Jan 14, 2015

Railway Minister likely to shun populism in his first Railway Budget

नई दिल्ली New Delhi: This year’s rail budget may not see any big ticket announcements with railway minister Suresh Prabhu keen on abandoning the populist path to bring the transporter’s financial health back on track.

Since assuming charge, Prabhu has shown his keenness to bring in fundamental changes in the manner in which the railways have been operating over the years, resulting in a financial mess.

The focus will be on prioritizing pending projects and fast-tracking their implementation while resisting temptation to announce populist projects, said an official involved in the budget-making process. The minister has been stressing on expediting completion of pending projects to prevent further cost escalation. Projects worth around Rs two lakh crore are pending.

What’s your Policy on posting Cops on long-distance trains, Bombay HC asks Railways

मुंबई Mumbai: “What is the policy of the Indian Railways with regard to posting railway policemen on outstation trains?” the Bombay High Court asked the railways to explain on Tuesday.

A division bench of justices Abhay Oka and AK Menon gave the direction after the railways informed the court that it was facing a shortage in Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel, and hence, a guard is not available on every train.

The court was hearing from advocate Uday Warunjikar, counsel of one Bhavika Mehta who lost a leg while chasing a thief on an outstation train in 2012. Warunjikar said there had been no policeman

Keeping Suburban Trains free of Paan, Gutkha stains tough until commuters cooperate: Rlys

मुंबई Mumbai: The railways spends around Rs5 crore every year to clean its suburban rakes of paan and gutkha stains, but its officials say it is a losing battle till they get support from the commuters themselves.

State government’s ban on gutkha about a year ago has been a mixed bag, say officials, with a section believing it has not made much of a difference as far as stains on their rakes are concerned. According to figures available, Central Railway spent Rs.3 crore to clean up its 120 rakes, while Western Railway spent Rs.2 crore for its 94 rakes.

Railway may shut down many of its units

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Mismanagement of staff in Railway Board

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ER institutes Monthly Safety Award to its employees for diligent work in train safety operation

कोलकाता Kolkata (KOAA): Eastern Railway instituted the concept of monthly Safety Award to honour its employees who did diligent work in improving safety in train operation.

Keeping in view, R.K.Gupta, General Manager, Eastern Railway honoured eleven employees whose alertness and prompt action have resulted in averting possible accident through safety award today. The awards were presented by Mr Gupta in presence of B. K. Patel, Additional General Manager, Anil Kumar Gupta, Chief Safety Officer and other Principal Head of all Departments of Eastern Railway. The 11 employees who were felicitated for their services are S. K. Dutta & S. K. Mondal, Traction Power

Railway Minister gives assurance for expeditious completion of Palakkad Coach Factory

Kerala Chief Minister submits wish list to Railway Minister

नई दिल्ली New Delhi: The state is pinning hopes for a judicious approach towards the longstanding demands of the region on rail development in the Union railway budget. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy submitted a memorandum highlighting the demands of Kerala to Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday, including the running of a Thiruvananthapuram-New Delhi Rajdhani Express as a daily train.

Pressure mounts on Government for expeditious completion of Hubbali-Ankola Rail line

हुब्बली Hubli (UBL): The pressure is growing on the Union government to complete the long-pending Hubballi-Ankola railway project by announcing enough funds in the next Railway Budget.

Besides, various organizations have also demanded regular train connectivity to Mumbai, Chennai and other metros from Hubballi, clean drinking water in railway stations, and change in timings of some trains, mainly the Express train between Lokamanya Tilak Terminus and Hubballi. The reaches Hubballi at 3am and leaves Mumbai at 9.05 am.

Australian firms scout for business opportunities in rail gear space in India

James Moutafis of Aurizon Operations; David Rennison of Trackside Intelligence; Rohan Stocker, Marand (Attlas Rail); Peter Ironmonger, Austrade ; Alan Beacham from UGL; Dale Coleman of TTG Australia Transport in New Delhi

नई दिल्ली New Delhi: Australian firms such UGL, TTG Transportation Technology, Atlas Rail, Track IQ and Aurizon in the railway equipment technology, services and freight operations space are

SilverRail acquires Linkon, European Rail Technology pioneer

स्टॉकहोम Stockholm: SilverRail Technologies, the innovation leader in passenger rail search and booking technologies, today announced the acquisition of Linkon, the rail technology company powering the Swedish rail market with solutions ranging from inventory hosting through to mobile ticketing. SilverRail believes the acquisition will accelerate its ability to innovate the way rail is accessed and sold across the globe and improve the rail industry’s ability to compete effectively with regional air travel.

