17 March 2018

Railways introduces innovative analytical approach to locomotive scheduling to enhance productivity

Indian Railways has introduced an innovative analytical approach to optimize the deployment of electric and diesel locomotivesrun passenger trains.  This involves use of a software based mathematical decision support system to increase the productivity of locomotives.

Indian Railways has a fleet of about 3300 electric and diesel locomotive running passenger trains across the country.  Locomotives are deployed to run passenger trains through cyclic schedules called locomotive links.  Hitherto, locomotive links were being manually prepared by the respective sixteen zones to operate the trains allocated to the zones.

 Ministry of Railways, with the help of experts, has evolved and implemented the software based decision support system to optimize the deployment of locomotives to run passenger trains at an all India level.  The decision support system utilizes a mathematical model to work out the minimum number of locomotives required to run all the passenger trains as per time table while meeting the maintenance and operations requirements.

 A pilot optimization exercise has been conducted by Transformation Cell of Railway Board, with active participation of all the sixteen zonal railways.  This has resulted in reorganizing of locomotive links, which will save 30 diesel and 42 electric locomotives (costing about Rs.720 crores) being currently run in passenger services.  The revised links are under implementation.  These 72 locomotives released from passenger operations will be utilized to run additional freight trains and earn additional revenues.

Since timetabling of passenger trains is a dynamic process in view of periodic changes in train schedules, introduction of new trains and also the change in traction due to ongoing electrification, Ministry of Railways in Budget 2018-19 have sanctioned a project to be implemented by CRIS to institutionalize this process of locomotive link optimization using decision support system software across Indian Railways.
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Railways Devises action plan for improvement in passenger experience at Hazrat Nizamuddin station

Action plan envisages redesigning & earmarking the lanes for car/bus/ taxi/tsr /pedestrians, deploying uniformed marshals for regulation of traffic, parking for “DIVYANGS”

Ministry of Railways is constantly striving to improve passenger amenities and facilities for making the journey of passengers comfortable and pleasant. 

Towards this objective, a committee of senior officers was nominated for identifying the amenities and facilities that could be further provided at Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station to make the overall experience of the passengers who visit that station even more pleasant and enjoyable. The committee was also tasked with preparing the Comprehensive Action Plan for removal of any deficiencies & for improvement of passenger amenities and experience at Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station.

The nominated officers’ committee examined the entire station premises and prepared action plan has been made for execution in three phases namely –

Immediate measures (to be implemented within 6 months),
Short term measures (to be implemented in 6 to 12 months) and
Long term measures (to be implemented in 12 to 18 months),
The plan covers improvements on all platforms, station buildings circulating areas, parking areas, traffic movement, parcel movement/stacking area, signages at platforms, security arrangements and station cleanliness. 

Immediate measures (to be implemented by June’18)

Widening & smoothening of entry to approach road at 1st entry side and beautification along road.
Parking for “Divyangs” to be earmarked near Main Porch.
Complete renovation of toilet block and bathing area.
 Retro-reflective/LED Signage Boards to be designed aesthetically and to be located/placed at conspicuous & strategic locations in circulating area, concourse, Platforms and Foot over Bridges (FOB).
At the circulating and parking area on main entry side, there is traffic congestion due to unauthorized parking by Taxi/Auto & unregulated stoppages for drop off & pick up and poor drainage. Redesigning & earmarking the Lanes for Car/Bus/ Taxi/TSR /pedestrians. Identifying locations for drop off/pick up and parking. Deploying uniformed marshals for regulation of traffic. New drainage pipes (RCC) & manholes/gutters.
Sufficient no. of Stainless Steel benches to be provided at all platforms and concourses.
 Disused/ abandoned old structures (cages etc.) at various platforms  be identified & removed from platform
Unused porta-cabin structure on Platform-1 to be redeveloped as cloak room.
Renovation of 2 Retiring Rooms on Ground Floor.
RO Water plant at 2nd entry.
Lift for Passengers at Platform No. 1.
At platform no. 2/3 &4/5 new water booths and Platform resurfacing.
Flooring of FOB (Okhla End) to be provided with Granite.
Worn out AC Sheet of roof / broken false ceiling to be replaced with meta-colour sheet &False ceiling to be replaced with ACP, windows to be replaced in Booking Hall and Windows on 2nd Entry (1st Floor).
Toilet blocks on Platform no. 4/5 & 6/7 to be provided on “Pay & Use” basis.
AC roof Sheets of both FOBs to be replaced with meta-colour sheet.
Stainless Steel railings for dividers to be provided on FOBs. 
Damaged drain along platform no. 6/7 to be constructed.
Escalator on platform no. 6/7.
Damaged platform copings to be replaced and damaged platform surfaces to be resurfaced with VDC flooring/Kota stone flooring.
Short term measures (to be implemented in 6-12 months)

New toilet blocks to be provided on Platform no. 2/3,
Damaged Valley gutter of shelters on Platforms to be replaced.
Footpath to be provided on Approach road.
Deluxe “Pay & Use” Toilet to be provided in circulating areas.
Switching over to completely mechanized cleaning system at station.
Long Term Measures (to be implemented in 12 to 18 Months).

 Escalator to be provided on 2nd entry Side FOB.
Damaged washable aprons of Platform nos. 1, 5 & 7 to be repaired.
Washable apron to be provided on Platform no. 3 & 4.
Redevelopment and remodelling of 2nd entry.
VIP lounge on Platform no. 1 (Okhla end) by IRCTC for development.
Staff Quarters on Okhla side to be relocated & area vacated to be utilised for parking & other facilities
Complete renovation of TTE Rest house.

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Indian Railways to Implement Electronic Reverse Auction for All High Value Procurements of Goods, Services and Works

Indian Railways to Implement Electronic Reverse Auction for All High Value Procurements of Goods, Services and Works

Policy Decision to Improve Transparency and Competitive Bidding and Provide a Level Playing Field to the Industry

Even 10% Cost Savings with Improved Competition May Result in Overall Annual Saving Upto Rs. 10,000 Crores

Indian Railways as a major reforms initiative has decided to implement Electronic Reverse Auction for all High Value procurements. A policy decision to this effect has been taken to include supply of Goods, Services and also for Projects and Works. The Reverse Auction will be applied to all Zonal Railways, Production Units and by all Railway PSUs.

Implementation of Electronic Reverse Auction will improve Transparency and Competitive Bidding and provide a level playing field to the Industry engaged in supply of Goods, Services and Works. New Software is being developed by CRIS, Railways own IT Wing and is expected to be ready to be adopted soon.  Initially all Supply Tenders of over 10 crores each shall be covered through Electronic Reverse Auction. Similarly, all Services and Works above Rs. 50 crores each shall be covered through Electronic Reverse Auction.  This shall cover bulk of Goods Procurements value wise.

