30 Jul 2012

Bandra - Jhansi Weekly Express Train


Western Railways announced a new express train between Mumbai and Jhansi from 1 August 2012. Following are the details


Train No.  11103 / 11104 Bandra ( T ) –Jhansi Weekly Express :- Train No. 11104 Bandra (T) –Jhansi Weekly Express will leave Bandra (T) at 05.10 hrs on every Wednesday from 1st August, 2012 and reach Jhansi at 06.10 hrs, the next day. Train No. 11103 Jhansi– Bandra (T) Weekly Express will leave Jhansiat 16.50hrs on every Monday from 30th July, 2012 and reach Bandra (T) at 17.10hrs, the next day. The train has AC 3-tier, Sleeper class and second class general coaches. The train will halt at Borivali, Vapi, Surat, Vadodara, Godhra, Dahod, Ratlam, Nagda, Ujjain, Maksi, Shajapur, Biyavara Rajgarh, Chachaura, Binaganj, Ruthiyai, Shivpuri, Gwalior, Dabra and Datia stations in both directions. Booking for train No. 11104 will be opened from 29th July, 2012.
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PATTERN OF TRAIN SERVICES DUE TO LINE BLOCK


Due to line block in connection with engineering work o­n Chengalpattu – Villupuram section from 26.7.2012 to 20.10.2012 except Sundays, following will be the pattern of train services o­n this section.



1) T.No.66045/66046 Melmaruvathur – Villupuram – Melmaruvathur MEMU will be cancelled.

2) T.No.12635 Chennai Egmore – Madurai Vaigai Express scheduled to leave Chennai Egmore at 13.20 hrs. will leave late by 60 minutes.

3) T.No.16854 Tiruchchirappalli – Chennai EgmoreExpress will be regulated for20 minutes each at Thozhuppedu, Olakkur, Tindivanam and Mayilam stations and will arrive late at Chennai Egmore.
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Tirupati - Mannargudi Tri-weekly Express Named as PAMANI EXPRESS


Indian Railways has agreed to name Train No. 17407 / 17408 Tirupati-Mannargudi-Tirupati Tri-Weekly Express as PAMANI EXPRESS.
Hence, this train will henceforth be called as Tirupati-Mannargudi-Tirupati Tri-Weekly Pamani Express.
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Mumbai-Pune Pragati Express to Run via Diva-Panvel-Kajat till 9.8.2012


PRAGATI EXPRESS TO RUN VIA DIVA-PANVEL-KARJAT TILL 9.8.2012



Central Railway has decided to EXTEND the diversion of Train No. 12126/12125 Pune - Mumbai - Pune Pragati Express o­n diverted route via Diva - Panvel -Karjat further up to 9.8.2012.



There is no change in timings and halts of the train o­n the diverted route
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Vijayawada-Kazipet third railway line survey soon


Improving the efficiency of the Railway system will help improve faster movement of trains on sections where there were large number of trains running, said outgoing Vijayawada Divisional Railway Manager Anurag.
At a press conference here on Tuesday, Mr. Anurag said that the survey on the laying of the third railway line between Kazipet and Vijayawada will be taken up very soon and the portion (20 k.m.) in Vijayawada Division between Kondapalli and Vijayawada station will be taken up first and completed within two years.
The latest facility to be provided at the Vijayawada Railway Station is a drive-in facility with people able to directly coming onto the Platform No.10 from where three trains to Secunderabad are handled. Showing the facility to the newspersons, he said that a lift was being installed on the platform and an escalator would also come up very soon, for which tendering process had been completed.
The plans for the escalator had delayed the installation and the company manufacturing them had a long queue of buyers.
The platform No.10 would be provided with all the amenities to make it same as Platform No.1 in the days to come and the platform Nos.8,9 and 10 can accommodate the longest passenger train of 24 coaches now, he explained.
A new technology is being tried out at the station to fill water in train coaches just by connecting a hose, when the motor gets activated.
Meanwhile, Machilipatnam will have second platform built to accommodate 24 coaches and the existing one has been extended to 24-coach one so that increase in demand could be met following the Sea Port likely to be built in the coming years.
Buses to stop at Parcel Yard
The Railways is in talks with the APSRTC to make all the City buses to stop at the Parcel Office and take a turn towards the Bandar Road or Eluru Road from the other side of the Canal and avoid coming to the clock tower. This will decongest the whole area, he opined.
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Live Tamil Nadu Express fire: Police identifying victims' bodies


11:00 am: Additional DG Railways VSK Komdi has said that efforts are on to identify those who died in the fire in the S-11 coach of the Chennai-bound Tamil Nadu Express in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh. Some of the bodies have been badly charred due to the fire. Watch the video here.
10:30 am : Families whose relatives may have been travelling on board the Tamil Nadu Express in the S-11 coach can email details of their family members to the Government Railway Police at apgrp@yahoo.com.
Police authorities have requested relatives of those who may have been injured to send them details so that they can identify the victims and those who have been admitted to the hospital with injuries.
10:10 am : The district collector of Nellore has confirmed that the death toll will be between 30 to 35 due to the fire in a coach of the Tamil Nadu Express.
Twenty-six passengers were rescued from the coach S-11 which was completely gutted, PTI quoted Nellore Collector B Sridhar as saying.
Two of the injured were in a serious condition, he said. "The death toll in the affected coach will be around 30-35," he said.
However, an Associated Press report quoted Sridhar as saying that the death toll from the fire had risen to 47.
"There was a short circuit near the toilet and the train was moving at a speed of 110 kms per hour. It was going to Chennai from Delhi. All the passengers were asleep when the fire broke out at 4:30 AM. People were not able to come out immediately," he said.
10:00 am: Railway officials have said an compensation of Rs five lakh for relatives of those who died in the incident. The Hindu has spoken to some of the victims of the fire and describe waking up to screams.
"I woke up after hearing loud screams. All I could see was black smoke," Y Sampath, a software engineer at Syntel who was travelling aboard the train with his sister, told the newspaper. Sampath escaped through one of the doors that had not been locked. However, his sister who is also a software professional was missing.
The report also lists the names of some of those injured who have been admitted in the hospital: Verma from Raghav Nagar; Venkata Koteshwara Rao from Vijayawada; Hussain from Tirunelveli; Raghavan from Chennai; KK Sunil Kumar, from Delhi; Harsha from Chennai; and Sandeep Agnihotri from Jaipur.
0950 am: A PTI report confirms that 15 passengers have been confirmed as dead and 25 others injured.
Railway officials said bodies of 15 passengers have been recovered from the coach.
25 of the injured have been admitted to a hospital.
0940 am: The rescue train from Chennai has left for Nellore in order to help identify the passengers who were injured or killed in the accident.
An NDTV report says that the doors of the coach may have jammed which resulted in people being trapped after the fire broke out.
The coach reportedly had 17 passengers who boarded the train at Delhi and 11 who boarded it at Bhopal.
The report also indicates that a station master at Nellore may have spotted the fire and got the train to stop.
0910 am: A rescue train is leaving from Chennai to Nellore to transport the relatives of passengers who may have been injured in the accident, reports CNN IBN.
Railway officials say the death toll could be between 25 to 30 people. Five deaths have been confirmed so far, railway officials told the channel.
Rescue operations are still on.
19 coaches of the train have been taken to next station while five coaches have been taken to Nellore, a spokesperson for Southern Railways said.
All the trains on that route are operational now, the spokesperson said.
9:00 am : Several people were killed and others injured after the Delhi-Chennai Tamil Nadu Express caught fire near Nellore in the early hours of Monday, officials said.
It was initially reported by the IANS that five people were killed, though the toll was likely to rise. However, latest Times of India reports suggest that at least 25 people have died in the mishap and the toll is likely to go up.
A fire broke out around 5.30 am in the S11 compartment minutes after the Chennai-bound train left Nellore railway station in south Andhra Pradesh, about 450 km from here.
Nellore district collector B. Sridhar said five bodies were brought out while 15 injured were shifted to hospital.
While 15 passengers are believed to have jumped down from the burning compartment, there was no official word about others. A total of 72 passengers were travelling in the compartment.
A witness told reporters that many were trapped inside when the flames engulfed the compartment. "I was lucky to come out but many passengers could not escape as two doors were jammed and the smoke spread fast," said Sudhir.
Fire fighting personnel extinguished the fire and rescue workers were using gas cutters and other equipment to retrieve the bodies.
Ambulances were pressed into service to shift the injured to hospital.
Top officials including district collector and superintendent of police rushed to the scene and supervised rescue and relief work.
The district collector said burning bogie was detached to prevent the fire from spreading to other compartments.
He quoted some witnesses as saying that the fire was caused by short circuit near the toilet.
As the train was not moving at full speed, some passengers either entered the adjoining compartment or jumped down. However, those sleeping on the upper berths could not escape as the smoke spread fast and even the doors were not opening.
Helpline numbers at Nellore: 0861-2345863, 864, 865, 866 and 0866-2576924; At New Delhi Station: 011-23342954, 23341072, 23341074.
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24 Jul 2012

Delhi Metro Services at Three Metro Stations Not Available From 09:00 AM To 11:00 AM Tomorrow.


