19 November 2016

CENTRAL RAILWAY MEGA BLOCK ON 20.11.2016

Central Railway will operate Mega Block on its suburban sections for carrying out maintenance work on 20.11.2016


MAIN LINE: THANE KALYAN DN FAST LINE FROM 10.30 AM TO 3.30 PM


Dn fast line services leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai from 9.38 am to 2.54 pm will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup and Mulund stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts. Dn fast line services beyond Thane will be diverted on Dn slow line between Thane and Kalyan, halting at all stations and will arrive destination 20 minutes behind schedule


Up fast line services leaving Thane station from 10.46 am to 3.18 pm will halt at Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kurla stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts andwill arrive destination 15 minutes behind schedule.


All Dn and Up slow locals leaving arriving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm will arrive destination 10 minutes behind schedule.


HARBOUR LINE: PANVEL-NERUL UP AND DN HARBOUR LINES FROM 11.20 AM TO 3.50 PM

Dn Harbour line services to Panvel/Belapur leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai from 10.04 am to 3.25 pm and Up Harbour line services towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai leaving Panvel/Belapur from 11.08 am to 3.46 pm will remain cancelled Dn Trans-Harbour line services to Panvel leaving Thane from 11.12 am to 3.35 pm and Up Trans-Harbour line services towards Thane leaving Panvel from 11.04 am to 3.53 pm will remain cancelled However, special local trains will run on Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai Nerul section and Thane Nerul section during the block period.
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ER’S SPECIAL SAFETY MEASURES DURING DENSE FOG

 In a high level meeting held recently at Eastern Railway Headquarters, Shri Ghanshyam Singh, General Manager, Eastern Railway advised all Divisional Railway Managers to strictly follow all precautions during the coming fog season in Eastern Railway’s jurisdiction.

To ensure utmost safety of the passengers, Eastern Railway has adopted a series of precautions to be followed scrupulously by Loco Pilots, Guards & Station Masters. The line staff directly related with train operations have been specially counselled about those precautions to be followed.

          During dense fog in automatic block territory, the speed will not exceed 60 km per hour even after passing a green signal. The speed of the train will not exceed 30 km per hour after passing a double yellow signal. The loco pilot after passing a yellow signal should run his train at a further restricted speed so as to be prepared to halt at the next stop signal. After passing a red signal during dense fog the loco pilot while moving at a speed not exceeding 10 km per hour, will ensure that he maintains a reasonable distance at which he is able to observe the flushing tail of the train ahead or any other obstruction in the path of the train.

          Where station signal cannot be seen during foggy weather the station master will ensure the station signals are lit and will sent two train personnel in either direction to the fog signal post which are erected at all stations outside the first stop signal, to act as fog signalmen. 
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WR'S NIGHT BLOCK BETWEEN VASAI ROAD AND BHAYANDAR

No Day Block o­n W.Rly this Sunday i.e. 20/11/2016

WR'S NIGHT BLOCK BETWEEN

VASAI ROAD AND BHAYANDAR

                                                                                                                   

A jumbo block of three hours will be taken from 00.00 hrs to 03.00 hrs o­n Up fast line and three & half hours o­n down fast line from 00.00 hrs to 03.30 hrs between Vasai Road and Bhayandar stations during the midnight falling between Saturday, 19th November, 2016 & Sunday, 20th November, 2016 for the maintenance of track, signalling and overhead equipments. Hence there will no Day Block o­n this Sunday i.e. 20th November, 2016 o­n WR's suburban section. Detailed information to this effect is available with concerned Station Masters. Passengers are requested to take note of the above arrangements.

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PROCEDURE FOR CANCELLATION AND REFUND OF TICKETS OF VALUE OF Rs 5000 AND ABOVE

Ministry of Railways had revised the procedure for cancellation of tickets and refund of value of Rs 10000/- and above for the PRS counter tickets booked from 9.11.2016 to 15.11.2016. In partial supersession to the above, it has now been decided that the following procedure will apply for cancellation of tickets (Partial/Full) and refund of value of Rs 5000/- and above for the PRS counter tickets booked from 16.11.2016 to 24.11.2016.

Cancellation of tickets booked from PRS counters between 9.11.2016 to 15.11.2016 and refund of fare of value Rs 10000/- and above, and cancellation of tickets(Partial/Full) booked from PRS counters between 16.11.2016 to 24.11.2016, refund  shall NOT be allowed in cash or through green pay order or by any means involving cash across the counter. The payment shall be o­nly through Cheque/ECS payment. Such tickets may be refunded through filing of TDR o­nly o­n surrendering of original ticket. TDR shall be filed within the prescribed time limit for cancellation of ticket across the counter as per Refund Rule e.g TDR shall be filed o­nly upto half an hour before the scheduled departure of the train for RAC/WL tickets and for confirmed tickets upto 4 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, for which ticket has been issued. TDR and refund of fare as per refund rule for such tickets shall be allowed for waitlisted tickets also o­nly through Cheque/ECS payment.

