Oct 4, 2013

RAILWAY FARE HIKE & FREIGHT HIKE wef 07/10/2013 & 10.10. 2013

Ministry of Railways Undertakes Fuel Adjustement Component (FAC) Linked Revision in Passenger Fare and Freight Tariff

The Revised Passenger Fare will Come into Effect from 7th October 2013 while Revised Freight Tarrif will Come into Effect from 10th October 2013

In the Railway Budget for 2013-14, the proposal to implement Fuel Adjustment Component (FAC)-linked tariff revision, bi-annually in sync with movement in fuel costs in either direction was introduced. While the proposal was implemented in the case of freight tariffs w.e.f. 01.04.2013, passenger fares were kept out of the purview of FAC-linked revision at that time, primarily on grounds that these had been revised upwards after a hiatus of ten years only recently, i.e. w.e.f. 22nd Jan’2013. 

In the present exercise, the escalation recorded in fuel cost during the period February 2013 to July 2013 only has been factored in:

o        High Speed Diesel (HSD): + 7.3%
o        Electricity (Railway Traction): 15.5%

The Ministry of Railways has now decided to revise passenger fare and freight tariffs linking it with Fuel Adjustment Component (FAC). The revised passenger fare will be effective from the midnight of 6TH October and 7th October 2013 (i.e 0000 hoursof  7th October 2013). The revised freight tariff will be effective from the midnight of 9thOctober and 10th October 2013 (i.e. 0000 hours of 10th October 2013)

The assessed impact of FAC-linked revision is as under:
1.      Passenger Fares:
Ø      No increase in either Second Class Ordinary (Suburban) or Second Class MST fares; 
Ø      Fares for Second Class Ordinary (Non-Suburban) would go up by a maximum of ₹ 5/- in select distance slabs, while in the other distance slabs there would be no change in existing fares.
Ø      In all other classes, the revised fares would be only about 2% higher than the existing fare.
Ø      Anticipated incremental earning would be around ₹ 450/- crore in the balance six months of the financial year.

2.      Freight Tariffs:
Ø      An across-the-board increase of about 1.7% in freight rates.
Ø      Anticipated incremental earning would be around ₹ 700/- crores in the balance six months of this financial year.

Some sample fare tables are enclosed with this press release.

The detailed revised passenger fare table is available on the website of Indian Railways, namely www.indianrailwsays.gov.in.




Police check CCTV grabs to identity CST protesters

MUMBAI: A day after a mob of 2,000 farmers and physically challenged people laid siege to CST, security agencies registered criminal cases against them and are scrutinizing footage from CCTV cameras to identify the accused.

The RPF has booked the protestors under theIndian Railway Act for trespass, obstructing the running of trains, obstructing railway employees in their duties, drunkenness or nuisance and endangering safety of commuters. The GRP has also booked the protestors for unlawful assembly and wrongful restraint. A probe is on and no arrests have been made yet, said officials.

Source - TOI

Indian Railways introduces new technology to enhance safety

NASHIK: The railway administration is planning to use a colour coding system for crowd management during the Kumbh meal scheduled in 2015-2016.

"Our officials had visited Allahabad during the last kumbh mela there to study what methods the railway authorities adopted for crowd control. Colour codes were assigned to passengers coming to the city from each region. The same method is going to be implemented in Nashik," a senior central railway official from Bhusawal said.

The officials in Allahabad had colour coded major railway stations in the country and erected makeshift camps around the station building.

Passengers moving out of the city were told to report at the respective camps identified by the colours. Whenever the trains for the particular destinations were scheduled for departure, announcements would be made for the passengers for those regions who were divided based on colour.

"For instance, the people travelling towards Aurangabad and beyond from Nashik will be grouped together, and arrangements will be made for them in a particular colour coded camp. Another colour code will be assigned to passengers towards Kolkata. Since the heaviest traffic is likely from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, two different camps will be set up for these regions," the official said.

The colour code was being thought over because of the ease with which people coming from a region could be identified.

This would help in the movement of the passengers of a particular region only instead of all the people waiting together in different camps causing chaos.

The railway official said, however, that though the method was successfully implemented in Allahabad, the authorities in Nashik were still thinking about various other methods of crowd management.

Koderma-Hazaribagh railway line ready for trial run

HAZARIBAGH: The first phase of the Koderma-Hazaribagh section, covering a distance of 76km of the Koderma-Hazaribagh-Barkakana-Ranchi B roadguage railway line of the East Central Railway, has now been completed and the first trial run between Koderma to Hazaribagh will take place on November 1 on the auspicious occasion of the Dhantaras, said Yashwant Sinha, the Hazaribag MP to mediapersons here on Wednesday.

He also said earlier he held a review meeting with the railway engineers of the project to know the progress of the railway track.


Indian Railways to run on natural gas soon: Railways Minister

New Delhi: The Indian Railways will soon be using natural gas instead of diesel to power its locomotives, Railways Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said on Thursday.

"The Indian Railways proposes to utilise natural gas as fuel for its fleet of diesel locomotives in line with the international trend," Mr Kharge said.

"This will have a substantial effect on reducing the emission of carbon and in making the railway system environment-friendly," he added.
Speaking at the inauguration of the 10th edition of the International Rail Exhibition and Conference organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Mr Kharge said that considerable work was being done to develop highly fuel-efficient diesel locomotives.