As per the directions received from the security agencies (in view of swearing in ceremony of President), three Metro stations i.e., Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan (on Line-2 i.e, HUDA City Centre to Jahangirpuri) and Khan Market (on Line-6 i.e, Central Secretariat to Badarpur) will remain closed for public from 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM on 25th July 2012 (Wednesday). However,   interchange will be allowed at Central Secretariat Metro station. Normal services for these three stations will be restored at 11:00 AM.

The Metro services on all other Metro stations will run as per normal schedule.
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SCR Introduces “Book Your Meal” Scheme in Trains


South Central Railway has introduced “Book Your Meal Scheme” for the benefit of passengers for the trains having train side vending facility. The passengers can now order formeals / breakfast by Phone / SMS and the food will besupplied to passengers at their berths / seats.
The facility is available o­n the following fourteen trains and the passengers can contact by phone / SMS o­n the phone numbers cited against each train.
Train Phone Number
1.12701 / 12702Hyderabad-Mumbai-Hyderabad Exp.09581030333
2.17031 / 17032 Hyderabad-Mumbai-HyderabadExp.09581030333
3.12785 / 12786Kacheguda-Banglore-Kacheguda Exp. 09581030333
4.17603 / 17604 Kacheguda-Yaswantpur-KachegudaExp. 09581030333
5.12747 / 12748 Vikarabad-Guntur-VikarabadExp.09959777235
6.12755 / 12756 Hyderabad-Narasapur-HyderabadExp.09959777235
7.17405 / 17406 Adialabad-Tirupati-AdialabadExp.09959777235
8.17651 / 17652Kacheguda-Chennai-Kacheguda Exp.09959777235
9.12760 / 12759 Hyderabad-Chennai-Hyderabad Exp.09959777235
10.17015 / 17016 Secunderabad-Bhubaneswar-Sec’bad Exp.09959777235
11.12797 / 12798Kacheguda-Chittoor-KachegudaExp.09959777235
12.12728 / 12727Hyderabad-Visakhapatnam-Hyderabad Exp.09701755255
13.12737 / 12738Secunderabad-Kakinada Town-Sec’bad Exp.09701755255
14.12735 / 12736Secunderabad-Yesvantpur-Secunderabad Exp.09059513533
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TRAIN LIKELY TO ARRIVE LATE DUE TO LINE BLOCK


TRAIN LIKELY TO ARRIVE LATE DUE TO LINE BLOCK


Due to line block in connection with engineering work o­n Renigunta – Arakkonam section o­n 27.7.2012, T.No.11041 Mumbai CST – Chennai Central Express scheduled to arrive Chennai Central at 16.45 hrs. o­n 27.7.2012 will arrive late by 60 minutes.
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ERNAKULAM – GUWAHATI EXPRESS (VIA. CHENNAI) CANCELLED TODAY


ERNAKULAM – GUWAHATI EXPRESS (VIA. CHENNAI) CANCELLED TODAY



          Due to deteriorating law & order situation and heavy disruption of traffic in Kokrajhar region over North East Frontier Railway, T.No.12507 Ernakulam – Guwahati Express scheduled to leave Ernakulam Jn. at 21.15 hrs. today (24.7.2012) and passing through Chennai Central at 09.30/10.00 hrs. o­n 25.7.2012 is cancelled.
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STOPPAGE AT BEAS STATION TO NEW JALPAIGURI- AMRITSAR KARMABHOOMI EXPRESS & SEALDAH- AMRITSAR EXPRESS


STOPPAGE AT BEAS STATION TO NEW JALPAIGURI- AMRITSAR KARMABHOOMI EXPRESS & SEALDAH- AMRITSAR EXPRESS

For convenience of the rail passengers, Northern Railway has decided to provide a two minute stoppage to the train no. 12407/12408 Amritsar -New Jalpaiguri- Amritsar Karmabhoomi Express and 12379/12380 Amritsar -Sealdah- Amritsar Express trains at “Beas” station with effect from 03.08.2012 (Friday) and 05.08.2012 (Sunday) respectively on experimental basis for six months as per the following programme:

The 12407 New Jalpaiguri- Amritsar Karmabhoomi Express train will arrive at Beas railway station at 04.48 p.m. and in the return direction, the 12408 Amritsar -New Jalpaiguri Karmabhoomi Express train will arrive at Beas railway station at 10.00 a.m. and will have a stoppage of 2 minutes in both the directions.

The 12379 Sealdah- Amritsar Express train will arrive at Beas railway station at 06.48 p.m. and in the return direction, the 12380 Amritsar -Sealdah Express train will arrive at Beas railway station at 11.25 a.m. and will have a stoppage of 2 minutes in both the directions.
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PARTIAL CANCELLATION/RESCHEDULING OF TRAINS DUE TO 8 TRAFFIC BLOCKS BETWEEN KURUKSHETRA- AMIN STATIONS OVER DELHI-AMBALA SECTION DUE TO CONSTRUCTION OF 4 LANE ROAD- OVER- BRIDGE AT LEVEL CROSSING GATE NO.- 88 SPECIAL


Due to placement of PSC Concrete Girders over track span in connection with construction of 4 Lane Road-Over-Bridge at Level Crossing Gate no. 88 Special between Kurukshetra- Amin over Delhi-Ambala Section, there will be Eight Power & Traffic Blocks of 2.30 hrs. each from 10.45 a.m. to 01.15 p.m. on 27.7.12 (Friday), 28.7.12 (Saturday), 30.7.2012 (Monday), 31.7.12 (Tuesday), 03.8.2012 (Friday), 04.8.12 (Saturday), 06.8.12 (Monday) and 07.8.12 (Tuesday). During the period of traffic blocks, the following trains scheduled to run on the section will temporarily remain partially cancelled/rescheduled as under:-

PARTIAL CANCELLATION OF TRAINS
ØThe 64465 (3-NKM) New Delhi-Kurukshetra EMU train will be short terminated at Karnal and 64454 Kurukshetra-New Delhi DEMU train will short originate from Karnal and will remain cancelled between Karnal-Kurukshetra-Karnal for above mentioned eight days.
RESCHEDULING OF TRAINS
ØThe 12460 Amritsar-New Delhi Intercity Express train scheduled to depart from Amritsar at 6.25 a.m. will be rescheduled to depart at 7.15 a.m. for above mentioned eight days.

ØThe 15708 Amritsar-Kathiar Express train scheduled to depart from Amritsar at 7.15 a.m. will be rescheduled to depart at 7.50 a.m. for above mentioned eight days.
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EXTENSION OF RUN OF SUMMER SPECIAL TRAINS


Railways have decided to extend the run of Summer Special trains no. 09722/09721 Delhi Sarai Rohilla- Jaipur special train and 09742/09741 Delhi Sarai Rohilla- Rewari special train upto to 30.07.2012 (07 trips in each direction) with immediate effect.

The services of 09722/09721 Delhi Sarai Rohilla- Jaipur special train and 09742/09741 Delhi Sarai Rohilla- Rewari special train will be available upto 30.07.2012. The other features like timings, route, stoppages, composition etc. will remain as unchanged.


In order to clear extra rush of rail passengers, Railways have decided to extend the run of Special trains no. 09640/09639 Ajmer- Haridwar- Ajmer Tri-Weekly Express by 3 trips each as per the following programme:

The service of 09640 Ajmer- Haridwar tri-weekly express special train will be available on 26.7.12 (Monday), 28.7.12 (Thursday) & 30.07.2012 (Saturday) when departing from Ajmer. In the return direction, the service of 09639 Haridwar -Ajmer tri-weekly express special train will be available on 27.7.12 (Tuesday), 29.7.12 (Friday) & 31.07.2012 (Sunday) when departing from Haridwar. The other features like timings, route, stoppages, composition etc. will remain as unchanged.
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Konkan Rail to introduce sixth rake for RORO service


The Konkan Railway Corporation (KRC) will soon introduce sixth rake for its RORO (roll-on roll-off) service.
RORO is a service that enables carrying loaded trucks directly on the railway wagons between two destinations.
Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, Mr Nandu Telang, Deputy Chief Commercial Manager, KRC, said that the RORO service was started with one rake in 1999. Now it has five rakes in the system.
Considering the good demand from truck operators, KRC is planning to introduce sixth rake on the Konkan Railway route after monsoon.
Earnings via RORO service
KRC, which carried 35,648 trucks through its RORO service in 2011-12, earned Rs 35.64 crore through this.
In spite of economic slowdown during 2008-09 and 2009-10, Konkan Railway earned Rs 22.43 crore and Rs 23.59 crore, respectively through RORO service.
Asked about the earnings forecast for 2012-13, Mr Telang said the corporation wants to earn Rs 40 crore through the service.
The 721-km RORO service between Kolad in Maharashtra and Surathkal in Karnataka takes around 21-24 hours. The truck operator, who makes two trips a week by road between these two destinations, can make three trips a week with the service.
Diesel consumption
On the savings to the nation, he said a RORO service uses around 3,600 litres of diesel by carrying 40 trucks on Kolad-Surathkal stretch.
These 40 trucks together will spend around 10,000 litres of diesel if they use the road to travel this distance. The nation saves around 6,000 litres of diesel with this service, he added.
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Train movement affected due to violence in lower Assam


