Mar 8, 2016

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MoUs with Japan and Russia in the various fields of Railways

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was today apprised of the following Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) and Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs):-

(i)      The MoC signed between   Ministry of Railways (MoR) and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Japan on technological cooperation in Rail Sector on 11thDecember 2015. 

Measures to Prevent Fire Incidents in Trains

As per corporate safety plan (2003-2013) it was targeted to reduce fire accidents on the trains from 14 to 3 by the year 2012-13. In the year 2012-13, 9 fire accidents took place on trains. Thus, there has been a reduction of 35% in the fire accidents on trains over the same period(2003-13). This declining trend is continuing in the current year & till 31.01.2016 there has not been a single case of fire accident on train.

Development of Model Disabled Friendly Coach in Trains


As on 31.03.15, disabled friendly coaches with wider entrance doors for wheelchair access are more than 5% of total holding of Indian Railway coaches. It is endeavoured to provide at least one such disabled friendly coach in Mail & Express trains.

Second Class cum luggage and brake van with PWD (Persons with Disabilities) Compartment coaches and Power Cars for Garib Rath trains having provisions for PWD Compartment with air-conditioning are already in service. In these coaches, mobility-impaired person may require help for boarding. 

Special Trains by Indian Railway

The details of approximate total number of special trains run during the last three years is as under:-

Year
Special trains (In trips)
2012-13
39721
2013-14
41386
2014-15
41062

During last 3 years, following new types of rakes have been introduced :-

1. LHB type Mail & Express rakes: These have LHB AC as well as non-AC coaches, with

Modern Coaches in Indian Railways

A work of upgrade to one semi-high speed LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) rake with 200 kmph speed potential has been sanctioned. Design of these coaches also includes provision of automatic sliding entrance doors and electro-pneumatically assisted brake system.

Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala has been entrusted to manufacture these coaches. Estimated cost for upgrade is around ₹1 crore per coach as per sanction.

Multi – Functional Complexes at Railway Stations

As a part of Railway’s commitment to upgrade/augment passenger amenities at Railway Stations on continuous basis, development of Multi Functional Complexes (MFCs) at Railway Stations was first announced in Railway Budget 2009-10 to provide rail user facilities like Shopping, Food Stalls & Restaurants, Book Stalls, PCOs/STD/ ISD/FAX Booths, Medicine & Variety Stores, Budget Hotels (subject to viability), parking, etc.

Safety Fund Arrangement in Indian Railways

A Committee was constituted for putting up consolidated proposal for creation of ‘Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh(RRSK)’, a non-lapsable fund. The committee has submitted its report in December 2015. The committee in its report has envisaged the works of Track Renewal and Upgradation, Bridge Rehabilitation, Elimination of Level Crossings, Construction of Road Over Bridges/Road

Measures to Prevent Misuse E-Ticket

Various remedial measures have been taken by the Railways to check the misuse of e-tickets including the following:- 

1. Carrying of any one of the prescribed proofs of identity at the time of undertaking journey on e-tickets. 

Indian Railways dedicated two more services to the Nation : (I) Printing of Bar Code on Unreserved tickets to Prevent Fraud and (II) Auto Hub on Walajabad, near Chennai in Southern Railway

Indian Railways is committed to make Railway System Passenger Friendly and respond to the needs of Passengers : Suresh Prabhu

In its way to further improve passenger amenities and to increase railway revenue, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu in a programme held today i.e. 01.03.2016 at Rail Bhawan, New Delhi inaugurated through Video-Conferencing two

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Three more Rail Freight Corridors on agenda



Indian Railways targets more containerized freight traffic

New Delhi: After the eastern and western dedicated freight corridors, the government has decided to have three more such high-speed cargo transportation networks to increase its dwindling share of the freight pie.

MMRDA red-flags Centre’s move for Bullet Train station in BKC

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had selected BKC for its proposed International Finance Centre

Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project – the bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad – appears to have hit a roadblock with the MMRDA opposing the location of the underground bullet train station at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC).

Firozpur Division ramping up Infra Works for Prevention of Accidents

Ferozpur: Construction of limited height subways, an initiative of the Indian Railways, for preventing accidents occurring due to unmanned railway crossings, is doing well in the region with railway lines set to get more such subways in the coming years.

Sharing details about limited height subway (LHS) projects in the region, Ferozepur railway division officials said six such subways on Ferozepur-Jalandhar railway line, three on Ferozepur-Fazilka line, three on Ferozepur-Ludhiana line, and one on Ferozepur-Bathinda line had been constructed in the last one year.

Modi stresses on Need to Focus on Rapid Reforms in Railways

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu gets pat from PM Modi yet again – for accelerating the pace of development of Indian Railways

PM_Modi_Nagpur_metroNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that there are several ongoing reforms in Railways, which are not being focused upon.
“No one has given attention to the reforms being undertaken in railways till now. Those who talk of big reforms can see how much changes have come in the Railways,” Modi said at the launch of Setu Bharatam Project here. “Indian Railways needs fundamental changes…..Many MPs get happy with announcement of projects announced for their constituency in Parliament….but many of them will not be implemented,” said Modi, while inaugurating the Sethubharatam project, a project to strengthen the bridges.

Railway Budget aligned to PM Modi’s vision for Digital India: MD/UAE Exchange

George Antony, MD, UAE Exchange India

Managing Director and Country Head of UAE Exchange India, V.George Antony, has lauded improved focus on technology, customer service, and investments in the Railway Budget while giving courtesy to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for ‘Digital India’ for the same.

