Apr 3, 2015

Railway manufacturing units are proposed to be privatized

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Impact of budget 2015 on New Pension Scheme

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Large scale transfers in Railway board

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Railway police to be made hi-tech to stop crime in moving trains


Railway to earn millions without doing much

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Railway has changed ticket refund rules for passengers


अब रेलयात्रियों को लम्बी लाइनों से घबराने के जरूरत नहीं ट्रेन में मिलेगा टिकेट Passengers can get rail tickets in train now

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Source - govemployees

Indian Railways Comprehensive Commercial Publicity and Advertisement Policy to be tabled soon

New Delhi: Indian Railways is in the process of finalising a Branding Policy for trains, coaches, stations and even consumables such as bedding, an initiative that’s expected to raise as much as Rs 9,000 crore for the cash-strapped organisation.

A Task Force headed by Railway Board Member (Traffic) Ajay Shukla will submit a detailed report on the issue by April 30 to finalise a comprehensive commercial publicity policy and its operational framework. The task force was formed by railway minister Suresh Prabhu after engineering consultancy RITES Ltd estimated earnings from the advertisement and branding opportunity in Indian Railways.

8 AC Superfast Summer Specials between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Howrah

Central Railway will run 8 AC Superfast Weekly Specials between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Howrah to clear the extra rush of passengers during the Summer Holidays as per details given under:

02860 AC Special will leave Howrah at 1830 hrs o­n every Thu from 9.4.2015 to 30.4.2015 and arrive Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 2345 hrs next day.

02859 AC Special will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 1320 hrs o­n every Sat from 11.4.2015 to 2.5.2015 and arrive Howrah at 1815 hrs next day.

HALTS: Tatanagar, Rourkela, Bilaspur, Raipur, Nagpur and Bhusaval.

COMPOSITION: Three AC-2 Tier, Eight AC-3 Tier, o­ne AC Pantry Car

RESERVATION: Bookings for 02859 open from 4.4.2015.

This news comes to you from Public Relations Department, Central Railway, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai.

(Narendra A Patil)
Chief Public Relations Officer

RailTel to energise 5 Railway Stations with Wi-Fi Services in Tiruchirappalli Division

Tiruchirappalli (TPJ): Passengers in the Trichy Railway Division are upbeat over steps being taken to provide wi-fi service at five stations in the division.  RailTel, the implementing agency of the project, has carried out preliminary survey.
The division has five important stations — Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Pondicherry, Villupuram and Trichy — which fall in A category.
With the government announcing to provide wi-fi service till B category stations, the officials are initiating steps in implementing the project.
According to sources in the railway department here, high speed internet cables will be laid at various points. The project will be implemented first in Chennai, which falls under A1 category.
Once commenced, the users will be allowed to use the facility for first 30 minutes free of cost and on further usage will be charged.
A help centre will be set up in the railway station to assist the users. The project is already being rolled out across the country in a phased manner and Bangalore was the first station where the service was introduced.
Vice-president of Thanjavur District Rail Users Association A Giri said this initiative brought by the central government has to be appreciated. He said the railways should make sure that the project is maintained properly.

China deliver 95 Chinese-made Electric Locomotives to South Africa

Johannesburg: Ninety-five Chinese-made electric locomotives were delivered to South Africa on Thursday at a grand ceremony attended by the country’s president, Jacob Zuma.
South Africa’s transport utility Transnet delivered the locomotives in collaboration with the Chinese Zhuzhou Electric Locomotives Company under the China Southern Locomotive and Rolling Stock Industry Group.

Online train ticket bookings touch 13.45 lakh on April 1

A record 13.45 lakh rail tickets were booked online on the first day on Wednesday when the new rule of the railways came into force, allowing passengers to book tickets 120 days in advance rather than 60 days.

Railways have extended the advance reservation period to 120 days to deal with the malaise of touts cornering bulk tickets.

“The decision for increase of advance reservation period from two months to four months was taken to prevent touts to corner bulk tickets,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.

“The four-month window helps passengers to plan their vacations well in advance,” he added.

A total 13,45,496 rail tickets including 1,25,790 Tatkal were booked online through IRCTC website for total 32,16,039 passengers on the first day of this month, the official said.

The booking of over 13 lakh tickets on a day is highest record so far as IRCTC ticketing site registers an average booking of 5 lakh tickets a day.

The total collection amount for online booking was Rs 2,50,6552,814 out of which IRCTC service charge would be Rs 43,033,947.

IRCTC levies a service charge of Rs 20 per e-ticket in case of sleeper class (SL) and second class sitting and Rs 40 per e-ticket in case of all AC classes irrespective of the number of passengers on an e-ticket.

Earlier, the service charge was Rs 10 for Sleeper and Rs 20 for AC class which was doubled from the April 1.

