18 March 2017

WR'S JUMBO BLOCK ON SLOW LINES BETWEEN VASAI ROAD AND VIRAR ON SUNDAY, 19th MARCH, 2017

A jumbo block will be taken o­n Up & Dn slow lines from 10.30 hrs to 13.30 hrs o­n Sunday, 19th March, 2017 between Vasai Road and Virar stations for maintenance of track, signaling and overhead equipments. During the block, all slow line trains will run o­n fast lines between Borivali / Vasai Road and Virar stations. Due to this, some Up & Dn local trains will remain cancelled.
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52 Tatkal Special Trains between Hubballi and Chennai Egmore via Guntakal, Renigunta

Train No. 07324 Hubballi - Chennai Egmore Bi-Weekly Tatkal Special train will depart Hubballi at 20:20 hrs on 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th April, 1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th, 29th, 31st May, 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th and 28th June 2017 (Mondays & Wednesdays) and arrive/depart Guntakal at 01:50/01:55, Renigunta at 08:10/08:25 hrs and arrive Chennai Egmore at 11:15 hrs on the next day.

In the opposite direction, Train No. 07323 Chennai Egmore - Hubballi Bi-Weekly Tatkal Special train will depart Chennai Egmore at 13:00 hrs on 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 25th, 27th April, 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th, 30th May, 1st, 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd , 27th and 29th June 2017 (Tuesdays & Thursdays) and arrive/depart Renigunta at 16:20/16:30, Guntakal at 22:15/22:20 hrs on the same day and arrive Hubballi at 04:30 hrs on the next day.

Enroute, these special trains will also stop at Gadag, Koppal, Hosapete, Tornagallu, Bellary, Gooty, Tadipatri, Muddanuru, Yerraguntala, Cuddapah, Nandalur, Rajampet, Koduru, Arakkonam stations in both directions and stops at Perambur station only Ex. Hubballi – Chennai Egmore.

These special trains will have 17 coaches viz., one AC II Tier, two AC III Tier, six Sleeper Class, six General Second Class and two Second Class Luggage Cum Brake van Coaches.
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Diversion of Trains due to Yard Remodeling works at Tiruvottiyur being carried out between Korukkupet - Attipattu section of Southern Railway

Non-Interlock work in connection with yard remodeling at Tiruvottiyur being carried out between Korukkupet - Attipattu section of Southern Railway the following trains are diverted as detailed below:-
The following Trains are diverted via Renigunta, Arakkonam, Perambur instead of Nayudupet and Sullurupet stations on 25th /26th/ 27th March, 2017.
1.Train No. 13351 Dhanbad-Alappuzah Express journey commencing on 24th & 25th Mar, 2017.
2. Train No. 12839 Howrah-Chennai Mail journey commencing on 24th Mar, 2017.
3. Train No. 12688 Dehradun-Madurai Express journey commencing on 24th Mar, 2017.
4. Train No. 22644 Patna-Ernakulam Express journey commencing on 24th Mar, 2017.
5. Train No. 22502 New Tinsukia-KSR Bengaluru Express journey commencing on 25th Mar, 2017.
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30 Special Trains between H.S.Nanded and AJNI

Train No. 07629 H.S.Nanded - Ajni Special train will depart H.S.Nanded at 22:45 hrs on 20th, 27th March; 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th April; 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th May; 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th June, 2017 (Mondays) and arrive Ajni at 10:15 hrs on the next day.

In the return direction, Train No. 07630 Ajni - H.S.Nanded Special train will depart Ajni at 16:15 hrs on 21th, 28th March; 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th April; 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th May; 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th June, 2017 (Tuesdays) and arrive H.S.Nanded at 03:55 hrs on the next day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop Purna, Basmath, Hingoli, Washim, Akola, Murtizapur, Badnera, Chandur, Dhamangaon, Pulgaon and Wardha in both the directions.

These special trains consist of 17 Coaches viz,. one AC II Tier, two AC III Tier, six Sleeper Class, six General Second Class and two Luggage cum Break van coaches.
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Central Railway Mega Block on Main line and Harbour line o­n 19.03.2017

Central Railway will operate Mega Block on Main line and Harbour line for carrying out maintenance work o­n 19.03.2017



THANE - KALYAN DN FAST LINE FROM 10.30 AM TO 3.30 PM

Down fast & semi-fast services leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai from 09.38 am to 2.54 pm will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup and Mulund stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts. Down fast trains beyond Thane will be diverted o­n down slow line between Thane and Kalyan halting at all stations and will arrive destination 20 minutes behind schedule.

Up fast/Semi-fast 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 and will 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.

