Jan 18, 2014

Penrith rail station revamp to improve disabled access



A Cumbria station is to undergo its first major refurbishment in 30 years to improve disabled access.

Penrith station will also get a new customer information desk as well as better lighting and heating.

Virgin Trains, which runs the station, said work was expected to begin in February and would last for six weeks.

During the revamp the opening hours of ticket office will be reduced, a spokesman for Virgin said. The hall will also be redecorated.
Source..BBC

आधी रात के बाद दो दिन नहीं हो पाएगा रिजर्वेशन



इंटरनेट रिजर्वेशन की सुविधा 18 और 19 जनवरी को रात 12 बजे से सुबह 4 बजे तक बंद रहेगी। ऐसा रिजर्वेशन सिस्टम के सर्वर में तकनीकी सुधार के कारण होगा। दक्षिण पूर्व मध्य रेलवे सहित देश के 6 जोन को ऑनलाइन रिजर्वेशन की सुविधा कोलकाता से मिल रही है। भारतीय रेल में कंप्यूटर का काम संभालने वाली क्रिस ने इसके लिए कोलकाता में ही सर्वर तैयार किया है। इसी सर्वर में सुधार किया जाना है। सुधार में 8 घंटे लगेंगे। सर्वर को एक ही दिन 8 घंटे बंद रखना संभव नहीं है, लिहाजा मेंटेनेंस का काम दो रात में पूरा किया जाएगा। सर्वर को हर रात 4-4 घंटे बंद रखा जाएगा। इसके लिए रात 12 बजे से सुबह 4 बजे तक का समय निर्धारित किया गया है। शेष पेज - १९
इस समय ऑनलाइन रिजर्वेशन कराने वालों की संख्या कम ही होती है। सर्वर के बंद होने का असर एसईसीआर के अलावा ईस्ट कोस्ट, साउथ ईस्ट सेंट्रल, साउथ ईस्टर्न, ईस्टर्न, ईस्ट सेंट्रल सहित एनएफआर रेलवे में रहेगा। यानी देश के 25 फीसदी इलाके में रिजर्वेशन की सुविधा 4-4 घंटे बंद रहेगी।
Source..bhaskar

‘रेलवे सुविधाओं के लिए करना होगा और इंतजार’

कोरबा. दक्षिण पूर्व मध्य रेलवे बिलासपुर मंडल के डीआरएम अजय प्रताप सिंह ने कहा है कि यहां के लोगों को रेलवे से मिलने वाली सुविधाओं का लाभ आगे भी जल्दी से नहीं मिल पाएगा। इतना ही नहीं उन्होंने आगामी रेल बजट में सुविधाएं मिलने को लेकर कोई सकारात्मक जवाब नहीं दिया।


डीआरएम सिंह शुक्रवार को कोरबा पहुंचे। उन्होंने गेवरा, कुसमुंडा रेलवे साइडिंग का निरीक्षण करने के बाद वापस लौटते हुए पत्रकारों से चर्चा के दौरान कहा कि रेल मंडल की प्राथमिकता कोयला लदान है न कि पैसेंजर। पिछले साल की तुलना में इस बार लदान में रेलवे पीछे है, जिसे पूरा करने की कोशिश की जा रही है। दो माह में अधिक से अधिक लदान करके लक्ष्य के पास पहुंचने की कोशिश करेंगे। उन्होंने कहा कि कुसमुंडा में एक अतिरिक्त साईडिंग का निर्माण किया जा रहा है, जिसमें कुछ खामियां थी, उसे दुरुस्त करने स्थल का निरीक्षण करने गए थे। समाधान कर लिया गया है। अब कार्य में गति आएगी और इस माह अतिरिक्त साइडिंग से कोयला लदान शुरू हो जाएगा।


