Feb 14, 2014

Frequency of Sambalpur – H.S. Nanded - Sambalpur Nagavali Express Increased from Bi-weekly to Tri-weekly

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Tr. No. 18309/18310 Sambalpur – H.S.Nanded – Sambalpur Nagavali Express will be increased from 2 days in a week to 3 days in a week.

Accordingly, Train No. 18309 Sambalpur – H.S.Nanded Nagavali Express will depart Sambalpur o­n Sunday, Monday and Friday effective from 9th February, 2014.

In the return direction, Train No. 18310 H.S.Nanded – Sambalpur Nagavali Express will depart H.S. Nanded o­n Monday, Tuesday and Saturday effective from 10th February, 2014. 

SORCE - (K.Sambasiva Rao)
Chief Public Relations Office


To fulfill its commitment to provide quality and hygienic food to travelling passengers at reasonable rates as fixed by Railway Administration, Western Railway has launched 'Know Your Rights' campaign for a week upto 14th Feb,2014 to make the passengers aware of their rights and availability of standard meals with the knowledge of its pricing and items served in it. During this campaign, passengers will not o­nly be made aware of their rights but will also be advised about the complaint mechanism set up by Western Railways.

Special standard meals have been designed by Railways and instructions have been issued to sell standard Veg. meals @ Rs.50/- and standard Non-Veg meals @ Rs.55/- both inclusive of curd/sweet and 250 ml. packed drinking water in trains.

To educate the travelling passengers, help from NGOs and Scouts & Guides has been sought by the Western Railway. Special Banners & Stickers have been put up in this regard at WR's two main terminals i.e. Mumbai Central & Bandra Terminus from where long distance trains are run. In yet another endeavour to equip the passengers with first hand information o­n the quantity, pricing, items of the standard meals, leaflets are being distributed to the passengers of outgoing trains at these terminus stations.

To further enable the passengers to lodge their complaints, if any, regarding overcharging or missing items etc, passengers are being educated about the means to reach out to the railway administration via email at cateringcomplaint@gmail.com or through toll free No.1800111321 or at mobile No.09004441955.

Western Railway has also taken an initiative of sending SMS alerts o­n travelling passenger's mobiles educating them about the same.

The SMS system has been appreciated by passengers and various inputs regarding Catering services are being received. Upon the success of 'Know Your Rights' campaign, such campaign will be continued in future.
Source - Sharat Chandrayan,
Chief Public Relations Office

Extentision of trips of 06551/06552 Yesvantpur – Jaipur Express via Vasai Road

For the convenience of the passengers and to clear the extra rush, Railways has decided to extend the run of 06551/06552 Yesvantpur – Jaipur Express via Vasai Road .

In extended trip , Train no. 06551 Yesvantpur – Jaipur Express will depart from Yesvantpur o­n 16th& 23rd February,2014 at 10.45 hrs and will arrive Jaipur at 10.35 hrs o­n 18th & 25thFebruary,2014 respectively. Similarly, Train no. 06552 Jaipur – Yesvantpur Express will depart from Jaipur o­n 18th & 25thFebruary ,2014 at 22.05 hrs and will arrive Yesvantpur at 03.30 hrs o­n 21st & 28th February ,2014 respectively .

The train halts at Tumkar, Arasikere, Birur, Chikjajur, Chitradurga, Rayadurg, Bellary, Guntakal, Adoni, Mantralayam Road, Raichur, Yadgir, Wadi, Gulburga, Solapur, Pune, Lonavala, Kalyan, Vasai Road, Vapi, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Dahod, Meghnagar, Ratlam, Neemach, Chittaurgarh, Bhiwara, Bijainagar, Nasirabad, Ajmer, Kissangarh, Phulera and Kanakpura in both direction.

Source - Sharat Chandrayan , Chief Public Relations Officer


Western Railway has introduced two ticket windows of fixed denominations for Rs.5/- & Rs.10/- at Borivali and Andheri stations each with immediate effect to facilitate quick dispersal of tickets as also to save time.

WR has conducted a survey of slab wise ticket sale at few important stations so that windows may be earmarked for the convenience of the passengers especially for the slabs in which maximum number of tickets are sold at these stations. Accordingly, the analysis of the survey revealed that about two third card tickets which are sold at Andheri &Borivali stations fall under the slabs of Rs.5/- & Rs.10/- .

WR has started two windows in two shifts at these stations for the sale of the tickets of the slab of Rs.5/- & Rs.10/- each. The specialized windows will be pasted with designated color so that it can be easily identified by the passengers. Accordingly, the special window where the tickets of the slab of Rs.5/- will be sold has been colored in Red while the special window earmarked for the sale of the tickets of the slab of Rs.10/- has been colored in Yellow for easy identification by the passengers. Boards have also been put up near the entry/exit of the booking offices for the information of the passengers.

