Jun 22, 2015

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Absorption of medically unit staff of RPF/RPSF in alternative post- Regarding.

RBE No. 61/2015
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No.E(NG)I-2015/RE-3/2
New Delhi, dated 12.06.2015
The General Managers (P)
All Zonal Railways & Production Units,
(As per standard list).
Sub:- Absorption of medically unit staff of RPF/RPSF in alternative post- Regarding.
A question as to how the medically incapacitated staff of Railway Protection Force/Railway Protection Special Force may be absorbed in alternative jobs in other departments of the Zonal Railways has been under consideration of Railway Board.
2. Attention in this connection is invited to Board’s letter No. E(NG)I-88/RE-3/2 dated 18.01.1989 which provide that medically unfit RPF/RPSF staff may be first considered for absorption in ministerial post in their own department. The Committee constituted for considering such alternative appointments shall include an officer of the Personnel Department. In case no suitable posts to so accommodate them in RPF department are available, they may be considered for absorption in alternative posts in other departments of the railways within the framework of the provisions contained in Chapter XIII of the Indian Railway Establishment Manual Vol.I, Revised Edition 1989, First Reprint Edition-2009. Similarly, when staff of other departments are medically decategorised, they will also be considered for absorption against suitable posts in their own department at the outset and in case no posts are available therein then such staff will be considered against Ministerial posts in the RPF department, if such posts are available in that Department.
3. The matter has been considered by the Board. It is reiterated that the above instructions/procedure may be followed scrupulously in order to maintain the uniformity on all the Zonal Railways.
(This dispose of South Western Railway’s letter No.SWR/P.573/Med.Decatg/Vol.I dated 22.05.2014).
Receipt of this letter may be acknowledged.
(M.K.Meena)
Deputy Director Estt. (N)
Railway Board

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Rail Board expresses regret over inconvenience to passengers in Itarsi rail accident

New Delhi:- Rail Board PRO Anil Saxena on Thursday expressed regret over the inconvenience caused to the passengers in the recent train accident at Itarsi railway station, saying that senior officials of Bhopal division and Jabalpur zone and all other teams are fighting round the clock to normalise the situation at the earliest by restoring the signalling system and point and switch system.

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Be tech-savvy, railway officials told

Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu laying the foundation stone for the new station building at Changanassery on Sunday. 

Step up modernisation drive: Minister

Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has asked the railway officials to be tech-savvy and people-friendly to accelerate the modernisation of Indian Railways.

He was laying the foundation stone of the modern railway station building at Changanassery. He said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government was moving ahead with the conviction that the modernisation of Indian Railways could be the harbinger of modernisation of India. “With such a large network that links and reaches out to the farthest corners of the country, people consider the Indian Railways as part of their family,” he said. He said the railways had witnessed a decentralisation effort, which had given powers to the divisional railway managers and general managers. “But the decentralisation process also brings with it, decentralisation of responsibility. The DRMs and GMs should use the social media to understand people’s aspirations and find solutions to local issues,” he said. The Minister added that he had been responding to questions from stakeholders on social media even as he was sitting on the dais. He asked the DRMs and the GMs to hold ‘durbars’ (mass contact programmes) at least once in a month to solve problems at the grassroots level.

He said the modernisation process of Indian Railways had already commenced and the government planned to take the Public Private Partnership (PPP) route to find the resources needed for the purpose. The government hoped to complete the process in 15 years and the first phase of the first five years had already begun, he said.

He wanted the railway authorities to take a pragmatic look at the issues and increase the revenue and save on wasteful expenditure. “The ‘Palace on Wheels’ (heritage train) is lying idle during the summer season. I think they should seriously think of opening a new tourism circuit in the South during the period using the coaches of ‘Palace on Wheels’,” he said.

He said state-of-the-art facilities should be set up at the Changanassery railway station.

Kodikunnil Suresh, MP, requested the Minister to take necessary steps to extend the Kochi-Kottayam passenger train to Kayamkulam. He wanted the introduction of a Rajadhani Express on the Kerala Express route among other things. C.F. Thomas, MLA, in his address called for stops for more express trains at Changanassery. Though there were 32 express trains passing through Changanassery, only 21 had stops at the station, he pointed out.

Krishnakumari Rajasekharan, chairperson, Changanassery municipality, Ashok.K. Agarwal, general manager, Southern Railway, P.K. Mishra, CAO (Construction), Ernakulam and others spoke.
Source - the hindu

Kejriwal demands railway slums be left untouched for five years after Northern Railways threatens demolition

A huge chunk of prime land in the Capital worth over Rs 6,000 crore is unlikely to be freed from squatters any time soon, as the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi has demanded that the encroachers be left ‘untouched’ for the next five years.

