14 September 2017

Restoration / Cancellation of Trains due to dislocation of Train Services

Restoration of Trains:
1. Train No. 17482 Tirupati-Bilaspur Express will run normally with effect from 17th September, 2017.
2. Train No. 17481 Bilaspur-Tirupati Express will run normally with effect from 19th September, 2017.
Due to dislocation of train services in North Frontier Railway the following trains are cancelled as detailed below:-
Trains Cancelled:
1. Train No. 11013 Mumbai LTT-Coimbatore Kurla Express is cancelled on 13th September, 2017.
2. Train No. 11014 Coimbatore – Mumbai LTT Kurla Express is cancelled on 15th September, 2017.
3. Train No. 12551 Yesvantpur-Kamakhya Weekly AC Superfast Express is cancelled on 23rd September, 2017.
4. Train No. 12509 Bengaluru Cantt-Guwahati Kaziranga Express is cancelled on 20th, 21st & 22nd September, 2017.
5. Train No. 06531 Bengaluru Cantt -Howrah Express is cancelled on 14th September, 2017.
6. Train No. 06532 Howrah- Bengaluru Cantt Express is cancelled on 18th September, 2017.
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Trains Cancelled due to dislocation of Train Services

Due to dislocation of train services in North Frontier Railway the following trains are cancelled as detailed below:-

Trains Cancelled:

1)Train No. 12515 Thiruvanathapuram - Guwahati Superfast Express is cancelled o­n 17thSeptember, 2017.

2)Train No. 12516 Guwahati – Thiruvanathapuram Express is cancelled o­n 20thSeptember, 2017.

3)Train No. 15629 Tambaram -Guwahati Mail express is cancelled o­n 18th September, 2017.

4)Train No. 12507 Thiruvanathapuram - Guwahati Express is cancelled o­n 19th September, 2017.

5)Train No. 06531 Bengaluru Cantt – Howrah Special Train is cancelled o­n 14th September, 2017.

6)Train No. 06532 Howrah - Bengaluru Cantt Special Train is cancelled o­n18th September, 2017.

7)Train No. 12508 Guwahati – Thiruvanathapuram Express is cancelled o­n 22nd September, 2017.

8)Train No. 12552 Kamakhya – Yesvantpur Express is cancelled o­n 20th September, 2017.

9)Train No.15630 Guwahati – Chennai Egmore Mail express is cancelled o­n 22nd September, 2017

10)Train No.15930 Dibrugarh – Chennai Egmore Express is cancelled o­n 24thSeptember, 2017.

11)Train No. 22612 New Jalpaiguri – Chennai Central Express is cancelled o­n 22nd September, 2017.

12)Train No. 07149 Secunderabad - Guwahati Special Train is cancelled o­n 15thSeptember, 2017.

13)Train No. 07150 Guwahati – Secunderabad Special Train is cancelled o­n 25thSeptember, 2017.

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New ‘Southern Zone Public Timetable’ and ‘Trains at a Glance’ 2017 effective from 1st November, 2017

It was earlier stated that ‘Trains at a Glance, October, 2016’ and ‘South Zone Public Timetable, October, 2016’ will be valid till 14th October, 2017 and the new Timetables will come into effect o­n 15th October, 2017.
The validity of these Timetables has been extended further.
Accordingly, the new Timetables will be effective from 1st November, 2017 instead of 15th October, 2017.
Hence, all trains will run as per the schedule of the existing Timetable up to 31st October, 2017.

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GITANJALI RAIL MUSEUM AT BOLPUR STATION

Gitanjali Rail Museum, in front of Bolpur (Shantiniketan) station is a humble tribute of Eastern Railway to the great poet and philosopher Kaviguru Rabindranath Tagore. It’s a two-storied state-of-the-art museum having an area of 1830 square meter resembling the UDAYAN building of Uttarayan complex in Shantiniketan Ashram. Gitanjali Rail Museum remains opened for the visitors from 9:00 hrs. to 13:00 hrs. and from 14:30 hrs. to 17:00 hrs. daily excepting Wednesday. There is no entry fee for visiting the museum.

Ground floor of the museum houses the railway Saloon Car in which the ailing Kaviguru had undertaken his last train journey from Bolpur station to Kolkata in July, 1941 leaving his Shantikenation Ashram forever. The poet died o­n 7th August, 1941 in Kolkata. Eastern Railway has preserved the Saloon Car as it is as a mark of respect to the great poet. The illuminated display o­n an elevated gallery and up keeping of the coach have been appreciated by the visitors from all parts of the country as well as from abroad.

Besides, the illuminated Saloon Car in the ground floor, there are 35 rare black & white photographs of the poet in various mood along with 48 framed write ups of his prose & poems. There are three facsimiles of the Trust Deed of Bhubandanga of the year 1863 o­n which land the Vishwabharati set up later are also o­n display.

On the first floor of the museum, there are 153 rare photographs of the poet and his prime companions in Shantiniketan, the first batch of teachers of Shantiniketan Ashram and various foreign trips of the poet are of immense historical and archival value.

