Apr 17, 2014

Railways' passenger address database move hits roadblock



The plan to create a massive database of Mumbaikars by collecting addresses of suburban railway pass-holders has hit a hurdle. The initiative was aimed at helping security agencies prevent crime.

While the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) — the railways' top information technology agency — has finished creating the mechanism that will allow suburban booking terminals to include the pass-holder's address as one component, railway officials said nothing can be done for the Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs).

While the role of ATVMs in dispensing passes is not very significant either on Central or on Western railway, officials said the fact that the railway board wants ATVMs to take over ticket dispensing in a big way in Mumbai could create a problem in the near future. Currently, around 5 per cent of all tickets on Western Railway's suburban system and 19 per cent on Central Railway is dispensed through ATVMs. The number of passes is still lesser, said officials.

However, in the coming few months, while CR will be adding 400 ATVMs to its existing set-up of 300 ATVMs, WR will purchase 490 ATVMs to add to its 80 ATVMs on line.

"It's a good system that the Allahabad high court has suggested and we should be following it completely. So, CRIS should tackle this issue as quickly as possible because in the next few months the usage of ATVMs will go up. And a small hitch should not allow a good recommendation to go waste," said an official.

A CRIS official said that so far the organisation has not got any intimation from railways to configure ATVMs to take in addresses while issuing passes, but he added that if need be, they would work out a solution.
As reported earlier by dna, these developments have happened after the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court had asked the railway board to get all its zones to add address, name, gender, age of pass-holders to its computer database and to share them with security agencies like the railway police and the Railway Protection Force.
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Maoists blow up Railway track in Bokaro

Maoists today blew up a stretch of railway track in Bokarodistrict, disrupting train services.

The rebels damaged the tracks between Dania railway station in Bokaro and Jageshwar station of Bihar under South Eastern Railway disrupting train services, Superintendent of Police Jitendra Kumar Singh said.

Passenger trains were held up at different places, he said.

Bokaro is under Giridih Lok Sabha constituency where polling is on.
Source-business-standard

159 North Eastern Railway officers, employees awarded


GORAKHPUR: The 59th Railway Week prize distribution function was held at Syed Modi Railway Stadium on Tuesday. The event began with a colourful performance by the members of NE Railway Arts Society. The general manager of North Eastern Railway gave away medals, cash prizes and certificate of merit to 159 railway employees and officers. The awardees included trackman, pointsman, guard, station master, loco pilot, traffic inspector, train controller and sanitary staff.

The GM also gave away inter-divisional efficiency shields and awards in different categories. Overall inter-divisional efficiency shield was jointly bagged by Lucknow and Izatnagar divisions. Praising the NER's performance, general manager KK Atal said, "It is a matter of pride that safety record has been very good. Punctuality of trains has also considerably improved and gone up to 88.7%. 

Keeping the convenience of passengers in view, 3,872 special trains were pressed into service and 8,644 additional coaches were attached in trains.

During financial year 2013-14, originating passenger earning was about Rs 1,366 crores, registering an increase of 22%, as compared to financial year 2012-13. Nearly 25 crore passengers travelled on this railway in 2013-14. Similarly, gross earning had also risen to Rs 1,693 crores, reflecting a growth of more than 20% in comparison to 2012-13.

Anita Atal, president, North Eastern Railway Women Welfare Organization (NERWWO) was also present on the occasion. The divisional railway managers, senior railway officers, employees and their family members were also present at the occasion.
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