Indian Railways procures Goods worth Rs 50,000 crores annually, needed for Production and Maintenance of Rolling Stock and for operation of Passenger and Goods, Services and other safety related works.  In addition, Rs 10,000 crores worth of Track supply materials are procured. Projects and Works over Rs.one lakh crores are taken up for expansion of Railway infrastructure and upgradation.

Electronic Reverse Auction is expected to offer Industry greater ‘Ease of Doing Business’ as it will eliminate human intervention and will provide paperless transactions. Such electronic auction is expected to offer more competitive bids for Railways supply items and for Works.  Even a 10% saving in cost due to improved competition may result in overall annual saving of upto Rs. 10,000 crores for procurements of Goods, Services and Works.

 Reverse Auction software shall be easy to operate by all without charging any fee and with this, decision Making in high value purchase process will become digital and online.  Reverse Auction shall also cover the Government of India policy initiatives taken such as “Make in India Policy”, MSME Policy and will also permit New Vendors with capabilities to develop.
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60% of Total Passenger carrying coaches fitted with Bio-Toilets

Approximately 60% of the total passenger carrying coaches over Indian Railways have been installed with bio-toilets. The earlier plan to fit bio-toilets in the entire fleet of coaches by the year 2021-22 has been advanced to 2019 in the Budget 2017-18.

 A list of some of the trains having coaches equipped with bio-toilets is given below:-

Zonal  Railways



22135/36 Nagpur-Rewa Superfast Express,

22119/20 Mumbai CSTM-Karmali Tejas Express,

12131/32 Dadar-Sai Nagar Shirdi Express.

East Coast

18401/02 Puri-Okha Express,

18496/95 Bhubaneswar-Rameswaram Express,

12898/97 Bhubaneswar-Pondicherry Express.

East Central

55575/76 Darbhanga-Biraul Passenger,

13241/42 Banka-Rajendra Nagar Intercity Express,

12355/56 Rajendra Nagar-Jammu Tawi  Archana Express.


12343/44 Darjeeling Mail,

12377/78 Padatik Express,

12345/46 Saraighat Express.

North Central

22431/32 Allahabad-Udhampur Express,

12417/18 Prayagraj Express,

11107/08 Bundelkhand Express.

North Eastern

15045/46 Gorakhpur-Okha Express,

15119/20 Manduadih-Rameswaram Express,

12595/96 Gorakhpur-Anand Vihar Terminal Hamsafar Express.

Northeast Frontier

15635/36 Okha-Guwahati Express,

15647/48 Lokmanya Tilak (T)-Guwahati Express,

15717/18 Guwahati-Mariani Intercity Express.


14611/12 Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra-Ghazipur City Express,

14609/10 Hemkunt Express ,

12471/72 Swaraj Express.

North Western

22497/98 Shri Ganganagar-Tiruchchirappalli Humsafar Express,

14889/90 Bhagat Ki Kothi-Munabao Thar Express,

14811/12 Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Sikar Express.

Zonal  Railways


South Central

12757/58 Secunderabad-Sirpur Kaghaznagar Express,

17019/20 Hyderabad-Jaipur Express,

12721/22 Hyderabad-Nizamuddin Dakshin Express.

South East Central

18241/42 Durg-Ambikapur Express,

18247/48 Bilaspur-Rewa Express,

58219/20 Bilaspur-Chirmiri Express.

South Eastern

18007/08 Shalimar-Vanjapur Intercity Express,

22877/78 Howrah-Ernakulam Antyodaya Express,

22887/88 Howrah-Yesvantpur Humsafar Express.


12635/36 Chennai Egmore-Madurai Vaigai Express,

12605/06 Chennai Egmore-Karaikudi Pallavan Express,

22661/62 Chennai Egmore-Rameswaram Sethu Express.

South Western

16589/90 Rani Channamma Express,

12627/28 Karnataka Express,

16501/02 Ahmedabad-Yesvantpur Express.

West Central

12121/22 Madhya Pradesh Sampark Kranti Express,

11449/50 Jabalpur-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Express,

12193/94 Jabalpur-Yesvantpur Express.


22969/70 Okha-Varanasi Express,

19573/74 Okha-Jaipur Express,

19565/66 Okha-Dehradun Uttaranchal Express.
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Training provisions to Apprentices in Railways

Ministry of Railways is providing training to Apprentices in various disciplines/trades under Apprentices Act, 1961.  The number of persons provided training in various disciplines/trades during last two years is given below:-

Persons trained trade-wise in the last two years













Mechanic Electronic












Mechanic Motor Vehicle



AC Mechanic






Welder (Gas & Electric)



Painter General



Paint and Trimming









Crane Operator



Mechanic Machine Tool Maintenance (MMTM)



Refrigeration & Air Conditioner






Computer Operator and Programming Asstt.



Offset Machine Minder






Armeture Winder






Inst. Mech.



Draftsman (Mech.)



Electric Power



Draftsman (Civil)





















M L Pathology



M L Radiology



Handset Repair Engineer Level-II



Programming and Systems Administration Asstt.






            Stipend is paid to such Act Apprentice trainees as per sub-rule (1) of rule 11 of ‘Apprenticeship Rules, 1992, which states:-

(i)  During the first year of training:     Seventy percent of minimum wage of semi-skilled workers notified by the respective State or Union territory.

(ii) During the second year of training:  Eighty percent of minimum wage of semi-skilled workers notified by the respective State or Union territory.

(iii) During the third and fourth year of training: Ninety percent of minimum wage of semi-skilled workers notified by the respective State or Union territory.

Provided that in the case where the minimum rate of wage for trade is not notified by the State Government or Union territory, then, the maximum wages of the Scheduled Employment notified by such State Government or Union territory for semi-skilled workers shall be taken into account for paying the stipend in respect of that trade.

Number of Act Apprentices trainees who have been provided jobs in the Railways itself during last three years are 656. 
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More than 11.5 Crore tickets booked through Reservation Centres

The number of tickets booked in reservation centres during the last three years are:

2015-16  :  1488,58,451       

2016-17  :  1403,30,264

2017-18  :  1162,55,931(Till February ’2018)

Number of reservation centres in the country(Zone -wise) at present, is as under:

S. No.

Zonal Railway

Number of reservation centres


Konkan Railway



West Central Railway



North Central Railway



East Coast Railway



South East Central Railway



South Eastern Railway



South Western Railway



North Eastern Railway



North Western Railway



East Central Railway



Eastern Railway



Central Railway



Northeast Frontier Railway



Southern Railway



Western Railway



South Central Railway



Northern Railway


Total                      3458
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5850 Data Loggers provided at 42 Locations

Data Logger is an electronic device that records status of signaling gears present in Railway Signaling System. It helps in preventive maintenance and failure analysis. It also helps to critically analyze unusual incidences in station yards. Presently, Data Loggers at 42 locations are linked with Control Office Application (COA) for capturing and disseminating real time information of train running to the rail users. A total of 5850 Data loggers are provided at the stations as on 31.01.2018.