For the slab of 0-10 kms, the suburban fare is Rs.5/- and for the slab of 11-30 kms, the suburban fare is Rs.10/-. Hence issuing tickets from the earmarked windows for these slabs will considerably reduce the queues. The time for purchasing ticket will also be curtailed as it will be easier for the booking clerk to issue the ticket of fixed denomination i.e. Rs.5/- & Rs.10/- quickly. The calculation and the money exchange will also be faster as the passengers can approach these windows with fixed amount or change.

This new scheme has been implemented for a period of o­ne month up to 10th March, 2014 o­n trial basis.
Source - (Sharat Chandrayan)
Chief Public Relations Officer

Special Train for Madgaon - Anganewadi Mela - Bookings open from 13.2.2014


Central Railway has decided to run a special train between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Madgaon to clear the extra rush of passengers o­n account Anganewadi Mela. The details of special trains are:

Train No. 01005 Special will leave Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai at 00.20 hrs o­n 16.2.2014 (midnight of 15/16.2.2014) and will arrive Madgaon at 12.40 hrs same day.

Train No. 01006 Special will leave Madgaon at 13.15 hrs o­n 16.2.2014 and will arrive Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai at 23.55 hrs same day.

HALTS: Dadar, Thane, Panvel, Roha, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal, Sawantwadi Road

COMPOSITION: o­ne First AC cum AC-2 Tier, o­ne AC-2 Tier, Two AC-3 Tier, 12 Sleeper Class, 5 General Second Class and 2 General Second Class cum guard’s brake vans.

RESERVATION: Bookings open from 13.2.2014

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Date: February 11, 2014

Source - This news comes to you from Public Relations Department, Central Railway, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai.

45 counters for self booking earmarked at 20 stations on Mumbai division from 13.2.2014 to 10.4.2014

CR has decided to earmark 45 counters at 20 stations o­n Mumbai division for passengers who desire to travel self or self with family. 

Self coming to get reservation have to submit a self attested copy of ID proof along with original ID for verification. This will come into force from 13.2.2014 to 10.4.2014. 

The earmarked counters will open for advanced reservation period (60 days) from 0800-0945 hrs and for Tatkal tickets from 0945-1030 hrs. After 1030 hrs these counters will function as normal counters. 

The details of 45 counters earmarked are under: Ambarnath (2), Belapur (1), Bhiwandi Road (1), Bhandup (1), Byculla (2), Chembur (1), CST (10), Dombivli (2), Dadar (1), Ghatkopar (2), Kalyan (5), Lonavla (1), LTT (3), Mumbra (1), Mulund (2), Panvel (1), Thane (5), Ulhasnagar (1), Vartak Nagar (1) & Vashi (2)

Source - C RLY

Central Rly Related Announcements - Railway Budget 2014-15

New Services

Premium Trains:

i. Howrah – Pune AC Express (Bi-weekly) via Nagpur, Manmad
ii. Mumbai – Howrah AC Express (Bi-weekly) via Nagpur, Raipur
iii. Mumbai – Patna AC Express (Bi-weekly) via Khandwa, Itarsi, Manikpur
iv. Mumbai – Gorakhpur Express ( Bi-weekly) via Khandwa, Jhansi,Kanpur

Express Trains :
i. Gorakhpur – Pune Express (Weekly) via Lucknow, Kanpur, Bina,Manmad
ii. Hubli – Mumbai Express (weekly) via Bijapur, Sholapur
iii. Hyderabad – Gulbarga Intercity (Daily)
iv. Mumbai – Chennai Express (Weekly) via Pune, Gulbarga, Wadi
v. Mumbai – Gorakhpur Express (Weekly) via Gonda, Balrampur, Barhani
(after gauge conversion);
vi. Mumbai – Karmali AC Express (Weekly) via Roha
vi. Nagpur – Rewa Express (Weekly) via Satna
vii. Pune – Lucknow Express (Weekly) via Khandwa, Bhopal, Bina, Jhansi,

New Lines Proposed to be taken up in 2014-15:-

i. Karad – Kadegaon – Lenare – Kharsundi – Attapadi – Diganchi –Mahud - Pandharpur
ii. Betul – Chandur Bazar - Amravati
iii. Miraj – Kavathemahankal – Jath - Bijapur
iv. Pune – Baramati via Saswad, Jejuri, Moregaon
v. Pune – Ahmednagar via Kegdaon Kasti
vi. Ghatanandur – Shrigonda Road / Daund via Kaij, Manjarsumbha,Patoda and Jamkhed