PANVEL- NERUL UP AND DN HARBOUR LINE FROM 11.20 AM TO 4.20 PM



Up Harbour services for Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai leaving Panvel/Belapur from 11.14 am to 4.15 pm and Dn harbour line services for Panvel/Belapur leaving Nerul from 11.01 am to 4.26 pm will remain cancelled between Nerul and Panvel.

Up Trans harbour line services for Thane leaving Panvel from 11.04 am to 3.53 pm and Dn Trans harbour line services for Panvel leaving Nerul from 11.42 am to 4.04 pm will remain cancelled between Nerul and Panvel.

Panvel-Andheri services will remain cancelled during the block period.

However, special services will be run o­n Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai-Nerul & Thane-Nerul sections during the block period.
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HOWRAH-PURI DHAULI EXPRESS TO STOP AT DANTAN

For convenience of the travelling public,South Eastern Railway has decided to provide a stoppage of 12821/12822 Howrah-Puri Dhauli Express at Dantan w.e.f 25.03.17 o­n an experimental basis for a period of six months.
              12821 Howrah-Puri Dhauli Express will stop at Dantan at 08.29 hrs and in the return direction, 12822 Puri-Howrah Dhauli Express will stop at Dantan at 17.11 hrs.
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Special trains From Tiruchchirappalli To Chennai ,Krishnarajapuram,Kochuveli ,Renigunta

1.Special fare special trains between Chennai Egmore – Tiruchchirappalli (via Vriddhachalam, Attur, Salem, Karur)

Train No.06047 Chennai Egmore – Tiruchchirappalli special fare special train will leave Chennai Egmore at 07.40 hrs. o­n 21st, 24th, 28th & 31stMarch, 2017 and reach Tiruchchirappalli at 18.30 hrs. the same day.
Train No.06048 Tiruchchirappalli – Chennai Egmore special fare special train will leave Tiruchchirappalli at 08.15 hrs. o­n 20th, 23rd, 27th & 30th March, 2017 and reach Chennai Egmore at 18.45 hrs. the same day.


Composition:Sleeper Class – 2, Second Class Chair Car (reserved) – 5, General Second Class – 8 & Luggage-cum-brake van -2 coaches.


Stoppages:Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Vriddhachalam, Chinna Salem, Attur, Ettapur Road, Vazhappadi Gate, Ayodhyapattanam, Salem Town, Salem, Rasipuram, Namakkal, Mohanur, Karur, Kulithalai and Tiruchchirappalli Fort.
Train No.06048 Tiruchchirappalli – Chennai Egmore special fare special train will stop at Mambalam also.



2.Special fare special train from Tiruchchirappalli to Krishnarajapuram

Train No.06049 Tiruchchirappalli – Krishnarajapuram special fare special train will leave Tiruchchirappalli at 06.00 hrs. o­n 19th, 22nd, 26th & 29th March, 2017 and reach Krishnarajapuram at 14.30 hrs. the same day.

Composition:Sleeper Class – 2, Second Class Chair Car (reserved) – 5, General Second Class – 8 & Luggage-cum-brake van -2 coaches.

Stoppages:Tiruchchirappalli Fort, Kulithalai, Karur, Mohanur, Namakkal, Rasipuram, Salem, Kuppam and Bangarpet.




3.Special fare special train from Madurai to Nagercoil

Train No.00504 Madurai – Nagercoil special fare special train will leave Madurai at 21.25 hrs. o­n 22nd March, 2017 and reach Nagercoil at 03.20 hrs. the next day.

Composition:Sleeper Class – 6 coaches.

Stoppages:Tirunelveli.



4.Special fare special train from Kochuveli to Tiruchchirappalli

Train No.00506 Kochuveli – Tiruchchirappalli special fare special train will leave Kochuveli at 22.20 hrs. o­n 24thMarch, 2017 and reach Tiruchchirappalli at 10.00 hrs. the next day.

Composition:Sleeper Class – 6 coaches.

Stoppages:Tirunelveli and Madurai.




5.Special fare special train from Tiruchchirappalli to Renigunta

Train No.00507 Tiruchchirappalli – Renigunta special fare special train will leave Tiruchchirappalli at 23.50 hrs. o­n 25thMarch, 2017 and reach Renigunta at 08.00 hrs. the next day.

Composition:Sleeper Class – 6 coaches.

Stoppages:Villupuram, Chengalpattu and Arakkonam.
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RESTORATION OF TRAINS

It is for the information of general public that the following trains which were earlier notified to be Cancelled/Short Terminated/Short Originated due to 24 days Traffic Block of Washing Line N. 4 at Varanasi Station have been restored as under :

Restoration of Cancelled Trains

·The 14265 Varanasi-Dehradun Express train Journey Commencingon 17.03.2017 has been restored to run with immediate effect.