      Zonal Railway wise position of the same are as under:



No. of Data Loggers.











North Eastern



Northeast Frontier






South Central



South Eastern






East Central



East Coast



North Central



North Western



South East Central



South Western



West Central


Total Indian Railways

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Improvements in passenger amenities in Train Coaches

Improvements in passenger amenities in train coaches are a continual endeavor of the Indian Railways (IR).

Some of the policy decisions taken in this regard are:
Provision of dust bins in Non-AC coaches.
 Provision of mugs with chain in Non-AC coaches.
Provision of Health Faucets in AC as well as Non-AC Sleeper class coaches.
OBHS has been made functional in 975 pair of trains of Indian Railways.
Clean My Coach/Coach Mitra is functional in about 950 pair of trains.
58 in house mechanised laundries have been made functional and with these there is perceptible improvement in the quality of linen provided in trains.

IR is improving the interior of the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) design coaches. New interiors with more pleasing colours, aesthetically designed fittings, panelling, improved toilets, etc. are being provided in the existing coaches by refurbishing them during Mid Life Rehabilitation (MLR). Work in 700 such Model rake coaches is being progressively carried out. Out of these, more than 100 Model rake coaches have already been turned out.

Various premium services like Humsafar, Tejas, Antyodaya and coaches like Deen Dayalu and Anubhuti, which have improved passenger amenities, have also been introduced in service.

IR has launched Project Swarn with the objective of significantly improving the passenger experience. In total, 14 Rajdhani and 15 Shatabdi trains will be covered.

For the assistance of visually impaired travellers, Integrated Braille signage, i.e signage superimposed with Braille scripts, are being provided in the newly manufactured coaches of IR.  Retrofitment of the same in existing coaches has also been taken up in a phased manner.

All stations and passenger carrying trains are planned to be provided with CCTV based surveillance system and Wi-Fi facility.

Railway is providing 18 nos. of mobile charging points in all class of passenger coaches including general class coaches in phased manner. So far, all AC coaches have been provided with mobile charging points and 11452 sleeper coaches out of 16918 coaches & 10554 general coaches out of 17237 have been provided with 18 nos. of mobile charging points.

Indian Railways has been providing energy efficient LED lights to improve illumination level in coaches. So far, 5747 coaches have been provided with energy efficient LED lights.
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opening of Majlis Park to Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus station of Line-7 (Pink Line) yesterday i.e, on 14th March, the total number of interchange stations in Delhi Metro has now increased to SIXTEEN. These interchange stations will enable both new and existing commuters of the Delhi Metro to have access to number of alternate and shorter routes from one point to another point across Delhi-NCR, resulting into saving of time and money besides realigning of the ridership pattern across the network.

This is for the first time that a record five new interchange stations have been added in the network in just little over two months’ period. Two interchange stations were added on 25th December 2017 as part of the opening of Botanical Garden to Kalkaji Mandir section of Line-8 (Magenta Line). Thus, the five new interchange stations are: Azadpur, Netabji Subash Place, Rajouri Garden, Botanical Garden and Kalkaji Mandir. Old interchange stations numbering 11 are: - Kashmere Gate, Rajiv Chowk, Central Secretariat, Sikanderur, Yamuna Bank, Kirti Nagar, Dwarka Sec-21, New Delhi, Ashok Park Main, Inderlok and Mandi House. Another interchange between Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus station & Dhaula Kuan station of Airport Express Line will also be possible. 
These new sections and interchange stations of phase-III will not only help in addition of new passengers but will also help realign and decongest some of the existing stations once entire Phase –III becomes operational in coming months.

It is also noticed that Metro ridership, after a drop in October, 2017, is registering a steady increase. In January, 2018, the overall ridership of Delhi Metro was 69 thousand more than the preceding month indicating an upward trend.

Continuing the upward trend, the average monthly ridership increased further by 80,000 passengers in February. Therefore, the trends for the last two months indicate that the ridership of the Delhi Metro is on a upward trend.

In December, the Delhi Metro network expanded by 12.94 kilometres with the opening of the Botanical Garden – Kalkaji Mandir section. The average daily ridership of this newly opened section was about 45,000 in January, 2018. In addition to this, about 24,000 more commuters travelled by the Metro everyday in January in comparison to December, 2017. In February, 2018, about 49,000 passengers travelled by Magenta line everyday which again indicates that in the rest of the corridors, there was an increase of over 30,000 everyday.

The highest ridership achieved in December, 2017 was 25.64 lakhs while in January, 2018, the same figure stood at 26.85 lakhs. The highest ridership in February has been even higher at 26.98 lakhs.

Metro’s ridership is generally low in the months of December and January every year because of the holiday season. The same trend could be observed this year also. However, despite the holiday season, January registered a better ridership than the preceding month.

Many more new corridors slated for opening in coming months will bring in much better connectivity for the people and will have a direct bearing on the ridership patterns as the Metro will venture into many new areas of the national capital.

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Introduction :

The 21.56 kilometre long Majlis Park - Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus Metro section of the Majlis Park – Shiv Vihar corridor of Phase 3 is going to significantly boost the connectivity between North Delhi, Ring Road and south Delhi localities such as R. K. Puram, Satya Niketan, Moti Bagh etc.

With the opening of this section, for the first time, the South Campus of Delhi University will be connected to the North Campus of Delhi University and the Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus station will be a major transport hub for students as many colleges of the nearby South Campus of Delhi University are located nearby. This line will be Delhi Metro’s second corridor to be operated using the Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling technology which facilitates movement of trains with a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds.

