Jun 16, 2014

KNOW ABOUT - JOINING TIME RULE AT INDIAN RAILWAY

             1101. Extent of application. --Joining Time shall be granted to a Railway servant on transfer in public interest to enable him to join the new post either at the same or a new station. 
 1102. On temporary transfer. --No joining time is admissible in the case of temporary transfer for a period not exceeding 180 days. Actual transit time as in the case of journey on tour shall only be allowed. , 
 1103. On discharge for taking appointment at another station. --Railway servants who are discharged due to reduction of establishment from one Railway Office and posted to another Railway Office, shall be entitled to joining time, if the orders of appointment to the new pos t are received by them while working in the old post. If they are appointed to the new post after being discharged from the old post, the period of break may be converted into joining time with- out pay by the Head of Department provided that the break does not exceed 30 days and the Railway servant has rendered not less than 3 years continuous service on the date of discharge. 
 1104. On first appointment.--For appointment to posts under the Railways on the results of a competitive examination and/ or interview open to railway servants and others.- Railway servants and permanent/provisionally permanent Central and State Government employees will be entitled to joining time under these rules. Temporary Railway employees who have not completed 3 years or regular continuous service, though entitled to joining timewould not be entitled to joining time pay. 
 1105. Commencement of joining time.-- The joining time shall commence from the 1ate of relinquishment of charge of the old post if the charge is made over in the forenoon or the  following date, if the charge is made over in the afternoon. 
 1106. Time and place from which joining time calculated.--The joining time shall be calculated from old headquarters in all cases including where a Railway servant receives his transfer orders or makes over charge of the old post in a place other than his old headquarters or where the headquarters of a railway servant while on tour is changed to the tour station itself or where his temporary transfer is converted into permanent transfer. 
 1107. Amount of joining time admissible.--Not more than one day's joining time shall be allowed to a Railway servant to join a new post within the same 'station or which does not involve change of residence from one station to another. 
Note.-For this purpose, the term same station will be interpreted to mean the area falling within the jurisdiction of the municipality or corporation including such of suburban municipalities, notified areas or cantonments as are continuous to the named ml1nicipality etc. 
 1108. Joining time on transfer.--In the cases involving transfer from one station to another and also involving change of residence, the Railway servant shall be allowed joining time with reference to the distance between the old headquarters and the new headquarters by direct route and ordinary mode(s) of travel as indicated in the following schedule. When holiday(s) follow(s) journey time the normal joining time may be deemed to have been extended to over such holidays. 
Distance between the old headquarters and the new headquarters
Joining time admissible
1000 Kms. or less
More then 1000 Kms
More than 2000 Kms.
1000 Kms. or less
12 days
15 days except in cases of travel by air for which the maximum will be 12 days.
 Note.-Distance means actual distance and not weighted mileage for which fare is charged by the Railway in certain ghat/hill sections. 
 1109. Extension of joining time.-Extension of joining time beyond the limits indicated in para 1108 above, can be granted upto the maximum limit  of 30 days by the Head of Departments and on Divisions, by Divisional Railway Managers in the case of Group C and Group D staff and beyond 30 days by the Ministry of Railways, the guiding principle being that the total period of joining time should be approximately equal to 8 days for preparation plus reasonable transit time plus holidays, if any, following the extended joining timeWhile computing the transit time, allowance could be made for the time unavoidably Spent due to disruption of transport arrangement caused by strike or natural calamities, or the period spent awaiting the departure of steamer etc. 
 1110. Crediting leave account with unutilised joining time.-when a Railway servant joins the new post without  availing of the full joining timethe number of days of joining time as admissible under these rulessubject to the maximum of 15 days, reduced by the number or days actually availed of, shall be credited to his leave account as leave on average pay. The credit of the joining time to the leave account will be subject to the usual restriction on accumulation of leave on Average Pay in the leave account. No special Casual Leave in lieu of  joining time will be admissible. 
 1111. Combination with vacation.--Joining time may be combined with vacation and/or regular leave of any kind or duration except casual leave. 
 1112. When transfer orders are modified.--If a railway servant in transit on transfer is directed to proceed to a place different from that indicated in the initial transfer orders, he shall be entitled to joining time already availed of upto the date of receipt of revised orders plus fresh spell of full joining time from the date following the date of receipt of the revised orders. The fresh spell of joining time in such cases shall be calculated from the place at which he received revised orders as if he is transferred from that place. 
 1113. Joining Time Pay and Allowances.--A railway servant on joining time shall be regarded as on duty during that period and shall be entitled to be paid joining time pay equal to the pay which was drawn before relinquishment of charge in the old post. He shall be entitled to Dearness Allowance, if any, appropriate to the joining time pay, compensatory allowances like City Compensatory Allowance, House Rent Allowance as applicable to the old station from which he was transferred, but not conveyance allowance or permanent travelling allowance. 
 1114. On deputation outside Railways.--When a Railway Servant to whom these rules apply, is transferred to the control of Central Government/Defence Services or organisation which has made separate rules prescribing amount of joining time, his joining time for the journey to join his post under that Government/organisation and for the return journey will be governed by those rules, unless different provisions are expressly made in the terms of deputation/foreign service by mutual agreement between the lending and borrowing authorities. 
 1115. On deputation to Railways.--The joining time of Central Government employees Armed Forces personnel and those paid from Defence Services estimates, and the employees of State Government or any other organisation, who are appointed to Railway services and post under the Railways on deputation or on foreign service basis, shall, for joining the Railways and for the return Journey, be regulated in accordance with these rules, unless different provisions are expressly made in their respective terms of deputation/foreign service by mutual agreement between the lending and borrowing authorities.