On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Kaviguru Rabindranath Tagore, Ministry of Railways decided to pay its tribute to the great poet and philosopher. Foundation stone of the museum was laid in October, 2010 just outside Bolpur station and it was opened for public viewing in August, 2012. It was named after the poet’s Nobel Prize winning collection of poems GITANJALI which also completed its 100 year in 2010.
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Train No. 08301/08302 Sambalpur - Banaswadi - SambalpurWeekly Express from October, 2017 to December, 2017

Railways has decided to continue the service of Train No. 08301/08302 Sambalpur - Banaswadi - SambalpurWeekly Express Train with special fare for few more trips to clear extra rush of passengers during Puja Holidays.

Accordingly, Train No. 08301, Sambalpur - Banaswadi Weekly Express Train with special fare will run for 13 more trips from 04th October, 2017 to 27th December, 2017. The train departs Sambalpur at 09:30 hrs. on every Wednesday and reaches Banaswadi at 16:40 hrs. on respective Thursday.
Enroute, the train arrives/departs Bargarh Road at 10:10/10:12 Hrs., Balangir at 11:10/11:15 Hrs., Titlagarh at 12:35/12.45 Hrs., Kesinga at 12:58/13:00 Hrs., Rayagada at 15:40/15:55 Hrs., Vizianagaram at 17:50/17:55 Hrs.,Vishakhapatnam at 19:00/19:20 Hrs., Vijayawada at 01:25/01:35 Hrs., Gudur at 06.18/06.20 Hrs., Renigunta 07:45/07:55 Hrs., Katpadi at 11:18/11:20 Hrs., Jolarpettai at 13:03/13:05 Hrs. and Krishnarajapuram 15:53/15:55 Hrs.
Train No. 08302, Banaswadi- Sambalpur Weekly Express Train with special fare will run for 13 more trips from 06th October, 2017 to 29th December, 2017. The train departs Banaswadi at 00:30 hrs. on every Friday and reaches Sambalpur at 06:35 hrs. on respective Saturday.

Enroute, the train arrives/departs at Krishnarajapuram 01:08/01:10 Hrs. Jolarpettai at 03:40/03:42 Hrs., Katpadi at 04:43/04:45 Hrs., Renigunta 08:00/08:10 Hrs., Gudur at 09.48/09.50 Hrs., Vijayawada at 14:15/14:35 Hrs., Vishakhapatnam at 20:35/20:55 Hrs., Vizianagaram at 21:50/21:55 Hrs.,Rayagada at 23:50/00:05 Hrs.,Kesinga at 02:08/02:10 Hrs., Titlagarh at 02:40/02.50 Hrs., Balangir at 03:48/03:53 Hrs. and Bargarh Road 04:55/04:57 Hrs.

The Train Composition will have 18 coaches comprising of One AC 2-tier Coach Three AC 3-tier Coaches, Ten Second class Sleeper Coaches, Two General Second Class Coaches and Two Luggage cum Break-van.
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STATUS & TRAIN NUMBER OF WR’S 3 MAIL/EXPRESS TRAINS WILL CHANGE TO SUPERFAST FROM NOVEMBER, 2017

Western Railway will speed up THREE trains in the Time Table coming into effect from 15th October, 2017. The status & train number of 3 pairs of trains of Western Railway will be changed from MAIL/EXPRESS to SUPERFAST with effect from 15thOctober, 2017. Re-numbering of these trains will be with effect from the dates mentioned against respective trains given below:-

1)The new train number of existing 19029 Bandra (T) -  Mahuva Jn. Weekly Express will be 22989with effect from 27/11/2017.

2)The new train number of existing 19030 Mahuva Jn. - Bandra (T) Weekly Express will be 22990with effect from 01/12/2017.

3)The new train number of existing 19049 Bandra (T) - Patna Weekly Express will be 22971with effect from 27/11/2017.

4)The new train number of existing 19050 Patna - Bandra (T) Weekly Express will be 22972with effect from 29/11/2017.

5)The new train number of existing 19453 Gandhidham – Puri Weekly Express will be 22973with effect from 22/11/2017.

6)The new train number of existing 19454 Puri - Gandhidham Weekly Express will be 22974with effect from 25/11/2017.