Network Details (as on 14th March, 2018)

Total Metro network now: 252 kilometres
Kilometres added today: 21.56 kilometres
Phase 3 network already opened: 62 kilometres
Phase 3 Network to be opened: 98 kilometres (excluding NOIDA – greater NOIDA section of 30 kilometres)
Total Metro network after completion of Phase 3: 360 kilometres(excluding NOIDA – greater NOIDA section of 30 kilometres)
Interchange stations on this section: 04  (Interchange facility between Dhaula Kuan and Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus to be operational by June, 2018)
Total Interchange stations now: 17 (including Sikanderpur with Rapid Metro)
Total Interchange stations after completion of Phase 3: 27

Highlights of the corridor

Length: 21.56 kms Stations: 12

Colour Code: Pink Names of stations: Majlis Park (E), Azadpur (UG), Shalimar Bagh (UG), Netaji Subhash Place (UG), Shakurpur (E), Punjabi Bagh West (E), ESI Hospital (E), Rajouri Garden (E), Mayapuri (E), Naraina Vihar (UG), Delhi Cantt (E) and Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus (E).  Out of 12 stations, 4 stations are underground (UG) and 8 Stations are elevated (E).

Depot: Mukundpur Gauge: Standard Gauge

Part of section: 59 kilometres long Majils Park – Shiv Vihar corridor (Line-7, Pink Line)

Interchange stations Information (with details on travelators)

For the first time ever, travelators are being installed at the foot over bridges for interchange at Rajouri Garden and Durgabai Deshmukh Metro stations. The travelator information is as follows:

Engineering highlights

The Majlis Park – Durgabai Deshmukh Section had a number of engineering challenges, which DMRC’s engineers overcame through meticulous planning and thorough execution:

Dhaula Kuan –The New Height of Success

Some of the stretches on the Majlis Park -Shiv Vihar corridor have been deliberately kept elevated as an underground line would have created a lot of traffic diversions. This is especially true of the Dhaula Kuan intersection.

The Metro viaduct between the South Campus and Delhi Cantt Metro Stations which crosses over the existing alignment of the Airport Express line at Dhaula Kuan was a major engineering achievement for the Delhi Metro, as the viaduct was constructed without hampering movement of trains on the Airport Line and the road traffic movement (Ring Road – Sardar Patel Marg) below.
The height of the viaduct is 23.6 metres at this spot (as high as a 7 storey building) and is the highest point of Delhi Metro so far surpassing Karkarduma where the Metro is 19 metres above the ground.

The launching operation above the Airport line was done only during the non-operating hours (i.e between 12.30 AM till 4 AM) to avoid any disruption to the traffic on the Airport line. During this time, no activities for train operations were permitted on that portion of the Airport Express Line. Launching work started only after getting all clearances from Operation & Maintenance (O&M) Department of the Airport line. All the parts of the launcher were earthed before commencing the work. A diversion road was also constructed to ensure that there is no inconvenience to the road users during erection.

In order to ensure the safety of the workers and the trains and traffic below, DMRC had installed CCTV cameras at various locations on the viaduct of the Airport Line and on the launcher to monitor the overall activities.  A team of six (6) Civil Engineers, two (2) Safety Experts, Engineers from Operations & Maintenance department and other experts closely monitored every movement of launching in the night so as to ensure that the process of erecting segments over the existing viaduct was done smoothly. The Overhead Electrification of the Airport Express line was also carried out smoothly without causing any inconvenience, whatsoever, to the already operational line.

Special Span for Special Sections:
This section consists of 6 special spans including 4 steel spans and 2 cantilever construction (CLC) span of maximum length of 66 mtrs each.

Special Steel Spans: Rajouri Garden (60 mtrs), Mayapuri (66mtrs), Shakurpur (54 mtrs), Punjabi Bagh (60 mtrs)

As the Metro alignment was crossing under two Existing metro lines i.e line 5 (Green Line) at Punjabi Bagh and Line 3 (Blue Line) at Rajouri Garden, two steel spans were constructed at both these locations. The Steel span at Punjabi bagh is also crossing over the PWD under pass at Punjabi Bagh Chowk.

Two CLC spans: 1. One CLC span was constructed to cross the Najafgarh Drain at Basaidarapur (34-60-34 mtrs) , Punjabi Bagh 2. At Mayapuri over ring road(60mtrs-60mtrs)

Diversion of Box Drain from Mayapuri to Rajouri Garden

One of the major challenges during the construction of the elevated viaduct between Mayapuri to Rajouri Garden was the diversion of an existing 1.2 km long box drain (size 3.5 metre x 2.5 metre) carrying sewer waste. The drain was running almost parallel to the viaduct from Mayapuri to Rajouri Garden. Though the problem was identified initially during the utility identification work, the viaduct work could not be started without diverting the drain.

This alignment is constructed in between the Ring Road and service road; so due to space constraints towards the service road side the diversion of the box drain was planned towards Ring Road side. Thereafter, only a 7.5 metre road was available for plying of traffic. Accordingly, it was planned to carry out the diversion work of the drain stage wise to create the front for pier foundation work.

After diversion of the drain, the dead drain was blocked and then dismantled with the help of porcelain rock breakers. Then all the slush was removed and again the area was filled up with sand to avoid any settlement. During the piling work, additional steel plates of 25 mm thickness were also placed below the piling rig machine as an additional precautionary measure.

However, near Metro pillar No. 166, the drain of size 3.5 metre x 2.5 metre could not be aligned straight along the road as the space was not available on the road due to less road width. Also, since there was a PWD flyover on one side and private properties on the other side, it was planned to divert half of the drain from the other side of the Ring Road.

For the execution of this work, large pipes were placed by trenchless technology and half the drain was diverted adjacent to the flyover. Simultaneously, the drain from the opposite site of the road was again crossed below the Rajouri Garden Flyover side through Trenchless technology and both the drains were joined near Metro pillar no.157.

In addition to this, the major challenge during this whole activity was to manage the traffic movement. For this proper arrangements like deployment of sufficient number of traffic marshals at every diversion, installation of proper traffic signage were made during the duration of the construction activity.

Tunnelling Challenges –TBM Dragged through the Naraina Vihar Metro Station
Generally, TBMs are retrieved through custom made retrieval shafts and then re-inserted through launching shafts in the new location. However at Nariana, the Tunnel Boring Machine was dragged through the Naraina Vihar Metro station, on Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar line, due to paucity of space for creating a shaft on the ground. The TBM was dragged about 210 metres and thus this became another engineering landmark for DMRC.

The TBM was retrieved at Naraina Vihar station on 5th October, 2015 after installing 578 rings (803 metres) between the launching shaft (towards Delhi Cantt) and Naraina Vihar station. The adjoining stations of Mayapuri and Delhi Cantt are elevated metro stations.

This was another engineering landmark since the TBM shield was dragged from one point to the other. Conventional engineering would have involved construction of separate retrieval and launching shafts, which would have required more land and displacement of properties above.

In addition, the process would have required a month each approximately for the retrieval and then relaunching of the TBM. To avoid this and to save time, the TBM shield was dragged using push ram cylinders.

