Mar 6, 2014

RPF personnel, lawyers clash at Thampanoor station

Lawyers protest against detention of colleague; officer fires in the air

Thiruvananthapuram (TVC): Clashes between Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel and lawyers that broke out following an argument during a routine train ticket inspection at the Thampanoor Central railway station on Tuesday resulted in an RPF officer firing one round in the air on the Vanchiyoor court complex premises at 6 p.m.

According to information from the police, RPF sources, and eye-witnesses, the chain of events began at 2 p.m. when Ragendu, a lawyer practising with the Vanchiyoor Bar, was detained by a ticket examination squad at the railway station. He had reached the station along with his brother, Krishnendu, also a lawyer. Mr. Ragendu was about to board the train when he was stopped by the squad, which comprised two women Railway officials and two RPF personnel. Even as he explained to them that the ticket was with his brother who had already boarded the train, the train left the station. He was detained at the RPF station and was later about to be taken for medical examination when other lawyers reached the RPF station. Sources said by that time, Krishnendu, who is physically challenged, got off the train and reached the station.

An altercation ensued, during which an RPF constable, T. James, who was later suspended pending inquiry, struck Krishnendu on the face, resulting in bleeding injuries. Both the brothers were held by the RPF.

The lawyers demanded that a case be registered and the duo be produced before court.

The rest of the episode unfolded on the court premises where the argument between the lawyers and RPF personnel who brought the brothers to the court led to trading of blows and one RPF official pulled out his gun and fired one round in the air. RPF Inspector R.S. Rajesh and another officer, Padmakuma,r, both of whom were injured, are said to have used a Kerala Police vehicle that was parked on the premises to escape from the lawyers.

Both Mr. Ragendu and Mr. Krishnendu, and the RPF personnel, including the Inspector, were admitted to the Thiruvananthapuram medical college hospital.

City Police Commissioner H. Venkatesh, along with Deputy Commissioner S. Ajeetha Begum, held discussions with District Judge B.Sudheendra Kumar and RPF top officials, and later told the media that the police would register a case in connection with the incident and conduct an investigation, before arraigning anyone as the accused.

The Trivandrum Bar Association, which registered its protest and demanded suspension of the RPF officials involved in the incident, has called for a State-wide boycott of court duties by lawyers on Wednesdsy.
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Tatkal bookings jump on IRCTC Lite site



Lucknow (LKO): Booking an e-ticket during rush tatkal hours can be easier with IRCTC Lite, a new facility launched by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).

To improve service and to reduce traffic and unnecessary hits during peak hours, IRCTC has launched IRCTC Lite during tatkal period which is from 10am to 12 noon. The new service is effective from 9:30am.

To make service faster, all the links, images, ads, services, features which are not helping or not required at the time of premium tatkal ticket booking have been removed from the home page.

“We launched it a month back and it is successful,” said Jt.GM, PR, IRCTC, Pradip Kundu.

In the first hour of Tatkal booking (10am to 11am) the earlier average booking before the introduction of the “IRCTC Lite” was around 48,000, which has now jumped to more than 58,000.

The earlier two hourly (10am to 12 noon) Tatkal booking average was around 83,000, which has now become more than 92,000 with the IRCTC Lite.

Agent login is not available during Tatkal period. For Agent cancellation a separate link is given on home page.

In the Services section the “Plan My Travel” is made more efficient and faster in fetching of “From” and “To” stations for Auto Complete Feature.

In “My Transactions” section “Cancelled history”, “TDR History” and “Refund Status of Cancelled Tickets” are not available and thus reduce the unnecessary hits to the site. Although the other facilities in this section like Booked History, Print E- Ticket, Cancel E-ticket / Refund, Refund Status of Failed Transactions are made available as before.

Similarly, in the User Profile the “Update profile”, “Master list of passenger”, “Passenger travel list” and in the General section the “Terms and Conditions”, “TDR procedure” are removed to make the site faster and easily accessible.