The above rule  is implemented with immediate effect.

In view of the extra ordinary circumstances, as a result of latest change of rules consequent upon demobilization of Rs. 500/- &
Rs. 1000/- denominations by the Union of India from midnight of 08-11-2016, the railway stations are not in a position to offer refund at the station itself. Stations are also not well equipped with money from RBI / Banks to be disbursed as per the new mandate. Therefore, the esteemed passengers are hereby advised with the following:

No cash refunds will be made available at the railway station. Instead, passengers claiming refund would be given a deposit slip(s) by the station. This deposit slip(s) may be used by the passenger for Claim Refund;

While claiming refund, passengers are to give details of their bank Account No., IFSC Code No to facilitate refund through RTGS as per Government of India policy. In case refund are more than Rs. 50,000/- passenger should submit the copy of their PAN Card.

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RAILWAY MINISTERSURESH PRABHAKAR PRABHU LAYS FOUNDATION STONE OF TUPUL STATION BUILDING

The Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu today laid the foundation stone of station building at Tupul, announced commencement of work at second portal of Tunnel No. 12 and laid foundation stone of the Safety Tunnel for Tunnel No. 12 – the longest tunnel in the Jiribam – Tupul – Imphal section at a glittering function held at the 1st Manipur Rifles Parade Ground at Imphal.

Laying the foundation stones, Shri Prabhu said, Indian Railways are dedicated for providing connectivity for the northeastern states. He said, the region has tremendous potential for tourism development and Indian Railways Tourism and Catering Corporation has been working o­n developing railway tourism packages in the region. He said, development of a region could not take place without investment. Therefore, Indian Railway has decided to invest more than eight lakh fifty thousand crore rupees during 2014-19 in infrastructure projects to act as catalyst for development. He also said that development should not be at the cost of environment. Therefore, Indian Railway is bringing in green technology like electric locomotives so that the environment can be protected.

The function was attended by Honourable Governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma A. Heptulla, Chief Minister of Manipur Shri Okram Ibobi Singh, Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur Shri Gaikhangam, Minister of Human Resource Development Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain, Transport & Education Minister of Manipur Shri Kh. Ratan Kumar Singh, Members of Lok Sabha Shri Thanso Baite and Dr. Thokchom Meinya, Manipur MLAs Shri R. K. Imo Singh, Shri Kh. Devendro Singh and Shri Wangkheimayam Brajabidhu Singh, General Manager of N. F. Railway Shri Chahatey Ram, General Manager of N. F. Railway (Construction) Shri H. K. Jaggi other senior railway and Manipur Government officials, host of invited guests and public.

Speaking in the function the Governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma A. Heptulla lauded the efforts of the railways in taking up the daunting task of bringing in the BG railway line through the difficult hilly terrain from Jiribam at 31 metres above mean sea level to Imphal at 788 metres from mean sea level. She expressed hope that Manipur will become an important hub in rail connectivity with South-east Asia.

While praising the Railway Minister for his initiatives in development of rail network in the northeast, the Chief Minister, Shri Okram Ibobi Singh expressed hope that the project of connecting Maniupur’s capital would be completed before the scheduled time-frame as the project was being executed in a fast pace.

Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain said that for the first time in India, a safety tunnel for the safe evacuation of people during any emergency at the Tunnel No. 12 is being constructed. He said, the Jiribam – Tupul – Imphal railway line is significant as the section will have the tallest bridge in the world and the longest railway tunnel in India. Completion of the project will expose the rich culture of Manipur to the world, he said.

Tunnel No. 12:The Tunnel no.12 is the longest railway tunnel in India on the Jiribam–Tupul–Imphal new broad gauge railway line. It will be 11.55 km long, more than the famous Pir Panjal tunnel o­n the Banihal-Qazigund line. The 111km long Jiribam–Tupul–Imphal new broad gauge railway project was taken up in 2008 and was declared a National Project owing to its importance. o­n this stretch, the 12.5 km Jiribam to Dholakhal section has been completed and commissioned for freight train in March 2016. For the 84 km Jiribam–Tupul section, 29 out of 37 tunnels have been completed by October end this year.

The Tunnel No 12 of the Tupul – Imphal section lies in the two districts of Manipur viz, Senapati and Imphal West Districts, and is situated in the western part of the Imphal Valley. This tunnel lies in between Haochong –Imphal Block section. The approximate cost for construction of this tunnel would be Rs930 Crs.

