Aug 3, 2015

Kundan Sinha Assumes Charge as the New Member Traffic in Railway Board

Shri Kundan Sinha has assumed additional charge of the post of Member Traffic, Railway Board w.e.f. 01/08/2015. Shri Kundan Sinha is presently Additional Member (Traffic Transportation) in Railway Board.

An Officer of 1979 Exam Batch of the Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS), Shri Kundan Sinha has served in various capacities in Indian Railways. After serving on Dhanbad, Asansol and Danapur Divisions of Eastern Railway initially, he moved to the Railway Board in 1990 and on to the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers on Central Deputation in 1995. He has thereafter, handled a whole gamut of assignments in RITES (1998-2000) and on Eastern Railway (2001-04), South East Central Railway (2007-09, as Divisional Railway Manager, Bilaspur), South Eastern Railway (2010-11, as Chief Operations Manager) and in the offices of the Railway Board (2004-06 and then again since 2012 in various capacities)


Wi-Fi at Railway Stations

Railway proposes to provide Wi-Fi in all A1, A & B category stations on Indian Railways. There are total 709 such stations on Indian Railways (A1-75, A-332 and B-302) including 34 stations in Gujarat and 45 stations in Maharashtra.

Trials for provision of Wi-Fi at stations with no Capital investment from Railways have been conducted. These trials were conducted to find a suitable business model to sustain the system.

At present, the Wi-Fi facility has been provided at 11 stations on Indian Railways as detailed below:-

(1) CST Mumbai, Central Railway

(2) Howrah, Eastern Railway

Measures to Prevent Menace of Rats in Trains

Railways is taking measures to prevent menace of rats. For this, coaches are subjected to rodent treatment in coaching depots under comprehensive pest & rodent control treatment as per scheduled periodicity. Besides, pantry cars are completely vacated before undertaking rodent treatment of coaches and cleaning in primary maintenance depot. Pantry car staff are being counseled for proper upkeep and maintenance of cleanliness in pantry cars. Suitable penalties are also imposed on the agency undertaking rodent treatment of coaches against

Rail Connectivity Projects

Based on demands raised by State Governments, Central Ministries, Members of Parliament, other public representatives & Railways’ own requirement, the proposals for new line projects are considered. They are taken up on the basis of remunerativeness, last mile connectivity, missing links and alternate routes, augmentation of congested/saturated lines, socio-economic considerations etc. depending upon throwforward of ongoing projects, overall availability of funds and competing demands which covers connectivity in backward & Rural areas also. The projects are not sanctioned State-wise, area-wise and region-wise. Since new lines generally straddle over more than one State, details of ongoing projects are maintained Zone-wise. Railways have taken up 151 number of New Line projects. Zone-wise details of the funds allocated during last three years and the current year is appended. 

Prepaid Taxi/Auto Service at Railway Stations

Prepaid taxi and auto services at railway stations are arranged by the local authorities in consultation with the Railways. Railway PSU, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has started online booking of cabs at 26 stations, as a Pilot Project. The stations are New Delhi, Howrah, Patnal, Bhubaneshwar, Mysore, Guwahati, Secunderabad, Jaipur, Tirupati, Madurai, Ernakulam, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Mumbai CST, Mumbai Central, Lucknow Jn., Delhi, Hazrat Nizmuddin, Delhi Safdarjang, Anand Vihar Terminal, Delhi Cantt., Delhi Sari Rohilla, Vijaywada, Guntur, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati Jn. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha


Facilities for Disabled/Senior Citizens at Railway Stations

There are facilities exist for disabled/senior citizens at railway stations. Instructions already exist for provision of Wheel Chair at stations including B category stations. This facility is provided, duly escorted by coolies (on payment) as per present practice. Moreover, Zonal Railways have also been advised to provide free of cost ‘Battery Operated Vehicles for Disabled and Old Aged Passengers’ at major Railway Stations. 

Facilities for Patients in Trains

All passenger carrying trains are provided with First Aid Boxes containing essential drugs and dressing materials. In addition, Augmented First Aid Boxes with wide range of medicines, disposable medical material, etc. have been provided with the Train Superintendents of Rajdhani/ Shatabdi Express trains and Guards of other nominated trains. The front line staff deployed on trains is trained in rendering First Aid. Trains can also make unscheduled halts, if necessary, at the stations en-route in emergencies. The Station Masters have details of doctors, clinics & hospitals, both Government and Private, in the vicinity of the station, so that their services could also be availed, in emergencies. 

High Speed Rail Corridor

A joint feasibility study for Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (Bullet Train) Corridor co-financed by India and Japan, which started in December 2013, has been completed in July, 2015. Government has initiated a feasibility study for Diamond Quadrilateral Network of High Speed Trains comprising of four sides i.e. (i) Delhi-Mumbai, (ii) Mumbai-Chennai, (iii) Chennai-Kolkata, (iv) Kolkata-Delhi; and both diagonals i.e. (v) Delhi-Chennai and (iv) Mumbai-Kolkata. 

No project of High Speed Rail Corridor has been sanctioned. As such, no standards for infrastructure, rolling stock and operating conditions have been adopted. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha


Setting up of Railway Design Centre in Railways

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed on 10.04.2015 between the Ministry of Railways and the National Institute of Design (N.I.D.), Ahmedabad for setting up of a Railway Design Centre at N.I.D. campus, Ahmedabad. 

The MOU aims at collaboration between Ministry of Railways and N.I.D. in various fields of design, relevant to rail transport and allied activities. 

Railway Design Centre at N.I.D. has become operational since May 2015. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha 



To provide more accommodation to the second class sitting passengers, Eastern Railway has arranged to convert Sleeper Class coaches of some trains to second class unreserved & reserved coaches during day journey.

As such, out of two Sleeper Class coaches of 53175 Sealdah-Lalgola Passenger, o­ne is being converted to unreserved second class and o­ne to reserved second class coach. In 53178 Lalgola-Sealdah Passenger, out of three Sleeper Class

82% Jump in Corruption Complaints, Railway Tops: CVC

An unprecedented over 64,000 corruption complaints were received by the Central Vigilance Commission last year, a rise of 82 per cent than the preceding year.

The Commission received 64,410 complaints, including 2,048 brought forward, during 2014. Despite the manifold increase in the volume of work being handled by the Commission, there has been no increase in the staff strength, the CVC said in its annual report 2014, which was tabled in Parliament recently.

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National Holiday Allowance – Upward revision of rates in Railways

No. E(P&A)I-2013/FE-4/3
New Delhi dated 29 -07-2014.
The General Secretary
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi.

Sub: National Holiday Allowance – Upward revision of rates – reg.
The undersigned is direct to refer to your letter No. I/5(g)/Part V dated 03.07.2015 on the above demand cited subject and to state that VII CPC is examining the issue in respect of rate of NHA along with rates of other allowances. As such, it is perhaps not an appropriate time to consider any kind of revision or deviation from the existing rates NHA. In the circumstances the final report/recommendations of VII CPC may be awaited. The PNM Item No. 5/2013 may be closed.
For Secretary,
Railway Board.
Source : NFIR





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