14 July 2017

12295/12296 KSR Bengaluru - Danapur - KSR Bengaluru, Sanghmitra Express Stop at Maihar station

Railway will provide two minute stoppage for the Train No. 12295/12296 KSR Bengaluru - Danapur - KSR Bengaluru, Sanghmitra Express at Maihar station on experimental basis for a period of six months from 01st July, 2017 to 01st January, 2018.Train No. 12295 KSR Bengaluru – Danapur, Sanghmitra Express arrives Maihar at 20:33 Hrs. and departs at 20:35 Hrs. Train No. 12296 Danapur - KSR Bengaluru, Sanghmitra Express arrives Maihar at 05:38 Hrs. and departs at 05:40 Hrs.
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Central Railway Mumbai Mega Block on 16.07.2017

Central Railway will operate Mega Block on its suburban sections for carrying out maintenance work o­n 16.07.2017:



VIKHROLI-DIVA  DN SLOW LINE FROM 11.30 AM TO 4.30 PM

All Dn slow services leaving Ghatkopar from 10.56 am to 4.33 pm will be diverted o­n Dn fast line between Vikhroli and Diva stations halting at, Vikhroli, Bhandup, Mulund and Thane  stations and further re-diverted to Dn slow line at Diva station.

Dn slow services will not be available at Kanjurmarg, Nahur, Kalva and Mumbra stations.  Passengers of these stations are allowed to travel via Vikhroli/Bhandup/Mulund/Thane/Diva  during the block period.

All Up fast services leaving Kalyan from 11.22 am to 4.02 pm will halt at Diva, Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli and Ghatkopar stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts and will arrive destination 15 minutes behind schedule.

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

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



KURLA - VASHI UP AND DN HARBOUR LINES FROM 11.10 AM TO 4.10 PM.

Dn Harbour line services to Panvel/Belapur/Vashi leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus from 10.35 am to 3.37 pm and Up Harbour line services for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus leaving Panvel/Belapur/Vashi from 10.20 am to 3.48 pm will remain suspended.

However special local trains will run o­n Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus - Kurla and Vashi - Panvel sections during the block period.



Harbour Line passengers are permitted to travel via Trans-Harbour / Main Line from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.
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60 MORE SPECIAL TRAINS FOR GANPATI FESTIVAL - 2017

Central Railway will run 60 more special trains as directed by Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Railways to clear the extra rush of passengers during Ganpati Festival. This is in addition to 142 specials already announced.  The details of 60 additional specials are as under -


(1) Pune – Sawantwadi Road Weekly specials (8)

Train No. 01437 Special will leave Pune at 16.35 hrs o­n every Friday from 18.8.2017 to 8.9.2017 (4 trips) and arrive Sawantwadi Road at 04.20 hrs next day.

Train No. 01438 Special will leave Sawantwadi Road at 08.00 hrs o­n every Monday from 21.8.2017 to 11.9.2017 (4 trips) and arrive Pune at 21.25 hrs same day.

HALTS: Lonavala, Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Veer, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Adavali, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal and Zarap.

COMPOSITION: 10 Second class seating, 8 General Second Class.


(2) Panvel – Sawantwadi Road weekly specials (8)

Train No. 01189 Special will leave Panvel at 19.35 hrs o­n every Saturday from 19.8.2017 to 9.9.2017 (4 trips) and arrive Sawantwadi Road at 04.20 hrs next day.

Train No. 01190 Special will leave Sawantwadi Road at 08.00 hrs o­n every Saturday from 19.8.2017 to 9.9.2017 (4 trips) and arrive Panvel at 18.20 hrs same day.

HALTS: Roha, Mangaon, Veer, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Adavali, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal and Zarap.

COMPOSITION: 10 Second class seating, 8 General Second Class.


(3) Panvel – Sawantwadi Road weekly specials (8)

Train No. 01191 Special will leave Panvel at 19.35 hrs o­n every Sunday from 20.8.2017 to 10.9.2017 (4 trips) and arrive Sawantwadi Road at 04.20 hrs next day.

Train No. 01192 Special will leave Sawantwadi Road at 07.10 hrs o­n every Sunday from 20.8.2017 to 10.9.2017 (4 trips) and arrive Panvel at 18.20 hrs same day.

HALTS: Roha, Mangaon, Veer, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Adavali, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal and Zarap.

COMPOSITION: 10 Second class seating, 8 General Second Class.


(4) Lokmanya Tilak Terminus – Karmali weekly specials (8)

Train No. 01043 Special will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 01.10 hrs o­n every Friday from 18.8.2017 to 8.9.2017 (4 trips) and arrive Karmali at 11.00 hrs same day.

Train No. 01044 Special will leave Karmali at 13.00 hrs o­n every Friday from 18.8.2017 to 8.9.2017 and arrive Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 23.55 hrs same day.

HALTS: Thane, Panvel, Roha, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali and Kudal.

COMPOSITION: o­ne AC-2 Tier, Three AC-3 Tier, 13 Sleeper class and 6 General second class




(5) Lokmanya Tilak Terminus – Karmali weekly specials (6)

Train No. 01045 Special will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 01.10 hrs o­n every Monay from 21.8.2017 to 4.9.2017 (3 trips) and arrive Karmali at 11.00 hrs same day.

Train No. 01046 Special will leave Karmali at 13.00 hrs o­n every Monday from 21.8.2017 to 4.9.2017 (3 trips) and arrive Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 00.20 hrs next day.

HALTS: Thane, Panvel, Roha, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali and Kudal.

COMPOSITION: o­ne AC-2 Tier, Two AC-3 Tier, 8 Sleeper class and 6 General second class


(6) Mumbai – Chiplun Tri-weekly specials (22)

Train No. 01179 Special will leave Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus at 05.00 hrs o­n every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 20.8.2017 to 12.9.2017 and arrive Chiplun at 10.20 hrs same day.

Train No. 01180 Special will leave Chiplun at 17.45 hrs o­n every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 20.8.2017 to 12.9.2017 and arrive Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus at 23.40 hrs same day.

HALTS: Dadar, Thane, Panvel, Roha, Kolad, Indapur Road, Mangaon, Goregaon Road, Veer, Sape Wamne, Karanjadi, Vinhere, Diwankhavati, Khed and Anjani.

COMPOSITION: 6 Second seating class, 6 General Second Class

Central Railway announced running of 60 more special trains as directed by Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Railways to clear the extra rush of passengers during Ganpati Festival. It is hereby informed that the bookings for these special trains o­n special charges will commence from 18.7.2017.


