Oct 26, 2015

Inter- Railway Transfer cases - 5 years compulsory service for transfers of Non-Gazetted Railway Employees

ter- Railway Transfer cases - 5 years compulsory service for transfers of Non-Gazetted Railway Employees

Headquarters Office,
Baroda House,
New Delhi.
PS NO. 14438/2015

No. 940E/O/XI/EIV
Dt: 12.10.2015
All DRMs 8: Heads of EDUs,
Northern Railway,
(As per mailing list)

Sub: Inter- Railway Transfer cases- Streamlining

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. E (O) II/2014/PL/05 dated 31.08.2015.

While reviewing the transfer policy and issuing comprehensive guidelines on the subject, Railway Board under Para .(xi) of their aforementioned letter dated 31.08.2015, have also directed the following in case of non-gazetted staff:

''In case of non-gazetted Railway employees, no inter-Railway transfer request will be considered till completion of 05 years of joining Railway.”

2. Furthermore, it is also desired that, on Divn/Unit two separate priority registers should be maintained, one for registering requests for transfer within the Northern Railway and another for Inter - Railway transfer to other Zones/PUs etc.

The'aforesaid instructions may be adhered to strictly while dealing with transfer request cases.

(Iranius Tlrkey)
For General Manager (P)
Copy to:

1. All Personnel Officers, HQ Office, Baroda House, New Delhi

2. General Secretary, NRMU, 12 Chelmsford Road, New Delhi.

3. General Secretary, URMU, 166/2, PK Road, New Delhi.

4. General Secretary, All India SC/ST Rly. Employees Association, White House, NDCR Complex, State Entry Road, New Delhi.

5. General Secretary, All India OBC Rly. Employees Association, 171/A-

7 3 B‘asant Lane, New Delhi.

6. General Secretary, NRPOA, Room No. 301, HO Office, Baroda House, New Delhi.
Source: Image given below:-

SOURCE - staffnews

लोको पायलट के ट्रांसफर के खिलाफ विरोध , DRM से विरोध के बाद ट्रांसफर निर्णय वापस

transfer loco pilot

Kalka-Shimla train derailment caused by “failure of railway staff”: Inquiry Report

Shimla: A statutory inquiry into the September 12 derailment of the four-coach “toy train” from Kalka to Shima, in which two tourists from the United Kingdom, both women, had died has concluded that the accident was caused by “failure of railway staff”.

Apart from the two women who died, three passengers suffered injuries and two received simple injuries in the mishap.

Mr.S.K.Pathak, Commissioner of Railway Safety, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, Northeast Frontier Circle, Kolkata who held a statutory inquiry into the derailment of the special train, which had been chartered for the group of tourists, has submitted his preliminary report, an official press release said.

Consider having an all-standee bogie in local trains: Bombay High Court to railways

Bombay High Court seeks survey to decode overcrowding in local trains. Ask Railways to Try bogies without seats in local trains

Mumbai: The railways should keep experimenting with crowd management techniques to ensure a smooth ride for suburban railway passengers, the Bombay High Court said on Wednesday.

A division bench of justices Naresh Patil and SB Shukhre said, “Consider having an all-standee bogie in suburban trains to better manage crowds. At least, do it as a pilot project to check the results.”

Escorts launches new Rail products

Mr.Nikhil Nanda, Managing Director, Escorts India

New Delhi: Engineering major Escorts Group’s rail division expects to see a four-fold rise in its annual revenues to ₹1,000 crore by 2020, riding on Indian Railways’ plan to substitute imports of components with locally manufactured products, in line with the Centre’s ‘Make in India’ mission.

Escorts Railway Products said it has launched several new products for the metro and Indian Railway segments.

Kerala to frame New Policy to acquire Land for Railway projects

Kerala Rail network mapThiruvananthapuram: In a bid to revive the railway-related projects that continue to be plagued by delays caused by the alleged neglect of the Union Ministry of Railways towards Kerala, the state government would formulate a new land acquisition policy to provide land to the Railways for implementing the proposals.
The draft, which would also propose to bear 50 per cent of the cost of the proposed track doubling works, will be placed before the Cabinet for approval in its next meeting. After getting the approval, detailed project estimates will be prepared, according to official sources.
The move came in the wake of the Railway Board’s to decision to exclude the proposals submitted by the state from the list of projects sent to the NITI Aayog for approval.
Inordinate delay in doubling tracks is said to be one of the major issues hampering the State’s railway development. The government needs to make required land available to the Railways for taking up track doubling works in the 30-kilometre stretch between Kayamkulam-Alappuzha-Ernakalum and in the Kottayam section. Citing fund crunch, the Railways has been demanding the State to provide land free of cost apart from bearing half of the total cost of the projects.
The central authorities have warned the State that its railway development would be in for a major setback if the government failed to complete the land acquisition process in a time-bound manner. The state would be able to put pressure on the Centre to allot new trains only after the completion of the pending track doubling works.
The Railway Board will hold a meeting of Members of Parliament to discuss development issues and problems relating to the sector by mid-November. The MPs would chalk out the future course of action seeking an end to the biased selection criterion allegedly followed by the Railway Board. Not a single proposal from the Southern Railways had figured in the list submitted by the Railway Board to the NITI Aayog for approval recently.
The state would also submit its recommendations and demands to be included in the next Rail Budget, the officials said.
Source - Rail News