Train service in the north east has been adversely affected due to the ongoing violence in lower Assam, Chief Public Relations Officer of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) S Hajong said on Tuesday.
In view of the serious law and order situation in lower Assam, running of trains have been affected and passengers are stranded in various stations.
Consequent to regulation of trains en route in between New Bongaigaon (Assam) and Alipurduar(West Bengal) resulting in bunching of trains, trains movement is affecting badly and all trains are now running behind schedule, a NFR press release said.
According to NFR press release the following is the latest position of trains enroute:
In Up direction (Guwahati bound)
1. 15959 up Howrah - Dibrugarh Kamrup Express of 23.07.2012 - left Srirampur at 07.45 hrs of
24.07.2012.
2. 12517 up Kolkata - Guwahati Garib Rath Express of 23.07.2012 - left Kamakhyaguri at 08.30 hrs of
24.07.2012.
3. 15645 up LT(T) Mumbai - Guwahati Express of 23.07.2012 - left Jorai at 07.55 hrs of 24.07.2012.
4. 12424 up New Delhi - Guwahati -Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express of 23.07.2012 - now at Kamakhyaguri at 08.30 hrs.
5. 12436 up New Delhi - Guwahati -Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express of 23.07.2012 - now at Samuktala Road at 08.20 hrs
6. 12506 up Northeast Express bound for Guwahati of 23.07.2012 - left Samuktala at 08.40 hrs of 24.07.2012.
7. 15661 up Ranchi - Kamakhya Express of 23.07.2012 left Jorai at 08.25 hrs.
8. 13248 Danapur - Kamakhya Express of 23.07.2012 left Alipurduar In at 09.05 hrs.
9. 15610 up Avadh Assam Express is now at New Coochbehar at 08.30 hrs of 24.07.2012
10. 15657 up Kanchanjangha Express of 23.07.201 left New Coochbeahr at 09.10 hrs of 24.07.2012.
11. 12513 up Secunderabad - Guwahati Express of 23.07.2012 left Falakata at 08.58 hrs of 24.07.2012.
In Dn direction (from Guwahati)
12. 15960 Dn Dibrugarh - Howrah Kamrup Express of 23.07.2012 - left Kokrajhar at 07.55 hrs of 24.07.2012.
13. 12505 Dn Northeast Express of 23.07.2012 -left Salakati at 08.08 hrs of 24.07.2012
14. 15620 Dn Kamakhya - Gaya Express is of 23.07.2012 is now at New Bongaigaon.
15. 12510 Dn Guwahati - Bangalore Express of 23.07.2012 -left Dangtal at 09.10 hrs of 24.07.2012.
16. 14055 Dn Dibrugarh - Delhi Brahmaputra Mail of 23.07.2012 -is now at New Bongaiagon at 08.20 hrs of 24.07.2012.
17. 15636 Dn Guwahati - Okha Express is controlled at Barpeta Road since 14.13 hrs of 23.07.2012 -left Basugaon at 08.40 hrs of 24.07.2012.
18. 12346 Dn Guwahati - Howrah Saraighat Express of 23.07.2012 - left New Bongaigaon at 08.45 hrs of 24.07.2012.
19. 15651 Dn Guwahati - Jammu Tawai Lohit Express of 23.07.2012 is now at Bongaiagon at 03.18 hrs of 24.07.2012.
20. 15609 Dn Avadh Assam Express is now at Rangiya .
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Central Railway gets cracking on 15-car train project


Central Railway (CR) has begun work on running 15-car services on between Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus and Kalyan by carrying out extension of the length of platforms.
The work on extending the platform is being carried out at platforms at Byculla, Kurla, Ghatkopar, Bhandup, Mulund and Dombivli stations.
A senior CR official said, "Our target is run as many as 10 services by October 2012. Apart from extending the work on the platform, we also have to undertake modification of yard or relocation of signal, wherever necessary."
Unlike WR, CR has decided to first extend the length of platforms where halts will be provided for 15 -car services. Western Railway (WR) introduced 15-car services rakes on its suburban section in 2009. They halt at all the stations between Borivli and Virar, except Naigaon.
The official explained, "On WR halts for 15-car services at many stations were provided months after the services was introduced. For example, it has not yet provided halt at Naigaon station as the work on extending the length of platform is still under progress."
Fifteen-car services on CR will originate and terminate from CST as well as Kurla, Dadar, Thane and Kalyan. The services will be planned without drastically altering the time-table, he added.
The fifteen car services will be increase the carrying capacity of at least 10 services on CR by 33 per cent when compared with 12-car services.
The number of services on CR is 1,573, including 208 services on the Thane-Vashi-Nerul-Panvel-Trans habour route; 580 services are on the Harbour line, of which 172 operate between CST and Bandra, and CST and Andheri. It has already augmented all its 785 services to 12-car from 9-car.
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Electrification surveys in two BG sections over


Cost of electrification would be Rs.300 crore. Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE) has completed surveys for electrification of the Erode–Tiruchi and the Tiruchi–Thanjavur–Karaikal broad gauge section.
The exercise was carried out after Railway Ministry in the 2012-13 budget accorded sanction for conducting electrification surveys in the two broad gauge sections in Tamil Nadu. The CORE Chennai Project Unit, which is executing electrification projects in Southern Railway and South Western Railway zone, is currently preparing the estimates for electrification of the two broad gauge sections after having completed the surveys.
The estimates would be forwarded to the Railway Board within a month to obtain its sanction. The cost of electrifying the two BG sections would be nearly Rs.300 crore, CORE authorities told The Hindu . A CORE official said electrification projects at a cost of Rs.550 crore were currently underway in different stretches in Tamil Nadu.
In the Chennai-Tiruchi-Madurai-Knyakumari trunk route, the section from Chennai to Dindigul has already been electrified by the CORE, set up under Ministry of Railway and executing various electrification projects across the country through its nine project units, including the one at Chennai.
Electrification works up to Kudal Nagar near Madurai in the Dindigul–Madurai BG section had been completed and application would be forwarded to Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) to carry out mandatory inspection and obtain clearance. The authorities hope that the stretch from Dindigul to Kudal Nagar would be commissioned by August.
With preliminary works connected with yard modification in Madurai currently on, electrification works in Madurai are expected to be completed by December. Joint checks were on in the Madurai–Virudhunagar BG stretch, which would be commissioned by December. Similarly joint checks were being carried out between Virudhunagar and Tirunelveli. Electrification works in the Tirunelveli–Nagercoil section had also been completed and application would be forwarded to the CRS to carry out inspection and obtain mandatory safety clearance for operation of passenger train services hauled by electrical locomotives.
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22 Jul 2012

Rail Traffic Restored on Up line also - Trains Rescheduled/Cancelled - Update as at 14.00 hrs of 21.7.2012


UPDATE AS AT 2.00 PM OF 21.7.2012
RAIL TRAFFIC RESTORED o­n UP LINE BETWEEN KASARA-UMBERMALI  

Rail traffic has been restored o­n Up line between Kasara-Umbermali from 1.00 pm o­n 21.7.2012.
Dn line was restored at 8.20 pm o­n 20.7.2012.  With this the rail traffic o­n Northeast line
(Kalyan-Kasara section) is fully functional.

TRAINS CANCELLED o­n 21.7.2012
1. 12131 Dadar-Sainagar Shirdi Express leaving Dadar at 21.45 hrs

TRAINS RESCHEDULED o­n 21.7.2012
1. 11401 Mumbai-Nagpur Nandigram Express (which was earlier announced as cancelled) will now run
to the rescheduled time of 20.15 hrs (sch dep 16.35 hrs)
2. 12105 Mumbai-Gondia Vidarbha Express (sch dep 19.10 hrs) RESCHEDULED at 00.35 hrs o­n 22.7.2012
3. 12137 Mumbai-Ferozpur Punjab Mail (sch dep 19.40 hrs) RESCHEDULED at 23.00 hrs
4. 12289 Mumbai-Nagpur Duranto Express (sch dep 20.15 hrs) RESCHEDULED at 00.10 hrs o­n 22.7.2012
5. 12111 Mumbai-Amravati Express (sch dep 20.05 hrs) RESCHEDULED at 00.30 hrs o­n 22.7.2012
6. 12809 Mumbai-Howrah Mail via Nagpur (sch dep 20.35 hrs) RESCHEDULED AT 21.20 hrs

UP TRAINS CANCELLED
1. 12162 Agra Cantonment-LTT Lashkar Express leaving Agra o­n 21.7.2012 at 23.50 hrs and arriving
LTT o­n 22.7.2012 at 22.45 hrs
2. 11062 Muzaffarpur-LTT Express leaving Muzaffarpur o­n 23.7.2012 at 15.50 hrs and arriving
LTT o­n 25.7.2012 at 03.40 hrs
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Metro begins work at Miyapur depot


L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd has commenced work at the Miyapur depot. The inauguration was attended by representatives from L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd (concessionaire), Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd on behalf of the Andhra Pradesh Government, independent consultant Louis Berger, and EPC contractor L&T Construction.

