Jun 14, 2015

Railway not to pay education allowance to wards of railway staff studying in non-recognized schools


Railway board has issued instructions to fill 173 vacant posts in North Western Railway

General Departmental Competitive Examination (GDCE) Notification No. 02/2015
Date of Issue: 12.06.2015                                                                                Closing Date: 24.07.2015 Time 18:00
In terms of the instructions issued vide Railway Board’s letter no. E(NG)!-92/PM 2/16 dated 20.08.1993 (RBE No. 29/1993) and other instructions issued from time to time, applications are invited (through proper channel) from serving regular railway employees of North Western Railway excluding RPF/RPFS employees for filling up of vacancies against GDCE quota. The community wise breakup, medical category and required education qualification of vacancies to be filled are indicated below:-

Railway officers have gone into shell, which is not good for Railways


Restructuring and Re-organisation of Indian Railways recommended by panel


Railway to be run by private companies, railway to shun schools and hospitals

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Passengers travelling in AC coaches of railway are prone to heart attack

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Railway Group C employees in specific grades to get sleepar class PRCP passes

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Railway to refund 50% after cancellation of ticket

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Mumbai to Ahmedabad Bullet Train to cost around 90 thousand crore

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Delhi Metro model inspired new Solid Waste Management rules: Javadekar at Conference on Green Metro Systems

New Delhi: Aiming to reduce pollution at construction sites, the government has adopted the “Metro model” in drafting its new solid waste management rules, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said today. He said the Narendra Modi-led government was leading by example when it came to the environmental front and that it has attracted the attention of leaders across the globe.

The minister was speaking at a national-level conference on Green Metro Systems here organised jointly by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and industry body CII.

“We have adopted the DMRC or the ‘Metro model’ on solid-waste management. E-waste, hazardous, plastic waste rules have been put on the Environment Ministry’s website for public consultation. All suggestions are welcome till July 21,” the minister said.

He was also effusive in his praise of Delhi Metro’s “work culture” and hailed the rapidly expanding network’s careful consideration of environmental issues during construction work.

DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh was also present on the occasion.

“Felling of trees is an imperative for construction activities. Music is born out of force. This is the rule of nature. But that doesn’t mean trees can’t be translocated. Metro has shown the way here also by successfully trans-locating trees,” he said.

Jaipur District Administration demolish 200 year old Temples to clear path for Jaipur Metro Rail

Jaipur: Amidst massive protests, the district administration and Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) demolished two temples from Walled City area, which were said to be centuries old. The drive was initiated at 4 am to demolish Rojgareshwar Mahadev and Khasthharan Mahadev temples, obstructing the construction of Metro corridor proposed from Chandpole to Badi Chaupar.

JMRC official informed, “Notices were issued to shift the idols and belongings earlier and we had planned to carry out drive on Wednesday evening.

It was later postponed to Thursday as there were chances of violent protests.”

Nearly 400 police personal were deployed to keep protestors at bay.

However, news of demolishing the temple spread fast and many residents rushed to the spot.

A senior police official said, “We have arrested 12 people who were provoking other residents to carry out protests.

They were detained in Amer police station till the drive was on.”

The official said before the temple structures were razed, idols were safely kept in Tanwar ji Ka Nohra at Natani ji Ka Rasta.

Also, assurance to shift these temples in old Aatish Market has been given by the district administration.”

According to Jaipur Metro sources, the JMRC will shift 13 temples from the Walled City area falling on the corridor. So far, only 6 priests have agreed, while remaining still has not signed the consent letter.

Following high court orders, Metro has expedited the constructions of stations in the Walled City area in order to remove the barricades by June 30. These temples were also major obstacle in the construction work for Metro.

Delhi Metro to fine Rs.200 for ‘reverse journey’ from ITO

New Delhi: Days after opening the ITO Metro station, DMRC is struggling to outwit commuters. As you wait for the train to ITO at Mandi House station, a steady flow of announcements greets the rider. The one repeated often is a warning though: those found getting on the ITO train but heading to Badarpur will be fined.

DMRC officials said since the new station opened, some passengers have taken to coming till ITO, though they have to go to Badarpur, in order to get a seat. To discourage this practice, Delhi Metro has been making announcements warning commuters of a Rs 200 penalty for taking the “reverse” journey.

