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Title: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 02, 2008, 02:26 AM
History of Indian Railway

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History of Indian Railway began on 22 Dec 1851 when a goods train started. First passenger train started on 16 Apr 1953 between Mumbai and Thane. Thus for more than 150 years Indian Railway is serving us nicely. Since then Indian Railway had grown slowly and steadily. In 1952 Zonal system had been introduced in Railway with total Six Zones. With the development, it has reached to total 17 zones.

Current Status
In 17 zones, Indian railway is having more than 8700 passenger trains. It is covering all states except Sikkim. Indian Railway provides many suburban railway services in major cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi & Hyderabad. Railway is one of the most preferred transportation medium. A normal passenger train consists of eighteen coaches where 9 coaches are sleeper class; 3-5 are air-conditioned coaches. A normal passenger sleeper coach accommodates 60 to 72 passengers. Indian Railways makes 70% of its revenues and most of its profits from the freight sector. Indian Railways operates with 7,500 + Engines; 37,800 + passenger coaches and 222000 + wagons. There are 6,850 + stations and 700 + repair shops. Indian
Railway maintains total workforce of 15,40,000 largest employer in the world.

Railway - Lalu Prasad & Their achievements
Indian railway was running in losses since years. It had been taken as granted that this PSU can never be a profit making undertaking for Indian government. But Lalu Prasad Yadav has proven this wrong. He has presented figures where Indian Railway has made profit for year 2004-05. He has also presented 2006 budget with Rs 56,000 cr income and Rs 7000 Cr profit. Look at his amazing initiatives for Indian Railway

# e-ticketing and SMS booking of tickets
# Any holder of a wait-listed ticket can be allotted accommodation in a higher class with no extra charges.
# Tatkal tickets can be booked three days in advance and higher tatkal charges.
# Commercial use of Railway land for food, entertainment and other purpose.
# Surprise checking at railway stations for staff attendance, weights of consignments and etc.
# Name and number of Vigilance officers published in News papers for any complaints.

Believe me Lalu Prasad Yadav is a smart man and having capacity of working like a CEO of a company. It is the cast politics of Bihar which forced him to behave like a villager. This fact is acknowledged by IIM - A professor and students. They have noticed the turned around happened with Indian Railway. They visited Lalu Prasad and discussed the topic. They are going to add a case study on Indian Railway in their syllabus.

Challenge in front of Railway
I like to mention this in few lines only that's why I am giving main points only - Crime, Accidents, Ticket less Traveling, Underweight Fares of goods, Overcrowding at one place and empty railway at other place. Let's see how Lalu prasad yadav resolves this issues.

Trivia :
With 150 + years of history and 8700 + trains Indian Railway is full of Trivia. I collects few for you :
# Mumbai's suburban railway is the densest route in the world. It is attending 65 lakh passengers daily. The density of passengers in peak hours is 15 people per sq meter.
# The Fairy Queen is the oldest running locomotive in the world today.
# The shortest named station is Ib and the longest is Sri Venkatanarasimharajuvariapeta.
# Kharagpur railway station is the world's longest railway platform at 1072 m.
# The Himsagar Express (between Kanyakumari and Jammu Tawi) has the longest run 3745 km.
# The Bhopal Shatabdi Express is the fastest train in India a maximum speed of 140 km/h
# The Busiest railway Stations are as following with trains per day. Delhi + New Delhi 120, Lucknow 65, Ahmedabad 60
# Would you believe there is an official website of fans of Indian Railway : http://www.irfca.org

Indian Railway on World Map :
# Indian railway has 3 World Heritage Site - The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, The Nilgiri Mountain Railway & the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway.
# ''The Palace on Wheels'' is world famous tourism train of Rajasthan which is loved by people across the globe.
# The Samjhauta Express & Thar Express running from India to Pakistan is also cherished by world.
# May 1974 Indian Railway Strike (appx 15 lakh people joined the strike) for 20 days is one of the worlds biggest strike till date. (Imagine a railway strike today like SBI strike, India may get chock up.)

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Title: Indian Railway News
Post by: thiruvasagamani on Jul 02, 2008, 07:06 PM
Change in train timings



CHENNAI: From Tuesday (July 1), the departure timings of some trains, including those of Pandiyan Express to Madurai, Pearl City Express to Tuticorin and Nellai Express to Tirunelveli have been revised.

Following are the new departure timings with old timings in bracket:

Chennai Egmore - Kakinada Express - 5.20 p.m. (5.45 p.m.);

Chennai Egmore - Kanyakumari Express - 5.30 p.m. ( 5.25 p.m.) ;

Chennai Egmore - Puducheri Express - 6.10 p.m. (6 p.m.) ;

H.Nizamuddin - Madurai Tamilnadu Sampark Kranti Express/ H.Nizamuddin - Kanyakumari Thirukkural Weekly Express - 6.40 p.m. (7 p.m.);

Chennai Egmore - Nagercoil Weekly Express - 6.50 p.m. (7 p.m.);

Chennai Egmore - Trivandrum Ananathapuri Express - 7.05 p.m. (7.30 p.m.);

Chennai Egmore Tuticorin Pearl City Express - 7.30 p.m. (6.30 p.m.);

Howrah - Tiruchirapalli Bi-weekly/Kanyakumari Weekly Expresses - 8.25 p.m. (8.20 p.m.);

Chennai Egmore - Tirunelveli Nellai Express - 8.50 p.m. (9 p.m.);

Chennai Egmore - Madurai Pandiyan Express - 9.15 p.m. (9.30 p.m.);

and Chennai Egmore - Mangalore Express - 9.40 p.m. (10 p.m.);

Chennai Central - Vijayawada Pinakini Express - 2.05 p.m. (2 p.m.);


Chennai Central - Thiruvananthapuram Weekly Express - 3.15 p.m. (3.45 p.m.);

and Dhanbad/Tata - Allappurzha Express - Chennai Central 3.45 a.m. (3.55 p.m.),
according to a railway press release.
Title: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 19, 2008, 01:23 AM
New Delhi: (IANS) Railways Minister Lalu Prasad Friday announced the introduction of 43 new trains, including four Garib Raths - air-conditioned trains for the poor - while presenting the interim railway budget for 2009-10 in the Lok Sabha.

1. Bilaspur-Tirunelveli via Thiruvananthapuram Express (Weekly)

2. Ranchi-Jaynagar Express (Tri-Weekly)

3. Secunderabad-Manuguru Superfast (Daily)

4. Mumbai-Karwar Superfast (Tri-weekly)

5. Bhopal-Lucknow Junction Garib Rath Express (Weekly)

6. Durg-Jaipur Express (Weekly)

7. Chhatrapati Sahu terminal (Kolhapur)-Dhanbad Link Service via Parasnath (Weekly)

8. Sengottai-Erode Passenger (Daily)

9. Dibrugarh Town-Chandigarh Express (Weekly)

10. Ajmer-Bhagalpur via Delhi Garib Rath Express (Bi-Weekly)

11. Nizamuddin-Bangalore via Kacheguda Rajdhani Express (Tri-weekly)

12. Barauni-Delhi Jan Sadharan Superfast (Bi-weekly)

13. Mumbai-Varanasi Superfast (Daily)

14. Mysore-Yesvantpur Express (Daily)

15. Jamalpur-Gaya Passenger

16. Korapur-Rourkela Express via Rayagada (Daily)

17. Agra-Ajmer Superfast (Daily)

18. Sitamarhi-Patna Link Service (Daily)

19. Tiruchirapalli-Madurai Express (Daily)

20. Mumbai-Bikaner Superfast (Bi-weekly)

21. Jaynagar-Ajmer Link Service (Bi-weekly)

22. Agra-Lucknow Junction Shatabdi Express (Daily)

23. Gandhidham-Kolkata Superfast (Weekly)

24. New Delhi-Guwahati Rajdhani Express via Bhagalpur (Weekly)

25. Mumbai-Tirunelveli Superfast via Thiruvananthapuram (Bi-weekly)

26. Jammu Tawi-Darbhanga Garib Rath Express (Weekly)

27. Saharsa-Delhi Express via Patna (Weekly)

28. Gwalior-Bhopal Intercity Express via Guna (Five days a week)

29. Coimbatore-Tuticorin Link Service (Daily)

30. Howrah-Haridwar Superfast (Five days a week)

31. Machhalipatnam-Mumbai Superfast (Bi-weekly)

32. Varanasi-Jammu Tawi Superfast (Daily)

33. Gorakhpur-Mumbai Superfast (Daily)

34. Jhajhar-Patna

35. New Delhi-Palwal

36. New Delhi-Guwahati Rajdhani Express via Muzaffarpur (Weekly)

37. Veraval-Mumbai Link Service (Daily)

38. Ranchi-Patna Jan Shatabdi (Daily)

39. Jhansi-Chhindwara Superfast (Bi-weekly)

40. Mumbai-Jodhpur Express (Weekly)

41. Hajipur-Bagaha Link Service

42. Howrah-Delhi Link Service via Azimganj-Bhagalpur (Weekly)

43. Sitamarhi-Delhi Garib Rath Express via Patna (Weekly)

Title: Railway Information
Post by: Kalyan on Jul 28, 2008, 07:47 PM
Railway Information

For Railway Reservation, Dial : 139 / 1345

For more information please visit the following website:

www.indianrailways.com
www.southcentralrailway.com

For online ticket booking, please visit:
http://www.irctc.com
Title: Special Trains to Chennai
Post by: sajiv on Aug 16, 2008, 04:22 PM


In Chennai Southern Railway will operate special trains from Madurai to Chennai Central and Chennai Central to Tiruchi to clear the rush.

According to a press release, the Madurai-Chennai Central special (via Tiruchi, Erode) will leave Madurai at 7-15 p.m. on August 17 and arrive at Chennai Central at 7-45 a.m. the next day. It will stop at Dindigul, Tiruchi, Karur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai, Katpadi and Arakkonam. Additional coaches will be attached from Tiruchi.

The Chennai-Central Tiruchi special (via Erode) will leave Chennai Central at 10-20 p.m. on August 18 and reach Tiruchi at 7-30 a.m. the next day. It will stop at Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode and Karur. Reservation will commence on August 16

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Title: Re: Special Trains to Chennai
Post by: vivek on Aug 30, 2008, 01:52 AM
Thank you - Nice information

http://www.indiantrains.org/

I have not seen such a good site which has so many features in a single page . The better way to search Indian trains looks great and it open fast, no pop-up, user friendly. every information in a single page . this concept is good and some of the features like calendar, train running day has not come in a single website in this reviews. the most important features i have seen in this site that if the user does not know the station code then also he can see all the trains and it is only website which have a drop menu box for the important station from where you can choose the station name and also it has a date calendar from you can choose the date and it show the running day of the train so that you can know which day of the week this train is running. the other most important feature i have seen in this website that it show the train which does not have the reservation coach for the benefit of the user and they are showing the passenger train also which is also not available in any website.

Cons: Unofficial

Pros: all the features which user need, open fast, user friendly, good look and interactive, update data regularly, new features

Star received:  5
Title: Re: Special Trains to Chennai
Post by: Kalyan on Aug 30, 2008, 01:56 AM
thanks for giving useful info vivek..
Title: Indian Railways PNR Status Enquiry
Post by: ganeshbala on Aug 30, 2008, 05:05 PM
Indian Railways PNR Status Enquiry

There are many people who keep searching for Indian Railways PNR Status Enquiry for their tickets and also keep looking for toll free numbers where they can get passenger information, train information and other details related to their travel by phone or sending SMS or by website.

There are various ways to get Indian Railways PNR status:

   1. Indian Railways department has phone number for Enquiry, which is a completely free service and works all over India including small villages and towns. You just need to call '139′ from your BSNL landlines, MTNL landlines, Dolphin, Garuda, Idea, Spice Telecom and Vodaphone telecom operator enabled phones and get access to SMS, call back and fax facility.

      For Delhi and Mumbai residents another advantage is that you can just dial 139xxxxxxxxxx [10 digit ticket PNR number] and 139xxxx[4 digit train number] and get the train ticket PNR and train status instantly.

   2. Indian railway Ticket PNR status can be fetched by sending SMS:
      "PNR <Yr 10 digit PNR number>" to 5888 or 57886 or 5676747

   3. The status can be checked from official website of Indian Railways (http://www.indianrail.gov.in/pnr_stat.html). Just put 10 digit PNR no into text field and click on Get PNR status button.

For more details on Indian Railways PNR status enquiry please visit offcial Indian Railways website. (http://www.indianrail.gov.in/pnr_stat.html)

Note: Online PNR Status Enquiry Service for Indian Railways is available from 0400 hrs IST to 2330 hrs IST.
Title: Re: Indian Railways PNR Status Enquiry
Post by: vivek on Sep 05, 2008, 05:12 PM
To check the PNR status visit

[iframe=1024,700]http://www.indiantrains.org/pnr-enquiry/[/iframe]
Title: Re: Indian Railways PNR Status Enquiry
Post by: Kalyan on Sep 05, 2008, 05:22 PM
thanks for post vivek.....really its useful for all people...
Title: Re: Special Trains to Chennai
Post by: sajiv on Oct 04, 2008, 04:26 PM

Special trains on October 5 and 6

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run three special trains on October 5 and 6 to clear the rush. Reservation will begin on October 4.
The Madurai-Chennai Egmore special (train No. 0682) will leave Madurai at 7:30 pm on October 5 and arrive in Chennai Egmore at 8 a.m. the next day. It will stop at Dindigul, Tiruchi, Srirangam, Ariyalur, Vriddhachalam, Villupuram, Tindivanam, Melmaruvathur, Chengalpattu, Tambaram and Mambalam. The Tiruchi-Chennai Egmore special (No.0653) will leave Tiruchi at 8:15 p.m. on October 5 and arrive at Chennai Egmore at 3:15 a.m. the next day.

The Chennai Egmore-Tiruchi special (No.0681) will leave Chennai Egmore at 11:15 p.m. on October 6 and arrive at Tiruchi at 6:15 a.m. the next day.

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Title: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Oct 04, 2008, 09:10 PM
Train movement hit due to collision

LUCKNOW: The collision of two goods trains between Bhaupur and Panki near Kanpur on Sunday affected the movement of trains on Delhi-Allahabad route. The collision severely hit the train services as many trains were either cancelled, short-terminated or diverted through other routes. This aggravated the plight of passengers who were already having a tough time boarding trains running behind schedule due to heavy fog.

The passengers at Lucknow station were not untouched of the inconvenience. Gomti express was cancelled and its passengers were adjusted in Shaheed Express. Similarly, Kaifiyat Express was terminated at Lucknow and its passengers were accommodated in Poorva Express.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News in India
Post by: dwarakesh on Oct 06, 2008, 04:25 PM
Deepavali trains get full in 1 hr

The demand for train tickets for Deepavali season is so high that the special trains announced by Southern Railway have been booked within an hour after the reservation counters opened for business on Sunday.

Though the reservation counters functioned only for half a day, trains to Nagercoil, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Madurai were fully booked till waitlist by 8.30 am.

The most popular trains were those for Tirunelveli and Tuticorin scheduled for October 24 and 25. Tickets are not available anymore for sleeper class, while reservations of AC two-tier in Tirunelveli Express have touched waitlist 45 and reservations of AC three-tier in Tuticorin Express has touched waitlist 51.

With Deepavali festival falling on October 27, passengers have booked tickets on special trains that are scheduled to depart on October 24, 25 and 26. The demand is less for the trains that depart on 26th and 27th.

Southern Railway announced seven special trains out of Chennai and opened bookings on Sunday.

Passengers who were not fortunate enough to get tickets demanded that the railways introduce more special trains to Nagercoil, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin. The passenger flow to these southern towns have increased tremendously during festival holidays in the last two years.

Tatkal scheme will be the only hope for the passengers who could not get confirmed tickets. But, that too is expected to be sold out the moment bookings open six days before the date of departure of the trains," a senior railway official said.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News in India
Post by: sajiv on Oct 07, 2008, 12:36 AM

Smile Train brings smile to Mizo cleft-lips children

A US charity, the Smile Train, has chucked in to bring beautiful smiles to children with cleft lips and palates in Mizoram.The Smile Train has selected the well-equipped Greenwood Hospital in Aizawl as its Mizoram centre for the operation which is free of cost.The second operation started from today to which as many as 30 children with cleft lips and palates have enrolled."We will operate on four patients today, and we are not sure whether or not we could operate on all the enrolled patients as the operation will last only till the next three days," a Greenwood Hospital official told UNI here today.He added that 11 children have successfully been operated upon during the first operation September 8-11 last.

Dr Lalbuatsaiha Ralte, medical director of the Greenwood Hospital, said, "We organise this programme to bring beautiful smile to children with cleft lips and palates, to rescue them from shyness, inferiority complex and mockery they have due to their physical abnormality," Dr Ralte said his hospital had been selected by The Smile Train after thorough inspection for three times.

This time, renowned plastic surgeon Prof Sashanka Chatterjee and his team, are operating on the patients. Headquartered in New York, The Smile Train is an international charity helping children with cleft lips and palates, founded in 2000 by Brian Mullaney and Charles Wang. It has performed over the last eight years, more than 280,000 cleft surgeries in 75 of the world's poorest countries, raising some $84 million last year while employing a worldwide staff of just 30 people.Northeast region is found to have the highest number of cases of cleft-lips and palates in India. Mizoram is the fifth The Smile Train centre in the NE, after Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura.

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Title: Re: The Complete Railway News in India
Post by: sajiv on Oct 07, 2008, 04:28 PM

Southern Railway records 21% growth in freight traffic

CHENNAI: Southern Railway has achieved 21 per cent growth in freight traffic in the first half of the current financial year compared to the same period last year.Freight loading from April to September this year stood at 16.8 million tonnes which was 9 per cent more than the target of 15.46 million tonnes fixed up by the Railway Board for the zone.If the current trend of loading continued, the zone would achieve this year's target of 32.5 million tonnes.

Loading had improved in all commodities with the exception of petroleum products. As against the movement of 2.28 million tonnes in the first half of last year, this year 2.19 million tonnes of petroleum products were moved.The fall in the movement, according to Southern Railway Chief Public Relations Officer Neenu Ittyerah, was primarily due to shut down of the CPCL refinery at Manali here.However, loading of petroleum products from Cochin refinery, which is in Trivandrum Division was up by 25 per cent

All divisions in the zone had achieved higher growth in different commodities with Palakad and Madurai divisions achieving 300 per cent and 200 per cent growth respectively in coal loading. The movement of coal from Mangalore Port to power houses in Andhra Pradesh contributed to this increase. Coal was also moved from Tuticorin Port to new steel plant at Salem.Total movement of coal in the first half was 8.8 million tonnes as against 7.3 million tonnes during the same period last year.The marketed traffic of steel from Salem Division crossed one lakh tonnes for the first time.

Cement movement: Cement movement recorded 2.19 million tonnes as against 1.46 million tonnes in the previous year. Tiruchi division had shown 90 per cent increase in cement loading from various parts of the State.Loading in Chennai division had shown a 9 per cent increase in coal and a 13 per cent increase in container traffic.

Movement of other commodities are as follows: Fertiliser movement 1.16 million tonnes (1.10 million tonnes); Food grains 57,000 tonnes (40,000 tonnes); containers 71,000 tonnes (65,000 tonnes) and others 1.11 million tonnes (75,000 tonnes).

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Title: Re: The Complete Railway News in India
Post by: sajiv on Oct 08, 2008, 04:39 PM
Expo on Indian Railways - A big draw

THRILLED: A view of a toy rail at the exhibition at Railway Institute, Ponmalai, Tiruchi on Tuesday.

TIRUCHI: Thousands of persons, mostly school children, could get a peep into the past of the Indian Railways on Tuesday by visiting the 'entry free' exhibition of 25 years of collection of toy trains, railway related stamps, coins and currencies put up by R. Syed Abdul Jalal, Senior Section Engineer - Progress on the Railway Institute premises.

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Students from schools in Kattur, Kalkandarkottai, Ponmalaipatti, Kotapattu and TVS Toll Gate were invited to the exhibition in which 1,500 stamps of railways in different parts of the world, heritage books, old time tables, commemorative coins, heritage model railway engines, and 350 kinds of toy trains were put up for display.Students, said Mr. Syed, were enamoured by his collections made over 25 years. The public who had come to visit the Railway Workshop that was kept open in connection with the Ayutha Pooja also turned up to the exhibition in large numbers.

They spent time watching the remote-controlled working models and electronic models of the toy trains. Chief Workshop Manager, Railway Workshops, Golden Rock, S. Rengarajan inaugurated the exhibition in the presence of other senior officials.Mr. Syed said he was eager to exhibit his collections free of cost in connection with the Children's Day celebrations. The organisers only have to arrange for the venue and transport. Mr. Syed could be contacted at 94441 87036.

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Title: Re: The Complete Railway News in India
Post by: sajiv on Oct 10, 2008, 08:13 PM

Rail ticket booking through post office soon

Chandigarh: Railway ticket booking would soon be possible through post offices in Punjab and Chandigarh as the Postal Department has identified several locations for starting this service in the State and the Union Territory."We are just awaiting the approval of the Railway Board for commencing ticket booking through postal network in Punjab and Chandigarh. It will be introduced at select locations," Chief Post Master General (Punjab and Chandigarh) Prithvi Raj Kumar said here on Thursday.

The department has identified six locations in Punjab, including Ludhiana, Patiala, Hoshiarpur and Amritsar, for starting the service. In Chandigarh, the department is hoping to introduce the service at four places.

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Title: Re: The Complete Railway News in India
Post by: sajiv on Oct 11, 2008, 06:17 PM
Trains regulated

MADURAI:
Two trains are to be regulated in the Madurai Division of Southern Railway on October 12, Sunday, in order to facilitate sub-way work between Tirumangalam and Kalligudi.According to a Southern Railway press release, 384 Coimbatore-Nagercoil passenger will be regulated at Madurai from 2.45 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The 788 Shencottah-Madurai passenger will be regulated at Virudhunagar from 2.50 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Title: Re: The Complete Railway News in India
Post by: indianacumen on Oct 11, 2008, 10:16 PM
Thanks for your valuable info
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News in India
Post by: sajiv on Oct 13, 2008, 04:07 PM

Railway facility - Reader's Mail

Chennai-Coimbatore Cheran Express  should be extended up to Mettupalayam. Electrification of the Coimbatore-Mettupalayam section and laying of the Mettupalayam-Chamrajnagar line should be done immediately. Senior citizens get a concession of 30 per cent in train travel. The concession should be extended to surcharge and reservation and berth charges. One more Express train should be introduced from Mettupalayam to Chennai under the name ‘Marina Express’. Incidentally, Mettupalayam railway station is 100 years old.
B.A. Vadooth, Mettupalayam.

Warning motorists: This is with reference to the report ‘Yellow circles on city roads’ to caution motorists and others. This is a good idea. I suggest that yellow circles be for the accident survivors and red circles for those who lost lives in accidents.
A. Vellingiri, Coimbatore. Omni buses

Recently the transport department conducted surprise checks in omni buses to detect tax evasion. Motor Vehicles Act permits omni buses to carry passengers with only accompanied luggage. But most of the omni buses carry motor pumps, huge stationery, utensils and other heavy commodities in violation of the Act. Loading and unloading of goods cause delay and passengers have to suffer a lot of inconvenience. The transport department should strictly check not only tax evasion but other offences too.
M.V. Namby, Coimbatore.

Coin shortage
Erode is facing acute coin shortage. There is scarcity of one rupee coin everywhere in the town. It is not easy to get balance from hotels, shops or bus conductors unless we pay them one or two one-rupee coins. Some hotels and shops have displayed boards that coins will be purchased on payment of commission. Before the situation becomes worse, banks should rush to the rescue of the public and release sufficient quantity of coins of smaller denomination for circulation.
Radha Bhaskaran, Erode. Enforce ban

Ayudha Puja was celebrated by traders and business communities in a grand way. As part of the celebration, pumpkins were broken on the roads, despite a ban on that to avert accidents. It is not enough to enact a law, it should be enforced too. Otherwise, the very purpose of enacting a law will be defeated.
C. Bhaskaran, Erode.

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Title: Re: The Complete Railway News in India
Post by: NAREN on Oct 13, 2008, 04:43 PM
Good information...

If possible post the Train schedule(time table) and available

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Thanks for the Post
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News in India
Post by: sajiv on Oct 14, 2008, 05:08 PM

Special Trains

CHENNAI:
Southern Railway will run special trains to Madurai and Tuticorin.No. 0633 Chennai Egmore-Madurai Special will leave at 11.45 p.m. on October 14 and reach Madurai at 9.30 a.m. the next day.

0619 Egmore-Tuticorin Special will leave at 11.45 p.m. on October 16 and reach Tuticorin at 12.15 p.m. the next day. 0620 will leave Tuticorin at 2.45 p.m. on October 17 and reach Egmore at 4.30 a.m.

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Title: Re: The Complete Railway News in India
Post by: sajiv on Oct 15, 2008, 12:13 AM
Special trains to clear festival rush

Coimbatore: In order to clear the rush of passengers owing to the festival season, the Southern Railway has announced operation of special trains on the Coimbatore - Chennai - Coimbatore sector.

A release from the Southern Railway, Salem division, said that train number 0622 will leave Coimbatore on October 14, 21 and 28 and train number 0621 will leave Chennai on October 15, 22 and 29. Train number 0622 will leave Coimbatore at 11.45 p.m. and reach Chennai Central at 8.30 a.m. the next day.

It will stop at Tirupur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai, Katpadi, Arakkonam, Perambur and Chennai Central. Train number 0621 will leave Chennai Central at 11.45 p.m. and reach Coimbatore at 7.45 a.m.It will have stops at Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Coimbatore North and Coimbatore.

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Title: Re: The Complete Railway News in India
Post by: dwarakesh on Oct 15, 2008, 04:24 PM
Special trains

Southern Railway will run the following special trains.

Chennai Egmore-Tirunelveli specials: Train No.0607 will leave Egmore at 6.40 p.m. on October 20 and reach Tirunelveli at 6.30 a.m. the next day. Train No.0608 will leave Tirunelveli at 9.15 p.m. on October 21 and arrive at Egmore at 10.15 a.m. the next day. Chennai Egmore-Tuticorin specials: Train No.0635 will leave Egmore at 8.25 p.m. on October 22 and reach Tuticorin at 9.45 a.m. the next day. Train No.0636 will leave Tuticorin at 2.45 p.m. on October 23 and arrive at Egmore at 4.30 a.m. the next day.

Chennai Central-Coimbatore Superfast specials: Train No. 0601 will leave Central at 11.45 p.m. on October 23 and reach Coimbatore at 7.45 a.m. the next day. Train No. 0602 will leave Coimbatore at 9.30 a.m. on October 24 and arrive at Central at 5 p.m. Reservation will commence on October 15.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News in India
Post by: sajiv on Oct 18, 2008, 12:30 AM

Hubli train to terminate at Yeshwanthpur

HUBLI: South Western Railway has decided to terminate the Hubli-Bangalore tri-weekly special train at Yeshwanthpur instead of Bangalore city station with effect from November 5, according to a release.The Bangalore-Hubli tri-weekly special train will start from Yeshwanthpur station instead of Bangalore city station with effect from November 6.

The Hubli-Yeshwanthpur tri-weekly special train will leave Hubli at 10.20 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and reach Yeshwanthpur at 6.45 a.m. the next day.In the return direction, the Yeshwanthpur-Hubli tri-weekly special train will leave Yeshwanthpur at 10.10 p.m. on Thursday, Saturday and Monday and reach Hubli at 7.25 a.m. the next day.

Title: Re: The Complete Railway News in India
Post by: sajiv on Oct 18, 2008, 07:29 PM
Special train to Bangalore

TIRUCHI: Southern Railway will operate a special train from Tiruchi to Bangalore on October 22. The special train (No. 0641) will leave Tiruchi at 10.30 p.m. and reach Bangalore city at 8.30 a.m., the next day.The train will stop at Karur, Erode, Salem, Omalur, Dharmapuri, Hosur and Bangalore Cantonment.

It will run with one AC 2-tier, one AC 3-tier, eight sleeper class, five general second class and two second class cum luggage van coaches. Advance reservation for the train will commence from October 18 onwards, a Southern Railway press release here said.

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Post by: Kalyan on Oct 18, 2008, 08:13 PM
Any Special train available for Erode...  :D
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Post by: sajiv on Oct 24, 2008, 05:35 PM
SCR to run special trains

HYDERABAD: South Central Railway has announced 29 more special trains from Monday to December 28 to clear extra rush of passengers.

A railway press release said Secunderabad-Rajahmundry special train (714) is being extended by nine more trips to run from Secunderabad at 9.45 p.m. on November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, December 6, 13, 20, 27 and reach Rajahmundry at 6.45 a.m. the next day.

Vijayawada-Secunderabad special train (713) will run ten additional trips.The train would depart from Vijayawada at 9.30 p.m. on October 29, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7, 14, 21, 28 and arrive at Secunderabad at 4.30 a.m. the next day.

Secunderabad-Kakinada Town special train (700) will depart from Secunderabad at 8.30 p.m. on October 27, 31 and arrive in Kakinada at 6.10 a.m. the next day.On its return trip, it would depart from Kakinada at 10.25 p.m. on October 29 and November 1 and reach the city at 8.10 a.m. the next day.

Hyderabad-Dadar Deepavali special train (732) will depart from Hyderabad at 10 p.m. on October 27, 29 and 31 and arrive in Dadar at 3.30 p.m. the next day.On its return journey, it (731) would depart from Dadar at 4.50 p.m. on October 28, 30 and November 1 to reach Hyderabad at 10 a.m. the next day.

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Post by: sajiv on Oct 24, 2008, 05:37 PM
Metro rail: relief plan for the affected

50-60 acres of government land earmarked and frozen for the purpose Compensation could be land to land or 100 p.c. for the poor and weaker sections It could also be 50 p.c. relief with structural compensation award of GHMC

HYDERABAD: Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMR), the government's special purpose vehicle to oversee construction of the elevated project, is readying a relief and rehabilitation plan for owners of affected private properties on the three routes.

The compensation could even be land to land or 100 per cent for the poor and weaker sections as also those losing their entire livelihood. Alternatively, it could be 50 per cent compensation and the regular structural compensation award given by GHMC.

"Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was very clear about total rehabilitation of poor people.

We have earmarked and frozen 50-60 acres of government land for the purpose so that residences can be built very near to the sites where their original plots are," explained HMR Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy.

The extent of land delineated for rehabilitation could be more while the project begins to shape up as HMR was holding negotiations with various government agencies.

The area would be over and above the 269 acres spread over 33 select stations and three depots to be given to Maytas, the BOT developer, for real estate development but would be outside the domain of the latter.The government has already made it clear that the 269 acres would be only for renting out and not to sell during the concession period of 35 years."We are not giving them an extra inch of land other than what is there in the agreement.Maytas can develop up to 18.5 million sq.ft. of property space - 12.5 million sq.ft. over depots and six million sq.ft over stations being built over government land," affirmed Mr. Reddy.

About 1,355 properties, both government and private are going to be affected across the three corridors - Miyapur to L.B.Nagar (Line 1), Jubilee Bus Station to Falaknuma (Line 2) and Nagole to Shilparamam (Line 3), for alignments, curves, bends and stations.Private properties alone constitute a vast majority totalling to 1,266 structures, hence the compensation package.

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Post by: sajiv on Oct 24, 2008, 06:14 PM
Railway panel for better deal to Vizag
Waltair division contributes a major share of revenue after Mumbai: Nandi Yellaiah
He wants Railways to run more trains from the division to Chennai, Hyderabad and New Delhi

Merge Waltair Division with the South Central Railway, he says


VISAKHAPATNAM:
Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways Nandi Yellaiah wanted a better deal to Visakhapatnam corresponding to the revenue it is generating and its importance as a fast growing industrial city.

Out of the 67 Railway Divisions, Waltair is contributing a major share of revenue after Mumbai.

Visakhapatnam has many large industries and many more are coming up. But due to lack of sufficient number of trains and with trains being extended to Bhubaneswar or diverted without touching the Visakhapatnam Railway Station, the city's development is not as fast as it should be, Mr. Yellaiah said in a representation made to Railway Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav on Thursday.

"Since Waltair Division is under East Coast Railway, it has been neglected by the railway officials. Introduction of Garib Rath after a long delay and only after much public outcry, even though it is announced much earlier, is the best example. It shows the callous attitude and gross negligence meted out to Waltair Division by the East Coast Railway authorities. Extending trains originating from Visakhapatnam to Bhubaneswar is uncalled for", Mr. Yellaiah said.

MP's suggestions: He also wanted the Railways to run more trains from here to Chennai, Hyderabad and New Delhi as there is a huge demand for these trains.

To ensure justice to Waltair Division and Visakhapatnam railway station, Mr. Yellaiah wanted the Railway Minister to merge Waltair Division with the South Central Railway; in the place of Link/Dakshin express from Visakhapatnam to Hazrat Nizamuddin (Delhi) a direct train with a new name should be run so that the long wait in between to get the train linked up with link trains from other places is avoided and the train should start at 8 p.m. from here; a daily super-fast train to New Delhi similar to Tamil Nadu express must be introduced; a Rajadhani express from Hyderabad to New Delhi via Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Raipur must be introduced so that people of entire AP are benefited; the tri-weekly Samata Express from Visakhapatnam to Hazrat Nizamuddin via Raipur and the twice-a-week Swarna Jayanti Express via Vijayawada must be made daily trains; the Purushottam Express between Delhi and Bhubaneswar must be extended to Visakhapatnam to provide a direct train from here to Varanasi; overnight trains to Chennai and Hyderabad should be run to meet the huge demand for such trains and passenger trains starting at midnight at Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada be introduced between the two stations to cater to the needs of people.

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Post by: sajiv on Oct 24, 2008, 06:22 PM
Train rescheduled

Bangalore City-Darbhanga Bhagmathi Express (train no 2578), scheduled to leave Bangalore City at 9 a.m. on Friday, has been rescheduled and will leave at 2.45 p.m. the same day. This is due to the late running of its pairing train, Darbhanga-Bangalore City Express (train no 2577). The train was scheduled to arrive at 8.40 p.m. on Thursday, but will arrive at 7 a.m. on Friday, a South Western Railway press release said.

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Post by: sajiv on Oct 24, 2008, 06:42 PM
Halt for trains

Thiruvananthapuram: Two long-distance express trains will halt at Karunagapally from November 1. They are the Kanyakumari-Mumbai Jayanti Janata Express and the Hyderabad-Thiruvananthapuram Sabari Express. It is as a result of talks held by Food Minister C. Divakaran with Railway Minister Lalu Prasad during the latter's visit to Kerala.
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Post by: sajiv on Oct 24, 2008, 06:43 PM
Relief for the rain-hit

Thiruvananthapuram: The government has sanctioned Rs.8.23 crore for rain relief works. Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran said here on Thursday that it would be used for providing assistance to the dependants of the dead, those who lost crops, those whose houses were damaged, rehabilitation of the affected people and repair of roads and bunds in various districts. He asked the District Collectors to provide relief to the affected at the earliest.

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Post by: sajiv on Oct 24, 2008, 06:51 PM
Trains cancelled

BHUBANESWAR:
The 2816 New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Neelachal Express scheduled to leave New Delhi on Thursday was cancelled from New Delhi.

Similarly, 2815 Puri-New Delhi Neelachal Express scheduled to leave Puri on October 25 would remain cancelled due to non-arrival of corresponding train from New Delhi, East Coast Railway said here on Thursday. Moreover, the 2801 Puri-New Delhi Purusottam Express scheduled to leave Puri on October 24 was also cancelled.



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Post by: sajiv on Oct 24, 2008, 06:56 PM
'The Smile Train' in Kolkata

Kolkata: Cleft lip and cleft palate is a correctable birth defect but due to lack of awareness, people born with this deformity are subjected to humiliation and social rejection, said Brian Mullaney, founder-president of the New York-based charitable foundation 'The Smile Train,' here on Wednesday.

'The Smile Train' is a leading international cleft charity foundation sponsoring corrective surgery for people born with cleft lip and palate in 75 countries from the developing world.In the State, the foundation has tied up with seven institutions for free surgery for such patients. The Institute of Child Health (ICH) in the city is one of them.

"Under this programme, all expenses for surgery, medicines and post-operative care are being taken care by the foundation. Since most of the patients are poor, parents are also given monetary allowances for post-operative care," said Parthapratim Gupta, project director at ICH for 'The Smile Train.'

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Post by: dwarakesh on Oct 25, 2008, 05:25 PM
Special trains to Nagercoil, Madurai

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run following additional Deepavali special trains for the convenience of passengers.

Chennai Egmore - Nagercoil Specials: Train No. 0605 will leave Egmore at 6.40 p.m. on October 28 and reach Nagercoil at 8.15 a.m. the next day. Train No. 0606 will leave Nagercoil at 1.30 p.m. on October 29 and arrive Egmore at 4.30 a.m. the next day.

Chennai Egmore - Madurai Special: Train No. 0639 will leave Egmore at 2 p.m. on October 25 and reach Madurai at 10.45 p.m. on the same day.

Reservation for the trains will commence on October 25, according to a Railway release.
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Post by: sajiv on Oct 28, 2008, 03:41 PM
Special trains

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Railways will operate special services from Kochuveli to Yesvantpur on October 27 and 29 to clear the rush of passengers proceeding to Bangalore. The 0678 Kochuveli-Yesvantpur special will depart from Kochuveli at 8 p.m. on October 27 and 29 to reach Yesvantpur at 11.30 a.m. the next day

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Post by: dwarakesh on Oct 30, 2008, 04:03 PM
A/C railway waiting hall, a big hit

TIRUCHI: Tiruchi Railway Junction has been beautified and expanded to accommodate the growing number of rail travellers.

Of the various new facilities created at the junction in the recent past, the 'pay and use' air-conditioned waiting hall located on platform 1 for the benefit of passengers of all classes has proved a big hit with the travelling public.

This facility has been created for the first time in any railway station falling within Southern Railway limits, say railway officials here. Till now, only upper class passengers enjoyed the air-conditioned waiting hall facility in major railway stations. Passengers travelling in other classes had to be satisfied with the common non air-conditioned waiting hall at stations. In keeping with the declaration of 2007 and 2008 as 'passenger amenity years', the Tiruchi Railway Division established the 'pay and use' air-conditioned waiting hall at Tiruchi Junction at a cost of Rs. 11 lakh for the benefit of passengers travelling by any class charging a nominal amount for it usage.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Oct 30, 2008, 04:31 PM
Salem - Chennai Egmore Superfast Express

SALEM: The timings of Train No 2297/2298 Salem - Chennai Egmore Superfast Express will be changed from November 1. It will now leave Egmore at 11.20 p.m. and arrive at Salem 6.05 a.m. On return,it will leave Salem at 9 p.m. and reach Egmore at 4.50 a.m. The train will be in ordinary category now and fare will also be reduced.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Oct 31, 2008, 04:02 PM
CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run a special train from Chennai Egmore to Rameswaram via Madurai to clear the rush.

Train No. 0603 will leave Egmore at 3.40 p.m. on October 31 and reach Rameswaram at 4.45 a.m. the next day. Reservation is available, stated a Southern Railway release.

Chennai Egmore - Trivandrum Special via Tiruchirapalli, Madurai and Nagercoil: Train no 0659 will leave Egmore at 9.30 am on November 1 and reach Trivandrum at 2 a.m., the next day.

Chennai Egmore - Nagercoil Specials: Train no 0611 will leave Egmore at 6.40 pm on November 1 and reach Nagercoil at 8.15 a.m., the next day and train no 0637 will leave Egmore at 8.25 p.m. on November 2 and reach Nagercoil at 11 a.m., the next day. In the return direction train no 0612 and 0638 will leave Nagercoil at 8.10 p.m. on November 2 and November 3 respectively and arrive Egmore at 10.15 a.m., the next day.

Reservation is available for these trains from October 31, the release said.

Source: The Hindu
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Post by: sajiv on Oct 31, 2008, 04:05 PM
Superfast Special train to clear rush

NEW DELHI: To clear extra rush of passengers, Northern Railway will run a “Superfast Special” train from Varanasi to Hazrat Nizamuddin. This train will depart from Varanasi on November 1 at 4-45 p.m. and reach Hazrat Nizamuddin at 6-55 a.m. the next day.

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Post by: sajiv on Oct 31, 2008, 11:37 PM
World class amenities at railway station stressed

VISAKHAPATNAM: For a fast growing city like Visakhapatnam, described as 'a jewel on the coramandel coast', infrastructure and other facilities available at the Visakhapatnam railway station are woefully inadequate and the need of the hour is to plan and develop it as 'world class station' keeping in mind the requirements needed in next two decades. According to senior officials, the snail's pace of development witnessed at present failed to meet the demand. In terms of revenue, of the 67 railway divisions, Waltair Division is the second largest revenue earner and it deserves a special status.

Senior officials point out to the exponential growth and the new avenues that would be required. The sub-urban traffic is expected to increase by leaps and bounds. Because of the economic boom that would be witnessed after development of coastal corridor, new urban areas and satellite towns would emerge. There would be great demand for sub-urban trains.

Other facilities: As of now there are only a few EMUs and DMUs (electrical multiple units and diesel multiple units) running between Visakhapatnam-Kakinada and Visakhapatnam-Rayagada, which are always over crowded, an indication that more such services are required.

According to officials, the stations at Simhachalam, Duvvada, Pendurthi, Kottavalasa besides, Visakhapatnam require immediate up-gradation and improved amenities for commuters. Improvement of line capacity between Visakhapatnam and Gopalapatnam is another immediate necessity. Because of single line, the journey between Duvvada and Visakhapatnam, a distance of just 20 km, always irritates commuters. A world class station would have facilities like hotels, kiosks, escalators, internet facilities, book stalls, cabs, travel guides for site seeing. These can be provided at Visakhapatnam station with proper planning. According officials, it would not require huge amounts. At places like Puchaladibba (20 acres), and loco sidings (15 acres) in Visakhapatnam, sufficient land is also available for development.

People in these parts have a feeling that Visakhapatnam is subjected to discriminatory treatment because it is under ECoR. Member of Parliamentary Committee on Railways, Nandi Yellaiah echoed these feelings and said that it only showed the callous attitude and gross negligence meted out to Waltair Division. He demanded more trains from Visakhapatnam to Chennai, New Delhi and Hyderabad and a Rajdhani Express from Hyderabad to New Delhi touching Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Nov 01, 2008, 04:10 PM
Inter-city train between Coimbatore, Kochi demanded

Tirupur: K. Subbarayan, MP, has asked the Railway Ministry to include Coimbatore and Tirupur in the diligent exercise of infrastructure development and connectivity considering the prominence of the region in the global industrial map.

Mr. Subbarayan told The Hindu that a representation had been submitted to introduce a daily inter-city express from Coimbatore to Kochi during day hours.

Similarly, a railway link between Tirupur and Karur through Kangayam and Vellakoil should be established to reduce travelling time between Tirupur and the port city of Tuticorin.

Considering the enormous growth in employment in the textile sector, new hourly shuttle services connecting Erode, Palakkad and Mettupalayam with Coimbatore should be operated for the benefit of migrant labourers coming from the peripheral regions.

Mr. Subbarayan said an appeal had been made to construct a road overbridge across the railway crossing situated along the national highway connecting Coimbatore with Dindigul at Eachanari, to ease the traffic congestion during the closure of gate. Similarly, facilities at Coimbatore railway station should be improved by extending platforms and setting up special ticket counters, additional waiting rooms, more subways and refreshment rooms.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Nov 01, 2008, 04:52 PM
Special trains

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run special trains to Nagercoil and Coimbatore.

Chennai Egmore - Nagercoil Specials: Train No. 0619 will leave Egmore at 11.45 p.m. on November 7, 9, and 14 and reach Nagercoil at 2.30 p.m., the next day. Train No. 0620 will leave Nagercoil at 8.10 p.m., on November 8, 10, and 15 and arrive Egmore at 10.15 a.m., the next day.

Chennai Central - Coimbatore Specials: Train No. 0675 will leave Central at 10.20 p.m., on November 7 and reach Coimbatore at 7 a.m. the next day. Train No. 0676 will leave Coimbatore at 11.45 p.m., on November 9 and arrive Central at 8.30 a.m., the next day.

Reservation will commence on November 1, a Southern Railway release said.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Nov 01, 2008, 07:51 PM
Special trains on Monday

MADURAI: Southern Railway will operate four additional passenger specials from Tiruchendur and two from Tirunelveli on November 3 for the convenience of pilgrims visiting the Subramaniaswamy Temple for Kanda Sashti festival.

According to a press release, passenger special 1 will leave Tiruchendur at 9.40 a.m. and reach Tirunelveli at 11.25 a.m.

Passenger special 2 will leave Tiruchendur at 4.15 p.m. and reach Tirunelveli at 5.45 p.m. Passenger special 3 will leave Tiruchendur at 8.30 p.m. and reach Tirunelveli at 10.20 p.m. Passenger special 4 will leave Tiruchendur at 10.05 p.m. and reach Tirunelveli at 11.40 p.m.
Passenger special 1 will leave Tirunelveli at 9.30 a.m. and reach Tiruchendur at 11.15 a.m. Passenger special 2 will leave 1 p.m. and reach Tiruchendur at 2.45 p.m.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Nov 02, 2008, 01:09 AM
Train service from Rameswaram to Chennai to be flagged off today

RAMANATHAPURAM: The people of Ramanathapuram and Sivaganga districts heaved a sigh of relief following the introduction of additional direct train service from Rameswaram to Chennai, which is to be flagged off on Saturday.

Passengers who faced inconvenience with the timings of the the existing Sethu Express would reach Chennai early .

According to N. Venugopal, Senior Public Information Officer, Southern Railway, Madurai, Train No 6102 Rameswaram-Chennai Egmore express will leave Rameswaram at 5 p.m. and reach Egmore at 6.40 a.m.

It will come to Ramanathapuram at 6.15 p.m.

It reaches Sivaganga and Karaikudi at 10.20 p.m. and 11.20 p.m. respectively.

In the return direction, the train No 6101 Chennai Egmore-Rameswaram express will leave Egmore at 7.55 p.m. and reach Rameswaram at 9 a.m. the next day.

It will stop at Karaikudi and Sivaganga at 4.20 a.m. and 5.20 a.m.

It will reach Ramanathapuram at 7.15 a.m.

The train will stop at Mandapam, Ramanathapuram, Paramakudi, Manamadurai, Sivaganga, Devakotta road, Karaikudi, Chettinad, Pudukottai, Tiruchi, Villupuram, Melmaruvathur, Chengalpattu and Tambaram.

While welcoming the additional train to Chennai, S. Nallamuthu, Area Commander, Home Guard, said the timings would satisfy most of the passengers of Ramanathapuram and Sivaganga districts.

M. Dhanabalan, president, Chamber of Commerce, Ramanathapuram district said the Southern Railway should consider the demand of operating a train to Coimbatore, which had been stopped in view of broad gauge work in Pollachi region, via Tiruchi or Erode.

Source: The Hindu
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Post by: sajiv on Nov 03, 2008, 04:47 PM
New rail line fires Wayanad's hopes

KALPETTA:
The newly-opened Nanjangud-Chamarajnagar broad gauge line in Karnataka kindles the hopes of the people of Wayanad.The proximity and geographical features are the positive factors in favour of establishing a railway link between Nanjangud and the hilly district of Wayanad. Since Wayanad is a part of the Deccan plateau, there would not be any steep inclines or hair-pin turnings in the line.

Moreover, the Nanjangud railway station is only 70 km away from the district border, K.P. Thomas, chairman of the Nilambur-Nanjangud railway action council
The demand for the Nilambur-Nanjangud railway line is more than 100 years old. The first proposal for this line was presented in the budget of the People's Council of Mysore in 1881.After that, various surveys had been conducted but to no avail. As per the preliminary survey of the Railway Ministry, which was held around three years ago, the total expenditure of the proposed railway from Nanjangud to Nilambur was estimated at Rs.1,742.109 crore.

But this proposal was cancelled later on the grounds that this line would not be profitable and the project required special permission of the Union Ministry of Forest and Environment.K.J. Devassya, general secretary of the action council, alleged that a lobby working for the Coimbatore-Chamarajnagar railway line was jeopardising the efforts for the Nilambur-Nanjangud railway line.

If the railway line came into being, more than 200 km could be saved along the Kochi-Bangalore route, he said.The proposed railway line passes through Yechagundal, Hura, Yeswanthapura, Chikka Birring and Mavinahalla in Karnataka; Ayyan Kolly and Cherankode in Tamil Nadu and Cheeral, Vaduvanchal, Vellarimala, Glenrock, Birla Forest, Vazhikkadavu, Edakkara and Nilambur town in Kerala.

If the project materialised, it would connect the remote villages in the three States and the people could save a lot of time and money. To realise the project, a 20-day symbolic survey of the people has been progressing under the auspices of the action council.The survey reports and further details will be submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister A.K. Antony and Congress president Sonia Gandhi on November 10.
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Post by: sajiv on Nov 04, 2008, 05:27 PM
4 special trains to clear pilgrim rush

HYDERABAD: The South Central Railway will run four special trains between Adilabad and Pandharpur via Parlivaijnath and Secunderabad on November 7 and 8 to clear extra rush of pilgrims attending 'Karthika Ekadasi' celebrations at Pandharpur.

Train no.737 will leave Adilabad at 8 p.m. on November 7 and reach Pandharpur at 10.35 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, train no.738 will depart Pandharpur at 8 p.m. on November 8 and reach Adilabad at 12.30 p.m. the next day.En route, these trains will stop at Kinwat, Himayatnagar, Bhokar, Mudkhed, Nanded, Purna, Parbhani, Gangakher, Parlivaijnath, Latur Road, Latur, Usmanabad, Barsi Town, Kurdwadi and Modilimb.

They will have 18 coaches -- four sleeper class, 12 general second class and two second class luggage-cum-brake van coaches.A press release issued by the SCR here on Monday said the Adilabad-Pandharpur special train will run via Nizamabad and Secunderabad (two services).

Train no.737 will depart Adilabad at 9.30 p.m. on November 10, arrive/depart Secunderabad at 9/9.02. a.m. on November 11 and reach Pandharpur at 7.30 p.m. the same day. In the return direction, train no.738-A will depart Pandharpur at 11.35 p.m. on November 13 and arrive/depart Secunderabad at 9/9.02 a.m. the next day.En route these trains will stop at Kinwat, Himayatnagar, Bhokar, Mudkhed, Dharmabad, Basar, Nizamabad, Kamareddy, Medchal, Secunderabad, Vikarabad, Tandur, Wadi, Gulbarga, Solapur and Kurduwadi. They will have 18 coaches in all.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Nov 05, 2008, 05:15 PM
Special trains to Tiruchi

Special trains are to be operated between Madurai and Tiruchi from November 7 to 29, except on Sundays, to clear passenger rush.

According to a Southern Railway press release, 0695 Tiruchi-Madurai special will leave Tiruchi at 7.30 a.m. and reach Madurai at 10.50 a.m.

Train 0696 Madurai-Tiruchi special will leave Madurai at 5.10 p.m. and reach Tiruchi at 8.20 p.m.

The specials will stop at Manapparai, Dindigul, Kodaikanal Road, Sholavandan and Koodal Nagar.

They will run with two air-conditioned two-tier, one air-conditioned three-tier, six sleeper class, one general second class and one second class-cum-luggage van coaches.

Advance reservation for the trains commences on November 5.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Nov 05, 2008, 06:31 PM
Relief train for passengers

The long pending demand for the operation of an inter-city train service between Tiruchi and Madurai has temporarily been addressed with the railway authorities announcing a special train from November 7-29 to clear the rush.

However, the composition of compartments of the special train leaves much to be desired, public feel. On both sides, the new, daytime train will have only two general second class coaches. The rest - one AC 2-tier, one AC 3-tier and six sleeper class - constitute reserved compartments.

The Train (0695) Tiruchi-Madurai special will leave Tiruchi at 7.30 a.m. on all days except Sundays and arrive Madurai at 10.50 a.m. In the return direction, Train No. 0696 Madurai-Tiruchi special will leave Madurai at 5.10 p.m. on all days barring Sundays and arrive Tiruchi at 8.20 p.m.

The trains will stop at Manapparai, Dindigul, Kodaikanal Road, Sholavandan and Kudal Nagar. The sleeper class ticket fare including reservation charges from Tiruchi to Madurai will be Rs. 141; Rs. 276 in the case of AC 3-tier and Rs. 372 for second AC. The unreserved ticket fare will be Rs. 48. The reservation for this train commences on Wednesday.

A cross section of people question the logic of introducing a day-time train with sleeper class coaches for a travel time that is only a little over three hours. Finding fault with the train composition and the fare structure, the public are eager for continuity of the train on a permanent basis. C. Ramalingam of Woraiyur, a frequent traveller, pointed out that more passengers could be attracted only by running general coaches. Surprisingly, the reserved ticket fare in the superfast Vaigai Express from Tiruchi to Madurai is only Rs. 72 and the fare in the passenger trains is only Rs. 25. Barring the Guruvayur-Chennai Express, Madurai-Chennai Vaigai Superfast Express and the Tirunelveli-Mayiladuturai Passenger, there are no day time trains from Tiruchi to Madurai. Bus services on the route are ever on the rise.

Source: The Hindu
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Post by: dwarakesh on Nov 06, 2008, 04:33 PM
Special trains for winter announced

Southern Railway is to operate the following special trains during winter and Sabarimala seasons.

Chennai Egmore - Nagercoil Specials: Train no.0609 will leave Egmore at 6.40 p.m. on all Mondays and Saturdays from November 8 to December 29 and reach Nagercoil at 8.15 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, Train no.0610 will leave Nagercoil at 1.30 p.m. on all Sundays and Tuesdays from November 9 to December 30 and arrive Egmore at 4.15 a.m., the next day. Train no. 0638 will leave Nagercoil at 7.40 p.m. on all Mondays from November 10 to December 29 and arrive Egmore at 8.50 a.m., the next day. In the return direction, Train no.0637 will leave Egmore at 3.40 p.m. on all Tuesdays from November 11 to December 30 and reach Nagercoil at 5.30 a.m., the next day. Chennai Egmore - Tirunelveli Specials: Train no.0603 will leave Egmore at 8.25 p.m. on all Thursdays from November 13 to December 25 and reach Tirunelveli at 9.30 a.m., the next day. In the return direction, Train no.0604 will leave Tirunelveli at 3 p.m. on all Fridays from November 14 to December 26 and arrive Chennai Egmore at 4.15 a.m., the next day.

Coimbatore - Tirupati Specials: Train No. 0623 will leave Coimbatore at 10.35 p.m. on November 11 and 18 and December 16, 23 and 30 and reach Tirupati at 7.30 a.m., the next day. In the return direction, Train no.0624 will leave Tirupati at 9 p.m. on November 12 and 19 and December 17, 24 and 31 and arrive Coimbatore at 7 a.m., the next day.

Tiruchirappalli - Chennai Egmore Specials: Train No.0634 will leave Tiruchirappalli at 8.30 p.m. on all Sundays from November 9 to December 28 and arrive Egmore at 3.15 a.m., the next day. In the return direction, Train no.0633 will leave Egmore at 11.45 p.m. on all Wednesdays from November 12 to December 31 and arrive Tiruchirappalli at 6.15 a.m., the next day. Chennai Egmore - Tuticorin Specials: Train no.0685 will leave Egmore at 11.45 p.m. on all Mondays from November 10 to December 29 and arrive Tuticorin at 12.30 p.m. the next day. Train no. 0686 will leave Tuticorin at 8.45 p.m. on all Tuesdays from November 11 to December 30 and arrive Egmore at 8.50 a.m., the next day.

Sabarimala specials


Chennai Central - Kochuveli Specials: Train no. 0635 will leave Central at 3.15 p.m. on all Thursdays from November 13 to December 25 and reach Kochuveli at 7.30 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, train no.0636 will leave Kochuveli at 11 a.m. on all Fridays from November 14 to December 26 and arrive Central at 4.50 a.m. the next day. Train no. 0657 will leave Central at 3.15 p.m. on all Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from November 14 to December 29 and reach Kochuveli at 7.30 a.m., the next day. In the return direction, train no.0658 will leave Kochuveli at 11 a.m. on all Saturdays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from November 15 to December 30 and arrive Central at 4.50 a.m. the next day.

Reservation will commence on November 6.

Additional stoppages for Rameswaram Express: Train no 6101/6102 Chennai Egmore - Rameswaram Expresses will stop at Vriddhachalam and Pamban stations from November 7, according to a Southern Railway press release.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Nov 06, 2008, 04:46 PM
Special train

TIRUCHI: Southern Railway will operate special trains between Thanjavur and Tiruvarur from November 7 to 29 to clear the rush of passengers. These trains will run on all days except Sundays.

Train No. 892A Thanjavur-Tiruvarur Special will leave Thanjavur at 10 a.m. and reach Tiruvarur at 11.30 a.m.

In the return direction, Train No. 899A Tiruvarur-Thanjavur Special will leave Tiruvarur at 6.45 p.m. and arrive at Thanjavur at 8.20 p.m.

The trains will stop at Mariamman Kovil, Kudikadu, Saliyamangalam, Ammapet, Koyilveni, Needamangalam, Koradacherry, Tirumathikunnam and Kulikarai railway stations.
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Post by: sajiv on Nov 06, 2008, 06:50 PM

Railways spent Rs 700 crores to eliminate crossing in Kashmir
Srinagar :The Indian Railways has spent Rs 700 crores extra on eliminating the railway crossings on the track in the Kashmir valley to minimise the chances of accidents.

Recently, a student Akeel Ahmad became the first victim of the train, after he was crushed to death at the Bagh-e-Mehtab on Srinagar-Badgam track.A meeting, chaired by Governor N N Vohra, explored the possibilities of eliminating the obtaining railway crossings to reduce chances of the accidents.It was revealed that out of 40 crossings, the Railways had already reduced the number to six.A need was felt to bring down the number of such crossings to zero level.

Mr Vohra called upon the Railways authorities to explore the ways and means to achieve this objective.However, S K Vij, Member Engineering, Railway Board, assured at a meeting, held here yesterday afternoon that the railway crossings would be totally eliminated, if the state government provided necessary support in draining out the rain water from the inundated areas during the monsoon.He said that the Railways have already spent Rs 700 crore extra on eliminating the crossings on the rail tracks, so far.
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Post by: sajiv on Nov 06, 2008, 06:51 PM
SPECIAL TRAINS BETWEEN CHENNAI EGMORE AND NAGERCOIL

Southern Railway will run the following special trains to clear the extra rush of passengers.


Chennai Egmore - Nagercoil Specials: T.No.0617 Chennai Egmore - Nagercoil Special will leave Chennai Egmore at 23.45 hrs. on 30.10.2008 and arrive Nagercoil at 14.30 hrs. the next day. T.No.0618 Nagercoil - Chennai Egmore Special will leave Nagercoil at 20.10 hrs. on 31.10.2008 and arrive Chennai Egmore at 10.15 hrs. the next day. The composition of the trains will be 1 AC 2-tier, 14 Sleeper Class, 3 General Second Class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches. The trains will stop at Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Melmaruvathur, Tindivanam, Villupuram, Vridhachalam, Tiruchchirappalli, Dindigul, Kodaikanal Road, Madurai, Virudunagar, Sattur, Kovilpatti, Vanchi Maniyachchi, Tirunelveli and Valliyur. T.No.0618 will stop at Mambalam also.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Nov 07, 2008, 04:40 PM
Inter-city special trains planned

Southern Railway plans to run 372 short-distance special trains in a month to cater to the needs of commuters as well as those travelling to tourist or pilgrim centres in the State.

The special trains will be operated between Tiruchi and Madurai, Coimbatore and Erode, Tirunelveli and Tiruchendur, Arakkaonam and Tambaram, Tiruchur and Guruvayur and Thiruvananthapuram and Quilon.

Southern Railway has been operating special trains, mostly from Chennai to destinations in the south, during the holiday and festival season. Now it has extended the service, as the number of people commuting daily between major cities has increased substantially. For example, thousands of commuters travel daily between Arakkonam and Chengalpet/Tambaram, Quilon and Thiruvananthapuram and Coimbatore and Erode. These commuters are depending mostly on buses. Southern Railway wants to attract this section of commuters.

If the special trains receive good patronage, they will be converted into regular services, according to Chief Public Relations Officer Neenu Ittyerah.

Southern Railway will run 100 more services between Chennai and Nagercoil, Tirunelveli, Madurai, Tiruchi, Bangalore and Coimbatore; between Tirupati and Coimbatore; and from Bangalore to Ernakulam during this month and December.

Demand going up

Ms. Ittyeraah said statistics collected by the zone had revealed that the overall demand on certain routes, especially from Chennai to those in the south such as Tiruchi, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Madurai, Tiruneveli and Nagercoil, was on the rise, a trend which persisted all through the year. Furthermore, there was demand for more trains to Bangalore from Chennai, Ernakulam and Coimbatore, possibly due to the increase in air fares and the relocation of Bangalore Airport. There was also demand for a train from Coimbatore to Tirupati.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Nov 07, 2008, 04:43 PM
Special train to Madurai today

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will operate a special train from Chennai Egmore to Madurai on November 7.

The train no.0631 will leave Egmore at 11.55 p.m. on Friday and reach Madurai at 10 a.m. the next day.

The composition will be 1 first class, 1 AC 3 tier, 6 sleeper class, 8 general second class and 2 Luggage-cum-brake van coaches.

It will stop at Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Melmaruvathur, Tindivanam, Villupuram, Vridhachalam, Tiruchi, Dindigul and Kodaikanal Road.

Advance reservation for the above train commences on Friday morning.

EMU timing revised


From Saturday, train no BA 3 Chennai Beach-Arakkonam will leave Beach at 4.45 a.m. instead of 4.30 a.m. and reach Arakkonam at 6.30 am., a press release from Southern Railway said.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Nov 08, 2008, 05:18 PM
Special train to Tirupati

Southern Railway will run a special train between Coimbatore and Tirupati in November and December.

A press release from Salem Railway Division said five services will be offered in the two months.

The special train service will be available from Coimbatore Railway Junction on November 11 and 18 and December 16, 23 and 30. From Tirupati, the service will be available on November 12 and 19 and December 17, 24 and 31.

The train will depart Coimbatore at 10.35 p.m. and reach Tirpathi at 7.30 a.m.

In the return direction, the train will leave Tirupati at 9 p.m. and arrive at the Coimbatore Junction at 7 a.m.

Composition

The train will have one AC two-tier coach, two AC three-tier coaches, 12 sleeper class coaches, two general second class coaches and two luggage cum brake vans.
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Post by: sajiv on Nov 10, 2008, 06:34 PM
Airlines loss is Railways gain

Railways/road profitability to rise by 8-10 per cent, Airlines' revenue may fall by around 22-25 per cent

KOCHI: Higher cost of flying has dented air traffic to a significant extent in the last couple of weeks, which will prove a bonanza for Railways and the road transport sector and enhance their profitability by at least 8-10 per cent in current fiscal itself. The air traffic has already started shifting towards railways and roads due to the affordability factor, according to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).

Reckless expansion undertaken by airlines in the past, with introduction of sub-prime flying to attract large traffic from rail and road with a view to generating larger revenues, had not paid airline managements desired dividends as they could not sustain the business strategy. The net result was that air and cargo fares had to be raised by more than 50 per cent in the past, which forced passengers of economic class to opt for rail or road transport, says Assocham analysis.

The fall in prices of crude has yet to benefit the air operators as Aviation Turbine Fuel has yet to be rationalised, sales tax on it remained higher as fuelling an aircraft is a costlier exercise in India. Therefore, air operators have no other option but continue to sustain their operations with existing fares. The economy class air passengers can no longer afford it and the natural option for them is the road or rail transport.

Railway facilities: In the meanwhile, the facilities for both cargo loading and unloading as well for passengers, especially in Railways, have been upgraded so much that railway transport has come almost on a par with air traffic with favourable and acceptable fares. In such a scenario, it is natural that passengers who had got accustomed to air traffic in the recent past are now forced to take to road/railway for travel purposes.

The Assocham analysis further reveals that the slowdown which has resulted in large cost-cutting measures in corporate India is discouraging their executives up to middle management rank levels to take to air travel as it involves higher cost. Even corporates in the last few weeks have been opting for road transport for physical movements of their executives until it has become absolutely necessary to move them by air.

The Chamber analysis has pointed out that as a result of introduction of sub-prime flying, the air operators owe so much of money to oil companies which keep on supplying them aviation turbine fuel on credit as they cannot afford to suddenly disrupt the supplies since it requires approvals and permissions which do not come handy to them. According to estimates made by Assocham, airlines in the Asia Pacific region, including India and China, will experience a sharp fall in their revenue by around 22-25 per cent towards the end of current fiscal.

The deterioration in air traffic will continue even though there is a consolidation in the aviation sector, particularly in private sector, as it is highly unlikely that the prices of avian fuel would be rationalised as crude oil will scale upward movement. Even if Railways and roads transport further increase their fares, the preference for rail/road transport will be much more as airlines will not come forward for another bad experience for reintroduction of their reduced fares as it will completely damage their business operations, concludes the Assocham analysis.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Nov 10, 2008, 08:09 PM
Southern Railway to have only broad gauge by 2011

By 2011 Southern Railway will have broad gauge lines only, said its General Manager, Rakesh Chopra, at Lovedale, near here, on Sunday.

All the conversion proposals have been cleared by the Ministry and the process of planning and execution of the works was now in progress, he told reporters.

A total of 1,100 km of metre guage lines still needed to be converted, he said adding that the process was being slowed down because of the difficulty in getting experienced contractors.

Claiming that performance-wise Southern Railway was among the best in the country, Mr. Chopra said that during the first half of the current fiscal all financial and load targets have been met.

In both the suburban and non-suburban sections, the passenger traffic has registered a 20 per cent increase in passenger traffic. The Unreserved Ticketing System has been introduced at some places. With incoming traffic increasing, the number of specials being run was on the rise.

"I am monitoring the progress on a day-to-day basis," Mr. Chopra said and added that Automatic Teller Machines, now available in Chennai, will be extended to other places.

To a query, he said that the possibility of reviving freight services on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway was being explored. Movement of commodities like tea would be beneficial to all.

Stating that the mountain railway now had seven steam locomotives in good condition despite their age, he said that four were in the process of being added.

They will be put together at the Golden Rock Workshop of the Southern Railway at Tiruchi.

Since the original locomotives were made by Swiss engineers, either their assistance would be sought or technology obtained. Whether they will be coal fired or oil fired will be decided by the Railway Ministry. About 18 months from the date of being cleared they will be ready for trials.

Owing to the NMR's popularity tourism wise an increase in the number of trips was also being considered. When asked whether the re-opening of some of the stations between Coonoor and Mettupalayam would be considered, he said that it was not necessary.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Nov 10, 2008, 08:16 PM
e-tickets booking made easier

Now, those booking railway tickets online can take it easy with the need to give photo identity proof. That would be needed only at the time of journey. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation introduced this new facility effective November 1.

Passengers would be required to carry a voter ID Card/Passport/PAN Card/Driving license/Photo ID card issued by Central or State governments during their train journey. "The changes were brought in to make online booking easier for passengers," Southern Railway spokesperson Neenu Ittyerah said.

With regards to concern that this could be exploited by ticketing agents to block tickets online especially during rush time, she said passengers need not look at it that way.
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Post by: sajiv on Nov 11, 2008, 04:08 PM
Train extended to Sholapur

HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad-Wadi-Hyderabad passenger train is being extended up to Sholapur for a period of five days from November 14 to 18, to cope with the rush of pilgrims attending Hazrat Khaja Banda Nawaz Urs-e-Shareef at Gulbarga, a press note from SCR said on Monday. The train will depart Hyderabad at 11 p.m. and arrive at Wadi at 9.30 p.m. the next day, and Sholapur at 12.20 a.m. the following day.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Nov 11, 2008, 04:51 PM
Demand for night train to Rameswaram

The Coimbatore Consumer Cause has asked the Railway Ministry to consider the extension of an overnight broad gauge express train from Coimbatore to Rameshwaram on the Coimbatore-Erode-Karur-Madurai route.

In a memorandum, its secretary, K. Kathirmathiyon, said that the train service to Madurai and Rameshwaram on the meter gauage section benefiting the population from southern districts was withdrawn in view of the gauge conversion works taken up by the Railway Ministry between Dindigul and Palani. Now, meter gauge trains are running between Podanur and Dindigul Junction without any connection trains to Rameswaram.

This had resulted in a major industrial city in the Western Tamil Nadu - Coimbatore - going without any direct train connectivity with the southern districts beyond Madurai.
Migrant workers

As a result, migrant workers and those from Madurai, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga districts in Coimbatore and nearby areas have to rely on omni buses and Government buses.

A travel beyond Madurai now actually, requires the passenger to get down at Madurai for taking a connecting bus. A broad gauge line between Coimbatore and Dindigul connecting Madurai and Rameshwaram would definitely take another two to three years.

Thousands of people in Coimbatore and Palakad are visiting the important historical place with a lot of pilgrimage value. Ramanathapuram district has various destinations that attract people. Rather than indefinitely waiting for the gauge conversion work to be completed, the Salem Railway Division could consider operating one train service daily from Coimbatore to Rameshwaram via Erode, Dindigual, Madurai, Mamamaurai and Ramanathapuram.

The railways could even consider attaching three to four sleeper coaches and one unreserved compartment, exclusively for Rameswarm, in the Coimbatore-Nagercoil Express.

These coaches could be de-linked at Madurai and could be attached to any of the existing train services from Madurai to Rameshwaram, especially trains such as Madurai-Rameshwaram Passenger or the Chennai-Rameshwaram Express.

Accordingly, the schedule of these trains could be adjusted or a new fast passenger train be considered from Madruai to Rameswaram to which these sleeper coaches could be attached, he said.
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Post by: sajiv on Nov 11, 2008, 05:37 PM
Train route

KOCHI: Train numbers 6309/6310 Ernakulam-Patna-Ernakulam bi-weekly express will run through its normal route ex.Kharagpur-Bhadrak with immediate effect, the Southern Railway has informed.

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Post by: fashion on Nov 11, 2008, 09:31 PM
Indian Train - Too Fast Too Furious


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Post by: sajiv on Nov 11, 2008, 09:43 PM
Vellore back on rail map

VELLORE: The century-old Vellore Cantonment Railway Station has been put on the railway map once again on Monday when the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Anbumani Ramadoss flagged off the first electrified train service between this station and Katpadi. The minister also inaugurated the newly constructed station building.

The 10-km Vellore-Katpadi conversion work is part of the 161-km Katpadi-Villupuram section project which is being implemented in three phases at an estimated cost of Rs 330 crores. The Southern Railway has already announced five pairs of train services from Vellore station, linking Tirupati and Arakkonam sections, which would provide access to Andhra Pradesh and Chennai.

"High-level platforms, passenger amenities (improved shelter, ATM and ticket reservation facilities, pay and use toilets, parking facilities) and telecommunication systems would be provided in all the 22 stations in the Katpadi- Villupuram section. The work is expected to be completed by March next year," Ramanathan, Chief Administration Officer (Construction), Southern Railway, said.

The Union Minister of State for Railways, R Velu, presided over the function. Many railway officials participated.

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 11, 2008, 10:10 PM
Mock drill at Sec'bad railway station

HYDERABAD: A mock terrorist attack drill will be held at Secunderabad railway station on November 26 at 1.00 p.m.  The drill - which will involve the departments of railways, police, fire, district administration, medical, 108 emergency services and GHMC - is meant to test how they would respond to an eventuality leading to mass casualties.  The aim is to assess how fast the district administration would act to bring the situation under control.

An Incident Command Post (ICP) will be set up near the venue to coordinate between the departments concerend. The Joint Collector of Hyderabad will be in charge of the ICP. Around 35 ambulances will be pressed into service.Gandhi and Yashodha hospitals, with 620 beds between them, are the main hospitals for treatment of the most seriously injured in-patients. Forty other private referral hospitals will treat less serious cases.

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 11, 2008, 10:19 PM
Mumbai to get India's first monorail

MUMBAI: An Indian-Malaysian consortium led by Larsen and Toubro will construct the country's first monorail system here, it was announced Monday.The L&T-led consortium, which includes Scomi Engineering Bhd of Malaysia, will implement the Rs.24.6-billion project for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

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The contract involves design, construction, installation, commissioning and integrated testing of the 20-km-long monorail project.In the first phase, an 11-km monorail line will be constructed from Jacob Circle in south-central Mumbai to Wadala. In the second phase, a nine-km line will be built to link Chembur in north-east Mumbai with Wadala.

The project, with 18 stations en route, will be completed in 30 months. It is expected to ease the congestion in the highly crowded Jacob Circle, Wadala and Chembur areas, apart from providing inter-connectivity to the suburban railways network and the forthcoming Metro railway as part of the multi-modal transport system being envisioned by MMRDA.

Malaysia's Scomi ranks among the world's top three monorail manufacturers, offering urban transportation solutions by providing latest monorail electro-mechanical systems and rolling stock.L&T, a leader in technology, engineering and construction, launched a dedicated railway business unit last year to address various rail-related business projects in the country.

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 12, 2008, 06:33 PM
Special trains to Bangalore

KOCHI:
Railways have introduced special trains from Kochi to Bangalore to ease congestion during the Sabarimala and Christmas seasons.Train No. 641 Ernakulam-Bangalore Special will leave here at 9.15 p.m. on Thursdays and arrive in Bangalore at 10 a.m. the next day, beginning November 13 till December 25.

In the return direction, Train No. 642 will leave Bangalore City at 6.50 p.m. on Fridays and arrive here at 6.30 a.m. the next day, from November 14 till December 26.

Train No. 647 will leave here at 6.40 p.m. on Mondays and arrive in Bangalore at 6.30 a.m., beginning November 17 till December 29. The return train will run on Tuesdays, starting from Bangalore at 5.15 p.m. and arriving here at 4.20 a.m., beginning November 18 till December 30.

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 12, 2008, 06:50 PM
Special trains

KOCHI: Railways have introduced special trains from Kochi to Bangalore to clear the rush. Train No. 641 Ernakulam-Bangalore Special will leave here at 9.15 p.m. on Thursdays and arrive in Bangalore at 10 a.m. the next day, beginning November 13 till December 25. In the return direction, Train No. 642 will leave Bangalore City at 6.50 p.m. on Fridays and arrive here at 6.30 a.m. the next day, from November 14 till December 26.

Train No. 647 will leave here at 6.40 p.m. on Mondays and arrive in Bangalore at 6.30 a.m., from November 17 to December 29. The return train will run on Tuesdays, from Bangalore at 5.15 p.m. and arriving here at 4.20 a.m., beginning November 18 till December 30.

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 12, 2008, 06:53 PM
Railway employees' union lists out demands

KOZHIKODE: Calicut Branch Committee of the Dakshin Railway Employees Union (DREU) has listed out a set of demands that needed to be met to enable railway employees to function more efficiently.A major grievance of the union was that adequate number of staff was not appointed to meet the increased workload.

The result was that employees were called upon to put in extra hours of work. Leave was also denied to employees.Long queues in front of ticket counters at railway stations has become a common sight due to staff shortage, it was added.The union demanded that work hours be limited to eight hours, inter-locking system be installed at all railway level crossings, besides providing basic infrastructure at the level-crossing lodges.

The union also demanded opening of more tickets counters commensurate with the increase in the number of trains, and pass'engers.The demands were highlighted at a dharna conducted by DREU at the Kozhikode Railway Station on Monday.Vice president of DREU central committee K. Ashokan inaugurated the dharna.As part of the protest programme dharna was held at different centres from November 1 to 10.

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 12, 2008, 07:47 PM
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.
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Post by: sajiv on Nov 12, 2008, 07:48 PM
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.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Nov 14, 2008, 05:26 PM
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.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Nov 14, 2008, 05:34 PM
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.
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Post by: sajiv on Nov 15, 2008, 09:12 AM
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.

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 15, 2008, 09:29 AM
Railway steps for pilgrimage

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

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:
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.

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 15, 2008, 09:40 AM
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.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Nov 15, 2008, 04:52 PM
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.
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Post by: sajiv on Nov 16, 2008, 07:54 AM
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.

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 16, 2008, 09:10 AM
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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Post by: sajiv on Nov 18, 2008, 02:54 AM

CHENNAI: For a railway commuter without a season pass, purchasing a ticket for suburban train travel has never been easy.

Several railway stations have ticket counters only on one side of the tracks, forcing commuters to take the long foot overbridge or the risk of crossing the tracks to reach the ticket counters. In some stations, the foot overbridge is quite far from the ticket counters. Though Southern Railway has introduced computerised ticketing and has installed Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) in a number of railway stations, long crowds are commonly seen at ticket counters.
Senior citizens' plight

R. Radha, a resident of Pudur near Ambattur, said a number of residential colonies had come up on the northern side of Ambattur Railway Station. "Senior citizens here find it really hard to take the foot over bridge to reach the ticket counter on the other side." "And by the time we manage to buy a ticket and reach the platform, we miss the train," she added.

The Chennai Beach-Tambaram section has a few railway stations with ticket counters on both sides, but the western section of Chennai Central-Arakkonam has ticketing facilities only on one side.
Commuters questioned

Residents of Jamalia, Otteri and Perambur said a counter on the southern side of the Perambur Railway Station would be of immense help. S. Kumar, a resident of Jamalia, said sometimes, commuters were stopped by Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel or officials. "We would have to explain that we came to the other side only to buy a ticket. My friends have even had to pay a penalty because officials thought they were travelling without a ticket."

In a few railway stations, counters are either closed or are operated only for a limited period. The Villivakkam Railway Station has only one full-time ticket counter.

A counter was constructed on the northern side of the railway station about five years ago, was closed in 2006. After numerous representations to the officials, the ticket counter is now kept open only during rush hour. In the case of Perambur Loco Railway Station, a newly constructed ticket counter remains closed.

Southern Railway Divisional Railway Manager Subodh Kumar Kulshrestha told The Hindu that poor patronage from commuters was the reason. The Department did not want to post clerks in counters with low demand as they were already facing a shortage of clerks, he added.

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 18, 2008, 03:43 AM
Rail ticket booking shifts to old system

Technical snag affects computerised queue-less system in Kozhikode,Call to open more ticket counters,Only two out of six counters function on a regular basis


Kozhikode: The queue-less counter system for reserving and cancelling seats and berths on trains at the Kozhikode railway station has not been functioning for a week now due to a faulty digital display system.Passengers now have no choice but to return to the traditional system of queuing up in front of counters. Though chairs are in place officials find it difficult to manage the crowd. Sometimes, people attempt to jump queues leading noisy situations.

It took two months for the Railways to rectify the defect when the system went out of order a year ago. The computerised queue-less system was the first of its kind when introduced in the State.Passengers could approach the enquiry counter at the reservation block to obtain priority numbers on the filled-in reservation/cancellation forms.

After obtaining the number, they could wait in the hall. The priority number would be displayed on the digital display screen.The passenger would get two more chances at an interval of 10 transactions if he misses the first call. "It was convenient for senior citizens, B. Rajalekshmi, a resident of Karaparamba says.There are six counters for reservation and cancellation. Counter number six is meant for enquires. Only counters two and three function regularly. Counter four is also occasionally opened. The rest are spare counters. "The rush would have been avoided if the railways could open the spare counters when the system goes out of order," says K. Usman, a trader.

A railway official said tenders had been called for repairing the display unit. The decisions are made at the Palakkad Railway Divisional Office. The Railways had installed a touch screen and passenger inquiry operating system at the reservation hall. Sometimes the passenger enquiry operating system also develops problems, sources said.

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 18, 2008, 10:12 AM
SCB clears Hyderabad Metro Rail proposal

HYDERABAD:
The Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) Limited received a shot in the arm when the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) cleared its proposal to develop vacant lands of up to 32.72 acres at Hasmathpet on equal sharing basis.

Last month HMR had written to SCB seeking the Hasmathpet land and another 16 acres at Turkapally to take up property development. It promised half the built up space or apartment units to SCB while the rest could be utilised by HMR to accommodate property owners affected by the elevated rail project.

HMR also sought another three acres from the defence authorities -- both from the SCB and the Defence Estates Office -- to build an overhead station with parking and circulating space.

Encroachments: Presenting the case for developing the land, HMR officials have stated further encroachments could be prevented on the identified lands as most vacant defence lands have been prone to such activities. However, in its last meeting held earlier this month, SCB agreed for development of Hasmathpet site only.

It also sought revision in plan for utilising the Picket garden for the metro station. HMR agreed to the changes and submitted a revised plan moving the station away from the park which also meant only 1.14 acres of defence land had to be parted with.

Right of way: SCB also cleared proposals for allowing right of way for the project on its roads as two corridors -- Jubilee Bus Station to Falaknuma and Nagole to Shilparamam -- pass through its area.

Officials on both sides stated that modalities for the property development plan was yet to be worked out but more floor space index could be obtained since it was outside the Defence Ministry's jurisdiction.

Hasmathpet land was purchased by the Secunderabad Cantonment Board way back in 1930 outside its area for garbage dumping and it had to be stopped few years ago after the Pollution Control Board raised objections on the site amidst residential area. Land sharks have been making efforts to grab the vacant land ever since.

SCB employees, in the meantime, had formed a cooperative housing society, thwarted attempts to encroach it and also have been pleading for allotment of sites on a nominal rate ever since. Their plea was rejected on the grounds that it was defence land but SCB officials later explained it was not so.

Group housing: SCB has now proposed to the Defence Ministry to allow HMR to develop group housing schemes allotting 50 per cent of built up area to SCB towards land cost share. If cleared, apartments on subsidised rates can be allotted to Cantonment employees and also ex-servicemen. Balance built up area can be disposed off in open auction, it observed.
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Post by: sajiv on Nov 18, 2008, 10:30 AM
Railways offer computer courses

PALAKKAD: The Railways are offering short-term computer courses for the benefit of students, working people and others at the divisional office at Olavakode, Palakkad, in MS Word and Oracle, developing user-friendly software and web designing. The classes will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on working days. A nominal fee will be charged.