Other details like the change in timings etc will be made available later in the new Time-Table.
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Ministry of Railways permits m-Aadhar as one of the prescribed proofs of Identity for Rail Travel Purpose

Ministry of Railways has decided to permit m- Aadhar (Aadhar card on mobile app namely m- Aadhar launched by UIDAI) as one of the prescribed proofs of Identity for Rail Travel purpose in any reserved class.

m- Aadhar is a mobile app launched by UIDAI on which a person can download his/her Aadhar Card. It can be done only on the mobile number to which Aadhar has been linked. For showing Aadhar, the person has to open the app and enter his/ her password to show the Aadhar Card.

m- Aadhar when shown by the passenger on his/her mobile after entering the password should be accepted as proof of identity for undertaking journey in any reserved class over Indian Railways.
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NEW TIME TABLE 2017 SHALL COME INTO EFFFCT FROM 15th OCTOBER 2017 INSTEAD OF 1ST OCTOBER 2017

It is notified for the information of the general public that the existing Trains at a Glance, North Zone Public Time Table & Working Time Table will be extended upto 31.10.2017. New Time Table will come into effect from 01.11.2017.
All trains will run as per schedule of existing Time Table upto 31.10.2017.
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Kaveri Pushkaram – 2017, special Train No.06070 / 06071 Tambaram – Sengottai – Tambaram will be run via Vriddhachalam, Tiruchchirappalli

Train No.06069 / 06070 Tambaram – Sengottai – Tambaram special fare special trains (via Chidambaram, Mayiladuthurai), which were announced earlier vide press release no.356 dated 11.09.2017, are cancelled due to operational reasons.


However, to meet the demands of the travelling public and pilgrims during the Cauvery Pushkaram – 2017, the Tambaram – Sengottai – Tambaram special trains will be run via Vriddhachalam, Tiruchchirappalli as detailed below.

Train No.06071 Tambaram – Sengottai special fare special train will leave Tambaram at 05.00 hrs. o­n 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28 & 29 September, 2017.The train will reach Sengottai at 17.15 hrs. the same day.

Train No.06072 Sengottai – Tambaram special fare special train will leave Sengottai at 06.15 hrs. o­n 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, 29 & 30 September, 2017.The train will reach Tambaram at 18.30 hrs. the same day.


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


Stoppages:Chengalpattu, Melmaruvathur, Villupuram, Vriddhachalam, Ariyalur, Srirangam, Tiruchchirappalli, Pudukottai, Karaikkudi, Manamadurai, Aruppukkottai, Virudhunagar, Sivakasi, Srivilliputtur, Rajapalayam, Sankarankovil and Tenkasi.

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13 September 2017

Indian Railway New Time Table 2017-18 From 15th October 2017

  New Zonal & Suburban Railway Time-Table of  Indian Railway New Time Table 2017-18 and ‘Train at a Glance’ shall come into effect from 15 October, 2017.

        The existing Time Table of this railway will remain valid till 14 October, 2017.
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SpecialTrain No. 07603/07604, Kacheguda - Krishnarajapuram- Kacheguda Weekly Special



Train No. 07603, Kacheguda - KrishnarajapuramWeekly Special o­n special fare will run for 09 more trips o­n every Sunday from 01st October, 2017 to 26thNovember, 2017. The train departs Kacheguda 18:00 hrs. o­n Sunday and reaches Krishnarajapuram at 06:00 hrs. on respective Monday.

Enroute, the train arrives/departs Jadcherla at 19:30/19:31 Hrs., Mahabubnagar at 19:48/19:50 Hrs., Gadwal at 20:54/20:55 Hrs., Kurnool Town at 21:50/21:52 Hrs., Dhone Town at 22:48/22:50 Hrs., Gooty Town at 23:35/23:36 Hrs. and o­n Monday arrives/departs Anantpur at 00:39/00:40 Hrs., Dharmavaram at 01:38/01:40 Hrs., Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilyam at 02:03/02:05 Hrs., Penukonda at 02:18/02:20 Hrs., Hindupur at 02:58/03:00 Hrs., Yelhanka at 05:00/05:05 Hrs.

Train No. 07604, Krishnarajapuram- Kacheguda Weekly Special o­n special fare will run for 09 more trips o­n every Sunday from 02nd October, 2017 to 27thNovember, 2017. The train departs Krishnarajapuram 22:30 hrs. o­n Monday and reaches Kacheguda at 11:15hrs. on respective Tuesday.

Enroute the train arrives/departs Yelhanka at 22:58/23:00 Hrs., and o­n Tuesday arrives/departs Hindupur at 00:28/00:30 Hrs., Penukonda at 01:08/01:10 Hrs., Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilyam at 01:28/01:30 Hrs., Dharmavaram at 02:18/02:20 Hrs., Anantpur at 02:50/02:51 Hrs., Gooty at 04:00/04:01 Hrs. Dhone at 05:10/05:15 Hrs., Kurnool Town at 06:02/06:04 Hrs., Gadwal at 07:03/07:04 Hrs., Mahabubnagar at 08:20/08:22 Hrs., Jadcherla at 08:40/08:41 Hrs.,

The train Composition will have ONE AC 2-tier coach, THREE AC 3-tier coaches, NINESecond Class sleeper coaches, TWO Luggage-cum-Brakevan with Generator.
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Train No. 82651/82652, Yesvantpur - Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra - Yesvantpur Weekly Suvidha Special


South Western Railway has decided to continue the service of Train No. 82651/82652, Yesvantpur - Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra - Yesvantpur Weekly Suvidha Special for few more tripswith existing composition, timings, stoppages and days of service.

