Feb 27, 2015

Railway Budget to bring flurry of privatization in Railways

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Highlights of Railway Budget 2015-16

NEW DELHI:  After managing people’s expectations with his statement that “everything can’t be done in an year”, Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu presents his maiden Rail Budget in the parliament.

Here are the highlights of the Rail Budget 2015:
  • I thank the Prime Minister for giving me this opportunity of serving the people of India.
  • Madam, the Railways is a web of veins which pumps blood into the heart of India’s economy.
  • Investment in Indian Railways is necessary for environment sustainability and well-being of future generations.
  • Railways carry a heavy burden of expectations; citizens often not aware of constraints the Railways operate under.
  • Railway has suffered from a vicious cycle of underinvestment for a long time leading to deterioration.
  • “Kuch naya jorhna hoga, Kuch purana torhna hoga… Kuch raaste badalne honge… kuch dishayen dhoondni hongi”
  • The people of India will own Railways always.
Over the next 5 years, the railways will have to transform. We have 4 goals to meet.
  1. Measureable customer experience – cleanliness, facilities
  2. Make Rails a safer way to travel
  3. Expand capacity substantially and modernize infrastructure
  4. Make ‘Bhartiya Rail’ financially self-sustainable
  • Transforming Railways will require us to partner with key stakeholders. We will work with the states.
  • We have fixed goals for ourselves, and are convinced that we can deliver.
The 5 drives of the Rail Budget 2015
  • Adopting a medium-term perspective
  • Building partnerships
  • Leveraging additional resources
  • Revamping management practices, systems, processes and re-tooling of human resources.
  • To set standards for governance and transparency.
Let me now turn to the 11 thrust areas of our action plan.   
  • No change in passenger fares. No hike.
  • Cleanliness is of prime importance, Integrated cleaning up will be taken up. This will include private agencies.
  • We will bring over 600 new toilets.
  • This year alone, we plan to replace 17,000 old toilets.
  • I urge to all the people, railways is your traveling home, please keep it clean.
  • Private sector to be roped in to modernise stations  Banks, pension funds keen to invest in Railways.
  • 8.5 lakh crore investment in Railways in the next 5 years.\
  • Priority to significantly improve capacity over next 5 years.
  • All India 24×7 helpline number 138 to become operational to address passenger complaints on a real-time basis. This will be started in Northern Railways from April 1 and to be extended across India soon.
  • SMS alert services for passengers to inform them about arrival and departure of trains.
  • Facility to book wheelchairs for senior citizens online.
  • Mobile charging facilities in general compartments , Wi-Fi in Category B stations.
  • Surveillance cameras on select mainline and ladies compartments.
  • More general class coaches will be added to select trains for benefit of the common man.
  • We have approached NIFT and NID for better bed rolls, inner coach designs to make upper berths more accessible.
  • All newly manufactured coaches to be braille enabled.
  • On-board entertainment to be introduced in some Shatabdi trains.
  • We will introduce train sets saving 20% journey time, similar to bullet trains in design, can run on existing tracks.
  • Rs. 120 crore have been provided for lifts and escalators on railway stations.
  • We want our Railway Stations to be iconic structures reflecting the culture of that place: Union Minister Suresh Prabhu.
  • 67% more funds – as compared to last year – have been allotted for passenger amenities.
  • We are committed to provide Rail connectivity to north eastern states; Meghalaya has been finally brought on the Railways’ map.
  • Satellite railway terminals in major cities. Fast track highest priority works.
    Investment 84% higher; 77 new projects -Doubling, tripling, quadrupling and electrification.
  • Railways must expand freight carrying capacity.
  • Transport Logistic Corporation of India to be set up to aid expanding freight handling capaity and provide end-to-end logistic solutions.
  • 1330% increase in railway electrification over previous year.
  • To check the movement of empty freight trains, automatic freight rebate system launched and to will be expanded.
  • The loading density in almost all major freight trains to be upgraded which will bring immediate results.
  • Safety is of paramount importance.
  • I offer my condolences the families of all the people deceased in railway accidents and the people who lost their lives in the line of duty.
  • Audio-based warnings at unmanned railway crossings.
  • We are considering new and lighter design of wagons.
  • Improving train speed from existing 110 and 130 to 160 and 200 kms respectively so that inter-metro journey – like Delhi to Mumbai – can be completed overnight.
  • Technological upgrades are important for any organisation.
  • We propose to set up, an innovation council for overall innovation of the Indian Railways.
  • We will launch a new mobile application called ‘Kayakalp’ to help in technology upgradation.
  • ‘Window to book railway tickets raised from 60 to 120 days’.
  • Malaviya Chair of Railway Technology in IIT-n BHU in Varanasi.
  • Improvement to management process and systems.
  • Railways will require new governance structure. For quick decision making.
  • 917 safety work projects to eliminate over 3,000 unmanned crossings in all states. SRO,
  • RDSO, IIT Kanpur to help provide facilities for safety at unmanned level crossings
  • Rules and regulation governing freight will be simplified and made more customer-friendly.
  • We propose to get a system audit conducted across the country.
  • We also propose to get out train operations audited in the next two months.
  • We propose to spend Rs. 96,182 Crore on capacity expansion in FY16.
  • Next is energy and sustainability.
  • Environment Directorate in Railway Board.
  • Railway is the largest consumer of electricity.
  • Detailed energy audit to reveal areas to save power.
  • Open bidding for sourcing electricity.
  • Sourcing of solar power. Work in full swing.
  • We propose to launch, water conservation and water harvesting plants.
  • CNG based demo have been started in Northern Railways.
  • Transparency and governance.
  • We recruit through 21 institutes.
  • Online application for recruitment to be expanded.
  • We propose a ‘Mechanism’ to manage and monitor tariff, solving licensing disputes and setting performance goals.
  • This year we are celebrating 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s return from South Africa. We will promote Gandhi Circle for tourism.
  • I will personally monitor all the thrust areas. I am confident that I have the support of 13 lakh employees.
  • The audit for introducing new trains will be completed soon. We will be able to announce new trains in the current session of the parliament.
  • Will fulfill PM’s vision for Railways, ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat‘.
SOURCE - govemployees