Source - indianrailways.gov.in-Codes -manual

High-level railway meeting to discuss faster decision-making

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's stress on accelerating decision-making to bring the economy back on track seems to have rubbed off on the railways. 

For the first time, the railway top brass will deliberate on urgent steps needed to speed up decision-making in the state-run transporter at a meeting of general mangers (GMs) and divisional railway managers (DRMs) on Thursday. 

The meeting of senior officials at the zonal and divisional level will also discuss measures to cut down expenditure at a time when the railways is reeling under financial stress. 

The transporter is facing a loss of Rs 30 crore every day after it was forced to take back the passenger fare and freight hike based on automatic fuel adjustment component announced in May. 

An official said payments to contractors had to be deferred while several pending projects were struck due to skewed finances. 

The officials are expected to be quizzed on steps needed to raise funds through innovative methods. The focus would be on prioritizing long-pending projects while emphasizing on urgency to maintain austerity and the need to generate more financial resources. 

The railways requires around Rs 4.5 lakh crore to complete around 586 projects -- laying of new lines, electrification of existing ones, doubling of lines, upgrading railway stations and more — which are underway. 

However, railways annual budget is around Rs 1.36 lakh crore of which 72% goes towards salaries. 

Railways has asked all its divisions to furnish details of projects pending for want of clearances from the ministry of environment and forests and other departments. The top brass is also likely to stress on safety and "improved" passenger amenities, including cleanliness at stations and platforms. 

The transporter is expected to play a key role in Modi's attempt to revive the economy as the President in his address to the joint session of Parliament had said, "Lack of robust infrastructure is one of India's major impediments... A fast-track, investment friendly and predictable PPP mechanism will be put in place." 

He added that modernization and revamp of railways was on top of the infrastructure agenda.
Source-times of india

Railway auctions lost property, uses proceeds for beautifying station

If you have lost any of your belongings while travelling by train, make sure to claim it within two months, or else it will be auctioned. The Railway Police Force (RPF) takes the items left behind in custody for a period of two months. Following this, if there are no claimants, the lost items are auctioned at the Pune station’s Railway Parcel Office.

Hammer falls: The railway officials find 20 lost items, such as sunglasses, cameras, books etc, in a month on an average. File Pic for Representation 

Commuters often leave behind books, sunglasses, cameras, music players and a host of other items. Railway authorities claim that more than 85 per cent of these items are left behind in long-distance trains, as passengers are in a hurry to get off at their desired stations, and in the process tend to forget some of their stuff.

Senior police inspector, Pune RPF, D S Rajput, said, “Every day we check the forgotten luggage with the dog squad, and on an average, we get 20 lost items in a month. They are kept in police custody and if there is no first investigation report (FIR) lodged, then we inform the railway authorities about it.”

Public relations officer of Pune railway division, Yogendra Kumar Singh, said, “More than 90 per cent of passengers travelling in long-distance trains tend to leave behind their reading glasses, sunglasses, watches, books, cameras, headphones, pillows and clothes in the train.