Those interested may contact K.K. Sudhakaran, Senior Divisional Electronic Data Processing Manager, in person or on ph: 0491-2555512.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Nov 18, 2008, 04:26 PM
Changes in train services

CHENNAI: Owing to remodelling work at Coimbatore yard, following changes will be effected in the pattern of train services running between Chennai Central and Coimbatore.

Diversion: All mail/express trains presently running via. Coimbatore will not touch Coimbatore from November 25 to December 12 and they will be diverted via. Irugur - Podanur route with stoppage at Podanur.

Partially cancelled: Train No. 2679 Chennai Central - Coimbatore Intercity Express will run up to Erode instead of Coimbatore on November 26, 29 and December 2, 5, 8 and 11; train no.2970 Jaipur - Coimbatore Jaipur (weekly) Express (via. Chennai Central) will run up to Erode on November 27 and December 4 and 11; train no.2969 Coimbatore - Jaipur (weekly) Express (via. Chennai Central) will leave from Erode on November 28 and December 5 and 12; the Coimbatore portion of train nos.2671/2672 Chennai Central - Mettupalayam - Chennai Central Nilgiri Expresses will be terminated at/leave from Coimbatore North from November 25 to December 12.

The following trains are fully cancelled:

Train No 2681 Chennai Central - Coimbatore (weekly) Express scheduled to leave Central on November 29, December 6 and 13; train no 2682 Coimbatore - Chennai Central (weekly) Express scheduled to leave Coimbatore on November 28, December 5 and 12.

There will be no change in the arrival and departure of the following Mail/Express trains:

Train Nos. 2673/2674 Chennai Central - Coimbatore Cheran Expresses; train nos.2675/2676 Chennai Central - Coimbatore Kovai Expresses; train No.2680 Coimbatore - Chennai Central Intercity Express; train nos.1013/1014 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus -Coimbatore Expresses; train nos.6609/6610 Nagercoil - Coimbatore Expresses; train nos.2083/2084 Mayiladuturai - Coimbatore Jan Shatabdi Expresses; and train Nos 2647/2648 Coimbatore - H. Nizamuddin Kongu Expresses; and train No 6614/6613 Coimbatore - Rajkot (weekly) Expresses.

Source: The Hindu
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Post by: sajiv on Nov 19, 2008, 10:08 AM
Special trains

KOCHI: The Railways will run twice-weekly Garib Rath special trains during the Sabarimala season between Yeshwantpur and Kochuveli. Train no. 0677 will leave Yeshwantpur on Sundays and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. and arrive in Kochuveli at 12.40 p.m. the next day till January 27. The return train will leave Kochuveli on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and arrive in Yeshwantpur at 11.30 a.m. the next day till January 28.

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 19, 2008, 10:21 AM
Railways to extend special trains

BHUBANESWAR: Indian Railways has decided to extend services of special trains running between Bhubaneswar and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT), Mumbai and Puri and Howrah for another one month keeping in view of demands from passengers.

The Bhubaneswar-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Mumbai-Bhubaneswar weekly superfast special train was extended to run up to December 29 from Bhubaneswar and up to December 31 from LTT towards Bhubaneswar, East Coast Railway (ECoR) said in a statement here on Tuesday.

Bhubaneswar- Lokmanya Tilak Terminus -Bhubaneswar special train leaves Bhubaneswar at 7.20 am on every Mondays and arrive LTT next day at 1.35 pm.

Similarly in the return direction, this train leaves LTT at 00.15a.m on Wednesdays (Tuesday midnight) and arrive Bhubaneswar at 7.10 a.m. on the next days.

Stoppages: This special train has stoppages at Cuttack, Talcher Road, Angul, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Raigarh, Champa, Bilaspur, Raipur, Durg, Gondia, Nagpur, Badnera, Akola, Bhusabal, Manmad, Nasik Road, Igatpuri and Kalyan between Bhubaneswar and LTT.

The train comprises of one AC-2 tier, one AC-3 tier, eight sleeper class bogies, three general second-class coaches, two guard cum luggage vans and one pantry car.

The Puri-Howrah-Puri weekly special trains have been extended to run up to December 30 from Puri on every Tuesday and up to December 31 from Howrah towards Bhubaneswar.Special Trains between Puri and Howrah have stoppages at Sakhigopal, Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Jajpur Keonjhar Road, Bhadrak, Balasore and Kharagpur between Puri and Howrah.

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 20, 2008, 07:55 AM
It's red light for facilities at Tirupur Railway Station

Tirupur: Tale of woes continues to haunt the thousands of railway passengers transiting through Tirupur everyday, as basic amenities in the railway station remain far from satisfactory.

Lack of adequate number of counters to issue reservation as well as daily tickets, stinking toilets on Platform No:1, insufficient number of bathrooms and toilets on Platform No:2 and unclean platform floors, are some of the problems that the passengers have to confront if they happen to move through Tirupur station.

K. Selvaraj, coordinator, Rail Passengers Welfare Association, told The Hindu that considering the growing passenger volume, the authorities should establish two more reservation counters in addition to the two functioning now.

The passengers by and large feel that for a station which issues about 1,000 reservation tickets every day, additional facilities should be set up without any delay.

"Similarly, at least two more counters with one on each platform, should be introduced to issue daily tickets," Mr. Selvaraj said.

At present, there is only one counter in each of the two platforms for issuing a total of about 3,000 daily tickets a day.

Besides, these counters are also issuing about 1,500 platform tickets and numerous season tickets resulting in long queues of people.

Railway sources said that to ease the load, an additional counter had been opened during peak hours (6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight) on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

But travellers are of the opinion that the action is "inadequate" considering the fact that the traffic volume through the station has always been more or less uniform throughout the week.

Regarding the complaints on insufficient number of toilets, official sources said that the problem would be solved soon once the construction of the sanitary complex underway near the R.M.S. office was completed.

The railway officials, however, expressed helplessness on the grievances of the passengers pertaining to unclean floors citing "insufficient staff strength."

"Even after laying of granite floorings, only two sweepers have been allocated for the station to look after the entire stretch of two platforms, totalling 1,400 metre, making the cleaning process difficult," an official pointed out.

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 20, 2008, 08:14 AM
Special trains to Tuticorin, Nagercoil


CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run special trains to Tuticorin, Nagercoil, Rameswaram and Coimbatore to clear the extra rush of passengers.

No.0681 will leave Egmore at 11.45 p.m. on Nov ember 22, 27, and 29 and reach Tuticorin at 12.30 p.m. the next day.

No.0682 will leave Tuticorin at 9.15 p.m. on Nov ember 23, 28 and 30 and reach Egmore at 8.50 a.m. the next day.

No.0615 will leave Egmore at 6.40 p.m. on November 25 and reach at 8.15 a.m. the next day. No.0616 will leave Nagercoil at 1.30 p.m. on November 26 and reach Egmore at 4.15 a.m. the next day.

No.0649 will leave Egmore at 4.30 p.m. on December 1 and reach Rameswaram, through Madurai, at 4.30 a.m. the next day.

No.0601 will leave Chennai Central at 10.20 p.m. on November 21 and 23 and reach Coimbatore at 7 a.m. the next day. No.0602 will leave Coimbatore at 11.45 p.m. on November 23 and arrive at Central at 8.30 a.m. the next day. Reservation will begin on November 20, says a railway release.

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 20, 2008, 10:15 AM
Sabarimala special trains

HYDERABAD: The South Central Railway is running special trains to Sabarimala between December 1 and January 18 from Hyderabad, Kakinada, Nizamabad, Vijayawada, Machilipatnam, Sirpur Khagaznagar to Kollam. Reservation will begin from Thursday.Hyderabad-Kollam tri-weekly specials will leave Hyderabad at 1.30 p.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and reach Kollam at 9.30 p.m. the next day. The return trains will leave Kollam the next day at 11 p.m.

Weekly specials: The weekly specials will leave Hyderabad at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and reach Kollam at 12.05 p.m. next day. The return specials will leave Kollam at 1.45 a.m. on Mondays and arrive Hyderabad at 8.50 a.m. the next day. A special service will leave Hyderabad at 6 p.m. on January 16 and reach Kollam at 12.05 p.m. the second day. The return train will depart Kollam on January 18 at 1.45 a.m. and arrive Hyderabad at 8.50 a.m. the next day. They will halt at Guntur, Gudur and Renigunta. Kakinada Town-Kollam tri-weekly specials will leave Kakinada at 3.50 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and reach Kollam at 9.30 p.m. the next day. In the return direction, Kollam- Kakinada Town services leave Kollam the next day at 11 p.m. and arrive Kakinada Town at 3 a.m. the second day. They will halt at Vijayawada, Gudur and Renigunta.

Kakinada Town-Kollam weekly specials will leave Kakinada at 8 p.m. on Saturdays and reach Kollam at 12.05 p.m. the second day. In return, Kollam- Kakinada Town train will leave Kollam at 1.45 a.m. on Fridays and will arrive Kakinada Town at 6 a.m. the next day. These trains will halt at Vijayawada, Tenali, Gudur and Renigunta.

Vijayawada-Kollam weekly specials will leave Vijayawada at 7.30 p.m. on Mondays and arrive Kollam at 9.30 p.m. the next day. In return direction, Kollam- Vijayawada trains will leave Kollam at 11 p.m. on Tuesdays and arrive Vijayawada at 10.15 p.m. the next day. These trains will halt at Guntur, Gudur and Renigunta.izamabad - Kollam weekly special trains (12 services) will depart the station at 4.15 p.m. on Fridays and arrive Kollam at 12.05 p.m. the second day. In return direction, Kollam- Nizamabad services will depart Kollam at 1.45 a.m. on Sundays and arrive Nizamabad at 10 a.m. the second day. These trains will stop at Kacheguda, Dhone and Dharmavaram.

Machilipatnam-Kollam specials will depart the station at 10 p.m. on Thursdays and arrive Kollam at 12.05 p.m. the second day. In return direction, Kollam- Machilipatnam services will depart Kollam at 1.45 a.m. on Saturdays and arrive Machilipatnam at 4.15 a.m. the next day. They will halt at Vijayawada, Gudur and Renigunta. Sirpur Kagaznagar-Kollam specials will depart the station at 6 p.m. Dec. 25, 2008 and January 1, 2009 and will reach Kollam at 12.05 p.m. the second day. In return, Kollam-Sirpur Kagaznagar specials will depart Kollam on Dec. 27, 2008 and January 3, 2009 at 1.45 a.m. and arrive Sirpur Kagaznagar at 9.15 a.m. the next day. They will halt at Vijayawada, Gudur and Renigunta.

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 21, 2008, 09:03 AM
Special trains

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run special trains to clear the extra rush of passengers.

Train no.0653 will leave Tiruchi at 8.15 p.m. on November 21 and reach Chennai Central at 4 a.m. the next day. It will stop at Srirangam, Ariyalur, Vriddhachalam, Villupuram, Tindivanam, Melmaruvathur, Chengalpattu, Tambaram, Mambalam and Chennai Egmore.

No. 0697 will leave Chennai Central at 3.15 p.m. on November 22 and reach Kochuveli at 6.30 a.m. the next day. No. 0698 will leave Kochuveli at 4.35 p.m. on November 23 and arrive at Chennai Central at 9.30 a.m. the next day. No. 0659 will leave Chennai Central at 8.30 p.m. on November 24 and 26 and reach Kochuveli at 12.40 p.m. the next day. No. 0660 will leave Kochuveli at 8 p.m. on November 25 and 27 and reach Central at 12.20 p.m. the next day.

No. 0666 will leave Chennai Central at 7.45 p.m. on November 30 and reach Rameswaram at 11.30 a.m. the next day, passing through Villupuram and Madurai.

Reservation will begin on November 21, says a railway release.
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Post by: sajiv on Nov 21, 2008, 10:56 AM
Railway women staff honoured

NEW DELHI: Thirty-one women employees of Indian Railways were honoured at Women's Day celebrations organised by the Railway Women's Welfare Central Organisation here on Wednesday. Eminent social activist Nafisa Ali was the chief guest. The event was also attended by Railway Board chairman K. C. Jena and other senior officials.
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Post by: sajiv on Nov 22, 2008, 11:12 AM
Introduce toy train at Bal Bhavan

Bijapur: Deputy Commissioner C.M. Shirol has instructed officials concerned to take steps to introduce a toy train at Bal Bhavan here. Presiding over the Bal Bhavan's executive committee meeting here on Thursday, he said that steps should also be taken to construct a compound wall, plant saplings and to conduct training programmes for children of all age groups at the Bal Bhavan,
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Post by: sajiv on Nov 23, 2008, 08:38 AM
Trains to run on diverted route

CHENNAI: The following trains will continue to run on diverted route up to November 30.

Train (5227/5228) Yesvantpur - Muzaffarpur (weekly) Express via. Howrah, Kharagpur, Tata, Jharsuguda, Bilaspur, Durg, Nagpur, Kazipet and Vijayawada; (5629/5630) Guwahati - Chennai Central (weekly) Express via. Asansol, Tata, Jharsuguda, Bilaspur, Durg, Nagpur, Kazipet and Vijayawada; and (6309/6310) Patna - Ernakulam (bi-weekly) Express via. Asansol, Adra, Kharagpur, Tata, Jharsuguda, Bilaspur, Durg, Nagpur, Kazipet and Vijayawada.

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 25, 2008, 11:31 AM
Work on railway line in Koppal to begin soon

Raichur: K.Veerupakshappa, Koppal M.P., has said that work on the Munirabad-Mahaboobnagar railway line is expected to begin from next week. Talking to The Hindu on Sunday, he said the State Government had approved the commencement of work on the railway line. Mr. Veerupakshappa said that the Ministry of Railways had sanctioned Rs. 5 crore in the State Budget for work on the railway line. In the first phase of the work, between Ginigera and Jabbalgudda in Koppal district, officials had acquired land to start the project. The State Government had also sanctioned Rs. 39 lakh to take up work on a proposed railway bridge between Ginigera and Jabbalgudda, and the tender process was in progress, he said. He said the South Central Railway, in coordination with the Koppal district administration, had organised a programme to launch the commencement of work on the first phase near Budgumpa village.

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 26, 2008, 08:47 AM
Special trains to be regularised

CHENNAI: The long distance inter-city special trains announced by Southern Railway in the beginning of this month elicited good response. These special trains which have performed well will be proposed for regularisation.

On the other hand, review of occupancy of short distance specials indicate that these specials had not been patronised well .Therefore, Southern Railway decided not to run the short distance specials after November 30.

The following winter special trains stand cancelled due to poor occupancy: Train no 0687 Chennai Central - Bangalore special leaving Central on November 26 and train no 0688 Bangalore - Chennai Central leaving Bangalore on November 27

Those who booked tickets will be entitled for full refund, says a Railway release.

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 26, 2008, 08:51 AM
Students with e-tickets fined for want of specified identity cards

MADURAI: People below 18 years are at a disadvantage while making railway journeys with e-tickets, as they end up paying penalty for want of specified identity cards.

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation has made it mandatory for passengers to carry photo-identity cards while travelling on e-ticket. It has prescribed driving licence, PAN card, voter identity card, passport and any other photo-identity card issued by the Central or State governments as bona fide cards. "If the passenger is found travelling without the original copy of any one of these cards, he will be considered travelling without ticket and fined," said a senior railway official.

With people below 18 years not eligible for any government-issued cards, except the PAN card and passport, many students studying in outstations find it difficult to make use of the e-ticketing facility, while travelling alone.

A few cases of students being penalised for want of "prescribed" cards have come to light. While the students pleaded with travelling ticket examiners to consider the identity cards issued by their colleges as proof, the officials did not agree. Though the students claimed that they had travelled with the same cards earlier, the TTEs did not spare them. "We have clear instructions on which cards should be accepted. If some TTEs permit such identity cards, it is at their own risk," said one TTE.

Probably, the officials had not taken this issue into consideration while framing the rules. The rules needed to be further refined and simplified to suit the requirement of travellers, the official said. "Not all students have a PAN card or passport. The rules need to be a little more liberal."

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 26, 2008, 09:23 AM
Open-top train to be introduced

Hassan: Principal Secretary Tourism Subir Hari Singh discussed measures to be taken for the development of tourism in the district in the Deputy Commissioner's office in Hassan on Monday.

Mr. Singh said that tourists must be provided with the necessary facilities, officials should ensure that cleanliness is maintained in Halebeedu, Belur and Shravanabelagola and they should be illuminated to make it more attractive to visitors. Mr. Singh suggested that the present helipad in Halebeedu (that is 3 km away from Halebeedu) should be developed. Besides this, roads connecting Javagal, Belur and Halebeedu must be developed so that tourists can reach those places in the shortest possible from Hassan.

The Government has released Rs. 7.5 lakh to construct police outpost buildings in Halebeedu, Belur and Shravanabelagola, he informed.

Deputy Commissioner Naveen Raj Singh said that the Government had released Rs. 1 crore for protection and preservation of heritage buildings in the district. Details would be decided at the district tourism committee meeting.

Mr. Singh said he had requested Railways to introduce special trains, with compartments that are either roofless or have transparent roof, on Sakleshpur-Mangalore route. This would enable tourists to view the picturesque Western Ghats and the tunnels that pass through Hassan-Mangalore railway route. Mr. Singh said that the Railways had responded positively to his suggestion and discussions were on in this regard. He said that roofless compartments in trains would be a unique experiment and perhaps the first of its kind in the country.

Mr. Singh also visited Belur and Halebeedu.

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 26, 2008, 09:30 AM
Special train

NEW DELHI: To clear the extra rush of passengers, Northern Railway will be running a Hazrat Nizamuddin-Vasco De Gama special train.

The train will depart from Hazrat Nizamuddin on November 26. In the reverse direction it will depart from Vasco De Gama on December 1. It will stop at Madgaon, Londa, Belgam, Miraj, Sangli, Satara, Pune, Daund, Manmad, Bhusawal, Etarsi, Bhopal and Jhansi on the way in both directions.
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Post by: sajiv on Nov 26, 2008, 10:20 AM
Metro Rail finalised

New Delhi: Rubbishing Congress' claim of developing Delhi Metro, the BJP today said it was the then government led by his party which took the initiative in 1994. "Chief Minister Sheela Dikshit's government is adopting all its tactics to grab claim on the project. But the actual credit goes to us (BJP)," said Madan Lal Khurana, former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader while speaking to media here.

"In 1994 the Metro Project was finalised and project started. That time there was BJP government in the national capital," he said, adding that the claims of Dikshit are false and it is an attempt to mislead the people.

Elaborating his government's role in Delhi Metro, the then chief minister Khurana said, "After BJP came to power in 1993, we went on a tour of five countries to study Metro services there and decided to begin the project on priority basis." "In March 1994, funds were also allocated for Metro in the first budget itself. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the then Prime Minister, formally inaugurated the Metro station at Shahadra in a grand ceremony," he added.

Khurana attacked the Congress government for collapse of the transport system and alleged that Rs 150 crore were bungled on the purchase of low-floor buses.

"While Chennai had purchased low-floor buses at Rs 16 lakh each, the Delhi government had it for Rs 42 lakh each," he alleged.

He claimed that the prices of essential commodities rose sharply under the Congress rule.

"The prices of pulses have increased by 200 per cent to 300 per cent and the price of wheat has increased by 200 per cent," he said alleging that the "corruption had crossed all its limits under the Congress government".

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Post by: sajiv on Nov 30, 2008, 10:11 AM
Rail commuters cry out for basic facilities

S Anil Radhakrishnan

Murukkumpuzha station continues to remain neglected

No foot overbridge at station

Approach road is in a poor condition


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Lack of basic infrastructure facilities such as foot overbridge, platforms that accommodate 21 coaches and a covered platform at the Murukkumpuzha railway station is causing hardship to hundreds who commute from here to the capital and other destinations.

Although the station has three railway lines, it is the only one in the entire division that does not have a foot overbridge for the commuters to move from one platform to another. They are now forced to move along the tracks risking their lives.

Another problem is the difference in level of the two platforms at the station. Platform one is at a lower level and platform 2 at a higher level. The two platforms can accommodate only 14-15 coaches and often the general and ladies compartments remain outside the platform, making boarding and alighting difficult. The women and the aged are the worst hit. Also, Platform 2 does not have a covered roof to protect the commuters from the sun and rain. The entry to the station is from the Mangalapuram-Murukkumpuzha ferry road. The 200-metre approach road to the station from this main road has been in a state of disrepair for long. The road has been tendered by the railways for resurfacing.

Railway materials are stacked on the premises of the station. The building has not been given a face-lift for several years. The plants and shrubs in front of the station have not been pruned for months. Commuters have been demanding a covered parking lot for two-wheelers and bicycles.

Railway sources said the 0727 Madurai-Kollam Passenger is held up at the Murukkumpuzha station to give priority to the 7229 Hyderabad-bound Sabari Express and the 6328 Mumbai-bound Jayanti Janata Express. Often, this causes problems to office-goers and students who proceed to places beyond Kollam.

Located 21 km from Thiruvananthapuram Central, the railway station is used mainly by those hailing from Mangalapuram, Azhoor, Pothencode, Kadinamkulam and Pallipuram panchayats. Besides, it is the servicing station for the CRPF Group Centre at Pallipuram and the upcoming Technocity.

Season tickets are issued from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as the station does not have a designated clerk. The Station Master has to do all the chores, including issuing of tickets.

Trespassing is also turning out to be a headache for the authorities, as there is no fencing in the station situated in the electrified stretch. Recently, a woman was run over by a train near the level-crossing. Anti-social activities are another problem.

It takes one-and-a-half hours to commute by road from the capital to Murukkumpuzha as compared to 20 minutes by train. While the fare from Murukkumpuzha to the city is Rs.13 by ordinary bus, the rail fare is Rs.5 by passenger train and Rs.18 by Express train.

At present, three pairs of passenger trains and the 6629/6630 Malabar Express stop at the station. Railway sources said the passenger trains and the Malabar Express have good patronage. The Railway Passenger Association has been demanding more facilities and stoppage for the Guruvayur and Amritha Express.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 03, 2008, 08:01 AM
TAMBARAM: Agitated over the closure of gates at the railway level crossing near the Meenambakkam railway station for a long time, road-users, mostly two-wheeler riders and drivers of other vehicles, staged a protest by blocking the movement of suburban electric trains on the Chennai Beach - Tambaram sector on Monday.

Problems began when gates were closed around 8.30 a.m.

With the subways at Thillaiganga Nagar, Pazhavanthangal and St.Thomas Mount -- all in Alandur Municipal limits -- were flooded, vehicles could not use these facilities. For most residents of Adambakkam, Pazhavanthangal, Nanganallur, Thillaiganga Nagar and Vaanuvampettai among other localities of the municipality, the three subways were the most important links to reach Grand Southern Trunk Road.

There are alternatives -- a level crossing near Ponniamman Temple and a road over bridge linking M.K.N. Road and Chakrapani Street -- through the completed bridge is yet to be formally opened, it is used by motorists.

But, for the thousands of motorists from Nanganallur and Pazhavanthangal areas, the level crossing (LC No. 18) near the Meenambakkam station is the only access to GST Road during monsoon when the other subways are flooded.

An adjacent level crossing (LC No. 19) had been closed as work on a subway was in progress.

On Monday, the gates were closed around 8.30 a.m. and opened only at 11.30 a.m., said C. Harikesh, a resident of Nanganallur 44th Street who was in his car during that period.

Frustrated at the gates not being opened, the road-users gathered on the railway tracks, blocking the movement of a few electric trains bound for Chennai Beach and Tambaram.

The few hundred protestors included women and they dispersed only after personnel of the Railway Protection Force and the Government Railway Police came to spot and pacified them. Enquiries with Southern Railway officials revealed that the gates could not be opened due to signal problems and a technical snag. Only after the gates were made operational, around 11.30 a.m., could the police clear the piled up traffic.

Officials of the Alandur Municipality said that they had deployed additional pumps to bale out water, adding the three flooded subways would be operational by Monday night itself.

Motorists in other areas of Chennai and its suburbs also faced problems due to rainwater stagnation and damaged roads.

A case in point is Taramani Link Road. Following the rain, the road was severely damaged and at several places only half the carriageway was usable.

Vehicular traffic on a portion of Velachery-Tambaram High Road at the junctions between Madipakkam Main Road and Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Radial Road had been diverted since Friday.

Traffic bound for Velachery and the rest of the city must take a detour through Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Radial Road, Rajiv Gandhi Salai and Taramani Link Road.

K. Naveenkumar, a resident of Medavakkam, said that the closing of this stretch meant more time spent on travel and starting early from home.

Those coming from Pallikaranai, Jalladampet, Medavakkam and Sithalapakkam and bound for Velachery using the Metropolitan Transport Corporation buses too had to endure longer travel time as a number of buses passing through Velachery are taking the detour.

A new culvert was under construction at Velachery-Tambaram Main Road to channel the rainwater coming from Madipakkam into the Pallikaranai marshland. Residents here complained about the slow pace of construction work and the lack of alternative arrangement to drain the rainwater now flooding the arterial road and residential colonies nearby.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 03, 2008, 09:02 AM
Special trains from December 19-21

Hyderabad: The South Central Railway will be operating six special trains between Secunderabad and Vijayawada from December 19 to 21. Train No.714-A, Secunderabad-Vijayawada special train would leave Secunderabad at 11.15 p.m. on 19, 20 and 21 and arrive at Vijayawada at 4.45 a.m. On the return, train no. 713-A would leave Vijayawada at 11.15 p.m. on 19, 20 and 21 and arrive at Secunderabad at 5 a.m.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 03, 2008, 09:25 AM
Railway station lacks adequate security

Door frame metal detector, installed a few months ago, vanishes suddenly

KHAMMAM: A door frame metal detector (DFMD), installed at the Khammam railway station a few months ago, is not seen in its place these days. It was sanctioned at a time when it was considered to be one of the sensitive stations in security point of view. The Railways had also planned installation of CCTV cameras in the station. But all of a sudden the authorities seem to have realised that the Khammam railway station would do without the special security arrangements.

The DFMD vanished suddenly from the main entrance. Officers of the railways pleaded their ignorance about it. But a senior official has informed that the need of the DFMD was felt at Rail Nilayam and hence it was shifted to Secunderabad.

He justified the act saying that Khammam station has many entry points and one DFMD would not be of any use.

"We need to plug all the paths used by the people to gain access to the railway station and the exercise would be taken up very soon. Orders have been placed by the South Central Railways for more number of DFMDs and the Khammam station would soon have it."

Cable work
Enquired about the CCTV cameras, the officials were prompt in their response. The workmen were found laying the cables for installation of the CCTV cameras. But they are not enough to ensure foolproof security, according to the officials. The RPF station at Khammam, which required at least 20 men, has been functioning with skeletal staff.

Security checks, which are often taken up by the civil police on the roads of the main town in the wake of incidents such as the Mumbai attacks, are seldom experienced in the Khammam railway station.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 03, 2008, 09:37 AM
Train extended

HUBLI: South Central Railway has extended the services of the Kacheguda-Bangalore City-Kacheguda Weekly Special Train (0789/0790) with a revised composition for eight more trips, a press release said.

Accordingly, Kacheguda-Bangalore Weekly Special (0789) will depart Kacheguda at 9.55 p.m. on Sundays, commencing from December 7 and will arrive at Bangalore City at 12.10 p.m. the next day.

The last service of the train from Kacheguda will be on January 25, 2009.

In the return direction, Bangalore City-Kacheguda Weekly Special (0790) will depart from Bangalore City at 1 p.m. on Mondays commencing from December 8 and reach Kacheguda at 4 a.m. the next day.

The last service of the train from Bangalore City is on January 26, 2009.

The weekly special will have a revised composition of 20 coaches, comprising two 2-tier A/C coaches, one 3-tier A/C coach, 12 second-class sleepers, three general second-class coaches and two second-class luggage-cum-brake vans, the release said.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 03, 2008, 09:40 AM
Railway, bus stations are soft targets

BANGALORE: Nearly 15 lakh people visit this area daily and over 12 lakh take either a bus or a train to reach their destination or to enter the city. This is Majestic, the major travel hub of Bangalore that holds within its confines the City Railway Station and the Kempegowda Bus Station of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC).

This enormous section population is a soft target for a terror strike. This is despite the fact that the railways, the KSRTC and the BMTC have taken several measures and deployed security mechanism within their respective stations. Multiple entry points to the stations and a huge floating population pose a challenge to security agencies to offer foolproof security.

City station
The City Railway Station, which handles nearly two lakh passengers and a hundred pairs of passenger trains, has four recognised entry points where armed security personnel with metal detectors are deployed. However, there are nearly 20 unauthorised entry points to this station which are susceptible to entry of terror elements as they remain unguarded round-the-clock. These unauthorised points are located on either side of the station, including Magadi Road, Okalipuram, Binny Mill and other places. The situation is no different at Yeshwanthpur that has grown to be the second largest railway terminal for the City and Cantonment

Railway Station.
The scene inside the terminals depicts a poor picture on security aspects. There are closed circuit television cameras and personnel monitoring movement of people sitting in the control room. Still, if something happens on the platforms or the foot-overbridges or the subway, absence of security personnel on these locations might prove costly for passengers.

Short-staffed
Multiple agencies -- the Railway Protection Force (RPF), Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) -- look after safety of passengers and security of railway property. However, all these forces are short-staffed that come in the way of assuring complete security to passengers.

The GRP, for which the last recruitment was done in 1997, has a vacancy of nearly 50 posts in the sanctioned 910 posts even as the present day situation requires at least 2,000 personnel. Similarly RPF too is short-staffed and the force is managing within the available personnel.

Bus station
The other side of the railway station, which houses KBS registers over 2,500 departures and two lakh passengers of KSRTC and 10,000 departures and six lakh passengers of BMTC a day. Unlike the City Railway Station or KSRTC's terminal, BMTC's terminal with four rings and 26 platforms has multiple entry points and it is humanly impossible to guard each and every entry point.

The subway connecting KBS and the City Railway Station and the foot-overbridge at KBS connecting BMTC's platforms and KSRTC's terminal are highly vulnerable for any terror attack as they remain unguarded.

BMTC's Shivajinagar terminal, the second major city bus terminal, registers 625 departures and nearly 2.75 lakh passengers a day. Completely open on one side, this terminal too could allow free access to extremist elements.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 03, 2008, 10:16 AM
Railways to run Sabarimala specials

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Railways will run additional special trains from Hyderabad, Kakinada, Nizamabad, Vijayawada, Machilipatnam and Sipur Kagaznagar to Kollam during December and January to clear the rush during the Sabarimala season.

As per the schedule, 0766 Hyderabad-Kollam Tri-weekly Special will leave Hyderabad at 1.30 p.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from December 2 to January 15 to arrive at Kollam at 9.30 p.m. the next day. The 0765 Kollam-Hyderabad Tri-Weekly Special will leave Kollam at 11 p.m. on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from December 5 to January 16 to arrive at Hyderabad at 4.30 a.m. the third day.

The 0744 Kakinada Town-Kollam Tri-Weekly Special will leave Kakinada Town at 3.50 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from December 3 to January 14 to arrive at Kollam at 9.30 p.m. the next day.

The 0743 Kollam-Kakinada Town Tri-Weekly Special will leave Kollam at 11p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from December 3 to January 15 to arrive at Kakinada Town at 3 a.m. on the third day.

The 0766B Nizamabad-Kollam Weekly Special will leave Nizamabad at 4.15 p.m. on Fridays from December 5 to January 9 to arrive at Kollam at 12.05 a.m. on the third day. The 0765B Kollam-Nizamabad Special will leave Kollam at 1.45 a.m. on Sundays from December 7 to January 11 to arrive at Nizamabad at 10 a.m. the next day.

The 0730 Vijayawada-Kollam Weekly Special will leave Vijayawada at 7.30 p.m. on Mondays from December 1 to January 12 to arrive at Kollam at 9.30 p.m. the next day. The 0729 Kollam-Vijayawada Weekly Special will leave Kollam at 11 p.m. on Tuesdays from December 2 to January 13 to arrive at Vijayawada at 10.15 p.m. the next day.

The 0730A Machilipatnam-Kollam Weekly Special will leave Machilipatnam at 10 p.m. on Thursdays from December 4 to January 15 to arrive at Kollam at 12.05 a.m. on the third day. The 0729A Kollam-Machilipatnam Weekly Special will leave Kollam at 1.45 a.m. on Saturdays from December 6 to January 17 to arrive at Vijayawada at 4.15 a.m. the next day.

The 0766A Hyderabad-Kollam Weekly Special will leave Hyderabad at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays from December 10 to January 14 to arrive at Kollam at 12.05 a.m. on the third day.

The 0726 Sirpur Kagaznagar-Kollam Special will leave Sirpur Kagaznagar at 6 p.m. on December 25 and January 1 to arrive at Kollam at 12.05 a.m. on the third day. The 0725 Kollam-Sirpur Kagaznagar Special will leave Kollam at 1.45 a.m. on December 27 and January 3 to arrive at Sirpur Kagaznagar at 9.15 a.m. the next day.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 04, 2008, 07:12 PM
Ticket reservation counter to function from December 29

TIRUNELVELI: The computerised train ticket reservation on the Palayamkottai zone office premises will start functioning from December 29. Minister to inaugurate facility

According to chairman of Palayamkottai Zone Suba. Seetharaman, Union Minister of State for Railway, R. Velu will inaugurate the facility on December 29. Though this reservation counter will initially function from one of the existing buildings, it will be shifted to the new spacious building to be constructed on the same premises in near future.

After the Railway Board refused to give its nod for establishing the reservation counter at Palayamkottai Zone office, Mr. Seetharaman met Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and Mr. Velu and successfully persuaded them to establish the facility.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 05, 2008, 08:32 AM
Special train to Nagercoil

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run a special train from Chennai Egmore to Nagercoil.

Train (0615) will leave Egmore at 11.45 p.m. on December 6 and reach Nagercoil at 2.30 p.m. the next day.

Advance reservation for the above train will commence on December 5.

The train (2839) Howrah - Chennai Central Mail scheduled to arrive at Chennai Central at 3.50 a.m. on December 6 and the train (2842) Chennai Central - Howrah Coramandal Express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 8.45 a.m. on December 6 have been cancelled, according to a railway press release.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 05, 2008, 08:37 AM

Railways:
General Enquiry Other Than Train Arrival & Departure ( BG)   - 131
General Enquiry Other Than Train Arrival & Departure ( BG & MG) - 135
Arrival & Departure of Trains ( BG) - 133

Chennai Moore market Complex Automated Reservation Enquiry BG & MG   
English - 1361
Hindi    - 1362
Tamil - 1363
Reservation Enquiry BG & MG - 132
Chennai Egmore Reservation Enquiry Arrival & Departure of Trains ( MG) - 134

Road Transport   
APSRTC ( Tirupati Depot)   -25342075
KSRTC   -25340402
Metropolitan Transport Corporation   -25366016

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 05, 2008, 08:47 AM
No rail parcel booking for three days

MADURAI: The Railways have restricted booking of parcels for three days from Thursday for security reasons in view of the Babri Masjid demolition anniversary falling on Saturday.

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) and the Tamil Nadu Railway Police (TRP) have stepped up vigil and thrown a security blanket around the Madurai Railway Junction.

"Except for the main entrance, all other entry points into the railway station have been plugged. Even the old foot-over bridge has been closed," RPF Inspector K.S. Kannan, said.

Besides the door frame metal detectors already installed on the main entrance, two more have been put up on both sides of the new foot-over bridge. "Passengers can enter the station only after frisking and baggage checks," he said.

The locked empty rakes of trains were being piloted by RPF personnel to the railway station after thoroughly sanitising them.

Three sniffer dogs have been pressed into service for conducting anti-sabotage checks on the railway premises, including the parking lots.

"We have closed down the VIP entrance and posted armed personnel at all strategic points," TRP Inspector M.S.M. Abdul Rahim said.

Movement of suspicious persons were being monitored through closed circuit television cameras.
Plea to passengers

The security officials have urged the passengers to avoid last minute rush to the railway station and cooperate with them to ensure a safe journey.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 05, 2008, 09:56 AM
Rail traffic restored

VISAKHAPATNAM: Traffic on one track (up line) of the railway line between Howrah and Chennai has been restored by 9.10 a.m. on Thursday and work was going on for restoration of the second line.

As many as 13 bogies (S2 to S14) and the pantry car of the Patna-Ernakulam Express derailed at a place, about 38 km. from Palasa in Srikakulam district around Wednesday midnight. According to Divisional Commercial Manager, ECoR, M.M. Rao, all bogies of the derailed train are anti-telescopic coaches and hence the damage was minimum. Only five passengers had sustained minor injuries, he said. An inquiry would reveal the cause of derailment, he added.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 05, 2008, 11:05 AM
Timken to supply bearings to Indian Railways

BANGALORE: Timken Company has secured an order worth $16 million (about Rs. 80 crore) from the Indian Railways for the supply of bearings for use in passenger and freight trains.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 06, 2008, 10:37 AM
TIRUCHI: Rail traffic to Tiruvarur continues to remain suspended owing to water logging at Tiruvarur Railway Station and the yard there.

Trains to Tiruvarur from Tiruchi and Thanjavur are being operated only up to Koradachery Railway Station and back for the last eight days.

The railways have also suspended traffic on the Mayiladuturai-Karaikudi metre gauge section since November 26 due to water logging on the track between Tiruvarur and Pattukottai.

The water logging was due to breaches in the lakes and other water bodies in at least 10 locations, damaging the track for a distance of about 1.5 km, say railway sources. The sources said flooding was caused due to the decision of the government to create breaches in major embankments to prevent flood waters entering villages.

Assessment
Work on assessing the damage caused to the track and the restoration work would be taken up only after the flood water recedes.

Till then, train services will remain suspended between Mayiladuturai and Karaikudi.

Meanwhile, the public feel that the Southern Railway had decided to close down the Mayiladuturai-Karaikudi MG section soon to take up the BG conversion works.

Instead of restoring the train traffic on the MG track for a short duration by utilising money and manpower, the Railways could close down the track and commence the BG conversion work as soon as water recedes, they say.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 06, 2008, 11:00 AM
Civil Defence Day celebrated

HYDERABAD:
The South Central Railway (SCR) conducted Civil Defence Day demonstrations on Friday as part of the All-India Civil Defence Week, which is being observed between December 1 and 7. About 110 Civil Defence Volunteers participated in mock rescue operations conducted at Hyderabad Railway Divisional Office at Secunderabad.

Chief Guest of the event, Divisional Railway Manager Narottam Das said, services of Civil Defence volunteers would be of great help in times of untoward incidents such as external attacks, internal turmoil and natural calamities. He appealed the Railway employees to join the Civil Defence Organisation as volunteers.

Modes of rescue
In the mock drill, volunteers rescued many injured people by deploying rescue operations such as flying box method, tow parallel rope, sliding ladder method and structure lashing, among others. Mr. Das announced a reward of Rs.5,000 for volunteers who performed a rescue demonstration.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 06, 2008, 11:06 AM
Rail route approved

KADAPA: The Central government has accorded approval to the Kadapa-Bangalore railway route, estimated to cost Rs. 1,000 crore, according to General Manager of South Central Railway H.K. Padhi.

A survey would be conducted soon along the route through Rayachoti, Vayalpadu, Madanapalle and Bangarupet, the South Central Railway General Manager, who inspected the Kadapa railway station on Thursday night, told reporters.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 06, 2008, 07:33 PM
Train skips scheduled stop, passengers stranded

The Kumbakonam/Tiruchi-bound Rockfort Express on Thursday night ran past the Mambalam station, leaving about 40 passengers in utter confusion.

The train has a scheduled stopping at Mambalam for about two minutes, where normally 50 passengers board the train.

Station authorities immediately alerted the divisional control office as well as the Tambaram station, the next scheduled stop.

The passengers were taken to Tambaram station by an EMU where they boarded the train, much to their relief. Due to this, the train suffered a detention of about 50 minutes at Tambaram. Both the drivers were suspended for dereliction of duty and another set of drivers were asked to take charge of the train.

A Chennai Divisional Railway official said the Chennai Egmore-Tambaram section was an automatic signal territory where the signal shows green if the section is not occupied by any other train.

Even if the signal is green, the driver has to stop the train at the station as it has a scheduled stopping at Mambalam.

Skipping the station was a grave offence committed by the driver and the assistant driver. An enquiry has been ordered by the railway administration.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 06, 2008, 07:50 PM
Timings of some passenger trains revised

The Southern Railway has revised the timings of some of the passenger trains operated in the Palghat-Pollachi section consequent to its closure for gauge conversion.

According to a Southern Railway press release, 765/762 Palghat-Pollachi-Palghat; 767/766 Palghat-Pollachi-Palghat; 768A/773 Pollachi-Podanur-Pollachi; 768/761 Dindigul-Palghat-Dindigul and 764/763 Dindigul-Palghat-Dindigul passengers will be cancelled with effect from December 10.

The 775/776 Palghat-Dindigul-Palghat passengers will be partially cancelled between Palghat and Pollachi and will run between Dindigul and Pollachi.

Train services in the Dindigul-Pollachi-Podanur section will be operated to the following revised timings: The 772 Dindigul-Podanur passenger will leave Dindigul at 4.35 a.m. and reach Pollachi at 7.25 a.m.

Leaving Pollachi at 7.35 a.m., it will reach Podanur at 8.40 a.m.

The 776 Dindigul-Pollachi passenger will leave Dindigul at 8 a.m. and reach Pollachi at 10.55 a.m.

The 778 Dindigul-Podanur passenger will leave Dindigul at 5 p.m. and reach Pollachi at 8.05 p.m. It will leave Pollachi at 8.15 p.m. and reach Podanur at 9.20 p.m.

The 771 Podanur-Dindigul passenger will leave Podanur at 7 p.m. and reach Pollachi at 8 p.m. It will leave Pollachi at 8.15 p.m. and reach Dindigul at 11.25 p.m.

The 777 Podanur-Dindigul passenger will leave Podanur at 7.30 a.m. and reach Pollachi at 8.45 a.m.

It will leave Pollachi at 8.55 p.m. and reach Dindigul at 12.10 p.m. The 775 Pollachi-Dindigul passenger will leave Pollachi at 6.10 p.m. and reach Dindigul at 9.30 p.m.

Source: The Hindu
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 07, 2008, 07:31 AM
Train service to Sri Satya Sai Prasanti Nilayam

CHENNAI:
Southern Railway will introduce a direct train service to Sri Satya Sai Prasanti Nilayam from Chennai Central by extending trains (2691/2692) Chennai Central-Bangalore weekend expresses.

The inaugural service will be flagged off by Minister of State for Railways R.Velu on December 7 at the Sri Satya Sai Prasanti Nilayam railway station. Regular service will commence on December 12 from Chennai Central and December 14 from Sri Satya Sai Prasanti Nilayam.

The train will leave Chennai Central at 11.30 p.m. on Fridays and reach Sri Satya Sai Prasanti Nilayam at 10.20 a.m. the next day.

It will leave Sri Satya Sai Prasanti Nilayam at 7.10 p.m. on Sundays and arrive at Chennai Central at 5.15 a.m., according to a Southern Railway release.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 07, 2008, 07:46 AM
Coimbatore: Railway police have started scanning and tagging the luggage of the passengers as part of the security measures undertaken for the Babri Masjid demolition anniversary.

The tag bore the inscription 'Luggage identified-Government Railway Police-Tamil Nadu'.

Hitherto, this practice of scanning luggage and tagging them was done only by the Aviation sector. However the rising threat of terror attacks have resulted in such measures being taken for the railway passengers as well.

This new exercise has two objectives. One is that all luggages scanned using the Door Frame Metal Detector (DFMD) and the Hand Held Metal Detector (HHMD) will have the sticker to easily identify any suspicious luggage.

The security personnel need to only look out for a luggage without a sticker.

Number
The second benefit is that each sticker also has the inscription 'Call 99625 00500 for help' which is a toll-free number of the Railway police.

This number would come handy for the passengers for availing police help.

These stickers are sponsored by a cellular service provider who has given the toll free number.

Emergency
The passengers seeking urgent medical aid, those facing trouble from miscreants in the train and in the event of a crime or any crisis, the toll free number could be dialled.

The Railway Police control room at Chennai would co-ordinate with the Railway police Stations and arrange for assistance at the next approaching major station.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 09, 2008, 02:56 AM
Train extended till Puttaparthi

ANANTAPUR: The weekly express train between Chennai and Bangalore, No. 2691/2692, was extended till Prshanti Nilayam (Puttaparthi) in the district on Sunday by Union Minister of State for Railway R. Velu. The train runs on every Friday from Chennai and the return journey would commence on every Sunday from Puttaparthi via Bangalore.

Speaking after flagging off the train, the Minister said the government would take up more development projects by allocating Rs. 1 lakh crore to railways in the coming financial year. 'Garib Rath' train services would also be extended in the State.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 09, 2008, 03:15 AM
Coach factory: Railways' word awaited on land acquisition

PALAKKAD: Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran has said that the State government is waiting for a requisition from the Railways to start acquiring 900 acres of land needed for the proposed railway coach factory at Kanjikode, near here.

The Minister told The Hindu here on Sunday that "this is a prestigious project for the State and the government has constituted a special survey team to survey immediately the land to be acquired under the fast-track system."

He said the Railways should identify the land needed with survey numbers and allot the compensation to be paid to the landowners. The State government was waiting for a communication from the Railways. There was no delay on its part in acquiring land.

He said a meeting of the revenue authorities, representatives of local bodies and political parties and the landowners would be held here next week to settle the issues of displacement of people and compensation.

There have been allegations of delay in starting the acquisition.

Action councils in the name of the landowners have come up and are threatening an agitation against the acquisition.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 09, 2008, 03:16 AM
Railways considering suburban services

On Palakkad-Shoranur-Ernakulam route

Thrissur: Suburban train service in the Palakkad-Shoranur-Ernakulam route is under active consideration of the Railway, Thiruvananthapuram Divisional Additional Railway Manager Asok Kumar has said.

He was delivering the keynote address at the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Thrissur Railway Passengers Association, at the Kerala Sahithya Akademi auditorium, here, on Sunday.

Speaking after inaugurating the function, P. R. Rajan, MP, urged the Railways to develop Punkunnam as a satellite station of Thrissur Railway Station.

Extension sought
Therambil Ramakrishnan, MLA, urged the railways not to delay extension of Thiruvanathapuram-Ernakulam Intercity Express to Thrissur. Mayor R. Bindu presided over the function.

Two papers on topics related to development of the railways were presented on the occasion.

Thrissur Passengers Association Treasurer T.A. Rajendran, in his paper, listed the long-pending demands of railway passengers in Thrissur.

The existing facilities were not sufficient to accommodate the crowd.

Thrissur would witness an unprecedented growth when the Smart city, Vallarpadam Container Terminal and L.N.G. Terminal become a reality, he noted.

Some of the suggestions he put forward for the development of the sector include, extending the 6341/6342 Thiruvanathapuram-Ernakulam Intercity Express to Guruvayur; running the 647/650 Shornur-Ernakulam-

Shoranur Passenger on Sundays, extending the 616 Kannur-Shoranur passenger to Thrissur; increasing number of services in Guruvayur-Thrissur-Ernakulam route, increasing the bogies from 24 to 26, more platforms and rail tracks in Ollur, Irinjalakkua and Karukutty stations, third platform at Punkunnam, new platform and foot-overbridge in Thrissur station and opening ticket counter and parcel booking facility at the second entry at Thrissur Railway station.

Association Secretary P. Krishnakumar's paper was about the scope of development of the railways.

Modernisation of signal system was the most feasible way to increase number of services with the available infrastructure, he noted.

Others who spoke at the function included BJP district vice-president Ravikumar Uppath, and Thrissur Passengers Association president D. Anantha Subramanian.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 09, 2008, 03:59 AM
Railways' profit will cross Rs.1,000 bn

Railways' profits in the current fiscal will cross Rs.1,000 billion ($20 billion), Railways Minister Lalu Prasad said here Monday.

"I am 100 percent sure that Indian Railways is set to earn a profit of over Rs.1 lakh crore (Rs.1,000 billion) during the current fiscal," he said.

The minister has been travelling across the state during the last one week to lay foundation stones of new rail lines and also to inaugurate railway buildings.

"It (Railways) was not profit making before I took over nearly five years ago. I simply turned it into a profit making one," Lalu Prasad said.

Despite railways being targeted by Maoist rebels, terrorists and protesters, it is making history by achieving new records in profit, starting projects and spreading its network across the country, he said.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 09, 2008, 08:07 AM

Railways raises freight rates
NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways on Monday effected an up to 8 per cent hike in freight rates for cement, coal and coke As a result, the freight rates stand revised higher by 7-8 per cent a tonne with effect from Monday, as per a notification issued on November 28.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 09, 2008, 08:07 AM
Railways gets new Financial Commissioner

CHENNAI: Sowmya Raghavan has taken over charge of the office of Financial Commissioner, Railways. Prior to this appointment she was General Manager of Central Railway, according to a Southern Railway release. Before joining as the first lady General Manager of Central Railway, she was Advisor (Finance), Ministry of Railways (Railway Board).
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 10, 2008, 09:25 AM
City-bound trains to halt at Pettah

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Thiruvananthapuram-bound mail and express trains will not have to wait endlessly for signal to enter the Central station here station with the introduction of the Intermediate Block Signal at Pettah.

The installation of the signal system will result in an 'unscheduled halt' at the Pettah station for all mail, express and passenger trains coming to Thiruvananthapuram Central, Nagercoil and beyond.

With this, the Railways will be able to avoid stoppage of the trains near the Upidamoodu bridge and Overbridge during the peak morning and evening hours.

This will be a big relief to commuters, especially office-goers and students, and for those proceeding to the Medical College Hospital, Regional Cancer Centre, the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology and those going to the airport and Technopark.

Less congestion
The congestion and rush at the Central station during the peak hours can also be reduced to a certain degree, sources said.

At present, most trains are made to wait, for 10 to15 minutes, on the 'outer' of the Central station for signal. The home signal of the Central station is after the Pettah railway station.

During the peak hours, commuters, especially office-goers and students, get off the coaches and leap over Railway compound walls to enter the Vanchiyoor-Upidamoodu-Overbridge road to reach their destinations in time.

The proposals for more platforms had been forwarded from the divisional level to the Southern Railway headquarters in Chennai for clearance, a senior official told The Hindu.

The work involves track circuiting of the Thiruvananthapuram-Pettah stretch at a cost of Rs.60 lakh.

As per the proposal, the highly saturated Thiruvananthapuram-Kochuveli section will be divided into two 'block sections.'

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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 10, 2008, 10:36 AM
Coimbatore - Tirupati special train to clear extra rush

Coimbatore: In order to clear the extra rush of passengers during the winter season, the Southern Railway - Salem Division is running a special train between Coimbatore and Tirupati two services on either direction in December.

A release from Salem Division said that from Coimbatore the train would run on December 16 and 23 (Tuesdays) and in the return direction it would be on December 17 and 24 (Wednesdays).

Train number 0623 will depart Coimbatore at 10. 35 p.m. and it would stop at Tirupur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai, Katpadi, Chittoor, Pakala and reach Tirupati at 7.30 a.m. the next day and train number 0624 will depart at 09.00 p.m. and would stop at Pakala, Chittoor, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Coimbatore North and reach Coimbatore Junction at 07.00 a.m. The composition of the train would be one AC two tier coach, two AC three tier coaches, 12 sleeper class coaches, two general second class coaches and two luggage-cum-brake vans.

Train number ML 02/01 Coimbatore - Melmaruvathur - Coimbatore special trains would be operated in December, January and February. From Coimbatore special trains would run on December 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 31 in January services would be on 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31 and in February on 3, 4, 5 and 6. Train number ML03 would depart Melmaruvathur for Coimbatore on December 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 and in January on 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 and in February on 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7. The train would have composition of two sleeper class coaches, 17 general second class coaches, three luggage-cum-brake vans. The train would leave Coimbatore at 10. 30 p.m. and arrive Melmaruvathur at 8.00 a.m. and in the return direction it would depart Melmaruvathur at 6.00 p.m. and arrive Coimbatore 4.00 a.m. the next day. Train Number ML04/03 Erode-Melmaruvathur-Erode special train services wouldbe operated with a composition of ten sleeper class coaches, 10 general second class coaches and two luggage-cum-brake vans. The special will leave Erode at 9.45 p.m. and arrive Melmaruvathur at 8.a.m. the next day. In the return direction, the train would leave Melmaruvathur at 10.30 p.m. and arrive Erode at 05.45 a.m. the next day. The dates of the services from Erode are December 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 and 30, January 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and February 6 and from Melmaruvathur the services would be on December 21, 23, 25, 27, 29 and 31 and in January on 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and on February 8.

Train number ML06/ML05 Tirupur-Melmaruavthur-Tirupur with a composition of four sleeper class coaches, 15 general-second class coaches and three luggage-cum-brake vans will leave Tirupur at 11.20 p.m. and arrive Melmaruvathur at 08.15 a.m. the next day. Services from Tirupur would be on December 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 30 and on January 1, 4, 9 and 15. The train in the return direction would leave Melmaruvathur at 6.00 p.m. and arrive Tirupur at 03.00 a.m. the next day. The dates of the services are December 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 and 31 and in January on 2, 5, 10 and 16. In addition, there would be a one day additional special different from ML06/-5 with a composition of ten sleeper class coaches, 10 general second class coaches and two luggage-cum-brake vans. The special would leave Tirupur at 4.30 p.m. on January 11 and arrive Melmaruvathur at 04.00 a.m. the next day and in the return direction, the special would leave Melmaruvathur at 10.30 p.m. on January 12 and arrive Tirupur at 06.45 a.m. the next day.

Train number ML46/45 Sankaridurg-Melmaruvathur special with a composition of ten sleeper class coaches, ten general second class coaches and two luggage-cum-brake vans, the special ML46 would leave Sankaridurg at 10.00 p.m. on January 26 and arrive Melmaruvathur at 08.00 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, the special would leave Melmaruvathur at 10. 30 p.m. on January 27 and arrive Erode at 05.30 a.m. the next day. For more details passengers could log on to www.southernrailway.org
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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 11, 2008, 11:17 AM
Special train to Puducherry today

South Western Railway has decided to run a special train (single service) between Yashwanthpur and Puducherry on Thursday in view of inauguration of Yashwanthpur- Pondicherry Garib Rath Express at Pondicherry on Saturday.

According to a press release, the Yashwanthpur-Puducherry Garib Rath Special Train (0679) will depart from Yashwanthpur at 11.15 p.m. on Thursday and reach Pondicherry at 9.20 a.m. next day. The special train will have 18 coaches comprising 16 AC 3-tier high capacity coaches and two generator cars.

After the inauguration on December 13, the train will be running as weekly express starting from December 19 from Yeshwanthpur end and from December 20 from Pondicherry end, the release said.

The train will reach Puducherry from Bangalore via Hosur, Dharmapuri, Salem and Villupuram.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 12, 2008, 08:44 AM

Rlys to miss cash surplus target
The fall in iron ore freight traffic in October and November this year by 70 per cent is likely to punch a huge hole in the cash surplus target of Indian Railways for the current financial year.

The railways had projected a Rs 30,000 crore cash surplus before dividend for the current fiscal. But now they are looking at a surplus of Rs 20,000 crore.

"Until October, we were confident of meeting the target. However, in the last two months, the iron ore meant for exports carried by the railways has witnessed a sharp fall of 70 per cent. This may affect our cash surplus target. Therefore, we expect our cash surplus to come down to around Rs 20,000 crore by March 2008," said a senior railway ministry official.

In the last four years, the railways have reported a cash surplus of around Rs 24,000 crore annually, of which profit from iron ore stood in the range of Rs 8,000 crore to Rs 10,000 crore. During October 2008, the total freight carried by the railways witnessed a decline of 0.14 per cent, compared to last year. While iron ore constitutes 5 per cent of the total freight traffic of the railways, the margins for carrying iron ore are very high.

Railway freight traffic predominantly constitutes commodities like coal, iron ore, cement, fertilisers, petroleum oil and lubricants (POL), pig iron and food grains. "Other than food grains and fertilisers, the demand for commodities is cyclical in nature. So any kind of macro-economic downturn is bound to impact us," the official added.

Apart from the slowdown in commodity traffic, the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations has also put an additional burden of Rs 1,700 crore on the railways, against their budgetary estimates. The railways had made an ad hoc provision of nearly Rs 5,000 crore for the pay panel recommendations.

Facing a tough task ahead, the railways last week increased the freight rates for key commodities, including cement and coal by up to 8 per cent.

"The recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission and the overall economic slowdown have impacted our revenue projections. Therefore, we are in the process of balancing our earning target," said a senior Railway Board member, justifying the increase in freight rates.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 12, 2008, 09:38 AM
Special train schedule

The SCR's 748 B Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam special train will be leaving Secunderabad at 8 p.m. on December 14 and will reach Vijayawada at 2 a.m. on December 15. It will depart at 2.20 a.m. and reach Visakhapatnam at 8.30 a.m. In the return direction, the train (747 B) will leave Visakhapatnam at 8 p.m. on December 15, reach Vijayawada at 2.05 a.m. on December 16 and leave at 2.25 a.m. for reaching Hyderabad at 8.15 a.m.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 13, 2008, 11:13 AM
Special trains to Sec'bad, Howrah, Mysore

VISAKHAPATNAM: The East Coast Railway will run special trains between Secunderabad and Visakhapatnam to clear extra rush of passengers on December 14 and 15.

According to Senior Divisional Commercial Manager of the Waltair Division of the East Coast Railway GVL Satya Kumar, train no: 748 B Secunderabad- Visakhapatnam Express leaves Secunderabad at 2000 hrs on December 14 reaching Visakhapatnam at 0830 hours on December 15.

The 747 B Visakhapatnam-Secunderabad Express departs Visakhapatnam at 2000 hrs on December 15 reaching Secunderabad at 0815hrs. The train comprises a Third AC, a Second AC, 10 sleeper class, two general second class compartments and two second class-cum-luggage van. The trains will have halts at Kazipet, Warangal, Khammam, Vijayawada, Eluru, Tadepalligudem, Rajahmundry, Samalkot, Annavaram, Tuni, and Anakapalle.

The Railways will also run a special train between Howrah and Mysore. The train no: 0803 Howrah-Mysore special train leaves Howrah at 1610 hrs every Friday between December 5 and January 16 and reaches Mysore at 0740 hrs every Sunday with stoppages at Vizianagaram (0430-0432 hrs), Visakhapatnam (0550-0635 hrs) and Duvvada (0710-0715 hrs) in Waltair Division.

In the return direction, train no: 0804 Mysore-Howrah special train leaves Mysore at 2045 hrs on every Sunday between December 7 and January 18 and reaches Howrah at 1620 hrs on every Tuesday touching Duvvada (2340 hrs), Visakhapatnam (0015 hrs) and Vizianagaram (0130 hrs) in Waltair division.

The train comprises two AC three-tier, two AC two-tier, nine sleeper class coaches, a general second class and two general second class-cum-luggage vans.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 14, 2008, 04:13 AM
Railways to spend Rs.300 bn on infrastructure upgrade

Indian Railways Saturday announced it will invest around Rs.300 billion (Rs.30,000 crore/$6.6 billion) to upgrade its infrastructure as well as boost the economy.

The upgradation plan includes renewal of 2,941 km railway tracks that will require about 339,228 tonnes of steel and renewal of sleeper sheets along 2,382 km of railway lines.

The state-run enterprise said in a statement that the investment would shore up its infrastructural development and upkeep, and also 'go a long way in boosting the Indian economy'.

The railways, which have manufactured 3,000 coaches this year, an increase of about 12.5 percent over last year, said work was in progress for developing 300 railway stations into model stations.

It is also developing 23 world class stations, for which construction work on four has already started.

The statement added that railways would set up a 1,000-MW thermal power plant as part of a joint venture deal with National Thermal Power Corp (NTPC) at Nabi Nagar, Bihar at a combined cost of about $1.19 billion (Rs.5,352 crore)

The ministry of railways has increased its target of electrification of railway lines to 3,500 km as part of the 11th Five Year plan, it added.

The electrification target for the current year has been increased from 700 km to 1,000 km, while it has set a target of 1,200 km for next year.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 14, 2008, 07:33 AM

Special train for Pushkaram
Hyderabad: The South Central Railway is running special trains from Bolarum to Kurnool Town for pilgrims attending the Tungabhadra Pushkaram.

The Bolarum-Kurnool Town Pushkaram Special will leave Bolarum at 5.40 a.m. on December 14 and arrive at Kurnool Town at 11 a.m. the same day.

In the return direction, Kurnool Town- Bolarum Special train will leave Kurnool town at 2.20 p.m. and arrive at Bolarum at 7.45 p.m, the same day.

Enroute, the train will halt at Alwal, Malkajgiri, Sitaphalmandi, Kacheguda, Malakpet, Falaknuma, Mahabubnagar, Gadwal and Alampur road, informed a release.

Holy dip
KURNOOL: Lok Ayukta Anand Reddy and High Court Judge P.S. Narayana took a holy dip in the Tungabhadra river at Pump House pushkar ghat on Saturday. Later, the judges with their families worshipped at the Vinayak temple. Meanwhile, Collector Mukesh Kumar Meena visited all ghats in the city and verified the presence of health and other staff. The health staff on duty at Sankalbagh were not available to render first aid.

The collector directed the higher officials of the department to take action against the errant staff.

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Post by: dhilipkumar on Dec 15, 2008, 03:53 PM
Tamilnadu Chennai


"Master Plan for railway security on the anvil"

Special Correspondent
Security to be beefed up at stations in 140 non-metros identified as "hypersensitive"

VILLUPURAM: Railway stations have become soft targets for terrorists as evidenced by the recent attack at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) in Mumbai, according to R.Velu, Union Minister of State for Railways.

He told presspersons at Vikkiravandi near here on Sunday that in the wake of the Mumbai carnage and "certain unpleasant incidents elsewhere," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had asked the Railways to prepare a "Master Plan" for taking anti-terror and anti-sabotage measures in the railway stations across the country.

Besides the stations in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, security would be beefed up at the stations in 140 non-metros identified as "hypersensitive."

A sum of Rs. 60 crore was allotted this year for procuring modern weaponry for the Railway Protection Force (RPF). RPF personnel would be imparted commando training and dog squads would stationed at sensitive railway stations. Closed circuit television network would also be installed.

In fact, it was the CCTV network installed in Mumbai that helped in identifying the terrorists, Mr. Velu said.

Good performance
In the past four years, the Railways had performed extremely well: it not only offset losses but also generated profit, Mr. Velu said.

By the time he completes his five-year tenure, the Railways would have an aggregate surplus of about Rs. 1,00,000 crore as follows: first year - Rs. 9,000 crore, second year - Rs. 15,000 crore, third year - Rs. 20,000 crore, fourth year - Rs. 25,000 crore and fifth year - Rs. 20,000 crore.

Fare brought down
The Railways not only left freight charges undisturbed but also brought down the fare, Mr. Velu added.

In the past four years, it had taken up projects worth about Rs. 5,000 crore in Tamil Nadu, created 1,000-km new routes at the cost of Rs. 2,800 crore, converted 1,956 km track into broad gauge, completed electrification for a distance of 800 km, and sanctioned one-third of total number of railway over bridges and subways, numbering 108, to Tamil Nadu.

Mr. Velu said that the recently introduced Puducherry-Yashwantpur Garib Rath would resume regular services after administrative hiccups were cleared.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 16, 2008, 04:17 AM
Railways Tatkal scheme bags Rs 356-crore profit

Railways has made a profit of more than Rs 300 crore alone from its Tatkal scheme of passengers reservation this year.

"The Railways earned Rs 356 crore from its Tatkal scheme this year (October 2008). The profit is expected to go up," a senior ministry official said.

The Tatkal (immediate) scheme of reservation was launched by Railways a couple of years back. Under the scheme, passengers can book their tickets five days in advance from the date of boarding by paying additional charges.

In 2006-07, railways earned a Rs 207-crore profit as compared to Rs 396 crore in 2007-08 from the scheme. According to officials, Tatkal booking opens at 8 am on five days before of actual date of journey excluding date of the journey.

The ministry, apparently happy with the outcome of the scheme is also planning to make service more user-friendly.

"The ministry is also considering to extend the number of counters which issue Tatkal tickets, at major stations. It is also considering to open such counters at different other locations," the official said.

The Railway has recently relaxed proof of identity of the passenger seeking reservation under Tatkal scheme neither at the time of booking nor during the journey.

For tickets booked through the internet using railways website or private portals, a passenger has to carry one of the five identity proofs authorised by the railways ministry while travelling, he said.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 16, 2008, 09:01 AM
Railway employee convicted

CHENNAI: A special court convicted a railway employee of charges of impersonation and cheating here on Monday.

According to the prosecution, V. Sekar had made a false claim by impersonating himself as Ashok Kumar, son of Pakkirisamy, and got appointment in the Southern Railway as a temporary khalasi in 1975. He was actually the son-in-law of Pakkirisamy, a railway employee who retired in 1976 and died later. Since Pakkirisamy's son, Ashok Kumar was already employed in the railway, Sekar got recruited by furnishing false information under the ward category.

The Central Bureau of Investigation had registered a case in this regard.

The Additional Chief Metropolitan for CBI cases, B. Sarojini Devi, who heard the case sentenced Sekar to three years rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs. 8,000.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 16, 2008, 09:21 AM
High speed trial on Erode-Tiruchi section

Coimbatore: The Principal Chief Engineer, Southern Railway, will be conducting a speed trial at 125 kmph by a special train using Oscillation Monitoring System (OMS) car on December 17 on Erode-Karur - Tiruchirapalli section.

A release from Southern Railway - Salem Division said that at present the trains on Erode - Karur - Tiruchirapalli section were run at a speed of 100 kmph.

In order to increase the sectional speed of trains, the special trial would be conducted.

The speed trial special would leave Erode at 09.15 hours in the morning and reach Tiruchirapalli at 11.15 hours on December 17.

Be cautious
The public had been requested to be extra cautious while crossing the unmanned level crossings in the section on that day.

They were told to be patient while crossing the manned level crossings since the gates would be closed well in advance to ensure uninterrupted running of the trial special. Public had been asked not to venture out near the railway tracks.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 16, 2008, 09:35 AM

Tiruvarur-Nagore train service by month-end: officials

Commissioner of Railway Safety to inspect section in third week of December

NAGAPATTINAM: Trains might soon start running in the Tiruvarur-Nagore section after a prolonged delay, which postponed the opening of the line for the last couple of years.

Officials said that the Commissioner of Railway Safety was scheduled to inspect the section in the third week of December.

Work on the 31-km stretch between Tiruvarur and Nagore had started in 2006 itself and the project cost was estimated at Rs.34 crore then. This was part of the link between Tiruchi and Karaikal, with the Tiruchi-Thanjavur and Thanjavur-Tiruvarur sections already complete.

This section, along with the proposed work to Karaikal, and the extension to Velankanni, would help a lot of commuters to the pilgrim centres of Velankanni, Nagore and Karaikal, and also the Karaikal Port, which is getting ready.

However, there was a delay, owing to various reasons, and although there had been trial runs even in April of this year, trains were yet to start plying. At an inspection of the Kollidam railway bridge on Sunday, R. Velu, Minister of State for Railways, had assured that trains would be on the tracks by the end of December.

When contacted, railways officials told The Hindu that the inspection by the CRS was scheduled for the third week of December, and if things went according to the plan, trains would indeed start running by December-end. Officials also confirmed that the Kollidam railway bridge was nearing completion with only girders left to be built, and soon the Sirkazhi-Chidambaram line might also be opened for traffic.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 16, 2008, 09:36 AM

Coimbatore: Train services, which were curtailed at Coimbatore junction for more than a fortnight, have been restored, official sources said today.

The trains were curtailed at Coimbatore junction from November 25 to December 12, for taking up yard remodelling works. The trains resumed services from the midnight last night.

Normal services have been resumed in Coimbatore area, a Southern Railway release said here.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 16, 2008, 09:41 AM
Speed trial on Tiruchi section on December 17

SALEM: The Southern Railway has asked the people to exercise extra caution while crossing the unmanned level crossings and tracks in the Erode-Karur-Tiruchi section on December 17 as it has planned to conduct a speed trial.

The Principal Chief Engineer will conduct a speed trial at 125 kmph by a special train using Oscillation Monitoring System (OMS car) on the day. The special train will leave Erode at 9.45 a.m. and reach Tiruchirapalli at 11.15 a.m., a press release said. The speed trial is planned to increase the sectional speed of trains to 110 kmph between Erode Tiruchirappalli. Currently, the trains in the section run at a speed of 100 kmph.

Be cautious
The Southern Railway appealed to the public to be patient while crossing the manned level crossings as the gates will be closed well in advance to ensure uninterrupted running of the special train for speed trial. The public are also advised not to venture near the tracks or cross them.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 16, 2008, 10:44 AM
Special trains fetch big bucks

SCR earns Rs. 250 crore in April-November

Operated twice a month on Kakinada-Sec'bad and Vijayawada-Sec'bad routes

The Railways is operating special trains for public meetings of all political parties also


VIJAYAWADA:
Operating special trains has not only reduced the burden of adding extra coaches to the existing trains, but also helped the South Central Railways (SCR) improve its revenues. Unlike in the past, the Vijayawada division of the South Central Railway is operating special trains even during weekends from select destinations.

Vijayawada-Sencunderabad and Kakinada-Secunderabad are the two routes, in which special trains are being operated at least twice a month. The officials have found that operation of special trains is not very expensive, as they are making better use of the available rakes.

A glimpse of the revenue records of the Vijayawada division will reveal the hike in passenger earnings. The division earned Rs. 229 crores through sale of tickets between April and November 2007, and this had gone up to Rs. 250 crores in the corresponding period of 2008. The passenger rush too had gone up from 51.3 million to 54.3 million during the same period.

"We must attribute it to the operation of special trains. We have increased the number of special trains manifold in the last one year. One must also keep in mind that there is no increase in the train fares in the last two years," says M. Sarjana Rao, Additional Divisional Railway Manager of the Vijayawada division.
Better option

"We found this easier than adding two or three coaches to the existing trains. After conducting a survey to find out the routes where passenger rush is high, we have zeroed in on Kakinada -Secun -derabad and Vijayawada-Secunderabad routes and began operating special trains during weekends, festivals and public holidays," he explains. The Railways is operating special trains for the public meetings of all political parties.

The Railway officials are on cloud nine, as they set a new record in terms of earnings from the freight operations too. Under this head, the earnings between April and November 2007 were Rs. 308 crores, and the same in the corresponding period of 2008 saw a jump to Rs. 427 crores. "This was possible because of the State Government's decision to import fertilisers.

We carted fertilisers from Kakinada port to different parts of the State," explains Mr. Rao.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 17, 2008, 02:24 AM
Railway pension adalat settles 250 grievances

Chennai:  Southern Railway held pension adalat at its headquarters office, Chennai division, and also at other divisional headquarters offices (i.e.) at Trichy, Madurai, Salem, Palghat and Thiruvananthapuram, on 15.12.2008, to mitigate the grievances of railway pensioners.

Out of 374 representations received, grievances of 250 railway pensioners were settled positively and an amount of Rs 8,73,890 was paid to the pensioners, sources said.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 17, 2008, 07:49 AM
Special trains to Nagercoil

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run the following special trains between Chennai Central and Nagercoil in both directions.

Train No.0631 will leave Chennai Central at 7.40 p.m. on December 19 and 21 and reach Nagercoil at 10.35 a.m. the next day. In the return direction train No. 0632 will leave Nagercoil at 4.30 p.m. on December 20 and 22 and arrive at Central at 8.30 a.m., the next day.

Reservation will commence on December 17, says a Railway release. -- Special Correspondent
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 17, 2008, 07:54 AM
'Resume work on railway line'

Bangalore: Work on the 47-km Talaguppa-Shimoga stretch of the Talaguppa-Bangalore broad-gauge railway line has come to a halt for over two years.

Started by the erstwhile Mysore State Railways on the orders of then Maharaja of Mysore, Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar in 1938 to supply material to the Sharavathi Valley Project (now Mahatma Gandhi Hydroelectric Works), which was under construction, the rail link catered for the people of the region until train services were stopped in 1994.

The railway line was laid at a cost of Rs. 24 lakh provided by the then Mysore Government Electricity Department. The same line was utilised to connect Hubli at Birur and Mysore at Arsikere.

Traders used to transport chilli, cotton, cattle-feed, oilseeds and salt (from Tuticorin) to Sagar in Shimoga district for onward despatch to the nearby towns and villages.

Railway commuters from Sorab, Sagar, Anavatti, Siddapur, Jog Falls and Sirsi are forced to take buses to Bangalore. They pay around Rs. 240 from Sagar Bangalore whereas the train fare works out to around Rs. 40.

Office-bearers of the Shimoga-Talaguppa Railway Broad-Gauge Horata Samiti, led by its president, Na D'Souza, noted Kannada writer, told reporters here on Monday that while work on the 45-km Anandapura-Talaguppa stretch was going on, there was no progress on the other stretch. The shortage of concrete sleepers had slowed the pace of work.

Mr. D'Souza said that the railway line, when completed, could be connected to the Konkan Railway line at Honnavar in Uttara Kannada district, which would reduce the distance between Bangalore and Mumbai by 150 km.

He said the Railway Ministry had released Rs. 150 crore for the project.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 17, 2008, 07:54 AM
BANGALORE: In a year, the Okalipuram entrance to the City Railway Station will wear a new look with a sprawling station building and other passenger amenities. This entrance, leading to Platform 10 downwards, currently caters to nearly half the passenger traffic of the City Railway Station.

South Western Railway (SWR) General Manager Praveen Kumar laid the foundation stone for the first phase of the project here on Tuesday. The first phase would encompass the ground floor of 17,400 sq.ft. carpet area, with a booking office, passenger lobby, food court and waiting area.. The entire building, after completion, will have a waiting hall, restaurant, toilets, inquiry desk and transit area on the first floor; offices for railway staff on the second floor; dormitory and toilets on the third floor; and retiring rooms on the fourth and fifth floors. The project is estimated to cost Rs. 7 crore and the total built up area will be 48,000 sq.ft.

Mr. Praveen Kumar said there was no hindrance from the Railways' side regarding the proposal for a traffic signal-free underpass beneath the City Railway Station, connecting the Majestic area and Okalipuram. Everything has to be done by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), he added.

Third terminal
Mr. Praveen Kumar said Chinese Railways, the consultant appointed to prepare a detailed project report on developing the Byappanahalli railway station into a world-class utility, had reportedly submitted an initial report to the Railways Board. "I have not got the copy of the report," he added.

At Byappanahalli, Mr. Praveen Kumar said, the Railways had over 100 acres of landA mega coach terminal with multi-modal transit facility would come up at Byappanahalli at a cost of over Rs. 1,000 crore, he said. This would make Byappanahalli the third major railway terminal in Bangalore, after the City and Yeshwanthpur terminals.

Divisional Railway Manager Akhil Agarwal and other senior officials were present. On the occasion, Mr. Praveen Kumar also flagged off a new track maintenance vehicle.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 17, 2008, 07:56 AM
Some train services to be cancelled from January 1

MADURAI: Southern Railway has cancelled train services between Tirunelveli Town-Shencottah sector with effect from January 1, 2009 consequent to the closure of Tirunelveli Town-Tenkasi metre gauge section for gauge conversion.

Train No. 747/742 Tirunelveli Town-Shencottah-Tirunelveli Town passengers would be fully cancelled, a statement said.

Partial cancellation

Train No. 741/748 Tirunelveli Town-Punalur-Tirunelveli passengers are partially cancelled between Tirunelveli Town and Shencottah only. These trains would run between Shencottah and Punalur.

Similarly, Train No. 743/750 Tenkasi-Punalur-Tenkasi passengers are partially cancelled between Tenkasi and Shencottah only. These trains would run between Shencottah and Punalur.

Following the cancellations and partial cancellations of the above trains, the timings of train services between Punalur and Shencottah have been revised:

Punalur-Shencottah passengers

Train No 744 would leave Punalur at 9 a.m. and would arrive Shencottah at 11.05 am. Train No. 746 would leave Punalur at 1 p.m. and reach Shencottah at 3.25 p.m.

Train No. 748 would leave Punalur at 3.30 p.m. and reach Shencottah at 5.50 p.m. Train No. 750 would leave Punalur at 6.05 p.m. and reach Shencottah at 8.20 p.m.
Shencottah-Punalur passengers

Train No. 741 would leave Shencottah at 9.50 a.m. and reach Punalur at 12.05 p.m. Train No. 743 would leave Shencottah at 6.30 a.m. and reach Punalur at 8.35 a.m.

Train No. 745 would leave Shencottah at 11.45 a.m. and reach Punalur at 2.00 p.m. Train No. 749 would leave Shencottah at 3.35 p.m. and reach Punalur at 5.40 p.m.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 17, 2008, 11:53 AM
Railways earn Rs 3,909 crore from e-ticketing

Indian Railways has added nearly 4,000 crore in its coffers through e-ticketing till November 2008, which is nearly double the amount it made during last fiscal.

The Railways earned Rs 3,909 crore from its e-ticketing scheme this year (till November 2008). The profit is expected to rise," a senior ministry official said.

The e-ticketing facility was launched by Railways in 2005. Under the scheme, passengers can book their tickets using internet by opting any of the two options -- e-ticket and i-ticket.

The profit made by Railways is more than double the amount it earned last year. In the financial year 2007-08, Railways earned Rs 1295.74 crore from the facility.

The ministry, apparently happy with the outcome of the scheme, wants to make it more user friendly to add more customers to its kitty but refrained from making any major modifications.

"The ministry as of now does not plan to modify the scheme since it is yielding expected results. But we keep introducing user friendly systems in e-ticketing software system to make our services more customer-friendly," the official said.

According to officials, using e-ticket facility, passengers can book berths in trains online and get instant print out of electronic reservation ticket. While in case of i-ticket, they (passengers) can only book accommodation using internet and the tickets gets delivered to their home.

However, the i-ticket facility is available at selected locations only. Railways take two to three days to deliver tickets depending on the city, official said.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 18, 2008, 02:46 AM

City Railway Station to wear new look soon
BANGALORE: In a year, the Okalipuram entrance to the City Railway Station will wear a new look with a sprawling station building and other passenger amenities. This entrance, leading to Platform 10 downwards, currently caters to nearly half the passenger traffic of the City Railway Station.

South Western Railway (SWR) General Manager Praveen Kumar laid the foundation stone for the first phase of the project here on Tuesday. The first phase would encompass the ground floor of 17,400 sq.ft. carpet area, with a booking office, passenger lobby, food court and waiting area.. The entire building, after completion, will have a waiting hall, restaurant, toilets, inquiry desk and transit area on the first floor; offices for railway staff on the second floor; dormitory and toilets on the third floor; and retiring rooms on the fourth and fifth floors. The project is estimated to cost Rs. 7 crore and the total built up area will be 48,000 sq.ft.

Mr. Praveen Kumar said there was no hindrance from the Railways' side regarding the proposal for a traffic signal-free underpass beneath the City Railway Station, connecting the Majestic area and Okalipuram. Everything has to be done by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), he added.

Third terminal
Mr. Praveen Kumar said Chinese Railways, the consultant appointed to prepare a detailed project report on developing the Byappanahalli railway station into a world-class utility, had reportedly submitted an initial report to the Railways Board. "I have not got the copy of the report," he added.

At Byappanahalli, Mr. Praveen Kumar said, the Railways had over 100 acres of landA mega coach terminal with multi-modal transit facility would come up at Byappanahalli at a cost of over Rs. 1,000 crore, he said. This would make Byappanahalli the third major railway terminal in Bangalore, after the City and Yeshwanthpur terminals.

Divisional Railway Manager Akhil Agarwal and other senior officials were present. On the occasion, Mr. Praveen Kumar also flagged off a new track maintenance vehicle.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 18, 2008, 02:50 AM
Train between Hubli and Bijapur from Friday

HUBLI: South Western Railway has decided to introduce a pair of Daily Express Special Train (0693/0694) between Hubli and Bijapur with effect from December 19, a release said.

Timings
The Hubli- Bijapur Daily Express Special (0693) will depart from Hubli at 4.15 p.m. and reach Bijapur at 10 p.m. on the same day.

Enroute, the special train will arrive at and depart from Sisvinahalli at 4.44 p.m. /4.45 p.m., Annigeri at 4.54/4.55 p.m., Gadag at 5.15p.m. /5.30 p.m., Hole Alur at 6.15p.m. /6.17 p.m., Badami at 7.02 p.m. /7.03 p.m., Bagalkot at 8p.m. /8.05 p.m., Alamatti at 9p.m. /9.01 p.m., Basavana Bagewadi Road at 9.30p.m. /9.31 p.m., and Ibrahimpur at 9.49p.m. /9.50 p.m. On the return route, Bijapur- Hubli Daily Express Special (0694) will leave Bijapur at 11 p.m., and arrive at Hubli at 7 a.m. the next day.

Enroute, the special train will arrive at and depart from Ibrahimpur at 11.07p.m. /11.08 p.m., Basavana Bagewadi Road at 1a.m. /1.02 a.m., Almatti at 1.45a.m. /1.46 a.m., Bagalkot at 2.47a.m. /2.52 a.m., Badami at 3.38a.m. /3.40 a.m., Hole Alur at 4.10a.m. /4.12 a.m., Gadag at 5.10a.m. /5.25 a.m., Annigeri at 5.55a.m. /5.56 a.m., and Sisvinahalli at 6.11a.m. /6.12 a.m.

The train would have 11 coaches comprising three second class sleepers, six general second class coaches, and two second class luggage-cum-brake vans, the release said.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 18, 2008, 02:50 AM
Railway station near airport yet to materialise

AAI raised the demand for station two years ago

Surathkal hobli to be a warehousing station

MANGALORE: The railway connectivity to Mangalore Airport does not seem to be a big deal. By merely setting up a railway station on the existing railway line there, the long standing demand can be fulfilled.