Doubling proposed to be taken up in 2014-15:-
i. Latur Road – Kurduwadi

ii. Pune – Kolhapur
Source - C rly

Railway Budget - Highlight Point Wise

Achievements / Initiatives
·         Major landmark achievement in National Project of Kashmir –
·         State of Meghalaya and capital of Arunachal Pradesh to be on Railway Map by this fiscal.
·         Gauge Conversion of strategically important 510 km Rangiya – Murkongselek line in Assam to be completed by this fiscal.
·         XIth Five Year Plan Targets exceeded in New Lines (2,207 km) , Doubling (2,758 km) and Electrification (4,556 km), Production of Diesel  (1,288) & Electrical (1,218) Locos and Acquisition of Wagons (64,875)
·         Dedicated Freight Corridors on the Eastern and Western Routes – leading to strategically critical capacity augmentation.
·         Railways met from its own means the total additional impact of Rs one lakh crore due to implementation of 6th Pay Commission
·         In 2013-14, 1532 km of New Lines, Doubling and Gauge Conversion commissioned.
·         Production commenced at the new factories – Rail Wheel Plant, Chhapra ; Rail Coach Factory, Rae Bareli ; and Diesel Component Factory, Dankuni.
·         Specially designed coaches for adverse weather condition for rail travel in Kashmir.
·         Successful development of Corrosion resistant, lighter wagons with higher pay-load and speed potential upt 100kmph.
·         Railways sportspersons dominate national events by winning titles in 23 disciplines and runners up in 9 disciplines. In various international championships a total of 2 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals won.
·         Unigauge Policy started in 1992 has converted 19,214 km to Broad Gauge, benefitting several States including Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Tamil Nadu.
Measures for improving Safety & Security
·         No unmanned Level Crossing.   A total of 5,400 unmanned level crossings eleiminated – 2,310 by manning it and 3,090 by closure / merger / construction of ROBs or RUBs.
·         Improved audio – visual warning to road users in advance of approaching trains.
·         Induction of indigenously developed Train Collision Avoidance System
·         Development of ‘crashworthy’ coaches
·         In last five years, offering employment to over one lakh persons in Group C categories and to 1.6 lakh persons in erstwhile Group D categories.
·         Provision of Vigilance Control Device in all locomotives
·         Various measures to prevent fire incidents on trains –
Ø  Fire retardant materials
Ø  Multi-tier protection for electric circuits
Ø  Portable fire extinguishers in coaches
Ø  Induction based cooking to replace LPG in pantry cars
Ø  Intensive checks against explosives and inflammable materials.

Financial Health
·         Rail infrastructure by cost sharing arrangement with State Governments; Karnataka, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana agreed to several projects
·         Several Public Private Partnerships (PPP) projects are in the pipeline.
·         FDI being enabled to foster creation of world-class rail infrastructure.
·         Rail Land Development Authority raised Rs 937 crore so far.
Modernisation and Technology Induction
·         High Speed Trains
Ø  Joint feasibility study by India and Japan for Mumbai – Ahmedabad Corridor to be co-financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency
Ø  Business Development Study by SNCF for Mumbai – Ahmedabad corridor.
·         Semi- High Speed Projects
Ø  Exploring low cost option of speeds 160- 200 kmph on select routes
Green Initiatives
·         Railway Energy Management Company becomes functional. Windmill and solar power plants to be set up with 40% subsidy from Ministry of New & Renewable Energy.
·         200 Stations, rooftops of 26 buildings and 2,000 level crossing gates to be covered.
·         Railways bagged 22 out of 112 awards given by the Government.
·         ‘Green Curtains’ along the track close to major stations; Pilot work at Agra and Jaipur
·         Coverage of Bio-toilets in 2,500 coaches and would be increased progressively.
Passenger Friendly Initiatives
·         Overwhelming public response to e-booking of ticket
·         On-line tracking of exact location and running of train movements
·         51 Jan-Ahaar outlets for Janta Meals ; 48 passenger escalators commisionsed at stations and 61 more being installed ; air-conditioned EMU services in Mumbai from July 2014 ; information display system in important trains to indicate stations & arrival time.
·         ‘Upgradation’ scheme extended to AC Chair Car and Executive Chair car passengers.

Demand Management through Dynamic Pricing
·         Premium AC Special train introduced in Delhi – Mumbai Sector with shorter advance reservation period and dynamically varying premium over tatkal fare
Enhancing Market Share
·         Clearing missing links in Carrying Capacity + 8 tonne routes; freight train speeding ; upgradation of rolling stock ; increasing length of trains ; tariff and incentive schemes to encourage traffic to rail and minimizing empty running.

