30 July 2016

Extension of AC Superfast Special Trains between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Lucknow, Nagpur-Pune and Nagpur-Amritsar

EXTENSION OF AC SUPERFAST SPECIALS BETWEEN LOKMANYA TILAK TERMINUS – LUCKNOW & NAGPUR – AMRITSAR / PUNE
Central Railway has decided to extend the run of following weekly AC Superfast special trains o­n the same timings & halts to clear the extra rush of passengers during summer rush. The details are as under:-
(A) Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Lucknow AC Superfast Weekly Specials (6)
02107 special will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 14.20 hrs o­n every Saturday from 6.8.2016 to 20.8.2016 (3 trips) and arrive Lucknow at 13.45 hrs next day.
02108 special will leave Lucknow at 16.20 hrs o­n every Sunday from 7.8.2016 to 21.8.2016 (3 trips) and arrive Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 17.30 hrs next day.
Halts: Thane, Kalyan, Nasik Road, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Habibganj, Jhansi, Orai, Kanpur
Composition: One First AC, o­ne First AC cum AC-2 Tier, 11 AC-3 Tier, 4 AC-2 Tier & o­ne AC Pantry Car
(B) Nagpur – Amritsar AC Superfast Weekly Specials (6)
02125 AC Superfast special will leave Nagpur at 17.50 hrs o­n every Saturday from 6.8.2016 to 20.8.2016 (3 trips and arrive Amritsar at 21.05 hrs o­n next day.
02126 AC Superfast special will leave Amritsar at 04.20 hrs o­n every Monday from 8.8.2016 to 22.8.2016 (3 trips and arrive Nagpur at 04.25 hrs next day.
Halts: Bhopal, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra Cantonment, New Delhi, Ambala Cantonment., Ludhiana and Jalandhar City.
Composition :One First AC, Four AC-2 Tier, Nine AC-3 Tier
(C) Nagpur – Pune AC Weekly Specials (4)
02124 special will leave Nagpur at 19.50 hrs o­n every Tuesday from 09.8.2016 and 16.8.2016 (2 trips) and arrive Pune at 11.45 hrs o­n next day.
02123 special will leave Pune at 1515 hrs o­n every Wednesday from 10.8.2016 and 17.8.2016 (2 trips) and arrive Nagpur at 05.15 hrs next day.
Halts: Wardha, Dhamangaon, Badnera, Akola, Bhusaval, Manmad, Kopargaon, and Daund.
Composition:  One First AC, Four AC-2 Tier, Nine AC-3 Tier
RESERVATION: Bookings for extended services of Train No. 02107, 02125, 02123 & 02124 Superfast Special trains o­n Special Charges will open from 1.8.2016
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29 July 2016

South Central Railway 39,000 Berths / Seats Provided by Attaching Additional Coaches to Several Express Trains

In order to provide travelling facility for waitlisted passengers, South Central Railway will extend the temporary augmentation of following Trains with additional Coaches between 1st August to 4th September, 2016, as detailed below:-
1. Train No. 17618 Nanded-Mumbai CST Tapovan Express will be augmented with one AC Chair Car Coach from 1st August to 31st August, 2016.
2. Train No. 17617 Mumbai CST-Nanded Tapovan Express will be augmented with one AC Chair Car Coach from 2nd August to 1st September, 2016.
3. Train No. 17209 Kakinada Town-Bangalore Seshadri Express will be augmented with one AC II Tier Coach from 1st August to 31st August, 2016.
4. Train No. 17210 Bangalore-Kakinada Town Seshadri Express will be augmented with one AC II Tier Coach from 4th August to 3rd September, 2016.
5. Train No. 17235 Bangalore-Nagercoil Express will be augmented with one AC II Tier Coach from 2nd August to 1st September, 2016.
6. Train No. 17236 Nagercoil-Bangalore Express will be augmented with one AC II Tier Coach from 3rd August to 2nd September, 2016.
7. Train No. 17221 Kakinada-Mumbai LTT Bi-Weekly Express will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coach from 3rd August to 31st August, 2016.
8. Train No. 17222 Mumbai LTT-Kakinada Bi-Weekly Express will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coach from 4th August to 1st September, 2016.
9. Train No. 17208 Vijayawada – Shirdi Sai Nagar Express will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coach on 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th August, 2016.
10. Train No. 17207 Shirdi Sai Nagar – Vijayawada Express will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coach on 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, & 31st August, 2016.
11. Train No. 57477 Tirupati-Guntakal Passenger will be augmented with one Sleeper Class Coach from 1st August to 31st August, 2016.
12. Train No. 57478 Guntakal-Tirupati Passenger will be augmented with one Sleeper Class Coach from 2nd August to 1st September, 2016.
13. Train No. 17417 Tirupati- Shirdi SaiNagar Express will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coach on 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th August, 2016.
14. Train No. 17418 Shirdi SaiNagar-Tirupati Express will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coach on 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, & 31st August, 2016.
15. Train No. 12747 Guntur-Vikarabad Palnadu Express will be augmented with one AC Chair Car Coach from 1st August to 31st August, 2016.
16. Train No. 12748 Vikarabad-Guntur Palnadu Express will be augmented with one AC Chair Car Coach from 1st August to 31st August, 2016.
17. Train No. 17018 Secunderabad-Rajkot Tri-Weekly Express will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coach from 1st August to 30th August, 2016.
18. Train No. 17017 Rajkot-Secunderabad Tri-Weekly Express will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coach from 3rd August to 1st September, 2016.
19. Train No. 17002 Secunderabad-Shirdi Express will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coach on 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th August, 2016 (on Fridays).
20. Train No. 17001 Shirdi-Secunderabad Express will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coach on 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th August, 2016 (on Saturdays).
21. Train No. 12732 Secunderabad-Tirupati Express will be augmented with one AC II Tier Coach from 3rd August to 31st August, 2016.
22. Train No. 12731 Tirupati- Secunderabad Express will be augmented with one AC II Tier Coach from 4th August to 1st September, 2016.
23. Train No. 12764 Secunderabad-Tirupati Express will be augmented with one AC II Tier Coach from 1st August to 30th August, 2016.
24. Train No. 12763 Tirupati- Secunderabad Express will be augmented with one AC II Tier Coach from 2nd August to 31st August, 2016.
25. Train No. 17256 Hyderabad-Narsapur Express will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coach from 1st August to 31st August, 2016.
26. Train No. 17255 Narsapur-Hyderabad Express will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coach from 2nd August to 1st September, 2016.
27. Train No. 17230 Hyderabad-Trivandrum Sabari Express will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coach from 3rd August to 2nd September, 2016.
28. Train No. 17229 Trivandrum-Hyderabad Sabari Express will be augmented with one AC III Tier Coach from 5th August to 4th September, 2016.
The augmentation of Coaches will make available 8,464 berths in AC II Tier, 12,672 berths in AC III Tier, 4,464 berths in Sleeper Class, 13,392 seats in AC Chair Car totaling to 38,992 additional seats /berths generated for clearing extra rush and wait listed passengers.
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Permanent Augmentation of Additional Chair Car Coaches to Six Express Trains

South Central Railway will augment the following Express Trains by attaching additional Chair Car Coaches on permanent basis as per the details mentioned below:-
1. Train No. 12713 / 12714 Vijayawada-Secunderabad-Vijayawada Satavahana Express will be permanently augmented with two additional Chair Car Coaches from 30th July, 2016 Ex. Vijayawada and Secunderabad.
2. Train No. 17405 / 17406 Tirupati-Adilabad-Tirupati Krishna Express will be permanently augmented with one additional Chair Car Coach from 28th July, 2016 Ex. Tirupati and from 29th July Ex. Adilabad.
3. Train No. 17409 / 17410 Adilabad-Nanded-Adilabad Express will be permanently augmented with one additional Chair Car Coach from 29th July, 2016 Ex. Adilabad and Nanded.
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Extension of Partial Cancellation of Six MMTS Trains to improve Punctuality

Extension of Partial Cancellation of Six MMTS Trains
to improve Punctuality
Six non peak MMTS Trains partially cancelled between Secunderabad - Falaknuma on experimental basis is further extended for three more months from 1st August to 31st October, 2016. This is being done to improve punctuality as these services are running to the tight schedule
1. Train No. 47184 Lingampalli-Falaknuma MMTS service is partially cancelled between Secunderabad - Falaknuma.
2. Train No. 47162 Falaknuma-Lingampalli MMTS service is partially cancelled between Falaknuma-Secunderabad.
3. Train No. 47215 Lingampalli-Falaknuma MMTS service is partially cancelled between Secunderabad – Falaknuma.
4. Train No. 47216 Falaknuma-Lingampalli MMTS service is partially cancelled between Falaknuma -Secunderabad.
5. Train No. 47209 Hyderabad - Falaknuma MMTS service is partially cancelled between Secunderabad- Falaknuma.
6. Train No. 47199 Falaknuma - Hyderabad MMTS service is partially cancelled between Falaknuma- Secunderabad.
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Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways approves Rs.280 Crs“Rolling Stock Components Rehabilitation WorkShop” for Andhra Pradesh

Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways has accorded in-principle for setting up a “Rolling Stock Components Rehabilitation Workshop” in the state of Andhra Pradesh today i.e 28th July 2016. The Workshop will be set up at a cost of Rs.280 Crores.
The “Rolling Stock Components Rehabilitation Workshop” is meant to undertake Overhauling and Rehabilitation of important mechanical components such as Center Buffer Coupler, Precision Roller Bearings, Draft Gears, Critical Air brake Components etc. pertaining to High Speed Coaches and Wagons on Indian Railways.
Special purpose critical machines to be installed in the Workshop will be used to rehabilitate the components and supply the same to meet the requirements of various Workshops in the region where the Periodic Over Haul of coaches and wagons is undertaken including the Lallaguda Workshop, Rayanapadu Workshop and Tirupati Workshop on South Central Railway besides those at Hubli, Perambur, Mancheshwar etc.
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IRCTC to introduce optional travel insurance for train passengers

Railway passengers booking their tickets on the IRCTC website will be able to opt for travel insurance cover from September for a premium of just Re 1/-. IRCTC is set to introduce the new facility for all passengers of Indian Railways who book the e-ticket, excluding sub-urban trains, through its official website, irrespective of the class of the ticket, on a trial basis.

