Jan 16, 2014

Indian Railways Time Tabling Conference 2014 held at Guwahati

Guwahati (GWH): The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) hosted the Indian Railways Time Tabling Conference (IRTTC), 2014, here for the first time last week.

The meeting is held to deliberate on introduction of new trains, extension of existing trains, increase in frequency of trains, modifications of train timings and other related issues.

More than 200 delegates including about 30 senior officers from all the 17 zonal railways and the Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. participated in the conference which had ‘Maximising the Number of Trains with Existing Resources’ as the main focus.

It is significant that the Conference, considered to be the precursor of formulation of Budget announcements and New Time Table that comes into effect in July every year, was held in north-east for the first time, an NFR release said here today.

The IRTTC is an annual feature in Indian Railways wherein all the zonal railways discuss and deliberate across the table to thrash out solutions to issues like modifications in the timings of trains, augmentation of capacities of trains and introduction of new trains in a coordinated manner so as to improve the service being provided to the passengers.

The major agenda of this year’s conference was measures to improve on-time running of trains, considerations of major demands for introduction of new trains, extension of new trains to new destinations, increase of frequency of trains which are not run daily and introduction of new trains or extension of existing trains on newly-constructed or newly gauge converted railway lines.

The conference was successful in resolving several issues connected with improvement of train services in the country, the release added.

Source..Rail News

Kejriwal tells DMRC to speed up all Pending Projects

New Delhi: Chief Minister Mr.Arvind Kejriwal, in a meeting with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation officials on Monday, asked DMRC to expedite all pending Metro projects which had been stuck due to “political interventions”.

“In a recent meeting with the DMRC Chief, I assured him that all projects which were stuck due to land disputes and political interventions, would now take off smoothly. I have also asked DMRC to consider increasing the number of train coaches,” he said.

Delhi Metro has been asked to consult in a number of Metro projects across the country, including projects in Noida and Gurgaon.

The Congress-led Delhi government had expressed reservations about Delhi Metro Rail Corporation taking up projects outside the capital, especially since work on phase III of the Delhi Metro network is on-going. DMRC has already taken up projects in Kochi and Jaipur.

DMRC is also in the process of adding coaches to the Yellow (HUDA City Centre-Jehangirpuri), Blue (Dwarka Sector 21-Noida/Vaishali) and Red lines (Inderlok-Dilshad Garden), said Delhi Metro officials.

Source..Rail News

Unions to go for Secret Ballot on Railway Strike in SECR

Nagpur Road (NPRD): The recognized South East Central Railway Men’s Congress (SECRMC), affiliated to National Federation of Indian Railways (NFIR), will go for a secret ballot in the Nagpur division on Friday and Saturday.

The secret ballot is being conducted over charter of demands the two leading unions of Indian Railways – All India Railway Federation (AIRF) and NFIR – had submitted to the ministry of railways. The railways employs 1.4 million people and most of them belong to these two unions.

Pitamber Laxminarayan, joint general secretary and divisional coordinator, said the employees are frustrated over failure to get fulfilled various demands.

Laxminarayan said that the main demands include setting up VII pay commission. Others include removing anomalies in pay while implementing VI pay commission report, which also requires revision of the pay scale for various categories.

SECRMC leader demanded abolition of new pension scheme and statutory guarantee for new pension subscribers, besides entitlement to pension and other benefits for casual workers in continuous service for 20-25 years.

The other demands include curbs on surrendering posts, changing duty hours from 12 to 8, stop productivity linked bonus and pay as per salaries and filling up of vacancies. “If the employees go on strike railways will be put to loss of over Rs350 crore per day,” union leaders said.

Source..Rail News

Japan to invest Rs.13000 Crore in Mumbai Metro

Aurangabad (AWB): Maharashtra Chief Minister, Mr.Prithviraj Chavan has said that Japan government is keen to invest in state’s industries and public transport projects. In the ambitious Mumbai Metro project the Japan government has come forward and agreed to invest a substantial amount of Rs.13000 Crore.

Mr.Chavan said that, a delegation of Japan government had been to Mumbai and had detailed meeting with him. In the meeting the Japan government delegation showed its keenness in investment in the Mumbai Metro project and other infrastructure projects including the Delhi-Mumbai-Industrial-Corridor (DMIC). The process of land acquisition is on the verge of completion under the DMIC project and it will be started once it is completed.

He also said that Japan wants tourism increased in the internationally renowned historical caves of Ellora-Ajanta.

Source..Rail News

Cabinet puts off Rail Tariff Authority proposal for want of Railway Minister’s presence

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday put off the proposal to constitute a Rail Tariff Authority (RTA) which is meant to advise the Railway Ministry on fares, an important reform measure for the cash-strapped public transport system. Sources said the proposal could not be taken up as Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge was not present in the Cabinet meeting.

A close aide of Mr.Kharge said the Minister could not attend the meeting as he was out of town and will reach New Delhi in the evening. The Cabinet meeting was to take place in the evening but was rescheduled for the morning because of which he could not attend it.

