23 May 2016

NEW AC WEEKLY SUPER-FAST EXPRESS TRAIN BETWEEN HAZRAT NIZAMUDDIN AND PUNE TODAY AND LAUNCHES A SERIES OF NEW INITIATIVES

SHRI SURESH PRABHAKAR PRABHU FLAGS OFF NEW AC WEEKLY SUPER-FAST EXPRESS TRAIN BETWEEN HAZRAT NIZAMUDDIN AND PUNE TODAY AND LAUNCHES A SERIES OF NEW INITIATIVES FOR THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC BESIDES NEW ERGONOMICALLY RE-DESIGNED & OPTIMIZED TOOLS FOR TRACK MAINTENANCE GANGS AND PILOT PROJECT FOR IMPROVING SAFETY AT LEVEL-CROSSINGS
EXPANSION OF VIKALP SCHEME OF ALTERNATE TRAIN RESERVATION TO DELHI-HOWRAH, DELHI-CHENNAI, DELHI-MUMBAI, DELHI-BANGALORE AND DELHI-SECUNDERABAD CIRCUITS
SALE OF UTS TICKETS THROUGH HAND HELD TERMINALS
NEW ERGONOMIC & OPTIMIZED TOOLS & EQUIPMENTS FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING PERSONNEL TO AFFORD GREATER WORK CONVENIENCE, IMPROVE TRACK SAFETY BESIDES BEING LIGHTER BY 10 KG
& PILOT PROJECT FOR IMPROVING SAFETY AT LEVEL-CROSSINGS THROUGH VHF BASED APPROACHING TRAIN WARNING SYSTEM AND OBSTRUCTION ALERTS TO TRAIN DRIVERS APPROACHING UNMANNED LEVEL-CROSSINGS
In keeping with the various budgetary proposals and in fulfillment of aspirations of the travelling public, Hon’ble Minister for Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu flagged off the H. Nizmuddin-Pune Weekly AC Express and launched a series of initiatives for travelling public besides new initiatives for improving safety and work convenience to civil engineering categories viz.
· Inauguration of New AC Weekly Express train between H. Nizamuddin-Pune
· Expansion of VIKALP Scheme of Alternate Train Reservation to Delhi-Howrah, Delhi-Chennai, Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Bangalore and Delhi-Secunderabad Circuits and
· Inauguration of Pilot Project of Sale of Unreserved Tickets through Hand Held Terminals
· Launching of Ergonomically Redesigned & Optimised Tools for Track Gangs, Keymen & Patrolmen and
· Launching of Pilot Project for Improving Safety at Unmanned Level Crossing
through video-conferencing at a ceremony being held at Camp Office, Mumbai today (23rd May, 2016). The ceremonial commencement of the above facilities was also held at a parallel ceremony at H. Nizamuddin Railway Station. Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Union Minister of Science and Technology & Earth Sciences,Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Railways, Shri Shyam Sharma, Hon’ble Mayor, South Delhi Municipal Corporation, Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Shri Janardan Dwivedi, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) were distinguished guests on the occasion at H. Nizamuddin Railway Station. Senior Railway officers present on the occasion include Shri V.K.Gupta Member Engineering Railway Board, Shri Mohd. Jamshed Member Traffic Railway Board, Shri Hemant Kumar Member Mechanical Railway Board, Shri A.K. Puthia General Manager, Northern Railway and Shri Arun Arora Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi Division and Senior Officers of Railway Board and Northern Railway.
Following the inauguration, the Special Train 02494 Hazrat Nizamuddin - Pune A.C. Superfast Express train departed from Hazrat Nizamuddin at 04.25 p.m. Regular services shall commence as per the following programme
Regular Run Of 12494/12493 Hazrat Nizamuddin- Pune- Hazrat Nizamuddin Weekly A.C. Superfast Express Train
The train no. 12494 Hazrat Nizamuddin- Pune Weekly A.C. Superfast Express train will depart from Hazrat Nizamuddin from 31.5.2016 on every Tuesday at 09.35 p.m. to reach at Pune at 09.25 p.m. the next day. In the return direction, the train no. 12493 Pune- Hazrat Nizamuddin Weekly A.C. Superfast Express train will depart from Pune from 02.06.016 on every Thursday at 05.15 a.m. to reach at Hazrat Nizamuddin at 05.35 a.m. the next day.