The scheme offers travelers or their families compensation of up to Rs 10 lakh in the event of death or permanent total disability, Rs 7.5 lakh for permanent partial disability, up to Rs 2 lakh for hospitalization expenses and Rs 10,000 for transportation of mortal remains in the event of death or injury from a train accident or other ‘untoward incident’ including terrorist attacks, dacoity, rioting, shoot-out or arson, as well as for short termination, diverted route and Vikalp trains. Train accident and untoward incident cases will be as per definition under Sections 123 read with Sections 124 and 124A of the Railways Act, 1989.

The insurance cover is uniform for all classes and the option available through a checkbox at the time of e-ticket booking. The premium amount will be automatically added to the ticket fare if the passenger opts for insurance. After the ticket booking and payment of premium, a message shall be displayed to complete the nomination details, which are necessary to settle the claims on timely basis.

Checking the option will make the coverage mandatory for all passengers booked under that PNR number and the premium charged accordingly. Users wanting coverage for children below five years of age will need to furnish details of the child at the time of booking and accordingly travel insurance premium will be added to the total amount payable.

The passenger will have to provide his/her email id mandatorily for receipt of e-copy of the insurance policy. They will also receive confirmation as a text message from the insurance company, on real time basis.

The coverage will be valid from the actual departure of train from the originating station to actual arrival of train at the destination station including process of entraining and detraining.  Post accidental medical treatment covers as well as transportation of mortal remains is also provisioned for all insured under the purview of the scheme. In case of diversion of a train, it will be applicable to the diverted route.

In case of cancellation of tickets, IRCTC will make an automatic refund of the premium amount after deduction of administrative charges to the passenger on the same account that was used to book the ticket.

The scheme is being implemented by IRCTC in partnership with ICICI Lombard General Insurance, Royal Sundaram and Shriram General.

A total of 19 companies participated in the bidding process and 17 were found eligible. The mandatory criteria for technical qualification were that: The insurance company had to be recognized and registered by Insurance Regulatory Development Authority for more than five years, the applicants had to have Pan India presence, with their office in more than 50% of Indian States/UTs, and also in four metropolitan cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai).

The three companies selected will get the insurance policy on a rotation basis from an automated system. IRCTC has engaged the providers for a period of one year, with the provision of extending the contract on a performance basis.

In case of passenger opting for insurance, the claim/liability shall be between passenger and the insurance company. In case of death due to accident 100% of the sum insured will be paid by the company.

The claims intimation should be immediate but not later than four months after the event. The insurance company is required to process the claim and send the cheque to the customer/legal heirwithin 15 days of the receipt of document. It is also required to discuss with the IRCTC Nodal Officer before rejecting any claim.    
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Indian Railways to eliminate all Umannned Level Crossings by 2019

The Hon’ble Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu is determined to fulfill ‘Mission Zero Accident’ promise. It is an endeavor of Railways to eliminate all unmanned level crossings on broad gauge in a phased manner by either i) Closure- Closing unmanned level crossings having NIL/Negligible Train Vehicle Unit (TVU) ii) Merger - Merger of unmanned level crossing to nearby manned/unmanned level crossing or subway/Road Under Bridge (RUB)/Road Under Bridge(RUB)/ Road Over Bridge (ROB) by construction of diversion road iii) Provision of Subways / RUBs or iv) Manning - Phased manning of unmanned level crossings, which cannot be eliminated by above means.
There are presently, 9340 total Unmanned Level crossings (UMLCs) on Indian Railways of which 6388 are on Board Gauge and 2952 on Meter Gauge/Narrow Gauge.
According to an internal survey, 40 percent of our accidents and 68 percent of deaths on IR takes place at level crossings. Besides, these crossings also lead to drop in speed and hence impact the throughput of the network. “We intend to eliminate all unmanned level crossings on Broad Gauge in the next 3-4 years for which innovative financing mechanisms are being developed”, the Hon’ble Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu committed in his budget speech 2016-17.
Unmanned Level Crossings on Meter Gauge/Narrow Gauge will preferably be eliminated during Gauge Conversion. Accordingly, survey has been carried out for elimination of Unmanned Level Crossings on Broad Gauge and planned for their elimination. Planning of elimination of 6,352(6,388 – 36) Unmanned Level Crossings on Broad Gauge by various methods are as under. Around 36 Unmanned Level Crossings on Rail-Bus route (16 Nos. in East Coast Railway and 20 Nos in South Central Railway) have not been planned for their elimination because of very less Train Vehicle Unit (TVU) and there are no records of any accidents on this route.    
Method of   Elimination  of  Unmanned Level  Crossings on Broad Gauge:
By Closure--51    
By Merger --408    
By Provision of   Subway--2799    
By Manning--3034    
Total--6352      
However, above mentioned planning is tentative as method of elimination of particular level crossings depends upon the consent of local authorities.
Estimated Cost of elimination of 6,352 Unmanned Level Crossings on Broad Gauge is approximately Rs,7,500 crores. The Ministry of Railways is determined to eliminate 1,440 Unmanned Level Crossings in 2016-17 financial year with 239 Unmanned Level Crossings already eliminated till June 2016. Around 24501 UMLCs have been eliminated in the last two years.
As per the budget 2016-17 commitment, ROB/RUB is constructed on cost sharing basis with State Government where traffic density at i.e., is more than one lac TUV (Train Vehicle Cost) per day. Generally, Railway construct ROB on cost sharing basis and an approximate cost of 2 lane ROB is Rs. 30 crore (equally shared by Railway and State Government). And an approximate cost of RUB/Subway is Rs.2.5 crore. Approximately, Rs 60-70 lakhs and Rs 10 lakh is spent on manning of UMLC and recurring cost of manning of UMLSs respectively.
To solidify the commitment, in November 2014, MoU was signed between Ministry of Railways at Ministry of Road Transport & Highways for elimination of level crossing on National Highway. As per MOU, MORTH/NHAI will eliminate all level crossings on NH corridors by ROB/RUB in next 5 years at their cost subject to availability of funds.
However, till the time complete elimination of UMLCs is done by complete conversion method and considering the large number of accidents at the UMLCs, in 2014 the Ministry of Railways had decided to take a dedicated step solving this by appointing ‘Gate Mitras’ at all vulnerable spots. The Indian Railways has a total of 4326 Gate Mitras presently, who counsel the road vehicle users for observance of safe practice while negotiating UMLCs. These Gate Mitras or Gate counselors—generally sourced from Home Guard, Ex-servicemen are being deployed as a purely temporary measure on contractual who are imparted training and are suitably counselled at appropriate level of the concerned Zonal Railways. The deployment of Gate Mitras has led to reduction in number of accidents at UMLCs. In 2014-15, 50 accidents took place UMLCs while in 2015-16, the number came down to 29.
Simultaneously, Indian Railways has been conducting awareness campaigns to prevent occurrence of such unfortunate incidents. The campaigns include organising Nukkad Nataks (Street Plays), distribution of leaflets in and around unmanned level crossings, sending of mass SMS alerts to road users at and around UMLCs, advertisements and posters, special lectures in educational institutions etc.
Under the existing Motor Vehicles Act (Section 131) –‘ Duty of the driver to take certain precautions at unguarded railway level crossings.—Every driver of a motor vehicle at the approach of any unguarded railway level crossing shall cause the vehicle to stop and the driver of the vehicle shall cause the conductor or cleaner or attendant or any other person in the vehicle to walk up to the level crossing and ensure that no train or trolley is approaching from either side and then pilot the motor vehicle across such level crossing, and where no conductor or cleaner or attendant or any other person is available in the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle shall get down from the vehicle himself to ensure that no train or trolley is approaching from either side before the railway track is crossed.’ 
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Strengthening bilateral ties and Transforming Indian Railways

To fast track the various developmental projects of Indian Railways, the Ministry of Railways have signed a number of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with various Foreign Railways/ Foreign entities for works like station development/ redevelopment, high speed railways, rolling stock modernization etc. Starting August 2014, MoU were signed with 12 countries for various projects. The details of MoU including Cooperation areas are:
1. People Republic of China (September 2014)
· -speed raising of existing lines in India· -High Speed railways · -Training · -manufacturing locomotives and rolling stocks · -Station development  · -Railway University  
2. Czech Railways (August 2014)
· -Automobile transport logistics · -Speed raising to 200 kmph · -Station development  · -Workshop modernization · -ICT technologies for passenger amenities · -Rolling Stock Modernization · -Signalling and telecom modernization  
3. Republic of Korea (South Korea November 2014)
· -High Speed Railways · -Modernization of rolling stocks and S&T · -Modernization of Railway operation and management  · Development of inter-modal transport, logistics parks and freight terminals · -Exchanges of construction and maintenance technologies for fixed infrastructure  
4. France (Protocol with SNCF, April 2015)
· -Upgrading of current passenger services to SHS (Semi High Speed) upto 200 kmph on the Delhi-Chandigarh Corridor. · -Renovation concept design of Ludhiana and Ambala Stations  
5. Canada (April 2015)
· -Freight movement · -Rail Safety regulations, including level crossings  
6. Kazakhstan (July 2915)
· -Rolling stock and train operations · -Modernization of signalling and communication system · -Development of inter-modal transport, logistics parks and freight terminals  
7. Slovak Republic (August 2015)
· -Station development and workshop modernization  · -Modernization of rolling stocks · -Modernization of signalling and telecom  
8. Germany (Joint Declaration of Intent, October 2015)
· -Commission and Finance a study on the feasibility of high speed rail in India  
9. UK ((November 2015)
· -Modernization and upgrading of existing rail corridors · -High Speed Rail · -Structuring PPP projects · -Modernization of Railway Stations  
10. Japan (December 2015)
· -Railways Safety · -Rolling stocks including train sets/ EMUs · -Information sharing for station development and land value capture · -Information sharing for environment friendly sanitation technology in trains · Signalling and telecommunication · -Railway Electrification · -Civil structure and railway track system · -Train control System · -Mitigation of natural disasters  
11. Japan (between RDSO and RTRI) December 2015
· -Safety in train operations · -Advanced techniques of maintenance · -Use of environmental friendly technologies · -Throughput enhancement measures  
12. Japan (HSR) December 2015
· -Mumbai Ahmedabad high speed rail corridor (MAHSR) will be developed using Japanese High Speed Rail technologies (i.e Shinkansen System) and experiences, in line with the result of the joint feasibility study on MAHSR.  
13. Russia (December 2015)
· -High Speed Rail · -Modernization of existing rail lines in order to raise speed up to 160-200 kmph · -Modern control and safety related systems based on Satellite navigation and digital communication means · -Satellite and geo-information technologies · -Transportation safety and cyber security · -Rolling Stock · -Heavy Haul transportation · -Organisation of Human Resources training for the Indian Railway, secondary and higher vocational education of students and advanced training of staff members including managers  · -Station redevelopment · -Dedicated Freight rail corridors · -Modernization, reconstruction and construction of track superstructure, civil engineering works, including bridges, tunnels and slab tracks.  
14. Sweden (February 2016)
· -Benchmark railway policy development, regulations, organisation and specific characteristics for each country · -Exchange of knowledge, technical expert, innovation technology, sustainable solutions and research · -Other cooperation projects agreed between the participants such as freight operations in cold regions, tilting coaches/trains, capacity allocation (time tabling) and optimization of maintenance and improved freight/ combination traffic. · -Training and continuing education program in reliability and maintenance of rail transport system for railway engineers and managers.           
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Indian Railways Electrification- Marching towards a better environment