Lesson for Railways to turn Market Savvy, attract more Passengers

Most travellers in India know that the start of a festival season is a testing time.

If you have not planned well in advance, getting train tickets for a safe and comfortable journey is almost impossible just before and during the festival season.

Those with money can fly, but exercising that option could mean shelling out an exorbitantly high fare for a travel that would have cost less than half in the normal course.

That scenario, however, has changed. For almost all short-distance routes (between 400 and 700 kilometres), air tickets even at higher prices are now difficult to get during the festival season, while the pleasant surprise is that train tickets are available with relative ease.

New Rail Bridge on Yamuna to come up on Agra Division

Rail bridge Agra

Agra: The Agra division of Railways is going to construct a new railway over bridge (ROB) over river Yamuna, as the two bridges that are currently operational are both over hundred years old.

At present, nearly 10,000 trains cross the two bridges, namely Yamuna Bridge and Strachey Bridge. But in order to improve the safety of passengers, the Agra division has decided to come up with the third bridge.

Bhupinder Dhillon, media in-charge of DRM/Agra office said, “Funds of Rs 1.30 crore has been sanctioned by railway board to survey the feasibility of another railway over bridge (ROB) in Yamuna. The new bridge will take majority of the traffic that currently flows through the Yamuna Bridge.”

The new bridge will have a single broad gauge line, and will primarily serve railway traffic for Bandikui and Bayana routes, which further stretches towards Jaipur, Kota, Mumbai and Ahmadabad. The survey for the construction of bridge is likely to start from November or December.

Built way back in 1875, the Yamuna Bridge connects Yamuna bridge station on the east bank of Yamuna with the Agra Fort station, but its structure has cracked at several places over time. The pillars holding up the bridge are not unblemished either. Meanwhile, the 107-year-old Strachey Bridge that links the Agra city station and Raja Ki Mandi station with Yamuna bridge station was renovated recently, its capability to cope with modern-day trains but its future remains uncertain as well.

Acknowledging the fact, that century old twin bridges are not safe to ride, Bhupinder Dhillon media-in-charge of divisional railway manager office said, “Our trains ply on these bridges under strict speed limit of 25 km per hour and below, as high speed of trains may cause damage to bridge.”

As per local residents of Yamuna Kinara area, during heavy showers when the Yamuna flows above flood level (508 feet), the water even touches the floor of the bridge, making railways to stop the services for a while.

Goods train with 42 wagons runs through route

A load tolerance test was conducted using a goods train on the newly converted broad gauge line between Palakkad Town and Pollachi Junction on Sunday. A scene from Muthalamada, near Palakkad

Palakkad (PGT): Giving new hopes of resuming regular train services linking Southern Tamil Nadu with Kerala and Konkan routes, a load tolerance test was conducted on Sunday in the newly gauge converted Palakkad-Pollachi rail stretch using a goods train comprising 42 wagons. The goods train reached Palakkad Junction from Mangalore by 1 p.m. carrying bags of fertilizer.

There were onlookers on either side of the tracks to see the goods train embarking on its maiden trip.

Instead of taking the Palakkad-Coimbatore-Erode route, the train bound for Tiruchirappalli and Madurai was redirected through the new route to study the load tolerance level of the new broad gauge route. It reached Pollachi in 45 minutes and proceeded to Tiruchirappalli via Palani. The speed was 45 km/hour.

German Bank KfW Reviews Progress of Nagpur Metro Rail

Nagpur: A team of German Bank KfW, which has in-principle agreed to sanction a loan of Rs 3,700 crore for Nagpur Metro Rail, has reviewed the progress of the project.

The team, which is on a five-day visit of the orange city, held discussion on Wednesday with officials of Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (NMRCL), which is executing the rapid mass transport project.

NMRCL Managing Director Brijesh Dixit also took part in the discussion, which was aimed at finalising the process for funding the project, a release from the company said. Representatives from KfW Bank and NMRCL visited the proposed sites of metro rail alignment at Congress Nagar, Santra Market and Gol Bazaar Market.

