Jul 27, 2013

State lagging in railway network, says Kharge

Railway Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge said on Tuesday that Karnataka lagged Bihar, Haryana and Assam as far as development of rail network was concerned. It was not even close to the level in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, he said.

Mr. Kharge, who laid the foundation stone here for the Rs. 350-crore railway line doubling work between Gulbarga and Hotgi railway stations, said that while Karnataka had 16 per cent railway lines for every 1,000 sq km of area, Bihar, which topped the country, had 38 per cent railway lines for 1,000 sq km area.

He said that Haryana and Assam were the two other States with high growth of railway infrastructure. While Haryana had 34 per cent of railway lines for every 1,000 sq km area, Assam had 31 per cent railway lines for every 1,000 sq km area. Andhra Pradesh had 19.4 per cent railway lines per 1,000 sq km and Maharashtra 18.20 per cent railway lines per 1,000 sq km.

“It would be impossible for Karnataka to match the kind of development that had taken place in Bihar, Haryana or Assam. It would take a great amount of investment to match the railway infrastructure available in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh,” Mr. Kharge said.

“I have very little time left before the next Lok Sabha elections but I have initiated steps to bridge the gap in railway infrastructure development in Karnataka,” he added. Mr. Kharge said that the line doubling between Gulbarga and Hotgi would help the Railways to increase the speed of existing trains and also run more new trains on the Mumbai-Chennai and Mumbai-Bangalore route. This work would be completed within 30 months, he said.

He said that there was emphasis now on completing the long-pending railway projects, including the Gulbarga-Bidar railway line.

Mr. Kharge said that it had been decided to take up a survey to prepare a detailed project report for the proposed Wadi-Gadag new railway line to provide connectivity between Hyderabad Karnataka region and Mumbai Karnataka region. The project would be taken up on cost-sharing basis between the Union and State governments.

General Manager of Central Railways B.P. Khare welcomed the gathering. The former Chief Minister and MP N. Dharam Singh and MLC Allamprabhu Patil spoke.
the hindu

Airtel offers railway booking through mobile phones

Srinagar:Bharti Airtel, through its fully owned subsidiary Airtel M Commerce Services Limited (AMSL), today tied-up with Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) to offer railway bookings through airtel money.

With this, over an estimated 20 million commuters traveling by rail every day in India will now be able to book railway tickets on Airtel mobile phones and enjoy the convenience of booking tickets via airtel money, a statement issued here said.
Dharmender Khajuria, COO, Bharti Airtel J&K while addressing the press briefing in Jammu said, “Airtel money has been growing with every passing day due to its relevant use cases ranging from bill payments, recharges, money transfer.”
“It is our constant endeavor to add options for our customers which appeal to a vast audience across geography and demography. Train travel is one of the most common way for our customers. Our integration with IRCTC for reserved ticketing is a step to empower our customers specifically beyond the urban footprint with the convenience of booking tickets without the need of holding a bank account or an internet connection,” he said.

Source rising kashmir

Rail commuters demand new entry at Coimbatore railway station

COIMBATORE: Railway users here have reiterated their demand for creation of entry-exit point near the second subway to ease congestion in the main entrance.
Coimbatore Railway Users Welfare Association president Jameel Ahmed said that a signature campaign has been planned in August to urge the railway authorities for creation of additional entry-exit point as well as augmentation of facilities that are long pending. "We aim to collect at least one lakh signatures from the rail passengers and to submit it to the railway authorities", he said.
SOURCE times of india

Railway engineer run over by train

MADURAI: A railway junior engineer who was inspecting the track was killed on the spot after the Chennai-bound Vaigai Express mowed him down near Sholavandhan station on Tuesday morning. Government Railway Police (GRP) recovered his body and sent it for postmortem.

According to railway police, P Sukumar, 47, a junior engineer posted at the Kodai Road station was in-charge of the track section from Sholavandhan to Ambathurai. On Tuesday morning, Sukumar was inspecting the track - a joint which was repaired recently - 300 metres away from Sholavandhan station. However, he failed to take note of the approaching Vaigai Express bound for Chennai. Sukumar was mowed down by the train and in the impact sustained severe head injuries and died on the spot, police said.

GRP DSP, C Vellaiyan said the incident occurred around 7.10am near Sholavandhan station. The railway staff had carried out some repair work the previous day due to rail fracture and Sukumar went early in the morning to inspect if the work was carried out in a satisfactory manner. "Sukumar did not notice the train and was so involved in his work when the train's locomotive rammed him. He was killed on the spot due to head injury. The dead body was recovered and the family was informed about the accident," he said.

Sukumar hails from Aruppukottai but was living with his family in Thanakkankulam on the outskirts of Madurai. The body was handed over to the family after postmortem. Meanwhile, the Vaigai Express was halted for some five minutes at the accident site as the body was removed, police sources said.

