train breaks 145kmph speed barrier
MUMBAI, December 26, 2011 (DNA): Trials on Rajdhani and
Express trains have clocked 145kmph. The trials are now on in
Mumbai's backyard, between Virar-Dahanu and Surat stations. The
Research and Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), the research
arm of Indian Railways that has been conducting speed trials and
tests, has now reported success of "oscillation and swing
trials" of these passenger trains.
"The oscillation and swing trials that were undertaken
in the secondary stage with self-generating air-conditioned chair
car coaches of Rajdhani, like Linke-Hofmann- Busch (LHB) and normal
Express train coaches fitted with air springs, have successfully
clocked 145kmph between Virar and Surat stations," an RDSO
official said. LHB are the swanky, German technology coaches in
trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi. The speed came close to that
clocked by the fastest train in India, the Bhopal Shatabdi a
Shatabdi Express train with a maximum speed of 160kmph and an
average speed of 93kmph, excluding stops. The new-age local train
wasn't far behind ? with a speed of 130kmph during field tests. The
trials were conducted between Virar and Dahanu Road stations, said a
senior RDSO official. The feat has now been listed as one of the
major achievements of the RDSO
Madras HC notice to railways on new tatkal rules
CHENNAI, December 20, 2011: The legality of the Indian
Railways' new tatkal ticket rules scrapping the provision for refund
of a cancelled ticket fare, has been questioned in the Madras high
court.The first bench comprising Chief Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice
T S Sivagnanam issued notice to the Railway Board and Southern
Railway, after advocate S Mohan submitted that the no-refund clause
would benefit the railways and its staff, and not the travelling
public. The public interest writ petition, filed by S Srinivasa
Narayanan of Ayanavaram, contended that prior to November 11, the
tatkal booking started two days ahead of the actual travel date.
Also, the earlier rule provided for refund of at least 25% of refund
of the tatkal ticket fare, if the cancellation was done 24 hours
before the scheduled departure of the train. Under certain
circumstances such as delay of the train beyond three hours at the
originating point, the entire ticket fare shall be refunded as per the earlier norms.
Railways takes Measures to Ensure Cleanliness in Trains and Stations
New Delhi, December 16, 2011: Indian Railways always endeavour to improve upon the standards of
cleanliness and hygiene in coaches and stations. For further improving
upon the standards of cleanliness in coaches, schemes like Intensive
mechanized cleaning, On Board House-Keeping Services (OBHS) and cleaning
attention to trains during their stoppage at “Clean Train Stations” etc.
have also been launched. Indian Railways have also planned multi-pronged
action by synergizing technology, education of users and provision of
better mechanized equipments to improve upon the standards of cleanliness at stations.
Regular inspections/checks are carried out at various levels to monitor
the standard of cleanliness and upkeep of coaches and stations and punitive action is taken wherever warranted. Besides, special drives are
also launched from time to time to intensify the level of cleanliness in
coaches and stations and corrective action is taken wherever deficiency
is noticed. This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri
Bharatsinh Solanki in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
Fuel hike may affect rail fare: Muniyappa
CHITRADURGA, December 12, 2011: The frequent increase in fuel prices has put the Indian
Railways in the dock. It is now planning on increasing fares in proportion to the fuel price hike. It is also planning to impose higher
fares on busy routes. In an exclusive chat with Express on Saturday, State Minister of
Railways KH Muniyappa hinted at the price hike. He said: “Due to the wavering trend of petroleum prices in the
international market, railways is reeling under crisis and there is an
urgent need to overcome the burden. However, in view of our social obligation, the ministry will take a suitable decision which will not
affect the people.” “Since eight railway budgets, the ministry has not increased a single
rupee and has provided maximum satisfaction to the public with its service motto,” he added.
Muniyappa also said that with considerable pressure from a cross section
of the society and MPs, the ministry is thinking of providing better services and increasing the charges. "We are keen on implementing this
issue and the ministry will shortly take a decision," he added. Source:The New Indian Express
to unveil special train to ferry fruits and flowers
PUNE, November 28, 2011: Having lost fruits and vegetables worth crores to poor infrastructure and transport, India will soon
unveil a special insulated and ventilated train next month that ferries fruits and flowers from Mumbai to New Delhi and hauls
vegetables on its way back. The train is a joint initiative between the National Horticulture Board (NHB) and Container Corporation of
India, or Concor, a Union government enterprise that provides inland
transport and cargo-handling facilities. The train will link the Turbhe yard of Concor near the Vashi market in Mumbai via Nasik-
Bhusawal to the New Azadpur market in New Delhi. On return journey, it touches Agra and Surat.
Bananas from Maharashtra and potatoes from Delhi will be the
core cargo throughout the year. Seasonal produce such as pomegranates, grapes, flowers, carrots, peas and mangoes will
also be carried by the train. Most fruits, vegetables and flowers are damaged during transport on
ordinary freight trains, resulting in losses for growers, transporters and buyers alike. The train will have insulated and
ventilated freight containers designed by a company called Transafe
and manufactured at its Kharagpur workshop in West Bengal. The
design has been vetted by Central Institute of Postharvest Engineering Technology, Ludhiana.
injured as train derails in Kashmir Valley
Srinagar, November 23, 2011 (PTI): At least 20 people were
injured on Wednesday when a train from Qazigund to Srinagar derailed
in Kulgam district, the first such incident since train services
were launched in Kashmir Valley in 2008. The engine and two bogies
of the train derailed at Sedura village, 55 km from here, as the
driver overshot the intended station stop by nearly 200 metres,
officials said. They said 20 people sustained minor injuries in the
mishap. “All the injured persons were evacuated to a hospital,”a senior police official in Kulgam said.
A team of Railway officials has rushed to the spot to
investigate the cause of the mishap. “We are heading to the scene
of the accident. The cause of derailment will be known only after
the investigations are complete,” Chief Area Manager, Northern Railways, Opender Singh said.
Official sources said preliminary investigations have found
that there was some problem with the brakes of the train. The first
train service was introduced in the Valley in October, 2008.
Today’s mishap is the third involving railways since yesterday.
Seven persons were killed when two coaches of the Doon Express
caught fire in Jharkhand yesterday. In another incident on
Wednesday, four passengers were injured when the Howrah-bound
Koraput-Howrah Express collided with a goods train at Jharsuguda Station in Odisha.
express train caught fire- 7 burnt to death
Ranchi, November 22, 2011 (IANS): At least seven people
including two children were charred to death when two AC coaches of
the Howrah- Dehradun express train caught fire early on Tuesday in
Giridih district of Jharkhand, police said. "Seven people,
including two children, died after two coaches of the Howrah-Dehradun express caught fire. Four bodies have been
identified. The fire has been extinguished," D Parwa Lakra, deputy commissioner of Giridih, said.
According to railway sources, one of the two deceased was identified as Archita Kumari who hailed from Asansol in West
Bengal.The incident took place between Nimiyaghat and Parasnath
railway stations. Two AC coaches caught fire around 2.30 am. A blast
in a gas cylinder of one of the coaches is said to be the reason
behind the incident. AC coach number B1 caught fire first which
spread into the second AC bogey B2. Both coaches were badly burnt. High rising flames could be seen.
"The AC of the coach was switched off and someone switched on the heater. We started feeling suffocated. We informed
the TT about it. But no timely action was taken," a passenger travelling in the train told news channels. Train services have been
partially affected. Some of the routes have been diverted.
Railways minister announces new trains
KOLKATA, November 16, 2011: Railways minister Dinesh Trivedi, on Friday,
announced the introduction of 26 new trains, including a weekly Porbandar-Santragacchi Express within a week or so. These trains will be
flagged-off by local public representatives from various stations.
On Sunday, Trivedi will flag-off a Howrah-Bolpur Kavi Guru Express from
Kolkata. The routes of eight trains will also be extended and the frequency of five will be increased. The
extensions and increase in frequency will come into immediate effect, the minister said.
In the 2011-12 Railway Budget, Mamata Banerjee had announced the introduction of 132 new trains, extension of routes for 33 and
increase in frequency for another 22. Of these, 42 new trains have been
introduced. In order to cater to the surge of passenger traffic that is seasonal in
nature, Indian Railways has followed a strategy of running trains on
demand. Recognizing the need to bridge the extremely large gap between
supply and demand on one hand and limitations of terminal capacity and
line capacity on the railways on the other, a close watch is kept on the
wait-list of passengers as well as on important social and cultural events in the region.
intend to set up coach factory at Singur, says Mamata
Kolkata November 1, 2011: Even as the legal battle for the erstwhile Nano site at Singur is still on, West
Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, has said that Steel
Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) and Indian Railways is looking to set
up a metro coach factory at the location. "I had a discussion
with the Railways Minister, Dinesh Trivedi, regarding the setting up
of a metro rail coach factory at Singur. Railways has already showed
keenness on this, at the same time, SAIL, too, has given a letter.