RESERVATION:  Bookings for Special Trains (leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Panvel and Pune (Train numbers 01437, 01189, 01191, 01043, 01045 and 01179) o­n special charges open from 18.7.2017 at all computerised reservation centres and o­n internet www.irctc.co.in

General second class coaches in these special trains will run as unreserved coaches and can be booked through UTS system.
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Trains Cancelled/Partially Cancelled/Regulated/ Diverted/Rescheduled of Trains due to Line Block Nayudupet yard & Odur yard on Gudur-Chennai section o on 18/19th & 25th July, 2017



Infrastructure developmental works at Nayudupet yard & Odur yard on Gudur-Chennai section of Southern Railway, line blocks are imposed on 18/19th & 25th July, 2017. Consequently, the following trains are Cancelled / Partially Cancelled / Regulated / Diverted / Rescheduled as detailed below:-

I. Cancelled:

1. Train No. 66031 Sullurupeta-Nellore MEMU is cancelled on 18th & 25th July, 2017.

2. Train No. 66032 Nellore-Sullurupeta MEMU is cancelled on 18th & 25th July, 2017.

II. Partially Cancelled:

1.Train No. Nellore-Chennai Moore Market MEMU is partially cancelled between Gudur and Chennai Moore Market stations on 18th July, 2017.

III. Regulated:

1. Train No. 12688 Dehradun-Madurai Express will be regulated one hour between Gudur and Jolarpettai stations on 18th July, 2017.

IV. Diverted:

1. Train No. 12665 Howrah-Kanniyakumari Express which will depart Howrah on 17th July, 2017 is diverted via Renigunta, Arakkonam and Chennai Beach stations.

2. Train No. 12612 H.Nizamuddin-Chennai Central Garib Rath Express which will depart H.Nizamuddin on 17th July, 2017 is diverted to run via Renigunta and Arakkonam stations.

3. Train No. 22645 Indore-Thiruvananthapuram Express which will depart Indore on 17th July, 2017 is diverted via Renigunta, Arakkonam and Chennai Central stations.

4. Train No. 13351 Dhanbad-Alappuzha Express Express which will depart Dhanbad on 17th July, 2017 is diverted via Renigunta, Arakkonam and Chennai Central stations skipping scheduled stops at Nayudupet and Sullurupeta stations.

5. Train No. 12841 Howrah-Chennai Central Express which will depart Howrah on 17th July, 2017 is diverted via Renigunta and Arakkonam stations.

6. Train No. 16093 Chennai Central – Lucknow Express which will depart Chennai Central on 25th July, 2017 is diverted via Arakkonam and Renigunta stations.

7. Train No. 22643 Ernakulam-Patna Expres which will depart Ernakulam on 24th July, 2017 is diverted via Arakkonam and Renigunta stations.

8. Train No. 12390 Chennai Egmore-Gaya Weekly Express which will depart Chennai Central on 25th July, 2017 is diverted via Arakkonam and Renigunta stations.

V. Rescheduled:

1. Train No. 12842 Chennai Central – Howrah Coromandel Express scheduled to depart Chennai Central at 08:45 hrs on 25th July, 2017 is rescheduled to depart at 09:15 hrs on the same day.
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Coach Composition of Train No. 17032/17031 Hyderabad-Mumbai CSTM Express and Train No. 12702/12701 Hyderabad-Mumbai CSTM Hussainsagar Express Revised



On account of integration of rakes of the two trains, the coach composition of Train No. 17032/17031 Hyderabad-Mumbai CSTM Express and Train No. 12702/12701 Hyderabad-Mumbai CSTM Hussainsagar Express will be revised with effect from 15th November, 2017.

The revised coach composition of the train services in both the directions will consist of one AC II Tier, three AC III Tier, ten Sleeper Class, two General Second Class and two Second Class Luggage cum Brake Van coaches on all days.
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22 Special Trains between Hyderabad and Jaipur

Train No. 02732 Jaipur -Hyderabad special train will depart Jaipur at 15:00 hrs on 23rd, 30th July, 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th August, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th September, 1st October, 2017 (Sundays) arrive/depart Secunderabad at 01:00/01:10 hrs on Tuesday and arrive Hyderabad at 02:00 hrs.

Enroute, these special trains will also stop at Medchal, Kamareddy, Nizamabad, Dharmabad, Mudkhed, Nanded, Purna, Basmat, Hingoli, Washim, Malkapur,Burhanpur, Khandwa, Itarsi, Bhopal, Ujjain, Nagda, Ratlam, Mandasor, Nimach, Chittaurgarh, Bhilwara, Ajmer, Kishangarh and Phulera stations in both the directions.

These Special Trains will consist of 20 coaches viz., one AC II Tier, four AC III Tier, ten Sleeper Class, three General Second Class and two Break, Luggage cum Generator Car Coaches
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Special Trains Between Hyderabad and Kochuveli



Train No. 07115 Hyderabad-Kochuveli special train will depart Hyderabad at 21:00 hrs o­n 29th July, 5th, 12th, 19th, 26thAugust, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th September, 2017 (Saturday), arrive / depart Secunderabad at 21:30/21:40 hrs and arrive Kochuveli at 03:20 hrs o­n Monday.

In the return direction, Train No. 07116 Kochuveli-Hyderabad special train will depart Kochuveli at 20:15 hrs o­n 31st July, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th August, 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th September, 2nd October, 2017 (Monday) arrive / depart Secunderabad at 02:45/02:55 hrs o­n Wednesday and arrive Hyderabad at 03:30 hrs.

Enroute these special trains will also stop at Nalgonda, Piduguralla, Guntur, Tenali, o­ngole, Nellore, Gudur, Renigunta, Tirupati, Chittoor, Katpadi, Ambur, Vaniyambadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Palghat, Ottapalem, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur, Kayankulam and Kollam stations in both the directions.

These special trains consist of 18 coaches viz., o­ne AC II Tier, o­ne AC III Tier, fourteen Sleeper Class and two Second Class Luggage cum Brake Van Coaches.
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Additional Stoppage to Tirupati-Nizamabad-Tirupati Rayalaseema Express at Kamareddi Railway Station

With the view to facilitate the passengers, Ministry of Railway has approved additional stoppage for Train No. 12793/12794 Tirupati-Nizamabad-Tirupati Rayalaseema Express at Kamareddi Railway Station with effect from 1st November, 2017 as detailed below:-


1.Train No. 12793 Tirupati-Nizamabad Rayalaseema Express will arrive / depart Kamareddi at 07:31/07:32 hrs.

2.Train No. 12794 Nizamabad-Tirupati Rayalaseema Express will arrive / depart Kamareddi at 14:18/14:19 hrs.
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Special trains between Coimbatore and Pollachi and Podanur


Special trains between Coimbatore and Pollachi and Podanur, in the newly constructed Podanur Pollachi Line, as announced by Hon’ble Minister for Railways during his recent visit to Coimbatore

As announced by Hon’ble Minister for Railways Sri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, during his recent visit to Coimbatore, train services are being launched from tomorrow in the newly constructed Podanur Pollachi BG Line.

First, a pair of Passenger Special Trains are being operated in the Section between Coimbatore and Pollachi, from tomorrow (15.07.2017) on all days, as per details given hereunder:

T.No.06081 Coimbatore Pollachi Special Passenger train will leave from Coimbatore at 13.35 hrs and will reach Pollachi at 14.45 hrs. In the return direction, T.No.06082 Pollachi Coimbatore Special Passenger Train will start from Pollachi at 15.05 hrs and will reach Coimbatore back at 16.15 hrs. The train will be stopped at Podanur and Kinathukadavu, in between.