“When we find the lost item, we also try to find out the details of the passengers from the reservation slips or tags on the bags. If the claimants do not come forward within two months, then the items are auctioned on 25th of each month. The money earned we is used for the beautification of the railway station.”
Source-Mid Day

AP to get new railway zone

Andhra Pradesh would get a new railway zone though the location is yet to be decided, said urban development and parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu.

Speaking to reporters here today, he said some sections had requested it to be headquartered at Vijayawada while others wanted Visakhapatnam. The central government would take a final call on this, he added.

He also said the Centre would decide on the special category status to AP after setting up the new Planning Commission. The state, however, would get special status for at least 10 years.

To encourage the tourism sector in coastal area, the government, if necessary, would bring some changes in the Coastal Regulation Zone norms, but it would make sure these do not harm the environment and the livelihood of fishermen, he stated.
Source-business-standard

पुरानी दिल्ली रेलवे स्टेशन पर दो एस्केलेटर



नई दिल्ली। पुरानी दिल्ली रेलवे स्टेशन पर दो एस्केलेटर चालू किए गए हैं। मंडल रेलवे प्रबंधक अनुराग सचान ने कहा कि प्लेटफार्म नंबर 16 पर दो एस्केलेटर लगाए गए हैं। प्लेटफार्म नंबर 16 से कई महत्वपूर्ण एवं लोकप्रिय ट्रेनें चलती ह जिनमें कैफियत एक्सप्रेस, मसूरी एक्सप्रेस, उंचाहार एक्सप्रेस, शालीमार एक्सप्रेस शामिल हैं। ये दोनों एस्केलेटर शनिवार को चालू किए गए। इनकी क्षमता 9,600 यात्री प्रति घंटा है और ये दोनों दिशाओं में काम कर सकते हैं। इनकी गति प्रति सेकंड 0.5 मीटर है। एस्केलेटर में सुरक्षा के भी प्रबंध किए गए हैं। इनमें बिजली बचाने वाले सेंसर भी लगाए गए हैं।
Source-khaskhabar

कटनी रेलवे स्टेशन को उड़ाने की धमकी के बाद मचा हडकंप



कटनी। 15 जून को रेलवे स्टेशन को उड़ा दिया जाएगा, कुछ इसी तरह की धमकी भरे पत्र के बाद हड़कंप मच गया। पुलिस अधीक्षक ने कंट्रोल रूम में शनिवार शाम बैठक बुलाई। जिसमें जिले के पुलिस अधिकारियों के अलावा आईबी, एसबी के अधिकारी सहित जबलपुर से आए बम स्क्वॉड के अधिकारी भी मौजूद रहे। कंट्रोल रूम की बैठक के बाद पूरे अधिकारी लगभग एक सैकड़ा पुलिस बल के साथ स्टेशन व स्टेशन से लगे क्षेत्रों की सर्चिंग की।

बम स्क्वॉड के अधिकारी चप्पे-चप्पे की जांच कर रही थी पुलिस अधिकारियों ने भी इस दौरान संदिग्ध लोगों से पूछताछ करने के साथ ही उनके सामान की जांच की। पूरी कार्रवाई में स्टेशन को उड़ाने की धमकी भरे पत्र की पुष्टी अधिकारिक तौर पर पुलिस अधिकारियों ने नहीं की।

पुलिस अधिकारियों का कहना है रुटीन चैकिंग की गई है। वहीं सूत्रों की मानें तो पत्र उत्तरप्रदेश के गाजियाबाद जिले से भेजा गया था। जिसके बाद स्टेशन प्रबंधन की ओर से पुलिस को पत्र के संबंध में जानकारी दी गई। हालांकि पुलिस अधिकारियों ने इस बात की पुष्टि नहीं की।

आधे घंटे तक चली बैठक

पुलिस कंट्रोल रूम में अचानक शाम को बैठक आायोजित की गई। पुलिस बैठक में पुलिस अधीक्षक राजेश हिंगणकर, अतिरिक्त पुलिस अधीक्षक अमित सांघी, सीएसपी बीपी सिंह, कोतवाली थाना प्रभारी शशिकांत शुक्ला, माधवनगर थाना प्रभारी अखिल वर्मा, कुठला थाना प्रभारी आरबी पांडेय, जीआरपी थाना प्रभारी दिनेश शर्मा, रेल सुरक्षा प्रभारी धनराज नांगले, आई बी और एसबी के अधिकारी सहित बम स्क्वॉड के अधिकारी और जिले के अन्य पुलिस अधिकारी भी मौजूद रहे। करीब आधे घंटे तक बैठक चलती रही।

