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Nov 26, 2014
Personnel Department/ALD has promoted 2957 employees under restructuring scheme which was completed on 30.6.14. ALD Div stood first in NCR to complete this task ahead of Jhansi and Agra Div.
After Restructuring, Personnel Department of Allahabad Division has issued orders for promotion of 542 employees between 30.6.14 to 21.11.14. Department wise break up is as follows-
Electrical - 257
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Chennai: Passengers travelling in four EMU trains along the Tambaram–Chengalpattu stretch were stranded for more than an hour following a crack on the track.The crack was detected by railway staff between Perunagalathur and Vandalur. Immediately, EMU train from Beach to Chengalpet was stopped, following which the Egmore – Tiruchendur express, Egmore – Rameshwaram express and Beach – Kancheepuram express were stacked behind each other.
Railway officials started to work on the crack by 4.30 pm. After one hour, the officials said that the track was temporarily ready to use and allowed the trains to move across thedamaged spot at 10 km per hour. Railway officials attributed the reason of the crack to temperature variations.
“There are no chances of anti social elements cracking the tracks but the weather changes often create such cracks,” said an official.“This damage will be sorted out in a day,” the official added.
Conceptualised after the 2006 serial bomb blasts in the city as a complete security scheme for Mumbai’s suburban railway system, the Integrated Security System (ISS) remains only partially complete even six years after 26/11, when the maximum number of casualties were witnessed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
The plan was first proposed two months before 26/11, on September 24, 2008, to be precise. Six years on, however, its implementation remains patchy.
On the Central Railway, the ISS now comprises a dog squad, under vehicle search system (UVSS), closed circuit television cameras (CCTVs), door metal frame detectors (DFMDs) and hand-held metal detectors. Though CCTVs and DFMDs have been procured and installed by the WR as well, the ISS, as a complete security programme, is yet to be implemented by it.
The vulnerability of the suburban local trains and stations as terror targets is an open secret. And in the absence of a holistic security programme, the new technology is not an asset, say policemen who are still relying on time-tested techniques to stay vigilant.
“We have technology but cannot depend on it,” said R K Singh, a Railway Police Force officer at CST. Behind him is a latest model of metal detector and door frame metal detector, installed nearly two months ago.
Of the six such machines on the Azad Maidan side of the station, only one is functional. The difference between the old machines and the new ones are that the six lights on the scanner would light up on machines when these detects metal and a siren starts blaring.
MANGALURU: In its endeavour to provide value-added services to its customers, Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd (KRCL) has launched a mobile app on Google Play Store. This will enable passengers to access various train-related features on their mobile phones. One can download the app and install it Android and Blackberry Smart phones and is seen as a step forward in improving services for its passengers since most use smart phones.
Konkan Railway Information Technology cell has developed in-house what is presumably the first mobile app for train services by any zonal railway. It will allow the passengers to not only check the time-table of trains running via Konkan Railway route, but also give current status of trains on the route. This also does away need for the stake holders to dial any train enquiry number while travelling on KR.
The App will also enable access to Konkan Railway's website and lets one enjoy the photo gallery of Konkan Railway's journey from inception to various cultural, sports and social activities carried out by KRCL. The app can be accessed on Google Play Store at following link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.krcl.krclapp, Vaishali Patange, chief public relations officer of KRCL stated here.
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Officials of the Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR) a given a nod to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for the alignment of the bridge that will connect the Bandra-Kurla Complex to the Eastern Freeway. It is aimed at providing relief to commuters and will ease the traffic pressure with increased accessibility across the Harbour and Central suburbs.
The project nicknamed ‘Connector Bandra-Kurla Complex and Eastern Express Highway’ reached its final alignment plan when the three parties met at CST for a coordination meeting initiated by CR general manager Sunil Kumar Sood, which they do every Tuesday.
The alignment was being disputed as the bridge crossed Chunnabhatti station among others where MMRDA needed more vertical clearance, but it could not be given as it overlapped with the proposed CST to Panvel elevated corridor. CR chief public relations officer Narendra Patil said, “The MMRDA wanted a vertical clearance of 6.5 metres at Kurla and Sion on our mainline and at Chunnabhatti on the Harbour. However, since Chunnabhatti was included in the proposal of CST to Panvel elevated fast corridor, we would have to raise this line to make space for the bridge.”
A height of 6.3 metres was agreed upon between both the parties. CR is expecting the final draft by the end of the week after which MMRDA will start the work.
The bridge is 1.6-km long and 17.2-metres wide, but the work will provide an advantage to CR as it will require shutting down the Level Crossing (LC) gate at Chunnabhatti, which eats into the Harbour line’s punctuality by three to four minutes during peak hours every day. In place of the LC, MMRDA will be constructing a 60-metre long Rail-Over-Bridge (ROB) so as to facilitate movement of local residents to the opposite side.
“Yes the ROB will be a big advantage to us and we are hoping that the punctuality on Harbour will also improve with this project,” added Mr Patil.
Children of labourers walk beside a railway track inside a coal yard on the outskirts of Ahmedabad August 20, 2010.
(Reuters) - India is targeting up to $1 billion of private investment by 2017 to build rail lines linking ports and national networks to ease growing congestion, which has delayed coal imports for power plants and contributed to a power supply crisis.
Such investment would more than double the $400 million that India's state-owned railways have attracted in the decade since they allowed limited private participation and help fund crucial "last mile" links to ports.
Cash-starved, India's British-built rail system has added just 11,000 kilometres of track in the 67 years since independence, and the network has come to symbolise the poor state of India's infrastructure. China has managed 14,000 km of new lines in the five years to 2011.