·The 14266 Dehradun- Varanasi Express train will be restored to run from 18.03.2017.

Restoration of Short Terminated/Short Originated Trains

·The 19407 Ahmedabad-Varanasi weekly Express journey commencing o­n 16.03.2017 has been restored to run with immediate effect .

·The 19408 Varanasi-Ahmedabad weekly Express Train will be restored to run from 18.03.2017.
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17 March 2017

Chennai Central – Ahmedabad Suvidha Special Train will run as Special fare Special Train

Chennai Central – Ahmedabad(Train No. 82611) Suvidha SpecialTrain will run as Special fare Special Train and renumbered as Train No. 06037 on 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th April, 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th May, 3rd, 10th, 17thand 24th June, 2017 (Saturdays).


Accordingly, Train No. 06037 Chennai Central – Ahmedabad Special fare Train will depart Chennai Central at 20:00 hrs o­n Saturdays and arrive/depart Guntakal at 04:20/04:35 hrs o­n the next day and arrive Ahmedabad at 05:45 hrs o­n Mondays.





26 Suvidha AC Special Trains between Chennai Central-Ahmedabad

In order to clear extra rush of passengers during summer season, 26 Suvidha special trains will be run between Chennai Central and Ahmedabad via., Renigunta, Kadapa and Guntakal as detailed below:-

Accordingly, Train No. 82611Chennai Central – Ahmedabad Suvidha Special train will depart Chennai Central at 20:00 hrs o¬n 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th April, 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th May, 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th June, 2017 (Saturdays) arrive/depart Guntakal at 04:20/04:35 hrs on the next day and arrive Ahmedabad at 05:45 hrs on Mondays.

In the return direction, Train No. 82612 Ahmedabad-Chennai Central Suvidha Special train will depart Ahmedabad at 09:40 hrs on 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th April, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th May, 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th June, 2017 (Mondays) arrive/depart Guntakal at 08:00/08:15 hrs on Tuesdays and arrive Chennai Central at 17:10 hrs.

Enroute, these special trains will also stop at Arakkonam, Renigunta, Koduru, Razampeta, Kadapa, Yerraguntla, Tadipatri, Gooty, Adoni, Mantralayam Road, Raichur, Yadgir, Wadi, Solapur, Daund, Pune, Lonavala, Kalyan, Vasai Rd, Boisar, Vapi, Surat, Vadodara, Anand and Nadiad stations.

These special trains will have 15 Coaches viz., eight AC II Tier, two AC III Tier, two AC Chair Car, one Pantry, two Luggage cum Brake Van and Power Car coaches.
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Bengaluru-Nizamuddin- Bengaluru Rajdhani Express to Run via Dharmavaram, Anantapur, Guntakal, Raichur and Serum from 1st July, 2017


Ministry of Railways has approved diversion of Train No. 22693/22694 KSR Bengaluru-H.Nizamuddin-KSR Bengaluru Rajdhani tri-weekly express via Dharmavaram, Anantapur, Guntakal, Raichur and Serum stations with effect from 1st July, 2017 Ex: Bengaluru and 2nd July, 2017 Ex: Nizamuddin. Further, the number of the diverted service will be 22691/22692 instead of 22693/22694.

Accordingly, Train No. 22691 (new number) KSR Bengaluru-H.Nizamuddin Rajdhani Tri-Weekly Express will depart KSR Bengaluru at 20:00 hrs, arrive/depart Satya Sai Prashanti Nilayam at 22:38/22:40 hrs, Dharmavaram at 23:20/23:22 hrs, Anantapur at 23:53/23:55 hrs, Guntakal at 01:05/01:10 hrs, Raichur at 02:43/02:45 hrs, Seram at 04:44/04:45 hrs, Secunderabad at 07:35/07:50 hrs and arrive H.Nizamuddin at 05:55 hrs o­n the second day.

In the return direction, Train No. 22692 (new number) H.Nizamuddin-KSR Bengaluru Rajdhani Tri-Weekly Express will depart H.Nizamuddin at 20:45 hrs, arrive/depart Secunderabad at 18:35/18:50 hrs, Seram at 20:58/21:00 hrs, Raichur at 23:08/23:10 hrs, Guntakal at 01:00/01:05 hrs, Anantapur at 02:18/02:20 hrs, Dharmavaram at 03:25/03:30 hrs, Satya Sai Prashanti Nilayam at 03:58/04:00 hrs and arrive KSR Bengaluru at 06:40 hrs o­n the second day.
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Four Passenger Trains Partially Cancelled commissioning of Double line between Matmari – Mantralayam Road stations from 17 th to 20th March, 2017

In order to facilitate works related to commissioning of Double line between Matmari – Mantralayam Road stations of Guntakal Division, traffic blocks are imposed from 17thto 20th March, 2017. Consequently, the following passenger trains are partially cancelled as detailed below.

