May 30, 2014

Fixation of Pay in the revised pay structure of for Running Staff promoted as on 01.01.2006 or thereafter - RBE 30/2014

दिल्ली-लखनऊ के बीच 15 जून से डबल डेकर ट्रेन

लखनऊ जाने वाले यात्रियों की बढ़ती संख्या देखते हुए रेलवे एक नई डबल डेकर एक्सप्रेस ट्रेन चलाने जा रहा है. यह ट्रेन 15 जून से चलनी शुरू होगी.

उत्तर रेल ने गुरुवार को इस आशय की घोषणा की है. उसके मुताबिक यह डबल डेकर ट्रेन लखनऊ से सुबह सवा छह बजे चलेगी और बरेली तथा मुरादाबाद होते हुए दोपहर डेढ़ बजे दिल्ली पहुंचेगी. वापसी में यह ट्रेन दोपहर ढाई बजे दिल्ली से चलकर लखनऊ रात दस बजे पहुंच जाएगी.

इस ट्रेन से न केवल लखनऊ और दिल्ली के यात्रियों को सुविधा होगी बल्कि बरेली तथा मुरादाबाद के लोगों को भी काफी सहूलियत होगी. वहां से दिल्ली के लिए दिन में कोई ट्रेन नहीं थी और अब इससे उन्हें सुविधा हो गई है.

यह ट्रेन इलेक्ट्रिक इंजिन से चलेगी क्योंकि इस रूट का पूरी तरह बिजलीकरण हो गया है. इसे रेलवे के संरक्षा आयु्कत की हरी झंडी पहले ही मिल चुकी है.

Source - aajtak.

New operations manager for Rajkot railway division

RAJKOT: Vipul Singhal has taken over charge as divisional operations manager (co-ordination) at Rajkot Division of Western Railway. He was previously holding the post at Bhavnagar. He has succeeded Kamlesh Gosai who has been transferred as senior divisional operations manager at Vadodara. Singhal is an officer of 2007 batch of Indian Railway Traffic Services. His educational qualification is B-Tech from IIT Kharagpur.
Source-times of india

Station master brother urges Rail Minister Gowda to improve its system

Station Master D.V. Suresh Gowda is the brother of Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda.

It came as an absolute surprise for D.V. Suresh Gowda-the younger brother of former Karnataka chief minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda-when the latter took over as the country's Railway Minister.

Suresh, who happens to be a Railway station master, now wants his brother to improve the system prevailing in Indian Railways, one of the world's largest employers.
DV Sadananda Gowda takes charge as the Union Minister for Railways at Rail Bhawan in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

Posted at Nandikoor station in Karnataka's small town Udupi, Suresh says he does not expect any favours from his minister brother except that he handles his portfolio well and makes a difference.

"I am very happy that my brother has become the Railway Minister. I want him to concentrate in improving railways in the country. We have been very close, he is my brother, but that is as a family. Otherwise, neither have I, nor will I ever ask any favours from him. He is a very good person," Suresh said.

An elated Suresh, who joined the Railways in 1985, distributed sweets when his elder brother assumed office as the Union minister for Railways. He is very clear that he doesn't want any favours from him, but wants his brother to change the railways' system and make it a more comfortable and trustworthy mode of transport.

Suresh's wife Chethana said, "We are so happy that he has become a minister. We wish him luck."

Though Suresh expected Sadananda to get a Cabinet berth, bu the railways portfolio was a big surprise to him. He says not much has changed since Sadananda took over, but people have been wishing him on behalf of his brother.

Suresh's colleague Dinesh said, "We knew he was Sadananda Gowda's brother, but he is a hardworking individual. He is a nice person like his brother."
Source-india today

HC seeks Centre’s reply to plea for strengthening railway station security

Petitioner says criminal activities on trains have increased in recent times

The Madras High Court Bench here on Wednesday ordered notice to the Union Home and Railway Ministries, besides the State government, on a public interest litigation petition for strengthening of security in railway stations to avert incidents like the twin bomb blasts in Chennai Central on May 1 and other criminal activities.

A Division Bench of Justices R. Karuppiah and V.S. Ravi also ordered notice to the Director-General of Railway Protection Force, New Delhi.

K.K. Ramesh, managing trustee of the Tamil Nadu Centre for Public Interest Litigation, a private organisation based here, filed the petition on the ground that CCTV cameras had been installed only in select stations.

In his affidavit, the petitioner claimed that bomb explosions, robbery, lootings and chain-snatching had become common in railway stations. Recently, a group of anti-social elements abducted a mentally challenged young girl from the railway station here after offering her mother in a cup of tea and raped her.

The other incidents he pointed out included the theft of 17 sovereigns of gold jewellery from a train passenger at Kaduvalli village near Dharmapuri on April 27, snatching of a 10-sovereign gold chain from a woman at Sangagiri near Salem on May 2, and the May 1 explosion that claimed the life of a young woman software engineer.

He said such incidents could be averted if CCTV cameras were installed in all stations and security personnel were directed to curb unauthorised entry of snack sellers and others into trains as well as stations.
Source-.the hindu

Woman killed as ticket collector pushes her off train

The Jalgaon Government Railway Police (GRP) arrested a ticket collector (TC) on Thursday for allegedly causing the death of a 32-year-old woman who was trying to board a moving train following a spat over her ticket.

According to sources in Jalgaon GRP, Ujjwala Nilesh Pandya and her two relatives had to board the Janata Express between 5.30am and 6am on Thursday to travel to Khandwa.

Pandya's relatives have alleged that the accused TC, Sampat Salunkhe, pushed her off the train while she was trying to board it.

