Jun 9, 2014

2 Premium Superfast Special Trains to Gorakhpur - Bookings open through INTERNET only


Central Railway will extend the run of premium special train between Lokmanya Tilak terminus and Gorakhpur by two more trips to clear the extra rush of passengers during summer holidays as per details given under:

Train No. 02017 premium superfast special train will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus o­n 8.6.2014 & 15.6.2014 at 23.40 hrs and arrive Gorakhpur at 04.25 hrs o­n third day.

Train No.02018 premium superfast special train will leave Gorakhpur o­n 10.6.2014 & 17.6.2014 at 08.25 hrs and will arrive Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 11.50 hrs next day.

HALTS: Bhusaval, Bhopal, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow.

COMPOSITION: Six AC-3 tier, 10 sleeper class & o­ne pantry car

RESERVATION: Bookings will open THROUGH INTERNET for 02017 o­n 7.6.2014 for both the trips.

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

(V. Chandrasekar)

4 more specials from Pune to Gorakhpur - Bookings for 05024 already open

Central Railway has decided to extend the run of weekly special trains between Pune and Gorakhpur to clear the extra rush of passengers during Summer Holidays. The details are as under:

05024 special train will leave Pune at 10.45 hrs o­n Saturday 7.6.2014, 14.6.2014, 21.6.2014 & 28.6.2014 (4 trips) and arrive Gorakhpur at 19.45 hrs next day.

05023 special train will leave Gorakhpur at 15.00 hrs o­n Thursday 5.6.2014, 12.6.2014, 19.6.2014 & 26.6.2014 (6 trips) and arrive Pune at 02.45 hrs o­n third day.

HALTS – Daund, Ahmednagar, Kopargaon, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Itarsi, Habibganj, Bhopal, Bina, Lalitpur, Jhansi, Orai, Pokhrayan, Kanpur Central, Lucknow (NR), Barabanki, Gonda, Mankapur, Basti and Khalilabad.

COMPOSITION – o­ne AC-2 Tier, o­ne AC-T tier, 8 Sleeper class, 6 General second class and 2 General second class cum guard’s brake vans

RESERVATION: Bookings for 05024 already open.

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Date: June 6, 2014.

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

(V. Chandrasekar)

Railways Actively Examining the Recommendations of High Level Safety Review Committee

The Railway Board is currently actively examining the recommendations of the High Level Safety Review Committee (Kakodkar Committee) in regard to their feasibility and implementation. Full Railway Board meetings with the Safety Directorate were held on 4th and 5th of this week and are now scheduled to be held on Monday i.e. 9th June, 2014. It is expected that the detailed examination of these recommendations will be completed within this month. 

The Ministry of Railways had set up a High Level Safety Review Committee consisting of experts in technical and high end technology related fields with Dr. Anil Kakodkar, former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission as Chairman and Dr. E. Sreedharan as Advisor to the Committee. The Committee submitted its report in 2012 and made various recommendations for improving Railway safety which needed an outlay of Rs. one lakh crore over a period of five years. 

The Committee made a total of 106 recommendations and the same are under examination in detail by Railway Board. The recommendations pertain to general safety matters, organizational structure, empowerment at working level, vacancies in critical safety category, shortage of critical safety spares, human resource development with emphasis on education and training research eco-system on the Indian Railways, safety architecture on the Indian Railways etc.
Source - PIB

Maharashtra: Row erupts over Mumbai Metro Rail fare

MUMBAI: Maharashtra's first Metro Rail, scheduled to be inaugurated here Sunday, has become embroiled in a controversy over a proposed hike in passenger fares.

A visibly upset Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Saturday expressed his strong reservation to the proposed hike in fares reportedly contemplated by RInfra, which has built the 11.40 km Metro Rail running east-west between Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar, at a cost of Rs.4,300 crore.

"As per the tender, RInfra has agreed to charge fares of Rs.9, Rs.11 and Rs.13 for the journey (depending on km). Now, they are planning to charge between Rs.10-Rs.40. This is totally unacceptable to us," Chavan told reporters here.

