Dec 4, 2014

Information regarding selection for the post of Station Master/TI/Yard Master GP 4200 for employees of Optg. department.

Result trade test for the post of B/Smith/Sig pay 5200-20200 GP 1900

The promotion/posting orders of commercial deptt. post-restructuring in ECRC and Ministerial Cadres

South Central Railway launches mobile app that gives real-time info on services


South Central Railway today brought out a new smartphone app ‘TADAAST’ (Train Arrival Departure And Amenities at Stations).
South Central Railway today brought out a new smartphone app 'TADAAST' (Train Arrival Departure And Amenities at Stations).
With a view to provide real-time information on train services to rail users, South Central Railway today brought out a new smartphone app ‘TADAAST’ (Train Arrival Departure And Amenities at Stations).
“This innovative app is aimed at disseminating information on the current status of arrivals and departures of trains on a live basis and also details of various passenger facilities provided at 25 identified major stations on South Central Railway (SCR) Zone,” said SCR General Manager P K Srivastava after launching the app at Rail Nilayam here.

Other useful features such as scheduled timetable and location of the station with route via Google maps have also been incorporated exclusively for each of the 25 stations in this app, he said.

“In addition, detailed stations layouts with icons showing the specific location of passenger amenities are also included in this app for Secunderabad, Hyderabad and Kacheguda stations,” he said, adding that ‘TADAAST’ is an app tailored primarily to take care of the public enquiry needs related to train services and amenities.

The data in this app can be seen in three languages –English, Hindi or Telugu.

‘TADAAST’ app can be downloaded and installed for free from Google Play Store (on android-based smartphone) or Apple App Store (on iOS-based smartphone), an SCR release said.
Source-financial express

Major Crack Noticed in Pamban Railway Bridge; Repairs On

RAMESWARAM, TAMIL NADU: A major crack was noticed by railway workers in the 100-year-old Pamban Railway bridge, linking the mainland with this island town, officials said in Rameswaram today.

They said track maintenance workers noticed the one-foot crack today and were repairing it.

Consequently, the Chennai-Rameswaram express was stopped at Mandapam, they said, adding it would be allowed to proceed to its onward destination after completion of works.

The cantilever Pamban bridge is the second longest in India after the Vembanad bridge at Kochi in Kerala.

On January 14, 2013, the bridge had suffered some damage when a barge rammed into a pier after its anchor gave way. It was later towed to safety and the damaged portion repaired.

Free WiFi service at New Delhi Railway Station launched

New Delhi: Passengers at New Delhi railway station will be able to access WiFi internet within its premises as the public transporter is kicking off a scheme for providing more connectivity at stations.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will launch the WiFi facility at the busiest station in the country here with the project being implemented by RailTel, a railway PSU which is mandated to provide the service at major stations across the country.

Passengers on all 16 platforms at New Delhi railway station will be able to access the WiFi internet. "We are providing the WiFi service as a value-added facility for passengers," said a senior railway ministry official.

The WiFi facility shall be available free of cost for an initial period of 30 minutes. For usage beyond 30 minutes, users may purchase scratch cards.
The WiFi facility shall be available free of cost for an initial period of 30 minutes and would require the people at the station to register for the same through their mobile phones.

For usage beyond 30 minutes, the user may purchase scratch cards which will be made available at 24X7 WiFi helpdesks on the concourse at the Paharganj and Ajmeri gate sides of New Delhi railway station.

"These cards are priced at Rs 25 for 30 minutes and Rs 35 for one hour and are valid through 24 hours," said the official.

The total cost of the project is Rs 50 lakh and an amount of Rs 16 lakh will be spent annually to run the facility. The wi-fi facility is to be provided at 75 major category stations within a year.

The facility is to be launched on a trial basis at Agra, Ahmedabad and Varanasi by the end of December and at Howrah, Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Secunderabad by January next year.