“This is a temporary phenomenon as the section has just opened. Not too many passengers do this. Passengers are being advised via announcements not to indulge in such reverse journey practices and a special drive has been started to fine errant passengers,” said a DMRC spokesperson. And while no one has been fined so far, Delhi Metro has said it will start penalizing offenders “soon”.

Activists demand new DPR on Pune metro 13

Pune: A day after chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said the central government will soon green signal the Pune Metro Project, activists and citizens have insisted on a new detailed project report (DPR) for Vanaz-Ramwadi route.

The chief minister, who was in the city on Thursday, held several rounds of discussions with various stakeholders and announced that the state will execute mixed metro for Pune.

Pune guardian minister Girish Bapat echoed CM’s statement and added that the city will get metro approval in the next few days. “The project has already been delayed and the state government is committed to execute the metro project as soon as possible,” he said.

Metro-III may knock-out residents at Shivaji Park

Metro III will bring distress to 150 residents at Shivaji Park. The line will go right through a residential area

Mumbai: Several families at Shivaji Park received a bolt from the blue on Thursday, when they received a notice from MMRDA, asking them to vacate their homes before Sunday.

Actually, the notice is dated May 29, but it was received by the residents on June 11.

And whey were they asked to go? As per plan, the proposed Metro III line will pass through a Shivaji Park plot owned by Satish Shankar Gupte. As many as 150 people are staying there some of them have been there for decades.

Mumbai Metro-I cost rose by Rs.1714 Crore because of delays, design tweaks

Mumbai: Information procured by a Ghatkopar citizen under the Right to Information (RTI) act from the Mumbai Metro One Private Ltd (MMOPL) has claimed that the cost of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor increased by Rs 1714 crore due to delay in handing the Right of Way and changes in design because of constraints on the ground.

The State information commission has ruled that the MMOPL comes under the RTI act after former central information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi was directed to the MMRDA when he sought copies of the inspection report given by the commissioner of metro rail safety from MMOPL.

Ghatkopar resident Sanjeev Durve said, “I filed and RTI to ascertain the increase in project cost and the reasons for the delay. The reply provided MMOPL states that the project was delayed the right of way was not provided any many places, the MMOPL was forced to change the design because of constraints like utilities and encroachments.”

Railway Safety Committee should continue under Civil Aviation Ministry: Bibek Debroy Report

New Delhi: The Commissionerate of Railway Safety (CRS) should continue to be under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, as is the case now, instead of it being made a subset of the railway regulator, the Bibek Debroy Committee on railway restructuring has stated in its final report, which was submitted to the Railways today.

The interim report had suggested that the rail safety function should be moved to the regulator. The report has also moved the idea of having a regulator up the priority list seeking a regulator faster, said sources in the know.


Unbundling of the railways can be taken up at a later stage, after five years, instead of starting to work towards that aim now, as was suggested earlier in the interim-report. T

“A major change between the interim and final report was the realisation that the stage is not right for the railways to start un-bundling,” said sources in the know. This was a call the committee took to ensure to make it more acceptable to the Indian Railways.

Regarding the human resources, the report has said that there should either be single cadre or two cadres in the railways – engineering and non-engineering. At present, railways have multiple services – such as traffic, civil engineering, electrical engineering, accounts, stores, personnel, among others.

“It is easier for an engineering graduate to learn non-engineering than for a non-engineering graduate to learn engineering. So, it would be fairer to have two streams rather than a single stream. The committee was more inclined to the idea of having two services, but it has left it to the railways to take a call on the issue,” said a source in the know.

WR plans to run 100 trains during 2016 Simhastha Kumbh Mela

Mumbai: Western Railway (WR) has charted out a plan to run 100 special trains to meet the demand of pilgrims attending the 2016 Simhastha Kumbh Mela in adjoining Ujjain district.

“Apart from regular trains, WR will run 100 special trains during the 2016 Simhastha Kumbh Mela. During the 2004 Simhastha Kumbh Mela, the WR had run 80 special trains,” an official of WR public relations department said.

He said that due to the Simhastha Kumbh Mela, the WR is in the process of developing infrastructure including overbridge for devotees at Ujjain station worth Rs 27 crore.

A month-long mela will commence on April 22 next year and is expected to witness an influx of 5 crore devotees.

Central Railway aims to save Rs.1.44 Crore per year by rain water harvesting

Mumbai: Central Railway (CR) Friday said that it had installed rain water harvesting units at 50 locations in the last five years, and one at the busy Lokmanya Tilak Terminus here is expected to save Rs.1.44 crore a year.