Fifteen important things for common man in Rail Budget 2015

NEW DELHI: In a Railway Budget focused on enhancing passenger experience, Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday announced multiple initiatives including better ticketing facilities, upgraded stations and cleaner trains.
Prabhu increased the funds allotment for passenger amenities by 67%. “We are launching initiatives that will systematically address customer concerns about cleanliness, comfort, accessibility, service quality and speed of trains,” Prabhu said.
“We are directing our efforts to make travel on Indian Railways a happy experience with a mix of various initiatives,” he said in the Rail Budget speech. We take a look at 15 main areas in Prabhu’s Rail Budget that will improve common man’s train journey:
1) Better ticketing facilities: You can now book your tickets four months in advance, as against a period of two months currently. The window for reserved ticket booking will be raised to 120 days versus the 60 days now, Prabhu said.
“Today one of the biggest problems faced by the common man intending to travel in unreserved class is purchasing a ticket. We are introducing ‘Operation Five Minutes’ to ensure that a passenger travelling unreserved can purchase a ticket within five minutes. Provision of modified ‘hotbuttons’, coin vending machines and ‘single destination teller’ windows will drastically reduce the transaction time,” Prabhu announced.
For the differently-abled travellers, a special initiative is being launched whereby they can purchase concessional etickets after one-time registration. “It is also proposed to work towards developing a multi-lingual e-ticketing portal. We will move towards crediting all refunds through the banking system,” Prabhu said.
In Central Railway, Western Railway and Southern Railway suburban sections, a pilot project of issuing unreserved tickets on smart phones has been started. “We hope to extend this facility progressively to all stations. Automatic ticket vending machines with smart cards and currency options have also been installed at many stations,” Prabhu said. “It is proposed to proliferate this further and also to introduce debit card operated machines. Introduction of integrated ticketing system on the lines of rail-cum-road tickets on Jammu – Srinagar route will be expanded,” he added.
2) No rail fare hike: Prabhu spared passengers from any hike in fares. For 10 years before 2012-13 there was no increase in rail fares. Then Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi had made an across-the-board hike in 2012-2013 but was made to roll back the hike in second and sleeper class categories.
Since then there have been hikes in passenger fares. Before the first Railway budget of the Modi government in July last, fares were increased by 14.2 per cent and freight rates by 6.5 per cent.
3) Helpline: An all-India 24X7 helpline number, 138, will become functional to attend to the problems of passengers on a real time basis. Passengers will be able to call up for complaints while on trains.
A mobile application to redress Railway-related complaints is also being developed. Railways intend to start this facility on a pilot project basis on Northern Railway from March 1, 2015. Based on the experienced gained and the feedback received from passengers, it will be extended to all Railways soon thereafter.
“Further, keeping in mind the criticality of security related issues, we have dedicated a toll-free number 182 for receiving security related complaints. Railways would utilise resources from the Nirbhaya Fund for augmenting security of our women passengers,” Prabhu said.
4) Catering: To provide freedom to passengers to select their meals from an array of choices including local cuisine, e-catering has been introduced in 108 trains on an experimental basis from January this year. Food can be ordered through the IRCTC website at the time of booking of tickets.
“We are working to integrate the best food chains in our country into this project. Depending on the response from our customers, the facility will be extended to cover more trains,” Prabhu said. “It is also intended to set up Base Kitchens in specified Divisions to be run by highly credible agencies for serving quality food,” he added.
According to Prabhu, at the moment water vending machines are sparse. “We will expand this to cover most Railway stations. This will ensure availability of clean drinking water at very low cost to the people apart from being an environment friendly measure,” he said.
5) Mobile phone charging: Mobile phone charging facilities would be provided in general class coaches and the number of charging facilities would be increased in sleeper class coaches.
6) Improved stations: Wi-Fi at all A1 and A category stations is being provided. Further, as part of Digital India initiative, Wi-Fi will be provided at B category stations as well.
So far, 1052 stations have been identified for upgradation of passenger amenities at Station under Adarsh station scheme. 200 more stations will be brought under this scheme.
Online booking of retiring rooms has already been initiated. The facility of self-operated lockers would also gradually be made available at stations. “It is proposed to provide concierge services through the IRCTC at major stations for the assistance of passengers for their pick up and drop. We will also provide a facility for online booking of wheel chair on payment basis for senior citizens, patients and the differently-abled passengers through IRCTC on select stations,” Prabhu said.
Lifts and escalators have been planned at major stations to facilitate easy movement of the elderly and differently-abled passengers.
7) Clean trains and stations: Railways propose to create a new department for keeping stations and trains clean. Integrated cleaning will be taken up as a specialized activity, which will include engaging professional agencies and also training staff in the latest cleaning practices.

