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Jan 9, 2015
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Sofia. As of January 12 the Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ) will suspend 38 trains from movement. The final list of the trains that will stop working was officially released by the company, the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) reported.
Vratsa-Pleven, Sofia-Karlovo, Karlovo-Sliven, Stara Zagora-Sliven, Gorna Oryahovitsa-Stara Zagora and Vidin-Mezdra are just some of the trains that will be cut from operation as of Monday.
38 will be delisted from BDZ’s schedule, while other 10 will have their runs restricted.
A window of C-3 coach of the New Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi was damaged by miscreants on Thursday. The incident took place around 6.30 pm near Sonipat, Haryana when a group of children started pelting stones at the moving train and a window was damaged in the process.
Passengers sitting on seat number 20,21 and 22 were relocated to another compartment immediately. As the train had nearly full occupancy, it was difficult for railway officials to accommodate the passengers who had to suffer.
A new train service between north Manchester and London has been rejected by the rail watchdog. The route, between London Euston, Eccles, Victoria station, Stalybridge, Huddersfield and Leeds, would have saved passengers from the north of the region having to travel to Piccadilly to get a train to the capital.
The Office of Rail Regulation has rejected a proposal by private operator Great Northern Western Railway (GNWR) to invest £153m in the service that it claimed would have attracted nearly 4,000 extra passengers a day.
A research centre on developing bullet train technology will be ready at IIT-Kharagpur by the end of this 2015. Funded by the Indian Railway Board, the new building of the Centre for Railway Research (CRR) is being constructed at a cost of Rs 20 crore inside the IIT campus, centre in-charge Prof Subhransu Roy told PTI.
He said that the Indian Railways has identified four thrust areas for research - high-speed trains, developing heavy haul capacity to carry more freight, intelligent maintenance and use of advanced materials like polymers, rubbers, etc. "The new centre, which would be ready in the next 7-8 months, will work according to the 'Make in India' campaign to develop indigenous technology in railways. Developing technologies related to bullet trains is one of our focus areas," Roy said.
India is currently considering two corridors for high speed trains. While Japan is conducting the feasibility study for the bullet train project in the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor, Chinawill do the same for the Delhi-Chennai route. Operating out of a temporary set-up, IIT researchers have already started working on suspension and bogies technology for high-speed trains.
Other sanctioned projects worth Rs 20 crores related to R&D of railway technology include the development of provisions for design of steel concrete composite railway bridges for high speed passenger traffic.
Developing bullet trains would require an array of rolling stock design aspects to be addressed, such as, aerodynamic design of rolling stock, vehicle dynamics, vibration and noise control, advanced control of electric loco drives, static and dynamic analysis of railway bridges, etc, Roy said.
Around 40 faculty members from different departments of the institute and as many scholars are engaged in the research projects. Once fully ready with high-end specialised labs, CRR will also house an academic unit offering MTech courses in railway management and engineering.
Besides the regular civil and mechanical engineering aspects, students would be taught on rail wheel dynamics, track, geotechnical aspects, transport planning, etc, officials said. For operational aspects related to trains, they will invite working rail professionals as adjunct faculty.
The proposed degree course, whose curriculum is yet to be finalised, will have a maximum of 30 seats having space for both railway-sponsored employees as well as candidates who have cleared GATE entrance exam.
Currently, technical aspects are dealt by railway PSUs like Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO). The Railways have their own training centres for its manpower requirements and now they are planning to come up with a railway university. "Our pass-outs can find jobs in the railways or even as teachers in the rail university when it comes up," Roy said.
As a precursor to the proposed MTech courses, they recently ran a short-term course where international experts on high speed rail system discussed technical aspects with Indian Railway officials.
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has announced up to five percent reduction in the passenger train fares. The decision was taken in the wake of decrease in the prices of petroleum products, so that the effects could be transferred to common man, a press release said on Thursday. The railways minister said that fares of different passenger trains were to be reduced from three to five percent depending upon the profitability and passenger load on the trains. He hoped that this reduction would provide common man an economic and safe mode to travel.
MUMBAI: The city's railway development body has proposed to extend Harbour line services up to Virar on the western suburbs though work is already on to extend it up to Goregaon.
Work on extending the corridor up to Goregaon, which was expected to be completed by May 2014, has been delayed because a small portion of land is not yet handed over to the MRVC. The project is now expected to be completed before the onset of monsoon.
On account of mega block by Central Railway on its section between Pen and Roha stations certain trains going via Konkan Railway route are likely to be regulated /rescheduled and are likely to run late.
MANGALURU: On account of mega block by Central Railway on its section between Pen and Roha stations certain trains going via Konkan Railway route are likely to be regulated /rescheduled and are likely to run late.
THANE: After the Central Railway approached the Thane police asking them to keep the level crossings between Thane and Kalyan shut during peak hours, officials from the railway administration's operations department are suggesting that the gates be closed permanently.
People use the tracks to reach from east to west or vice versa even if the gates of the three level crossings - Thakurli, Diva and Kalwa-- are shut, said railway officials.
KOLHAPUR: The Pune division of the Central Railway has pushed for a new 112-km railway line connecting Kolhapur to Rajapur in Ratnagiri district with the railway board.
SP Mhaske, deputy chief engineer, Central Railway Pune division said, "The proposal is submitted to the railway board that comes under the railway ministry. The proposal includes a detailed survey report, information about the terrain and requirement of tunnels and bridges."