“Notable among the installations is the one at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus which is a low-cost and no-maintenance RWH costing approximately Rs.10 lakh,” it said in a statement.

The system comprises a trench filled with crushed stones of various sizes.

“These crushed stones provide a medium to collect the rain water and create the pressure head which increases the percolation rate of soil. This system is so effective that even during the very high intensity of rainfall up to 100 mm per day, approximately 70 per cent rain water will percolate in the soil,” it said.

The unit would fulfil 40 per cent of daily requirement of 18 lakh litres of water at LTT, saving Rs.12 lakh per month or Rs.1.44 Crore annually, it said.

Post conversion 500-550 trains delayed daily on Central Railway

Mumbai: About 500 to 550 trains on the Central Railway (CR) were delayed by 15 to 20 minutes for the fifth day in a row, due to the speed restrictions laid by the conversion from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) from CST to Kalyan. The restrictions were supposed to be lifted by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Contrary to CR officials’ information that the restrictions have been put at only three locations, i.e, Byculla viaduct, Hancock rail overbridge at Sandhurst and Mumbra tunnel, an additional block of 30 kmph has been operated at another location at Byculla, two locations at Parel and one at Ghatkopar. A CR official, on the condition of anonymity, revealed that this has been going on since the conversion on Sunday night.

The official said, “On Sunday evening we had been promised that these restrictions would go on for a maximum of two to three days, but it seems after the conversion no one, including the Railway Board, is concerned about what is happening to the trains’ schedule. Around 500 to 550 trains are late every day with the maximum effect felt during morning and evening peak hours.”

According to sources, top CR officials are throwing a ‘conversion bash’ at the plush railway officers’ colony at Nirmal Park, Colaba.

Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee (DRUCC) member Subhash Gupta said, “I am not taking away from the fact that the CR has achieved a big feat, but the celebrations should stop after they realised that punctuality has been hit so badly. Commuters are suffering for five days and there seems to be nothing being done about it.”

Finance for Nagpur Metro Rail almost tied up: Maharashtra CM

Nagpur: The finances for the ambitious Nagpur metro railway have been almost tied up and the necessary paperwork will be completed within a few weeks. “Two agencies – Agency Francaise de Developpement (AFD) of France and KfW Bank of Germany have agreed to provide the required funds,” chief minister Devendra Fadnavis told.

Fadnavis held a meeting with Brijesh Dixit, managing director of Nagpur Metro Railway Corporation Ltd (NMRCL), on Friday morning to review progress of the project. Construction of Mihan depot to Airport stretch has already started. The CM said a delegation of AFD would meet him in Mumbai next week. “We will discuss rate of interest, duration of the loan, terms and conditions, etc. We will try to get concession on account of the fact that metro rail is also a part of government’s social commitment,” he said.

WR conducts survey on Commuter preferences at Mumbai stations for fast locals

Mumbai: What do you want your local platform indicators to display? This is the question Western Railway (WR) authorities are asking their commuters by way of an opinion poll on the social media.

The precise question for the poll is ‘Stopping or Not Stopping?’. “Currently, WR indicators display station names where fast trains do not halt. For example, Vile Parle, Santa Cruz, Khar, etc. We would like to know if the passengers want us to display station names where fast trains make a halt or keep it as it is,” said an official.

At the moment, Central Railway displays station names where fast trains make a halt, like Byculla, Dadar and Ghatkopar. If WR changes its display boards, there will be parity between both the railway networks.

Those who want themselves to be heard should post their opinion on WR’s Facebook page. They can even e-mail their suggestion.

Where to get heard?

Run more trains from Bangalore to Mangalore: HC to Railways

Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Friday directed the Railways to provide additional train services from Bengaluru to Mangaluru.

While disposing of a PIL petition, a division bench of Chief Justice S K Mukherjee and Justice Ram Mohan Reddy directed the railways to come out with a concrete solution to accommodate more passengers travelling from Bengaluru to Mangaluru by either providing special trains or adding more bogies to the existing train. The petition was filed by Latha Ramesh, a Bengaluru-based advocate, and Pradeep Kalkura, a Mangaluru-based businessman and social worker. “This is not a frivolous PIL; it raises a public issue and the railways must find a solution to solve the problem,” the bench observed. The petitioners had contended that though the railways had promised them special trains, the proposition never materialised.