Trains Partially Cancelled:
1.Train No. 57631 Solapur-Guntakal passenger journey commences o­n 18th, 19th and 20th March, 2017 is partially cancelled between Raichur and Guntakal stations.
2.Train No. 57632 Guntakal-Gulbarga passenger journey commences o­n 18th, 19th and 20th March, 2017 is partially cancelled between Guntakal andRaichurstations.
3.Train No. 57428 Guntakal- Raichur passenger journey commences o­n 17th, 18th and 19th March, 2017 is partially cancelled between Adoni andRaichurstations.
4.Train No. 57427 Raichur – Guntakal passenger journey commences o­n 18th, 19th and 20thMarch, 2017is partially cancelled between Raichur and Adonistations.
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Special Express Train between Visakhapatnam and Jagadalpur via Araku & Koraput from 1stweek of April to last week of June 2017

ECoR has decided to run a Special Fare Special Express Train between Visakhapatnam and Jagadalpur via Araku & Koraput from 1stweek of April to last week of June 2017. 08512 Visakhapatnam Jagadalpur Special Fare Special Express via Araku and Koraput will leave Visakhapatnam at 2215hrs everyday during the period and will reach at Jagadalpur at 0605hrs on the next day. In the return direction, 08511 Jagadalpur-Visakhapatnam Special Fare Special Express will leave Jagadalpur at 1930hrs and will reach at Visakhapatnam at 0300hrs daily, during the period. This train will have One AC-03 Tier, 03 Sleeper Class, 03 Second Class Seating and 02 Guard cum Luggage Vans in its composition having stoppages at Kottavalasa, Araku, Koraput, Jeypore and Kotpar Road between Visakhapatnam and Jagadalpur from both the directions.​
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Special Traffic Block on 16.3.2017 and 17.3.2017 on Up line Between Palasdhari - Karjat

Special TrafficBlockon 16.3.2017 and 17.3.2017

on Up line Between Palasdhari - Karjat

Central Railway will operate aspecialtrafficblock of 3 hours o­n 16.3.2017 and 17.3.2017 from 10.00 hrs to 13.00 hrs o­n Up main line between Palasdhari and Karjat for track maintenance work. The pattern of train running due to theseblocks will be as under:

Partial Cancellation of Suburban Trains o­n 16.3.2017 & 17.3.2017

1.     Khopoli - Karjat locals Leaving Khopoli at 10.20 hrs and 11.30 hrs will remain cancelled between Palasdhari and Karjat stations i.e. terminated at Palasdhari.

2.    Karjat –Khopoli locals leaving Karjat at 10.55 hrs and 12.05 hrs will remain cancelled between Karjat and Palasdhari i.e. will run Ex Palasdhari.

Additional Halt for Express trains at Palasdhari o­n 16.3.2017 & 17.3.2017

Train No. 17032 Hyderabad-Mumbai Express and Train No. 11014 Coimbatore – Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express will be provided halt at Palasdhari station o­n both the days for the convenience of commuters of Khopoli-Karjat locals.
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Line Doubling and Capacity Expansion

Indian Railways has fixed the target of commissioning of 3500 Km of New Line/Gauge Conversion/Doubling during 2017-18 which works out to be 9.59 Km per day.


Presently, Indian Railways do not have any plan to import track laying machine that can lay around 1.5 km of tracks per day, from United States of America. However, Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) has awarded Design Build Lump-sum Contract for Civil, Structure and Track Works Contracts. In these contracts, HARSCO Rail USA is one of the specialized sub-contractors for Mechanized Track Laying. HARSCO Rail is bringing NTC (New Track Construction) Machine for Mechanized Track Laying which is capable of track laying approx. 1.5 km per day. DFCCIL itself is not procuring any NTC on date.


  Indian Railways has fixed the target of commissioning of 3500 Km of New Line/Gauge Conversion/Doubling during 2017-18.


      Presently, Indian Railways have no such plan to wind up any long pending project.
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Rail Neer Plant

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has been mandated by Ministry of Railways to set up Packaged Drinking Water (PDW) Plants for production of PDW under the brand name “Rail Neer”. Six Rail Neer PDW plants are presently operational, out of which four plants at Nangloi (Delhi) (2003), Danapur (Patna) (2004), Palur (Chennai) (2011), Ambernath (Maharashtra) (2014) have been set up by IRCTC from its own funds. Two more plants, one at Amethi (Uttar Pradesh) (2015) and another one at Parassala (Trivandrum) (2016) have been set up by IRCTC under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.