पूरी कार्रवाई को गुप्त बनाए रखने के उद्देश्य से इसे रूटीन कार्रवाई का नाम दिया गया था। लेकिन जिस तरह से बम स्क्वॉड व डॉग स्क्वॉड को इस कार्रवाई में शामिल किया गया था उससे कार्रवाई सामान्य की बजाय खास लग रही थी। पुलिस अधीक्षक के नेतृत्व में पैदल मार्च किया गया।

सबसे पहले पुलिस अधिकारी व पुलिस बल स्टेशन चौराहे पहुंचे, फिर वहां से स्टेशन के बाहर से होते हुए सराय मोहल्ले में दबिश दी गई। इस क्षेत्र में मिले लोगों से पूछताछ की गई। चूंकि मामला स्टेशन को उड़ाने की धमकी से जुड़ा हुआ था लिहाजा बम स्क्वॉड की टीम ने स्टेशन से लगे सराय मोहल्ले में बम की जांच की। इस दौरान पूरे क्षेत्र में हड़कंप की स्थिति रही।

इनका कहना है..

स्टेशन व स्टेशन से लगे क्षेत्रों की रूटीन जांच की गई है। रूटीन जांच के लिए बम स्क्वाड को जबलपुर से बुलाया गया था। जांच के दौरान डॉग स्क्वॉड भी साथ में था। -राजेश हिंगणकर, पुलिस अधीक्षक

Source - Jagran

रेलवे पूछेगा यात्रियों से सुविधाओं का हाल: मनोज सिन्हा



रेलवे पूछेगा यात्रियों से सुविधाओं का हाल: मनोज सिन्हा

गाजीपुर, जासं। रेल राज्य मंत्री मनोज सिन्हा ने कहा है कि रेलवे स्टेशनों से लेकर ट्रेनों तक यात्री सुविधाएं बढ़ाई जाएंगी। ऐसी व्यवस्था की जाएगी कि विभाग खुद यात्रियों को फोन कर उनसे स्टेशन एवं ट्रेन में हुई असुविधा के बारे में जानकारी ले। इससे अधिकारी झूठ नहीं बोल पाएंगे। यह व्यवस्था दो सप्ताह के अंदर शुरू होने वाली है।

उन्होंने रविवार को यहां पत्रकारों से कहा कि प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी का निर्वाचन क्षेत्र वाराणसी पूर्वाचल में ही है। इसलिए इस इलाके के विकास पर विशेष ध्यान दिया जा रहा है। रेल राज्य मंत्री ने कहा कि ट्रेनों में सुरक्षा पर भी ध्यान दिया जाएगा। स्टेशनों पर सक्रिय दलालों को लेकर विभाग गंभीर है। राष्ट्रीय महत्व एवं पहाड़ी इलाके की रेल लाइनों पर विशेष तौर पर ध्यान दिया जा रहा है। उन्होंने कहा कि दस साल राज करने के बाद कांग्रेस ने देश को बदहाल कर दिया। उसे पटरी पर लाने में समय लगेगा। जनता ने उसे ऐसा सबक सिखाया कि उसके सांसदों की संख्या मौसम के तापमान से भी कम हो गई। भाजपा में देश की जनता ने भरोसा जताया है। अब सरकार गरीबों, नौजवानों एवं महिलाओं के विकास एवं उत्थान के लिए काम कर रही है।

एनएच 29 के लिए 57.82 करोड़ अपने दुर्दिन पर आंसू बहा रहे एनएच 29 [वाराणसी-गोरखपुर राजमार्ग] के दिन अब बहुरने वाले हैं। रेल राज्य मंत्री ने कहा कि इस मार्ग की मरम्मत के लिए दो किस्तों में 24.90 एवं 32.92 करोड़ रुपये का प्रस्ताव पास हुआ है। जल्द ही इस पर काम शुरू हो जाएगा।
Source-jagran

ट्रैक पर गिरी चट्टान, रद्द हुईं ट्रेनें, स्टेशन पर अफरातफरी



रायपुर (निप्र)। ट्रेनों के अचानक रद्द होने से रायपुर रेलवे स्टेशन में अफरातफरी मच गई। यात्री ट्रेन के इंतजार में घंटों स्टेशन में बैठे रहे। बाद में उन्हें पता चला कि ट्रेन रद्द कर दी गई है। रद्द की गई सभी ट्रेनें लोकल पैसेंजर हैं, जिसकी वजह से लोकल यात्रियों को ज्यादा परेशानी का सामना करना पड़ा।