"Such a development is crucial as it will be seriously discussed for inclusion in the next railway budget. The budget is likely to be tabled in Parliament on February 21. Now, the proposal, including its finance and ratio of return on investment, will be discussed at various levels," sources said.
N. Subramanian, retired railway employee, distributes a book to a student.
The 121 students of the Panchayat Union Middle School (PUMS) in Kuruvimalai village in Polur taluk in Tiruvannamalai district were a blessed lot when they received educational material donated by Chennai-based N. Subramanian, a retired employee of the Southern Railway during the Diamond Jubilee celebration of the school on Tuesday.
Southern Railway General Manager Rakesh Misra inspecting the facilities at Kumbakonam Railway Station on Thursday.
Temporary shelters, toilets, more catering stalls to be provided
Southern Railway has planned to put in place a slew of arrangements at Kumbakonam ahead of the ‘Mahamaham’ festival, to be held in February 2016.
Comprehensive preparations would be made to provide necessary facilities for the devotees visiting the town.
Chief minister Devendra Fadanvis greets Raosaheb Patil Danve after he was appointed BJP’s Maharashtra chief on Thursday Swapnil Sakhare dna
The railway ministry and the stategovernment on Thursday had a major brainstorming session, with railways' side led by minister Suresh Prabhu and the state's by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Prabhu, speaking to the press after the 90-minute meeting, said Fadnavis had agreed in principle to 16-17 points brought forward by him. dna gives a lowdown on what the meeting entailed and what ideas were thrown up for discussion.
After crying foul for years over its social service obligations, including running uneconomical lines, the Indian Railways is trying to develop a new social face under the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.
Minister Suresh Prabhu is working on a plan to utilise unused infrastructure at the Railways' 8,000 stations across the country, to impart skill development training to unemployed youth, particularly in rural and far-flung areas. Also, the ministry plans to use the vast railway network as a tool to market products made by self-help groups and tribal people across the country.
The announcements come soon after a few customer-centric initiatives like introduction of mobile ticketing and Wi-Fi internet services, apart from a focus on cleanliness.
“Indian Railways has around 8,000 stations. The premises of some of the stations with very few trains and scanty footfall could be used for skill development activities,” Prabhu said while addressing a media gathering here, adding he would soon meet Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development Rajiv Pratap Rudy to develop a mechanism for implementing the plan.
He was speaking at a book release function also attended by Dilip Chenoy, managing director and chief executive of National Skill Development Corporation; N K Maini, deputy managing director of Small Industries Development Bank of India (Sidbi); H R Dave, deputy managing director of Nabard; and Chandrajit Banerjee, director-general of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
Indian Railways has tried to project its “public face” under different ministers in the past as well. The earlier approach, however, focused on announcing no rises in passenger fares or freight rates, introduction of new trains and expansion of metro services. The obligation to provide cheaper services — including coaching services and transportation of essential commodities below cost — has an annual impact of Rs 29,000 crore on Indian Railways.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has on several occasions laid stress on skill development as a key area of focus for his government. Referring to the Konkani cuisine restaurant “Konkan Swaad Katta', set up recently at Konkan Railway's Ratnagiri station, Prabhu said such initiatives would encourage traditional businesses and help financially empower locals.
The minister also referred to the “huge marketing potential” of the railway company, Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), and announced starting a pilot project to sell rural products through the IRCTC website, visited by 500,000 people a day.
WR earned Rs12,985 crore out of the Rs1,14,000 crore earned by Indian Railways. This is around 11 per cent of the total earnings.
Western Railway, with Rs12,985 crore, has become the biggest earner for Indian Railways.
Possibly for the first time since the re-organisation of the railways into zones in 1951, Western Railway (WR) has found itself at the top of the list in earnings. For the period starting April 2014 and ending December 2014, WR earned a whopping Rs12,985 crore out of the
Rs1,14.000 crore earned by the Indian Railways. This is around 11 per cent of the total earnings of Indian Railways, said elated WR officials in Mumbai.
WR's suburban network, among the densest in the world, saw a total of 976 million passengers using it in the nine-month period between April and December. That is a 2 per cent increase from last year. Overall, the passenger increase, including out-station commuters, was a robust 16 per cent, said officials.
"It is thanks to a record number of holiday specials and extra coaches added to trains that we have reached this mark. The fact that the premium trains that WR has run to places like Delhi and Jaipur and some from Ahmedabad has also given us a healthy balance sheet," said a senior WR official.
The suburban passenger numbers looking healthy was attributed to the fact that with a smaller network, when compared to Central Railway's one, WR was managing to run itslocal trains with less breakdowns and other traffic disruptions.
"The fact that all our local trains run on energy-saving Alternating Current and out fleet being a young one, with a dominance of Siemens rakes less than 10 years old, has also kept WR's suburban network in good shape," said an official.
The widest smiles, however, were reserved for the performance in the freight sector with WR seeing a 27 per cent increase in earnings over the corresponding period in 2013.
"The loading of fertilisers, coal and containers from the ports in Gujarat that fall within the jurisdiction has been a big factor why our freight earnings are looking so good. The non-port commodities like cement and salt have also been exemplary. All in all a great year," said a senior WR official.
In fact, according to the figures with WR, it is the biggest loader of salt in the country with 80 per cent of all salt loaded in the country being done so within WR territory, on WR rakes.
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