Mr M.P. Naidu, Project Director, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd, said “This event marks the completion of 100 pier foundations of the metro rail project across Corridor I & III.” The Miyapur Depot will serve the Miyapur–LB Nagar corridor spanning 28.87 Km with approximately 954 central piers and 27 stations. The elevated rail alignment proceeds from Miyapur and continues on NH-9 while passing through busy areas of city and terminates at LB Nagar. The Hyderabad Metro Rail Project will have three depots at Uppal, Miyapur and Falaknuma.
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Valsad- Sonpur Extended to Muzaffarpur


For the convenience of passengers, and it was announced in Rail Bidget 2012 Western Railway has decided to extended train no. 19051/19052 Valsad –Sonpur Shramil Express to Muzaffarpur .Train No. 19052 Ex Muzaffarpur w.e.f 23/07/2012 and trainno 19051 Ex Valsad w.e.f28/07/2012 .

The timings and the stoppages o­n the extended portion will be as under.





Day

10951

Station

19052

Day

Saturday

(D) 19.40

Valsad

(A)05.20

Wedneday

Monday

04.35/04.40

Sonpur

20.50/20.55

Monday



04.50/04.55

Hajipur

20.36/20.41



Monday

(A)07.15

Muzaffarpur

(D) 19.35

Monday
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IRCTC deactivates 44,000 multiple user IDs of agents


Cracking down on misuse of user IDs by agents to corner general and tatkal tickets, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) has deactivated as many as 44,000 multiple user IDs created by agents in the past 10 days.

In addition, the vigilance teams of IRCTC have also deactivated more than five lakh such IDs. Through this ploy, a handful of people sought to corner the tickets causing distress to the general public, according to Joint General Manager Public Relations, IRCTC, Pradeep Kundu.

The IRCTC — which operates the e-ticketing website of the Indian Railways — has about 1.35 lakh registered agents on its rolls. Some of these agents had generated multiple user IDs using the same mobile numbers and e-mail IDs. Apart from deactivating them, the culprits have been penalised Rs. 20,000 as per rules.

Since July 10, when the revised booking time for tatkal tickets was enforced, the IRCTC has been monitoring the bookings and even cancelling suspicious ones.

The move to segregate the tatkal booking timings, which start at 10 a.m., from the advance reservation period which opens at 8 a.m., has led to a massive jump in the booking of online tickets.

The IRCTC has recorded a high of 4.95 lakh ticket bookings on a single day and the average is around 4.47 lakh per day as against the average of 3.6 lakh tickets prior to the new arrangement.
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Mega Block on 22.7.2012


Central Railway will operate Mega Block o­n its suburban sections for carrying out maintenance work
o­n Sunday 22.7.2012: -

o­n DN FAST LINE BETWEEN MATUNGA AND MULUND STATIONS FROM 11.00 AM TO 4.00 PM.
Dn fast line services leaving CSTM from 10.28 am to 3.25 pm will be diverted o­n Dn slow line between Matunga and Mulund
stations & will halt at all stations between Sion and Mulund during the block period.

o­n UP AND DN HARBOUR LINES BETWEEN MANKHURD AND NERUL STATIONS FROM 11.00 AM TO 4.00 PM.
Dn Harbour line services to Panvel / Belapur / Vashi leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus from 10.12 am to 3.25 pm and
Up Harbour line services towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus leaving Panvel / Belapur / Vashi from 10.20 am to 3.39 pm
will remain suspended.
However special local trains will run o­n CSTM - Mankhurd and Panvel - Thane section during the block period.
Harbour line passengers Panvel / Belapur / Vashi are permitted to travel Via Trans Harbour Line / Main Line during the
block period o­n 22.7.2012.
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CHANGE OF TIMINGS OF PASSENGER TRAINS


The timings of the following passenger trains will be revised with effect from 23.7.2012.

1)T.No.56262 Bangalore – Arakkonam passenger will leave Jolarpettai at 14.00 hrs. instead of 15.10 hrs. and will arrive Arakkkonam at 18.00 hrs instead of 20.50 hrs.
2)T.No.56010 Vellore – Arakkonam passenger will leave Katpadi at 17.10 hrs. instead of 17.05 hrs. and will arrive Arakkonam at 18.50 hrs instead of 18.45 hrs.
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NEW TRAIN BETWEEN GUNUPUR AND PALASA FROM 21ST JULY


As announced in last Railway Budget for running of a daily passenger train between Gunupur and Palasa and to provide better facilities to the commuters, East Coast Railway has decided to introduce a new passenger train w.e.f. from 21stJuly 2012.
On the inaugural run, i.e. o­n 21stJuly 2012 Gunupur-Palasa passenger will be introduced from Gunupur Station. Shri Jayaram Pangi, Hon’ble MP (Loksabha) from Koraput will flag off this train at Gunupur Station in presence of Shri Ramamurthy Mutika, Hon’ble MLA from Gunupur.
58420 Gunupur-Palasa passenger will leave Gunupur at 20.15hrs, Kashi Nagar at 20.51hrs, Paralakhemundi at 21.32hrs, Pathapatnam at 21.45hrs, Tikali at 22.26hrs, Naupada at 23.05hrs, Rauthpuram at 23.12hrs, Pundi at 23.20hrs and will arrive at Palasa at 23.45hrs. In the return direction, 58419 Palasa-Gunupur passenger will leave Palasa at 03.30hrs, Pundi at 03.44hrs, Rauthpatnam at 03.52hrs, Naupada at 04.10hrs, Tikali at 04.21hrs, Pathapatnam at 05.00hrs, Paralakhemundi at 05.12hrs, Kashinagar at 05.47hrs and will arriveat Gunupur at 06.30hrs.
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Mysore-Sai Nagar Shirdi-Mysore Weekly Express Introduced


Train No.16217Mysore-Sai Nagar ShirdiWeekly Express will depart Mysore at 05 30 hrs o­n Mondays and arrive Sai Nagar Shirdi at 1130hrs o­n Tuesdays. In the return direction Train No.16218Sai NagarShirdi-MysoreWeekly Express will depart Sai NagarShirdi at 2355 hrs o­n Tuesdays and arrive Mysore at 0655 hrs o­n Thursdays.
Enroute these Trains will stop at Mandya, Kengeri, Bangalore City, Bangalore Cant, Yelahanka, Hindupur, Dharmavaram, Anantapur, Guntakal, Bellary, Hospet, Koppal, Gadag, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Solapur, Kurduvadi, Daund, Ahmednagar, Belapur, Puntamba.
These Trains will have Two AC III Tier, Two AC II Tier, Twelve Sleeper class, Three General Second class and two Brake van coaches, totaling to twenty o­ne coaches.
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18 Jul 2012

Abohar-Fazilka train chugs off, finally Minister of State for Railways KH Muniyappa inaugurates the rail link amid fanfare


The much-awaited rail link between Abohar and Fazilka was inaugurated today by Minister of State for Railways KH Muniyappa with the flagging off a passenger train.

The 42 km-long rail link built at a cost of Rs 225 crore connects areas in the border areas of Rajasthan, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.

Muniyappa said the Centre was keen to link more areas via rail for which the assistance of the state governments concerned was a must.

He said the Maharashatra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka Governments shared 50 per cent of the cost incurred on constructing rail overbridges and underbridges. Punjab too should do the same, he suggested.

The Union Minister said the delay in completion of rail projects was normal as it involved land acquisition. This in turn resulted in escalation of the project cost.

Muniyappa said the Centre was keen to restore the traditional rail link between Fazilka and Karachi in Pakistan. This would bring economic prosperity to the border areas of the two countries. Pakistan had already been approached in the issue.

He said work on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh rail link would be further accelerated to help move foodgrain to other parts of the country.

Groupism in the Congress came to the fore during the inaugural ceremony. While CLP Leader Sunil Jakhar and Congress MLA Rana Gurmeet Sodhi shared the dais with the Union Minister, party stalwarts Jagmeet Singh Brar and Virender Kataria chose to sit with the audience, even when invited by Muniyappa to the dais.

Kataria said those who had done nothing for the project had hogged the limelight. Muniyappa, who had breakfast at Kataria’s residence, later went to Jakhar’s house from where he drove to the railway station.

Jakhar urged the Union Minister to introduce air-conditioned goods trains to carry kinnow from Abohar and Fazilka to markets in the South. He also demanded that the frequency of the train to Nanded Sahib and Vaishno Devi be increased to thrice a week. Rana Gurmeet Singh demanded more trains between Chandigarh and New Delhi.

SAD MP Sher Singh Ghubaya, Forest Minister Surjeet Kumar Jiyani and MLA Gurtej Singh also spoke on the occasion.