Rlys-Maruti Suzuki introduces High-capacity Flexi deck Auto-Wagon rakes to transport Cars

New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) in collaboration with Indian Railways has flagged off India’s first Flexi Deck Auto-Wagon rake, which sets a new benchmark in transportation of new cars through railways. The ‘Flexi deck auto-wagon rake’ provides advantages of higher capacity, flexibility, faster speed and environment friendliness through rail transportation of car.

Mr.Arunendra Kumar, Chairman, Railway Board and Mr. R.C.Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, jointly flagged of the country’s first ever train designed specifically to transport cars from one location to other. The train is designed by Indian Railways’s Research Design and Standards Organization, and has got 20 per cent additional capacity as compared to the current twin-decker rakes.

With this, the Maruti Suzuki India becomes first automobile company to get a flexi deck auto-wagon rakes. Speaking on the occassion of the flag-off, Mr. Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and CEO, Maruti Suzuki said, “ We are delighted to have initiated this contemporary mode of transport to the Indian automobile industry. Indian Railways deserves all the credit for their foresight and tremendous enthusiasm and co-operation to make this initiative move from a concept to reality within a short span of around 36 months.”
Mr.M.M.Singh, Chief Operating Officer (Production), Maruti Suzuki said, ‘The induction of ‘flexi deck auto-wagon rake’ will start a new chapter in automotive logistics in the country. Trains are one of the fastest, safest and eco-friendly modes of transportation. With these newly designed rakes we have been able to increase the load carrying capacity along with a high flexibility to cater to a variety of vehicle dimensions. We are happy that Indian Railways supported the initiative of Maruti Suzuki to enhance the country’s transportaion infrastructure.”

Designed by Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO), the ‘Flexi deck auto-wagon rake’ will carry 318 cars as compared to the current twin-decker rakes with carrying capacity of 265 cars.

The first “Flexi deck auto-wagon rake” consisting of 27 wagons chugged off to Nidavanda, Bangalore from Gurgaon carrying a mixed load of Maruti Suzuki cars including Swift, Dzire, Alto, Wagon R and Omni.

The new rake, with its height adjustable middle-deck is highly flexible and can transport vehicles of multiple dimensions.

“The launching of the newly designed auto-wagon rake will add a new dimension in the rail transportation,” said a senior Railway Ministry official, adding “the new rake can move at speed of up to 95 km per hour as compared to 65 km per hour of the existing rakes.”

The new rake can travel between Gurgaon and Bangalore in around 5 days as compared to 7 days by road transportation.

The official said transporting cars by new “Flexi deck auto-wagon rake” will lead to reduction in carbon emission making it more environment friendly.

Maruti Suzuki India’s stock price

Maruti Suzuki India’s stock price closed at Rs.1622.40, up Rs.24.10, or 1.51 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 1864.00 and the 52-week low was Rs 1217.00. The company’s trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 106.68 per share as per the quarter ended December 2013. The stock’s price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 15.21. The latest book value of the company is Rs 615.03 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 2.64.

INR 117.75 Crore released for Medak-Akkannapet broad guage line

Secunderabad (SC): Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from Medak Constituency M. Vijayashanti said on Monday that Rs. 117.75 crore was sanctioned and released by the Ministry of Railways for laying new Medak-Akkannapet broad guage line.

She said that this was confirmed by South Central Railway General Manager Mr. A.K. Srivatsava.

As per proposals the railway line would be laid for 17.2 kilometres.

It is targeted to complete this work within a period of two years. The Government of Andhra Pradesh has earlier agreed to share 50% of the cost of this project and also to provide land free of cost.