Safety Tunnel: for the safe evacuation of people during any emergency at the Tunnel No. 12, a parallel Safety Tunnel of 9.35km length is being constructed as per International Technical Specification. The main tunnel and parallel safety tunnel will be connected through Cross passages at every 500m. The approximate cost for construction of the Safety Tunnel is Rs 368 Crs.
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Diversion/Cancellation Of Trains Due To 05.30 Hrs Mega Traffic Blocks For Construction of 02 Limited Height Subways Between Husainpur-Pajjan and Gidar Pindi-Makhu on Jalandhar City –Firozpur Section of Firozpur Division on Northern Railway

Due to 02 Mega Traffic Blocks of 05.30 hrs. each for Construction of 02  Limited Height Subwaysbetween  Husainpur-Pajjan and Gidar Pindi-Makhu o­n Jalandhar City –Firozpur Section of Firozpur Division o­n Northern Railway ,the following trains will be Diverted /Cancelled during block as under:
    Diversion of Trains During Block
·The 19223  Ahemadabad-Jammu Tawi Express Train Journey Commencing o­n 23.11.2016 will be diverted to run via Firozpur-Ludhiana-Jalandhar Cant.-Pathankot Jn.
Cancellation of Trains During Block
                     
·The 74935/74938   Jalandhar City- Firozpur- Jalandhar City Passenger Train Journey Commencing o­n 18.11.2016 & 24.11.2016 will remain cancelled .
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17 November 2016

SABARI SPECIAL TRAINS



The following special trains will be run to clear the extra rush of traffic in view of Sabari festival season.

1. Special fare special train from Puducherry to Santragachi (via Chennai Egmore)

Train No.06010 Puducherry – Santragachi special fare special train will leave Puducherry at 19.15 hrs. on 03rd & 10th December, 2016 (Saturdays) and reach Santragachi at 04.30 hrs. on Mondays.

Composition: AC 2-tier -1, AC 3-tier – 1, Sleeper Class – 7, General Second Class – 6 & Luggage-cum-brake van – 2 coaches.

Stoppages: Villupuram, Chengalpattu, Tambaram, Chennai Egmore, Gudur, Nellore, Ongole, Chirala, Tenali, Vijayawada, Eluru, Tadepalligudem, Rajahmundry, Samalkot, Duvvada, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam Road, Palasa, Brahmapur, Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Bhadrak, Balasore and Kharagpur.

2. Superfast special fare special trains between Chennai Central – Kollam

Train No.06041 Chennai Central – Kollam superfast special fare special train will leave Chennai Central at 16.30 hrs. on 05th, 07th, 12th & 14th December, 2016 and reach Kollam at 06.45 hrs. the next day.
Train No.06042 Kollam – Chennai Central superfast special fare special train will leave Kollam at 22.30 hrs. on 06th, 08th, 13th & 15th December, 2016 and reach Chennai Central at 12.00 hrs. the next day.

Composition: AC 2-tier – 2, AC 3-tier – 2 & Sleeper Class – 10 coaches.

Stoppages: Katpadi, Salem, Erode, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrissur, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla and Chengannur.

3. Special fare special trains between Tiruchchirappalli – Chennai Egmore

Train No.06026 Tiruchchirappalli – Chennai Egmore special fare special train will leave Tiruchchirappalli at 15.15 hrs. on 03rd & 10th December, 2016 and reach Chennai Egmore at 21.10 hrs. the same day.
Train No.06025 Chennai Egmore – Tiruchchirappalli special fare special train will leave Chennai Egmore at 14.30 hrs. on 05th & 12th December, 2016 and reach Tiruchchirappalli at 20.10 hrs. the same day.

Composition: AC 2-tier – 1, AC 3-tier – 3, Sleeper Class – 13, General Second Class – 2 & Luggage-cum-brake van – 2 coaches.

Stoppages: Ariyalur, Vriddhachalam, Villupuram, Chengalpattu and Tambaram.
Train No.06026 Tiruchchirappalli – Chennai Egmore special fare special train will stop at Mambalam also.

4. Superfast special fare special train from Chennai Egmore to Kollam

Train No.06045 Chennai Egmore – Kollam superfast special fare special train will leave Chennai Egmore at 22.40 hrs. on 03rd & 10th December, 2016 and reach Kollam at 14.15 hrs. the next day.

Composition: AC 2-tier – 1, AC 3-tier – 3, Sleeper Class – 13, General Second Class – 2 & Luggage-cum-brake van – 2 coaches.

Stoppages: Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Podanur, Palakkad, Thrissur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam.