Indian Railways Electrification- Marching towards a better environment
Introduction/Overview:
In rail budget 2016-17, Hon’ble Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu, announced that Railways have increased the outlay for railway electrification by almost 50% and propose to electrify 2,000 kms in the present financial year. Hon’ble MR, while presenting the railway budget said that complete railway electrification will not only be environment friendly but also economical.  
Electrification at a glance:
Presently, the Total Route kilometers (RKM) on Indian Railways as on 31.03.15 is 66,030 RKMs and Route kilometers electrified as on 31.03.16 is 27,999 RKMs.  As of now, 42.40 Percent of RKM has been electrified which includes, 64.80 percent Goods traffic and 51.30 percent Coaching traffic hauled by electric traction.  A total of Rs.26892 crore, in the year 2015-16, was spent on the electrification process (diesel + electric). Of which, Rs. 10406 crore i. e. 38.70% of total Indian Railway fuel bill was spent on electric traction (goods + coaching).  
Plan wise progress of electrification on IR
In the wake of industrial development in India and to cope with the growing traffic, electrification and dieselisation had to be introduced in the early 1960s. After the completion of the pre independence era i.e from 1925-1947, Indian Railways had electrified only 388 route-kilometres (rkm).
At the end of first Five Year Plan, Indian Railways had electrified 141 RKM was electrified. During the second plan, the electrification was extended up to 216 RKM.  In the Third Plan, electrification was extended over another 1,678 rkm. In the Annual, fourth, fifth, Inter-plan and sixth plan around 814, 953, 533, 195 and 1522 RKM respectively was electrified.
The pace of electrification was considerably speeded up and Indian Railways achieved progress of 2,812 rkm during the 7th Plan, 2,708 rkm during 8th Plan and 2,484 rkm during 9th Plan making a total of 16,001 rkm. In the 10th Plan, electrification of 1,810 rkm was achieved. In the recently concluded 11th Plan (2007–12) electrification of 4,556 rkm was achieved. By the end of 11th plan, 4556 RKM was electrified, increasing the cumulative number to 2224 RKM.
Six major trunk routes of the Golden Quadrilateral and diagonals i.e. Delhi — Mumbai via Central and Western Railways, Delhi — Chennai, Mumbai — Calcutta and Howrah—Chennai have already been fully electrified. Electrification of remaining Mumbai — Chennai Route (Nandalur — Pune) is in progress. A total of 1317, 1350, 1375, 1730 RKM in the financial years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 was taken up for electrification respectively.  According to the plan, a total of 2000, 2000, 2135 and 2135 RKM will be taken up for electrification in the years 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 respectively.
 Action Plan:
1.  18 New Electrification Projects included in Pink Book 2016-17 comprising 2569 RKM at a cost of Rs 2741 Crore, for which mandatory approvals and sanctions are in progress.
2. Electrification 24 Nos. railway routes (3276 RKM) have been included under Capital Investment Programme, through Joint Venture/SPVs/Partnership with State Government & Stake Holder, in Rail Budget 2016-17.
3. In lines of Hon’ble MR’s Budget pronouncement (2016-17), routes covering 11717 rkms have been identified for electrification through Extra Budgetary Resources (EBR) funding. Proposal for undertaking electrification of 72 Nos. routes have been processed for ‘In Principle’ approval of Board.  
PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION:
A number of steps have been taken by the Indian Railways to improve project delivery:
1. Bringing in Efficiency through modernisation in Railway Electrification:  · Self-Propelled Wiring Train: for simultaneous stringing of Catenary and Contact Wires · Self-Propelled Multi Utility cum-Mast Erection Vehicle: for efficiency and reduction of Block time
2. EPC Contract on a pilot basis: Delhi-Rewari-Jaipur- Phulera-Ajmer RE work on EPC Contract Request-for- Proposal (RFP) opened on 02.05.16 at Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE), Allahabad, and is presently under consideration.
3. Delegation of tender acceptance and sanction of detailed estimate power to General Managers
4. Implementation of Projects through Railway PSU
5. RVNL executing 300 RKM per year. Steps taken to enhance RVNL’s electrification output to 1000 RKM per year.
6. Creation of New Window for funding of Electrification Projects through Institutional Funding Mechanism.
New technological developments in electric traction:
1. 2X25,000 Volts OHE system against 25,000 Volt OHE system on Eastern and Western DFC to reduce number of TSS and increase number of trains in the section.
2. High rise OHE of 7.5 mts to carry double stack container traffic Western DFC
3. Intelligent Tower Car for predictive maintenance of OHE.
4. Mechanized Wiring Train for Railway Electrification
Achievements so far (2015-16):
1. Varanasi - Janghai Unchahar incl Phaphamau - Prayag Allahabad electrification commissioned.
2. Ghaziabad - Meerut - Saharanpur electrification commissioned.
3. New Delhi to Lucknow connected on electric traction via Moradabad- Ghaziabad - Moradabad electrification commissioned.
4. Electric traction reaches Mettupalayam: Coimbatore- Mettupalayam electrification commissioned.
5. Electric traction reaches Gorakhpur: Bhatni – Gorakhpur -Domingarh opened on electric traction. Gonda – Basti commissioned.
6. Domingarh – Basti to be commissioned shortly.
7. Alwar - Rewari electrification commissioned. With this Mathura -Alwar - Rewari is completed on electric traction.
8. Barauni - Mansi electrification commissioned Manmad - Daund via Shirdi connected on electric traction -Puntamba-Daund electrification completed.
9. Gooty – Dharamavaram electrification completed.
10. Laksar - Haridwar electrification completed.
11. Garwa Road - Meralgram electrification commissioned.
12. Kozikode - Kannur - Charvattur electrification commissioned.
13. Ib - Jharsuguda - Lapanga electrification commissioned.  
Other developments:
1. Electrification of Railway tracks to be made a NATIONAL MISSION for energy security & energy efficiency.
 2. New Railway Electrification projects of about 10000 RKMs to be sanctioned in next three years. Availability of funds @ Rs. 3000-3500 Crores per annum should continue.
3. All port connectivity routes, DFC feeder routes, HDN routes, missing links are to be electrified.
4. Projects costing Rs. 1000 Crore and above should only be sent to NITI Aayog for In-Principle Approval.                     
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SUVIDHA SPECIAL TRAIN FROM ERNAKULAM JN. TO HOWRAH (VIA KATPADI, RENIGUNTA) & AC SUPERFAST SPECIAL FARE SPECIAL TRAIN FROM CHENNAI CENTRAL TO HOWRAH

SUPERFAST SUVIDHA SPECIAL TRAIN FROM ERNAKULAM JN. TO HOWRAH (VIA KATPADI, RENIGUNTA)
 Train No. 02854 Ernakulam Jn. – Howrah superfast Suvidha special train will leave Ernakulam Jn. at 08.50 hrs. o­n 9th and 30th August 2016 and reach Howrah at 23.00 hrs. the next day.
Composition:AC 2-tier – 1, AC 3-tier – 4, Sleeper Class – 12 & Luggage-cum-brake van – 2coaches.
Stoppages:Aluva, Thrissur, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Erode, Jolarpettai, Katpadi, Renigunta, Nellore, O­ngole, Vijayawada, Eluru, Rajahmundry, Visakhapatnam, Brahmapur, Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Bhadrak and Kharagpur.
Reservation for Train No.02854 Ernakulam – Howrah Superfast Superfast Suvidha Special o­n 9th August is open, and for the Suvidha Special o­n 30th August, reservations will open o­n 31st July 2016.
AC SUPERFAST SPECIAL FARE SPECIAL TRAIN FROM CHENNAI CENTRAL TO HOWRAH
 Train No. 00842 Chennai Central – Howrah AC superfast special fare special train will leave Chennai Central at 17.10 hrs  o­n 04th & 11th September, 2016 and reach Howrah at 18.30 hrs. the next day.
Composition:AC 3-tier – 14 coaches.
Stoppages:Nellore, Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Duvvada, Visakhapatnam, Brahmapur, Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Bhadrak and Kharagpur.
Reservations are open for the above trains o­n 4th and 11th September 2016.
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CHANGES IN PATTERN OF TRAIN SERVICES between Katpadi – Jolarpettai from 1st August to 25th August 2016

Due to line block permitted for 18 days from 1st August to 25th August 2016 to facilitate engineering works related to deep screening of ballast between Katpadi – Jolarpettai, the following changes will be made in the pattern of train services as explained below.
1.Train No.22626  Bengaluru – Chennai Central Double Decker Express  train will be regulated at Jolarpettai for 35 minutes, and will reach Chennai Central late by 35 minutes from 1st August 2016 to 25th August 2016 except o­n Tuesdays and Saturdays.
2.Train No.12640  Bengaluru – Chennai Central Brindhavan Express  train will be regulated at Jolarpettai for 10 minutes, and reach Chennai Central late by 10 minutes from 1st August 2016 to 25th August 2016 except o­n Tuesdays and Saturdays.
3.Train No. 13352  Alleppey – Dhanbad/Bokaro Express  train will be regulated at Jolarpettai for 10 minutes from 1st August 2016 to 25th August 2016 except o­n Tuesdays and Saturdays. The time lost will be made up enroute.
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Central Railway Mega Block on 31.7.2016

Central Railway will operate Mega Block on its suburban sections for carrying out maintenance work o­n 31.7.2016:



MATUNGA-MULUND DN SLOW LINE FROM 11.50 AM TO 3.50 PM

All Dn slow services leaving Matunga from 11.22 am to 3.42 pm will be diverted o­n Dn fast line between Matunga and Mulund stations halting at Sion, Kurla, Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup and Mulund stations and further re-diverted to Dn slow line at Mulund station.