Passengers are requested to make use of the Special Passenger Trains in the new section.
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WESTERN RLY TO RUN GANAPATI SPECIAL TRAINS FROM MUMBAI CENTRAL, BANDRA TERMINUS & AHMEDABAD

 For the convenience of passengers during Ganapati Festival and to clear the extra rush during the season, Western Rly will run the following Special trains for which the fares chargeable will be inclusive of special charges.

·09001/ 09002 Mumbai Central-Mangalore Jn-Mumbai Central [Weekly] Special Train o­n Special fare[4 trips]

Train No. 09001 Mumbai Central - Mangalore [Weekly] Special Train will leave Mumbai Central at 23.15 hrs o­n Wednesday, and will reach Vasai Road at 00.30 hrs o­n Thursday and will arrive Mangalore Jn at 19.30 hrs, the next day (Thursday). This train will run o­n 23rd & 30th August, 2017.

            Similarly, in return direction Train No. 09002 Mangalore Jn - Mumbai Central [Weekly]    Special Train will leave Mangalore Jn at 22.30 hrs o­n Thursday, and will reach Vasai Road at 16.30 hrs o­n Friday and will arrive Mumbai Central at 18.25 hrs, the next day (Friday). This train will run o­n 24th & 31st August, 2017.

            The train will have AC 2-tier, AC 3-tier and Sleeper Class Coaches.

The train will halt at Borivali, Vasai Road, Panvel, Roha, Khed, Chiplun, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal, Zarap, Sawantwadi Road, Madure, Thivim, Madgaon, Karwar, Kumta, Bhatkal, Mookambika Road Byndoor, Kundapura, Udupi and Mulki stations in both directions.

·09009/ 09010 Bandra (T) – Karmali - Bandra (T) [Tri – Weekly] Special Train o­n Special fare [14 trips]

Train No. 09009 Bandra (T) – Karmali [Tri – Weekly] Special Train will leave Bandra Terminus at 23.35 hrs o­n Sunday, Tuesday & Friday and will reach Vasai Roadat 01.05 hrs o­n Monday, Wednesday & Saturday and will arrive Karmali at 15.00 hrs, the next day (Monday, Wednesday & Saturday). This train will run o­n 20th, 22nd, 25th, 27th & 29th August and 1st & 3rd September, 2017.

            Similarly, in return direction Train No. 09010 Karmali – Bandra (T) [Tri – Weekly] Special Train will leave Karmali at 20.30 hrs o­n Monday, Wednesday & Saturday and will reach Vasai Road at 09.20 hrs o­n Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday and will arrive Bandra Terminus at 11.05 hrs the next day (Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday). This train will run o­n 21st, 23rd, 26th, 28th & 30th August and 2nd & 4thSeptember, 2017.

The train will have AC 2-Tier, AC 3-Tier, Sleeper Class and IInd Class General Coaches.

            The train will halt at Borivali, Vasai Road, Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Aravali Road, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Adavali, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal, Zarap, Sawantwadi Road, Madure and Thivim stations in both directions.

         

·09007/ 09008 Mumbai Central – Madgaon – Mumbai Central [Bi – Weekly]  Special Train o­n Special Fare [10 Trips]

            Train No.09007 Mumbai Central – Madgaon [Bi – Weekly] Special Train will leave Mumbai Central at 12.45 hrs o­n Mondays & Wednesdays from 21st August to 4th September, 2017 and will reach Madgaon at 03.50 hrs, o­n the next day.

            Similarly, in return direction Train No.09008 Madgaon – Mumbai Central [Bi – Weekly]  Special Train will leave Madgaon at 17.25 hrs o­n Tuesdays & Thursdays from 22nd August, 2017 to 5th September, 2017 and will arrive Mumbai Central at 09.05 hrs o­n the next day.

The train will have AC 2-tier, AC 3-tier and Sleeper Class Coaches.

            The train will halt at Borivali, Vasai Road, Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Khed, Chiplun, Savarda, Aravali Road, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Adavali, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal, Zarap, Sawantwadi Road, Madure, Thivim and Karmali stations in both directions.

·09416/ 09415 Ahmedabad – Karmali - Ahmedabad (Bi-Weekly) Special Train o­n Special fare [10 trips]

Train No. 09416 Ahmedabad – Karmali [Bi-Weekly] Special Train will leave Ahmedabad at 16.00 hrs o­n Monday & Thursday and will reach Vasai Road at 01.00 hrs o­n Tuesday & Friday and will arrive Karmali at 15.00 hrs, the next day (Tuesday & Friday). This train will run o­n 21st, 24th, 28th & 31st August and 4th September, 2017.

Similarly, in return direction Train No. 09415 Karmali – Ahmedabad [Bi-Weekly] Special Train will leave Karmali at 20.30 hrs o­n Tuesday & Friday, and will reach Vasai Road at 9.20 hrs o­n Wednesday & Saturday and will arrive Ahmedabad at 18.30 hrs, the next day (Wednesday & Saturday). This train will run o­n 22nd, 25th & 29th August and 1st & 5thSeptember, 2017.

The train will have AC 2-Tier, AC 3-Tier, Sleeper Class and IInd Class General Coaches.

The train will halt at Nadiad, Anand, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Navsari, Valsad, Vapi, Dahanu Road, Boisar, Vasai Road, Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Aravali Road, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Adavali, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal, Zarap, Sawantwadi Road, Madure and Thivim stations in both directions.

 The booking for Train no. 09001, 09009, 09007 & 09416 will open from 15th July, 2017 at all PRS counters and IRCTC website.


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WR'S JUMBO BLOCK BETWEEN BORIVALI AND ANDHERI ON SUNDAY, 16th JULY, 2017

A jumbo block will be taken from 10.35 hrs to 15.35 hrs o­n Up & Dn slow lines o­n Sunday, 16th July, 2017 between Borivali and Andheri stations for maintenance of tracks  signaling and overhead equipments. During the block all Up & Dn slow line trains will run o­n Up & Dn fast lines between Borivali and Andheri stations.

Due to the block, some Up & Dn suburban trains will remain cancelled. No train will be dealt from PF No.1, 2, 3 & 4 of Borivali station during this period.

During the block, trains will not halt at Ram Mandir station in Up & Dn directions for want of platform.
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MEGA BLOCK BETWEEN VADODARA AND BHARUCH ON SUNDAY 16.07.2017

A four hours mega block will be taken o­n UP line between Vadodara and Bharuch from 13.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs o­n 16.07.2017 (Sunday) in connection with maintenance works. The following trains will be detained.

1)Train No. 59049 Valsad - Viramgam Passenger will be short terminated at Surat and will remain cancelled between Surat and Ahmedabad.

2)Train No.59050 Viramgam - Valsad Passenger will be short terminated at Ahmedabad and will remain cancelled between Ahmedabad and Surat.