Singur land is with us. But since a court case is on, there are some
legal bindings. We will be happy if Railways, SAIL and
the state government can form a joint venture. We are
committed to returning 400 acres to the unwilling farmers,"
Banerjee said, as her briefing on an industrial revolution set to engulf West Bengal.
Even if the venture materializes at Singur, it will not
happen in the near term, and Banerjee realizes it as well. Banerjee
won the first round of the court battle against Tata Motors, as the
Calcutta High Court upheld the validity of the Singur Land
Rehabilitation and Development Act that revoked the agreement
between Tata Motors and the West Bengal Industrial Development
Corporation for the Singur land. But the judgment has been stayed
till November 2, giving the company time to file an appeal. Source:
Railways has planned to revamp its catering policy
New Delhi, October 27, 2011:
Deepak Chhabra, Chief Commercial Manager, East Central Railway said,
" Indian Railways has planned to revamp its catering policy
across the country with a new, soon to be implemented policy which
will serve a variety of meals to on-board passengers".
According to Mr.Chhabra the new policy will help Railways keep a tab
on the quality of food served to passengers since it has taken
control of catering from Indian Railway Catering and Tourism
Corporation (IRCTC). The Railway Board decided that the menu would
now be different each day of the week on the Patna-New Delhi
Rajdhani Express. "Railways would change the menu card each day
for passengers travelling by the prestigious Shatabdi Express and Duronto Express,” Chhabra said
The Railway Board has ordered the review of menu cards in all
mail and express trains with an aim to maintain uniformity in menu
card and rate in each zone of railways. “Railways has set up a
team of commercial trained inspectors under each division at every
zone, to carry out surprise check of food quality served to
passengers,” Chhabra said.
Indian Railways launched a real-time train information system
NEW DELHI, October 20, 2011 : The Indian Railways on Wednesday launched a real-time train information
system (RTIS) for a dozen important trains through which passengers can
access the accurate train running information.
Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi launched the facility at the Economic
Editors' Conference here. The facility will not only be available to passengers on these trains
but also to the public who are accessing the website “http:/www.simran.in”, and through SMS from railway enquiry number 139.
Passengers will be provided with the information about the location of
the train, its running position — on time or late, next stop, nearest
approaching/crossed station and the speed. This facility has been provided for 12301 Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani
Express, 12302 New Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express, 12305 Howrah-New Delhi
Rajdhani Express, 12306 New Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express, 12313
Sealdah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, 12314 New Delhi-Sealdah Rajdhani
Express, 12951 Mumbai Central-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, 12952 New
Delhi-Mumbai Central Rajdhani Express, 12953 Mumbai Central-Nizamuddin A
K Rajdhani Express, 12954 Nizamuddin A.K.-Mumbai Central Rajdhani
Express, 12003 Lucknow-Delhi Shatabdi Express and 12004 New Delhi-Lucknow Shatabdi Express.
The Railways intends to provide this facility in all passenger and freight trains by December 2012.
124 trains cancelled in Telangana due to blockade
Hyderabad, October 14, 2011 (IANS) Railways have cancelled 124 trains in Telangana
region of Andhra Pradesh from Oct 15 to 17 in view of the three-day 'rail blockade' called by Telangana Joint Action Committee to press the
demand for a separate state. The cancelled trains include 48 express and 76 passenger trains.
As many as 38 express and 16 passenger trains would also be partially cancelled during the three days.
In a statement released here Thursday night, the South Central Railway
(SCR) also announced that 68 express trains would be diverted. All MMTS (Multi-Modal Transport System) or local trains in the twin
cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad will be operated between Hyderabad
and Lingampally and Secunderabad and Lingampally. The MMTS trains between Hyderabad and Secunderabad and Secunderabad and Falaknuma stand
cancelled. All DHMU (Diesel Hydraulic Multiple Unit) trains have also been cancelled.
The railways plan to operate only 20 trains as scheduled.
behind counters in railway ticket scandal
New Delhi, October 10, 2011: The Indian Railways is pressing
charges of forgery against 15 employees for allegedly booking tickets in bulk, which is illegal and is usually done by
unscrupulous staff out to make a quick buck. The manipulations were
detected at 10 to 12 smaller stations in the Northern Railway zone,
where passengers had come to book tickets for east and north- bound
trains for Dussehra, Diwali and Chhath. A senior official of
Northern Railways' commercial department said: "The fraud was
detected at Haridwar, Nazibabad, Meerut, Kotdwar, Modinagar, Gurgaon,
Badgam, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Ambala and Ferozepur. There is a heavy
rush from these regions during the festive season for east-bound
destinations such as Bihar, West Bengal and eastern UP."
"We found that errant railway clerks had booked multiple
tickets between 8 am and 8.02 am," the official added. Source:
Railways to get its most powerful diesel locomotive
NEW DELHI, September 26, 2011 (ET): Locomotive major
Electro-Motive Diesel Monday said it has completed the design for a
high-horsepower locomotive for the Indian Railways. According to the
company, the new design - WDG5 - would be developed into the most
powerful diesel locomotive in the country with a power output of
5,500 bhp. "This diesel locomotive has an output of 5,500 bhp,
which will make it the strongest diesel locomotive ever to run on
the Indian rail network," the company said in a statement. The
company further said that the locomotive has a tractive effort of
560 kn and can pull more load at higher speeds with less emissions than engines which are currently in use.
The design entails the usage of modern technologies
like electronic fuel injection and more. "It includes
electronic fuel injection, radial grids and high adhesion,
lightweight fabricated bogies," Lehman said. The interiors of
the locomotive would have crew-friendly features and modern
controls. "It has modern driver interface and crew-friendly
features, such as an air conditioned cab and toilet, which is
another first for the Indian Railways' fleet."
Railways most corrupt government organisation,says cvc annual report
Delhi, Septeber18, 2011: The CVC's annual report for the year 2010 reveals that every third
official penalised for corruption in the country belongs to the railways.
Surprisingly, public sector banks like the Canara Bank, Vijaya Bank,
State Bank of India and the Punjab National Bank, besides the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Municipal Corporation of Delhi
(MCD), which have high public interface, follow the railways in the CVC's roll call of dishonour.
The excise and customs department, which is perceived to be more corrupt
than a bank, comes behind the DDA and MCD in the CVC's corruption index.
Out of the 2,982 officers who faced action last year, as many as 911
belong to the railways. In fact, the corruption index in railways literally doubled from 2009 when 509 railway officers had faced the heat
for corruption on CVC's advice. Canara Bank, Vijaya Bank, SBI and PNB together saw 406 of their corrupt
officials punished in some way in 2010, the CVC report says.
Indian Railways leads the chart here too, with 321 of its officers not
seeing any action against them despite the CVC's advice given over six
months ago. Railways is followed by 305 officers of the Central Board of
Excise & Customs and 174 officers of the Central Board of Direct Taxes -
both under the Finance Ministry - who have also not been acted against
by their respective organisations for over six months despite the CVC's
mishap near Chennai, 10 dead, 72 injured
New Delhi, September 14, 2011: In the third major rail
mishap in a span of two months, 10 persons were killed and 72 others
injured when a passenger train rammed into a stationary train near
Arakkonam, derailing five coaches on Tuesday night. Rescue
operations are over and work is on to restore the rail track.
However, bad weather is slowing down the process.
The accident took place at about 9.30 last evening, when the
Chennai Beach-Vellore local rammed into the Arakkonam-Katpadi train
- which was stationary at that time. A compensation of Rs 5 lakh for
familes of the dead and Rs 1 lakh for the injured has been
announced. Union Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi will be reaching
the site later on Wednesday morning. "Initial reports suggest
that the driver may have jumped the signal, but this is not
confirmed yet. Our officials have reached the site. Compensation of
RS 5 lakh will be given to victims' families and RS 1 lakh to the
injured. The state Chief Secretary is looking into it. We will
confirm the casualty figures only after looking into detailed probe
reports," said Trivedi.
