News Reports have appeared in some Electronic and Print media regarding alleged leakage of email and mobile numbers from user profile data of IRCTC E-ticketing system. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism corporation (IRCTC) is a PSU of Indian Railways. Its website irctc.co.in is used for purchasing Railway E-Tickets.
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The joint feasibility study by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Government of India on Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed corridor has been completed in July 2015.
The salient features of feasibility report on Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed corridor are:
o Total length of corridor – 508 kms.
The salient features of feasibility report on Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed corridor are:
o Total length of corridor – 508 kms.
As on 31.03.2016, approximately 879.48 hectares of land is under encroachment. Most of these encroachments are in the approaches of the Stations in Metros and big cities. For these encroachments, Railways carry out regular surveys and take action for their removal. If the encroachments are of temporary nature (soft encroachment) in the shape of jhuggies, jhopries and squatters, the same is got removed in consultation and with the assistance of Railway Protection Force and local civil authorities. For old encroachments, where party is not amenable to ersuasion,
Followings steps are being taken on Indian Railways to prevent fire accident in trains:-
· Indian Railways have always endeavoured to enhance fire worthiness of coaches by using fire retardant furnishing materials to mitigate effect of fire. Specifications for such furnishing materials have been periodically reviewed to incorporate fire retardant parameters in line with UIC (International Union of Railways) and other international norms.
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has been entrusted with the task of setting up Executive Lounges at 49 locations. The Executive Lounges provide value added services at a charge, offering facilities such as Wifi Internet, buffet services, wash and change, concierge services for pre-departure and post-arrival assistance to passengers of all classes of travel. Executive
Improvement/augmentation of amenities at stations, including those for differently-abled passengers is a continuous process. In order to provide better accessibility to passengers with disabilities, short term facilities as detailed below have been planned depending upon categories of the stations, beginning with ‘A-1’, ‘A’ & ‘B’ category stations:
• Standard ramp for barrier free entry.
• Earmarking at least two parking lots.
The following steps are being taken by the Railways to ensure that touts do not lure away passengers:-
I. Regular drives are conducted by Commercial, Vigilance and Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel against touts at Passenger Reservation System (PRS) offices, Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) locations and on trains to detect fraud and touting activities. These checks are intensified
In order to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, solar power plants are being set up on Railway/private land and on rooftop of Railway buildings with Viability Gap Funding (VGF) support from Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) through developer mode, wherein Railways will sign Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the lowest bidder. The amount of savings will depend upon the
Rail connectivity already exists for capital cities of Assam (Guwahati), Tripura (Agartala) and Arunachal Pradesh (Itanagar). To provide connectivity to capitals of Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram, following new line projects have been taken up:
(` in crores)
Name of project (length)
Expenditure upto March 2016
Byrnihat-Shillong (108 km)
Jiribam-Imphal (125 km)
In order to meet the growing demands for new projects and also to expedite ongoing projects, Ministry of Railways initiated the scheme of project development, financing and monitoring through formation of Joint Ventures/SPVs with State Governments. This, inter-alia, involves surveys, preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) and getting requisite approvals, processing for sanctioning and monitoring of identified projects including last mile connectivity,
Minister of Railways inaugurates Comrade Umraomal Purohit Memorial Research Centre in All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) Office
Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu today inaugurated Comrade Umraomal Purohit Memorial Research Centre situated in All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) Office Complex, 4, State Entry Road, New Delhi. AIRF has taken initiative for the establishment of this center which will prove to be a mile stone in the history of Labour movement as all kind of Research work related to Trade Union Movement in India as also in foreign countries will be undertaken here. The center
Indian Railways have not made any regular/permanent appointment of “Gate Mitras”. Gate Counsellors or Gate Mitras are being deployed as a purely temporary measure on outsourcing on contractual basis at identified vulnerable unmanned level crossings till these gates are eliminated. Zone-wise deployment of Gate Mitras as on 1st April, 2016 including 55 numbers on Lucknow Division of North Eastern Railway is as under:
No. of Gate Mitras deployed
Indian Railways have taken up two new line projects viz. (i) from Agartala in North Eastern Region of India to Akhaura in Bangladesh sanctioned in Rail Budget 2012-13 and (ii) Construction of Haldibari (in India) to Bangladesh International Border (3 Km) included in Rail Budget 2016-17 subject to requisite Government approvals. A feasibility study was done in 2005 by Indian through Rail India Tchnical & Economic Services Ltd. (RITES), a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) of Ministry of Railways, for a link from Jiribam in India to Kalay/Mandalay in Myanmar.
With a view to go into all technical and technology related aspects in connection with safe running of train services in the country, the High Level Safety Review Committee (Kakodkar Committee) was constituted by the Ministry of Railways on 16.09.2011. The report submitted by the Committee has since been examined and of the 106 recommendations, 68 recommendations have been found fully acceptable, 19 partially acceptable and 19 non-acceptable. Steps have been initiated by the Ministry to implement the accepted recommendations and 22 recommendations have already been implemented.
Railways has issued a Participative Policy in December 2012 envisaging four different models through which private firms can participate for construction of Railway lines. These models are - Non Governmental Railway (NGR), Joint Venture (JV), Build Operate & Transfer (BOT) and Annuity. Under these models, the concessionaire are responsible for financing, constructing and timely completion of the project. Such concessions are different from Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts.
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
A Committee, headed by Chief Commercial Manager/Central Railway, Shri R.D. Sharma, was set up to consider the recommendations of Dr. Sreedharan Committee’s Report to handover catering to Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) and to examine the entire gamut of issues related to Catering services. The steps recommended by the Committee to check overcharging
As per data compiled by Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), the quantum of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Railway related components during the last six months (from September, 2015 to February, 2016) is US $ 59.81 million.
Agreements have been signed between Ministry of Railways and Joint Venture Company for setting up of two locomotive factories at Madhepura (Electric) and Marhowra (Diesel) costing about ₹ 2600 crore entailing FDI inflow in Rolling stock manufacturing.
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