The TBM was dragged for a distance of about 210 metres and took about one month. The whole operation involved lowering the TBM and lateral shifting to avoid infringement with the concourse slab and station Diaphragm wall. The lateral shifting and longitudinal pulling of 427 metric tonnes heavy TBM involved two 100 metric tonnes hydraulic jacks. The TBM then started tunneling work towards Mayapuri.

Acquisition of Jhuggi Land
This section also passes above two major Jhuggi clusters having a total of 229 Jhuggis located at Mahatma Gandhi Camp at Punjabi Bagh (which had 79 Jhuggis) and Jawahar Camp at Mayapuri (which had 150 Jhuggis).

 The mentioned areas were handed over to DMRC by mid  2016. Thus, the work on the entire section was completed except for the Jhuggi area (i.e. approx. 85 mts. at Punjabi Bagh and approx. 105 mts. at Mayapuri). Work on these stretches could be taken up only after the land was made available to DMRC in mid 2016.

Thus, after a delay of four years, DMRC engineers started work on the Punjabi Bagh portion in June, 2016 and completed the viaduct in December, 2016 while in the Mayapuri portion the construction work started in July, 2016 and was completed in March, 2017.

Care for the Environment
Care for the environment has been one of the cornerstones of Delhi Metro’s functioning. Carrying its legacy forward, all the twelve new Metro stations of this section have also been certified as ‘Platinum’ by the Indian Green Building Council.

These stations are designed with specific provisions for the conservation of energy as well as more CO2 saving, water saving, waste management, energy management and optimized building design to reduce the size of station box and hence lesser use of construction materials.

The stations on this corridor also have the following features:

Energy Efficient Equipments:
Lighting controls by Occupancy Sensors (for manned rooms) and Door Limit Switch (for unmanned rooms) have been provided at all underground stations.
Carbon Dioxide sensors with VFD based Fresh air fans have been provided for optimum mixing fresh air at all underground stations.
VRV/VRF type air conditioning systems have been used in the elevated stations with Halon free refrigerants
Energy Efficient Air Conditioning by use of variable frequency drives and chiller plant manager at all underground stations.
Energy metering at various end uses of the electricity.
Variable Voltage Variable Frequency Drive (VVVF) and Regenerative Braking technology is used in lifts and escalators which consume less energy compared to conventional lifts and escalators.
50% reduction in Lighting Power Density over the baseline has been achieved by using efficient lighting systems such as LED.
Use of Renewable Solar Power:
A capacity of 1.5 MWp solar PV power plants have been installed on the rooftops of Mukundpur depot and an additional capacity of 1.5 MWp is under installation on the service roads and Ground mounted sites of this depot.

In additional to above, tendering for the selection of Solar developer for installation of solar plants on the station roofs of Line-7 is in process, the work for which is expected to be started by April-2018.

The power generated from these plants will be used to meet the day time requirement of auxiliary loads of metro station & depots.

In order to mitigate carbon footprints, DMRC is trying to maximise the use of renewable energy, by utilising all possible rooftops for harnessing solar energy. For this, a target of 20 MWp generation capacity was set for August, 2017 but DMRC managed to achieve the target in July, 2017.

Some other Environment friendly measures
Water Efficient Fixtures: Low water consuming fixtures like Dual-flush WC, low flow taps etc. and waterless urinals have been installed at the stations. These Fixtures help reduce water consumption in the building without compromising on the occupants water requirements.

Water Conservation: To conserve the rainwater, 100% of rainfall is being captured by Rain Water Harvesting Structure. Rain Water harvesting pit has been designed to capture the rainfall on viaduct also and being recharged to ground so that water table is maintained.

Reduced Heat Island Effect: Heat island effect contributes in increasing temperature of the microclimate of the building and reduced energy efficiency of a building/ To reduce this effect, the roofs of the stations will be either finished with high reflective material or/and landscaped with vegetation.

Landscape Plant Species: The plant species used for the landscaping (wherever possible of the stations are either native or adaptive. These consume less water and help in increased water efficiency of the building.

Low VOC Paints: VOC are chemicals, which exist in paints, adhesives, sealants etc and produce bad odour. These VOC also impact on the health of occupants if subjected for long durations. To reduce the adverse health effect and improve quality of indoor air, only low VOC paints, adhesives and sealants are being used in the buildings.

Recycled and Local Materials: Part of construction material is procured locally so that cost of transportation and thereof Green House Gas emission is minimized.

Waste management: C&D waste generated during construction is effectively managed and sent for recycling to authorized recycler and reused up to maximum extent. Provision of organic & inorganic waste segregation bins so that they can be managed in a proper way.

Signages to bear colour code of the section
All signages on the upcoming Majlis Park – Durgabai Deskmukh South Campus section of Phase 3 will have the colour of the line also indicated on them for better understanding and clarity of commuters.

All three interchange stations on the section –Azadpur, Netaji Subhas Place and Rajouri Garden will have colour coding of both the corridors they connect, i.e, Azadpur station will have both Yellow and and Pink on the signages.
This will especially help those commuters who are new to the system and are reliant on the colour codes of the lines for identifying the right platform for them. This feature will be there on all the signages of the upcoming Magenta and Pink lines of Delhi Metro’s Phase 3.
In addition, the signages will have a number of additional features for better look and commuter convenience, which had earlier been introduced at the presently operational Barakhamba Road and Pragati Maidan stations.
The new signages have LED based backlit lighting. The light will be equally distributed among the letters and there will be no dark spots or light leaks.
In the new signages, letters displaying the names of the stations are highlighted and there are highlighted arrows which inform the passenger about the direction in which the train is going to go. In addition, the background is opaque due to which the information shared on the panel gets further highlighted.
These signages also require very less maintenance and are more durable in nature. These are also better equipped to handle issues such as vandalism, tearing, writing on the body of the signage etc.
The new signages are also aesthetically designed which will contribute towards improving the overall look of the stations.
Artworks at stations:
Like in the other sections of Phase 3, the stations of this section have also been decorated with attractive artworks and installations.

Time Saving after opening of Pink Line

Initially, trains will be operated with the following frequencies:

1.     3 minutes and 28 seconds between Duragbai Deshmukh South Campus and Shakurpur section in peak time and 4 minutes during off peak.

 2.     5 minutes 12 seconds between Shakurpur and Majlis Park section during peak time and 6 minutes during off peak hours.

A total of 19 trains will be pressed into service for the entire section.