Kayakalp Panel proposes Action Plan to cut down Train Accidents

New Delhi: Railways Kaya Kalp committee, headed by industrialist Ratan Tata decided to develop an action plan to reduce the number of train accidents, amid concerns over increasing cases of human errors and huge backlog of safety-related posts lying vacant.

While examining the data on type of accidents and causes, the panel is understood to have taken stock of the railways recruitment process, considering that over 1.5 lakh safety-related posts were vacant at present. Railway minister Suresh Prabhu has earlier emphasised the need for a ‘zero accident mission’ with a definite time frame.

Railways Minister calls for Stringent Fight against Corruption, flags off ‘Vigithon’

New Delhi: Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu called for a fight against corruption at the grass-root level while flagging-off a marathon in the city to sensitise people on the issue.

‘Vigithon: A run for corruption free India’ was organised by public sector lender, Union Bank of India. “A unique way in which financial institutions like the Union Bank of India can contribute to fighting corruption, could be through the deployment of people’s savings in development sectors which in turn can lead to increased wealth-earning opportunities and generate employment for the people,” a statement quoting Prabhu said.

This Metro station will be linked to MRTS and Suburban Railway lines. Chennai Central station getting a facelift

Metro Design ConsultantsChennai: The Chennai Metro Rail will soon appoint a design consultant specially for developing the largest underground station in Chennai, the Central Square.
The Chennai Central Metro Rail station, which has now been named Central Square, sprawls over 70,000 sq. m and goes as deep as 25 metres.
According to Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL), this station, built at a cost of Rs.400 crore, will have an exclusive consultant for civil, architectural and landscaping works.

Dalli Rajhara-Rowghat Rail line project put on Fast Track

Work in progress on the Dalli Rajhara Rowghat rail line

Dalli Rajhara (DRZ): The work of laying Railway track in 17 kms stretch between Dalli Rajhra and Dondi has been completed, Railway officials informed in a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand here.

The meeting was convened to review the progress of the ambitious Dalli Rajhra-Rowghat Railway line project.

The officials informed that the Dallirajhra-Dondi line would soon be ready for passenger train traffic.

The tendering process of laying Railway track between 18 to 42 kms under the project had been completed. The work is expected to be over by November this year after removal of power transmission lines and availability of police force to construct a total of 17 bridges in the district.

Special train from Allahabad to Mumbai on October 30

ALLAHABAD: The railway administration has decided to run a special train between Allahabad and Mumbai (Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus). 

Train No 04115/04116 will depart from Allahabad at 5:30pm and reach Manikpur at 7:25pm, Satna at 9:10pm, Katni at 10:40pm, Jabalpur at 00:05am, Pipariya at 2:55am, Itarsi at 4:40am and terminate at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at 3:55pm. The train will depart from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at 5:15pm and arrive at Itarsi at 6:30am, Pipariya at 7:30am, Jabalpur at 10:30am, Katni at 12:05pm, Satna at 1:20pm, Manikpur at 3:10pm and terminate at Allahabad at 5:20pm. The train will depart from Allahabad on October 30 and from Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus on October 31. It will have five sleeper, three AC-III tier and ten general coaches.
Source - TOI

DPRs for 73 Track Doubling projects prepared by Railways: Centre

New Delhi: Centre today said Railways is on target in terms of fast tracking of its implementation of projects as Detailed Project Reports(DPRs) of 73 doubling projects has been prepared.

”Out of 77 doubling projects sanctioned in this year, Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of 73 doubling projects has been prepared and received in Railway Board,” an official from the Railway Ministry said.

The Ministry of Railways included 77 doubling, 4 new line and 1 gauge conversion project in Railway Budget 2015-16. Looking to push Indian Railways as an engine of growth for the economy, Ministry of Railways has expedited implementation of some key projects announced during this year’s Rail Budget.

Japan and China prepare terrain for Indian High Speed Rail Battle

After fiercely battling it out in Indonesia, where China won the first round and has already signed the deal to build the 150 km Jakarta to Bandung High Speed Rail line, Japan and China are very aggressively competing on the Indian High Speed Rail (HSR) arena.

Japan has just offered to finance the 505 km high speed corridor that will link Mumbai to Ahmedabad. 15 Billion USD the total estimated cost, less than 1% the proposed interest rate. Japan would cover 80% of the project cost, and India would purchase 30% of equipment from Japanese companies.

Sri Lanka to Issue RFP for Colombo Monorail

Upul Jayasuriya, Chairman of the Board of Investment, Sri Lanka

Colombo: Upul Jayasuriya, Chairman of the Board of Investment, has stated that Sri Lanka’s new government is about to issue an RFP in the next 10 days for building “a monorail or Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system” for the capital Colombo.

