impression around," he says, adding it is imperative for auto rickshaw services to understand their role and act accordingly.
Source - times of india.





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