Oct 1, 2013

Cadre Restructuring for Railway Employees expected shortly

Hon'ble Minister For Railways has approved the case of Cadre Restructuring for Railway Employees. Orders in this regard are expected shortly. Keep logging on to the website.

SOURCE - AIRF

Railway Minister has also approved the Upgradation of Apex Grade in Group C to Group B.



Railway Minister has also approved the Up gradation of 3000 posts of Apex Grade in Group C to Group B. Case has been sent to Ministry of Finance.

Source - AIRF

Concern over hike in rail freight charge



The Tamil Nadu Association of Cottage and Tiny Enterprises have expressed concern over hike in rail freight rate from October 1. Association president J. James has said in a press release that the industries here purchase materials from the northern states and send the products made here to other states through train.

The hike in rail freight charges by 15 per cent will hit the industries. They will not be able to compete with units that have both, raw material availability and production capacity, in their states, he said.

Source..The Hindu

Anti-high speed rail corridor meet



A northern zone anti-rail convention will be organised by the action committees of the Kannur, Kasaragod, Kozhikode, and Malappuram districts along with the Mahe committee at Sangamam auditorium, Thalassery, on October 2.

Massive protests against the rail corridor were being planned and it was been decided to hold demonstrations at the Thalassery and Dharmadam village offices on October 5, the district action committee office bearers said at a press meet here on Monday.

The rail corridor would result in displacement of 60,000 families apart from ruining major cultural centres, places of worship, and educational institutions.

It would also affect the eco balance, dividing the State into two separate zones.

As per the feasibility study report, no new constructions including that of educational institutions and hospitals were allowed within a kilometre of the track. The project benefitted just 0.5 per cent of the population at an estimated cost of Rs.1.18 lakh crore, thus imposing a great financial burden.

Source..The Hindu

‘Greenathon’ in Kochi on Sunday



The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) jointly with Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) will organise a Kochi Metro Greenathon, part of its Green Building Week observance, on Sunday along the Aluva-Pettah metro route.
The Greenathon will have two parts – a cycle rally and a walkathon. Cycle rallies will commence from Aluva and and Pettah, and converge at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, Kaloor. Organisations such as the Indian Navy, Cochin Bikers Club, NGOs and others will participate in the rally. The walkers will start from Durbar Hall Ground and Edappally Junction, and converge at the stadium.
For more details, contact Sreeparasad, convener, Greenathon (9447162787) or Adarsh Kavungal, coordinator, (9745615944).
Source..The Hindu

Two more trains to benefit Coimbatore



The Yesvantpur — Mangalore — Yesvantpur Weekly express introduced on Sunday as announced in the Union Railway Budget and the Thiruvananthapuram — Chennai Central — Thiruvananthapuram weekly special train are expected to bring some benefits for passengers from Coimbatore region.

Train No. 16565 Yesvantpur — Mangalore Express, which made its maiden journey on September 29 has the unique distinction of connecting two places in Karnataka. It starts from Yesvantpur (satellite station for Bangalore) and runs via Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala before reaching Mangalore in Karnataka. It will start from Yesvantpur at 11.55pm and reach Coimbatore at 9.10am (on Monday) before reaching Mangalore at 5.40pm. This provided late night connectivity from Bangalore after the Kurla Express leaves for Coimbatore. In addition, it also provided daytime connectivity with Mangalore. In the return direction, Train No. 16566 from Mangalore will start at 8pm and reach Coimbatore Junction at 4.25am providing ideal overnight train connectivity for Coimbatore from Mangalore, in addition to West Coast Express. From Coimbatore, the train provides early morning connectivity for passengers to reach Yesvantpur at 1.30pm on Tuesday.

The introduction of a special train between Thiruvananthapuram and Chennai Central via Coimbatore provides connectivity on either direction. Train No. 06312 from Thiruvananthapuram will leave on Wednesdays at 8.05pm and reach Coimbatore on Thursday at 5am providing the ideal overnight train connectivity from Thiruvananthapuram. This had been a long-time demand.

From Coimbatore, the train becomes the ideal daytime train to reach Chennai by around 1pm.Passengers, who are not able to manage tickets in other daytime trains, can make use of this train. In the return direction, Train No. 06311 will leave Chennai Central on Thursdays at 6.15pm and reach Coimbatore Junction at 2.10am providing an early evening connectivity from Chennai to reach Coimbatore in the small hours. From Coimbatore, the train becomes the first morning train towards Thiruvananthapuram Central to reach by 11.45am on Fridays.

Citing the timings and running pattern of 06312 from Thiruvananthapuram till Coimbatore, Struggle Committee members and rail enthusiat ,S. Ravi wanted to know as to why the southern Railway could not operate the 12698 weekly express trains that was skipping Coimbatore. Train No. 12698, which leaves Thiruvanananthapuram at 8.20pm on Saturdays (15 minutes after the departure time of 06312), stops at Podanur Junction 4.49am. It could just travel another 6km and stop at Coimbatore on Sunday mornings providing overnight connectivity during the weekend.

Special train stops at five more places while 12698 has no stop at Kayankulam, Mavelikara, Chengannur, Thiruvalla and Aluva. If the train 12698 is also routed via Coimbatore, then there would be additional overnight connectivity from Thiruvananthapuram to Coimbatore on two days-Wednesday and Saturday nights, Mr.Ravi said..

Source..The Hindu

 

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