5. Superfast special fare special trains between Chennai Central – Kollam

Train No.06047 Chennai Central – Kollam superfast special fare special train will leave Chennai Central at 22.50 hrs. on 07th & 14th December, 2016 and reach Kollam at 14.10 hrs. the next day.
Train No.06048 Kollam – Chennai Central superfast special fare special train will leave Kollam at 21.10 hrs. on 08th & 15th December, 2016 and reach Chennai Central at 13.00 hrs. the next day.

Composition: AC 2-tier – 3, AC 3-tier – 3, Sleeper Class – 12, General Second Class – 2 & Luggage-cum-brake van – 2 coaches.

Stoppages: Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrissur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam.
Train No.06048 Kollam – Chennai Central superfast special fare special train will stop at Perambur also.

6. Superfast special fare special trains between Chennai Central – Kollam

Train No.06049 Chennai Central – Kollam superfast special fare special train will leave Chennai Central at 22.30 hrs. on 06th & 13th December, 2016 and reach Kollam at 14.10 hrs. the next day.
Train No.06050 Kollam – Chennai Central superfast special fare special train will leave Kollam at 21.20 hrs. on 07th & 14th December, 2016 and reach Chennai Central at 12.30 hrs. the next day.

Composition: AC 3-tier – 1, Sleeper Class – 9, General Second Class – 6 & Luggage-cum-brake van – 2 coaches.

Stoppages: Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrissur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam.
Train No.06050 Kollam – Chennai Central superfast special fare special train will stop at Perambur also.

7. Special fare special trains between Chennai Egmore – Kollam

Train No.06051 Chennai Egmore – Kollam special fare special train will leave Chennai Egmore at 20.00 hrs. on 21st & 28th November, 2016 and reach Kollam at 11.45 hrs. the next day.
Train No.06052 Kollam – Chennai Egmore special fare special train will leave Kollam at 21.15 hrs. on 22nd & 29th November, 2016 and reach Chennai Egmore at 13.15 hrs. the next day.

Composition: AC 2-tier – 1, AC 3-tier – 2, Sleeper Class – 8, General Second Class – 4 & Luggage-cum-brake van – 2 coaches.

Stoppages: Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Podanur, Palakkad, Thrissur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam.
Train No.06052 Kollam – Chennai Egmore special fare special train will stop at Perambur also.

Advance reservations for the above trains will commence on 18.11.2016

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Four Special Trains Between Nizamabad-Bhopal and Dhone – Bhopal for “Ijthema Congregation”



In order to clear extra rush of passengers in view of Ijthema (Muslim Congregation at Bhopal), SCR will run four Special Trains between Nizamabad – Bhopal and Dhone – Bhopal as detailed below:-

1. Nizamabad – Bhopal Special Trains (2 services):-

Train No. 07421 Nizamabad-Bhopal Special train will depart Nizamabad at 23:30 hrs on 24th November, 2016, arrive/depart Kamareddy at 00:20/00:22 hrs on the next day, Medchal at 02:00/02:02 hrs, Bolaram at 02:25/02:27 hrs, Malkajgiri at 02:50/02:52 hrs, Secunderabad at 03:30/04:00 hrs, Moula Ali at 04:13/04:15 hrs, Aler at 05:15/05:17, Janagoan at 05:35/05:37, Kazipet at 06:30/07:25 hrs, Jamikunta at 08:01/08:02 hrs, Ramagundam at 08:50/08:51 hrs, Sirpurkagaznagar at 10:10/10:12 hrs and arrive Bhopal at 23:20 hrs.

In the return direction, Train No.07422 Bhopal-Nizamabad Special train will depart Bhopal at 21:00 hrs on 28th November, 2016, arrive/depart Sirupurkagaznagar at 10:18/10:20 hrs on the next day, Ramagundam at 11:28/11:30 hrs, Jamikunta at 12:05/12:06 hrs, Kazipet at 13:00/13:40 hrs, Janagaon at 14:25/14:27 hrs, Aler at 14:42/14:44 hrs, Moula Ali at 15:38/15:40 hrs, Secunderabad 16:25/16:55 hrs, Malkajgiri at 17:05/17:06 hrs, Bolaram at 17:20/17:22 hrs, Medchal at 17:42/17:44 hrs, Kamareddy at 19:13/19:15 hrs and arrive Nizamabad at 21:20 hrs.

Enroute, these special trains also stop at Balharshah, Nagpur and Itarsi stations in both the directions.

