Dec 28, 2015

Alert System at Level Crossings

The Railway have taken up a pilot project to develop a suitable and viable vandal-proof warning system to pre-warn road users against approaching trains at unmanned level crossings and accordingly Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO) has initiated such pilot project in association with IIT/Kanpur. 

Measures to Reduce Queues for Purchase of Train Tickets

It is a fact that during peak rush hours/days, there are long queues at the booking counters/windows of major stations. With a view to facilitate passengers in getting unreserved tickets, various steps have been taken, some of which are as under 

i. Jan Sadharan Ticket Booking Sewak (JTBS) have been engaged in various parts of important cities to issue unreserved tickets through computerized Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS). 

Railway Heritage

Railway Stations, bridges, Railway lines and buildings having heritage value at various locations have been identified and declared as heritage structures in consultation with Zonal Railways. 

Guidelines have been issued to preserve and maintain these structures. On Zonal Railways, Heritage Committees comprising concerned officers have been constituted to ensure preservation and

Improvement of Catering Facilities in Railways

Railways receive proposals regarding improvement of catering services. Improvement in catering services is an ongoing process. It is continuous endeavor of Indian Railways to provide good quality hygienic food to the passengers. In order to widen the range of food options 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

Ministry of Railways - Train Movement During Fog

Fog severely reduces mobility of trains owing to reduced visibility and safety protocol (speed restriction) put in place. This reduces the capacity of already saturated rail corridors running through fog affected areas. Abnormal late running of trains result into unmanageable rake imbalances, heavy crew shortage due to increased working hours of drivers and guards and complete disorientation of time table, train berthing plans, maintenance slot at washing line complexes catering difficulties etc. due to late arrival of trains during fog. 

To handle the above situation, Railways have resorted to cancellation and reduction of frequency of trains during foggy season from 08.01.2016 to 29.02.2016. 

Ministry of Railways- Broad Gauge Network in North Eastern States

Master plan has been made for a broad gauge network in North Eastern States. Broad features of this plan are: 

(1) Connectivity to all State capitals. 

(2) Unigauge Broadgauge network. 

Concession in Train Tickets to Unemployed Youth

Railways grant full concession in second class and 50% concession in sleeper class in the basic fares of Mail/Express trains to unemployed youths up to 35 years to appear in interviews for selection to Central/State Government jobs. Besides above, 50% concession in the basic fares of Mail/express

Fire Safety Preparedness in Indian Railways

At all railway stations and railway factories Dry Chemical type portable fire extinguishers, sand buckets and water buckets are provided for fire fighting. On need, local government fire service personnel and other non- government/Public sector unit services are requested for fire fighting. Fire drills are conducted at regular intervals to assess the preparedness. Instructions were issued to Zonal Railways to upgrade fire safety measures at station premises as per the norms prescribed in National Building Code of India. 

Measures to Prevent Fake Advertisements about Railway Recruitment

Sporadic incidents, whenever reported in the newspapers or through representations, are investigated and wherever the need arises, FIR is lodged. Regular proactive measures are undertaken by the recruiting agencies i.e. Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and Railway Recruitment Cells (RRCs) frequently, by way of widely publicized campaigns cautioning the prospective candidates to beware

Cold Storage Facility in Indian Railways

Under a pilot project called “Kisan Vision Project”, Container Corporation of India Limited (CONCOR), Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) and Central Railside Warehouse Company Limited (CRWC) were asked to provide infrastructure to encourage development of facilities for setting up cold storages and temperature-controlled perishable cargo centers as well as developing agri-retail outlets through public private partnership (PPP) mode at six locations on Indian Railways. Details of these projects are as under:- 

(i) Nasik (Maharashtra): The centre located in Nasik District of Maharashtra is functional since 23.02.2013. 

Passenger and Freight Traffic on Indian Railways

Of the total availability (production plus import) of select major commodities, the percentage share carried by the Indian Railways for three years ending 2013-14 as released in latest issue of Indian Railway Year Book is given below
(figures in &)

POL Products
2012-13 (R)
2013-14 (P)

(R) – Revised; (P) – Provisional
Share of Freight earnings in Total Traffic Earnings of Indian Railways is as follows :

Thrust Areas Identified for Plan in Indian Railways

The Twelfth Plan aims at faster, more inclusive and sustainable growth. The thrust areas identified are decongestion and expansion of network, improved productivity of the existing network and assets to increase transportation output for meeting the expanding requirements of the economy.