इसके अलावा रूट से गुजरने वाली आधा दर्जन ट्रेनें एक से दो घंटे देर से चल रही हैं। ये देर से रायपुर पहुंचीं। रविवार को रेलवे की परीक्षा होने के कारण हजारों की संख्या में परीक्षार्थी रायपुर आए थे। परीक्षा खत्म होने के बाद वे भी स्टेशन पहुंचे, तब पता चला कि चट्टान गिरने की वजह से बिलासपुर से गोंदिया के बीच चलने वाली पैसेंजर ट्रेन को रद्द कर दिया गया है। रविवार दोपहर 2.30 बजे डोंगरगढ़ के पास सालेकसा-दरेकसा के बीच (नागपुर रेल मंडल) हावड़ा-मुंबई मुख्य रेल लाइन पर एक बड़ी चट्टान गिर गई। इससे शाम 6.15 बजे तक रेल यातायात ठप रहा।

ये ट्रेनें हुईं रद्द

लगभग चार घंटे की मशक्कत के बाद 6 बजे चट्टान को हटाया गया। 6.15 बजे लाइन क्लियर हुई तब व्यवस्था पटरी पर लौटी। चट्टान गिरने के कारण झारसुगुड़ा-गोंदिया जेडी पैसेंजर को दुर्ग में समाप्त कर दिया गया। 16 जून को यह ट्रेन दुर्ग से झारसुगुड़ा के लिए चलाई जाएगी। इसी प्रकार रायपुर-डोंगरगढ़ पैसेंजर, गोंदिया-डोंगर पैसेंजर, गोंदिया-दुर्ग पैसेंजर , दुर्ग-गोंदिया सहित 5 ट्रेनों को रद्द कर दिया गया।

देरी से पहुंचीं ट्रेनें

नागपुर की ओर से आ रही आधा दर्जन ट्रेनें अपने निर्धारित समय से देरी से रायपुर पहुंचीं। जोधपुर एक्सप्रेस को शाम 7.35 बजे रायपुर पहुंचना था, जो दो घंटे देरी से 9.30 बजे यहां पहुंची। अहमदाबाद-पुरी एक्सप्रेस 4.30 बजे की जगह 5.40 बजे, जनशताब्दी 5.45 की जगह 6.15 बजे, शालीमार-कुर्ला एक्सप्रेस 6.00 बजे की जगह 7 बजे और हठिया एक्सप्रेस 6.25 बजे की जगह 8.45 बजे रायपुर पहुंची।

यात्रियों को हुई परेशानी

रायपुर से डोंगरगढ़ व गोंदिया के बीच चलने वाली पैसेंजर के ट्रेन रद्द होने से गोंदिया, डोंगरगढ़ जाने वाले यात्रियों को भटकना पड़ा। झारसुगुड़ा-गोंदिया जेडी पैसेंजर को दुर्ग में रद्द करने से यात्रियों को परेशानी हुई। वहीं रायपुर स्टेशन में भी यात्री ट्रेन के इंतजार में बैठे रहे। खासतौर पर परीक्षा देने आए परीक्षार्थियों को बहुत परेशानी का सामना करना पड़ा। लोकल यात्रियों को एक्सप्रेस से जाना पड़ा। कई परीक्षार्थी लोकल ट्रेन रद्द होने के कारण बस से घर लौट गए। कई ट्रेनों के देरी से चलने के कारण अन्य ट्रेनों में भीड़ बढ़ गई। जो ट्रेन पहले स्टेशन पहुंची, यात्री उसमें सवार हो गए। इससे अफरा-तफरी का माहौल रहा। रायपुर स्टेशन में रात तक भारी भीड़ रही।

ये ट्रेनें रद्द

-झारसुगुडा-गोंदिया ट्रेन

- रायपुर-डोंगरगढ़ पैसेंजर

- गोंदिया-डोंगर पैसेंजर

- गोंदिया-दुर्ग पैसेंजर

- दुर्ग-गोंदिया

SOURCE-naidunia

It’s all about the journey to Mumbai

I am riding the Mandovi Express, Indian Railways train number 10104, from Goa to Mumbai, a journey through the countryside of India’s south west that will cover the 765km in more than 12 hours at an average speed of 58km/h.