All Dn fast services leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai from 10.48 am to 2.54 pm will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup and Mulund stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts and will arrive destination 20 minutes behind schedule.

All Up fast services leaving Thane from 11.22 am to 3.28 pm will halt at Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kurla stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts and will arrive destination 15 minutes behind schedule.

All slow services arriving and leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm will arrive destination 10 minutes behind schedule.

CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI TERMINUS – CHUNABHATTI / MAHIM DN HARBOUR LINE FROM 11.40 AM TO 3.40 PM

CHUNABHATTI / MAHIM - CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI TERMINUS –UP HARBOUR LINE FROM 11.10 AM TO 3.10 PM

Dn Harbour line services to Vashi / Belapur /Panvel leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai from 11.21 am to 3.53 pm and Dn harbour line services to Bandra / Andheri leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai from 11.04 am to 3.49 pm will remain suspended.

All Up Harbour line services for Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai leaving Panvel/Belapur/Vashi from 9.52 am to 2.32 pmand Up harbour line services for Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai leaving Andheri / Bandra from 10.44 am to 4.10 pm will remain suspended.

However, Special services will be run between Panvel and Kurla (Platform No.8) during the block period.

Harbour line passengers are permitted to travel via Main Line and Western Railway from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.
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Central Railway RENUMBERING AND SPEEDING UP OF TRAINS FROM. 1.10.2016

RENUMBERING AND SPEEDING UP OF TRAINS
           Central Railway has decided to speed up 11069/11070 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Allahabad-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express (Biweekly) and 11207/11208 Nagpur-Rewa Express weekly w.e.f. 1.10.2016 because of speeding up of 11069/11070 and 11207/11208 its category will be change to Super-Fast and trains will also re-numbered.The details are as under:-
Sr.No. Existing No. / Days of Service Revised No. / Days of Service Re-numbered w.e.f. Speeded up by
01 11069 LTT-ALD Exp. (Bi-weekly) Tue., Sun. 22129 LTT-ALD Exp(Bi-weekly) Tue., Sun. Ex.LTT 4.12.2016 (Sunday) 0’.03”
02 11070 ALD- LTT Exp. (Bi-weekly) Wed., Mon. 22130 ALD - LTT Exp(Bi-weekly) Wed., Sun. Ex.ALD 5.12.2016 (Monday) 2’.30”
03 11207 NGP-Rewa Exp. (weekly) Wed. 22135 NGP-Rewa Exp. (weekly) Wed. Ex. Nagpur 7.12.2016
Wed. 2’.20”
04 11208 Rewa - NGP Exp. (weekly) Wed. 22136 Rewa - NGP Exp. (weekly) Wed. Ex. Rewa 7.12.2016
Wed. 2’. 05”
Passengers are requested to please note and avail this facility.

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Western Railway JUMBO BLOCK ON UP & DN HARBOUR LINES BETWEEN MAHIM AND ANDHERI On 31st July, 2016

To carry out maintenance work of tracks, signaling & overhead equipments, a jumbo block will be taken o­n Up & Dn Harbour lines between Mahim and Andheri stations from 11.00 hrs to 16:00 hrs o­n Sunday i.e 31st July, 2016.

          During the block period, some harbour line trains and some trains between Churchgate – Andheri - Churchgate will remain cancelled. There will be no services o­n the harbour corridor during the block period between Bandra and Andheri stations.
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W. RLY TO ATTACH EXTRA COACHES ON TEMPORARY BASIS

For the convenience of the passengers, Western Railway has decided to augment extra General coaches in the following pair of trains o­n temporary basis.

The details are as under:

Sr.

No

Train No.

Train Name

From

To

Type of extra coach added

Details of Schedule

(with effect from)

1

12921 / 12922

Flying Ranee Express

Mumbai Central

Surat

One

General Coach

Extended upto 05.08.2016

2

12935 / 12936

Intercity Express

Bandra (T)

Surat

One

General Coach

30.07.2016 to 05.08.2016

3

19059 / 19060

Intercity Express

Surat

Jamnagar

One

General Coach

30.07.2016 to 05.08.2016

However, 3 General coaches temporarily augmented o­n train no. 19021 / 19022 Bandra (T) – Lucknow Express will be withdrawn from 30.07.2016.

Similarly, 3 General coaches temporarily augmented o­n train no. 22917 / 22918 Bandra (T) – Haridwar Superfast Express will be withdrawn from 03.08.2016.
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TRAIN NO 14020/14019 BETWEEN ANAND VIHAR TERMINAL-AGARTALA- ANAND VIHAR TERMINAL TRIPURA SUNDRI EXPRESS

REGULAR RUN OF 14020/14019 ANAND VIHAR TERMINAL-AGARTALA- ANAND VIHAR TERMINAL TRIPURA SUNDRI EXPRESS TRAIN FROM 08.08.2016
The 14020 Anand Vihar Terminal - Agartala Tripura Sundri Weekly Express Train will depart from Anand Vihar Terminal at 11.55 p.m. o­n every Monday from 08.08.2016 to reach Agartala at 11.45 p.m. the next day. In the return direction, the 14019 Agartala - Anand Vihar Terminal Tripura Sundri Weekly Express Train will depart from Agartala at 02.00 p.m. o­n every Thursday from 11.08.2016 to reach Anand Vihar Terminal at 12.50  p.m. the next day.
Consisting of, o­ne AC 2 Tier, three AC 3 Tier, five sleeper class , three General Class & two second class cum luggage van  coaches ,the  14020/14019 Anand Vihar Terminal-Agartala- Anand Vihar Terminal Tripura Sundri Express will stop at Kanpur, Allahabad, Mughal Sarai, Patliputra, Barauni, New Jalpaiguri,New  Bongaigaon, Guwahati, Jagi Road, Hojal, Lumding, New Halflong, Badarpur, Karimganj, Dharmanagar and Ambassa,  stations enroute in both the directions.
INAUGURAL RUN OF 14019 AGARTALA -ANAND VIHAR TERMINAL TRIPURA SUNDRI WEEKLY EXPRESS  TRAIN o­n 31.07.2016
            In its inaugural run ,the 14019 Agartala - Anand Vihar Terminal Tripura Sundri Weekly Express Train  will depart from Agartalaon 31.07.2016 at 12.30 p.m. to reach Anand Vihar Terminal at 12.50 p.m. the next day. This train will stop at Ambassa, Dharmanagar, Karimganj, Badarpur,New Halflong , Lumding , Hojal , Jagi Road, Guwahati, New  Bongaigaon,New Jalpaiguri , Barauni , Patliputra , Mughal Sarai , Allahabad & Kanpur station enroute.
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INTRODUCTION OF NEW WEEKLY EXPRESS TRAIN NO 14020/14019 BETWEEN ANAND VIHAR TERMINAL-AGARTALA- ANAND VIHAR TERMINAL TRIPURA SUNDRI EXPRESS

INTRODUCTION OF NEW WEEKLY EXPRESS TRAIN NO 14020/14019 BETWEEN ANAND VIHAR TERMINAL-AGARTALA- ANAND VIHAR TERMINAL TRIPURA SUNDRI EXPRESS



For the convenience of rail passengers, Railways will be introducing a new Weekly Express train No 14020/14019 to run between Anand Vihar Terminal and Agartala as per the following programme-
REGULAR RUN OF 14020/14019 ANAND VIHAR TERMINAL-AGARTALA- ANAND VIHAR TERMINAL TRIPURA SUNDRI EXPRESS TRAIN FROM 08.08.2016
The 14020 Anand Vihar Terminal - Agartala Tripura Sundri Weekly Express Train will depart from Anand Vihar Terminal at 11.55 p.m. o­n every Monday from 08.08.2016 to reach Agartala at 11.45 p.m. the next day. In the return direction, the 14019 Agartala - Anand Vihar Terminal Tripura Sundri Weekly Express Train will depart from Agartala at 02.00 p.m. o­n every Thursday from 11.08.2016 to reach Anand Vihar Terminal at 12.50  p.m. the next day.
Consisting of, o­ne AC 2 Tier, three AC 3 Tier, five sleeper class , three General Class & two second class cum luggage van  coaches ,the  14020/14019 Anand Vihar Terminal-Agartala- Anand Vihar Terminal Tripura Sundri Express will stop at Kanpur, Allahabad, Mughal Sarai, Patliputra, Barauni, New Jalpaiguri,New  Bongaigaon, Guwahati, Jagi Road, Hojal, Lumding, New Halflong, Badarpur, Karimganj, Dharmanagar and Ambassa,  stations enroute in both the directions.
INAUGURAL RUN OF 14019 AGARTALA -ANAND VIHAR TERMINAL TRIPURA SUNDRI WEEKLY EXPRESS  TRAIN o­n 31.07.2016
            In its inaugural run ,the 14019 Agartala - Anand Vihar Terminal Tripura Sundri Weekly Express Train  will depart from Agartalaon 31.07.2016 at 12.30 p.m. to reach Anand Vihar Terminal at 12.50 p.m. the next day. This train will stop at Ambassa, Dharmanagar, Karimganj, Badarpur,New Halflong , Lumding , Hojal , Jagi Road, Guwahati, New  Bongaigaon,New Jalpaiguri , Barauni , Patliputra , Mughal Sarai , Allahabad & Kanpur station enroute.
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TEMPORARY STOPPAGE OF ISPAT EXPRESS AT MAHADEVSAL DURING SHRAVANI MELA