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Mega Block on 18.3.2018 Kalyan-Thane Up Fast line and Kurla-Mankhurd Up & Dn Harbour lines

Mega Block on 18.3.2018

Kalyan-Thane Up Fast line from 11.15 am to 4.15 pm and Kurla-Mankhurd Up & Dn Harbour lines from 11.10 am to 4.10 pm

Harbour line Mega Block between Kurla-Mankhurd Up and Dn lines will not be operated on 18.3.2018 to facilitate unhindered travel plans of commuters on festival.

However, Mega Block on Kalyan-Thane Up Fast line on 18.3.2018 will be operated

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To carry out maintenance work of tracks, signaling & overhead equipments, a jumbo block will be taken o­n Up & Dn fast lines between Churchgate and Mumbai Central (Local) from 10:35 hrs to 15:35 hrs o­n Sunday,18th March , 2018.

During the block period, all fast line trains will run o­n slow lines between Churchgate and Mumbai Central (Local). Due to this, some Up and Dn local trains will remain canelled. Detailed information to this effect is available with concerned Station Masters.
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Western Railway will run 26 services of Weekly Summer Special train between Bandra (T) – Allahabad on special fare.

·Train no. 04134/ 04133 Bandra Terminus - Allahabad - Bandra Terminus(Weekly) Summer Special Train [26 services]

Train No. 04134 Bandra Terminus - Allahabad Weekly Summer Special train will leave Bandra Terminus at 21.40 hrs o­n every Thursday and will reach Allahabad Jn at 03.30 hrs o­n Saturday. This train will run from 5th April to 28thJune, 2018.

Similarly, Train No. 04133 Allahabad - Bandra Terminus Weekly Summer Special train will leave Allahabad at 08.30 hrs o­n every Wednesday and reach Bandra Terminus at 17.05 hrs, the next day. This train will run from 4th April to 27thJune, 2018.

This train will have AC II Tier, Sleeper class and General Second class coaches.

The train will halt at Borivali, Vapi, Udhna, Nandurbar, Amalner, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Itarsi, Bhopal, Lalitpur, Jhansi, Orai, Kanpur Central and Fathepur stations in both directions.

Booking for train No. 04134 Bandra Terminus - Allahabad will be opened from 17th March, 2018 at all Passenger Reservation Centre and IRCTC website.
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For the convenience of passengers and to clear extra rush of traffic for 806thAnnual URS festival, Western Railway will runURS special train o­n special fare between Bandra (T) and Madar jn. The details of the train are as under:-

·Train No. 09618/09617Bandra (T)–Madar Jn.URS Special train o­n Special fare

Train No.09618Bandra (T) – Madar Jn.URS Special train will leave Bandra (T) at 23.45hrson Thursday, 22nd March, 2018and will reach Madar Jn.at 20.35hrs the nextday.

Similarly,Train No.09617Madar Jn.- Bandra (T) URS Special train will leave Madar Jn.at 21:00hrs o­n Wednesday, 21stMarch, 2018and will reach Bandra (T) at 16:15hrs the next day.

Enroute, the train will halt at Borivali, Vapi, Valsad, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Nadiad, Ahmedabad, Mahesana Jn., Palanpur Jn., Abu Road, Sirohi Road, Falna, Marwar Jn.,Beawar amd Ajmer stations in both the directions.

The train will have AC 3 Tier, Sleeper Class and Second Class General Coaches.

·Train No. 09626/09625Bandra (T)–Madar Jn.URS Special train o­n Special fare

Train No.09626Bandra (T) – Madar Jn.URS Special train will leave Bandra (T) at 15:25hrson Saturday, 24thMarch, 2018and will reach Madar Jn.at 12:45 hrs the nextday.

Similarly, Train No.09625Madar Jn.- Bandra (T) URS Special train will leave Madar Jn.at 16:15hrs o­n Friday, 23rdMarch, 2018and will reach Bandra (T) at 12:30hrs the next day.

Enroute, the train will halt at Borivali, Vapi, Valsad, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Ratlam, Mandsor, Nimach, Chittaurgarh, Bhilwara, Bijainagar, Nasirabad andAjmer stations in both the directions.The train will have AC 2 Tier, AC 3 Tier, Sleeper Class and Second Class General Coaches.

Booking for Train No 09618 and09626 will open from 19thMarch, 2018 at all PRS counters and IRCTC website.
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16 March 2018