Source..Rail News

Zonal Railways queue up ‘Special Trains’ to cope up with the Summer Rush



In order to clear extra rush of passengers during summer season, various Zonal Railways have introduced many Weekly Special Trains / Bi-weekly Special Trains from different parts of the country. Details as under:
Fifty Four Weekly Special Trains between Vizag and Secunderabad during summer

According to the South Central Railway, the Train No. 08501/08502 Visakhapatnam-Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam Weekly Special Train will make 26 Trips. It will depart Visakhapatnam at 23:00 hrs on every Tuesday from 1st April to 24th June and arrive Secunderabad at 11:45 hrs on the next day. In the return direction, the Train No. 08502 Secunderabad – Visakhapatnam Weekly Special Train will depart Secunderabad at 16:30 hrs on every Wednesday from 2nd April to 25th June and arrive Visakhapatnam at 06:30 hrs on the next day.

Enroute, these Weekly Special trains will stop at Duvvada, Anakapalli, Tuni, Annavaram, Samalkot, Rajahmundry, Tadepalligudem, Eluru, Vijayawada, Khammam, Warangal and Kazipet, stations in both directions. These Weekly Special trains will have 20 coaches viz, one AC II Tier, two AC III Tier, nine Sleeper Class, Six General Second Class and two Second Class Luggage cum brake van Coaches.

Similarly, the Train No.08503/08504 Visakhapatnam-Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam Weekly Special Train will make 28 Trips. It will depart Visakhapatnam at 19:05 hrs on every Monday from 31st March to 30th June and arrive Secunderabad at 07:50 hrs on the next day. In the return direction, Train No. 08504 Secunderabad – Visakhapatnam Weekly Special Train will depart Secunderabad at 16:30 hrs on every Tuesday from 1st April to 1st July and arrive Visakhapatnam at 06:30 hrs on the next day.

Enroute, these Weekly Special trains will stop at Duvvada, Anakapalli, Tuni, Annavaram, Samalkot, Rajahmundry, Tadepalligudem, Eluru, Vijayawada, Khammam, Warangal and Kazipet, stations in both directions. These Weekly Special trains will have 20 coaches viz, one AC II Tier, two AC III Tier, nine Sleeper Class, Six General Second Class and two Second Class Luggage cum brake van Coaches.
Thirty Four Weekly Special Trains between Yesvantpur-Jaipur during summer

In order to clear extra rush of passengers during summer season, thirty four Weekly Special Trains will be run between Yesvantpur and Jaipur.

Accordingly, the Train No. 06573 Yesvantpur – Jaipur Weekly Special Train will depart Yesvantpur at 10:45 hrs on every Tuesday from 4th March to 24th June and arrive Jaipur at 10:35 hrs on Thursdays (17 services). In the return direction, Train No. 06574 Jaipur – Yesvantpur Weekly Special Train will depart Jaipur at 22:05 hrs on every Thursday from 6th March to 26th June and arrive Yesvantpur at 03:30 hrs Sundays (17 services).

Enroute, these Weekly Special trains will stop at Tumkur, Arasikere, Birur, Chikjajur,Chitradurga, Rayadurg, Bellary, Guntakal, Adoni, Mantralayam Road, Raichur, Yadgir, Wadi, Gulburga, Solapur, Pune, Lonavala, Kalyan, Vasai Road, Vapi, Surat, Vadodara, Godhra, Dahod, Ratlam, Nimach, Chittaurgarh, Chanderia, Bhilwara, Bijainagar, Nasirabad, Ajmer, Madar, Kishangarh, Phulera and Kanakpura stations in both directions.

These Weekly Special trains will have 21 coaches viz, one AC II Tier, twelve Sleeper Class, Six General Second Class and two Second Class Luggage cum brake van Coaches, the press release said.
Inroduction of Thiruvananthapuram-Hazrat Nizamuddin Weekly Express via. Vasai Road

Ministry of Railways has introduced a new train between Thiruvananthapuram and Hazrat Nizamuddin via Vasai Road w.e.f 05/03/2014.

Train no 22633 Thiruvananthapuram – H.Nizamuddin Weekly Express train will depart from Thiruvananthapuram at 14.45 hrs o­n every Wednesday and reach Vasai Road at 19.35hrs o­n next day (Thursday) & H.Nizamuddin at 14.20 hrs o­n third day (Friday).