The Delhi government has urged the Northern Railways to suspend demolition action against encroachment on its land and sought a period of five years in which to relocate the slums.

In a meeting held recently, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked the Northern Railway authorities to delay the demolitions until his government develops an alternative site.
Slums containing up to 47,000 dwellings are located in areas such as Shakur Basti, Nizamuddin, Shahdara, Mayapuri, Pragati Maidan and Daya Basti

His request, however, has been forwarded to the Union railway ministry, which will make the final decision.

According to railway officials, nearly 150 acres (60 hectares) of unused land has been encroached upon by slum dwellers in the Delhi region, affecting the progress of several railway projects. 

Mail Today had on April 25 reported that 52 slum clusters have come up on the railway land housing nearly 47,000 dwelling units. 

What is more surprising is that nearly 50,000 electricity connections have also been provided to these units. 
This, an official said, has deprived the railways of its land, which is estimated to be priced at over Rs 6,000 crore. 

According to Indian Railways, 930 hectares of railway land has been illegally occupied across the country. 

As per official estimates, nearly five lakh people have been residing illegally in the slums located on railway land. 

These 47,000 slums have come up across 18 Assembly constituencies in Delhi - and all belong to Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). 

As slum dwellers constitute a major chunk of AAP’s vote bank, the Delhi government cannot afford to take the matter lightly. 

Sources said the removal of shanties would hamper the AAP’s prospects in the municipal elections in Delhi , which are scheduled for early 2017.

The Delhi government’s move came after the Delhi division of Northern Railways launched a massive anti-encroachment drive in East Delhi following the reports of encroachment on railway land. 
Nearly 6,000 jhuggis exist on railway land in East Delhi alone. 

Sources said the Delhi government cited its notification prohibiting demolition action in the city, but railway officials refused to abide by it, saying that the railways were exempted from such notifications with regard to its land.

“The Delhi government has asked for suspension of demolition action till it identifies suitable place to relocate the slum dwellers. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has sought five years to relocate them,” said Arun Arora, divisional railway manager, Delhi. 

The DRM said the communication from the Delhi government has been sent to the railway ministry as a final call in this matter could only be taken by the Railway Board. 

Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had also met Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu over the issue and sought his intervention in stalling the demolition drive. 
“Encroachment on railway land not only poses a threat to public safety, but also an impediment in the success of the cleanliness drive. It is major source of the generation of filth, garbage and municipal solid waste,” DRM Arora said.

There are about 47,000 jhuggis on railway land in Delhi itself and out of these, about 24,500 jhuggis lie within 15 metres of the running railway tracks. 

This, according to officials, also slows down the speed of the approaching trains to Delhi, thus affecting train schedules.

In Delhi, areas like Shakur Basti, Nizamuddin, Azad Colony, Wazirpur, Nangloi, Daya Basti, Zakhira, Tughlaqabad, Seelampur and Shahdara are the worst affected. 

Thousands of slum-dwellers have been living along the railway tracks for the past several years. 

The other areas with rampant encroachment include Mayapuri, Premwadi Bridge, Kishanganj, Old Rohtak Road and Pragati Maidan. 

The Northern Railways had even paid Rs 11.15 crore to the three municipal corporations of Delhi in 2013 for removal of encroachment, but in vain. 

Railway officials said repeated efforts were made to evacuate the government land, but the attempts proved futile as local politicians intervened to cash in on the votes of the slum dwellers.
Northern Railways wants to clear the land because those living in slums on railway lands slow down the speed of trains as they approach Delhi thus affecting their schedules (File photo)
Source - daily mail.

Indian Railways: Loco-free Train Sets to be Maintained by Private Player

Indian Railways: Loco-free Train Sets to be Maintained by Private Player
New Delhi: In a major shift, the Indian Railway has decided to hand over maintenance of Train Sets it has proposed to buy to the private player which would supply the rakes, a responsibility hitherto shouldered by the public transporter.

The railway has already floated global tenders for the Rs 2500 cr project involving procurement-cum-maintenance contract for 15 Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) Train Sets.

A Train Set comprises coaches or rail cars where each coach is powered by a dedicated propulsion system, doing away with the need to have a locomotive haul the train.

Normalcy at Itarsi railway junction by next month

Girja Shankar Kaura

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 21

Rail traffic on the south-bound and west-bound trains from north India are likely to remain affected for another month due to the fire that broke out at the route relaying interlocking (RRI) cabin of Itarsi railway junction in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday.

Railway Board Member (Traffic) Ajay Shukla today said the incident has affected services of nearly 200 trains daily. It would take around 35 days to commission a new panel system and things may normalise by July 22.

Itarsi is a critical junction station on the Bombay-Bhopal, Bhopal-Nagpur and Bombay-Jabalpur-Allahabad route and the incident has affected services of trains of the north-south and the east-west routes.