सिंह नए आरक्षण काउंटर निर्माण को फरवरी से शुरू होने की बात कही। पिटलाइन व एफओबी के संबंध में पूछे गए सवाल पर उन्होंने कहा कि पिटलाइन का निर्माण जिस उद्देश्य से कराया गया है वह नहीं होने के पीछे खामियां हैं। जिसे पूरा करने के बाद ही ट्रेनों का मरम्मत कार्य किया जा सकेगा। मानिकपुर की ओर एफओबी के आसपास विकास कार्यों को लेकर सिंह का कहना था कि विकास कार्य राज्य शासन को कराना पड़ेगा यह काम रेलवे का नहीं है। रेलवे ने एफओबी बनाकर दे दिया है।


आगामी रेल बजट में कोरबा को क्या कुछ मिलेगा इस पर उन्होंने कहा कि इस पर कुछ कहना मुश्किल होगा। यह निर्णय रेलवे बोर्ड एवं मुख्यालय में लिया जाएगा। जनशताब्दी एवं इंटरसिटी की मांग पर उन्होंने कहा कि कोरबावासियों की ओर से यह मांग आई है, जिस पर अंतिम निर्णय मुख्यालय लेगा। इस दौरान रश्मि गौतम, वीके पांडे, एआरएम केसी राउत, एएन पाणीग्रही व टीके प्रकाश राव उपस्थित थे। निरीक्षण के दौरान कोरबा पहुंचे डीआरएम सिंह को रेलवे मजदूर कांग्रेस के पदाधिकारियों ने 7 सूत्रीय मांग पत्र सौंपा।
Source..Bhaskar

अब करें IRCTC से स्‍टेशन का रिटायरिंग रूम बुक और भी...



यात्रियों को और सुविधाएं देने के प्रयासों के तहत भारतीय रेलवे खानपान एवं पर्यटन निगम (IRCTC) ने रेलवे स्टेशनों पर विश्रामालयों (रिटायरिंग रूम) के लिए ऑनलाइन बुकिंग सुविधा शुरू कर दी है.

IRCTC के एक अधिकारी ने कहा कि कोई भी यात्री कंफर्म या आरएसी टिकट के पीएनआर के साथ विश्रामालय के लिए ऑनलाइन बुकिंग करा सकता है.

फिलहाल मुंबई के सीएसटी स्टेशन पर विश्रामालय के लिए यह सुविधा शुरू की गयी है. बाद में यह सुविधा दिल्ली, कोलकाता जैसे बड़े स्टेशनों तथा प्रमुख पर्यटन केंद्रों के लिए शुरू की जाएगी.

इस सुविधा के लिए किसी रजिस्‍ट्रेशन या लॉगइन आईडी की जरूरत नहीं होगी. यह सुविधा रात में साढ़े 11 बजे से साढ़े 12 बजे के बीच सिर्फ एक घंटे के लिए बंद रहेगी. इसके अलावा दिन के पूरे 23 घंटे ऑनलाइन बुकिंग की जा सकेगी.

पहले से ही यह सुविधा स्‍टेशन पर उपलब्‍ध है. जिन स्‍टेशनों पर रिटायरिंग रूम की सुविधा है वहां पहुंचने से पहले ही आप अपने स्‍टेशन (जहां से सफर शुरू कर रहे हैं) से रिटायरिंग रूम बुक कर सकते हैं. अब इसी सुविधा को ऑनलाइन भी कर दिया गया है. मतलब अब घर बैठे आप रिटायरिंग रूम बुक करा सकते हैं.
Source..aajtak

Centralized token system for Tatkal tickets draws flak



Nagpur (NGP): The Central Railway decision to centralize token system for Tatkal tickets has come in for sharp criticism from passengers who are facing grave inconvenience. Of and on there have been complaints from harried passengers that they are issued tokens for counters at the east side (Santra Market) of the station from main reservation office at the west side.

Most of the time it happens that by the time passengers reach the Santra Market side, Tatkal quota is finished. On Friday, at least 20 passengers were directed to the east side of the station and they failed to get berths. How many could get confirmed Tatkal tickets could not be known but woman passenger complained that her son failed to get a berth as he was not communicated that he had to go to counters at Santra Market side.