3)Train No. 19260 Bhavnagar-Kochuveli Express will be regulated for 2.05 hrs in Vadodara Division.
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SPECIAL TRAINS

1.Superfast special fare special trains between Tiruchchirappalli – Chennai Egmore

Train No.06026 Tiruchchirappalli – Chennai Egmore superfast special fare special train will leave Tiruchchirappalli at 15.25 hrs. o­n 15th, 22nd& 29th July, 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 09.45 hrs. o­n 19th, 26thJuly & 02nd August, 2017 and reach Tiruchchirappalli at 15.15 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.


2.Special fare special trains between Chennai Egmore – Ernakulam

Train No.06033 Chennai Egmore – Ernakulam special fare special train will leave Chennai Egmore at 22.40 hrs. o­n 15th, 22nd & 29thJuly, 2017 and reach Ernakulam at 10.45 hrs. the next day.
Train No.06034 Ernakulam – Chennai Egmore special fare special train will leave Ernakulam at 19.00 hrs. o­n 18th, 25th July & 01stAugust, 2017 and reach Chennai Egmore at 08.00 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, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrissur and Aluva.
Train No.06033 Chennai Egmore – Ernakulam special fare special train will stop at Ernakulam Town also.
Train No.06034 Ernakulam – Chennai Egmore special fare special train will stop at Perambur also.


3.Special fare special train from Ernakulam Jn. to Banaswadi

Train No.06041 Ernakulam Jn. – Banaswadi special fare special train will leave Ernakulam Jn. at 14.45 hrs. o­n 16th, 23rd & 30th July, 2017 and reach Banaswadi at 04.10 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, Ottapalam, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Tirupattur, Bangarapet, Krishnarajapuram and Baiyyappanahalli.


4.Special fare special trains between Kochuveli – Karaikkal

Train No.06044 Kochuveli – Karaikkal special fare special train will leave Kochuveli at 15.15 hrs. o­n 19th & 26th July, 2017 and reach Karaikkal at 03.45 hrs. the next day.
Train No.06043 Karaikkal – Kochuveli special fare special train will leave Karaikkal at 22.45 hrs. o­n 20th & 27th July, 2017 and reach Kochuveli at 12.25 hrs. the next day.

Composition:AC 2-tier – 2, AC 3-tier – 3, Sleeper Class – 11, General Second Class – 2 & Luggage-cum-brake van – 2 coaches.

Stoppages:Thiruvananthapuram, Nagercoil Town, Tirunelveli, Kovilpatti, Satur, Virudhunagar, Madurai, Dindigul, Tiruchchirappalli, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Nagore.


5.Special fare special train from Kochuveli to Hyderabad

Train No.07116 Kochuveli – Hyderabad special fare special train will leave Kochuveli at 20.15 hrs. o­n 17th & 24th July, 2017 (Mondays) and reach Hyderabad at 03.30 hrs. o­n Wednesdays.

Composition:Sleeper Class – 16 & Luggage-cum-brake van – 2 coaches.

Stoppages:Kollam, Kayankulam, Chengannur, Tiruvalla, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Aluva, Thrissur, Ottapalam, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai, Vaniyambadi, Ambur, Katpadi, Chittoor, Tirupati, Renigunta, Gudur, Nellore, o­ngole, Tenali, Guntur, Piduguralla, Nalgonda and Secunderabad.

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Train No.16527/16528 Yesvantpur – Kannur – Yesvantpur express Run With LHB coaches

LHB (Linke-Hofmann-Busch) coaches have been allotted for Train No.16527/16528 Yesvantpur – Kannur – Yesvantpur express trains.Consequently, the rake of Train No.16527/16528 Yesvantpur – Kannur – Yesvantpur express trains will be converted into LHB stock o­n the dates given below.


Train No.16527
Yesvantpur – Kannur express
Train No.16528
Kannur – Yesvantpur express
From Yesvantpur o­n 14.07.2017
From Kannur o­n 15.07.2017


Consequently, the composition of Yesvantpur – Kannur – Yesvantpur express trains will be revised as detailed below.
Composition:AC 2-tier – 1, AC 3-tier – 2, Sleeper Class – 11 & General Second Class – 2 coaches.
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CLOSURE OF PRS- RELATED ENQUIRY FOR FIVE AND HALF HOURS DURING THE INTERVENING NIGHT HOURS OF 16/17 JULY 2017 DUE TO SYSTEM-UPGRADATION

NON-AVAILABILITY OF VARIOUS SYSTEMS INTERFACES INCLUDING ENQUIRY 139 DURING THE UPDATION ACTIVITY
Due to systems-upgradation work, the Computerized Passenger Reservation System (PRS) of Delhi Passenger Reservation System will remain shut down for five hours and thirty-five minutes i.e. from 10.30 p.m. of 16th July 2017 to 04.05 a.m. o­n17th July 2017.  Hence, the services i.e. PRS information at various interfaces including railway enquiry service o­n Telephone No. 139 will not be available during above period. 
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VISTARA COMMENCES CHECK-IN FACILITY AT AIRPORT EXPRESS LINE FROM TODAY RECORD 2 LAKH PASSENGERS CHECKED-IN BY JET AIRWAYS & AIR INDIA

After the successful commencement of Check-in facility by Air India and Jet Airways at New Delhi and Shivaji Stadium Metro station of Airport Express Line last year, ‘Vistara’ today became the third airline to commence check –in facility for its passengers using this Line.

‘Vistara’ today started check-in facility from the New Delhi Metro station of the Airport Express Line inaugurated by Dr Mangu Singh, Managing Director/DMRC and Mr. Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO, Vistara in the presence of Mr. Ashwani Lohani, CMD, Air India and other senior officials from DMRC, DIAL, Air India, Jet Airways. This facility would help airport bound passengers of ‘Vistara’ who can check in at the station at their convenience or drop their baggage if already checked-in using Vistara’s website or mobile app.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO, Vistara, said, “At Vistara, our efforts constantly revolve around delighting our customers with a seamless and personalized flying experience not only in the air but also on the ground. Our partnership with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Delhi International Airport (DIAL) adds to the multiple check-in options we offer to our customers. This will allow our customers to breeze through the check-in process at any of the Airport Express Line metro stations in Delhi with the same efficiency as they experience at the airport.”

Appreciating Airlines effort on the occasion, Dr. Mangu Singh, MD, DMRC said, “This initiative is expected to benefit the flight bound passengers and encourage them to use this facility also while travelling on the Airport Express line. We expect more and more Airlines to come forward and introduce check-in from these Metro stations to give their passengers an alternative and also a world class experience with great convenience on the Airport Express Line”.

On this occasion Mr. Jayaraj Shanmugam, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways said “as one of DIAL’s principal partners in this pioneering initiative with Delhi Metro, Jet Airways is proud to have played a key role in the achievement of this impressive milestone. We congratulate DIAL on achieving 1.5 lakh smiles by facilitating a seamless check-in experience at select Delhi metro stations. As India’s premier, full service airline, Jet Airways has always at the forefront of service innovations that enhance the comfort and convenience of its guests, in line with the airline’s Guest First philosophy. Together with DIAL and DMRC, we look forward to bringing the #JoyofFlying to more of our guests.”