Itarsi junction station deals with about 75 Mail and Express passenger trains every day and about 25 goods trains each way.
Source - tribune india

In 17 months, railway commuters lost properties worth Rs13.59 crore

NAGPUR: A crime statistics released by Government railway police (GRP), Nagpur, underlined the startling fact that properties worth more than Rs13.59 crore were robbed from commuters in trains in a span of 17 months between January 2014 and May this year. The figure of properties being lost is expected to further rise with crime graph already showing an upswing.

The Nagpur GRP, which stretches from Gondia in eastern Vidarbha to Igatpuri in western Maharashtra, is now aiming to lay stress on prevention as detection is no cakewalk in the railways having massive jurisdiction spread over 3,687 kilometers having 384 railway stations. With four basic varieties of crime, the commuters are worst affected by thefts, followed by robberies. Dacoities and atrocities on women are the two other forms of crimes afflicting the commuters.

Apart from the stolen properties, GRP have been also left hassled by the rising crime graph in the ongoing year. In 2014, there were around 127 cases of thefts per month. This year till May, the current monthly average of theft cases are more than 148. Robberies too have increased to more than seven per month now in comparison to six monthly last year.

Northern Railways to improve entry to Old Delhi railway station to ease congestion

Nearly 300 trains operate from Old Delhi station which receives an average daily footfall of around three lakh passengers

The entry/exit to the Old Delhi railway station is set to improve in the next few months with execution of the decongestion plan chalked out by the Northern Railways. While the second entry to the railway station with a swanky building on Mori Gate side is ready, the railway officials are in consultation with the road-owing agencies to work out a plan to expand the circulating area on SP Mukherjee Marg. Officials said they are planning to remove the outer wall of the station premises in order to provide unhindered movement of pedestrians to the railway station.

Delhi's divisional railway manager Arun Arora said the revamped second entry of the Old Delhi station opposite Kashmere Gate GPO circle will be opened for public by the end of this month. The new station building - similar to Ajmeri Gate side of New Delhi station - has been provided with all the basic amenities for the passengers.

Railway commuter forums discuss pending projects

Residents of Pallavaram, Chromepet, Pammal and Pozhichalur have requested that a long-distance reservation booking office be opened either at Pallavaram or Chromepet railway station.

The groups have presented petitions to an Indian Railway Board official. The pleas point out the lack of civic amenities in various stations between Chennai Beach and Tambaram.

Commuter forums recently met P.V. Vaithiyalingam, advisor (finance), Indian Railway Board, at the Chennai Egmore railway station to discuss long-pending projects and lack of basic amenities at various stations.

The commuter forums, including Traffic and Transportation Forum and Chromepet Rail Users Forum, submitted memorandums to Vaithiyalingam demanding early completion of the Radha Nagar subway, construction of a foot-over-bridge at Perungalathur railway station and provision of basic amenities at the railway stations between Chennai Beach and Tambaram.

V. Rama Rao, project director, Traffic and Transportation Forum, said, “The Velachery-St. Thomas Mount Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) extension project is lying in limbo for the past eight years. Though the legal hurdles have been cleared, no announcements were made in recent railway budget. At present, pillar work has been completed up to Sri Devi Karumari Amman Temple, Thillai Ganga Nagar.”

Railway ministry to send team for India-Bangla rail project



To push India-Bangla rail extension project, railways ministry would be sending a high level team to expedite the process soon. (Representative image)

AGARTALA: To push India-Bangla rail extension project, railways ministry would be sending a high level team to expedite the process soon. 

The decision of sending the railway ministry team to have a first-hand knowledge about the proposed rail project was taken at a meeting of NITI Aayog held in Delhi on June 18, said transport secretary Samarjit Bhowmik. 

NITI Aayog in the meeting decided to implement the railway extension project from Agartala to Gangasagar (Bangladesh) by 2017.
Source - Times Of India

Railway ministry moots integrated transport systems for major cities



The railway ministry has proposed integrated transport systems for major cities in a bid to provide modern transport solutions and decongest cities. On Saturday, railway minister Suresh Prabhu said to begin with, he would hold a meeting with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis next week to discuss a concrete proposal in this regard for Mumbai.

“I will also be meeting (Shiv Sena chief) Uddhav Thackeray, along with the chief minister of Maharashtra, to discuss the issue of providing holistic integrated solutions to Mumbai,” Prabhu said after launching several new amenities at the Bengaluru railway station.

He said his ministry was working on completely modernising India’s railway network. “We have a great opportunity to develop the railway network in the country. Through the next five years, we will invest Rs 8.5 lakh crore and double it in the subsequent five years,” he said.

 

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