Yet, the project has not taken off. There is no railway station at Porkodi or Malavoor, though the new integrated terminal building of Mangalore Airport, which is on the verge of completion, is just two kilometres away.

The existing railway line, which passes via Malavoor and Porkodi, connects Mangalore Junction and further south coast with Udupi.

Both the Konkan Railway and Southern Railway are stakeholders of this line up to a point. On this line, the Southern Railway has jurisdiction up to Thokur Railway Station. Porkodi and Malavoor are located between Mangalore Junction and Thokur. The line beyond Thokur, towards Udupi, is under Konkan Railway jurisdiction.

Official sources told The Hindu that the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had written to the Southern and Konkan railway authorities on the need to set up a railway station there, about two years ago. Although the authorities of Konkan Railway responded immediately, their Southern Railway counterparts did not. A team of officials of Konkan Railway visited Porkodi and Malavoor area, inspected the railway line there and declared that it was out of their jurisdiction and that it came under the Southern Railway.

As per AAI officials, work on the new terminal building will be completed by March, 2009. It will be commissioned by the end of next year. At this juncture, a railway station at Porkodi or Malavoor would have helped passengers from north Kerala and Karwar in reaching Bajpe airport by train, without any hassles, sources said. The Union Government recently declared Surathkal and Gurupura hoblies, in which the airport is located, as "to be warehousing stations," under Section 9 of the Customs Act, 1962.

Sources said that based on the notification, the Customs Department might issue licences for setting up private and public warehouses in the limits of these hoblies.

This would prompt starting of cargo operations through the airport, the sources said.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 18, 2008, 02:51 AM
Goods train derails

TUMKUR: Three bogeys of a goods train derailed a little ahead of the Mallasandra Railway Station near here on Tuesday morning. Railway police official Gangadhar said the accident happened at around 8.45 a.m. The railway engineering staff mounted the goods train back on track in just two hours and rail traffic resumed at around 11.30 a.m. There were no casualties, he said.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 18, 2008, 06:51 AM
Special trains

HYDERABAD: The South Central Railway (SCR) will be running special trains from Secunderabad to Kakinada, Rajahmundry and Vijayawada from January.

Secunderabad to Kakinada trains will depart from Secunderabad on 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 January at 10.30 p.m. and arrive Kakinada at 8.50 a.m. the next day. In return, the trains will depart Kakinada the next day at 7.30 p.m. and arrive Secunderabad at 8 a.m. the next day.

Secunderabad to Rajahmundry trains will depart from Secunderabad on 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17 and 24 January at 9.45 p.m. and arrive Rajahmundry at 6.45 a.m. the next day.Vijayawada to Secunderabad trains will depart from Vijayawada on 11, 13, 15, 17, 18 and 25 January at 9.30 p.m. and arrive Secunderabad at 4.30 a.m. the next day.

Secunderabad - Visakhapatnam tri-weekly Garibrath Express will have an additional trip from December 19 onwards on Fridays from Secunderabad and Visakhapatnam on Saturdays.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 18, 2008, 06:54 AM
Southern Railway to run more special trains

CHENNAI: In order to clear extra rush of passengers, Southern Railway will run following special trains.

Coimbatore - Chennai Central Superfast Specials: Train (0622) will leave Coimbatore at 11.45 pm on December 30 and arrive at Central at 8.30 am the next day. In the return direction, the train (0621) will leave Central at 10.20 pm on December 31 and reach Coimbatore at 7 am the next day.

The composition of the trains will be 1 AC 2-tier, 2 AC 3-tier, 12 sleeper class, 2 general second class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches.

The trains will stop at Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai, Katpadi and Arakkonam. Train (0622) will stop at Perambur and the train (0621) will stop at Coimbatore North also.

Yesvantpur - Puducherry Garib Rath Specials: Train (0679) will leave Yesvantpur at 11.15 pm on all Fridays from December 19 to January 30 and arrive at Puducherry at 9.20 am the next day. In the return direction, the train (0680) will leave Puducherry at 10 pm on all Saturdays from December 20 to January 31 and arrive at Yesvantpur at 8.25 am the next day.

The composition will be 16 AC 3-tier coaches and will stop at Banaswadi, Hosur, Dharmapuri, Salem, Attur, Chinna Salem, Vriddhachalam and Villupuram.

Reservation from today
Advance reservation for the above trains will commence on December 18, according to a Southern Railway press

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 19, 2008, 09:34 AM
Chennai Central Kochuveli Chennai Central (Tri-weekly) Specials

Chennai Central - Kochuveli - Chennai Central (Tri-weekly) Specials: Train No. 0657 Chennai Central - Kochuveli Special will leave Chennai Central at 15.15 hrs. on 31st December 2008, 02nd, 05th, 07th, 09th, 12th, 14th & 16th Janunary 2009 and arrive Kochuveli at 07.30 hrs. the next day. In the return direction, Train No.0658 Kochuveli - Chennai Central Special will leave Kochuveli at 11.00 hrs. on 01st, 03rd, 06th, 08th, 10th, 13th, 15th & 17th January 2009 and arrive Chennai Central at 04.50 hrs. the next day. The composition of the trains will be 1 First AC-cum-AC 2 Tier, 1 AC 2-tier, 10 Sleeper Class, 4 General Second Class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches. The trains will stop at Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Podanur, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Chenganaseri, Tiruvalla, Chengannur, Mavelikara, Kayankulam, Quilon and Varkala. Train No. 0658 will stop at Perambur also.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 19, 2008, 09:36 AM
Chennai Central Coimbatore Super Fast Special Train

Chennai Central - Coimbatore Super Fast Special Train : Train No.0621 Chennai Central- Coimbatore Super Fast Special will leave Chennai Central at 23.45 hrs. on 13.12.2008 and arrive at Coimbatore at 08.00 hrs. the next day. The train will stop at Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur and Coimbatore North. The composition of the train will be 1 AC 3-tier, 8 Sleeper class, 4 General second class and 2 Luggage-cum-brake van coaches.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 20, 2008, 04:15 AM
Railways to raise its own Bomb Disposal Squads

Amid concerns in security agencies that Railways could be a 'soft target' for terrorists, the Railway Protection Force has decided to have its own bomb disposal squads at certain major stations.

The decision comes in the aftermath of the terror attacks in Mumbai in which armed-terrorists opened fire and lobbed grenades at 13 different locations, including the busy Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, killing nearly 200 people and the assessment that several important stations are "vulnerable."

"In the wake of recent terror attacks in two metropolitan cities of Delhi and Mumbai, the RPF has decided to raise its own Bomb Disposal Squads (BDS)," Railway Protection Force Director General Ranjit Sinha told PTI.

"Till now, we were taking help of other agencies in each state for bomb disposal squads in case of need. But now we will have our own BDS," Sinha said.

Railways has identified more than 105 stations in 45 divisions as sensitive or vulnerable across the country. In naxalite-infested states as also insurgency-hit Northeast, militants are known to use explosives in trains and stations to spread terror and panic.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 20, 2008, 07:59 AM
Railway pulse polio immunisation

CHENNAI: The first round of pulse polio immunisation services of Southern Railway for children below five years will begin on December 21, according to a press release.

A total of 220 booths have been arranged in major stations, railway colonies, railway hospital and health units. They will function 24 hours in major railway stations. About 31,000 children are expected to be benefited during the three-day programme.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 20, 2008, 08:10 AM
Special trains to Madurai and Ernakulam

CHENNAI: Southern Railway has announced special trains to Madurai and Ernakulam from Chennai Central.

According to a press release, Chennai Central - Madurai Special (0625) will leave Chennai Central at 8.30 p.m. on December 20 and arrive at Madurai at 8.30 a.m. the next day.

Madurai - Chennai Central Special (0626) will leave Madurai at 9.30 p.m. on December 21 and arrive at Chennai Central at 10 a.m. the next day.

The trains will have one AC 2-tier, one AC 3-tier, 10 sleeper class, eight general second class and two luggage-cum-brake van coaches.

They will stop at Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Karur, Tiruchi, Dindigul and Kodaikanal Road. Train No. 0626 will also stop at Perambur.

The Chennai Central - Ernakulam Super Fast Special (train number 0627) will leave Chennai Central at 4.30 p.m. on December 22 and arrive at Ernakulam at 5.15 a.m. the next day. It will have one AC 2-tier, one AC 3-tier, 10 sleeper class, eight general second class and two luggage-cum-brake van coaches. It will stop at Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Podanur, Palakkad, Thrissur and Aluva.

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Post by: nithyasubramanian on Dec 20, 2008, 05:09 PM
French AGV

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This month, the French company Alstom Transport is testing its brand new "very high speed" train, the AGV (or Automotrice à Grande Vitesse), on live tracks in Eastern France.

Unlike most trains, which have a single engine car in the front or back, the AGV has a series of distributed motors underneath the passenger carriages, which saves space and allows the train to carry 20% more passengers. (Notice in the next page pic how little space there is from the nose of the train to the first passenger seats.)

The AGV is being tested over 12 nights this month on the Eastern high-speed line, between the Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine stations, at its ideal speed of 350 mph. In comparison, Indian train Rajdhani Express travels at a top speed of 120 kmph.

The test train is outfitted with 4,000 sensors that will look at both the train's overall mechanical capabilities, as well as the interior passenger compartment. Although significant testing has already been done with computer models and on closed course test tracks, it is impossible to perfectly replicate the environment a train will face on live tracks.

Some of the features being tested at high speeds include the train's acoustics, vibration levels, wheel-to-rail dynamics, and forces exerted upon passengers. Additionally, safety features, such as the emergency braking mechanism is being tested through the activation of the brakes on tracks made slippery with soapy water. This is intended to simulate extreme conditions, such as when leaves may be covering the rails.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 23, 2008, 03:01 AM
"144 railway stations identified as terrorism-prone"

VELLORE: The Indian Railways have identified 144 railway stations and four metro railway stations in the country as prone to terrorism and sabotage.

It has started the work on the introduction of an integrated security system to tackle terrorism in railway stations and trains, according to R. Velu, Union Minister of State for Railways.

Talking to newspersons after inaugurating the Vellore-Cantonment to Chennai Beach Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) service at the Vellore Cantonment railway station here on Sunday, Mr. Velu said that the government had sanctioned Rs.60 crore for the immediate purchase of equipment for the introduction of the integrated security system.

Mr. Velu said that the MEMU would leave Vellore Cantonment at 6 a.m. and reach Chennai Beach at 9.10 a.m., while in the return direction, it would leave Chennai Beach at 6 p.m. and reach Vellore Cantonment at 9.15 p.m.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 23, 2008, 03:09 AM
Speed of trains increased

Speed of trains increased

CHENNAI:
Southern Railway has increased the speed of all mail/express trains on the Erode-Karur-Tiruchi Fort section to 110 km an hour. Earlier, in April speeds of 52 pairs of mail/express trains were increased to 110 kmph on another section of the zone. So far, the speed of 88 pairs of mail/express trains had been increased in the zone.

Permissible speed on recently converted sections have also been increased. They are: Thanjavur- Mayiladuthurai section (60 to 90 kmph), Vriddhachalam-Salem Market section (70 to 80 kmph), and Vanchi Maniyachchi to Tuticorin section (90 to 100 kmph).

The increase in speed will help in maintaining punctuality, according to a Southern Railway release.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 23, 2008, 03:11 AM
Southern Railway Mazdoor Union plans strike against board

Seeking transport allowance and residential car pass to loco pilots

MADURAI: The Southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU) has threatened to go in for a strike, if the Railway Board did not agree to provide both transport allowance (TA) and residential car pass (RCP) to the loco pilots, its general secretary, N. Kanniah has said.

Talking to reporters here on Sunday, he said that All India Railwaymen's Federation was in talks with the Union Government to remove the anomaly. "The Board is insisting that the loco pilots should forego the Rs. 1,600 TA proposed by the 6th Pay Commission, if they wanted to avail themselves of the RCP, which is, in terms of season ticket value, worth around Rs. 100 a month," he said.

This was against the Board's decision to allow the railway officials to get Rs. 7,200 TA instead of Rs. 3,600, if they did not use the RCP.

The SRMU was opposed to the Board empowering the Divisional Railway Managers to increase the number of sleeper class coaches to be brought under Tatkal reservation system. "The DRMs can now reserve up to 50 per cent of the total number of coaches in each train under Tatkal reservation. This means a common man who books a waitlisted ticket 90 days in advance would lose the possibility of getting his ticket confirmed. Only the affluent can afford the Tatkal reservation by paying huge premium at the cost of the middle class," Mr. Kanniah said.

Besides, the opening of reservation under E-ticketing even before the commencement of conventional reservation at railway booking counters denied the common man the opportunity to reserve confirmed tickets.

Mr. Kanniah said that he would take up with the Railway Board the inconvenience caused to the passengers on introduction of middle berth in the side in three-tier coaches.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 23, 2008, 04:10 AM
Plan to install ticketing machines flayed

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A section of Railway Station Masters have opposed the move of the authorities to install 'unreserved ticketing machines' at railway stations.

In a resolution adopted at a meeting of the Southern Railway Mazdoor Union Station Masters' Council recently in Kollam, they said the move would impose additional burden on them. They said issuing of tickets was a commercial activity and 'commercial clerks' should be appointed for that.

As many as 391station masters are on the rolls in the railway division extending from Sengulam in Tirunelveli to Vallathol Nagar in Thrissur. In major coaching yards like Thiruvananthapuram, Station Masters handle 45 pairs of trains daily.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 23, 2008, 07:12 AM
Indian Railways registers all-round growth across all depts

New Delhi: Registering all-round growth across all departments, Indian Railways posted an 14.49 percent increase in earning on originating basis during April-November this year, earning Rs 50,931 crore as compared to Rs 44,484 crore during the same period last year.

The total goods earned went up from Rs 29,733 crore during the same period last year to 34,393 crore this year, an increase of 15.67 percent.

Similarly, the total passenger revenue earnings during the first eight months of the ongoing financial year were Rs 14,440 crore compared to 12,869 crore during the same period last year, thereby showing an increase of 12.21 percent, said a release issued by the Railways.

The Railways carried about 471 crore passengers compared to 440 crore during the same period last year, which was an increase of 6.47 percent.

In the suburban and non-suburban section, the number of passengers booked during April-November was 251 crore and 220 crore respectively, the release added.

The revenue earnings from coaching amounted to Rs 1,297 crore during April-November, 2008 compared to 1,215 crore during the same period last year.

Likewise, the total sundry earnings went up to Rs 799 crore during April-November this year as against Rs 665 crore during the corresponding period last year, said the release.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 23, 2008, 09:34 AM
Railways' earnings continue to decline

NEW DELHI: The earnings of Indian Railways continued to decrease with each passing month during the current financial year.

The total earning for the first eight months ending November was Rs. 50,931.98 crore as against Rs. 44,484.60 crore during the corresponding period in 2007 for an increase of 14.49 per cent.

This percentage rise was however lower than what was registered at the end of the seven-month period ending October when it was a more healthy 15.76 per cent jump in revenues.

Each passing month leads to a drop in its revenue notwithstanding its decision to reduce freight rates for short-duration freight and reclassification of commodities such as cement, coal and coking coal leading to hike in the freight rates by seven to eight per cent.

Declining trend
The increase in freight earnings was 15.67 per cent in the April to November period in 2008 over that of 2007. However at the end of October 2008, the seven-month period registered a growth rate of 17.38 per cent showing the declining trend. Even the rate of growth in the passenger earnings has taken a hit. It stood at 12.76 per cent at the end of October over the corresponding period in 2007 but declined to stand at 12.21 to stand at Rs. 14,440.93 crore at the end of November 2008.

More commuters
About 47.17 per cent passengers commuted during the eight-month period for a 6.47 per cent rise over the corresponding period in 2007 when 44.30 crore travelled by trains
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 24, 2008, 08:27 AM
Report on Railway disaster management submitted

New Delhi: The disaster management review committee constituted by the Railway Ministry to suggest effective disaster management on Indian Railways has submitted its report to Railway Minister Lalu Prasad here on Tuesday.

The term of reference of the committee is to look into the comprehensive study and audit of current preparedness and management practices referring to all types of disasters for different phase of disaster management - prevention, mitigation, rescue, relief, and rehabilitation.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 25, 2008, 03:46 AM
Railways' Posts 14.49% Increase In Earning

Indian Railways reported 14.49 per cent increase in earning for the period of April-November2008. It stood at Rs44,485 in the same period of last year and currently stands at Rs50,932 crore. Now, Union Railways Minister, Lalu Parsad Yadav has reason to cheer as he can take credit to bring the Indian Railways out of the red due to his efficient management. Indian Railways maintains a long history of losses.

Railways posted the total goods earnings of Rs34,394 crore during April-November 2008 as compared to Rs29,734 crore during April-November 2007. The total passenger revenue earnings also reported profit with an increase of 12.21 per cent.

Revenue earnings from other activities also increased to Rs1,298 crore during April-November 2008 against Rs1,216 crore, showing an increase of 6.72 per cent. Its sundry earning increased to Rs800 crore during April-November 2008 with an increase of 20.17 per cent as compared to same period last year.

The total approximate number of passengers traveling by railway has shown increase of 6.47 per cent. It booked 4,717 million passengers during April-November 2008 against 4,431 million during the same period last year.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 25, 2008, 05:11 AM
Special trains from Chennai to Kochuveli, Nagercoil

Southern Railway will run special trains from Chennai to Kochuveli and Nagercoil to clear extra rush of passengers.

Chennai Central-Kochuveli-Chennai Central ''Garib Rath'' would leave Chennai Central at 23:30 hrs on December 31, Jaunuary 7 and 14 and arrive at Kochuveli at 16:45hrs the next day.

The Kochuveli-Chennai Central 'Garib Rath' Special will leave Kochuveli at 20:00hrs on Januray 1, 8 and 15 and arrive in Chennai Central at 12:20hrs the next day.

The Chennai Central-Nagercoil-Chenni Central Special will leave Chennai Central at 19:40hrs on December 23 and arrive at Nagercoil at 10:35hrs the next day. The Nagercoil-Chennai Central Special will leave Nagercoil at 16:30hrs on December 24 and arrive at Chennai Central at 08:30hrs the next day.

Source- UNI
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 25, 2008, 05:21 AM
SCR to run special trains on Dec 30 and January 1, 2009

Tirupati : To meet the year ending and January 1 rush to the Tirumala temple, The South Central Railway(SCR) will run special train on Secunderabad-Tirupati.

The special train, which would departure from Secunderabad at 2030 hours on December 29 , will reach Tirupati on December 30 around 0850 hours and the same train in return direction, would departure Tirupati in the night around 1955 hours on December 31 and reach at Secunderabad the next morning .

Another special train also would run from Tirupati to Secunderabad on January 1 night touching the station of Renigunta, Srikalahasti, Gudur, nellore, Ongole, Tenali, Vijayawada, Khammam, Warangal and Kazipeta, Tirupati Station Superintedent Mr.Murthy said here today. The special train would consisting of 10 second class sleeper couches , two general, two break vans , AC two-tier ad 3-tier, he added.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 25, 2008, 07:46 AM
Train services extended

HUBLI: South Western Railway has decided to extend the services of the Hubli-Yeshwanthpur-Hubli Daily Express Special (known as Kurkure Express) by one month, a release said. The train service was to end on December 31. Accordingly, Train No. 0690 Hubli-Yeshwanthpur Daily Express will leave Hubli at 10.40 p.m. and reach Yeshwanthpur at 6.45 a.m. the next day. Train No.0689 Yeshwanthpur-Hubli Daily Express will depart from Yeswanthpur at 10.10 p.m. and arrive at Hubli at 7.25 a.m. the next day.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 25, 2008, 08:15 AM
Special trains

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Southern Railway will run additional trains between Chennai Central and Kochuveli between January 1 and 16 to clear the heavy rush of Sabarimala pilgrims. The 0635 Chennai Central-Kochuveli train will leave Chennai at 3.15 p.m. on January 1, 8 and 15 to reach Kochuveli at 7.30 a.m. the next day corresponding. In the return direction, the 0636 Kochuveli-Chennai Central train will leave Kochuveli at 11 a.m. on January 2, 9 and 16 to reach Chennai Central at 4.50 a.m. the next day, said a press release here on Wednesday.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 25, 2008, 09:07 AM
Delhi Metro turns six today

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Metro on Wednesday completed six years of operations. The first section of the Metro between Shahdara and Tis Hazari, a distance of 8.5 km, was inaugurated on December 24, 2002 and commercial operations began a day later on Christmas.

Seven more sections were added as part of Phase-I which covers 65.1 km and was completed in seven years and three months, two years and nine months ahead of schedule in the subsequent years.

In June this year, DMRC opened the first line of Phase-II between Shahdara and Dilshad Garden which added 3.1 km to the Metro network.

"Between December 2007 and December 2008, the ridership of DMRC witnessed a 20 per cent increase in the number of commuters, with the average number of commuters going up from 6.12 lakh to 7.29 lakh. DMRC also recorded its highest ever single-day ridership of 9.51 lakh on 24th November 2008," said Anuj Dayal, chief public relations officer of the DMRC tracing the Metro's six year old journey.

He said in 2008, DMRC became the first Railway project in the world to be registered by the United Nations to claim carbon credits and received an award from the Ministry of Power for adopting special measures which have resulted in energy conservation.

"It also launched a Citizens Forum to instil better behaviour, etiquettes and discipline among Metro commuters and authorised station personnel to directly impose fines for offences such as squatting, littering and nuisance," said Mr. Dayal.

"Construction activities on various sections of Phase-II, which will cover 125 km, gathered pace this year and a number of breakthroughs of tunnel boring machines took place. The Vishwavidyalaya - Jehangirpuri section, where trial runs have already started, is likely to be opened in January 2009 as against the original target of October 2009," he went on to add.

The metro is expected to start its run into the Indraprastha - New Ashok Nagar - NOIDA section by June 2009 and the Yamuna Bank - Anand Vihar ISBT line in December.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 25, 2008, 09:12 AM
Himgiri Express derails at Khalispur

Varanasi:
Jammu bound Himgiri Express derailed near Khalispur railway station here on Wednesday leading to minor injuries to over 20 passengers.

A dozen coaches of the Jammu Himgiri Express train derailed at about 4-15 p.m. on Wednesday, two hundred meters away from the Khalispur railway station, Varanasi Divisional Railway Manager B.N. Jha said.

Miraculous escape
He said that the passengers had a miraculous escape in the incident as the train was running at a speed of about 100 kilometres per hour. All the twelve coaches derailed from the railway line with about two dozen passengers suffering minor injuries in the accident.

They were released after being administered first aid on the spot. No causalities were reported. Mr. Jha said that the Northern Railways has sent a special train to Khalispur to bring back the passengers to Varanasi. Another train is being arranged for the passengers who want to continue their journey towards Jammu, he added.

Railway sources said that in the accident railway tracks of over half kilometre got displaced and therefore some of the trains on the route might have to be diverted. An inquiry into the matter has been ordered.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 25, 2008, 11:34 AM
Special trains to Tiruchi, Tuticorin, Nagercoil

CHENNAI: To clear the extra rush of passengers during the winter, Sabarimala, Pongal season, Southern Railway will run special trains.

No.0685 will leave Egmore at 11.45 p.m. on January 5 , 12, 19 and 26 ( Monday) and reach Tuticorin at 12.30 p.m. the next day. No. 0686 will leave Tuticorin at 8.45 p.m. on January 6, 13, 20 and 27 (Tuesday) and arrive at Egmore at 8.50 a.m. the next day.

No.0634 will leave Tiruchi at 8.30 p.m. on January 4,11,18 and 25 (Sunday) and arrive at Egmore at 3.15 a.m. the next day. No.0633 will leave Egmore at 11.45 p.m. on January 7, 14, 21 and 28 (Wednesday) and reach Tiruchi at 6.15 a.m. the next day.

No.0635 will leave Chennai Central at 3.15 p.m. on January 1, 8 and 15 (Thursday) and reach Kochuveli at 7.30 a.m. the next day. No.0636 will leave Kochuveli at 11 a.m. on January 2, 9 and 16 (Friday) and reach Central at 4.50 a.m. the next day.

No.0603 will leave Egmore at 8.25 p.m. on January 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 (Thursday) and reach Tirunelveli at 9.30 a.m. the next day. No. 0604 will leave Tirunelveli at 3 p.m. on January 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 (Friday) and reach Egmore at 4.15 a.m. the next day. No.0605 will leave Egmore at 11.45 p.m. on January 4, 11, 18 and 25 (Sunday) and reach Tirunelveli at 12.30 p.m. the next day. No. 0606 will leave Tirunelveli at 3 p.m. on January 5, 12, 19 and 26 (Monday) and arrive at Egmore at 4.15 a.m. next day

No.0609 will leave Egmore at 6.40 p.m. on January 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 (Saturday) and arrive at Nagercoil at 8.15 a.m. the next day. No.0610 will leave Nagercoil at 1.30 p.m. on January 4, 11, 18 and 25 and February 1 (Sunday) and reach Egmore at 4.15 a.m. the next day.

No.0611 will leave Egmore at 11.45 p.m. on January 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 (Friday) and reach Nagercoil at 2.30 p.m. the next day. No. 0612 will leave Nagercoil at 7.40 p.m. on January 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 (Saturday) and reach Egmore at 10.15 a.m. next day. No.0607 will leave Egmore at 8.25 p.m. on January 7, 14, 21 and 28 (Wednesdays) and arrive at Nagercoil at 11 a.m. the next day. No. 0608 will leave Nagercoil at 1.30 p.m. on January 1,8,15, 22 and 29 (Thursday) and arrive at Egmore at 4.15 a.m. the next day.

No.0639 will leave Chennai Central at 11.30 p.m. on December 25 and reach Rameswaram, passing through Madurai, at 1.50 p.m. the next day

No.0613 will leave Chennai Central at 7.40 p.m. on December 27, 29 and 31 and reach Nagercoil at 10.35 a.m. the next day. No. 0614 will leave Nagercoil at 4.30 p.m. on December 28, 30 and January 1 and reach Central at 8.30 a.m. the next day.

Reservation will begin on December 25, says a railway release.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 25, 2008, 11:38 AM
Train services disrupted

CHENNAI: Main line and suburban train services between Chennai Central and Arakkonam were disrupted for more than 3 hours on Wednesday morning due to failure of overhead equipment (OHE) near Arakkonam.

According to a Southern Railway official, OHE wire got snapped at about 7.15 a.m. affecting through movement of train services on the section.

Eight main line trains suffered a detention ranging from 30 minutes to 110 minutes. One EMU service was cancelled and eight services were delayed.

Normal services were restored at 10.30 a.m., the official added.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 25, 2008, 11:42 AM
Tirupur-Chennai train service under study

Coimbatore: Southern Railway is considering a proposal to operate a train service between Tirupur and Chennai.

Minister of State for Railways R. Velu conveyed this information to State Minister for Highways and Ports M.P. Saminathan in a letter dated December 16. Mr. Saminathan had sought the service in view of Tirupur becoming a separate district and increasing passenger traffic to the hosiery town.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 26, 2008, 03:21 AM
Railways to convert Gorakhpur-Nautanwa route to broad gauge

In a bid to connect districts on Indo-Nepal border with the rest of the country and facilitate movement of passengers and tourists, the Railway Ministry has decided to re-lay tracks on the Gorakhpur-Nautanwa route.     

"It has been decided to replace the 81-km stretch of existing metre gauge track on Gorakhpur-Nautanwa route by broad gauge and the work will start soon," spokesman of North Eastern Railway Amit Singh told.     

The conversion work which will start from December 26 and is scheduled to be completed in April next year at an estimated cost of Rs 381.17 cr, Singh said.

"Once the conversion is complete, districts on the border will be connected directly with Delhi and other important stations."     

The official said conversion of the tracks would help passengers specially tourists to Nepal to save time spent on travelling.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 26, 2008, 12:53 PM
Special trains to meet Christmas, New Year rush

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:  In a bid to clear the extra rush of passengers for Christmas and New Year, the Thiruvananthapuram Division of Southern Railway will run special trains.

Train no. 0619 Chennai Central-Kochuveli Garib Rath special will leave Chennai Central at 11.30 p.m. on December 31, January 7 and January 14 and reach Kochuveli at 4.45 p.m. the next day.

Train no. 0620 Kochuveli-Chennai Central Garib Rath special will leave Kochuveli at 8 p.m. on January 1,8 and 15 and reach Chennai Central at 12.20 p.m. the next day.

Train no 0618 Nagercoil-Chennai Central special will leave Nagercoil at 4.30 p.m. on December 24 and reach Chennai Central at 8.30 a.m. the next day. It will stop at Perambur also.

Advance reservations for the above trains have commenced on December 23. 

The computerised passenger reservation centres over Southern Railway will function for only one shift similar to Sunday pattern of working (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) on Christmas day.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 27, 2008, 05:16 AM
Railways to beef up security

PATNA: The railways would beef up security measures on Kiul-Jamalpur section under Malda division of the Eastern Railway (ER) in the wake of the Maoist attack on the Bhagalpur-Muzaffarpur Jansewa Express on Thursday evening.

The railways would also hold a meeting with GRP officials to check recurrence of such incidents in future on this particular route, said ER PRO B K Sharma.

According to Sharma, though law and order is a state matter, the railways would co-operate fully with GRP and the state police in launching a joint operation against the banned Naxal outfit. The railways would ensure that each train passing through this route is properly escorted, he said.

He informed that the Maoists had also snatched walkie-talkies of both the driver and guard of the ill-fated train with an aim to disconnect any communication with the control room or the nearest station. The railways have put all security personnel on high alert following this incident, he said.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 27, 2008, 12:00 PM
DRM to come on AIR phone-in programme

Will answer queries on rail services

TIRUCHI: The Divisional Railway Manager, Tiruchi, S. Subrahmanyan will reply to the queries from the public during the phone-in programme to be conducted by the All India Radio, Tiruchi, on December 29 (Monday).

It will be aired in the AIR's 'Makkal Medai' programme from 9.16 p.m. on that day. Mr. Subrahmanyan will take queries relating to railway services and passenger facilities.

Public could contact the telephone numbers 0431 - 2416888, 2411691 to participate in the programme, a press release from the AIR here said.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 28, 2008, 04:03 AM
Railways profit would touch Rs one lakh crores: Lalu Prasad

Describing Indian Railways as the lifeline of the nation, Railway Minister, Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday said that its profits during the current five-year plan were expected to touch Rs 1 lakh crores.

Speaking at a function after showing the green flag for the Mahoba-Khajuraho train, he described the railways as the biggest zamindar of the country and said that the land owned by it was next only to that in the army's possession.

He said that the railways was capable of tackling the water shortage with the help of its tankers that can take water to problem areas.

The Minister said that the NDA had given the slogan of India shining but the railways was incurring losses then and added that a committee set up at that time had predicted that railways could not come out of losses in the next 25 years.

The committee had also recommended a 20 per cent increase in rail fares and cutting jobs in railways but without all that the railways had earned profits, he said.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 28, 2008, 04:05 AM
Rlys may cut iron ore freight rates

The Railways is planning to slash freight charges on domestic transportation of iron ore up to 6% to provide relief to local steel companies hit hard by slowing demand. The Railways had already cut freight rates on iron ore meant for exports. The move will help steel makers such as Ispat, Essar and JSW, who are mainly dependant on railway for movement of iron ore.

With a view to provide cushion to exporters in the wake of a slowdown in demand globally, the Railways recently offered 20-50% discount on freight charges on iron ore meant for exports at some of the Indian ports. India's annual iron ore production stands at close to 200 million tonnes, of which almost 50% is exported. The price of ore comprises about 30-45% (depending on the kind of iron and steel) of the total price of steel.

The move to reduce freight charges may not translate into lower steel prices as prices have already touched the bottom. An executive of Mumbai-based Ispat Industries said, "The move would be a solace for the domestic steel industry, which has been hit hard by the economic slowdown. Reduction in freight cost would result in lower transportation costs and thereby reduce the overall cost of production."

Steel companies, which are largely dependant on rail would benefit from the government's decision. JSW Steel's railway utilisation, for instance, is close to 70%. For those steel companies, which use roads or ships as a means of transport, lower freight rates wouldn't mean much. The total railway utilisation of Essar Steel is nearly 16% as it primarily uses slurry pipelines, ships and roads for transportation.

The move would also benefit small sponge iron and steel firms located in the eastern region, who are also dependant on rail for transportation of iron ore. At present, there are close to 300 organised and unorganised sponge iron units spread across Orissa, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh. Besides, there are over 4,000 mini steel plants and rolling mills, which directly employ over 50 lakh people.

Earlier last month, the government had increased the freight charges on iron ore by upgrading its classification. With the onset of economic slowdown, the domestic steel industry had proposed reclassification of iron ore to class 140, which would have reduced transportation cost for companies by up to 25%.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 28, 2008, 08:07 AM
'Rail roko' agitation on January 1

Hassan: The Sakleshpur-based Railway Prayanikara Hitha Rakshana Vedike, to press their demand for starting of a day train between Bangalore and Mangalore, will stage a "rasta roko" and "rail roko" agitation on January 1 in Sakleshpur.

Vedike president H. Narayana Alva and secretary H.A. Dayanand told presspersons in Sakleshpur recently that several other organisations will participate in the agitation.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 28, 2008, 08:08 AM
Health club opened for Railway employees

Hubli: The South Western Railway has opened a health club for its employees residing in the Officers' Colony. The club was formally inaugurated by Praveen Kumar, General Manager, SWR, here on Friday.

The inaugural function was presided over by Rita Kumar, president, SWR Women's Welfare Organisation (SWRWWO). Adesh Sharma, Divisional Railway Manager, Hubli Division, was present.

Ms. Kumar stressed the need to exercise regularly and called upon the employees to make the best use of the facilities and equipment provided at the club. It was necessary for every individual to ensure that he was fit, she said.

Mr. Sharma said that about Rs. 3 lakh had been spent from the staff benevolent fund to purchase fitness equipment.

The membership fee has been fixed at Rs.100 a month for an employee and Rs.50 a month for each family member. The fee for members of the Golf Club (non-railway employees) is Rs. 500 a month. The fee for guests of Railway Officers will be Rs.20 a day and for the guests of Golf Club members it will be Rs.50 a day. Each member will be issued an identity card. The club will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

On behalf of the SWRWWO, Ms. Kumar donated Rs. 86,000 to purchase gym equipment for the club, according to a release issued here on Saturday.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 28, 2008, 09:21 AM
Train services to resume immediately

TIRUCHI: Train services on the Mayiladuturai-Tiruthuraipoondi meter gauge section will resume with immediate effect and the services would be operated as per the following notification:

The Tiruthuraipoondi-Karaikudi-Tiruthuraipoondi Express trains (6881/6882) will remain cancelled until further advice. The Mayiladuturai-Karaikudi-Mayiladuturai Passenger trains (861/862) will be partially cancelled and operated only on Mayiladuthurai-Tiruthuraipoondi-Mayiladuturai section. The Mayiladuturai-Tiruthuraipoondi-Mayiladuturai Passenger trains (865/866) would be continue to be operated, said A. P. Muthuramalingam, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Southern Railway, Tiruchi, in a press release.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 28, 2008, 09:59 AM
Longer trains, shorter waits

In an attempt to find a solution to overcrowding on the city's suburban trains, Indian Railways is conducting trial runs of 15-coach
rakes. The railways had last altered the suburban train length in 1986 when nine-coach rakes were first made 12 cars long. Two decades on, both Western and Central railways are getting new trains under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP). The target is to get 129 new 12-coach trains by June 2010, and an equal number under MUTP-II later. As of now, the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai has sent 34 new-generation 12-car trains to Mumbai. Another 50 are expected in 2009.

The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC), which oversees MUTP works, has already comissioned RITES, the consultancy arm of Indian Railways, to submit a report on the technical changes and investment required for 15-coach trains.

MRVC managing director P C Sehgal said RITES's report would be available next week. "With the new power supply system, technically it's possible to run even 18-coach trains. But RITES will detail the technical modifications required to run 15-coach trains,'' he said.

With fresh rolling stock (trains) available, Indian Railways is considering 15-coach services and improved frequency by reducing the waiting time between trains from three to two minutes.

It's no coincidence that both WR and CR are converting the system of power supply to trains from 1,500 volts DC to 25,000 volts AC. "Improved power supply and new trains and tracks will help smoothen operations. Running 15-coach trains is very possible with investment in overhead electric cables, signals and telecommunication, as well as platform length,'' said a senior railway official, requesting anonymity.

Railway officials said having 15-coach trains halt at all Western and Central stations may require an investment of nearly Rs 300 crore. "It can always be made part of MUTP-II, which was sanctioned in the railway budget for 2008-09. The World Bank is still to sanction the loan, so alterations are possible at this stage,'' an official said.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 30, 2008, 05:14 AM
Special team to guard railway station 24x7

Chandigarh In the wake of the recent terror strikes in Mumbai, the Government Railway Police (GRP) of Haryana has come up with plans to strengthen the security system at railway stations. After Ambala, Panipat, Gurgaon and Faridabad, where special forces has been deployed, it is now the Chandigarh railway station's turn to have stepped-up security. A group of 20 officers will be deployed at the entrance to the railway station.

The temporary bunker installed at the entrance will be replaced by a permanent structure with a 4.5-foot-high metal barricade. The entire area will be supported with a fibre roof for protection from extreme weather conditions.

Talking to Newsline about the initiative, IG (GRP), Ambala Zone, K K Mishra said: "To counter any security threat, well-equipped permanent bunkers have been installed at the railway stations in Ambala, Gurgaon, Panipat and Faridabad. In Chandigarh, 20 policemen will guard the station from this bunker 24 hours a day. One assistant sub-inspector in-charge and four constables will be on duty in three shifts of eight hours each. The policemen have been equipped with the latest INSAAS rifles, which have proved to be better than the SLRs."

According to the IG (GRP), the arrangement will be in place at the Chandigarh railway station in another three to four days. "The bunker with sufficient power to counter a security threat will come up by Wednesday or Thursday. A high-beam torch will also be installed for operations in the night hours," said Mishra.

In another development, close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be installed at the railway station.

The IG (Ambala Range) said: "The GRP has already sent the proposal of CCTV cameras to the Railway Board. These cameras will be installed at the Chandigarh station latest by January. By another two months, CCTV cameras will be in place at Gurgaon and Faridabad railway stations too." The cameras have already been installed at the Ambala stations.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 30, 2008, 12:09 PM
Special trains for Pongal

Chennai:  Southern Railway will operate additional special trains to clear extra rush for Pongal according to a Railway release.

Chennai Egmore Tuticorin ( No.0685) Chennai Egmore Tuticorin Special will leave Chennai Egmore at 11.45 pm on January 5, 12 ,19 & 26 and arrive Tuticorin at 12.30 pm the next day.

Chennai Egmore Tiruchchirappalli (No.0633) Special will leave Chennai Egmore at 11.45 pm on January 7, 14, 21 & 28 and arrive Tiruchchirappalli at 6.15 am the next day.

Chennai Central Kochuveli ( No. 0635) Special will leave Chennai Central at 3.15 pm . on January 1, 8, and 15 and arrive Kochuveli at 7.30 am the next day.

Chennai Egmore Tirunelveli (No.0603) Special will leave Chennai Egmore at 8.25 pm on January 1 ,8 ,15, 22 & 29 and arrive Tirunelveli at 9.30 am the next day.

Chennai Egmore Nagercoil ( No.0609) Special will leave Chennai Egmore at 6.40 pm on January 3 , 10, 17, 24 & 31 and arrive Nagercoil at 8.15 am the next day.

Chennai Egmore Nagercoil ( No.0611) Weekly Special will leave Chennai Egmore at 11.45 pm on January 2 ,9, 16 ,23 & 30 and arrive Nagercoil at 2.30 pm the next day.

Chennai Egmore Tirunelveli (No.605) Weekly Special will leave Chennai Egmore at 11.45 pm on January 4 ,11, 18 & 25 arrive Tirunelveli at 12.30 pm the next day.

Reservations would commence from Dec. 30. the release added.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 31, 2008, 03:14 AM

With expansion mantra, Southern Railway set to surge ahead
CHENNAI: The world may still be shrouded in the uncertainty of the economic slowdown, but Southern Railway is all set to chug off into a brighter year, taking with it an increasing number of passengers and freight.

Year 2008 may have posed some problems for rail passengers, but, the year ahead promises to be better, with more trains and more routes to choose from, as Southern Railway is finalising elaborate plans to meet future traffic demands.

Railways is also speeding up to complete the Velachery- St Thomas Mount link of Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS), which together with Metro Rail, will pose a credible alternative to the sluggish road traffic.

"The growth is going to continue, especially because there are demands for more trains and more routes. The road ahead is challenging because we will need a lot of coaches because four gauge conversion projects have already been completed and two doubling and two electrification works will be over by March 2009. This means we will have to re-introduce the train services that were discontinued when the works were taken up," said Southern Railway chief public relations officer Neenu Ittyerah. "We are going to bring in more trains, more coaches and locomotives and also maintenance yards to meet passenger growth." So, passengers will get at least seven new trains, while as many as 300 coaches will be added to existing trains to accommodate more passengers across destinations in 2009.

The expansion is clearly based on the lessons of 2008. Passenger traffic, which has been on the rise since 2003-04, peaked this year, resulting in tremendous demand for trains from Chennai to destinations such as Tiruchi, Madurai, Nagercoil Tirunelveli, Coimbatore and Bangalore.

Bangalore emerged as one of the most popular destination for people traveling from the city, as air passengers switched to trains because of the hike in air fare and the distance of the new Devanahalli airport in Bangalore to the city centre.

Hundred special trains will be operated every month to these high patronage routes in 2009. Works of gauge conversion and doubling of existing routes have been kicked off.

Gauge conversion of the Katpadi-Vellore Cantonment line and introduction of a mainline EMU service between Vellore and Chennai recently has changed the way people travelled between these two cities.

Short-term measures adopted by Southern Railway this year has got mixed responses. While the high demand showed passengers lapping up every new service, the introduction of a third side berth had the passengers squirming, literally.

"The demand for berths is so high that we are forced to go ahead with coaches that have extra side berths, though it is unpopular among passengers. We have also placed orders for 300 new coaches. They will be used to prepare new rakes and also to make 22 trains into 24-coach trains, said a senior railway official.

Already 11 trains have 24 coaches. In other trains, extra coaches were added to clear the extra rush on a day-to-day basis.

Changing with the times, railways added new stainless steel trains and also came out with a proposal to make designs and fixtures more attractive and commuter-friendly in suburban services.

Passenger traffic has been growing at a steady pace since 2003. Year 2008 saw an unprecendented increase in passengers -- 9.8%in the suburban trains and 13.95% in other trains till November this year.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 31, 2008, 03:20 AM
Special trains for Pongal festival

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will operate additional special trains for the Pongal festival.

Nagercoil - Chennai Central Superfast Specials: Train (0618) will leave Nagercoil at 4.30 pm on January 4 and 11 (Sundays) and arrive at Chennai Central at 8.45 am the next day.

In the return direction the train (0617) will leave Chennai Central at 12.30 pm on January 5 and 12 (Mondays) and arrive at Nagercoil at 5.15 am the next day.

Nagercoil - Chennai Egmore Specials: Train (0638) will leave Nagercoil at 7.40 pm on January 5, 12, 19 and 26 (Mondays) and arrive at Egmore at 8.50 am the next day. In the return direction, the train (0637) will leave Egmore at 3.40 pm January 6, 13, 20 and 27 (Tuesdays) and arrive at Nagercoil at 5.30 am the next day.

Advance reservation for the above trains will commence on December 30, according to a Southern Railway press release.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 31, 2008, 10:46 AM
Special trains extended

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Southern Railway has extended five pairs of weekly special trains to clear the heavy rush of passengers.

The 0635 Chennai Central-Kochuveli Sabarimala Weekly Special on Thursday had been extended up to January 15 and the 0636 Kochuveli-Chennai Central Sabarimala Weekly Special on Friday up to January 16, according to Southern Railway.

The 0609 Chennai Egmore-Nagercoil Weekly Winter Special on Saturday had been extended up to January 31 and the 0610 Nagercoil-Chennai Egmore Weekly Winter Special on Sunday up to February 1.

The 0611 Chennai Egmore-Nagercoil Weekly Winter Special on Friday had been extended up to January 30 and the 0612 Nagercoil-Chennai Egmore Weekly Winter Special on Saturday up to January 31. The 0607 Chennai Egmore-Nagercoil Weekly Winter Special on Wednesday had been extended up to January 28 and the 0608 Nagercoil-Chennai Egmore Weekly Winter Special on Thursday had been extended up to January 29.
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Post by: sajiv on Dec 31, 2008, 11:50 AM
New General Manager for Northern Railway

NEW DELHI: Vivek Sahai has taken over as the new General Manager of Northern Railway.

Prior to this, he was General Manager of North-Central Railway, Allahabad.

He succeeds Shri Prakash who has taken over as Railway Board Member (Traffic).

An Indian Railway Traffic Service officer of the 1973 batch, Mr. Sahai has held several key posts in Indian Railways. He also has extensive experience in suburban train operations having worked as Divisional Railway Manager of Mumbai Division of Central Railway and Additional General Manager of Western Railway.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 31, 2008, 11:55 AM
A promise that made train commuters smile

Pune: For harrowed Pune-Lonavala local train commuters, 2008 is ending on a positive note. Over one lakh local train commuters can now raise a toast to the plan of the Pune division of the Central Railway to ply one local train every 15 minutes.

Commuters are facing problems with the present frequency, one every hour in the morning and one every 90 minutes in the evening.

Disclosing the proposal to The Indian Express earlier this month, Divisional Railway Manager D K Jain had said a Pune-Lonavala local train every 15 minutes during selected hours was a possibility. But the plan hinges on DC (direct current) to AC (alternate current) conversion project they have undertaken between Lonavala and Pune.

"If the project is completed by the set deadline of March 31, we would be in a position to implement the one-local-every-fifteen-minutes plan," he had said, much to the delight of students, office-goers and industrial workers, who find local trains faster, cheaper and more convenient than buses.

But commuters want more. "Why not one local train every five minutes? If one every 15 minutes is possible, this is also possible...if there is will to implement it," says Harsha Shah and Kanubhai Trivedi, who heads two different commuter organisations.

Ever since the local train service was introduced between Pune and Lonavla in 1978, there has been no change in the frequency.

"The thousands of vehicles on the roads cause jams, create pollution and lead to accidents that take hundreds of lives. All this can be stopped if frequency of local trains is increased as promised by the railways," says Shah.

Many people are not happy with the morning schedule of local trains. Trivedi says they benefit few students and office-goers. "Because of the longer duration between two local trains, people reach office late and students miss their classes," he said.

The Central Railway is determined to increase the frequency of trains as planned. The plan is ready and the required assistance is being sought from Mumbai.

The Central Railway is also planning to set aside one platform at Pune railway station for the exclusive use of local trains to ensure commuters do not have to run around.

Also, tickets will be made available at the counter on R B Road to ensure they don't have to vie for space with long-distance travellers.

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Post by: sajiv on Dec 31, 2008, 12:12 PM
Cotton farmers block rail traffic; 5 trains cancelled

Intensifying their protest against the alleged anti-farmer attitude of the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) and the lax attitude of the administration in sorting out the tussle over the purchase of cotton, members of six farmer unions today blocked the Bathinda railway junction.

Around 7,500 passengers were affected as five trains had to be cancelled at the Bathinda railway station while seven more were stranded en route.

At around 1.45 pm, the farmers, who had been on a dharna outside the regional office of the CCI here, reached the railway junction and blocked the Ferozepur-Rewari passenger train, which had to be sent back.

The farmers alleged that officers of the CCI had been purchasing cotton crop at a rate less than the MSP.

Joginder Singh Ugrahan, president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Ekta (Ugrahan), said the CCI officials were not purchasing cotton at the rate of Rs 2,800 per quintal, which was fixed as the MSP.

The dharna will be lifted only when their demands were fulfilled, said Shingara Singh, a leader of the farmers.

According to the list given to the district magistrate by the railway authorities, two trains for Sriganganagar-Ambala, one for Bathinda-Suratgarh, Ferozepur-Rewari and Bathinda-Ambala had been cancelled and the fare was being refunded to the passengers.

The Rewari-Fazilka train was stopped at Shergarh, Bikaner-Bathinda at Gurisar Sainewala, Bikaner-Abohar train at Hanumangarh, Ambala-Bathinda train at Rampura, Rewari-Bathinda train at Sirsa, Delhi-Sriganganagar at Jakhal and Jammu Tawi-Ahmedabad train at Ferozepur.

District Magistrate Rahul Tewari said: "The matter is between the CCI and the farmers. We can't sort it out on our own. We have been doing our best to lift the blockade."

CCI's manager V.P. Nagpal said: "The CCI is firm about the decision and we have been doing everything under the parameters. About the "unreasonable" demand of the farmers, we are helpless."
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 02, 2009, 12:09 PM
Railway union opposes privatisation move

Chennai: S.G. Mishra, secretary, All India Railwaymen's Federation (AIRF), has warned the Union government of industrial action and stoppage of work if it went ahead with the privatisation of the Indian Railways through the corporate route.

Mr. Mishra participated in a meeting organised by the Southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU) at the Moore Market Complex here on Wednesday. He explained in detail the federation's importance in getting productivity-linked bonus and 40 per cent arrears for the railwaymen in the Sixth Pay Commission.

N. Kanniah, assistant secretary, AIRF, remembered the contribution of late J.P. Chaubey, who was former secretary of the federation, for getting benefits to the railwaymen in the Sixth Pay Commission. SRMU president C.A. Raja Sridhar also spoke.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 02, 2009, 12:13 PM
Special train

CHENNAI: The train (0650) Rameswaram - Chennai Central Special (via Madurai) will leave Rameswaram at 3.15 pm on Sunday and arrive at Chennai Central at 8.30 am the next day.

Advance reservation will commence on Friday.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 02, 2009, 12:16 PM
S.Rly announcement on special trains

Coimbatore: Southern Railway - Salem division has announced that South-Western Railway will be running a weekly Garib Rath Express special train between Yeswantpur - Puducherry - Yesvantpur. It will be run as a special train. The special train will be in lieu of train number 2255/2256 Garib Rath Express already announced.

The regular services of Garib Rath Express (train number 2255/2256) will commence from a later date. Special train number 0679 will be run from Yesvantpur on January 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 and from Puducherry to Yesvantpur it will be on January 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Train from Yesvantpur will start at 11.15 p.m. and reach Puducherry at 9.20 a.m.. In the return direction, it will leave Puducherry at 10 p.m. hours and reach Yesvantpur at 8.25 a.m. the next day. The train will have stoppages at Yesvantpur, Banaswadi, Hosur, Dharmapuri, Salem, Attur, Chinna Salem, Vridhachalam, Villuppuram and Puducherry in both directions.

Chennai Central - Kochuveli - Chennai Central: train number 0657/0658 Sabarimala specials have been extended up to January. The specials from Chennai will be run on December 31, January 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14 and 16 while the specials from Kochuveli will be run on 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15 and 17. The train will stop at Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Podanur, Palakkad, Thrissur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Changanaseri, Tiruvalla, Chengannur, Mavelikara, Quilon and Varkala in both directions. The train will leave Chennai Central at 3.15 p.m. and reach Kochuveli at 7.30 a.m. and in the return direction, it will leave at 11 a.m. and reach Chennai Central at 4.30 a.m. the next day.

Ernakulam - Bangalore - Ernakulam: Train number 0647/06448 is being extended up to January. From Ernakulam, the specials will be on January 5, 12 and 19 and from Bangalore it will be on 6, 13 and 20. The train will have stoppages at Bangalore Cantonment, Krishnarajapuram, Whitefield, Bangarapet, Kuppam, Tirupattur, Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Podanur, Palakkad, Thrissur and Aluva in both directions. The train will leave Ernakulam at 6.40 p.m. and reach Bangalore City at 7.30 a.m. and will leave Bangalore City at 5.15 p.m. and reach Ernakulam at 4.30 a.m.

Ernakulam - Bangalore - Ernakulam: special train number 0641/0642 on this section has been extended up to January and from Ernakulam the special will leave on January 1, 8 and 15 and in the return direction it will leave Banglaore on January 2, 9 and 16. Train will stop at Bangalore Cantonment, Krishnarajapuram, Whitefield, Bangarapet, Kuppam, Tirupattur, Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Podanur, Palakkad, Thrissur and Aluva in both directions. From Ernakulam it will depart at 9.15 p.m. and reach Bangalore City at 10 a.m.and in the return direction it will leave Bangalore City at 6.50 p.m. and reach Ernakulam at 6.30 a.m. the next day.
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Post by: sajiv on Jan 03, 2009, 04:17 AM
Train traffic severely hit by fog

LUCKNOW: The fog has severely hit train services all over the northern stretch. The trains are running late from Charbagh station. On Thursday, New Delhi-bound Shatabdi Express left Charbagh station at 5:20 pm against its normal departure scheduled at 3:30 pm. The officials shared that trains are arriving late at the station and that is the reason why the departure time too is getting affected. The long distance trains were late by 3 to 18 hours. None of the trains though were cancelled.

Shaheed Express was late by 17.5 hours, Lohit Express by 13 hours, Punjab Mail (Dn) by 9.5 hours, Punjab Mail (Up) by 3 hours, Duplicate Punjab Mail (Dn) by 8.5 hours, Duplicate Punjab Mail (Up) by 4 hours, Gwalior-Chhapra by indefinite hours, Amprapali Express by 3 hours and Gomti Express by 2.5 hours.

The trains which have a lesser time margin between arrival and departure are more affected. Railway needs 6 hours for primary maintenance of originating and terminating trains. Even if train arrives late at the station, it has to undergo primary maintenance before it goes on run again. This might cause a further delay in its operation.

Lucknow Mail arrives at 7 am and leaves at 10 pm. Though it is arriving late every day the huge margin between its arrival and departure allows railway to run it on-time.

On the other hand, in the case of trains undergoing secondary maintenance at the station, 2 hours is the minimum time that railway needs. Shatabdi Express is given a secondary maintenance at Charbagh. When the train arrives late at Charbagh, it gets further delayed due to the requirement of secondary maintenance.

Railway is trying to make up the delay by cutting the stoppage time of trains running late but that can bring a difference of only 5 to 10 minutes.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 03, 2009, 11:55 AM
Special trains

CHENNAI: Southern Railway is to operate additional special trains during Pongal holidays.

Train No. 0602 will leave Coimbatore at 1 p.m. on January 13 and arrive at Egmore at 9.15 p.m. on the same day. The train will stop at Tiruppur, Erode, Salem , Morappur, Jolarpettai, Katpadi, Arakkonam, and Perambur.

Train No. 0615 will leave Egmore at 11 p.m. on January 13 and reach Tirunelveli at 12.45 p.m. the next day. It will stop at Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Karur, Dindigul, Kodaikanal Road, Madurai, Virudhunagar, Sattur, Kovilpatti and Vanchi Maniyachchi.

Train No. 0616 will leave Tirunelveli at 3.45 p.m. on January 14 and arrive at Coimbatore at 4.15 a.m. the next day. It will stop at Vanchi Maniyachchi, Kovilpatti, Satur, Virudunagar, Madurai, Dindigul, Tiruchi, Karur, Erode, Tiruppur and Coimbatore North. Reservation will commence on January 30.
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Post by: ganeshbala on Jan 04, 2009, 03:58 PM
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 05, 2009, 12:26 PM
Southern Railway bags award

MADURAI: The Southern Railway has bagged the best stall among the public sector units at the 12th edition of Chamber Trade Fair held at Tamukkam Grounds here by the Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Anil Singhal, Divisional Railway Manager, received the award from chamber senior president, S. Rethinavelu, at the valedictory function on Sunday.

Addressing the function, Mr. Singhal said that the Madurai Division expected to post a growth of 60 per cent in goods and 20 per cent in passenger this year.

"This growth is possible only because of the increase in economic activity in this region. Also, the many new railway projects announced for this region are economically viable to the railways only, thanks to this increased commercial activity," he said.

Speaking about the recent instances of cracks developing in railway tracks, he said that a stretch of 20 km between Madurai and Dindigul had already been replaced with another 10 km to be replaced in a week or so.

As for the Madurai Railway junction, he said a "re-modelling plan" was on the anvil. Reacting to requests for introducing a train between Kanyakumari and Rameswaram, Mr. Singhal said that it would require a detailed study by railway headquarters.

The National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) Deputy General Manager T. Venkateswaran spoke about the corporation's various schemes to help small scale industries.

Madurai East Constituency MLA N. Nanmaran praised the exhibition's motto of 'Industrial linkage empowers agriculture.'

Speaking about the long-standing demand of a permanent trade centre for the city, he expressed hope that it would materialise soon. He added that he would take it up at the appropriate places. Development of Madurai would benefit all southern districts, he said. Madurai MP P. Mohan also spoke.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 05, 2009, 12:38 PM
Railways seeks free land for linking Konark

Puri: Virtually putting the onus on the Orissa government for linking world famous Konark in the rail network, the Railways on Sunday said it would make budgetary provision for this in the next fiscal if the state provides land free of cost. "If the Orissa government provides required land free to lay the rail track from Puri to Konark, the Railways will make the required budgetary provision in the coming fiscal," Railway Board Chairman Kalyan Coomar Jena said here.

The Sun Temple at Konark, the world heritage site in eastern India, is located 35 km from this beach resort.

Though the doubling of the line between Khurda Road and Puri was not commercially feasible, it had been carried out up to Delang so far in view of political pressure, Mr. Jena said.

Stating that the Railways had strengthened the security system due to terrorist attacks, Jena said close circuit cameras would be installed in railway stations at Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Berhampur and Khurda Road.

Mr. Jena also attributed the delay in laying of new railway lines in the State to inordinate delay in obtaining permission for use of forest land.

Earlier, Mr. Jena flagged off the Puri-Howrah Gareeb Rath Express and the Puri-Keonjhargarh Inter-City Express here. "This has fulfilled one of the long-standing demands of the people of Orissa," Mr. Jena said, adding a new train would start running between Puri and Rameswaram soon.

Mr. Jena also laid foundation stone for upgradation of the railway station here at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore and inaugurated a Rs 55-lakh kalyan mandap.
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Post by: sajiv on Jan 05, 2009, 10:36 PM
Train movement hit due to collision

LUCKNOW: The collision of two goods trains between Bhaupur and Panki near Kanpur on Sunday affected the movement of trains on Delhi-Allahabad route. The collision severely hit the train services as many trains were either cancelled, short-terminated or diverted through other routes. This aggravated the plight of passengers who were already having a tough time boarding trains running behind schedule due to heavy fog.

The passengers at Lucknow station were not untouched of the inconvenience. Gomti express was cancelled and its passengers were adjusted in Shaheed Express. Similarly, Kaifiyat Express was terminated at Lucknow and its passengers were accommodated in Poorva Express.

Three of the trains were operated back from Kanpur to Lucknow. Train Nos 2303 Poorva express, 2301 Sealdah-Rajdhani and 2313 Howrah-Rajdhani were diverted via Moradabad.

Meanwhile, the trains from Kanpur side which are already running behind schedule due to fog were further delayed. The trains operating indefinitely late on Sunday included Vaishali, Amrapali and Farakka Express, all in the down direction and duplicate Punjab Mail (Up).

The delayed trains included, Amarnath Express (Dn) (late by 10 hrs), Varanasi-Jammu Tavi (late by 5 hrs), Himgiri Express (late by 11 hrs), Lokmanya Tilak-Faizabad (late by 16 hrs), Kisan Express (Dn) (late by 5 hrs 30 min), Punjab Mail (Dn) (late by 7 hrs 30 min), Punjab Mail (Up) (late by 3 hrs), Shatabdi Express (late by 4 hrs), Nauchandi express (late by 2 hrs) and Neelanchal express (Dn) (late by 7 hrs).

Marudhar express arrived 11 hours late and was terminated at Lucknow. On the other hand, Kaifiyat and Patna-Mathura Express have been cancelled till January 15. Sadbhawna, Janta and Gorakhdham Express would remain cancelled till January 31.

The day was not without losses for the Lucknow division. The division lost the revenue of Rs 65,977 due to cancellations. At least 207 tickets were cancelled. The cancellations were both for the trains affected due to accident and fog.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 06, 2009, 12:27 PM
MMTS to get two new trains by April

The Railways' insistence to pay about Rs. 15 crore more for supplying the four pending trains (rakes) for full fledged running of phase one of Multi Mode Transit System (MMTS) has paid off.

The government has decided to pay up, following which the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, has agreed to supply two trains by April, official sources said. Once these trains (each having nine coaches) arrive, it will enable MMTS authorities to increase the number of trains from the current 92 services a day to 100 to 105 services.

1.2 lakh passengers

It will also help lug in more than the 1.2 lakh passengers a day in the twin cities across the routes of Secunderabad-Hyderabad-Lingampalli (28 km) and Secunderabad-Falaknuma (15 km), official sources maintained. The new coaches will also be added to some of the services presently being run with six coaches to make into 'complete' trains of nine coaches each enhancing the passengers' carrying capacity.

Escalating costs

Few months ago, the ICF had sent a communication to the government seeking more money due to 'escalating material and labour costs'.

It also said that additional coaches for the six remaining trains (10 were supplied in 2003) could be taken up in 2009-10 since the Railway Board had cleared the order only in May last year.

Interestingly, the government had paid upto Rs. 100 crore six years ago as part of its 50 per cent share for the MMTS first phase for supply of 16 trains with nine coaches each. And, its earlier stand was not to pay more since the total money was already paid but it appears to have reversed the stance now.

Official sources expect more time for the remaining four trains to come by. In the meantime, the government has also drawn up a plan to improve the passenger amenities at and near the MMTS stations with the help of funds from the World Bank.

A sum of Rs. 53 crore is to be spent for the facilities like developing the approach roads to the stations with wide footpaths across a radius of 2.5 km.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 06, 2009, 12:36 PM
Railway underpass to be inaugurated soon

HUBLI: MP from Dharwad North Pralhad Joshi has said the railway underpass at Lokappana Hakkala will be inaugurated by Republic Day.

He was speaking to presspersons after inspecting the work on the underpass and the approach road here on Monday. Officials of South Western Railway, Hubli Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) and Hubli Dharwad Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had accompanied him.

Mr. Joshi said that the Railways had completed the work of constructing the underpass and now it was left to the HDMC and HDUDA to complete the approach road on either side of the railway track.

He said while HDUDA had begun the work on the approach road, HDMC was yet to take up its share of work. He said he had asked the HDMC officials to take up the work immediately and make the underpass operational by Republic Day. Earlier, during his visit to the spot, Mr. Joshi took exception to the apathetic attitude of the HDMC officialswith regard to completing their share of the work.

It may be recalled that the underpass is a long-pending demand. The demand for the underpass gained momentum after the death of an SSLC student who was run over by a goods train in March 2007.

Although Mr. Joshi had taken special interest and pursued the matter, which resulted in a joint inspection by officials of various departments and a subsequent action plan, a dearth of funds delayed the work.

The Divisional Railway Office of Hubli had chalked out a plan at a cost of Rs. 98 lakh for developing the railway underpass. The HDMC and HUDA were asked to share the cost. It included maintenance and way leave costs, because of which both agencies requested for revision of the project cost.

Mr. Joshi then took up the issue with the then General Manager of South-Western Railway Praveen Kumar, following which, the Railways cut down the cost of the project to Rs. 71 lakh. The HDMC and HDUDA then agreed to share the cost and the work began.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 06, 2009, 12:40 PM
New Railway Board member

NEW DELHI: Praveen Kumar has taken over as the new Member (Mechanical) in the Railway Board. Earlier he served as General Manager of South-Western Railway .

Having joined the Railway Services as Assistant Mechanical Engineer in Eastern Railway in 1972, he has held various important positions in the Railways.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 07, 2009, 12:20 PM
Integrated security system at railway stations

VELLORE: Though Rs.60 crore has initially been sanctioned for putting in place an integrated security system for railway stations and passengers in the wake of the November 26 terrorist attack in the Chatrapathi Sivaji Terminus in Mumbai, the Prime Minister has permitted the Railways to spend the required amount on introducing a fool-proof integrated security system in the long run, given that railway stations have become soft targets with airports getting fool-proof security.

Disclosing this to reporters at the Katpadi station on Tuesday, Minister of State for Railways R. Velu said the Prime Minister gave the nod for the spending on provision of the security system, when he met him 15 days ago.

A high-level committee had been constituted to take decisions on various security aspects such as tackling terror and providing security for the stations.

At present, railway stations lacked adequate security, and outsiders roamed freely in stations. A total of 144 stations and the stations in Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai had been identified as prone to terror attacks. The Railways were considering the installation of closed circuit televisions and the stationing of bomb detection squads in these stations.

Commando training

Mr. Velu said the Railway Protection Force (RPF) would be reinforced to provide more security to the stations. Of the 66,000 RPF personnel in the country, 9,000 belonged to the Railway Special Protection Force comprising 12 battalions. Of them, 2,000 would be trained as commandos for being posted in the terror-prone stations. This would help to ease the burden on the Government Railway Police (GRP), which could concentrate on tackling murders and theft of property of passengers and the Railways.

Asked whether security would also be provided on trains, Mr. Velu said the GRP and the RPF were now providing escort on 2,500 night trains.

The amendment to the Railway Act in 2003 helped to introduce measures for protection of not only passenger area but also passengers.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 07, 2009, 12:28 PM
Railways launch pilot project for discharge of excreta from trains

CHENNAI: The Railways have launched a pilot project for controlled discharge of excreta from trains in select Shatabdi and Rajdhani Express trains.

If successful, it will be introduced in all trains, Minister of State for Railways R.Velu said here on Tuesday.

Taking part in the centenary celebrations of the Basin Bridge Coaching Yard here, he said clearing excreta from platforms and tracks was a major problem. Various methods, including controlled discharge and bio-degradable systems, had been tried.

As the bio-degradable system was costly, the administration decided to go in for the controlled discharge. This would help to maintain the stations cleanly.

A major complaint from passengers was the presence of rodents and cockroaches in coaches. An ultrasonic rodent-cum-pest repeller and on-board rodent control system had been introduced in addition to regular fumigation. Though pest-free coaches were difficult to achieve, the Railways wanted to keep coaches as clean as possible, he said.

The Minister complimented the coaching yard for introducing many innovations in maintenance of coaches.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 07, 2009, 12:39 PM
Railways to run 2 daily trains to BIA airport

BANGALORE: South Western Railway has decided to run two daily passenger trains later this month from the City Railway Station to Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) terminating at Devanahalli.

Travellers thus have one more option to reach BIA apart from the Vayu Vajra bus service, private cars and taxis.

The rail service will cost Rs. 8, far cheaper than Vayu Vajra, which charges the present lowest, between Rs. 100 and Rs. 150. The new trains will be in addition to two existing passenger train services operated between the city and Chickaballapur. "The trains will be launched this month itself," said Akhil Agarwal, Divisional Railway Manager, SWR, Bangalore Division.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jan 08, 2009, 05:08 AM
TN, Railways in final

Tamil Nadu will meet Indian Railways in the 59th Senior National basketball championship men's final following their semifinal victories on Tuesday at the Corporation stadium here.
While Tamil Nadu overcome a stiff challenge from Uttarakhand 74-71, Indian Railways beat Services 89-72.

In a closely fought battle that read 38-38 at half-time, R Chandrasekharan top-scored for Tamil Nadu with 24 points.

In the second semifinal of the day, the Indian Railways side had to play in the absence of their coach, Ram Kumar, who rushed home at the news of his brother, National player Ashok Kumar's demise.

Albeit the tragedy, fine effort from Gagandeep Singh (20), Jasjot Singh (18) and Yadwinder Singh (14) took Railways home.

In womens' section Delhi trounced Tamil Nadu 88-45 after a first-half lead of 51-18 to move into the finals.
They will take on the winners of the Indian Railways and Chhattisgarh encounter.

Results: Semifinals:
Men: Tamil Nadu: 74 (R Chandrasekharan 24, S Robinson 21, Vineeth Ravi Mathew 12) bt  Utharakhand: 71 (Trideep Rai 28, Sureshranot 11). HT: 38-38; Indian Railways: 89 (Gagandeep Singh 20, Jasjot Singh 18, Yadwinder Singh 14) bt Services: 72 (Dalip Kumar 19, Arokia Babu 16, Smithin Settu 12).

Women: Delhi: 88 (Prashanti 20) bt Tamil Nadu: 45 (Kokila 18)
For lower places: Men: Chhattisgarh: 75 (Pratham Singh 24, Kiran Pal Singh 19, Sharwan Kumar 13) bt Andhra Pradesh: 72 (Nagaraj 17, Liju Mathew 14, Kumar Varma 13, Lakshman 10); Punjab: 77 (Jagadeep Singh 30, Dilawar Singh 17, Harminder Singh 10) bt Karnataka: 76 (Mahesh 21, Sirajudeen 17, Rony Zacharia 9). Women: Maharastra: 61 (Shweta Mundatta 21, Ranjusha Mathew 13, Silja Joseph 10) bt Andhra Pradesh: 47(Amita 12, Geta12); Karnataka: 69 (Sonith 17, Kruthika 14, Anu Mathew 14, Sneha 12) bt Uttar Pradesh: 58(Anamika 20, Renu Maurya 15).
Title: 'Bullet trains' in India?
Post by: nandagopal on Jan 08, 2009, 10:17 PM
Minister of state for Railways R Velu today said India and Japan would hold discussions on introducing 'bullet trains' in the country. Talking to reporters at Kanyakumari today, Velu said he and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad would visit Japan for three days from January 12 to hold discussions with officials there.

He said studies would be conducted to ascertain in which cities the bullet train service would be introduced. It was estimated that Rs 55 crore was needed to construct a km of bullet railway track. - Agencies
Title: Re: 'Bullet trains' in India?
Post by: sajiv on Jan 08, 2009, 10:46 PM
[font=trebuchet ms]Thats nice information for those who travel in train, can u tell when this project gets over[/font]
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jan 09, 2009, 12:01 AM
A railwayman's unsung sacrifice

Mumbai: Siddhant Sharma, 17, is angry. His slain father's unsung deed on the night of November 26 has left him with an unanswered question. "Why have they not acknowledged my father's [fearless] act?"

Assistant Chief Ticket Inspector Sushil Kumar Sharma, 48, was killed in the terrorist firing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus that night.

The Sharma family shares Siddhant's anguish. "As told by his fellow colleagues, Sushil was at his office near the station manager's office when the firing started. He immediately headed to the control room to inform the staff of the firing and alert them about the danger posed to incoming trains. Then, on his return, he was moving towards the injured to offer help. That's when he was shot at," says his elder brother, Mahendra Kumar Sharma.

An official letter from the Central Railway states: "Despite several requests from staff at the control office not to go out, Shri Sharma without caring for his life was rushing towards the Mail Line Concourse. However, before he could help other passengers in saving their lives, two bullets hit him and he lost his life."

One bullet hit his shoulder and the other perforated his lungs. While the incident could have occurred between 9.30 am and 10 p.m., no medical aid arrived till about 2.30 a.m. when the railways resumed their operations, says Mr. Mahendra Kumar. At this time, his family members, who were frenetically calling his phone, finally heard a voice at the other end. However, it belonged to a police officer, who told them of Sushil's demise.

While the railway staff who made announcements over the public address system of the attack received accolades, there have been no words of praise for Sushil, who sought to alert and help others instead of seeking the safety of his office. Concern for others was a quality that won Sushil many a faithful friend and well-wisher. Some of his friends have penned eulogies in his memory. "Smile never left his lips/It sent all woes away," says a poem by a friend. A fond letter written by another friend describes him as a "cheerful" person. "Whenever anybody went to him with any problem, he used to solve it in a jiffy."

Mr. Mahendra Kumar realised the extent of his brother's popularity when he came to Mumbai from Gwalior. "On November 28 when we came here, autorickshaws in Kalyan [where Sushil's home is situated] did not charge us or any of our relatives visiting us. Neither did the newspaper vendor round the corner. And for days, the local tea-seller would come home to serve tea for visitors for free."

Yadavendra Kumar Pandey, a cousin of Sushil's, recounts: "I wanted to send a parcel after this incident. It weighed 132 kg. Eight porters lifted it. I happened to mention Sushil. Then I do not know what transpired among them, but none accepted any money!" For his family, the ever-helpful Sushil was the backbone. Emotion gives way as Ragini Sharma, his wife, begins to speak of him. "He was caring, soft-hearted," she says, unable to hold back her tears. "He used to say, 'Ragini, everyone lives for oneself. One should live for others."

In their own quiet way, Sushil's two sons are trying to cope with their pain. Siddhant is preparing for the IIT entrance test.

In fact, on November 26, Sushil had gone to work only to get the IIT test form. He would have stayed home otherwise for it was his younger son Aditya's 12th birthday.

Aditya's easy and childlike ways only belie the sorrow within. "From the way he keeps flitting about, I know what he is going through. When I ask him, 'do you think of papa,' he gets upset and says, 'why do you keep asking me that?' Like us adults, he cannot express what he is feeling," says Ms. Ragini.

The Sharmas are currently locked in paperwork over compensation. Says Mr. Mahendra Kumar, "We have still not received the Rs. 3 lakh ex-gratia from Central Railway. Neither have we heard anything about the Railway Minister's compensation. Only the State government amount has come in."

The family is also planning to seek compensation for those security officers who fought the terrorists. "We feel that even civilians who went outside the bounds of their duty to help should be considered for this. As Sushil did. So, we will write to the authorities. However, money is not our concern. We want him to get the recognition due to him. His act was a step towards countering terrorist activity," reasons Mr. Mahendra Kumar.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jan 09, 2009, 02:58 AM
Chennai-Kanyakumari rail track to be electrified

Nagercoil: The government has allotted Rs.400 crore for electrification of the Kanyakumari-Thiruvananthapuram railway line, according to Minister of State for Railways R.Velu. Steps would be taken to electrify the Chennai - Kanyakumari track.

He was in Kanyakumari to inaugurate the annual conference of Railway Protection Force personnel on Wednesday. He told reporters that the government would explore ways and means to operate bullet trains in different parts of the country. A team of officials would visit Japan to study its functioning. Railway Minister Lalu Prasad would lead the team.

The Railways had decided to operate 'railway tourism' services, covering important spots in the country.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 09, 2009, 12:24 PM
Special trains to Melmaruvathur

MADURAI: The Southern Railway will operate special trains to Melmaruvathur from various destinations in southern districts to clear passenger rush during 'irumudi festival.'

A release said, the ML 54 Dindigul-Melmaruvathur special will leave Dindigul at 10.45 p.m. on January 22 and reach Melmaruvathur at 8.45 a.m. the next day. The ML 53 Melmaruvathur-Dindigul special will leave Melmaruvathur at 7.15 p.m. on January 23 and reach Dindigul at 4 a.m. the next day. The specials will have 13 sleeper class and two general second class compartments and two luggage-cum-brake vans. They will stop at Tiruchi and Villupuram.

The ML 56 Shencottah-Melmaruvathur special will leave Shencottah at 8 p.m. on January 27 and reach Melmaruvathur at 9.30 a.m. the next day.

The ML 55 Melmaruvathur-Shencottah special will leave Melmaruvathur at 5 p.m. on January 28 and reach Shencottah at 5 a.m. the next day. The specials will have 13 sleeper class and two general second class compartments and two luggage-cum-brake vans and stop at Madurai, Tiruchi and Villupuram.

The ML 58 Madurai-Melmaruvathur special will leave Madurai at 9.30 p.m. on January 31 and reach Melmaruvathur at 8.45 a.m. the next day. The ML 57 Melmaruvathur-Madurai special will leave Melmaruvathur at 6.45 p.m. on February 1 and reach Madurai at 3 a.m. The trains will have 13 general second class compartments and two luggage-cum-brake vans and stop at Tiruchi and Villupuram.

The ML 60 Sattur-Melmaruvathur special will leave Sattur at 10.30 p.m. on January 24 and reach Melmaruvathur at 9.30 a.m. the next day. The ML 59 Melmaruvathur-Sattur special will leave Melmaruvathur at 8.15 p.m. on January 25 and reach Sattur at 4.30 a.m. They will have 13 general second class and two luggage-cum-brake vans and halt at Madurai, Tiruchi and Villupuram.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 09, 2009, 12:44 PM
New super-fast train

HUBLI: The Yeshwanthpur-Bagalpur-Yeshwanthpur Super-Fast Weekly Express Trains (2253/2254) started from January 3 from Yeshwanthpur-end and from January 7 from Bagalpur-end, a release said.

Accordingly, Yeshwanthpur-Bagalpur Super Fast Weekly Express (2253) leaves Yeshwanthpur at 12.45 p.m. on Saturdays and arrives at Bagalpur at 8.30 a.m. on Mondays.

In the return direction, Bagalpur-Yeshwanthpur Super-Fast Weekly Express (2254) departs from Bagalpur at 1.30 p.m. on Wednesdays and arrives at Yeshwanthpur at 9.15 a.m. on Fridays.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 10, 2009, 12:19 PM
Special trains

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run following special trains between Chennai Central and Madurai/ Shengottai via Arakkonam, Salem, Karur and Dindigul to clear extra rush of passengers.

Train (0631) will leave Chennai Central at 7.40 pm on January 21 and reach Madurai at 6 am the next day. In the return direction, the train (0632) will leave Madurai at 9 pm on January 24 and arrive at Chennai Central at 8.30 am the next day.

The train (0617) will leave Chennai Central at 7.40 pm on January 26 and reach Sengottai at 10 am the next day. In the return direction, the train (0618) will leave Sengottai at 5.30 pm on January 29 and arrive at Chennai Central at 8.30 am the next day.

Advance reservation for the above trains will commence on January 10, according to a Southern Railway press release.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 10, 2009, 12:20 PM
Rail reservation on Pongal day

CHENNAI: Computerised Passenger Reservation Centres of Southern Railway will function for only one shift, similar to Sunday pattern of working (8 am to 2 pm), on Pongal day.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 10, 2009, 12:35 PM
ECoR to run special trains

With a view to clearing festival time passengers, the East Coast Railway has decided to run Pongal special trains between Visakhapatnam and Secunderabad.

According to Senior Divisional Commercial Manager G.V.L. Satya Kumar, train No.747 B from Visakhapatnam will run on January 17,18 and 24 and 25 and train No.748 B from Secunderabad on Jan. 16,17 and 23 and 24.

Train No.748 B will leave Visakhapatnam station by 20.00 hours and reach Secunderabad by 08.15 hours the next day, according to the official.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 10, 2009, 12:38 PM
Probe into Metro Rail deal sought

HYDERABAD: Citizens for a Better Public Transport in Hyderabad, on Friday, demanded a thorough enquiry into the whole process behind the Hyderabad Metro Rail project being awarded to the consortium led by Maytas Infra Ltd. It also insisted that all the officers closely connected with formulating and finalising the project be transferred from their posts to facilitate an impartial enquiry.

Speaking at a press conference, the Convenor of the organisation C. Ramachandraiah attributed the recent Satyam scam to the "collusion between Maytas Infra and Government of A.P." and demanded that all the projects awarded to Maytas in the state, inclusive of the Hyderabad Metro Rail, be cancelled.

"Instead of initiating an enquiry soon after the allegations by DMRC Chief E.Sreedharan, the State government threatened him with a defamation suit which they have not filed so far. Even four days earlier, they said that they would continue with the deal," he said.

He alleged that the Concessionaire Agreement with the consortium was arbitrary on many counts. "We had taken a cursory look through the document. Besides the extension of the deal by one year for each one per cent reduction in the estimated 26-lakh passenger turnout, the agreement also says that for every instance of not reaching the subsistence revenue, the agreement will get extension of a day. Another stipulation is to the effect that the government will not make any improvement in any other mode of transport on the route till the completion of the project," Dr. Ramachandraiah alleged.

However, the organisation has received neither the concessions agreement, nor the study on traffic and transport done by HMR so far, he said. "While they have agreed to give the concessions agreement under RTI, they refused to part with the traffic study. Who are they trying to shield even after all the controversy?" he questioned.

He demanded for the enquiry to be conducted by an independent committee of retired bureaucrats and transport experts. An investigation by the CBI, he said, could be more welcome.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 10, 2009, 12:39 PM
Passenger train extended

HYDERABAD: The Arakkonam-Renigunta-Arakkonam Passenger (Train no.193/194) is being extended up to Nandalur from January 15. There will be no change in the timings of the trains between Arakkonam and Renigunta.

The train no.193 will leave Renigunta at 10.30 a.m.and reach Nandalur at 12.35 p.m. the same day. In the return direction, train no.194 will leave Nandalur at 12.55 p.m. and arrive at Renigunta at 2.55 p.m. En route, the trains will halt at Mamanduru, Balepalle, , Koduru, Anantarajupet, Obulavaripalli, Reddipalli, Rajampet, Hastavaram
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 10, 2009, 12:47 PM
SCR specials

VIJAYAWADA: To clear the extra rush of passengers, South Central Railway is operating special trains between Vijayawada and Secunderabad and Anakapalli and Melmaruvathur from January 11. Train number 713A Vijayawada-Secunderabad special train will leave Vijayawada station at 11.15 p.m. from January 11 to 19 and will reach Secunderabad at 5 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, the train will leave Secunderabad station at 11.15 p.m. between January 11 and 19 and will reach Vijayawada station at 4.45 a.m. the next day.