Rail Tariff Authority
·         Independent Rail Tariff Authority set-up to advise on fixing of fares and freight, to engage all stake-holders
Information Technology
·         Initiatives taken include – proliferation of cash accepting Automatic Ticket Vending Machines ; ticketing on mobile phones in unreserved segments ; system update on PNR status; online booking of retiring rooms at important stations ; online booking of meals for selected en-route stations ; introduction of e-forwarding note and electronic transmission of railway receipts for freight customers
Revenue Freight Traffic
·         Loading target of 1047 Million Tonnes for 2013-14 would be surpassed
·         Empty Flow Discount Scheme to be implemented
·         Carrying Capacity + 9 tonne + 1 tonne routes being planned
·         Easing of some restrictions on movement of imported commodities through Containers
·         Carrying capacity of 20 feet containers increased by 4 tonnes
·         Parcel Terminals & Special Parcel Trains with scheduled timings.
·         New policy on parcels to encourage transportation of milk.
·         New concept of ‘hub and spoke’ for parcel business
·         Third party warehousing in Special Parcel Terminals envisaged.
Financial Performance 2012-13
·         Loading of 1,008 Million Tonnes surpassed the R.E. target of 1,007 Million Tonnes
·         Paid full dividend Rs 5,389 crore to General Exchequer
·         90.2% Operating Ratio in 2012-13
·         Repayment in full with interest of Rs 3,000 crore loan from the Government
·         Railway Fund Balances of Rs 2,391 crore
Financial Performance 2013-14
·         Loading Target raised to 1,052 Million Tonne from B.E. 1,047 Million Tonne.
·         Freight Earnings Target revised to Rs 94,000 crore from B.E. Rs 93,554 crore
·         Stringent Financial control exercised and Ordinary Working Expenses pegged only at Rs 560 crore higher than Budget Estimates, despite various post-budgetary factors
·         Plan Outlay revised to Rs 59,359 crore
·         Operating Ratio likely to be 90.8%
·         Fund Balances to continue to grow to Rs 8,018 crore
Budget Estimates 2014-15
·         Loading target of 1,101 Million Tonnes
·         Gross Traffic Receipts targeted at Rs 1,60,775 crore with Passenger Earnings (Rs 45,255 crore), Goods (Rs 1,05,770 crore), Other Coaching & Sundry Earnings (Rs 9,700 crore)
·         Ordinary Working  Expenses placed at Rs 1,10,649 crore, higher by Rs 13,589 crore
·         Pension Outgo budgeted at Rs 27,000 crore against Rs 24,000 crore for 2013-14
·         The entire Dividend of Rs 9,117 crore to General Exchquer will be paid
·         Fund Balances likely to be Rs 12,728 crore.
·         Operating Ratio budgeted at 89.8%
Annual Plan 2014-15
·         Annual Plan envisaged at Rs 64,305 crore with a Budgetary Support of Rs 30,223 crore , Internal Resources of Rs 10,418 crore and Extra Budgetary Resources of Rs 19,805 crore
·         New Surveys : 19 New Lines & 5 Doubling
New Services
Ø  New Trains
·         17 Premium trains
·         38 Express trains
·         10 Passenger trains
·         4 MEMU
·         3 DEMU

Ø  Extension and Increase in frequency
·         3 Extension of trains
·         3 increase in frequency

Source - C RLY

RAIL BUDGET - Public Private Partnership (PPP) Projects

Investment in Railways is being stepped up by partnership with the private sector. Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects related to rolling stock manufacturing units, modernisation of railway stations, multi-functional complexes, logistics parks, private freight terminal, freight train operations, liberalised wagon investment schemes, and Dedicated Freight Corridors are in the pipeline and offer excellent opportunities for private investment in the 12th Plan. 

Apart from attracting private investments from domestic investors in rail sector, a proposal is under consideration of the Government to enable Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to foster creation of world class rail infrastructure. 

Rail Land Development Authority was set a challenging target of raising Rs1,000 crore in the Budget 2013-14 and they are on course and have already raised Rs937 crore so far. 


Rail Budget 2014: Indian Railway service for Vaishno Devi pilgrims to start soon

Udhampur – Katra Section of Railways to Take Passengers to The Foothills of Vaishno Devi Shrine to Start Shortly

The construction on Udhampur – Katra section, which will enable lakhs of pilgrims from all over the country to reach foothills of Vaishno Devi shrine directly, has been completed and trial runs have started. Passenger services up to Katra are expected to run very shortly. The National Project of Kashmir witnessed a major landmark last June, when 11.2 km long tunnel linking Banihal with Qazigund in the valley became operational. The tunnel, which is an engineering marvel, has reduced the distance from 35 km to 17.5 km., provides an all-season means of transport for the local population and is proving a boon for the inhabitants. 

Source - PIB





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