2. Dhone – Bhopal Special Trains (2 services):-

Train No. 07423 Dhone-Bhopal Special train will depart Dhone at 22:55 hrs on 24th November, 2016, arrive/depart Kurnool City at 23:55/00:10 hrs, Mahabubnagar at 02:05/02:07 hrs on the next day, Kacheguda at 03:55/04:15 hrs, Malkajgiri at 04:30/04:32 hrs, Aler at 05:43/05:45 hrs, Jangaon at 06:05/06:07 hrs and arrive Kazipet at 06:50 hrs. Further, this train is clubbed with Train No. 07421 (at Serial No. 1 above) and will depart Kazipet at 07:25 hrs on 25th November, 2016 and arrive Bhopal at 23:20 hrs o¬n the same day.

In the return direction, Train No.07424 Bhopal-Dhone Special train will depart Bhopal at 21:00 hrs on 28th November, 2016 clubbed with Train No. 07422 Bhopal-Nizamabad Special Train upto Kazipet. Further, the train will depart Kazipet at 13:10 hrs on 29th November, 2016, arrive/depart Janagaon at 13:50/13:52 hrs, Aler at 14:08/14:10 hrs, Malkajgir at 15:45/15:47 hrs, Kacheguda at 16:05/16:40 hrs, Mahabubnagar at 18:35/18:37 hrs, Kurnool City at 21:15/21:30 hrs and arrive Dhone at 23:30 hrs.

These special trains will consist of 8 Sleeper Class Coaches and two Second Class Luggage Cum Brake Van Coaches each.
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ASSISTANCE TO PUBLIC



It has been reported that travelling public are facing problems as they are unable to approach the TTEs for assistance, as they are not available on the Platform, well before the scheduled departure of the train.

The Commercial Branch of Southern Railway clarifies that in case of train originating stations, TTEs manning upper class coaches in trains will be available on the Platform one hour before the scheduled departure of the train and TTEs manning sleeper class coaches half-an-hour before the scheduled departure of the train. Similarly in case of intermediate stations, TTEs manning upper class coaches will be present at the station half-an-hour before the scheduled arrival of the train and TTEs manning sleeper class coaches will be available 15 minutes before the scheduled arrival of the train.

In case TTEs are not so available, or if passengers have any grievances in this regard, they may kindly contact the matter on the following telephone numbers:

1) Commercial Control/Headquarters 044-25350308 and 9003160995

2) Helpline number 138

3) Chennai Division 044-25354457, 9003061977

4) Thiruvananthapuram division 0471-2326484, 9567869375

5) Salem division 0427-2431010, 9600956230

6) Palakkad division 0491-2552755, 9746763956

7) Madurai division 0452-2308250, 9003862961

8) Tiruchchirappalli division 0431-2418992, 9003864966

9) Headquarters Office 044-25354405 (Officer on Special Duty to CCM)
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SABARIMALA SPECIAL TRAINS



The following special trains will be run to clear the extra rush of traffic in view of Sabarimala festival season.

1. Suvidha special trains between Chennai Central – Kollam

Train No.82631 Chennai Central – Kollam Suvidha special train will leave Chennai Central at 22.30 hrs. on 2nd & 9th December, 2016 and reach Kollam at 14.10 hrs. the next day.

Train No.82632 Kollam – Chennai Central Suvidha special train will leave Kollam at 15.35 hrs. on 4th & 11th December 2016 and reach Chennai Central at 07.15 hrs. the next day.

Composition: AC 2-tier – 2, AC 3-tier – 2 & Sleeper Class – 10 coaches.

Stoppages: Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrissur, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam.

2. Suvidha special trains between Chennai Egmore – Tirunelveli

Train No.82601 Chennai Egmore – Tirunelveli Suvidha special train will leave Chennai Egmore at 21.05 hrs. on 2nd December, 2016 and reach Tirunelveli at 10.45 hrs. the next day.

Train No.82602 Tirunelveli – Chennai Egmore Suvidha special train will leave Tirunelveli at 14.45 hrs. on 4th & 11th December 2016 and reach Chennai Egmore at 03.45 hrs. the next day.

Composition: AC 2-tier – 2, AC 3-tier – 2 & Sleeper Class – 10 coaches.

Stoppages: Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Tiruchchirappalli, Dindigul, Madurai, Virudhunagar and Kovilpatti. Train No.82602 Tirunelveli – Chennai Egmore Suvidha Special will stop at Mambalam also.