Comprising of One 1st A.C., Five A.C. 2 Tier and Eight A.C. 3 Tier coaches, the 12494/12493 Hazrat Nizamuddin- Pune- Hazrat Nizamuddin Weekly A.C. Superfast Express train will stop at Kota, Ratlam, Baroda, Surat, Vapi, Vasai Road, Kalyan and Lonawala stations enroute in both the directions.
HAND HELD TERMINALS FOR SALE OF UTS TICKETS:
The Unreserved Ticketing System serves nearly 2 crore passengers for purchase unreserved tickets daily through nearly 12,300 counters at 5864 locations and generating approx. Rs. 59 crores of revenue per day. Hon’ble Minister for Railways had announced in the budget speech of 2016-17 to commence sale of tickets through hand held terminals for the benefit of the suburban and short distance travelers.
The aim is to minimize waiting time for passengers at booking windows. For achieving this commitment, a pilot project is being launched today at Hazrat Nizamuddin station of Northern Railway for sale of unreserved tickets through hand held terminals. This expands the ‘Points of Sale’ of ticketing with minimal infrastructure requirement. These hand held terminals will reduce queue length at booking windows and passengers need not stand in long queues.
These terminals will work in disconnected mode and being portable, tickets can be sold in the non ticket booking zone of railway premises. These terminals can issue platform ticket, monthly season tickets and journey tickets for adult, child and senior citizens.
EXPANSION OF VIKALP (ALTERNATE TRAIN ACCOMMODATION SYSTEM) TO FIVE NEW ROUTES:
For the passengers using reserved accommodation, the facility of Vikalp (Alternate Train Accommodation System) is being extended to 5 major routes of Indian Railways viz. Delhi-Howrah, Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Chennai, Delhi-Bangalore and Delhi-Secunderabad. All the passengers booked under the scheme will be given an option for getting alternate accommodation irrespective of the fact whether the boarding/destination station of the passenger are originating/ terminating/roadside station. Under this scheme, Waiting list passengers can give choice to opt for VIKALP scheme to get confirmed berths in alternate trains if they are getting waitlisted ticket in the train of their choice. The scheme is implemented only on Mail/Express & Superfast trains. Once a VIKALP passenger has been allotted alternate accommodation, journey modification will not be permitted. No extra charges are taken from passenger or any refund is provided for difference of fare.
LAUNCHING OF ERGONOMICALLY REDESIGNED AND OPTIMIZED TOOLS FOR TRACK GANGS, KEYMEN AND PATROLMEN FOR INDIAN RAILWAYS AND SAFETY AT UNMANNED LEVEL CROSSINGS
The Indian Railways network extant is approximately 70,000 Route Km., with approximately 1.2 Lakh Km. track patrolled by a workforce of 2,60,000 strong manpower including officer, section engineers, gangs comprising trackmen, keymen, patrolmen in all types of weather including extreme weather conditions so as to ensure safety of tracks and trains and passenger at large. These men also do strenuous work of track maintenance. Sectional Gangs are normally having gang beat of 6-8 km. For assigned work, the track maintainers are carrying contingent of tools from their tool boxes to site of work. Each track maintainer carries about 5 tools, which weigh about 26 kg. The primary tools are Beaters, crowbars, rake ballast, phowrah and mortar pans. Keymen inspect the track everyday in the morning and also attend to minor abnormalities, initiate protection in case of major problems as well as do the planned activities of greasing of Rail fittings. Among the equipment being carried by patrolman, tricolor hand signal lamps and 3 cell torch are of great significance. To facilitate greater convenience in carrying these equipment, these tools have been ergonomically redesigned by using improved metallurgy and better design. This is envisaged to afford ease in working and thereby increased productivity. Total weight of the equipment carried by trackmen has now been reduced to about 16 kg from 26 kg, this is due to the reduction in weight of some equipment like crow bar, pans etc. and also in the number of tools being carried. By suitable design and review, the weight of tools in Keyman bag has been reduced from 16 kg to about 10 kg. Shoulder bag has been ergonomically redesigned to reduce the strain of carrying these equipment and keeping the hands free. For patrolman, tricolor hand signal lamps have been replaced with tricolor torches and helmet with miner’s light and improved staff poles for site protection has been provided.