Railways mulling over passenger fare hike
New Delhi, September 5, 2011 (IANS): The Indian railways considering an 8-12% hike in passenger fares.
The move comes as a desperate bid by the railways to pull itself out of
the red and the hike could be across the board. "We are actively considering an increase in passenger fares for all
classes," Railway Board chairman Vinay Mittal told IANS. "The hike should happen at the earliest. We have already lost five months this
Indian Railways, which runs 10,500 trains and ferries 2.2 crore
passengers each day, last hiked passenger fares in 2002-03. As part of
fare rationalisation in 2002-03, minimum fare for second class mail and
express trains went up from Rs15 to Rs16. For long distance trains up to 341 km, the hike ranged from Re1 to Rs6.
Explaining his point, the railway board chairman said the
"investible surplus" of Rs13,000 crore this year was expected to drop to Rs.4,000
crore after the government revised its economic growth target from 8% to
7.5%. He felt that this would affect the railways' development plans.
Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi, sources said, is seized of the matter.
Once he approves the fare hike, the proposal will be put up before the
to remove slums from near tracks
Delhi, September 2, 2011 (IANS): The railways want to remove slums
from its property 'in a humane manner' and are taking steps to
prevent more slums from coming up, parliament was informed Friday.
Minister of State for Railways Bharatsinh Solanki said the
rehabilitation and resettlement of such slum dwellers would be done
through railways' Sukh Griha Scheme or other such schemes. The issue
had been taken up with ministry of housing and urban poverty
alleviation 'to arrive at a policy solution to relocate these
slums', the minister told the Rajya Sabha.
'Railways are also engaged in a continuing exercise to
prevent fresh encroachment by protecting railway land and property
by providing boundary wall, fencing and tree plantation,' he said.
Wi-Fi fittings for Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express
August 28, 2011: The Indian Railways is planning to make the New
Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express the first Wi-Fi-enabled train in the
country. "Internet browsing using the Wi-Fi technology is
planned to be introduced in the Howrah- Rajdhani Express as a
pilot project by December-end," a member of the Railway Board
said. The Wi-Fi facility, available at the international airports in
the country, enables laptop users to access the Net without plugging
into a regular connection, or having to use a data card.
"Both business travelers and commuters will be
interested in using wireless services on trains as it will enable
them to productively use the nearly 24 hour travel and be in touch
with the global community and share their experiences in real
time," the official said. They said the facility would be
initially available in three rakes of the train and extended to
other trains depending on the success of the project.
The estimated cost of the project is Rs 6.30 crore, and the
railways have awarded the contract for the equipment and their
installation. The officials said browsing of the Net would be
through a satellite-based system using Wi-Fi for the distribution of
Salman Khan to become Indian Railways brand ambassador
August 25, 2011: Given Salman Khan’s love for /rail gaadi/, the
Indian Railways are planning to rope in the megastar to bring
about a much needed face lift to one of the biggest transportation system in India.
Action superstar Salman Khan is often seen running,
romancing or beating the pulp out of baddies against the backdrop of
our very own Indian Railways, so the top officials of the department
are reportedly contemplating to ask the star become their brand
ambassador. A source close to Salman revealed, "The Indian
Railways is used as a mode of transport by a very large number of
population. And, as a star, Salman has a huge appeal among the
masses. So it`s a perfect brand fit.”
"His movies like ‘Tere Naam,’ ‘Wanted,’
‘Dabangg’ - all have important scenes in trains or railway
platforms," the source added. However, Salman’s business
representative was very evasive about the deal. On contacting the
rep said, "It`s too premature to talk anything about it right
now." Source: Zeenews
Railways offering live television services on-board next year
New Delhi August 22, 2011: Indian Railways will
redefine the travelling experience of passengers on premium trains
by offering live television services on-board next year. The
country's largest Direct-to-Home (DTH) service provider, Dish TV,
which has recently executed a pilot project on the Kalka Shatabdi,
is in the fray to bag the contract. Reliance Big TV, too, has
evinced interest. Sanjay Behl, chief executive officer, Reliance DTH
& IPTV, said, "Reliance Digital TV has capability to
provide services in cars, buses and trains. We are keen to evaluate
all tenders in this regard, including that of the Indian Railways."
To begin with, the services would be introduced on eight
Delhi-bound Shatabdi trains and then in Rajdhanis and Durontos.
Passengers would be able to surf through as many as 70 channels
covering genres such as entertainment, cricket and news. "The
service will be provided free of cost. The contractor would have to
pay a stipulated licence fee to the railways and in lieu would get
airtime for advertising content on trains," said a senior Northern Railways official.
Live television services are already offered by DTH
operators on premium inter-city buses, luxury trains and ships. But
this would be the first time the service would be rolled out on a
mass scale on trains.
Propose to Set up Mechanized Laundries at Important Locations
Ministry of Railways 18-August, 2011: Indian
Railways always endeavour to provide good quality linen to the
passengers in trains. Bedrolls/linen sets are washed after every
use. However, some complaints and references/ suggestions have been
received on the Railways regarding quality of washing of bedrolls.
The number of complaints received in 2009-10 was 1382; in 2010-11,
961 and in the year 2011-12 (till June) it was 207.
Such complaints/suggestions, whenever received, are acted
upon appropriately and suitable penal action is initiated against
the concerned contractor/staff responsible for the lapses on their
account. Regular inspections/checks are carried out at various
levels to monitor the quality of linen provided to the passengers.
Railways are also in the process to set up mechanized laundries at
important locations to further improve upon the quality of washing
of linen. This information was given by the Minister of State for
Railways Shri K. H. Muniyappa in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
have electronic security system soon
NEW DELHI, August 12, 2011 (PTI): The railways on
Friday said it is in the process of having an integrated security
system for electronic surveillance at vulnerable stations to ensure
security and safety to passengers. "We are implementing an
electronic security system. This is going to be implemented
soon," railway minister Dinesh Trivedi said in Rajya Sabha
during Question Hour. He was answering questions on measures
taken by the Railways to provide security and safety to passengers.
The integrated security system will consist of electronic
surveillance of vulnerable stations through close-circuit television
camera network, access control and anti- sabotage checks, he said.
"The system has been approved to strengthen surveillance
mechanism at 202 sensitive and vulnerable railway stations and it is
under implementation," Trivedi said. He also said that his
ministry was committed to doing "anything and everything"
to see that vacant positions related to security were filled up.
"Efforts are on to augment the Railway Protection Force cadres
for which employment notifications have been issued for recruitment
of 11,952 vacancies of constables and 511 sub- inspectors," he
Indian Railways will soon be introducing double-decker trains
Bhopal, August 08, 2011: The Indian Railways will soon be introducing double-decker
trains between Bhopal and Beena. The department is likely to start a
feasibility survey next month. The decision to introduce the high capacity rail double-decker trains
was taken due to the huge rush of passengers on this route. If the railways get a positive response in the survey, the double-decker
service is likely to begin by the end of this year.
According to an estimate over 25 thousand people commute on the
Bhopal-Beena route daily. From businessmen to students and vendors a
large number of people are dependent on the rail services to travel on
this route. People coming from Beena to Bhopal usually depend upon trains like Malwa, Vindhyachal, Amritsar-Dadar and Kushinagar Express.
Double-decker trains are already in operation between Howrah and
Dhanbad. The Eastern Railways had introduced double-decker AC coaches to cater to
the heavy rush of travelers on this popular route.
Three killed in train crash in West Bengal
Kolkata, July 02, 2011: At least three people have been
killed and 200 injured in a train collision in the Malda district of
West Bengal. Officials said the accident happened when the engine were then hit by another train.
The crash took place in Malda district about 350km (210
miles) north of Kolkata. This is the third serious rail accident in
northern India this month. The express train "suffered the
derailment of one engine and six coaches," said Amil Saxena, a
spokesman for the railways ministry. "After derailing, the
coaches were thrown into the path of the oncoming Azimgarh-Malda
express. It came after about four to five minutes. It seems the
driver was alert and he tried to put on the emergency brakes."
Some passengers are reported to be trapped in the wreckage.
Accidents are common on the state-owned Indian railway, an
immense network connecting every corner of the vast country. It
operates 9,000 passenger trains and carries some 18 million passengers every day.