Similarly, Train no 22634 H.Nizamuddin - Thiruvananthapuram Weekly Express train will depart from H.Nizamuddin at 23.40 hrs o­n every Friday and reach Vasai Roadat 21.35 hrs o­n next day (Saturday) & Thiruvananthapuram at 02.45 hrs o­n third day (Monday).

The train will halt at Kollam Jn., Kayankulam Jn., Alappuzha, Ernakulam Jn., Aluva, Thrisur, Shoranur Jn., Kozhikode, Kannur, Kasaragod, Mangalore Jn., Udupi, Karwar, Madgaon, Pernam, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Chiplun, Panvel, Vasai Road, Surat, Vadodara, Ratlam, Kota, Sawai Madhopur, Bharatpur & Mathura Jn stations in both the directions.

The train will have AC II Tier, AC III Tier, Second Class Sleeper & Second Class General Coaches.
WR to run Special AC Express (Weekly) Trains between Ahmedabad-Jammu Tawi (08 Services)

For the convenience of the passengers and to clear extra rush of traffic during Holi festival, Western Railway will run special AC express train between Ahmedabad & Jammu Tawi between 06th March to 28th March, 2014.

Train No. 02207 Ahmedabad – Jammu Tawi Weekly AC Special Express will leave Ahmedabad at 15.00 hrs o­n every Friday from 7th March, 2014 to 28th March, 2014 and will reach Jammu Tawi at 20.00 hrs o­n Saturday.

Similarly, Train No. 02208 Jammu Tawi – Ahmedabad Weekly AC Special Express will leave Jammu Tawi at 09.30 hrs o­n every Thursday from 06th March, 2014 to 27thMarch, 2014 and will reach Ahmedabad at 13.20 hrs o­n next day.

It will have o­nly AC 3 tier coaches.

This train will halt at Sabarmati Jn, Mehasana, Palanpur, Abu Road, Falna, Rani, Marwar Jn, Pali Marwar, Luni, Jodhpur, Gotan, Merta Road, Degana, Didwana, Ladnun, Sujangarh, Ratangarh, Churu, Sadulpur, Hissar, Dhuri, Ludhiana, Jalandhar Cantt., Chakki Bank and Kathua station in both directions. The booking of train No 02207 will open from Thursday, 06th March, 2014.
WR to run Special AC Express (Weekly) Trains between Ahmedabad-Jammu Tawi (08 Services)

In order to clear extra rush during Holi, the Railway will run o­ne pair of Tri-Weekly Special trains 05027/05028 between Gorakhpur-Anand Vihar as per the following programme-

The 05027 Gorakhpur- Anand Vihar (Tri-weekly) Holi Special Train will depart from Gorakhpurat 08.30 p.m. o­n every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday i.e. o­n 15.03.14, 18.03.14, 20.03.14 & 22.03.14 respectively (4 Trips ) to reach Anand Vihar T at 12.25 noon the next day. In the return direction, the 05028 Anand Vihar – Gorakhpur (Tri-weekly) Holi Special Train will depart from Anand Vihar at 01.50 p.m. o­n every Wednesday, Friday & Sunday i.e. o­n 16.03.14, 19.03.14, 21.03.14 & 23.03.14 respectively (4 Trips ) to reach Gorakhpur at 05.30 a.m. the next morning.

Consisting of o­ne AC III Tier, six sleeper class, eight general class besides second class disabled friendly coach cum luggage van, the 05027/05028 Gorakhpur-Anand Vihar Holi Special train will stop at Khalilabad, Basti, Mankapur Jn., Gonda, Lucknow and Moradabad stations enroute in both directions.