In a separate statement the Director General of the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development Luxman Jayasekara has stated that the ministry is looking into the feasibility of constructing a monorail line from Malabe to Kotahena.

Bibek Debroy: Problems of Indian Railways in the Northeast

Since broad gauge Lumding-Silchar line was opened for goods traffic in March, after about Rs 5,500 cr was spent on upgrade, there have been 9 derailments & 14 instances of track-subsiding. This gives rise to questions about construction quality

Unless you are interested in birds or unless you are familiar with the northeast, there is no reason for you to have heard of a village named Jatinga. It is a place where birds of various species ‘commit suicide’ at the end of the monsoon. This is a myth. What’s true is that young and migratory birds are attracted by the lights of torches and distracted in the night. They are then captured with bamboo poles and killed. You might find it a bit difficult to visit Jatinga by train. Most people use Haflong, in Dima Hasao district and Assam’s only hill station. Both Jatinga and Haflong are in what is called the hill section, one of India’s mountain railways, though certainly not as famous as Darjeeling Himalayan, Kalka-Shimla or Nilgiri Mountain. (Trains stop for hardly a minute in Jatinga; they stop longer in Haflong, that is, Lower Haflong and Haflong Hill.) This hill section is the Lumding-Halflong-Badarpur stretch and used to be a metre gauge line, built in the 1890s by what was then Assam Bengal Railway. Other than people, it was used to ship tea, coal and timber from Upper Assam, with connectivity to Chittagong port. Though building started in the 1890s, it was opened for operations in 1904.

The Ministry of Railways has a CAPEX Target of Rs 1 Lakh Crore for the Financial Year

project roll outNew Delhi: Facing flak for the lack of capital expenditure and delays in implementation of major projects, the rail ministry has swung into action.
t is tweaking the established process for project approvals to cut down delays. It is also drawing up mega spending plans to free up over-burdened lines.
The earlier time-consuming model involved inclusion of projects in the rail budget, seeking in-principle approval of NITI Aayog, clearance from the extended railway board, approval of the Union Cabinet, preparation followed by sanction of final location surveys and detailed estimates by the zonal railways and finally invitation of tenders.

Defence Personnel can Collect I-Tickets on Defence Travel System at any PRS Counter

(File Pic) Defence personnel at PRS Counter at Gangtok on NFR

New Delhi: For hassle-free collection of i- tickets by Defence Personnel booked on the Defence Travel System on Indian Railways, the Indian Railways now affords the facility of collection of the booked i-tickets from any Computerized Passenger Reservation System (PRS) counter of Indian Railways. Earlier, the i-tickets could be collected by the Defence Personnel at the journey originating station only. Now it has been liberalized and it can be collected from any PRS counter in the country. However, the i-tickets can be printed only once. This liberalized facility will be a big help to defence personnel.

With a view to phase out the Defence Warrant System, the Indian Railways commenced the Defence Travel System on its e- ticketing portal of IRCTC in 2009. The i-ticket now can be collected from any PRS counter by the defence personnel on showing one of the ten prescribed proofs of identity allowed for undertaking journeys on e-tickets. If some other person collects the tickets on behalf of the defence personnel, then he/she must produce any of the ten prescribed proofs of identity in original along with photocopy of the ticket-holding defence personnel.

The Railways has also issued format of receipt to be given by the Defence Personnel while collecting the i-ticket from the Railway counter which specifies inter-alia details such as PNR Number and Transaction ID on Defence Travel System.

The Railway has also mitigated certain other problems encountered in booking of i-tickets for the Defence Personnel through facilities like auto cancellation of fully waitlisted e-tickets, allowing of booking of tickets on defence travel system during first thirty minutes of opening of reservation disallowed for all other ticketing agents.

Japan offers Loan to India’s $15 billion Bullet Train in edge over China

Japan to fund 80 per cent of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bull train project cost

Japan has offered to finance India’s first bullet train, estimated to cost $15 billion, at an interest rate of less than 1 percent, officials said, stealing a march on China, which is bidding for other projects on the world’s fourth-largest network.

Tokyo was picked to assess the feasibility of building the 505-kilometre corridor linking Mumbai with Ahmedabad, the commercial capital of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state, and concluded it would be technically and financially viable.

The project to build and supply the route will be put out to tender, but offering finance makes Japan the clear front runner.

Last month China won the contract to assess the feasibility of a high-speed train between Delhi and Mumbai, a 1,200-km route estimated to cost twice as much. No loan has yet been offered.

Japan’s decision to give virtually free finance for Modi’s pet programme is part of its broader push back against China’s involvement in infrastructure development in South Asia over the past several years. Tokyo’s push in India comes just weeks after it lost out to China on the contract to build Indonesia’s first fast-train link.






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