The smart cards launched by the Central Railway to make travel by train easier-the pre-paid cards are designed to help passengers to avoid hassles of queuing up every time he or she travels-has failed to take off in Pune. The failure is attributed to several reasons ranging from lack of awareness among the travellers about the smart card, to the reluctance of railway staff to sell the pre-paid cards, or both.
इलाहाबाद। अब मालगाड़ी के ड्राइवर खुल्लम-खुल्ला मेल, एक्सप्रेस और सुपरफास्ट ट्रेनों को दौड़ाएंगे। डिवीजनों और जोनल रेलवे के चोरी-छिपे चल रहे इस काम को अब रेलवे बोर्ड ने भी शर्तों के साथ हरी झंडी दिखा दी है। रिक्त पदों को भर पाने में नाकाम रहे रेलवे ने यह तरकीब निकाली है। बोर्ड ने कहा है कि सभी डिवीजनों में लोको पायलट (गुड्स) के ए ग्रेड पैनल बनाए जाएं। पैसेंजर ट्रेनों के नियमित लोको पायलट न मिलें तो पैनल में छांटे गए मालगाड़ी के ड्राइवरों को ड्यूटी दी जाए। डिवीजनों में ड्राइवरों के बड़ी संख्या में रिक्त पदों के कारण यह अनियमितता चल रही है। बोर्ड ने यह शर्त भी लगा दी है कि मालगाड़ी के योग्य चालक भी न मिलें तो ट्रेन में वह इंजन इस्तेमाल किए जाएं जिसके ड्राइवर उपलब्ध हों। हालांकि, बोर्ड के आदेश की आड़ लेकर डिवीजनों के अफसर अब ज्यादा गड़बड़ी भी कर सकते हैं।
VARANASI: In a bid to upgrade and modernize passenger facilities at railway stations in Varanasi area and to gear up completion of ongoing projects, minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha convened a review meeting with officials of the Railway Board, general managers of North-Eastern Railway (NER) and Northern Railway (NR) and several engineers on Friday.
Sinha said providing better facilities at railway stations should be top priority and asked the officials to shortlist stations which need upgradation. He emphasized completion of all ongoing development projects. "Prior to re-modeling of Cantonment railway station, ensure completion of upgradation work at Manduadih and Varanasi city stations," he ordered the officials.
He also asked completion of doubling work on Aurihar-Varanasi rail route and ordered construction of a separate exit at Manduadih railway station to ease the traffic during plying of Shivganga Express. He also asked to put an end to the traffic jam at Manduadih crossing by widening of service road from crossing to the station.
Also, construct a top-class waiting hall for devotees at Varanasi junction railway station. Later, he asked the officials to ensure timely completion of all the work and to prepare a time plan for the same. He emphasized on co-ordination between NER and NR for completion of development work and said that budget has also been made available for the aforementioned works.
Earlier, NER DRM of Varanasi S K Kashyap apprised Sinha of the proposed work at railway stations of Varanasi division. NR DRM A K Lahoti informed Sinha about proposed work at Varanasi junction, Kashi and Shivpur stations and discussed the projects in detail.
Earlier, general manager of North-Eastern Railways Rajeev Mishra inspected Indian Rail Cancer Institute in Lahartara on Friday. He was apprised of the facilities available and areas for the scope of improvement from the patients, doctors and paramedical staff of the Institute.
Mishra also convened a meeting with the director of the institute as well as doctors and other officials to review development projects. He asked the officials to ensure completion of all the development projects as soon as possible.
Ten rear coaches of a Duronto Express, going from Mumbai to Ernakulam, derailed in a tunnel near Balli railway station in Goa on Sunday morning, a railway official said. No casualties were reported.
The accident occurred around 7.15am, about 45 km south of Panaji, as the 12223 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Ernakulam Duronto Express was passing through a tunnel.
No casualties have been reported yet. A medical van and relief trains have just reached the site, said Konkan Railway's (KR) public relations officer Baban Ghatge.
A statement issued by the Konkan Railway said that trains running on the Konkan Railway route via Goa would be diverted or cancelled.
"Full refund is being arranged by Konkan Railway for those passengers of Duronto Express who would not like to continue their journey," the statement said, adding that relief to passengers and restoration of the track was going on.
Passengers and their families have been requested by Konkan Railway to call 022 - 27587939 for enquiry about the status of the restoration of the track and resumption of traffic on the route.
Mumbai: Passengers on Western Railway can now get Unreserved tickets of Mail / Express trains through smart card operated Automated Ticket Vending Machines (ATVM).
WR spokesperson said, ” Mumbai Division of WR has taken the initiative to provide the non – suburban tickets through ATVM for which the “Non Suburban” option has been enabled in about 200 ATVM kiosks at selected locations.”