Over-crowding at ports has been delaying much-needed coal deliveries to Indian power plants and supplies of iron ore for steelmakers at a time when there is already a shortfall.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants private companies, which have held back from investing in freight lines because of the struggle to win the necessary approvals, to build more of the last mile links where bottlenecks bite the most.
Companies will now be allowed to part-own new rail lines for variable periods of time rather than a fixed number of years, said Mukul Saran Mathur, an executive director at the Ministry of Railways. The railways will also take on more of a project's financial risk, Mathur said, without giving further details.
"We have put in place the appropriate policy. Demand is rising," he said, adding that the government had given approval to domestic infrastructure companies such as Navayuga and Balaji Infra to build up to 316 km of lines within two years.
The ministry also wants foreign operators which own stakes in Indian ports, like Denmark's Maersk, to invest but so far none had shown any interest.
WHERE ARE THE WAGONS?
The government estimates port operators will spend $8 billion over the next two years to expand capacity to meet rising imports.
That rapid expansion worries port operators, who say the government's proposed $1 billion worth of last mile railway links won't help with bottlenecks on the wider network.
On a critical line between the eastern coast and the capital Delhi, demand exceeds capacity on four of every 10 kilometres. That forces cargo onto clogged roads and raises transport losses, which consultancy McKinsey says could cost India $140 billion in 2020.
Essar Ports, a large port operator, wants to build new rail lines to help meet an expected doubling of its cargo handling capacity to 200 million tons in the next few years.
But the state-owned railways, which have a monopoly on the provision of goods wagons, are failing to provide sufficient wagons to service the extra cargo, said Essar Ports CEO Rajiv Agarwal.
"We can build our own rail lines but there is this major shortage of wagons," he said.
Wagons are largely made by domestic companies Texmaco Rail & Engineering (TEXA.NS) and Titagarh Wagons (TITW.NS), who would benefit if the railways' finances improve and more wagons are bought.
Most Indian ports only have access to two-thirds of the wagons they need, and the shortage is one reason why ships have to wait for two days more to get berthed and unload than the international average, according to Deutsche Bank.
"Most of the time we face a shortage," said G.P. Biswal, deputy conservator at the busy eastern port of Paradip, where in September a surge in coal imports left twice as many vessels waiting than there were available berths. "We're taking up the case with railways to increase their capacity."
HYDERABAD: The 50th All India Railway Ball Badminton Championship for Men began at the Railway Sports Complex grounds at Secunderabad on Tuesday. PK Srivastava, general manager for South Central Railway declared open the champ.
Seven teams representing various Railway zones including Secunderabad based South Central Railway (SCR), Mumbai based Western Railway, Mumbai based Central Railway, Chennai based Southern Railway, Chennai based Integral Coach Factory, Kolkata based South Eastern Railway and Bhubaneswar based East Coast Railway will take part in the champ on knock out cum league basis.
Srivastava exhorted the team members to strive for excellence in order to produce outstanding players to represent Railways at the ensuing National Ball Badminton Championships. He stated that SCR emerged not only the best performing railway zone in the country in terms of freight and passengers but also the Sports Centric Railway.
He complimented the SCR sports persons for clinching gold in Shuttle Badminton and eight ball/nine ball Billiard/Snookers, Silver in Chess and Billiard/Snookers and Bronze in Kho-Kho during the current year at the All India Railway Championships. He wished the SCR Sports persons to bring much more laurels from the other championships slated to be held in the ensuing months
Srivastava also commended the officers and staff of SCR for securing an incremental earning of Rs. 1100 Cr with Rs.100 Cr. lesser expenditure during the current fiscal so far, thus improving the operating Ratio from 88 to a comfortable 82.
Ch. Rajasekhar, president, Ball Badminton Federation of India, who was the guest of honour at the occasion, appreciated SCR for developing high standard sports facilities and hosting many important Championships.
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NEW DELHI: Cleanliness in trains will no longer be a class issue as railways has decided to make provision of dustbin in all types of passenger coaches. As of now, dustbins are fitted only in AC coaches.
Railway officials took cue from a small incident narrated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 'Man ki Baat' programme. In his radio talk, Modi mentioned the Swachh Bharat Mission and quoted a man who wrote to him saying that when he was travelling by train, he saw people collecting their garbage in a polythene bag instead of throwing it around.
A senior official in the railway board secretariat said, "While the PM's narration was not an indictment of railways, the transporter decided to introduce dustbins in all types of passenger coaches to help travelers keep the compartment clean."
In some coaches, there is a trash bin under the sink, which is disproportionately small for the size of the coach and its occupants.
Modi's Clean India campaign seems to have enthused the state-run transporter which is flooded with complaints of poor hygiene and cleanliness.
Railways is working on a plan in which senior officers may adopt railway stations to ensure proper cleanliness after a suggestion from new minister Suresh Prabhu who has said that "in railways, cleaning is nobody's baby".
Prabhu has advocated banning of cooking and shifting out of commercial stalls, including eateries, from platforms to keep railway stations clean and safe.
As per plan, about 700 stations, out of the 7,500 stations across the country, are being identified to be taken up by individual officers for cleaning from next month.
The minister seems to have noticed departmental rivalry in railways which is not only derailing mega plans of modernization and technological upgrade but also issues like cleanliness and catering.
"There is a constant tussle between medical, commercial and engineering branches on not owning the cleaning job," Prabhu said.
The cleanliness drive was taken up by railways on October 2 on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti in which officials in railway board had to lead the campaign at different stations across the country, but officials made mockery of it by choosing to go to their hometowns or tourist destinations.
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