Advance reservations for the above trains will commence on 17.11.2016.
Sabarimala special trains list -2016

South Central Railway will run 98 Sabarimalai special trains Between Hyderabad, Nizamabad, Kakinada Town, Narsapur, Vijayawada, Machilipatnam, Sirpurkagaznagar, Karimnagar, Aurangabad, Akola, Tirupati, Adilabad and Kollam, Tirupati-Akola and Tirupati-Adilabad

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16 November 2016

Regulation of Trains due to Traffic Block on Secunderabad-Mudkhed Section


Trains to Run normally on Secunderabad-Mudkhed Section

South Central Railway imposed Traffic Block for launching of Reinforced Concert Cement (RCC) Boxes for Limited Height Subways (LHS) in lieu of Unmanned Level Crossings o­n Secunderabad - Mudkhed Section of Hyderabad Division o­n 25th & 29th November, 2016. The Traffic Block is postponed until further advice. As a result, the following trains will run normally as per schedule instead of regulation as announced earlier.

     1.Accordingly, Train No. 17641 Kacheguda-Narkher Intercity Express will run as per schedule o­n           25th & 29th November, 2016.

     2.Train No. 57561 Kacheguda-Manmad Passenger will run as per schedule o­n 25th& 29th November,     2016.
South Central Railway will impose Traffic Block for launching of Reinforced Concert
Cement (RCC) Boxes for Limited Height Subways (LHS) in lieu of Unmanned Level Crossings
on Secunderabad - Mudkhed Section of Hyderabad Division. As a result, the following trains
will be regulated on dates as detailed below:-

Trains Regulated:-

I. Train No. 17641 Kacheguda-Narkher Intercity Express schedule to arrive Umri station at
12: 15 hrs will be regulated for 20 minutes between Kacheguda and Umri stations on 18th
& 22nd November, 2016.

2. Train No. 57561 Kacheguda-Manmad Passener scheduled to arrive Umri station at 11:34
hrs will be regulated for 1 hour between Kacheguda and Umri stations on 18th & 22nd
November, 2016.

3. Train No. 17641 Kacheguda-Narkher Intercity Express schedule to arrive Balsa station at
12:07 hrs will be regulated for 30 minutes between Kacheguda and Umri stations on 25th
& 29th November, 2016.

4. Train No. 57561 Kacheguda-Manmad Passenger scheduled to rrive Balsa station at
11:24 hrs will be regulated for 1 hour and 10 minutes between Kacheguda and Umri
stations on 25th & 29th November, 2016.
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New timings of DEMU trains in Tinsukia Division

New timings of DEMU trains in Tinsukia Division.
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Steps Taken To Increase The Speed of Trains

The following steps have been initiated for increasing the speed of the trains:

Gatiman Express at 160 kmph (kilometre per hour) has been introduced on 05.04.2016 from Hazrat Nizamuddin to Agra Cantt.

Feasibility study of Chennai – Bengaluru – Mysore Corridor for raising the speed of passenger trains to 160 kilometre per hour at their cost has been entrusted to China Railway.

Feasibility – cum - implementation study of New Delhi – Chandigarh Corridor for raising the speed of passenger trains to 200 kmph on 50:50 percent cost sharing basis has been entrusted to French Railway.

A protocol has been signed with Russian Railways on 15th October, 2016 for feasibility-cum-implementation study of Nagpur–Secunderabad Corridor for raising the speed of passenger trains to 200 kmph.

Mission Raftar has been announced in the Railway Budget 2016-17. The mission envisages the target of doubling of average speed of freight trains and increasing the average speed of all passenger trains by 25 kmph in the next five years. A cross functional mission directorate has been created in Railway Board for this purpose.

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Insurance Cover For Railway Passengers

An Optional Travel Insurance Scheme on a pilot basis for one year has been launched w.e.f 01/09/2016 for the railway passengers who book e-ticket through official website of Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). Under the scheme reserved passengers who expire or are disabled permanently or partially due to train accident and untoward incidents during train journey will be entitled to sum assured as per the details given below. The objective behind the scheme is to maximize compensation to the passengers for the loss caused to them by train accident and untoward incidents.

IRCTC which is a wholly owned undertaking of Ministry of Railways has entered into an agreement with three Insurance Companies through Limited Tender, namely

(i) Shriram General Insurance Company Ltd.,

(ii) ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Ltd., &

(iii) Royal Sundaram General Insurance Co. Ltd.

The amount of compensation to be given to passengers are as follows

(i) In case of Death- ₹ 10 lakh

(ii) Permanent Total Disability – ₹ 10 Lakh

(iii) Permanent Partial Disability – ₹ 7.5 Lakh

(iv) Hospitalization Expenses for Injury – ₹ 2 Lakh &

(v) Transportation of mortal remains – ₹ 10 Thousand.

The insurance cover will cover all reserved classes (SL, 1AC, 2AC, 3AC) and trains except passenger trains & Sub-Urban trains for tickets booked online on the IRCTC website. Personal belongings are not covered under the said scheme.