With a view to facilitate expected rush of pilgrims and passengers during Shravani Mela, South Eastern Railway is providing o­ne minute temporary stoppage  of 12871/12872 Howrah-Titlagarh Ispat Express at Mahadevsal o­n Sundays and Mondays during the period from 29/07/2016 to 18/08/2016.
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HON'BLE RAILWAY MINISTER SHRI SURESH PRABHU SANCTIONS PHASE II OF SAWANTWADI TERMINUS

It was a long cherished dream of the people of Sawantwadi as well as the surrounding villages to have Sawantwadi Terminus facility. Keeping this in mind the Bhoomi Pujan of Phase-I of Sawantwadi Terminus was performed on 27.06.2015 by Hon’ble Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu and Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri. Devendra Fadnavis alongwith Shri Deepak Kesarkar, Hon'ble Guardian Minister of Sawantwadi, Hon’ble MP Shri Vinayak Raut and other Dignitaries. The Phase-I of Sawantwadi Terminus was constructed at a cost of ` 11.42 crores.

Taking into account the importance of the Sawantwadi Terminus and in order to augment the traffic facility, though it was a challenge within one year the Phase-I work was completed and inaugurated by Hon'ble MR remotely from Madgaon on 19.06.2016

In order to increase the facilities at Sawantwadi Terminus, the Hon’ble Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu has kindly sanctioned the work of Phase-II at a cost of ` 8.15 crores. The Phase-II will comprise of various facilities like terminus building with ticketing window, waiting hall, circulating area on Sawantwadi town side, new approach road with drive-in facility along the new platform and also train watering arrangement.

It can be seen from the above that full-fledged  Sawantwadi Terminus will not only fulfill the aspirations of the people of Sawantwadi and villages around and at the same time will promote tourism in this area as Sindhudurg district has been declared as Tourist District by the State Government of Maharashtra.

Konkan Railway is on a fast mode of progress under the dynamic leadership of Hon’ble Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu to fulfill the aspirations of the people on Konkan Railway route.  This will help the overall development and progress of the Konkan Region in particular and the Nation in general.
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Confirmed Tickets For Passengers Travelling to North-East

Confirmed Tickets For Passengers Travelling to North-East

On Indian Railways, including on the North Eastern sector, demand of reserved accommodation is not uniform throughout the year and it varies during peak and lean period and also from class to class and sector to sector. During peak rush period, on popular routes demand generally exceeds availability, particularly in upper class. However, during lean periods and on less popular routes and in lower class, confirmed accommodation remains available for comparatively longer period. With a view to provide confirmed accommodation, waiting list position of the trains is monitored and to meet the increased demand various measures are taken which include introduction of new trains, enhancement of the composition of more popular trains, attachment of extra coaches in the existing trains, running of special trains for clearance of extra passengers traffic during peak seasons, festivals, special events etc. keeping in view the pattern of traffic, commercial justification, operational feasibility, availability of resources etc. 
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Safety and Security of Railway Passenger

Safety and Security of Railway Passenger

Policing on Railways being a State subject, prevention of crime, registration of cases, their investigation and maintenance of law and order in Railway premises as well as on running trains are the statutory responsibility of the State Governments, which they discharge through Government Railway Police (GRP). However, Railway Protection Force (RPF) supplements the efforts of the GRP to provide security to passengers including women.

The following measures are being taken by Railways for safety and security of passengers including women passengers in trains:

1. On vulnerable and identified routes/ sections, 2500 trains (on an average) are escorted by Railway Protection Force daily, in addition to 2200 trains escorted by Government Railway Police of different States daily.

2. The ladies special trains running in Metropolitan cities are being escorted by lady RPF constables.

3. The ladies compartments in sub-urban trains running in metropolitan cities are being escorted by RPF and GRP. Staff deployment is made during late night and early morning in such trains to ensure proper security to the lady passengers.

4. Security Help Line number 182 is made operational over Indian Railways for security related assistance to passengers in distress.

5. Regular drives are conducted to prevent entry of male passengers in compartments reserved for ladies, and if found, they are prosecuted under the provisions of Railways Act.

6. Surveillance is kept through CCTV cameras, provided at about 344 stations over Indian Railways, to ensure safety and security of passengers.

7. RPF holds regular coordination meetings with State Police at all levels to ensure proper registration and investigation of crime by GRP.

(b): Regular analysis of passenger crime is done to identify the affected trains, stations and sections and accordingly security arrangements are made for the safety and security of passengers in close co-ordination with GRP.

The Security Help Line 182 has been very effective in meeting security related complaints of passengers. During the year 2015 and 2016 (upto June), 7897 and 6092 number of complaints were received respectively over Help Line number 182. The routes on Central Railway followed by North Central Railway and Northern Railway are found to be receiving maximum number of complaints.

Presently, provision of CCTV on 500 coaches including for ladies compartments has been sanctioned. Provision of CCTV for ladies compartment shall be done progressively as induction of coaches and earmarking of ladies compartment in coaches is a continual process.

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Elevated Corridor For Bullet Train Between Mumbai and Ahmedabad

Elevated Corridor For Bullet Train Between Mumbai and Ahmedabad

Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project has been sanctioned with technical and financial assistance from Government of Japan. National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRC) has been formed in February, 2016 to implement Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor project.

The feasibility study of Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) had recommended that 65% of the corridor be constructed on embankment, 28% on viaduct & bridges, 6% on tunnel and 1% on cutting. Final decision on the extent of elevated corridor is dependent on the technical feasibility and land availability. According to preliminary assessment of JICA, additional cost implication of fully elevated corridor is approximately ₹10,000 crores.

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Encroachment of Railway Land

Encroachment of Railway Land

           
             As on 31.03.2016, out of 473052 hectares of land available with Indian Railways, approximately 52401 hectares of land is vacant. Zone-wise details of vacant Railway land are as under:

Railway
Vacant Land
(in hectares)
Central
2681
Eastern
2247
East Central
4298
East Coast
2840
Northern
11991
North Central
787
North Eastern
5770
Northeast Frontier
1402
North Western
1278
Southern
2722
South Central
1364
South Eastern
470
Southeast Central
3331
South Western
4245
Western
5876
West Central
621
Production Units
478
Total
52401


            As on 31.03.2016, approximately 879.51 hectares of land (0.18%) is under encroachment illegally by various segments of society which also include unscrupulous elements. For these encroachments, Railways carry out regular surveys and take action for their removal.  If the encroachments are of a temporary nature (soft encroachment) in the shape of jhuggies, jhopries and squatters, the same got removed in consultation and with the assistance of Railway Protection Force and local civil authorities. For old encroachments, where party is not amenable to persuasion, action is taken under Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants)  Act,  1971  (PPE Act, 1971),  as amended  from  time  to  time.   Actual  eviction  of unauthorized occupants is carried out with the assistance of State Government and police.  Removal of encroachment is a continuous process, as a result of which, in last three years and current year (up to June, 2016), 94.28 hectares of encroached land has been retrieved.            Railways have also taken measures to protect railway land from encroachment which include licensing of land to railway employees for Grow More Food (GMF) Scheme, provision of boundary wall, fencing and tree plantations at vulnerable locations.
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Enhancing Speed of Trains and Upgradation of Railway Stations

Enhancing Speed of Trains and Upgradation of Railway Stations

With a view to increasing speed of trains in Indian Railways, ‘Mission Raftaar’ has been announced in the Railway Budget 2016-17.

The mission envisages a target of doubling of average speed of freight trains and increasing the average speed of all non-suburban passenger trains by 25 kmph in next 5 years. In order to implement it, a cross-functional directorate has been created in Railway Board.

Technical development of railway stations in this regard includes advanced signalling technology-based systems such as electronic interlocking, train protection and warning systems, etc. to ensure safe and efficient running of trains at higher speeds.

Action Plan for improving mobility and increasing average speed includes removal of speed restrictions, construction of road over bridges (ROBs) and road under bridges (RUBs), right powering of trains, introduction of twin-pipe in wagons and replacement of conventional trains by Main Line Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) trains and Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) trains. 
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Measures for Passenger Service, Passenger Amenities, Safety and Security in Indian Railways

 In the year 2016-17 (upto June 2016), 19 new train services and extension of 10 existing train services has been implemented. In the Railway Budget 2016-17, introduction of Antyodaya, Humsafar, Tejas and Uday type of train services has been announced and will be introduced upon availability of coaches, necessary clearance of Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), etc. Moreover, introduction of new train services other than announced in Railway Budgets and extension of existing train services is an on-going process over Indian Railways subject to operational feasibility, commercial viability, availability of resources, etc.


(b): Improvement of catering services is an on-going process.  Steps taken/being taken to ensure that good quality and hygienic food is served to the passengers include: (i) Introduction of station based E-Catering for widening the range of options available to passengers for ordering food of their choice. (ii) Introduction of precooked food (‘ready to eat’ meals) in the range of options available to passengers. (iii) Operation of centralized Catering Service Monitoring Cell (CSMC) (toll free number 1800-111-321) for prompt redressal of passenger grievances relating to the catering activities and real time assistance to travelling public. (iv) Imposition of penalties in case of deficiencies detected in services. (v) Operation of all India Helpline (No. 138) for rail-users to lodge complaints/suggestions regarding food and catering services. (vi) A Twitter handle @ IR CATERING has also been made operational to cater to the complaints/suggestions with regard to catering services.

