Oct 3, 2013

Railways Exploring Natural Gas as Fuel For its Diesel Locomotives: Railway Minister

Railway Minister Inaugurates 10th International Railway Equipment Exhibition -2013 

The Canadian National Railway is experimenting with natural gas as a train fuel, which involves adding a liquefied natural gas tank behind the locomotive. The switch from diesel could save money. Photo: Canadian National RailwayThe Indian Railways is today the topmost railway in the world as far as passenger numbers is concerned by transporting passengers equivalent to almost the population of the world every year. The Minister of Railways Shri Mallikarjun Kharge said this while delivering inaugural address at the 10th edition of International Railway Equipment Exhibition (IREE) – in New Delhi today. He said that the Indian Railways as an organisation has always been seen as one of the pillars of the National Economy. During the 12th Plan, the Indian Railways is working towards creating value and improving the quality of rail services, expansion and modernisation of the rail network, improving efficiency and productivity in operations and technology upgradation and improvements. Indian Railways plan to add 4000 kms of new lines besides over 7500 kms of doubling and 5500 kms of gauge conversion. Further, the Railways also plan to procure over one lack wagons, 24000 coaches and nearly 4000 locomotives, Shri Kharge said. 

The Railway Minister said that in a move to adopt environment friendly and cost effective alternate fuel, the Indian Railways has taken a global lead in starting development of the Common Rail Electronic Direct Fuel Injection system for its fleet of diesel locomotives. For this purpose, an Indian manufacturer has established as joint venture with a reputed foreign firm for design and development of the system under over supervision of Research Design & Standard Organisation (RDSO), a research wing of Indian Railways. 

Shri Kharge further said the Indian Railways looks forward to partnership with new ideas from Industry in terms of technology, management systems and investment models that can be adopted or adapted by the Railways towards its unrelenting objective of growth, expansion and economic empowerment for all rail users. He said that FDI is welcome in infrastructure projects such as elevated corridor in Mumbai, high speed trains, Dedicated Freight Corridor. FDI is already open for factories in rolling stock such as locomotives and coaches., he added. 

In his keynote address, Shri Arunendra Kumar, Chairman, Railway Board said that new initiatives to encourage private investment in Rail Infrastructure are on the anvil. A major concern of Indian Railways is to create an atmosphere conducive for public-private partnerships. An ambitious target of Rs one lakh crore has been set to attract investments through PPP route during the 12th Plan. Elevated Rail Corridor in Mumbai, setting up new locomotive and Coach manufacturing factories, redevelopment of stations and freight terminals are areas proposed for private investment during the 12th Plan period. Cooperation of state governments is also being sought to provide momentum to these initiatives. 

Exhibitors from twenty four countries are expected to participate at this 3-day event to showcase their latest rail related products and technologies. The focus of the conference cum exhibition is on modern coach manufacturing technologies, traction and propulsion technologies, safety and train controls, modern signaling and communications, track maintenance and transportation logistics. 

Shri S. Gopalakrishnan, President, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Shri Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General CII, Shri Rajiv Kaul, Past President and Chairman, CII Trade Fair Council and Shri Narezsh Aggarwal, Chairman, CII Rail Transportation & Equipment Division also spoke on the occasion. 

Source - PIB

Special trains to clear festival rush



To clear the rush of passengers during Dussehra holidays, special trains will be operated between Kochuveli and Bangalore City.

Train number 06314 Kochuveli - Bangalore City special train will run on Thursdays (October 3, 17, and 31).

This train will leave Kochuveli at 8.15 p.m. on Thursdays and will reach Bangalore City at 1.50 p.m. on Fridays, a Railway release said here on Wednesday. In the return direction, train 06313 Bangalore City-Kochuveli special will run on Fridays (October 4 and 18). The train will leave Bangalore City at 3.20 p.m. and reach Kochuveli at 10.30 a.m. the next day.

Coaches

The train will have one two-tier AC, two three-tier AC, four sleeper class, six second class chair car, four general second class, and two luggage-cum-brake vans.