In addition to these festival specials, Northern Railway has already announced to run 532 trips of Holi Special trains i.e. 04117/04118 Allahabad- Anand Vihar T- Allahabad Superfast (04 trips), 04031/04032 Delhi – Ambala – Delhi Express Daily (62 trips), 04504/04503 Chandigarh- Varanasi- Chandigarh Weekly Special Train(08 Trips), 04511/04512 Saharanpur- Ambala Cantt.- Saharanpur Daily MEMU Festival Special Train (62 Trips),04502/04501Nangaldam- Lucknow- Nangaldam Weekly Superfast Express (10 Trips), 05653/05652 Guwahati – Varanasi-Guwahati Weekly Puja Special Express Train (04 Trips), 02448/02447 -2449/50 H.Nizamuddin-Manikpur/ H.Nizamuddin-Khajuraho Weekly (12 Trips), 04042/04041 New Delhi- Phulera- New Delhi Bi-Weekly (16 trips), 04011/04012 New Delhi- Sainagar Shirdi- New Delhi Weekly A.C. Superfast (08 Trips), 04092/04091 Hazrat Nizamudin-Mumbai Central- Hazrat Nizamudin weekly A.C.super fast Express(08 trips), 04002/04001 Delhi Jn.- Allahabad- Delhi Jn. Super Fast Bi-Weekly Express (16 trips), 04314/04313 Bareilly-Darbhanga-Bareilly Weekly Express (08 trips), 04606/04605 Amritsar- Samastipur- Amritsar Weekly Unreserved (10 trips) , 04061/04062 Rohtak- Delhi Jn.- Rohtak Daily Unresrved (118 trips), 05101/05102 Chhapra-Delhi (unreserved) weekly special (6 trips), 5023/05024 Gorakhpur Jn-Pune weekly special ( 4 trips),01051/01052 Mumbai Central-Gorakhpur- Mumbai Central Unreservedspecial (2 Trips), 02207/02208 Jammu Tawi- Ahmedabad- Jammu Tawi Weekly A.C. Express holi special (08 trips) & 05517/05518 Saharsa- Ambala Cantt.- Saharsa Bi- Weekly Express holi Special(08 trips), 04201/04202 Lucknow – New Delhi – LucknowTri Weekly (22 trips), 04022/04021 New Delhi-Lucknow- New Delhi A.C. Superfast Tri Weekly (22 trips), 04004/04003 New Delhi- Patna- New Delhi Tri-Weekly A.C. Express (22 trips), 04006/04005 New Delhi- Patna- New Delhi Tri-Weekly Express (22 trips), 04024/04023 Delhi Jn.-Darbhanga- Delhi Jn. (14 trips), 04028/04027 Anand Vihar T.- Alipur Duar Jn.- Anand Vihar T. Weekly Express (08 trips) & 04026/04025 Delhi Sarai Rohilla- Patna- Delhi Sarai Rohilla Daily express (48 trips)trains

Source..Rail News

Prime Land near Vizag proposed for Lease out to Hinduja Group to lay Dedicated Rail Line



Hindujas eye public land for rail link to power plant

Visakhapatnam (VSKP): The UPA government proposes to lease out almost 65 hectares of prime land near Vishakapatnam to the multibillion-dollar Hinduja group to lay a dedicated railway line for transporting coal to its 1,040 mw power plant being set up at Pavalavasa on the east coast with over $1 billion investment.

State-run companies NTPC and Rashtriya Ispat Nigam (RINL) along with the Railways hold the title to this land bank that would now be leased out to Hindujas.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has to clear the proposal mooted by Power minister Jyotiraditya Scindia.

While the coal-fired Hinduja power venture is set to go commercial by May, coal transport to the site may prove tricky given that the CCEA is scheduled to hold its last meeting ahead of the general election after the prime minister returns from the Bimstec conference in Myanmar and the election code of conduct kicks in.

Cabinet clearance is required for any land deal involving central government departments, state-owned companies or autonomous bodies, as per the norms of the urban development ministry.

Power minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, who quit recently, have already approved the proposal.

At present, NTPC owns 23.4 hectares of land, while RINL owns 24.24 hectares and 17.2 hectares belongs to the Railways. Scindia has proposed that these land parcels may be leased to the Hindujas to enable them to construct a dedicated railway line from Jaggayyapalem to the project site for uninterrupted coal supplies.