The occasion was also marked by the announcement of record 2 lakh passenger baggage check-in at these two stations since the DMRC took over the operations of Airport Express Line from July 2013. The baggage check-in by Air India & Jet Airways which used to be around 40-50 per day earlier touched an all time high of around 500 per day in the month of June 2017. This is an increase of almost ten times and an indication of the growing popularity of the check-in facility available on the Airport Express Line. This figure is going to increase further with Vistara too joining the league of Air India and Jet Airways from today.



Congratulating all stakeholders, CEO-Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), Mr I Prabhakara Rao said, “Innovation and technology are the cornerstones of our successful operations. We introduced City-Check-in facility at Airport Metro in the interest of customer centricity. It is heartening that this has drawn such an exciting response from the users. For us, the passenger checking-in remotely or the one reaching the airport directly are seamless. As the operator of country’s capital airport, we owe the responsibility of making the airport, user-friendly for tourists. We are indeed thankful to Air India and Jet Airways for partnering with us. We also warmly welcome the latest entrant for this facility -Vistara. Our special thanks to DMRC for providing the infrastructure and giving their undeterred support.”

He further added, “Delhi is more than a city. It is a mecca of food and most significant historical marvels of India. Today the discerning traveler in Delhi checks-in his baggage, hours in advance. This means now he has the freedom to explore the tradition, people and culture of this truly bustling city. Once the passenger reaches the Delhi Airport, DIAL along with its partners ensures that he gets a memorable experience.”

The introduction of check-in facility is the outcome of sustained joint efforts by DMRC,DIAL, Air India and Jet Airways in the direction of a smooth and comfortable journey both at the Metro stations as well as the Airport.

PROCEDURE OF CHECK-IN: The airport passengers can obtain their boarding pass at the city check-in counters operated by these Airlines and check-in the luggage as well at both New Delhi and Shivaji Stadium Metro stations of Airport Express Line. The checked-in baggage then gets transferred to IGI Airport’s Terminal-3, through a secured Baggage Handling System (BHS). The highly sophisticated BHS ensures that baggage reaches airport in time. Check-in can be done from 02 hours to 12 hours before the scheduled departure of the flight. The flight check-in facility from the stations closes two hours prior to the departure time. Free luggage trolleys are also available for passengers at the entry gates and platforms at all Metro stations of the Airport Express Line.For more details on City Check-in, passengers may contact Helpline Numbers of these Airlines or DMRC Helpline No. 155370.
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special trains between Mumbai Central - Madgaon - Mumbai Central Ganpati festival - 2017


special trains between Mumbai Central - Madgaon - Mumbai Central to clear extra rush of passengers during Ganpati festival - 2017. The details are as follows:


Train No. 09007 / 09008 Mumbai Central - Madgaon - Mumbai Central (Bi-Weekly) Special train on Special fare:

Train No. 09007 Mumbai Central - Madgaon (Bi-Weekly) Special train on Special fare will leave from Mumbai Central at 12:45 Hrs on Monday & Wednesday on 21st , 23rd , 28th and 30th August 2017 & 04th September 2017. Train will reach Madgaon at 03:50 Hrs on next day.

Train No. 09008 Madgaon - Mumbai Central (Bi- Weekly) Special train on Special fare will leave from Madgoan at 17:25 Hrs on Tuesday & Thursday on 22nd, 24th, 29th and 31st August 2017 & 05th September 2017. Train will reach Mumbai Central at 09:05 Hrs on next day.

The train will halt at Borivali, Vasai Road, Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Aravali Road, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Adavali, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal, Zarap, Sawantwadi Road, Madure, Thivim and Karmali stations.

Composition: Total 15 LHB Coaches = 2 tier AC – 03 Coach, 3 tier AC - 05 Coach, Sleeper - 05 Coach, Generator Car Cum SLR – 02 Coach.
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Integrated Railway Mobile App (IMA) ‘Rail SAARTHI’ for Indian Railways

there are multiple mobile applications by Indian Railways to cater various passenger requirements including onboard cleaning. Most of the apps cater to one service only. To use different services, users need to search and download each application separately. In order to provide better customer experience, there is a need for an integrated application which will give a single window interface for these services.
Inline with the above concept, Minister of Railways had announced integration of all existing ticketing digital solutions under one App in his Budget Speech 2016-17.The same is reproduced below:
“Mobile Apps
 Presently we have different digital solutions for ticketing, grievance redressal and other issues. We intend to integrate all such facilities into two mobile apps; one dealing with all ticketing issues and the other for receipt and redressal of complaints and suggestions related to all our services.”

The project has been sanctioned and included in the Pink Book for the year 2016-17 as item No. 199 of Northern Railway at a total cost of Rs 7 crore.

The following 8 independent Mobile Applications (Apps) available on Google Play Store will become available in the new Integrated Mobile App ‘RAIL SAARTHI’- INDIAN RAILWAYS OFFICIAL APP (Centre for Railway Information Systems)

 Name of the App
              Purpose
Platform
Applications by IRCTC
IRCTC Rail Connect
For e-Ticket Booking  
Android Only
IRCTC Air
For Air-tickets booking
Android Only
IRCTC Tourism
For Tourism /Packages Booking
Android Only

IRCTC Food-On-Track
: Meal Booking for Rail Passengers
Android and IOS

Applications by CRIS
 UTS
 Unreserved Ticketing
 Android
 COMS
Complaint Management
 Android
 COACH MITRA
 Clean my Coach
 Android
 NTES
Passenger Enquiry System
 Android


Scope:
This IMA integrates following services to the passengers/customers of Indian Railways:
                                i.            Ticketing – Reserved presently on the App “IRCTC Rail Connect” and Unreserved presently on the App “utsonmobile”
                              ii.            Enquiry – Seat availability, PNR enquiry, Fare enquiry
                            iii.            Affiliated services – for ordering food on train “IRCTC Food- on-Track”, Tracking of train running on real time basis – NTES, Booking of travel tours through “IRCTC Tourism”
                           iv.            Onboard Cleaning and link to 138,182 – “Coach Mitra”
                             v.            Feedback – COMS