Train number 711 Anakapalli-Melamaruvathur special will leave Anakapalli at 2 p.m. on January 29 and will reach Vijayawada at 8.20 p.m. It will leave Vijayawada station at 8.35 p.m. and reach Chennai Egmore station at 4.15 a.m. and Melmaruvathur at 6.45 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, the train will leave Melmaruvathur at 6.30 a.m. on January 31 and reach Chennai Egmore station at 8.25 a.m. It will reach Vijayawada station at 4.15 p.m. and Anakapalli at 9.15 p.m., Senior Divisional Commercial Manager B. Vijaya Bhaskar said in a press release.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 10, 2009, 12:59 PM
Railway website to suspend operations

New Delhi: Booking and cancellation of 'E' and 'I' tickets on the official website of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will remain closed for six hours on Saturday. The closure of booking will be in force between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. tomorrow, said a release issued by IRCTC. It said the closure of booking is being done in view of the maintenance work for the website.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jan 11, 2009, 03:12 AM
Rlys ups medical schemes for staff

After announcing a series of measures to improve the facilities for passengers, the Indian Railways came up with several schemes to provide medical care to its own employees.

Orders have been passed by the Medical Department of the  Railway Ministry to engage staff on contract basis from agencies outside of Railways to meet the shortage of doctors and paramedical staff. To improve the quality of medicines, a revised system for procurement of drugs and medical stores for Railway hospitals has also been formulated.

A pilot project has been introduced in the Northern Railway for the benefit of Retired Employees Liberalised Health Service card holders on an experimental basis.

According to the scheme, retired employees will be eligible for cashless services which provides for treatment in recognised private hospitals in case of emergency.

Telemedicine facility has been provided in 18 centres of all Indian Railways and the work is in process in four more centres. Telemedicine connectivity has already been implemented at North Central Railway, Chitranjan Locomotive Works, Jagjivan Ram Hospital, Mumbai and Hajipur. Additional posts of health and malaria inspectors have been created to improve supervision of cleanliness at the Railway stations.

An amount of Rs 101 crore has been allocated for the fiscal year 2008-09 for new works in the field of medical care which include up gradation of facilities at the Perumbur New Hospital complex in Southern Railway, Cardiac Centre at the Jagjivan Ram Hospital in Western Railway and Cardiac Centre and new Nephrology Centre at Patna in East Central Railway.

The Divisional Hospital at Jaipur, Hubli and Bilaspur are at various stages of upgradation and new divisional hospitals are on the verge of completion at Agra, Nanded and Raipur

Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jan 11, 2009, 10:41 AM
Trains delayed at Nagercoil station

Row between railway staff and RPF

Nagercoil: The departure of passenger trains bound for Coimbatore, Thiruvananthapuram and Tirunelveli was delayed for more than a hour at the railway station here on Saturday following a quarrel between railway employees and Railway Protection Force personnel from various parts of the country who came here to attend a national conference at Kanyakumari.

The RPF personnel demanded the station authorities to attach extra coaches to Jammu Tawi Express. As their request was ignored, a quarrel erupted between the two parties leading to the delay in departure of trains.

Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jan 11, 2009, 11:46 AM
Move afoot to privatise Railways

KOCHI: The outsourcing of jobs by the Railways shows that steps are afoot to privatise it, Basudev Acharya, MP, and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways, has said. He was speaking after inaugurating a convention organised here by Railway trade unions on the topic 'Industrial relations in the Railways'. T.K. Rangarajan, MP, presided over the convention.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 12, 2009, 12:05 PM
Baalu inaugurates rail overbridge at Lalapet

KARUR: Removing a major bottleneck on the National Highway 67, Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways T.R. Baalu declared open the new Rail Over Bridge at Lalapet near here on Sunday.

Speaking after dedicating to the nation the new over bridge, Mr. Baalu said that infrastructure development was essential to guarantee prosperity and well being of the people.

Infrastructure development would ensure economic exploitation.

Pointing out that the NH 67 connected Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruchi, Karur, Coimbatore and Udhagamandalam entering Karnataka near Teppakkadu, the Union Minister said that the Rail Over Bridg was a big relief to the public who had to wait for several hours to cross the railway line.

Unlike other such projects where the Road Transport and Railway Ministries equally shared the cost, in the case of the Lalapet RoB the former itself bore the expenditure, he said.

The cost of the project was Rs. 27.79 crore and land acquisition was undertaken at a cost of Rs. 1.02 crore.

The 2.2 km long RoB would ensure free flow of traffic on the stretch, he hoped.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 12, 2009, 12:46 PM
India launches one more royal tourist train

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, a regal train chugging across the land of maharajas in western India, on Sunday started its maiden journey, with the government promising to launch similar services in more states.

"Many states have shown interest in this regard and I am going to take up the issue before the cabinet and also with the states that are keen on having luxury tourist trains," Tourism Minister Ambika Soni told reporters after flagging off the new train at the Safdarjung railway station here.

The luxury train is a joint venture by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and the Indian Railways.

It will provide an alternative to the Palace on Wheels, India's first luxury train, which is already booked till 2010.

The seven-day sojourn on the Royal Rajasthan train promises to be a heady mix of Rajasthan's pristine historic experience, said Soni.

With a carrying capacity of 82 people, the train will have 13 deluxe saloons and one super deluxe saloon, four service cars and two restaurant bars. A top-class spa and wi-fi facilities are also in the offing.

The itinerary of the train will be the same as the Palace on Wheels: it would leave Delhi and start on its week-long journey through Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Sawai Madhopur among other places before terminating the run at Delhi.

Due to technical difficulties, the train will not go to Bikaner this season though announced earlier.

The train was earlier expected to commence operations from October 2008.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 12, 2009, 12:48 PM
Railways invites EoIs for 20 logistic parks

The railways ministry has invited applications for the development of multi-modal logistic parks proposed to be set via public-private partnerships. The Railway Board on behalf of the ministry recently invited expressions of interest (EoI) for such projects. These parks will be built along the railways' much-vaunted flagship project, the 3,300-km Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC).

The logistic parks project consists of a few mega multi-modal logistic parks. These will be in the nature of hubs providing state-of-the-art integrated logistic facilities. They will also be equipped with mechanised handling and intelligent inventory management at select locations along the DFC. This is likely to reduce the overall logistical cost for customers.

The overall plan is to set up some 20 logistic parks, which are estimated to involve an investment of about Rs 10,000 crore. The railways' is keen to identify and shortlist interested partners that will be willing to participate in the development of these parks.

The ministry has in particular called for applications from large logistic services providers, real estate developers, third party logistic players, warehousing investors, container operators, financial institutions and industrial houses willing to join hands with it in this venture.

The proposed DFC entails construction of double, electrified high-axle load track for high-capacity wagons and heavy-haul freight trains at cruising speeds of 75-100 km/hour.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jan 12, 2009, 01:09 PM
Liquor in trains

Sir, -- Of late, cases of illegal transportation of liquor by Goa-Mangalore trains are increasing. Recently, 14 boxes containing 120 litres of Goa-made liquor were seized by the Excise Department personnel and two people were arrested. In another case, four bags containing 76 litres of liquor in 104 bottles were seized at Gundapur. However, names of some of the accused appear to be

the same in many cases. Although the authorities carry out regular checks on the baggage of travellers, it is beyond one's imagination that the illegaltransportation of liquor goes on. This not only leaves a doubt among the people about the inspection system but also createsapprehension about the possibility of terrorists possessing weapons being able to travel from place to place without getting caught. The authorities should tighten the checking process.

J.F. D'Souza,Mangalore

Traffic jams

Sir, -- Traffic jams have become the order of the
day in Mangalore.

People here are wasting
their time on roads.
The problem
has been compounded by
the authorities taking up
the concreting of several roads simultaneously.

The only solution now is to complete the concreting work at the earliest. There is a need to increase the number of traffic policeman on select roads in order to clear the vehicles. The district administration should initiate steps to address this problem at the earliest.

Hareesh Kumar Kudathodka,Mangalore

Brindavan gardens

Sir, -- Brindavan gardens used to be the pride
of Mysore. Now they are
not maintained well.
Non-functioning fountains,
poor illumination,
perhaps owing to
power shortage, poor approach roads
and lack of markings at
the parking lot are some
of the problems in the gardens. In spite of considerable gate collection, theprime tourist attraction
is poorly maintained.
However, the Mysore zoo
is being maintained
well. I request the authorities concerned to improve the conditions in Brindavan gardens at the earliest.
Abinav Raghavan,Bangalore

Slash oil prices

Sir, -- With the truckers' strike into the second week, the prices of essential commodities, particularly vegetables, are shooting up. The truckers have
demanded a reduction in the price of diesel by Rs 10, among other things. The Government should invite them for
talks
and concede at least
some
of their demands. The
Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister
Murli Deora has said that the Government would cut prices of petrol, diesel
and LPG within the next 10-15 days. Why not
now itself? This will meet
the main demand of the truckers. Hope, the Government will act immediately in public interest.

B.H. Shanmukhappa,Davanagere

Title: How To Make an Indian Railway Reservation
Post by: nandagopal on Jan 13, 2009, 02:47 AM
Confused about how to make an Indian railway reservation for train travel in India? Indian Railways requires reservations on long distance trains for all classes of accommodations except second class. This step by step guide will help you through the process using Indian Railways facilities.


                                                            http://www.indianrail.gov.in/



Alternatively, a new online booking service for Indian Railways trains has been launched by Cleartrip. It's very user friendly but a 1.8% service charge is levied on the cost of the train fare.

Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Variable. 30 minutes for internet reservations, up to two hours for over the counter reservations.
Here's How:

   1.

      Find the name and number of the train you want to travel on by going to the Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Inquiry website. Click on "Train/Fare Accommodation" under "Services You Can Use". An on-line Indian Railways Trains at a Glance timetable is also available to assist you, although it requires quite a bit of navigating!.
   2.

      Enter the details of the station you want to depart from and the station you want to travel to, your journey date, and class of accommodation that you want to travel by (hint: select all classes to keep your options open as some classes book up more quickly than others).
   3.

      If there are no trains running directly between the stations you've selected, you'll get an error message and will need to go back and try some different station names. Otherwise, you'll be presented with a list of trains. Select the desired train and class you wish to travel by (and quota if relevant), and check the availability of beds. You can also check the train fare and route at this point.
   4.

      If there are no beds available on your particular train, the availability will show as Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC). You can still book a ticket and you'll be given a seat on the train, but not necessarily a bed unless there are enough cancellations. If the train is fully occupied, availability will be shown as Waitlist (WL). If you book a ticket in the waitlist queue, you won't be allowed to board the train unless there are enough cancellations for a seat or bed to become available.
   5.

      Once you've found a suitable train to travel on, make note of its name and number.
   6.

      If you're booking over the counter, print out the reservation form. Complete the form and take it to a reservation office. Alternatively, you can obtain a reservation form at the office and complete it there. Try to go to one of the facilities for international tourists (click on the yellow "Tourist Bureau" menu near the top of the screen) as these places are much more efficient and customer friendly. Be aware that you must pay with US dollars, UK pounds, Euros, or Indian rupees and an Encashment Certificate if purchasing a ticket there.
   7.

      If you're booking on line go to the IRCTC Online Passenger Reservation Site and register. Log in and then enter the station details of your travel, date of travel, and class of travel. Select e-ticket (electronic ticket) and click on "Find Trains". Select your train from the list that appears at the bottom of the page and click on "Book Ticket". Complete the electronic reservation form, including the Photo ID (passport) details of one of the passengers, and click on "Go". You'll be shown the details of your booking and you should review these.
   8. If your details look fine, click on "Make Payment". Choose the bank that you want to use to process your payment. For international credit cards, select AXIS. Otherwise, if you're using an AMEX card, select American Express. Enter and submit your card details. Your transaction will be processed and you'll be provided with a booking confirmation. Print this out and carry it with you when you travel.
   9.

      All bookings, made both over the counter and on line, are assigned a 10 digit PNR number. If you're in the RAC or WL queue, you can check the status of your booking on the Indian Railways website by clicking on "PNR inquiry", then entering your number and clicking on the "Get PNR status" button.

Tips:

   1.

      Bookings should be made as far in advance as possible (up to 90 days before departure), especially during the busiest traveling times from November to March. Otherwise, you'll need to be prepared to be flexible about your travel dates and times, and class of accommodation.
   2.

      It's recommended that you book your tickets online to avoid the often maddening Indian bureaucracy and disorderly queues. However, the Internet reservation website can be slow and temperamental. If you happen to get an error message (such as "service unavailable"), try refreshing your browser or go back to the start and re-enter your transaction. Patience is the key here.
   3.

      Sometimes the station name doesn't reflect the place name (for example, the main railway station in Kolkata/Calcutta is called Howrah), so it pays to do a little research. You can do this by using the Indian Railways Trains at a Glance timetable.
   4.

      Indian railways operates a number of quota schemes. Last minute bookings are allowed through a "Tatkal" quota on some of the most popular trains, whereby beds are released for reservation five days in advance. Foreign tourists can avail of a special tourist quota, which can also help in getting a bed during peak times. The availability of both quotas can be checked when you check the availability of your desired train on the Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Inquiry website. Unfortunately, the website's capability for bookings using these quotas is limited so it's best to make them over the counter.
   5.

      Cancellations happen often, particularly in the 24 hours up to departure. If you're waitlisted, you'll have the best chance of getting a bed in sleeper class as the majority of beds (and therefore cancellations) are in this class.

What You Need:

    * Details of train name & number, boarding & departure points, & class of travel.
    * Passport.
    * Credit card (for internet bookings).
    * Reservation form (for over the counter bookings).
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 13, 2009, 06:26 PM
Lalu rides the 'Bullet' in Japan @ 300 km/hr

Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, who has an ambitious plan for introducing high-speed train corridor in the country, took a ride on the bullet train in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Prasad, accompanied by senior railway officials, got first hand experience of the fast trains travelling from Tokyo to Kyoto at a speed of about 300 km per hour. He boarded Shinkansen -- the Japanese name for the bullet train - from the Tokyo station at 9.10 am (local time).

The Tokyo-Kyoto bullet train ride normally takes about two hours and 20 minutes to cover the distance of about 515 km between the two stations.

Later in the evening, he and his team will travel to Shin-Kobe by another bullet train. The team is also scheduled to again travel to Tokyo from Shin-Osaka station by Shinkansen on Wednesday.

Prasad is leading the team from the ministry to Japan to have a detailed discussion for a loan for the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC).

Meanwhile, the Railways have invited global tenders for conducting pre-feasibility study of high-speed train corridor on the Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar route.

The study on the bullet train project is required for the involvement of financial institutions and industries, while the Government will give stress on viability gap funding.

Many states like Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Punjab, Maharashtra, Kerala, West Bengal have agreed to part-fund the project.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 15, 2009, 02:13 PM
Southern Railway to run special trains

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run the following special trains to clear heavy waitlist of passengers. Chennai Central - Nagercoil Special (via. Salem, Erode, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Quilon and Trivandrum): Train no.0643 will leave Chennai Central at 11.30 p.m. on January 16 and reach Nagercoil at 6.30 p.m., the next day. Reservation will commence on January 14.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 15, 2009, 02:39 PM
Some trains to be rescheduled for 10 Sundays from January 18

MADURAI: Some of the train services in the Madurai division of Southern Railway will be rescheduled for 10 Sundays from January 18 for three months in order to facilitate track removal and welding work between Kodaikanal Road and Samayanallur stations.

According to a Southern Railway press release, 711/712 Madurai-Dindigul-Madurai passengers and 715/716 Dindigul-Madurai-Dindigul passengers will remain cancelled on these Sundays. Train 826/826 A Tirunelveli-Erode / Mayiladuthurai passenger will leave Tirunelveli at 7 a.m., instead of 5.15 a.m. The 886 Erode-Jolarpet passenger and 823 Mayiladuthurai-Tiruchi passenger will be rescheduled accordingly, if necessary.

The 6352 Nagercoil-Mumbai CST bi-weekly express will leave Nagercoil at 7.05 a.m., instead of 4.50 a.m.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 15, 2009, 03:06 PM
Hyderabad Metro Rail now faces an uncertain future

HYDERABAD: The elevated metro rail project for the twin cities is doomed. With the Maytas-led consortium, the selected developer, facing a bleak future following the Satyam Computer Services scandal, there is little chance of the project taking off.

While the government claims to be reviewing the consortium's capability to take up the project under the public, private partnership (PPP) mode, it is now clearly waiting for Maytas to blink first. The other option is to wait till the financial closure on March 18 when Maytas not only has to pay a performance guarantee of Rs. 180 crore, but also show its funds inflow and outflow to build the metro rail.

Financial closure would mean that the consortium has to show its equity around Rs. 4,000 crore and a debt component of Rs. 8,000 crore (1:2 ratio) to be raised from financial institutions. Considering the unfolding financial fraud involving Satyam, Maytas could find it extremely difficult to raise the debt and equity component as it is headed by Teja Raju, son of B. Ramalinga Raju, former chairman of scam-hit Satyam.

"It will be very difficult to raise even Rs. 100 crore for the consortium after the Satyam imbroglio," affirm official sources.
Title: Re: The Complete Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 15, 2009, 03:18 PM
Special train to Chennai

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Railways will run a special train from Kochuveli to Chennai Central on January 15 to clear the rush of Sabarimala pilgrims.

The 0644 Kochuveli-Chennai Central Special will leave Kochuveli at 5.30 a.m. on January 15, according to the railways.

It will stop at Kollam, Chengannur, Kottayam, Ernakulam Junction, Thrissur, Palakkad, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai, Katpadi, Arakkonam and Perambur
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 16, 2009, 01:02 PM
Railways takes a beating?

VIJAYAWADA: The fraud in Satyam Computer Services Limited and the uncertainty looming large over the companies promoted by its disgraced founder B. Ramalinga Raju seems to have a cascading impact on the business of the Vijayawada division of the South Central Railway.

Uncertainty prevails over the division's contract with the Maytas Infra, the leading firm in the consortium that bagged the Rs.1,590-crore port project, to cart freight to the site of the proposed deepwater port at Gilakaladindi near Machilipatnam. The consortium is scheduled to commence the port works this month.

Agreement

As per the agreement with the Maytas Infra, the South Central Railway has to cart boulders weighing one million tonne from Ferry near Vijayawada to Machilipatnam between January and March 2009. Banking on this agreement, the Railway authorities fixed an annual target of carting 10.5 million tonnes of freight in 2008-09. But with the State government reviewing all the contracts awarded to Maytas Infra, including the Macilipatnam Port project, the Railway division seems to have almost lost the freight contract at least for this year.

"The freight contract will not go out of the hands of the Railways. But, the issue here is reaching our annual target. Postponement of the port works has come as a jolt to us, as we have to look for alternatives to meet our targets," says Vasistha Johri, Divisional Railway Manager of the South Central Railway's Vijayawada Division.

Carting of fertilizers and foodgrains, however, have come in handy for this Railway division to compensate for the loss.

The division has been carting fertilizers from Kakinada port to different parts of the State. But, as a result of the recent truckers strike, even this languished for a week. The fertilizers have to be bagged and carted from the port and the bags have to come from Secunderabad. As a result of the truckers' strike, the bag arrivals got delayed, affecting the carting works totally.

"By the end of December, we have carted freight weighing 7.797 tonne against the target of 7.485 tonne and earned Rs. 497 crores against the target of Rs. 460.22 crores. These remaining three months of the financial year are going to be crucial for us with regard to meeting the annual target," says Mr. Johri.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 16, 2009, 01:09 PM
Train drivers complain of overwork, staff shortage

BANGALORE: Even as loco pilots (train drivers) in South Western Railway's Bangalore Division have complained of overwork, the management said it was attempting optimum utilisation of the workforce and had not violated any rule with regard to working conditions.

On January 2, the All India Loco Running Staff Association (AILRSA) made a representation to the Commissioner of Railway Safety highlighting threat to public safety because of overworking loco pilots. Association general secretary C. Sunish, in his representation to the Safety Commissioner, highlighted several instances where the administration extracted excess work from pilots driving passenger trains. Working continuously without rest would seriously affect the safety of passengers, he said, and sought the Safety Commissioner's intervention.

On November 11, the association said two loco pilots who had driven the Mysore-Bangalore Passenger and Chikkaballapur-Bangalore Passenger were forced to drive Bangalore-Arsikere Passenger and Bangalore-Dharmapuri Passenger respectively, despite their unwillingness to do so.

They refused and they were kept under suspension which was revoked after a strong protest by the union.

The two drivers were issued with a minor penalty charge memorandum.

In another case, an assistant loco pilot (goods), who had driven the Mysore-Howrah Special Express from Mysore till Kengeri on December 14 was asked to disembark and drive the Bangalore-Mysore Passenger from Kengeri.

Mr. Sunish said because of shortage of loco pilots, the authorities had repeatedly been denying leave to them. The crew were being deprived of their statutory benefits, he alleged.
Optimum utilisation

However, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Akhil Agarwal denied the allegations and said perhaps the running staff were grumbling because the Railways was attempting to utilise their services to the maximum. The loco pilots were supposed to clock a maximum of 10 hours behind wheels and 12 hours between signing in and signing off, he said.

"There had been instances of pilots driving trains for short distance and signing off once they reached their headquarters to take 12 hours rest. If we allow such practices, it will lead to underutilisation of the workforce. That is why we have enforced the working rule making them work for the stipulated hours. According to the rules, a loco pilot can bypass his headquarters once and we are well within the rules," Mr. Agarwal said.

"Vacancies do accrue and we routinely fill them. In fact, Bangalore Division's vacancy position is far better than vacancy positions in Hubli and Mysore Divisions," Mr. Agarwal added.

Senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer Govind Pande, said the management at anytime could requisition a pilot's duty, who was under rest, under "breach of rest allowance" rules.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 16, 2009, 01:14 PM
Train rescheduled

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The 6352 Nagercoil-Mumbai Chatrapathi Sivaji Terminal Bi-Weekly Express has been rescheduled on Sundays from January 18 for three months on account of track maintenance works between Kodaikanal and Madurai section. A Railways release said the train will now leave Nagercoil junction at 7.05 a.m. and will follow the path of the 6340 Nagercoil-Mumbai CST Express during the three-month period. The train will not touch Trichy on the above days.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 17, 2009, 12:29 PM
EMU services to be reduced on Sundays

CHENNAI: Southern Railway has decided to reduce the number of EMU suburban services on all Sundays from January 18 owing to less patronage.

At present, 162 services are being operated on the Chennai Beach - Tambaram section which will be reduced to 86. In the Chennai Beach - Chengalpattu section as against the present 72 services, 70 services will be operated.

MRTS

In Mass Rapid Transit System, (Beach - Taramani section) there will be only 88 services on Sundays compared to the present 126 services.

Train No BC-11 Chennai Beach - Chengalpattu EMU and CB-20 Chengalpattu - Chennai Beach EMU will not run in Tambaram - Chengalpattu section on Sundays. Instead, TLB-4 Tirumalpur - Chennai Beach EMU will stop at all stations and run on suburban line between Tambaram - Chennai Beach, according to a Southern Railway press release.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 17, 2009, 12:38 PM
Shunting loco hits train

TIRUCHI: In a freak incident, a shunting diesel locomotive hit two reserved coaches of the Chennai-bound Guruvayur Express near the Tiruchi railway junction on Friday, injuring a railway trolley man, a six-month-old child, her father and another passenger.

Thangaraj, the trolley man from Manapparai, who was walking along the of the track, sustained head injuries and has been admitted to the Divisional Headquarters Railway Hospital at Ponmalai. The other injured were identified as six-month-old Reena, Sivakumar and Sudhir Biswas.

The train was detained for over two hours at the station. After the damaged coaches were replaced, it left at 4.55 p.m.

The collision caused substantial damage to the two sleeper class coaches and the front portion of the shunting loco. The accident took place around 2.20 p.m. between the Tiruchi junction and the Broad Gauge Coaching Complex Yard when the train was about to enter the Tiruchi junction.

It was chugging along on the main line towards platform No.1 when the shunting engine moving on the opposite side towards the yard hit the side of the reserved coaches at the 'crossover' point.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 17, 2009, 12:53 PM
'Take steps to improve railway stations'

HUBLI: Kuldeep Chaturvedi, General Manager of South Western Railway, has expressed satisfaction over the performance of Hubli division.

He was addressing a meeting during his visit to the division recently. Reviewing the progress achieved by the division and the initiatives taken by it to improve passenger amenities, Mr. Chaturvedi asked the officials to further improve the A and B category stations by choosing colour schemes with suitable and modern outlook and take steps for the upkeep of retiring rooms and waiting halls.

Mr. Chaturvedi directed the officials of the division to accord priority to cleanliness at stations and on trains. "Concentrate on speeding up trains, efficient signalling system and optimum utilisation of available manpower by using multi-skills and other such methods," he said.

He advised the division's team of officials to strive to improve loading and earnings position and make efforts to reach the targets set by the zonal headquarters as well as by the Railway Board.

Divisional Railway Manager of Hubli Adesh Sharma, who made a power-point presentation on the performance of the division, said that the division had got a track network of 1087.77 km, of which 979.77 km was on the main line and the remaining (108 km) on the goods line.

He said the division had lifted 25.607 million tonnes of freight till the end of December 2008.

During the corresponding period last year it was 38.788 million tonnes.

The target for freight loading for the division was 44.250 million tonnes for 2008-09 and steps were being taken to reach the target.

He, however, clarified that it was difficult for the division to achieve the target in freight earnings (Rs. 4,000.68 crore) as there was a drop in iron ore loading.

The division had achieved freight earnings of Rs. 2,525.02 crore so far, he said.

Mr. Sharma said that the division had registered an increase of 18.85 per cent in passenger traffic compared to the previous year's and subsequently had registered an increase of 11.44 per cent in earnings under passenger traffic.

Senior railway officials Prem Chand, S.K. Gupta, Anup Dayanand, S.P. Shastri, Ramesh Kambli, R. Rajagopal, Smitha Srivatsava, G. Nagendra Prasad, Anand Bharati and Gul Ashfaq Mohmmad were present.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 17, 2009, 12:56 PM
New train timings opposed

KOCHI:. Protest is brewing against the proposed change in train timings for the Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram Vanchinad Express, and the Shornur-Thiruvananthapuram Venad Express skipping the Ernakulam Junction Railway Station, from Saturday.

Henceforth, the Vanchinad Express will leave Ernakulam Junction at 5 am, instead of 5.30 am. The Railways say that the modifications have been made in view of the speed restrictions in force in the Ernakulam-Kayankulam sector because of ongoing rail-doubling work.

The Kollam-Ernakulam Railway Passengers' Association organised a protest meeting at the Ernakulam Junction station on Friday, deploring the alterations in schedule of the two daily trains.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 19, 2009, 01:03 PM
SWR proposes halt for all express trains at Yeshwanthpur

BANGALORE: South Western Railway (SWR) has proposed to halt all north and west-bound express and mail trains, except the Rajdhani Express, at Yeshwanthpur Railway Station even as it has favoured similar halts for a few important trains at Krishnarajapuram, Yelahanka and Kengeri.

Permission sought

The Bangalore Division of SWR has written to the Railway Board seeking permission to halt Rani Chennamma, Gandhidham, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Jan Shatabdi and other important trains at Yeshwanthpur.

Though Yeshwanthpur is the second largest terminal in the city, these and some other trains do not halt there.

Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Akhil Agarwal told The Hindu that the decision was taken to decongest the city roads.

Passengers travelling by these trains have to come all the way to the City station, though they stay close to suburban stations, he said.

Apart from decongesting the roads, train halts at these stations would considerably decrease the load on the City station, Mr. Agarwal said.

He said the proposal was sent some three months ago and a final decision would be taken at the Timetable Committee meeting to be held by the end of this month. Some of the important east and south-bound trains towards Dharmavaram, Chennai and Salem sectors would make brief halts at Yelahanka, Krishnarajapuram and Kengeri.

Demand

There is much demand for halting Kerala and Chennai-bound trains, including the Ernakulam Express, Kochuveli Express and Yeshwanthpur-Kannur Express at Krishnarajapuram as Bangalore East is largely domiciled by Tamils and Keralites. Also in demand is halting of the Yeshwanthpur-Mangalore train at Kengeri station for the benefit of people living in Kengeri, Nagarbhavi, Visvesvaraya Layout and Rajarajeshwarinagar.

Providing halts for all fast trains at all suburban stations was not feasible. Long-distance passenger trains run on a very tight time schedule and even a one-minute halt at a station will extend the journey time by at least 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, the city police have written to the Bangalore Metropolitan Land Transport Authority (BMLTA) to strengthen the existing rail network to decongest the central business district. The police said that railway stations at Bellandur, Whitefield, Chikkabanavara, Kengeri and Yelahanka could be strengthened and upgraded to full-fledged railway stations.

All trains touching these stations could stop at these stations.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 19, 2009, 01:06 PM
KRV activists halt train

HASSAN: Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (Praveen Shetty group) activists led by Hassan district president Manu Kumar and other members detained the Shimoga-Mysore passenger at the Hassan railway station on Sunday demanding better railway facilities in the State.

In a memorandum sent to the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister, the vedike regretted that even 50 years after its unification, there were no plans for the overall development of Karnataka. Problems in North Karnataka, Dakshina Karnataka, Hyderabad Karnataka and Mumbai Karnataka still existed.

All this had affected the chances of unity among the people. The very purpose of unifying the State was defeated by such movements, he added. Political parties which had promised various projects in the State in their election manifestoes, were least interested in implementing them.

Mr. Manu Kumar told presspersons at the railway station that the recommendations of the Sarojini Mahishi Committee on jobs for local people was yet to be implemented. He also said it was imperative to start train services from Mangalore to Bangalore and Mysore to Hubli during day time.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 19, 2009, 01:19 PM
Railways yet to open sixth platform at Ernakulam

KOCHI: The advancement in train timings for the Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram Vanchinad Express, and the Shornur-Thiruvananthapuram Venad Express skipping the Ernakulam Junction Railway Station from Saturday, could have been avoided had the Railways commissioned the sixth platform at Ernakulam Junction.

This would also have considerably reduced the running time of innumerable trains passing through the district. As of now, many trains have to wait at the outer signal of the station, awaiting clearance. Vanchinad Express has from Saturday been leaving Ernakulam Junction at 5 a.m., instead of 5.30 a.m. The Venad Express which used to reach Ernakulam Junction at 9.50 a.m., has begun skipping the station and stopping only at the Ernakulam Town station, at 9.55 a.m. On its return journey, Venad will reach Ernakulam Town at 5.05 p.m., instead of 4.40 p.m. earlier.

While the Railways say that the modifications have been made in view of the speed restrictions in force in the Ernakulam-Kayamkulam sector because of ongoing rail-doubling work, the lack of coordination between the construction wing and open-line wing of the Railways is being cited as the reason for the inordinate delay in opening the sixth platform to trains.

The Divisional Railway Manager Titus Koshy said that the sixth platform cannot be commissioned unless the rails from the platform are linked to the other rails and the signals interlinked. "This would take a few days time and work would be sped up in tandem with the progress of doubling the Ernakulam-Mulanthuruthy line."

The platform was built and the foot overbridge extended to it four years ago. The Railways is also undecided on taking over the multi-storeyed building constructed by the GCDA on the Ernakulam Junction station's eastern entry.

The advancement in time for the Vanchinad Express has resulted in difficulties for the commuters as they cannot reach Ernakulam Junction at 5 a.m., because most bus services begin only at 5 a.m. This would mean that only people who own vehicles will be able to make it to the station on time. Commuters from West Kochi and Vytilla would also find it difficult to travel up to the Ernakulam Town station to travel in the Venad Express, because of the heavy traffic snarls that they would have to encounter.

The Ernakulam Area Manager of the Railways George John said that the new schedules also took into account complaints of the delayed arrival of Vanchinad Express at Thiruvananthapuram and the delay in Venad Express arriving at Ernakulam. "This is apart from the fact that Ernakulam Junction had to handle 10 trains between 9.30 a.m. and 10 a.m."
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 20, 2009, 12:32 PM
Fast for Metro Rail connectivity

CHENNAI: Hundreds of members of various organisations in north Chennai, including those of residents' welfare associations and non-governmental organisations, observed a token fast on Monday demanding that the proposed Metro Rail project connect Tiruvottiyur.

An estimated 30 lakh people, including those in Sathangadu, Manali, Royapuram, Ennore and up to Ponneri, who lack proper public transport facilities, would benefit if the Metro Rail covers Tiruvottiyur, said leaders of the North Chennai People's Rights Federation.

It had organised the fast in front of the Tiruvottiyur municipal office.

Convener of the Federation S. Jayachandran said though the proposed Corridor I of the Metro Rail would connect Washermenpet and Meenambakkam, the starting point is near Mint, which is far away from northern parts of the city.

Though the officials concerned assured the residents that the project would be extended later, it would take more than a decade for it to be implemented, he said.

The Federation's coordinator Ernest Paul said there was a growing need for public transportation as several people were migrating to northern suburbs. Besides insufficient bus services, the suburban train services between Central station and Gummidipoondi were limited and covered only a few parts of north Chennai.

The Federation plans to observe token fasts for two more days.

Source: The Hindu
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 20, 2009, 12:57 PM
SRMU stir

CHENNAI: Commercial clerks affiliated to the Southern Railway Mazdoor Union on Monday staged a demonstration in front of the Guindy Railway Station booking office demanding creation of 315 additional posts of commercial clerks. The employees said due to non-filling of vacancies many booking counters in major railway stations could not operated causing inordinate delay in issuing tickets to the passengers. C.A.Rajasridhar, president of the union, led the demonstration.
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Post by: sajiv on Jan 20, 2009, 02:37 PM

Metro Rail MD  
The Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy who belongs to the Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) and working on deputation here has been absorbed permanently into to the State government with effect from December 18, 2008
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 20, 2009, 04:34 PM
Railways will run bullet train, says Lalu

Fresh from a ride on Japan's famed bullet train, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad today said his ministry was in the process of appointing global consultants for introducing the high-speed trains on certain routes.   

"The day is not far off when the bullet train will run in the country," Prasad told reporters here. "We are in the process of appointing global consultants for introducing bullet train on certain routes," he said.       

About the possible routes for running such trains, he said "we are examining the possibilities of running it on some routes including Mumbai-Ahemdabad, Delhi-Chandigarh and Delhi-Patna".       

During his visit to Japan last week, Prasad had got a first hand experience of the fast trains travelling from Tokyo to Kyoto at a speed of about 300 km per hour.     

Asked about his bullet train experience, he said "It was very good. The bullet trains are well managed in Japan."     

Meanwhile, the Railways have invited global tenders for conducting pre-feasibility study of high-speed train corridor on the Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar route.     

The study will focus on technicalities, financial and operational viability of the project, said a senior Railway Ministry official.     

Besides the Delhi-Amritsar route, the Railways have decided to conduct pre-feasibility studies for four more high-speed passenger routes.     

The routes are Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Hyderabad- Dornakal-Vijaywada-Chennai, Chennai-Bangalore-Coimbatore- Ernakulum and Howrah-Haldia.

Source: Business Standard
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Post by: sajiv on Jan 21, 2009, 01:33 PM
Good train derails

ONGOLE: Two bogies of a goods train got derailed at Tangutur, 10 km. from here on Tuesday, affecting movement of Vijayawada-bound trains.

Chennai-Howrah Coromandel Express, coming just behind the goods train, was detained at Singarayakonda railway station from 1.30 to 4 p.m., causing inconvenience to the passengers. Chennai-Ahmedabad Navjeevan Express was also delayed by more than two hours.

Movement of trains towards Chennai was however, not affected.
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Post by: sajiv on Jan 21, 2009, 03:37 PM
Better railway facilities sought

'Provide amenities in Bagalkot station'


Bagalkot: Members of the district unit of the Karnataka State Broad Gauge Railway Agitation Committee have urged Divisional Railway Manager Adish Sharma to implement various demands.

In a memorandum submitted to the official here on Tuesday, they sought a goods train service to Bijapur and Bagalkot districts from Bangalore.

The other demands include keeping all 10 bogies, part of the Hampi Express, up to Bijapur; extension of the Kurkure Express service from Bangalore, to Bijapur; allowing the Nizamuddin-Yeshwantpur and Nizamuddin-Mysore trains to ply via Bijapur and conversion of the Hubli-Bijapur Express into a passenger train.

The members also wanted direct train services to Bagalkot and Bijapur from Bangalore, New Delhi, Ajmer, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mysore.

They also sought basic amenities for the Bagalkot Railway Station such as proper electricity, increase in platform height, three more ticket booking counters, digital indication boards and reservation of jobs for those who had sacrificed their land to the Railways for its expansion work.

Responding to the memorandum, Mr. Sharma said all the demands were genuine. They would be discussed at a meeting of railway officers on January 27 and 28 at Hubli and sincere efforts would be made to fulfil them.

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Post by: sajiv on Jan 21, 2009, 04:04 PM
Nod for railway line via Thirunavai

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State government has approved the alternative alignment of the Guruvayur-Tanur railway line via Thirunavai instead of Ponnani.

The proposal to this effect mooted by Railways was unanimously approved at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan on Tuesday. The proposed railway line via Thirunavai will reduce the distance between Guruvayur and Tanur by 15 km. Only 454 families will have to be rehabilitated.

Another meeting chaired by the Chief Minister approved the alignment of Angamaly-Sabari railway line in Ernakulam and Idukki districts.

Later, another meeting chaired by Mr. Achuthanandan decided to expedite the creation of infrastructure for the railway coach factory at Palakkad.

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Post by: sajiv on Jan 21, 2009, 05:36 PM
Railways to install escalators in 100 stations

New Delhi (PTI): Passengers struggling with heavy luggage and senior citizens trying to make their way in the maze of crowded railway stations can now breathe easy as the Railways have decided to install 100 escalators in major stations.

"The Railway Board has sanctioned as many as 100 escalators and they will be installed in 'A' category stations," a senior railway official told PTI.

The idea is to provide relief to elderly and ensure faster movement of passengers with luggage and decongest the station, he said. The facility would also come as a boon to the disabled.

Operating escalators in railway stations was discussed during the last Railways budget.

The move comes at a time when dwindling strength of porters at stations - after thousands were promoted as gangmen - has left the passengers and senior citizens with no choice but to carry the luggage themselves.

The handful of porters seen in station like New Delhi, Mumbai or Howrah are making a killing charging exorbitantly.

The decision would also benefit stations that were not to be transformed into 'modern world class stations.'

Railways are also contemplating to provide luggage trolleys to passengers, but the plan is yet to be finalised.

At present, few stations like New Delhi, Mumbai and Vijayawada have escalator facility.

Meanwhile, some zones have approached the Railways to install lifts for the convenience of passengers. At present, Delhi Metro is the only transport network having facilities of both escalators and lifts.
Title: Metro Rail works to start this year
Post by: Kalyan on Jan 22, 2009, 12:06 PM
Metro Rail works to start this year

Chennai: With the Union Cabinet slated to take up the Rs 14,600 crore Chennai Metro rail project for approval on Thursday, the Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday announced that the works under the project would commence "this very year".

    Considering the request of people from Thiruvottiyur that their area should also be linked under the metro rail network, the government promised that a detailed study would be undertaken immediately.

    In his customary address to the Assembly, Governor S S Barnala said that the government had received financial assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the project in such a short period due to the tireless efforts of this government. The 45-km network will have two corridors -- one connecting Washermenpet with the airport and the other from Chennai Central to St Thomas Mount. Forty percent of the project cost will be split between the Centre and the state government. The balance will be met by a loan granted by the JICA. A loan agreement between India and Japan was signed on November 21 2008 in Tokyo.

    The mega project will be implemented solely in the public sector mode. The estimated cost rose to Rs 14,600 crore from Rs 11,124 crore in March 2007. Tentatively, the project is scheduled to be completed in the financial year 2014-2015 and tenders have been floated for certain civil works of the project.

    The Chennai Metro will soon appoint a general consultant to execute the work besides designing the stations and depots. In an initiative to give fair compensation to the land owners, the Chennai Metro authorities have engaged the services of a real estate consultant to arrive at the value of the prime lands that would be acquired for the project.

source : timesofindia
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Post by: sajiv on Jan 22, 2009, 01:29 PM
Rly stations to have escalators soon

Wading through huge crowds at railway stations and reaching your platform will become a cake walk now, as the Indian Railways will soon introduce 100 escalators in major stations.

The decision comes as a relief to passengers, especially senior citizens and disabled, who have been hit hard by shortage of porters, as many of them have been promoted as gangmen.

"As many as 100 escalators have been sanctioned by the Railway Board which will be installed in A category stations," sources in the railway ministry told Deccan Herald. The decision to install escalators will improve the condition of stations which are not part of the list of stations to be made 'world class'.  Other facilities being explored by the railways are luggage trolleys and lifts at stations. Though the luggage trolley plan is being explored seriously, the final approval is yet to come. The demand for lifts came from a couple of railway zones.
Apart from the comfort measures, safety is also being improved by the railways. The latest is the effort to avert accidents at unmanned level crossings. The railway board has asked all the zones to build "limited use subways" wherever necessary. For this purpose, 547 locations on railway network have been identified.

Efforts to close existing unmanned level crossings and to divert the traffic with the help of link roads are being done in close coordination with the state governments.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 22, 2009, 06:10 PM
Trains for Bible Mission convention

GUNTUR: Annual convention of Bible Mission will be organised on the more-than-100-acre site opposite Acharya Nagarjuna University campus from January 27 to 29, where the Yuva Garjana of TDP was held recently.

The South Central Railway has made some special arrangements for people to reach the venue either from Vijayawada or Guntur side by creating a halt at erstwhile Nagarjuna Nagar railway station (now non-functional).

In order to facilitate the passengers attending the annual convention between Nambur and Mangalagiri stations, the SC Railway has made the following arrangements, according to Divisional Commercial Manager P. Sreenivasa Kumar:

The following trains will halt at Nagarjuna Nagar from Jan. 26 to 29:

All the ordinary trains presently operated on Guntur-Vijayawada section will be provided a halt for one minute near the site of convention.

Trains No-7239/7240 Guntur-Visakhapatnam-Guntur and Trains No- 7201/7202 Guntur-Secunderabad-Guntur Golkonda Express will also be provided a stoppage at Nagarjuna Nagar halt. The following trains will be augmented with more coaches:

Trains No- 482/481 Guntur-Narsapur-Guntur Passenger; Trains No-418/417 Macherla - Bhimavaram - Guntur - Macherla Passenger; Train No-498 Narsapur - Guntur Passenger; Train No- 427 Dhone - Guntur Passenger; Train Nos-7239/7240 Guntur - Visakhapatnam - Guntur Simhadri Express;

The following trains will have an extended run between January 26 and 29:

Train No- 432 Kakinada Port-Vijayawada Passenger will run up to Guntur; (Vijayawada 09:55 hrs, Nagarjuna Nagar 10:35/10:37 hrs and Guntur 10:55 hrs.); Train No-426 Visakhapatnam-Vijayawada Passenger will run up to Guntur (Vijayawada 19:05 hrs Nagarjuna Nagar 19:40/19:42 hrs and Guntur 20:00 hrs.); Train No- 431 Vijayawada - Kakinada Port Passenger will start from Guntur (Guntur 15:20 hrs Nagarjuna Nagar 15:40/15:42 hrs and Vijayawada 17:15 hrs); Train No-425 Vijayawada - Visakhapatnam Passenger will start from Guntur (Guntur 06:35 hrs, Nagarjuna Nagar 06:54/06:56 hrs and Vijayawada 07:50hrs)

The following special train will be run as indicated against each: One special train will leave Narsapur at 12:55 hrs on January 26 to reach Guntur by 18:45 hrs. In the return direction, the train will leave Guntur on January 29 at 19:10 hrs and reach Narsapur by 01:50 hrs on January 30.

Another special train will leave Kakinada Port station at 05:30 hrs on Jan. 26 to reach Guntur by 12:50 hrs. In the return direction, the train from Guntur to Kakinada Port station will leave Guntur at 13:50 hrs on Jan. 29 to reach Kakinada by 20:40hrs.

These special trains will halt at all stations between Guntur-Narsapur and Guntur- Kakinada Port stations in both directions.

Source: The Hindu
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Post by: sajiv on Jan 23, 2009, 01:14 PM
CHENNAI: The State government's decision to undertake a detailed investigation for inclusion of Tiruvottiyur in the Metro Rail Project has sent waves of jubilation among the residents and members of the North Chennai People's Rights Federation.

On Thursday, the Federation organised a meeting to thank the State Government and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi. Its convener S.Jayachandran said that hundreds of residents and social welfare organisations had participated in the demonstrations, including a token fast in front of Tiruvottiyur Municipality, demanding Metro Rail connectivity to Tiruvottiyur.

The residents and Federation looked forward to the government completing the investigation and taking up the project as early as possible, he said.

Reacting to the announcement about the proposed detailed investigation in the Governor's address on Wednesday, several residents of north Chennai said Metro Rail to Tiruvottiyur would help improve connectivity in several north Chennai localities that remained neglected.

Tiruvottiyur municipal chairman R. Jayaraman said other aspects, including the additional funding required, should be addressed fast. "It is a victory of people and they must stay united and carry forward the movement for better infrastructure," he said.

A.V.S Marimuthu of The Madras Washermenpet Cut Piece Cloth Merchants' Association said: "The Metro Rail would help improve business in the area, particularly the textile bazaar on Monegar Chowltry Road."

Renukadevi, a resident of Tondiarpet, said "travel time would considerably reduce for several hundreds of people living in the localities."

Sixty five-year-old K.Shanta of Kaladipet said travelling on the roads in north Chennai, many of whom are in bad condition, set off health problems.

They could be avoided, once the Metro Rail connectivity was provided.

"It (Metro Rail) will benefit future generations of Tiruvottiyur residents. Though north Chennai is home to large industries, including those in oil and power industries, it remains neglected. We will now start a stir for improving roads," said Tamil scholar Ma. Ki. Ramanan.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 23, 2009, 04:03 PM
Railways decision angers Lingarajapuram residents

Bangalore: The accident involving a trapped car that was hit by a train and dragged for 20 metres on Wednesday at Lingarajpuram has the people of the neighbourhood angry, especially with regard to the Railways' statement that the level-crossing was unauthorised.

"We need a manned level-crossing at this junction. Otherwise such accidents will continue," says Jayaraj, a resident. A large number of vehicles pass through this junction everyday, mostly belonging to the local residents. The people living along the railway track could not be expected to take the alternative route as the service roads leading to the flyover are too narrow even for large cars. Moreover, it will mean a detour of about 1.5 km for the local residents.

The controversy about the decision of the Railways' to close the level-crossing has been persisting ever since the flyover was built.

The ill-planned narrow flyover is at the root of the problems facing the people living here.

"Even if a bus breaks down on the road over the bridge, traffic comes to a grinding halt and there is no alternative route," says S. Kumar. Some point out that taxis and autorickshaws carrying schoolchildren use this junction everyday.

Initially, the railways installed a barricade at the level-crossing. But it was removed by the people. What makes the demand for leaving the level-crossing open is that there is no space for pedestrians on the flyover. Perhaps, a footbridge could be a solution, according to some.

As far as the vehicles are concerned, it is common for cars and autorickshaws to get stuck on the railway track.

"A few weeks ago, an autorickshaw had to be pushed off the railway track to save it from an approaching train. If people are going to use it after all, a manned level-crossing may as well be provided to them," says a senior resident of the locality who has been visiting the accident site since Wednesday and talking to people to find a collective solution.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 23, 2009, 04:05 PM
High Speed Rail Link project gets Cabinet nod

BELGAUM: The State Cabinet approved the High Speed Rail Link (HSRL) project, the key infrastructure linking the Bengaluru International Airport, near Devanahalli, and Bangalore city.

The meeting, chaired by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa here on Thursday, approved the Rs. 6,000-crore project, sources in the Government said.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited has prepared the detailed project report for developing the elevated rail link from BRV Grounds near M. Chinnaswamy Stadium to the airport. A part of the BRV Grounds, presently with the Police Department, would be acquired for the project.

The decision comes amid reports that the project would be shelved. In fact, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) is commissioning a pre-feasibility study on Metro connectivity between Byappanahalli and the airport.

This follows a direction from the Government to BMRCL to explore the possibility of linking the city and the airport via Byappanahalli, which is going to be the largest multi-modal transportation hub for the city.

The project would be implemented through the public-private partnership model.

It would ensure transit of passengers from the central business district to the airport (28 km) in less than 25 minutes.

Mr. Yeddyurappa declined to provide details of Cabinet decisions, stating he would disclose them in his reply to the Governor's address in the Legislative Assembly.

Commencement of work on the project has been delayed for over two years following delay in obtaining clearances from various departments and agencies, such as the National Highway Authority of India, Indian Railways, the Ministry of Defence, and the Union Environment Ministry, and local agencies such as the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike.

Source: The hindu
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 23, 2009, 04:28 PM
Halt sought for train

PALAKKAD: The Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi has demanded halt for the Amritsar-Kochuveli Express at Shoranur.

In a statement here on Thursday, vice-president of the samithi Joby V. Chungath said this was yet another example of the neglect of the railways to Malabar.

After Kozhikode, the next stop for the train was in Thrissur. "A technical stop is allowed at Shoranur but unless commercial stop is sanctioned, it will not help the passengers. So commercial stop at Shoranur should be sanctioned immediately for the train," the statement said.
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Special trains to Melmaruvathur

MADURAI: Southern Railway will operate special trains from southern destinations to Melmaruvathur for the convenience of pilgrims participating in the 'Irumudi festival.'

ML 60 Sattur-Melmaruvathur special will leave Sattur on Saturday at 10.30 p.m., Madurai at 12.15 a.m. and reach Melmaruvathur at 9.30 a.m., the next day. The ML 59 Melmaruvathur-Sattur special will leave Melmaruvathur on Sunday at 8.15 p.m., Madurai at 3.30 a.m. and reach Sattur at 4.30 a.m., the next day. The trains will stop at Madurai, Tiruchi and Villupuram.

The ML 56 Shencottah-Melmaruvathur special will leave Shencottah on Tuesday at 8 p.m., Madurai at 12.15 a.m. and reach Melmaruvathur at 9.30 a.m., the next day. The ML 55 Melmaruvathur-Shencottah special will leave Melmaruvathur on Wednesday at 5 p.m., Madurai at 1 a.m. and reach Shencottah at 5 a.m. They will stop at Madurai, Tiruchi and Villupuram.

The ML 58 Madurai-Melmaruvathur special will Madurai January 31 at 10.20 p.m. and reach Melmaruvathur at 9.10 a.m., the next day. The ML 57 Melmaruvathur-Madurai special will leave Melmaruvathur on February 1 at 6.45 p.m. and reach Madurai at 3 a.m., the next day.

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Post by: sajiv on Jan 24, 2009, 01:59 PM
Railways to run heritage train

CHENNAI: To commemorate the history and heritage of Southern Railway, a heritage train hauled by a steam locomotive from Royapuram to Tambaram will be run on the Republic Day. Southern Railway General Manger Rakesh Chopra will flag off the train at 11 a.m. and travel in the train. The train will run up to Chennai Egmore in the return direction.
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Post by: sajiv on Jan 24, 2009, 05:37 PM
PRP plans train blockade

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Praja Rajyam Party has decided to take up an agitation to ensure adequate railway facilities to Visakhapatnam and against the injustice being meted out to the region.

To start with, a memorandum will be submitted to the Divisional Railway Manager here on Saturday seeking a better deal to Visakhapatnam.

On Monday, a train blockade would be organised, convener of the urban and rural units of the party Ganta Srinivasa Rao informed at a press conference here on Friday.

The agitation would be continued till all the railway facilities needed for Visakhapatnam were provided. The Praja Rajyam Party would gather support from all sections of the people in this regard, Mr. Srinivas Rao said.

Injustice was done to Visakhapatnam and Waltair Division when they were under the South Eastern Railway. But the situation was like out of the frying pan into the fire once the East Coast Railway was formed with its headquarters at Bhubaneswar on April 1, 2003. Trains starting at Visakhapatnam were extended to Bhubaneswar, quota was reduced, very few trains were introduced from Visakhapatnam and the city faced a lot of discrimination. The originating station of a train would have some advantages like more quota, Tatkal reservation, etc.

Dig at TSR
"The local Congress MPs or MLAs failed to do justice. The Rajya Sabha member and former Union Minister of State T. Subbarami Reddy is now making claims about getting all done by talking to the Railway Board Chairman and others while keeping quite all these days. It is because elections are round the corner," Mr. Srinivasa Rao said.

Co-convener of the party's urban wing P.G.V.R. Naidu regretted that not even a proposal was sent by the MPs to the Railway Board to merge Waltair Division into the South Central Railway when the locals were strongly demanding the merger for the last many years. He wanted the MPs and MLAs to travel by train, instead of by air, to understand the difficulties of the people. Some trains were still being run via Duvvada while Visakhapatnam station was expanded.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 24, 2009, 10:30 PM
Railways criticised for project delays in Ernakulam district

KOCHI: A whole lot of projects have been held up in Ernakulam district thanks to the tardy coordination between the construction wing and the open-line wing of the Railways. Fed up with huge delays in commissioning the sixth platform of the Ernakulam Junction railway station, the Karithala Poura Samithi at Karshaka Road has alleged that a good share of funds earmarked for different Railway projects are getting lapseddue to the huge delay in implementing them. "These funds meant for the State are being spent on projects in other States," said Viju Choolakkal, general secretary of the Samithi.

The proposal to build a foot overbridge connecting Karshaka Road with Ernakulam South is among the projects hanging fire since 1969. This despite the fact that Rs.47 lakh from the MP's fund and Rs 7.70 lakh from the GCDA was handed over to the Railways many years ago. Residents had surrendered two acres of land on the eastern side of the Ernakulam Junction station, to build a full-fledged eastern entry to the station. This too is yet to begin functioning in full swing, he said.

K.N.R Nair, member of the association said the GCDA had provided the space for an office, platform, track and car parking on the eastern side, so that the eastern entry to the station could be built.

"But the Railways is taking its own time to commission the platform that could have considerably reduced the delays and running time of trains. It would have prevented the non-stoppage of the Venad Express at the station. The modernising work on the station too is hanging fire. The work should be handed over to the Central PWD or the Rail Vikas Nigam (which built a modern station at Edapally) if the Railways cannot carry out the work on time."

Similar demands are coming in from different quarters in the case of the Pullepady overbridge, where the construction wing has been unable to build a 25-metre portion that would connect the approach spans of the bridge that was built by the Roads and Bridges Development Corporation of Kerala (RBDCK).

A senior official in the wing said that a contractor submitted his tender (on the fourth bidding) for Rs.1.53 crore. "The RBDCK would have carried out the work for Rs.41 lakh or for a lesser amount, four years ago." The Railways' delay has held up work on the Kochi Corporation Padma Junction-Pullepady-Thammanam road project.

Delay

The Railways has also encountered a delay of over seven years in completing the Ernakulam-Mulanthuruthy line-doubling work, despite land being acquired many years ago. The Ernakulam North Railway Protection Council has in the meanwhile protested against the delay in operationalising the ticket counter on platform two of the Ernakulam Town Railway Station, and the lack of drinking water and lights in many areas at the station.

A protest meeting held in this regard was inaugurated by K.V. Manoj, standing committee chairman of the Kochi Corporation.

Source: The hindu
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 24, 2009, 10:37 PM
Train commuters in trouble

KOCHI: Train commuters were put to hardship as the Ernakulam-Alappuzha-Kayamkulam and the Ernakulam-Kottayam-Kayamkulam passenger trains ended their south-bound trips at Alappuzha and Kottayam respectively from Friday. This is because of the ongoing rail-doubling works between Mavelikara and Kayamkulam. Thus, train 335 (Ernakulam-Kayamkulam via Alappuzha) and train 343 (Ernakulam-Kayamkulam via Kottayam) and their return trains 336 and 344 will wind up and begin their trips from Alappuzha and Kottayam for a month. "Passengers could not be informed since orders from the Southern Railway headquarters in Chennai came only on Thursday evening," said a senior Railway official.

They did not have an answer when asked whether the re-scheduling could be held over for a day or two, so that people could be informed through the media.

As a result, people came to know of the rescheduling at the booking counter in stations. Season ticket holders did not know of this till they boarded the trains, throwing their day's schedule into disarray. The Kollam-Ernakulam Railway Users' Association termed the unannounced change of schedule as callousness and arrogance on the part of the Railways.

"It is sad that the Railways treated the issue on par with a private bus changing its route," said Paul Manvettom, association president.

A Railway official said the services of the trains had been curtailed because the existing lines and the new ones being laid were at different levels, in many places between Mavelikara and Kayamkulam. This had to be corrected and inter-linked.

Train services would be further disrupted for a few hours on January 30.

Source - hindu
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 24, 2009, 10:39 PM
Retired railway officers' meet

KANNUR: The Retired Railway Officers' Association (West Coast Region) held its first general body meeting of the year.

A press release issued by the association here on Friday said the meeting, held in Kozhikode on Wednesday, was attended by retired officials and their family members. Additional General Manager of Southern Railway (retd.) R. Gopinathan Nair was the chief guest. Impressed by the activities of the association, Mr. Nair joined as a member, the release said. Association president P.C. Karunakaran Nambiar presided over.

Source: Hindu
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Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 27, 2009, 01:39 AM
Indian Railways may post highest earnings: Jena

The performance of Indian Railways is at its peak and it will post its highest ever earnings in 2008-09, said KC Jena, chairman, Railway Board.

"Innovations in marketing like tickets over mobile phones and easy availability of tickets even in rural areas through Gramin Ticket Sevak Scheme (GTSS) will change the face of passenger traffic in the Indian Railways", Jena told reporters after flagging off the new rake of Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani express and the Sambalpur-Puri Inter-city express.

Ajit Tripathy, Chief Secretary, Orissa government and Ajay Kumar Goyal, general manager, East Coast Railway were also present on the occasion.

"I am very happy with the performance of East Coast Railway (ECoR) and the Railways will play the most pivotal role in the industrial and social progress of Orissa. The work on Khurda Road-Bolangir new line and Puri-Delang doubling project will definitely progress", he added.

The new rake of the Bhubaneswar-Rajdhani express has been equipped with modern LHB (Linke-Hofmann-Busch) coaches designed in Germany. These coaches are longer than the normal coaches by 1770 mm and have been designed to run at a speed of 160 km/hr and the speed can even be increased to 200 km/hr.

Besides, the coaches are light weight with higher passenger comfort. The coaches have luggage racks of modern design with integrated lamps for all seats. These coaches are of superior framing design and corrosion free.

Controlled discharge toilet system has been introduced in these coaches. Moreover, these coaches are also equipped with bigger windows and modern interiors with improved air-conditioning system.

Meanwhile, the frequency of 2421/2422 Bhubaneswar-Rajdhani express has been increased from bi-weekly to tri-weekly with effect from January 31 from Bhubaneswar and February 1 from New Delhi.

Similarly, the Sambalpur-Puri Inter-city express would run every day with effect from February 1 this year. Previously, this train was running six days in a week except Sundays.

Source: Businessstandard
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Post by: sajiv on Jan 27, 2009, 02:34 PM
Golden Rock railway workshop to revamp NMR coaches

It will have large windows, better luxury fittings

Of the nine coaches, four have already been revamped

TIRUCHI: The Golden Rock Railway Workshop has bagged an order for revamping nine Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) coaches, its Chief Workshop Manager J. Digi said on Monday.

The NMR coaches will be revamped with large windows to enable travellers have a clear view of the mountains besides being equipped with better luxury fittings with improved appearance and aesthetics, Mr. Digi said while speaking at the Republic Day celebrations organised by the workshop here.

It has revamped four coaches and will complete the remaining five coaches within this financial year, he said. It was the only profit earning railway workshop and had earned Rs.8-crore profit so far in the current financial year.

It had exported 119 locomotives after carrying out modifications to countries such as Malaysia, Tanzania, Myanmar, Sudan, Senegal, Mozambique and Benin. The carriage wing of the workshop refurbished and exported 23 metre gauge coaches to Tanzania for the first time, earning Rs.3.3 crore in foreign exchange.

He said during the last five financial years, the workshop had got orders for manufacturing 2,905 wagons at a cost of Rs.610 crore.

Till date, it had despatched 2, 250 wagons valued at Rs.459 crore.

ISO certification
The workshop, which is completing 80 years, has accepted the changes and adapted to the situation quicker making it a pioneer railway establishment, Mr. Digi said. It was the first railway repair workshop to obtain the ISO 14001 certification in Environment Management System. Workshop officers, supervisors and staff participated in the celebrations.

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Post by: sajiv on Jan 27, 2009, 02:47 PM
Quarters for Salem Railway Division employees

SALEM: The cumulative earnings of the Salem Railway Division for the period from April to December 2008 was Rs. 255.45 crore, which is 19.08 per cent more than the corresponding period last year, said S. Mohan, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Salem Railway Division.

After unfurling the National flag and inspecting the guard of honour from Railway Protection Force, here on Monday, the DRM said that the cumulative loading of Salem Division from April to December 2008 was 12.32 lakh tonnes, which is a growth of 56.66 per cent over the corresponding period last year.

During the current year passenger amenity works to the tune of Rs.29.38 crore had been completed and works to the tune of Rs. 21.17 crore were in progress at various places in the division. The future plans, he said, included a total of Rs. 21.62 crore of passenger amenity works.

Apart from this construction of staff quarters at Salem, Erode, Karur, Podanur and Coonoor is also on at a cost of Rs. 28.39 crore.

In addition to them, new building for the divisional office in Salem was also on the anvil at a cost of Rs. 4 crore, a new divisional hospital at Erode at a cost of Rs. 4 crore and a holiday home for staff at Yercaud at Rs. 1.5 crore. Staff quarters at Salem Town and at Tirupur at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.6 crore would come up shortly.

Earlier, he accepted the guard of honour of RPF battalion led by its Assistant Security Commissioner Morris Fernandez.

The dog squad also participated in the parade.

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Post by: sajiv on Jan 27, 2009, 02:48 PM

Traffic up in Madurai railway division

MADURAI: Passenger traffic in Madurai railway division has grown by 21 per cent and goods traffic by 70 per cent till December-end compared to the corresponding period last year, Divisional Railway Manager Anil Singhal said.

Hoisting the national flag at the Red Field ground in Railway Colony here on Monday on the occasion of Republic Day, Mr. Singhal said that the division had earned Rs. 313 crore as against the target of Rs. 300 crore set by the Southern Railway headquarters. Stating that the working expenses of the railways were likely to increase by more than 30 per cent on implementing the recommendations of VI Pay Commission, he urged the railway personnel to put in additional efforts and shoulder more responsibilities.

On the security front, he said that the Southern Railway had planned to establish an integrated security set-up at Madurai railway station. Armed Railway Protection Force (RPF) escorts had been deployed in 12 pairs of trains to ensure safety and security of passengers. A bomb detection squad had been set up at Tirunelveli recently, he said.

Equal importance was being accorded to maintain punctuality of trains. New rails were being laid to replace old ones in the Dindigul-Madurai section to prevent frequent rail fractures, Mr. Singhal said.

Earlier, he took salute at the march past presented by RPF personnel, scouts and guides of Railway Mixed Higher Secondary School and children of Southern Railway Women's Welfare Organisation Matriculation School. He also announced cash awards to RPF personnel and other staff members.

Additional Divisional Railway Manager D.K. Nayak, Divisional Security Commissioner M. Suresh and Senior Divisional Commercial Manager L. Veera Narayanan among others were present.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jan 27, 2009, 04:29 PM
South Western Railway posts 26.27 p.c. growth

HUBLI: General Manager of South Western Railway Kuldeep Chaturvedi has said that the railway zone had registered an increase of 26.77 per cent in the originating earnings till December 2008 when compared with the earnings of the corresponding period of 2007. Addressing the Republic Day Parade at the Railway Grounds here on Monday, Mr. Chaturvedi said till December 2008, SWR had carried 102.40 million passengers, registering a growth of 14.73 per cent. Similarly, the freight earnings up to December 2008 had improved by 28.19 per cent and stood at Rs. 3,035.80 crore. The originating earnings during the same period stood at Rs. 3,802.99 crore showing an increase of 26.77 per cent when compared with the same period of previous financial year.

Mr. Chaturvedi said Bangarpet and Yesvantpur stations had been developed into model stations.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jan 28, 2009, 03:14 PM
Speed trial

CHENNAI: The Commissioner of Railway Safety, Bangalore, will be conducting safety inspection on the newly laid third line between Korukkupet and Ennore on Wednesday.

On completion of the inspection, a speed trial would be conducted between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the same day on the new line using a special train at a maximum speed of 120 km per hour.

People are requested not to move around the railway track during the period
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 28, 2009, 04:36 PM
Special train for Secunderabad

VISAKHAPATNAM: A special train will be run between Visakhapatnam and Secunderabad in order to clear the extra rush of passengers till February-end.

According to Senior Divisional Commercial Manager G.V.L. Satya Kumar, Train No. 748 will leave Secunderabad on January 30, 31, February 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7.30 p.m. and arrive in Visakhapatnam the next day at 8.30 a.m.

In the return direction, Train No. 747 will leave Visakhapatnam on January 31, February 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and March 1 at 8 p.m. and reach Secunderabad the next day at 8.50 a.m.

Source: Hindu
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jan 28, 2009, 04:39 PM
Railway porters threaten agitation

BERHAMPUR: Railway porters of Khurda Road division of East Coast Railways in Orissa have threatened to take the path of agitation if their demands were not fulfilled by the end of January.

The porters demand that all those who were selected for the posts of gangmen be provided appointment as early as possible. They also want the railways to continue with the tradition of transfer of porters' licenses from retiring porters to their family members of next generation.

The secretary of the porters' union of Khurda Road division, Sanjay Kumar Choudhury, said there were 668 porters in the division. As per the declarations made by Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, all able bodied porters are eligible to become gangmen. Till now 277 of them have become gangmen in this railway division. But there are 184 more porters who have passed the physical tests for selection to the posts of gangmen, but have not received any offer for appointment till now. Forty two porters have not got appointed although they received call letters as their final screening tests have not been done. The porters demanded the railway authorities to get all fit porters appointed as gangmen as early as possible.

Tradition
The porters had tradition to hand over their license to their progenies or other able bodied relatives when they got aged. But this tradition is about to be broken as the railway authorities are not agreeing to this transfer of porters' licenses. So, many aged porters like C.H. Krishna are not able to hand over their porters' license to their next generation although they wish for it. The porters want this tradition to continue although this profession has no more remained lucrative as in the past.

The porters have decided to hold demonstrations at Khurda Road and Bhubaneswar if the authorities do not take any decisive action regarding their demands in next few days.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jan 28, 2009, 04:43 PM
Express train rams into goods train

Bhadohi: (U.P.): A Varanasi-bound Kashi Vishwanath Express rammed into a stationary goods train at Janghari railway junction, 30 kilometers from here, in the early hours on Tuesday.

The incident occurred when the Kashi Vishwanath Express was coming from New Delhi and went on the same track on which the goods train was stationed, Railway Protection Force sources said.

There is no report of casualty in the collision, sources said, adding however, the engine of the express train was damaged in the incident.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jan 29, 2009, 12:35 PM

CCEA nod for Metro Rail project
CHENNAI: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) of the Union government approved the Chennai Metro Rail Project at its meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday. The long-awaited project aims at providing Chennai with a fast, reliable, convenient, efficient, modern and affordable mode of public transport, which could offer a lasting solution to growing transport needs.

According to officials, the clearance for the proposed facility in Chennai by the CCEA was the fastest for any Metro Rail project in the country.

The estimated cost of the project is Rs.14,600 crore, including escalation, Central taxes and interest during the period of construction, but excluding State taxes and value of vacant State government land. A total of 59 per cent of the cost will be met by concessional Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan of the government of Japan. The agreement was signed between India and Japan on November 21, 2008, in Tokyo.

The Central government will contribute 15 per cent of the project cost as equity and 5 per cent as subordinate debt. The remaining 21 per cent of the cost will be met by the State government in the form of equity (15 per cent) and subordinate debt (6 per cent).

In June 2006, the State Cabinet took a decision to implement the Metro Rail project in Chennai. The government ordered the preparation of a detailed project report, which was entrusted to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. The project was declared a "Special Initiative" under the direct control of the Chief Minister. The detailed project report was submitted on November 1, 2007 and the project was approved by the Cabinet on November 7.

The project consists of two corridors with a combined length of 45 km. Corridor I will be 23.1 km-long (14.3 km underground and 8.8 km elevated). It will be from Washermenpet to the airport via Anna Salai. Corridor II will be 22-km long (9.7 km underground and 12.3 km elevated) and connect Chennai Central to St. Thomas Mount via Koyambedu. The portions of Corridor I from Washermanpet to Saidapet on Anna Salai, and Corridor II on Periyar EVR Salai and Anna Nagar 2nd Avenue, will be underground and the remaining portion on an elevated structure. The project is programmed for completion in financial year 2014-15. It will be implemented by the Chennai Metro Rail Limited, a special purpose vehicle, which will be a joint-venture with equal equity participation from the Central and State governments on Delhi Metro Rail Corporation pattern.

Special efforts have been made in the design of the project to ensure proper integration with other forms of public and private transport including buses, suburban trains and the MRTS. Wherever possible, "park-and-ride" facilities for two and four-wheelers will be provided.

Most of the land requirement will be fulfilled by the government. The small extent of private land needed will be purchased through a negotiated process, taking into account prevailing market prices. Land acquisition will be taken up where negotiation is not successful or not feasible for legal reasons, according to a release from the Metro Rail Company.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jan 29, 2009, 01:37 PM

Railways to raise commando force

HYDERABAD: The Indian Railways will soon raise a commando outfit on the lines of National Security Guards (NSG) to counter terrorist activities at railway stations and its properties.

The Union Minister of State for Railways, R. Velu told reporters here on Wednesday that commandoes would be given rigorous training on the lines of NSG and these men would be picked up from the railway battalions. The trained men would be posted at the most vulnerable and sensitive places identified by the department.

He said an integrated security system was being worked out for 140 railways stations in the country, which are prone to attacks, apart from the four Metro cities. As a part of it, CCTVs would be installed at all these stations to monitor the movements of suspicious elements apart from placing the services of bomb disposal and dog squads at the disposal. X-ray machines, metal detectors and enhanced Railway Protection Force (RPF) force would be part of this to meet the challenges.

Mr. Velu said that Secunderabad station would be upgraded into a world-class railway station with amenities like budget hotel, shopping malls, banks, stores among others. The entire station will have a cohesive scientific flow of outgoing and incoming traffic plan. It will take a few more years for the plan to take shape.

Regarding improving the facilities at the station, he said Rs. 8.50 crores has already been spent on various developmental works while Rs. 2.20 crore worth works were in progress. The proposed escalators would be installed within two years.

The Minister said that the proposal for the second phase of MMTS for the city was with the Railway Board and he would ensure that it was taken up for discussion soon. He expressed displeasure at the high rates of eatables at the food plazas outsourced on platforms and asked the officials to review the prices. He said a proposal has been sent to the government seeking land for constructing the third terminal at Hi-tech city station.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 29, 2009, 04:04 PM
Train diversion on January 30

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Train services in the Kayamkulam-Kottayam-Ernakulam section will be suspended from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 30 to take up urgent engineering work as part of doubling of the stretch.

According to a Railway release, six pairs of trains from the Ernakulam side would be diverted via Alappuzha during the period.

These trains include Kerala Express, Bangalore-Kayamkulam Express, Parusuram Express, Sabari Express, Gurudev Express and Korba-Thiruvananthapuram Express.

The Kerala Express bound for New Delhi and Kanyakumari-Mumbai Express will be diverted via Alappuzha, the release said.

Source: Hindu
Title: There is good news for residents of Chennai.
Post by: kavee on Jan 30, 2009, 04:08 AM
There is good news for residents of Chennai. The Union Cabinet has approved the Rs 14,600 crore metro rail project for the city.

According to the plan, the metro rail will operate in two corridors. First is the 45-km route from the Chennai Airport to Washermanpet and the other is the 21-km route from Chennai Central to St Thomas Mount.

Both the corridors will be partially underground.

The project will be executed by the Chennai Metro Rail Corporation, which is owned by the Tamil Nadu state as well as Central government. The project is expected to be complete by 2014-1015. ;)
Title: There is good news for residents of Chennai.
Post by: kavee on Jan 30, 2009, 04:09 AM
There is good news for residents of Chennai. The Union Cabinet has approved the Rs 14,600 crore metro rail project for the city.

According to the plan, the metro rail will operate in two corridors. First is the 45-km route from the Chennai Airport to Washermanpet and the other is the 21-km route from Chennai Central to St Thomas Mount.

Both the corridors will be partially underground.

The project will be executed by the Chennai Metro Rail Corporation, which is owned by the Tamil Nadu state as well as Central government. The project is expected to be complete by 2014-1015. ;)
Title: Re: There is good news for residents of Chennai.
Post by: ganeshbala on Jan 30, 2009, 04:37 AM
Yes.... :acumen

The government has approved the Rs.146-billion (Rs.14,600-crore) Chennai Metro Rail project, it said here Thursday.

The project will be executed by Chennai Metro Rail Ltd, a joint venture with equal equity participation from the central and state governments, which has been set up on the lines of the Delhi Metro Rail Corp (DMRC).

The Cabinet Committee for Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the project at a meeting held here Wednesday evening.

DMRC has prepared the detailed project report. In the first phase, 45.046 km will be constructed, of which 24 km will be underground and 21 km elevated. The project is targeted to be completed by 2014-15.

The project cost takes into account escalation, central taxes and interest during the period of construction, but excludes state taxes and value of the land owned by the state government.

According to an official, about 59 percent of the cost will raised through soft loan from the Japanese government. The loan agreement was signed between the two countries in last November in Tokyo.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jan 30, 2009, 12:11 PM
Cabinet committee nod for Metro Rail project

"Park-and-ride" facilities for vehicles to be provided

Estimated cost of the project is Rs.14,600 crore

59 % to be met by concessional Official Development Assistance loan from Japan

CHENNAI: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) of the Union government approved the Chennai Metro Rail Project at its meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday. The long-awaited project aims at providing Chennai with a fast, reliable, convenient, efficient, modern and affordable mode of public transport, which could offer a lasting solution to growing transport needs.

According to officials, the clearance for the proposed facility in Chennai by the CCEA was the fastest for any Metro Rail project in the country.

The estimated cost of the project is Rs.14,600 crore, including escalation, Central taxes and interest during the period of construction, but excluding State taxes and value of vacant State government land. A total of 59 per cent of the cost will be met by concessional Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan of the government of Japan. The agreement was signed between India and Japan on November 21, 2008, in Tokyo.

The Central government will contribute 15 per cent of the project cost as equity and 5 per cent as subordinate debt. The remaining 21 per cent of the cost will be met by the State government in the form of equity (15 per cent) and subordinate debt (6 per cent).

In June 2006, the State Cabinet took a decision to implement the Metro Rail project in Chennai. The government ordered the preparation of a detailed project report, which was entrusted to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. The project was declared a "Special Initiative" under the direct control of the Chief Minister. The detailed project report was submitted on November 1, 2007 and the project was approved by the Cabinet on November 7.

The project consists of two corridors with a combined length of 45 km. Corridor I will be 23.1 km-long (14.3 km underground and 8.8 km elevated). It will be from Washermenpet to the airport via Anna Salai. Corridor II will be 22-km long (9.7 km underground and 12.3 km elevated) and connect Chennai Central to St. Thomas Mount via Koyambedu. The portions of Corridor I from Washermanpet to Saidapet on Anna Salai, and Corridor II on Periyar EVR Salai and Anna Nagar 2nd Avenue, will be underground and the remaining portion on an elevated structure. The project is programmed for completion in financial year 2014-15. It will be implemented by the Chennai Metro Rail Limited, a special purpose vehicle, which will be a joint-venture with equal equity participation from the Central and State governments on Delhi Metro Rail

Corporation pattern.
Special efforts have been made in the design of the project to ensure proper integration with other forms of public and private transport including buses, suburban trains and the MRTS. Wherever possible, "park-and-ride" facilities for two and four-wheelers will be provided.

Most of the land requirement will be fulfilled by the government. The small extent of private land needed will be purchased through a negotiated process, taking into account prevailing market prices. Land acquisition will be taken up where negotiation is not successful or not feasible for legal reasons, according to a release from the Metro Rail Company.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jan 30, 2009, 12:12 PM
Railway Protection Force restores lost bag to owners

Passenger missed the luggage in Virudhunagar

VIRUDHUNAGAR: A bag containing valuables worth Rs.30,000, including gold jewels, left behind by a group of passengers on a railway platform here was recovered and restored to the owners by the Railway Protection Force personnel on Thursday.

A marriage party of 14 passengers from Watrap, who boarded the Chennai-bound Guruvayur Express, forgot to take the bag with them.

The RPF personnel on duty, led by the Sub-Inspector, S. Ayalraj, took possession of the unclaimed bag.

It ws them opened it at the room of the Station Master.

An intimation about the bag was sent to railway authorities in Madurai.

By the time the train reached Madurai, the owners realised about the missing bag.

They were directed to Virudhunagar railway station.

The RPF Inspector, R.V. Raja, handed over the bag to them.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 30, 2009, 03:53 PM
Rs 14,600cr Chennai Metro Rail Projects gets green signal

Union Cabinet Committee for Economic Affairs has approved the Rs 14,600 crore Chennai Metro Rail Project at a meeting held in New Delhi on January 28, 2009. The project is expected to be completed in 2014-15 and will be implemented by Chennai Metro Rail Limited, a special purpose vehicle, joint venture with equal equity participation from the Central and state governments on the DMRC pattern.

The estimated cost of the project is around Rs14,600 crore including escalation, central taxes and interest during the period of construction, but excluding  state taxes and value of vacant state government land. Around 59 per cent of the cost will be met by concessional Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan from the Government of Japan.  The loan agreement was signed between the Government of India and the Government of Japan on November 21, 2008 at Tokyo.

The Central Government will contribute 15 per cent of the project cost as equity and 5 per cent as subordinate debt. The remaining share of the cost (21 per cent) will be met by the state government in the form of equity (15 per cent) and subordinate debt (6 per cent).

According to official release, the project has set a record amongst contemporary projects as the fastest in reaching financial closure,  by securing Japanese Government funding in just 12 months and Government of India  funding in 14 months,  whereas this process took more than 2 ½ years in other cities.

As part of the project, two Corridors with a combined length of 45 kms will be constructed in the first phase, of which 24 kms will be underground while 21 kms will be elevated.  Corridor I, with a length of 23.1kms (14.3 kms underground and 8.8 kms elevated), will run from Washermanpet to the Airport via Anna Salai. Corridor II, with a length of 22 kms (9.7 kms underground and 12.3 kms elevated), will run from Chennai Central to St. Thomas Mount via Koyambedu. The portions of Corridor I from Washermanpet to Saidapet on Anna Salai, and Corridor II on Periyar EVR Salai and Anna Nagar 2nd Avenue, will be underground and the remainder elevated.

The Metro system requires only 20 per cent of the energy used by a road-based system.  A single six coach metro train will remove 16 buses or 300 cars or 600 two wheelers from the roads at peak hours.

It is expected that the trains will run every 5 minutes. The Metro is expected to remove 13 lakh passengers per day from the roads by 2026, save over 100 lives a year by reducing fatal accidents, and avoid 500 non-fatal accidents per annum. It is expected to reduce journey times by 50-75 per cent.

Source: Businessstandard
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 30, 2009, 04:04 PM
Metro Rail workers hurt

Bangalore: Four workers of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) were injured when a roof of an old building collapsed on them near ISKCON Temple on the West of Chord Road here on Thursday.

The injured were identified as Mahesh, Rahul, Shridhar and Lingaraju. Lingaraju suffered a fracture on his right arm and the others suffered minor injuries.

The four were demolishing an old building for the Metro Rail project when the accident occurred. BMRCL has ordered an internal inquiry.

Source: Hindu
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 30, 2009, 04:05 PM
Two trains to be integrated

HUBLI: South Western Railway has decided to shift the primary maintenance of Hubli-Bangalore-Hubli Passenger Trains (586/585 and 587/588) from Bangalore to Hubli by integrating the rakes with effect from February 10.

As a result, the timings of Hubli- Bangalore Passenger (586) and Hospet- Bangalore Passenger (584) will be revised from February 10.

The Hubli-Bangalore Passenger (586) will leave Hubli at 6.10 p.m. and reach Bangalore City at 5.10 a.m.

The timings of Bangalore-Hubli Passenger (587) remain unchanged up to Birur. The train will arrive at Hubli at 5.35 a.m., the release said.

Source: Hindu
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jan 30, 2009, 07:06 PM
Vision 2030 moots satellite town, metro rail

Draft plan will be ready by January 2010

Proposal for outer ring roads

Bus terminal near Veli railway station

Thiruvananthapuram: A proposal to establish a satellite town in the Vattiyoorkavu- Nettayam- Nedumangadu belt was one of the major recommendations of Vision 2030, the two-day seminar organised by the Thiruvananthapuram Development Authority, which concluded here on Thursday.

To be designed on the lines of New Mumbai, the proposed satellite town would be located on 2,500 acres. It would have a new general hospital, an international airport and world-class sports centres with stadium and training facilities. A bypass from Vattiyoorkavu and a railway line would provide connectivity.

Professional bodies and NGOs, which participated in the seminar, pledged support to the government in preparing a long-term roadmap for the development of the capital region.

NGOs including the Trivandrum Residents Apex Council (TRAC) and Environment and Development Initiatives, Thiruvananthapuram (EDIT) and professional organisations such as the Indian Institute of Architects submitted recommendations and offered to support the comprehensive development of the city.

Metro rail
The seminar also decided to explore the possibility of a metro rail like the one in New Delhi to encourage a shift from private to public transport. It proposed the construction of outer ring roads and a new bus terminal near the Veli railway station.

Another major recommendation was the development of the Poovar-Vizhinjam East Coast Road to accommodate heavy truck traffic.

Speakers at the seminar stressed the need for the master plan to ensure planned development of the coastal areas. They called for an urban transportation system focussing on the mobility and safety of pedestrians. They also highlighted the need to protect footpath-dwellers while taking up development activities.

The discussions called for defining the functional roles and strategies of the satellite towns, namely Attingal, Nedumangad, Varkala and Neyyatinkara.