This facility is enabled in all the ATVM kiosks presently situated at Churchgate (15), Dadar (29), Andheri (39), Borivali (39), Bhayander (19), Vasai Road (15), Virar (19), Vaitarna (2), Saphale (3), Palghar (3), Boisar (3), Vangaon (2) & Dahanu Road (3) stations
On all these ATVMs passengers may get unreserved ticket for any Mail / Express or Passenger trains and may save his time for standing in a queue, he added
The ATVM Smart Cards has become a quick hit among the public and has gained tremendous momentum in its popularity with it’s varied advantages like easy availability, recharging facility (minimum of Rs. 20 and maximum upto Rs. 5,000), including benefits such as 5% bonus on each recharge and purchase of all types of tickets including Season tickets and Platform tickets and the added feature of printing tickets through “UTS App” from Android/ Windows based smartphone mobiles.
Visakhapatnam (VSKP): Bonhomie and a spirit of camaraderie marked the golden jubilee celebrations of Visakhapatnam Diesel Loco Shed (DLS) here on Saturday evening.
Retired officers recalled the glorious days, as they took a trip down the memory lane, and their collective efforts to put the DLS on the path of progress and their pride in the shed becoming the largest one in the country with a capacity of 231 locomotives.
Member (Mechanical), Railway Board, Hemant Kumar, appreciated the workmanship of the DLS employees in making a model of a diesel locomotive and a commemorative plaque with a worker holding aloft the ‘golden jubilee’ emblem.
He also commended the workers for their efforts in putting the shed back on track within 48 hours of the severe cyclone Hudhud devastating it in October 2014.
Mr. Hemant Kumar said that CRIS had developed software for efficient locomotive management. The pilot project was implemented in Northern Railway and the same could be used by the DLS, Visakhapatnam, as the shed had crossed the optimum level of 100 locos for efficient management of locos as given in the ‘white manual’ of loco sheds.
He was optimistic that India would be able to develop super sheds with the help of the CRIS software. This would, perhaps, help in overcoming the line capacity constraints. Mr. Hemant Kumar announced that the Chairman of Railway Board had approved an award of Rs.1.5 lakh to the DLS, Visakhapatnam, on its achievements in the golden jubilee year. He also announced Rs.50,000 each to the locomotive model and the memorial made by the employees. General Manager of East Coast Railway Rajiv Vishnoi said that the contribution of the DLS, Visakhapatnam, was immense in making E Co R as the number one railway zone in Indian Railways.
Describing E Co R as a ‘freight loading railway’, he said that more HHP (High Horse Power) locos were required and said that Visakhapatnam DLS already had 20 HHP locos and was likely to get 50 more in the near future. Executive Director (Mechanical), Railway Board, Vivek Kumar, recalled his days at DLS, Visakhapatnam, as Senior DME during 1995-97. “I have visited other sheds in the country but the work culture here is par excellence.” DRM Chandralekha Mukherjee and Senior DME (Diesel) M. Srinivas spoke.
Contribution of the DLS, Visakhapatnam, is immense in making ECoR number one railway zone in Indian Railways – Rajiv Vishnoi, ECoR GM
Hyderabad: Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya on Saturday said he wished for more employment opportunities for the local youth in the Hyderabad Metro project.
He also asked the Telangana government to speed up the completion of metro works by clearing hurdles for the land acquisition.
The Minister for Labour and Employment (independent charge) also inspected Nagole Metro station and Metro Depot and expressed happiness over the progress of the Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) works.
“I wish the Metro project would be launched as early as possible and the local youth get more employment opportunities here,” he said.
L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad (L&TMRH), the concessionaire, is developing the 72-km elevated metro rail project here with three corridors and 66 stations. The project cost was originally estimated at Rs 14,132 crore.
Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) is a first project built under the public-private partnership model in the country and world-class technology is also being used here by the L&T Company, the Minister said.
“The metro mode is essential to reduce air pollution and is affordable for the urban people. The eco-friendly transport mode will be a boost for the ambitious Swachh Bharat mission,” he said.
To get the ‘Universal City’ tag, Hyderabad needs such types of projects, Bandaru said.
Malkajgiri MP Malla Reddy, Uppal MLA Sri NVSS Prabhakar and HMR MD N V S Reddy and other metro officials were among those who took part in the inspection.
New Delhi: Notwithstanding recommendation by government panels, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has outrightly ruled out privatisation of the public transporter, saying it was a “bogey” being raised by those who do not want any change or by those who do not understand the importance of change.
Indian Railways on Sunday started the much-awaited AC double-decker train for Lucknow from New Delhi. The train was flagged off by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
There had been a demand for the double-decker train from residents of Lucknow and today it was fulfilled, Singh said after launching the train at Anand Vihar station. Indian Railways Minister Suresh , East Delhi MP Mahesh Girri and senior railway officials were present on the occasion.
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American multinational, Apple Inc. headquartered in California, US, has taken over Indian Railways. This could be one of the biggest mergers ever in the history. Indian Railways, which is known for making losses and its lack of efficiency, is now expected to change overnight after the new management comes on board.
The buzz among Railway Protection Force personnel on the ground as well as in the force’s offices across the country is whether there are plans to hand over the control of the force from the railway ministry to the union home ministry.
The Bibek Debroy committee on restructuring of the railways has made such a recommendation, according to officials, though a query sent by dna to railway minister Suresh Prabhu and railway additional director-general PS Rawal about it did not elicit a response.