There was jubilation as the train chugged into Fazilka. People from the town and surrounding areas thronged the railway station.

Jiyani and Ghubaya travelled to Fazilka in the inaugural train. Kataria and Brar sat with commuters in a separate coach. Kataria flagged off the train in its return journey. The Abohar-Fazilka rail line has five railway stations. The rail line includes 106 bridges, four major and 102 minor, and 27 level crossings.

(With inputs by Praful Chander Nagpal and Raj Sadosh)

LONG-AWAITED LINK

* The 42-km link has been built at a cost of Rs 225 cr

* It connects border areas in the states of Rajasthan, Punjab and Jammu-Kashmir

* Work on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh link to be further accelerated to move foodgrain, says Union Minister

* The Abohar-Fazilka rail line has five railway stations and includes 106 bridges

GROUPISM TO FORE

* CLP Leader Sunil Jakhar and Congress MLA Rana Gurmeet Sodhi shared the dais with the Union Minister

* Party stalwarts Jagmeet Singh Brar and Virender Kataria were seated among the audience

* They refused to come on stage even when invited by the Union Minister

* Kataria said those who had done nothing for the project had hogged the limelight
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Kashmir rail link by target date


KH Muniyappa, Union Minister of State for Railways, today said the high priority 288 kms long rail link between Jammu and Kashmir Valley would be commissioned within the target in 2017.

Muniyappa told TNS that work on the prestigious project had got delayed due to geological surprises, including seepage of water, encountered during tunneling in the fragile mountainous terrain.

He said the project was a marvel as it consists of the world’s highest bridges and longest tunnels. The 11-km long tunnel was being constructed under the Pir Panjal range to connect the rail line with the valley.

He described the rail project as the “most difficult” that had ever been taken in hand by the Indian railways. It was far more difficult than the rail line that China has laid up to Tibet.

Muniyappa said the government was serious in completing the project within the stipulated time-frame but many hurdles cropped up due to the topography and the limited working season in hilly area.

Tunneling has come as the biggest challenge as unexpected situations were being faced during the execution of work. He said the rail line was being constructed through the areas that had remained the hotbed of terrorism. However, residents of these areas were providing cooperation to the construction staff as the rail link would provide connectivity to the hinterland.

General Manager of the Northern Railways, VK Gupta, said all trains running on the heritage Kalka-Shimla track were being converted into LED lighting system. So far, only one train has been provided LED lighting and the rest would be converted soon.
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NWR’s double-decker train ready to be flagged off


The much-awaited double-decker train scheduled to run between Jaipur and Delhi has finally got safety clearance from Commissioner Railway Safety (CRS), which was the biggest hurdle in its operation. The authorities of the North Western Railways (NWR) are now waiting for the railway board to announce the official date to run the train between the two stations.
    It may be recalled that the first ever double-decker train for Rajasthan reached Jaipur on April 11 this year and was handed over to NWR.
    “The safety clearance has been given to us by CRS. Thus, we have asked the officials of the concerned departments and NWR’s Jaipur division to be ready for operations,” said a senior officer of NWR. The officials claimed that the train could chug off from the first week of August.
    “The ongoing Jaipur-Delhi non-stop has been extended till July 20. If this does not get extension, we hope to replace it with the double-decker that would also be operated on the same time table. One cannot speculate the dates but it appears that we will have permission,” said an officer.
    However, there is a possibility that it may be chugged off from August 1.
    Lalit Bohara, chief public relations officer of NWR said that the officials of the Jaipur division are ready and are awaiting the final dates. “It can start any time now since we have got safety clearances. The dates would be finalized by the railway board,” Bohara added.
    Earlier, NWR authorities were waiting for safety clearance and permission for its maiden run from the railway board.
    The train had already had two successful trial runs between Jaipur and Delhi.
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NEW DIVISIONAL RAILWAY MANAGER FOR CHENNAI DIVISION OF SOUTHERN RAILWAY


Shri Pradeep Kumar Mishra, has assumed charge as Divisional Railway Manager,Southern Railway, Chennai today (18th July, 2012).He is an officer of the 1980 batch of the Indian Railway Engineering Service (IRSE).He is a Civil Engineer by profession and did M.Tech. from IIT Madras.Prior to his assuming charge as DRM, he was Chief Engineer, Construction and had also held the posts of Chief Planning and Design Engineer and Chief Track Engineer of Southern Railway.

Shri P.K. Mishra has undergone training in Sweden and other European countries for concrete sleeper layouts.He was also deputed for construction of bridges across Brahmaputra, Ganges and Cauvery.
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17 Jul 2012

WR's New Bandra (T)–Bikaner Weekly Superfast Express flagged off


WR's new Train No.22474 Bandra (T) - Bikaner Weekly Superfast Express was flagged off by Smt Priya Dutt, Hon'ble MP and Shri Sunil Prabhu, Hon'ble Mayor from Bandra Terminus at 14.35 hrs on 17th July 2012. On this occasion Shri Sandeep Silas, Divisional Railway Manager and other Rly officials were present.


Train no 22474 will leave Bandra (T) at 14.35 hrs on every Tuesday from 17th July, 2012 and reach Bikaner at 12.35 hrs, the next day.

Similarly, in return direction Train No. 22473 Bikaner – Bandra (T) Weekly Superfast Express will leave Bikaner at 14.55 hrs on every Monday from 23rd July, 2012 and reach Bandra (T) at 12.45 hrs, the next day.

The train has AC 2-tier, AC 3-tier, Sleeper class and second class general coaches.

The train will halt at Borivali, Valsad, Navsari, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Nadiad, Ahmedabad, Mehesana Jn., Unjha, Sidhpur, Palanpur, Abu Road, Marwar Jn., Pali Marwar, Luni, Jodhpur, Merta Rd., Nagaur and Nokhastations in both directions.
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PURI-YESVANTPUR (BENGALURU) GARIB RATH EXPRESS FROM 20TH JULY


As announced in last Railway Budget for running of a weekly super fast train between Puri & Yesvantpur (Bengaluru) and to provide better facilities to the commuters, Railways have decided to introduce a new train w.e.f. from 20th July 2012.
On the inaugural run, i.e. o­n 20thJuly 2012 Puri-Yesvantpur weekly super fast express will be inaugurated from Puri Station.
22883 Puri-Yesvantpur weekly Garib Rath Express will leave Puri at 14.45hrson every Friday w.e.f. 20th July 2012 and will arrive at Yesvantpur at 20.00hrs o­n the next days. In the return direction, 22884 Yesvantpur-Puri weekly Garib Rath Express will leave Yesvantpur at 22.40hrson every Saturday w.e.f. 21st July 2012 and will arrive at Puri at 05.55hrs o­n every Monday.
        This train has  15 Garib Rath AC-3 tier coaches and two Break Generator Car with disabled friendly compartments in its composition having stoppages at Khurda Road, Chhatrapur, Brahmapur, Sompeta, Palasa, Srikakulam Road, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, Duvvada, Ankapalle, Samalkot, Rajahmundry, Elluru, Vijaywada, Guntur, Narasaraopet, Donakonda, Markapur Road, Nandayal, Dhone, Anantapur, Daramavaram, Hindupur and  Yelahanka between Puri and Yesvantpur.
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Mumbai-Pune Pragati Express to run via Diva-Panvel-Karjat till 25.7.2012


PRAGATI EXPRESS TO RUN VIA DIVA-PANVEL-KARJAT TILL 25.7.2012



Central Railway has decided to EXTEND the diversion of Train No. 12126/12125 Pune - Mumbai - Pune Pragati Express o­n diverted route via Diva - Panvel -Karjat further up to 25.7.2012.



There is no change in timings and halts of the train o­n the diverted route
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PERMANENT AUGMENTATION OF TRAINS


For the convenience of rail passengers, Railways have decided to augment the train no. 18201/18202 Durg- Nautanwa- Durg Express and 18205/18206 Durg- Nautanwa- Durg Express trains on permanent basis as per the following programme:

The train no. 18201/18202 Durg- Nautanwa- Durg Express train will be augmented by One additional A.C. 3 Tier and One additional Sleeper Class coaches from 01.08.2012 when departing from Durg and from 03.08.2012 when departing from Nautanwa.