 The progress achieved during the first three years of the Twelfth Plan are as below:-

Creation of Fixed Assets

New Line (km)

Ministry of Railways and Coal India Limited (CIL) sign MoU for Procurement of wagons for exclusive use of CIL

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Ministry of Railways and Coal India Limited here today. The MoU will lead to procurement of 2000 wagons (33 rakes) in the first outgo. 

The agreement was signed in the presence of Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Coal, Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal Union Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha. Shri U.C. Joshi, Executive Director Freight Marketing on behalf of Ministry of Railways and Shri T.K. Sinha, General Manager, Project Monitoring Division on behalf of Coal India Limited signed the MoU. 

Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras have been installed in Trains

Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras have been installed, on trial basis, in a few coaches of some of the trains viz. Train No. 12497/12498 (Shan-e-Punjab Express-03 coaches) in Northern Railway, Train No.12625/12626(Kerala Express), Train No. 16179/16180 (Mannai Express), Train

Railways makes trial run on Munger bridge

Patna/Munger: Railways made trial run of a pilot engine from Jamalpur to Sabdalpur, a stretch of over 3km, on the rail-cum-road bridge over river Ganga at Munger on Sunday to test the track fitness.

A team of senior railway officials, including chief administrative officer (construction) L M Jha, supervised the trial run.

The trial run fulfilled the long cherished dream of the people of Munger, Khagaria and Begusarai districts. The bridge will connect Khagaria and Begusarai with Munger divisional headquarters.

Thousands of people gathered there before the trial engine rolled on the tracks from the new Munger railway station near the railway crossing No.3.

Documenting the history of a major railway line

The Palakkad-Pollachi line that links Kerala and Tamil Nadu has been an integral part of travel, commerce, pilgrimage and culture for 75 years.

The Railways have come up with a short film to depict the historical background and social relevance of the 54.72 km section that was reconstructed and reopened to rail traffic.

Past grandeur

Chugging through Centuries , the 20-minute documentary, also highlights the past grandeur of the Palakkad-Pollachi section that remains endearingly nostalgic for many. The stretch that remained out of bounds for gauge conversion since December 10, 2008, was thrown open again on November 15, 2015.

New Skywalk at Railway Station Soon

BENGALURU: The second foot overbridge (FOB) at the City railway station is nearing completion. Set to be inaugurated in January, the bridge is aimed at easing congestion in the station that witnesses a footfall of 2 lakh a day. 

The construction, which utilised funds worth `4 crore and a whopping 300 metric tonnes of steel, began in October 2014. 

“The overbridge will be of use to those using the Second Entry as it connects Platforms 7 and 8 to Platform 1. Only Platform 4 will not be part of it as it is very narrow,” said Sanjiv Agarwal, Divisional Railway Manager, Bangalore Division.

When the signal-free corridor planned at Okalipuram gets completed, more than 50 per cent of the passenger traffic to the City station is expected through this entry, he said. 

The completion of this project, whose original deadline was October 2015, has suffered a three-month delay. “Shifting utilities like signaling cables across the station took more time than expected,” Agarwal said.

Railway Track Doubling Work to Cut Travel Time by an Hour

BENGALURU: Track doubling work on the railway line between Yelahanka and Penukonda in Andhra Pradesh on the Bengaluru-Dharmavaram section is all set to commence this week.

The Rs 870 crore project, which involves laying a 121-km-long new line, will help reduce the running time of north-bound trains by up to an hour.

“Tenders for the project have been finalised. Bridge and Roof, a Kolkata-based public sector undertaking, has been awarded two contracts to cover two stretches,” said South Western Railways General Manager P K Saxena. The stretches between Yelahanka and Odarpalli and Penukonda and Hindupur have been awarded to the concern, said Bengaluru Divisional Railway Manager Sanjeev Agarwal







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