There were total cancellation of 1,74,871 bookings on Wednesday and total cancelled amount was Rs 22,29,52,969.

Railways have banned the travel agents from booking online Tatkal tickets from 8 AM to 12 noon.

Tatkal bookings were 2,89,176 between 8 AM and 9 AM and 1,86,519 between 10 AM and 11 AM.

The 120-day advance booking rule will, however, not be applicable in case of certain day time express trains like Taj Express, Gomti Express and special trains. These trains will continue to have a 30-day advance booking window.

Railway Ministry has also recently put some curbs on the number of online bookings made during peak hours.

Now, only one train ticket can be booked online with one log-in after which the booking session will expire during the peak hours.

“This is also being done to check the menace of touts. There will be a restriction of only one booking in one user log-in session in E-ticketing and forced logging out of the user before another booking for all users including IRCTC agents,” said the official.

However, this restriction will not be applicable while booking onward journey/return journey e-tickets.

Source - indian express.


Indian Railways has extended the facility of e-ticketing to physically challenged persons i.e., Orthopaedically handicapped/Hearing & Speech impaired persons/Mentally Challenged/Vision Challenged passengers also.

Such persons entitled for Railway concession will approach the nearest Divisional Railway Managers Office (Commercial branch) along with all the relevant documents viz.

a) Concession Certificate as certified by the competent hospital/Doctor

b) Photo Identity proof

c) Date of Birth proof

d) Address proof and any o­ne of the 10 (ten) identified proof and

e) Two passport size photograrphs

either in person or by post for issuing Railway Photo Identity card by submitting o­ne set of attested photo copies (self attested) of the said documents.

The envelope containing documents should be superscribed “Application for issue of railway Identity Card for Physically Challenged Person for ticketing”. After due verification of the certificate/documents, such persons will be issued photo-identity card through which facilities of e.ticketing can be availed for booking of rail tickets.Until the new card is issued, the Physically Challenged Person can use the existing certificate for booking tickets in the counter.

Some of the salient features of the Photo-identity card are as follows.This Photo-identity card is not transferable and must be used o­nly o­n journey conducted by the person in which this card is issued.The element of concession shall be as per eligibility criteria based o­n the type of disability in different types of trains and class of travel.This concession is admissible to a single escort if eligible o­n the type of disability, while travelling with the card holder.This card is eligible for booking of reserved tickets from counters as well as from internet o­n www.irctc.co.in. For availing the concession of bookings, the number of the Railway photo identity card shall be mentioned at the time of booking.The card holder and escort accompanying the card holder must carry their respective Photo identity cards in original during the journey for verification purposeby authorised railway official.At the thime of booking concessional tickets at the counter, the card holder must produce the Photo-identity card in original and submit a photocopy of the same.For other details, the general public is requested to login Southern Railway’’s website at www.sr.indianrailways.gov.in.

(M. Boopathy)


To clear extra rush during summer vacations, Railways will run 09728/09727 Bandra (T) - Jaipur Weekly premium special train.
ØBandra(T) - Jaipur (Weekly) Premium Special Train (20 services)

Train No. 09728 Bandra (T) - Jaipur Weekly Premium Special train will leave Bandra (T) at 06.15 hrs o­n every Monday and will reach Jaipur at 01.15 hrs, the next day. This train will run from 27th April to 29th June, 2015.

IRCTC causing problems for rail employee in respect of ticket booking

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New Age Bombardier EMU rake introduced in W.Rly's suburban train service.

New Age Bombardier EMU rake introduced in 
W.Rly's suburban train service. The train provides extremely comfortable commute for the passengers & is the first of its kind stainless steel coach. It provides better rideability , is faster & also saves electricity. The coaches are very easy to maintain with great aesthetics.
Source - Ministry of Railways - India

Shri Sunil Kumar Sood, General Manager, Central & Western Railway received the Yemen Evacuees at the Mumbai International Airport

Shri Sunil Kumar Sood, General Manager, Central & Western Railway received the Yemen Evacuees at the Mumbai International Airport in the wee hours of 2.4.2015. As directed by Shri Suresh P Prabhu, Minister of Railways, the evacuees were guided to the facilitation and ticketing counter opened especially for them at the Airport and their tickets were confirmed by Central & Western Railways for destinations like Gorakhpur, Thiruvananthapuram, Muzaffarpur, Chhapra, Madurai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kanyakumari, etc. Later they were shifted to Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai in buses. At the railway stations they were settled in waiting rooms and provided with breakfast and water. Total 75 persons were accommodated in trains. Shri Amitabh Ojha, Divisional Railway Manager Mumbai Division and other senior railway officials were present at the airport and railway stations.

SOURCE - Ministry of Railways - India





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