Mar 10, 2016

कर्मचारी सूचना केंद्र बीना का उदघाटन करते हुये माननीय महाप्रबंधक महोदय

Handing over of the Railway Catering System to IRCTC

As announced in the Rail Budget Speech 2016-17, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) would begin to manage catering service in a phased manner. 

The objectives of transferring the catering services from Railways to IRCTC were not fulfilled, as IRCTC could not professionalize the catering services. Therefore, the management of catering services were taken back by Railways from IRCTC as per the provisions of Catering Policy, 2010 . 

Train E-Ticketing Curbs to Tame Touts

Some instances of misuse of reservation system by touts do come to notice from time to time. Regular joint drives are conducted by Commercial, Vigilance and Railway Protection Force against touts. These checks are intensified during peak rush/festival periods. Touts apprehended are prosecuted as per Section 143 of Railways Act. 

With a view to keep a check on the unfair activities by unscrupulous elements with regard to e-ticketing, various steps have been taken, some of which are as under:- i. Revision of the monthly

Policy on Solar Capacity Panels in Indian Railways

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. By generating electricity from solar panels, there will be proportionate reduction in consumption of fossil fuels. 

Security measures to prevent manipulations of online booking website of Railway tickets

‘23’ In order to facilitate hassle free booking by genuine ticket seekers, time check has been implemented for filling of CAPTCHA, Passengers details and carrying out payment. These checks negate the benefit of automated software for form filling. 

In order to ensure security of the e-ticketing website, audit of the e-ticketing system is got conducted by Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) Directorate, which is

Sectorwise Beneficiaries of Railway Budget 2016-17

Sectorwise beneficiaries of the Railway Budget 2016-17 has been complied and given below: -
Interest group/Subject
Initiatives in Budget
946 ROB/RUB sanctioned
Launch Mission Zero accident
Eliminate all unmanned BG crossings in next 3 years
Equip the high density network (10,000Kms) with TCAS in next 3 years
Rs.1.21 lakh total capex size - 20% increase than last year's target
Commissioning of 2800 Kms of BG line vs this year's target of 2500 Kms

Indian Railways appoints EY as consultant to tap advertising potential of stations and trains

EY to identify assets and pricing strategy across 7000 stations for the purpose of advertising
 This is the first time in the country that such a large scale project on advertising for Railways has been initiated.
 The move aims to enhance revenue through non-fare box route as emphasized by Railway Minister
 The exercise to help develop packages meeting specific demographic and geographic needs ensuring ease of business to advertisers and increased transparency and accountability
 The exercise also to help create a neutral assessment on the return of investments by advertisers in this medium
 EY is a global leader in its Assurance, Tax, Transaction and Advisory services.
 Initiating a large-scale significant exercise to identify and leverage pan-India advertising opportunities at Railway Stations and Trains, IndianRailways has appointed  EY in India  as Consultant to undertake this job on its behalf. EY is a global leader in its Assurance, Tax, Transaction and Advisory services.. The Railway PSU - RITES, the consulting wing for Indian Railways,

Indian Railways Continue to Emphasize on harnessing Solar Energy

Ajmer Division of NWR Zone installs Solar Plant At 4 More Stations Namely Marwar Junction, Rani, Falna and Ranapratap Nagar (Udaipur) Stations using CSR Funds 

The Move To Help In Reducing The Carbon Footprint Substantially In Ajmer Division

Indian Railways has been taking measures in harnessing the abundantly available Solar Energy for its electrical needs thereby assisting in conserving the valuable conventional fuels and also reducing carbon emission to environment. It is also encouraging use of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Funds for improving passenger amenities so as to reduce pressure on scarce funds in Railways.

Allocation of Funds for Railways Lines

An outlay of Rs. 36,309 Crore has been provided for new line, gauge conversion and doubling projects during 2015-16. 

In a Railway project, work orders of different types and values of various activities/components of a project are issued by various units at different levels within Zonal Railway. No centralized record is

IT Enabled Applications For Transparency in Indian Railways

Railways have introduced several IT enabled applications to bring transparency on the sidelines of Digital India initiative. The details and benefits accruing to passengers are as under: - 

1. Computerised Passenger Reservation System (PRS) – This system helps in computerised booking of reserved accommodation on trains in a transparent manner. Mobile application for reserved ticketing has also been launched. 