NTPC, Railways and RINL have ‘in-principle’ agreed to lease out their land parcels to the Hindujas on ‘commercial terms’.

“Unless the government approves this proposal over the next few days, handing over the land bank to the Hindujas will become difficult,” a power ministry official said on condition of anonymity.

The Hindujas have already floated commercial tender seeking companies that can implement the 23 km railway line. As a backup, the Hindujas are negotiating with NTPC to use its available rail link to the Simhadri power project for the next 30 months till its own railway connectivity is achieved. The Hinduja power venture is close to NTPC’s Simhadri power plant.

While the NTPC board is not averse to such a deal, the rider is that priority on the line will be for coal movement to feed its own 2,000 mw power project.

“The Hindujas were left with few options but to accept the terms set by NTPC, including commercial terms for using the latter’s railway line,” the official quoted earlier said.

The Hindujas have committed $10 billion in investments to set up power projects across the country. The special purpose vehicle, Hindujas National Power Company (HNPCL), is implementing the first project based on coal near Vishakapatnam. In total, the group plans to build 10,000mw capacity in the country.

The Vishakapatnam project will have two units of 520mw each. The entire output will be sold to the Andhra Pradesh state grid.

Source..Rail News

Seminar on “Role Of Information Technology in Rail Services – Present and Future” Inaugurated

New Delhi: A seminar on the theme “Role of IT in Rail Services – Present and Future” was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury here today. The seminar which was organized by the Centre for Transportation Research and Management (C-TRAM), an autonomous body of the Ministry of Railways, brought together the eminent professionals from Information Technology (IT) sector, industries and rail users and corporate managers to deliberate on the current status of IT and its future prospects for Indian Railways to expand and improve its quality of service. The objective of this seminar was to generate ideas through interaction between the key players and the Indian Railways about new areas where IT can be put to use. Present on occasion were Arunendra Kumar, Chairman, Railway Board, D.P.Pande, Member Traffic, Kul Bhushan, Member Electrical, Alok Johri, Member Mechanical of Railway Board, Mrs.Suhash Kumar, Advisor (Freight Marketing) and MD, CRIS and R.C.Dubey, Executive Director, C-TRAM.

Noted IT expert Kiran Karnik delivered the key note address at the seminar.

Speaking on the occasion Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that “this seminar is deliberating on a very timely, topical and important subject of “Information Technology” which has become indispensable part of our day to day life. The system is now moving from paper to paper-less delivery of services, he added”.

The Minister said that “Indian Railways have had a healthy tradition of utilizing Information Technology in their day to day operations in the last 40 years. Referring to the wide scale railway operations, the Minister pointed out that Railways is presently carrying over a billion tonnes of freight and over 8 billions of passengers annually. The Minister emphasized that this corresponds to around 27 lakh trucks a day and 22 million passengers a day. He said that IT is helpful in serving rail users of this scale effectively and efficiently. IT enabled passenger and freight information services have made it possible for the rail user to access the services increasingly from his desk top or lap top or even his mobile phone. Internally also, Railways have utilized computerization extensively to provide quick and efficient processing of data. Almost all departments use computerized applications in their day to day work, to collect information from the lowest levels of the organization and disseminate it to the managerial levels for quick and effective decision making”.

The Minister Sh. Chowdhury said that “India has been recognized as a major source of young IT professionals as most new IT initiatives in the developed world like USA are handled by Indian professionals. The Minister talked of inclusive growth of the country and called upon to strengthen IT literacy in the country taking marginalized sections on board on this journey. Mr.Chowdhury said that there is long way for Indian Railways to go in utilizing the real potential of IT for use of railways’ Commercial Operation and Asset Management Functions”.

Mr Chowdhury hoped that the seminar would deliberate on all aspects of IT and will throw some useful suggestions that railways need to implement for the next generation.