Role for private sector
The two-day exercise that was organised to finalise the approach to the second master plan for the capital region recommended the involvement of the private sector in the drive to provide affordable housing for lower income groups. It proposed concessions to private builders to promote low-income group housing.

The seminar mooted the idea of decentralised water treatment plants and sewage treatment plants, considering the cost-effectiveness.

Health care
It called for a strategy plan for the entire capital area with separate plans for the central city zone and outlying areas.

It underlines the need to leverage the predominance of health care and educational institutions in the development strategy of the city.

Other major proposals include facilities to cater to city residents and the floating population. The development of sports infrastructure to host major international events and construction of mini-stadia in all panchayats have been proposed for inclusion in the master plan.

Yet another recommendation is the need for regulation to provide service ducts for utility services to avoid frequent road cuts.

Action plan
The seminar proposed the constitution of a technical and advisory committee for the preparation of the master plan. It also recommended consultations with experts and stakeholders.

The master plan would be prepared to accommodate the development needs of the capital for the next 20 years. It would, however, be subject to periodic revision.

The proposed plan of action recommends an administrative mechanism for speedy completion of the master plan. The draft plan is to be ready by January 2010 and government approval by December 2010.

TRIDA chairman C. Ajaya Kumar, Mayor C. Jayan Babu and officials from various departments participated in the deliberations.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jan 31, 2009, 12:09 PM
State will undertake feasibility studies

CHENNAI: Transport Minister K.N. Nehru on Thursday reiterated in the Assembly the government's plan to undertake feasibility studies for including Tiruvottiyur in the Metro Rail scheme.

He was responding to a query raised by K. Mahendran of Communist Party of India (Marxist) during question hour.

The Minister assured the member that the government would carry out what it promised.

To the query of C. Gnanasekaran (Congress) on cost-sharing mechanism of the project, Mr. Nehru said the project was being directly handled by the Chief Minister.

The assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency had been sought for funding.

Meanwhile, the first annual report tabled in the Assembly on Thursday had a sketch of a model station and the logo of the Metro Rail. The annual report was placed before the annual general body meeting last year and hence, some of the later modifications to the path of the rail do not find place in it.

The feasibility study to include Tiruvottiyur also does not find place for the same reason.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jan 31, 2009, 01:35 PM
Seminar on leprosy control

MADURAI: A seminar on leprosy control was held at the Railway Hospital on Friday in connection with the Anti-Leprosy Day.

Speakers highlighted the fact that leprosy was curable and proper screening was essential. It was inaugurates by K. Arunachalam, Deputy Director of Medical Services (Leprosy). Kasturbai Jayaraj, Chief Medical Superintendent, presided. S. Krishnan, Head, Department of Skin Diseases, Government Rajaji Hospital, delivered the keynote address. P. R. Ganesh, Senior Divisional Medical Officer, welcomed the gathering.

V. Gopalakrishnan, Senior Divisional Extension Educator, proposed a vote of thanks. A free skin camp was also organised on the occasion.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jan 31, 2009, 02:14 PM
Rs. 126 crore for new rail line

From Nagapattinam to Tiruthuraipoondi

TIRUCHI: The Railway Board has sanctioned Rs. 126 crore for laying a broad gauge line from Nagapattinam to Tiruthuraipoondi via Tirukkuvalai, the birth place of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.

Southern Railway authorities have written to the Nagapattinam district administration for acquisition of land for the proposed line covering 36.5 kilometres.

The railway authorities have planned to construct station buildings at Pappakoil, Sembiyamahadevi, Palakkurichchi, Tirukkuvalai and Ettukudi that come in between.

While Tirukkuvulai and Palakkuruchchi will be crossing stations with loop lines, the rest will be halt stations. Tenders had been floated for the construction of a major bridge across the Adappar river in this section, railway officials told The Hindu here. The new section would have 11 major bridges, 74 minor bridges and 22 level crossings. Two road overbridges have been proposed.

The officials said the Railways had already sent a proposal to the Nagapattinam district administration for acquiring land for 18 km, adding that a proposal for the remaining 18 km of land would be submitted shortly.

The officials said that the line, which would take at least three years for completion, including land acquisition, was part of the Tiruchi-Thanjavur-Tiruvarur-Nagore-Karaikal gauge conversion project. The Tiruvarur-Nagore section was cleared for rail traffic by the Commissioner of Railway Safety last month.

The officials said work for laying a line between Nagore and Karaikal and from Nagapattinam to Velankanni was under way.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jan 31, 2009, 02:34 PM
Special buses for Ramdev meet

APSRTC will ply special buses for the convenience of the public attending the Baba Ramdev meeting to be held from 5 a.m. to 7.30 a.m. on Sunday at the Andhra University Cricket Grounds, near AU outgate opposite the Cyclone Warning Centre.

According to a spokesman of the organisers, the buses will operate from 3 a.m. on Sunday from Old Gajuwaka Junction, Sriharipuram (near Coromandel Gate), Scindia Junction, Nau Sena Bagh, 104 Area-Vijayanagar Colony, Muralinagar, Steel Plant CWC-1, INS Kalinga via Sagarnagar, Railway Stadium - Railway New Colony, Dwarakanagar, Old Post Office, Venkojipalem bus stop-MVP area, Pendurthi, Duvvada, and Simhachalam-Gopalapatnam.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jan 31, 2009, 03:57 PM
26 trains cancelled

NEW DELHI: Twenty-six trains originating from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh or passing through the station will remain cancelled from February 11 to 27 due to re-modelling work at the station.

The routes of some other trains would also be regulated or diverted, said a Northern Railway spokesperson, adding that the remodelling work and upgrading of tracks will help in improving the train operations at the station.

The trains which will remain cancelled during the period are Delhi Junction-Ramnagar Corbett Park Link Express, Delhi Jn-Ramnagar Express and several passenger trains originating from Moradabad for Kashipur, Ramnagar and Sambhal Hatim Sarai.

During this period, the Howrah-Amritsar Express will run up to Bareilly.

The routes of a few passenger trains will also be regulated.

The diverted trains include Sadbhavana Express, Link Express, Lucknow-Saharanpur Express and Shaheed Satyu Yamuna Express among others.

Source: Hindu
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 02, 2009, 01:26 PM
5,000 vaccinated by railway teams

TIRUCHI: The Tiruchi Railway Division set up booths in all the 110 major and small railway stations in its jurisdiction for administering polio drops on Sunday.

Divisional Railway Manager S. Subramhanyan inaugurated the campaign by administering polio drops to a few children travelling by the Chennai-bound Vaigai Express at Tiruchi Junction in the morning, in the presence of the Chief Medical Supervisor, Goldenrock Railway Hospital, P. Velusamy.

Special teams comprising members of the St. John's Ambulance unit of the Railways, para-medical staff and nursing assistants drawn from the Railway Hospital travelled in all express and passenger trains that passed through the division throughout the day and administered the drops. The whole campaign was monitored by Mr. Velusamy. Over 5,000 children were covered during the day by these teams, according to the Public Relations Officer, C. K. Sivaraj.
Campaign

The Railway Hospital staff, pharmacists, para-medical staff along with the Scouts and Guides conducted pulse polio campaign at the Goldenrock Railway Colony on Friday and at the Kallukuzhi Colony on Saturday. They visited the houses in the colony seeking their support for the success of this campaign.

Source: Hindu
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 02, 2009, 09:36 PM
Indian railways to buy more diesel in 2009-Report

Indian state-run refiners will sell 2 million tonnes of diesel to the country's railways in 2009, 2.6 percent more than last year, a
senior company official at one the firms said on Monday.

Last year, Indian Oil Corp, Bharat Petroleum Corp and Hindustan Petroleum Corp together sold about 1.95 million tonnes of diesel to the railways.

IOC is expected to supply 95 percent of this year's volume while the other two refiners would sell the remaining 5 percent.

The state-refiners, which finalised the deal with railways officials last week, will sell the fuel at a discount of 150 rupees a kilolitre to the prevailing market rates at the time of supply, the official said.

Demand for diesel, which accounts for one third of oil product consumption in India, has started softening due to slowing economic activity.

Diesel demand growth slowed to just 1.5 percent in December after double-digit expansion in the earlier part of the financial year which begun in April. During April-December, diesel demand grew 12.9 percent to 38.2 million tonnes.

Source: Economictimes
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Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 03, 2009, 01:49 PM
Work on Metro Rail to be expedited

Governor N. D. Tiwari has said the government is expediting the Rs. 6,786 crore Outer Ring Road project, the elevated expressway (Rs. 600 crore), both to connect Shamshabad airport to the city, and Metro Rail Project (Rs. 12,132 crore).

Addressing the Legislature on the first day of its budget session on Monday, he said action had also been taken for speedy completion of the Krishna Water Supply Scheme Phase II (Rs. 1,082 crore) which would add 90 million gallons per day to the supply system in the GHMC area. Opposition members raised slogans asking "What about Satyam and Maytas Infra ?" when he spoke about Metro Rail project.

Mr. Tiwari said the government was committed to bringing the Godavari waters to Hyderabad under Pranahita-Chevella project as a permanent solution. He said a new medical college exclusively for women was being set up at Hyderabad under minority management.

Source: Hindu
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Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 03, 2009, 01:56 PM
Directive to Railways

Kochi: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Monday directed the Railways to complete the construction of the Pulleppady road overbridge within six months as promised by the Railways. The Bench, comprising acting Chief Justice J. B. Koshy and Justice V. Giri, issued the direction while disposing of a writ petition filed by the Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Railways said that all steps would be taken to complete the works.
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Post by: sajiv on Feb 03, 2009, 04:05 PM
Train to run partially

BANGALORE: Due to operational reasons, on Tuesday the Bangalore City-Hubli Passenger (train no. 587) will run between Bangalore City and Chikkajajur and return as train no. 588.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Feb 04, 2009, 08:45 PM
Website to educate train passengers on safety and crime prevention

CHENNAI: To educate passengers on safety and crime prevention, the Government Railway Police have developed a website.

The website, www.grptamilnadu.org.in, launched here on Tuesday by Director-General of Police K.P. Jain, provides a variety of information such as the telephone numbers of railway police officials, details of unidentified persons who died on rail tracks and railway premises and link for filing complaints online. "Last year, we had about 828 cases of deaths, including natural deaths, in which the victims could not be identified. The details of such victims, along with photographs, will be uploaded on the website, which has an in-built mechanism to match the profile of persons reported missing," Inspector General of Police G.U.G. Shastry said.

A short messaging service facility was also introduced to enable the public to send information to the helpline (9962500500) on crimes or any other matter that required police action. The highly customised software would automatically divert the SMS to beat constables on trains and at stations. In cases of dacoity, robbery or derailment, the SMS would be transmitted to senior police officials.

Mr. Shastry said the helpline number had evoked good response from passengers. On many occasions, timely information given by the public helped the railway police reach the scene of emergency or disturbance in time.

Mr. Jain inaugurated a closed-circuit television network at Central Railway Station. The system, which would cover the entire premises, was established at the cost of Rs. 30 lakh. From a control room, the police would monitor the CCTV round the clock. The video footage would be stored in a database. Additional DGP (Law and Order) T. Rajendran, Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Railways) S.N. Seshasai and Superintendent of Railway Police S. Manoharan were present.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Feb 04, 2009, 11:22 PM
Special trains

NEW DELHI:
To clear extra rush of passengers during the Holi festival, Northern Railway will run several special trains.

Some of these include the Delhi-Udhampur-Delhi Express Special, Hazrat Nizamuddin-Lucknow-Hazrat Nizamuddin Superfast Special, Varanasi-Delhi-Varanasi Superfast Special and Hazrat Nizamuddin-Dehra Dun-Hazrat Nizamuddin Superfast Special.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Feb 04, 2009, 11:22 PM
New Railway Board Chairman

NEW DELHI: S. S. Khurana took over as the new Railway Board Chairman and ex-officio Principal Secretary to the Ministry of Railways on Tuesday. He was Member (Staff) of the Railway Board. He studied electrical engineering from Roorkee University and joined the Indian Railways in 1971.
Title: Railway Protection Force to recruit women as Sub Inspector
Post by: nithyasubramanian on Feb 06, 2009, 08:56 PM
New Delhi, Feb 06: For the first time, women will be recruited as officers in the Railway Protection Force.

"We have decided to recruit about 100 women as sub-inspectors in the RPF. The recruitment process is on and after the appointment these women will be sent for training," said a senior Railway Ministry official.

Currently, there are about 800 women in the 70,000 strong RPF. These women are serving as constables, head constables and assistant sub-inspectors (ASI) in the para-military force.

"We are in the process of recruiting about 1,000 S-I out of which 10 per cent will be women," said the official.

There is a need to have more women in the RPF. Besides frisking lady passengers at railway stations, they are also required to be deployed in other RPF operations.

Special squads comprising women TTEs and women RPF personnel are being deployed in vulnerable suburban sections, to prevent crime against women in trains.

Regular drives are conducted by RPF against male passengers travelling in ladies compartments and the offenders are prosecuted under the provisions of the Railways Act.

A total of 174 cases of harassment of women passengers were detected in 2006. In 2007, the number of these cases rose to 199.

courtesy : Zeenews.com
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 07, 2009, 01:50 PM
Railway passengers protest change of track

VELLORE: Hundreds of passengers travelling by train no.6086 Jolarpet-Arakkonam Passenger were forcibly removed from the railway track in Katpadi when they blocked the train for nearly an hour on Friday morning.

They were protesting against operation of the train via loop line at Kavanur station resulting in a severe jolt, leading to many passengers falling from their seats.

According to the railway police, the passengers were taken aback when the train, which used to go on the mainline, suddenly changed track and proceeded along the loop line, leading to the jolt and the fall of passengers.

When the train reached Katpadi at 8.49 a.m., about 500 irate passengers alighted from the train and squatted on the track, demanding the suspension of the Station Master and the train driver for the 'mistake'.

S. Pattabhi, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Katpadi, who rushed to the spot, tried to pacify the passengers and requested them to give a written complaint to the railway authorities to enable them to enquire into the incident and take action against the railway officials and workers concerned for any lapse on their part.

But the irate passengers refused to heed his request and continued to block the train and staged a demonstration demanding an immediate suspension of the Station Master and the train driver.

The DSP said that in order to avoid any untoward incident, he asked the railway police and the Katpadi police to remove the agitators from the track.

The demonstrators were chased away. The train left for Arakkonam after a delay of about 50 minutes.

On a complaint from the Station Master, Katpadi, the Railway Police, Katpadi have registered a first information report under Section 147 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 174 (obstruction of track) of the Indian Railway Act.

Source: Hindu
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Feb 07, 2009, 01:55 PM
Trains' halt for Mary Matha fete

HYDERABAD: The SCR has arranged a one-minute stop of seven express and 16 passenger trains at Gunadala and Ramavarapadu stations from February 9 to 11 in view of Mary Matha Festival in Vijayawada. The Tirupati-Kakinada-Tirupati, Vijayawada-Kakinada-Vijayawada, Vijayawada-Raigada-Vijayawada, Rajahmundry-Vijayawada-Rajahmundry, Vijayawada-Vizag-

Vijayawada.
Guntur-Vizag-Guntur, Machilipatnam-Vijayawada and Vijayawada-Gudivada passengers will halt at the stations. The express trains are Vizag-Tenali Janmabhoomi, Narasapur-Hyderabad-

Narasapur, Chennai-Kakinada-Chennai and Machilipatnam- Secunderabad- Machilipatnam.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: nithyasubramanian on Feb 07, 2009, 07:58 PM
Train reservation chart goes digital


Bangalore : General Manager of South Western Railways, Kuldeep Chaturvedi inaugurated the digital train reservation chart display on Friday at the main concourse hall of the Bangalore city railway station.
The first-of-its-kind initiative has been taken up by Bangalore division of South Western Railways to convert the existing facilities of paper-based chart information and confirmation of tickets into digital charts on a public private partnership model. Armour Display Systems, a division of Armour Security Solutions, have successfully installed the system.

Divisional Railway Manager Akhil Agarwal, Additional Divisional Railway Manager T R K Rao and other railway officers were present on the occasion.

courtesy : ExpressBuzz.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: nithyasubramanian on Feb 07, 2009, 08:14 PM
Railways now need less budgetary support, Pranab thanks Lalu


Kolkata (PTI): Railways were now less dependent on budgetary support than five years earlier due to the efforts of Lalu Prasad in making the sector financially self-reliant, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said.

"As (a former) Planning Commission deputy chairman....I have seen that the Railways used to be heavily dependent on budgetary support. Now, thanks to the efforts of Lalu-ji over the past five years, the situation has changed," Mukherjee said after flagging off the Kolkata-Murshidabad Hazar Duari Express from Kolkata terminus.

Stressing the need for development of infrastructure for country's economic development, Mukherjee said as the then Planning Commission deputy chairman, he had commented in the Eighth Plan approach paper that the country could become developed if $ 500 billion were spent between 2005 to 2015 to develop infrastructure.

He said that the new train was of historic significance as it connected Murshidabad, the erstwhile capital of Bengal during the rule of Nawab Siraj-ud-Daula with Kolkata, the capital of British India.

Others who spoke on the occasion included chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Railways Basudeb Acharia, MPs Md. Salim, Sudhangshu Sil and Amitava Nandi, Railway Board Member (Traffic) Sri Prakash and Eastern Railway General Manager Deepak Krishan.

courtesy : The Hindu.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 09, 2009, 01:16 PM
Chendhur Express to run five days a week

TIRUNELVELI: The newly introduced Tiruchendur-Chennai Egmore weekly express train will run five days a week between the holy town and the State capital, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad announced on Sunday.

Addressing a function at Tiruchendur in Tuticorin to mark the flagging off the train, the Minister, following repeated pleas from Union Minister of State for Home Affairs V. Radhika Selvi and other speakers, said it would be made a daily service after monitoring the patronage.

Mr. Prasad said the Centre was according the highest priority for creating better infrastructure facilities in the country such as power, telecom, roads, ports, rail and air connectivity etc. as it had fully understood that no country would survive without better facilities.

"Though the previous National Democratic Alliance government campaigned with slogans 'India Shining,' Indian Railways was in bad shape and making huge losses. After I became Railway Minister, the public sector undertaking is making huge profits and giving dividends to the Central Government. I, who has come up to this position from a downtrodden family, am being asked by students of Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Singapore and Japan as to how it was possible? It's because of our sincerity" he said. He listed the achievements of Indian Railways such as introduction of 'Garib Rath,' gauge conversion projects, laying of track to far off places, introduction of rail service to hitherto neglected regions, making of Indian Railways a profit-making public sector undertaking etc. under his leadership.

Following a request from Ms. Radhika Selvi, he announced that the train would halt at Kurumbur and Srivaikuntam and christened the train as 'Chendhur Express.'

Mr. Prasad, who heaped encomiums on Ms. Radhika, said she had taken "sustained and strenuous efforts for realising the 50-year-old dream of having a direct train service from Tiruchendur to Chennai."

"You've elected a highly dedicated and sincere woman as your representative and hence I'll certainly provide you more facilities in the near future," he promised.

Ms. Radhika appealed to the Railway Minister to establish a computerised reservation counter at Valliyoor and increase the duration of functioning of the reservation counter at Tiruchendur up to 8 p.m. Tamil Nadu Ministers T.P.M. Mohideen Khan and Geetha Jeevan, Tirunelveli Mayor A.L. Subramanian, Tirunelveli MP R. Dhanushkodi Adityan and others spoke.

Source: Hindu
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Post by: sajiv on Feb 09, 2009, 02:24 PM
Railway passes to martyrs' widows

ADILABAD: Adilabad SP Anil Kumar on Sunday handed over concessional railway passes to 35 widows of police martyrs. He also allocated a residential quarter to the association of the martyr widows that will be formed soon in the district and affiliated to the state organisation.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Feb 09, 2009, 04:22 PM
Eight coaches of Rani Chennamma Express derail near Byadgi

HUBLI: Eight coaches of Bangalore-Kolhapur Rani Chennamma Express (6589) derailed between Devaragudda and Byadgi railway stations in Haveri district at 4.55 a.m. on Sunday. However, there was no casualty.

General Manager of South Western Railway Kuldeep Chaturvedi, Senior Deputy General Manager of SWR Anurag and Divisional Railway Manager of Hubli Adesh Sharma rushed to the spot and supervised the relief operation.

The passengers were sent to Haveri by bus and from there to Miraj by the rake of Hubli-Bangalore Intercity Express, which was cancelled on Sunday, following derailment, Chief Public Relations Officer of SWR B.S. Dasarathi said in a press release issued here.

Following derailment, some trains were cancelled fully and a few partially, while one was diverted.

Intercity Express trains between Hubli and Bangalore (2726/2725), Hubli-Bijapur Passenger (356) were cancelled. Bangalore-Hubli-Chitradurga (581) train was cancelled between Chikkajaju and Hubli and Hubli/Shimoga- Bangalore Fast Passenger (588) between Hubli and Davangere. Arsikere-Hubli Passenger (283) was terminated at Harihar. Hubli-Yeshwanthpur Special Train (0689) was also terminated at Harihar. Passengers of train no. 0689 were sent to Haveri by bus from Harihar and from there to Hubli by a special train. Because of derailment, Bangalore-Jodhpur train (6506) was diverted via Chitradurga, Hospet and Hubli.

Sources said that the initial inspection revealed that a few fish-plates on the track were found removed.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 10, 2009, 01:19 PM
MoU inked with China for introduction of bullet trains

VELLORE: Indian Railways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of China for the construction and maintenance of world class railway stations, introduction of bullet trains, operation of signalling systems and track maintenance, according to R. Velu, Union Minister of State of Railways, who returned on Monday after a visit to China.

Inaugurating the Road Overbridge (ROB) constructed in lieu of a level crossing No.33 at Vadamambakkam near Arakkonam on Monday, Mr. Velu said that China has expressed its intention to participate in the global tenders for the development of world class railway stations in India.

Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra governments have given approval for the introduction of bullet trains.

The Tamil Nadu government has expressed willingness for the operation of bullet trains on the Chennai-Coimbatore and Chennai-Madurai route. The Central government has taken an 'in principle' decision to introduce bullet trains in the above routes.

The first dedicated freight corridor is to be laid on the Delhi-Mumbai route at the cost of Rs. 17,000 crore with Japanese aid, he said.

source: Hindu
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Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 10, 2009, 01:29 PM
'Deluxe EMU rake' flagged off from ICF

CHENNAI: The Integral Coach Factory, Perambur, has rolled out an AC/DC EMU with air-conditioned driver's cabin.

Flagging off the deluxe EMU rake on Monday, Minister of State for Railways R.Velu said that this was the 39th rake supplied by ICF to the Maharashtra Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) for the Mumbai suburban service. The ICF had been given the contract for manufacture of 101 AC/DC EMU rakes by the MRVC under a World Bank scheme, of which 38 had been delivered. This was the first EMU rake with AC driver cabins. In future, all EMUs would have the facility.

The Minister said five new generation EMU rakes were being supplied to the Corporation every month. The feedback for the coaches was encouraging. They had named the trains "silver bullets" of the Mumbai suburban.

Amenities provided in these coaches were on a par with those of any EMUs in the international suburban system.

These included global positioning system for displaying passenger relevant information, LED display of destination on either side of the train and forced ventilation system for pumping in fresh air into the coaches to relieve suffocation during peak-time rush.

General Manager M.S. Jayanth said that the new EMU was different from the conventional rake as state-of-the art technology had been incorporated in the rake. The energy requirement of the new coach would be 35 per cent less than that of conventional coaches due to regeneration of energy during braking. Reduced energy requirements would mean reduced emissions and a cleaner environment.

After a complete changeover to new-generation coaches, Railways would save Rs.100 core per annum and earn Rs.12 crore on carbon credit.

The total cost of the new coach would be around Rs.27 crore, which was much less compared to Rs.84 crore charged by some international companies for an 8-car rake of metro rail system. In addition to the 101 rakes, the Railway Ministry on its part was to supply 57 rakes to the Mumbai suburban service, which were also to be supplied by ICF, he added.

Source: Hindu
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Post by: sajiv on Feb 10, 2009, 03:42 PM
Plea for train halt

VIJAYAWADA: Pilli Lakshmi Tulasi, 45th division corporator, on Monday submitted a memorandum to South Central Railway (SCR) Vijayawada Divisional Railway Manager Vasishta Johri urging him to take necessary steps to develop Madhura Nagar railway station.

Ms. Lakshmi Tulasi said that the Madhura Nagar railway station was the second railway station in the city and it would be helpful to 2 lakh people living in Bhanu Nagar, Railway Colony, Gulabhithota, Durgapuram, Bhavajipeta, Chuttugunta, Visalandhra, Moghalrajpuram, Sitaramapuram, Machavaram, Gunadala, Devinagar, Ajith Singh Nagar, Vambay Colony, Payakapuram, Mutyalampadu and other areas.

The platform of the Madhura Nagar railway station was not long enough for boarding and disembarking from the train. Hence, there was an imminent need to increase the length of the platform, apart from arranging a halt for express trains for a minute. It would be helpful for two lakh people, and they need not go all the way to the main railway station.

Express trains like Circar, Narsapur, Machilipatnam, Howrah, Visakha and Seshadri were not stopping at the Madhuranagar railway station, and these trains should be stopped for a minute, she said in the memorandum.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Feb 10, 2009, 03:52 PM
32 goods train wagons derail

WARANGAL: Thirty two wagons of two goods trains derailed in twin accidents near Jangaon railway station early on Monday morning here throwing entire rail traffic out of gear. Several important trains were either cancelled or diverted as both the tracks were blocked by the derailed wagons.

Railway officials said empty oil tankers of a goods train coming to Kazipet junction from Secunderabad got derailed in the wee hours of Monday. A little later, another coal-laden goods train hit the derailed tankers.

A crane and breakdown staff were rushed from Kazipet junction to Jangaon to lift the derailed bogies and restore the tracks.

Krishna, Intercity and Telangana express trains were cancelled while Konark, Howrah and Manmad express trains were diverted via Guntur. The Satavahana was operated between Vijayawada and Warangal while Bhagyanagar from Sirpur Kagaznagar was halted at Hasanparthy station.

Buses arranged
The railway officials arranged eight APSRTC buses for those proceeding towards Secunderabad while they returned the ticket money to passengers proceeding to other destinations.

Hundreds of village servants who were proceeding to Secunderabad for a dharna in Hyderabad got stranded at Kazipet station.

They staged an impromptu dharna at the station. Passengers who could travel up to Warangal station were upset with the delayed running of the trains.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 10, 2009, 09:47 PM
Railway may fall short of freight target

Owing to the global meltdown, railways may fail to meet the target in freight traffic in the current financial year.

Railways have failed to achieve the target upto December 2008 and has been able to manage only 606.75 million tonnes (MT) loading against the target of 627.85 MT upto December 2008, thus falling short of 21.10 MT.

The total goods earnings upto December is Rs 37,898.52 crore against the budget projection of Rs 38,356.32 crore, thereby leaving a gap of Rs 457.80 crore.

However, Indian Railways is hopeful of meeting the target at the end of the current fiscal.

There may be shortfall in meeting the target volume but are we are sure of meeting the target of freight earnings in the current fiscal, said a senior Railway Ministry official.

Railways had set the target of 850 million tonnes (MT) freight traffic for the current fiscal ending in March 2009.

Railways had created a record by exceeding the freight target in the last fiscal.

The total freight loading was 794 MT in 2008-09 against the target of 790 MT.

Source: Economictimes
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 10, 2009, 09:58 PM
Indian Railways April-January '09 revenue up 13.17%

The Indian Railways on Tuesday said it posted 13.17% increase in its total earning during April-January 2009 to Rs 64,876.34 crore as
against Rs 57,327 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal. While freight revenue jumped 13.64% to Rs 44,016.26 during this period, passenger revenue earnings went up by 11.82% to Rs 18,042.82 crore in the first ten months of 2008-09. The revenue earnings from other coaching registered an increase of 6.5% to Rs 1,639.42 crore during this period.

The country's largest transporter carried 681.28 million tonnes of freight during April-January 2009, up 5.68% over 644.69 million tonnes in the same period previous fiscal. During January this year, the railways moved 74.55 million tonnes of traffic registering nearly 3% increase over the same month last year.

According to a railways ministry statement, the number of passengers booked during April-January 2009 went up by 6.44% to 5,917.86 million. In the suburban and non-suburban sectors, the number of passengers booked during first ten months of the fiscal stood at 3,164.06 million and 2,753.80 million compared to 3,074.10 million and 2,485.79 million respectively during the same period last year.

Source: Economictimes
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 11, 2009, 01:59 PM
Special train to Mangalore

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run a special train from Chennai Central to Mangalore.

Train No. 0627 will leave Chennai Central at 11 p.m. on February 14 and reach Mangalore at 3.30 p.m. the next day, according to a Southern Railway release here.

Reservation will commence on February 11, the release said on Tuesday.

Source: Hindu
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Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 11, 2009, 02:06 PM
Weekly express train to Varanasi

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run a regular weekly express train from Chennai Egmore to Varanasi from February 12. In the return direction, the service will begin on February 15.

According to a railway press note, train No.4259 will leave Egmore at 1 p.m. on Thursdays and reach Varanasi at 4.50 a.m. on Saturdays. In the return direction, train No.4260 will leave Varanasi at 9.15 p.m. on all Sundays and arrive at Egmore at 10.50 am on Tuesdays.

Source: Hindu
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: nithyasubramanian on Feb 11, 2009, 06:19 PM
Railways to equip AC coaches with eco-friendly technology


New Delhi (PTI): As part of its green initiative, Indian Railway plans to equip its entire fleet of over 1000 AC coaches with eco-friendly refrigerant technology by March.

So far, Railways have been using CFC-based refrigerant technology which leads to depletion of ozone layer.

India, which is a joint signatory to the Montreal Protocol, had set a deadline of December 2010 for phasing out this technology.

The new refrigerant technology which is being retrofitted in place of the existing one is R-134 A, considered environment-friendly.

Railways zeroed in on this refrigerant in December 2006.

"So far, 650 AC coaches have been converted to R-134 A refrigerant with the efforts put in by various railway zones. The rest are likely to be converted by March this year," a senior official in the Railway Ministry told PTI.

Indian Railways has a fleet of over 1000 AC coaches at present.

East Coast Railways has already converted all AC coaches handled by it.

The conversion was carried out in a manner that the regular service was not affected.

"Not a single passenger service was affected during the conversion period. The conversion was done without replacing vital capital intensive equipment i.e compressors, condenser unit, evaporator unit etc. of the refrigeration system," the official said.

In fact, various options were tried in zonal railways in consultation with RDSO, the R&D wing of the Railways for finding the best alternative refrigerant technology.

Railways had also tested with R-22 gas for powering the AC system in the early nineties as it was less harmful than R-12 (CFC-based). However, R-134 A emerged as the best alternative, the official said.

courtesy : The Hindu.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Feb 11, 2009, 07:25 PM
Metro earns carbon credits

The Delhi Metro is the first railway project in the world to earn carbon credits. Being equipped with a regenerative braking system will enable it to use less grid electrical energy, thereby making a reduction of (tones of Co2) of 4,11,600 in the next decade.

Another low-carbon fuel switch system has been introduced in a town in Maharashtra and has also been registered, thereby allowing it to earn carbon credits.

These are but a few breakthroughs that have been achieved in the field of climate change as revealed in FICCI's report on this subject titled Climate Change Task Force Report 2 which was released in the city on Tuesday.

Already, over 746 Indian companies across 40 industrial sectors are contributing to the clean development mechanism (CDM). These are especially active in the iron and steel, aluminium, cement and oil and gas sectors.

The oil, gas and petrochemicals sector alone have seven companies participating in the carbon market with 41 projects, of which six have been registered. These companies include the Indian Oil Corporation, Reliance Industries, Bharat Petroleum Ltd., Oil & Natrual Corporation, NTPC Ltd. and the Chennai Petroleum Corporation.

Another 18 companies have 66 CDM project out of which 10 are registered. The 66 CDM projects in the CDM pipeline will account for around 57 million CERs upto 2012.

The Ficci report gives a break up of 66 CDM projects from which 42 are from the energy efficiency category, 10 from renewable energy, 11 from the industrial process category, two from the MSW and one from fuel switching category.

The problem is that 748 Indian projects are still waiting to be registered. Dr Prodipto Ghosh, chairman of the Ficci Climate Change Task Force pointed out that at present a huge gap exists between demand and supply of service providers (DOEs).

"At present, there are seven DOEs in India, which have to handle a large number of projects. We need a larger number of DOEs which will then help reduce the time frame especially for small scale projects," said Mr Ghosh.

The report stressed the need to set up a technology development fund for collaborative R&D as also the need to relax the IPR regime in order to accelerate technology transfer.

United States President Barack Obama has promised to spend $150 billion to promote research in clean technologies but developed nations are facing shrinking economies due to the financial crisis.

Statistics indicate that the world economy will shrink by 2 per cent, the European by 2.5 per cent and the United States economy by 1.6 per cent. They will, therefore, have less financial resources to meet their commitments to reduce emissions.

The pressure will be on the developing nations, especially India, China and Brazil, to reduce missions without, however, receiving cheaper technology transfers, the report pointed out.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 12, 2009, 01:41 PM
Train service between Mettur and Chennai launched

METTUR: Minister of State for Railways R. Velu on Wednesday launched a train service between Mettur Dam and Chennai Egmore.

Southern Railway has provided the connectivity by attaching slip coaches to the Mettur Dam-Erode Passenger.

The train will leave Mettur Dam at 7.05 p.m. and reach Salem at 8.10 p.m. Later, the coaches will be attached to the Salem - Chennai Egmore Express that leaves Salem Junction at 9 p.m.

In the return direction, the coaches bound for Mettur will be attached to the Salem - Chennai Egmore Express that reaches Salem at 6.05 a.m. The slip coaches will be detached at Salem and attached to the passenger train, which will leave Salem at 6.45 a.m. and reach Mettur Dam at 8 a.m.

The slip coaches will include a sleeper class coach (reserved), a general second class compartment (unreserved) and a luggage-cum-brake van.

Flagging off the new service, Mr. Velu said that the train would stop at Mecheri Road, Tholasampati and Omalur. The Mettur Dam - Salem Chennai Egmore train would soon be renamed Mettur Dam Express, he said and asked officials to send a proposal to the Ministry.

Mr. Velu assured that the Railways would open a computerised reservation centre at Mettur.

Salem Divisional Railway Manager S. Mohan said that the division registered 20 per cent growth in revenue in the last 10 months of the current fiscal.

Dharmapuri MP R. Senthil and MLAs G.K. Mani, V. Kavery, Kannaian, Tamilarasu and Ramanathan spoke.

Source: Hindu
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 12, 2009, 01:52 PM
Train derails at Rameswaram

RAMANATHAPURAM: Sethu Express, running between Rameswaram and Chennai Egmore on Wednesday derailed at Rameswaram railway station.

Sources said the accident occurred when the train started moving from pit line to the platform track. The 7th and 8th carriages went down from the pit line track.

No one was injured in it, as there was no passenger on board when it was getting ready to be stationed on platform track. There was no clear information about the cause of the derailment.

The train should have started at 8.15 pm. However, the derailment has delayed the journey to Chennai.

More than 25 railway workers have been deputed for setting right the problem.

Source: Hindu
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 12, 2009, 02:31 PM
Special trains to Bangalore

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Southern Railway will run weekly special trains in the Ernakulam-Bangalore-Ernakulam sector between February 12 and March 31 .

According to the Railways, the 0641 Ernakulam-Bangalore Special will leave Ernakulam on Thursdays at 9.15 p.m. to arrive Bangalore at 10 a.m. the next day. The first special from Ernakulam will run on February 12 and the last on March 26.

In the return direction, the 0642 Bangalore-Ernakulam special will leave Bangalore City on Fridays at 6.50 p.m. to arrive at Ernakulam at 6.30 a.m. the next day. The first special from Bangalore will run on February 13 and the last on March 27.

The 0643 Ernakulam-Bangalore Special will leave Ernakulam on Mondays at 6.40 p.m. to arrive at Bangalore at 8.30 a.m. the next day. The first special from Ernakulam will be on February 16 and the last special will be on March 30.

In the return direction, the 0644 Bangalore-Ernakulam special will leave Bangalore City on Tuesdays at 5.15 p.m. to arrive Ernakulam at 4.20 a.m. the next day. The first special from Bangalore will be on February 17 and the last March 31.

The two special trains will stop at Aluva, Thrissur, Palakkad, Podanur, Tirupur, Erode, Salem, Tirupattur, Kuppam, Bangarapet, Whitefield, Krishnarajapuram and Bangalore Cantonment.

Extended to Aluva

The Railways have extended the 0633 Coimbatore-Thrissur Passenger to Aluva on February 23 in connection with Sivarathri. The trains will halt at all stations between Aluva and Thrissur.

Source: Hindu
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Feb 12, 2009, 04:07 PM
No communication on land for railway buildings: Velu

METTUR: The Railway administration is yet to receive any communication from the Tamil Nadu Government regarding the allotment of land for the establishment of permanent buildings for Salem Railway Division, Union Minister of State for Railways R. Velu has said.

The ministry has asked the State Government to provide at least 50 acres of land free of cost for the construction of permanent buildings for the division. Though the railways has sent the request several times, the State Government was yet to come up with a response, he told media persons here on Wednesday.

To a question, the minister said that he did not have up-to-date information on the progress of Salem - Karur railway line project. The railways allotted sufficient funds for the project and all the works including the construction of bridge across the Cauvery river near Mohanur were progressing, he added.

The minister said the railways had ordered a detailed survey for extending the train service up to Lower Mettur. The doubling of tracks between Irugur and Coimbatore Junction would be completed within three months.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 13, 2009, 01:55 PM
Southern Railway announces summer special trains

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run the following summer special trains to meet the demands of the passengers during the ensuing summer season.

Chennai Central - Coimbatore (Weekly) Superfast specials: Train no 0621 will leave Central all Wednesdays from April 15 to June 17 and reach Coimbatore the next day. Train no 0622 will leave Coimbatore on all Tuesdays from April 14 to June 16 and arrive Chennai Central next day.

Chennai Egmore - Nagercoil (Weekly) specials: Train no 0601 will leave Egmore on all Thursdays from April 2 to June 25 and reach Nagercoil the next day. Train no 0602 will leave Nagercoil on all Fridays from April 3 to June 26 and arrive Egmore the next day.

Chennai Central - Nagercoil (Weekly) Superfast specials (via. Erode, Karur, Dindigul): Train no 0607 will leave Central all Mondays from April 6 to June 29 and reach Nagercoil the next day. Train no 0608 will leave Nagercoil on all Sundays from April 5 to June 28 and reach Central the next day.

Madurai-Lokamanya Tilak Terminus

Madurai - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (Weekly) Specials: Train no 0632 will leave Madurai on all Thursdays from April 2 to June 25 and reach Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on Saturdays. Train no 0631 will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on all Saturdays from April 4 to June 27 and arrive Madurai on Sundays.

Chennai Egmore - Nagercoil (Weekly) specials: Train no 0603 will leave Egmore on all Fridays from April 3 to June 26 and reach Nagercoil the next day. Train no 0604 will leave Nagercoil on all Saturdays from April 4 to June 27 and arrive Egmore the next day.

Chennai Egmore - Nagercoil (weekly) specials: Train no 0605 will leave Chennai Egmore on all Tuesdays from April 7 to June 23 and reach Nagercoil the next day. Train no 0606 will leave Nagercoil on all Wednesdays from April 8 to June 24 and reach Chennai Egmore the next day.

Chennai Egmore - Coimbatore

Chennai Egmore - Coimbatore (weekly) Superfast specials (via. Chennai Beach, Arakkonam): Train no 0623 will leave Egmore on all Sundays from April 5 to June 28 and reach Coimbatore the next day. Train no 0624 will leave Coimbatore on all Mondays from April 6 to June 29 and reach Egmore the next day.

Chennai Egmore - Sengottai (weekly) specials: Train no 0609 will leave Egmore on all Saturdays from April 4 to June 27 and reach Senkottai the next day. Train no 0610 will leave Senkottai on all Sundays from April 5 to June 28 and reach Egmore the next day.

Chennai Central - Tuticorin (Weekly) Superfast specials: Train no 0611 will leave Central on all Wednesdays from April 15 to June 24 and reach Tuticorin the next day. Train no 0612 will leave Tuticorin on all Thursdays from June 16 to June 25 and reach Central the next day.

Chennai Central - Kannur

Chennai Central - Kannur (weekly) specials: Train no 0625 will leave Central on all Fridays from April 10 to June 26 and reach Kannur the next day. Train no 0626 will leave Kannur on all Saturdays from April 11 to June 27 and arrive Central the next day.

Chennai Central - Mangalore (Bi-weekly) Super fast specials: Train no 0627 will leave Central on all Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 14 to June 25 and reach Mangalore the next day. Train no 0628 will leave Mangalore on all Wednesdays and Fridays from April 15 to June 26 and reach Central the next day.

Chennai Central - Kollam

Chennai Central - Kollam (Bi-weekly) specials: Train no 0645 will leave Central on all Saturdays and Mondays from April 11 to June 22 and reach Kollam the next day. Train no 0646 will leave Kollam on all Sundays and Tuesdays from April 12 to June 23 and reach Central the next day.

Chennai Central - Kochuveli (Weekly) specials: Train no 0647 will leave Chennai Central on all Wednesdays from April 15 to June 24 and reach Kochuveli the next day. Train no 0648 will leave Kochuveli on all Thursdays from April 16 to June 25 and arrive Central the next day, says a railway press release.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 13, 2009, 02:00 PM
Nagore-Tiruvarur train service likely in a month: Rakesh Chopra

NAGAPATTINAM: The passenger train service on the newly laid Nagore-Tiruvarur broad gauge section is likely to be introduced in a month's time after setting right the track on a curve between Nagapattinam and Nagore, said Rakesh Chopra, General Manager, Southern Railway, on Thursday.

Mr Rakesh Chopra told a delegation of members of the Tamil Nadu Consumer Protection Council, Nagapattinam, led by its president R.Kaladharan, just before boarding the special train from Nagore to Tiruchi that the Commissioner of Railway Safety, after inspection, had suggested setting right the track on a curve between Nagapattinam and Nagore. He told the members that after carrying out the repairs, passenger train services will be run as early as possible.

Earlier, Mr. Chopra inspected the works for connecting by rail link from Nagore, the new port coming up near T.R.Pattinam in Karaikal. He discussed with the officials about the progress of the work.

The General Manager along with officials, also inspected the ongoing construction of rail bridge across Coleroon river at Kollidam connecting Nagapattinam and Cuddalore districts on the main line from Tiruchi to Chennai via Thanjavur, Kumbakonam, Mayiladuturai, Sirkazhi, Chidambaram, Cuddalore and Villupuram. The new BG line had already been laid up to Sirkazhi and it has to be laid up to Cuddalore.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu Consumer Protection Council in Nagapattinam has urged Southern Railway to run passenger train immediately from Nagapattinam to Tiruchi and extend the service after carrying out track repair works between Nagapattinam and Nagore so that it would help pilgrims to reach Velankanni, Nagore and Tirunallar and other places without hardship.

Source: Hindu
Title: Lalu may present ‘populist’ Rail Budget
Post by: nithyasubramanian on Feb 13, 2009, 03:09 PM
New Delhi, Feb 13: Having managed to keep passengers fares in check for the last five years, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad is expected to announce more sops for train travellers when he presents the interim Railway Budget in Parliament on Friday.

Talking to presspersons early morning today, the Minister hinted at a pro-people Budget.

"People of the country have full confidence they know Lalu would not do injustice to poor or any other class. I have never discriminated any class. I cannot disclose the details now," said Prasad.

Prasad, who desisted from carrying out any upward hike in the passenger fares despite increase in global prices of crude oil in the past five years of UPA rule, may this time announce some pro-people schemes ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

There is a speculation that passenger fares of AC-III and general class may likely to come down in view of the pending elections and also since the diesel prices, which constitute a key component of Railway budget, have significantly been reduced by the government.

There could be a cut of around 10 percent of passenger fares, people familiar with the subject said.

Despite the global meltdown, Railways have carried 74.55 million tonnes (MT) of freight during January this year which is 2.9 per cent more than the same period last year.

Railways have recorded an annual growth of 14 per cent in overall traffic earnings during the UPA regime.

Besides highlighting Ministry's achievements in the last five years, the Interim Budget is likely to have proposals for introduction of more trains including Garib Raths.

Garib Rath, which provide AC comfort to passengers belonging to poor sections of society, was introduced by Lalu in 2006-07.

Currently, there are 20 Garib Raths and a few more are likely to be announced this time.

As the Railways have already hiked the freight rate of carrying foodgrains, pulses, flours and fertilisers by 8.3 per cent, it is likely that the freight rate will remain unchanged.

While the Budget is likely to register a cash surplus before paying dividend at about Rs 25,000 crore, the operating ratio is also expected to be more than last year's 76 per cent.

The implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission for the railway employees is the reason for the higher operating ratio in the current year than the last financial year, said a senior official of the Ministry.

Since there are many complaints against the quality of food being served in trains and platforms, railways are planning to revamp the whole catering system.

IRCTC has proposed to change the menu from traditional 'thali' system to combo meal system in trains and for this 150 kitchen cells would be set up across the country.

The emphasis will be on hygiene and quality of the food in the kitchen cell system, said a senior IRCTC official.

courtesy : Zeenews.com
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: nithyasubramanian on Feb 13, 2009, 03:33 PM
Southern Railway announces summer special trains


To meet demands of passengers during vacation


CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run the following summer special trains to meet the demands of the passengers during the ensuing summer season.

Chennai Central - Coimbatore (Weekly) Superfast specials:

Train no 0621 will leave Central all Wednesdays from April 15 to June 17 and reach Coimbatore the next day. Train no 0622 will leave Coimbatore on all Tuesdays from April 14 to June 16 and arrive Chennai Central next day.

Chennai Egmore - Nagercoil (Weekly) specials: Train no 0601 will leave Egmore on all Thursdays from April 2 to June 25 and reach Nagercoil the next day. Train no 0602 will leave Nagercoil on all Fridays from April 3 to June 26 and arrive Egmore the next day.

Chennai Central - Nagercoil (Weekly) Superfast specials (via. Erode, Karur, Dindigul): Train no 0607 will leave Central all Mondays from April 6 to June 29 and reach Nagercoil the next day. Train no 0608 will leave Nagercoil on all Sundays from April 5 to June 28 and reach Central the next day.

Madurai-Lokamanya Tilak Terminus

Madurai - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (Weekly) Specials: Train no 0632 will leave Madurai on all Thursdays from April 2 to June 25 and reach Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on Saturdays. Train no 0631 will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on all Saturdays from April 4 to June 27 and arrive Madurai on Sundays.

Chennai Egmore - Nagercoil (Weekly) specials: Train no 0603 will leave Egmore on all Fridays from April 3 to June 26 and reach Nagercoil the next day. Train no 0604 will leave Nagercoil on all Saturdays from April 4 to June 27 and arrive Egmore the next day.

Chennai Egmore - Nagercoil (weekly) specials: Train no 0605 will leave Chennai Egmore on all Tuesdays from April 7 to June 23 and reach Nagercoil the next day. Train no 0606 will leave Nagercoil on all Wednesdays from April 8 to June 24 and reach Chennai Egmore the next day.

Chennai Egmore - Coimbatore

Chennai Egmore - Coimbatore (weekly) Superfast specials (via. Chennai Beach, Arakkonam): Train no 0623 will leave Egmore on all Sundays from April 5 to June 28 and reach Coimbatore the next day. Train no 0624 will leave Coimbatore on all Mondays from April 6 to June 29 and reach Egmore the next day.

Chennai Egmore - Sengottai (weekly) specials: Train no 0609 will leave Egmore on all Saturdays from April 4 to June 27 and reach Senkottai the next day. Train no 0610 will leave Senkottai on all Sundays from April 5 to June 28 and reach Egmore the next day.

Chennai Central - Tuticorin (Weekly) Superfast specials: Train no 0611 will leave Central on all Wednesdays from April 15 to June 24 and reach Tuticorin the next day. Train no 0612 will leave Tuticorin on all Thursdays from June 16 to June 25 and reach Central the next day.

Chennai Central - Kannur

Chennai Central - Kannur (weekly) specials: Train no 0625 will leave Central on all Fridays from April 10 to June 26 and reach Kannur the next day. Train no 0626 will leave Kannur on all Saturdays from April 11 to June 27 and arrive Central the next day.

Chennai Central - Mangalore (Bi-weekly) Super fast specials: Train no 0627 will leave Central on all Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 14 to June 25 and reach Mangalore the next day. Train no 0628 will leave Mangalore on all Wednesdays and Fridays from April 15 to June 26 and reach Central the next day.

Chennai Central - Kollam

Chennai Central - Kollam (Bi-weekly) specials: Train no 0645 will leave Central on all Saturdays and Mondays from April 11 to June 22 and reach Kollam the next day. Train no 0646 will leave Kollam on all Sundays and Tuesdays from April 12 to June 23 and reach Central the next day.

Chennai Central - Kochuveli (Weekly) specials: Train no 0647 will leave Chennai Central on all Wednesdays from April 15 to June 24 and reach Kochuveli the next day. Train no 0648 will leave Kochuveli on all Thursdays from April 16 to June 25 and arrive Central the next day.

courtesy : The Hindu.
Title: Rail fares may not go up, indicates Lalu
Post by: nithyasubramanian on Feb 13, 2009, 05:06 PM
New Delhi (PTI): Indicating that he may not increase train fares, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Friday said he has always made efforts to keep interests of the common man in view while taking decisions in his department.

"I cannot say anything before I present the Rail Budget in Parliament. But I have alway kept in mind the interest of the poor and the common people," he told reporters during an interaction at his residence.

He was replying to a question on if he would make any changes in the rail fares Prasad said he has taken steps to turnaround the railways by making it viable and that effort would continue.

"I have made efforts to remove the hatred that was there against the railways and its officials and make the system more efficient," the Minister said.

Asked if he was planning to introduce the high speed 'bullet train' by which he had travelled during his recent visit to Japan, Prasad said his Ministry was looking into the issue.

courtesy : The Hindu.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Feb 13, 2009, 08:23 PM
Railways sees revenue of $19.6 bln in FY10

Indian Railways expects revenues of 953.06 billion rupees ($19.6 billion) in the year to March 2010, while spending is seen at 844.3 billion rupees, railway minister Lalu Prasad said while presenting the railway budget for 2009/10.

He said the railways should have a cash surplus of 55.72 billion rupees in financial year 2009/10.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 13, 2009, 08:46 PM
Lalu permits booking waitlisted e-tickets

The Indian Railways is all set to go the hi-tech way. According to the Rail Budet 2009-10 announced on Friday, passengers will now be
able to book even wait-listed e-tickets which was not alowed earlier.

Presently, e-tickets are issued only 6 against confirmed reservation. The Railways expects the number of passengers traveling on e-tickets to increase from one lakh to three lakhs in the next one year, with this move.

The Railways is also exploring the option of issuing reserved and unreserved rail tickets through mobile phones.

There is a phenomenal growth of mobile phones in our country, and presently about 30 crore mobile phones are available with the people of India. This number is expected to increase to 50 cr by the year 2010. We are
therefore exploring the

Modelled on the New York Metro and Rail Transit system, Indian Railways is also planning a trial run for issuing rail ticket, monthly season ticket and platform ticket on Smart Card on Central Railways Mumbai Suburban Service. The multi-purpose card is named "Go Mumbai Card". Sale of bus tickets of BEST on this card has already started.

The Railways have neither commited capital investment in implementing this scheme nor will there be any extra burden on Railways or passengers for buying tickets. Only a marginal fee would be payable upon buying and recharging the card. This ticket distribution scheme will be extended to Western Railway and other suburban services after the success of the pilot project.

The Railways has decided to install on-line coach indication display boards on over-night mail and express trains for passngers boarding at night. These LED boards will display the remaining distance and likely time of arrival of the next approaching station. This facility will be made available in long distance mail/express trains by March 2009.

Source: Economictimes
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Feb 13, 2009, 08:47 PM
Highlights of interim railway budget

New Delhi:Following are the highlights of the interim rail budget for next fiscal presented by Railway Minister Lalu Prasad in Lok Sabha Friday:

* Two percent reduction in fares for virtually all classes

* Feasibility studies progressing well to start 'bullet trains' in India

* Plan outlay for 2009-10 kept at Rs.379.05 billion (Rs.37,905 crore)

* Railways will create record surplus of Rs.900 billion (Rs.90,000 crore) this fiscal

* Rs.700 billion (Rs.70,000 crore) surplus ploughed back to improve efficiency

* In past five years, no burden imposed on train passengers

* Railways saw 14 percent rise in passenger income

* Railways managed 8 percent growth in freight loading in five years

* But freight down in current year due to economic downturn

* Revised freight earnings for this fiscal to Rs.542.93 billion (Rs.54,293 crore)

* Freight loading target retained at 850 million tonnes

* Estimated freight earnings for next fiscal pegged at Rs.590.59 billion (Rs.59,059 crore)

* Drop in train accidents, railway safety enhanced

* Rs.367.73 billion (Rs.36,773 crore) spent this fiscal toward productivity, passenger facilities

* Railways to introduce wagons with higher capacity

* Railways to spend Rs.230 billion (Rs.23,000 crore) in 2009-10

* Work has started on Delhi-Mumbai dedicated freight corridor

* Dedicated freight corridor from Ludhiana to Kolkata to be inaugurated later this month

* Kolkata Metro will be expanded

* 43 new train services to be started in 2009-10

* Frequencies of 14 trains enhanced

* Frequencies of several trains across the country increased to daily service

* Extension of 14 trains envisaged

* Passenger volume likely to grow by around 7 percent over previous year

* Steps to have railway connectivity to Kashmir initiated

* Railways have set up four call centres

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 13, 2009, 08:54 PM
List of 43 new trains announced in rail budget

Railways Minister Lalu Prasad on Friday announced the introduction of 43 new trains, including four Garib Raths, air-conditioned trains for the poor, while presenting the interim railway budget for 2009-10 in the Lok Sabha.

1. Bilaspur-Tirunelveli via Thiruvananthapuram Express (Weekly)

2. Ranchi-Jaynagar Express (Tri-Weekly)

3. Secunderabad-Manuguru Superfast (Daily)

4. Mumbai-Karwar Superfast (Tri-weekly)

5. Bhopal-Lucknow Junction Garib Rath Express (Weekly)

6. Durg-Jaipur Express (Weekly)

7. Chhatrapati Sahu terminal (Kolhapur)-Dhanbad Link Service via Parasnath (Weekly)

8. Sengottai-Erode Passenger (Daily)

9. Dibrugarh Town-Chandigarh Express (Weekly)

10. Ajmer-Bhagalpur via Delhi Garib Rath Express (Bi-Weekly)

11. Nizamuddin-Bangalore via Kacheguda Rajdhani Express (Tri-weekly)

12. Barauni-Delhi Jan Sadharan Superfast (Bi-weekly)

13. Mumbai-Varanasi Superfast (Daily)

14. Mysore-Yesvantpur Express (Daily)

15. Jamalpur-Gaya Passenger

16. Korapur-Rourkela Express via Rayagada (Daily)

17. Agra-Ajmer Superfast (Daily)

18. Sitamarhi-Patna Link Service (Daily)

19. Tiruchirapalli-Madurai Express (Daily)

20. Mumbai-Bikaner Superfast (Bi-weekly)

21. Jaynagar-Ajmer Link Service (Bi-weekly)

22. Agra-Lucknow Junction Shatabdi Express (Daily)

23. Gandhidham-Kolkata Superfast (Weekly)

24. New Delhi-Guwahati Rajdhani Express via Bhagalpur (Weekly)

25. Mumbai-Tirunelveli Superfast via Thiruvananthapuram (Bi-weekly)

26. Jammu Tawi-Darbhanga Garib Rath Express (Weekly)

27. Saharsa-Delhi Express via Patna (Weekly)

28. Gwalior-Bhopal Intercity Express via Guna (Five days a week)

29. Coimbatore-Tuticorin Link Service (Daily)

30. Howrah-Haridwar Superfast (Five days a week)

31. Machhalipatnam-Mumbai Superfast (Bi-weekly)

32. Varanasi-Jammu Tawi Superfast (Daily)

33. Gorakhpur-Mumbai Superfast (Daily)

34. Jhajhar-Patna

35. New Delhi-Palwal

36. New Delhi-Guwahati Rajdhani Express via Muzaffarpur (Weekly)

37. Veraval-Mumbai Link Service (Daily)

38. Ranchi-Patna Jan Shatabdi (Daily)

39. Jhansi-Chhindwara Superfast (Bi-weekly)

40. Mumbai-Jodhpur Express (Weekly)

41. Hajipur-Bagaha Link Service

42. Howrah-Delhi Link Service via Azimganj-Bhagalpur (Weekly)

43. Sitamarhi-Delhi Garib Rath Express via Patna (Weekly)

Source: Economictimes
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Feb 13, 2009, 09:15 PM
Eco-friendly toilets soon in Railways 

Tiruchirapalli: Eco-friendly zero discharge toilets all set to be introduced in trains across the country.

Some of them have already been installed on an experimental basis in trains in the south.

The toilets jointly developed by IIT Kanpur, Research Designs and Standard Organisation, Lucknow and a private agency in Chennai, ensure that all liquid discharges are converted into "pure water" which can be used as re-cycled water to flush and clean toilets and sanitary fittings.

The solid waste is converted into odour free paste by certain bio-chemicals or additives applied at the departing terminal. This can be stored for 15 days in a tank and can easily be emptied at the destination point through 'pressurised evacuation,' V Carmelus, Chief Mechanical Engineer of Southern Railways said.

The odourless solid waste could yield revenue since the paste would an excellent manure after being dried in the sun. After some more trial runs and studies the scheme would be a permanent feature in Indian Railways, he said.

Presently the system has been installed in trains running between Chennai and Jammu Tawi and Chennai-Lucknow, he said.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Feb 14, 2009, 01:24 AM
Jamalpur Railway Workshop eyes exporting cranes

Munger, Feb 13 (UNI) The Jamalpur Railway Workshop (Munger) in Bihar plans to export hydraulic cranes particularly in the regions under Asian sub-continent.

Deputy Chief Mechanical Engineer (Crane) Ujjal Halder told UNI yesterday that the Jamalpur workshop had approached the RITES for exporting 140 tonne-capacity hydraulic cranes to the countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Myanmar.

"If the efforts bear fruit, it will be another milestone in the glorious history of the 147-year old unit," Mr Halder said.

He said Germany and England were selling 140-tonne capacity crane at Rs 25 crore in the market, while the Jamalpur Workshop would provide such device at only at Rs 13.5 crore.

Currently, the 140-tonne cranes are manufatured in four factories of the world, including the Kirow Lipzieg and Dusseldrof units in Germany as well as the Cowan Sheldon factory in England.

The Jamalpur unit is the fourth in the globe and first in the Asian sub-continent.

Mr Halder said the workshop had been manufacturing 140-tonne cranes since 1993. The first such crane was produced with the assistance of German technology.

Since then, the unit had produced 41 cranes with such capacity and dispatched them to different divisions of the Indian railways, so far. The cranes are used in restoring rail traffic after an accident.

Similar cranes are also used by the firms involved in bridge construction worldwide. Moreover, with technological upgradation, various other utilities have been noted," Mr Halder explained. Outlining the specifications of the 140-tonne cranes, he said such devices were hydraulically operated and the chamber of the driver was fully computerised.

"The panel in the driver's chamber digitally shows the minute action of lifting process. All these ensure high precision and nullification of mistakes," added Mr Halder.

The Railway Board (New Delhi) had recently asked the Jamalpur unit to manufacture four 140 tonne capacity telescopic hydraulically driven cranes, he said adding specifications were being finalised with the import of the latest technology.

"As soon as we receive the final specification, we will start production," Mr Halder said.

"Meanwhile, the Railway Board has placed a new workload of Rs 132 crore over the unit and asked to manufacture 15 new 140-tonne cranes. The first of this lot was dispatched recently to Puna in Maharashtra," he further informed.

UNI
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 14, 2009, 02:25 PM
Bullet train from Hyderabad to Chennai

HYDERABAD: Feasibility studies on a bullet train on the Hyderabad-Vijayawada-Chennai, two superfast trains and increase in frequency of two more trains are what the Interim Railway Budget 2009-10 had for the South Central Railway (SCR).

At a press conference here on Friday, SCR General Manager H.K. Padhee said, apart from studying the structure of the existing track, soil strength along the track and the curves are to be carefully considered, keeping in mind that the speed of a bullet train is 350 km per hour.

Mr. Padhee said that of the 43 new trains to be introduced in 2009-10, SCR would get two. They are Secunderabad-Manuguru superfast daily express and Machilipatnam-Mumbai superfast bi-weekly express. The Hazrat Nizamuddin-Bangalore Rajdhani Express will pass through Kachiguda.

Also, the frequency of two trains in the SCR has been increased. They are no. 7091/92 Secunderabad-Patna Express from bi-weekly to daily and no. 2739/40 Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam Garib Rath Express from four days a week to daily.
YSR hails budget

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy welcomed the Railway budget. In particular, he expressed happiness that a study has been ordered on introduction of high speed (bullet) trains . The Chief Minister said in the interim budget much more could be expected. He hoped that the full budget would reflect the needs of Andhra Pradesh.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Feb 14, 2009, 02:40 PM
Three new trains and two track-doubling projects

BANGALORE: Presenting the interim Railway Budget for 2009-10, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Friday announced three new trains, two line-doubling projects for Karnataka. Though he extended the services of one train, he did not sanction any new line for the State.

There was also no increase in frequency of existing train services. Of the three new trains announced, Mumbai-Karwar Super Fast will benefit passengers of Goa. It might attract a few tourists from Mumbai also.

The proposed Rajdhani Express via Kacheguda could offer a faster journey when compared to the existing one via Secunderabad. It will run via Kurnool and Mehaboobnagar -- the route on which Sampark Kranthi Express runs -- and thus be quicker, said B.S. Dasarathi, Chief Public Relations Officer, South Western Railway.
Line doubling

The proposal of doubling of lines between Hospet and Swamihalli and Toranagallu and Ranjitpura was made to provide unhindered operation of goods trains from the mining belts of Bellary to Madras Port. Swamihalli and Ranjitpura are the two places where the maximum quantity of iron ore is loaded on goods trains.

From Hospet, a double broadgauge line to Madras Port via Guntakal and Renigunta ensures smooth operation and at present, over eight goods trains run from the mining belt to the port.
'Disheartening'

The budget was termed disheartening by people across society. Bangalore South Lok Sabha Member H.N. Ananth Kumar, who is in Delhi attending the session, said that the Union Government had again shown its "step-motherly treatment to Karnataka".

Rajeev Chandra, a businessman and regular train traveller, termed the fare reduction by 2 per cent as insignificant. "The reduction will not make much difference. More berths are allotted under the Tatkal category taking away whatever fare reduction offered," he lamented.

General Secretary of All India Loco Running Staff Association, South Western Railway, Bangalore Division, C. Sunish, said the budget should have focussed more on allocating sufficient funds for the ongoing doubling projects. Priority should have been given on electrification of trunk routes such as Bangalore-Mysore and Marikuppam-Bangarpet, he felt.
New train

South Western Railway General Manager Kuldeep Chaturvedi told The Hindu that serious attempts were being made to start a day train between Bangalore and Mangalore by March-end. The only drawback in the budget is non-sanctioning of new projects, he said and added Karnataka has got five per cent of the new trains announced.

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Post by: ganeshbala on Feb 14, 2009, 02:52 PM
Railway Budget draws mixed response

The interim Railway Budget, presented by Union Railway Minister Lalu Yadav on Friday, evoked mixed response from Chennaiities. While some termed it as populist and eyewash, others welcomed it.

The critics termed it as Bihar-centric, keeping in mind the forthcoming Parliamentary elections.

"There is nothing much for the poor to celebrate. The reduction in fares of first, second and third AC will only serve the interest of the rich," said G Jai Shankar, a taxi driver in the city. "The minister may have delivered to Bihar, but there is nothing much for us," he added.

E K Choodamini, a retired Canara Bank employee, appreciated the efforts of Lalu Yadav and termed all the budgets he had presented so far as pro-poor. "Till now, ordinary passengers like me have benefited from his measures. The Railways is being managed efficiently," he said.

Sindhi Chamber of Commerce president Gurmukh Kinger termed the budget insignificant and directionless. He said the two per cent reduction in fares was just eyewash.

Despite huge profits, the Railway Minister did not mention passenger safety and measures to make railway stations more secure, Kinger said. He also did not announce solid steps to improve the catering and sanitation facilities on board the trains. "Common man has nothing much to cheer," he added.

Though the National Chamber of Commerce called the budget a populist one, it maintained that Lalu was clear on the Railways' attempts to move ahead with modern technology.

The Tamil Chamber of Commerce appreciated the Union minister for the interim budget, keeping in mind the global economic slowdown and future development.

The Hindustan Chamber of Commerce too welcomed it. "The allottment of Rs 2,300 billion in the Eleventh Five Year Plan and annual plan for 2009-10 of Rs 379.05 billion is laudable. Now, speedy action is needed to bring the synergic effect in sectors like construction, steel and engineering to boost economy," said chamber president Umesh Pujara.
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Post by: sajiv on Feb 14, 2009, 02:58 PM
Interim Railway Budget ignores Hassan

HASSAN: This year's Interim Railway Budget presented by Minister Lalu Prasad on Friday has nothing in store for Hassan district. There was no mention of starting a new train between Bangalore and Mangalore or release of funds for completion of the Hassan-Bangalore railway line on which work has been left half-complete.

Except for the announcement of two new trains -- Mysore to Yeshwantpur and Bangalore to Nizamuddin (to be run twice a week) -- there are no other new services sanctioned for the State, despite Mr. Prasad announcing the introduction of 43 new trains across the country.

There is a longstanding demand to extend the Bangalore-Arsikere passenger to Hassan, introduction of a day train between Mangalore and Bangalore and a new train from Shravanabelagola to Hubli.

When H.D. Deve Gowda was Prime Minister, he sanctioned the Hassan-Bangalore railway line connecting Shravanabelagola, Yediyur and Nelamangala, on which work has been completed only up to Shravanabelagola. There are nine other projects sanctioned for the State that are pending implementation. All of them have been approved by Railway Board. None of these projects figured in the Railway Minister's speech.

For the new line between Hassan and Bangalore, the Railway Minister released Rs. 65 crore last year. So far, 495 acres of land has been acquired and another 18 acres is still needed.

Gauge conversion
Before gauge conversion, day as well as night trains were being operated between Mangalore and Bangalore via Hassan and Arsikere. But after the track was converted into broad gauge, only an overnight train runs between Mangalore and Hassan, that too via Mysore. All appeals to start a day train between Bangalore and Mangalore via Tumkur, Arsikere and Hassan are yet to materialise.

There was a demand to extend the Bangalore-Arsikere passenger up to Hassan. At present, this train (No. 224) leaves Arsikere at 5 a.m. and reaches Bangalore at 9 a.m. People feel it could leave Hassan at 4 a.m. The Bangalore-Arsikere train, which arrives in Arsikere at 10.30 p.m., could be extended up to Hassan so as to reach the city by 11.15 p.m.

The former MP H.K. Javare Gowda told The Hindu that he had written several times to the Chairman of the Railway Board as well as to the Railway Minister on the importance of starting a day train between Mangalore and Bangalore via Hassan and Arsikere. At present, the overnight train between Mangalore and Bangalore goes via Hassan and Mysore taking a circuitous route. This does not help passengers from Hassan as the train leaves the city at an unearthly hour.

There is also a need to introduce a train between Bijapur and Mysore connecting important tourist destinations such as Bijapur, Gadag, Hospet, Chitradurga, Hassan and finally Mysore. This train should certainly boost tourism in the State. The Railways earns handsome freight revenue from Karnataka (Rs. 3,500 crore a year) owing to the transportation of iron ore alone to Chennai, Goa and Mangalore harbours from Bellary, Hospet, Koppal and Chitradurga districts. Despite this, the Ministry has not invested much in passenger infrastructure.

The Railways could also think of introducing a day train between Mangalore and Hassan as it will pass through the Western Ghats giving tourism a much-needed fillip.

Protest
Later in the day, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike activists led by district president Ravindra staged a dharna at the Hassan Railway Station protesting against the "indifference" to the State by the Railway Ministry. The vedike charged the Railway Minister with having neglected Karnataka.

Educationist Shivakumar Kanasogi described the budget as disappointing, as hardly any new trains had been announced for Hassan district. Even the new trains that were announced -- the Bangalore-Nizamuddin Express via Kacheguda and Mysore, and the Yeshwantpur-Mysore passenger -- would run only twice a week.

Dr. Kanasogi said Karnataka's demands for a day train between Bangalore and Mangalore had not been met and that it was unfortunate. Lohith Gowda Kunduru, district general secretary of the BJP, alleged that the Railways had neglected Karnataka as it was being ruled by the BJP.

Swathi and Latha, both students in Hassan, said there should be more focus on connecting trains so that students from villages could continue their education.

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Post by: sajiv on Feb 14, 2009, 04:06 PM
Work on Bidar-Gulbarga railway line started in 2000 is incomplete

Bidar: Work on the Bidar-Gulbarga railway line has not progressed beyond Humnabad taluk in Bidar district, said president of the Bidar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) B.G. Shetkar. He told The Hindu here on Friday that land acquisition has been completed from Bidar to Humnabad covering a distance of 43 km while about 10 km of land has to be acquired for laying the railway track to connect Bidar and Gulbarga.

Mr. Shetkar said progress of works on the railway line is visible between Bidar and Humnabad. But, land acquisition process is yet to be completed from Gulbarga side. The work began in the year 2000 and it was to become operational by now. But the work is moving at a very slow pace.

Mr. Shetkar said he had spoken to the railway officials and was told that adequate allocation of funds was needed to complete the works. About Rs. 100 crore a year is needed if the work has to progress. Elected representatives should take up the matter, he added. A senior railway official informed that the process to acquire 10 km land has started. The proposal has been submitted and notification has been issued. At present, work on formation of track and work on minor and major bridges has been taken up, he said. The railway line covers a distance of 53 km in Bidar and 53.5 km in Gulbarga.

Bidar MP Narsinghrao Suryawanshi said that the Railway Budget presented on Friday was for only for four months and funds for ongoing works have been allocated. "Only the next government will be able to allocate funds for the railway line works between Bidar and Gulbarga", he said.

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Post by: sajiv on Feb 14, 2009, 04:23 PM
Railway budget disappointing

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and LDF convener Vaikom Viswan have accused the Railway Minister Lalu Prasad of having turned a blind eye to the State's railway development needs.

Replying to questions from reporters before leaving for New Delhi here on Friday, Mr. Achuthanandan said there was clear discrimination against Kerala in the budget presented by Mr. Prasad. The State had not been sanctioned even one of the 43 trains and there was no indication of the Minister having made substantive allocations for the State's railway development projects, he pointed out.

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Post by: sajiv on Feb 14, 2009, 04:25 PM
Railway Budget derails Kerala's hopes

Failure to prioritise needs costs the State dear

Of 43 new trains just two pass through Kerala

Budget silent on long-pending demands

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Lack of lobbying by the State government, people's representatives and political parties and failure to prioritise the railway needs of the State have cost Kerala heavily in the interim Railway Budget 2009-10 presented by Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad in Parliament on Friday.

The State's long-pending demands for an exclusive railway zone, Mainline Electric Multiple Units (MEMU) for short-distance travel and trains to Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi had not been met.

The budget is silent on the proposed coach factory at Kanjikode, the wagon component factory in Alappuzha, an operating centre for trains at Nemom and world-class status for Thiruvananthapuram Central.

Bullet train
The only solace for the State is that Kochi figures as one of the six stretches (Ernakulam-Chennai-Bangalore stretch) identified for carrying out a feasibility study for introducing bullet trains.

Of the 43 new trains announced, Kerala has got just two -- the weekly Bilaspur-Tirunelveli via Thiruvananthapuram and the biweekly Mumbai-Thirunelveli Superfast via Thiruvananthapuram. Official sources said the two trains would not benefit commuters from the State as it runs mostly via Tamil Nadu.

Among the 14 trains being extended, the 6865/6866 Ernakulam-Tiruchirapalli Express had been extended to Nagore. None of the trains from the State figures on the list of 14 trains whose frequency had been increased. The State does not find a place in the nine road over-bridges /road under-bridges to be taken up on a 50:50 cost-sharing basis between the State and Railways.

Kerala has also missed the bus with regard to the surveys for new railway lines, gauge conversion and electrification of the Shoranur-Mangalore line. A memorandum of the State listing out 20 projects had also been ignored. Lack of coordination between the State and Railways had cost the State dearly.

Former Railway Board Chairman M.N. Prasad said there was no reason to expect anything as it was an interim budget. "Our priority should have been on MEMU, completion of bridges and timely completion of the sanctioned projects."

'Political will, united effort from all quarters along with strong lobbying at least six months before the presentation of the budget are needed for the development of the railway network," he said.

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Post by: sajiv on Feb 14, 2009, 05:19 PM
Chambers condemn rail budget

Rail users' associations allege neglect of State

Cut in fare bid to mislead people: KVVES

'Demands of north Kerala rail users ignored'

KOZHIKODE: Passengers and merchants' organisations in North Kerala have condemned the interim Railway budget in one voice for not making any proposals for development of train facilities in the backward region and ignoring their demands placed before the Railway authorities.

The Malabar Chamber of Commerce (MCC), Calicut Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), Malabar Rail Users' Association, Railway Passengers Association and the Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi (KVVES) were among the organisations that joined the chorus of protest.

"Lalu Prasad's budget is a big disappointment," said T. Nasiruddin, president, KVVES, which represents a majority of the merchants' community in the State.

"It is no big feat that the Railways, which has assets of Rs.40 lakh crore, has posted profit of Rs.90,000 crore. The two per cent cut in train fare is an attempt to mislead the people, as most train services have been renamed superfast and the fare on these have been raised considerably. The Tatkal system is another ploy to loot the traveller. No new train has been sanctioned for Kerala, no provision has been made for a coach factory; in fact, this budget is a challenge to the self-respect of people of Kerala at a time when they are going to vote in the elections," Mr. Nasiruddin said.

President of the Malabar Chamber of Commerce (MCC) P.V. Gangadharan, while expressing disappointment with the interim rail budget as it has very little for train-users of North Kerala, hoped the full railway budget to be presented after the general elections would have a full package of facilities for the people of this region. The MCC president said it had come as a big disappointment that Lalu Prasad's budget had not made any provision for electrification of the Shoranur-Mangalore line, the suburban railway between Kannur and Tirur, and extension up to Kozhikode of Jana Shatabdi Express, Venad Express and the Madgav-Mumbai Janashatabdi Express, all long-standing demands of train users in North Kerala,

The MCC, however, hailed the reduction in train fare. Mr. Gangadharan also congratulated the Railway Minister for his recommendation for introducing online ticket booking facility.

He also pointed out that the reduction in train fare would lead to increase in passenger traffic. "So, it is necessary that new coaches are introduced in train services through North Kerala to cope with the increased passenger traffic. The recommendation to run a few long-distance train services through some parts of Kerala is not going to ease the hardships of commuters, as it would benefit passengers only in a few places," Mr. Gangadaharan said.

The Calicut Chamber of Commerce and Industry has also criticised the budget. It's secretary A.M. Sherif said it had come as a big disappointment to the people of North Kerala who had great expectations in the budget. The budget was silent on most demands, including the long-standing one for more compartments to cope with rising volume of passenger traffic." Even the needs of student commuters have been ignored," Mr. Sherif said.

U.K. Damodaran, general secretary, and C.E. Chakunny of Malabar Rail Users Association, said the demands of the passengers had been sent to the Minister as early as November last. They have sent a fax message expressing their protest "on behalf of the people of Malabar."

The Railway Passengers Association has expressed disappointment that the Minister has not made allocation for development of railway stations, electrification of Shoranur-Mangalore line and for the proposed Nilambur-Bathery-Najancode, and Thalassery-Mysore lines. "The Minister has sanctioned 10,000 km of new rail line. But no new line is being laid in Kerala," Ullas Kumar, president and U.V. Dineshmany, general secretary of the association, said.

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Post by: sajiv on Feb 14, 2009, 09:48 PM
Railway Budget draws mixed response

CHENNAI: The interim Railway Budget, presented by Union Railway Minister Lalu Yadav on Friday, evoked mixed response from Chennaiities. While some termed it as populist and eyewash, others welcomed it.

The critics termed it as Bihar-centric, keeping in mind the forthcoming Parliamentary elections.

"There is nothing much for the poor to celebrate. The reduction in fares of first, second and third AC will only serve the interest of the rich," said G Jai Shankar, a taxi driver in the city. "The minister may have delivered to Bihar, but there is nothing much for us," he added.

E K Choodamini, a retired Canara Bank employee, appreciated the efforts of Lalu Yadav and termed all the budgets he had presented so far as pro-poor. "Till now, ordinary passengers like me have benefited from his measures. The Railways is being managed efficiently," he said.

Sindhi Chamber of Commerce president Gurmukh Kinger termed the budget insignificant and directionless. He said the two per cent reduction in fares was just eyewash.

Despite huge profits, the Railway Minister did not mention passenger safety and measures to make railway stations more secure, Kinger said. He also did not announce solid steps to improve the catering and sanitation facilities on board the trains. "Common man has nothing much to cheer," he added.

Though the National Chamber of Commerce called the budget a populist one, it maintained that Lalu was clear on the Railways' attempts to move ahead with modern technology.

The Tamil Chamber of Commerce appreciated the Union minister for the interim budget, keeping in mind the global economic slowdown and future development.

The Hindustan Chamber of Commerce too welcomed it. "The allottment of Rs 2,300 billion in the Eleventh Five Year Plan and annual plan for 2009-10 of Rs 379.05 billion is laudable. Now, speedy action is needed to bring the synergic effect in sectors like construction, steel and engineering to boost economy," said chamber president Umesh Pujara.

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Post by: ganeshbala on Feb 15, 2009, 11:11 PM
Trains diverted, cancelled

TRAINS DIVERTED: Train No 5930 Dibrugrah- Chennai Egmore Express that is scheduled to arrive at Chennai Egmore on Sunday; train No 2842 Chennai Central-Howrah Coromandal Express that left Chennai Central at 8.45 am on Saturday and train No 2840 Chennai Central-Howrah Mail which left Chennai Central on Friday are diverted via Cuttack- Angul-Sambalpur City- Jharsuguda-Tata and Kharagpur.

Train No 6323 Thiruvananthapuram-Shalimar Express that was scheduled to leave for Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday was diverted via Vizianagaram-Titlagrah-Ranipur- Jharsuguda-Tata and Kharagpur . Train No 2839 Howrah-Chennai Central Mail was diverted via Sambalpur-Rayaguda-Vizianagaram.

Train No 2508 Guwhati-Ernakulam Express that left for Howrah on Friday and would arrive at Ernakulam on Sunday; Train No 6310 Patna-Ernakulam Express that left for Patna on Friday would arrive at Ernakulam on Sunday were diverted via Nagpur- Ballarshah-Vijayawada. Train No 0803 Howrah- Mysore Express that left for Howrah on Friday was diverted via Nagpur-Ballarshah- Kharagpur

TRAINS PARTIALLY CANCELLED: Train No 2841 Howrah-Chennai Central Coromandal Express that was scheduled to leave for Howrah on Friday and was expected to arrive at Chennai Central on Saturday was partially cancelled between Jajpur Keonjhar Road and Chennai Central.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 16, 2009, 01:46 PM
Passenger trains timings revised

HUBLI: The South Western Railway has revised the timings of Bangalore-Hubli Passenger (585) and Chikkajajur-Hubli Passenger (597) by interchanging their paths with effect from Sunday, a press release said.

The revised timings of the trains are as follows. There is no change in the timings of the trains in the Tumkur-Chikkajajur section.

Accordingly, Bangalore-Hospet / Bangalore-Hubli Passenger train (583/585) will arrive at and depart from Chikkajajur at 4.15/4.55 a.m.; Mayakonda at 5.19/5.20 a.m.; Kodaganur at 5.27/5.28 a.m.; Davangere at 5.46/5.48 a.m.; Harihar at 6.10/6.15 a.m.; Chalageri at 6.24/6.25 a.m.; Ranebennur at 6.38/6.40 a.m.; Devaragudda at 6.49/6.50 a.m.; Byadgi at 6.59/7 a.m.; Haveri at 7.13/7.15 a.m.; Karjagi at 7.24/7.25 a.m.; Kalasur Halt at 7.29/7.30 a.m.; Savanur at 7.37/7.38 a.m.; Yalavigi at 7.47/7.48 a.m.; Kalasa Halt at 7.52/7.53 a.m.; Gudageri at 8.02/8.03 a.m.; Saunshi at 8.14/8.15 a.m.; Kundagol at 8.26/8.27 a.m. and it will arrive at Hubli at 9.30 a.m. instead of 9.10 a.m.

The Chikkajajur-Hubli Passenger train will depart from Chikkajajur at 4.45 a.m. instead of 5 a.m. It will arrive at and depart from Sasalur at 4.54/4.55 a.m.; Mayakonda at 5.03/5.04 a.m.; Kodaganur at 5.10/5.11 a.m.; Hanumanahalli Halt at 5.16/5.17 a.m.; Tolahunse at 5.22/5.23 a.m.; Davangere at 5.38/5.40 a.m.; Harihar at 5.55/6 a.m.; Chalageri at 6.09/6.10 a.m.; Ranebennur at 6.23/6.25 a.m.; Devaragudda at 6.34/6.35 a.m.; Byadgi at 6.46/6.47 a.m.; Haveri at 6.58/7.00 a.m.; Karjagi at 7.08/7.10 a.m.; Kalasur Halt at 7.15/7.16 a.m.; Savanur at 7.23/7.25 a.m.; Yalavigi at 7.34/7.35 a.m.; Kalasa Halt at 7.39/7.40 a.m.; Gudgeri at 7.49/7.50 a.m.; Saunshi at 8.01/8.02 a.m.; Kundagol at 8.13/8.14 a.m. and it will arrive at Hubli at 9.10 a.m. instead of 9.30 a.m.