The RTA, seen to be a major reform proposal, is crucial for the railways as it will recommend fare revision from time to time taking into account input costs and volatile market conditions.

The Cabinet is also expected to approve formation of a search committee for appointing RTA members and its chairman.

Cabinet Secretary and Railway Board Chairman are members of the search committee.

However, RTA’s recommendation will not be mandatory for railways as, according to existing law, only the Railway Board, and not any outside body, can fix the tariff.

RTA will be given mandatory powers only after the amendment of the Railway Act, 1989, in Parliament which is unlikely to happen in the UPA-II regime, since their term comes to an end in a few months.

The next government will initiate the process of making RTA a mandatory body by amending the Railway Act to insert a sub-section called Chapter 5 (A).

Source..Rail News

Beware! There are Dangerous Pitfalls at most Central Railway stations in Mumbai

Mumbai: The signal pit at Ghatkopar station where 16-year-old Monica More fell and her arms got crushed under the train is not the only blind spot on the Central Railway. Similar pits and danger spots dot other stations too.

Sources said that the pits mushroomed after the Central Railway extended its platforms to accommodate 15-car trains. Many platforms on Central Railway are passenger unfriendly, not of uniform level and have many blind spots that could be risky for commuters.

Starting from Thane towards CST, the first such platform is Bhandup. The station’s platform 2 has a pit near the spot where the ladies compartment halts. A little ahead is a huge hole with debris stacked around it — a sign that signalling work had begun but left incomplete for the past six months.

The pit at Ghatkopar station, which caused More’s accident, is now in the process of being removed.

Platform one at Vidyavihar is longer than platform two by a few metres, posing a risk to commuters. At Kurla, work on a foot overbridge has been abandoned for the past one year and since then iron piers have been protruding, posing a risk to commuters.

Railway officials say stations have been revamped as the length of trains has increased. This has led to complications. “Some signals could not be shifted due to their strategic position and so a pit was built. But, we have realised the folly and have begun shifting them,” said a railway official.

Railway activists said signals could be put up on the roof if positioning was important but it would be dangerous to leave them where they were now.

Central Railway spokesperson Ashok Singh said the railways has formed a team to assess the problem. “We have formed engineering teams that will visit each station to identify the problems,” he told.

2.5 lakh passengers every day: The station’s signalling pit was responsible for the incident where 16-year-old Monica More lost both her arms. The railways now intend to relocate the signal after the incident.

2.0 lakh passengers every day

Problem 1: When the length of the station was increased to accommodate 15-car trains, the signal was not shifted. This resulted in a gap on the platform, posing a risk to commuters. This is near the spot where the trains’ ladies compartment halt.

Problem 2: On the middle of platform 2, is a huge hole with a pile of debris around it. Although the signalling work was stopped six months ago, the dug-up portion has not been filled.

3.8 lakh passengers every day: Platforms have iron spikes jutting out. They were intended to be the base of a footover bridge, work on which has been stalled for more than a year. This poses a risk to commuters as it is a busy station

Vidyavihar - 1.5 lakh passengers every day: This station’s south-end is a danger zone with one side of platform longer than the other. The skewed layout can be dangerous for commuters. The uneven platform surface has added to commuters’ woes.

Source..Rail News

Home stress drives Railway Official to end life in DRM’s Office/Bhopal

Bhopal (BPL): A railway official allegedly committed suicide at the Divisional Railway Manager’s (DRM) office, on Tuesday night after his duty by consuming some poisonous substance. His body was recovered outside his car, parked at the office on Wednesday morning. A suicide note recovered by the police mentioned family issues as the reason that forced him to take the extreme step.

Police, who were informed about the incident early morning left the body unattended on the spot till afternoon and completed paper works. The body was sent for autopsy later.

Police officials said the railway official identified as Alkesh Mishra, 43, assistant yard master, lived with his cousin at railway colony close to the DRM office. His wife and son lived in Betul.

Mishra did not return home after his night shift and his body was found lying outside his car in the office premises.

It was suspected that he consumed celphos pills in his car but due to suffocation he later tried to move out of the car and succumbed. An empty pack of celphos pills and a bottle was recovered from the spot which the police suspected to be consumed by Mishra. His jacket and other articles were found in the car.

He had vomited after consuming the fumigant, stains of which were on his clothes, officials added.

Police said Mishra was separated from his wife for past few years and had even filed for a divorce. However, his family members and office colleagues remained unaware about the reason for his suicide, if any.

His cousin Akash Shukla, an engineering graduate, who lived with him, said, “I talked to him over phone around 10 pm but when he did not return till midnight, I again called him but his phone was switched off. Later, I contacted one of his colleagues who said he was unaware about his whereabouts. In the morning, I got a call from a relative after which I reached DRM office and found him dead near his car. He was a native of Betul and his father is an advocate there”, he added.

His colleagues were also surprised on learning about the incident. “We had gone to Vaishno Devi shrine together and returned on January 6. It is hard to believe that he had committed suicide”, said Mishra’s colleague, Manoj.
Source..Rail News





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