Dec 10, 2015

Training To Railway Engineers and other Officials

Railway Engineers and other officials are trained at the Centralized Training Institutes, namely, National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR), Indian Railways Institute of Civil Engineering (IRICEN), Indian Railways Institute of Electrical Engineering (IRIEEN), Indian Railways Institute of

Railway production units

The Railway Production units and their capacity utilization during the last two years and current year is given below:

Name and location of Production Unit.

Capacity Utilization
During last two years and current year till Oct.,2015
Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
Diesel Locomotive

Use of Vacant Land Under Railways

 Approximately a total of 8350 hectares of land has been acquired by Railways in the last three years and the current year.
Railways have vacant land and most of the vacant land is in the form of narrow strips along tracks and is also essential for servicing and maintenance of track and other infrastructure. The vacant railway land is utilized for execution of various infrastructural projects for meeting future growth needs of Railways and include projects like doubling, traffic facilities, Rail Coach and Component factories, etc. The vacant land, which is not required by Railways for its immediate operational needs, is leased out to private sector for commercial development, wherever feasible, in order to mobilize additional financial resources through Rail Land Development Authority, set up through the Railway (Amendment) Act, 2005. As such Railways do not have unused land. The details of vacant land are available since 2011-12 and are as under:


Vacant land
(in lakh hectare)

Requests/proposals regarding grant of permission on lease/license basis for use of vacant land for public purposes are received from Local Bodies/State Governments at Divisional offices, Zonal Railway Headquarters and in the Ministry from time to time. The receipt of such requests/proposals is a continuous and dynamic process, as such centralized compendium of the same is not maintained

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

Pantry Cars and E-Catering Services In Indian Railways

No instructions have been issued for discontinuation of pantry car facility in trains. However, in order to widen the range of food options 

Contd. available to passengers, E-catering services have been introduced, through Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) in trains without pantry car or Train Side Vending as well as on 45 designated stations from where passengers of originating/passing trains can avail of this

FDI in Railway Sector

Ministry of Railways issued Sectoral guidelines in November, 2014 for Domestic/Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in rail sector in the following identified areas: (i) Suburban corridors through Public Private Partnership (PPP); (ii) High speed train projects; (iii) Dedicated freight lines; (iv) Rolling stock including trains sets and locomotive/coaches manufacturing 

Travel Facilities to Foreign Tourists by Indian Railways

With a view to facilitate travel of foreign tourists, following facilities have been provided:- 

(i) Advance Reservation Period of 360 days has been provided for foreign tourists. 

(ii) Foreign Tourist Quota is earmarked in identified trains based on demand pattern. During the financial year 2014-15, approximately 7.06 lakh berths/seats were earmarked under this quota to facilitate these passengers. The quota so earmarked is reviewed on periodical basis based on utilisation and adjustments are made wherever required . 

Development of Railway Stations

Station development on Indian Railways is a continuous exercise. Works pertaining to modernization/upgradation of station are undertaken depending upon identified need, availability of funds, etc. Accordingly, New Delhi station has been developed in various phases. 

Platform Shelter and Extension of Platforms in Indian Railways

Provision/augmentation of passenger amenities including platform shelter and extension of platforms to accommodate longest stopping train is a continuous and ongoing process. At present, there are about 8495 railway stations on Indian Railways which have been categorized into seven categories viz. A1, A, B, C, D, E & F depending upon annual passenger earning of stations. As per norms of

Amenities to Differently Abled Passengers By Railways

Provision/augmentation of amenities at stations, including those for differently abled passengers is a continuous process. In order to provide better accessibility to differently abled passengers, short term facilities as detailed below have been planned at all stations including stations in Andhra Pradesh and Telengana: 

• Standard ramp for barrier free entry, 

• Earmarking at least two parking lots, 

• Non-slippery walk-way from parking lot to building, 

Security of Railway Passengers including Women Passengers

The cases of crime against women passengers including sexual harassment against women passengers are reported to, registered and investigated by Government Railway Police (GRP) of the concerned State Government. The offenders are arrested and prosecuted by the GRP. 

Policing on Railways is a State subject and prevention of crime, registration of cases and their investigation in Railway premises as well as on running trains is, therefore, the statutory responsibility of the State Governments, which they discharge through Government Railway Police

Measures Taken By Railways To Optimize Operating Ratio

Railways Measures Towards Technology Upgradation and Development Rail Transport In The country 

The Operating Ratio of the Indian Railways for 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 was 90.2%, 93.6% and 91.3%(Provisional) respectively. Budget Estimates 2015-16 envisage an Operating Ratio of 88.5%. 

Improvement in Operating Ratio necessitates a progressively higher growth rate in Traffic Earnings vis-a-vis the Working Expenses. It is a continuous endeavour of the Railways to increase revenues and control expenditure. Steps taken to maximize the traffic earnings, inter-alia, include periodic

Cleanliness Drive in Indian Railways

As a part of the plan, under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Special Cleanliness Campaign was launched on Indian Railways on 2nd Oct, 2014. Regular events on cleanliness are planned and organised to improve and maintain cleanliness at Railway premises including Railway stations and tracks. Weekly special intensive cleaning drives at Railway stations in rotation have also been undertaken by Zonal Railways. On completion of one year of Swachh Bharat Mission, cleanliness drives have been

Improvement of Railway Connectivity In Himalayan States including North-Eastern Region