            In addition to provision of standard amenities to passengers in coaches, following measures have also been taken in the year 2016-17 till date:

1.      ‘Clean My Coach’ service has been rolled out on more divisions to cover 50 railway divisions across Indian Railways. Under this service cleaning is done by On Board Housekeeping staff when passenger request is received through SMS/Mobile App.
2.      Shan-e-Punjab train was flagged off as first train of Indian Railways fitted with CCTV cameras for greater security of passengers especially women passengers.
3.      Deen Dayalu coach with enhanced passenger amenities was developed and first such coach manufactured.
4.      First ‘Green Train Corridor’ with no human waste discharge from trains was developed between Rameshwaram and Mannamadurai. Besides, improving environment, it would help in reducing corrosion and thereby improving safety.
            Safety is accorded the highest priority by Indian Railways and all possible steps are undertaken on a continual basis to prevent accidents and to enhance safety.  These include timely replacement of over-aged assets, adoption of suitable technologies for upgradation and maintenance of track, rolling stock, signaling and interlocking systems, safety drives, greater emphasis on training of officials and inspections at regular intervals to monitor and educate staff for observance of safe practices.  Safety devices/systems being used to prevent accidents include complete track circuiting, provision of Block Proving Axle Counters (BPAC), Auxiliary Warning System (AWS), Colour Light, LED Signals, Vigilance Control Device (VCD), usage of 60 Kg rails and Pre-stressed Concrete Sleepers, long rail panels, better welding technology, progressive use of Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) Coaches, Centre Buffer Couplers with Integral Coach Factory (ICF) Coaches, etc.
            Policing on Railways being a State subject, prevention of crime, registration of cases, their investigation and maintenance of law and order in Railway premises as well as on running trains are the statutory responsibility of the State Governments, which they discharge through Government Railway Police (GRP). However, Railway Protection Force (RPF) supplements the efforts of the GRP to provide security to passengers including women.
            The following measures are being taken by Railways for safety and security of passengers including women passengers in trains:
1.                  On vulnerable and identified routes/ sections, 2500 trains (on an average) are escorted by Railway Protection Force daily, in addition to 2200 trains escorted by Government Railway Police of different States daily.
2.                  The ladies special trains running in Metropolitan cities are being escorted by lady RPF constables.


3.                  The ladies compartments in sub-urban trains running in metropolitan cities are being escorted by RPF and GRP. Staff deployment is made during late night and early morning in such trains to ensure proper security to the lady passengers.


4.                  Security Help Line number 182 is made operational over Indian Railways for security related assistance to passengers in distress.

5.                  During the drives, a total of 6,04,097 persons were arrested and prosecuted under the relevant provisions of the Railways Act, 1989 and an amount of ₹ 18.42 crore were realized in the tune of fine during the period of April, 2016 to June, 2016.

6.                  Close Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) have already been provided at 344 stations over Indian Railways. Railways have also planned to install Video Surveillance System (VSS) at 1000 stations under Nirbhaya Fund.

7.                  RPF holds regular coordination meetings with State Police at all levels to ensure proper registration and investigation of crime by GRP.
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Improving Passenger Amenities and Services in Indian Railways

 Improvement, augmentation and maintenance of amenities at Railway Stations on Indian Railways is a continuous process and is undertaken as per requirement and availability of funds.   Certain amenities are provided at the time of construction of the new stations based on anticipated traffic. Amenities are further augmented from time to time based on growth in passenger traffic at stations, needs and expectations of the travelling public and availability of funds. In addition, normal works are taken up for upgradation of passenger amenities under ‘Adarsh Station Scheme’. Out of 1252 stations identified under this scheme, 988 stations have already been developed. Conceptualization of the schemes for providing amenities/facilities to passengers and its Implementation is a     continuous process. Important initiatives taken by the Railways in the last three years to improve amenities of passengers are as under:
1.                   The e-ticketing system was upgraded with the launch of the Next Generation E-ticketing   System (NGeT) for improving accessibility and enhancing the overall experience of e-ticketing. The capacity for E-ticketing System was enhanced to book 7200 tickets per minute from 2000 tickets  earlier and to support 1,20,000 concurrent users as against 40,000 earlier in 2014.  This has been further augmented to support booking of 15,000 tickets per minute.
2.                  Go-India Smart Card introduced to facilitate cashless transaction in New Delhi-Mumbai and New Delhi-Howrah sectors.

3.                   Establishment of Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendras for issuing of tickets through public private partnership for establishment and operation of computerised Passenger Reservation System(PRS)-cum Unreserved Ticketing System(UTS) terminals.

4.                   Cleanliness campaign under Swachh Bharat Mission was launched by Indian Railways on 2nd October, 2014 Gandhi Jayanti Divas, involving shramdaan and awareness activities. Under the Swachh Bharat Mission, several initiatives have been taken to re-inforce the existing mechanism for ensuring cleanliness at stations.

1.                   Facility for booking unreserved ticket through mobile phone was introduced in the suburban sections over Mumbai and Chennai to facilitate passengers to book unreserved ticket through mobile.

2.                  Facility for online concessional ticket booking facility for Physically Challenged persons on the authority of Photo Identity Card issued by the Railways

3.                   Online registration of booking of special trains/ coaches on Full Tariff Rates was started as a pilot project over Western Railway.

4.                   Advance Reservation Period (ARP) was increased from 60 to 120 days to help passengers plan and purchase tickets in advance

5.                   All India 24X7 Helpline Number 138 was provided to passengers for queries, complaints and suggestions regarding onboard services

6.                  Checks on Touting through modifications in the PRS software to prevent cornering of tickets by Touts like automatic log out after one transaction.

7.                  Revision of Platform Ticket Rates from Rs.5 to Rs.10 to regulate rush on platforms

8.                   Increase in General Class Accommodation on Trains for general class passengers on long  distance Mail/Express trains by delegating powers to General Managers to de-reserve Sleeper Class coaches as  General Coaches  in identified trains & sectors.

9.                  Paperless Unreserved  tickets on Mobile introduced as a part of “Operation 5 Minutes” in Chennai suburban  section of Tambaram-Egmore on Southern Railway

10.              Running of Special Trains with special fares over and above time-tabled trains to clear extra rush and augment passenger services.

11.              Facility of SMS alerts through mobile phones in case of cancellation of trains was introduced for convenience of passengers

12.              The capacity of PRS server was enhanced from 7000 to 15,000 tickets per minute

13.              The Tatkal timings were staggered for AC and Non-AC accommodation to facilitate easy purchase of Tatkal tickets

14.               Facility of automatic Refund of Confirmed/RAC e-tickets on cancellation of trains was     provided

15.               Powers to make policy to provide clean toilets to travelling public at stations was fully      delegated to the Zonal Railways.

16.               Paperless UTS tickets on Mobile extended to the suburban sections of Mumbai both on  Western Railway and Central Railway.

17.              Destination alert by SMS introduced on mobile phone for passengers 30 minutes in advance of arrival of train at destination station in Rajdhani, Duronto and Sampark kranti Express trains as a pilot project.

18.               Suvidha Trains with graded pricing structure introduced to meet demand surges during peak demand with facility of limited refund on cancellation of ticket.

19.              Hindi Portal of IRCTC was launched to facilitate booking of tickets using Hindi language.

20.               Additional lower berths for senior citizen and women (increased from 2 to 4) were earmarked in the centre of the coach for women and senior citizens

21.               Defence Travel System to facilitate booking of tickets online for Defence personnel to     eliminate exchange of defence warrants was rolled out on the NGeT platform. Till date more than 2600 Defence units have started issuing tickets through this platform without exchange of warrants.

22.              Concierge services with facility for online booking of wheelchairs through IRCTC website at New Delhi and 23 other stations was commenced

23.               Paperless UTS tickets on Mobile extended to the suburban sections of Delhi-Palwal in Delhi Division of Northern Railway.

24.               Currency Operated Automatic Ticket Vending Machine (CoVTM) to facilitate purchase of unreserved journey tickets provided in Delhi and Mumbai

25.              Station Ticket Booking Agents (STBA) Scheme -a regular STBA scheme based on the pilot STBS scheme was notified for issue of tickets through outsourcing at E category stations.

26.              Facility for paperless MST on Mobile phones launched in sub-urban sectors of Mumbai in WR and CR and in the Delhi-Palwal section of NR.

27.              Platform ticket on Mobile launched for WR, CR and NR (New Delhi and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway stations)

28.               New Refund Rules was notified which has helped in curbing speculative buying and selling of tickets and improving availability of berths for common man.

29.               Facility for Current reservation facility through internet and at all PRS locations after       preparation of first chart upto minutes before departure of train

30.              Increase in number of berths for handicapped for Physically Challenged from 2 to 4 berths.

31.               Berths for child tickets (5 yrs and above and below 12 yrs) made optional which has helped in providing additional reserved accommodation without any additional inputs by railways equivalent to more than 20,000 additional trains in a year or 54 additional trains per day.

32.              UTS on Mobile extended  to other sections of Howrah (3) and Sealdah (5) Division of ER and SER  (24.02.2016)

33.              Instructions already exist with zonal railways to provide one Wheel chair per platform and in case of island platforms one wheelchair per two platforms at all A-1 and A category stations.

34.               Instructions issued to zonal railways to introduce the facility of battery operated cars through service provider for carrying passengers on payment basis initially at all A-1 category stations.