Accordingly, Train No. 82651, Yesvantpur - Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Weekly Suvidha Special will run for 04 more trips from 07th October, 2017 to 28th October, 2017.The train departs Yesvantpur 11:30 hrs. on Saturdayand reaches Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katraat 20:25 hrs. on respective Monday.


Enroute, the train arrives/departs Tumakuru at 12:23/12:25 Hrs., Arsikere at 13:30/13:35 Hrs., Chikjajur at 14:57/14:58 Hrs., Chitradurga at 15:44/15:45 Hrs. Ballariat 18:53/18:55 Hrs.,Guntakalat 20:05/20:25 Hrs.,Mantralayam Road at 21:37/21:52 Hrs.,Raichurat 22:25/22:26 Hrs.,Yadgirat 23:21/23:22 Hrs.,and on Sunday arrives/departs Secunderabadat 04:00/04:10 Hrs.,Kazipetat 06:50/06:51 Hrs.,Balharshahat 10:20/10:30 Hrs.,Nagpurat 13:30/13:40 Hrs.,Habibganjat 20:25/20:35 Hrs.,and on Monday arrives/departs Jhansiat 00:28/00:38 Hrs.,New Delhiat 07:30/07:50 Hrs.,Umbalaat 10:50/10:55 Hrs.,Ludhiana at 12:35/12:55 Hrs.,Jammu Tawi at 17:55/18:05 Hrs.


Train No. 82652, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra - Yesvantpur Weekly Suvidha Special will run for 04 more trips from 10th October, 2017 to 31th October, 2017.The train departs Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra 05:40 hrs. on Tuesdayand reaches Yesvantpurat 15:00 hrs. on respective Thursday.



Enroute the train arrives/departs Jammu Tawi at 07:15/07:23 Hrs.,Ludhiana at 12:05/12:25 Hrs.,Umbalaat 14:05/14:10 Hrs.,New Delhiat 16:40/17:00 Hrs.,Jhansiat 23:05/23:10 Hrs.,and on Wednesday arrives/departs Habibganjat 04:00/04:10 Hrs.,Nagpurat 10:40/10:50 Hrs.,Balharshahat 13:55/14:00 Hrs.,Kazipetat 17:05/17:06 Hrs.,Secunderabadat 19:25/19:35 Hrs.,and on Thursday arrives/departs Yadgirat 00:35/00:36 Hrs.,Raichurat 01:40/02:05 Hrs.,Mantralayam Road at 02:55/03:10 Hrs.,Guntakalat 04:35/04:55 Hrs., Ballariat 05:58/06:00 Hrs.,Chitradurga at 08:19/08:20 Hrs. Chikjajur at 09:30/09:31 Hrs., Arsikere at 11:15/11:20 Hrs., Tumakuru at 13:25/13:27 Hrs.
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pecial trains between Santragachi-Jabalpur-Santragachi from 04.10.17 to 26.10.17

02192/02191 Santragachi-Jabalpur-Santragachi Superfast Special

        02192 Santragachi-Jabalpur Superfast Special leaving Santragachi at 20.40 hrs every Thursday will reach Jabalpur at 15.50 hrs, the next day. In the return direction, 02191 Jabalpur-Santragachi Superfast Special leaving Jabalpur at 20.10 hrs every Wednesday will arrive Santragachi at 16.00 hrs, the next day.
                    The Special trains consisting of o­ne composite coach, o­ne AC 3-Tier, ten sleeper class and four general second class coaches will have stoppages at Kharagpur, Tatanagar, Chakradharpur, Rourkela, Jharsuguda, Raigarh, Champa, Bilaspur, Pendra Road, Annupur, Shahdol, Umaria, Katni South and Sihora stations enroute.
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AC Superfast Special trains between Santragachi-Pune-Santragachi from 07.10.17 to 27.11.17

02822/02821 Santragachi-Pune-Santragachi AC Superfast Special

                        02822 Santragachi-Pune AC Superfast Special leaving Santragachi at 18.30 hrs every Saturday will reach Pune at 02.45 hrs o­n Monday. In the return direction, 02821 Pune-Santragachi AC Superfast Special leaving Pune at 10.30 hrs every Monday will arrive Santragachi at 18.15 hrs, the next day.

                        The Special trains consisting of three AC 2-Tier and eight AC-3 Tier coaches will have stoppages at  Kharagpur, Tatanagar, Chakradharpur, Rourkela, Jharsuguda,  Bilaspur, Raipur, Durg, Nagpur, Bhusawal, Kalyan and Panvel stations enroute.
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Eastern Railway NEW TIME TABLE FROM 15 OCTOBER, 2017

      New Zonal & Suburban Railway Time-Table of Eastern Railway and ‘Train at a Glance’ shall come into effect from 15 October, 2017.
        The existing Time Table of this railway will remain valid till 14 October, 2017.
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NORTH BENGAL BOUND TRAINS TO BE RESTORED FROM 20.9.2017