Railway Unions suspicious of Debroy Panel’s proposals, say it is Roadmap to Privatization

New Delhi: The Debroy panel report on Friday faced flak from railway employees unions who termed it as a clear roadmap for privatization of railways that could endanger safety and increase transporter’s financial burden.

However, the high-powered committee, in its over 300 page report, has several times clarified that it does not recommend privatization of railways. “It does, however, endorse private entry, which is not ab initio but ab hinc — as this is already part of the Indian Railway policy — with the proviso of an independent regulator. This committee prefers use of the word liberalization and not privatization or deregulation, as both the latter are apt to misinterpretation,” it said in its report on Friday.

Noting that role of private sector was already part of government policy, Debroy said the panel has only endorsed it and it was not a new recommendation. But the railway unions seem unimpressed with assurances given by the panel and has given a call for observing a black day on June 30.

The privatization issue was raked up railway unions even after Modi dispensation allowed FDI in railways sector, aiming to ensure both domestic and foreign investment in national transporter reeling under financial stress. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s persuasive pitch to the unions has cleared the decks for more FDI inflows and private capital in national transporter that may be reflected in the rail budget.

The unions softened their stand after Modi said that there would be no privatization of railways. The PM has said that he had a “deep connection” with the railways. “I love railways. My life is what it is because of railways,” Modi said. “The government will not go in the direction of railway privatization … People are spreading rumours about privatization of railways. It is not true,” Modi had said.

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu had also ruled out the possibility of privatization on several occasions. He had assured that FDI or public-private partnership (PPP) will not affect the ownership of railways. “We want to get private participation but that does not mean we want to privatize railways’ operations,” the minister had said.

Railway Union to observe ‘Black Day’ on June 30

New Delhi: An official panel’s recommendation to allow private players in Railways has met with strong opposition from employees’ union which has given a call for observing “black day” on June 30 across the country.

“We have decided to observe black day on June 30 all over the country by wearing black badges,” said Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary, All India Railway Federation.

Terming it as a “clear roadmap for privatisation”, Mishra said, “We hope that the Debroy report will not be accepted by the government.”

Scrap Bibek Debroy report on Railway restructuring: say Unions

New Delhi: Angry about the recommendations of the Bibek Debroy-led panel, Railway trade unions are planning to launch mass demostrations and large scale rallies in protest. They are also demanding scrapping of the report that recommends “privatisation in the name of liberalisation”.

“A bare perusal of the report reveals that the committee in the name of liberalisation has recommended entry of new operators into railway operations, that is, privatisation,” said Guman Singh, President of National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR), which represents more than 80% of Indian Railways’ over 1.3 million workers.

The federation’s press secretary also said the unions’ brass has given clear directions to its affiliates to arrange mass demonstrations, large scale protest rallies and press conferences to express the anger of the railway employees against the recommendations of the committee.

Green light for 6 foot Overbridges along Greater Noida Metro route

Noida: Several additional features of the 28.8-km Noida-Greater Noida Metro link were approved here on Friday. Convened by Noida and Greater Noida Authorities’ chairperson Rama Raman, the Noida Metro Rail Company (NMRC) held a review meeting on the sanctioned route of the Metro link, work on which is to begin by June 15 this year.

According to officials, it was decided that six foot overbridges (FOBs) will be constructed along the sanctioned route at Metro stations located at sectors 78, 81, 82, Dadri road, 137 and 142.

“These will include FOBs along the Noida-Greater Noida expressway, where the Metro stations are proposed on one side of the expressway and where the density of population demands access to the Metro station,” said G P Singh, executive director, NMRC.

Committee on Railway Restructuring headed by Bibek Debroy presents its Final Report to the Ministry

Debroy panel report with receptive ministry

New Delhi: A committee headed by Bibek Debroy on restructuring of the country’s railways, presented its final report to the ministry on Friday. Debroy, vice-chairman of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the weekend.

Some of the recommendations in the 319-page report are likely to meet opposition from staff unions but senior officials said the government was likely to adopt the proposals on setting up a regulator, on accounting practices and reorganisation of railway services.

The regulator, as envisioned by the committee, would be independent of the ministry and have quasi-judicial powers on rates, safety rules, fair access, service standards, licensing and setting technical standards.





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