1.         Ticketing:
  This comprises both reserved and unreserved segment of passenger services:
                                           i.            Reserved Ticketing:
For reserved passenger segment, CRIS has a developed an App for IRCTC named “IRCTC Rail Connect” for Android smart phones. The App provides one Step login facility for existing users. New users can register from the App or www.irctc.co.in website. The App allows passenger to book reservation, search for trains, check ticket availability and cancel their tickets. Presently, appx. 1 lakh  tickets are booked daily generating revenue of appx  Rs. 9.65 crores.
                                         ii.            Unreserved Ticketing:
An App “utsonmobile” exists in the suburban sections of IR and non-suburban sections of NR (NDLS-PWL and NDLS-GZB) for booking of paperless unreserved ticket – both journey and season tickets. A zero value R-wallet is created on registration and the same can be recharged through App, website or at UTS counter. The App and website are device compatible. Recently, an option has been given wherein ticket can be booked through app and the ticket can be printed through ATVM at originating station of 8 Zonal Railways. Facility of this App is currently available at 828 stations. Ticket can be booked through various payment options like R-wallet, Paytm and Mobikwik using credit or debit cards/Netbanking modes. Currently, appx. 14,400  tickets are booked daily covering  92,000 passengers travel & generating revenue of appx. Rs 6.8 lakhs.
2.         Enquiry: Following enquiries are available in this App:
i.                   Seat Availability: Passenger can check seat/berth availability in trains for planning his/her journey through a web link.
ii.                 Fare Enquiry:
Passenger can check fares for his/her journey based on train, source, destination, class, concession through a web link.
iii.              Train Running (NTES):
This is an App developed by CRIS which facilitates passengers to get information about train running on nearly real time basis.
iv.               PNR Enquiry:
Passenger can check his/her booking status (Confirm/RAC/WL) using the PNR printed on the ticket through a web link.
The aforementioned web links take the user to “www.indianrail.gov.in”, website of Indian Railway developed in-house by CRIS.
3.         Affiliated Services:The following services are provided by IRCTC under this option:
                                            i.            Air Ticket Booking: Enables passengers to book air tickets through “IRCTC AIR” App.
                                          ii.            Food on Track: Enables passengers to order  food at his seat through “IRCTC CATERING” App.
                                        iii.            Tour Booking: Enables passengers to book tickets for a tour through “IRCTC TOURISM” App.
                                       iv.            Book  Retiring Room:This is a link which leads user to the www.rr.irctctourism.com website and enables him/her to book Retiring Rooms.
4.         Onboard Cleaning and link to 138,182:
The App also provides following services to the passengers:
                                            i.            Clean my Coach App (COACH MITRA):
This App enables passengers to request for cleaning their coach.
                                          ii.            Link to Helpline Nos. 138,182:
Ø Passenger can call the Helpline No. 138 for Complaints and Suggestions.
Ø Passenger can call the Helpline No. 182 for Security.
5.         Feedback: Following services are available under this option:
i.                   Complaint/Suggestions (COMS):
The COMS (Complaint Management System) App developed by CRIS enables passengers to register/track their complaints for the inconvenience faced while availing various services of Indian Railways and also allows them to offer suggestions for improvement.
ii.                  Twitter : A link has been provided wherein passenger can tweet his suggestion/feedback through his twitter handle. This requires that customer is enrolled with Twitter.
6.     Mobile Applications to be integrated with IMA
·        IRCTC Rail connect
·        UTS on Mobile
·        IRCTC Air
·        COMS (Compliant Management System)
·        NTES
·        IRCTC Tourism
·        IRCTC Catering
·         Clean my coach
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Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu Inaugurates Various Passenger & Freight Initiatives New Integrated Mobile App- “Rail Saarthi” launched. Indian Railways launches Quota of 2 Berths for Divyangjans in AC 3 Class. This is in addition to existing quota of 4 berths in SL Class

Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu Inaugurated  the Following Passenger & Freight Initiatives:-
1)      Release of New Freight Structure for Double Stack Dwarf Containers.
2)      Signing of Agreements under Long Term Tariff Contract with TIISCO, India Cements & Ultratech Cements
3)      Escalator & Coach Guidance System in Jabalpur
4)      Additional Facilities for Divyang jans.
5)      Promoting Rail Tourism- New Policy of reservation for Foreign Tourists
6)      Launch of Integrated Mobile Application for passengers.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that Indian Railways is focusing on Better Passenger Amenities, Escalators at Jabalpur are another step in this direction. Integrated App Rail Saarthi will be convenient for the users, as all the social media channels are on one platform. Quota of 1 lower berths in AC3 Coach for Divyangs & 1 middle berths for attendants will facilitate their travel.Mission Retrofitment launched by IR will take care of Divyangs travel,travel for Divyang shall be more comfortable. Long Term Agreements with Key Customers shall be helpful for both Customers & Railways.It’s a win win situation for both customers & Railways. Indian Railways has reformed its Freight Policy to make it customer friendly ensuring the growth of volumes of traffic.Double Stack Containers is another win win proposition for Railways & customers in Freight Sector. Indian Railways is committed to maintain & cherish their relationship with its Freight Customers.

SALIENT FEATURES OF VARIOUS FEATURES LAUNCHED:
Long Term Tariff Contracts (LTTC)

Minister of Railways in Budget speech 2016-17 announced that IR shall enter into Long Term Tariff Contracts (LTTC) with key-customers using Pre-determined Price escalation Principle, to develop a long term commitment.

The LTTC was finalised after a process of structured dialogue, “SAMVAD”, with key customers.

Under LTTC, IR shall be assured of Long Term Freight Revenue commitment from customers at pre-determined price escalation principle as the customer shall commit Minimum Guaranteed Gross Freight Revenue (MGGFR) for each year of the contract period at a minimum of 5% increase over previous year.

 Customers shall stand to benefit from freight rebates.

Freight Rebate is linked with incremental growth in Gross Freight Revenue and as well as absolute volume of traffic.

Rebate ranges from 1.5% to 35% based on incremental growth in revenue and 0.5% to 5% on the total volume of traffic.

Contract under LTTC will be for min 3 years and max 5 years period.

Eligibility:

The Existing Customer who offered minimum 1 million tonne of traffic in previous year (previous 12 months) is eligible for LTTC.

The New customer has to make commitment to offer at least 3 million tonnes of traffic during the agreement period; and at least 1 million tonne in first year itself.

Agreement will be signed by the Zonal Railway with customer/s. In case

of traffic from multiple terminals, agreement can be signed with the Zonal Railway having maximum share of traffic (in the total traffic).

Today, three LTTC agreements are being signed:

●       Tata Iron & Steel Company (TISCO) with South Eastern Railway

●       M/s India Cement with South Central Railway

●       M/s Ultratech Cement with South Central Railway

Around 10 proposals are in pipeline on different Zonal Railways and it is expected that these will be finalised in next 2 to 3 months.



New Tariff Policy for running of double stack dwarf container



Minister of Railways, in Railway Budget 2016-17, announced   the introduction of new delivery model and expansion of freight basket with the aim to achieve competitive edge over road traffic.

In compliance of the same, the freight basket for container traffic was expanded and around 45 commodities have been de-notified from the notified list and included in FAK rates, which are 30% lower than the notified tariff rates

●       The commodities which have been de-notified and are likely to be attracted to container traffic include: Bricks and Stones, Sanitary Wares, Stone Pillars, Polished Granite slabs,  White Cement, Asbestos, Cement Blocks, Cement Plasters, Fly Ash, Chemical Manures, Clay and Sand, Flours and Pulses, Iron and Steel, Cable Wires, Fish Plates, Ingots, Pipes All Types, Wheels, Iron & Steel Pipe Cuttings, All types of metal and steels scrap, Salt, Soap, Sugar and many more.

●       In addition, over 50 other commodities are being added to railways freight basket.

●       Double Stack Dwarf Containers are designed with 6 feet 4 inches height to run under wire on electrified routes.