Chavan further hinted that in case RInfra went ahead with the "arbitrary fare hike", he would not attend the inauguration function Sunday.

In fact, he said the inauguration's go-ahead was given subject to not hiking the fares and it must stick to the agreement.

Referring to the efforts by some Bharatiya Janata Party MPs of Mumbai like Kirit Somaiya and Gopal Shetty, Chavan alleged that "the BJP is helping RInfra in the fare hike".

"The BJP must make its stand clear on the issue of fares and take responsibility for any hike in the ticket rates," Chavan said.

He made it clear that any fare hike would only be after the opinion of the expert committee on fares and the state government was opposed to any arbitrary increase in the passenger ticket rates.

Earlier Saturday, Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) - the Metro Railways Administration (MRA) for the Mumbai Metro LineA-1 project - said in a statement that "the commercial operation of the metro service will start on June 8 at 12 noon. The company has now received all requisite government approvals for commercial operations".

"To provide the benefits of a new and world class experience to lakhs of valued citizens of Mumbai, a concessional and promotional fare of Rs. 10 only will be charged for the first 30 days, irrespective of the distance travelled on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) corridor for a single one way trip between any stations. This promotional fare is notwithstanding the initial fare fixed and notified separately on initial opening of the metro railway under Central Metro Act," the statement said.

MMOPL CEO Abhay Mishra said: "The beginning of commercial operation of Mumbai Metro is a historical moment for the city of Mumbai. With this first rail connectivity between east and west, Mumbaikars can avoid as many as 45 traffic signals and reduce travelling time from 90-120 minutes. These air conditioned services are safe, convenient and cost effecctive. This service will change the life of Mumbaikasrs and the way they commute every day."

The services will start 5.30 a.m. and continue till midnight with a total of 16 rakes deployed on the sector, serving the glamour and IT centres of Versova and the business and manufacturing areas of Ghatkopar at an 80 kmph speed.

Each of the colourful rakes with four coaches will have a capacity of around 375 commuters or around 1,500 commuters per service, zooming above the city between the two points - Versova-Ghatkopar - with a total of 12 elevated stations en route.

Meanwhile, intense competition started among activists of the Nationalist Congress Party and Bharatiya Janata Party over claiming credits for the Mumai Metro.

NCP activists carried out a symbolic inauguration with a small pooja near Ghatkopar marking the start of Mumbai Metro while Somaiya and Shetty staged a road block agitation near Ghatkopar protesting the delays in starting the Metro Rail services.
Source-economic times

Man reminisces about India’s 1st metro rail ride

MUMBAI: My only wish was for Mother Teresa to take the inaugural ride on Kolkata Metro, but it didn't happen," recalls Bhaskar Chaudhuri, a former chief operations manager with Kolkata Metro, which completes three decades of operations this year.

Chaudhuri was among the few who took the inaugural ride on the country's first metro train, in 1984. Speaking to TOI from Kolkata, he said he visited Mother Teresa at the Missionaries of Charity to invite her to take a ride on the Metro, which was then a matter of pride not only for Kolkata, but also for the nation. "We were the first to bring Metro train services in the country—that too an underground rail service. Another highlight was that the coaches were indigenously manufactured," the retired railway man said.

"Due to health reasons, Mother Teresa told me she will not be able to come for the ride. Instead, she insisted that I arrange for a joyride for the spastic children at her mission. I got the children on the train, and they were so happy. But I still regret not being able to convince Mother to take a ride," he said.

Chaudhuri had also organized a ride for legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray and leading politicians, including West Bengal's then chief minister, the late Jyoti Basu.

"The foundation stone was laid by Indira Gandhi, who was prime minister at the time. Initially, we faced several hurdles—most importantly, bringing the first four coaches from the Integral Coach Factory (Chennai) to Kolkata. The second biggest hurdle was to shift the coaches underground and put them on track," Chaudhuri said. "A large portion of Park Street had to be dug up to place the coaches underground. It was a mammoth task, especially on such a busy road. But we did it."
Source-times of india





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