It is Indian Railways’ endeavor to improve railway connectivity in the Himalayan States including States in the North Eastern Region. Toward this end, 20 New Lines, 4 Gauge Conversion and 9 Doubling projects having total length of 3682 km costing 91,756 Crores have been taken up falling fully/partly in these States. As the railway projects straddle across one or more States, the details are not maintained State-wise. However, following important rail connectivity projects/sections having a total length of about 1000 km have been commissioned in these States in last 5 years in this region:- 

1. Udhampur-Katra and Qazigund-Banihal sections of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link Project. 

Steps taken to provide security to Railway passengers

Prevention of crime, registration of cases and maintenance of law and order over station premises and trains is the statutory responsibility of States, which is being discharged by them through Government Railway Police (GRP) and 50% cost of GRPs is born by Railways. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) is supplementing efforts of GRPs to ensure security at Railway stations, which includes strengthening and upgradation of security infrastructure at sensitive stations, viz., installation of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras and metal detectors. CCTV cameras have been provided at 311 railway stations for round the clock surveillance. In addition, about 750 Door Frame Metal Detectors (DFMDs) have also been installed by zonal railways at sensitive stations over Indian Railways. 

Rain water harvesting facilities in Railways

Railways have taken up the work of installing rain water harvesting facilities wherever possible from techno-economic considerations i.e. intensity of rain fall, level of water table, soil type, salinity of ground water etc. Railway has already installed rain water harvesting facilities at 2060 locations and for 130 more locations for installation of rain water harvesting facilities have been approved. From techno-economic consideration it was not found feasible to install rain water harvesting facilities at terminals and suburban stations of Mumbai. 

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

WI – FI Service Facility to Railway Passengers

Wi-Fi facility with free access to rail passengers for first 30 minutes in a day is proposed to be provided at all A1 (75), A (332) and B(302) i.e. total 709 railways stations. For period after 30 minutes the service will be available on payment. 

Initially the Wi-Fi service is proposed to be provided at 400 nos. of A1 and A category stations. For B category stations Request For Proposal (RFP) issued and date of opening is 23.12.2015. 

In Jharkhand,a Bolero car dashed with 13025 Up Howra-Bhopal weekly Express at Bhurkunda Station in Ramgarh district under Dhanbad division of East Central Railway.

This car was trying to cross the Railway track through a site where no authorized Railway Crossing existed. 

This unfortunate incident of illegal trespassing and negligence by the car driver resulted in the death of 14 persons all occupants of the ill fated Bolero car. 

Suvidha Trains for Railway Commuters and Measures to Improve Punctuality

Indian Railways ran 333 Suvidha trains during 01.07.2015 to 30.11.2015 on various routes. The average punctuality, (right time arrival at destination) of these trains during the above period was 60%. 

Like other Mail/Express trains, the reasons for loss of punctuality of some of Suvidha trains have been related to Railways internal working as well as external factors of which Railways are not in control of. 

Transfer Policy of Railway Officials

Transfer Policy of Railway Officials
A Comprehensive Transfer Policy for Railway Officers have been formulated and issued on 31.08.2015. The Policy lays down a general Policy framework for transfer and reiterates various existing rules and guidelines with regard to posting under Spouse rules, competence of General Managers to make rules in respect of Non-Gazetted staff under their control, transfer of RPF/RPSF personnel and special consideration for care of disabled children etc. It also prescribes minimum and maximum tenures on a job and at a place as also guidelines regarding timing of transfers and relieving of officers.

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

Suresh Prabhu Inaugurates Two-Day 11th UIC Global Security Congress In New Delhi Today

The 11th UIC Global Security Congress being organized by the Security Directorate of Indian Railways in collaboration with International Union of Railways (UIC), (headquartered in Paris) began here today. The two-day conference is being attended by Security Chiefs of the Railway Systems of various countries apart from representatives of UIC, Indian Railways, police and security agencies of India. The Minister of Railways Sh. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu was the Chief Guest at the inaugural session of the conference. Shri. A.K. Mital, Chairman of Indian Railways addressed the inaugural session and Dr. P.K.Mishra, Addl. Principal Secretary to Prime Minister of India delivered the key note address. Mr. Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director-General of the International Union of Railways (UIC) and delegates of member countries were among those who attended the conference. Dy. Chairman Mr. Jerzy Wisniewski, UIC, also expressed his views at the inaugural session. Members of the Board of Indian Railways were also present. Director General Railway Protection Force of Indian Railways who is the present chief of UIC Security Platform also spoke on the occasion. 

UIC to organize a seminar on terrorism in mid-June 2016 in Paris/UIC HQ

Two-Day 11th UIC World Security Congress concludes today i.e. 10th December 2015 at New Delhi

The Member-Participants seek to develop collaborative partnerships at three different levels – National, Regional and International level

 An international body along the lines of ‘InterPol’ to be developed to proactively collaborate with all agencies concerned in order to meet challenges of rail security at different levels.
The UIC to pay specific attention to the need for training of railway security personnel of different countries

Suggestion mooted for conducting study by UIC and Indian Railways about the feasibility of setting up a global network of experts to holistically study the emerging nature of threats to rail transport systems and undertake suitable policy actions to strengthen rail security

UIC to organize a seminar on terrorism in mid-June 2016 in Paris/UIC HQ

The 11th UIC Global Security Congress being organized by the Security Directorate of Indian Railways in collaboration with International Union of Railways

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Indian Railways: Book your bedrolls online and also at food plazas

Indian Railways passengers can now book bedrolls online and also at the IRCTC-run food outlets at stations.

As a passenger-friendly measure, we have to introduce e-bedroll facility that allows passengers to order bedrolls online and also at the counters of food plazas at stations, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) CMD AK Manocha said.

Indian Railways moving on the fast track

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