“We both were in queue from 7.30am for tickets to Mumbai and Howrah. My son was issued a form with SM written on it but was not told SM means Santra Market. He was in line at main station and when his turn came, he was told he had to go to Santra Market side. The clerk concerned was not ready to accept the form and was rude. Lot of time was wasted and when he finally went to east side, no ticket was left,” said Purnima Banerjee.

“It is really foolish to issue tokens for east side from west side. When there are three counters at Santra Market side, why Tatkal tokens are not issued there itself,” asked Banerjee.

The Central Railway made lot of noise about the home platform on the east side but has failed to address the issue of Tatkal tokens, she added. At 2pm, it was sought to know from Central Railway PRO PD Patil the reasons for this anomaly. Patil did not come up with a reply till late evening. A SMS sent to him was also not replied to.

“Passengers have to cross a long distance to reach east side. Moreover, they park vehicles at the west side and have to return. If Tatkal tokens are issued from there they will not have to come back,” said another passenger Deepak Khade. Khade said passengers had to buy a platform ticket to walk through the station premises to east side. “It is better if tokens are issued from east side itself,” he added.

Passenger Neil Banerjee said if person with token No. 8 is in queue at main station and No 9 has been allotted Santra Market side. How will the passenger know which number is on display at that side? “Role of touts cannot be ruled out in this system,” he alleged.

Source..Rail News

Allahabad Jn to get infrastructure makeover



Allahabad Jn (ALD): The infrastructure of the Allahabad railway junction would undergo a major transformation with the construction of more platforms and a skywalk, said North Central Railway General Manager Pradeep Kumar while talking to the media on Wednesday.

The construction of platform number 11 is currently in progress and work on platforms 12 and 13 is proposed. The expansion is being done in view of the huge passenger turnout on occasions of mega religious events like the Kumbh. The skywalk will connect foot-over-bridges with platforms on the Civil Lines side.

The passenger enclosures constructed for Mahakumbh last year will now be segregated on the basis of arriving and departing passengers. The objective is to control the rush of passengers and ensure smooth movement of outgoing and incoming, the GM added.

North Central Railway is also planning to strengthen infrastructure and passenger amenities at Subedarganj and Cheoki railway stations. At Chheoki, a passenger shade would be built and construction of a station building is also proposed.

At Subedarganj station, construction of a foot-over-bridge is underway. Further, the height of two platforms will also be increased.

The GM also said the construction of the Eastern Freight Corridor would ease traffic on the New Delhi-Mughalsarai route as freight trains would be shifted to the corridor and the would be cleared for passenger, mail and express trains.

Source..Rail News

Now, book Railway Retiring Rooms online!

A genuine train passenger can now book railway retiring rooms online in a bid to reduce the hassle they face while booking them at the stations.

To begin with IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited) has provided the additional facility for booking retiring rooms at the Mumbai CST station.

Any passenger with a confirmed or a RAC ticket can use the electronic system to book rooms or beds in dormitories for all those travelling on the same ticket at either the originating station or destination station.

The booking could be made for a minimum of 12 hours to a maximum of 48 hours through net banking on credit or debit cards. Passengers will have to carry the electronically generated confirmation slips with them.

The service charge for booking these rooms for upto 24 hours is Rs. 20 and Rs. 40 for upto 48 hours, while for booking dormitory beds will be Rs. 10 for the first 24 hours and Rs. 20 for 48 hours.

Source..Rail News

Certification for Mumbai’s first metro route “Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar” by Sept 2014

MUMBAI: Despite tall claims that Mumbai’s first metro rail Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar will get railway certification in September to chug-off early next year, it has not yet received the much needed approval of the Research Development and Standards Organization (RDSO) of the Indian Railways.

Also Mumbai’s 20 km monorail will be complete only in 2015 instead of 2014. These facts were revealed by none other than Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in his written reply on the floor of the house during the winter session of state assembly in Nagpur last month.

Monorail’s second phase from Wadala to Jacob Circle will take at least 18 months from now to be complete, he informed the house at the ongoing winter session of the state legislature here. Though Chavan expected the commissioning of metro in January, he admitted that process to get RDSO certification was still underway.
Source..Rail News

 

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