IRCTC at present produces approximately 7.6 lakh litre of Rail Neer PDW per day against requirement of 25 lakh litre PDW per day.

In instances of non-availability/short supply of Rail Neer PDW, Zonal Railways have been delegated powers to shortlist and empanel Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) approved PDW brands of private companies for sale at railway stations and on trains.

As only shortlisted BIS approved PDW brands of the empanelled private companies have been permitted for supply/sale on mobile units and at Railway stations through authorised static units, there has been hardly any complaint across Zonal Railways with regard to quality of the BIS approved PDW supplied to passengers. However, whenever complaints of unauthorised supply/sale of inferior quality non-approved brands of PDW are received, suitable action, including imposition of monetary fines, is taken as per rules against the defaulting licensees depending on the gravity of the lapse.
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Increase in Speed of Trains

Initiatives for increasing the speeds of trains on Indian Railways are part of the Mission Raftaar launched by the Ministry to augment capacity and provide better services. Routes identified for speed raising are (i) Delhi-Agra, (ii) Delhi-Chandigarh, (iii) Delhi-Kanpur, (iv) Nagpur-Bilaspur, (v) Mumbai-Goa, (vi) Mumbai-Ahmedabad, (vii) Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysore, (viii) Chennai-Hyderabad and (ix) Nagpur-Secunderabad. Besides, projects for speed raising of Delhi-Mumbai including Ahmedabad-Vadodara and Delhi-Howrah including Kanpur-Lucknow routes have been sanctioned in the Budget for 2017-18.

It is generally assessed that increased speeds and better services automatically create scope for increased revenue. It is premature to name trains and destinations before outcomes of speed-raising projects are realised.
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Manned Railway Crossings

It is the endeavour of Railways to eliminate all unmanned level crossings (UMLCs) on Broad Gauge (BG) in a phased manner by either of the following:

Closure - Closing unmanned level crossings having NIL/ negligible Train Vehicle Unit (TVU).

Merger - Merger of unmanned level crossing gate to nearby manned/unmanned level crossing or subway/Road Under Bridge (RUB)/Road Over Bridge (ROB) by construction of diversion road.

Provision of Subways/RUBs.

Manning- Phased manning of unmanned level crossings, which cannot be eliminated by above means.

Ministry of Railways has announced a specific sub-mission to eliminate all unmanned level crossings on Broad Gauge by March 2020.

There are 9340 unmanned level crossings in the country as on 01.04.2016. Out of total 9340 unmanned level crossings, 6388 unmanned level crossings are on Broad Gauge (BG).
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High Speed Rail Network

At present, a high speed rail corridor between Mumbai-Ahmedabad has been sanctioned with financial and technical assistance from Government of Japan. National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRC) has been incorporated in February, 2016 to implement this project.

Action to enhance speeds includes removal of level crossings, reduction of permanent speed restrictions, replacing loco hauled commuter trains with Main Line Electric Multiple Units (MEMU)/Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMU) and introduction of faster train services at speeds of above 130 kmph, etc.

The High Speed Rail corridors have proven to be economically useful as they enhance the capacity of the rail network, reduce congestion on roads, reduce pollution, enhance safety, enhance urbanization, reduce migration of people and develop new markets with enhancement of service industries, retail sector etc.
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Rail Mitra Sewa

Wheel Chairs have been provided at all railway stations on Indian Railways for convenience of the passengers requiring assistance viz. physically challenged, ailing and old aged persons. In addition, the facility of Yatri Mitra Sewa has been provided to book wheelchair cum porter services. Yatri Mitra Sewa is being provided through the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). Passenger can book e-wheel chairs on line through IRCTC portal www.irctc.co.in. The facility is presently available at 22 stations i.e. Ahmedabad , Agra Cantt., Vadodara, Varanasi, Bhusaval, Vijayawada, Kanpur Central, Mumbai CST, Mumbai Central, Howrah, Indore, Jhansi, Jaipur, Lucknow Junction, Lucknow, New Delhi, Nagpur, Pathankot Cantt., Pune, Bengaluru City, Secunderabad and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra.


The passengers can book cab/ coach and porter service online through IRCTC portal www.irctc.co.in. The facility is presently available at Chandigarh, Gaya, Guntur, Howrah, Jaipur, Lucknow, Lucknow Jn., Madurai, New Delhi, Delhi Junction, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Delhi Safdarjung, Anand Vihar, Delhi Cantt., Delhi Sarai Rohilla, Tirupati and Vijayawada


The following services have been provided by IRCTC for enabling passengers viz. differently-abled, ailing and old aged persons to book wheelchair services cum porter services.