Sources said Pandya had a ticket for the general compartment, but she tried to board a three-tier air-conditioned compartment when Salunkhe confronted her and asked her to go to the general compartment.

"The woman, however, again tried to board the AC compartment when the train had started to move. Her relatives alleged that Salunkhe first gave her a hand to pull her inside the coach but then pushed her off. Her body was cut into two pieces as she fell on the tracks," said a source in Jalgaon GRP.

Passengers stopped the train after which people allegedly roughed up Salunkhe before he was handed over to the police.

He has been booked and arrested under Section 304A of the Indian Penal Code for causing death due to negligence.

Sources said that prima facie, it is suspected that Salunkhe was drunk at the time of the incident.

He was subjected to a medical test to confirm the same, reports of which are awaited.

Pandya was a resident of Balajipeth in Jalgaon.
Source-hindustan times

News in Brief - May 2014

To increase freight capacity to and from the port of Sines, Portuguese infrastructure manager Refer is to build a passing loop able to accommodate trains up to 750 m long between Canal-Caveira and Azinheira dos Barros on the route between Lisboa and Sines.

The Canadian government has extended the C$2·2m subsidy for the Algoma Central Railway passenger service between Sault Ste Marie and Hearst, Ontario until March 31 2015, to ‘give affected stakeholders as well as local municipal leaders more time to make arrangements for the development of a sustainable long-term solution’ for the service.

Mozambique’s CFM has introduced a second return evening passenger service on the Maputo – Matola-Gareroute to handle growing demand.

DB Schenker Rail Polska has won a 45·5m złoty contract to operate coal trains at Poland’s Skawina power plant.

The first GSM-R in Poland was certified on March 19 on the line from Legnica to the German border via Wegliniec.

Transport projects are among the schemes to be financed in 2014 with the proceeds of a €600m bond issue completed by the Ile-de-France region on April 15, the largest financial transaction of its kind undertaken by the French authority.

Construction of the Hutong Railway between Shanghai and Nantong officially began on March 1 and is scheduled to take 5½ years. The line will include what is said to be the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge, with four rail tracks and six road lanes.

Croatia’s Hrvatske Željeznice Infrastruktura has applied for a EBRD loan to help finance a €120m rehabilitation programme for the 22 km Savski Marof – Zagreb section of Trans-European Corridor X, and development and monitoring of a safety plan and strategic review of options for the commercialisation of railway property.
Source-railway gazette

Southern Railway's decision to pull out halts of trains upsets passengers

CHENNAI: Southern Railway's decision to pull out halts of trains at smaller stations has got the goat of passengers. Rail Passengers Association of Tiruvallur has in a letter to the railways urged that the decision be scrapped, especially for Mangalore Mail, and that more trains halt at the station.

Many feel passengers who have to travel long to reach home will be the worst hit.

"The halts were allotted after demands from people who found it inconvenient to go to Chennai Central and board trains to Avadi or Tiruvallur," said K Baskar of Tiruvallur Rail Passengers Association.

The argument that small stations are not economically feasible does not hold water because the railways is not making efforts to make the halts profitable, according to him.

"Tiruvallur is a district headquarters. The railways should try to develop it into a major hub. More trains should halt there because a large number of people are settling down in the town and travel to Chennai where they work," he added.

Passengers from stations like Avadi, Pattabiram, Tiruninravur and Ambattur use Tiruvallur, a B-class station, to board and disembark from express trains.

Alex P I, a frequent traveller from Avadi, said many passengers get off at Avadi and travel by suburban train to different parts of the city. "Express trains take time to reach Chennai Central because they are often held up near Basin Bridge railway station. So people prefer to travel by suburban trains to MMC and change over to trains to Tambaram. Avadi is also a defence area and the railways should halt more trains at its station," he said.

Baskar said the railways earns Rs 50 lakh a month from sale of tickets at Tiruvallur but these statistics from passenger reservation centres have had no impact on how much importance is given to the station.

Travellers from other parts of the state also plan to petition the railways to prevent withdrawal of halts at small stations.
Source-times of india

Railway plans to eliminate unmanned level crossings

Campaigns to be organised ahead of International Level Crossing Awareness Day to be observed on June 3

The Southern Railway plans to eliminate all the 294 unmanned level crossings in Madurai division by 2015-16.

Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, Divisional Railway Manager A.K. Rastogi said level crossings accounted for 40 per cent of train accidents, out of which 66 per cent resulted in fatalities.

In the first phase, 257 unmanned level crossings would be done away with by way of manning, construction of limited use subways, road overbridges and underbridges, diversion of road traffic, and closure of level crossings in 2014-15.

Mr. Rastogi said most of the accidents at the unmanned level crossings occurred owing to negligence of road users. “These accidents can be avoided if the road users showed a little bit of patience and care. Locomotive pilots blow whistles 600 metres ahead of manned and unmanned level crossings to alert road users. The trains run at a speed of 100 kmph and it will take only one minute for the train to cross 1,700 metres. It will be impossible for the pilots to apply brakes all of a sudden to prevent an accident,” he said.

Waiting at level crossings for a minute to check rail movement or to allow the trains to pass through would save precious lives, he also said.

Mr. Rastogi said senior officials would conduct awareness campaigns at unmanned level crossings between June 2 and 6 in connection with the International Level Crossing Awareness Day to be observed on June 3.

The railways had added a new catchline to its campaign material for creating awareness of unmanned level crossings. “The hoardings kept near the level crossings will read: ‘Your family is waiting for you at home.’ We believe this reminder, along with a picture of a woman and a girl, will have some impact on road users,” he said.

Senior Divisional Safety Officer A. Ravichandran said short films on accidents at level crossings were being screened at various places to create awareness. Additional Divisional Railway Manager R.V.B. Babu was present.





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