Clearly this is no bullet train. Nor is it comparable to any of the luxury trains that ply India’s 115,000km of rail track. I was advised to take the plane from Goa to Mumbai, a flight of about one hour, but with time to kill what better way to do it than sitting back and watching India’s pre-monsoon parched landscape slowly unfold.

Brown lakes, bird-filled wetlands, paddy fields, red dust and white churches overflowing with worshippers, as this is a Sunday. Sari-clad women toiling in fields of stubble, mango and coconut trees, and whole families alighting the train carrying sacks of rice on their heads. There is much to absorb.

The carriage attendant knows my name. He brings me hot and very sweet coffee, then a pillow, a blanket, clean sheets and soap. He asks if I want breakfast and when I decline he says lunch will be at 1.30pm sharp. “Spicy or non-spicy,” he asks. I opt for spicy.

There is a power point to charge my laptop, which I’m able to use comfortably because my new best friend the carriage attendant has brought me a small fold-up table to use as a desk. There’s even a mobile on-board shop selling discounted goods.

Even better, The AC1 (air-conditioned, first-class) ticket cost me all of 1402 rupees. Including tax, that’s less than $30. Roughly $2.20 for every hour of travel.

At Sawantwadi Road railway station, 111km from Madgaon, we have passed from Goa into the neighbouring State of Maharashtra. From here the Mandovi Express almost lives up to its name, streaking between the stations of Kudal, Sindhudurg, Kankavali and Vaibhavwadi Road, but the sudden spurt of speed is short-lived and we are soon chugging along at a less-than-express pace.

My departure point is the Goa terminus of Madgaon Junction, home of the Konkan Railway, the line that connects the port cities of Mangalore and Mumbai. Like most Indian railway stations, Madgaon is noisy, a bit grubby and overflowing with travellers. But there is a system that works well once you know how to penetrate its complexities.

Fortunately, I have help. Mark Smith, a former stationmaster at Charing Cross, London Bridge and Cannon Street, is the guru of global train travel — or in India, the rajah of the rails. His book and website, The Man in Seat 61, is an invaluable encyclopaedia of global train timetables, ticketing, rail etiquette, sleeper and ferry services, and other incidental information.

In the introduction to The Man in Seat 61, Smith says first of all he sets out to help people who already know they want to travel by train or ferry but who can’t find out about it through normal commercial websites or travel agencies.

He also aims to inspire people to do something more rewarding with their lives and their travel opportunities “than going to an airport, getting on a soulless globalised airliner and missing all the world has to offer”.

“There’s more to travel than the destination. It used to be called a journey,” Smith says.

I first attempted to book my ticket on the Mandovi Express with an international rail agent in Australia but the agent’s supplier in India insisted the train was fully booked. I went through a contact in India who was able to secure a last-minute seat even though my status was listed as WL5 — Waitlisted No 5 in the queue.

Indian Railways has a unique system: after a train becomes fully booked with passengers with confirmed reservations (CNF), a certain number of tickets in each class are sold as “Reservation Against Cancellation” (RAC). And after all the RAC places have been sold, further prospective passengers are “Waitlisted” (WL).

The Man in Seat 61 website guided me to Indian Railways, where I could check my waitlisted status online in the 24 hours before departure (that’s the time when reserved seating rosters are drawn up). I watched my status go from WL5 to WL1 and then, on the morning of travel, saw CNF against my name.

Finally, those with a confirmed seat or berth on the train will also see their name shown on the reservation list pinned on a notice board at the boarding station on the day of travel.

And sure enough, my name was on the list when I checked at Madgaon Junction.

In carriage HA1, seat B on the Mandovi Express, lunch is arriving, spot on 1.30pm. Chicken and rice with spicy gravy is surprisingly tasty.

At Ratnagiri, two other travellers, a man and woman, join me in the compartment. The woman — later she tells me she is “in HR” — lies flat on the sleeper seat opposite and disappears under a huge blanket. The man takes the top bunk and fidgets. He has one eye open which appears to be staring at me, rather disconcertingly.

I watch the countryside outside turning to dust. A pall hangs over a land that is being burnt off by farmers as they wait for the monsoon to arrive.

I study the messages posted around the carriage. One reads: “Do you care for co-passengers? If yes! Then always talk in a low voice on mobile phone, especially between 9pm and 6am.”