Railwire wifi stations project Statewise Status of Station Wi-Fi

Statewise Status of Station Wi-Fi

S.NoState/UTCommissioned StationsComing Soon
1.Andhra PradeshTirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Guntur,Palasa, Rajahmundry, Kakinada Town, Nellore, Srikakulam Road, Bhimavaram Town, Samalkot Jn., Eluru, SatyaSai Prashanti Nilayam, Anakapalle, Tenali Jn.,Tuni & VizianagaramCuddapah, Guntakal Jn., Renigunta, Anantapur, Chirala, Gudur Jn., Ongole, Tadepalligudem
2.AssamJorhat Town,Guwahati, Lumding, Rangiya Jn.,Barpeta Road, Kamakhya, New Bongaigaon, Silchar, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh Town
3.BiharPatna, Hajipur, Muzaffarpur, Gaya, Danapur, Mokama, Kiul Jn.,Samastipur Jn., Darbhanga, Chhapra & BhagalpurAnugraha Narayan Road, Bapudham Motihari, Barauni Jn., Betiah, Dehri-On-Sone, Jamui, Katihar Jn, Khagaria Jn., Madhubani, Patna Sahib Jn., Siwan Jn., Rajendra Nagar(T), Buxar, Bakhtiyarpur Jn., Ara Jn., Sasaram Jn., Jamalpur, Purnea Jn, Kishanganj.
5.ChhattisgarhRaipur, Bilaspur, Champa Jn.,Bhilai Power House, Raigarh & Durg,RajnandgaonPower House
6.GujaratSurat, Ahmedabad, Viramgam, Jamnagar,Bhavnagar Terminus, Palanpur,Valsad, Surendranagar,Udhana, Gandhidham,Navsari, Vapi,Bhuj,Vadodara & RajkotMahesana , Veraval, Anand, Ankleshwar, Bharuch, Nadiad
7.Haryana,Faridabad NewFaridabad Old,Ambala Cantt., Ballabgarh,Karnal, Rohtak, Panipat, Sonipat, Gurugram, RewariHisar, Jagadhri, Kalka
8.Himachal PradeshSolan, Shimla-
9.Jammu and KashmirJammu TawiUdhampur
10.JharkhandRanchi, Dhanbad Jn., Jasidih Jn. ,Bokaro Steel City,Koderma,Madhupur, Hatia, N.S.C.B. Gomoh Jn., Parashnath & Tatanagar
11.KarnatakaDharwad,Bangalore City, Bangarpet, Mangalore Central, Hubli, Kengeri, Gulbarga,Krishnarajapuram, Mysore & Yesvantpur (Bangalore),Hospet,Hassan JnBangalore Cantt.,Belgaum, Davangere, Mangalore Jn., Shimoga Town, Raichur, Yadgir, Bellary
12.KeralaErnakulam Jn, Thiruvananthapuram Central, Thrissur, Kollam Jn & KozhikodeErnakulam Town, Kanhangad, Kannur, Kottayam, Palakkad Jn., Shoranur Jn., Tiruvalla, Vadakara, Kasargod, Payyannur, Thalassery, Tirur, Alappuzha, Aluva, Chengannur, Kayankulam Jn
13.Madhya PradeshBina,Ujjain, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Satna, Singrauli, Itarsi,Pipariya, Vidisha,Ratlam, Damoh,Saugor,Nagda, Morena,Hoshangabad,Gwalior & IndoreHabibganj, Katni, Maihar, , Rewa, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Betul
14.MaharashtraBallarshah, Mumbai Central, Churchgate, Bandra, Bandra Terminus, Dadar (WR), Dadar (CR), Khar Road, Kalyan, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Byculla, Panvel, Thane, Borivali, Lonavala, Kurla, Andheri, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Belapur, Vashi, Dombivli, Chembur, , Vasai, Virar, Bhyander, Ghatkopar, Daund, Wardha, Sainagar Sirdi, Pune, Mulund, Kurduwadi,Bhusawal, Nagpur, Kopargaon,Manmad, Badnera, Solapur,Badlapur, Chandrapur, Vadala Road, Ahmednagar,Akola & Aurangabad ,Kolhapur,Miraj &LaturGondia, Jalgaon, Nasik Road, Jalna, Nagarsol, Nanded, Parbhani jn., Amravati, Chalisgaon, Shegaon
16.DelhiHazarat Nizamuddin, Anand Vihar Terminus, Delhi Cantt.,Adarshnagar delhi, Delhi Shahadra, New Delhi & Delhi JnDelhi Sarai Rohilla
17.OdishaBhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Berhampur, Khurda Road, Rourkela, Rayagada, Jajpur-Keonjhar Road,Jharsuguda, Balasore, Bhadrak & Puri-
18.PunjabJalandhar City,Rajpura Jn.,Phagwara, Bathinda Jn., Amritsar &Beas,Pathankot,Jallandhar Cantt., Firozpur Cantt.,Sirhind Jn. & LudhianaChakki Bank
19.RajasthanSawai Madhopur,Bikaner,Hanumangarh Jn.,Jaipur, Alwar, Ajmer, Udaipur City, Falna, Kota, Jaisalmer,Abu road, Phulera, Pali Marwar,Lalgarh, Marwar Jn. &Bharatpur, Chittorgarh Jn., JodhpurRani, Suratgarh, Bandikui, Gandhinagar-Jp,
20.Tamil NaduDindigul Jn,Nagercoil Jn,Madurai, Coimbatore, Chennai Egmore, Tambaram, Arakkonam Jn., Tiruchchirappalli, Chennai Central, Udagamandalam (Ooty), Chengalpattu Jn., Coonoor, Rameswaram, Villupuram Jn., Erode Jn,,Karur Jn., Jolarpettai Jn, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur Jn, Katpadi & Mettupalayam,Tirunelveli Jn,Kanniyakumari,Tuticorin, KovilpattiSalem Jn, Virudhunagar Jn, Tiruppur, Mayiladuthurai Jn.
21.TelanganaKacheguda, Kurnool Town, Khammam, Secunderabad, Kazipet Jn.,Manchiryal, Hyderabad & WarangalSsp Nilayam, Nizamabad
22.Uttar PradeshKhalilabad,Fatehpur,Sultanpur,Azamgarh, Jhansi, Lucknow, Lucknow Jn., Ayodhya, Mughalsarai Jn., Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Aligarh, Gonda Jn., Bareilly, Kanpur, Mathura, Varanasi, Agra Cantt., Ghazipur City, Bhadohi, Muzaffarnagar, Basti, Pratapgarh, Etawah, Saharanpur Jn., Moradabad, Hardoi,Mirzapur, Tundla, Janghai, Meerut City,Phaphund, Meerut Cant., Ghaziabad,Agra Fort, Deoria Sadar,Barabanki,Lalitpur,Mau Jn., Shahganj,Raja Ki Mandi, Hapur, Rae - Bareli ,Jn.,ShahjahanpurBallia, Belthara Road, Chitrakutdham Karwi, Deoria Sadar, Jaunpur, Rampur, Orai, Unnao, Hardoi
23.Uttarakhand / UttranchalDehradun, Haridwar, KathgodamRoorkee, Rudrapur City
24.West BengalSealdah, Kharagpur, Asansol, Barddhaman, Digha, Rampurhat, New Jalpaiguri, Malda Town, Howrah, Durgapur, Darjeeling, Siliguri Jn, Naihati Jn., New Farakka, Alipurduar Junction & Ghoom,New Coochbehar,Coochbehar,Bandel, New Alipurduar,Purulia Jn & GhoomKolkata Terminal, Shalimar, Raiganj
TOTAL317 Stations102 Stations
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Commissioner of Railway Safety Conducts Inspection of Malkajgiri - Bolarum Electrified Section for Running MMTS Trains

Shri Ram Kripal, Commissioner of Railway Safety, South Central Circle, Ministry of Civil Aviation conducted the Inspection of the newly electrified Malkajgiri-Bolarum section of Hyderabad Division, towards certification for running of MMTS Trains in this section.

The section has been electrified with 25KV overhead equipment and forms part of the MMTS Phase-II project which is in progress. The work has been completed by Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd, with the section being charged on 2nd February, 2018, there by facilitating the inspection of the Commissioner of Railway Safety. Once the certification is issued, the section will be enabled to run trains on Electric Traction.