Source: Hindu
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Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 16, 2009, 03:50 PM
Rail information devices dead

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Most passenger information equipment at stations in the Thiruvananthapuram railway division, which cost crores of rupees, have become non-functional, causing inconvenience to the public.

Many touch-screen kiosks, the electronic reservation chart display system at the central railway station here and the LED display boards showing train arrival and departure are dead. So are machines vending platform tickets.

Railway officials blame lack of maintenance for the failure of the touch-screen kiosks. At the central railway station, a model station, only one kiosk works now. The division has installed the largest number of kiosks, which the Railways had commended.

The kiosks were a boon for the commuters and those who accompany them as they provided the PNR status, train times, fares, accommodation availability, coach position and information on facilities available at the stations. The electronic reservation chart display system, the first in the country, was installed at a cost of Rs.16 lakh on platform one of the central station.

Without the touch-screen kiosks, the commuters have to depend on the enquiry counters. The workload of the station masters and other railway personnel has increased as they have to provide the information.

The intelligent automatic ticket vending machines at major stations, each installed at a cost of Rs.2.5 lakh, have been removed following snags. The vending machines for platform tickets came in handy for the public as they did not have to stand in queues in front of the booking counters, along with commuters.

Railway sources said the unreserved ticketing system being installed at railway stations would face the same fate of the touch-screen kiosks and cause losses to the Railways if maintenance was not ensured.
Poor quality

"The machines were found to be of inferior quality and they did not have an annual maintenance contract. We have asked for blacklisting the firm that supplied the vending machines," a top Railway official told The Hindu.

The decision of the railways to take away the powers for passenger amenity works related to signal and telecommunications from the divisional authorities has come as a big setback to the officials here. "The powers have been given to the Chief Signal and Telecommunication Engineer based at the zonal headquarters in Chennai. The decision comes even as the Divisional Railway Manager here has powers to take up works estimated up to Rs.30 lakh," he said.

Source: Hindu
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Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 16, 2009, 03:51 PM
Special trains to Bangalore

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Southern Railway will operate summer special trains from Ernakulam to Bangalore, and in the return direction, from April. The 0641 Ernakulam-Bangalore Weekly Special will depart from Ernakulam Junction on every Monday at 6.40 p.m. to reach Bangalore City at 8.30 a.m. The 0642 Bangalore-Ernakulam Weekly Special will depart from Bangalore City on Tuesday at 5.15 p.m. to reach Ernakulam Junction the next day at 4.20 a.m. The days of service from Ernakulam will be April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15 and from Bangalore April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26 and June 2, 9 and 16.

The 0643 Ernakulam Junction-Bangalore City will depart from Ernakulam Junction on Thursday at 9.15 p.m. to reach Bangalore City the next day at 10 a.m. In the return direction, the 0644 Bangalore City-Ernakulam Junction will depart on Friday at 6.50 p.m. to reach Ernakulam Junction the next day at 6.30 a.m. The service from Ernakulam Junction will be on April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11 and 18 and from Bangalore on April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12 and 19.

The 0641/0642 and 0643/644 special trains will stop at Aluva, Thrissur, Palakkad, Podanur, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Tiruppatur, Kuppam, Bangarapet, Whitefield, Krishnarajapuram and Bangalore Cantonment, according to the railways.
Chennai-Nagercoil

Summer specials will be operated in the Chennai Egmore-Nagercoil-Chennai Egmore, Chennai Central-Nagercoil-Chennai Central, Ernakulam-Bangalore-Ernakulam stretches between April 2 and June 28 to clear rush of commuters.

The 0601 Chennai Egmore-Nagercoil Weekly Special will leave Chennai Egmore on Thursdays at 8.25 p.m. to reach Nagercoil at 10.50 a.m. the next day.

In the return direction, the 0602 Nagercoil-Chennai Egmore will depart from Nagercoil on Friday at 1.30 p.m. to reach Chennai Egmore the next day at 4.15 a.m. According to the railways, the 0601/0602 special trains will operate from Chennai Egmore on April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7,14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18 and 25 and from Nagercoil side on April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and June 5, 12, 19 and 26. The 0603 Chennai Egmore-Nagercoil Weekly Special will depart from Chennai Egmore on Friday at 11.45 p.m. to reach Nagercoil at 2.30 p.m. the next day.
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Post by: sajiv on Feb 16, 2009, 04:44 PM
"Railway Minister should not have discarded convention"

CHENNAI: The Railway Minister should not have discarded convention by announcing proposals for new schemes in the interim Railway budget, according to former Member of Parliament Era Sezhiyan.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Mr. Sezhiyan said that the sole purpose of the interim budget should be to get a vote on accounts to provide funds for the government for continuance at the existing basis of revenue and expenditure.

Any changes should be left to the next government, he said.

However, the interim Railway budget included proposals for new schemes including 14 new lines, 43 new trains and reduction of passenger fares in some trains and classes, he noted.

"The ruling party has every right to announce in its election manifesto any number of schemes and concessions, but it should not have discarded the time-long convention of keeping the procedure on Vote on Account free from detailed consideration," he said.

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Post by: sajiv on Feb 16, 2009, 05:06 PM
State given raw deal in rail budget, says Chief Minister

SHIMOGA: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said here on Sunday that patience of Kannadigas with regard to lodging a protest against "injustice" being meted out to Karnataka by the Union Government should not be mistaken as their weakness.

Speaking as the chief guest at the valedictory function of the two-day fifth Shimoga District Kannada Sahitya Sammelan, he said that injustice was being meted out to Karnataka in matters concerning railway projects even after the Government offered to meet 50 per cent of their expenditure. He said that Karnataka was given a raw deal in the Interim Railway Budget.

He reiterated his Government's commitment to develop Kannada and Karnataka, and added that it had been decided to set up Kannada study centres outside Karnataka in addition to providing more allocation for activities aimed at promotion of interests of Kannada.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said that budgetary allocation for the Department of Kannada and Culture was raised from Rs. 100 crore to Rs. 184 crore by his Government.

The Chief Minister honoured H.D. Chandrappa Gowda, who presided over the sammelan. He also honoured litterateur Kum. Veerabhadrappa who delivered the valedictory address.

Replying to the felicitation, Dr. Gowda emphasised the need for initiating special measures to promote Kannada at all levels.

Vice-Chancellor of the Kannada University, Hampi, A. Murigeppa was the chief guest.

Earlier, president of the Shimoga district Kannada Sahitya Parishat D. Manjunath welcomed the gathering.

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Post by: nithyasubramanian on Feb 17, 2009, 12:20 PM
Lalu orders statutory inquiry into Orissa Coromandel Express mishap


New Delhi : Feb 16: Railway Minister Lalu Prasad today announced in Lok Sabha that a statutory inquiry, to be conducted by the Commissioner of Railway Safety, had been ordered in the Coromandel Express mishap.

Making a suo motu statement in the Lower House soon after the interim budget was presented, Prasad said the cause of the accident is being investigated. "Statutory inquiry into the above accident shall be conducted by the Commissioner of Railway Safety."

He also announced relief to the victims of the mishap.

"I have ordered payment of ex-gratia of Rs five lakh to the next of kin of each of the deceased, Rs 50,000 to grievously injured and Rs 10,000 to simple injured...One dependent of each of the deceased will also be given employment in the Railways."

The stipulated compensation up to Rs 4 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased and to the injured as may be decided by the Railway Claims Tribunal will be payable in addition to this ex-gratia amount, Prasad said.

Nine passengers of the Howrah-Chennai Coromandel Express were killed when the train derailed at Jajpur-Keonjhar Road station in Orissa on February 13. Five passengers were grievously injured while 121 passengers suffered minor injuries, Prasad told the House. Sixteen coaches of the train had derailed.

courtesy : Zeenews.com
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Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 17, 2009, 02:12 PM
'Lack of political attention reason for poor railway infrastructure'

Coimbatore: Lack of adequate railway infrastructure in the State is primarily due to lack of adequate political attention and pressure, said N.K. Chidambaram, former Member (Electrical), Railway Board, Government of India.

He was speaking at a meeting organised by Kural - Voice of Coimbatore here on "Coimbatore's Railway Needs".

Mr. Chidambaram said that the politicians in Kerala and Bihar paid undue attention for getting new trains and projects for their States. Unfortunately such a situation was not prevailing in Tamil Nadu, hence the State was lagging behind in terms of getting its railway needs fulfilled.

Though the number of passengers and revenue earnings from the Coimbatore Junction had been consistently growing unfortunately the infrastructure was not growing accordingly. There was a pertinent need for developing Podanur and Coimbatore North Junctions into satellite terminals for easing congestion at the Coimbatore Junction. There should be a strong railway network in terms of lines and trains connecting Coimbatore - Mettupalayam - Avanashi - Tirupur - Pollachi and Coimbatore so that pressure on road traffic could be eased considerably.

Coimbatore required direct overnight express train services to places such as Rameshwaram, Tirupati, Kolkatta, Tiruvananthapuram and New Delhi for ensuring better rail connectivity to accelerate the economic growth of this region. In addition, the entire stretch of platforms in Coimbatore should have roofs to protect the passengers from rain and shine. Similarly to handle peak hour rush, there should be additional ticket counters.

Source: Hindu
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Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 17, 2009, 02:29 PM
Train to Mumbai from Kakinada sought

Kakinada: Kakinada Consumers Council (KCC) appealed to the Railway Ministry to introduce a train from Kakinada to Mumbai to cater to the needs of those visiting that city frequently, instead of Machilipatnam.

The people of Kakinada have been seeking introduction of a train to Mumbai for the last 25 years but the Railway Ministry did not heed their plea, KCC secretary PSRK Timmaji Rao.

Mr. Rao said there was only Konark Express connecting the northern Circar districts of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa to Mumbai and there was a need for another train to the country's commercial capital. He observed that the Railways had announced a train to Mumbai from Rajahmundry but backed out for some reasons best known to it.

Kakinada has got 10 direct trains to various destinations but not one to Mumbai whereas Machilipatnam was given priority in operating a train to Mumbai, which would not be of much use compared to that of this port city.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 17, 2009, 02:45 PM
Electric trains to Guruvayur soon

Thrissur: Electric train services will be introduced on the Thrissur-Guruvayur route soon, according to Thrissur Railway Station Manager K. R. Jayakumar.

The electrification of the 22-km rail track is nearly complete. Mr. Jayakumar said the trial run of an electric engine along the track on Monday was successful. The electric locomotive departed from Thrissur around 11.40 a.m. and reached Guruvayur around 12.20 p.m. Divisional Electrical Engineer K. I. Sulaiman, Assistant Divisional Electrical Engineers C. Ravikumar Nair, Venkita Swamy and Traffic Engineer Joseph Ninan supervised the trial run. Rail employees, led by Guruvayur Station Master E. N. Parameswaran, received the locomotive. The electrified track will be commissioned after a trial run by the Commissioner of Railway Safety on February 25.

Conversion from diesel to electric propulsion will save 40 per cent fuel. A Rs. 12.17 crore project to electrify the track was launched in November 2007. Work on the track from Punkunnam to Guruvayur was completed last September. But the track could not be commissioned as a few trees on either side remained to be felled. Compensation for felling the trees was paid to 142 people.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 18, 2009, 02:52 PM
'Bullet trains a vision as of now'

HYDERABAD: The proposed Bullet trains between Hyderabad and Chennai via Vijayawada and on other sections in the country are only a vision at this stage, said Indian Railway Institute of Railway Signal Engineering and Telecommunications Director V. Balram here on Tuesday.

"While the typical speed of a bullet train is 300-400 km per hour, we don't have technology to support such high speeds as of now. One of the challenges of high speed trains is removal of level crossings as trains travelling at such speed need an exclusive track," he said.
Feasibility study

A feasibility study on bullet train was announced in the Railway Budget, but the challenge would lie in overcoming cost of technology and ground conditions, he said adding that at present high speed trains travelled only at 160 km per hour.

The bullet trains proposed earlier between Delhi and Chandigarh and Mumbai-Ahmedabad were also a vision, he said.

Mr. Balram was speaking to media persons on Tuesday to announce inauguration of Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (Indian Section), a world body of signal engineers, at IRISET on Wednesday.

IRISET offered in-house training to fresh railway recruits and in-service staff and officers in crucial signalling systems and telecom facilities to ensure safety and punctuality of increasing train traffic. The institute has working models and laboratories to offer hands on experience to trainees but its training facilities were only confined to Railway employees.

Inauguration of IRSE (Indian Section) would fulfil the long-felt need for an institution in India to train aspiring signal engineers to become certified professionals, said IRSE Chairman B.B. Bajpayee.

IRSE was head-quartered in London and its Indian section would offer on-line training, upgradation and rigorous system of examination to engineers working in various companies outside the Railways as there were no academic institutions imparting signalling technology, he said.

Three IRSE chapters would come up at Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata, he added.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 19, 2009, 01:44 PM
Special train

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will operate a weekly special train from Tirunelveli to Bilaspur via Trivandrum.

The train No. 0649 will leave Tirunelveli at 11.45 p.m. on Saturdays and reach Bilaspur at 11.45 p.m. on Mondays. In the return direction, train No. 0650 will leave Bilaspur at 8.10 a.m. on Tuesdays and arrive at Tirunelveli at 6 a.m. on Thursdays.

The trains will stop at Nagercoil Town, Trivandrum, Kollam, Kayankulam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam Jn, Aluva, Thrissur, Palakkad, Podanur, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Katpadi, Renigunta, Gudur, Nellore, Ongole, Vijayawada, Khammam, Warangal, Mancherial, Sirpur Kagaznagar, Balharshah, Nagpur, Bandara Road, Tumsar Road, Gondi, Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon, Durg, Raipur and Bhatapara.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 19, 2009, 01:52 PM
Southern Railway announces revised pattern of train services

CHENNAI: Due to derailment of a goods train between Narayangarh and Benapur on the Balasore-Kharagpur section of South Eastern Railway, the following will be the revised pattern of train services on February 19.

Train No.2841 Howrah-Chennai Central Coromondal Express scheduled to arrive at Chennai Central on February 19 at 5.15 p.m. is cancelled.

Train No.2840 Chennai Central -Howrah Mail, scheduled to leave Chennai Central on February 19, will run with three sleeper class less and there will be no pantry car, according to a Railway release.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 20, 2009, 02:37 PM
Train service to Nagore from February 27

NAGAPATTINAM: The much awaited passenger train service on the newly laid BG track in the Tiruvarur-Nagore section would be inaugurated on February 27 by Union Minister of State for Railways R. Velu at Tiruvarur junction, said A. K. S. Vijayan, Nagapattinam MP. During the inspection of the railway line between Nagore and Nagapattinam last week, Southern Railway General Manager Mr. Rakesh Chopra had said that the track was being set right at a curve between Nagapattinam and Nagore, as suggested by the Commissioner of Railway Safety, and passenger train services would be introduced on this section as early as possible.

With the inauguration of the Tiruvarur-Nagore BG line, the Nagore-Tiruvarur-Thanjavur-Tiruchi conversion project is completed. Now, it will be easy for tourists and devotees to visit several pilgrim centres, including Velankanni Church, Nagore Dargah, Tirunallar and Sikkal and tourist spots like Tarangampadi and Point Calimere in and around Nagapattinam.

Nagore will still not have a direct rail link from Chennai as Mayiladuturai-Tiruvarur section remains metre gauge.

The Railways last year announced the extension of the Bangalore-Salem passenger train to Nagore after the completion of the BG conversion work. In the interim budget, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav announced the extension of the Ernakulam-Tiruchi Express to Nagore.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 20, 2009, 03:29 PM
Special trains to Chennai

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Southern Railway will run bi-weekly special trains in the Chennai Central-Kollam-Chennai Central stretch and weekly special trains in the Chennai Central-Kochuveli-Chennai Central section between April 11 and June 25.

The 0645 Chennai Central-Kollam biweekly special will depart on Saturday and Monday at 8.30 p.m. to reach Kollam the next day at 11.30 a.m. The 0646 Kollam-Chennai Central bi-weekly special, in the return, will depart from Kollam on Sunday and Tuesday at 5.45 p.m. to reach Chennai Central the next day at 10 a.m.

According to the railways, the train will operate from Chennai Central on April 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, May 2, 4, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30, June 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 and 22. The train will ply from Kollam on April 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28, May 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 19, 24, 26, 31 and June 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 and 23.

The 0647 Chennai Central-Kochuveli Weekly Special via Alappuzha will depart from Chennai Central on Wednesday at 11.30 p.m. to reach Kochuveli the next day at 4.20 p.m.

The 0648 Kochuveli-Chennai Central Weekly Special will depart from Kochuveli on Thursday at 8.15 p.m. to reach Chennai Central the next day at 12.20 noon.

The days of operation from Chennai Central will be on April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17 and 24 and from Kochuveli on April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28 and June 4, 11, 18 and 25.

The 0645/0646 will stop at Arakkonam, Katpadi, Salem, Erode, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrissur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Changanaserri, Thiruvalla, Chengannur, Mavelikara and Kayamkulam.

The 0647/0648 will stop at Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salme, Erode, Tiruppur, Podanur, Palakkad, Thrissur, Aluva, Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Kayamkulam and Kollam. The 0646 and 0648 will stop at Perambur also.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 24, 2009, 02:04 PM
State urged to implement Sabari rail project

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Ranni-based Malayora Railway Implementation Committee (MRIC) has called upon the government to implement the Sabari rail project without further delay.

In a statement issued here on Sunday, MRIC president K.P. Thomas said the Union Cabinet had cleared the Sabari rail project, setting apart Rs.550 crore for it, in 1995. He alleged that the State government had been delaying the project since then, at the cost of the State's development.

He said the survey of land required for the project was completed years ago and the surveyors had earmarked the extent of land for acquisition along the Angamaly-Punalur stretch then itself. The Union government had cleared the proposal for the Angamaly-Erumely-Azhutha rail route later. However, proceedings for land acquisition had been delayed following objections from certain land owners.

"Two years ago, Law Minister M. Vijayakumar who is in charge of Railways in the State, had reportedly convened a meeting of people's representatives in the areas through which the proposed rail route passes and decided to implement the project as early as possible. But, no official initiatives have followed," Mr. Thomas alleged.
The route

He said the proposed project, that envisaged a rail link between Angamaly and Punalur via Kalady, Malayattoor, Kothamangalam, Perumbavoor, Muvattupuzha, Thodupuzha, Pala, Ponkunnam, Kanjirappally, Erumely, Ranni, Pathanamthitta, Konni, Pathanapuram and Achencoil, would be of great help for the overall development of the State, especially the eastern hilly tracts.

The rail route, apart from efficiently tapping the eco-tourism potential of the hilly tracts, would benefit thousands of Ayyappa devotees coming from different parts of the country to Sabarimala every year. It will facilitate better trade and transportation of hill products and cash crops like tea, spices, rubber, etc.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 24, 2009, 02:52 PM
Train timings revised

HUBLI: South Western Railway has decided to revise the timings of Hubli-Bijapur passenger train (356), Kangunahal-Dharwad passenger (355) and Hubli-Kangunahal passenger (354) with effect from March 1, according to a press release.

Accordingly, Hubli-Bijapur passenger will leave Hubli at 12.45 p.m. instead of 11.30 a.m. from March 1 and reach Gadag at 2.15 p.m. instead of 12.45 p.m. It will leave Gadag at 2.30 p.m. and there is no change in the timings of the train between Gadag and Bijapur stations. Kangunahal-Dharwad passenger (355) will leave Kangunahal at 7.10 a.m. instead of 7.40 a.m. and reach Dharwad at 9.20 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. As per the revised timings, Hubli-Kangunahal passenger (354) will leave Hubli at 5.25 a.m. instead of 5.40 a.m. from March 1 and reach Kangunahal at 6.45 a.m. instead of 7.10 a.m.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 25, 2009, 03:01 PM
Train cancelled

Thrissur: In connection with the energisation of the Thrissur-Guruvayur over-head line, Train No.304 Thrissur-Guruvayur passenger will be cancelled on Wednesday. Train No.305 Guruvayur-Thrissur passenger would be partially cancelled up to Thrissur and will run between Thrissur and Ernakulam as per schedule on the day.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 25, 2009, 03:04 PM
Metro rail will be commissioned by September 2010: Chief Minister

BANGALORE: The first phase of the eagerly-awaited Metro rail project in Bangalore will be commissioned by September 2010, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said here on Tuesday.

Speaking after launching a series of development works in Mahadevapura Assembly constituency at a cost of Rs. 60 crore, Mr. Yeddyurappa said an estimated Rs. 450 crore had been spent on the project in the last seven months, which accounted for about 50 per cent of the earmarked funds.

Also, in tune with various development works under way in Bangalore, Mr. Yeddyurappa said work on developing the Kempegowda Layout in the city will begin by June.

He said the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) was developing the layout on 4,015 acres of land at a cost of Rs. 2,610 crore.

With a view to providing drinking water to the residents of Bangalore, the Government will soon begin work on two drinking water schemes under the fourth phase of the Cauvery water supply project.

This will receive financial aid from Japan Bank for International Co-operation, besides the Rs. 300 crore assistance from the State Government. He said the Government had earmarked sufficient funds for the development of Bangalore into a "world class" city.

Earlier, Minister for Higher Education Arvind Limbavalli, who represents the constituency, said an international sports complex will come up in the area.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 26, 2009, 01:44 PM
Train services to Velankanni, Tirukuvalai soon

CHENNAI: Velankanni and Tirukuvalai, the birthplace of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, will soon be on the railway map.

To provide train services to these towns, Southern Railway is laying a new broad gauge line from Nagapattinam to Tiruthuraipundi, which will go via Velankanni, Palakkuruchi, Tirukkuvalai and Ettukkudi. Foundation stone for the line will be laid by Minister of State for Railways R. Velu at Tiruvarur on Friday. The Minister will also inaugurate the newly converted broad gauge line between Tiruvarur and Nagore and flag off the inaugural special of the Tiruvarur - Nagore Passenger.

Existing services between Tiruchchirappalli/Thanjavur to Tiruvarur will be extended to Nagore in both directions.

Later in the evening, the Minister will flag off the inaugural special of train No.6733 Madurai - Manmad Express from Rameswaram to Okha at the Rameswaram railway station.

Train No.6733 will leave Rameswaram at 7.30 p.m. on Fridays and reach Okha at 3.15 p.m. on Mondays. In the return direction the train No.6734 will leave Okha at 5.55 a.m. on Tuesdays and arrive at Rameswaram at 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

The trains will stop at Mandapam, Ramanathapuram, Manamadurai, Madurai, Dindigul, Karur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai, Katpadi, Tirupati, Cuddapah, Dhone, Kurnool Town, Mahbubnagar, Kacheguda, Nizamabad, Mudkhed, Nanded, Purna, Parbhani, Jalna, Aurangabad, Nagarsol, Manmad, Jalgaon, Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Viramgam, Surendranagar, Wankaner, Rajkot, Hapa, Jamnagar and Dwarka.

Reservation will commence on February 26, according to a Southern Railway release.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Feb 26, 2009, 02:19 PM
Railway-Autocast joint venture

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Indian Railways and the Kerala government will sign on Friday an agreement for setting up a 51:49 joint venture company for manufacturing rail components at Cherthala in Alappuzha district, Industries Minister Elamaram Karim has said. The new company, Kerala Rail Components Limited, would be at the place where the State public sector company Autocast Limited was located, he said at a press conference here on Wednesday.
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Post by: dhilipkumar on Feb 27, 2009, 02:32 AM
Train services to Velankanni, Tirukuvalai soon

CHENNAI: Velankanni and Tirukuvalai, the birthplace of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, will soon be on the railway map.

To provide train services to these towns, Southern Railway is laying a new broad gauge line from Nagapattinam to Tiruthuraipundi, which will go via Velankanni, Palakkuruchi, Tirukkuvalai and Ettukkudi. Foundation stone for the line will be laid by Minister of State for Railways R. Velu at Tiruvarur on Friday. The Minister will also inaugurate the newly converted broad gauge line between Tiruvarur and Nagore and flag off the inaugural special of the Tiruvarur - Nagore Passenger.

Existing services between Tiruchchirappalli/Thanjavur to Tiruvarur will be extended to Nagore in both directions.

Later in the evening, the Minister will flag off the inaugural special of train No.6733 Madurai - Manmad Express from Rameswaram to Okha at the Rameswaram railway station.

Train No.6733 will leave Rameswaram at 7.30 p.m. on Fridays and reach Okha at 3.15 p.m. on Mondays. In the return direction the train No.6734 will leave Okha at 5.55 a.m. on Tuesdays and arrive at Rameswaram at 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

The trains will stop at Mandapam, Ramanathapuram, Manamadurai, Madurai, Dindigul, Karur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai, Katpadi, Tirupati, Cuddapah, Dhone, Kurnool Town, Mahbubnagar, Kacheguda, Nizamabad, Mudkhed, Nanded, Purna, Parbhani, Jalna, Aurangabad, Nagarsol, Manmad, Jalgaon, Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Viramgam, Surendranagar, Wankaner, Rajkot, Hapa, Jamnagar and Dwarka.

Reservation will commence on February 26, according to a Southern Railway release.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Mar 06, 2009, 02:27 PM
Special trains to clear rush

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run the following special trains to clear the rush during April, May and June.

Tiruchi-Chennai Central Weekly Superfast special (No. 0634) will leave Tiruchi at 10.40 p.m. on Saturdays and arrive Chennai Central at 8 a.m. on Sundays. Chennai Central-Tiruchi (No. 0633) will leave Chennai Central at 10.20 on Tuesdays and arrive at Tiruchi at 7.15 a.m. on Wednesdays. The first train will leave Tiruchi on April 4 and the last train from Chennai Central on June 23.

Chennai Central-Mangalore Weekly Superfast special (No. 0619) will leave Chennai Central at 5 p.m. on Sundays and reach Mangalore at 9.10 a.m. on Mondays. Mangalore-Chennai Central (No. 0620) will leave Mangalore at 4 p.m. on Mondays and reach Chennai Central at 8 a.m. on Tuesdays. The first train will leave Chennai Central on April 5 and last train from Mangalore on June 22, says a Railway release.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Mar 07, 2009, 01:50 PM
Special train to Bilaspur

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will operate Chennai Central - Bilaspur Special (train No. 0691) on Saturday to clear the rush. According to a press release issued on Friday, the train will leave Chennai Central at 9.10 p.m. on Saturday and arrive at Bilaspur at 8.15 p.m. the next day.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Mar 07, 2009, 02:02 PM
Railways wants private players for new-gen suburban rail coaches

Indian Railways has decided to step up its share of procurements from private sector players for new-gen suburban rail (EMU) coaches.
As part of the move which comes under its public-private partnership initiative, the Railway Board is shortly expected to invite fresh tenders for supplying 21 rakes from a clutch of companies.

"We have already farmed out orders to various coach manufacturers like BEML, Jessop and Titagarh Wagons to meet the growing demand for new EMU coaches," Sukhbir Singh, Member (Electrical), Railway Board said. "In the immediate future, the share of private players is only likely to go up," he added.

Mr Singh was speaking here after inaugurating the first batch of prototype stainless steel EMU (electric multiple unit) coaches manufactured by Titagarh Wagons at Howrah Station on Friday.

Titagarh Wagons, which supplied the first coaches within six months of getting the final order and design, claims to be the first private sector player to supply EMU coaches to Indian Railways. "We have set up a new facility at our existing factory at Hind Motor to meet the Railways order," J P Chowdhury chairman, Titagarh Wagons said.

The Railway Board has already placed orders for 15 new EMU rakes on Beml, Bangalore and another six on Titagarh Wagons, while four rakes will be supplied by Jessop. "Our plan to procure 1-2 such rakes every month," Mr Singh said.

Incidentally, each rake consisting of nine such coaches, costs about Rs 9 crore.

Apparently, Railways has a requirement of some 3000 EMU coaches over the next few years which adds up to an order size of Rs 5,000 crore.

On its part, the Railways will continue to manufacture mainline rail coaches on its own under Integral Coach Factory(ICF) at Perambur and Railway Coach Factory (RCF) at Kapurthala.

RCF and ICF are also working 10-15% above capacity to meet additional requirement given the new train services, but clearly demand far outstrips supply. Both these factories will continue to supply mainline EMU coaches to meet the Railways demand.

Source: Economictimes
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Post by: dwarakesh on Mar 07, 2009, 02:28 PM
Special train to be operated for 'Masi' festival

MADURAI: Southern Railway will operate special trains from Tirunelveli to Tiruchendur for the Masi festival from Saturday to Monday.

The Tirunelveli-Tiruchendur passenger special train will leave Tirunelveli at 10 a.m. and reach Tiruchendur at 11.45 a.m, a statement said.

The Tiruchendur-Tirunelveli passenger special train will leave Tiruchendur at 3.30 p.m. and reach Tirunelveli at 5.15 p.m. These trains will stop at all stations between Tirunelveli and Tiruchendur.

Summer specials

The Southern Railway is operating summer specials to clear the extra rush during the peak holiday period. The special services that are being operated via Karur are as follows: March 5 to 28: Madurai-Chennai Central Super Fast Express (No. 0634), Thursdays and Fridays from Madurai, arrival 00.05 hours, departure 00.10 hours. March 6 to 29; Chennai Central to Madurai Super Fast Express (No. 0633), Fridays and Sundays from Chennai, arrival at Karur on Saturdays and Mondays, arrival 03.45 hours, departure 03.50 hours. April 5 to June 28: Nagercoil-Chennai Super fast Express (No. 0608), Sundays from Nagercoil, arrival at Karur 23.30 hours and departure 23.35 hours to Chennai via Erode and Salem.

April 6 to June 29: Chennai-Nagercoil Super Fast Express (No. 0607) Mondays from Chennai, arrival at Karur 20.40 hours and departure 20.45 hours. April 15 to June 24: Chennai-Thoothukudi Super Fast Express (No. 0611) Wednesdays from Chennai, arrival at Karur on Thursdays at 02.45 hours and departure at 02.50 hours.

April 16 to June 25: Thoothukkudi-Chennai Super Fast Express (No. 0612) Thursdays from Thoothukudi, arrival at 20.40 hours and departure at 20.45 hours to Chennai.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Mar 10, 2009, 02:21 PM
Train services temporarily modified

CHENNAI: Due to line block and power block for engineering work between Pattabiram and Tiruninravur stations from March 9 to 14, train services to these stations have been temporarily modified, according to a press release. From March 9 to 13, MT-53 Moore Market Complex (MMC) to Tiruvallur local leaving MMC at 11.40 p.m. will run on the fast line and will not stop at Hindu College, Pattabiram, Tiruninravur, Veppampattu, Sevvapet Road and Putlur stations.

From March 10 to 14, BA-1 Beach to Arakonam local leaving Beach at 1.20 a.m. and TM2 Tiruvallur to MMC local leaving MMC at 3.55 a.m. will run on the fast line and will not stop at Hindu College, Pattabiram, Tiruninravur, Veppampattu, Sevvapet Road and Putlur Stations.

From March 10 to 14, ADS-2 Avadi to Pattabiram Military Sliding local leaving Avadi at 02.55 a.m. and SM2 Pattabiram Military Sliding to MMC local leaving MMC at 3.20 a.m. will run on the fast line and will not stop at Hindu College.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Mar 11, 2009, 02:01 PM
Special train between Salem and Chennai

SALEM: Southern Railway will run special weekly train between Salem and Chennai Central and in the return direction to clear the summer rush during April, May and June.

The train Nos. 0629 and 0630, according to a press release from Public Relations Officer of Salem Railway Division, will make halts at Bommidi, Morappur, Tirupattur, Jolarpettai, Ambur, Katpadi, Walajah Road, Arakkonam and Perambur.

The dates of services will be April 11, 18 and 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 and June 6, 13, 20 and 27. The train will leave Chennai Central at 8.55 a.m. and reach Salem at 1.15 p.m.

Return direction

In the return direction it will leave Salem at 3.30 p.m. and reach Chennai Central at 8.10 p.m. on the same day.

The composition of the train includes one AC two-tier, two AC three-tier, two general second class and two luggage- cum-brake vans.
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Post by: nithyasubramanian on Mar 12, 2009, 04:02 AM
India's oldest Rajdhani Express completes 40 yrs


Kolkata, March 03: The country's oldest Rajdhani Express was today given a gala send off from the Howrah railway terminus here to commemorate its 40th year of service since it first began its journey this day in 1969.

Platform no 9 of Howrah station, from which the Rajdhani usually departs, was decorated with streamers and the music of the shehnai added to the ambience.

The passengers were treated to a red-carpet welcome with hostesses handing over roses, mementos and boxes of sweets to all the 822 passengers who boarded the train.

Singer Usha Uthup, classical vocalist Rashid Khan, percussionist Bikram Ghosh, danseuse Dona Ganguly and Tanushree Shankar, film-maker Haranath Chakraborty and Bengali screen idol Prasenjit joined railway staff and passengers in commemorating the occasion.

The celebrities felicitated Rajdhani driver Anil Kumar Sinha, co-driver Christopher Noel Cashyap, guard Shankar Das Chatterjee and train Superintendent Mukul Bhusan Moitra.

"I am driving the Rajdhani since 2000, but today is very special for me. It feels great to be part of history. I am overwhelmed," Sinha told media with his co-driver Cashyap by his side.

courtesy : Zeenews.com
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Post by: dwarakesh on Mar 12, 2009, 02:02 PM
Special trains to Guwahati

CHENNAI: To clear the extra rush of passengers, Southern Railway will run special trains.

Chennai Central-Guwahati Special (0655) will leave at 1.15 p.m. on March 15 and reach Guwahati at 1 p.m. on March 17. It will have one AC 2-tier, nine sleeper class, six general second class and two luggage-cum-brake van coaches.

It will stop at Gudur, Nellore, Ongole, Tenali, Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Samalkot, Vishakapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam Road, Palasa, Brahmapur, Khurda Road, Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Bhadrak, Balasore, Kharagpur, Howrah, Barddhaman, Bolpur, Rampurhat, Malda Town, Kishanganj, New Jalpaiguri, New Coochbehar, New Alipurduar and New Bongaigaon.

Another train will be operated between Tiruchi and Egmore (0656). It will leave Tiruchi at 8.15 p.m. on March 22 and 29 and arrive at Egmore on March 23 and 30 at 3.30 a.m. It will stop at Srirangam, Ariyalur, Vriddhachalam, Villupuram, Tindivanam, Melmaruvathur, Chengalpattu, Tambaram and Mambalam.

Reservation will begin on Thursday.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Mar 12, 2009, 02:10 PM
Special trains

TIRUCHI: The Southern Railway will operate special trains from Tiruchi to Chennai Egmore to clear the extra rush of passengers.

Train No. 0656 Tiruchi - Chennai Egmore special will leave Tiruchi at 8. 15 p.m. on March 22 and 29 and arrive Chennai Egmore at 3.30 a.m., the next day. The train will stop at Srirangam, Ariyalur, Vriddhachalam, Villupuram, Tindivanam, Melmaruvathur, Chengalpattu, Tambaram and Mambalam. It will have one AC 2-tier, one AC 3-tier, eight sleeper class, four general second class and two luggage-cum-brake van coaches. Advance reservation for these trains will commence from March 12.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Mar 12, 2009, 02:25 PM
Railway staff meet today

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Divisional conference of Southern Railway Employees Sangh will be held in front of the Railway Divisional Office on Thursday.

V.S. Sivakumar, president, District Congress Committee; Chandrasekharan, State president, Indian National Trade Union Congress, and other leaders will take part in the conference.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Mar 12, 2009, 02:27 PM
Change in train timings

PALAKKAD: The timings of Train No. 2678 Ernakulam Junction to Bangalore Central Superfast Express have been advanced on the stretch between the Palakkad Junction and the Erode Junction by 20 minutes with effect from March 23 owing to technical reasons. The train will now leave the Palakkad Junction at 12.07 p.m. instead of 12.25 p.m.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Mar 14, 2009, 02:04 PM
Railways urged to start Nagore-Ernakulam train

NAGAPATTINAM: The Tamil Nadu Consumer Protection Council, Nagapattinam, urged the Railways to introduce the Nagore-Ernakulam Express at the earliest as announced in the budget and requested for attaching two bogies from Nagore with the Rockfort Express at Thanjavur as promised by Union Minister of State for Railways R.Velu at Tiruvarur recently.

The general body meeting of the council held here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of R. Kaladharan, president of the Council, wanted the Railways to provide drinking water and toilet facilities at Nagapattinam railway station and raise the height of the platform at Velippalayam railway station to help passengers board and alight trains without difficulty.

The council pointed out that consumer-related cases were piling up in the State as the posts of presidents of District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum were lying vacant in 24 districts and urged the Government to fill up the vacancies quickly.

By a resolution, the council urged the Nagapattinam Municipality to take up the underground drainage work in the town and take steps to contain the mosquito menace.

V.Sivanandam, secretary, explained the activities of the council. R. Nagarajan, treasurer, spoke.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Mar 14, 2009, 02:07 PM
Change in train timing

SALEM: The timings of the Bangalore - Ernakulam Intercity Superfast Express (2677/2678) will be modified with effect from March 23 for railway stations between Erode and Thrissur.

According to the revised schedule announced here, the train (2677) will leave the Erode junction at 11.30 a.m.

The departure timings of the train in other stations: Tirupur - 12.10 p.m; Coimbatore - 1.05 pm; Palakkad - 2.07 p.m and Thrissur - 3.07 p.m.

In the return direction, the train (2678) will leave Thrissur at 10.56 a.m. The departure timings of the train in others stations: Palakkad - 12.07 p.m; Coimbatore - 1.20 p.m.; Tirupur - 2.05 p.m. and Erode - 3.10 p.m. The timings are revised due to change of traction from diesel to electric locomotive between Erode and Ernakulam, a press release issued by the Salem Railway Division said.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Mar 17, 2009, 10:50 PM
Over 8,500 railway officers booked for fraudulent practices

In a drive to check corruption and bring in transparency in its administration, Indian Railway has ordered departmental action against more than 8,500 officers for their alleged involvement in various fraudulent practices.

The data updated till November 2008 show that in 25,845 drives carried out by the Vigilance Directorate of the Railway Board, 8,638 officers, including 117 gazetted ones, were booked for various charges, which include making of traffic undercharges and fraudulent payment to staff.

There are about 13,000 gazetted officers and nearly 800,000 non-gazetted officers in the world's largest employer, which has a total strength of 1.4 million approximately.

Of the staff booked for fraudulent practices, a maximum number of them -- 1,403 -- including 1,395 non-gazetted and eight gazetted officers were from South Western Railway, followed by 1,334 in Northern Railway, 760 in Southern Railway and 728 in North Eastern Railway zone.

"The vigilance department carries out regular checks to bring in transparency and accountability in administration. It will intensify its drive in the coming months to check leakage of revenue," a senior ministry official said.

Railways have realised Rs 79.88 crore from its drives during the said period.

In another development, the railway ministry has identified 10 sectors as thrust areas for intensive vigilance, to monitor misuse of various concessions, implementation of various schemes to boost traffic and checking in general coaches to detect fraud in the unreserved tickets.

"Railways, in line with the instructions of Ministry of Home Affairs, every year prepare two lists -- Agreed and Secret list -- as a measure to combat corruption and to keep a watch on the officials whose integrity is suspected," the official said.

The Agreed List, prepared in consultation with CBI, includes names of officers whose integrity are doubtful. While, the Secret List are of those officers of doubtful integrity on the basis of accepted inquiry reports or proved charges of corruption.

"Persons in Agreed and Secret List are not assigned any sensitive posts and their working is kept under constant surveillance," he said.

Source: businessstandard
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Mar 18, 2009, 02:49 PM
Special train on March 26

VIJAYAWADA: To clear extra rush of commuters, the South Central Railway is operating special trains between Kakinada and Secunderabad on March 26.

Train number 701 will leave Kakinada Town station at 9 p.m. and reach Vijayawada at 12.45 a.m. the next day. It will leave Vijayawada station at 1.05 a.m. and reach Secunderabad at 8 a.m.

Train number 700 will leave Secunderabad at 10.30 p.m. and reach Vijayawada at 4.45 a.m. the next day. It will leave Vijayawada at 5 a.m. and reach Kakinada Town station at 8.50 a.m.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Mar 19, 2009, 10:49 PM
UK firm to provide wireless Internet on Indian Rlys

British Wi-Fi technology major Nomad Digital has entered into a joint venture with Indian company Zylog Systems to provide wireless internet access to India's massive railway network. 

Newcastle-based Nomad Digital is a market leader in the provision of mobile wireless services for transportation, while Zylog supplies a range of IT products and solutions to its customers across multiple sectors such as banking, insurance and telecom. 

"We have identified India as a market that has huge potential for us. India's rail network is one of the fastest growing in the world and will help us to continue to add more jobs over the course of the year," Nomad chief executive Graeme Lowdon said. 

"We are now looking at ways to roll out our other services in the country, including on-board entertainment services and VoIP." 

The firm recently raised 6 million pounds to fund growth and further investment into its technology, including the world's longest broadband corridor on the 600km London to Glasgow route.  The company was the first to install a rail broadband system on the Brighton Express in 2005.

"We are delighted to be able to announce the new alliance. We have formed a number of highly successful partnerships in various countries and we are confident our relationship with Zylog will prove equally rewarding for both companies and for our customers," Nomad's financial director Bimal Shah said. 

Zylog's Business Head-Mobility Solutions, Vivek Whig said, "There is a gap which we are perfectly poised to fill up with the help of this alliance. 

"The Indian consumer has been longing for high speed seamless internet connectivity at affordable price. With our offerings the consumer will now be at par with the rest of the world in terms of internet access, entertainment system, and other value added services being at his disposal." 

Nomad Digital said that with its low-cost, high speed data network capabilities, it offered a variety of enhanced communication services to improve communication and monitoring of fleets.

source: businessstandard
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Mar 21, 2009, 03:41 PM
Special trains

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run the following special trains to clear the extra rush of passengers during the summer season.

Chennai Egmore - Nagercoil (Weekly) specials: Train No. 0640 will leave Nagercoil at 7.40 p.m. on all Mondays and arrive Chennai Egmore at 10.30 a.m. the next day. The services will be available from April 6 to June 8. In the return direction Train No. 0639 will leave Egmore at 3.40 p.m. on all Tuesdays from April 7 to June 9 and reach Nagercoil at 5.30 a.m. the next day.

Chennai Central - Salem (Weekly) day-time super-fast specials: Train No. 0629 will leave Central at 8 a.m. on all Saturdays from April 11 to June 27 and reach Salem at 1.15 p.m. on the same day. In the return direction Train No. 0630 will leave Salem at 3.30 p.m. on all Saturdays from April 11 to June 27 and arrive Central at 8.50 p.m. on the same day. Reservation will commence on March 23.

source: hindu
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Mar 25, 2009, 02:02 PM
Special trains to Bangalore, Coimbatore

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run special trains between Chennai Central and Bangalore/Coimbatore in April, May and June.

Chennai Central - Bangalore (weekly) specials: train No. 0635 will leave Chennai Central at 11.30 p.m. on Sundays from April 12 to June 28 and reach Bangalore at 7.30 a.m. the next day.

In the return direction, train No. 0636 will leave Bangalore at 11 p.m. on Mondays from April 13 to June 29 and arrive at Central at 5.15 a.m. the next day.

Chennai Central - Coimbatore (weekly) specials: train No. 0651 will leave Central at 9 a.m. on Thursdays from April 2 to May 28 and reach Coimbatore at 5.15 p.m. the same day. In the return direction, train No. 0652 will leave Coimbatore at 9.15 p.m. on Thursdays from April 2 to May 28 and arrive at Central at 5.15 a.m. the next day.

Reservation for these trains will commence on March 25, according to a Southern Railway release.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: rajoe on Mar 28, 2009, 03:35 PM
New train timings


Konkan Railway switching over to the `monsoon time-table' June onwards, railways has decided to revise the timings of as many as 
nine trains travelling between north India and the Konkan route.

"The new timings will come into effect from June 10 and will remain in place till October 31,'' said a Northern Railway spokesperson.

According to the new timings, Trivandrum-Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express will reach Delhi at 5.30pm instead of 12.40pm and in the return direction, it will reach Trivandrum at 9.30am instead of 5.45am.

The departure time from both ends will, however, remain the same.


source:times of india
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Mar 30, 2009, 06:23 PM
Metro Phase-II control centre starts working

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's Operations Control Centre (OCC) for Phase-II became operational on Sunday.

Taking a major step towards preparing the operational infrastructure for Phase II, DMRC started its second OCC at its corporate headquarters in the heart of the Capital to control and supervise train operations, monitor passenger movement and oversee fare collection and emergency systems.

To begin with, the second OCC at Metro Bhawan on Barakhamba Road took over control of train operations on Line 3 (Indraprastha-Dwarka Sector 9) from Sunday. It will also control train movement on upcoming lines of Phase II -- Indraprastha-Noida, Inderlok- Mundka and Central Secretariat-Badarpur when these lines open in the coming months. Till Saturday, Line 3 was being controlled by the existing OCC at Shastri Park which controlled all metro train operations.

Shifting of control was done overnight on a war footing in the few hours available between end of train movement at 11 p.m. on Saturday and the running of the pilot train at 4-45 a.m. on Sunday so that passenger movement on Line 3 was not disrupted even for a minute. The process of shifting began about 10 days ago with the wiring and installation of new computer servers, telecom and signalling systems, electrical and radio communication equipment and huge wall mounted display panels in the new OCC.

Once these systems were in place, all fibre optic cables, networking systems and computer servers for public announcement systems, passenger information display systems and telephone systems were manually shifted in about three and a half hours on Saturday night to make the OCC fully operational on Sunday.

About 30 signalling, telecom and electrical engineers were involved in the overnight shifting. A new TETRA radio system for Line 3 was also set up at the new OCC, which is an exact replica of the one at Shastri Park, to ensure that there was no disruption of services during the actual shifting. This radio system will cover all the new Lines of DMRC, including Line 3 and also act as a back up to the existing system already operational at Shastri Park OCC for Line 1 and 2.

Now the new OCC will be manned round the clock and this will go up to September 30, 2010, when Phase II becomes fully operational. The existing OCC at Shastri Park that became operational on December 24, 2002, will now control train movement on Line 1 (Dilshad Garden-Rithala) and Line 2 (Jahangirpuri-Central Secretariat) apart from the Central Secretariat-Gurgaon line when it opens next year. The DMRC will cover about 190 km and carry 20 lakh passengers by 2010.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Mar 31, 2009, 03:42 PM
Special train for Bhadrachalam 

The South Central Railway (SCR) has introduced a special train Vijayawada-Bhadrachalam Road-Vijayawada to clear extra rush of passengers. The Train 705 Vijayawada-Bhadrachalam Road would depart Vijayawada at 11.35 p.m on April 2 and reach Bhadrachalam Road at 4.25 a.m. o the next day. The Train 706 Bhadrachalam Road-Vijayawada special would depart Bhadrachalam Road at 6 p.m. on April 3 and reach Vijayawada at 10 p.m.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: rajoe on Mar 31, 2009, 06:37 PM
Purchasing Tickets

Where can I buy a ticket?


There are a wide range of places that you can buy tickets:

The easiest way to buy tickets is online - National Rail Enquiries do not currently sell tickets, however, you can purchase them from one of the Ticket Retailers shown after you've selected a ticket in our Journey Planner

Buy them over the telephone, using the telephone numbers shown in our Train Operating Company Information page

By using a 'self-service" ticket machine at larger stations or those without ticket offices

At a station ticket office, opening times can be found in our Station Facilities search

If there are no ticket purchasing facilities at the station (such as a booking office or a ticket machine, or they are closed/out of service), you may be able to buy your ticket on board the train




When can I buy a ticket?


You can buy Anytime and Off-Peak tickets up to a year in advance, however you'll only be able to buy these over the telephone or at a station ticket office.

When looking at fares in our Journey Planner,tickets in the 'Advance' category require you to make and use a seat reservation for your journey. Engineering work is usually planned twelve weeks in advance and as a result the timetable used may need to be changed.

Our Buying Advance tickets and Reserving Seats page shows a summary of the dates until which Advance tickets can be booked and seat reservations made. When you're ready to buy your ticket, just use our Journey Planner to plan your journey and buy your tickets.





Changing a ticket...


Whether you can change your ticket depends on the type of ticket you have, and in which category the ticket appears within our Journey Planner.

Advance: You can visit any booking office or call the telesales outlet that you bought your ticket from. If there are still other Advance fares available, you can change it to another Advance fare.

If there are no Advance fares available, you can upgrade the ticket to the most appropriate ticket for the journey you now want to make. You will have to pay any difference in fare and an administration fee of no more than £10.

Please note that changes to 'Advance' fares cannot be made on-board the train. If you board a train without a ticket and reservation for that service, a new ticket must be purchased.

Off-Peak: These fares do not restrict you to travelling on a specific train, but they do have restrictions on the time you can travel. Check at the station before you travel, but you may find you don't need to pay an additional fare as long as you complete your journey within a calendar month for 'Off-Peak' tickets and on the date shown on the ticket for 'Off-Peak Day' tickets.

Anytime: There are no time restrictions on when you can travel with this ticket. As long as outward travel is within 5 days of the day shown on the ticket and  you complete your journey within a calendar month or on the date shown on the ticket for 'Anytime Day' tickets.

If you plan to change the route that you will take, you will most likely have to pay an additional fare. Please check at the booking office.



Getting a refund...


With the exception of Advance tickets and some special offers where refunds are not available, a ticket may be refunded before travel. In the case of a return, the return portion may be refunded while still valid. A refund fee may apply.

You should return your ticket to the place of purchase - if you booked your ticket online or over the telephone, you should re-visit the website to get the address to return your tickets.


If your journey was delayed or cancelled, you may be entitled to compensation. You should contact the Train Operating Company that you travelled with.   

source: hot news
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: ganeshbala on Mar 31, 2009, 07:50 PM
S railway Loco Works gets top safety rating

The Southern Railway Loco Works, Perambur, has obtained the Occupational Health and Safety Management System Certificate (OHSAS) 18001:2007.

Loco Works, Perambur, is the first workshop in the Southern Railway to achieve the distinction of obtaining the OHSAS 18001-2007 certificate for Occupational Health and Safety performances from the International Certification Service (P) Ltd, Mumbai accredited by the Joint Accreditation System (JAS-ANZ) of Australia and New Zealand, consequential to the successful completion of stage two audit.

Loco Works has implemented a Quality Management System - QMS (ISO 9001-2000) for its products and services and also an Environmental Management System - EMS (ISO 14001-2004) for its environment performance in line with the International System Standards. The maintenance of these systems has been conformed through periodical internal surveillance audits.

The certificate was given at a function held at Loco Works, Perambur, on Sunday. Rakesh Chopra, General Manager, Southern Railway, who was the chief guest on the occasion, received the OHSAS certificate from S Subramanian, General Manager, International Certification Services (P) Ltd. (ICS), Mumbai in the presence of V Carmelus, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Southern Railway.

This achievement could have been possible without the dedicated co-operation of the Railway Medical Department under the leadership of Dr A Elangovan, Chief Medical Director, Southern Railways. To maintain these systems, Loco Works has implemented an integrated documentation from October 2008 by merging the documents of all systems together and the same has been named as Integrated Management System (IMS).

OHSAS is an international health and safety system specification, which will help the organization to control or eliminate its occupational health and safety hazards, and associated risks involved in its process, service and transactions.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Apr 01, 2009, 04:07 PM
Train timings revised

The timings of 743/744 Shencottah-Punalur-Shencottah passenger trains will be revised from Wednesday. According to a Southern Railway press release, 743 Shencottah-Punalur passenger will leave Shencottah at 6.15 a.m. and reach Punalur at 8.20 a.m. 744 Punalur-Shencottah passenger will leave Punalur at 8.45 a.m. and reach Shencottah at 11 a.m.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Apr 01, 2009, 04:08 PM
Train fare revision comes into effect today

CHENNAI: Changes in passenger fares as announced in the railway budget for 2009-10 will come into effect from Wednesday.

According to a Southern Railway press release, the existing second class basic fares up to Rs.50 per passenger for non-suburban mail/express, including super-fast trains and non-suburban ordinary passenger trains will be reduced by giving a discount of Re. 1. Fares beyond Rs. 50 per passenger will be reduced by giving a discount of 2 per cent. However, this reduction will not be applicable for journeys up to 10 km in case of ordinary trains.

In case of suburban trains, there will be no change in the existing fares. For upper class, the existing basic fares beyond Rs. 50 per passenger for sleeper class mail/express and ordinary passenger trains will be reduced by giving a discount of 2 per cent; the existing fares of AC first class, AC 2-Tier, AC 3-Tier and AC chair car will be reduced by 2 per cent for all distances.

There will be no change in the existing fares of first class mail/express and ordinary trains. Discounts in fares for high capacity coaches will be continued without any change. After discount/reduction, the total basic fare shall continue to be rounded off as per extant rules.

There will be no change in the existing fares for Shatabdi, Jan Shatabdi, Garib Rath and Rajdhani Express trains.

The above changes will come into effect for journeys commencing on and after April 1 and the revised fares will also apply to tickets issued in advance.

In the cases of tickets already issued at pre-revised rates, refund of difference of fares shall be granted by any of the following options, at the discretion of the passenger, as under: Full difference of fare paid and fare payable, without deducting any cancellation charge or clerkage, shall be refunded on production of the ticket issued at pre-revised rates, during working hours, at any PRS terminal; when refund is sought before commencement of journey, the original ticket will be surrendered for the purpose of granting refund and fresh ticket with revised rates will be issued keeping the reservation status of the passenger(s) intact; when refund is sought after completion of journey, refund shall be granted at the destination from any PRS terminal within 3 days of the completion of journey. Thereafter, they may send the original ticket to CCM (Refunds) of journey originating or terminating Zonal Railway, along with an application, for refund of difference of fares.

On receipt of application and original ticket, CCM (Refunds) will grant immediate refund of full difference of fare to passenger, without deducting any cancellation charge.

Source:hindu
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Apr 01, 2009, 04:10 PM
Villupuram-Tiruchi BG rail section electrified

It will be ready for traffic in the last week of April

Electrical Inspector accords sanction for charging the 25 KV section

Commissioner of Railway Safety expected to clear it in third week of April

CHENNAI: Electrification of the Villupuram-Tiruchirapalli broad gauge section (160 km) is complete and the electric traction will be available for passenger and freight traffic from the fourth week of April.

The Electrical Inspector has accorded sanction for charging the 25 KV section. Now the Commissioner of Railway Safety will be approached for safety clearance. The CRS is expected to inspect the section, probably in the third week of April.

The CRS had cleared a portion of the section from Villupuram to Ariyalur and goods trains are being operated there. After getting the mandatory clearance from the Safety Commissioner for the remaining stretch i.e from Ariyalur to Tiruchirapalli, the Villupuram-Tiruchirapalli electric traction will be opened for traffic.

Electrification of the section will result in reducing running time of trains to a great extent.

R.P.Udayakumar, Chief Project Manager, (CPM) Central Organisation for Railway Electrification, Chennai, told The Hindu on Tuesday that the section was part of the Villupuram-Tiruchirapalli-Madurai-Nagercoil/Tuticorin electrification project, sanctioned by the Railway Board.

Now work was in progress from Tiruchirapalli to Madurai. Wiring had been completed up to Dindigul and overhead equipment test-charged. Railways had to do some adjustment works and carry out works at joints before approaching the Electrical Inspector for charging the section. After that the Safety Commissioner would be approached for inspecting the electric traction. There would be three sub-stations between Tiruchirapalli and Madurai, one each at Vyampatti, Vellode and Kudal Nagar.

He said that by June this year all these formalities would be over. The target date for completing the Dindigul - Madurai section, a double line section, would be March 2010 and the work would be completed well before that, he added.

Source:hindu
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Apr 01, 2009, 04:12 PM
Perambur Loco Works gets safety certificate

CHENNAI: The Southern Railway Loco Works, Perambur, has obtained the "Occupational Health and Safety Management System Certificate (OHSAS) 18001:2007."

S. Subramanian, General Manager, International Certification Services (P) Ltd. (ICS), Mumbai, handed over the certificate to Southern Railway General Manager Rakesh Chopra, at a function in Loco Works premises on Monday.

It is the first workshop in Southern Railway to achieve this distinction.

The achievement was possible due to dedicated co-operation of officials of the Railway Medical Department led by Chief Medical Director A. Elangovan.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Apr 01, 2009, 04:22 PM
SRMU members demand filling up of vacancies

TIRUNELVELI: Members of Southern Railway Mazdoor Union staged a demonstration in front of Tirunelveli Railway Junction on Tuesday pressing various demands.

The protestors said the administration, with the objective of downsizing the existing workforce and thereby cutting the cost, was surrendering around 50 per cent of the vacant positions in various departments of Indian Railways. Since it would badly affect the quality of service being rendered by the public sector undertaking, the government should fill-up all existing vacancies and give up its plans of downsizing.

Moreover, outsourcing of the operations of the Indian Railways would eventually lead to privatisation and hence it should be stopped immediately. Workload of the 'Running Staff' should be reduced and the uniform with superior quality given to the workers, they noted.

Office-bearers of the union Lakshmanan, Subbiah, Murugesan, Ramachandran, Ganapathi and Kalidoss were among those who participated in the agitation.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Apr 01, 2009, 05:59 PM
Mangalore Express to continue early departure

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The 6347 Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore Express will continue to depart early from Central railway station here for another two months.

The Railways said the train would continue to depart at 8.15 p.m. instead of 8.30 p.m. till May 31 to facilitate the completion of the engineering work in the Ernakulam-Shornur section.

The 6343 Thiruvananthapuram-Palakkad Town Express will be regulated at Ernakulam Town for 30 minutes during the period, a Railway release said.The validity of the Southern Zone railway time-table and the 'Trains at a Glance' has been extended till September 30. The existing time-table was to end in June this year.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Apr 02, 2009, 03:34 AM
G20 to train guns on trade barriers

New Delhi, March 31: India wants the US and other developed countries to roll back protectionist moves against its BPO units and software workers employed overseas.

The country, which the World Bank named as the most active nation in imposing anti-dumping duties, will also be under pressure from the US and China to open up its markets.

The protectionism row could lead to much acrimony and hard bargaining over trade openings, said officials accompanying the Prime Minister to the G20 summit.

India has hiked duties on steel and imposed anti-dumping duties on textiles, television parts and aluminium products. It has also taken punitive action against Chinese toys. Today, the Indian government imposed anti-dumping duties on Vitamin E from China and hexamine (a heating agent) from Iran.

The group of major industrialised nations needs "to avoid protectionism in the trade of both goods and services", Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a statement before his departure for the London summit.

"The G20 has an important role to play in addressing the global economic and financial slowdown by taking co-ordinated and purposeful action," Singh said.

Officials said though India would try to protect its own turf, it was vulnerable to pressure from the US on trade restrictions in infotech.

However, analysts justified India's actions. "The measures taken by India cannot be termed as protectionist. The duties were cut to fight high inflation and they have been restored, which is falsely being misconstrued as protectionist moves," K. T. Chacko of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade said.

However, Chacko admitted that though safety restrictions were imposed on toys from China, the domestic toy industry did not follow similar norms.

According to a recent World Bank report, developing countries account for a majority of anti dumping duty measures, with India accounting for 29 per cent.

"Since the G20 leaders signed the pledge in November to avoid protectionist measures, 17 members of the group have implemented 47 measures whose effect is to restrict trade at the expense of other countries."

The US has banned Chinese poultry, while the EU has stepped up farm subsidies

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Apr 02, 2009, 05:23 PM
Special trains for the summer

Three weekly special trains have been introduced

HUBLI: South Western Railway has decided to run weekly special trains between Yeshwanthpur and Tirupati, Vasco-da-gama and Yeshwanthpur, and Yeshwanthapur and Korba, to clear the extra rush during the summer, a release said.

Accordingly, Yeshwanthpur-Tirupati Weekly Express Special (0697) will depart from Yeshwanthpur at 9.20 a.m. on Fridays starting from April 3 and arrive at Tirupati at 4 p.m. on the same day. The last service of the train from Yeshwanthpur-end will be on June 26.

Return trip
In the return direction, Tirupati-Yeshwanthpur Weekly Express Special will depart from Tirupati on Fridays at 8 p.m. commencing from April 3 and arrive at Yeshwanthpur at 4.30 a.m. the next day. The last service from Tirupati-end will be on June 26.

The Weekly Express Special has a total of 18 coaches consisting of one A/C. 2-tier coach, one A/C. 3-tier coach, ten second-class sleepers, four general second-class coaches and two second-class luggage-cum-brake vans.

Yeshwanthpur-Vasco-da-gama
Similarly, Yeshwanthpur-Vasco-da-gama Garib Rath Weekly Express Special (0695) will depart from Yeshwanthpur at 9 p.m. on Saturdays commencing from April 4 and arrive at Vasco-da-gama at 11.40 a.m. the next day.

The last service from Yeshwanthpur end is on May 30. In the return direction, Vasco-da-gama-Yeshwanthpur Garib Rath Weekly Express Special (0696) will depart from Vasco-da-gama on Sundays at 2.30 p.m. starting from April 5 and arrive at Yeshwanthpur at 5 a.m. the next day. The last service from Vasco-da-gama-end is on May 31.

The Weekly Express Special has 18 coaches in all, consisting of sixteen A/C. 3-tier high-capacity coaches and two generator cars.

Yeshwanthpur-Korba
Yeshwanthpur-Korba Weekly Super Fast Special (0681) will depart from Yeshwanthpur at 11.40 p.m. on Fridays commencing from April 3 and arrive at Korba at 4.30 a.m. on Sundays. The last service from Yeshwanthpur-end is on June 26. In the return direction, Korba-Yeshwanthpur Weekly Super Fast Special (0682) will depart from Korba on Sundays at 7.45 a.m. commencing from April 5 and arrive at Yeshwanthpur at 1.30 p.m. the next day. The last service from Korba-end is on June 28.

Coaches
The Weekly Super Fast Special will have a total of 21 coaches, consisting of one A/C 2-tier coach, two A/C. 3-tier high-capacity coaches, twelve second-class high-capacity coaches, four general second-class coaches and two second-class luggage-cum-brake vans.

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Post by: sajiv on Apr 02, 2009, 05:41 PM
Special weekly train from today

NEW DELHI: To clear the extra rush of passengers during summer season, Northern Railway will be running a special weekly air-conditioned train between Hazrat Nizamuddin and Mumbai Central from this Thursday.

Consisting of one first AC, three AC two-tier, five AC three-tier besides two luggage van coaches, the special train will stop at Kota, Ratlam, Vadodara and Surat stations en route in both directions.
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Post by: sajiv on Apr 03, 2009, 04:06 PM
Special train to Bilaspur

CHENNAI:
Southern Railway will run a special train between Chennai Central and Bilaspur to clear the rush. Train No. 0691 will leave Chennai Central at 9.10 p.m. on April 4 and reach Bilaspur at 8.15 p.m. the next day.

The composition train will be 5 sleeper class, 6 general second class and 4 luggage-cum-brake van coaches. Reservation will commence on April 3, according to a Southern Railway release.
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Post by: sajiv on Apr 03, 2009, 04:11 PM
Train service cancelled

MADURAI: The Southern Railway has announced the following arrangement on movement of trains on Sunday due to bridge maintenance work between Tirupparankundram and Tirumangalam: Train 787 Madurai-Shencottah Passenger and 788 Shencottah-Madurai Passenger will remain cancelled on Sunday. Train 383 Nagercoil-Coimbatore Passenger will be partially cancelled between Virudhunagar and Madurai. Train 384 Coimbatore-Nagercoil Passenger will be partially cancelled between Madurai and Virudhunagar.
To be regulated

The 384 Coimbatore-Nagercoil passenger will be regulated for 45 minutes and 788 Shencottah-Madurai passenger for 15 minutes at Madurai junction on Friday in order to facilitate bridge maintenance work between Tirumangalam and Tirumangalam.
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Post by: sajiv on Apr 03, 2009, 11:58 PM
Metro volunteers imparted training

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Thursday imparted training to the second batch of the Metro Citizens Forum which will volunteer to help instil better behaviour, etiquettes and discipline among commuters.

The Forum was started recently by DMRC after continued efforts to streamline passenger movement and ensure discipline while boarding and de-boarding failed to reign in errant commuters.
Various aspects

The training-cum-orientation programme called "Sahyog" was conducted at the DMRC headquarters where volunteers were informed about various aspects of the Metro operations such as customer orientation, etiquettes, cooperation with passengers, vacating seats for the elderly and ladies, ticketing procedures, boarding and de-boarding procedure, security mechanism, disaster management and cleanliness.

About 100 volunteers attended the programme and were handed over the Metro Citizens Forum badges after the programme.

The first such training programme was held in January this year when over a hundred volunteers joined the Forum. Since then, the number of volunteers has risen to about 250, said a DMRC official, adding: "Members of the Forum cut across all age and social groups such as students, doctors, retired Army officers, teachers, businessmen and elderly citizens."

The Forum initiative came as a follow up of the Delhi Metro's plans to start the value guide programme in association with the Foundation for Restoration of National Values, a non-government social service organisation.

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Post by: sajiv on Apr 04, 2009, 07:07 PM
Hoax call triggers panic at Salem Railway Junction

SALEM: Tension prevailed at the Salem Railway Junction on Friday morning following an anonymous phone call claiming that terrorists carrying bombs were travelling on the Chennai-bound West Coast Express. Officials received the call around 9 a.m. and immediately alerted the Railway Police. Teams from the Salem City Police, Railway Protection Force and bomb detection and disposal squad rushed to the junction. The train was detained for an hour and all coaches thoroughly searched. The team also enquired with the passengers. The personnel found no evidence substantiating the threat.

In the meanwhile, the gun of a senior police officer fired accidentally, making a dent on a coach. People ran helter-skelter. An inquiry into the incident has been ordered.

Source:hindu
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Post by: sajiv on Apr 04, 2009, 09:21 PM
Now Railway police too take up search operations

Special teams formed to search important express trains

The operations will continue, says a railway police official

Sabharwal advises people not to carry abnormal amounts

VISAKHAPATNAM: Enthusiasm of the regular police, which is the result of orders direct from the horse's mouth, in seizing money and material and reduce its impact on elections, proved to be infectious as the railway police too started similar operations from Friday. As part of it, railway police personnel formed into teams and searched important trains like Tirumala Express, Godavari Express, East Coast Express, and Falaknuma Express at Visakhapatnam railway in the early hours on Friday.

These operations will continue, said a senior police officer in the railways. The road routes have become too hot for politicians and their henchmen for carrying huge amount, because of the continuous searches by the police. Now the tendency would be to avoid roads, especially national highways and take train routes. That is why we started checking from Friday. It is also part of regular duty, but the concentration would be on persons with close links with politicians and other influential persons, who are likely to carry abnormal amounts, the senior police officer added.

Checking stepped up
Regular police had also stepped up checking of vehicles. According to Akun Sabharwal, Superintendent of Police (Rural), seven platoons Central Paramilitary force have been deployed in places like Anakapalli, Yelamanchali, Payakraopeta, Chodavaram, Madugula Kottakota, with instructions to conduct surprise checks on suspecting vehicles and seize money and material which is not accounted for. They were instructed to keep places and timings of checking points changing. Mr. Sabharwal said April 14 and 15 (election will take place on April 16) are crucial because on these two days, the likelihood of free flow money to influence voters, will be real. "We have formed special teams to keep a watch on these two days.

There would be five to six special squads in each Assembly segment to detect hidden money and liquor," he said. A watch had also been kept on movement of vehicles carrying loads of liquor. So far Rs.13 lakh in cash and Rs.21 lakh worth election material had been seized in the district.

He agreed that there was some resentment among some, who carry cash which is not meant for elections. This is a marriage season and people carry cash for various reasons. "I had given strict instruction to be polite with people and not to harass them. Searches should also be carried out in the presence of a senior officer only. Today our men seized Rs. 24 lakh, but the same had been released immediately when it was furnished that the amount was meant for payment of salaries to Anganvadis," Mr. Sabharwal said.

The SP urged all concerned not to carry abnormal amounts and be in possession of documents to account for the money they are carrying. Wide publicity had also been given for furnishing information about storage of money and liquor. The identity of the informant would be protected, he said. Enquiries with authorities at the airport, one more possible route for carrying cash, reveal that checking and screening of luggage would be a regular feature at the airport. However the task of detecting such money rested with the revenue intelligence wing which is always on the high alert.

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Post by: sajiv on Apr 04, 2009, 10:34 PM
Railway Special Train

Chennai, Southern Railway today announced a special train in the Madurai-Chennai central sector to clear extra rush of passengers.

The special (train no. 0672) would leave Madurai at 2330 hrs on April five and arrive in Chennai Central at 1030 hrs, the next day.

The train would take the Karur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpet, Katpadi, Arakkonam route, a railway press release here said.

Advance reservation for the above train would commence tomorrow, it said.

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Post by: sajiv on Apr 05, 2009, 10:03 PM
Train cancelled

ERODE: Train No. 879A and 880A, running between Erode and Tiruchi, has been cancelled from April 5 onwards, says an information from the public relations office of Salem Railway Division. The reason attributed is operational.
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Post by: sajiv on Apr 06, 2009, 02:15 AM
Services of special trains extended

MALAPPURAM: The Southern Railway has extended the services of three special passenger trains in Palakkad Division for six more months. The trains, extended up to September 30, are the Shoranur-Nilambur Passenger (0673) and Nilambur-Shoranur Passenger (0674); Thrissur-Kannur Passenger (615) and Kannur-Shoranur Passenger (616); and the Mangalore-Kozhikode Passenger (624) and Kozhikode-Kannur Passenger (625).

The Nilambur-Mysore Railway Action Council had made a representation to the Railway authorities citing the increase in passenger traffic on these trains. However, the Railway is yet to consider the demand by the Council to regularise the Nilambur-Shoranur Passenger (0674), which goes up to Ernakulam.

The Railway also launched unreserved ticketing system at Angadipuram and Nilambur.

One computerised terminal has been set up for this system. Railway officials said one more terminal would be installed within two months. The

Nilambur railway station will soon get a computerised passenger reservation system (PRS). Divisional Railway Manager Y.P. Singh, during his first visit to Nilambur a few months ago, had offered to set up the facility soon.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Apr 06, 2009, 03:28 PM
Changes in train timings from today

MANGALORE: Southern Railway has announced changes in train timings from Monday in the wake of the beginning of track-doubling work in the Karakkad-Pattambi-Pallippuram section.

The Coimbatore-Mangalore passenger train (number 387), and the Mangalore-Coimbatore passenger train (388) will not run between Shoranur and Kozhikode stations on April 6, 7 and 9, a press release from its public relations officer said. Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore Parasuram express (6349) will start from Thiruvananthapuram late by half-an-hour on April 6, by two hours on April 7 and by 40 minutes on April 9.

Ernakulam-Nizamuddin Mangala Lakshadweep express (2617) will start from Ernakulam late by 30 minutes on April 6, late by 60 minutes on April 7, and late by 40 minutes on April 9.

Kochuveli-Kurla Terminus Garib Rath express (2202) will start from Kochuveli late by 30 minutes on April 9.

Chennai-Egmore-Mangalore express (6107) and Mangalore-Chennai-Egmore express (6108) are likely to be delayed by two hours on April 6, 7, and 9, between Kuttippuram and Shoranur stations.

All other trains running in this section are likely to be delayed by 20 to 30 minutes between Shoranur and Kuttipuram stations from April 6 to 9, the release said.
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Post by: sajiv on Apr 06, 2009, 05:18 PM
New entry at railway station

Kozhikode: Palakkad Railway Divisional Manager Yathindra Pal Singh inaugurated the second entry at the Kozhikode railway station here on Saturday.
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Post by: sajiv on Apr 06, 2009, 05:29 PM
Delhi Metro's first signature bridge coming up on Ring Road

NEW DELHI: Twelve metres above the ground with three large spans, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's signature bridge at Moolchand here is the first extra-dosed bridge being constructed on the busy Ring Road.

Running parallel to the existing Moolchand flyover, the bridge that will be ready in the next 10 months has been designed with the help of a French company, Systra.

The bridge is part of the 20.16 km long Central Secretariat-Badarpur corridor.

Free traffic movement
According to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation officials, the detailed designing of the bridge took four months as the company had to ensure free movement of traffic.

"Traffic movement below the bridge was not disrupted even for a single day during the entire construction process. The DMRC, therefore, adopted the extra-dosed technique as per which the 167.5 m long bridge will have three large spans with the central span being 65.5 m and other two spans being 51 m each," said DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal.

The bridge has only two pillars (piers) located on the side of Ring Road to avoid hindrance to the existing traffic flow.

The segments of the bridge are being pre-cast in the casting yard and will be fixed up at night, again to ensure no disruption to traffic movement.

"To provide an aesthetic look to the bridge the supporting cables will be encased in painted tubular pipes. About 15 metric tonnes of 15.7 mm galvanized, greased and polyethylene-coated stands will be used in the bridge. The cables, which will be resting on top of the pylons, are being fabricated in Hong Kong and China," said Mr. Dayal.

Special cement
The DMRC will use special M-60 grade cement for the body support (pylons), and M-45 grade cement for the segments to ensure proper strengthening as the bridge has been designed to have a lifespan of about 120 years.

"Fifteen per cent of the construction of the bridge has already been completed and metro train trial runs over the bridge are expected to start in April 2010 as this section is scheduled for opening in September 2010," said Mr. Dayal.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Apr 07, 2009, 03:29 PM
SCR to run 4 summer specials

HYDERABAD: The South Central Railway will run four weekly summer special trains between Yesvantpur and Tirupati and between Yesvantpur and Korba for clearing the extra rush of passengers.

A press release issued by South Central Railway (SCR) here on Monday said the trains No.0697, 0698, 0681, 0682 will be run later this month, May and June.

The train No. 0697 (leaving Yesvantpur) will be run on April 10, 17, 24, May 1,8,15, 22, 29, June 5, 12,19, 26. It will leave at 9.20 a.m. and reach Tirupati at 4 p.m. the same day.

The train No.0698 (leaving Tirupati) will be run on April 10,17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5,12,19, 26. It will leave at 8 p.m. and reach Yesvantpur at 4.30 a.m. the next day.

The Yesvantpur-Korba-Yesvantpur special (No.0681) will depart from Yesvantpur on April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26 at 11.40 p.m. on Fridays and reach Kobra at 4.30 a.m. on Sundays.
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Post by: sajiv on Apr 09, 2009, 02:46 AM
Extra coach

To clear waitlisted passengers, one three-tier Second Class coach will be added to Train Nos. 6527/6528 Yeshwanthpur-Cannonnore tri-weekly express from April 8 to June 29, according to a press release from the South Western Railway, Bangalore.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Apr 09, 2009, 03:54 PM
Special train to Chennai

HUBLI: The Southern Railway has decided to run weekly express special trains between Chennai and Bangalore city (Nos. 0635/0636), to accommodate the summer rush, a release said.

Train no. 0635 Chennai-Bangalore City Weekly Express Special will leave Chennai on Sundays at 11.30 p.m., from April 12 and arrive at Bangalore at 7.30 a.m. the next day. The service will end on June 28.

Train no. 0636 Bangalore City-Chennai Weekly Express Special will depart from Bangalore on Mondays at 11 p.m. from April 13 and arrive at Chennai at 5.15 a.m. the next day. The service will end on June 29.

The Weekly Express Special will have 18 coaches -- one A/C 2-tier, three A/C 3-tier, ten second-class sleepers, two general second-class coaches and two second-class luggage-cum-brake vans.
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Post by: sajiv on Apr 09, 2009, 08:23 PM
Special train to Chennai

HUBLI: The Southern Railway has decided to run weekly express special trains between Chennai and Bangalore city (Nos. 0635/0636), to accommodate the summer rush, a release said.

Train no. 0635 Chennai-Bangalore City Weekly Express Special will leave Chennai on Sundays at 11.30 p.m., from April 12 and arrive at Bangalore at 7.30 a.m. the next day. The service will end on June 28.

Train no. 0636 Bangalore City-Chennai Weekly Express Special will depart from Bangalore on Mondays at 11 p.m. from April 13 and arrive at Chennai at 5.15 a.m. the next day. The service will end on June 29.

The Weekly Express Special will have 18 coaches -- one A/C 2-tier, three A/C 3-tier, ten second-class sleepers, two general second-class coaches and two second-class luggage-cum-brake vans.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Apr 10, 2009, 03:51 PM
Special train for Hyderabad 

VISAKHAPATNAM: A special train will be run between Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad to clear the extra rush of waitlisted passengers on April 10, 11 and 12. Train no. 747 Visakhapatnam - Hyderabad will leave Visakhapatnam at 8 p.m. on April 11 and 12 and reach Hyderabad at 8.50 a.m. on the following days. Train no. 748 will leave Hyderabad at 7.30 p.m. on April 10 and 11 and reach Visakhapatnam at 8.30 a.m. on the following days, according to an East Coast Railway release.

The train will have halts at Duvvada, Anakapalle, Tuni, Annavaram, Samalkot, Rajahmundry, Tadepalligudem, Eluru, Vijayawada, Khammam, Warangal, Kazipet and Secunderabad in both directions.

The train will have one 3rd AC, one 2nd AC, 10 Sleeper Class, two General Second Class and two General Second Class-cum-Luggage Van.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Apr 10, 2009, 04:01 PM
Train extended

HUBLI: North East Frontier Railway has decided to extend Train Nos. 0202/0201 Guwahati-Yeshwanthpur- Guwahati Weekly Special Trains for another six trips to clear extra rush of passengers, a release said.

Accordingly, Train No.0202 Guwahati-Yeshwanthpur Weekly Special Train will run every Saturday till May 9.

In the return direction, Train No.0201 Yeshwanthpur-Guwahati Weekly Special Train will run every Monday. The last special service from Yeshwanthpur will be on May 11.
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Post by: sajiv on Apr 13, 2009, 04:39 AM
'Rail engine' chugs along in Palacole

Harirama Jogaiah is PR king-maker in the district

'Young Turks' irked by Jogaiah's sectarian approach

PALACOLE (WEST GODAVARI DISTRICT): With 10 days left for conclusion of the second phase of election campaign, Praja Rajyam chief Chiranjeevi's 'rail engine' is yet to gain momentum on his home turf.

Rural folks appear ignorant of PR's chief ministerial candidate having filed his nomination from their area. "I know Chiranjeevi only as a cinema hero. But I do not know if he is contesting from our area", says Garagalamma, a 50-year-old farm worker of Vedangi, a delta village with predominant presence of Kapus and Settibalijas. Facing a small gathering of her Settibalija community members addressed by PR leader Harirama Jogaiah and district convener K.P.N. Satyaprasad on the premises of a village temple, Garagalamma observes, "What do I know, after all? I am an illiterate without a TV set." Jayalakshmi, her neighbour is under the impression that Gubbala Tammaiah belonging to her community, is the PR candidate though he is contesting for the Narsapur Lok Sabha).

Electioneering in the PR camp is still on a low-key here. Even as the mega star, is on a gruelling mid-summer campaign trail all over the State, the responsibility of his victory from the segment, also his in-laws' place, is left to Mr. Jogaiah.

The 'road map' laid out by Mr. Jogaiah, billed as 'Apara Chanakya' in the area for his political moves, for Mr. Chiranjeevi's victory is yet to take a concrete shape and galvanise the party into action. The PR campaign in West Godavari is one-man-show headed by Mr. Jogaiah. He was instrumental in whisking away Mr. Chiranjeevi to Palacole, Six teams were constituted for campaigning in the constituency. Koppineedi Venkateswara Rao, brother-in-law is entrusted with a team in Palacole town. Mr. Jogaiah's alleged sectarian approach and his strict list of do's and don'ts allegedly dampens the spirit of the party's'Young Turks'.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Apr 13, 2009, 03:41 PM
Railways to run 4,500 train services this summer

Gearing up for the anticipated summer rush, the railways have pooled its vast resources to run more than 4,500 train services during the season after getting a nod from the Election Commission.

A senior railway ministry official said, as many as 90 pairs of summer special trains would be put into operation between April and June in the 13 out of the 16 railway zones, providing more than 4,500 services to the passengers, up from 3,600 run last year.

The special trains would also include full "AC trains", he said.

source: businessstandard
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Post by: dwarakesh on Apr 15, 2009, 04:29 PM
Special trains

BANGALORE: Special trains will run between Bangalore City and Nagercoil, and Bangalore City and Patna to clear the rush in summer. According to a South Western Railway press release, Bangalore City-Nagercoil Weekly Special (0683) will leave Bangalore City at 10.45 p.m. on Thursdays and reach Nagercoil at 2.15 p.m. the next day. The Nagercoil-Bangalore City special (0684) will leave Nagercoil on Fridays at 4.45 p.m. and reach Bangalore City at 8.30 a.m. the next day. While the first service from Bangalore City commences from April 16, the last will be on June 25. Similarly, the service from Nagercoil will commence from April 17 and ends on June 26.

The train will run via Yesvantpur, Banaswadi, Hosur, Dharmapuri, Salem, Erode, Karur, Dindigal, Madurai, Virudhanagar, Satur, Kovilpatti, Vanchi Maniyachi, Tirunelveli and Valliyur to reach Nagercoil. It will have a composition of two two-tier AC coaches, two three-tier AC coaches and 11 second-class sleeper coaches, three general second class coaches and two second class sitting-cum-luggage vans.

The Patna-Bangalore City weekly special (2296-A) will leave Patna at 8.10 p.m. on Tuesdays and arrive at Bangalore City at 8.10 p.m. on Thursday. Train (2295-A) will leave Bangalore City at 8.30 a.m. on Fridays and arrive at Patna at 9.50 a.m. on Sundays. The first service from Patna will commence from April 14 and the last service will be on June 30. From Bangalore City, the service will commence from April 17 and the last service will be on July 3.
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Post by: sajiv on Apr 15, 2009, 08:47 PM
Mysore railway division earns revenue of Rs. 631 cr.