Following trains which were earlier cancelled due to flood water affected tracks in North-East Frontier Railway

system, will resume their services from 20.9.2017 as detailed below:-

13149 UP SEALDAH-ALIPURDUAR JN. KANCHAN KANYA EXPRESS WILL BE RESTORED FROM 20.9.2017.

13150 DN ALIPURDUAR JN.-SEALDAH KANCHAN KANYA EXPRESS WILL BE RESTORED FROM 21.9.2017

12343 UP SEALDAH NEW JALPAIGURI DARJEELING MAIL WILL BE RESTORED FROM 20.9.2017

12344 DN NEW JALPAIGURİ-SEALDAH DARJEELING MAIL WILL BE RESTORED FROM 21.9.2017.

12377 UP SEALDAH-NEW ALIPURDUAR PADATIK EXPRESS WILL BE RESTORED FROM 20.9.2017

12378 DN NEW ALIPURDUAR-SEALDAH PADATIK WILL BE RESTORED FROM 20.9.2017.
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Cabinet approves doubling of Barabanki-Akbarpur Doubling Project for promoting Speedy, Reliable & Safe Service

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the 161 km long Barabanki-Akbarpur doubling project at a completion cost of Rs. 1,310.23 crore and is likely to be completed by 2021-22. The project will cover the districts of Barabanki and Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh and will benefit the entire route from Lucknow to Varanasi via Faizabad.

At present delay of trains in Barabanki to Varanasi is high and Express trains are taking up to 7-15 hours for covering a distance of just 323 kms. Present capacity utilization from Barabanki to Faizabad is 146.5% and from Faizabad to Akbarpur it is 152.6%. The doubling project will ensure higher speeds, reduce train delays, enhance safety by allowing more time for block maintenance and provide additional capacity for future increase in traffic.

Doubling will not only decongest the entire route from Lucknow to Varanasi but also lead to economic prosperity and overall development of the region. Further, by easing the connectivity to Varanasi often referred to as the Spiritual Capital of India and the Holy city of Ayodhya will give a boost to pilgrimage, tourism and their local economy.

It will also improve movement of coal to Tanda Power Plant near Akbarpur thereby ensuring reliable coal supplies and lead to 24x7 Affordable Power for All.

In addition, this project will generate direct employment during construction for about 38.64 lakh mandays.
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Cabinet approves doubling of Daund-Manmad Railway Line for promoting Speedy, Reliable & Safe Service


The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for the Daund-Manmad doubling project of 247.5 km. The estimated cost of the project will be Rs.2,081.27 crore and completion cost of Rs. 2,330.51 crore with 5% escalation per annum. The project is likely to be completed in next five years by 2021-22.

Doubling of this section would not only speed up the operation of goods and coaching trains, but also provide additional capacity for meeting future increase in traffic allowing for faster & reliable service and minimum delays. It will greatly ease passenger and freight traffic and decongest the Daund-Manmad route, which is a critical section for trains from North India to South India via Pune and for pilgrims going to the famous pilgrimage destinations of Shirdi and Shani-Shignapur. It will also ease the congestion in Mumbai by diverting the trains to this route.

It will also help improve safety by allowing for more time for maintenance blocks. Moreover, defence and security of India will be strengthened through improved connectivity as Ahmednagar is a major tank base of Southern Command, Indian Army.

Doubling will also promote economic activity in and around the Daund-Manmad route, as industries will have additional transport capacity to meet their requirements. Further, doubling will promote rail tourism as it would improve connectivity to Shirdi and Shani- Shignapur and ease pilgrimage traffic, as the site attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims throughout the year.

The project will also generate direct employment during construction for about 59.40 lakh mandays. Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik districts of Maharashtra will be directly benefited through this project.

The line capacity utilization of Daund-Manmad section during the year 2014-15 was 156% with maintenance block. The doubling of Bhigwan-Mohol, Hotgi-Gulbarga on Mumbai-Chennai main route is in progress and once completed, there will be tremendous increase in traffic over the Daund-Manmad section. Thus, an existing single line will not be in a position to deal with the increased traffic and make this section a bottleneck, as capacity utilization has already reached saturation. Therefore, doubling between Daund-Manmad section is necessary.
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Ceremony for commencement of Work for First High Speed Train Project (popularly referred as Bullet Train) between Mumbai Ahmedabad to take place on 14th September 2017

Minister of Railways Shri Piyush Goyal briefed media about Mumbai- Ahmedabad High Speed Train Project (popularly referred to as Bullet Train project) in Rail Bhavan today i.e. 11th September 2017. Minister of State for Railways & Minister of Communication (I/c), Shri Manoj Sinha was also present to brief the media. Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Ashwani Lohani and other board members were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways, Shri Piyush Goyal said, “The commencement of work on the Country’s First High Speed (Bullet train) will begin on 14th September, 2017 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The groundbreaking ceremony shall be held in the presence of Prime Minister of  India Shri Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Japan, Shri Shinzo Abe. This would be a historic moment as India will gets it first bullet train. It was envisioned by Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi to take Indian Railways towards most modern technologies like developed countries. This bullet train is an endeavour to bring economic growth & prosperity in the country with the growth of  Indian Railways adopting most modern technologies. New Shinkansen Technology by the Japanese shall ensure more growth opportunities. The cost will go down further as the technology will grow massively and it will be developed under Make in India. The financial assistance given by Japan is at a minimal interest and will not be a burden as it will be paid after 50 years at a minimal interest. This technology will revolutionize and transform the transport sector of India. This is an occasion to celebrate the advent of the most modern technology in India. It shall also benefit the farmers for transportation of agricultural produce in a fast mode.”