The train no. 18205/18206 Durg- Nautanwa- Durg Express train will be augmented by One additional A.C. 3 Tier and One additional Sleeper Class coaches from 02.08.2012 when departing from Durg and from 04.08.2012 when departing from Nautanwa.
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BHUBANESWAR-TIRUPATI NEW WEEKLY SUPER FAST EXPRESS FLAGGED OFF


The Bhubaneswar-Tirupati new weekly super fast express train flagged off at Bhubaneswar Railway station today by Dr.(Prof) Prasanna Kumar Patasani, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Shri Pyarimohan Mohapatra, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Shri Baishnab Parida, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) in presence of Shri S.K.Mohanty, Divisional Railway Manager, Khurda Road Division.
Bhubaneswar-Tirupati new Weekly super fast Train will help the people of Odisha to visit Tirupati. 22871 Bhubaneswar-Tirupathi weekly super fast express will leave Bhubaneswarat 12.00hrs o­n every Saturday w.e.f. 14th July 2012 and will arrive at Tirupathi at 08.25hrs o­n the next days. In the return direction, 22872 Tirupathi-Bhubaneswar weekly Superfast Express will leave Tirupathi at 13.00hrs o­n every Sunday w.e.f. 15th July 2012 and will arrive at Bhubaneswar at 10.10hrs o­n the following days.
This train has o­ne AC-2 tier, Two AC-3 tier, Eight Sleeper Class, Three General Second Classand Two Guard cum Luggage Vans in its composition having stoppages at Khurda Road, Balugaon, Chhatrapur, Brahmapur, Sompeta, Palasa, Srikakulam Road, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, Samalkot, Rajahmundry, Elluru, Vijaywada, o­ngole, Nellore and Guddur between Bhubaneswar and Tirupathi.
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MORE COACHES FOR PURI-DIGHA WEEKLY EXPRESS TRAINS


In view to clear wait listed passengers and to provide better passenger comforts to the commuters, Railways have decided to augment additional coaches in permanent basis in Puri-Digha-Puri weekly express trains with immediate effect.

12579/12580 Puri-Digha-Puri Express will be augmented with o­ne additional General Second Class coach and Four additional Sleeper Class coaches permanently w.e.f. 14th July from Puri and w.e.f. 15thJuly from Digha. o­n augmentation of these additional coaches, this train will run with 17 coaches, i.e. o­ne AC-2 tier cum AC-3 tier, o­ne AC- 3 tier, Nine Sleeper Class Coaches, Four General Second Class Coaches and Two Guard Cum Luggage Vans in its composition.

Similarly, 22878/22877 Puri-Digha-Puri Express will be augmented with o­ne additional General Second Class coach and Four additional Sleeper Class coaches permanently w.e.f. 18th July from Puri and w.e.f. 19th July from Digha. o­n augmentation of these additional coaches, this train will run with 17 coaches, i.e. o­ne AC-2 tier, o­ne AC- 3 tier, Nine Sleeper Class Coaches, Four General Second Class Coaches and Two Guard Cum Luggage Vans in its composition.
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EXTENSION OF SURAT- VARANASI- SURAT TAPTI GANGA EXPRESS TRAIN UPTO CHHAPRA


For the convenience of the rail passengers, Railways have decided to extend the run of train no. 12945/12946 Surat- Varanasi- Surat Tapti GangaExpress train (five days a week) upto “Chhapra” station from 20.7.2012 as per the following programme:

The 12945 Surat- Varanasi Tapti GangaExpress train will depart from Surat station on every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 09.35 a.m. to reach Chhapra railway station at 06.35 p.m. the next day. In the return direction, the 12946 Varanasi- Surat Tapti GangaExpress train will depart from Chhapra railway station on every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 09.00 a.m. to reach Surat railway station at 06.50 p.m. the next day.

The 12945/12946 Surat- Varanasi- SuratTapti GangaExpress train will stop at Jaunpur, Shahganj, Azamgarh, Mau and Ballia stations enroute in both the directions on extended route from Varanasi to Chhapra.

With effect from 15.11.2012, the number of 12945/12946 Surat- Varanasi- Surat Tapti GangaExpress will be changed to 19045 when departing from Surat and 19046 when departing from Chhapra from 16.11.2012.
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MINISTER OF STATE FOR RAILWAYS SH.K.H.MUNIYAPPA INAUGURATES ABOHAR-FAZILKA NEW RAIL LINE TODAY BY FLAGGING OFF A NEW PASSENGER TRAIN


Hon’ble Minister of State for Railways Sh. K.H.Muniyappa inaugurated the newly constructed broad-gauge rail line between Abohar and Fazilka covering 42.89 KM and flagged off the 54559 Passenger Train at a simple ceremony from Abohar railway station to Fazilka today. Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha Sh. Sher Singh Gubaya, Hon’ble Member of Legislative Assembly & Leader of Opposition Govt of Punjab Sh Sunil Jakhar, Hon’ble Minister of Forests & Wild Life and Minister of Labour, Govt. of Punjab, Sh. Surjit Jiyani, Hon’ble Members of Legislative Assembly Sh. Gurjeet Singh Guriana, Sh. Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi were the dignitaries present on the occasion. Senior Railway Officers present on the occasion include General Manager, Northern Railway, Sh. V.K.Gupta, Chief Administrative Officer, Construction, Northern Railway, Sh. Dharam Singh, Divisional Railway Manager, Ambala, Northern Railway Sh. P.K.Sanghi.

Speaking on the occasion Sh. K.H.Muniyappa stated that the laying of the rail line not only spells direct connectivity for travelers between these two towns but also provides a better logistics option and thereby increased economic progress. Responding to the demands of the local public, Sh. Muniyappa assured that the Railway Ministry would study the same. While briefing media representatives at a Press Conference the Minister apprised them of the developmental works being done by Railways in the State. He also assured that steps will be taken to implement those development projects planned on cost-sharing basis expeditiously.

Sanctioned in the year 1997-98 at an anticipated cost of Rs.225.9 crore, the Abohar-Fazilka rail line will have 5 new railway stations in the districts of Firozpur & Fazilka. The rail line also includes 106 bridges-4 major and 102 minor bridges & 27 level-crossings. The inauguration of a new rail line marks a significant step in direct connectivity between Abohar and Fazilka towns situated on the Indo-Pak border as the present rail connectivity is through the circuitous rail link via Bathinda involving 250 route kilometers. The new rail line thus reduces total travelling distance to 93 Km thus saving 157 Km through the circuitous route. This direct rail line would also serve as distance saving and economical transport medium for the outward flow of rice and cotton from these parts to the rest of the country and for inward goods viz. fertilizers, cement and petro products from Western India to this part of Punjab.

Commencing regular operations from 17.07.2012, the 54559/54560 Bathinda- Fazilka- Bathinda Passenger Train will run as per the following schedule:

The 54559 Bathinda-Abohar passenger train, which is being extended upto Fazilka, will depart from Abohar Station at 11.05 a.m. to reach Fazilka at 12.25 noon. In the return direction the 54560 Passenger train which will now originate from Fazilka at 12.45 noon to reach Abohar 02.05 p.m. and continue its onward journey to reach Bathinda at 04.10 p.m. The 54559/54560 will stop at all stations enroute in both direction
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16 Jul 2012

STOPPAGE OF TRAINS AT MELMARUVATHUR FOR ADIPOORAM FESTIVAL


In connection with the Adipooram festival at Melmaruvathur, the following trains will temporarily stop at Melmaruvathur from 21.7.2012 to 23.7.2012 as per the timings given against each.

Sl. No.

Train no. & name

Timings at Mel-maruvathur

Remarks

1.

16177 Chennai Egmore – Tiruchchirappalli/ Kumbakonam Rockfort Express

23.58

Train leaving Chennai from 21st to 23rd July 2012

2.

12635 Chennai Egmore – Madurai Vaigai Express

14.45

Train leaving Chennai from 21st to 23rd July 2012

3.

12661 Chennai Egmore – Sengottai Pothigai Express

21.30

Train leaving Chennai from 21st to 23rd July 2012

4.

12637 Chennai Egmore – Madurai Pandiyan Express

22.45

Train leaving Chennai from 21st to 23rd July 2012

5.

16178 Kumbakonam/Tiruchchirappalli – Chennai Egmore Rockfort Express

03.05

Train leaving Kumbakonam/ Tiruchchirappalli from 20th to 22nd July 2012

6.

12636 Madurai – Chennai Egmore Vaigai Express

12.47

Train leaving Madurai from 21st  to 23rd July 2012

7.

12638 Madurai – Chennai Egmore Pandiyan Express

03.25

Train leaving Madurai from 20th to 22nd July 2012

8.

12662 Sengottai – Chennai Egmore Pothigai Express

05.00

Train leaving Sengottai from 20th to 22nd July 2012

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HYDERABAD Metro rail to chug through 66 stations


Design of the metro rail stations have been finalised and in all, the city will have 66 stations at 63 locations, said a press release issued by Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited(HMRL) on Sunday.

In a first of its kind, all the stations except at Ameerpet, Parade Grounds, and MGBS, will have a cantilever design, that is the station resting only on pillars in the middle with no side pillars. With the entire station resting on only about 10 heavily reinforced central pillarswithout any pillars on the sides, the road below will look open, spacious and airy, claimed HMRL.

A two-level - 'concourse level' and 'platform level'- stations will be built with entry and exit facilities for passengers with staircases, escalators and lifts at the road level. Commuters with smart cards or after buying tickets at the counters will enter the 'paid area' through an 'Automatic Fare Collection' ( AFC) gates. After entering the 'paid area', passengers can go to the next level, which is the platform level again through lifts, escalators and staircases to board the train.

Foolproof security features will be incorporated in the station design with the approval of various security wings of the Union home ministry.