Stops

These trains will stop at Kollam, Kayamkulam, Mavelikara, Chengannur, Thiruvalla, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Aluva, Thrissur, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode, Salem, Dharmapuri, Hosur, and Bangalore Cantonment, the release said.
Source.The Hindu

देश का सबसे शक्तिशाली रेल इंजन तैयार



जागरण संवाददाता, वाराणसी : अपने स्थापना की स्वर्ण जयंती मना रहे डीएलडब्ल्यू (डीजल लोकोमोटिव व‌र्क्स) ने एक और उपलब्धि हासिल की है। अपनी विकास यात्रा के 50 वसंत देख चुके डीरेका ने अब तक की सबसे अधिक क्षमता वाला और आकार के लिहाज से अब तक का सबसे बड़ा रेल इंजन, कारखाने की पटरी पर उतारा है।

खासियत यह भी है कि भीमकाय कद बुत को ध्यान में रखकर 'भीम' नाम से लांच किया गया इंजन पूरी तरह वातानुकूलित और काम तथा सुरक्षा की ढेर सी आधुनिक सुविधाओं से सुसज्जित है। इंजन में पहली बार पॉयलट के लिए प्रसाधन गृह, आटोमैटिक ब्रेक आदि की सुविधाएं दी गई हैं। चालक को अगर नींद आ गई तो इंजन खुद ठहर जाएगा।

5500 हार्सपावर का यह इंजन पटरियों पर दौड़ने के लिए तैयार है। बस, अंतिम परीक्षण और हरी झंडी का इंतजार है। डीरेका अब तक 4500, 4000 एचपी और अलको डिजाइन में 1350 से 3300 तक की क्षमता वाले एचपी का इंजन बना चुका है।

विदेशों में भी सेवा

डीरेका में निर्मित इंजन बंाग्लादेश, श्रीलंका, म्यांमार, तंजानिया, वियतनाम आदि देशों को निर्यात किये जाते हैं। डीरेका इंजन के कल पुर्जे भी निर्यात करता है। अब तो डीरेका एडवांस पेमेंट लेने के बाद ही विदेशों के लिए इंजन बनाता है।

शास्त्री जी ने किया था पहले इंजन का उद्घाटन

डीरेका में निर्मित पहले इंजन का उद्घाटन पूर्व प्रधानमंत्री स्व. लाल बहादुर शास्त्री ने जनवरी 1964 में किया था।

इंजन की खास बातें

- पायलट का केबिन वातानुकूलित

- पहली बार इंजन में प्रसाधन केंद्र

- हाई ब्रेक का प्रयोग

- कम से कम स्पीड 105 किमी

- चालक नींद में तो गाड़ी खड़ी

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मालगाड़ी के लिए उपयोगी

यह इंजन फिलहाल मालगाड़ी के लिए ज्यादा उपयोगी है। क्षमता अधिक होने के कारण यह इंजन, ज्यादा वैगन लंबी दूरी तक ले जा सकेगा। यह उपलब्धि डीरेका के साथ बनारस की भी है।

-मनीष कुमार गुप्ता

मुख्य जनसंपर्क अधिकारी, डीरेका।
Source..jagran

Commuters seek more tickets in tatkal quota for trains from Pune



PUNE: The Indian Railways has decided to make available tatkal quota tickets in passenger trains which have reserved compartments. At present, the facility is available only for select express trains.

Rail commuters said there is a need to increase the overall quota of tatkal tickets for trains originating from Pune. Commuters' groups in the city demanded more coaches to trains to increase accommodation via tatkal bookings.

According to the railways, the tatkal scheme will be available in the reserved classes (which include II AC, III AC, III AC economy, chair class, sleeper class and II class reserved seating) of passenger trains. The zonal railways will identify the passenger trains and quota for tatkal accommodation. The quota will be decided for trains with average utilization of more than 60% in the last financial year.

At present, the tatkal scheme is available in almost all mail/express trains and in all reserved classes except first class and first AC class. The scheme benefits those passengers undertaking journeys on short notice. The tatkal quota at present is available a day prior to the journey.

According to president of the Railway Pravasi Group Harsha Shah, "The railway administration must extend the tatkal scheme to more trains as it is beneficial for those passengers who often look for short notice travel for interviews, emergencies or marriages. The existing quota available in almost all trains from Pune is inadequate. Passengers are ready to pay additional money for tatkal booking. Hence, an increase in tatkal quota will always be a profitable option for the Railways," said Shah.

Frequent traveller between Pune and Mumbai Ramesh Soni said, "There are five intercity trains that run between Pune and Mumbai. The Railways' administration should provide additional tatkal coaches in at least three trains."

Soni said that thousands of passengers like government staff, businessmen, students travel to Mumbai every day for meetings and other work.

Narendra Shah, who recently travelled to Solapur, said, "It is good that tatkal will be available for passenger trains. The administration should provide additional tatkal quota for short distances like Pune-Solapur, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Ahmedabad."

Tatkal needs

# Additional quota for trains from Pune

# Increased quota for trains for Mumbai, Solapur

# Additional coaches to trains for quota

# Restrict role of middlemen in bookings

# Separate windows for bookings at counters

SOURCE..times of india.