Delhi HC directs Railways to introduce bio-toilets, rehabilitate
New Delhi, July 29, 2011 (UNI) : The Delhi High Court On July 27 directed the Indian Railways
to introduce bio-toilets in the trains and rehabilitate thousands of
scavengers engaged for doing the menial job. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjive
Khanna, who were hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Safai
Karamchari Andolan, a federation of state-level organisations of manual
scavengers across the country said ‘Railways should seriously think of
the rehabilitation of these manual scavengers.’ Taking note of the
status report filed by advocate Rajiv Nanda, who is appointed as amicus
curie by the court to assist it, the court expressed its displeasure at
the slow pace of roll out of the bio-toilets, which retain human waste
and treat it with bacteria, converting it into gas and water. The report said the railways were slow to implement the Bio-Toilets as
an extra burden of Rs 1,600 crore will have to be shelled out by the
'Presently there are about 50,000 coaches in the trains run by Indian
Railways, of which 43,000 coaches are engaged in the passengers service,
this means that there are a total of 1,72, 000 toilets which are functioning today using technology which is completely unacceptable, in
that it requires the use of manual scavengers to clean the human excrete
which is directly discharged on to the railway tracks,' the report. The Court said the Railways should install the bio-toilets as fast as
they can and fixed September 21 as next date of hearing.
travel time will be reduced to 6 to 7 hours.
MUMBAI, July 21, 2011: According to railway officials, the
infrastructure for the Golden Rail Corridor, which will have trains
running at semihigh speed (160-200 kmph) between New Delhi and
Mumbai , is likely to cost around Rs 5,000 crore. The cost, they
say, is relatively low as the railways will not have to acquire land
for the project.
Once the project takes off, the New Delhi-Mumbai travel time
will be reduced to six to seven hours. At present, Rajdhani Express
, the fastest train on the Indian railway , runs at 120-130 kmph and
takes at least 16 hours to cover a distance of 1,400 km between the
two cities. Sharat Chandrayan, chief public relations officer, WR,
said, "A delegation from the Japanese government that visited
India last week is satisfied as far as the commercial viability of
the project is concerned. Another team will soon visit the country
to study the technical aspects of the project."
A high-speed train runs above 250 km/hour, for which separate
infrastructure , including the tracks, is required. For this, land
acquisition is necessary. "These semi-high speed trains will
run on existing tracks, so land need not be acquired . No major
changes need to be made in the existing track design. The loop
design (at points and crossings ), however, will have to be modified
to ensure that the train is able to change the track at a speed of
100 kmph or above. As of now, trains are not allowed to go beyond 30
kmph while changing tracks," he said.
Japan team studies feasibility of semi high-speed Indian rail in Gujarat
AHMEDABAD, July 15, 2011: A delegation from Japan was in Vadodara on Wednesday to
explore the feasibility of semi high-speed Indian rail development in
the country. The delegation's visit to the Vadodara railway division
comes on the background of the decision of Indian Railways to consider
increasing the speed of trains from the existing 160 kilometres per hour
(Kmph) to 200 Kmph on Delhi-Mumbai route. Vadodara railway division is set to become the hub of all the studies
that will be carried out by Japan government's delegation as the Ratlam-Surat zone is being taken as a sample zone to conduct feasibility
study of semi high speed rail development in the country.
The feasibility study will cover the existing 1,400-km Delhi-Mumbai
corridor via Mathura, Kota, Ratlam, Vadodara and Surat. The three-member
delegation that visited Vadodara railway division included experts from Mitsubishi Research Institute.
Train crash in Uttar Pradesh kills more than 60 people
Fatehpur, July 11, 2011 (BBC): At least 69 people have been killed and almost 250 injured in a train
derailment in near Fatehpur. A dozen coaches of the Kalka Mail passenger train left the rails near
the town of Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh. Rescue workers and locals have been working through the night to try to
free trapped passengers from the badly damaged carriages.
The train was travelling from Howrah near Kolkata to the capital Delhi
and derailed at more than 100kmph (62mph). Among the bodies removed from the damaged coaches were those of two
Swedish passengers. A third Swede is among scores of injured receiving treatment in hospital
in the local town of Kanpur.
Some coaches mounted each other and others were badly crushed in the
accident, making it difficult for rescuers to reach victims. Specialist medical and engineering teams along with cutting equipment
and cranes have been sent to the crash site, local reports said. The cause of the derailment, about 120km (75 miles) south-east of Uttar
Pradesh's capital, Lucknow, was not immediately clear.
Railways to roll out new e-ticketing service
NEW DELHI, July 05, 2011: Indian Railways is all set to roll
out its own e-ticketing service, which will have no room for travel
agents and will be reserved for individual users. "Unlike the
e-ticketing service of IRCTC, the new service by Indian Railway will
have no role of travel agents and commercial organisations. Only
individual users will be allowed to book on the portal," said a
Railway official. Travel agents in the IRCTC service have been
accused of blocking tickets to sell them at a premium. Public
resentment has also led the railways to bar travel agents from
booking tatkal tickets during peak hours on the IRCTC portal.
Under the new railway e-ticketing service, individual
customers would need to register themselves for the first time for
availing the services. The registration will be free of charge. A
maximum of eight transaction per user ID per month will be allowed
in the beginning, the official said, adding, the service charges
levied will be Rs five per ticket for sleeper class and Rs 10 per
ticket for all other classes. IRCTS charges Rs 10 per ticket for
sleeper class and Rs 20 per ticket for all other classes. The new service will be available on its web portal
www.indianrailways.gov.in. Its launch will be announced after
necessary clearance for payment gateway transaction, the official said.
On offer is also a service for booking tickets on the mobile
platform. Customers desirous of utilising the facility and having
Internet facilities will have to download mobile ticketing
application on mobile phones from Indian Railway's website, the
official said. Tracking facility for freight trains running and
parcel status by customers would be among a host of other features
that the portal is expected to introduce shortly.
India Railways new train time table announced
New Delhi, April 01, 2011: Indian Railways new train time table
will come into effect from Friday (July 1). With the new time table coming into effect, the arrival/departure timings of some trains have
been altered. The train numbers too stand changed. Information regarding new train time table and the number of trains that
have been changed can be obtained from railway enquiry number 139 or the various railway websites.
Trains whose departure timings have been changed are Dehradun Jan
Shatabdi (12055), New Delhi-Sealdah Rajdhani (12314), Lucknow-Barauni
(15204), Howrah-Kathgodam Bagh express(13019), Avadh express (19038) and
Muzaffarpur-Bandra T. express (19040) from Lucknow junction station.
The number of Varanasi-Anand Vihar Garib Rath has been changed from 12551/12552 to 22407/22408.
Now the Pune-Maduadih express will run as a superfast train with a new
number - 22131/22132. Lucknow-Allahabad Intercity Express has been extended upto
Vindhyachal, while Lokmanya Tilak (Terminus)-Allahabad Express has been extended upto
About 11 new trains would be introduced that would pass through the North Central Railway region. The timings of the trains have
been changed but the dates when these trains strart will be declared later.
These trains include 12293/12294 allabhad lokmanya tilak terminus ac
duranto express;22029/22210 mumbai central new delhi ac duranto
Railways blocks 4.6L user IDs for e-ticket fraud
MUMBAI, June 27, 2011: The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation
(IRCTC), which looks after online booking of tickets, has blocked over
4.6 lakh user IDs and 71,484 e-mail IDs since March to curb malpractices
in train reservations. In a bid to prevent touts from cornering reserved tickets, the IRCTC has enhanced its cyber surveillance and has been disabling IDs, which are found to be violating
laws. Public relations officer of the IRCTC, PC Bihari, said, "Users of
these IDs will no longer be able to book tickets through our website."
An IRCTC user ID can be created only if a person has an e-mail ID. Once
users complete the registration formalities on the IRCTC website, they
receive a password on their personal e-mail IDs. Authorized agents have been provided separate user IDs by the IRCTC for
online booking on a commission basis. In March, the IRCTC barred its
authorized agents from booking tatkal tickets online between 8 am and 9
am after many citizens complained that they were finding it difficult to
book tickets on the railway website. The agents, however, found their
way around the system by creating multiple user IDs so that they could book tickets during the restricted slot.
An IRCTC official said, "The agents were able to corner a large chunk of
tickets which they sold at exorbitant rates to the customers."
Many agents had procured software which let them to book tickets within
seconds. The fraud was detected and the main distributor was arrested by the cyber crime cell on June 7.
Indian Railways will Start a 100 Bln-Rupee Bond Sale by September
New Delhi, June 21, 2011: India’s Ministry of Railways will
start a 100 billion-rupee ($2.2 billion) domestic sale of tax- free bonds by September to help upgrade and expand Indian train network.
