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Dec 17, 2016
Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu flagged off/inaugurated the first Humsafar clan of trains by launching the following services / activities through video conferencing from Rail Bhawan:
1. Flag off of Train No 12595/12596 Gorakhpur-Anand Vihar(T) HUMSAFAR EXPRESS(Bi- Weekly)(Via Basti)
2. Flag off of 12571/12572 Gorakhpur-Anand Vihar(T) HUMSAFAR EXPRESS(Weekly)(Via Barhni).
Introduction of Tejas Express and Antyodaya Express trains has been announced in Railway Budget 2016-17. As of now, introduction of 3 Tejas Express trains and 7 Antyodaya Express trains has been notified. The details are as under:
(i) 22425/22426 New Delhi-Chandigarh Tejas Express (6 days a week)
(ii) 12585/12586 Lucknow-Anand Vihar(T) Tejas Express (6 days a week)
(iii) 11209/11210 Mumbai CST-Karmali Tejas Express (5 days a week)
Policing on Railways being a State subject, prevention of crime, registration of cases, their investigation and maintenance of law and order in Railway premises as well as on running trains are the statutory responsibility of the State Governments, which they discharge through Government Railway Police (GRP). However, Railway Protection Force (RPF) supplements the efforts of the GRP by providing better protection and security of passenger area and passengers and for matters connected therewith. RPF escorts important trains in affected areas and also provide access control duties at important and sensitive stations.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been entered into between Ministry of Railways (MOR) and Ministry of Urban Development (MOUD) for integrated planning of railway stations in the cities included in the ‘SMART Cities’ and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme. This would lead to an integrated public transit hub around the railway stations and encourage Transit Oriented Development.
It is Railways’ endeavour to provide potable drinking water at all stations on Indian Railways as per norms. Provision of Reverse Osmosis (RO) drinking water units has been taken up at identified major stations on experimental basis based on passenger volume and techno-economic viability.
Around 250 stations have been provided with the facility of Water Vending Machines (WVMs) by Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) for providing pure drinking water to passengers at nominal rates. IRCTC has awarded licenses for installation of 2500 WVMs over Indian Railways out of which 832 numbers of WVMs have been commissioned. WVMs are
Government is pursuing modernisation and strengthening of rail network and development of rail-related industries through infusion of foreign equity and technology leading to growth in manufacturing and enhancing competitiveness.
Catering services are provided by Zonal Railways and Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) to passengers departmentally or through private licensees in trains in accordance with the provisions of Catering Policy 2010 and other instructions issued from time to time. At present, 117 mobile units are being managed by IRCTC.
Provision of amenities at stations, including those for differently-abled/senior citizen passengers is a continuous process. The expenditure on provision of differently-abled passenger-friendly amenities is generally funded under Plan Head –‘Passenger Amenities’. Adequate additional funds, if required, are made available to Zonal Railways for such works, depending upon availability and inter-se priority of works. An amount of Rs.1838.28 Crore (Budget Estimate) has been allocated under Plan Head – ‘Passenger Amenities’ for the current financial year 2016-17.
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