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Development of Railway Lines in North Eastern States

For development of Railway lines network in North Eastern States, 20 major Railway projects consisting of 13 new lines, 2 gauge conversions and 5 doublings having aggregate length of 2624 km at a cost of `52030 crore have been taken up. An expenditure of `21336 crore has been incurred on these projects upto March, 2016. An outlay of `5040 crore has been provided for 2016-17 for these projects and residual liabilities of some completed projects.

Completion of projects depends on many factors such as availability of funds, land acquisition, forestry and wildlife clearances, shifting of services, construction of road over and road under bridges by road maintaining agencies etc. As many of these factors are not within the control of Railways, it is not feasible to fix timelines for all the projects. However, Railways have taken various measures to expedite completion of projects including substantial increase in allocation of funds, prioritization of projects, delegation of powers at field level, inviting the State Governments to participate with Railways for resource mobilization for projects, nomination of nodal officers for improved co-ordination with the State Governments etc.
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Merger of Rail Budget With Union Budget

The Government has decided to merge Rail Budget with the Union Budget from budget year 2017-18. The merger of Railway Budget with General Budget is based on the recommendations of the Committee headed by Shri Bibek Debroy, Member, NITI Aayog and a separate paper on ‘Dispensing with the Railway Budget’ by Shri Bibek Debroy along with Shri Kishore Desai. A Committee with representatives from Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Railways examined the issues involved and worked out the procedural details.
The salient features of merger and the benefits likely to accrue therefrom are broadly given below:
i.      Ministry of Railways will continue to function as a departmentally run commercial undertaking;
ii.      A separate Statement of Budget Estimates and Demand for Grant will be created for Railways;
iii.     A single Appropriation Bill, including the estimates of Railways, will be prepared and presented by Ministry of Finance to Parliament and all legislative work connected therewith will be handled by Ministry of Finance;
iv.     Railways will get exemption from payment of dividend to General Revenues and its Capital-at-charge would stand wiped off;
v.      Ministry of Finance will provide Gross Budgetary Support to Ministry of Railways towards meeting part of its capital expenditure;
vi.     Railways may continue to raise resources from market through Extra-Budgetary Resources as at present to finance its capital expenditure;
vii.     The presentation of a unified budget will help present a holistic picture of the financial position of the Government;
viii.     Merger of Rail Budget with Union Budget would facilitate multimodal transport planning between highways, railways and inland waterways; and
ix.     It will allow Ministry of Finance greater elbow-room at the time of mid-year review for better allocation of resources, etc.

The budgetary support allocated to Railways by the General Exchequer and dividend paid by the Railways to the Government is given below:
Year
Budgetary
Support
(` in crore)
Dividend and
interest paid
2011-12
20013.44
5784.28

2012-13
24131.90
5466.50

2013-14
27072.40
8008.67

2014-15
30121.16
9173.55

2015-16 (Prov.)
35007.87
8722.51
The Capital at charge of the Railways on which annual dividend is paid by the Railways will be wiped off. Consequently, there will be no dividend liability for Railways from 2017-18 while Ministry of Railways continue to get Gross Budgetary support for capital expenditure. This will save Railways from the liability of payment of approximately ` 10,000 crore as annual dividend to the Government of India which after adjusting the subsidy in payment of dividend would give a net benefit of about ` 5000 crore to the Railways.

     This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 16 November 2016, Wednesday.

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CANCELLATION OF 82406/82405 DELHI JN.-DARBHANGA-DELHI JN. SUVIDHA SPECIAL AND 82404/82403 NEW DELHI- BARAUNI-NEW DELHI SUVIDHA SPECIAL TRAIN

It is notified for the information of the general public that the services of 82406/82405 Delhi Jn.-Darbhanga-Delhi Jn. Suvidha Special & 82404/82403 New Delhi- Barauni-New Delhi Suvidha Special Train will be cancelled as per the dates mentioned below-

·82406 Delhi Jn.-Darbhanga Suvidha Special will remain cancelled from 17.11.2016  onwards.

·82405 Darbhanga- Delhi Jn. Suvidha Special will remain cancelled from 18.11.2016  onwards.

·82404 New Delhi- Barauni Suvidha Special Train will remain cancelled from 18.11.2016  onwards.