(i) IRCTC has provided 26 battery cabs / golf carts to railways at 19 locations under CSR. The stations are New Delhi, Bengaluru, Lucknow, Varanasi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Haridwar, Amritsar, Ambala, Ghazipur, Chandigarh, Ayodhya, Agra, Patna, Rajendra Nagar, Muzaffarpur, Gaya, Mugalsarai, Darbhanga and Dhanbad.


(ii) The facility of e-wheel chair is available at 22 stations as mentioned in part (a) of the question.


(iii) The passengers can book cab/ coach and porter service online through IRCTC portal www.irctc.co.in. The facility is available at Chandigarh, Gaya, Guntur, Howrah, Jaipur, Lucknow, Lucknow Jn., Madurai, New Delhi, Delhi Junction, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Delhi Safdarjung, Anand Vihar, Delhi Cant., Delhi Sarai Rohilla, Tirupati and Vijaywada.
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Rationalisation of Freight Rates in Indian Railways

The Government has initiated various freight rationalization measures which have resulted in decrease in freight rates. Besides, various other administrative measures have also been taken to promote ‘Ease of doing business’. Some of these steps are as under:



1) Withdrawal of Port Congestion Charge from 13.04.2016.

2) Extension of Automatic Freight Rebate scheme for traffic loaded in empty flow direction upto 31.03.2017.



3) Withdrawal of Busy Season Charge for traffic loaded in BCN group and BCNHL wagons w.e.f. 01.05.2016 till 30.06.2016.

4) Withdrawal of dual freight policy for iron ore w.e.f. 10.05.2016.

5) Re-introduction of short lead concession and reduction of minimum distance for charge from 125 km to 100 km w.e.f. 15.07.2016

6) BCN group permitted for two point booking and mini rake w.e.f. 15.03.2016.

7) Distance for mini rake increased from 400 km to 600 km w.e.f. 15.03.2016.

8) A liberalised policy with delegation of power to Zonal Railways introduced for two point booking of covered wagons in which any two stations within a distance of 200km in busy season and 400km in lean season have been permitted for two point booking w.e.f. 22.07.2016.

9) Rationalisation of Merry-Go-Round (MGR) system w.e.f. 01.04.2016, which has led to reduction in freight rate to the extent of 80%.

10) Proliferation of Roll-on Roll-off (RORO) service launch on ECR from 25.05.2016 and subsequently on all Indian Railways.

11) Permission to notify Group I and Group II station/ goods sheds as CRTs for lift on-lift off operations w.e.f. 12.07.2016.

12) Charging of commodities for transportation by containers has been liberalised. 43 additional commodities de-notified for charging at FAK rates w.e.f. 02.09.2016.

13) Guidelines for Station to Station Rate policy issued on 29.09.2016.

14) Class of various commodities has been rationalized and new commodities have been added in Goods Tariff.

15) Instruction for movement of HSD Oil in BTPN rakes from Numaligarh refinery siding (NRSR) to Parbatipur, Bangladesh has been issued w.e.f. 13.03.2016.

16) The system of transportation to Bangladesh through ‘Dump’ and ‘load adjustment’ has been discontinued.



17) Withdrawal of levy of congestion charge for stone traffic transported from Eastern Railway to Bangladesh via Darsana/ Benapole.

18) Weighment of Standard Bagged consignment policy has been rationalized.

19) Discount of loading of bagged consignment in open and flat wagons w.e.f 24.10.2016
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Electrification of Rail Line

Indian Railways have already embarked upon a major programme to speed up electrification of Railway Lines as can be seen from the targets and achievements of 10th , 11th and 12th Five Year Plans (FYP) under Plan Head ‘Railway Electrification’.

         
Plan
Target in Route Kilometres (RKM)
Achievement in Route Kilometres (RKM)
10th
1800
1810
11th
4500
4556
12th
6500
5772 RKM electrified during 2012-16 against the proportionate target of 5200 RKM


Further, Indian Railways have prepared an Action Plan to electrify 24400 route kilometers in five years (2016-17 to 2020-21).
During 2014-17 period, total number of 93 railway electrification projects consisting 16815 route kilometer at an estimated cost of Rs. 17165 crore have been included in Railway Budget and pace of electrification has been increased from present average of 1300 RKM/annum to 2000 RKM/annum.
Indian Railways have taken following key steps to reduce its carbon foot print:
(i) Energy efficiency improvement on electric traction by introducing 3-phase electric locos and 3-phase EMUs for sub-urban trains.