New Delhi station is the busiest station in the country with about 300 trains and close to 5 lakh passengers coming to its platforms daily.
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Network Rail deploys Infinera transport network platform

Network Rail Telecom (NRT) has deployed the DTN-X packet optical transport networking (OTN) platform from intelligent transport network equipment provider Infinera across the infrastructure of UK rail network operator Network Rail. The deployment in partnership with operator Telefonica UK is designed to support future terabit super-channels without requiring new chassis. The DTN-X platform features a 500 Gbps super-channel solution and Infinera's Instant Bandwidth technology enables NRT to deploy more capacity with the click of a mouse. The DTN-X is designed to scale in the future to support up to 12 Tbps of integrated OTN switching and Fast Shared Mesh Protection to ensure service continuity even in the face of multiple fibre cuts.
Source-telecom paper

Suresh Prabhu Directs to Undertake a Comprehensive Study on Generating Revenue Through Advertisements on Coaches, Wagons Trains, Railway Stations Etc.

With a view to generate additional revenue, the Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has directed RITES, a public sector undertaking of Ministry of Railway, to quickly study and prepare a Concept Note, indicating ways and means for leveraging of space in coaches, wagons, trains, railway stations etc. for advertisements, publicity and other purposes. 

It has later felt that Indian Railways have a lot of idle space in coaches, wagons, trains, railway stations etc which could be used for this purpose. The Railway Minister desired that Concept Note may be prepared at the earliest, preferably by 10th December 2014.

Indian Railways to Introduce Wi-Fi Services at 400 Stations

Indian Railways proposes to introduce Wi-Fi services at 400 railway stations (‘A1’ & ‘A’ category) throughout the country and in select trains. 

Wi-Fi facility in three rakes of Howrah Rajdhani Express has been provided as a pilot project and Railway further proposes to provide this facility in select trains (Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duranto Category). This facility will be provided selecting suitable technology for continuous connectivity with the World Wide Web when the train is on move. 

Presently, provision of Wi-Fi facility at 75 ‘A1’ category stations is in progress. Wi-Fi facility in three rakes of Howrah Rajdhani Express has already been commissioned. Provision of Wi-Fi Broadband facility in other select trains involves bandwidth from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and modification in Power Cars to house satellite antenna and associated equipments. It will take 18-24 months for completion, subject to availability of funds. 

Wi-Fi at Bengaluru station has been commissioned in October 2014. For the balance A1 category stations, work is in progress and is likely to e commissioned in the next 12 months and subsequently work in A category stations will be taken up. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 


Indian Railways Extends Concession in Fare to 50 Categories of Travellers

Indian Railways extendS travel concessions in various classes of travel to more than 50 categories of travelers, such as patients, students, senior citizens, certain categories of disabled persons, Doctors, Artists, Sports persons, Press Correspondents, Kisans and others. The element of concession ranges from 10% to 100%. 

Eleven categories of patients suffering from serious ailments viz. Cancer, Thalassemia, Haemophilia, T.B/Lupas Valgaris, Non-infectious Leprosy, AIDS patients for treatment/periodical checkup, Heart patients for surgery, Kidney patients for kidney transplant Operation/Dialysis and Ostomy patients for any purpose are eligible for concessions in the passenger fares. 

In the case of eight categories of patients, travel concessions are also given to the attendant escorting the patients.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 


Indian Railways to Eliminate All Level Crossings Progressively

At present, there are 30348 level crossings on Indian Railways across the country. Out of these, 18785 are manned and 11563 are unmanned level crossings.

A total number of 4792 level crossings have been removed on Indian Railways in the last five years.

These jobs are being done by respective Zonal Railways. The Ministry of Railways has decided to progressively eliminate all level crossings by either of the following methods based on the availability of funds:

· Closure – Closing unmanned level crossings having NIL/negligible Train Vehicle Units (TVU).

· Merger – Merger of unmanned level crossing gate to nearby manned or unmanned gates or subway or Road Under Bridge (RUB) or Road Over Bridge (ROB) by construction of diversion road.

· Provision of Subways/RUBs.

· Manning – The unmanned level crossings which cannot be eliminated by above means will be progressively manned based on rail-road traffic volume, visibility conditions.

· Provision of ROBs – Busy manned level crossings having TVU more than 1 lakh are being replaced by ROBs on cost sharing basis.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.


Indian Railways Identifies Nine Corridors for Semi High Speed Trains

Nine corridors i.e. Delhi-Agra, Delhi-Chandigarh, Delhi-Kanpur, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Mysore-Bengaluru-Chennai, Mumbai-Goa, Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Chennai-Hyderabad & Nagpur-Secunderabad have been identified for raising the speeds of passenger trains to 160/200 kmph. The first passenger train at 160 kmph will be run from New Delhi to Agra.