Background:

This Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) project (popularly known as the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train)is a  visionary project which will herald a new era of safety, speed and service for the people and help Indian Railways become an international leader in scale, speed and skill.



Low cost of the project

·        Major portions of large scale infrastructure projects are financed by debt, and the cost of debt is a significant portion of the total costs. As a part of cooperation agreement between India and Japan, Government of Japan will provide a soft loan of about Rs. 88,000 crore at miniscule interest rate of 0.1%. The repayment period of the loan is 50 years.Repayment of loan is to begin after 15 years of receiving the loan, making it practically free since, this loan interest works out to roughly Rs. 7-8 crore per month

·        Generally, any such loan even from World Bank or such other agencies costs about 5-7% with a repayment period of 25-35 years, thus India is getting loan for the High-Speed Rail Project at almost zero cost without putting any strain on existing financial resources available with the country, as more than 80% of the project cost is being funded by Government of Japan. Clearly Peter is not paying for Paul.

·        It is for the first time in the history of the country that an infrastructure project is being funded on such favourable terms.



Make in India

·        One of the prime objectives of the project is “Make in India”, which is to be realized before commissioning of the project.

·        As per the agreement between Governments, the MAHSR Project has “Make in India” & “Transfer of technology” objectives.Under the guidance of task force (DIPP and Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO)), action is being taken as per accepted concept paper guidelines.

·        Four sub-groups with representatives from Indian industry, Japanese industry, DIPP, NHSRCL & JETRO to identify potential items & sub-systems for make in India

·Active interactions are already taking place between the industries of India and Japan. It is expected that many joint ventures will be formed in the time to come to take up manufacturing of various components including rolling stock. This will not only benefit the Indian Industry with new technology but will also create several job opportunities within the country.

· The Make in India objective will also ensure that most of the amount invested in this project would be spent and utilized within India.

·The construction sector in India will also get a big boost not only in terms of investment but also with respect to new technology and work culture. This project is likely to generate employment for about 20,000 workers during the construction phase, who will be trained specially to take up construction of such projects in India. Some of the new areas where construction skills would be developed are ballast-less track, under sea tunnel etc.



· A dedicated High Speed Rail Training Institute is being developed at Vadodara. This institute will be fully equipped with equipment and facilities such as simulator etc. as are existing in the training institute at Japan. This institute will be functional by the end of 2020.The facilities at this institute will be utilized to train about 4,000 staff in next three years, who will then be utilised for operation and maintenance ensuring that this work is through skilled people in India rather than foreign dependent. They will also serve as a backbone for future development of other High Speed Corridors in India

·  In addition, 300 young officials of Indian Railways are being trained in Japan to give them exposure in high Speed Track Technology.

·Keeping in view the long-term plan for human resource development, Government of Japan has also offered 20 seats per year for Master’s course from the universities of Japan, for serving Indian Railway officials. This programme is fully funded by Government of Japan.



Cutting edge versus catch up technology

·  Unlike other areas,for high speed, country is getting a cutting-edge technology in totality. The Shinkansen Technology is known for its reliability and safety and is proven for more than 50 years. The train delay record of Shinkansen is less than a minute with zero fatality.

· Thus,the project is set to provide reliable and comfortable service with high standards of safety. The technology regarding disaster predictions and preventions will also be acquired as a part of the project. Such safety systems ensure that the train operation safety is maintained in case of any natural calamity such as earthquake etc.

·   With the presence and availability of this technology, India will be leapfrog to the cutting edge of latest train developments with passengers able to reach their destination in 2 hours as against the current 7-8 hours by train.

·   As the engineering staff learns the latest technology it will also help in developing the same in India

·  Keeping this scale-up in mind, there are other high speed corridors which are being reviewed -  Delhi Kolkata, Delhi Mumbai, Mumbai Chennai, Delhi-Chandigarh, Mumbai-Nagpur, Delhi- Nagpur. All these corridors will also be able to operate high speed trains in the future. For this, the Ministry of Railways has constituted the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited, which is also implementing this MAHSR project.



