Mar 29, 2016

Indian Railways Increases Quota for Senior Citizens



Railways brings cheer to senior citizens, reservation quota in train enhanced by 50%. Over 100 berths would be reserved for the elderly, pregnant women and women travelling alone

New Delhi: Keeping in terms of a Rail Budget Announcement 2016-17 by Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu launched following two services last week: Enhanced Senior Citizen Quota and Rationalisation of Lumpsum freight rates for Merry-Go-Round (MGR) These services were launched on the 23rd March 2016 by Member Traffic Railway Board Mohd. Jamshed in a programme held in Rail Bhawan for Indian Railways. Following are details of the services:

Railways begins process to build Fire Exit Doors for Trains

Fire and smoke detection system in 2750 coaches. Pilot project will choose 10 Coaches and Rs 30 Lakh will be spent on each of them

New Delhi: In its endeavour to prevent fire mishaps on trains, the Railways has undertaken steps to equip over 2,500 coaches with state-of-the-art fire and smoke detection system. The railway ministry for the first time has begun the process of having fire exit doors for train coaches to help passengers escape in case of a fire incident and also to allow train staff to evacuate passengers quickly. The railway ministry will be picking up 10 coaches for this pilot project and will be spending Rs 30 lakh on each of these coaches to build these fire exit doors.

Rail Ticket cancellation just a Phone Call away from Apr 1; just dial 139



IRCTC Now Allows You to Cancel Your Train Reservation By Dialing 139. Railway tickets booked at counters can be cancelled via 139
New Delhi: Railways Ministry is one of the ministries in India which has grown by leaps and bounds over the past couple of years owing to Digital India campaign. From specific app launches to ‘Clean my coach’ service, a number of initiatives have been undertaken to make the lives of passengers easier.

Railways to scrap Half-fare Tickets for kids from April 22



New Delhi: Children travelling with half-fare train tickets will not be allotted reserved berths starting April 22 as the Indian Railways reportedly decided to boost the state-run transporter’s revenue. At present, children in the age group of five years to 12 years are allotted separate seats at half the adult fare.

After the new scheme is implemented, parents will have to either pay full fare and get reserved berths for their children or share their berths with them. The Indian Railways had taken the decision to do away with the existing half-fare system for children in December last year.

Soon, 19th century Gurgaon Railway Station to get a facelift



Gurgaon Railway station to have Wi-Fi, CCTV Cameras and improved Passenger Amenities as part of the makeover

To further beautify the station, landscaping has been done near the entrance. The walls of the platform, which earlier sported paan stains and peeling paint, are now adorned with murals made of colourful tiles

Gurgaon: The Gurgaon railway station will soon be getting a makeover under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) project. The railway station was built in the 19th century and passengers have often complained about the facilities and cleanliness that it offers.
The project was given a go-ahead after the proposal was put forth by Union Minister of State for Planning and Defence, Rao Inderjit Singh, during a video conferencing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, sources said.

Indian Railways completes Digitization of Land Records



Mapping of all fixed assets including land on GIS of Indian Railways also started

New Delhi: Indian Railways has completed most of the work related to digitization of land record i.e. maintaining land data (details of acquisition/area/usages and land plans) in digital form, for this purpose a web based application called Land Management Module integrated with Track Management System (TMS) of Indian Railways has been developed.

Indian Railways have also digitized details of vacant plots of land measuring more than one acre to chalk out the blue print for monetization of its vacant land.

Railway catering towards ending licensing raj

A government-appointed panel led by Central Railway Chief Commercial Manager RD Sharma has recommended catering services to be given back to IRCTC from the Indian Railways, in a bid to end licensing raj.

 

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