It could not attain target of Rs.671.25 cr. owing to slowdown

Division loaded 3.4 million tonnes of iron ore in 2008-09

Passenger earnings stood at Rs. 114.51 crore

MYSORE: The Mysore division of South Western Railways has registered a record revenue of Rs.631.08 crore. But it has fallen short of its target of Rs.671.25 crore for the financial year 2008-09.

However, it is an improvement over the previous year's earnings of Rs.499.17 crore.

This is for the first time in recent years that the Mysore division failed to meet its revenue target but this has been attributed to the global meltdown and the slump in demand for iron ore. The price of iron ore dropped from a peak of $ 160 a tonne to around $ 70 a tonne and is now hovering around $50 a tonne.

As against nearly 3.96 million tonnes of iron ore loaded during 2007-08, the division could load only 3.4 million tonnes during 2008-09, according to S. Vijayraghavan, Divisional Railway Manager, who recently interacted with mediapersons.

However, there has been a significant improvement in passenger earnings as well as the number of passengers transported. The passenger earnings for this year was Rs.114.51 crore as against Rs.96.70 crore which is an improvement of 18.42 per cent over the previous financial year. Similarly, 362.60 lakh passengers were ferried during this year as against 302.60 lakh passengers during 2007-08. Mr. Vijayaraghavan said that despite failing to achieve the cumulative financial target and a set back in iron ore loading, the freight earnings during the year was Rs.505.85 crore as against Rs.392.80 crore notched up during the previous financial year.

The increase in freight earnings was due to the rise in cumulative loading of cement which was 1,12,577 tonnes during 2008-09 as against 16,645 tonnes during the corresponding period last year thus showing an improvement of 576 per cent. Likewise, the cumulative loading of slag up to March 2009 was 20,032 tonnes compared to 10,816 tonnes during the corresponding period last year thus registering an improvement of 85 per cent, said Mr. Vijayraghavan.

In view of the slowdown the projections for the current financial year (2009-10) have not yet been finalised.

The decrease in revenue and decline in iron ore loading is not confined to Mysore division alone and has been witnessed in Hubli division, said Anup S. Dayanand, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager.

Speaking of other achievements, the authorities said that 40 stations had been provided unreserved ticketing system (UTS) during 2008-09 and it would be introduced in 28 stations during the current financial year.
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Post by: dhilipkumar on Apr 16, 2009, 02:59 PM
Southern Railway executes works worth more than Rs.1,000 crore

CHENNAI: Southern Railway set a record in the last financial year, executing works to the tune of Rs.1074.92 crore.

They included gauge conversion, doubling of lines, construction of new lines and road over/under bridges, passenger amenities etc. This was Rs.188 crore more than the amount spent in the previous financial year (2007-08) when works to the tune of Rs.886.92 crore were completed. In the current financial year, the zone has projected an expenditure of Rs.1711.55 crore. The Railway Ministry has sanctioned Rs.767.75 crore. A Southern Railway official here said this only an interim sanction and that the zone would get more funds after a new government takes over at the Centre after elections. In the last financial year, Rs.470.37 crore was spent on gauge conversion work, and track to a length of 161 km converted. They included the Tirunelveli-Tiruchendur, Karaikudi-Manamadurai, Katpadi-Vellore and Tiruvarur- Nagore stretches.

For doubling work, Rs.286 crore was spent. Doubling of the Dindigul-Kodaikanal Road (22km), and Korrukupet to Ennore (12 km) was completed and they were thrown open for traffic.

In the last financial year, 12 new road over/under bridges were commissioned. Of these 11 are in Tamil Nadu. There are still 126 RoBs/RuBs to be completed in the State. These have been sanctioned by the Railway Ministry and the State government has agreed to share 50 per cent of the cost. In the current financial year, the zone plans to complete another 15 RoB/ RuBs in Tamil Nadu.

The official said some of the ongoing gauge conversion works in the State would take at least two years to complete. Gauge conversion of the Tirunelveli - Tenkasi (72 km), Dindigul - Pollachi- Palghat and Pollachi - Podanur (160 km), Mayiladuthurai - Tiruvarur - Karaikudi and Tiruthuraipundi - Agastiyampalli (224 km), Madurai - Bodinayakanur (90 km), and Punalur - Shengottai (49 km) stretches would be completed only after March 2010.

Doubling of the Chengalpattu - Villupuram - Dindigul (376 km), Tiruvallur - Arakkonam fourth line (27 km), Chennai Beach - Attipattu fourth line (22 km) and Beach - Korukkupet third line (4 km) would be completed only after April 2010.

In the current financial year, a major gauge conversion work, between Villupuram and Mayiladuthurai, would be completed. Laying a new line from Salem to Namakkal (51 km), which is part of the Salem - Karur project, would be over by the year-end and would put Namakkal on the railway map, the official added.

hindu
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Post by: sajiv on Apr 16, 2009, 03:57 PM
Southern Railway executes works worth more than Rs.1,000 crore

They include gauge conversion, doubling of lines and laying of new lines

CHENNAI: Southern Railway set a record in the last financial year, executing works to the tune of Rs.1074.92 crore.

They included gauge conversion, doubling of lines, construction of new lines and road over/under bridges, passenger amenities etc. This was Rs.188 crore more than the amount spent in the previous financial year (2007-08) when works to the tune of Rs.886.92 crore were completed. In the current financial year, the zone has projected an expenditure of Rs.1711.55 crore. The Railway Ministry has sanctioned Rs.767.75 crore. A Southern Railway official here said this only an interim sanction and that the zone would get more funds after a new government takes over at the Centre after elections. In the last financial year, Rs.470.37 crore was spent on gauge conversion work, and track to a length of 161 km converted. They included the Tirunelveli-Tiruchendur, Karaikudi-Manamadurai, Katpadi-Vellore and Tiruvarur- Nagore stretches.

For doubling work, Rs.286 crore was spent. Doubling of the Dindigul-Kodaikanal Road (22km), and Korrukupet to Ennore (12 km) was completed and they were thrown open for traffic.

In the last financial year, 12 new road over/under bridges were commissioned. Of these 11 are in Tamil Nadu. There are still 126 RoBs/RuBs to be completed in the State. These have been sanctioned by the Railway Ministry and the State government has agreed to share 50 per cent of the cost. In the current financial year, the zone plans to complete another 15 RoB/ RuBs in Tamil Nadu.

The official said some of the ongoing gauge conversion works in the State would take at least two years to complete. Gauge conversion of the Tirunelveli - Tenkasi (72 km), Dindigul - Pollachi- Palghat and Pollachi - Podanur (160 km), Mayiladuthurai - Tiruvarur - Karaikudi and Tiruthuraipundi - Agastiyampalli (224 km), Madurai - Bodinayakanur (90 km), and Punalur - Shengottai (49 km) stretches would be completed only after March 2010.

Doubling of the Chengalpattu - Villupuram - Dindigul (376 km), Tiruvallur - Arakkonam fourth line (27 km), Chennai Beach - Attipattu fourth line (22 km) and Beach - Korukkupet third line (4 km) would be completed only after April 2010.

In the current financial year, a major gauge conversion work, between Villupuram and Mayiladuthurai, would be completed. Laying a new line from Salem to Namakkal (51 km), which is part of the Salem - Karur project, would be over by the year-end and would put Namakkal on the railway map, the official added.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Apr 16, 2009, 04:03 PM
Railway division records more revenue

CHENNAI: Chennai Division of Southern Railway registered a sharp increase in its gross earnings in 2008-09. It earned Rs.1,802.25 crore, which is 10.8 per cent more than the previous year. Of this, passenger earnings were Rs.952.21 crore which had registered an increase of 12.2 per cent over the last year.

Presiding over the 54th Railway Week celebrations of the Division here on Wednesday, Divisional Railway Manager S.K.Kulshrestha said the goods earnings had increased by 8.2 per cent and the originating loading was 16.92 million tonnes.

Punctuality improves
The punctuality of mail and express trains had improved from 95.24 per cent to 96.43 per cent and suburban punctuality from 99.13 per cent to 99.6 per cent.

The division had operated 1804 special trains during the last financial year.

In the last five years, the Division had drastically brought down the number of accidents.

The number of accidents which were 128 during 2004-05 had been brought down to 42 during last year.

This was the best performance in the last five years. However, the Division's commitment was to work towards zero accident rate.

More passenger amenities
The Division had provided more passenger amenities at the Chennai Central and Egmore railway stations in line with aspirations of passengers.

It had taken over the maintenance of MRTS stations for better upkeep. It was making every effort to improve the cleanliness in all stations.

Mr. Kulshrestha also honoured five hundred employees who have put in meritorious service on the occasion.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Apr 16, 2009, 11:18 PM
Fire in engine delays trains

Bangalore: An engine of the Karnataka Express (Bangalore City to New Delhi), which left Bangalore City Station on time, caught fire at around 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday. Sources said the fire in the second engine of the train was noticed when it was approaching Cantonment Station. They said the engine drivers detached the engine. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services was informed and a fire tender was pressed into service to extinguish the fire, suspected to have been caused by a short circuit.

Sources said the train departed from Cantonment Station with a single engine. Due to the fire, several other trains were delayed.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Apr 17, 2009, 01:39 PM
Railway to run special train

NEW DELHI: To clear extra rush of passengers, Northern Railway will run a special train from Delhi Sarai Rohilla to Patna Junction today (Friday).

Consisting of three air-conditioned three-tier compartments, nine second class sleepers, four general second class coaches and two luggage vans, the train will stop at Delhi Junction, Delhi Shahdara, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Kanpur, Allahabad, Mughal Sarai, Buxar, Ara and Danapur on the way.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Apr 17, 2009, 03:00 PM
Special trains

MADURAI: Southern Railway will operate summer special trains to Karaikudi and Manamadurai from April 20/21.

According to a Southern Railway press release, 0829-A Tiruchi-Karaikudi special will leave Tiruchi at 3.55 p.m. and reach Karaikudi at 6.15 p.m. Train 0830-A will leave Karaikudi at 9.10 a.m. and reach Tiruchi at 11.40 a.m.

Train 0831-A Karaikudi-Manamadurai special will leave Karaikudi at 6.30 p.m. and reach Manamadurai at 7.55 p.m. Train 0832-A will leave Manamadurai at 7.25 a.m. and reach Karaikudi at 8.50 a.m.Train 0754-A Manamadurai-Madurai special will leave Manamadurai at 9 p.m. and reach Madurai at 10.25 p.m. Train 0751- A will leave Madurai at 5.45 a.m. and reach Manamadurai at 6.55 a.m
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: rajoe on Apr 17, 2009, 03:05 PM
Railways to run short-distance specials for summer

In an innovative initiative, Southern railway will be operating short-distance daily summer special trains in April, May and June after
railways found that there was enough demand for short distance travel.
The trains will be operated daily between Manamadurai and Madurai; Karaikudi and Manamadurai; and Tiruchirapalli and Karaikudi while Ernakulam and Kannur specials will be operated only on Mondays.

Train No 0829A will leave Tiruchirapalli at 3.55 pm and arrive Karaikudi at 6.15 pm. In the return direction, the train (830A) will leave Karaikudi at 9.10 am and arrive Tiruchirapalli at 11.40 pm.

Train (831A) will leave Karaikudi at 6.30 p.m and arrive Manamadurai at 7.55 pm. In the return direction, train (832A) will leave Manamadurai at 7.25 am and arrive Karaikudi at 8.50 pm.

Train (754A) will leave Manamadurai at 9 pm and arrive Madurai at 10.25 pm. In the return direction, train (751A) will leave Madurai at 5.45 am and arrive Manamadurai at 6.55 am.

The train from Ernakulam (637) will leave at 5.45 am and arrive at Kannur at 11.50 am on Mondays. In the return direction, the train (638) will leave Kannur at 1 pm and arrive Ernakulam at 7.15 pm the same day.

source:TOI
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Post by: sajiv on Apr 18, 2009, 03:59 PM
Railway engineers get a new handbook

HUBLI: A national seminar on "Inside-outside approach on quality" was organised by the engineering branch of the South Western Railway here on Friday.

SWR general manager Kuldeep Chaturvedi, who inaugurated the seminar, released two books Specifications of Materials and Works and Standard Schedule of Rates for engineering wings of SWR.

Mr. Chaturvedi said although the zone had completed six years of its formation, it still did not have its own standard schedule of rates with specification of materials and works. Hitherto the engineers of the zone had to refer to the guidelines of Southern Railway or South Central Railway.

He said the publication of these books would go a long way in guiding and facilitating the working of all railway engineers in their day-to-day work.

Mr. Chaturvedi asked the engineers to regularly keep the data updated as per the market rates and new raw materials available in the market and the technological developments.

D.G. Diwate, Principal Chief Engineer, said that the seminar was aimed at facilitating interaction among policy makers, middle level executives as well as supervisors and agencies who were responsible for achieving the quality of ingredient materials as well as quality of final product.

The seminar would help them understood each other's strength and weak areas.

S. Manohar, chief signal and telecom engineer, South-Western Railway, stressed the need for implementation of reports of joint inspections made at signal points, joints and crossings.

S.K. Shirvastav, Chief General Engineer, South-Western Railway, who coordinated the seminar, presented a paper on 'Quality aspects in works'.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Apr 18, 2009, 04:33 PM
Special trains for summer

NEW DELHI: To clear the extra rush during summer, the Railways will run holiday special weekly and super-fast tri-weekly special trains on the lines of the Rajdhani Express between Mumbai Central and Hazrat Nizamuddin in Delhi.

The Mumbai Central-Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani holiday special weekly train will depart from Mumbai Central every Sunday from April 19 up to June 28. In the reverse direction, it will leave Delhi every Monday from April 20 up to June 29.

It will stop at Surat, Vadodara, Ratlam and Kota on the way in both directions.

The Mumbai Central-Hazrat Nizamuddin super-fast Rajdhani tri-weekly will depart from Mumbai Central every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with immediate effect up to June 27. It will leave Delhi every Monday, Thursday and Saturday from April 18 up to June 29.

The special train will stop at Borivali, Surat,Vadodara, Ratlam and Kota on the way in both directions.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Apr 19, 2009, 03:14 PM
Southern Railway embarks on a massive capacity building mission

CHENNAI: Faced with a phenomenal increase in freight as well as passenger traffic, Southern Railway launched a massive capacity building mission at a cost of Rs.10,316 crore.

The zone has undertaken Rs.4,116-crore worth of works in gauge conversion, invested Rs.2,982 crore in new lines, Rs.3,190 crore in doubling and Rs.28 crore in improving traffic facilities.

These works will improve line capacity on trunk routes to cope with the massive increase in traffic, said Southern Railway General Manager M.S. Jayanth here on Thursday. Presiding over the 54th Railway Week celebrations, he said to handle additional freight and passenger requirements, several enhancement works had been taken up by the zone.

These included removal of speed restrictions in many sections and increase in speed in certain other sections.

The General Manager said the overall gross earnings had witnessed a growth of 8.9 per cent to 16.4 per cent. An important feature of last year's achievement was that the growth in freight, sundry and other coaching had contributed more than passenger earnings.

The zone had achieved the best ever loading of 33.765 million tonnes as against the previous year's loading of 30.031 million tonnes and the previous best of 31.073 million tonnes.

There was explosive growth of passenger traffic. The zone transported 685.43 million passengers as against 459.1 million in 2004-05.

To meet the ever growing demand of passenger traffic, the zone operated 2,070 specials. Additional 7,003 coaches were also added with a view to clear the waitlisted passengers.

To provide additional amenities to passengers, Southern Railway spent Rs.73 crore as against the budget grant of Rs.43 crore.

On the rolling stock front, expansion of Erode electric loco shed from 100 to 175 and a new electric loco shed at Royapuram to house 100 locos were planned.

In the current financial year, the Madurai- Dindigul double line, Tiruvallur - Arakkonam third line and Villupuram - Mayiladuthurai BG line would become operational, he added.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Apr 19, 2009, 05:08 PM
CME at Railway Hospital

CHENNAI: A two-day continuing medical education programme (CME) on 'Common paediatric cardiac diseases and their management and preventive cardiology' was inaugurated at Railway Hospital, Perambur on Friday by V.K. Ramteke, Director-General, Railway Health Services, Railway Board, New Delhi.

Southern Railway General Manager M.S. Jayanth presided over the function.

Speakers pointed out that early diagnosis and intervention were mandatory for children with congenital heart disease as it might not be curable with the progress of the disease. Recent advances in interventional cardiology had increased the scope of management in children as open heart surgery could be avoided.

Railway Hospital, Perambur, had acquired significant expertise in management of the condition through the percutaneous procedures.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Apr 20, 2009, 03:07 AM
 
First AC coach on Chennai train

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Railways will introduce one 'first air-conditioned -cum- air-conditioned two-tier coach' on the 6123/6124 Chennai Egmore-Thiruvananthapuram- Chennai Egmore Ananthapuri Express from July 15.

Special trains
The Railways will run weekly special trains between Ernakulam and Kannur during April and May to clear the rush of commuters.

The 0637 weekly special will leave Ernakulam Junction at 5.45 a.m. every Monday from April 27 to May 25 to arrive at Kannur at 11.50 a.m. the same day. In the return direction, the 0638 weekly special will leave Kannur at 1 p.m. every Monday from April 27 to May 25 to reach Ernakulam Junction at 7.15 p.m. the same day.

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Post by: sajiv on Apr 20, 2009, 03:07 AM
Railway stations lacking in facilities

Projects lined up four years ago have been non-starters

Sixth platform yet to be operationlised

Railways have yet to take over GCDA building

KOCHI: Passengers and visitors going through Ernakulam Junction and the Town railway station have to undergo quite a harrowing experience, due to lack of even basic amenities.

The stations are very congested and look worn out. The scarcity of clean water is another pressing issue. Most of the projects that were lined up over four years ago to modernise the stations and to enhance the passenger amenities, have become non-starters. The situation at the eastern entry to both the stations is worse.

Both stations do not have the mandatory platform-indication board at the eastern entries. Neither is the platform number of trains expected within an hour announced through the public-address system. This results in passengers having to walk through the foot overbridge to the first platform with their luggage, to ascertain the platform where their train would halt.

The access road to the eastern entry of the Ernakulam Junction station gets inundated in the rain. The parking lot here turns slushy and unusable even in a small downpour, with the result that many cars and bikes are parked on the access road.

The commissioning of the sixth platform at the station would have considerably eased congestion in the other platforms.

It would also have prevented delays caused by trains being detained at the outskirts of the station and at the Town station, due to inadequate number of platforms. Operationalising the platform that was built five years ago remains a far cry, reportedly because of inadequate cooperation between the civil and the traffic wings of the Railways in linking the track and the signals with the main line.

Opening more booking counters, an information desk and other basic amenities at the eastern entry would have considerably reduced congestion at the main entrance to both the stations. People coming from the eastern and northern parts of the city would benefit the most, since they would otherwise have to use the narrow North and South overbridges to reach the station.

The Railways have also not taken over the building built for it by the GCDA on the eastern entry, around four years after the entry was opened.

"Many of the offices located on the western side could have been shifted to the building, thus opening up more space on the west for passenger amenities and parking," said a Railway official.

He said that the Thiruvananthapuram divisional authorities have been unable to plan and execute development works at the two stations, in proportion to the steep increase in number of passengers. "The root cause is seldom addressed, despite frequent promises made by senior officials to find a solution to the woes of passengers."

Shortage of mechanical and electrical staff has resulted in passengers having to wait for long in front of the closed doors of trains beginning service from Ernakulam. Frontline staff who have to frequently interact with passengers and guide them too are in short supply.

There have been instances of personnel manning the information office being unable to guide passengers about the time schedule of special trains introduced during the festive seasons and vacation time, because of communication gap with the other wings.
Title: Railways conducts medical education programme
Post by: Kalyan on Apr 20, 2009, 02:47 PM
Railways conducts medical education programme

Chennai: Southern railway organised a two-day continuing medical education programme on 'common paediatric cardiac diseases and their management and preventive cardiology' at the Railway Hospital, Perambur, on Friday and Saturday.

The two-day conference was aimed at creating awareness about the issue as an early diagnosis of congenital heart diseases was crucial in curing it completely.


Chief medical directors and physicians from various zonal railways attended the conference.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Apr 20, 2009, 03:25 PM
Railway facility withdrawn

The Railways have withdrawn the facility to purchase 'other station' tickets with effect from April 1, forcing commuters to buy tickets from more than one station.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Apr 24, 2009, 08:26 PM
Longest railway bridge coming up

KOCHI: The 4.62-km railway bridge over the Vembanad Lake cutting across the island of Mulavukad will become India's longest rail bridge when it is commissioned in November this year.

The bridge that snakes its way over the Vembanad Lake is part of the nearly 9-km railway link that is being built for the Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal.

The Vallarpadam bridge will beat the current longest rail bridge, the Nehru Setu Bridge near Dehri on river Sone in Bihar, by more than a kilometre.

"It is the longest bridge being built in the shortest time," said an official of Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, which is executing the work. When it is commissioned, it would have taken 18 months to complete the work, with the efforts of an average of 500 labourers and 50 engineers daily.

The total cost of the rail link for the Vallarpadam project, including the railway station and goods yard at Edappally, is Rs.246 crore. The work is being funded completely by the Union government. A total of 11,000 tonnes of ordinary steel and 2,500 tonnes of high tensile steel will be required for the 133 spans of the bridge. Its 133 pillars are built on piles sank to depths ranging between 45 and 55 metres.

Just as ambitious as the bridge is the Vallarpadam transhipment terminal project that expects to handle three million TEUs of containerised cargo a year once it is commissioned.

A total of Rs.3,000 crore, spread over two phases, will be invested in the project, which will have a capacity to receive vessels up to 8,000 TEU.

The transhipment terminal will be run by India Gateway Terminals Limited, part of Dubai Ports World.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Apr 25, 2009, 12:31 AM
Now Delhi Metro railway all the way to Yamuna Bank

NEW DELHI: In a week from now, residents of East Delhi and adjoining areas in the Capital will be able to board Delhi Metro trains from a brand new station: Yamuna Bank. For thousands of commuters living in the rest of the Capital, the trans-Yamuna areas will be that much more easily accessible.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Thursday announced that the existing Line III (Dwarka Sector 9-Indraprastha) would be extended by 2.1 km up to the Yamuna Bank station from May 2.

"Metro trains will be available from the new station from 6 in the morning to 11 at night. The frequency of the trains will be every four minutes to ten minutes depending on the rush," said Delhi Metro spokesperson Anuj Dayal. With the opening of this new stretch, travelling by the metro will become easier for commuters residing in East Delhi areas including Patparganj, Mayur Vihar, I P Extension and Laxmi Nagar who now have to travel up to Indraprastha or Shastri Park stations for boarding the metro.

"The opening of the Yamuna Bank station will ease the pressure on Line I (Dilshad Garden-Rithala) as passengers from East Delhi can come directly to Line III at Yamuna Bank rather than having to inter-change at Kashmere Gate and Rajiv Chowk to reach Line III," said Mr. Dayal.

"In addition, the opening of this section will enable the Delhi Metro to open the new train maintenance depot which is also located on the Yamuna Bank. The new depot is required by DMRC for commissioning and stationing of trains during the trial runs of the upcoming new Noida extension which is scheduled to start in May/June this year," Mr. Dayal added. The DMRC has also constructed a 5,000 square metres parking bay at Yamuna Bank which can accommodate up to 400 cars.

A new metro feeder bus service will also be launched from the Yamuna Bank station to Mayur Vihar Phase III via Vikas Marg, New Patparganj Road, Mother Dairy, Mayur Vihar Phase II, Pocket C, Kalyanpuri, Kondli and Gharole with the opening of this station.

Reduce road traffic
"The opening of the new station is also likely to reduce the road traffic from the Nizamuddin Bridge and the ITO Bridge connecting East Delhi with the rest of the Capital as both these bridges are major bottleneck points in terms of traffic, especially during the peak hours," said Mr. Dayal.

The Yamuna Bank Depot can stable about 40 trains at one time and is spread over 3.9 lakh square metres. Completed in 27 months, the depot has facilities for washing of trains, handling technical repairs and stabling the trains during the night for inspection.

"The opening of the section has been cleared by the Commissioner for Metro Railway Safety. However, there will be no formal opening ceremony or inauguration in view of the existing code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections," said Mr. Dayal.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Apr 25, 2009, 04:07 PM
Special train

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run (weekly) special train between Machilipatnam and Chennai Central during April, May and June.

According to a release issued on Friday, train No.0751 will leave Machilipatnam at 11.15 p.m. on Mondays and arrive at Chennai Central 9.25 a.m. on Tuesdays. Train No.0752 will leave Chennai Central at 4.30 p.m. on Tuesdays and arrive at Machilipatnam 4.15 a.m. on Wednesdays.

The weekly special train will stop at Chilaskalapudi, Pedana, Kavutaram, Gudlavlleru, Gudivada, Vijayawada, Tenali, Bapatala, Chirala, Ongole, Kavali, Nellore, Gudur, Nayadupeta and Sullurpet.

It will depart from Machilipatnam on April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8 and 15 and from Chennai on April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9 and 16.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Apr 25, 2009, 04:14 PM
Special trains

HYDERABAD: The South Central Railway will run 20 weekly summer special trains between Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam from April 26 to June 29 to clear extra rush of passengers.

A press release issued by SCR here on Friday said train No.0733 will leave Vijayawada on April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 9.55 p.m. It will reach Visakhapatnam at 4.05 a.m. the next day.

In the return direction, train No.0734 will depart from Visakhapatnam on April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 5.30 a.m. and reach Vijayawada at 11.30 a.m. the same day.

En route the trains will halt at Eluru, Tadipalligudem, Rajahmundry, Samalkot, Annavaram, Tuni, Anakapalli and Duvvada in both directions. They will consist of 15 coaches. The sleeper coaches will be de-reserved during day.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: rajoe on Apr 27, 2009, 03:13 PM
Summer special trains introduced

The Central railways has introduced a bi-weekly summer special train for two months between Solapur and Hubli which will travel via Pune.

The Solapur-Hubli special (train number 0784) will leave from Solapur at 5 pm every Thursday and Sunday. It will reach Hubli the next day (ie. Friday and Monday respectively) at 11.30 am. The train will halt at Mohol, Madha, Kurudwadi, Kem, Jeur, Parewadi, Bhigwan, Daund, Pune, Satara, Sangli, Miraj, Ghatprabha, Belgaum, Londa and Dharwad. This train will reach Pune at 10.50 pm. The Solapur-Hubli train will run from April 30 to June 28

On its return journey, the Hubli-Solapur special train (0783) will leave Hubli every Wednesday and Saturday at 9.25 pm and reach Solapur the next day (that is Thursday and Sunday respectively) at 1.10 pm. The train will reach Pune at 7.40 am. The Hubli-Solapur train will run from April 29 to June 26

There will be another summer-special weekly train between Solapur and Hubli, which will run via Gadag. The Solapur-Hubli train (number 0786) will leave Solapur every Tuesday at 11.50 pm and reach Hubli at 8 am on Wednesday. This train will halt at Hotgi, Indi road, Bijapur, Basavanbagewadi road, Almatti, Bagalkot, Badami, Alur, Hole, Gadag and Annigeri.

On its return journey, the Hubli-Solapur train via Gadag (train number 0785) will leave Hubli at 9.25 pm every Monday and reach Solapur at 6.15 am on Tuesday. The Hubli-Solapur-Hubli (via Gadag) train will ply from April 27 to June 30. The trains will have four sleeper class coaches, one AC-3 tier coach and six general class compartments.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: rajoe on Apr 27, 2009, 03:15 PM
Pune railway division bags performance prize

With achievements like maintaining 97% punctuality in train timings and reduction of passenger complaints by 22%, the Pune railway division
has bagged a commercial shield for its overall performance for the second consecutive year (2008-09).

The impressive accomplishment has mainly been vis-?-vis growth in passenger and ticket checking earnings and commercial publicity for the financial year that ended on March 31.

In fact, the number of passengers are rising in the division, and in Pune it is one lakh on a daily basis. Due to this increase, the division's passenger earnings have gone up to Rs 328.10 crore from last year's Rs 295.91 crore, which indicates a growth of 11%.

With the intention of increasing facilities for its passengers, the division has undertaken upgradation work at various stations. Amenity work of an estimated of Rs 5.57 crores has been completed so far. This includes the erection of electronic display boards, ticket-vending machines, upgradation of waiting rooms and installation of computerised ticketing facilities at 23 stations. The works are mainly being taken up at prominent stations like Lonavla, Kolhapur, Miraj, Satara, Sangli, Baramati and Pune.

With the computerised reservation facility at BEG Khadki, the division now boasts of one of the most modern facilities of the Indian railways.

Also, the Pune division's operating branch has excelled in terms of maintaining punctuality of passenger trains, by ensuring 97.42% punctuality of mail/express trains. While it was 99% in November 2008.

The division also witnessed a reduction by 22% in registration of complaints for the year 2008-09. Around 15 complaints were received as against the earlier figure of 22.

The public relation officer of Pune division, Y K Singh, said, "Following the strict action against passengers travelling illegally, the division has recorded 10% growth in ticket checking earnings and the target was achieved 15 days earlier than the deadline. The earnings have gone up from Rs 36.09 crore to Rs 38.05 crore this year. The commercial publicity earnings have increased by Rs 6.8 crore to Rs. 30.2 crore, indicating 27% growth".

"The commercial and operating shield was given by B B Modgil general manager, central railway division, to Ashok Malhotra, senior divisional commercial manager, Pune division
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: rajoe on Apr 28, 2009, 02:56 PM
Local trains on election duty

For the convenience of commuters, especially those on election duty, the Western Railway will run four 'election special' 12-car local
trains on Thursday. The Churchgate to Virar local will leave at 3am, and is scheduled to reach Virar at 4.40am. The Churchgate-bound Borivli train will leave at 3.30am and arrive at its destination at 4.34am.

In the opposite direction, one train will depart from Virar at 3.00am, and reach Churchgate at 4.40am, while a second train will leave Borivli at 3.30am and is scheduled to arrive at Churchgate at 4.36am. The trains will halt at all stations.

source:TOI
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Post by: dwarakesh on Apr 28, 2009, 02:57 PM
Special train to Shirdi

CHENNAI: Southern Railway is running a weekly special train to Shirdi from Chennai Egmore.

Train No.0677 will leave Chennai Egmore at 3 p.m. on all Tuesdays from April 28 to June 23 and arrive in Shirdi at 4.45 p.m. the next day. In the return direction, train No.0678 will leave Shirdi at 8 a.m. on all Thursdays from April 30 to June 25 and arrive in Egmore at 11.45 a.m. the next day. The composition will be one AC 2-tier, two AC 3-tier, 13 sleeper class, 3 general second class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Apr 28, 2009, 03:09 PM
Special trains to meet holiday rush

HYDERABAD: South Central Railway has introduced special trains to be run from various destinations between April 28 and June 30 to meet the extra rush of passengers during the holidays.

Hyderabad-Sholapur-Hyderabad special train (Train No-0146) will depart Hyderabad on every Tuesday from April 28 to June 30.

In the return direction, the train (Train No-0145) will start on the same day i.e. every Tuesday between April 28 and June 30 from Sholapur, release said.

A special train between Secunderabad-Jabalpur (Train No-0192) will be available on every Sunday from May 3 to 17 and in the return direction the special train (Train No-0191) will be available on every Saturday between May 2 and May 16.

A special train between Kakinada-Machlipatnam (Train No 0753) is available on Mondays from May 4 to June 15 at Kakinada.

In the return direction Machlipatnam-Kakinada (Train No-0754) is available on all Wednesdays from May 6 to June 17 from Machlipatnam.

There will be a Hyderabad-Visakhapatnam special train (Train No-748) on April 30 from Secunderabad and the same train in the return direction (Train No-747) will be available for passengers on May 5 at Visakhapatnam.

A special train (Train No-749) is available on May 1 from Visakhapatnam to Tirupati and in the return direction the train (Train No-750) is available on May 4 from Tirupati.

A special train (Train No-741) is available on May 2 for Tirupati to Kakinada and in the return direction the train (Train No-742) is available on May 3 from Kakinada.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: rajoe on Apr 28, 2009, 03:25 PM
Western Railway Conference on trackmen

Western Railway
Mazdoor Sangh (WRMS) has organised an All India Conference for trackmen, gatemen and keymen in Ahmedabad on
Tuesday.

JG Mahurkar, general secretary of WRMS said that on an average 7000 trackmen die every year throughout the country, adding, that the conference will discuss these issues.

These are the men who are responsible to prevent accident and they are the most neglected in the railways. Apart from these, the keymen have to inspect their beats of 7 km daily and remove all defects to ensure safety of passengers.

He said that the sixth pay commission has left several anomalies in the salary structures of these cadre. He said that the national conference will be addressed by General Secretary of National Federation of Indian Railways M Raghavaiah and others.

WRMS has demanded that government fix retirement at 50 and should give appointments to immediate kins of the employees who retire.

Mahurkar said that this year the railways had invited application for 7000 trackmen and of these 2500 were selected. But of these 2500, 1000 who were graduates and post graduates left the job as it involved lot of hardships. He said that the maximum salary that these trackmen and gatemen gate is just Rs 8,000 which was just negligible amount against the labour these men put in.

source:TOI
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Post by: dwarakesh on Apr 28, 2009, 03:33 PM
Northern Railway introduces digital enquiry system

NEW DELHI: In its bid to use technology to provide quality service to passengers , the Delhi Division of Northern Railway recently introduced a new video conferencing-based digital enquiry system on a trial basis.

Though the service has been introduced at the New Delhi and Old Delhi railway stations, it might be extended to other stations after evaluating the response.

Northern Railway (Delhi Division) General Manager B. D. Garg said: "Compared to the face-to-face enquiry, the new service would be unmanned as there would be no need for an operator to be seated behind the enquiry counter. This would ensure no quarrelling or arguments between enquiry officials and passengers and help save time leading to efficient operation."

This video conferencing enabled digital enquiry system which costs between Rs. 2 lakh to Rs.3 lakh would be equipped with an LCD screen, mike, national train enquiries system connection, hotline connection, monitoring machine and a camera.

"Under the system, the passenger would speak out his query on the mike which would be transmitted in real time to our operator sitting at any other location through a voice transmission software akin to that used in call centres. The photo image of that passenger would also be flashed onto a monitoring screen placed next to our operator in the control room and likewise a photo image of the operator would be flashed on a television screen next to the passenger. In this way our operators would be able to immediately convey the necessary information back to the passenger in a clear manner."
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Post by: dwarakesh on Apr 29, 2009, 03:59 PM
Special train to Dadar

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run a super fast special train from Chennai Central to Dadar for clearing the rush.

Train No.0691 will leave Chennai Central at 3 p.m. on April 30 and arrive in Dadar at 10.55 a.m. the next day. It will stop at Renigunta, Guntakal, Wadi, Solapur and Pune. Reservation will begin on April 29.
Change in timings

Train No.0608 will leave Nagercoil at 5 p.m. (Sundays) and arrive at Chennai Central at 8.15 a.m. the next day from May 3.

Train No.0607 will leave Chennai Central at 1.40 p.m. (Mondays) and arrive at Nagercoil at 4.45 a.m. from May 4.

Train No.0611 will leave Chennai Central at 8.30 p.m. (Wednesdays) and arrive at Tuticorin at 9.45 a.m. from May 6. Train No.0612 will leave Tuticorin at 6.50 p.m. (Thursdays) and arrive at Chennai Central at 8.15 a.m. from May 7, according to a release.
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Post by: sajiv on Apr 30, 2009, 01:04 AM
Railways to use 'regenerative' brakes in new suburban trains

Looking at conserving energy and lowering operating costs, Railways have decided to incorporate the new generation 'regenerative' brakes that cut back on electricity consumption by reusing 25 to 30 percent of it, in new suburban trains.

This technology would be incorporated in new EMU rakes that are likely to operate on the Mumbai suburban section.

A project design document has already been prepared in this regard and made public to elicit views of stakeholders, said a senior official in the Rail Ministry.

Regenerative brakes make use of the energy that is lost when a train running on electrified tracks applies brakes and converts it into energy, thus saving on the energy input required to operate.

"In this way it is capable of regenerating 25 to 30 per cent of the energy used," the official said.

Railways also expect creation of employment opportunities with the adoption of this technology, besides environmental benefits.

Jobs would open up for semi-skilled and skilled professionals in Indian Railways during implementation, operation and maintenance of regenerative breaking system in the EMUs, he said.

The technology is already being used in the Delhi Metro.
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Post by: sajiv on Apr 30, 2009, 02:44 PM
Train cancelled

MADURAI: The Southern Railway has announced the cancellation of two summer specials due to the collision of two trains at Vyasarpadi on Wednesday. According to a press release, train 0611 Chennai Central-Tuticorin summer special, scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 7.40 p.m., has been cancelled on Wednesday.

The 0612 Tuticorin-Chennai Central summer special, scheduled to leave Tuticorin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, will remain cancelled.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Apr 30, 2009, 03:34 PM
Train cancelled

MADURAI: The Southern Railway has announced the cancellation of two summer specials due to the collision of two trains at Vyasarpadi on Wednesday. According to a press release, train 0611 Chennai Central-Tuticorin summer special, scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 7.40 p.m., has been cancelled on Wednesday.

The 0612 Tuticorin-Chennai Central summer special, scheduled to leave Tuticorin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, will remain cancelled.
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Post by: sajiv on May 01, 2009, 07:14 PM
Biometric system of access-control to driver's cabin planned

The concept is the first of its kind in Indian Railways

It will be tried in Electrical Multiple Units in Chennai

CHENNAI: A day after an unidentified person took control of a suburban train and rammed into a goods train at Vyasarpadi Jiva railway station here on Wednesday resulting in the death of four persons, the Southern Railway has planned to go for biometric system of access-control to driver's cabin in trains. The concept, the first of its kind in Indian Railways, will be tried in Electrical Multiple Units (EMUs) in Chennai.

"We are writing to the Research Design and Standards Organisation, Lucknow, on developing the biometric system. The technology is readily available and we only have to adopt it to suit our requirements. This security feature will be a foolproof mechanism as it would be fed with the thumb impressions...we can ensure the access of authorised persons to the driver's cabin and ignition control," Chief Mechanical Engineer (Southern Railway), V. Carmelus, told The Hindu.

The suggestion to have a biometric system was mooted by the Southern Railway Mazdoor Union at a high-level meeting convened by the General Manager, M.S. Jayanth, on Thursday. Members of the Dakshin Railway Employees Union took part in the meeting.

According to railway sources, Mr. Jayanth insisted that there should be strict adherence to rules and no compromise be made on the safety front. SRMU general secretary, N. Kanniah, said their suggestion of a biometric system would go a long way in ensuring safety.

Mr. Carmelus said it was decided to eliminate the practice of a Technician handling the keys of EMUs. As per the existing system, the motorman (driver) of an incoming EMU at the destination point would leave the keys in the driver's cabin. A Technician would shift the keys to the other end of the train and prepare the train for departure. "We have now insisted that the Motorman should have the keys with him till the end of his duty. This practice is being followed in other zones including the Central, Western and Northern Railways. It has been planned to redesign the keys in such a manner that they cannot be duplicated."

He said instructions were given to all divisions in the zone to ensure that locomotives were not left unmanned unless they were switched off and the keys deposited with the authorities concerned. "The drivers are equipped with walkie-talkie wireless communication sets that are connected to the guard and the Station Master of the nearest railway station."
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Post by: sajiv on May 01, 2009, 07:49 PM
Railway Week celebrated

HUBLI: The Commercial Department of South Western Railway celebrated the 54th Railway Week in Hubli on Tuesday. Addressing the gathering, Chief Commercial Manager S.K. Behera and Chief Commercial Manager (Passenger Business) Sanjeeb Halder appreciated the good work done by the officials of the department.

Mr. Behera said that the hard work by the frontline staff such as booking clerks and ticket checking staff had resulted in an increase in passenger traffic and earnings.

He said that the South Western Railway was the second zone in the Indian Railway after South Eastern Railway in recording growth in passenger traffic during 2008-09. On the occasion, five officials of the department and 108 personnel from Hubli, Bangalore and Mysore divisions were given awards and cash prizes.

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Post by: dwarakesh on May 04, 2009, 03:58 PM
Railways flayed for express train cancellation

TIRUCHI: The decision of the Tiruchi Railway Division to cancel the much sought after Tiruchi-Mayiladuturai Express in both directions for three days at a stretch from Monday (May 4) has come in for a lot of criticism from the travelling public of the central districts.

The authorities have announced the cancellation of the train owing to ongoing works for commissioning of platform 5 of Tiruchi Junction. This is the only train to be cancelled for this purpose.

The commuters say that the decision of the authorities is totally unjustified.

The Railways was operating umpteen number of trains through Tiruchi Junction round the clock. When all the long distance trains, including passenger trains, are being run as per schedule, what is the need for cancelling only the Tiruchi-Mayiladuturai Express which has a good patronage. The cancellation of this train during the summer holidays will cause lot of hardship to the public, they feel.

He urged the Railways to complete the upgrade in a day or in different stages during the non-running period of trains and resume the service so that inconvenience caused to the passengers is minimised."

The Railways could operate this train upto Golden Rock or Tiruverambur from Mayiladuturai for the benefit of the public. The Railways could have considered operating this train between Thanjavur and Mayiladuturai on these three days, they point out.
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Post by: dwarakesh on May 04, 2009, 04:08 PM
Special trains to clear summer rush

HUBLI: In order to clear extra rush during the summer, South Western Railway is running bi-weekly express special trains between Hubli, Pune and Solapur via Belgaum, Miraj and Daund (Train Nos. 0783/0784) and also weekly express special trains between Hubli and Solapur via Gadag, Bagalkot and Bijapur (Train Nos. 0785/0786), a press release said.

Accordingly, Train No. 0783 Hubli-Pune-Solapur Bi-weekly Express Special will depart from Hubli at 9.25 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and arrive at Solapur at 1.10 p.m. the next day. The service commenced on April 29 and will end on June 27.

In the return direction, Train No.0784 Solapur-Pune-Hubli Bi-weekly Express Special will leave Solapur at 5 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays and reach Hubli at 11.30 a.m. the next day. The service began on April 30 and will end on June 28.

Train No. 0785 Hubli-Solapur Weekly Express Special (via Gadag) will depart from Hubli at 9.25 p.m. on Mondays and arrive at Solapur at 6.15 a.m. on the next day. The service began on April 27 and will end on June 29.

In the return direction, Train No.0786 Solapur-Hubli Weekly Express Special will depart from Solapur at 11.50 p.m. on Tuesdays and will reach Hubli at 8 a.m. the next day. The service commenced on April 28 and will conclude on June 30.
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Post by: dwarakesh on May 05, 2009, 02:52 PM
Railways to have new system for recruitment

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Railway Recruitment Boards will soon adopt calendar-based or continuous testing methods for recruitment as part of developing the boards as recruitment and skill assessment centres.

"After the procedure is adopted, the RRBs can conduct tests round the year and avoid crowding of candidates at one place and other problems arising out of it," RRB sources told The Hindu.

The problems the railways and the State government faced when 1.49 lakh candidates arrived in Mumbai last year on a single day to take the examination had prompted the RRB to look for new recruitment procedures. Influx of candidates was also felt in Nagpur and Sholapur on the same day.

An interim report has been prepared by a five-member committee headed by the executive director of the New Delhi-based Railway Recruitment Control Board, the policy formulating body of RRBs. As part of adopting continuous testing methods, an aptitude test will be conducted to assess the skills of those applying for jobs in the railways. At present, the railways has moved on from the paper-based written test to online examination with the e-recruitment tool developed and customised by RRB, Thiruvananthapuram. As many as 25,000 testing centres, the majority of them IT labs in engineering colleges, are used for holding online examination. The RRB, Thiruvananthapuram, became the nodal bench for the other 19 RRBs in the country by holding national online examinations.

At present, jobs in the railways are not mapped based on the skills and competency and the HR data base is payroll- centric. A core HR data base has been proposed by the committee with recruitment, training and development, payroll and career progression as sub-system to take care of the evolution of recruitment through a full-fledged Talent management system.

Chairman, Railway Recruitment Board, Thiruvananthapuram, and a member of the committee A. Mohan Menon said the recruitment module would be converted into talent management module.
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Post by: dwarakesh on May 07, 2009, 03:52 PM
Special train

Berths are available in Vijayawada-Akola special train (No.0724), which departs at Vijayawada on every Wednesday and Sunday at 5 p.m. and

reaches Akola at 09.45 a.m. the next day. The train touches Khammam, Warangal, Secunderabad, Nizamabad, Mudkhed, Nanded, Purna, Hingoli

and Washim stations.
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Post by: dwarakesh on May 08, 2009, 11:13 PM
WR introduces SMS feedback service

The Western Railway has introduced an SMS feedback service enabling commuters to register problems as well as suggestions.

The SMSes can be sent to 900447777.
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Post by: dwarakesh on May 09, 2009, 03:02 PM
Special train to Howrah

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run a special train between Chennai Central and Howrah to clear the rush of passengers.

Train no. 0653 will leave Chennai Central at 10.20 p.m. on May 10 and reach Howrah at 3 a.m. on May 12. Advance reservation for the above train will commence on May 9.

Special trains cancelled: Southern Railway cancelled train no. 0629/0630 Chennai Central - Salem Weekly specials from May 16 due to poor patronage.
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Post by: dwarakesh on May 12, 2009, 03:24 PM
Railways eye Tirunelveli to start more trains via Kerala

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With Thiruvananthapuram Central and Ernakulam stations saturated and Kochuveli having limited traffic facilities and passenger amenities, the Railways are thinking of starting more trains running through the State from Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu.

The attempt is to use the spare capacity of the coaching terminal at Tirunelveli, 120 km from Thiruvananthapuram Central, for starting trains running through the State, a senior Railway official said. Three pit lines are available there and the facilities at the coaching terminal are underutilised.

The trains that are to commence operations from Tirunelveli include those to Bilaspur and Kurla in Mumbai. The two trains were announced in the last Railway Budget.

Thiruvananthapuram Central, which is to be upgraded into a world-class station, handles double the sanctioned capacity of trains, the official said.

The official said the Railways were handling four pairs of trains from Kochuveli with just one pit line and two platforms.

The pit line is saturated and new trains cannot be started from Ernakulam, Kochuveli and Thiruvananthapuram Central stations.

The divisional railway authorities have finalised a Rs.250-crore proposal for setting up an operating centre for trains starting from and terminating in the capital city on 12.14 hectares of land owned by the Railways adjacent to the Nemom railway station.

The Railways are planning 10 pit lines to take care of the maintenance of 30 trains; 12 stabling lines; sick lines and quarters for railway personnel at Nemom.

General Manager of Integral Coach Factory, Perambur, M.S. Jayanth, who holds additional charge of the General Manager, Southern Railway, reviewed the second phase development work at the Kochuveli railway terminal.

Under the Rs.36-crore project, the Railways are setting up two stabling lines, two pit lines and three platforms to handle more trains.
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Post by: sajiv on May 13, 2009, 02:34 PM
Metro rail is a popular promise in Coimbatore city

COIMBATORE: In the race for getting popular with the city's development-starved population, parties contesting from the Coimbatore Lok Sabha constituency have promised grandiose schemes to raise the stature of the city to that of Chennai and Bangalore. One of the schemes is the metro rail project, on the lines of what is being planned for Chennai. Candidates of the parties have cited the region's international-level reputation as an industrial, educational and healthcare hub to tell that the people that it does not deserve anything less than what Chennai has or will have. Almost all the six major parties contesting from here have been making promises on these lines.

The Kongunadu Munnetra Kazhagam even had a sketch of a metro rail on the banners it displayed at its recent public meeting.

Quoting consultants on the mission, sources in the Coimbatore Corporation point out that a metro rail, especially the tunnel network, is not feasible as the city is not linear like Mumbai.

On the other hand, Coimbatore is a radial city and therefore suitable for a circular rail network. After exploring various options including skybus, the civic body has decided to have a bus network on dedicated tracks, a source says. Strangely, even members of the parties who have taken part in meetings of the Corporation on these proposals have been unable to resist the temptation of joining those making the promise of a metro rail system.
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Post by: sajiv on May 13, 2009, 03:33 PM
Train cancelled

HYDERABAD: The SCR has cancelled train no. 0705 / 0706 Hyderabad-Sirpur Kagaznagar- Hyderabad fast passenger train (summer special) due to poor occupancy , from Wednesday onwards.
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Post by: sajiv on May 13, 2009, 03:51 PM

Special trains

VIJAYAWADA: To clear the extra rush of passengers, special trains are being operated between Barauni-Yeshwantpur-Barauni, Howrah-Yeshwantpur-Howrah and Patna-Yeshwantpur-Patna.

Barauni-Yeshwantpur (0595) special will leave Barauni at 9 a.m. on May 14 and reach Vijayawada at 11.20 p.m. the next day for a 20 minute halt. The train will reach Yeshwantpur at 2.30 p.m. on May 16. In the return direction, the train (0596) will leave Yeshwantpur at 11.30 p.m. on May 17 and arrive at Vijayawada at 1.15 p.m. the next day for a 20 minute halt. It will reach Barauni at 6.30 a.m. on May 19.

Howrah-Yeshwantpur (0841) special will leave Howrah at 6.45 p.m. on May 14 and reach Vijayawada at 3.15 p.m. the next day for a 15 minute halt. It will reach Yeshwantpur at 4.30 p.m. on May 16. In the return direction, the train (0842) will leave Yeshwantpur at 11.30 p.m. on May 17 and reach Vijayawada at 12.05 p.m. the next day. It will reach Howrah at 10.10 a.m. on May 19.

Patna-Yeshwantpur (0391) special will leave Patna at midnight of May 13 and reach Vijayawada at 11.20 p.m. the next day for a 20 minute halt. It will reach Yeshwantpur at 2.30 p.m. on May 15. In the return direction, the train (0392) will leave Yeshwantpur at 11.30 p.m. on May 18 and reach Vijayawada at 1.15 p.m. the next day for a 20 minute halt.
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Post by: ganeshbala on May 13, 2009, 07:49 PM
Railway ticket booking disrupted

There were scenes of chaos at the Chennai-Egmore railway station here on Tuesday, as unexpected power disruption forced the closure of ticket booking counters for about an hour.

Hundreds of passengers seeking unreserved tickets remained helpless at the station from about 8.00 pm to 8. 50 pm, as the ticket counters were shut down, sighting inability to issue tickets as the reason.

"I have been standing in the long queue for over 45 minutes to get a ticket to Tirunelveli on the Nellai Express. The train is scheduled to leave at 21.15 hours," said Jaleel, a passenger who was caught in the drama.

While Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel were seen trying to maintain order at the station in the darkness, a good number of passengers were making desperate attempts to jump the queue, leading to heated arguments among commuters.

Meanwhile, the Southern Railway officials informed that they were able to restore one line immediately, leaving train services from Chennai-Egmore and Chennai-Central unaffected.

"We are making every effort to restore the activities at the station as soon as possible and to ensure that such incidents do not occur again," railway officials said.
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Post by: dwarakesh on May 14, 2009, 04:08 PM
Bangalore-Shirdi train service soon

BELLARY: The "Garib Rath", a fully air-conditioned people's train, will soon operate between Yeshwantpur and Shirdi, a pilgrim centre in Maharashtra, Babulal Jain, member of the National Rail Users' Consultative Committee, has said. The service, to commence from May 19, will be once a week. The train (0685/0686) will leave Yeshwantpur on Tuesdays at 7.30 a.m. and pass through Guntakal, Bellary, Hospet, Gadag, Bijapur and Sholapur before reaching Shirdi at 8 a.m. the next day. It will leave Shirdi on Wednesdays at 6.20 p.m. and reach Yeshwantpur on Thursdays at 8 p.m.
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Post by: dwarakesh on May 15, 2009, 03:08 PM
Train timings changed

HYDERABAD: The timings of following trains have been changed due to engineering works in Mudkhed-Manmad section of South Central Railway:

Train No.350 Aurangabad-Hyderabad Passenger is rescheduled to depart Aurangabad at 5.30 p.m. instead of 3.30 p.m. to reach Hyderabad at 9

a.m. the next day with effect from Friday till further announcement, according to a press release.
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Post by: sajiv on May 16, 2009, 02:24 PM

Special train to Coimbatore

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run a super fast weekly special from Chennai Central to Coimbatore In both directions to clear the summer rush.

Train No.0613 will leave Chennai Central at 11.50 pm on all Fridays from May 22 to June 26 and reach Coimbatore at 7.55 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, train No.0614 will leave Coimbatore at 7.45 p.m. on all Sundays from May 24 to June 28 and arrive Chennai Central at 4 a.m. the next day. Reservation will commence on May 16, says a press release. --
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Post by: sajiv on May 16, 2009, 02:43 PM

Special train between Chennai and Coimbatore

Coimbatore: Southern Railway is operating a weekly special super fast train between Chennai and Coimbatore to clear the rush of passengers on this section.

A release from Southern Railway, Salem Division, said that special train number 0613/0614 Chennai-Coimbatore-Chennai (weekly) super fast special train will be operated from Chennai on Fridays and from Coimbatore on Sundays.

Timings
The train would leave Chennai Central at 11 p.m. and arrive Coimbatore the next day at 7.55 a.m.

In the return direction it would leave Coimbatore at 7.45 p.m. and arrive Chennai the next day at 4 a.m.

Stoppages
The train would have stoppages at Perambur, Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Coimbatore North and Coimbatore Junction.

The coach composition would be one first AC cum AC two tier coach, one AC three tier coach, 12 sleeper class coaches, two general second class coaches and two luggage-cum-brake vans. From Chennai the services would be on May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19 and 26.

From the Coimbatore the services would be on May 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21 and 28.
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Post by: dwarakesh on May 16, 2009, 04:28 PM
SCR to run summer special trains

HYDERABAD: The South Central Railway will run biweekly summer special trains between Visakhapatnam, Shirdi, Purna and Akola to clear extra rush of passengers.

A SCR press release said on Friday that the Visakhapatnam-Shirdi-Visakhapatnam specials (24 services) will leave Visakhapatnam on Wednesdays and Saturdays on May 20, 23, 27, 30, June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 at 5.30 a.m. They will reach Shirdi at 11 a.m. the next day.

In the return direction train no.0868 will leave Shirdi at 6.20 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays on May 21, 24, 28, 31, June 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 and reach Visakhapatnam at 10.45 p.m. the next day.

En route the trains will stop at Duvvada, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada, Secunderabad, Bolarum, Kamareddy, Nizamabad, Basar, Nanded, Purna, Parbhani, Jalna, Aurangabad, Nagarsol, Manmad, Kopargaon and Putamaba in both directions. They will have 18 coachers---one AC two tier, one AC three tier, eight sleeper class, six general second class and two second class luggage-cum-brake van.

The SCR will run 18 services of Purna-Akola-Purna biweekly fast passenger on May 16,19, 23, 26, 30, June 2, 6, 9,13 (train no.711 leaving Purna) and train no.712 leaving Akola on May 18, 21, 25, 28, June 1, 4, 8, 11, 15.

The South Central Railway ran 108 summer special trains last month carrying 59, 977 passengers, as against 17 trains during the same month last year. In 2008 the trains transported 13,951 passengers.

During April 2009 as many as 1,284 extra coaches were attached to various express trains, clearing 66,350 waitlisted passengers.
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Post by: dwarakesh on May 19, 2009, 03:52 PM
SCR special trains

HYDERABAD: The South Central Railway will run special trains between Tirupati to Secunderabad on May 19 and Secunderabad to Kakinada on May 20, a SCR release said.

Train no - 741 Tirupati-Secunderabad will start from Tirupati on May 19 at 5.05 p.m. and reach Secunderabad at 05.50 a.m. the next day, the release said. Train no - 701 Secunderabad-Kakinada will start from Secunderabad on May 20 at 10.30 p.m. and reach Kakinada at 08.50 a.m. the next day, the release said.
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Post by: dwarakesh on May 19, 2009, 03:54 PM
Special train from today

TIRUPATI: In view of the heavy rush of pilgrims stranded in the temple city, South Central Railway has announced to run a special train: 741 Tirupati-Secunderabad at 17.05 hours on Tuesday.

Padmavathi Express, which runs between the two cities around the same time, is not operated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.Hence this one-time arrangement to clear the backlog crowd, according to Railway sources.
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Post by: dwarakesh on May 19, 2009, 04:12 PM
Delhi-Gurgaon Metro trial run from July

CHANDIGARH: Haryana is all set to be connected with the much-awaited Delhi Metro rail network next year as the trial run for the train is likely to

begin by this July on the 7.05-km stretch from the Delhi-Gurgaon border to the City Centre of Sector 29 in Gurgaon.

Thats a good news for the people in Delhi .
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Post by: sajiv on May 20, 2009, 02:34 PM

Southern Railway freight earnings up by 39 per cent


Net tonne kilometre per wagon day shows a 12.5 per cent improvement

33% increase in coal loaded and carried

80,000 tonnes of limestone moved

CHENNAI: Southern Railway has shown a 39 per cent increase in freight earnings during April this year compared to April in the last financial year.

The zone transported 2.963 million tonnes of cargo during the month as against 2.368 million tonnes during the same period last year. This is 14 per cent over the target and 25 per cent over the corresponding period last year.

What is significant is that, not just the tonnage has exceeded in April 2009, but the net tonne kilometre per wagon day has shown a 12.5 per cent improvement. This in essence is the highest indicator of the railway's ability to both carry additional cargo and utilise its infrastructure to the maximum. The zone also achieved a 6.5 per cent increase in the number of kilo metres that each wagon ran per day and reduced the turnaround times of wagons by 6 per cent. In terms of commodities, Southern Railway has shown a 33 per cent increase in the quantum of coal loaded and carried on its system. Of this, a significant increase is from our major ports in the region namely Chennai, Ennore and Tuticorin. There is almost a 30 per cent increase in the quantum of coal being moved to the Raichur Thermal Power Plant, Rayalaseema Thermal Power Plant and Mettur Thermal Power Plant from these ports. There is also an increase of coal being transported for industrial use, mainly to Malco, Tamil Nadu News Print, Pugalur, and India Cements at Talayuthu in Tirunelveli. The zone has also shown a 15 per cent increase in the quantum of cement loaded. Another significant increase in cargo loaded on the Southern Railway system is the loading and movement of approximately 80,000 tonnes of limestone, which was moved from Mangalore Port to Jindal Steel Plant in Bellary.
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Post by: dwarakesh on May 21, 2009, 06:53 PM
Railways to run special services

PALAKKAD: The Railways will run special trains to clear the extra rush of passengers on summer vacation.

Train No. 0613 Chennai-Coimbatore super fast express will leave Chennai Central at 11.50 p.m. on Fridays to reach Coimbatore at 7:55 a.m. the following day from May 22 to June 26.

In the return direction, train No. 0614 will leave Coimbatore at7:45 p.m. on Sundays and reach Chennai Central at 4 a.m. on following Mondays from May 24 to June 28.

Train No. 0615 Coimbatore-Mangalore Central Express will leave Coimbatore at 10.15 a.m. on Saturdays to reach Mangalore at 7 a.m. on the same day from May 23 to June 28.

In the return direction, Train No. 0616 will leave Mangalore at 8.40 a.m. on Sundays to reach Coimbatore at 5.25 p.m. on the same day from May 24 to June 28.
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Post by: sajiv on May 22, 2009, 12:20 AM
Tough task ahead for Indian Railways

Beating the economic slowdown with increased freight loading and passenger earnings while keeping the operating ratio in control would be the key challenges before the new railway minister.

Enhancing the capacity of rolling stock, including gauge conversion, doubling and laying new lines, acquisition of new coaches and wagons are some of the priorities the new ministry is expected to pursue.

"Work on the Dedicated Freight Corridor project and ensuring its funding from JBIC, World Bank and ADB will have to be taken up in right earnest," said a senior official in the Railway Board.

Keeping the terror threat perception in mind, the upgradation of security system at railway stations in major cities will be a focus area for the new government.

Railways have often drawn flak from passengers for the low quality food being served and the unhygenic conditions prevailing in trains and platforms.

"Some drastic measures need to be taken to improve passenger amenities like food quality and cleanliness in trains," said the official.

The operating ratio is projected at 88 per cent and the ministry has to maintain it, said the official. In the last five years the Railways have stepped up the annual growth rate of freight loading from an average of 3 per cent during the decade of 90s to an average of 8 per cent now.

The objective is to increase the transport capacity of the railways and to reduce the unit cost of operations, said the official.

Railways carried 833 million tonnes of freight against the target of 850 MT in the last fiscal. "Efforts are being made to carry at least 850 MT this fiscal despite the slowdown," said a senior railway ministry official.

Railways have carried 794.21 million tonnes of reight during 2007-08, which increased to 833.03 MT in 2008-09. "Efforts are on to carry at least 850 MT in the current fiscal despite the slowdown," said the official.

Though there is a decline in number of accidents in comparison to previous years, there is a need for improvement of railway safety in and a steep reduction in mishaps.

Construction of rail over bridge and rail under bridge at accident-prone level crossings and new safety measures to prevent accidents are to be taken up, said the official.

There is also a delay in Kashmir rail link project due to the realignment issue and the ministry has to expedite the ongoing construction work on the project.

The ministry also has to give a fresh look to the proposed world class stations in metro cities.

Other issues such as commercial utilisation of vacant land, budget hotels, logistic parks, agriculture outlets are to be taken up by the new ministry.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on May 22, 2009, 03:36 PM
Train information through SMS

CHENNAI: Southern Railway has made provision to obtain train-related information, particularly reservation, through SMS.

Rail users can type their PNR number prefixed as 'PNR' and send SMS to 139. This service is available on all mobiles except BSNL and Reliance.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on May 22, 2009, 04:34 PM
SR announces train schedules for monsoon

MANGALORE: Southern Railway has announced the schedule of its trains plying on the Konkan Railway route for the period between June 10 and October 31, 2009, through a press release.

Train number 2617 (Ernakulam-Nizamuddin Mangala Express) will leave Ernakulam Junction at 10.45 a.m. instead of 12.45 p.m. It will depart from Shoranur station at 12.55 p.m.; Kozhikode at 3 p.m.; Kannur at 4.50 p.m.; and Mangalore Junction at 7.45 p.m.

Train number 2620 (Mangalore Central-Lokmanya Tilak Matsyagandha Express) will leave Mangalore Central station at 12.50 p.m. instead of 2.40 p.m.

Train numbers 6337 and 6338 (Okha-Ernakulam Express trains) will be partially cancelled between Hapa and Okha.

The departures of five trains have been advanced by five minutes. They are: train number 6312 (Thiruvananthapuram-Bikaner Weekly Express); train number 6334 (Thiruvananthapuram-Veraval Weekly Express); train number 6336 (Nagercoil-Gandhidham Weekly Express); train number 6338 (Ernakulam-Okha Bi-weekly Express); and train number 2977 (Ernakulam-Jaipur Marusagar Weekly Express. These trains will reach Mangalore Junction at 5 a.m. and leave at 5.10 a.m. instead of 5.15 a.m., the release said.

In addition, the departures of five trains from Mangalore Junction have been advanced: Train number 2287 (Kochuveli-Deharadun Express); train number 2653 (Kochuveli-Chandigarh Express); train number 2483 (Kochuveli-Amritsar Express); and train number 2202 (Kochuveli-Lokamanya Tilak Garibrath Express) will leave Mangalore Junction at 9.05 p.m. Train number KR 2 (Mangalore Central-Verna Passenger) will leave at 6.45 a.m.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on May 23, 2009, 04:12 PM

No trains to Dindigul from May 26

The Southern Railway announced on Friday that train services from Podanur to Dindigul via Pollachi would not be operated from May 26 owing to works to convert the metre gauge line into broad gauge.

Train No.771 (Podanur-Dindigul Passenger) would be last train leaving Podanur at 7 p.m. on May 25, a press release said.
Title: Mamata to head Railway ministr
Post by: sajiv on May 25, 2009, 03:34 AM
Mamata to head Railway ministr

New Delhi: Mamata Banerjee returns to the cash-rich Railway ministry after a gap of ten years brimming with new ideas to help the unorganised sector, vendors and students but faces numerous challenges of modernisation, security and fallout of global recession.

The second time Railway Minister also has a tough job at hand of ensuring flow of funds for ambitious projects, implementation of some of which have been delayed but given the character that personifies her, mandarins at Rail Board are convinced she can deliver the goods.

Virtually written off by poll pundits five years back, the wheel has turned full circle for the Trinamool Congress chief.

From just one seat in Lok Sabha poll five years ago to the portals of power in Delhi with 19 seats, Banerjee has not only silenced her critics but has also charted a new course in her political graph.

She has promised "economic freedom" for marginalized sections to travel by rail and modernise the rail network with a human face.

Monthly passes for unorganised labour, vendors, domestic workers and landless labourers besides students would be her priority in the ministry. "It is a social obligation we have to fulfill for the humanity. We will try to give economy freedom to these sections for train travel," Banerjee told reporters hours after she was given the railway portfolio.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: rajoe on May 25, 2009, 02:56 PM
Railway projects chug on as toilet blocks are cleared

Toilet blocks holding up a Rs 166-crore rail track project? It may sound incredible but that's exactly what
happened.

The completion of the fifth and sixth railway line between Kurla and Thane, being financed by the World Bank under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), became closer to reality only after the dispute over toilet blocks at Anand Nagar in Thane (E) was resolved.

MMRDA joint project director Dilip Kawathkar said trouble started when residents objected to the pulling down of four toilet block structures, which came in the way of the new tracks. The problem was solved after a few weeks with the provision of three new mobile toilet blocks for residents.

The project, expected to be completed by the end of this year, envisages better transport facilities. The MRVC is the implementing agency, while the MMRDA is responsible for rehabilitation of the more than 3,200 families. MMRDA chief of resettlement and rehabilitation A S Bidarkar said the settlement came through following a discussion with the locals.

The MUTP, which executes road and rail projects valued at Rs 4,500 crore in the state, seeks to improve the public infrastructure of the city. Among the other major MUTP projects in the city are the two major East West link roads, the Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road and the Santa Cruz Chembur Link Road, the widening of the Western and Eastern Express highways and the acquisition of new rakes for the suburban railway.

source:TOI
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on May 26, 2009, 03:28 PM
Trains cancelled

CHENNAI: Due to non-interlocked working at Tiruvalangadu on May 27 and 28, the following will be the pattern of train services between Chennai Beach/Moore Market Complex and Arakkonam.

Fully cancelled

Trains fully cancelled on May 27: Train no MA-19 MMC - Arakkanom local scheduled to leave at 4 p.m. and AM-16 Arakkonam - MMC local scheduled to leave at 10.50 a.m.

Partially cancelled

Train partially cancelled on May 26 and 27 between Tiruvallur and Arakkonam: MA-33 MMC - Arakkonam local scheduled to leave at 10.10 p.m.

Trains partially cancelled on May 27 and 28 between Tiruvallur and Arakkonam: BA-1 Chennai Beach - Arakkonam local scheduled to leave at 1.20 a.m., AM-2 Arakkonam - MMC local scheduled to leave at 3.40 a.m., and AB-2 Arakkonam - Chennai Beach local scheduled to leave at 3.55 a.m.

Trains partially cancelled on May 27 between Tiruvallur and Arakkonam:

MA 5, MA 13, MA 17, MA 23, and MA 27 MMC - Arakkonam locals scheduled to leave MMC at 6.40 a.m., 11 a.m., 1.40 p.m., 5.15 p.m., and 6.40 p.m. respectively, AM-12, AM 20, AM 30, and AM 34 Arakkonam - MMC locals scheduled to leave at 8.10 a.m., 1.55 p.m., 7.25 p.m., and 8.20 p.m. respectively and AB-6 Arakkonam - Chennai Beach local scheduled to leave at 4.20 p.m., according to a Southern Railway press release issued here.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on May 27, 2009, 03:27 PM
Train cancelled

Coimbatore: The Southern Railway - Salem Division has announced that consequent to the closure of the Podanur - Dindigul - Podanur section, the train services in the section will remain cancelled from May 26. Train Number 771/772 Podanur - Dindigul - Podanur passenger, Train Number 775/776 Pollachi - Dindigul - Pollachi passenger and Train number 777/778 Podanur - Dindigul - Podanur passenger remains cancelled.

The train was given a farewell by the passengers on Monday.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on May 27, 2009, 03:34 PM
Special train to Bilaspur

SCR will run a summer special from Secunderabad to Bilaspur on May 28. The train No.704 will leave Secunderabad at 11 p.m. and reach Bilaspur at 6.45 p.m. the next day. It will stop at Kazipet, Sripur Kaghaznagar, Ballaharshah, Sevagram, Nagpur, Bhandara Road, Gondia, Durg, Raipur,Tilda and Bhatapara.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on May 27, 2009, 08:02 PM

Special train to Bilaspur

SCR will run a summer special from Secunderabad to Bilaspur on May 28. The train No.704 will leave Secunderabad at 11 p.m. and reach Bilaspur at 6.45 p.m. the next day. It will stop at Kazipet, Sripur Kaghaznagar, Ballaharshah, Sevagram, Nagpur, Bhandara Road, Gondia, Durg, Raipur,Tilda and Bhatapara.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jun 06, 2009, 03:14 PM
Special trains

MADURAI: Southern Railway is operating special trains between Tiruchendur and Tirunelveli for the convenience of devotees visiting the Subramaniaswamy Temple during the Vaikasi Visakam festival. According to a press release, the specials are operated till Saturday as per the following timings: The Tirunelveli-Tiruchendur passenger special leaves Tirunelveli at 9.30 a.m. and reaches Tiruchendur at 11.15 a.m. The Tiruchendur-Tirunelveli passenger special leaves Tiruchendur at 4.15 p.m. and reaches Tirunelveli at 5.55 p.m.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jun 10, 2009, 07:36 PM

Railways plan to set up mega bio-diesel plant

TIRUCHI: A mega bio-diesel plant is proposed to be established inside the Southern Railway Loco Works at Perambur in Chennai within a couple of years to enhance the production of bio-diesel for railway usage, the Chief Mechanical Engineer, Southern Railway V. Carmelus said on Tuesday.

Southern Railway will provide space, necessary infrastructure facilities, and man the proposed mega bio-diesel unit which would be set up by the Indian Railways Organisation for Alternate Fuels, he said while speaking at the World Environment Day celebrations organised at the Golden Rock Railway Workshop here.

The proposed mega plant would have the capacity to manufacture one lakh litres of bio-diesel per day and the entire produce would be used for the requirements of Southern Railway and other railway zones.

Capacity
Mr. Carmelus said the pilot bio-diesel plant now functioning at Southern Railway Loco Works at Perambur has the capacity to produce 500 litres per day, adding that the objective was to go for mass production in the near future.

The proposed mega plant would be commissioned within a couple of years and the Southern Railway would enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Railways Organisation for Alternate Fuels in this regard.

Besides being utilised for diesel locomotives, bio-diesel produced from the pilot plant was also being used for road vehicles belonging to the railways such as lorry, jeep and car. The railways had recently set up a 10.5 MW wind energy plant at Muppandhal in Kanyakumari district and electrical energy generated from the unit met the requirements of the Integral Coach Factory at Chennai.

For the first time, Southern Railway had plans to put into use bio-degradable disposable bed rolls in the first AC coaches of the Pandyan Express shortly. Based on the travellers' feedback, it would be extended to other trains in the near future, Mr. Carmelus said. The Chief Workshop Manager, Golden Rock Railway Workshop J.N. Digi and others spoke on the occasion.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jun 15, 2009, 02:56 PM
Demand for train service to Sabarimala

MADURAI: A demand for introduction of a train service between Chennai and Sabarimala has been made to Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee by Congress MP from Theni J. M. Haroon.

In a memorandum submitted to the Minister, Mr. Haroon said that fulfilment of the long-pending demand for a train from Chennai to Sabarimala through Dindigul, Batlagundu, Periyakulam, Theni, Cumbum and Gudalur would benefit pilgrims from all over the country. (A railway line has been proposed between Dindigul and Sabarimala.)

(The Railway Ministry had ordered a reconnaissance survey for laying a railway line from Dindigul to Sabarimala. The first survey for the Rs. 529-crore project was taken up in 1997.) He also wanted the Railway Minister to order the opening of railway parcel booking counters in Theni and Bodinaickanur to help cultivators of and traders in cardamom, coffee, paddy and coconut. They now had to go to Coimbatore or Madurai to book these consignments.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: appu.s8501 on Jun 21, 2009, 05:48 PM
y no news from indian railway after june 15th..? ? ? ? ?

i think sajiv started lot of good posts in this forum
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: Sudhakar on Jun 22, 2009, 03:07 AM
Change in Railway ministry !!!  ;)

So sajiv is waiting for new updates on Railways.
  :laugh:
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jun 22, 2009, 03:32 AM
 8) ,just waited for any comments ,
well said but i ll do it here,also u get news share in this topic and many more like this topics
  ;)
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jun 26, 2009, 03:13 AM

Train extended

In order to clear extra rush, the Visakhapatnam-Shirdi-Visakhapatnam (Train No. 0867 / 0868) will be extended to run nine additional trips in July.

Accordingly, the Visakhapatnam-Shirdi special (Train No.0867) will depart from Visakhapatnam on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 5.30 a.m. on 1st, 4th , 8th, 11th, 15th, 18th, 22nd, 25th, and 29th July and arrive at Vijayawada at 11.35 a.m. on the next day.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jun 26, 2009, 03:10 PM
Super-fast special train to Kerala

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run a super-fast special from Chennai Central to Thiruvananthapuram to clear the rush. Train No.0657 will leave Chennai Central at 8.30 p.m. on June 27 and reach the Kerala capital at 12.40 p.m. the next day. The composition will be one air-conditioned 2-tier, two AC 3-tier, 10 sleeper coaches, three general second class and two luggage-cum-brake van coaches. Reservation will begin on June 26, according to a Railway release.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jun 27, 2009, 03:25 PM
Stop for train at Chengannur

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Railways have granted stoppage for the 2202/2201 Kochuveli-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Kochuveli Garib Rath Bi-weekly Express at Chengannur on a permanent basis from July 2.

According to the Railways, the departure time of the 2202 Kochuveli-Lokmanya Tilak Express at Chengannur railway station will be 10.32 a.m., and that of the 2201 Lokmanya Tilak-Kochuveli Express at Chengannur station will be 8.49 p.m.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jun 27, 2009, 03:27 PM
Special trains

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Southern Railway will run weekly special trains between July 5 and 27 between Nagercoil and Mangalore. Train no. 0661

Nagercoil-Mangalore Central Weekly Special will depart from Nagercoil at 1.30 p.m. on Sundays to reach Mangalore the next day at 5.45 a.m. The

0662 Mangalore Central-Nagercoil Weekly Special will depart from Mangalore Central at 1.30 p.m. on Mondays to reach Nagercoil the next day at

4.40 a.m. The trains will stop at Neyyattinkara, Thiruvananthapuram Central, Varkala, Kollam, Kayamkulam, Mavelikara, Chengannur,

Thiruvalla, Changanassery, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Aluva, Thrissur, Shoranur, Kuttipuram, Tirur, Parappanangadi, Feroke, Kozhikode,

Koyilandy, Vadakara, Thalaserry, Kannur, Payannur, Kanhangad and Kasaragod.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jun 29, 2009, 03:07 PM
Special trains

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run the following special trains to clear the extra rush of passengers.

Chennai Egmore-Madurai Special: Train No. 0665 will leave Egmore at 11.45 p.m. on July 3 and reach Madurai at 9.15 a.m.

Chennai Central-Coimbatore Special: Train No. 0617 will leave Central at 10.20 p.m. on July 3 and reach Coimbatore at 7 a.m.

Chennai Egmore-Tirunelveli-Egmore Specials: Train No. 0655 will leave Egmore at 6.40 p.m. on June 30 and reach Tirunelveli at 6.30 a.m.

In the return direction, Train No. 0656 will leave Tirunelveli at 2.50 p.m. on July 1 and arrive at Egmore at 4.15 a.m. Train No. 0659 will leave Egmore at 8.25 p.m. on July 1 and arrive at Tirunelveli at 9.20 a.m.

In the return direction, Ttrain Nno. 0660 will leave Tirunelveli at 9.15 p.m. on July 2 and arrive at Egmore at 10.30 a.m.

Advance reservation will start on June 28, according to a Southern Railway press release.
Title: Mobile vans to deliver train tickets
Post by: sajiv on Jun 29, 2009, 06:11 PM

Mobile vans to deliver train tickets

New Delhi: In a bid to make booking tickets more convenient, Railways are mulling introduction of mobile vans with ticketing facility.

The vans, up-linked to satellite, would be issuing railway tickets in reserved and unreserved categories primarily in rural and remote corners of the country.

"We are examining a proposal for launching mobile van service for issuing tickets at certain places," a senior Railway Ministry official said.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jun 29, 2009, 06:12 PM

Railways' ways

On June 8, I went to New Delhi railway station to see off my family members who were to travel by the Kerala Express to Thiruvananthapuram in coach No. B5. The air-conditioned three-tier coach was full of cockroaches. There were cockroaches everywhere - in the corridors, on the lower berth, on the upper berth, on the side berth, in the toilets....

When I raised the issue with the train attendant and the TTE, they expressed their helplessness. The attendant reasoned that once the train starts and the air-conditioner is switched on, the cockroaches would go into hiding as they would feel uncomfortable in the cold!

The coach was not cleaned, the window curtains were dirty and a foul stench was emanating from everywhere. Is it not the duty of the Railways to ensure that all the coaches are fit for such a long journey involving more than 3,000 km?

I request the Railway authorities to pay a little attention to the plight of the passengers of long-distance trains and ensure that their travel is free of such bugs.

N. V. Pillai,

C-33, DGS Apartments, Sector 22, Dwarka, New Delhi - 110 075.
What a waste!

According to media reports, the response to an RTI petition reveals that Rs.194 crore budgeted by the Mayawati Government in Uttar Pradesh for erecting statues of "big leaders" during 2008-09 was fully spent. These include many statues of Mayawati herself and her political mentor Kanshi Ram. It seems she treats the entire State as her personal estate. Will the next regime in Lucknow let such statues remain? Or will it start erecting statues of its own leaders and political symbols?

Mayawati has spent Rs.52 crore on 60 marble elephants built at the Ambedkar Memorial in Lucknow. Her wastage of funds is evident from the fact that she got one of her statues pulled down only to replace it with a bigger one!

There should be a ban on erecting statues of living persons. Also, erecting statues of persons favoured by those in power should be prevented by making it mandatory to get the consent of the Opposition leader in the Assembly or Parliament, as the case might be.

Madhu Agrawal,

1775, Kucha Lattushah, Dariba, Chandni Chowk, Delhi - 110 006.
Waiting at Jamia

The tenure of the Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia ended on June 9, but a new V-C has not been named yet.

I, being a member of the Executive Council of the University, know very well that the process of selection of a new V-C began well in time - that is, six months earlier. For the delay, a few elements with vested interests, who are interfering in the process, are to be blamed and not the Union Human Resource Development Ministry.

The UPA Government at the Centre recognised Jamia's contribution towards nation-building and supported its further development. During NDA rule, Jamia was discriminated against financially. With UPA patronage now it has opened up new courses and several new centres and departments to keep pace with new developments in the education sphere. About 250 competent teachers were appointed. Several memorandums of understanding with foreign universities and institutions were signed. This has enabled Jamia students to get exposure at the international level. A peaceful academic atmosphere is a hallmark of any academic institution and Jamia has achieved it successfully.

These achievements have become an eyesore for communal elements. I am sure the HRD Ministry and the Visitor of Jamia University will choose a liberal and progressive-minded V-C for Jamia just as Emperor Akbar chose Abul Fazl Nagor as his historian and not narrow-minded scholar Mulla Badouni.S. Inayet A. Zaidi,

Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi - 110 025.
Hello, UTI.....

My husband and I invested in 6.6 per cent tax-free Government of India-guaranteed ARS Bonds for the face value of Rs.21800, which was to mature on April 1 this year (Investor ID No. 217345081, Bonds Certificate No.39140853, Holders: Durga Singh and Ram Krishna Singh). We, however, did not receive the maturity value plus interest cheque against this investment. On a telephonic enquiry to the Durgapur branch of the UTI on April 29 we were informed that a cheque for Rs.22,519 was despatched from Mumbai by speed post (No. EA 053708000IN) on March 30. It never reached us.

My e-mails to the UTI offices in Durgapur and Mumbai have remained unanswered. I do not know whom to approach to get a new cheque. Will the UTI care to inform me how to go about it? Durga Singh,

C/o. Dr. R. K. Singh, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad - 826 004.
Kudos, Delhi Police

A series of self-defence classes for women conducted by the Delhi police concluded this past Monday. I was a participant in the sessions at Sneh International School. The ten-day course was an experience that helped us enhance our self-confidence and defence skills. I would like to thank Ms. Santosh, Ms. Kantha, Ms. Manju and many other lady officers who worked with dedication during these ten days. How to tackle an attacker with a knife or pistol and tackle miscreants in buses were some of the techniques taught.

This training also helped in seeing the friendly face of the police and discovering that they are actually approachable. Kudos to the Delhi police for organising this venture.

Sruthi Samuel,

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jun 30, 2009, 03:32 PM
Special trains extended

CHENNAI: Bowing to requests from rail users, passenger associations and elected representatives of the people to the General Manager/Southern Railway, special trains between Chennai Egmore and Tirunelveli, which were scheduled to leave Egmore on June 30, and July 1 and Tirunelveli on July 1 and July 2 will be extended up to Tiruchendur, says a Southern Railway release.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jul 01, 2009, 04:16 PM
Special trains to be operated for kumbabishekam

MADURAI: Southern Railway will operate special trains between Madurai and Rameswaram on Wednesday on the occasion of kumbabishekam of east rajagopuram of Ramanathaswamy Temple.