Railway unions here pointed out the enormous job stress the engineering section staff undergoing due to lot of vacancies in the section. J M Rafi, divisional secretary of Southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU) said that there are nearly 900 vacancies in the engineering section especially the safety category in Madurai railway division. "Most of the engineering staff in safety category work round-the-clock due to lack of staff strength and we have been staging series of demonstrations to fill the vacancies immediately," he said.
Source times of india

Minister of State for Railways inaugurates 61st All India Railways Table Tennis Championship

Kolkata: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Minister of State for Railways inaugurated the 61st All India Railways(Men & Women) Table Tennis Championship – 2013 at BNR Officers’ Club, S.E.Railway Headquarters, Garden Reach, this morning (26.7.13) in presence of G.C.Agarwal, General Manager, South Eastern Railway and Radhe Shyam, General Manager, Metro Railway. The Championship would be held from July 26 to 30, 2013.
As many as 12 Zonal Railways in Men’s Team Event are participating in the Championship, viz. South Eastern, Central, Eastern, South Central, Western, South Western, South East Central, Northern, Southern, North East Frontier, North Central and East Coast Railways.
In the Women’s Team Event, six Zonal Railways, including South Eastern, Eastern, Metro, Central, Western and North East Frontier Railways are taking part in the Championship.

Altogether more than 100 sportspersons from different Zonal Railways including Nationally and Internationally reputed players will be taking part in the championship.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, while inaugurating the Championship, said that Indian Railways, being a great organization, have always taken the lead in promoting sports.
The Railway’s sportspersons have been performing well not only in the Railway Championships, National Championships and other domestic tournaments but there are many who have brought also laurels to the country in international meets in various disciplines. These outstanding sportspersons have, in turn, inspired others to excel further. Chowdhury also spoke about the success of the railway’s sports persons in the London Olympics.

Chowdhury added that the Indian Railways has now 19 Padmashrees, 3 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardees, 146 Arjuna Awardees, 6 Dronacharya awardees and 2 Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar under its belt.
SOURCE  indian sports news

North Central Railway conducts review meet of ongoing projects

ALLAHABAD: North Central Railway organized a review meeting of various projects on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, NCR general manager Alok Johri stressed that the proposed work on important stations of the zone including Allahabad junction, Chheoki, Subedarganj, Kanpur Central, Agra Cantt, Jhansi junction, Gwalior junction and Mathura junction should be completed on priority basis. The work related to circulating area, passenger amenities and cleanliness work at all these stations should be completed in a time-bound manner, he said. Work of construction of about 25 railway overbridges and 75 railway underbridges/limited height subways should be expeditiously completed in the current financial year, he instructed.

In the meeting, various heads of department, divisional railway managers of Allahabad, Agra and Jhansi were present.
source  times of india

Keeping track of railway history

The central hall of the railway museum being constructed near the junction in Tiruchi. Photo: R.M. Rajarathinam.

Southern Railway hopes to showcase the 150 years of its existence with a museum in Tiruchi.

Maps, bells and lamps made of “China Glass”. Staff badges, clocks and yellowing piles of paperwork. Huddled together under the soaring ceiling of the ‘Heritage Room’ of Southern Railway’s General Office building in Tiruchi, they seem to be passengers waiting for their journey to start.

And, in a way, perhaps they are. For these artefacts of a bygone era are to form a part of the upcoming railway museum. The collection, curated by an in-house team of officials, includes items such as old manuals, maps, gazettes, and files containing Indo-Ceylon Steamer service records and photographs in addition to out-of-use equipment such as stamping sticks, belt buckles of foremen and signal devices.

The museum is meant to be part of the erstwhile South Indian Railway’s sesquicentennial (150 years) celebrations, though as Mrs Manjula Rangarajan, Divisional Railway Manager, concedes, it’s a little behind schedule.

Coming soon: Mumbai's new railway coaches set to be sleek, airy and more comfortable

The new train for Mumbai that is expected to be in the city by the end of this year has begun to take shape. At first glance, the train looks sleeker than the ones currently on the tracks, mostly because the train’s sides are straighter than the ‘bell’ shape that is distinctive of Indian trains.

The straight sidewall, which is common to foreign trains, is expected to add speed to the train because of better aerodynamics. The train will be powered by the Bombardier transportation electrical system and not the Siemens one that powers current locals.

This train too will have the white and purple look except that the purple will be a few shades deeper and will be painted around the door in such a way that it could camouflage the ugly red stains of gutkha and paan that are bound to come along the way.

The windows for the motorman are slightly smaller than those existing in trains now running. This, because there have been complaints that the bigger windows allow too much sunlight into the motorman’s cabin during the harsh Mumbai summers, resulting in some of them (motorman) bothered by reflection while sighting the all-important signals.

The insides of the trains would more or less look the same, said officials overseeing its construction in the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai except that the new train will have better crafted seats and grab handles.

The building of Mumbai’s trains has been nothing short of an art, according to train

engineers. It is a mass transport object that has to be built to take some of the heaviest pounding during its lifespan, what with some 16 people crammed into every square metre of its floor during the infamous Mumbai rush hour.

“The current trains give better ventilation thanks to the air blower running right through the middle of the roof. The steel rod partitions also give the trains an airy feel. The lights running through the middle of the roof also add to the atmosphere. However, as with all new trains introduced in the city, these trains also lent themselves to a lot of scope for improvement. We are trying that with the new local being created in ICF at the moment,” said an official.

Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation managing director Rakesh Saksena believes the new rake would be a healthy improvement on the current ones.

“The body will be of stainless steel, like coaches used by the metro systems worldwide. The sides would be a lot straighter. Most important, for the passenger, the air unit that blows air into the coaches would be far sturdier than the current ones,” said Saksena.
Source  dna india





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