Private Participation In Infrastructure Sector of Railways

A Participative Policy for rail connectivity and capacity augmentation was issued in December, 2012 which provides the following five models for building rail connectivities : - 

(i) Non- Government Railway (NGR) model 

(ii) Joint Venture (JV) model 

(iii) Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) model 

New Rail Coach and Engine Factories

Diesel Locomotives: Horse power of Diesel Locomotives has been increased from 2600 to 4500 HP. These locos have state-of-art three phase AC-AC Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) based traction system. Moreover, other improvements like dual cab, Air Conditioner in loco cabs, Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), Hotel load, Distributed Power Control System (DPCS), etc., are provided in locomotives.  

 Electric Locomotives: It has been decided to produce only new generation state-of-art three-phase electric locomotives in future. These new generation locos save 

Introduction of Special Trains

Special trains are being run during peak seasons, festivals, special events for clearance of extra rush of passengers traffic keeping in view the pattern of traffic, commercial justification, operational feasibility and availability of resources. Running of special trains on various sectors is a continuous process and continue to vary on day to day basis. . 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 higher carrying capacity, when compared with similar coaches of ICF design conventional type of coaches. Besides, these are safer and have better ride quality. 

Measures by Indian Railways for Safety and Security of Children

Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) in coordination with Ministry of Railways, have set up Child Help Desks/Kiosks at 20 nominated Railway Stations which are manned by representatives of the organization nominated by MoWCD. The runaway/missing/abandoned children are rescued from stations by Child Help Group comprising of Station Superintendent/Station master, Station House Officer (SHO)/ Government Railway Police (GRP), Inspector/Railway Protection

New Dedicated Freight Corridors of Indian Railways

Apart from Eastern(Ludhiana to Dankuni) and Western (Jawaharlal Nehru Port to Dadri) Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs) currently under implementation, in Budget Speech 2016-2017, it is proposed to take up the following freight corridors:-(i) East-West Corridor (2328 kms) (Kolkata-Mumbai); (ii) North-South Corridor(2343 km) (Delhi-Chennai); and (iii) East Coast Corridor (1114 km) ( Kharagpur-Vijaywada). The Preliminary Engineering Cum Traffic Survey (PETS) Reports of these Corridors have been completed. As per the PETS reports, salient features of the Corridors are:

Rail Budget 2016-17 at a glance

 (Rupees in crore)
Revised 2015-16
Budget 2016-17
1.      Gross Traffic Receipts
2.      Miscellaneous Receipts
(a)    Subsidy from General Revenues towards dividend relief and other concessions
(b)   Other Miscellaneous Receipts
(c)    Total Miscellaneous Receipts




3.      Total Receipts
4.      Net Ordinary Working Expenses

Indian Railways Dedicates two More New Trains in the Service of the Nation

ndian Railways will work to the maximum extent possible to provide better rail transportation to the people of India : Suresh Prabhu
The Indian Railways has been working effortlessly to connect every part of the country with rail network.  In this direction, the Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, today i.e. on 04.03.2016 flagged off two new trains in the service of the nation through video-conferencing.  The first one is a new Express train viz. 15623/15624 Kamakhya-Bhagat Ki Kothi (Jodhpur) Express(Weekly

Highlights of Railway Budget 2016-17 in Questions and Answers Format (Q & A Format)

For the Convenience, the Highlights of Railway Budget, 2016-17 have been complied in questions and answers format which is given below : -

Rail Budget 2016-17

Q. What is the theme of this Budget?

·         To Reorganise, Restructure and Rejuvenate Indian Railways.
·         A new approach, a new way of working - “चलोमिलकर कुछ नया करें”.
·         Objectives:
Ø  to improve customer service,
Ø  regain the lost modal share, and
Ø  to introduce a new way of working by relooking the processes and structures.

Restructuring of RPF and Policing in Railways

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 (GRP). Therefore, the responsibility of detection and disposal of bomb, IEDs etc. lies with the State Government. However, some bomb detection equipments like Explosive Vapour Detector, Deep Search Metal Detectors and bomb disposal equipments like bomb suppression blanket and bomb basket etc., have been acquired by Railway Protection Force (RPF) at few of the Zonal Railways, which may be used in case of any exigency, by trained RPF personnel. This is in addition to Dog Squads of RPF, which are functioning over different Zonal Railways as part of Bomb detection squads. 

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