Railways plan to set up ‘waste to energy’ conversion plants near major coaching terminals to dispose waste in an environment-friendly manner. One pilot plant will be set up, to begin with, followed by more plants in a phased manner.
“The condition of toilet facilities in our stations and trains needs major improvement. We will build new toilets covering 650 additional stations compared to 120 stations last year,” Prabhu announced. “Bio-toilets are being fitted in coaches. So far we have replaced the existing toilets with 17,388 bio toilets. This year we intend to replace another 17,000 toilets. Research, Design and Standards Organisation ( RDSO) has also been tasked with making available within a period of six months a design for vacuum toilets,” he elaborated.
The feasibility of a disposable bag along with bedroll for the purpose of collecting garbage is being considered. The coverage of built in dustbins will be extended to non-AC coaches as well.
8) Faster trains: “Average speed will increase. Trains will become more punctual,” Prabhu promised.
The speed of 9 railway corridors will be increased from the existing 110 and 130 kmph to 160 and 200 kmph respectively so that inter-metro journeys like Delhi-Kolkotta and Delhi-Mumbai can be completed overnight.
In the next five years, Railways’ priority will be to significantly improve capacity on the existing high-density networks.
9) SMS alert: Railways propose to introduce an “SMS Alert” service to inform passengers in advance the updated arrival/departure time of trains at starting or destination stations.
Similarly SMS alert would be sent 15/30 minutes in advance of arrival of the train at the destination.
10) Surveillance: For the safety of women passengers, surveillance cameras will be provided on a pilot basis in selected mainline coaches and ladies’ compartments of suburban coaches without compromising on privacy.
11) Comfort: Railways will launch a programme to improve design, quality and cleanliness of bed linen within the next six months. “We have approached NIFT, Delhi for designing bed linen,” Prabhu said.
Additionally, the facility of online booking of disposable bedrolls at select stations is being extended to all passengers through the IRCTC portal on payment basis. “We will increase the number of mechanized laundries,” he announced.
12) Use of technology: Hand-held terminals will now be provided to Travelling Ticket Examiners (TTEs), which can be used for verification of passengers and downloading charts.
“This system will help us to move towards paperless ticketing and charting and expedite finalization of refund claims apart from saving reams of paper. We are also exploring the idea of extending the facility of SMS on mobiles as a valid proof of travel for PRS tickets as well,” Prabhu explained.
“We are putting in place an integrated customer portal, which will be a single interface for the customers to access different services. Seamless navigation would be possible across different websites of Railways,” he said.
A centrally managed Railway Display Network is expected to be introduced in over 2,000 stations over the next two years which will aid in providing information on train arrival/departure, reservations, general and emergency messages and also any other information of interest to citizens.
13) Capacity: More berths will be made available through increase in number of coaches to meet the growing demand for confirmed seats on the trains. Trains, which are fully patronised throughout the year, will be augmented with additional coaches from trains which have relatively lower occupancy levels.