PILOT PROJECT ON IMPROVING SAFETY AT UNMANNED LEVEL CROSSINGS
Accidents at unmanned level crossings over Indian Railways have been an area of grave concern and constitute nearly half of all fatalities every year. These accidents have an enormous safety as well as punctuality dimension. To buttress efforts of the Railways to improve safety at level-crossings, new initiatives harnessing latest technologies are being introduced after elaborate studies viz. Warning to road users of approaching trains using radio frequency based method and Sensing of Obstruction on level crossing and visual warning to train drivers. The former is by using radio frequency feed from VHF based approaching train warning system and alert road users through flash lights activated by signals picked up by special equipment. The latter is by electronic observation using suitable CC cameras. The application is so made as to sense obstruction more than a particular size. If the obstruction continues on the track beyond the normal travel time, the flashing yellow light is shown to driver of approaching trains to warn about the obstruction.
Speaking on the occasion, Hon’ble Minister for Railways stated the new initiatives in the ticketing segment viz. VIKALP, Hand-Held ticketing would afford greater convenience and facility to the rail passengers. Appreciating the new ergonomically redesigned tools for the civil engineering personnel, he stated that besides enhanced work convenience, these tools would reduce the burden of carrying the tools by around 10 kg for these personnel. Speaking on the pilot project for improving safety at level-crossings, the Hon’be Minister stated that on successful trials of the project, the initiatives would be accelerated in a big way. He also stated that the addition of the H. Nizamuddin-Pune AC Superfast Express was a fulfillment of a public demand for more trains on this sector.

SHRI SURESH PRABHAKAR PRABHU FLAGS OFF NEW AC WEEKLY SUPER-FAST EXPRESS TRAIN BETWEEN HAZRAT NIZAMUDDIN AND PUNE TODAY AND LAUNCHES A SERIES OF NEW INITIATIVES FOR THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC BESIDES NEW ERGONOMICALLY RE-DESIGNED & OPTIMIZED TOOLS FOR TRACK MAINTENANCE GANGS AND PILOT PROJECT FOR IMPROVING SAFETY AT LEVEL-CROSSINGS
EXPANSION OF VIKALP SCHEME OF ALTERNATE TRAIN RESERVATION TO DELHI-HOWRAH, DELHI-CHENNAI, DELHI-MUMBAI, DELHI-BANGALORE AND DELHI-SECUNDERABAD CIRCUITS
SALE OF UTS TICKETS THROUGH HAND HELD TERMINALS
NEW ERGONOMIC & OPTIMIZED TOOLS & EQUIPMENTS FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING PERSONNEL TO AFFORD GREATER WORK CONVENIENCE, IMPROVE TRACK SAFETY BESIDES BEING LIGHTER BY 10 KG
& PILOT PROJECT FOR IMPROVING SAFETY AT LEVEL-CROSSINGS THROUGH VHF BASED APPROACHING TRAIN WARNING SYSTEM AND OBSTRUCTION ALERTS TO TRAIN DRIVERS APPROACHING UNMANNED LEVEL-CROSSINGS
In keeping with the various budgetary proposals and in fulfillment of aspirations of the travelling public, Hon’ble Minister for Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu flagged off the H. Nizmuddin-Pune Weekly AC Express and launched a series of initiatives for travelling public besides new initiatives for improving safety and work convenience to civil engineering categories viz.