35.              Online booking of retiring room has been commissioned at 488 Railway stations.

36.               As per existing guidelines, escalators/elevators  are to be provided  at ‘A1’ category and     escalators at ‘A; category, ‘C’ category stations and stations of tourist importance progressively based on techno commercial feasibility and availability of funds. So far, 295 number of escalators and 146 number of lifts have been provided over the Indian Railways.
37.               Improvement of catering services is an on-going process.  In its endeavour to provide quality and hygienic food to the passengers, Railways have developed and operationalized an                    institutionalized mechanism for monitoring of quality and hygiene of catering services through     regular inspections at various levels to address catering complaints.
            Further, Steps taken/ being taken to ensure that good quality and hygienic food is served to the passengers include: (i) Introduction of station based E-Catering for widening the range of options available to passengers for ordering food of their choice. (ii) Introduction of precooked food (‘ready to eat’ meals) in the range of options available to passengers. (iii) Operation of centralized Catering Service Monitoring Cell (CSMC) (toll free number 1800-111-321) for prompt redressal of passenger grievances relating to the catering activities and real time assistance to travelling public.                 (iv) Imposition of penalties in case of deficiencies detected in services. (v) Operation of all India Helpline (No.138) for rail-users to lodge complaints/suggestions regarding food and catering services (vi) A Twitter handle @ IR CATERING has also been made operational to cater to the complaints/ suggestions with regard to catering services.

            Steps have already been taken for implementing some of the new initiatives for improvement of catering services like extension of e-catering services to all A1 and A category stations, Janani Sewa Scheme, availability of Children’s Menu through e-catering,  optional catering on Rajdhani/Shatabdi Express Trains  (2 trains) on pilot basis etc.

            Improvement of passenger amenities being provided in the coaches is a continual process on Indian Railways. Details of the amenities which are presently provided in the coaches are as under:

·         Cushioned seats/berths, fluorescent light, Air-conditioning, fans, toilet, dustbins and      washbasin facilities, etc. in all mainline trains/coaches being manufactured.

·         Looking mirrors, snack tables, magazine bags, water bottle holders, coat hooks, small      luggage racks, luggage securing  arrangements, mobile/laptop charging sockets, etc. in all mainline reserved coaches.

·         On board/ enroute cleaning facility on identified trains.

·         Seats (cushioned seats in First Class coach). Handholds, fans, lights etc. in sub-urban coaches and , dedicated coaches for ladies and vendors in sub-urban trains.

·         Bed rolls in all mainline AC sleeper coaches.

·         Water in coaches provided with toilets.

Passenger Information System (PIS) have been provided at all ‘A1’ and A category stations. In addition to this policy for provision of WiFi Internet facility at all A1, A and B category stations have also been issued.
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Measures for improving catering service in Railways

Measures for improving catering service in Railways

As announced in Rail Budget 2016-17, it has been decided to extend stations based e-catering services to all A1 and A category stations on Indian Railways. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has tied up with renowned, reputed, popular and established brands in the field of catering services so that the passengers can order good quality and hygienic food of their choice on payment basis. Further, personalized takeaway e-bedrolls, as a pilot project, have also been introduced in trains starting/passing through 4 stations i.e. New Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Chennai Central, and Trivandrum stations wherein passengers having confirmed tickets have the option of availing the facility on payment at the rate ₹140/- for 2 bed sheets & a pillow and ₹ 110/- for a blanket which can be bought separately or together. This can be booked through IRCTC website while booking e-tickets or otherwise also.

Improvement of catering services is an on-going process. In its endeavour to provide quality and hygienic food to the passengers, Railways have developed and operationalized an institutionalized mechanism for monitoring of quality and hygiene of catering services through regular inspections at various levels to address catering complaints.

Further, steps taken to ensure that good quality and hygienic food is served to the passengers include: (i) Introduction of precooked food (‘ready to eat’ meals) in the range of options available to passengers. (ii) Operation of centralized Catering Service Monitoring Cell (CSMC) (toll free number 1800-111-321) for prompt redressal of passenger grievances relating to the catering activities and real time assistance to travelling public. (iii) Imposition of penalties in case of deficiencies detected in services. (iv) Operation of all India Helpline (No.138) for rail-users to lodge complaints/suggestions regarding food and catering services (v) A Twitter handle @ IRCATERING has also been made operational to cater to the complaints/suggestions with regard to catering services. 
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Shri A.K.Mital reappointed as Chairman, Railway Board for a period of 2 years w.e.f. 1st August 2016

Shri A.K.Mital reappointed as Chairman, Railway Board for a period of 2 years w.e.f. 1st August 2016

The current Chairman Railway Board Shri A.K.Mital has been reappointed as the new Chairman, Railway Board for a period of 2 years i.e. till he attains the age of 62 years, w.e.f. 01.08.2016.

Shri A.K. Mital was appointed as Chairman, Railway Board on 31st December 2014. Prior to this appointment, Shri A.K.Mital was Member Staff, Railway Board. Earlier, he served as General Manager of South Western Railway-SWR (Headquarters Hubli) and was also looking after the additional charge of General Manager, South Central Railway- SCR (Headquarters Secunderabad).

Born on 7th July 1956, Shri Mital is a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.). An Officer of 1976 batch of Indian Railways Service of Stores (IRSS), Shri A.K. Mital has worked on various important posts on Indian Railways. He was Director/Stores, Executive Director/Vigilance and Executive Director/Stores in Railway Board, Ministry of Railways. He has worked as Chief Material Manager in Northern Railway.

He was Divisional Railway Manager of Izzatnagar Division in North Eastern Railway and Controller of Stores in South Central Railway/Secunderabad and Diesel Locomotive Works/Varanasi. Before joining Railway Board as Member Staff, he was General Manager of South Western Railway/Hubli. He has also held additional charge of three major Railways viz., Southern Railway, South Central Railway and Central Railway as General Manager for more than 12 months. Shri Mital has undergone training in USA and France. 
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28 July 2016

Two Day GM (Zonal Railways) Conference Commences Need To Increase Investment and To Improve Transparency In Railways

Two Day GM (Zonal Railways) Conference Commences

Need To Increase Investment and To Improve Transparency In Railways: Suresh Prabhu

A two-day Conference of General Managers of Zonal Railways and Railway Production Units commenced here today i.e. 28th July 2016. The Conference was addressed by Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Communications & Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha and Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain. Chairman, Railway Board Shri A.K. Mital outlined the agenda and objectives of the Conference. The respective Board Members also presented their views at the Conference.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu said that Railways is currently seeing transformation in a big way. He said that public representatives have a lot of expectations from the Railways and we have to work hard to come upto these expectations. Shri Suresh Prabhu said that Railways were expected to bring in socio economic change. In this context, we have been facing a number of challenges. If we have to run it as a commercial enterprise, we cannot fulfill social obligations and if we have to fulfill the social obligations, we cannot run it as a commercial enterprise. But we have to fulfill our social obligations while running this as a commercial enterprise. We need to strike a balance between Japanese and Chinese railway financial models. We have to increase our share of Non fare revenue.

Shri Suresh Prabhu said that we have to constantly find ways to boost both our passenger as well as freight traffic. He pointed out that for the first time the freight rates have been reduced by the Railways to attract traffic. He said that If we do not think about competition, we cannot improve. We should be remarkably sensible in our approach. Speed of operation is important. Something has to be done at the macro level. At the micro level, we should see how the competition is faring, etc. We therefore, have to properly make our pricing policy for both passenger and freight traffic. And at the same time we have to keep long term interest of the railways in mind.

Referring to the need for expansion of the Railway infrastructure, Shri Suresh Prabhu said that “If you want to grow, you need to invest. If you want to invest, you need to find the way.” Money has to come from current income. But nowhere in the world it happens. China invests heavily for the development of their railways. Extra Budgetary resources are necessary for the development of railways. We must also invest in our Railways. We have already begun investment into railways system. If we do not, we cannot grow. This year’s targets not only have to be met but to be exceeded.

He called upon General Managers to be in regular touch with the respective Chief Ministers of the State with a view to facilitate execution of projects in that State. He pointed out that station redevelopment is an important component of non-fare revenue which is not possible without State Govt. support.

Referring to the financial burden because of the implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission Shri Suresh Prabhu said that we have to work on cutting expenditure and Analyze operational and development issues and make out a strategy to deal with them. Shri Suresh Prabhu emphasized that we should ensure a time bound execution of projects. Station redevelopment is a priority for us. Joint Ventures with states are very much necessary. Railways cannot work only with our own resources. Hence, PPP route should be explored wherever possible. In zonal level, a small team of 2 to 3 people may be formed to deal with station redevelopment, joint ventures, etc. To benefit the states, we have already spoken to World Bank, IDFC, ICICI, etc. to fund the joint venture projects. A Holding company will take over many of the railways’ subsidiaries. We are also working on many ideas to improve the functioning of the railways.

The Ministers also emphasized on the need to adopt hundred percent transparency in the functioning of all aspect of the railways activity. He suggested that all GMs and DRMs should create a Special Cell and create competition among them to foster competition in transparency. He said that with the improved transparency, there would be savings and which can be ploughed back into the system for expansion. In railway workshops also, we must try to bring in a new work culture and make them profitable.

He said that Railways has been taking lot of initiatives for the last two years and we need to put a system in place where every month, all the new initiatives taken by each zone should be put up. The Railway Minister also suggested that we should find a mechanism to make use of the experience of the retired railway officers with a view to get ideas for the improvements in railways functioning.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Railways & Minister of State for Communication (Independent Charge) Shri Manoj Sinha said that Indian Railways has a glorious history and peoples’ expectations are very high from it. He said that while railways has taken lot of initiatives for improving transparency but there are still some areas where better transparency needs to be ensured. He said that execution of projects which have already been sanctioned and which have assured funding should be executed expeditiously. Expressing concern over inadequate freight loading, the Minister said that we have to work hard to meet our targets. He said that we have already developed Deen Dayalu Coaches for the commonman and we now need to expedite introduction of Antyodya Express Trains for the common men. He also called upon all GMs to pay attention on increasing cases of red signal jumping and derailments which lead to serious safety issues. He said that it is the collective responsibility of the Railway Board and Zonal Railways to undertake project implementation in a time bound manner.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain said that the modernization of the Railways is a joint responsibility of all officers/officials who all need to work as a team. He said that railways officers will have to focus on all those measures which can term it as the best department of the country. He also said that the coaches of the daily passenger trains need to be improved.