The main security features include access controlled passenger entry with baggage checking arrangements, CCTV cameras and other surveillance equipment, resembling the tight security at airports. The stations will also be provided with fire protection and fire detection systems. The fire prevention system will be of international standards.
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15 Jul 2012

Facelift to Coimbatore Junction will be over before


Almost all the ongoing works relating to facelift to Coimbatore Junction and creation of passenger amenities will be completed one after the other from September and a station with a complete facelift will be a New Year gift for rail users, said Sujatha Jayaraj, Divisional Railway Manager – Salem on Friday.

Talking to The Hindu , Ms. Sujatha Jayaraj said that the work for creation of second sub-way into the railway behind the Superintendent of Police office and Thomas Park area is nearing completion.

The work for construction of a push-box type concrete structure is in the final stage. The sub-way will be connected with all the six platforms through an escalator.

Foot Over Bridge will be extended to platform 1 A and 5 and 6 and there will be a lift for the benefit of passengers, she said.

Improvements to the platform surface on 5 and 6 have already begun. Issue over the quality of sheets for the roof for the entire length of the platform has been resolved and roof works will also be completed within the next two to three months.

Similarly, elevation for the Western entrance and improvements to circulating area in the Western Side entrance of the Junction are also being speeded up.

Ms. Sujatha Jayaraj said that very soon there would be battery-operated cars for the benefit of passengers, especially senior citizens and ailing persons.

The division was waiting for the sub-way works and platform works to be completed to put these battery-operated cars to use. These cars would be introduced at Coimbatore, Erode and Salem Junctions.

Rail connectivity

D. Lakshmanan, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager added that for improving rail connectivity, the Division has already strongly recommended introducing overnight trains to Bangalore, Rameswaram and Mayiladuthurai from Coimbatore besides pressing for the extension of the Jodhpur – Bangalore Express upto Coimbatore as announced twice in the railway budget.

The Salem – Karur new railway line would be thrown open for cargo traffic first and after the inspection of the section by Commissioner of Rail Safety, the line would be dedicated to the nation for rail traffic well ahead of the New Year.

When asked about enhancing terminal facilities such as yard and pit-line for coach maintenance taking into account the future growth of the region, Ms.Sujatha Jayaraj said that considering that Coimbatore Junction lacks the required land, the administration was already exploring the possibilities of setting up such facilities wherever land was available, be it Coimbatore North or Podanur.

Talking to reporters after inspecting the Mettuppalayam Junction, Ms. Sujatha Jayaraj said that the railways was seriously considering steps to concede the demand for operating the Coimbatore – Mettuppalayam passenger train on Sundays also.

Additional coach

This train would be augmented with an additional coach to cater to the increasing passenger patronage.

Coimbatore Railway Struggle Committee has also presented a memorandum asking the railways to permit them to construct a building for one of the en-route defunct stations on the Coimbatore – Mettuppalayam station.

The committee had urged revival of Urumandampalayam, Veerapandi and Pudupalayam as the train was halting only at Periyanaickenpalayam and Karamadai stations.

The DRM also said that works relating to electrification of this section are also being stepped following an announcement in the budget. Electrification of the section would help in operating Mainline Electrical Multiple Units (MEMU).
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14 Jul 2012

Tiruchi–Tirunelveli express from 14-7-2012


Tiruchi–Tirunelveli Intercity Express (daily) would be flagged off on Saturday by Minister for School Education, Sports and Youth Welfare N.R. Sivapathi here.

The flagging off ceremony would be held at Tiruchi junction in the presence of Members of Parliament P. Kumar and N. Siva, Mayor A. Jaya, MLA Paranjothi, Tiruchi Divisional Railway Manager Manjula Rangarajan and divisional railway officials. The inaugural special would run to open timing.

Regular service of Tiruchi–Tirunelveli–Tiruchi (22627/22628) express would commence in Tiruchi and Tirunelveli from July 15. Train no. 22627 would leave Tiruchi at 7.15 a.m. and reach Tirunelveli at 1 p.m., the same day.

In the return direction, train no. 22628 would leave Tirunelveli at 2.15 p.m. and arrive in Tiruchi at 8 p.m. It would stop at Dindigul, Madurai, Virudunagar, Sattur, Kovilpatti and Vanchi Maniyachchi.

The train would have one AC chair car, six second sitting, six general second class, and two luggage-cum-brake van coaches. Advance reservations for the trains are open.
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Trains extended to Rameswaram


The 16779 Tirupati-Madurai Express, leaving Tirupati on July 22, Sunday, will be extended to Rameswaram.

According to a Southern Railway press release, the train will leave Tirupati on July 22 at 1.15 p.m. and reach Madurai on July 23 at 5.55 a.m.

Leaving Madurai at 6 a.m., the train will reach Rameswaram at 9.15 a.m.

The inaugural service of the extended 16780 Rameswaram-Tirupati Express with increased frequency will begin at Rameswaram on July 23 at 4 p.m. It will reach Madurai at 7.05 p.m. and leave at 7.15 p.m. The train will reach Tirupati at 10.35 a.m., the next day.

The increase in frequency of the 16779 Tirupati-Rameswaram Express will be from July 24.

The extended train will leave Tirupati on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays and Rameswaram on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Stoppage

The trains will stop at Mandapam, Ramanathapuram, Paramakudi, Manamadurai, Madurai, Kodaikanal Road, Dindigul, Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Kumbakonam, Mayiladuthurai, Sirkali, Chidambaram, Cuddalore, Tirupadiripuliyurr, Villupuram, Tiruvannamalai, Vellore Cantonment, Katpadi and Pakala.
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Additional coach this month

The East Coast Railway has temporarily attached one additional second-class sleeper coach to Train No. 12845/12846 Bhubaneswar-Yeshwantpur-Bhubaneswar Weekly Express from Bhubaneswar (till July 29) and from Yeshwantpur (July 31), a release said. The augmentation has been done with effect from July 1 and July 3 from Bhubaneswar and Yeshwantpur, respectively.With the augmentation, Train No. 12845/ 12846 Bhubaneswar-Yeshwantpur-Bhubaneswar Weekly Express would have a total of 22 coaches.
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13 Jul 2012

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NEW DELHI,HAZRAT NIZAMUDDIN railwaysation live Departures-Arrivals







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LONG DISTANCE TRAINS


S.N Train No Express( Western Railway) Frequency W.E.F
1 12932/12931 Ahmedabad - Mumbai Central AC
Double Decker Exp(Budget - 2010 -2011) Except Sun ---
2 22903/22904 Bandra(T) - Bhuj AC Express Tri-Weekly ---
3 19411/19412 Ahmedabad - Ajmer Inter City Daily ---
4 19301/19302 Indore - Yesvantpur Exp Weekly ---
5 19573/19574 Okha - Jaipur Exp Weekly 09-07-2012
6 19055/19056 Valsad - Jodhpur Exp Weekly ---
7 19202/19201 Porbander - Secunderabad Exp Via Vasai Weekly 11-07-2012
8 19029/19030 Bandra(T) - Delhi Sarai Rohilla Exp Weekly ---
9 22908/22907 Hapa - MadgaonExp Weekly 19-07-2012
10 19409/19410 Ahmedabad - Gorakhpur Exp Weekly ---
11 19452/19452 Gandhidham - Bandra (T) Exp Via Morbi Weekly ---
12 19251/19252 Somanth-Dwarka Exp Daily ---
S.N Train No Passenger(Western Railway) Frequency
13 69190/69189 Dahod - Anand MEMU Daily ---
14 69191/69192 Anand - Gandhinagar MEMU Daily ---
15 79455/79456 Pratapnagar - Chhotaudepur DEMU Daily ---
Terminating Trains on W.Rly( F.Rly Trains)
16 22183/22184 Habibganj - Indore AC Double Decker Daily ---
17 22185/22186 Bhopal - Indore AC Double Decker ( Non budget) Daily ---
18 22473/22474 Bikaner - Bandra(T)Exp Weekly ---
19 22830/22829 Shalimar - Bhuj Exp Via Bhopal Weekly ---
20 13425/13426 Malda Town - Surat Exp Via Nagpur Weekly 07-07-2012
21 11103/11104 Jhansi - Bandra (T) Via Gwalior -Maksi - Nagda Weekly ---
22 11703/11704 Rewa -Indore Exp Tri-Weekly ---
  Passing on W.Rly ( F.Rly Trains)
23 17020/17019 Hyderabad - Ajmer Exp Via Itarsi - Ratlam Weekly ---
24 18009/18010 Santragachi - Ajmer Exp Via Kota Weekly 29-06-2012
25 22475/22476 Bikaner-Coimbatore AC Exp Via Vasai Road Weekly ---
26 19713/19714 Jaipur - SecunderabadExp Via Nagda Weekly ---
  Extension of trains
  Train No Train Name To
1 12941/12942 Asansol - Ahmedabad Exp Bhavnagar ---
2 19605/19606 Kolkatta - Ajmer Exp.(New no- 19413/19414) Ahmedabad ---
3 59117/59122 Pratapnagar-BodeliPass Chottaudepur ---
4 19051/19052 Valsad - Sonpur Exp Muzaffarpur ---
5 12945/12946 Surat - Varanasi Exp (New No. 19045/19046) Chhapra ---
6 52938/52939 Botad - Gandhigram Pass (M.G)-Non Budget Ahmedabad 01-06-2012
  Increase in frequency
  S.N Train Name From - To ---
1 22451/22452 Bandra(T) - Chandigarh Exp 1 to 2 04-07-2012
2 12720/12719 Hyderabad - Ajmer Exp 2 to 3 ---

Seventy five new suburban services between 1)Churchgate - Virar, 2)Virar - Dahanu Road,       3)CSTM - Kasara, 4)CSTM-Karjar, 5) Harbour, 6)Trans Hourbour
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LINE BLOCK


Due to engineering work in Chengalpattu – Singaperumal section, following will be the pattern of train services for 10 days from 10.07.2012 to20.07.2012(except Sunday).