Platform ticket sales to be restricted during festivals; officials say difficult to enforce move


The Indian Railways has authorised zonal railway officials to temporarily stop the sale of platform tickets during festive season. City railway officials, however, feel it will be difficult to implement the directive, as the circular states that the restriction will not be applicable to those escorting aged, illiterate and women passengers.

"Till now, we haven't faced a problem in managing the crowd at the stations. It might be a little difficult to implement the directive. Also, restricting sale of tickets will result in loss of revenue, " said a western railway (WR) official.

An on average, 2,000 platforms tickets are sold daily at Mumbai Central, while around 8,000 tickets are sold at bigger stations, including Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. With each ticket costing Rs 5, the railways stands to lose significant revenue. During festivals and vacations, the loss of revenue is likely to be more.

Though revenue was crucial, excess crowd at railway stations could create security issues, said Railway Protection Force officials. According to a central railway (CR) official, the problem of excess crowd was realised by ticket checkers during festivals. The checkers said there were instances where four people escorted one passenger.

However, officials said though security at stations was a serious issue, the clause permitting people to escort elderly, illiterate and women passengers could be risky and railways would have to deploy extra staff to ensure compliance with the directive.

"Also, if entry of people escorting passengers is restricted, the railways will be obligated to provide more porters and luggage trolleys, which may not be possible," a railway official said.

Atul Rane, Chief Public Relations Officer of CR, said, "We will defer the implementation of the directive for as long as it is possible for the administration to manage crowd during the festive season and vacations. If a situation arises where we are required to control the crowd at stations, we might consider restricting sale of platform tickets."

'On board housekeeping service has come as relief for long-distance passengers'

MUMBAI: Passengers on board the Gitanjali Express were relieved to learn that there was a set of janitors to clean the coaches and toilets at regular intervals of the over 30-hour journey between Howrah and Mumbai. Reserved coaches of 11 trains on the western railways (WR) and 37 on the central railways (CR) had been provided with on-board housekeeping service (OBHS) for the past two years, significantly improving the cleanliness levels of long-distance trains, railway officials said.

According to railway statistics, between April 2012 and March 2013, around 20 complaints pertaining to cleanliness were received from passengers. This fell to six between April and August this year for trains, which were covered under the OBHS scheme.

A team comprising a janitor and a supervisor is deployed for every three coaches for timely action on passenger complaints. OBHS is expected to keep the toilet floor and fittings dry; spray disinfectants and air fresheners inside toilets; mop compartments, doorways and vestibules; spray air freshener in AC coaches; and wipe platform-side window glasses of AC coaches at stations where the train halts for at least five minutes. In addition to these routine activities, the staff is also required to clean coaches when some liquid is spilled by passengers, spray mosquito repellants and also collect garbage at regular intervals.

Prerna Sharma, a passenger, said, "A long distance train journey is feared as cleanliness levels go down with every passing hour. The condition of toilets become worse by the second day of the journey. However, the OBHS scheme has helped maintain cleanliness on trains."

Atul Rane, Chief Public Relations Officer, CR, said, "Earlier, passengers had to depend on cleaning staff at railway junctions to get toilets cleaned. With the OBHS, the railways has managed to ensure that passengers do not have to wait for long. They can just inform the coach crew."

He added that while inspections were carried out to check the service provided by OBHS, contractors were also counselled on receipt of passenger feedback.

A WR official said, "The feedback of passengers has been good, as the number of complaints regarding cleanliness has reduced. However, there have been cases where we have imposed fines for lack of service."

According to the officer, WR imposed a fine of Rs 26,000 on contractors, this year.
priyal.dave@expressindia.com

Protest at CST disrupts services


MUMBAI: Around 4,000 persons with disabilities and local farmers staged a protest at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) on Wednesday, leading to disruption of services.

Among their demands, the protesters sought new housing scheme for disabled persons, reservation of three per cent in allocation of commercial establishments for the handicapped, reservation of beds in government hospitals for mentally challenged persons and a hostel for disabled students in every district of the state. Farmers alleged that forest officials were using their for their own purposes. Independent MLA Bachchu Kadu led the protesters, demanding a meeting with the Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. The protesters called off the agitation after Minister of State for Social Justice Sachin Ahir addressed the crowd in the evening.

The agitation began at Azad Maidan at 10 am. The protesters staged rail roko at CST from 4.40 pm to 4.57 pm, which resulted in suspension of suburban services.

According to a Central Railway spokesperson, Harbour lines as well as main line services were affected. Four services were cancelled and 15 others were delayed by 15-20minutes.
Source..indian express

 

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