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CANCELLATION OF MRTS SERVICES ON 31ST JULY & 07TH AUGUST, 2016

CANCELLATION OF MRTS SERVICES ON 31ST JULY & 07TH AUGUST, 2016.

Line block has been permitted for 8 hours from 08.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs o¬n two consecutive Sundays o¬n 31st July and 7th August 2016 to facilitate engineering works relating to maintenance of track including defective rail renewal and welding works in Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS section. Consequently, the following changes will be made in the pattern of MRTS services o¬n 31st July & 07thAugust, 2016 (Sundays).
A.The following Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS services will be fullycancelled o¬n 31st July & 07th August, 2016 (Sundays):
Sl. No. Description of Train Departure at Chennai Beach
01. Train No.41513 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 08.00 hrs.
02. Train No.41515 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 08.20 hrs.
03. Train No.41517 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 08.40 hrs.
04. Train No.41519 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 09.00 hrs.
05. Train No.41521 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 09.20 hrs.
06. Train No.41523 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 09.40 hrs.
07. Train No.41525 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 09.50 hrs.
08. Train No.41527 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 10.00 hrs.
09. Train No.41529 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 10.20 hrs.
10. Train No.41531 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 10.40 hrs.
11. Train No.41533 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 11.00 hrs.
12. Train No.41535 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 11.20 hrs.
13. Train No.41537 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 11.40 hrs.
14. Train No.41539 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 12.00 hrs.
15. Train No.41541 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 12.20 hrs.
16. Train No.41543 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 12.40 hrs.
17. Train No.41545 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 13.00 hrs.
18. Train No.41547 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 13.20 hrs.
19. Train No.41549 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 13.40 hrs.
20. Train No.41551 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 14.00 hrs.
21. Train No.41553 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 14.20 hrs.
22. Train No.41555 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 14.40 hrs.
23. Train No.41557 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 15.00 hrs.
24. Train No.41559 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 15.20 hrs.
25. Train No.41561 Chennai Beach – Velachery MRTS 15.40 hrs.
B.The following Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS services will be fullycancelled o¬n 31st July & 07th August, 2016 (Sundays):
Sl. No. Description of Train Departure at Velachery
01. Train No.41510 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 08.10 hrs.
02. Train No.41512 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 08.30 hrs.
03. Train No.41514 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 08.50 hrs.
04. Train No.41516 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 09.10 hrs.
05. Train No.41518 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 09.30 hrs.
06. Train No.41520 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 09.50 hrs.
07. Train No.41522 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 10.10 hrs.
08. Train No.41524 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 10.30 hrs.
09. Train No.41526 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 10.40 hrs.
10. Train No.41528 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 10.50 hrs.
11. Train No.41530 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 11.10 hrs.
12. Train No.41532 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 11.30 hrs.
13. Train No.41534 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 11.50 hrs.
14. Train No.41536 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 12.10 hrs.
15. Train No.41538 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 12.30 hrs.
16. Train No.41540 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 12.50 hrs.
17. Train No.41542 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 13.10 hrs.
18. Train No.41544 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 13.30 hrs.
19. Train No.41546 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 13.50 hrs.
20. Train No.41548 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 14.10 hrs.
21. Train No.41550 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 14.30 hrs.
22. Train No.41552 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 14.50 hrs.
23. Train No.41554 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 15.10 hrs.
24. Train No.41556 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 15.30 hrs.
25. Train No.41558 Velachery – Chennai Beach MRTS 15.50 hrs.
The essential engineering work is taken up o¬n Sundays so that there is least disturbance to daily commuters/passengers/office goes who use the MRTS for reaching their work place everyday.

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Closure of Mumbai-end Foot Over Bridge at Kalyan for Repairs

Closure of Mumbai-end Foot Over Bridge at Kalyan for Repairs



Mumbai-end Foot Over Bridge (3.3 meter width) connecting platform 1, 1-A, 2 to 7 at Kalyan railway station will be closed for replacing of precast deck slabs from 1.8.2016 to 15.9.2016 and hence will not be available for use of passengers.  However, Lokgram Foot Over Bridge will be available at the station.  Passengers are requested to bear with the Railway Administration for the inconvenience caused.
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CHANGE IN DAYS OF RUN OF 14311/14312 & 14321/14322 BAREILLY –BHUJ - BAREILLY EXPRESS TRAINS

CHANGE IN DAYS OF RUN OF 14311/14312 & 14321/14322 BAREILLY –BHUJ - BAREILLY EXPRESS TRAINS




It is notified for the information of all concerned that the days of run of  14311/14312  & 14321/14322 Bareilly –Bhuj - Bareilly Express Trains will be revised as per the dates mentioned below:
·The 14311 Bareilly –Bhuj Express train will run o­n every Tuesday ,Thursday & Saturday  instead of Thursday,Friday & Sunday from 03.12.16  .

·The 14312 Bhuj - Bareilly Express train will run o­n Monday,Tuesday &Thursday instead of Tuesday ,Thursday & Sunday from  05.12.16  .

· The 14321 Bareilly –Bhuj Express train will run o­n Monday ,Wednesday,Friday& Sunday  instead of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday from  02.12.16  .

·The 14322 Bhuj - Bareilly Express train will run o­n Sunday ,Wednesday,Friday& Saturday  instead of Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from  04.12.16  .
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SER TO RUN 116 TRIPS OF PUJA SPECIALS TOWARDS DIFFERENT DESTINATIONS GENERATING AROUND 71,000 ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE PASSENGERS

08043/08044 Santragachi-Gondia-Santragachi Weekly AC Superfast Puja Specials (9 pairs):


The Santragachi-Gondia Special(08043) leaving Santragachi every Monday at 14:50 hours will reach Gondia at 06:05 hours, the next day. In the return direction, the train(08044) leaving Gondia every Tuesday at 12:40 hours will arrive Santragachi at 06:10 hours, the next day. The Special train will run during the period from 03/10/16 to 29/11/16.

02860/02859 Santragachi-LTT-Santragachi Weekly AC Superfast Special (2 pairs):


            The Santragachi-LTT Superfast AC Special(02860) leaving Santragachi o­n 27.10.16 and 03.11.16 at 18.30 hrs. will reach LTT at 23.45 hrs., the next day.  In the return direction, LTT-Santragachi AC Superfast Special(02859) departing LTT o­n 29.10.16 and 05.11.16 at 13.20 hrs. will arrive Santragachi at 18.15 hrs., the next day.

02822/02821 Santragachi-Pune-Santragachi Weekly AC Superfast  Special (8 pairs):


            The Santragachi-Pune Superfast AC Special(02822) leaving Santragachi every Saturday at 18.30 hrs. will reach Pune at 02.45 hrs., o­n  Monday.  In the return direction, Pune-Santragachi Superfast AC Special(02821) departing Pune every Monday at 10.30 hrs. will arrive Santragachi at 18.15 hrs., the next day. The Special train will run during the period from 08.10.2016 to 28.11.2016.

02809/02810 Santragachi-Puri-Santragachi Superfast Weekly Special (8 Pairs):


The Santragachi-Puri Special(02809) leaving Santragachi every Thursday at 19:00 hours will reach Puri at 03:20 hours, the next day. In the return direction, the train(02810) leaving Puri every Friday at 13:30 hours will arrive Santragachi at 22:15 hours, the same day. The Special train will run during the period from 06.10.2016 to 25.11.2016.

08119/08120 Tatanagar-Durg-Tatanagar Weekly Special (9 Pairs):


The Tatanagar-Durg Special(08119) leaving Tatanagar every Tuesday at 20:00 hours will reach Durg at 06:15 hours, the next day. In the return direction, the train(08120) leaving Durg every Wednesday at 21:40 hours will arrive Tatanagar at 09:25 hours, the next day. The Special train will run during the period from 04.10.2016 to 30.11.2016.

08189/08190 Tatanagar-Visakhapatnam-Tatanagar Weekly Special (6 Pairs):


The Tatanagar-Visakhapatnam Special(08189) leaving Tatanagar every Friday at 13:00 hours will reach Visakhaptnam at 05:25 hours, the next day. In the return direction, the train(08190) leaving Visakhaptnam every Saturday at 17:45 hours will arrive Tatanagar at 10:45 hours, the next day.

The Special train will run during the period from 07.10.2016 to 12.11.2016.

       In addition to the above, the following trains have already been notified:-
02853/02854 Howrah-Ernakulam-Howrah Weekly Superfast Suvidha Specials

            The Howrah-Ernakulam Suvidha Special leaving Howrah every Saturday at 17:00 hours (till 27th November 2016) will reach Ernakulam at 06:00 hours o­n Monday. In the return direction, the train leaving Ernakulam every Tuesday at 08:50 hours (till 29thNovember 2016), will arrive Howrah at 23:00 hours o­n Wednesday.


            The Suvidha Special consisting of 19 coaches (AC 3 Tier-4, AC 2 Tier -1, Sleeper Class-12 and Luggage Van-2) will have stoppages at Kharagpur, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Khurda Road,  Brahmapur, Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry, Eluru, Vijayawada, o­ngole, Nellore, Renigunta, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Erode and Coimbatore enroute and in the return direction, the train will also stop at Aluva, Thrisur and Palakkad.

00841/00842 Howrah-Chennai-Howrah Weekly AC Superfast Special


           The Howrah-Chennai AC Superfast Special leaving Howrah every Saturday at 12:40 (till 26th November 2016) hours will reach Chennai at 15:05 hours o­n Sunday. In the return direction, the train leaving Chennai every Sunday at 17:10 hours (till 27th November 2016), will arrive Howrah at 18:30 hours o­n Monday.
                       The Special trains consisting of 14 AC-3 Tier coaches will have stoppages at Kharagpur, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Khurda Road, Brahmapur, Visakhapatnam, Duvvada, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada and Nellore between Howrah and Chennai.
By running of these festive specials, South Eastern Railway has been able to generate around 71,000 (Seventy o­ne thousands) additional accommodation for the huge rush of passengers during ensuing festive season.

Advance Reservation Period (ARP) of these trains is 60 days and for Suvidha special is 30 days(excluding journey date).
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