1.T.No.40519 Tambaram – Chengalpattu EMU local scheduled to leave Tambaram at 08.40 hrs. will be partially cancelled between Singaperumal Kovil and Chengalpattu.
2.T.No.40528 Chengalpattu - Tambaram EMU local scheduled to leave Chengalpattu at 09.40 hrs. will be partially cancelled betweenChengalpattu and Singaperumal Kovil.
3.T.No.40533 Tambaram – Chengalpattu EMU local scheduled to leave Tambaram at 13.25 hrs. will be partially cancelled between Singaperumal Kovil and Chengalpattu.
4.T.No.40540 Chengalpattu - Tambaram EMU local scheduled to leave Chengalpattu at 13.50 hrs. will be partially cancelled betweenChengalpattu and Singaperumal Kovil.
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Special train between Secunderabad-Jaipur via Nagpur

Railway has decided to run a special trains between Secunderabad and Jaipur via Nagpur to clear the extra rush of passengers.Train number 09736 will leave Jaipur on July 14 and July 21 at 9 pm on and arrive in Secunderabad at 03.55 am on the third day. The train will touch Nagpur at 4.50 pm on the second day.Similarly train number 09735 will leave Secunderabad at 11.25 pm on July 16 and July 23 and reach Jaipur at 06.15 am on the third day.The train will leave Nagpur at 10.30 am on the second day.
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IR Fare Suburban : IR Fare Suburban


SUB URBAN FARE AS ON 01-APRIL-2012.

DISTANCE (KMS) II CLASS I CLASS

II CLASS Monthly Season- MST Quarterly Season -QST 1 CLASS Monthly Season -MST Quarterly Season -QST

ADULT CHILD ADULT CHILD SC/ST STUDENT ADULT CHILD SC/ST STUDENT ADULT CHILD ADULT CHILD SC/ST STUDENT ADULT CHILD SC/ST STUDENT

1-5 4 4 70 70 25 195 195 75 45 45 275 275 750 750

6-10 4 4 70 70 25 195 195 75 45 45 275 275 750 750

11-15 5 4 85 70 30 235 195 85 55 45 365 295 1000 810

16-20 6 4 100 70 35 275 195 100 80 55 430 295 1175 810

21-25 7 4 115 70 40 315 195 115 85 55 500 295 1365 810

26-30 7 4 115 70 40 315 195 115 110 65 505 295 1380 810

31-35 8 5 130 70 40 355 195 115 110 65 575 310 1565 845

36-40 9 5 145 80 45 395 220 125 115 70 640 340 1740 930

41-45 10 6 160 85 50 435 235 140 115 70 710 375 1930 1025

46-50 11 6 175 95 55 480 260 155 125 75 775 410 2105 1115

51-55 12 7 190 100 55 52 275 155 130 75 855 455 2325 1240

56-60 13 7 205 110 60 560 300 165 135 80 920 485 2500 1325

61-65 13 7 205 110 60 560 300 165 135 80 930 490 2530 1340

66-70 14 8 220 115 65 600 315 180 145 85 995 525 2705 1430

71-75 15 8 235 125 70 640 345 195 155 90 1065 560 2895 1525

76-80 16 9 250 130 70 680 355 195 155 90 1130 590 3070 1610

81-85 17 9 265 140 75 720 385 210 165 95 1200 625 3255 1705

86-90 18 10 280 145 80 760 395 220 165 95 1265 660 3435 1795

91-95 18 10 280 145 80 760 395 220 165 95 1275 665 3460 1805

96-100 19 10 295 155 85 800 425 235 180 100 1340 695 3635 1895

101-105 20 11 310 160 85 840 435 235 180 105 1420 740 3855 2020

106-110 20 11 310 160 85 840 435 235 190 105 1425 745 3870 2025

111-115 21 11 325 170 90 885 465 250 190 105 1495 780 4055 2120

116-120 22 12 340 175 95 925 480 260 195 110 1560 810 4230 2205

121-125 22 12 340 175 95 925 480 260 195 110 1570 815 4260 2220

126-130 23 12 355 185 100 965 505 275 200 115 1635 850 4435 2310

131-135 23 12 355 185 100 965 505 275 210 120 1645 855 4460 2320

136-140 24 13 370 190 100 1005 520 275 215 120 1710 885 4635 2410

141-145 25 13 385 200 105 1045 545 290 220 120 1780 920 4825 2505

146-150 25 13 385 200 105 1045 545 290 225 125 1785 925 4840 2510

151-155 26 14 400 205 110 1085 560 300 225 125 1795

MINIMUM FARE 4 4 70 70 25 195 195 75 45 45 275 275 750 750

MINIMUM DISTANCE 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

EXPLANATORY NOTES APPLICABLE TO MUMBAI SUBURBAN LOCAL TRAINS

MUTP SURCHARGE 1-10 KM(Apply to All Mumbai Suburban Trains ) NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL

MUTP SURCHARGE 11-50 KM (Apply to all Mumbai Suburban Trains) 1 1 10 10 10 30 30 30 2 2 20 20 20 60 60 60

MUTP SURCHARGE 51-100 KM (Apply to all Mumbai Suburban Trains) 1 1 15 15 15 45 45 45 2 2 30 30 30 90 90 90

MUTP SURCHARGE 101-150 KM or exceed (Apply to all Mumbai Suburban Trains) 1 1 20 20 20 60 60 60 2 2 40 40 40 120 120 120

CIDCO SURCHARGE on all passengers travelling across Thane Creek from/to all stations beyond Sanpada upto Ghansoli i.e Turbhe/Koparkhairana and Ghansoli 2 2 50 50 50 150 150 150 4 4 125 125 125 375 375 375

Surcharge on all passengers travelling across Thane Creek from/to all stations beyond Ghansoli upto Thane or from/to beyond Thane i.e Rabada/Airavalli/Thane or from /to beyond Thane towards Ghatgopar/Kalyan etc. 3 3 67 67 67 201 201 201 5 5 167 167 167 501 501 501

Surcharge on all passengers travelling across Kalwa Creek from/to all stations between Airavalli to Turbhe i.e.Airavalli,Rabada,Ghansoli,Koparkhairana &Turbhe 2 2 50 50 50 150 150 150 4 4 125 125 125 375 375 375

Surcharge on all passengers travelling across Kalwa Creek From/To All stations between Turbhe to Kharghar that is sanpada,Vashi, Juinagar, Nerul, Seawood Darave, Belapur C.B.D., Kharghar. 3 3 67 67 67 201 201 201 5 5 167 167 167 501 501 501

Surcharge on all passengers travelling across Kalwa creek from/to all stations between kharghar to Panvel that is Mansarvoar-khandeshwar/panvel or From /To Beyond panvel. 4 4 80 80 80 240 240 240 6 6 200 200 200 600 600 600

surcharge on all Passengers Travelling From/To Any station in Navi Mumbai between Airavali-Turbhe-sanpada-Vashi-Panvel stations or From/To beyond Panvel Up to Vashi/Airavali stations (Without Crossing Thane or Kalwa Creek Bridges) 1 1 17 17 17 51 51 51 2 2 42 42 42 126 126 126

Surcharge on all Passengers Travelling across Thane Creek from/to all stations between Vashi and Belapur C.B.D. (Inclusive) 2 2 50 50 50 150 150 150 4 4 125 125 125 375 375 375

Surcharge on all Passengers Travelling across Thane Creek From/To all stations Between Belapur C.B.D. (Exclusive) and Panvel or From/To beyond Panvel 3 3 67 67 67 201 201 201 5 5 167 167 167 501 501 501

VENDORS CHARGES 1 TO 40 KMS 70

VENDORS CHARGES 41 TO 80 KMS 120

VENDORS CHARGES 81 TO 120 KMS 165

TOURIST TICKET 1 DAY ( Mumbai suburban Train only) 50 35 170 100

TOURIST TICKET 3 DAY ( Mumbai suburban Train only) 90 55 330 180

TOURIST TICKET 5 DAY (Mumbai suburban Train only) 105 60 390 210
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