· Inauguration of New AC Weekly Express train between H. Nizamuddin-Pune
· Expansion of VIKALP Scheme of Alternate Train Reservation to Delhi-Howrah, Delhi-Chennai, Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Bangalore and Delhi-Secunderabad Circuits and
· Inauguration of Pilot Project of Sale of Unreserved Tickets through Hand Held Terminals
· Launching of Ergonomically Redesigned & Optimised Tools for Track Gangs, Keymen & Patrolmen and
· Launching of Pilot Project for Improving Safety at Unmanned Level Crossing
through video-conferencing at a ceremony being held at Camp Office, Mumbai today (23rd May, 2016). The ceremonial commencement of the above facilities was also held at a parallel ceremony at H. Nizamuddin Railway Station. Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Union Minister of Science and Technology & Earth Sciences,Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Railways, Shri Shyam Sharma, Hon’ble Mayor, South Delhi Municipal Corporation, Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Shri Janardan Dwivedi, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) were distinguished guests on the occasion at H. Nizamuddin Railway Station. Senior Railway officers present on the occasion include Shri V.K.Gupta Member Engineering Railway Board, Shri Mohd. Jamshed Member Traffic Railway Board, Shri Hemant Kumar Member Mechanical Railway Board, Shri A.K. Puthia General Manager, Northern Railway and Shri Arun Arora Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi Division and Senior Officers of Railway Board and Northern Railway.
Following the inauguration, the Special Train 02494 Hazrat Nizamuddin - Pune A.C. Superfast Express train departed from Hazrat Nizamuddin at 04.25 p.m. Regular services shall commence as per the following programme
Regular Run Of 12494/12493 Hazrat Nizamuddin- Pune- Hazrat Nizamuddin Weekly A.C. Superfast Express Train
The train no. 12494 Hazrat Nizamuddin- Pune Weekly A.C. Superfast Express train will depart from Hazrat Nizamuddin from 31.5.2016 on every Tuesday at 09.35 p.m. to reach at Pune at 09.25 p.m. the next day. In the return direction, the train no. 12493 Pune- Hazrat Nizamuddin Weekly A.C. Superfast Express train will depart from Pune from 02.06.016 on every Thursday at 05.15 a.m. to reach at Hazrat Nizamuddin at 05.35 a.m. the next day.
Comprising of One 1st A.C., Five A.C. 2 Tier and Eight A.C. 3 Tier coaches, the 12494/12493 Hazrat Nizamuddin- Pune- Hazrat Nizamuddin Weekly A.C. Superfast Express train will stop at Kota, Ratlam, Baroda, Surat, Vapi, Vasai Road, Kalyan and Lonawala stations enroute in both the directions.
HAND HELD TERMINALS FOR SALE OF UTS TICKETS:
The Unreserved Ticketing System serves nearly 2 crore passengers for purchase unreserved tickets daily through nearly 12,300 counters at 5864 locations and generating approx. Rs. 59 crores of revenue per day. Hon’ble Minister for Railways had announced in the budget speech of 2016-17 to commence sale of tickets through hand held terminals for the benefit of the suburban and short distance travelers.
The aim is to minimize waiting time for passengers at booking windows. For achieving this commitment, a pilot project is being launched today at Hazrat Nizamuddin station of Northern Railway for sale of unreserved tickets through hand held terminals. This expands the ‘Points of Sale’ of ticketing with minimal infrastructure requirement. These hand held terminals will reduce queue length at booking windows and passengers need not stand in long queues.
These terminals will work in disconnected mode and being portable, tickets can be sold in the non ticket booking zone of railway premises. These terminals can issue platform ticket, monthly season tickets and journey tickets for adult, child and senior citizens.
