Nov 2, 2013

New special train via Allahabad to cope up with Diwali rush

ALLAHABAD: In view of the heavy rush of passengers during Diwali, railway administration has decided to ply a special train between Jodhpur and Howrah. This train will pass through Allahabad. The train will depart from Jodhpur at 3:00 pm travel via Gotan, Metra Road, Degana, Makrana, Kuchaman, Phulera, Kanakpura, Jaipur, Dausa, Bandikui, Bharatpur, Agra Fort, Tundla, Etawa, Kanpur Central, Fatehpur, Allahabad, Mirzapur, Mughalsarai, Sasaram, Gaya, Dhanbad, Pradhankunta, Asansol and finally terminate at Howrah at 11:30 pm the next day.

During the return journey, the train will depart from Howrah at 8:15 pm and after going through the above route will arrive at Allahabad at 9:45 am, and finally terminate at Jodhpur next day at 4:40 am. This train will depart from Jodhpur end on November 1 and from Howrah end on November 4.It will comprise of one AC-II tier, one AC-III tier, fifteen sleeper and two general class coaches.

Source..Rail News

New platinum rated IRICEN building commissioned

The newly-constructed administrative Green Building (Platinum Rated) of Indian Railways Institute for Civil Engineering (IRICEN) was formally commissioned by Subodh Jain, (IRSE), Member engineering, Railway Board, at Koregaon Park on Friday.

November 1 is celebrated by the officers of Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) to mark the beginning of the illustrious service 123 years ago. B.P. Khare, General Manager, Central Railway and other senior officials were present on the occasion.

The institute plays a vital role in building the career of railway engineers and provides in-house training to freshly recruited civil engineers of Indian Railways. The new IRICEN building has been constructed over 8,700 sqm.

Source..Rail News

Railway line proposed by Indira in 1978 to become a reality soon

Bangalore: A railway line which was first proposed by the late prime minister Indira Gandhi, when she contested the Lok Sabha elections from Chikmagalur in 1978, will become operational soon.

According to sources, the railways has completed all the works on Kadur-Chikmagalur and Kolar-Chikballapur railway lines.

It has obtained clearances from the Rail Safety Commissioner to run trains on both the lines.

The railway officials said they are planning to inaugurate Kolar-Chikballapur railway line on November 8 and Kadur-Chikmagalur railway line on November 19. The dates were announced by Union Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday.

Meanwhile, South Western Railway’s Chief Administrative Officer Adesh Sharma said: “Both the railway lines are ready for inauguration and preparations are on.”

Kadur-Chikmagalur Railway Line

It was first proposed as a part of Kadur-Sakleshpur railway project by the late prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1978. Though, C K Jaffer Sharief sanctioned a survey of the railway line during his tenure as the Union railway minister, the project was sanctioned in 1996-97 budget and was taken up much later.

As the railways had delayed the implementation of the project due to lack of funds, the State government offered to fund the project on cost-sharing basis.

The 45-km railway line work has been completed at a cost of `280 crore and it passes through Bisilehalli, Sakharayapatna and Kanivehalli.

Chikballapur-Kolar Railway Line

The railways undertook the gauge conversion work on the 96.5-km railway line between Kolar and Chickballapur nearly seven years ago.

The State government agreed to fund the project on cost sharing basis at the insistence of the former Union minister of state for railways K H Muniyappa to ensure that the project is completed on time. This work has been completed at a cost of `450 crore. It passes through Shiddlaghatta and Chintamani.

Source..Rail News

Facilities at Indian Railway Cancer Institute to improve soon


VARANASI: The facilities at Indian Railway Cancer Institute are likely to improve in near future. Efforts are being made to chalk out the work plan in this regard. This was claimed by Divisional Railway Manager, Varanasi, Mr.Ajay Vijayvargiya while launching a new 24 hour ambulance service on Wednesday.

He said that the hospital is considered one of the best for cancer patients and will soon be equipped with modern facilities. The new air conditioned ambulance will render service of carrying patients from their home to hospital round the clock.

Meanwhile, a six monthly newsletter was also released by the cancer hospital. Director, Cancer Institute, Dr PK Mishra, chief medical officer, divisional hospital, North Eastern Railways (NER), Dr Anand Tandon and several others were present on the occasion.
Source..Rail News

Central Railway will switch to AC power next Sunday

MUMBAI: After months of delay, Central Railway will be able to undertake conversion of traction from 1500V direct current to 25KV alternating current on November 10 between LTT-Thane and Thane-Kalyan.

The commissioner of railway safety (Central Circle) has given a clearance to undertake the switchover that will enable savings in energy and less maintenance-related failure. Central Railway's chief public relations officer Atul Rane said, "We will switch to AC traction on November 9 or 10. Details about train cancellations and block timings during the work are being finalized." 

The traction between Kalyan-Igatpuri and Kalyan-Lonavala is already on AC power. Though CR had carried out test charging of LTT-Thane and Thane-Kalyan stretch on AC traction in December last year, the permanent switchover had been held up. The commissioner of railway safety (CRS) had raised an objection claiming there was inadequate gap between the overhead equipment (OHE) wire and the base of foot overbridges, road overbridges and Parsik tunnel. The CRS had feared that any compromise would have affected the safety of transportation system. 

CR is expected to save nearly Rs 120 crore per annum after it switches over to the AC system due to reduced transmission losses and regenerative braking system in the trains that can bring down energy consumption by around 33%. 

Maintenance-related failures, too, will be lesser on the AC system as it has only 11 substations compared to 75 on the DC system. Moreover, the AC system needs lighter OHE wires, whereas the thicker and heavier contact wires and pantographs in the DC network are prone to faster wear and tear.

Source - TOI

Carry original ID proof, railway urges passengers

PUDUCHERRY: Southern Railway has insisted that passengers booking tickets under Tatkal scheme must carry original identity proof mentioned on the ticket at the time of booking. 

Southern Railway in a statement said passengers do not produce the identity proof using which Tatkal ticket was booked leading to inconvenience both to them and the railway officials. 

The railway authorities sought the passengers to carry any one of the original documents like elector photo identity cards (Epic), Passport, Pan card issued by the income tax department, driving license issued by regional transport office, photo identity card having serial number issued by central or state governments, students' identity card with photograph issued by recognized schools or colleges, nationalized bank passbook with photograph, credit cards issued by banks with laminated photograph, unique identification card 'Aadhaar' and photo identity cards having serial number issued by public sector undertakings of state or central governments, district, municipal or and panchayat administrations. 

Source - TOI





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