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Extra coaches for two trains

NEW DELHI: For the convenience of passengers, the Ludhiana-Delhi Sutlej Express and the Delhi Junction-Ferozepur Passenger will be augmented by two additional general II Class coaches from Delhi Junction from this Thursday.

According to Northern Railway, the New Delhi-Nangal Dam Jan Shatabdi Express has also been provided a stoppage at Mohali with immediate effect on an experimental basis for six months.


Trade Fair tickets at Metro stations

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will start selling entry tickets for the India International Trade Fair at 62 stations from Wednesday.

These tickets can be purchased at all metro stations at a discounted price -- Rs.10 less than the cost at which the tickets will be sold at Pragati Maidan. The general entry tickets at metro stations will be priced at Rs.20 for adults on weekdays and Rs.50 on weekends. For minors, the tickets will cost Rs.10 and Rs.20 on weekdays and weekends, respectively.


Special trains announced to Madurai, Coimbatore

CHENNAI: Southern Railway has announced operation of special trains between Chennai - Madurai and Chennai - Coimbatore.

An official release stated that the Chennai - Madurai train (No. 0631) would leave Chennai Egmore at 11.45 p.m. on Saturday and reach Madurai the next day at 9.30 a.m. In the return direction, the special from Madurai to Chennai (0632) would leave Madurai at 11.55 p.m. on Sunday and reach Chennai the next day at 10.15 a.m.

The Chennai Central - Coimbatore special (0601) would leave Chennai Central at 10.20 p.m. on Friday and reach Coimbatore at 7 a.m. the next day.

In the return direction, the special from Coimbatore (0602) would leave Coimbatore at 11.45 p.m. on Sunday and will reach Chennai Central at 8.30 a.m. the next day.

Reservation would commence on Friday.


Railways modify e-ticket rule

Railway passengers need not specify proof of identity any more while booking e-tickets. However, they should carry any one of the specified identity cards while travelling.

The Railway Ministry has introduced the new rule, which came into effect on November 1, to provide relief to passengers who often forget to carry the proof of identity they use while booking.

"We treat the passengers as travelling without ticket and penalise them even if they are in possession of some valid proof other than that specified while booking the ticket," a railway official told The Hindu. Many such incidents had been reported, and they hindered the growth of e-ticketing, he said.

With the amendment, the concept of master passenger, whose identity is indicated on the ticket, has been withdrawn. However, any of the passengers among the group for whom the e-ticket is booked should produce one of the five original identity cards specified by the Railways. They are voter identity card, passport, PAN card, driving licence and photo identity cards issued by the Central and State governments.

"In case none of the group carries any of these cards, all the passengers will be treated as travelling without ticket," the official said.

The new procedure will come up for review after six months, when its possible misuse--other people travelling in the name of passengers for whom the ticket is booked--will be taken into account.


GCC to train tribals

Visakhapatnam: With a view to ensuring quality and improve sale of forest products the Girijan Cooperative Corporation has decided to give training for tribals in procuring forest produce like gum, honey and herbs and others. Rs.1.40 crore had been set apart for this training programme. The Minister for Tribal Welfare, D.S.Redya Naik, who reviewed the activities of the GCC here on Friday suggested a number of steps for improvement.

The progress in the purchase and sale of forest products in the last two years had not been up to expectations. The value of total transactions stood at just Rs.16.84 crore. It was because of decreasing dependence of tribals on forest produce. Implementation of various welfare schemes of the Government,which ensured employment for tribals, was the reason for this phenomenon, it was pointed out. The meeting, however noted with satisfaction, the GCC's profits to the tune of Rs.8 crores during the years 2006-07 and 2007-08 which had enabled the GCC to reduce cumulative losses by about Rs.7.95 crore.

The Minister instructed officials concerned to improve sales in the Daily Requirement Depots, numbering 839.As many as 111 DR Depots have been incurring losses, the Minister said and wanted corrective measures to make them self-sufficient. Nearly 450 DR depots have no salesmen, one of the reasons for decreasing sales. The Minister wanted steps for improving sale honey, turmeric, sheekakai, hill brooms and wild brooms for which there was good demand.


Railway steps for pilgrimage

Special reservation centre at Pampa,More ticket counters at stations,Additional staff at information counters

Railways have made elaborate arrangements to ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey for the Sabarimala pilgrims during the ensuing Mandala-Makaravilakku season.For the benefit of the pilgrims, a special computerised passenger reservation centre will function at Pampa. Steps will be taken to open additional booking/reservation counters at all the important stations of the Thiruvananthapuram division during the season. Additional unreserved ticket counters will function at Chengannur, Kottayam and Ernakulam during the annual pilgrimage season. Reservation offices have been strengthened and additional staff deputed from other stations to man the additional counters.

