Jan 6, 2014

आईआरसीटीसी: हर मिनट में बन सकेंगे 7 हजार ई-टिकट


आईआरसीटीसी: हर मिनट में बन सकेंगे 7 हजार ई-टिकट


भोपाल. अब रेल यात्रियों को ई-टिकट बनवाने के दौरान अचानक वेबसाइट बंद होने, लिंक पर पहुंचने में देरी लगने जैसी समस्याओं का सामना नहीं करना पड़ेगा। इंडियन रेलवे कैटरिंग एंड टूरिज्म कॉरपोरेशन (आईआरसीटीसी) ने अपनी वेबसाइट को अपग्रेड करने का काम शुरू कर दिया है।

पहले चरण में हार्डवेयर में बदलाव कर रहा है, जो अगले महीने तक पूरा हो जाएगा। इसके बाद अगले चरण में सॉफ्टवेयर में बदलाव, डिजाइन में परिवर्तन आदि किया जाएगा। यह सारे काम को पूरा होने में तीन महीने का समय लगेगा।

इस कारण यात्रियों को प्रति मिनट दो हजार की जगह सात हजार ई-टिकट बनवाने की सहूलियत मिलने लगेगी। आईआरसीटीसी के मुख्य जनसंपर्क अधिकारी प्रदीप कुंडू ने बताया कि मार्च के अंत तक यह काम पूरा हो जाएगा।

Source - IRCTC

Fire Retardant System in Trains doesn’t come cheap – INR 30 Lakh per Train



More than tech, Railways should paralelly look at the cause, to tackle train fires

The fire that killed 26 passengers on the Nanded Express broke out, ironically, a month after a 30-day nationwide fire safety audit had been done by the railways, worried about a series of fires in pantry cars. Such drives are common and invariably take place after the incident. Similar drives had been conducted after the Tamil Nadu Express fire in Nellore killed more than 30 in 2012.

Of all railway accidents in the last 10 years, train fires make up a little more than three per cent. The number has dropped every year, but the number of lives lost to most of these fires is huge compared to the casualties from other kinds of railway accidents.

Precious little has been achieved during this period either to preempt causes of fire or to detect a fire in time to stop its spread. A technology to automatically detect fire or smoke in AC compartments has been on trial since 2006-07. The seemingly never-ending trial has made officials joke that the delay is perhaps because not enough fires have broken out to test the technology. The railways modified the tech recently and installed it in yet another train to conduct fresh trials. Officials add for good measure that the technology doesn’t come cheap: upwards of Rs 30 lakh per train. So as to augment the technology in all the trains, it may cost Rs.3000 Crore on Indian Railways. Of course, the management and maintenance cost to double the cost paralelly.

On the other hand, questions have been raised at several levels about the efficacy of fire-retardant materials in the interiors of coaches even though the railways swear by these. Two years ago, railway minister Dinesh Trivedi wanted to equip every coach with a handheld extinguisher, but it didn’t work out due to cost and other factors. Controlling the causes of fire, therefore, is the best option rather than waiting for a technological breakthrough.

The TN Express fire happened because of firecrackers being carried by passengers. A routine search should have intercepted that. There have been fire incidents from petrol left in two-wheelers carried in parcel vans, whereas the tanks should have been emptied before loading. Unauthorised vendors boarding with stoves, too, have caused fires. Several dispatches from the Railway Board to zonal units indicate how common these problems are.

There could be sabotage or a short circuit; and yes, there could be careless passengers as well. But it would help if the railways accept that these incidents happen when at some level one of their own fails to do his job.

Source..Rail News

CBI probes corruption in EQ rail tickets



New Delhi: CBI is probing alleged corruption to the tune of crores of rupees in sale of VIP or emergency quota tickets in the Railways and has sought records for the last two years, claiming that even signatures of MPs have been forged to confirm the tickets in some cases.

On an average day, as many as 35,000 tickets in various classes of all trains that originate from Delhi or across the city are reserved under the emergency quota which is also known as VIP or Headquarters quota.

The agency suspects that certain vested interests within various unions of railways and in alleged conspiracy with private travel operators confirm these tickets against a premium, official sources said in New Delhi.

The sources said that the agency had some requests which had forged signatures and in some cases even the letterheads were fake.

Initially, the probe may be limited to the national capital but, if required, it may cover other states, they said.

CBI has already registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) last week against unknown persons to carry out a thorough probe for misuse of the railway tickets issued under quota to various railway unions.

The quota is meant for emergencies which includes medical necessity but the agency has alleged that the process was abused by certain vested interests.

It had found some related documents while looking into the functioning of railways as part of its probe into the alleged bribery case involving the nephew of former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.

In May last year, the CBI had also searched the office of an RPF inspector who had allegedly helped the sacked Railway Board member, Mahesh Kumar, besides shifting some movable assets from his Mumbai residence. Many documents which pointed to a scam in railway ticketing were recovered from there.

CBI had, during a discreet probe, claimed to have found that the emergency quota tickets to unions were being handed over to some travel agents who used to charge a huge price for confirming a waitlisted ticket.

A senior CBI official claimed it was a full-fledged racket. The official said the travel agents had been identified and would be called for examination soon besides some of the office bearers of a few railway unions who had allowed confirmation of wait listed tickets.

Source..Rail News

NCR GM conducts inspection ahead of Mela



Allahabad (ALD): The new General Manager of North Central Railway Pradeep Kumar carried out an inspection at Allahabad railway junction and Megh Mela campus on Saturday to review the preparations made by the railways ahead of the Mela.

Kumar was first apprised of the arrangements through charts and models. Divisional Railway Manager VK Tripathi and Additional Divisional Railway Manager AK Mishra gave information regarding the various routes leading from the Mela area to Allahabad junction and plans to regulate movement of passengers in the station area.

