Feb 21, 2016

Railway officer VK Singh to head NCRTC

Railway officer Singh is learnt to have been chosen for appointment as Managing Director of the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), the implementing agency for the three corridors of the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) in the NCR zone. 

While about 30 senior officials in the government had shown interest for the post of MD of the newly-formed NCRTC, about 15 were interviewed by the search and selection committee for the job. 

Railways to equip Gangmen with Safety Device ‘Rakshak’

New Delhi: Railways will equip Gangmen with a modern device called ‘Rakshak’ as part of a move to augment safety of its employees involved in track maintenance.
Gangmen, now redesignated as Track Maintainers, are most vulnerable to getting run over by trains while performing their duty round-the-clock. About 400 gangmen are killed every year in train accidents while on duty.
Rakshak, a walkie talkie-like equipment, will be used by gangmen to receive warnings from approaching trains which will alert them in time to move away from tracks.
Equipping gangmen with Rakshak is likely to be a major announcement in the Rail Budget 2016-17 in which Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is expected to focus on the need for enhanced safety on the rail network.
Besides gangmen, railways will also address the issue of unmanned level-crossings, another death trap, by announcing installation of radio-based warning systems as part of the safety augmentation programme.
The high-frequency radio-based warning system, to be operated on solar power, will be strategically installed to warn road users.
“Gangmen are the most vulnerable to train accidents and about 400 get killed on tracks every year,” said a senior Railway official.
There are about 2 lakh gangmen in railways who are also involved in gate duty at level-crossings, besides patrolling the tracks for maintenance.
The device, estimated to cost about Rs 80,000 apiece, is currently undergoing trials.
Rakshak will be provided to gangmen in accident-prone areas in the first phase.
Besides Rakshak, supervisors of gangmen are also being provided walkie-talkie to monitor their deployment and train movement.
“Even though railways have started mechanised process in track maintenance, gangmen will still be required for the job,” said the official.

7th PC: Rail Union alleges 90% workers will suffer ‘take-home’ cuts

Largest Railway union irked over ‘take-home’ salary

New Delhi: The recommendations of the seventh central pay commission (CPC) would reduce, rather than increase, the ‘take-home’ salary of almost 90% of Indian Railways’ workforce, the largest railway trade union has alleged. It has also threatened to go on an indefinite strike in the first week of March in response to the panel’s recommendations.

IRCTC starts Helicopter joyrides in Mumbai

Ride will give aerial view for 20 minutes at Rs 2,995 per person
Mumbai: The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will be back with helicopter joyrides starting Monday. The ride will offer an aerial view of the city for 20 minutes at a cost of Rs 2,995 per person. IRCTC has tied up with private chopper company, Aman Aviation, which will use the US-made Robinson R-44 helicopter carrying three passengers at a time. To book a joy ride, passengers can log on to www.irctctourism.com.

Railways to allow booking of eTickets only 6 times a month from 15 Feb

This has been done to prevent any possible misuse of online booking facility as it has been felt that a genuine passenger does not require to book tickets online for more than six times in a month
New Delhi: Come February 15, passengers can book train tickets online only six times a month instead of existing 10 on Indian Railways’ e-ticketing website. Under the existing system of online booking, one can book tickets on Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website 10 times a month but from February 15, it will be reduced to six times, a senior Railway Ministry official said.

 

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