In his speech, Chairman, Railway Board, Arunendra Kumar said that “Indian Railways have adopted Information Technology since 1960s and the results are there for all of us to see. IR have extended the benefits of computerization to the common man by making it easy for him to buy train tickets at his convenience. We have enabled freight customers to pay for their transactions through a computerized payment gateway. Railways are providing information to the customers about train running, accommodation status, reservation status etc, which has been possible by computerization and use of Information Technology. Most of the initiatives taken by Railways have been widely recognized and appreciated. Railways can justly be proud of our achievements in the area of IT”. Kumar said that “Over the years, Railways have been expanding the ambit of IT for use in various operational areas of rail transportation and customer services. Starting from pay roll to passenger ticketing and reservation, IR has used IT to facilitate a wider clientele of freight, container and parcel transport users. Freight Operation Information System (FOIS) is helping Railways in getting on line real time information about trains and reduce the time spent on collecting and collating information”. The Chairman Railway Board, also said that “we have to further take steps to bring maximum value to the organization through the use of IT. He also suggested that a certain percentage of budget should be earmarked for IT activities so that sufficient funds are available for implementing IT projects”.

Delivering key note address, noted IT expert Kiran Karnik said that “Railway is flag bearer in the use of information technology and should continue to set new bench mark in the use of IT. He said Railways has lot of big data flowing through its operations. He said that Railways can undertake comprehensive data analysis which can be utilized for various activities like predicting passengers movement, demand patterns etc. Sh. Kiran Karnik said that the freight loading of the Railways need to be further strengthen and expanded to cut the cost of logistics. Emphasizing the need for safety, Sh. Kiran Karnik said that new and innovative methods and designs to enhance safety may come through extensive use of information technology. Sh. Kiran Karnik said that there is also a need to leverage the use of next stage cloud computing for bringing efficiency in the Railway operations”.

Speaking on the occasion, D.P.Pande, Member Traffic, Railway Board, said that in the ticketing field Indian Railways have progressed in e-ticketing where now about 50% tickets are sold on the internet. In the passenger business front, IT has acted as a great enabler. Premium Trains are being planned on the basis of MIS Reports generated. He said that it is the endeavour of Indian Railways to reduce queues and therefore, 1030 ATVMs have already been installed and it is proposed to proliferate it further to about 3500 coin and currency operated ATVMs. Indian Railways is also working on e-railway receipts and e-forwarding note. The aim of IT is to act as an information highway where and when required for both internal and external customer and also to act as a personal productivity tool, he added. Indian Railways is keen at improving the quality of services. Increasing use of IT and computerisation has been of considerable help in this effort. Indian Railways are one of the oldest Government organisations to use Information Technology for better management and improving customer services. Starting with payroll accounting, today Indian Railways is using IT for its freight transportation data, passenger ticketing and reservations, rail enquiry and even Passenger grievance redressal. With the result, life has become much easier for passengers for booking their tickets and getting information for their journey.

One of the key objectives of CTRAM has been to provide a forum for cross – sectoral and cross – functional dialogue between policymaking professionals and academics on issues pertaining to transportation with special focus on the dynamic developments unfolding in the transport sector in India. CTRAM has already conducted thirteen National seminars on issues pertaining to transport industry in general and Indian Railways in particular.



Source..Rail News

North Central Railway to celebrate 10 years of existence



Allahabad (ALD): North Central Railway is organizing many programmes on completion of 10 years of its existence. In this connection, a multi-specialty national conference named ‘Medi Sangam 2014′ will be organised on April 5 and 6. The programme is also being organized in commemoration of 90 years of Railway Hospital of Allahabad. In this conference, medical experts from different parts of the country will present their views.