Salient Features of Mumbai - Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project:

Overview

●       HSR: Defined as Railway Systems Running Trains at Speeds in excess of 250 kmph. Presently, available in 15 countries
●       India was a lone exception among major passenger railway systems not to have one
●       Feasibility study undertaken by Japanese Consultants in December 2013 and report submitted in July 2015
●       Recommendation of Empowered Committee for Innovative Collaborations (Chaired by Vice Chairman,NITI Aayog) and sanction by Cabinet in December, 2015.
●       Planned completion by December 2023
●       All-out efforts will be made to complete it by 15th August 2022


Key Features
●       Length 508 KMs (approx.), doubleline through two states, Maharashtra(156 KMs)and Gujarat(351 KMs) and UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli (2 KMs).
●       Longest tunnel 21 KM switch 7 KMs undersea (Thane Creek).
●       12 stations: Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara,Anand, Ahmedabad,Sabarmati. Underground station Mumbai, all others elevated.
●       Maximum Design Speed- 350 kmph;
●       Maximum Operating speed of 320 kmph.
●       Journey Time:- 2.07hrs (limited stops), 2.58hrs (stopping at stations) vis a vis existing train travel time of 7-8 hours


Low Cost,High Speed

●       Cost estimated at Rs.1,08,000 crore-entire corridor elevated for safety and land economy.
●       81% of the project cost by Japanese soft loan at 0.1%per annum with repayment period 50 years–including grace period of 15 years.
●       Project funded by a loan on terms which tantamount to a grant.
●       First time in India that an infrastructure project is being funded under such favourable terms





“Make in India”


●       As per the agreement between Governments,the MAHAR Project has “Make in India” & “Transfer of technology” objectives.
●       Under The Guidance Of Taskforce (DIPP and JETRO), accepted concept paper action is being taken as per guidelines
●       Four Sub-groups with representatives from Indian industry, Japanese Industry, DIPP, NHSRCL, JETRO to identify potential items /subsystems / activities for make in India.
●       Four Subgroups-Track,Civil,Rolling Stock,Electrical and S&T




Best tech available to India

●       Will launch Indian Railways to be select club of countries having the state of the art technology.
●       Shinkansen Technology Known for reliability and safety with proven track record of more than 50 years
●       Punctuality record is less than a minute with zero fatality
●       Reliable and comfortable services
●       Project Comes with technical support and handholding of the Japanese–will ensure complete transfer of know-how to Indians for future projects
●       High Speed Rail Training Institute at Vadodara to train 4,000 staff for operations and maintenance


Boost to Economy & Employment

●       20,000 construction jobs
●       4,000direct employment for operations and 20,000 indirect jobs too
●       Boost To Urban And Industrial Development Along The corridor
●       Ease Of Travel Between Cities And Enormous Capacity for commuting
●       Capacity building for other high speed projects


Ground Breaking Ceremony

●       Project Commencement function is Sabarmati on 14.09.2017 by Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister and H.E. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan
●       Will mark the commencement of the Project and laying of foundation stone for the High Speed training Institute at Vadodara




Project Status: Major progress made

●       National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited, incorporated with equity by Ministry of Railways, Governments of Gujarat and Maharashtra in February 2016.
●       General Consultant (GC) & Environment Consultant appointed.
●       Schedule of Dimensions (SOD) and Manual of Standards and Specifications for track,tunnels,bridges,Signalling, Telecom and OCC finalised.
●       Ground Survey completed using Aerial LiDAR Technique.
●       Geotechnical Investigations substantially completed.
●       Social Impact Assessment (SIA) consultant for Gujarat and Maharashtra appointed.
●       Land acquisition- ROW requirement is under finalisation.
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11 September 2017

CHANGES IN COMPOSITION OF VAIGAI AND PALLAVAN EXPRESS TRAINS

The composition of Train No.12636 / 12635 Madurai – Chennai Egmore – Madurai Vaigai express trains and Train No.12605 / 12606 Chennai Egmore – Karaikkudi – Chennai Egmore Pallavan express trains are to be revised.

A General Second Class coach will be removed and a Second Class Chair Car (reserved) will be added in these trains.

·The pantry car that is available at present in these trains (which accommodates passengers partially and houses a pantry as well) will be replaced by a full-fledged pantry car.



These changes will come into effect in
·Train No.12636 Madurai – Chennai Egmore Vaigai express & Train No.12605 Chennai Egmore – Karaikkudi Pallavan express o­n 11.09.2017.

·Train No.12606 Karaiikudi – Chennai Egmore Pallavan express & Train No.12635 Chennai Egmore – Madurai Vaigai express o­n 12.09.2017.

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Special Trains between Thiruvananthapuram Central - Howrah


Two special trains between Thiruvananthapuram Central - Howrah as detailed below:-

1. Thiruvananthapuram Central – Howrah – Thiruvananthapuram Central

Special Trains (02 services):

Accordingly, Train No. 06515 Thiruvananthapuram Central – Howrah Special Train on special fare will depart Thiruvananthapuram central at 12:40 hrs on 10th September, 2017 (Sunday ) and arrive Howrah at 10:55 hrs on the second day.

In the return direction, Train No. 06516 Howrah – Thiruvananthapuram Central Special Train on special fare will depart Howrah at 01:05 hrs on 14th September, 2017 (Thursday) and arrive at Thiruvananthapuram Central at 22:35 hrs on the next day.