(ii) Improvement in fuel efficiency in Diesel Traction.

(iii) Use of renewable sources of energy such as solar power and wind energy.

(iv) Energy conservation measures in electrical energy for non traction purpose.
As on 01.04.2016, 27999 route kilometers have been electrified on Indian Railways.
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LHB Coaches of Indian Railways



Presently, around 5000 LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) coaches are running in Indian Railways.

It has been planned to replace conventional coaches of important Mail/Express trains by LHB coaches in a phased manner. It is an ongoing process over Indian Railways subject to availability of coaches, maintenance facility, Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) sanction, operational requirement etc. So far, nearly 185 rakes in 135 pairs of trains are running with LHB coaches.

Total outlay for all types of coaches under the Rolling Stock Programme is as follows
RE 2014-15
RE 2015-16
RE 2016-17
Rs. 6007.14
Rs. 5614.4
Rs.9672.09 crore
            
RE : Revised Estimates

The figure of Budgetary allocation for LHB coaches is not maintained separately. However, there has been an increase in the production of LHB coaches in the past 3 years as under:
Year
Total numbers
2014-15
555
2015-16
1044
2016-17
(upto February 2017)
1293
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Mumbai-Ahmedabad Elevated Project of Indian Railways

It was decided to construct Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project as a fully elevated corridor to enhance safety and reduce land requirement for the project.


According to preliminary assessment of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), fully elevated corridor entails an additional cost implication of approximately ₹ 10,000 crore.


General Consultant has been appointed by JICA in December 2016 to prepare Design documents, bidding documents and technical standards & specifications for the project considering the corridor as fully elevated.
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Two Day meeting on “Strengthening Railway Transport Connectivity in South and South West Asia” Commences in New Delhi

A two day meeting on “Strengthening Railway Transport Connectivity in South and South West Asia” was organised by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in coordination with Organization for Cooperation between Railways (OSJD) and Ministry of Railways, Government of India in New Delhi on 15th – 16th March 2017. Discussions were held to strengthen the rail transport and provide connectivity to the countries in South Asia and South East Asia. Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Railways Government of India. Representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Iran, India, Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Turkey and other countries were also present. 

The meeting sought to review and identify innovative measures to strengthen cross-border railway transport within South and South-West Asia; which is one of the least connected and integrated sub regions in the world despite its vast contiguous landmass. Strengthening railway connectivity is central to boosting economic growth, enhancing trade and transport connectivity and improving lives in the sub region. The meeting brought together government officials and policy makers from nine countries in South Asia and South-West Asia and Central Asia, along with representatives from various international and regional organizations, railway and connectivity experts and academia, as well as the private sector (see tentative programme attached).

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said “Connectivity and integration of trade gives huge growth, it is interesting to see how we can participate in this process. Physical connectivity is required for market integration and Railways can transport huge capacity as compared to other modes of transport. South Asia is most populous and when goods and services will grow, GDP will also grow in this region. Therefore, idea is to bring rail connectivity in South Asia which will be beneficial for the economy. Our priority is to develop connectivity between Kathmandu and New Delhi, Kolkata & Kathmandu. We are exploring the connectivity between India, Myanmar, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Connectivity between the countries in South Asia and South East Asia will be helpful for poverty alleviation and economy in this region. We require cooperation of the partner countries. The international rail transport proposals of ESCAP under the Trans-Asian Railway network assumes special significant in this context. Of particular importance is the proposal of an Istanbul to Dhaka rail route, also known as the ITI-DKD rail corridor. India hosts an important segment of this rail route. The most important feature of this proposal is that while this main rail corridor traverses the length of Southern Asia, it offers multimodal linkages with neighbouring sub regions, particularly catering to the transit requirements of landlocked countries of our neighbourhood.”

Mr. Matthew Hammill, Officer in Charge, ESCAP South & South West Asia office (ESCAP-SSWA) in his opening remarks stressed on taking initiatives for operationalizing the Trans Asian Railway Network and how Indian Railways can contribute in this process in South Asia. During the session, the other speakers were Shri Mohd Jamshed, Member Traffic, Railway Board, Government of India, Shri Tadeusz Szozda, Chairman, Organisation for Co operation between Railways (OSJD) Committee.