He emphasized that during the 12th Plan period, there would be continuous effort to add new routes, augment capacity on existing routes, and invest in terminals etc.

"We plan to add 4,000 km of new lines besides over 7,500 km of doubling, 5,500 km of gauge conversion and 6,500 km of electrification," he said.

"The Railways plans to procure over a lakh wagons, 24,000 coaches and nearly 4000 locomotives," he added.
The minister pointed out that in the last decade, number of accidents per million train kilometers have reduced from 0.44 in 2003-04 to 0.13 in 2012-13.


Indian Railways Install New Technique to Detect Faults in Coaches, Wagons & Locos While on Run

In its continuous eandeavour to enhance safety in Railway operations, the Indian Railways is now adopting first ever unique modern technology for maintenance of its passenger coaches, wagons and locomotives. The new maintenance technique which uses acoustic method of diagnostics is known as Acoustic Bearing Detectors (ABD) & Wheel Impact Load Detectors (WILD). When used in combination together they are known as Online Monitoring of Rolling Stock (OMRS) systems. This technique involves placing arrays of microphones and sensors that record the audible noise and forces generated by the running coaches, wagons and locomotives. Conventional method to maintain passenger coaches, wagons and locomotives is to physically examine when these are in stationary condition at the maintenance depots. Under the new technique, the faults in the Rolling stock can be detected while on run which is a big advantage as it will make maintenance faster reducing turn around time for Rolling stocks thereby ensuring availability of high number of wagons/coaches etc. for operation. 

The OMRS equipment is so sensitive and accurate that it is often able to indicate the specific sub-component that is not behaving the way it should and therefore causing abnormal noise. Moreover, this can be monitored remotely using mobile communication facilities. In the conventional method, it is nearly impossible to detect this problem unless major assemblies are completely dismantled and checked in the maintenance depot. 

One such system, which is a combination of ABD, OMRS & WILD systems, is installed near Bakkas in Lucknow division of Northern Railway as a pilot project. It has successfully detected a number of wheel bearing faults avoiding the problem of wheel bearing becoming hot which results in the stoppage of the train at the station or worse still-in between two stations. WILD have been installed in 15 locations across the country in the initial phase and these have also detected faulty vehicles that have caused higher than normal impact force on the rails. These 15 locations are; Ajni, Asansol, Mughal Sarai-I, Mughal Sarai – II, Barwadih, Vishakhapatnam, Arakkonam, Gunakal, Mahalimarup, Dongargarh, Bilai, Hospet, Bina, Itarsi and New Katni.

Productivity Linked Bonus for Railway Employees

The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal of the Ministry of Railways for payment of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 days wages for the financial year 2012-13 for all eligible non-gazetted railway employees. 

PLB equivalent to 78 days wages will be paid as a special case considering the good financial performances which is expected to motivate employees. The Gross Traffic Receipt (GTR) during 2012-13 is Rs. 1.24 lakh crore showing an increase of 18.85 per cent against GTR of Rs. 1.04 crore during 2011-12. This increase of GTR was 10.13 per cent during 2011-12 as against 2010-11 and 8.71 per cent during 2010-11 as against 2009-10. 

The financial implication is estimated to be Rs. 1043.43 crore. The wage calculation ceiling prescribed for payment of PLB to eligible non-gazetted railway employees is Rs. 3500/- per month. The payment of PLB to eligible railway employees is made each year before the Dusshera / Puja holidays. About 12.37 lakh non-gazetted railway employees all over the country are likely to benefit. 


The Railways were the first departmental undertaking of the Government of India where the concept of PLB was introduced. The PLB Scheme for the Railways came into force from 1979-80 onwards and was evolved in consultation with the two recognized federations, that is the All India Railwaymen's Federation and National Federation of Indian Railwaymen. The scheme envisages a review every three years. 

Source -  PIB

Union Cabinet clears Railway bonus for 2012-13

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet today cleared a proposal of Railways to give its employees 78-day wages as bonus for 2012-13. 

Productivity-linked bonus is paid to railway employees each year before the Dussehra festival. 

"The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal of the Ministry of Railways for payment of Productivity-Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 days wages for the financial year 2012-13 for all eligible non-gazetted railway employees," said a government statement. 

Over 12.37 lakh non-gazetted railway employees will benefit from the decision of the Cabinet. 

The PLB equivalent to 78 days wages will be paid as a special case considering the good financial performances which is expected to motivate the employees, the statement said. 

The financial implication of payment of 78 days' bonus to railway employees, the same as last year, has been estimated to be over Rs 1043.43 crore. 

The wage calculation ceiling prescribed for payment of bonus to eligible non-gazetted railway employees is Rs 3,500 per month and an employee is likely to get about Rs 8,975 as this year's bonus. 

During 2012-13, the Gross Traffic Receipt (GTR) of Railways was Rs 1.24 lakh crore, an increase of 18.85 per cent against GTR of Rs. 1.04 crore during 2011-12. 

While Railway unions had demanded more than 78 days of bonus as Railways had given bonus of as many days last year also, Railways officials said they would be hard-pressed to give more bonus than last year given the financial condition of the organisation. 

Though there are a total of 13.26 lakh railway employees, 1.26 lakh are not covered under the bonus.

Source - economictimes





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