Enroute, these special trains will stop at Chennai Central and Visakhapatnam stations in both the directions.

These special trains will consists one AC II Tier, four AC III Tier, twelve Sleeper Class, one second sitting and two General Second Class Coaches.
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Train no.04865/04866Bhagat Kothi - Patna ( Weekly ) Special Train

Special trains are being run on the occasion of the Dussehra / Diwali festivals to provide 

additional facilities to the passengers by the Railway Administration .

Train no.04865/04866Bhagat Kothi Patna Weekly Special Train -
From the katha of Bhagat- 17.10.17, 21.10.17and24.10.17 = 03Ferries
Patna - 20.10.17, 23.10.17 and 28.10.17 = 03 Ferries
Carriage structure- Normal-18,SLR / D-02 =20coaches,
Time and stagnation -
04865 Bhagat Kothi-Patna
station
04866 Patna-Bhagat Kothi
Arrival
Departure
Arrival
Departure
-
2100
Bhagat ki Kothi
1100
-
2110
2125
Jodhpur
1010
1025
2225
2227
Gotten
0750
0752
2257
2302
Materia road
0730
0733
2337
2340
Give me
0629
0632
0023
0026
I'm sorry
0544
0547
0049
0051
Town of kuchman
0519
0521
0250
0252
Fullera
0438
0440
0345
0355
Jaipur
0325
0335
0405
0407
Gandhinagar jaipur
0233
0235
0446
0448
Dausa
0141
0143
0518
0520
Bandiqui
0040
0042
0835
0900
Agra Fort
2040
2105
1005
1010
Tundla
1935
1940
1355
1405
Kanpur
1535
1545
1700
1705
Allahabad
1300
1305
2045
2055
Mughalsarai
1020
1030
2250
2255
Buxar
0820
0822
0005
0007
Saw
0715
0717
0110
0112
Danapur
0620
0622
0245
-
Patna
-
0600












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Central Railway curbs irregular travel - registers 2.08 lakh cases & recovers 8.99 crores in August- 2017

Central Railway conducts intensive campaign against ticketless and irregular travellers. In its endeavor to provide better services to its bonafide rail users and also to curb the ticketless travel, Central Railway has regularly taken innovative steps. Senior Officers are closely monitoring the revenue loss due to ticketless travel and such other irregularities.

In the month of August 2017, a total of 2.08 lakh cases of ticketless/irregular travel and unbooked   luggage were detected as against 1.78  lakh cases in the month of

August  2016  registering an increase of 16.90 % in number of cases.

An amount of Rs.8.99 crore was realized from them in August 2017 as fine against Rs.7.12 crore in August 2016 thereby registering an increase of 26.18 %.

During the period April 2017 to August 2017, a total of 14.07 lakh cases of ticketless/irregular travel and unbooked luggage were detected as against 11.40 lakh cases during the corresponding period last year, thus registering an increase of 23.40% in number of cases. An amount of  Rs.72.14 crore was realized from them as fine against Rs.55.88 crore during last year, thus registering an increase of 29.11% in earnings.

During the month of August 2017, 302 cases of transfer of reserved journey tickets were detected and Rs.2.55 lakh were recovered as penalty.

Central Railway appeals to the passengers to travel with proper and valid railway tickets in order to avoid inconvenience and travel with dignity.
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Extension in Run of Train No. 02198 / 02197 Jabalpur – Coimbatore - Jabalpur Special

Good news for passengers!! West Central Railway has decided to extend the periodicity of train No. 02198 / 02197 Jabalpur - Coimbatore - Jabalpur Special to clear the extra rush of passengers. Details are as under :


Train no. 02198 / 02197 Jabalpur - Coimbatore - Jabalpur Special (Weekly) :

Train No. 02198 Jabalpur – Coimbatore Special (Weekly) will leave from Jabalpur at 11:00 hrs on every Saturday ( from 30/09/2017 to 28/10/2017 – 05 Trips) . Train will reach Coimbatore at 05:00 hrs on third day.

Train No. 02197 Coimbatore - Jabalpur Special (Weekly) will leave from Coimbatore at 19:00 hrs on every Monday ( from 02/10/2017 to 30/10/2017 – 05 Trips). Train will reach Jabalpur at   12:45 hrs on third day.

Train will halt at Narsinghpur, Gadarwara, Pipariya, Itarsi, Harda, Khandwa, Bhusaval, Manmad, Igatpuri, Panvel, Roha, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Kudal, Thivim, Madgaon, Karwar, Kumta, Mookambika Road Byndoor, Udupi, Mulki, Manglore Jn., Kasaragod, Kanhangad, Payyanur, Kannur, Thalasaery, Vadakara, Kozhikkode, Tirur, Soranur Jn. And Palghat stations.

Composition: Total 20 Coaches = Composite (2 Tier AC + 3 Tier AC) – 01 Coach, 3 Tier AC – 03 Coaches, Sleeper – 10 Coaches, General – 04 Coaches, SLR – 02 Coaches.
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