Shri A.A.Phadke, Principal Chief Electrical Engineer, SCR; Shri Arun Kumar Jain, Divisional Railway Manager, Hyderabad Division, SCR were amongst the officials who accompanied the Commissioner for Railway Safety.
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On 12th February, 2018, a progress review meeting o­n DFC works was held between GM/NCR, Shri M.C.Chauhan and MD/Dedicated Freight Corporation of India Ltd (DFCCIL) Shri Anshuman Sharma. The meeting started with GM/NCR welcoming all the officers to the meeting. In his address, GM/NCR said that DFC project is of National Importance. He emphasized that synergy needs to be developed between DFCCIL and NCR officials so as to get maximum efficiency and productivity in the work to ensure that all the works are completed o­n time. He also advised that the first phase of the Eastern Corridor of the DFC (EDFC-1), from Khurja to Bhaupur is targeted for completion in November, 2018. Progress of works in this section to be expedited and coordination meeting between MD/DFCCIL & AGM/NCR may be conducted now o­n monthly basis. Speaking o­n safety, GM/NCR said that safety is of paramount importance in train operations. DFCCIL should take all possible precautions to ensure that safety o­n the worksites is ensured, especially where the works are in progress near running tracks. It is important to note that the DFC work will improve the infrastructure and mobility in the super-saturated corridor of Delhi-Mughalsarai-Dankuni section. In DFC route o­n NCR, 49 ROBs are to be constructed, out of which 20 are to be constructed by NCR, out of them 16 have been commissioned and Railway portion of balance ROBs has been completed and their approaches are in progress by state government. Besides this, 26 more ROBs are to be constructed. DFCCIL to expedite the progress of ROB works which they are to complete for first phase of the Eastern Corridor of the DFC (EDFC-1), from Khurja to Bhaupur. GM/NCR advised that RUB works have picked up their pace but they need to be expedited further. He also advised that work of connection to yards are to be expedited jointly and day to day programme should be prepared so as to minimize its effect o­n train running. GM/NCR emphasized that in some stretches DFCCIL embankment is elevated with respect to the existing tracks of NCR. In these sections ‘pucca’ drainage should be made by mid May-2018 so that the existing track of NCR is not flooded during Monsoon. o­n need basis pumps may also be installed by DFCCIL for proper pumping out of water from drains to ensure smooth train operations. Drain works between NCR tracks and DFCCIL track must be expedited and completed before monsoon” he added. In the meeting all issues relating to construction of DFC were discussed by MD/DFCCIL and his team of officers, with officers of NCR/HQ and Allahabad Division.AGM/NCR, PHODs and HODs of NCR, DRM/Allahabad along with his officers were present in the meeting besides officers of DFCCIL. The meeting proceeded and concluded in a cordial atmosphere.
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Train No. 06581/06582 Yesvantpur - Belagavi - Yesvantpur Tatkal Special on Good Friday

Train No. 06581 Yesvantpur - Belagavi Tatkal Special departs Yesvantpur at 20:15hrs. o­n 29th March, 2018, (Thursday) and reaches Belagavi at 08:10hrs. on next day (Friday).   Enroute, the train arrives/departs Tumakuru at 21:20/21:22 Hrs., Arsikere at 23:10/23:15 Hrs.,  Birur at 23:57/23.59 Hrs.,  on  Saturday arrives/departs Davangere at 02:20/02:22 Hrs., Harihar at 02:43/02:45 Hrs., Haveri at 03:50/03:52 Hrs., Hubballi at 05:00/05:15 Hrs., Dharwad at 05:40/05:42 Hrs., Londa at 07:01/07:02 Hrs.

Train No. 06582 Belagavi - Yesvantpur Tatkal Special departs Belagavi at 17:15hrs. o­n 1st  April, 2018, (Sunday) and reaches Yesvantpur at 05:00 hrs. on next day Monday.  Enroute, the train arrives/departs Londa at 18:09/18:10Hrs. Dharwad at 19:30/19:32 Hrs., Hubballi at 20:15/20:25 Hrs., Haveri at 21:33/21:35 Hrs., Harihar at 22:33/22:35  Hrs., Davangere at 22:51/22:53  Hrs., Birur at 00:33/00.35 Hrs.,  Arsikere at 01:45/01:50 Hrs.,  Tumakuru at 03:43/03:45 Hrs.

The Train Composition will have 19 coaches comprising of THREE AC 3-tier Coaches, FOURTEENSecond Class Sleeper Coaches and Two Luggage cum Break-van.  
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Train No. 08301, Sambalpur - Banaswadi Weekly Express Train with special fare will run for 13 more trips from 04th April, 2018 to 27th June, 2018

Train No. 08301, Sambalpur - Banaswadi Weekly Express Train with special fare will run for 13 more trips from 04th April, 2018 to 27th June, 2018. 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 at17:50/17:55 Hrs.,  Vishakhapatnam at 19:00/19:20 hrs. and o­n Thursday arrives/departs Vijayawada at 01:25/01:35 hrs., Gudur at 06.18/06.20 hrs., Renigunta at 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 April, 2018 to 29th June, 2018. The train departs Banaswadiat 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. Jolarpettaiat 03:40/03:42 hrs., Katpadi at 04:58/05:00Hrs., 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., and arrives Rayagada at 23:50 hrs. and o­n Saturday departs from Rayagada  at 00:05 hrs., arrives/departs atKesinga 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 TWOLuggage cum Break-van. 
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Train no.11139/11140 Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus – Gadag Superfast Express

Railway has decided to extend of Train No. 22139/22140, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus - Solapur - Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Express (6 days in a week) up to Gadag with new Train No. 11139/11140, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus - Gadag - Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Express (6 days in a week) except Thursday from  Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus end and except Friday from Gadag end duly cancelling Train no. 11031/11032 Solapur – Vijayapur - Solapur Bi-weekly Express. Train No. 11031/11032 Solapur - Vijayapur - Solapur Bi-weekly Express will be cancelled with effect from 10thMarch, 2018.  The regular service of Train No. 11139 leaving Mumbai CST will commence with effect from 16thMay, 2018 and Train No. 11140 leaving Gadag will commence with effect from 17thMay, 2018.

Train No. 11139/11140, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus - Gadag - Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Express will be classified as Superfast between Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus - Solapur - Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and ordinary express between Solapur - Gadag - Solapur. Timing of Train No. 11139/11140 extended portion will be as under: 

Train No. 11139, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus - Gadag Express will depart Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus 21:20 hrs. and will reach Gadag at 12:20 hrs. o­n next day. Enroute, the train arrives/departs Solapur at 05:30/05:40 hrs., Vijayapura at 07:35/07:40 Hrs., Bagalkot at 09:45/09:50 hrs.,  There is no change in timings between Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus - Solapur.

Train No. 11140, Gadag - Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Express will depart Gadag 13:40 hrs. and will reach Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus at 05:10 hrs. o­n next day. Enroute, the train arrives/departs Bagalkot at 15:25/15:30 hrs., Vijayapura at 17:40/17:45 Hrs. and Solapur at 20:30/20:10 hrs., There is no change in timings between Solapur -  Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.

The Train Composition will have 12 coaches comprising of ONE AC First Class cum AC 2-tier Coach TWO AC 3-tier Coaches, FOUR Second class Sleeper Coaches, THREE General Second Class Coaches and TWOLuggage cum Break-van with disabled friendly compartment. 
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