Further, capacity in identified trains will be augmented to run with 26 coaches from the existing 24 coaches. More General class coaches will be added in identified trains to benefit the common man.
For better customer experience Railways would focus on superior coach design and interiors. Indian Railways is collaborating with NID to develop ergonomically designed seats. Railways also intend to progressively replace all coaches with LHB design coaches.
14) Entertainment: Railways’ Delhi Division is taking up a project for introducing on-board entertainment on select Shatabdi trains on license fee basis.
Depending on the response, the facility will be extended on all Shatabdi trains.
15) Train sets: With a view to providing superior riding experience and about 20% savings in journey time, Railways propose to introduce a ‘very modern train system’ called train sets.
“These are similar to bullet trains in design and can run on existing tracks without an engine to haul them. For the Railways it would imply higher capacity, greater energy savings and increased throughput,” Prabhu explained. “We hope that the first set of these trains would be running on our system within the next two years,” he added.
SOURCE - govemployees

Next 5 years to change face of Indian Railways: White Paper

To make an attempt at resurrecting itself, Indian Railways has drawn up an ambitious five-year action plan,” it stated.

The White Paper also highlighted challenges that the railways face in terms of growing demands from consumers, quantum of investment and quality of delivery.

It has also highlighted certain areas that need “urgent attention” such as cleanliness, punctuality of services, safety, terminal quality, capacity of trains, food quality, passenger security and ease of booking tickets.

“The realisation is there that if the vicious cycle of under-investment is to be turned into a virtuous cycle of prosperity, crutches of support will have to be abandoned. Indian Railways will have to generate its own resources for its development,” the paper said.

It also stated that by 2020, Indian Railways will undertake measures to ensure delivery of safe and punctual services and increase average speed by 50 per cent and load to 1.5 billion tonnes.
Source - business-standard

छत्रपति शिवाजी टर्मिनस मुंबई-गोरखपुर के बीच प्रीमियम होली विशेष गाड़ी Premium Holi Special between Mumbai and Gorakhpur

होली त्यौहार के दौरान यात्रियों की अतिरिक्त भीड को देखते हुए मध्य रेल, मुंबई एवं गोरखपुर के बीच एक प्रीमियम विशेष गाड़ी चलाएगी। पूरा विवरण निम्नलिखित है।

गाडी संख्या 02047 दिनांक 1.3.2015 को छत्रपति शिवाजी टर्मिनस मुंबई से 1420 बजे प्रस्थान कर अगले दिन 1845 बजे गोरखुपर पहुंचेगी।
गाडी संख्या 02048 दिनांक 2.3.2015 को गोरखपुर से 2310 बजे प्रस्थान कर तीसरे दिन 05.05 बजे छत्रपति शिवाजी टर्मिनस मुंबई पहुंचेगी।

ठहराव:भुसावल, भोपाल, झांसी, कानपुर एवं लखनऊ।

संरचना: एक प्रथम वातानुकूलित सह वातानुकूलित 2-टियर, दो वातानुकूलित 3-टियर 12 शयनयान श्रेणी, एक भोजनयान।

आरक्षण: गाडी संख्या 02047 के लिए आरक्षण दिनांक 28.2.2015 से (केवल इन्टरनेट द्वारा) प्रारंभ होगा।
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दिनांक : फरवरी 27, 2015
यह समाचार मध्य रेल के जनसंपर्क विभाग, छत्रपति शिवाजी टर्मिनस मुंबई से जारी किया गया है।

(Narendra A Patil)
Chief Public Relations Officer

Own request transfer priority list of Station Masters GP 4200

Safety Bulletin Inagurated by GM


Central Railway will run Track Monitoring Special o­n Harbour and Trans-Harbour line for monitoring of tracks as under :-TRANS-HARBOUR LINE BETWEEN NERUL - THANE ON 26/27.02.2015 (Thursday - Friday Night)Nerul Dep. 02.15 hrs Thane Arr. 02.45 hrsThane Dep. 02.55 hrs Nerul Arr. 03.25 hrs

HARBOUR LINE BETWEEN CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI TERMINUS - PANVEL ON 27/28.02.2015 (Friday-Saturday Night)CST Dep. 01.10 hrs Panvel Arr. 02.15 hrsPanvel Dep. 02.30 hrs CST Arr. 03.35 hrs
Passengers are requested to note that these specials will run non-stop o­n these Sections and avoid trespassing.
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This news comes to you from Public Relations Department, Central Railway, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai.

(Narendra A Patil)
Chief Public Relations Officer





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