●       DSDC shall, therefore, run on routes where only single stack of ISO container could run.

●       Huge potential for DSDC as it can be run under wire all over the Indian Railways

●       A trial run of double stack dwarf container was launched in the presence of Hon’ble MR and was conducted successfully on 2nd March 2017 on Jamnagar-Ludhiana route.

●       Jamnagar-Vapi section has also been identified for running of DSDC.

●       Today, new tariff policy for Double Stack Dwarf Container trains is being issued.

●       A DSDC can carry 50 tonnes as against 26.50 tonnes in a single stack conventional container; i.e. an increase of 89%.

●       At normal haulage rate, DSDC can generate more than 50% revenue as against single stack conventional container.

●       This is a unique case where even after granting a rebate of over 15%, the profitability of both IR and the customer shall increase by 25% each. Hence the new Freight structure for DSDC.

●       The new concessional freight structure will bring down the overall logistics cost in the country significantly.

●       The flats are available with CTOs and Industry shall order Dwarf Container Rakes as per requirement for running on IR.



Promoting Rail Tourism – New Policy of Reservation for Foreign Tourists

Foreign Tourist Quota booking at present is not available on IRCTC e-ticketing website www.irctc.co.in. At present, international users can book e-ticket on IRCTC website as a normal user and book normal ARP or Tatkal tickets.

Facility of making payment through International Debit & Credit cards is available on website to such users was launched by Hon’ble MR in 2016 (29.04.2016) to facilitate online booking of tickets using international debit/credit cards.

Now, Indian Railways has decided to provide the facility of Foreign Tourist Quota booking to International users on IRCTC website also. Till now this facility could be availed only through General Service Agents ( at Sharjah, Nepal, United Kingdom, Muscat and Bangladesh only) or in person at International Tourist Bureau in India.

The following accommodation (per coach) will be available for booking (365 days in advance):

●       Eight berths (two cabins) in IA coach

●       Four berths (one cabin) in composite 1A cum 2A coach

●       Eight berths per 2A coach (two inside berth cabins)

●       Ten berths in EC coach

Features of the Scheme:

●       International mobile no of user will be captured at the time of user registration/updation profile. To verify mobile no, an OTP will be sent to International user at his registered mobile no. Another OTP will be sent on his e-mail to verify e-mail ID.

●       Passport number of all Foreign Tourist will be captured at the time of booking e-tickets.

●       If the user has not got verified his mobile number prior to booking his e-ticket, he will be asked to update his profile through profile update with new mobile number with ISD code. This updated profile will be verified through an OTP or SMS to International Mobile no.

●       User has the option to make payment through International Debit/Credit card through following payment gateway:

●       AMEX(for American Express International cards)

●       ATOM(for all International cards)

●       User can book tickets under FT Quota upto 365 days in advance. They will also be able to book normal ARP/Tatkal tickets.

●       After a ticket is successfully booked, ticket booking information will be sent on SMS to the user through International SMS facility.

●       Ticket booking information will also be sent to user on his registered e-mail ID.

●       Berth allocation SMS will be sent to the FT Quota users at the time of opening of ARP as soon as berths are allotted by the PRS system.

●       Users can also download ERS (Electronic Reservation Slip) from website for booked tickets after berths are allotted by PRS system.

          If berth is not allotted to FT Quota users for any reason, Cancellation SMS/Email informing the user about booking having been dropped and refund being processed will be sent. Refund will be sent back to the same International Debit/Credit card and through same Payment Gateway which was used at the time of booking.

·         In case of cancellation of the tickets booked under this facility by the passenger flat 50% of the fare shall be deducted in addition of the cancellation charges applicable while refunding the amount. The time limit for granting 50% refund will be as per extant rules i.e. upto 4 hours before scheduled departure of train, through website only.



Brief for Integrated Railway Mobile App (IMA) ‘Rail SAARTHI’ for Indian Railways

Introduction
Currently, there are multiple mobile applications by Indian Railways to cater various passenger requirements including onboard cleaning. Most of the apps cater to one service only. To use different services, users need to search and download each application separately. In order to provide better customer experience, there is a need for an integrated application which will give a single window interface for these services.

Inline with the above concept, Minister of Railways had announced integration of all existing ticketing digital solutions under one App in his Budget Speech 2016-17.The same is reproduced below:

“Mobile Apps

 Presently we have different digital solutions for ticketing, grievance redressal and other issues. We intend to integrate all such facilities into two mobile apps; one dealing with all ticketing issues and the other for receipt and redressal of complaints and suggestions related to all our services.”



The project has been sanctioned and included in the Pink Book for the year 2016-17 as item No. 199 of Northern Railway at a total cost of Rs 7 crore.



The following 8 independent Mobile Applications (Apps) available on Google Play Store will become available in the new Integrated Mobile App ‘RAIL SAARTHI’- INDIAN RAILWAYS OFFICIAL APP (Centre for Railway Information Systems)



 Name of the App

              Purpose

Platform

Applications by IRCTC

IRCTC Rail Connect

For e-Ticket Booking

Android Only

IRCTC Air

For Air-tickets booking

Android Only

IRCTC Tourism

For Tourism /Packages Booking

Android Only



IRCTC Food-On-Track

: Meal Booking for Rail Passengers

Android and IOS



Applications by CRIS

 UTS

 Unreserved Ticketing

 Android

 COMS

Complaint Management

 Android

 COACH MITRA

 Clean my Coach

 Android

 NTES

Passenger Enquiry System

 Android





Scope:

This IMA integrates following services to the passengers/customers of Indian Railways:

                                i.            Ticketing – Reserved presently on the App “IRCTC Rail Connect” and Unreserved presently on the App “utsonmobile”

                              ii.            Enquiry – Seat availability, PNR enquiry, Fare enquiry

                            iii.            Affiliated services – for ordering food on train “IRCTC Food- on-Track”, Tracking of train running on real time basis – NTES, Booking of travel tours through “IRCTC Tourism”

                           iv.            Onboard Cleaning and link to 138,182 – “Coach Mitra”

                             v.            Feedback – COMS





1.         Ticketing:

  This comprises both reserved and unreserved segment of passenger services:

                                           i.            Reserved Ticketing:

For reserved passenger segment, CRIS has a developed an App for IRCTC named “IRCTC Rail Connect” for Android smart phones. The App provides one Step login facility for existing users. New users can register from the App or www.irctc.co.in website. The App allows passenger to book reservation, search for trains, check ticket availability and cancel their tickets. Presently, appx. 1 lakh  tickets are booked daily generating revenue of appx  Rs. 9.65 crores.

                                         ii.            Unreserved Ticketing:

An App “utsonmobile” exists in the suburban sections of IR and non-suburban sections of NR (NDLS-PWL and NDLS-GZB) for booking of paperless unreserved ticket – both journey and season tickets. A zero value R-wallet is created on registration and the same can be recharged through App, website or at UTS counter. The App and website are device compatible. Recently, an option has been given wherein ticket can be booked through app and the ticket can be printed through ATVM at originating station of 8 Zonal Railways. Facility of this App is currently available at 828 stations. Ticket can be booked through various payment options like R-wallet, Paytm and Mobikwik using credit or debit cards/Netbanking modes. Currently, appx. 14,400  tickets are booked daily covering  92,000 passengers travel & generating revenue of appx. Rs 6.8 lakhs.