“It is aligned to the vision of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ initiative. Making most of the internal processes of one of the largest Indian state owned enterprise digital and automated itself is a daunting task. But if it can be done, the government will be able to save a lot on its exchequer,” Antony said in a statement.

Railways to conduct Audit of Train Operations to improve Timing: MOSR

New Delhi: The railways is in the process of conducting an audit of train operations, particularly on the crucial Mughalsarai-Allahabad-Kanpur-Ghaziabad section, to address the problem of late running of passenger services, Rajya Sabha was informed on Friday.

Trains delays have been reported the most on Mughalsarai-Allahabad-Kanpur-Ghaziabad-Delhi sector of Allahabad division which is facing severe capacity constraints with line capacity utilisation standing at 150 per cent, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said in a written reply.

Wallajahbad Rail Auto Hub to give leg up to Car Exports

With the setting up of the project, the Southern Railway has set its sights on the export market potential from the Chennai and Ennore Ports

Work on the Rs. 90-lakh common user rail auto hub at Wallajahbad began about a month ago

Walajahbad: “The common user rail auto hub at Wallajahbad will become functional soon,” Vashishta Johri, General Manager, Southern Railway said on Tuesday.

From Capex Outlay to Fuel Efficiency – Rail Budget, a Burden of Expectations

With no big ticket projects to show for until a radical dedicated freight corridor materialises by 2019, the rail minister opts for incremental changes

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu recently told close aides in Rail Bhavan about the time when he gave up playing chess in his youth. He was so obsessed that chess moves had begun to appear in his dreams.

JICA extends ₹4,870 Crore Loan for Ahmedabad Metro Rail project

Ahmedabad: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) today inked a pact with the Centre to provide 82.434 billion yen (about ₹4,870 crore) assistance for Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project.

With this pact, the cumulative loan amount provided by JICA for metro projects in India (including Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Mumbai Metro’s) has exceeded 1 trillion yen (approximately ₹59,071 crore).

204 Rail Accidents due to Failure of Staff: Report

New Delhi: Over 200 rail accidents out of the total 292 were caused due to failure of railway staff in the last few years with action being taken against 542 employees and penalties imposed in over 500 cases.

As per the findings of inquiry committees including prima-facie causes, out of a total of 292 consequential train accidents, excluding mishaps which occurred at unmanned level crossings, from 2012-13 to January 2016, 204 accidents have been attributed to failure of railway staff, according to Railway Ministry data.

Policy on Solar Capacity Panels in Indian Railways: MOSR

New Delhi: Indian Railways have finalized a policy for harnessing solar energy on rooftops of Railway premises.

The policy provides for setting up solar power plants through developer mode with a long term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) by Railways.

In order to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, it has been intended to expand sourcing of solar power as part of the Solar Mission of Indian Railways.

Railways to set up Special Wing of Scientists and Railway Experts

The new research unit will be headed by a reputed scientist, who will report directly to the Chairman, Railway Board, said a senior Railway Ministry official, adding “the need for such a wing was felt for long”.

Technology seems to be the latest mantra in the Indian Railway, with the national transporter set to create a special unit for conducting in-house research. Named SRESHTA (Special Railway Establishment for Strategic Technology and Holistic Advancement), the new entity will comprise mostly scientists and railway experts.

Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), railways’ current research arm, will focus only on day-to-day issues, while SRESTHA will be responsible for long-term research for improving the functioning of the public sector behemoth.

Haryana to get Rail Coach Factory soon: Suresh Prabhu

Stressing on the need to create infrastructure for promoting growth, Union Minister Suresh Prabhu today said Indian Railways and Haryana government will soon set up a joint venture company for developing the rail network

Happenning HaryanaGurgaon: Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu announced on Monday that a rail coach factory would be set up in Haryana.
Addressing captains of industry in the two-day ‘Haryana Happening Global Investors Summit’ here, he said that in the recent rail budget, the government has decided to make huge investment in Haryana to expand the rail connectivity.
“We want to take the rail infrastructure at the next level so that Haryana will further become an infra hub and contribute significantly in growth of the country,” he said.
Prabhu also said that he was happy to announce to make the project of setting up of a rail coach factory in Haryana a reality. The factory is envisaged to be set up over an area of 120 acres.

Bajaj Power signs Pact with Railways for Electrification of Lalitpur-Udaipura Rail line

Lucknow: Bajaj Power Generation Company has signed an agreement with the Railways for electrification of the Lalitpur-Udaipura rail section under the public private partnership (PPP).

The Railways would complete the electrification work in a year’s time under its customer funding scheme, which would cost nearly Rs.47 crore.

JICA shows interest in backing 6 more Metro Rail projects in India


New Delhi: Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has shown keen interest in supporting six more Metro rail projects in Delhi, Pune, Vijayawada, Chennai and two light Metro projects in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode which may require a total loan of Rs 38,700 crore.

Interacting with the Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu, JICA senior vice-president Hideaki Domichi enquired about the latest stage of progress in respect of these projects including phase-IV of Delhi Metro and Phase-II of Chennai Metro, which are under consideration for approval.

Under the new modified special terms for economic partnership (STEP) with Japan approved by the government, JICA loan comes with an interest rate of 0.30% as against the rate of 1.30% on earlier loans. The tenure of loan will be 40 years as compared to 30 years for normal JICA loans.

 

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