The offering will be divided between a private placement and a later
tranche for retail investors, Rajendra Kashyap, managing director of
finance arm Indian Railway Finance Corp., said in a June 17 interview in New Delhi.
Plans for the money include spending as much as 53 billion rupees on laying additional rail
lines, 21 billion rupees for widening tracks and 8.5 billion rupees for
electrification, he said. About 1,300 kilometers of (808 miles) of new lines are due to be laid this year to
meet rising travel and freight demand in the world’s second-fastest
growing major economy.
strike Bihar railway station
Patna, June 16 (IANS) Maoists Thursday set ablaze a portion
of a railway station and blew up four mobile phone towers during a
24-hour shut down called by them to protest the arrest of one of their top leaders in Bihar, police said.
A group of armed rebels attacked Nadaul railway station in
Jehanabad district, about 50 km from here, on the Patna-Gaya route.
Besides ransacking the station, they set afire a portion of the
booking counter and the panel room, police said. They also blew up
four mobile towers in Gaya district, about 100 km from here.
Unconfirmed reports suggests they attacked a police station in Gaya,
besides another tower in Aurangabad district. The rebels are
protesting the arrest of Jagdish Yadav alias Jagdish Master,
politburo member of the outlawed Communist Party of India
(Maoist). He was arrested June 12 from Gaya.
Rajdhani a money-spinner
Mumbai, June 12, 2011: The Mumbai-Delhi route of the Rajdhani
Express earned the most revenue for the Western Railway (WR) in
2010-11 according to their list of the top 10 revenue-generating
trains. All the revenue data is for one-way journeys. The WR earned
around Rs63 crore from the Rajdhani’s Mumbai-Delhi route. The
Rajdhani Express connects Mumbai-Delhi provide the best of
services in terms of coaches, the quality of seats, and air conditioning.
The WR’s monthly earning of the Rajdhani’s Mumbai-Delhi
route is around Rs 5.24 crore while its daily earning is around
Rs17.2 lakh. Looking at the Rajdhani’s popularity, the research
and design wing of the Indian Railways has proposed air conditioning
facilities inside each cabin apart from other amenities like ovens,
LED lights, laptop charges and water coolers. “Passengers inside
every cabin will be able to regulate the AC,” said a senior WR
official, on condition of anonymity. The railways are also looking
at improving the body of the train after a Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express caught fire recently.
Railways hikes capacity of Rail Neer plant at Khagaul
PATNA, june 7, 2011: The Rail Neer (mineral water) plant at Khagaul has proved to be a
good revenue earner for the railways. The railways has increased its
production capacity to one lakh bottles daily to cope with the growing demand in other zones.
According to Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Danapur division, L M
Jha, the Khagaul Rail Neer plant, which is the second plant of the Indian Railways, maintains a world-class standard. The plant is quite
nvironment-friendly too. It has been supplying Rail Neer to Ranchi,
Dhanbad, Bhubneshwar, Kolkata and Guwahati in the eastern region, he said.
Lauding the functioning of the plant, the DRM said it has been fulfilling the needs of all five divisions of East Central Railway
(ECR). The maximum consumption is under Danapur division as a large number of mail and express trains either originate or pass through Patna
Junction, he said.
Indian Railways to
launch new web portal soon
New Delhi, June 4, 2011: The Indian Railways will soon
launch a new web portal, which would contain information related to
passenger services , for the convenience of travellers. The
information will primarily include journey planners, E-ticketing,
retiring room booking and train arrival/departure information and
PNR status. "The new web portal will provide a web-based
complaint management and SMS complaint management," said a
senior Northern Railway official. The telephone number 132 has been
taken over by Northern Railway for the purpose of web facilitation.
It is to be an all-India number with accessibility from all mobiles
and landlines across the country. After the launching of the portal,
passengers can dial 132 for lodging complaints against railway
services, the official said. All complaints which are presently
being received on SMS either on 9717630982 or on 57886 shall be
received later on at the three digit number. "It will be
ensured by the Railways that this number is integrated with the web portal," he said.
The portal will offer services to the rail users for freight
services which includes information to the customer about the rakes.
"This will also provide tracking facility of the rakes on the
portal," the official said. On the parcel services front, the
portal will provide information about the parcel rules, parcel
charges calculator, parcel rates and parcel tracking information
also. All the earlier 35 railway websites have been linked to the portal and made online,.
to invite Rs 10,000-cr bids for Delhi-Mumbai freight corridor
New Delhi May 26, 2011: Work on the much-delayed dedicated
railway freight corridor is expected to begin with contracts worth
Rs 10,000 crore to be awarded before the end of the current
financial year. The contracts would be for the western arm of the Rs
77,000-crore Dedicated Freight Corridor project. The western arm
includes the 1,500-kilometre-long Delhi-Mumbai stretch that is
expected to ease and ramp up Indian Railways freight traffic
between Dadri near Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in
Mumbai traversing through Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
"Overall, Rs 10,000-crore bids would be invited by us
this year for awarding civil engineering contracts for package I
& II of the first phase of the western corridor. This will be
followed by bids for awarding electrification and signaling works in
six months," said a senior executive of Dedicated Freight
Corridor Corporation of India Ltd (DFCCIL), a company set up in 2006
under the aegis of the railway ministry. Freight traffic on the
Golden Quadrilateral linking Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Howrah"
and its two diagonals Delhi-Chennai and Mumbai- Howrah carries
more than 55 per cent of revenue earning freight traffic of Indian
Railways. The existing routes of Howrah-Delhi on the eastern
corridor and Mumbai-Delhi on the western are highly saturated
creating the need for dedicated routes.
Indo-Bangla rail-link an outlay of Rs 251 crore
AGARTALA, May 22,2011 : The Northeastern Frontier Railway (NFR) contemplating
to undertake works for laying rail tracks connecting Agartala with Bangladesh's Gangasagar by October next year.
The Centre has already earmarked an outlay of Rs 251 crore to implement
the dream rail link, Kishore Ambuly, Special Secretary, Transport department said here on Saturday.
Taking to reporters at the Civil Secretariat here, Ambuly said that
while the DoNER would pump in an amount of Rs 105 crore for construction
of rail link in the Indian side, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)
will provide Rs 146 crore to carry out the project in the Bangladesh side.
He said that another round of joint survey would be conducted next month
to officially notify the proposed alignment. Earlier, a joint team comprising
representatives from both sides had conducted survey in November last year.
Sources in the NFR said, the Detailed Project Report (DPR) is almost
ready and will be submitted to the Ministry of Railways and Railways
Board for final approval. ?We are hoping to start the work by October
this year, said an official of NFR.
US firm ARI to develop high axleload wagons for Indian Railways
Chandigarh, May 12, 2011: A joint venture of US firm ARI and
Amtek Auto are building a wagon plant near Chandigarh. ARI will work
with RDSO to assess Indian operating conditions, and will train IR
staff in design, testing and manufacturing methods, quality
assurance and maintenance. The US firm said the contract will run
for ‘several years’ with ‘almost half of the steps’ completed within two years.
‘We believe this agreement will assist in establishing ARI
as a high quality and dependable producer of freight railcars for
use in the Indian market’, said ARI President & CEO James
Cowan on May 5. ‘We remain committed to identifying and seizing
new opportunities both domestically and abroad. The economy and
railcar market have been challenging over the last couple of years
and ARI is responding to those challenges with an expanded market
strategy.’ IR has announced that rolling stock procurement
in the 2010-11 financial year was the highest since independence in
1947, with the acquisition of 16 628 wagons, 3 079 coaches and 267
diesel and 230 electric locomotives. New line construction reached
709 km while 837 km was converted to broad gauge, 3 km ahead of
Train derails in Madhya Pradesh, villagers save lives
Bhopal, May 9, 2011 (IANS) Timely help of local villagers saved several lives
as five coaches of Mumbai-bound Udyog Nagri Express derailed in Madhya
Pradesh's Vidhisha district early Monday, police said. Thirty passengers
were injured, seven of them critically, in the accident. The train (No. 12173) was coming from Lucknow when it derailed near
Sorai station, over 70 km from here, around 6.30 a.m. Monday.
'As soon as we heard the sound of the train getting derailed and
passengers crying for help, we reached the spot. We provided them water
and took them to hospital for treatment,' Chandrapal Singh, a local, told reporters.
'The railway officials reached the spot only after two hours,' he added.