Prabhu flags off India’s first CNG-cum-diesel run Dual Fuel DEMU train

रेवाड़ी Rewari Jn (RE): Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today launched two trains from Rewari – one for Rohtak and another for Bikaner. The Rewari-Rohtak-Rewari passenger train was launched for the convenience of the commuters in the region

Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu flagging off the first CNG-cum-Diesel Duel Fuel Train

The DEMU train will run on dual fuel system – CNG and diesel – for six days-a-week (except Sunday).

More women set to join Bangalore Metro workforce

बेंगलुरू Bengaluru (SBC): More women are set to join the Namma Metro operations with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) all set to recruit 40 female personnel. In addition, as many as 105 women will join as train maintainers for the metro service, in the next one month.

The BMRCL, for the first time, has provided 30 per cent reservation for women in tune with the policy of the Karnataka government. The BMRCL conducted recruitment examination recently and the results were declared on Monday.

As many as 20,117 applications were received for the 350 posts of maintainers. A total of 1,491 women had applied for the posts.

Tussle between CMRL and TNSHD delays progress of Chennai Metro Rail works

चेन्नई Chennai (MAS): The first Metro Rail operation of the city is likely to begin in about two months from now, but the work on footpaths remains undone, thanks to a tussle between two government agencies.

While sources in the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) said they had already told the Tamil Nadu State Highways Department to carry out work on footpaths along Koyambedu to Alandur, the latter said the roads had not yet been handed over to it.

“The cleaning work in and around the Arumbakkam and Vadapalani stations was completed and subsequently handed over to the Highways Department last week. But, the work around other stations in this alignment was finished sometime back. It is for the Highways Department to start the work,” an official of the CMRL said.

Meanwhile, sources in the Highways Department said that they were yet to get control of the stretches where the stations are located.

“We will survey the locations and calculate the cost, which will have to be borne by the CMRL. It will take us at least six months to complete the works as the construction of stormwater drains and ducts will take quite some time,” an official said. It might cost Rs. 3 crore to construct one km of stormwater drains and footpaths; and Rs. 4 crore for one km of road in both directions.

A former engineer in the Highways Department said spots where traffic had been diverted would have to be completely repaired since there would be more damage there. “The CMRL must also acquire land at the SIDCO and Arumbakkam stations on the Inner Ring Road for the creation of additional lanes. Two lanes each have been lost to the stations at these locations,” he said.
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MMRC issue notices to Political Parties to vacate land for Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-III

मुंबई Mumbai: The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has issued notices to political parties that have state headquarters opposite Vidhan Bhavan to vacate land to facilitate construction of underground stations for Metro-III—between Colaba and Seepz via Bandra. “We will provide them alternative accommodation. After work is completed, the state will decide if the offices need to be moved back there,” said an MMRC official.

MMRC is expected to hold discussions with those affected on January 16 and 17. NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said, “We have received a letter asking us to attend a meeting. If land is required for the project, we will cooperate.” Shiv Sena, PWP, SP and a few government offices are also located opposite Vidhan Bhavan.
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The notification and the application for 25 % deptt. quota in ASM (GP-2800).


A 2-Day 6th Inter Railway Photography Competition-cum-Exhibition organized by the Chief Engineer’s Recreation Club, South Eastern Railway, Garden Reach concluded at BNR Auditorium, S E Railway, Garden Reach today (09/01/2015). Shri R.K.Agrawal, Principal Chief Engineer, S.E.Railway inaugurated the exhibition yesterday and encouraged the participants for their good quality of photographs showcased in the exhibition. Photographs of the employees of South Eastern Railway, Eastern Railway and Metro Railway have been displayed in the exhibition.

A total of 120 ( 60 nos. in the Open section & 60 nos. in the Travel section) photographs o­n various subjects titled “Balloon Wallah”, “Close up”, “End of the Day”, “Sela Lake”, “Joy Maa Ganga”,


Sri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways flagged off the Ananad Vihar – Santragachi Weekly Superfast Express along with two other trains from Anand Vihar this morning (06/01/2015) with a view to fulfillment of public demand. o­n the inaugural day, the train runs as Special Train from Anand Vihar o­n open path timings for Santragachi.The regular run of Santragachi-Anand Vihar Weekly Superfast Express will commence from 12thJanuary, 2015 from Santragachi.

Hemant Kumar Appointed as Member Mechanical, Railway Board

Shri Hemant Kumar has been appointed as new Member Mechanical, Railway Board & Ex-officio Secretary to the Govt. of India. Prior to this appointment, he was working as General Manager, Western Railway since, 20th November, 2013 and under his dynamic leadership Western Railway attained excellent achievements in various fields. 

Shri Kumar is a senior railway officer of 1973 batch of Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA) and secured Gold Medal in Mechanical Engineering. He is also a qualified Electrical Engineer. He has done various courses in Management and Management of Operations.





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