The limit of speed of trains is regulated in accordance with the classification of routes having particular type of track structure. The broad gauge (BG) lines on Indian Railways have been classified into six groups ‘A’ to ‘E’ on the basis of the future maximum permissible speed.

Group ‘A’- Speeds upto 160 kmph.

Group ‘B’-Speeds upto 130 kmph

Group ‘C’- Suburban section of Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi & Calcutta

Group ‘D’ special & ‘D’- Speeds upto 110 kmph

Group ‘E’- Speeds upto 100 kmph.

The total expenditure on upgradation works for Delhi-Agra section including fencing at vulnerable locations is estimated to be Rs. 16.35 crore.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.


50 Major Railway Stations identified for integrated cleanliness through outsourcing to Professional/Reputed Agencies Detailed guidelines for cleanliness benchmarks and monitoring issued

The Railway Board has issued a set of guidelines to all Zonal Railways for inviting tenders for engaging professional/reputed agencies for the purpose of outsourcing of cleanliness at 50 major railways station of ‘A1’ & ‘A’ categories on Indian Railways. The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has been emphasizing on sustained cleanliness activities on Indian Railways. Some of the general guidelines are; 

• The cleanliness contract should be an integrated contract covering the entire station which shall include the whole geographical area of the station covering tracks, platforms, all parts of the building, concourse, approach road, parking area. In case of an enroute station the area between the two home signals and in case of a terminal station, from the entry to the circulating areas of the station to the home signal. Zonal Railways may also include the coaching depots if they are located within the geographical area of the stations. 

• The scope of the cleanliness contracts shall include all areas and aspects of cleanliness, i.e., cleaning of the entire station area including tracks, rag/rubbish picking, disinfection, pest and rodent control, garbage collection, segregation of waste, disposal etc. 

• The cleaning contract should be given to one single agency and there should be no mixed system of management. Departmental staff should be redeployed to nearby stations which are managed departmentally ending the mixed system prevailing there too. 

• Where cleanliness is done through departmental staff, deployment of staff should be rationalized shift-wise and area-wise to ensure that each area is attended to regularly at all times throughout the day. 

• The surface of the platform, concourse area including the cladding of the walls should be reviewed and broken Kota/Shahabad stones or granites should be replaced to make the surface amenable to easy cleaning. 

• The Medical Officers/Commercial Officers who are in charge of the station cleanliness and chief Health Inspectors (CHIs) should visit well maintained public places like Airports, Five-star Hotels and Corporate Hospitals to observe and learn from their upkeep practices. 

• Regular supervision of the contractors of AC waiting halls on Platforms, Vehicle Parking lots, loading and unloading of parcels and catering units in the station should be undertaken. 

• Steam cleaners should be used to remove stains from all smooth surfaces such as floors, walls, wash-basins, urinals etc. Use of bio-enzyme products to kill bad odour in the urinals and in the concrete aprons on the tracks. 

• Pest and rodent control should be an integral part of the Integrated Cleanliness Contract. 

• CCTVs already installed/ those under installation as part of the Integrated Security Scheme should be utilized for monitoring cleanliness activities. 

• The Division shall prescribe the details of the uniform and the protective gear which will be have to be provided to the staff by the contractor from the first day of starting of the contract. 

• The selection of the agency should be through an open tender under a two packet bid system (technical and financial bid). 

Fifty major stations selected for integrated cleanliness contract are; Nasik Road, Solapur, Jalgaon, Howrah, Sealdah, Bhagalpur, Patna, Mughalsarai, Gaya, Vishakapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Puri, New Delhi, Delhi, Varanasi, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Allahabad, Kanpur, Jhansi, Gorakhpur, Lucknow Jn, Kathgodam, Rangiya, New Bongaigaon, Kishanganj, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Chennai Central, Egmore, Trivandrum Central, Secunderabad, Vijayawada, Tirupati, Kharagpur, Tatanagar, Ranchi, Raipur, Bilaspur, Drug, Hospet, Vasco-Da-Gama, Belgaum, Mumbai Central Main, Bandra Terminus, Vadodara, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Kota. 

Detailed circular is attached with this press release and also available on





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