Director General, Railway Health Services, New Delhi will be inaugurating this conference. Chief medical directors of all zones of Indian railways and doctors from various central hospitals, divisional hospitals and workshop hospitals from all over India will be participating. Learned speakers will cover topics from different specialties. It will be very useful to the doctors in up-grading their knowledge, which ultimately will be translated in better patient care in various railway and other hospitals.
Source..Rail News

Work launched on rail coach factory in Kolar district

The HinduChief Minister Siddaramaiah unveiling a plaque to mark the launch of work on the rail coach factory in Srinivasapur taluk of Kolar district on Wednesday. Photo: Vishwa Kundapura

Economic activity in the region is set to get a boost: CM

Economic activity in the backward Kolar region is set to get a boost due to setting up of industrial units and this will help uplift the financial condition of people, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said.

He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for a rail coach factory in Srinivasapur taluk of Kolar district on Wednesday. Railway Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge, who was scheduled to lay the foundation stone, did not attend the programme.

On 1,118 acres

The rail coach factory will come up on 1,118 acres of land. The State government has provided 568 acres for the Rs. 1,460-crore project. The remaining land would be acquired from farmers, the Chief Minister said. As the State government was sharing the project cost with the Railways on a 50:50 basis, it would provide Rs. 730 crore, he said. If the project cost increases, it would be shared equally by the State and the Railways. The factory would generate about 5,000 jobs, Mr. Siddaramaiah said, and suggested to Railway officials to accord priority to local people as well as families that part with their land for the project in recruitment.

A National Investment Manufacturing Zone proposed near Mulbagal would require 12,000 acres of land, Mr. Siddaramaiah said. While a textile park would come up at Sidlaghatta, a food processing unit would be established at Chintamani, he said.

“All these will help augment economic activity and benefit people in the region,” he said.

K.R. Rameshkumar, MLA, presided over the function. Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises K.H. Muniyappa and Minister for Infrastructure Development R. Roshan Baig spoke.

District in-charge Minister U.T. Khader, Minister of State for Agriculture C. Krishna Byre Gowda, legislators G. Manjunath, Y. Ramakka, K.M. Narayanaswamy, Nazir Ahmad, Y.A. Narayanaswamy and D.S. Veeraiah, and the former MLC V.R. Sudarshan were among those present.
Source..The Hindu

Dawlish rail line to reopen on 4 April, Network Rail says

The main line at Dawlish was severely damaged after a storm destroyed the sea wall in early February
The storm-damaged railway line that connects the South West to the rest of the UK will reopen earlier than planned on 4 April, Network Rail has announced.

The line at Dawlish was wrecked on 4 February, when massive waves left the tracks suspended in mid air.

Ten days later, when new storms caused further damage, Network Rail said the route would remain closed until the middle of April.

The news has been welcomed by business leaders throughout the South West.

Chris Pomfret, chair of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said it was "very, very good news".

"Dawlish is critical for the rail link to Cornwall and it was critical it opened before Easter," he told BBC News.

"This is now three weeks before Easter - so that's great.
Network Rail said it had been working around the clock to reopen the route as quickly as possible

"The managing director of Network Rail said they were working 24 hours a day when we were at the select committee and he hoped to bring it forward. I'm delighted that he has."

'Fantastic progress'

However, Mr Pomfret said there remained the ongoing concerns about "proper" transport links to Cornwall, which could include an alternative rail route which would avoid Dawlish and/or a breakwater to protect the coastal route.

Network Rail said it had always been conscious of the importance of the railway to the South West's economy and teams had been working around the clock.

"Over the last 10 days in particular, we've made fantastic progress and we're happy to say that we can bring forward the opening of Dawlish to Friday 4 April," MD Patrick Hallgate said.

The work at Dawlish had been the most challenging Network Rail had experienced "in years", because of access difficulties and weather conditions, he added.

The announcement means all First Great Western tickets will now be available from 4 April.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the early reopening would be a "real boost" for local communities and businesses.

Having seen the scale of the damage at Dawlish for himself, the minister added, he also wanted to thank Network Rail's staff for their tireless work.
Repairs were delayed when further storms wrecked a temporary sea wall and caused more damage
Source..BBC

 

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