Coal India Ltd proposes to build three new rail links
New Delhi, May 4, 2011: Coal India Ltd proposes to build
three new rail links having a total length of 350 km to connect its
coal fields in the interiors. This could require an investment of Rs
2,000-Rs 3000 crore depending on the terrain. “The new rail links
would connect coal fields in the Ib Valley, North Karanpura and
Mand-Raigarh coal fields,” said Mr N.C.Jha, Chairman, Coal
India These coal mines are in Orissa, Jharkhand and
Chattisgarh. Sources in the Indian Railways said construction cost
for a new rail line, excluding the land cost, ranges between Rs 5-7
crore a km in a flat terrain. However, in a difficult, hilly terrain
the costs could shoot up to as high as Rs 20 crore a km. “The new
policy announced by Railways in February is quite favourable, even
though we will not get back the interest (during construction)
part,” Mr Jha said.
trains started to carry strike- hit passengers
New Delhi, April 29, 2011: Indian Railways
has started operating special trains on busy routes to carry
passengers stranded by strike of crew members of national air
carrier Air India. Starting Thursday, railways are operating two
pairs of trains from New Delhi to Mumbai, and from New Delhi to
Kolkata. A pair of special trains will also be run between Mumbai
and Hyderabad from Friday.
The special trains are equivalent to Rajdhani Express trains
of railways and fully air- conditioned. "will keep watch on the
waiting list of the trains and attach additional coaches to clear
extra rush subject to operational feasibility and availability of
coaching stock. All zonal railways have been directed to take
necessary steps to clear extra rush," a release stated on
Thursday. More than 800 pilots of Air India are on strike from
Wednesday, resulting in cancellation of 100 flights.
introduces non-stop goods trains
PATNA, April 22, 2011: Indian Railways has introduced
non-stop goods trains for the first time across the country. The
special feature of these goods trains is that the load combination
of two goods trains is amalgamated to carry more freight from one
major station to another. According to a Railway Board official,
Railway Board chairman Vivek Sahai has taken the decision to run
non-stop goods trains with their load increased from the normal 58
wagons to 116 or 80 wagons. The main objective behind it was to
increase railway revenue as well as expedite transportation of freight consignments, he said.
According to ECR CPRO Dilip Kumar, the ECR has been
successfully running five such goods trains from Dhanbad division on
an experimental basis. Three such non-stop goods trains are
originating from Barwadih and one each from Gomoh and Asansol
stations. The ECR has a major share in freight loading, particularly
coal loading from the Dhanbad division. The CPRO said that normally
a goods train runs with a load combination of about 40 to 58 wagons.
But in the amalgamated system, it is having the maximum load of
about 116 wagons now. Besides, two locomotives (electric and diesel)
are being used to haul such a goods train from Dhanbad division to
far-off places in the country, he said.
to have Master Kitchens to provide onboard food
April 17 (PTI) In a bid to serve better-quality food on board, the
Indian Railways plans to set up its own Master kitchens in Delhi and
Mumbai within two years. "1.5 lakh meals are provided on trains
every day on outstation trains at Mumbai and Delhi. We have base
kitchens with a capacity of 15,000 meals only, which is less than
the requirement. So we intend to set up Master kitchens. We expect
the project to be completed in two years," Chairman of Railway
Board, Vivek Sahai, told reporters here. Admitting that cleanliness
and quality of food had been below par, Sahai said, "Complaints
about the quality of food served in trains were increasing and IRCTC
was not addressing them properly.
Now Railways will take care. With such kitchens, we would be
able to maintain quality. Food will be prepared under strict
monitoring of the Railway Board and meals will be served on
trolleys." Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd
(IRCTC), a PSU, is currently responsible for serving food on
trains. Sahai further said, "For Delhi we intend to use the
equipment including utensils that were meant for the Common Wealth
completes 158 years of journey
April 12, 2011: The Indian Railways will complete 158th year of its
journey on April 16. The wheels of railways moved for the first time
on April 16, 1853 from Mumbai to Thane, covering a distance of
about 34km. The then East Indian Railway Company introduced another
train between Howrah and Hooghly on August 15, 1854. The British
government took over the railways from private companies in 1869. By
1879, railway tracks were laid in a stretch of 12,455km, and
railways became the most popular mode of communication. The track
between Lakhisarai and Mughalsarai was laid by the Britishers in
1862 while the Howrah-Kiul route, known as Sahibganj loop line, was
thrown open to people in 1860. A direct link between Howrah and
Delhi was provided in the early 1860s. The railways first released
its postal stamp in 1907. The railway budget was separated from the
general budget in 1925.
It was a historic year for railways also because it
introduced an electric locomotive hauled-passenger train between
Victoria Terminal and Kurla this year. The automatic signal system
was introduced in 1928 by the Central Railway. The Burma Railway was
also a part
of Indian Railways till 1937 when these two countries separated from
each other. About 3,200-km-long tracks were then gifted to Burma by
the Indian Railways. Railways had about 65,217km of tracks on August
15, 1947 of which about 10,523km fell in Pakistan. A Railway Board
was constituted on February 18, 1905
Indian Railways to get mobile train radio communication soon
ALLAHABAD, April 9, 2011: In order to ensure safety of the passengers,
North Central Railway has taken the initiative of implementing Mobile Train Radio Communication which would provide better communication between the driver and the control room. The work is already in progress and is expected to bring a sea change in the history of communication technology in the Indian Railways.
Mobile Train Radio Communication System would use GSM/R technology is proposed to be provided on Rajdhani route New Delhi-Mughalsarai and Palwal-Jhansi section coming under the jurisdiction of North Central Railway.This will facilitate instant communication of train crew with control centre and station master,
thus enhancing safety and confidence in the train operating staff. This will also enable maintenance of staff and officers deputed at different
locations to communicate instantly with each other, thereby enhancing the system efficiency manifold.
High Court okays Railways recruitment
Kolkata, March 25, 2011: The Calcutta High Court today gave
its nod to the Indian Railways to proceed with the recruitment
process of 16,000 people in Group D level. The Railway
notification of December 14 last year for recruitment of Group D
staff was challenged in the High Court. The Railways has received
more than 15 lakh applications for the posts for which the last date
of Eastern receiving the applications was March 25. Labour group
Liluah-Belur Co-operative Contract and Construction Limited Society
challenged the notification in the High Court seeking a stay order.
Gujarat trains affected
due to Jat agitation
Mumbai, March 22, 2011: Indian Railways has cancelled seven down trains to north India and six
up trains from that region, slated to depart on Tuesday, in view of the
ongoing Jat agitation. Besides, two trains have been short- terminated. The up trains cancelled for Tuesday are: 19023 Mumbai
Central-Firozpur, 19105 Ahmedabad-Haridwar Mail, 19257 Rajdhani Express, 12915 Ashram
Express, 14322 Bhuj-Bareilly Express, 19263 Porbandar-Delhi Express, and
09562 Okha-Bandra Holiday Special. The down trains cancelled for Tuesday are: 19024 Firozpur-Mumbai
Central, 19106 Ahmedabad- Haridwar Mail, 12958 Rajdhani Express, 12916
Rajdhani Express, 14311 Bareilly-Bhuj Express and 09561 Bandra-Okha.
Train 12216 Bandra-Delhi will be terminated at Jaipur on Tuesday and
19270 Muzaffarpur- Porbandar will be terminated at Delhi on Tuesday. Train 12969 will run between Delhi and Muzaffarpur only on March 25.
Railways to build world-class stations
New Delhi/ Bhopal March 18, 2011: Indian Railways said it
would rope in home-grown talent to develop world-class stations as
foreign consultants were charging exorbitant fees. Union Railway
Minister Mamata Banerjee had in her Budget speech in 2009 promised
to convert as many as 50 railway stations into world-class stations.
"Hiring a foreign consultant is a costly affair," Central
Railway Board chairman Vivek Sahay said here without naming any
consultant . Habibganj Railway station of Bhopal is also included in
the project. However, the railways has yet not moved on it since its
announcement in Parliament. Sahay also said, creation of a world
class design was not a tough task for any Indian architects who
design world class malls everywhere these days. On issues of
conversion of narrow gauge lines into broad gauge that falls on
tiger reserves and national parks, Sahay said,
to launch a new railway magazine "Rail Bandhu" on April 16
PATNA, March 14, 2011: Railway minister Mamata Banerjee has taken a
decision to launch a new railway magazine "Rail Bandhu" on April 16 to
mark the celebraion of Railway Week across the country. The proposed magazine will be brought out by the
railways on the pattern of magazines of the Air India and Indian Airlines. It will be
the first of its kind in the railways. According to a Railway Board
official, "Rail Bandhu" will be distributed to passengers free of cost
while undertaking train journey. The magazines will be made available in
all premier trains, including the Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express
and other mail and express trains, to provide entertainment to elite
class passengers, he said. The official said about one lakh copies of the magazine would be brought
out initially. The railways intends to increase its number to 10 lakh in
future so that it could be distributed in each zone of the railways.