Additional staff will be posted at the information counters. The railway staff who can speak more languages will also be posted. The Railway Protection Force will deploy additional personnel for security and for assisting the pilgrims coming from various States.

A special task force led by the Senior Divisional Commercial Manager and comprising commercial inspectors and supervisors will be camping at Kottayam during the peak days from January 14 to 16. The flow of traffic will be monitored and more coaches will be attached to important trains to clear the rush of pilgrims.


Metro begins trial run on new section

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Metro railway began a trial run on its newly completed Vishwavidyalaya-Jahangirpuri section beyond Delhi University on Friday. This is the second section of the Metro's Phase II.According to DMRC officials, trial runs will continue for about five weeks and the 6.36-km section is expected to be opened for normal public run by December-end or January 2009. The section was originally slated to be opened in October 2009.

"During trial runs today, the interaction of the train with physical infringement (civil structure) was checked to ensure that there was no physical blockage during movement of the train on the track between Vishwavidyalaya and Jahangirpuri," said an official.The Vishwavidyalaya-Jahangirpuri section has five stations of which one is underground and four elevated. The underground station is at G.T.B. Nagar. The elevated stations are Model Town, Azadpur, Adarsh Nagar and Jahangirpuri.

"Today the train was run at a slow speed of 25 km per hour since it was the first run. The speed will gradually be increased to 50 km per hour, and ultimately a maximum of 80 kmph will be generated during trial runs. The entire signalling system is also being tested during the trials," the official said.During the first three weeks of the trial run, one train set will be used. In the fourth week, two train sets will be used and in the fifth week, more train sets will be used as per requirement.


Railways to operate weekly winter specials

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run the following weekly winter special trains. .

Chennai Egmore - Tirunelveli Specials: Train No.0605 will leave Egmore at 11.45 p.m. on November 23, 30, and December 7 (Sundays) and reach Tirunelveli at 12.30 p.m. the next day. In the return direction train No. 0606 will leave Tirunelveli at 3 p.m. on November 24, December1 and 8 (Mondays) and arrive Chennai Egmore at 4.15 a.m. the next day.

Chennai Egmore - Nagercoil Specials: Train No.0607 will leave Egmore at 8.25 p.m. on November 19, 26, Dec.3 and 10 (Wednesdays) and arrive Nagercoil at 11 am the next day. Train No.0611 will leave Egmore at 11.45 p.m. on November 21, 28, December 5, and 12 (Fridays) and arrive in Nagercoil at 2.30 p.m. the next day. In the return directions train No. 0608 will leave Nagercoil at 1.30 p.m. on November 20, 27, December 4 and 11 (Thursdays) and arrive Egmore at 4.15 a.m. the next day. Train No. 0612 will leave Nagercoil at 7.40 p.m. on November 22, 29, December 6 and 13 (Saturdays) and arrive in Egmore at 10.15 a.m. the next day. Reservation will commence on November 15.


Special trains to Melmaruvathur

CHENNAI: To clear the rush of passengers and pilgrims bound for Melmaruvathur for the 'Irumudi' festival and avoid overcrowding in regular trains, Southern Railway will operate 272 express special trains from December 2 to February 7. During the festival season last year, Southern Railway operated 216 special trains, which carried approximately 4.5 lakh passengers, earning a revenue of Rs.5 crore.

The services will be operated from Coimbatore, Erode, Palghat, Tiruppur, Madurai, Dindigul, Virudhunagar, Rameswaram, Ramanathapuram, Paramakudi, Valantaravai, Devakottai, Karaikudi, Pudukottai, Sengottai, Sivakasi, Rajapalayam, Srivilliputtur, Kanniyakumari, Thirumangalam, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Sankaridurg, Sattur and Nagercoil.


Special trains to clear rush

Hyderabad: The South Central Railway is operating 12 special trains between Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam and Kacheguda- Bangalore to clear extra passenger rush.

Train No. 748, Hyderabad-Visakhapatnam-Hyderabad will leave Hyderabad at 7.30 p.m. on November 21,22,28 and 29 and arrive at Visakhapatnam at 8.30 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, Train No. 747 will leave Visakhapatna at 8 a.m. on November 22,23,29 and 30 and will arrive at Hyderabad at 8.50 a.m. the next day. The trains will stop at Kazipet, Warangal, Khammam, Vijayawada, Rajahmundry and Anakapalli stations. Train no. 789 Kacheguda- Bangalore Special will leave Kacheguda at 9.55 p.m. on November 23 and 30 and arrive at Bangalore at 12.10 p.m. the next day. In the return direction, Train No. 790, Bangalore-Kacheguda special will leave Bangalore at 1 p.m on November 24 and December 1 and arrive at Kacheguda at 4 a.m. the next day. The trains will stop at Shadnagar, Mahbubnagar, Gadwal, Kurnool Town, Anantapur, Dodballapur, Yelahanka, Bangalore East and Bangalore Cantonment, informed a press

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