2.         Enquiry: Following enquiries are available in this App:

i.                   Seat Availability: Passenger can check seat/berth availability in trains for planning his/her journey through a web link.

ii.                 Fare Enquiry:

Passenger can check fares for his/her journey based on train, source, destination, class, concession through a web link.

iii.              Train Running (NTES):

This is an App developed by CRIS which facilitates passengers to get information about train running on nearly real time basis.

iv.               PNR Enquiry:

Passenger can check his/her booking status (Confirm/RAC/WL) using the PNR printed on the ticket through a web link.

The aforementioned web links take the user to “www.indianrail.gov.in”, website of Indian Railway developed in-house by CRIS.

3.         Affiliated Services:The following services are provided by IRCTC under this option:

                                            i.            Air Ticket Booking: Enables passengers to book air tickets through “IRCTC AIR” App.

                                          ii.            Food on Track: Enables passengers to order  food at his seat through “IRCTC CATERING” App.

                                        iii.            Tour Booking: Enables passengers to book tickets for a tour through “IRCTC TOURISM” App.

                                       iv.            Book  Retiring Room:This is a link which leads user to the www.rr.irctctourism.com website and enables him/her to book Retiring Rooms.

4.         Onboard Cleaning and link to 138,182:

The App also provides following services to the passengers:

                                            i.            Clean my Coach App (COACH MITRA):

This App enables passengers to request for cleaning their coach.

                                          ii.            Link to Helpline Nos. 138,182:

Ø Passenger can call the Helpline No. 138 for Complaints and Suggestions.

Ø Passenger can call the Helpline No. 182 for Security.

5.         Feedback: Following services are available under this option:

i.                   Complaint/Suggestions (COMS):

The COMS (Complaint Management System) App developed by CRIS enables passengers to register/track their complaints for the inconvenience faced while availing various services of Indian Railways and also allows them to offer suggestions for improvement.

ii.                  Twitter : A link has been provided wherein passenger can tweet his suggestion/feedback through his twitter handle. This requires that customer is enrolled with Twitter.

6.     Mobile Applications to be integrated with IMA

·        IRCTC Rail connect

·        UTS on Mobile

·        IRCTC Air

·        COMS (Compliant Management System)

·        NTES

·        IRCTC Tourism

·        IRCTC Catering

·         Clean my coach

Earmarking of reservation quota for Divyangjan in 3AC classes.



1.      At present, a reservation quota of four berths in Sleeper class (two lower berths for Divyang Jan and middle berths for their escort) is earmarked in long distance mail/express trains.



2.      It has been decided to earmark a reservation quota of two berths in 3AC class also for Divyang Jan (lower berth for Divyang Jan and middle berth for their escort) in all long distance mail/express trains where Divyang Jan have been extended the facility to book reserved tickets on concession. There will, however, be no change in case of Garib Rath Express trains, where four berths in SLRD are earmarked for Divyang Jan despite non-availability of any concession.            Zonal railways will define these berths in the system as per Advance Reservation Period(ARP) or no booking date whichever is earlier.
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First DEMU Train with Solar powered Coaches into service of the Nation

Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu today (14 July 2017) dedicated to the nation the first 1600 HP DEMU train with Solar Powered Coaches with a unique facility of Battery Bank here today. The entire electrical need of the coaches for Lighting, Fans and Information Display System will be met from the Solar Energy produced from the solar panels fitted in the roofs of coaches. While this train has been manufactured by the Coach Factory of Indian Railways namely Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, its Solar panels and Solar systems have been developed and fitted by Indian Railways Organisation of Alternative Fuel (IROAF) Delhi. This first rake has been commissioned and based at Shakurbasti DEMU shed in Delhi of Northern Railway. Twenty-four more coaches will be fitted with this system within the next 6 months. The first rake will be put in the commercial service over the suburban railway system of Delhi division of Northern Railway.

On this occasion, Member Rolling Stock, Railway Board Shri Ravindra Gupta, General Manager Northern Railway Shri R.K Kulshreshtha, CAO of IROAF Shri Ravinder Gupta, CME Northern Railway Shri Arun Arora, CME IROAF Shri G.K Gupta, DRM Delhi Shri R.N Singh were among those present.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that “Indian Railways has taken a path breaking leap towards making Indian Railways’ trains greener and more environment friendly. Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has also been emphasising on use of green energy and Environment friendly measures. Indian Railways is committed for environment conservation & use of cleaner fuels. Indian Railways is trying to increase use of non-conventional sources of energy. More solar powered trains may be inducted in future.” Indian Railways has already made a target of 1000 MW Solar Plants in next five-years. Indian Railways is also taking several others environment friendly measures like Tea Plantation, Bio-toilet, Water-Recycling, Waste Disposal, using Bio-fuel CNG and LNG, Wind Energy etc.

Normally, DEMU trains provide power for its passenger comfort systems – lights and fans - from a diesel driven generator fitted on its Driving Power Car (DPC). IROAF has developed this system with a smart MPPT inverter which optimises power generation on a moving train to cater to full load even during the night. The unique feature of Battery Bank through storage battery ensures sufficient electricity when the sunlight is not available. The system helps in reducing Diesel consumption of the DPC and hence reduces carbon signature of these commuter trains by reducing CO2 generation by 9 Tonnes per coach per year.

A solar power DEMU train with six trailer coaches will save about 21,000 Litres of Diesel and thereby bring cost saving of Rs.12 Lac every year. Savings for a 10 coach rake with 8 trailer coaches will increase proportionately. These benefits will continue for entire 25 years life time of the rake. This will help in making DEMU commuter services better, more economical and environment friendly.

Solar hotel load (Lighting and Fan) system fitted on each coach is of 4.5 KWp capacity consisting of 16 Solar Panels of 300Wp each. This is adequate to power the fans and lights of the coach. The system is capable of developing up to 20 kWh per day (average) throughout the year. Surplus power generated during peak hours is stored in a 120 AH battery system. The system uses a data acquisition system and interfaces with existing hotel load power system of DEMU train. It will help in generating useful data for research for adapting the system for future rollout on all trains of IR. The system costs about Rs. 9 lakhs per coach at prototype stage.

Northern Railway launched the first DEMU service on Indian Railways in 1994. Today, NR has 3 DEMU sheds having highest DEMU holding on Indian Railways. Shakurbasti DEMU shed of Northern Railway has been a pioneer in the field of green powered DEMUs - CNG & Solar powered. The very first CNG fitted DEMUs were run by Shakurbasti. Now the first Solar panel powered DEMU train will also be maintained and operated by DEMU shed, Shakurbasti of Northern Railway. This pioneering effort makes a transition towards clean energy and reduction in the carbon emission.
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