·82403 Barauni-New Delhi Suvidha Special Train will remain cancelled from 19.11.2016  onwards.
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15 November 2016

SHRI SURESH PRABHAKAR PRABHU LAYS THE FOUNDATION STONE OF RAJPURA-BATHINDA DOUBLING PROJECT IN BATHINDA



DEDICATES NEWLY DOUBLED MANSA-BATHINDA RAIL LINE

LAYS FOUNDATION STONE FOR 16 LIMITED HEIGHT SUBWAYS ON LUDHIANA-AMBALA, JALANDHAR-PATHANKOT, JALANDHAR-FIROZPUR, BEAS-GOINDWAL, BATHINDA BYPASS LINE & DHURI-BATHINDA LINE

DEDICATES TO THE NATION NEW STATION BUILDING AT BEAS, NEW RUNNING ROOM AT LUDHIANA, FOOD PLAZA AT FIROZPUR STATION AND

INAUGURATES 05 WATER VENDING MACHINES AT BATHINDA RAILWAY STATION

Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister for Railways laid the Foundation Stone for Rajpura-Bathinda Doubling Project, Dedicated Newly Doubled Mansa-Bathinda Rail Line, Laid the Foundation Stone for 16 Limited Height Subways on Ludhiana-Ambala, Jalandhar-Pathankot, Jalandhar-Firozpur, Beas-Goindwal, Bathinda Bypass Line & Dhuri-Bathinda Line, Dedicated to the Nation the New Station Building at Beas, New Running Room at Ludhiana, Food Plaza at Firozpur Station and Inaugurated 5 Water Vending Machines at Bathinda at a ceremony held at Bathinda today (13.11.2016). Revenue Minister, Punjab, Shri Bikram Singh Majithia, P.W.D. Minister, Govt. of Punjab, Shri Janmeja Singh Sekhon, Rural Development & Panchayat Minister, Shri Sikander Singh Maluka, Mayor, Bathinda, Shri Balwant Rai Nath, Honble Member of Legislative Assembly, Bathinda, Shri Sarup Chand Singla, M.L.A. Bhatinda Rural Shri Darshan Singh Kotfatta,M.L.A. Talwandi Sabo, Shri Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu and Ex. M.P. Smt. Paramajit Kaur Gulshan graced the occasion.

Northern Railways was represented by Shri A. K. Puthia, General Manager, Sh. P.K. Sanghi, CAO Construction, Shri Dinesh Kumar, Divisional Railway Manager, Ambala Division and Shri Anuj Prakash Divisional Railway Manager, Firozpur Division. Other Senior Railway officials were also present on the occasion.

Rajpura to Bathinda is part of Rajpura Bathinda - Sriganganagar section of Ambala Division. The Rajpura-Dhuri-Bathinda is a single line BG non electrified section. Completion of the Doubling work of this 172 km long section being built at an estimated cost of Rs. 1251.25 crores shall facilitate uninterrupted and smooth traffic operation as double line from Rajpura to Bathinda. A number of important cities and industrial towns Patiala & Bathinda, Fertilizer and thermal power plant, food grains loading points, educational hubs and military cantonments are located on the project section. There has been 6.42% per annum growth in the existing passenger traffic and the line capacity utilization has reached 130%. Therefore it was absolutely necessary to take up doubling of the Rajpura- Bathindasection.

Mansa-Bathinda doubling is sanctioned on Delhi-Bathinda route of 297 km length. Complete doubling shall improve the line capacity of the route for smooth movement of traffic as there are many loading points of food grains on this route and coal supply to thermal plants of Punjab & Rajasthan and the new thermal plant Talwandi Sabo Power Ltd (TSPL) near Saddasinghwala is mostly done via this route only.

To facilitate smooth rail traffic movement Sixteen Limited Height Subways have been sanction on different sections with an estimated Cost of Rs. 38.95 Crore. This will also help in easy and safe passage of road traffic across the railway lines.

Various passenger amenities at different stations of the route were also dedicated to the rail users of the area. A new station building at important religious center of Beas, a food plaza for the convenience of travelling passengers at Firozpur station and 05 water vending machines at various platforms of Bathinda station for dispensing of clean and chilled drinking water were inaugurated. A running room was also dedicated for the use of travelling train staff at Ludhiana on the occasion

Speaking on the occasion, the Honble Railway Minister stated that the Indian Railways would continue its efforts to extend greater connectivity in the State. This project is envisaged to provide the industry, the agriculturists, the armed forces and the rail users in general a seamless connectivity in to the hinterlands and border districts of Punjab state. The Railways have envisaged a modernized India through the various development projects and have constantly progressed towards that goal through new thrusts and initiatives.
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Extension Run of Special Train LTT-Lucknow AC Superfast Withheld due to Traffic Block at Kanpur

Extension of LTT-Lucknow AC Superfast Specials (on special charges), it is informed here that the extension of the said special train 02107/02108 LTT-Lucknow-LTT Weekly AC Superfast Special is withheld due to 27 days traffic block between Kanpur Central and Kanpur Bridge o­n Northern Railway.

As such the bookings for 02107 special train o­n special charges as announced will not be open o­n 14.11.2016. Inconvenience caused is deeply regretted.
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