"The magazine will have 60 pages, of which 30 pages will have news items
and articles while the remaining pages will cover other topics ," he
said, adding the railways has planned to publish interesting articles
about Rabindranath Tagore's famous work "Geetanjali", vignettes of the
saloon car travel during the British period and stories by Ruskin Bond
in the inaugural issue.
Indian Railway raises iron ore freight rates
New Delhi, March 04, 2011: Indian Railways raised freight
rates on iron ore meant for exports by INR 100 per tonne to INR
1,600 effective Thursday. An official said “The railways have
increased the existing distance based charge further by INR 100 per
tonne on the booking of iron ore traffic meant for other than
domestic consumption for all distance slabs.” According to
Mr RK Sharma secretary general of the Federation of Indian Mineral
Industries “The hike in freight is very high. It is yet another
blow to our industry. We don’t have much to say.”
For the railways, iron ore is the second highest source of
freight income. The railways had earned INR 8,345.27 crore from iron
ore and aims to generate INR 8,423.83 crore in the current fiscal.
The decision, coming on the heels of India hiking export duty on
fines and lumps to 20% in the 2011/12 federal budget, is seen as a
blow to exports in a country where demand for banning iron ore
exports has grown over the last year. Source: telegraphindia.com
Rail Budget 2011: No increase in train fares this year
NEW DELHI, February 25, 2011 : For the third successive year, the Railway Budget for
2011-12 spared the passengers of any increase in fares and proposed no
hike in freight rates while introducing 56 new trains, including nine
non-stop Duronto trains and three Shatabdis. Regretting the two incidents of sabotage that led to a large
number of deaths last year, Mamata said to avoid such incidents in future,
anti-collision devices will be commissioned in three more divisions and
all unmanned crossings will be done away with in the next fiscal.
Mamata, however, said rail accident rate has declined from 0.29 per cent.
last year to 0.17 per cent at present. The states with lowest number of
rail accidents will get two new projects and two new trains as an incentive, she said.
The booking charges for A/C as well as non A/C seats have been slashed
by 50 per cent and online ticketing is all set to get cheaper. The minister also extended concession for physically-challenged persons
and Kirti and Shaurya Chakra awardees to travel in Rajdhani and Shatabdi
trains, besides extending facility of card passes to parents of
unmarried posthumous Paramvir Chakra and Ashok Chakra gallantry award winners.
Also, the lower age limit for female senior citizens will be reduced
from 60 to 58. Concession for male senior citizens has been increased by
10% to 40%. One of the highlights of the budget was the introduction of over 200 new
routes, especially for the North-East. Another special addition is the
introduction of double-decker air-conditioned train service on the
Jaipur-Delhi and Ahmedabad-Mumbai routes. Three new Shatabdi trains will be introduced on
Pune-Secunderabad, Jaipur- Agra and Ludhiana-Delhi routes, she said. New Duronto trains
will be introduced on Allahabad-Mumbai, Pune-Ahmedabad, Sealdah-Puri,
Madurai-Chennai, Chennai- Thiruvananthapuram and Mumbai Central-New Delhi
outes. As many as 47 additional trains will be introduced for the Mumbai
suburban section and nine for Chennai, Banerjeee said. Also, trolleys will be introduced at railway stations, said the
minister. The 'Go India' smart card ticket project will be launched this year.
The railways is planning to invest Rs 57630 cr in the 2011-12 fiscal and
railway earnings, she said, are set to exceed the Rs 1 lakh crore mark.
As many as 442 stations are to be completed and 584 upgraded by 2012 and
new railway line capacities are to be increased to 700 km, she said.
Banerjee announced that the first coach from the new rail factory at Rae
Bareli will roll out in the next three months. Also, there is a plan to
set up a rail industrial park in Nandigram and a metro coach factory in
Kolkata. A coach factory is also planned to come up at Singur as is a
track- machine industry in Uluberia.
A locomotive centre is to come up in Manipur's Imphal. Railways is to
set up a bridge factory in J&K considering need for large number of
bridges on railway projects in the state, Banerjee said. Enthused by the high number of medals in international sports
competitions won by the Railways, a Sports Cadre will be set up in the department.
As many as 16,000 ex-servicemen will be inducted by March in the Railways for the first time. A 700 MW gas-based power plant will be set
up at Thakurli in Maharashtra, she said.
BSNL 3G Branded Rajdhani Express Service
Delhi, February 23, 2011: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) has launched BSNL 3G Branded Rajdhani
Express in association with the Indian Railways through the vendor who
has direct agreement with the Indian Railways. BSNL has done advertisement with the objective of branding and promotion of 3G
products & value Added Services including 3G theme “Faster than your
thoughts” on two rakes of Rajdhani Express, one each on South & East
routes. BSNL has allocated Rs. 1.93 Crore for this purpose. This information was given by the Minister of State for Communications &
Information Technology, Shri Sachin Pilot in written reply to a question
in Lok Sabha today.
Railways to set up own bottling plant
Mumbai, February 20, 2011: The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) are planning
to set up their own bottled water plant in Ambarnath. The site where the
plant is expected to come up is called GIP (Great Indian Peninsula) railway tank in the MIDC area. ‘Rail Neer’ is the brand name under which
the railways sell purified bottled water across the country.
The IRCTC is expecting to produce 1 lakh bottles from the plant on a
daily basis that would be sold at a subsidised rate. “Tenders have been
called but the plan is in a very initial stage,” said an official from
IRCTC on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the
media. The Great Indian Peninsula Railway had acquired the Kakole lake in
Jhambivali village at Ambernath for the purpose.
Railways come up with HHT to tackle graft
ALLAHABAD, February 15, 2011: In a bid to bring transparency in issuing tickets and to
check corruption among the ticket checking staff, the Indian Railways
is planning to provide Hand Held Terminals (HHT) to them, so that availability of vacant positions can be instantly
provided to the passengers. The information about the availability of berths would be feeded and
updated regularly through different cities spread across the whole country.
The Hand Held Terminals provided to the Travelling Ticket Examiners
(TTEs) helps to download information through GPRS, updating the chart
while checking the tickets in the coach, informing the status of vacancy
to central server periodically through GPRS, collecting excess fare,
penalty and other charges, issuing the receipt for the same and report
for the cash collected by TTE giving a printed receipt to the passenger.
The HHTs would be linked to PRS (Passenger Reservation System) which
would have the details about the reservation status. Pointedly, PRS provides reservation services to nearly 1 million passengers a day on
over 3500 trains running throughout the country. The PRS is available at
over 6,000 counters in more than 1,800 locations throughout the
country, including all major stations.
Mamata Banerjee moots health cover for railway porters
New Delhi, February 9, 2011 (DNA): Riding on the back of the Indian railways, minister Mamata Banerjee has
come out with yet another pre-election goodie for the lowest-rung staffers like porters, vendors, and hawkers aiming at creating a vote
bank for the upcoming state assembly elections in West Bengal.
After doling out free AC three-tier travel with family once in a year to
the Grade D employees (gangmen, train cleaners etc), the railway ministry has proposed to extend the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana
(RSBY) worth Rs30,000 annually to licenced porters, vendors and hawkers.
RSBY yojana provides financial security to the unorganised sector workers belonging to the below poverty line category and their families
in case of hospitalisation as well as for overall access to quality health care.
The scheme provides for smart card based health insurance cover of
Rs30,000 per annum in case of hospitalisation. A railway ministry documentsaid, ?Premium payable to be shared between
the railways and the beneficiaries would be in the ratio of 75:25. Railways? contribution would be to a maximum of Rs 565 per family per
annum, or 75% of the annual premium whichever is less?.
Railways to introduce a new scheme in Tatkal ticket
February 5, 2010: Indian Railways decided to introduce a new scheme
in Tatkal ticket process. From Feburay 11, 2011 a new scheme is
going to be introduced in the Tatkal ticket process. From Friday,
Feb 11, passengers have to produce an identity proof for tickets booked under Tatkal Scheme.