EXPANSION OF VIKALP (ALTERNATE TRAIN ACCOMMODATION SYSTEM) TO FIVE NEW ROUTES:
For the passengers using reserved accommodation, the facility of Vikalp (Alternate Train Accommodation System) is being extended to 5 major routes of Indian Railways viz. Delhi-Howrah, Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Chennai, Delhi-Bangalore and Delhi-Secunderabad. All the passengers booked under the scheme will be given an option for getting alternate accommodation irrespective of the fact whether the boarding/destination station of the passenger are originating/ terminating/roadside station. Under this scheme, Waiting list passengers can give choice to opt for VIKALP scheme to get confirmed berths in alternate trains if they are getting waitlisted ticket in the train of their choice. The scheme is implemented only on Mail/Express & Superfast trains. Once a VIKALP passenger has been allotted alternate accommodation, journey modification will not be permitted. No extra charges are taken from passenger or any refund is provided for difference of fare.
LAUNCHING OF ERGONOMICALLY REDESIGNED AND OPTIMIZED TOOLS FOR TRACK GANGS, KEYMEN AND PATROLMEN FOR INDIAN RAILWAYS AND SAFETY AT UNMANNED LEVEL CROSSINGS
The Indian Railways network extant is approximately 70,000 Route Km., with approximately 1.2 Lakh Km. track patrolled by a workforce of 2,60,000 strong manpower including officer, section engineers, gangs comprising trackmen, keymen, patrolmen in all types of weather including extreme weather conditions so as to ensure safety of tracks and trains and passenger at large. These men also do strenuous work of track maintenance. Sectional Gangs are normally having gang beat of 6-8 km. For assigned work, the track maintainers are carrying contingent of tools from their tool boxes to site of work. Each track maintainer carries about 5 tools, which weigh about 26 kg. The primary tools are Beaters, crowbars, rake ballast, phowrah and mortar pans. Keymen inspect the track everyday in the morning and also attend to minor abnormalities, initiate protection in case of major problems as well as do the planned activities of greasing of Rail fittings. Among the equipment being carried by patrolman, tricolor hand signal lamps and 3 cell torch are of great significance. To facilitate greater convenience in carrying these equipment, these tools have been ergonomically redesigned by using improved metallurgy and better design. This is envisaged to afford ease in working and thereby increased productivity. Total weight of the equipment carried by trackmen has now been reduced to about 16 kg from 26 kg, this is due to the reduction in weight of some equipment like crow bar, pans etc. and also in the number of tools being carried. By suitable design and review, the weight of tools in Keyman bag has been reduced from 16 kg to about 10 kg. Shoulder bag has been ergonomically redesigned to reduce the strain of carrying these equipment and keeping the hands free. For patrolman, tricolor hand signal lamps have been replaced with tricolor torches and helmet with miner’s light and improved staff poles for site protection has been provided.
PILOT PROJECT ON IMPROVING SAFETY AT UNMANNED LEVEL CROSSINGS
Accidents at unmanned level crossings over Indian Railways have been an area of grave concern and constitute nearly half of all fatalities every year. These accidents have an enormous safety as well as punctuality dimension. To buttress efforts of the Railways to improve safety at level-crossings, new initiatives harnessing latest technologies are being introduced after elaborate studies viz. Warning to road users of approaching trains using radio frequency based method and Sensing of Obstruction on level crossing and visual warning to train drivers. The former is by using radio frequency feed from VHF based approaching train warning system and alert road users through flash lights activated by signals picked up by special equipment. The latter is by electronic observation using suitable CC cameras. The application is so made as to sense obstruction more than a particular size. If the obstruction continues on the track beyond the normal travel time, the flashing yellow light is shown to driver of approaching trains to warn about the obstruction.
Speaking on the occasion, Hon’ble Minister for Railways stated the new initiatives in the ticketing segment viz. VIKALP, Hand-Held ticketing would afford greater convenience and facility to the rail passengers. Appreciating the new ergonomically redesigned tools for the civil engineering personnel, he stated that besides enhanced work convenience, these tools would reduce the burden of carrying the tools by around 10 kg for these personnel. Speaking on the pilot project for improving safety at level-crossings, the Hon’be Minister stated that on successful trials of the project, the initiatives would be accelerated in a big way. He also stated that the addition of the H. Nizamuddin-Pune AC Superfast Express was a fulfillment of a public demand for more trains on this sector.

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