As the light fades, and we near the outskirts of Mumbai, my fellow passengers depart the train and the carriage attendants, eager to chat, join me. They tell me they are subcontracted to Indian Railways and work 24-hour shifts, sleeping in a small airless compartment on the train when they get the chance. Their pay is pitifully low, they say.

I alight at Dadar, the station closest to Mumbai’s new and rather grand Terminal 2 at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. A taxi tout spots me and guides me through hordes of street people to a vehicle whose roadworthiness looks suspect. I agree a fare of 650 rupees but the tout then asks for 500 rupees more for walking me 10m from the platform to the street.

I argue briefly but I don’t push it too far with the Mumbai mafia.

After all, my journey is over and I have a plane to catch.

THE MAN IN SEAT 61

Mark Smith writes in his book The Man in Seat 61 that he’s “a career railwayman who ran away from Oxford to join the circus (or as it was then called, British Rail) as soon as he could”.

He explains the title of his rail travel guide was inspired by Zaharoff, the notorious arms dealer, who would always book compartment seven on the Orient Express to or from Istanbul.

“When treating myself to Eurostar’s first class, I would always request seat 61 (in cars 7, 8, 11 or 12) to make sure my seat lined up with the window, one of a cosy pair of seats facing each other across a table complete with table lamp, rather like those in an old Pullman car.”

Smith said this became something of a tradition, and he has left London in seat 61 en route to destinations such as Spain, Italy, Greece, Malta, Albania, Tunisia (via Lille and Marseille), Marrakech (via Paris, Madrid and Algeciras), Istanbul (via Vienna, Budapest and Transylvania), Ukraine and the Crimea, Aleppo, Damascus, Petra and Aqaba, and even Moscow, Vladivostok, Tokyo and Nagasaki via the Trans-Siberian Railway.

SOURCE - au.news.yahoo

CCTV cameras to be installed in trains in new coaches: Report



New Delhi: Indian railway authorities are planning to install CCTV cameras in new coaches in order to make the passengers more secure, as per reports. 

The CCTV cameras will be added almost 1,000 trains, a senior RPF official was quoted as saying by a TV channel. 

These cameras will supposedly be of high resolution.

The move is said to have been taken in the wake of increase in cases of robberies in trains. There have also been cases of dacoity and other things. 

It has been given to believe that the installation of cameras in general coaches will be carried out first in those zones where crimes are more in running trains. 

For the installations of cameras, many rounds of consultations have reportedly been carried out between members of Railway Board and its traffic management.

As of now, as per estimates, RPF and Railway Police escort more than 3,500 trains everyday across the country.
SOURCE - ZEE NEWS

Railway Board chief Arunendra Kumar examines options to close the footboard-platform gap


The chairman of the Railway Board, Arunendra Kumar, inspected local trains in Mumbai on Sunday, seeking a technical solution to the problem of the dangerous gap between the footboard and the platform.

Kumar, who is an officer of the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers, visited the Mumbai Central car shed where he checked the technical aspects of some old as well as new Siemens rakes.

Officials accompanying the railway board chief said Kumar is looking at the possibility of making changes in the design of the coaches to reduce the gap that has resulted in accidents.

Kumar, who has expertise in construction of these trains, was also divisional railway manager in Mumbai in the early 2000s and so has experience of the city's suburban system.

The Siemens and Bombardier rakes are higher mainly because of the air suspension system, which is a new feature in these suburban train coaches.

The air suspension system is stiffer and does not allow the floor to go lower even when the coach is fully loaded, unlike in the old BHEL rakes. And this is responsible for the wider gap between the footboard and the platform.

Under the railway rules the height of the platform must be between 760mm and 840mm from the top of the tracks. The maximum gap between the platform and the footboard of the train is supposed to be 342 to 437mm.

The higher footboard in the new rakes is contrary to the safety specifications and this has been a big bother for engineers who are searching for a solution to the gap problem.

The floor of the Siemens rakes is 1,220mm from the top of the tracks, whereas the height must be between 1,187mm and 1,197mm. In the case of the Bombardier rakes that are on trial, the floor height is 1,230mm.

In the meanwhile, the Western Railway (WR) has chalked out a Rs47 crore plan to raise the height of 145 platforms on the suburban section to 900mm. The Central Railway (CR) has asked for Rs16 crore to raise the height of some of its platforms, sources said.

On Sunday, the railway board chairman also reviewed the performance of the WR, CR, Konkan Railway and Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation. He is scheduled to meet state government officials on Monday.
Source - DNA

 

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