The representatives from SAARC Secretariat, BIMSTEC, NITI Aayog (Government of India), CONCOR (Ministry of Railways, Government of India) also spoke on the occasion.
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Line Block and Power Block to facilitate engineering works at Tiruvottiyur yard on 17.03.2017

Due to Line Block and Power Block to facilitate engineering works at Tiruvottiyur yard, changes will be made in the pattern of suburban train services on 17.03.2017 as detailed below.
A. Cancellation of suburban train services on 17.03.2017:
1. Train No.42001 MMC – Gummidipundi EMU local, scheduled to leave MMC at 00.15 hrs. will be fully cancelled.
2. Train No.42401 MMC – Sulurpeta EMU local, scheduled to leave MMC at 04.20 hrs. will be fully cancelled.
3. Train No.42403 MMC – Sulurpeta EMU local, scheduled to leave MMC at 05.00 hrs. will be fully cancelled.
4. Train No.42901 MMC – Ennore EMU local, scheduled to leave MMC at 05.40 hrs. will be fully cancelled.
5. Train No.42003 MMC – Gummidipundi EMU local, scheduled to leave MMC at 06.00 hrs. will be fully cancelled.
1. Train No.42002 Gummidipundi – MMC EMU local, scheduled to leave Gummidipundi at 02.45 hrs. will be fully cancelled.
2. Train No.42004 Gummidipundi – MMC EMU local, scheduled to leave Gummidipundi at 04.00 hrs. will be fully cancelled.
3. Train No.42006 Gummidipundi – MMC EMU local, scheduled to leave Gummidipundi at 04.55 hrs. will be fully cancelled.
4. Train No.42008 Gummidipundi – MMC EMU local, scheduled to leave Gummidipundi at 05.20 hrs. will be fully cancelled.
5. Train No.43861 Ennore – Tiruvallur EMU local, scheduled to leave Ennore at 06.40 hrs. will be fully cancelled.
B. Partial cancellation of suburban train services on 17.03.2017:
• Train No.42751 Velachery – Ponneri EMU local, scheduled to leave Velachery at 04.50 hrs. will be partially cancelled between Chennai Beach - Ponneri. The train will run from Velachery to Chennai Beach only.
• Train No.42752 Ponneri – Velachery EMU local, scheduled to leave Ponneri at 07.00 hrs. will be partially cancelled between Ponneri – Chennai Beach. The train will run from Chennai Beach to Velachery only.
C. Rescheduling of suburban train service on 17.03.2017:
• Train No.66025 MMC – Sulurpeta EMU local, scheduled to leave MMC at 05.30 hrs. will leave late by 30 minutes, at 06.00 hrs.
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special trains between Ernakulam Jn. - Rameswaram Via-Palakkad, Pollachi, Palani

Train No.06035 Ernakulam Jn. – Rameswaram special fare special train will leave Ernakulam Jn. at 16.00 hrs. o­n 02nd, 09th, 16th, 23rd & 30th April, 2017 and reach Rameswaram at 04.00 hrs. the next day.
Train No.06036 Rameswaram – Ernakulam Jn. special fare special train will leave Rameswaram at 22.00 hrs. o­n 03rd, 10th, 17th, 24th April, 2017 & 01st May, 2017 and reach Ernakulam Jn. at 10.15 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:Aluva, Thrissur, Palakkad, Pollachi, Palani, Dindigul, Madurai and Manamadurai.
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Superfast special fare special trains between Tiruchchirappalli – Chennai Egmore

Train No.06026 Tiruchchirappalli – Chennai Egmore superfast special fare special train will leave Tiruchchirappalli at 15.15 hrs. o­n 01st, 08th, 15th, 22nd & 29th April, 2017 and reach Chennai Egmore at 21.10 hrs. the same day.
Train No.06025 Chennai Egmore – Tiruchchirappalli superfast special fare special train will leave Chennai Egmore at 09.30 hrs. o­n 05th, 12th, 19th, 26th April, 2017 & 03rd May, 2017 and reach Tiruchchirappalli at 15.10 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 superfast special fare special train will stop at Mambalam also.
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15-03-2017 UNRESERVED SPECIAL TRAIN BETWEEN SAHARANPUR AND BEAS

The 04917 Saharanpur-Beas Unreserved Special Train will depart from Saharanpur at 08.50 p.m. o­n 17.03.2017 (01 Trip) to reach Beas at 03.00 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, the 04918 Beas-Saharanpur Unreserved Special Train will depart from Beas at 04.30 p.m. o­n 19.03.2017 (01 Trip) to reach Saharanpur at 11.10 p. m. the same day.
Comprising of sixteen General Class & Two Second Class cum luggage and Brake van coaches,the 04917/04918between Saharanpur-Beas-Saharanpur Unreserved Special Train will stop at Jagadhri, Jagadhri Workshop, Ambala Cantt., Ambala City, Rajpura & Sirhind stations  enroute in both the directions.
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