* Voter Photo Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India
* PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department
* Driving license issued by RTO
* Photo Identity Card issued by Central/State Government
* Student identity card with photograph issued by recognized
School/College for their students
* Nationalised Bank Passbook with photograph
* Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph.
A passenger or anyone of a group of passengers would be
required to produce one of the eight listed proofs in original
during the journey for checking by Railway staff, failing which, all
the passengers traveling on the said ticket would be treated as
‘without tickets' and penalized.
Nagpur to manufacture Indian Railways green toilets
NAGPUR, February 4, 2011:
The Indian Railways is finalising a proposal to manufacture new
design eco-friendly toilets in Nagpur in a step towards its
commitment for cleaner environment and to prevent damage to rail
tracks. "Efforts are on for installation of green toilets in
trains and field trials are on for the purpose. These newly designed
eco-friendly lavatories are likely to be manufactured in Nagpur,"
a senior railway ministry official said.
The proposal for manufacturing green toilets in Nagpur is
likely to find a mention in the railway budget on February 25.
However, local railway officials say they have no communication
about it. Central Railway divisional railway manager (DRM) D K
Sharma said, "It's true that railways is carrying out field
trials for various types of green toilets and some work is going on
in this direction, but I don't have exact knowledge about it."
Indian Railways gets Rs 28 Crore for Development of Multi Functional
Complex through Private Investment
Mumbai, January 31, 2011 (PIB): Rail Land Development
Authority (RLDA), a statutory authority established by Ministry of
Railways for generating non-tariff revenue from railway land, today
announced appointment of private developers for development of Multi
Functional Complexes (MFCs) at five stations namely, Cuttack,
Dehradun, Jhansi, Katra and Nanded. This is the first time that MFCs
are being developed through private investment. Indian Railways
operates more than 7000 stations across the country.
RLDA had appointed Knight Frank India as marketing consultant
for the first six MFCs to be developed through private parties. Out
of the six MFCs, five MFCs were awarded to M/s Keshari Estates Pvt.
Ltd (Cuttack), M/s Janak Holdings (Dehradun and Nanded), M/s
Bhagwati Infraestate Pvt. Ltd. (Jhansi) and M/s MGC Estates (Katra).
RLDA did not accept the bid for Ujjain being below expectation due
to certain existing constraints in the approach road to the site. A
total of 15 bidders submitted 28 financial bids. The total present
value of the Lease Premium and Annual Lease Rent received for 5
stations in response to the open competitive bidding is Rs 27.61
crore which is much higher than the pre-bid expectations. Ujjain MFC
will be put to re-bidding after getting the constraints removed.
Multi Functional Complexe is a win-win model for Indian
Railways, rail users and developers. Indian Railways get passenger
facilities developed at no cost to Government and further gets
additional present and future revenues, rail users get better
facilities in the shortest period of time and developers get assured
market and opportunity for developing such project at large number of railway stations across India.
Indian Railways gets Rs. 280mn for development of MFCs
New Delhi, January 28, 2011: Rail Land Development Authority, a statutory authority established by
Ministry of Railways for generating non-tariff revenue from railway land, today announced appointment of private developers for development
of Multi Functional Complexes (MFCs) at five stations namely,
Cuttack, Dehradun, Jhansi, Katra and Nanded. This is the first time that MFCs are
being developed through private investment. Indian Railways operates
more than 7000 stations across the country. Indian Railways have introduced the concept of MFC at Railway stations
beginning year 2009-10 for developing facilities for rail users at one
centralised complex. This is to improve and upgrade the existing amenities for the rail users in cities having tourist and religious
importance by way of developing the land/air space at railway stations.MFCs will be developed to provide rail users with facilities such as
shopping, food stalls/ restaurants, book stalls, ATMs, medicines and
variety stores, budget hotels, parking etc.
Safety of Passengers to be given top Priority : Mamata
Kolkata, January 22, 2010 (PIB): The Minister of Railways, Mamata Banerjee has said that Indian Railways
work round the clock just like an army where every moment matters and
every operation needs to be done in a disciplined manner. She said that
safety of passengers cannot be compromised. It is always to be given top
priority. There should be periodical review and inspection to ensure
that all safety related activities are done as per the rules. The
Minister stated this while addressing the two-day conference of General
Managers of all Zonal Railways and Production Units which began here
today. She said that maintenance of rolling stock especially coaches,
wagons and engines is quite important and no laxity on this should be tolerated as it is related to safety.
She said that steps must be initiated to finally install safety devices like TPWS, ACD, Fog Safe
Devices etc. in a fixed time frame manner. Expressing concern over the
recent increase in the cases of derailment, she said that engineering
department needs to look into this aspect more intensely and carefully
and ensure that all their activities like track maintenance, equipment
maintenance, rolling stock maintenance is done effectively and timely.
Emphasizing the need to maintain best punctuality in running of the
trains, the Minister said that monitoring of punctuality should continue
to be undertaken vigorously at all levels which include Railway Board
level, Zonal Railway level and Divisional Railway level. She said that a
core group must be set up by General Managers to monitor punctuality toreview it on daily basis.
Rail Bandhu the first magazine by the Indian Railways
New Delhi, January 19, 2011: Rail Day on April 16 will bring about the fulfilment of one of Railways minister
Mamataa Banerjee’s pet projects; the launch of “Rail Bandhu”, the first magazine by the Indian
Railways. To be distributed for free to passengers in premier trains, including
the Rajdhanis and Shatabdis, the editorial content of the inaugural issue is at an advanced stage of planning.
“A write up on how Rabindranath Tagore lost and found the manuscript of
the “Geetanjali’ in a London tube; vignettes of the saloon car travel
during the British Raj, a story by famous novelist Ruskin Bond, these
would be among the subjects that will be featured in the first issue”,magazine project head Derek O’Brian said.
The inaugural issue will also feature stories on the struggles of the
Commonwealth and Asian Games gold medallists from the railway family.
According to the parameters set out, the publication will need to devote
a minimum of 30 pages to news, events or features concerning the railways, while a total of another 30 pages of advertisements can be
RINL and Indian Railways to set up axle plant at at New Jalpaiguri
Kolkata, January 13, 2011: Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited of
Visakhapatnam Steel Plant has signed MOU with the Indian Railways
for setting up a AXLE PLANT named as Uttarbanga RINL RAIL Karkahana
Limited at New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal at an estimated cost of INR
278 crores for manufacturing and supplying Rail Axels for BOX N
wagons and others to meet the growing requirement of Indian Railways.
The project shall be effected through RINL by forming a 100%
subsidiary company of RINL or a JV. MECON has been appointed as a
consultant for this project. Railways have selected RINL to set up
the state of the art Axle Plant considering its technological
strengths in special grades of steel for decades. RINL is known for
having modern technology and now also adopting latest technology
like RH process, LHF, EMS etc., for production of high quality cleaner steel in its on going expansion.
Indian Railways facility of AC-3
tier travel for families of Group D employees
Kolkata, January 07, 2011: The Indian Railways has extended the facility of AC-3 tier travel
pass for the family of the lowest grade employees of the Indian Railways like
the gangmen, khalashis, etc. Employees of Group D in the railways were earlier
not entitled for travel pass in AC compartments. Revised entitlement of travel
on railway passes has also been extended to all Junior Engineers and their
supervisors working in the grade pay of Rs 4200, and they have been provided
entitlements to travel in AC 2 tier coaches.
Goods train service resumed between India, Pakistan
Attari (Amritsar), January 01, 2011: The goods train service between India and Pakistan resumed today after a gap of nine days with the export of red chillies
which are on high demand on the other side of the border. The train had come to a sudden halt on December 22 at Attari
railway station after the Pakistani authorities did not renew the visas of 11 Indian Railways drivers. The train is expected to return with dry fruits and cement, authorities said.
Three Indian railway staff -- driver Kuldip Singh, assistant driver Sandip Kumar and guard Deepak Kumar -- have taken the train to Pakistan, they said. Earlier, the Pakistan high
commission granted six months visas to seven Indian railway officials, who would take the train to Pakistan on alternate days. General secretary of Amritsar Chamber of Commerce Rajesh
Sethia said due to the halt in trade between two nations, the delivery of cement bags, worth Rs100
crore, to India remained suspended. Sethia said India imports cement in large quantities from
Pakistan as it is available at lesser cost there.