NEW DELHI: Train enquiry mobile app, 'Go India' smart cards, next-generation e-ticketing system and successful trial of semi-high speed trains were some of the achievements that Railway Minister Sadandada Gowda on Monday cited in his ministry's 100-day report card.
Gowda also assured, "Third party audit system of catering services will be in place shortly so that the quality is assured." The Railways is also exploring options of advertisements on the wagons for increasing the revenue, Gowda said.
We take a look at major achievements/initiatives of Ministry of Railways during May 2014 to August 2014 as listed on the PIB website:
1. Katra connectivity: In another landmark engineering marvel, Indian Railways completed Udhampur-Katra Broad gauge line in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Prime Minister dedicated this line to the nation at a programme on 4th July. This line has brought Jammu & Kashmir Valley nearer to the rest of the nation . Four train services up to Katra commenced from July 2014. These are: New Delhi- Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Express, Pathankot-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra DMU and two DMUs between Jammu Tawi-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra.
2. Safety measures: Review of Kakodkar Committee; With focus on improving safety, Railway Board held a series of meetings to review recommendations on various technical and technology related aspects of the High Level Safety Review Committee constituted by Ministry of Railways under the chairmanship of Dr. Anil Kakodkar. The exercise aimed at examining the recommendations in regard to their feasibility and implementation.
Automatic Block Signalling; Automatic Signalling on 150 Route Km is targeted for commissioning during 2014-15. Against this 53 Route Kms. of Automatic Signalling has been commissioned during these 3 months. Automatic Block Signalling is being provided on Sub-urban section and High Density Routs which permits more than one train between two block stations to increase the line capacity and reduce headway between two trains.
Route Relay/Interlocking at Major Stations; To eliminate mistakes in multiple cabins mechanical lever frame working at major stations to ensure safety in train operations, Route Relay/Electronic Interlocking (RR/EI) with Centralised Operation of Points and Signals are being provided. During these 3 months, Gomoh (ECR), Bardhaman (ER) & Chheoki (NCR) have been commissioned. Work for EI at Nagda (WR) is in advanced stage and targeted for commissioning in September 2014.
Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS); TCAS is an Automatic Train Protection System being developed indigenously by RDSO in association with Indian vendors. This system is aimed at preventing train accidents caused due to driver's error of Signal passing at Danger (SPAD) or non-observance of speed restrictions. Extended field trials with multi-vendor interoperability features are in progress by RDSO in Lingampalli-Wadi-Bidar section (250km) of South Central Railway.
Radio Communication; Mobile Train Radio Communication system has been commissioned on 15th August 2014 covering the Metro Railway, Kolkata from Naopara to Kavi Subhash Nagar. Mobile Train Radio Communication (MTRC) system is based on Global System for Mobile-Railways (GSM-R). The system enables continuous mobile communication from train while on run with emergency calling features.
3. Improving cleanliness: With a special emphasis on cleanliness, a special cleanliness drive was launched in June 2014 on all railway stations and trains across the country. Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs) all over the country personally visited inspected and supervised the cleanliness activity during the drive and initiated remedial measures to make a visible impact on cleanliness in passenger areas.
30 additional mail and express trains have been covered under On-Board Houskeeping Service (OBHS) to ensure cleanliness in the trains on move. Altogether Indian Railways has implemented the scheme in 446 trains. To ensure cleanliness on track, passenger coaches are being fitted with bio-toilets. During this financial year so far 475 coaches have been fitted with bio-toilets by RCF and ICF. To improve the level of cleanliness on trains and at stations, the budget allocation for cleanliness in the current year has been increased by 40 per cent over the previous year.
Action has also been initiated for framing the guidelines to outsource cleaning activities at 50 major stations to professional agencies and to set up a separate Housekeeping Wing to have focus attention and exclusive responsibility of maintaining cleanliness and sanitation at stations.