The GM inspected the driver lobby and enquired about the duty roster of drivers, crew management system and available facilities. After that, he inspected the passenger room located on the city side of the Allahabad junction and also additional ticket counters. Kumar also gathered information regarding emergency preparations at the junction. He instructed the officers to make adequate medical arrangements at the Allahabad junction during the entire mela period. He also visited the passenger waiting rooms and parcel office. He subsequently inspected the bedrolls which are being provided to passengers and instructed the officers to maintain quality and hygiene.The GM said that each and every point of the station is important and therefore, for the facility of the passenger, each part should be used properly. He laid emphasis on maintaining cleanliness on the station premises, and adequate seating arrangements. The linen used in waiting rooms should be clean, he said.While inspecting the Civil Lines side of station, Kumar visited the multifunctional complex, proposed VIP lounge, parking and other passenger amenities.At the Mela area, senior divisional commercial manager Anu Mani Tripathi told the GM about the ticket counters and information boards that have been set up. Kumar also visited the exhibition which will be opened for general public during the Mela period.

Chief commercial manager Vijayi Ram, Divisional Railway Manager of Allahabad division VK Tripathi, Additional Divisional Railway Manager AK Mishra, Chief Public Relations Officer Naveen Babu, Secretary to GM AK Dwivedi, officers of the Allahabad Division and Headquarters were present during the inspection.
Source..Rail News

Passenger Train in the newly converted Rangiya-Rangapara BG section received with Cheers



Udalguri (ULG): The people of north Assam are delighted as the NF Railway has finally linked the northern part of the State with the rest of the country by resuming train services yesterday after a gap of long four years.

A passenger train service was flagged off yesterday in the newly converted Rangiya-Rangapara and the North Dekargaon section.

It may be mentioned that the train service had been an important means of communication for the people of the northern part of the State, as it connected Murkoksheleng to Rangiya Junction and other parts of the country like Gwahati and New Jalpaiguri.

President of Rangapara Development Circle Dilip Chakrabarty said train service in this section was closed down for the last four years on security grounds, thereby causing immense hardships to the people of thenorth bank. “Now we are happy as this train service will not only provide communication facility to the people, but will also help in building the economy and the tourism sector of the people of the north bank,” he said.

Immediately upon hearing about resumption of the train service, people from every walk of life flocked to Rangapara town with varieties of musical instruments and created a festive atmosphere at the Rangapara Junction.

Dekargaon and Rangapara junctions wore a festive look yesterday evening as hundreds of people came to celebrate the resumption of the broad gauge train service.

Meanwhile, more than 2,000 enthusiastic people of Udalguri town assembled at the Udalguri Railway Station and cheered the arrival of the first BG passenger train today with over 450 passengers. Loud cheers and firecrackers rent the air as the train chugged into the railway station.

On the other hand, according to Udalguri Railway Station sources, a total of 58 tickets worth Rs 825 were sold on the first servcie for Mazbat and Rangapara junction.

Source..Rail News

Third Instance of Derailment in 40 Days – Bangalore Division struggle to manage

Bangalore (SBC): Railway Administration says “inexperienced loco pilots, allowed to shunt trains due to shortage of experienced staff, are causing frequent derailments at Bangalore City Railway Station, which in turn, is affecting the arrival and departure of trains”.

The derailment of two locomotives of Bangalore-Chennai Shatabdi Express early Sunday morning is the third such incident since November 24.

According to a source in the Railway department, the newly-recruited loco pilots should be given LearningRoad (LR) training and checked for efficiency before being deputed as assistant loco pilots.

The Railways is deputing them even before they complete training to shunt trains to the maintenance pits, the source said.

“The inexperienced loco pilots are unable to guide the trains in the loops and turn outs in the railway station,” the source remarked.

Allegation Denied

South Western Railways (SWR) General Manager P K Saxena denied the allegation and said, “There are different kinds of loco pilots. After necessary training, the loco pilots are deputed to assist experienced pilots who run the trains. Only such loco pilots are allowed to shunt trains at Bangalore City Railway Station. We will look into the incidents of derailments that have happened in the last three years and do whatever is necessary to eliminate or minimise them.”

The Incident

Both locomotives of Bangalore-Chennai Shatabdi Express derailed on the platform when the loco pilot overshot the signal and moved towards Platform Number 6 at the station at about 4.00 am on Sunday morning.

TKN goods train was stranded for more than an hour after efforts to reverse it, at Point No 55 of Yeshwantpur Railway Station at about 5.20 am, went in vain.

Trains Delayed

Chennai-Mysore Cauvery Express arrived at Platform Number 6 instead of 5 due to the derailment and its departure was delayed by more than 90 minutes.

The Shatabdi Express, supposed to leave Platform Number 6, was rescheduled to leave from Platform 1 and was delayed by 15 minutes.

Nanded-Bangalore Express and another train were forced to wait for more than an hour and a half at Yeshwantpur Railway Station as the TKN goods train was stranded on the railway line leading to the CityRailway Station.

Inconvenience

Passengers, who came to board the Chennai-bound Shatabdi Express, in the last minute, had to scurry to Platform Number 1, at quite a distance from Platform Number 6.

Railway officials could have minimised the inconvenience by rescheduling the train from Platform Number 5, adjacent to the train’s original boarding point.

Previous Incidents
Two coaches of Bangalore-Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express derailed and crashed into the compound wall of Mahatma Gandhi Railway Colony recently.
In the second week of December, one of the locomotives of Bangalore-Chennai Shatabdi Express derailed while entering platform No 6.


Source..Rail News

 

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