According to a Southern Railway press release, the Madurai-Rameswaram special will leave Madurai at 5.30 a.m. and reach Rameswaram at 8.45 a.m.

It will stop at Tiruppuvanam, Manamadurai, Paramakudi and Ramanathapuram.

The Rameswaram-Madurai special will leave Rameswaram at 3 p.m. and reach Madurai at 7 p.m. It will stop at all stations between Rameswaram and Madurai.

Movement of two trains between Madurai and Kodaikanal Road is to be regulated on Wednesday to facilitate gauge conversion work.

Train 383 Nagercoil-Coimbatore passenger will be regulated at Madurai for 120 minutes from 12.50 p.m.

Train 384 Coimbatore-Nagercoil passenger will be regulated at Koodal Nagar for 45 minutes from 2.20 p.m.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 02, 2009, 08:14 PM

Railways' plea to drivers

PALAKKAD: The Palakkad Railway Division has said the incidents of road vehicles hitting the railway level crossing gates are increasing in the division, especially in the Kozhikode-Kannur section.

According to the statement here on Wednesday, this was mainly due to the negligence of drivers.

If a vehicle hit a level crossing gate, the gate could not be opened immediately and railway officials had to come from nearby stations to rectify the defect.

That may take time and road traffic would be affected. And if the gates were provided with interlocking facility, the rail traffic would be disturbed.

Warning boards and speed-breakers were provided before approaching the level crossings. The drivers wer

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jul 03, 2009, 03:54 PM
Trains to have extra coaches

BHUBANESWAR: In order to clear extra rush of waitlisted passengers, the East Coast Railway has decided to augment extra coaches in some of the important trains originating from its jurisdiction.

The trains which will be augmented included 2801 Puri-New Delhi Purusottam Express, 2815/2875 Puri-New Delhi Neelachal Superfast Express, 8463 Bhubaneswar-Bangalore Prashanti Express, 2819 Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Orissa Sampark Kranti Express, 8507 Visakhapatnam-Amritsar Hirakud Express and 8425 Bhubaneswar-Raipur Express.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jul 04, 2009, 03:12 PM
Six new trains for Tamil Nadu

CHENNAI: Six new trains have been proposed for Tamil Nadu in the current railway budget, presented by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee in Parliament on Friday.

The new trains are: non-stop point-to-point Chennai-Delhi bi-weekly express, weekly Bilaspur-Tirunelveli Junction superfast express via Thiruvananthapuram, bi-weekly Hapa-Tirunelveli superfast express via Thiruvanathapuram, tri-weekly Kanyakumari-Rameswaram express via Madurai, bi-weekly Madurai-Chennai Express and Coimbatore - Shoranur passenger.

The Minister announced that Chennai Central would be developed as a world class station with international facilities through public-private partnership mode. Proposals included extension of the Jammu Tawi-Madurai weekly express to Tirunelveli and Ernakulam-Tiruchirapalli express to Nagore.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 04, 2009, 04:30 PM

World class amenities for Tirupati railway station

TIRUPATI: Notwithstanding the political outcry against the raw deal meted out to Andhra Pradesh in the budget by the Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, Tirupati has a reason to cheer up.

The burgeoning Tirupati railway station would now get all the world class amenities. Though Lalu Prasad himself had agreed in principle to the proposal mooted out by the Tirupati MP, Chintha Mohan during one of Lalu's visits to the temple city two years ago, it is only now that the proposal got the official nod with its inclusion in the current railway budget. In fact the proposal was okayed in principle even by Sonia Gandhi during her subsequent visit to Tirupati as the UPA Chairperson.

Now that the project is cleared, it is to be seen what it actually envisaged and how it would benefit the teeming crowd of pilgrims surging into the city daily from all over the country especially after the commissioning of the broad-gauge section between Tirupati and Katpadi.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 04, 2009, 04:35 PM

Railway Budget disappoints Chitradurga district

Janardhana Swamy, MP, says pressure will be put on Centre

Chitradurga-Tumkur railway link does not figure in document

'K.H. Muniyappa has failed to keep his promise'

Chitradurga: The Railway Budget presented by Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday comes as a disappointment to Chitradurga district.

This year too the longstanding demand for a railway link between Chitradurga and Tumkur, through Bangalore, was not granted.

The former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, who was here in February, had promised that work on the line would be completed soon. He also said that the Ministry had enough funds to undertake the work. The people seemed optimistic when Kolar MP K.H. Muniyappa was appointed Minister of State for Railways in the current regime. The District Railway Horata Samiti, during a recently felicitation ceremony, urged the Minister to ensure that the project was given due importance.

"Our hopes have been dashed once again. Mr. Muniyappa has failed to keep his promise," said samiti president C. Chitralingappa. He told presspersons here on Friday that the samiti would intensify its agitation and try and ensure that the project was pushed forward. "Besides Chitradurga, Davangere and Tumkur districts will also be benefited if the project takes shape," he added.

"The link will reduce traffic congestion on National Highway 13 and save travel time considerably. Poor people can also get to travel at an affordable price. Businessmen will also get better opportunities to transport goods."

Later, Chitradurga MP Janardhana Swamy, in a telephonic conversation with The Hindu from New Delhi, termed Ms. Bannerjee's budget regrettable.

Unhappy over the neglect of the State by the Congress-led Government, he alleged that Karnataka continued to suffer at the hands of the Centre.

Asked the reason for non-inclusion of the project, he said, "According to officials, the survey report submitted to the Government was not comprehensive. Hence it was rejected."

However, Mr. Janardhana Swamy expressed confidence that after resubmission of the report next year with the required changes, the project would be implemented. "Having said this, we will not keep quiet. We will continue to pressure the Government into meeting our demands. The MPs of Davangere and Tumkur are also working towards this," he added.

Title: Railway table tennis championship begins
Post by: sajiv on Jul 04, 2009, 04:39 PM
Railway table tennis championship begins

HUBLI: General Manager of South Western Railway Kuldeep Chaturvedi inaugurated the 57th All-India Railway Table Tennis Championship 2009 at the Chalukya Railway Institute here on Friday.

As many as 150 players from 16 railway zones and production units in the country are participating in the championship.

Speaking after inaugurating the championship, Mr. Chaturvedi said that it was the second mega event hosted by SWR after the all India railway championship in 2008.

Sportsmanship
He stressed the need for developing true sportsmanship.

Sanjeev Handa, president of SWR Sports Association (SWRSA) and Chief Mechanical Engineer, SWR, spoke.

Senior railway officials S.K. Gupta, U. Krishna Murthy, Vijay Agarwal, Adesh Sharma, S.K. Behera, Braj Mohan, Naveen Tandon, S. Manohar, and Prem Chand were present.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 06, 2009, 12:09 AM
"Literature and cinema have different rules"

CHENNAI: Southern Railway has extended the following weekly special trains for a further period of three months.

Schedule
Train no. 0637 Chennai Egmore - Nagercoil special departure 8.25 p.m. (Thursdays) extended up to October 29; train no. 0638 Nagercoil - Chennai Egmore special departure 1.30 p.m. (Fridays) up to October 30; train no. 0639 Chennai Egmore - Nagercoil special departure 6.40 p.m. (Mondays) up to October 26; train no. 0640 Nagercoil - Chennai Egmore special departure 1.30 p.m. (Tuesdays) up to October 27; train no. 0609 Chennai Egmore - Sengottai special departure 8.25 p.m. (Saturdays) up to October 31; train no. 0610 Sengottai - Chennai Egmore special departure at 2.30 p.m. (Sundays) up to November 1; train no. 0652 Nagercoil - Chennai Egmore special departure 7.40 p.m. (Mondays) up to October 26; and train no 0651 Chennai Egmore - Nagercoil special departure 3.40 p.m. (Tuesdays) up to October 27, according to a Southern Railway press release.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 07, 2009, 04:04 PM
Special train from Tirupati to Bilaspur

HYDERABAD: The South Central Railway will run a special train from Tirupati to Bilaspur on July 11 to clear extra rush of passengers. The train No. 741 Tirupati-Bilaspur special train will leave Tirupati at 10 p.m. and reach Bilaspur at 11.45 p.m the next day.

En route the train will stop at Renigunta, Gudur, Nellore, Ongole, Tenali, Vijayawada, Khammam, Warangal, Sirpur Khagaznagar, Ballarshah, Sevagram, Nagpur, Bhandara Road, Gondia, Dongarah, Rajnandgaon, Durg, Raipur, Tilda and Bhatapara. It will have 24 coaches -- one AC two-tier, three-tier, five sleeper class, 15 general second class and two luggage-cum-brake van.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 08, 2009, 10:13 PM

Rail traffic disrupted

KORAPUT: Rail traffic was disrupted at Koraput railway station for two hours from 12 noon on Tuesday. Demonstrations were held by members of yuva BJD demanding extension of Kirandool-Visakhapatnam passenger up to Bhubaneswar and renaming of the Hirakhand express plying between Koraput and Bhubaneswar as Gupteswar express.

They also demanded for a better share from this year's railway budget for the development of pending railway projects in Koraput, Rayagada, Malkangiri and Nowrangpur districts.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jul 09, 2009, 02:51 PM
Special trains

MADURAI: Southern Railway will operate special trains between Madurai and Rameswaram for the convenience of pilgrims visiting Rameswaram

during Adi Amavasai on July 20. The Madurai-Rameswaram passenger special will leave Madurai at 9.45 p.m. on July 20 and reach Rameswaram at

1.50 a.m. The Rameswaram-Madurai special will leave Rameswaram at 1.30 p.m. on July 21 and reach Madurai at 5.45 p.m. The specials will halt at

Madurai East, Silaiman, Tirupuvanam, Tirupachethi, Manamadurai, Sudiyur, Paramakudi, Chathirakudi, Ramanathapuram, Uchipuli, Mandapam and

Pamban.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 10, 2009, 04:47 AM

Metro rail contractor seeks better safety steps at the site


BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday directed Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) and other respondents to take adequate safety measures during the construction of the prestigious metro railway.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran and Justice V.G. Sabhahit passed the order on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition by Navayuga Engineering, one of the contractors for the project.

Navayuga said it had repeatedly warned BMRCL authorities against going ahead with "segment launch" method of construction on CMH Road in Indiranagar as it endangered the lives and property of residents and shopkeepers on the road.

The contractor said the segment method had led to accidents in Delhi and Hyderabad.

It said it wanted BMRCL to use the "composite girder" method which was more safe.

It said it was filing a PIL only because its advice was disregarded by BMRCL.

The Division Bench dismissed the PIL with an observation to BMRCL and other authorities that they should take safety safeguards during the construction of the railway.
Local bodies

The Bench asked the Government advocate to get instructions from the Government on whether it would implement the Dr. Kasturirangan report on improving the functioning of urban local bodies. The Bench passed this order on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition by B.V. Putte Gowda, advocate and former Mayor of Bangalore.

Mr. Putte Gowda said the State Government had not taken the committee report into consideration before increasing the number of wards in BBMP jurisdiction from 100 to 198.

The Bench ordered issue of notices to the Government and other respondents and adjourned hearing of the case to July 14.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 11, 2009, 01:51 AM

Committee to protest against extension of train to Kannur

MANGALORE: The Mangalore-Bangalore Railway Commuters' Action Committee, a new forum which came into being here on Wednesday, has decided to stage protests at the Mangalore Central and the Mangalore Junction railway stations on July 25 to urge the Railways to withdraw its decision to extend the Bangalore-Mangalore train up to Kannur in Kerala.

The committee was formed under the auspices of the Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) at a meeting convened by it. Representatives of various organisations participated in the meeting.

The meeting had been convened following an announcement made by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee in the 2009-10 Railway Budget that the train number 6518 (Yeshwantpur-Mangalore Express) would be extended up to Kannur. Participants at the meeting opposed the decision of the Railways and decided to fight against it.

They said the train's course should be terminated at the Mangalore Central Railway Station.

The meeting also decided to seek the support of different organisations for this cause.

It was decided to take a delegation to Ms. Banerjee to apprise her of the need to withdraw the decision.

President of the KCCI Srinivas S. Kamath spoke. R.L. Dias, president, Railway Yatri Sangha, Udupi, wondered how could the MPs from Karnataka keep silent while such decisions were being taken. The MPs from Kerala must have pressed hard to swing the decision in their favour, he added.

Lokesh Hegde, member, Puttur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that the people of Dakshina Kannada should rise to the occasion and protest against the decision.

G. Hanumantha Kamath, president, Nagarika Hitarakshana Vedike, Mangalore, said that people, irrespective of their political affiliations, should fight against such decisions.

Dinesh Shetty, president, Dakshina Kannada District Angavikalara Federation, said that all the physically challenged members of the federation would extend support to the committee's decision in this regard. Its office-bearers would be joining the protest, he added.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 11, 2009, 03:04 PM

Special trains

Chennai: Southern Railway is running special trains between Chennai Central and Coimbatore on both directions to clear the extra rush of passengers. Train no. 0613 will leave Chennai Central at 11.50 pm on Fridays from July 17 to September 25 and reach Coimbatore at 7.55 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, train no. 0614 will leave Coimbatore at 11.45 p.m. on Sundays from July 12 to September 27 and arrive at Central at 8.15 a.m. the next day.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 13, 2009, 04:35 AM

SCR current booking to be closed

HYDERABAD: With South Central Railway taking up maintenance work from 10 p.m. on July 12 till 4 a.m. the next day, all current day/Internet booking and enquiry terminals and integrated voice response system will not be available. However, reservations across the counters will be done during the normal counter working hours on the two days, said a press release.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 13, 2009, 04:48 AM

Railway quota for Haj pilgrims

Special bogies or train to be pressed into service, if needed

Rs. 650 crore set aside as Haj subsidy

Over 2.7 lakh Haj applicants this time

MALAPPURAM: Union Minister of State for Railways E. Ahamed said here on Saturday that the Railway would have special quota for Haj pilgrims to help them reach different embarkation points in the country. Special consideration would be given to pilgrims going to Mecca via Kozhikode, Indore, Varanasi, Aurangabad, and Guwahati, he said.

The Minister was inaugurating a Haj training camp on the Khilafat campus at Pookkottur, near here, on Saturday. He said special bogies or even a train would be pressed into service for Haj pilgrims, if required. Mr. Ahamed said the Railways would ensure confirmed tickets for the pilgrims applying through the Haj committees.
Directions

"We have given directions to the Railway authorities to ensure good facilities for the pilgrims at all railway stations. Facilities would be improved at the Kozhikode Railway Station through which a large number of Hajis reach Karipur, the embarkation point in the State," he said.

Mr. Ahamed, who was in charge of Haj as Minister of State for External Affairs in the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Cabinet, said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would soon visit Saudi Arabia as part of India's efforts to strengthen ties with the Gulf country. He said the Centre had kept aside Rs. 650 crore for the benefit of the pilgrims as Haj subsidy. There were more than 2.7 lakh applicants for the pilgrimage this time, and 1.25 lakh of them could not be considered, he said.

Mr. Ahamed said it was the UPA government that had increased the Haj quota to 1.65 lakh, and embarkation points to 17. There were 13 embarkation points till a few years ago.

Sayed Hyderali Shihab Thangal, district president of the Indian Union Muslim League, presided. K. Mohammedunni Haji, MLA, welcomed the gathering.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 13, 2009, 05:37 PM

Special train services extended

HUBLI: North Frontier Railway has extended the services of train No.0202/0201 Guwahati-Yeshwantpur- Guwahati weekly special till August 3 to clear extra rush of passengers as per the existing route, timings, composition and stoppages, a release said.

Accordingly, train No.0202 Guwahati-Yeshwantpur special will run from Guwahati every Saturday till August 1. In the return direction, train No.0201 Yeshwantpur-Guwahati special will run from Yeshwanthpur very Monday till August 3, the release said.
Halt

South Western Railway has decided to provide one-minute halt at Mallapur between Gadag and Hole Alur stations on Hubli Division for train no. 0693/0694 Hubli- Bijapur-Hubli Express with immediate effect, according to a release.

Train No. 0693 Hubli-Bijapur Express will arrive at and depart from Mallapur station at 6/6.01 p.m. In the return direction, it will arrive and depart from Mallapur at 3.46/3.47 a.m.
Extended

Hubli Division of South Western Railway has decided to extend the temporary halt provided at Karadi station on Hubli division, for train Nos. 587/588 Bangalore- Hubli- Bangalore fast passenger till September 30. The temporary stoppage facility was scheduled to expire on July 14.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 13, 2009, 05:38 PM

1,500 of 10,000 enrolled candidates appear for railway exam

Mysore: There was poor response to the competitive examination conducted by the Railway Recruitment Board in the city on Sunday following last week's communal rioting.

The examination was conducted at 18 centres and as against nearly 10,000 students who had enrolled and registered for the examination, around 1,500 of them appeared for the examination.

A majority of the aspirants from different States did not appear for the examination.

Security was tightened in all examination centres.

Vedike activists staged a protest in front of the court complex seeking greater representation for Kannadigas in the Railways.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 15, 2009, 04:05 PM

Train services extended

0829A/0830 A Tiruchi-Karaikudi-Tiruchi and 0831 A/0832 A Karaikudi-Manamadurai-Karaikudi passenger specials have been extended to run up to August 16, according to a railway press release.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 15, 2009, 05:54 PM

Railway projects reviewed

Complete these at the earliest: General Manager

TIRUCHI: General Manager, Southern Railway, M. S. Jayanth on Tuesday reviewed the progress of the ongoing projects being executed by Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), Railway Electrification and Construction Organisation of Southern Railway.

Mr. Jayanth enquired in detail with the Chief Project Manager of the RVNL, Pradeep Gour, on the progress of the gauge conversion works on the Mayiladuturai-Villupuram section on the main line.

He stressed the need to complete the projects at the earliest.

Mr. Gour explained that the work on the construction of the major bridge on Coleroon river was over and laying and linking of track was in progress. Mr. Jayanth expressed urgency to expedite the gauge conversion works on platforms 6 and 7 at Tiruchi junction so that more number of trains could be handled after the completion of the Villupuram - Mayiladuturai BG conversion work, which is nearing completion.

As far as the Railway Electrification is concerned, Deputy Chief Electrical Engineer, Railway Electrification, Ramakrishna said that the sub-station works at Tiruchi are nearing completion and the papers will be submitted to the Commissioner of Railway Safety for inspection shortly.

Divisional Railway Manager S. Subramhanyan explained the progress of the various projects being implemented in Tiruchi Division.

Additional Divisional Railway Manager Ramasubbu and heads of all the departments of Tiruchi Division participated in the review meeting.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jul 16, 2009, 03:51 PM
Southern Railway regulates train services

MADURAI: Southern Railway regulated/cancelled services of few trains to facilitate bridge maintenance between Tirupparankundram and Tirumangalam on July 17 and 19. A statement here said that the Train No. 384 Coimbatore-Nagercoil passenger will be regulated at Madurai for 45 minutes on July 17.

Similarly, Train No. 788 Sengottai-Madurai passenger would be regulated at Tirumangalam for 15 minutes on the same day. It is also mentioned that Train No. 787/788 Madurai-Sengottai-Madurai passenger would be fully cancelled on July 19.

Train No. 383/384 Nagercoil-Coimbatore-Nagercoil passenger would be partially cancelled between Madurai and Virudhunagar on July 19
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 16, 2009, 06:19 PM

Railway workers stage dharna

HYDERABAD: Members of the South Central Railway Catering Helpers and Workers Union staged a dharna at the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation office here on Wednesday alleging irregularities in allocation of catering contracts in Guntakal and Dharmavaram railways stations.

The railway workers demanded dismissal of officials concerned and allotment of the contracts to catering workers, who had been working with the railways for past 30 years.


Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 17, 2009, 11:11 PM
Special trains

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run the following special trains to clear the rush.

Chennai Central - Coimbatore Special (No. 0617) will leave Chennai Central at 10.20 p.m. on July 21 and reach Coimbatore at 7 a.m. the next day. Coimbatore - Melmaruvathur - Coimbatore Specials (No. ML-01) will leave Coimbatore at 11.30 p.m. on July 22 and arrive at Melmaruvathur at 9 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, train No. ML-02 will leave Melmaruvathur at 9 p.m. on July 25 and arrive in Coimbatore at 7.15 a.m. the next day.

Tiruppur - Melmaruvathur - Tiruppur Specials (No. ML-05) will leave Tiruppur at 6 a.m. on July 23 and arrive at Melmaruvathur at 2.45 p.m. the same day. In the return direction, train No. ML-06 will leave Melmaruvathur at 10.30 p.m. on July 25 and arrive at Tiuppur at 6.30 a.m. the next day. Reservation will commence on July 17.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 18, 2009, 03:55 AM

Trains cancelled

BANGALORE: Owing to landslips, the Yeshwantpur-Mangalore Express (6517) and Mangalore-Yeshwantpur Express (6518) have been cancelled for two days from Thursday, a press release from South Western Railway said.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jul 18, 2009, 02:58 PM
Train cancelled

CHENNAI: Train No.2840 Chennai Central - Howrah Mail scheduled to leave Central at 11.35 p.m. on July 18 is cancelled due to cancellation of its

pairing train Howrah -Chennai Central Coromandal Express scheduled to arrive Central at 5.15 p.m. on July 18, according to a railway press

release.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 20, 2009, 04:11 AM

e-ticketing facility

KOZHIKODE: The Department of Posts has introduced e-ticketing facility for booking air and train tickets at the nine post offices in the Kozhikode division. The Calicut Head Post Office; Calicut Civil Station Head Post Office; Kalpetta head post office; Calicut Medical College; Feroke; West Hill; National Institute of Technology - Calicut (NIT-C) campus; Nadakkavu and Chalappuram would have the e-ticketing facility, P. Ramakrishnan, Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, here on Saturday.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 21, 2009, 11:48 PM

Railways ready to share fencing cost at Walayar

Speed of trains through the forests to be reduced

Four elephants killed in accidents

Shifting rail line out of forests 'impractical'

PALAKKAD: Y.P. Singh, Divisional Railway Manager, Palakkad, has said that the Railways will meet half the cost of construction if the Forest Department puts up electrified double fences and digs trenches on the forest side of the railway track passing through Walayar where wild elephants are at risk of being run over by train. Four elephants were killed in recent accidents.

At a press conference here on Monday, he said the 10-km electrified fence already there was not working. Another 10 km of fence was needed to prevent the elephants and other wild animals from entering the railway track.

He said that on an experimental basis, the speed of trains through the forest was being reduced. The usual speed through the area was 65 kmph for passenger trains and 25-35 kmph for goods train. There were demands to bring down the speeds.

But the fact was that the elephants would not withstand a hit by a train running at 20 kmph. In the latest case, the train was running at 30 kmph. So speed reduction was not going to help.

If the speed was below 40 kmph, two engines were required to pull a train, leading to the cancellation of many trains on the route. The trains would take two to three hours to reach Coimbatore from Palakkad. However, the Railways had started trial runs at reduced speeds of 30-35 kmph. The suggestion to stop running the train through the 'B' track and keep only the 'A' line open would also lead to cancellations.

He said shifting the railway line outside the forest area was impractical and almost impossible because of the exorbitant cost.

However, the Palakkad Railway Division would propose to conduct a survey on the feasibility of shifting the line, which alone would take one to two years. The division would sent the proposal to the General Manager, Southern Railway, Chennai.

It was for the Railway Board to decide on laying a 50-km electrified double line from Kanjikode to Ettimada with a new alignment. He said that getting land for this was most difficult.

In Kerala, laying an electrified double line cost nearly Rs.20 crore a km. So a 50-km line would cost nearly Rs.1000 crore. The work would take nearly 10 years in Kerala.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Jul 23, 2009, 03:39 PM
Special trains

MADURAI: Southern Railway will operate special trains between Tiruchendur and Chennai to enable devotees visit all the six abodes of Lord Muruga.

The trains will be operated through Arakonam, Erode, Dindigul and Madurai. Tiruttani can be visited from Arakonam and Swamimalai by detraining at Karur and taking the Tiruchi-Kumbakonam route. To visit Palani, they have to get down at Dindigul and for Tirupparankundram and Tirumaliruncholai at Madurai.

According to a release, 0659 Chennai Central-Tiruchendur special will leave Chennai at 3 p.m. on Mondays and Saturdays between July 27 and October 26 and reach Tiruchendur at 6.50 a.m., the next day. The 0660 Tiruchendur-Chennai Central special will leave Tiruchendur at 12.30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Sundays from July 28 to October 27 and reach Chennai Central at 4.35 a.m., the next day.

The special will have one air-conditioned two-tier coach, one air-conditioned three-tier coach, six sleeper class coaches, three general second class and two luggage-cum-brake van coaches. They will halt at Arakonam, Katpadi, Jolarpet, Salem, Erode, Karur, Dindigul, Madurai, Virudhunagar, Vanchi Maniyachi, Tirunelveli, Seydunganallur, Nazareth, Arumuganeri and Kayalpattinam. Train 0660 will also stop at Perambur.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 23, 2009, 09:34 PM

Unreserved ticketing system

CHENNAI: With immediate effect, unreserved tickets issued through Unreserved Ticketing System involving journey up to 200 km will be issued on the same day and tickets involving journey of more than 200 km will be issued up to 3 days in advance excluding the day of journey.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 25, 2009, 04:32 AM

Special trains to Kakinada

HYDERABAD: SCR will run special trains between Secunderabad and Kakinada town to clear extra rush of passengers. Train no. 700 Secunderabad-Kakinada special will depart Secunderabad on July 30, 31, August 1 and 2 at 22.30 hrs and arrive Kakinada at 08.50 hrs the next day. In the return direction, train no.701 Kakinada-Secunderabad special will depart Kakinada on July 30, 31, August 1 and 2 at 21.00 hrs and arrive Secunderabad at 08.00 hrs the next day.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 26, 2009, 04:21 AM

Special train from Howrah to Hyderabad

Hyderabad: The South Central Railway is operating a special train from Howrah to Hyderabad. Train No. 0745 Howrah-Hyderabad will leave Howrah at 6.15 p.m. on July 27 and arrive at 10.30 p.m. on the next day. En route, the train would halt at Kharagpur, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Barhampur, Palasa, Vizianagaram, Duvvvada, Vijayawada, Kazipat and Secunderabad, said a press release.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 29, 2009, 03:22 AM

Train services pruned

CHENNAI: Southern Railway on Monday agreed to prune services that pass through the reserve forests on the Coimbatore-Palakkad section and increase the operations on the parallel stretch.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 30, 2009, 02:46 AM

Pre-qualification bidding for Metro Rail cleared

HYDERABAD: Justice G. Rohini of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Tuesday made it clear that the government could proceed with pre-qualification bidding process for awarding the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project and posted the matter for August 11.

The judge was hearing the case filed by Maytas Metro Ltd., represented by its Director Bandaru Narasimha Rao challenging the action of the State government in cancellation of contract awarded to it as also the encashment of deposits made by it.

The case comes in the light of the government's decision to scrap the contract awarded to Maytas consortium that failed to fulfil its obligations in spite of extended deadline.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Jul 31, 2009, 08:33 PM

Trains cancelled

CHENNAI: The Southern Railway has cancelled [train nos.116/115] Puducherry - Villupuram - Puducherry passenger trains, due to yard remodelling works at Villupuram from August 1 to 17.

An official release issued on Thursday said that [train nos. 109/110] Melmaruvathur - Villupuram - Melmaruvathur MEMU passenger trains will be partially cancelled between Mundiyampakkam - Villupuram.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Aug 01, 2009, 03:20 PM
Special trains extended

CHENNAI: Southern Railway has extended the Chennai Central - Nagercoil - Chennai Central Weekly Garib Rath Specials up to October 29.

Train No. 0607 Chennai Central - Nagercoil Special (Wednesdays) will be extended from August 19 to October 28 and train No. 0608 Nagercoil - Chennai Central Specials (Thursdays) from August 20 to October 29, according to a Southern Railway release.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Aug 01, 2009, 03:31 PM
Change in train numbers

PALAKKAD: The Palakkad Railway Division in a release here on Friday has said that the numbers of following trains have changed with immediate

effect. Shoranur-Nilambur Passenger (Present number - 0673, new number - 639), Nilambur-Shoranur Passenger (0674, 640), Coimbatore-

Shoranur Passenger (0633, 605), and Shoranur-Coimbatore Passenger (0634, 606).
Title: Rail passengers will get Himachal apple juice
Post by: sajiv on Aug 02, 2009, 04:58 AM
Rail passengers will get Himachal apple juice

Train travellers will soon be able to quaff apple juice from Himachal Pradesh with Indian Railways deciding to serve it on important trains, state Horticulture Minister Narender Bragta said Saturday.

'The state government and the railways have reached an understanding under which packaged juices made from Himachal Pradesh apples would be provided to the passengers,' Bragta told reporters.

'Initially, the juice will be provided on selected trains. It would be later provided to passengers of other trains too,' he said.

Himachal Pradesh Horticultural Produce Marketing and Processing Corp (HPMC) is marketing apple juice across the country.

The hill state is one of India's major apple-producing regions, with more than 200,000 families engaged in the cultivation of the fruit.

The state produced 5.1 lakh tonnes of apple in 2008-09. It was 5.93 lakh tonnes in 2007-08.

The apple economy of the state is around Rs.1,500 crore and is flourishing mainly in Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur and Chamba districts.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Aug 04, 2009, 12:17 AM

'Railway infrastructure is for everyone'

MANGALORE: Freedom fighter, former legislator, and A veteran leftist leader B.V. Kakkilaya on Saturday questioned the rationale behind the opposition for the extension of the Yeshwanthpur-Mangalore train up to Kannur in Kerala.

Delivering the key-note address at a five-day leadership training camp for rural youth, organised by Mangalore University and Udayavani, a Kannada daily, He said: "The Railway infrastructure is for the whole country." There was nothing wrong in extending the train up to Kannur. People of Mangalore could seek extension of other trains such as those coming to Kerala from New Delhi up to Mangalore, he said.

Youths should not be carried away by such parochial demands and look at all the people as belonging to one country. Expressing reservation about the concept of deemed universities he said the educational institutions should be under the control of regular universities.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Aug 06, 2009, 03:01 PM
Special train to clear festival rush

SALEM: The Southern Railway will operate a weekly special train between Chennai and Tuticorin via Salem, Erode, Dindigul and Madurai to clear the extra traffic in the months of August, September and October.

According to a press release, train No. 611 will leave Chennai Central at 7.40 p.m. and arrive at Tuticorin at 9.45 a.m. In the return direction, train No. 612 will leave Tuticorin at 6.15 a.m. and arrive at Chennai Central at 8.30 a.m.

The train service will be available at Chennai on the following dates: August: 12, 19, 26; September: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; October: 7, 14, 21, 28. In Tuticorin, the service will be available on the following dates: August: 13, 20, 27; September 3, 10,17,24; October 1,8,15, 22, 29.

The train will have one AC two-tier coach, one AC three-tier coach, six sleeper class coaches, three general second class coaches and two luggage-cum-brake vans.

Advance reservation for the trains commenced on August 5.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Aug 06, 2009, 03:12 PM
Special trains

HYDERABAD: The SCR will run six special trains between Secunderabad and Kakinada town, Guntur and Rajahmundry to clear passenger rush. Secunderabad-Kakinada town train (700) will depart from Secunderabad on August 7 and 9 at 10.30 p.m. and reach Kakinada at 8.50 a.m. next day. In return, the train (701) will leave Kakinada on August 7 and 9 at 9 p.m., and arrive at Secunderabad at 8 a.m. the following day.

Guntur-Secunderabad special train (713) will leave Guntur on August 9 at 9 p.m. and arrive at Secunderabad 4.30 a.m. the following day. Secunderabad-Rajahmundry special train (715) will leave Secunderabad on August 8 at 11 p.m. and reach Rajahmundry at 8.10 a.m. the next day.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Aug 07, 2009, 03:34 PM
Special trains

With a view to clearing extra rush of passengers, the East Coast Railway will run two special express trains between Secunderabad and

Visakhapatnam. Each will have two trips. On August 7 and 8, train no.0748 will leave Secunderabad by 7.30 p.m. and reach Visakhapatnam by 8.30

a.m. the next day.

Similarly on August 8 and 9, train no.0747 will leave Visakhapatnam by 7.10 p.m. and reach Secunderabad by 8.50 a.m. the next day.
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Post by: sajiv on Aug 07, 2009, 07:42 PM

Special trains to clear rush of passengers

VIJAYAWADA: The South Central Railway is running several special trains to clear extra rush of passengers.

Train number 715 from Secunderabad to Rajahmundry departs from Secunderabad at 11 p.m. on August 08 and arrives in Vijayawada at 04.45 a.m. on August 9. Leaving Vijayawada at 5.05 a.m., it will arrive in Rajahmundry at 8.10 a.m.

Train number 741 from Tirupathi to Secunderabad will depart Tirupathi at 8 p.m. on August 9 and arrive in Vijayawada at 2.40 a.m. on August 10. Leaving Vijayawada at 3 a.m., it will arrive at Secunderabad at 9.10 a.m.

Train number 713 from Guntur to Secunderabad will depart Guntur at 9 p.m. on August 9 and will arrive in Vijayawada at 10 p.m. Leaving Vijayawada at 10.15 p.m., it will arrive at Secunderabad at 4.30 a.m. on August 10.

Train number 748 Hyderabad-Visakhapatnam (via Kazipet) will depart Hyderabad at 7.30 p.m. on August 7 and 8, and arrive in Vijayawada at 2 a.m. the next day. Leaving Vijayawada at 2.20 a.m., it will arrive at Visakhapatnam at 8.30 a.m. In the return direction, train number 747 Visakhapatnam-Hyderabad will depart Visakhapatnam at 7.10 p.m. on August 8 and 9 and arrive at Vijayawada at 2 a.m. the next day. It will leave Vijayawada at 2.20 a.m. and arrive at Hyderabad at 8.50 a.m.

Train number 700 Secunderabad-Kakinada Town will depart Secunderabad at 10.30 p.m. on August 7 and 9, and arrive at Vijayawada at 4.45 a.m. the next day. Leaving Vijayawada at 5 a.m., it will arrive at Kakinada Town at 8.50 a.m. In the return direction, train number 701 Kakinada Town-Secunderabad will depart Kakinada Town at 9 p.m. on August 7 and 9, and arrive in Vijayawada at 12.45 a.m. the next day. Leaving Vijayawada at 1.05 a.m., it will arrive in Secunderabad at 8 a.m.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Aug 08, 2009, 03:08 PM
Special trains for Onam

CHENNAI: In order to clear the extra rush of passengers for ensuing 'Onam' festival, Southern Railway will run the following special trains.

Chennai Central-Kannur Superfast:

Train no.0625 will leave Central at 5 pm on August 30 and reach Kannur at 6.30 am the next day. In the return direction train no.0626 will leave Kannur at 6.15 pm on August 31 and arrive at Central at 8 am the next day.

Chennai Central-Mangalore Superfast:


Train no.0619 will leave Central at 5 pm on September 1 and 3 and reach Mangalore at 9.10 am the next day.

In the return direction train no.0620 will leave Mangalore at 4 pm on September 2 and 4 and arrive at Central at 8 am.

Chennai Central-Trivandrum Special via Kottayam:

Train no. 0657 will leave Central at 8.30 pm on August 28 and reach Trivandrum at 12.45 pm the next day.

Trivandrum- Chennai Central Special via Nagercoil:

Train no.0658 will leave Trivandrum at 2.30 pm on August 29 and arrive at Chennai Central at 8.30 am the next day.

Chennai Central-Trivandrum Special via Alappuzha:

Train no. 0647 will leave Central at 8.30 pm on September 5 and reach Trivandrum at 12.45 pm the next day.

In the return direction train no. 0648 will leave Trivandrum at 2.15 pm on September 6 and arrive at Central at 7.45 am the next day.

Chennai Central-Trivandrum Special via Kottayam:

Train no. 0657 will leave Central at 8.30 pm on September 7 and reach Trivandrum at 12.45 pm the next day.

Advance reservation for the above trains will commence on August 8.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Aug 10, 2009, 03:26 PM
Chennai Central station to get world-class facilities in 5 years

CHENNAI: The Chennai Central will be among three stations in Southern Railway that will get world-class facilities in terms of infrastructure, passenger amenities and security in five years. The other stations are Tiruvananthapuram and Mangalore.

According to Additional General Manager (Southern Railway) V. Carmelus, the Ministry of Railways had sanctioned Rs.100 crore to each of these stations for the modernisation programme.

A high-level committee comprising senior railway officials had been formed to expedite the implementation. The scheme would be implemented in less than five years.

Explaining the salient features of the modernisation plan, Mr.Carmelus said that multi-level platforms would be created to operate express and suburban trains to arrive and depart from the same complex. The Chennai Metro project would have a link on completion.

In view of the space constrains in and around Chennai Central, multi-level parking lots would also be created. "Escalators, elevators and walk-elaters will be established to make passenger movement easy. Uni-flow arrangement with separate arrival and departure route for passengers will be provided to ease congestion," he said. Intensified security was one of the vital components of the plan. Besides strict access-control measures, high-resolution cameras would be installed for the closed circuit television (CCTV) network. Mr.Carmelus said 21 railway stations in the zone had been chosen as 'Adarsh' stations where modern facilities would be in place in about a year.
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Post by: dwarakesh on Aug 10, 2009, 03:36 PM
Special trains to clear Onam season rush

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Southern Railway will run special trains to and from Chennai Central to Kannur, Mangalore, Thiruvananthapuram via Kottayam and Alappuzha between August 30 and September 7 to clear the rush of passengers during Onam.

According to the Railways, the 0625 Chennai Central-Kannur Superfast Special will leave Chennai Central at 5 p.m. on August 30 to arrive in Kannur at 6.30 a.m. the next day. The 0626 Kannur-Chennai Central Superfast Special will leave Kannur at 6.15 p.m. on August 31 to arrive at Chennai Central at 8 a.m. the next day. The trains will halt at Katpadi, Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Podanur, Palakkad, Shoranur, Tirur, Kozhikode, Vadakara and Thalassery. The 0626 will stop at Perambur station.

The 0619 Chennai Central-Mangalore Superfast Special will leave Chennai Central at 5 p.m. on September 1 and 3 to arrive in Mangalore at 9.10 a.m. the next day. The 0620 Mangalore-Chennai Central Superfast Special will leave Mangalore at 4 p.m. on September 2 and 4 to arrive at Chennai Central at 8 a.m. the next day.

According to the railways, both the trains will stop at Katpadi, Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Podanur, Palakkad, Shoranur, Tirur, Kozhikode, Vadakara, Thalassery, Kannur, Payyanur, Kanhangad and Kasaragod. The 0620 will stop at Perambur station.

The 0657 Chennai Central-Thiruvananthapuram Special will leave Chennai Central at 8.30 p.m. on August 28 to arrive at Thiruvananthapuram Central at 12.45 p.m. the next day. The train will stop at Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Chenganaseri, Tiruvalla, Chengannur, Mavelikara, Kayamkulam, Kollam and Varkala railway stations, the release said.

The 0658 Thiruvananthapuram- Chennai Central Special will leave Thiruvananthapuram at 2.30 p.m. on August 29 to arrive at Chennai Central at 8.30 a.m. the next day. The train will stop at Nagercoil, Valliyur, Tirunelveli, Vanchi Maniyachchi, Kovilpatti, Satur, Virudunagar, Madurai, Dindigul, Karur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai, Katpadi, Arakkonam and Perambur.

The 0647 Chennai Central-Thiruvananthapuram Special will leave Chennai Central at 8.30 p.m. on September 5 to arrive at Thiruvananthapuram Central at 12.45 p.m. the next day. In the return direction, the 0648 Thiruvananthapuram-Chennai Central Special will leave Thiruvananthapuram at 2.15 p.m. on September 6 to arrive at Chennai Central at 7.45 a.m. the next day.

According to the railways, the trains will stop at Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Jn, Chertala, Alappuzha, Ambalapuzha, Haripad, Kayamkulam, Kollam and Varkala.

The 0657 Chennai Central-Thiruvananthapuram Special will leave Chennai Central at 8.30 p.m. on September 7 to arrive at Thiruvananthapuram Central at 12.45 p.m. the next day.

The train will stop at Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Changanaseri, Tiruvalla, Chengannur, Mavelikara, Kayamkulam, Kollam and Varkala. According to the railways, the advance reservation for the above trains commenced on August 8.
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Post by: sajiv on Aug 11, 2009, 10:12 PM

Operate more trains to and from Tiruchi

The Villupuram-Tiruchi section electrification work has been successfully completed. Now that the Tiruchi Junction is provided with five platforms and platforms 6 and 7 are getting equipped, we hope that there will not be any difficulty in running the trains as usual as it was prior to broad gauge conversion. Having spent crores of rupees in gauge conversion and electrification, it will be futile if trains are not frequently operated resulting in loss of revenue and ruin to the Railways whereas in convenience and difficulty to the public.

S. Sridhar,

Woraiyur.
Remove trees near bridges

A lot of pepal and banyan trees are growing in between the joints of rail over bridge and road over bridges which will damage the structure early. Especially near the Srirangam-Thiruvanaikoil overbridge a lot of trees are growing which need to be cleared immediately. It is requested that the authorities to take action in this regard.

S. Ramakrishnan.

T.V.Koil.
Helmet usage

This refers to the news item "Heads Safe" appeared in The Hindu dated July 30. Though wearing helmet is certainly a protective measure, certain aspect such as the cost, difference in quality, inability of the rider to hear the horn of other vehicles have also to be considered. It is also a fact that wearing helmets was made compulsory in Chennai and other cities 1985 and strictly enforced only to be relaxed periodically by the Government. But the sound principle governing the scheme remains.

S. Ranganathan,

Tennur.
Regulate autorickshaws

There are plenty of changes in the city after Mr. Karuna Sagar took over as the Commissioner of Police such as wearing helmet compulsorily, fine for vehicles halted in no parking zones, etc. At the same time there are many autoricksaws running at erratic speed and most of the drivers are below the age of 18 driving without proper documents such as licence, RC book and charging huge money for a short distance. The Commissioner may take steps to fix meter in the autoricksaws and check all the autoricksaws whether they are having the necessary documents.

D. Mahendran,

North Dharanallur.
Dazzling headlights

Traffic regulation through public address system in Thillainagar and Chatram bus stand has definitely brought a semblance of discipline, thanks to the new Police Commissioner. But it is only a job half-done because night driving continues to remain a nightmare still, with dazzling headlights from trucks and lorries, which cause many an accident. Various traffic weeks and melas that are organised time and again see that the heavy vehicles are affixed with bull's eye stickers only to get peeled off in due course of time. It is for the traffic police to see that the head lights are painted black if it is to last.

A.V. Narayanan,

Thillainagar.
Stray dog menace

There are plenty of stray dogs at Karumandapam. Therefore, I request the Corporation authorities to take steps periodically to control the menace of stray dogs.

X. Rosario Rajkumar

Karumandapam.
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The Anna Stadium is used by the public for morning exercises and in the evening also. About 500 citizens and students use the arena and the peripheral road around it for jogging and walking. There are not less than four dozen stray dogs roaming on this outer road and also inside the stadium and Bharathidasan University, Women's' Hostel buildings, etc. The Corporation should take immediate action to end the dog menace.

A. Chandrasekharan,

Thanjavur Main Road.
Exclusive bus service to and from airport

Many flights are being operated from Tiruchi airport. The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation is operating only one bus from airport to the city.

This causes a lot of hardship to the people as they have to pay exorbitant money for the autos and taxis. Also, the residents of Kamaraj Nagar and other areas adjacent to the airport have to depend on the buses which ply from OFT/HAPP/Police Colony to the city, which are always crowded.

It is high time that the transport authorities operate more or exclusive bus services from and to airport.

R. Hariharan,

Airport Colony.
Steps to safeguard missing children

To safeguard the missing children in hospital both private and Government it is desirable to make mandatory provision that the photo identity of both mother, child shall be enveloped in the case sheet and body of care taker shall be applicable in all time from new born ward and age of seven years.

C. Balakrishnan,

Thillainagar.
Parking charges

In Central bus stand, Rs. 5 is collected towards parking charges for two wheelers. The parking charges are neither printed in the token nor displayed at the vehicle stand. Hence, it is requested that the administration either display a board listing the charges to be collected or print it on the token.

P.K. Raman,

Ayyappa Nagar.
More buses needed

About 3,000 families are residing in the Tamil Nadu Housing Board houses at Anna Nagar and Police Colony, situated at Navalpattu Panchayat. A large number of office-goers and students residing in these areas travel to Main Guard Gate.

But there are no adequate bus services. A minimum of four buses may be introduced from Anna Nagar and Police Colony to Main Guard Gate via the two routes of Junction and Tiruverumbur respectively.

K.P. Leon,

Navalpattu Annanagar.
Cattle problem on roads

It is a welcome sign that the Corporation has come out with a proposal to fine cattle roaming on the streets hindering traffic movement. Similarly the Corporation should take measures to eliminate stray dogs which are in high numbers in all the areas of Tiruchi. Steps should be taken to sterilise them at least to check their population.

D. Saminathan,

Karumandapam.
Police station at Shanmuga Nagar

The incidence of crimes like robbery, chain snatching, etc., are on the rise especially in Shanmuga Nagar and Uyakondanthirumalai. As the culprits wear helmets, identification proves to be a big problem.

What is more shocking is the fact that these crimes are being committed in broad daylight.

Moreover these crimes, which reduced a year back, has again shown an upward trend in Shanmuganagar.

A police station is immediately required in Shanmuganagar to check the activities of anti-social elements.

T.M. Seetharaman,

Uyakondanthirumalai.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Aug 12, 2009, 03:13 PM
New railway timetable

CHENNAI: The Public Time Table and Trains at a Glance (issue pertaining to July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009) will remain valid till

October 31, 2009 and the new timetable will come into force from November 1, instead of October 1.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Aug 12, 2009, 03:15 PM
Special trains for Independence Day, Onam


CHENNAI: In order to clear the extra rush of passengers during the coming Onam festival, Southern Railway will run the following special trains.

Chennai Central-Kochuveli Superfast via Kottayam: Train No. 0633 will leave Central at 3.15 p.m. on August 29 and September 5 and reach Kochuveli at 6.30 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, No. 0634 will leave Kochuveli at 12 noon on August 30 and September 6 and will arrive at Central at 4.50 a.m. the next day.

Chennai Central-Kollam Superfast via Kottayam: Train No. 0645 will leave Central at 8.30 p.m. on August 31 and reach Kollam at 11.25 a.m. the next day.

In the return direction, No. 0646 will leave Kollam at 1 p.m. on September 1 and arrive at Central at 4.50 a.m. the next day.

Chennai Central-Kollam Superfast via Alappuzha: Train No. 0621 will leave Central at 6.05 p.m. on September 2 and reach Kollam at 10 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, No. 0622 will leave Kollam at 3.15 p.m. on September 3 and arrive Central at 7.45 a.m. the next day.

Chennai Central-Kollam Superfast via Alappuzha: Train No. 0631 will leave Central at 11.30 p.m. on September 2 and reach Kollam at 2.45 p.m. the next day.

In the return direction, No. 0632 will leave Kollam at 9.15 p.m. on September 3 and arrive Central at 12.20 p.m. the next day.

Southern Railway will also run the following special trains:

Chennai Central-Nagercoil Specials: Train No. 0603 will leave Central at 6.05 p.m. on August 12 and reach Nagercoil at 10 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, No. 0604 will leave Nagercoil at 12.15 p.m. on August 13 and arrive Central at 3.45 a.m. the next day.

Train No. 0605 will leave Central at 8.30 p.m. on August 14 and arrive Nagercoil at 12.20 p.m. the next day.

In the return direction, No. 0606 will leave Nagercoil at 12.15 p.m. on August 16 and arrive Central at 3.45 a.m.

Advance reservation for these trains will start on August 11, according to a Southern Railway press release.
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Post by: sajiv on Aug 12, 2009, 09:54 PM

Special trains for Independence Day, Onam

CHENNAI: In order to clear the extra rush of passengers during the coming Onam festival, Southern Railway will run the following special trains.

Chennai Central-Kochuveli Superfast via Kottayam: Train No. 0633 will leave Central at 3.15 p.m. on August 29 and September 5 and reach Kochuveli at 6.30 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, No. 0634 will leave Kochuveli at 12 noon on August 30 and September 6 and will arrive at Central at 4.50 a.m. the next day.

Chennai Central-Kollam Superfast via Kottayam: Train No. 0645 will leave Central at 8.30 p.m. on August 31 and reach Kollam at 11.25 a.m. the next day.

In the return direction, No. 0646 will leave Kollam at 1 p.m. on September 1 and arrive at Central at 4.50 a.m. the next day.

Chennai Central-Kollam Superfast via Alappuzha: Train No. 0621 will leave Central at 6.05 p.m. on September 2 and reach Kollam at 10 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, No. 0622 will leave Kollam at 3.15 p.m. on September 3 and arrive Central at 7.45 a.m. the next day.

Chennai Central-Kollam Superfast via Alappuzha: Train No. 0631 will leave Central at 11.30 p.m. on September 2 and reach Kollam at 2.45 p.m. the next day.

In the return direction, No. 0632 will leave Kollam at 9.15 p.m. on September 3 and arrive Central at 12.20 p.m. the next day.

Southern Railway will also run the following special trains:

Chennai Central-Nagercoil Specials: Train No. 0603 will leave Central at 6.05 p.m. on August 12 and reach Nagercoil at 10 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, No. 0604 will leave Nagercoil at 12.15 p.m. on August 13 and arrive Central at 3.45 a.m. the next day.

Train No. 0605 will leave Central at 8.30 p.m. on August 14 and arrive Nagercoil at 12.20 p.m. the next day.

In the return direction, No. 0606 will leave Nagercoil at 12.15 p.m. on August 16 and arrive Central at 3.45 a.m.

Advance reservation for these trains will start on August 11, according to a Southern Railway press release.
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Post by: sajiv on Aug 12, 2009, 11:32 PM

Special train to Hyderabad

VISAKHAPATNAM: Special express trains will be run between Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad to clear the extra rush of passengers. Train no. 0748 Hyderabad - Visakhapatnam will leave Hyderabad on August 13 and 15 at 7.30 p.m. and arrive here at 8.30 a.m. on the following days. The train will have halts at Secunderabad, Kazipet, Warangal, Khammam, Madhira, Vijayawada, Eluru, Tadepalligudem, Rajahmundry, Samalkot, Annavaram, Tuni, Anakapalle and Duvvada, according to Senior Divisional Commercial Manager H.L. Luwang.

In the return direction, Train no. 0747 Visakhapatnam - Hyderabad Express will leave Visakhapatnam at 7.10 p.m. on August 14 and 16 and reach Hyderabad at 8.50 a.m. on the following days. The train will also have the same halts as train no. 0748.

The trains will have two luggage vans, two general coaches, one 2nd AC, one 3rd AC and 10 Sleeper Coaches.
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Post by: sajiv on Aug 12, 2009, 11:33 PM

Special train to Hyderabad

VISAKHAPATNAM: Special express trains will be run between Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad to clear the extra rush of passengers. Train no. 0748 Hyderabad - Visakhapatnam will leave Hyderabad on August 13 and 15 at 7.30 p.m. and arrive here at 8.30 a.m. on the following days. The train will have halts at Secunderabad, Kazipet, Warangal, Khammam, Madhira, Vijayawada, Eluru, Tadepalligudem, Rajahmundry, Samalkot, Annavaram, Tuni, Anakapalle and Duvvada, according to Senior Divisional Commercial Manager H.L. Luwang.

In the return direction, Train no. 0747 Visakhapatnam - Hyderabad Express will leave Visakhapatnam at 7.10 p.m. on August 14 and 16 and reach Hyderabad at 8.50 a.m. on the following days. The train will also have the same halts as train no. 0748.

The trains will have two luggage vans, two general coaches, one 2nd AC, one 3rd AC and 10 Sleeper Coaches.

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Post by: sajiv on Aug 13, 2009, 02:56 PM

Trains to be terminated at Dadar

CHENNAI: Due to line block at Mumbai CST railway station from August 14 (10.30 pm) to August 16 (10.30 pm), the following trains will be terminated at Dadar station on dates mentioned against them. Train (6352) Nagercoil - Mumbai CST Express - August 14; train (1028) Chennai Central - Mumbai CST Mail, train (6382) Kanyakumari - Mumbai CST Express and train (1042) Chennai Central - Mumbai CST Express - August 15 and 16, and train (6340) Nagercoil -Mumbai CST Express - August 15.

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Post by: dwarakesh on Aug 13, 2009, 03:32 PM
Special trains

MADURAI: The Southern Railway will run a pair of special passenger trains between Madurai and Rameswaram in connection with the Amavasai festival on August 20.

A statement said that Madurai-Rameswaram passenger special will leave Madurai at 9.45 p.m. on August 19 and reach Rameswaram at 1.50 a.m. the next day.

Rameswaram-Madurai passenger special will leave Rameswaram at 1.30 p.m. on August 20 and reach Madurai at 5.45 p.m. the same day.

These trains will stop at Madurai East, Silaiman, Tirupuvanam, Tirupacheti, Manamadurai, Sudiyur, Paramakudi, Sattirakudi, Ramanathapuram, Uchipuli, Mandapam and Pamban.
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Post by: sajiv on Aug 14, 2009, 05:07 PM

Special trains to Tirupati, Kakinada

Staff Reporter

Hyderabad: South Central Railway, in order to clear extra rush of passengers, is operating special trains between Secunderabad, Tirupati and Kakinada routes.

Train No. 0709 Secunderabad-Tirupati special train will depart Secunderabad on August 21 at 11.30 p.m. and reach Tirupati at 11.55 a.m. on the next day. En route, this train will stop at Kazipet, Warangal, Khammam, Vijayawada, Tenali, Ongole, Nellore, Gudur, Srikalahasti and Renigunta. Train No. 0705 Tirupati-Kakinada Town Special train will depart Tirupati on August 22 at 9 p.m. and reach Kakinada town at 08.30 a.m. on the next day.

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Post by: sajiv on Aug 18, 2009, 05:06 PM

Train detained

MADURAI: The Chennai-bound Nellai Express was detained for more than two hours on Sunday night at the railway station here after a group of Vidhuthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi activists created a ruckus.

The Tamil Nadu Railway Police registered two cases against the VCK activists, including the party's Madurai district secretary R. Pandiammal. They were going to Chennai for a party conference on Monday.

Superintendent of Railway Police, Tiruchi, M. Vijayalakshmi, inspected the station where an indication board was damaged by some persons, who were in an inebriated condition. A trolley was pushed on to the track.

Ms. Vijayalakshmi said the trouble began after passengers objected to VCK cadre with unreserved tickets entering reserved coaches. The Travelling Ticket Examiners informed the security personnel who tried to prevent them from entering the coaches. The alarm chain was pulled at least twice, resulting in the train being delayed.

No arrests have been made.
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Post by: sajiv on Aug 18, 2009, 05:07 PM

Special trains to clear rush

HYDERABAD: The South Central Railways will run the following special trains from August 21 to clear passenger rush.

Secunderabad-Kakinada Town: Train No.700 -departs Secunderabad on August 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 at 11 p.m.

Train No.701-departs Kakinada on August 21, 22,23,28,29 and 30 at 9 p.m. The trains will pass via Kazipet, Warangal, Eluru, Tadepalligudem, Nidadavolu, Rajahmundry, Anaparti and Samalkot.

Secunderabad-Rajahmundry: Train No.0715-departs Secunderabad on August 22 and 29 at 11 p.m.

Guntur-Secunderabad Train No.0713-departs Guntur at 9 p.m. on August 23. The train will stop at Vijayawada, Khammam, Mahabubabad,Warangal and Kazipet.
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Post by: sajiv on Aug 18, 2009, 08:36 PM

Railways' ticket earnings increase

HUBLI: Hubli Division of South Western Railway has recorded passenger earnings of Rs. 58.58 crore up to July, which is 19.75 per cent more than the earnings during the corresponding period of last financial year.

Speaking at the Independence Day celebrations at the DRM's office premises in Hubli on Saturday, Mr. Sharma said the passenger earnings were 4.57 per cent more than the target for the period.

However, the division recorded a slump in the freight loading.

The division recording an originating freight loading of up to July-end was 10.23 million tonnes which was 2.32 per cent more than the target but 23.9 per cent lower than the loading during the corresponding period last year, he said.

Mr. Sharma said that because of recession the demand for iron ore had fallen in international market, which had affected the freight loading by the division.

He said the division had recorded freight earnings of Rs. 797.8 crore up to July end, while the gross earnings was Rs. 864.49 crore.

Later, Mr. Sharma presented Cash Awards to RPF Contingent, Civil Defence Personnel, NCC of Railway High School, Bharat Scouts and Guides, Railway Schools and RPF Band.

Timothy T. Gonmei, Senior Divisional Personnel Officer, proposed a vote of thanks.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Aug 22, 2009, 09:32 PM

Special trains to Bangalore, Veraval

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Southern Railway will run special trains between Ernakulam and Bangalore and between Kochuveli and Veraval during Onam to clear the heavy rush of commuters.

The 0643 Ernakulam-Bangalore Weekly Special will leave Ernakulam junction at 9.15 p.m. on August 27 and September 3 to reach Bangalore City at 10 a.m. the next day, the Railways said.

The 0644 Bangalore-Ernakulam Special will leave Bangalore City at 6.50 p.m. on August 28 and September 4 to arrive at Ernakulam junction at 6.30 a.m. the next day.

The 0641 Ernakulam-Bangalore Weekly Special will leave Ernakulam junction at 6.40 p.m. on August 24, 31 and September 7 to reach Bangalore City at 8.30 a.m. the next day.

The 0642 Bangalore-Ernakulam Special will leave Bangalore City at 5.15 p.m. on August 25, September 1 and 8 to arrive at Ernakulam junction at 4.20 a.m. the next day.

The 0975 Veraval-Kochuveli special will leave Veraval at 4.30 p.m. on August 28 to arrive at Kochuveli at 7.15 p.m. on August 30.

The 0976 Kochuveli-Veraval special will leave Kochuveli at 8.50 a.m. on September 1 to arrive at Veraval at 11.10 a.m. on September 3.

Advance reservation for the above trains will begin on Saturday, the Railways said.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Aug 24, 2009, 07:40 PM

Special train to Ernakulam tomorrow

HUBLI: Southern Railway has decided to run a special train between Ernakulam and Bangalore on Monday to clear the extra rush, according to a press release.

Accordingly, Ernakulam-Bangalore City Special (train no. 0641) will leave Ernakulam at 6.40 p.m. on Monday and reach Bangalore at 8.30 a.m. the next day.

In the return direction, Bangalore City-Ernakulam Special (train no. 0642) will leave Bangalore at 5.15 p.m. on Tuesday and reach Ernakulam at 4.20 a.m. the next day.

The special train will have 20 coaches comprising one A.C. 2-tier coach, two A.C. 3-tier coaches, 12 second-class sleepers, three general second-class coaches and two second-class luggage-cum-brake vans
Title: Special trains for Velankanni festival
Post by: sajiv on Aug 25, 2009, 09:23 PM
Special trains for Velankanni festival

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run specials for Velankanni festival.

Chennai Egmore - Nagore specials (via Arakkonam, Jolarpettai, Salem, Karur, Tiruchi, Thanjavur, and Nagapattinam): Train No. 0627 will leave Chennai Egmore at 10 p.m. on August 28 and September 4 (Fridays) and reach Nagore at 11 a.m. the next day. In return - train No. 0628 will leave Nagore at 2 p.m. on August 30 and September 6 (Sundays) and arrive at Chennai Egmore at 3.45 a.m. the next day. Madurai - Ernakulam specials (via Dindigul, Tiruchi, Karur and Erode): Train No. 0629 will leave Madurai at 7.15 p.m. on August 27 and September 3 (Thursdays) and reach Ernakulam at 8 a.m. the next day. In return - train No. 0630 will leave Ernakulam at 7.30 p.m. on August 30 and September 6 (Sundays) and arrive at Madurai at 7.45 a.m. the next day.

Ernakulam - Nagore specials: Train No. 0635 will leave Ernakulam at 7.30 pm on August 28 and September 4 (Fridays) and arrive at Nagore at 8.30 a.m. the next day. In return - train No.0636 will leave Nagore at 8 p.m. on August 29 and September 5 (Saturdays) and arrive at Ernakulam at 8 a.m. the next day. Dadar - Nagore specials: Train No. 0171 will leave Dadar at 10.45 a.m. on August 26 (Wednesday) and arrive at Nagore at 9.30 p.m. the next day. In the return direction, train No. 0172 will leave Nagore at 3.30 p.m. on August 28 (Friday) and arrive at Dadar at 6.15 a.m. the next day. Reservation will begin on August 25.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Aug 25, 2009, 09:24 PM

MADURAI: In an effort to help the differently abled, elderly and sick passengers navigate easily among the crowd at the railway station and to transport their luggage, a battery operated four-seater car service was launched at the railway station here on Monday.

Speaking at a brief function to launch the facility, Anil Singhal, Divisional Regional Manager (DRM), said that it was one of the initiatives of public-private partnership where corporate social responsibility had played its role.

The battery-operated car which could seat four persons, besides the driver, had adequate luggage space. It could be booked by calling toll-free number 98948 56789. It would transport physically challenged and aged passengers free of cost from the station entrance to their train coaches and vice-versa. It would be available according to the booking on a first-come-first-served basis.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Aug 31, 2009, 06:03 PM
Southern Railway official falls prey to 'phishing' mail, loses Rs.53,000

CHENNAI: A top official of Southern Railway, who entered the username and password of his net-banking account in response to a 'phishing' mail, has been cheated of Rs.53,000.

Phishing refers to the act of acquiring confidential information such as bank account details and passwords electronically by posing as a trusted entity.

The Madurai Police on Sunday registered a cheating case against unknown persons.

On August 23, Divisional Railway Manager, Madurai Division, Anil Singhal, received an e-mail from the 'customer care division' of ICICI Bank. It asked him to enter the username and password as part of a security upgrade.

"When I clicked on the link, the login page popped up. It looked similar to the usual login page of ICICI Net banking... After I entered my username and password, there was a message that the site will be closed till August 29 for maintenance," he told The Hindu.

The Net banking account of Mr. Singhal was found deactivated when he accessed it on Sunday.

"When I tried to take some money through the ATM, I came to know that there was only Rs.83 left in the account. Enquiries with the bank authorities revealed that the suspect had withdrawn Rs.53,000 in two parts through Net banking."
"Looked so original"

Though there was Rs.70,000 balance in another ICICI account of the official, which was also linked to the main account, the suspect did not touch that money. "I had one account in Allahabad and another in New Delhi...both linked to Net banking. The login page in the phishing mail looked so original," recalled Mr. Singhal, who has been using the online banking facility for three years now.

Ironically, the mail had stated that many online frauds were taking place and hence the security upgrade.

When the matter was taken up with the bank officials, he said they had told him that he should not have given his net-banking details without ascertaining the authenticity of the email.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Sep 04, 2009, 03:20 PM
Special train

CHENNAI: In connection with the 'Buddha Dhama Chakrapavardhan' Day celebrations in Nagpur on September 28, Southern Railway will run a

special train. Train No. 0675 will leave Central at 9.10 pm on September 26 and reach Nagpur at 3 p.m. the next day. Train No. 0676 will leave

Nagpur at 3.20 p.m. on September 29 and arrive at Central at 10.30 a.m. the next day. Reservation will begin on September 4.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Sep 05, 2009, 08:24 PM

Special train

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run a special train from Nagore to Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (Mumbai) for the Arockiamatha Annual Festival at Velankanni.

Train No. 0671 will leave Nagore at 3.30 p.m. on September 8 and reach Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 5.05 a.m. on Sept. 10.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Sep 09, 2009, 11:44 PM

Trains rescheduled

Chennai: Owing to line block in connection with engineering work at Nandiyambakkam in the Chennai Central-Gummidipoondi section up to September 11,the following EMU will be fully cancelled: MG-1 Moore Market Complex (MMC)-Gummidipoondi local leaving MMC at 0.15 a.m.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Sep 11, 2009, 03:26 PM
Special trains to Nagercoil

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run special trains between Chennai and Nagercoil to clear the extra rush of passengers.

Chennai Central-Nagercoil Special (Train No.0603) will leave Chennai Central at 8 pm on September 18 and reach Nagercoil at 12.20 pm the next day. In the return direction, Train No.0604 will leave Nagercoil at 4.30 pm on September 19 and arrive at Chennai Central at 8.30 am the next day.

The trains will stop at Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Karur, Dindigul, Madurai, Virudhunagar, Satur, Kovilpatti, Vanchi Maniyachchi, Tirunelveli and Valliyur. Train No.0604 will stop at Perambur. The composition of the trains will be 1 First AC cum AC 2-tier, 1 AC 3 tier, 10 Sleeper Class, 3 General Second Class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches.

Chennai Central-Nagercoil Special (Train No.0601) will leave Chennai Central at 6.05 pm on September 20 and arrive at Nagercoil at 10.00 am the next day. In the return direction, Train No.0602 will leave Nagercoil at 4.30 pm on September 21 and arrive at Chennai Central at 8.30 am the next day.

The trains will stop at Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Karur, Dindigul, Madurai, Virudhunagar, Satur, Kovilpatti, Vanchi Maniyachchi, Tirunelveli and Valliyur. Train No.0602 will stop at Perambur. The composition of the trains will be 1 First AC cum AC 2-tier, 1 AC 3 tier, 10 Sleeper Class, 3 General Second Class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches.

Advance reservation for the above trains will commence on September 11.

Title: Special train to Chennai
Post by: sajiv on Sep 19, 2009, 07:41 PM

Special train to Chennai

Kozhikode: The Southern Railway has introduced Deepavali special train between Ernakulam Junction and Chennai.

Train No. 0635 Ernakulam - Chennai Central Special will leave Ernakulam at 6.40 p.m. on October 15 and reach Chennai Central at 7.40 a.m. the next day. Train No. 0636 Chennai Central - Ernakulam Super Fast Special will leave Chennai Central at 11 a.m. on October 16 and arrive at Ernakulam at 11.30 p.m. the same day.

The trains will stop at Aluva, Thrissur, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai, Katpadi and Arakkonam.

The railways will introduce a special stoppage for the Poorna Express (train No.1097/1098 Pune - Ernakulam - Pune) at Byndoor Station with immediate effect up to September 30 on account of Navarathri festival at Kollur Mookambika Temple.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Sep 21, 2009, 11:34 PM

Railways' ways

Recently while travelling in a 2 AC coach by 2781 Swaran Jayanti Express, I had a very disgusting experience regarding supply of beddings.

This train runs between Mysore and Hazrat Nizamuddin in Delhi once a week. I boarded the train at Pune Junction on September 5 in Coach A1. On my berth lay a set of two linens, a blanket and a pillow. The condition of these items was so bad that I thought they had been used earlier and would now be replaced.

I asked the bedding attendant to replace these and was shocked to hear that it was a fresh lot. Dissatisfied, I complained to the TTE, who expressed his inability to help me, saying that the supply of beddings was no more with the Railways: it has been outsourced to the IRCTC and I should lodge a complaint with them.

I told him that Pune has already earned the dubious distinction of maximum swine flu deaths and supply of unwashed linen and pillow-covers would further jeopardise the passengers' health. He advised me to request the bedding attendant to change the unwashed pieces. To my surprise, I found stacks of washed, clean and well-ironed linens, pillow-covers and hand-towels in the store. I almost forced him to replace the unwashed linens. I compelled him to give me a clean hand-towel, a luxury no other passenger in the coach enjoyed.

Supply of unwashed linen is not only a very bad practice but a potential source of infections. It is already well known that the Railways get the blankets cleaned only once a month. Would the authorities arrange to stop this unhealthy malpractice forthwith?

S. K. Kulshrestha,

9, Old Survey Road, Dehra Dun - 248 001.
Pension, please.....

I served the Postal Department for 38 long years -- more than 28 years as an Extra Departmental staff and nine years and eight months as a Postman. If an Extra Departmental employee serves the department for at least ten years on being made a postman, he becomes eligible for getting pension.

I joined service on March 20, 1973, and was promoted as a postman on May 21, 1991. In the same capacity, I served at Srinagar in Jammu & Kashmir Circle. As per the rules, I am short of the stipulated eligibility period by just two months for which I am being deprived of any pension whatsoever.

I am a poor retired man with many liabilities which include two unemployed sons and one unmarried daughter. After putting in so many years of sincere service, I expect a pension from the Government and request that my case be considered for this.

I even lodged a complaint at the Pensioners' Portal in July this year and as per rules I was to be informed within 30 working days. But to this day I have not received any reply. I pray to the higher postal authorities in New Delhi to kindly consider my case and extend to me the benefit of pension.

Mohammad Akram Mir,

S/o Gh. Qadir Mir, Ratnipora, Shopian, Jammu & Kashmir.
Hello, MTNL.....

My MTNL telephone (No. 29984216) was out of order for nearly two months from July 2 to August 31and was set right after The Hindu took note of it in these columns. I had also written to the President about my problem. To my surprise now, instead of getting compensation for the said period, I have received bills from MTNL for both the months.

To add insult to injury, a machine called the other day to announce that the phone would be disconnected unless I pay the bills. Pay the bills for the period when the phone was dead! Will the MTNL realise its folly and make amends now?

Anil Mathur,

82 A/A, 14 Himgiri Apartments, Kalkaji Extension, New Delhi - 110019.
How about this?

I believe that everything in this world has some purpose and can be used in some way or the other. Also, being a science student, I believe science can provide a solution to each and every problem.

Ocean water and deserts, both available to humankind in plenty, are not being used to their potential. Can't we tap these infinite resources to generate employment? It just needs some innovation on the part of our scientists. Nothing's impossible. Deepak Singh,

107-C, Pocket J&K, Dilshad Garden, Delhi - 110 095.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Sep 24, 2009, 03:24 PM
Special trains to Coimbatore

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run special trains between Chennai Central and Coimbatore for Deepavali.

Train No. 0647 will leave Chennai Central at 11.50 p.m. on October 15 and 17 and reach Coimbatore at 7.55 a.m.

In the return direction, Train No. 0648 will leave Coimbatore at 11.45 p.m. on October 16 and 18 and arrive at Central at 8.15 a.m.

Advance reservation will begin on September 24.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Oct 01, 2009, 04:11 PM
Additional trains

CHENNAI: Southern Railway is operating additional trains, besides increasing the number of coaches in popular trains, to help air passengers on

account of the cancellation of Air India flights. To provide this information to air passengers, the administration had provided helpdesks and

computer reservation terminals in all the major domestic and international airports.

The additional trains are being run on Thursday to Coimbatore, Ernakulam, Madurai and Nagercoil to clear the backlog of passengers and extra

coaches were attached to major trains on Wednesday.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Oct 01, 2009, 04:12 PM
Special trains

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run the following special trains from Chennai Central to Nagercoil (via Erode, Karur, and Madurai) and Ernakulam to clear the extra rush of passengers.

Train No. 0601 will leave Central at 8.30 p.m. on October 3, 5, 7, 9 and 12 and reach Nagercoil at 10.50 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, train no. 0602 will leave Nagercoil at 4.30 p.m. on October 4, 6, 8, 11 and 13 and arrive Central at 8.30 a.m. the next day.

Train No. 0625 will leave Central at 10.20 p.m. on October 1 and reach Ernakulam Junction at 11 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, train No. 0626 will leave the Ernakulam Junction at 7 p.m. on October 2 and arrive at Central at 7.40 a.m. the next day.

Additional Deepavali weekly superfast special trains to Coimbatore: Train no. 0613 will leave Central at 11.50 p.m. on October 2, 9, 23, 30, and November 6 and reach Coimbatore at 7.55 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, train no. 0614 will leave Coimbatore at 7.45 p.m. on October 4, 11, 25, November 1, and 8 and arrive Central at 4 a.m. the next day.

Advance reservation for the above trains will commence on October 1.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Oct 16, 2009, 03:09 PM
Special trains till November 16

TIRUCHI: Train No. 839 / 840 Tiruchi - Karaikkudi - Tiruchi and Train No. 841 / 842 Karaikkudi - Manamadurai - Karaikkudi short distance special

trains are extended to run up to November 16. Train No. 839 Tiruchi - Karaikkudi special will leave Tiruchi at 3. 55 p.m. and arrive Karaikkudi at

6.15 p.m. In the return direction, Train No. 830A Karaikkudi - Tiruchi will leave Karaikkudi at 9.10 a.m. and arrive Tiruchi at 11.40 a.m.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Oct 20, 2009, 03:32 PM
Chennai-Tirunelveli special daytime trains

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run a daytime special between Chennai Egmore and Tirunelveli to clear the extra rush.

Train No. 0641 will leave Egmore at 9.30 a.m. on October 24 and 31 and reach Tirunelveli at 10.15 p.m. the same day. In the return direction, train

No. 0642 will leave Tirunelveli at 9.35 a.m. on October 25 and November 1 and arrive at Egmore at 10.15 p.m. the same day. Reservation will begin

on October 20.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Oct 22, 2009, 03:21 PM
Special trains to Tiruchendur

MADURAI: Southern Railway will operate special trains between Tirunelveli and Tiruchendur on October 23 to clear rush of devotees attending the 'Soorasamharam' event during Kanda Sashti festival at the Tiruchendur temple.

According to a press release, the Tiruchendur-Tirunelveli passenger special will leave Tiruchendur at 9.45 a.m. and reach Tirunelveli at 11.20 a.m. It will stop at Arumuganeri, Nazareth, Srivaikundam and Seithunganallur.

The Tirunelveli-Tiruchendur passenger special will leave Tirunelveli at 1 p.m. and reach Tiruchendur at 2.45 p.m. A Tiruchendur-Tirunelveli special will leave Tiruchendur at 8.45 p.m. and reach Tirunelveli at 10.35 p.m. A Tiruchendur-Tirunelveli passenger special will leave Tiruchendur at 11 p.m. and reach Tirunelveli at 12.50 a.m.

The last three passenger specials will stop at all stations between Tiruchendur and Tirunelveli.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Oct 23, 2009, 03:21 PM
Special trains to clear extra rush

TIRUNELVELI: The Southern Railway will operate the following special trains to clear extra rush: train number 665 Coimbatore - Shencottai Special will leave Coimbatore at 7.40 p.m. on Tuesdays from October 27 to November 24 and arrive Shencottai at 5.45 a.m. on the next day. In the return direction, train number 666 Shencottai - Coimbatore Special will leave Shencottai at 8.45 p.m. on Wednesdays from October 28 to November 25 and arrive Coimbatore at 7.50 a.m. the next day.

These special trains will stop at Tirupur, Erode, Karur, Dindigul, Kodaikanal Road, Madurai, Virudhunagar, Thiruthangal, Sivakasi, Srivilliputtur, Rajapalayam, Sankarankovil, Paambukovil Sandhai, Kadayanallur and Tenkasi. Train number 666 will stop at Coimbatore North also. The train will have one AC 2-tier, two AC 3-tier, 12 sleeper class, two general second class and two luggage-cum-brake van coaches.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Nov 09, 2009, 05:34 PM
Works under way for Rs. 10,000 crore in Southern Railway: GM

Coimbatore: Development works and passenger amenities related works are under way in various stations of the Southern Railway at an outlay of over Rs 10,000 crore, said M.S. Jayanth, General Manager of Southern Rialway on Sunday.

He also pointed out that Rail Over Bridge construction is on at 12 places and proposals are in final stages with regard to 40 places in Tamil Nadu.

He inspected the Coimbatore Railway Junction, North Junction, Peelamedu and Irugur junctions and discussed the development works. He also inspected the Coimbatore - Irugur railway line doubling work.

He was accompanied by Salem Railway Divisional Manager P.N. Ram, Chief Engineer Bola Singh, Chief Planning and Design Engineer M. Satish.

Mr. Jayanth inspected the cleanliness at the junction, platforms and waiting hall.

He reviewed the plans for the proposed foot under bridge and foot over bridge planned for Coimbatore Junction for decongesting the junction premises.

He also directed for putting up boards displaying the parking fee and heard the passengers on the "exorbitant increase" in parking fee at the North Coimbatore Junction.

He had a meeting with the Members of Parliament, P.R. Natarajan (Coimbatore) and K. Sugumar (Pollachi). He said that considering the increasing passenger density, the Southern Railway has proposed an additional train on the Coimbatore - Nagercoil sector.

Mr. Jayanth said that the railway line doubling works between the Coimbatore and Irugur sections are nearing completion and efforts are on to have safety trial runs and Rail Safety authorities have been requested for conducting the same to throw the section open soon.

To ease congestion at the counters, Mr. Jayanth said that next to Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram, a proposal is under consideration for automatic ticket vending machine at Coimbatore and would become functional very soon.

Considering the fact that 60 per cent of the passengers are now opting for e-tickets and only 40 per cent use the counters, Mr. Jayanth said that a proposal is under consideration for ticket vending through private sector at the rate of Re 1 as commission per ticket.

Southern Railway was witnessing an increase of 2 lakh passengers increasing per day in Southern Railway and said that efforts are on to provide them with all amenities.

He said that line doubling in respect of 320 km and broad gauge conversion in respect of 122 km are in full swing in Southern Railway.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Nov 12, 2009, 03:20 PM
Special express trains for 'Irumudi' festival

MADURAI: Southern Railway will run 320 express special trains in connection with "Irumudi" festival between November 28, 2009 and January 29, 2010.

Train timings could be obtained from local railway stations.

Madurai-Melmaruvathur: November 28, December 2, 6, 19, 26, 28 and January 21; Melmaruvathur-Madurai: November 29, December 3, 7, 20, 27, 29 and January 22.

Dindigul-Melmaruvathur: November 30, December 8, 10, 30, January 8, 23, 25 and 27; Melmaruvathur-Dindigul: December 1, 9, 11, 31, January 9, 24, 26 and 28; Virudhunagar-Melmaruvathur: December 24, January 4 and 23; Melmaruvathur-Virudhunagar: December 25, January 5 and 24.

Tirumangalam-Melmaruvathur: December 4 and January 2; Melmaruvathur-Tirumangalam: December 5 and January 3.

Rameswaram to Melmaruvathur

Rameswaram-Melmaruvathur: November 28, 30, December 1 and 2; Melmaruvathur-Rameswaram: November 29, December 1, 2 and 3; Ramanathapuram-Melmaruvathur: December 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14 and 15; Melmaruvathur-Ramanathapuram: December 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15 and 16.

Paramakudi-Melmaruvathur: December 10, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22; Melmaruvathur-Paramakudi: December 11, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23; Manamadurai-Melmaruvathur: December 3; Melmaruvathur-Manamadurai: December 4; Devakottai-Melmaruvathur: November 29; Melmaruvathur-Devakottai: November 30; Karaikudi-Melmaruvathur: December 6; Melmaruvathur-Karaikudi: December 7; Pudukottai-Melmaruvathur: December 12, 14 and 16; Melmaruvathur-Pudukottai: December 13, 15 and 17.

Sengottah-Melmaruvathur: December 24, 26, 28, 30 January 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 17, 19 and 25; Melmaruvathur-Sencottah: December 25, 27, 29, 31 January 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 18, 20 and 26; Sivakasi-Melmaruvathur: December 21, 27, 31 January 6, 8 and 11; Melmaruvathur-Sivakasi: December 22, 28, January 1, 7, 9 and 12.

Rajapalayam-Melmaruvathur: December 23, 29 January 4 and 10; Melmaruvathur-Rajapalayam: December 24, 30 January 5 and 11.

Srivilliputtur-Melmaruvathur: December 25, January 2 and 12; Melmaruvathur-Srivilliputtur: December 26, January 3 and 13; Sattur-Melmaruvathur: November 28 December 5 and 12; Melmaruvathur-Sattur: November 29 December 6 and 13.

From Tirunelveli

Tirunelveli-Melmaruvathur: December 19, 26 January 2, 9; Melmaruvathur-Tirunelveli: December 20, 27 January 3, 10; Tuticorin-Melmaruvathur: January 18, 20, 22; Melmaruvathur-Tuticorin: January 19, 21, 23; Kanniyakumari-Melmaruvathur: January 18, 23; Melmaruvathur-Kanniyakumari: January 19, 24; Nagercoil-Melmaruvathur: January 16 and 21 and Melmaruvathur-Nagercoil: January 17 and 22.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: sajiv on Nov 17, 2009, 12:17 AM

Railways to unveil special tourism package

MYSORE: For the ensuing holiday season, the Railways will unveil a special tourism package originating from Mysore to different parts of South India.

Buoyed by the response to its tourism promotion, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has decided to include Mysore -- a major tourist centre -- as the embarking point for different tours to be launched by the corporation in due course.

Speaking to The-Hindu, S. Gagarin, Chief Regional Manager, IRCTC, South Western Railways, said the package tours will be launched by the second or third week of December and tourists visiting Mysore who wish to venture and explore further south at an affordable rate, as also people of Mysore and surrounding region, can avail themselves of the facility.

The package has been well designed and for the tourists hard-pressed for time as also those looking for a break, and it includes confirmed train tickets, transportation apart from lodging and boarding. "Catering to the residents of Mysore, IRCTC will roll out a new package operational to Chennai-Puducherry-Mahabalipuram-Tirupati-Kanchipuram" circuit", Mr. Gagarin said.

Giving details of the itinerary which will become operational from December, he said the Mysore-Puducherry-Mahabalipuram-Tirupati-Kanchipuram trip will be covered in five nights and six days. Mr. Gagarin said the prices were competitive with assured accommodation on trains and onward journey by road apart from accommodation.

The IRCTC is also coming out with the rail tour packages for Madurai-Kanyakumari and Rameshwaram circuit with embarkation by train no. 6732 Tuticorin Express. This package will be operational by January 2010. These are special packages to cater to special needs of the tourists, said Mr. Gagarin and pointed out that in addition there were other packages from Mysore, which had proved to be popular.

This includes the Mysore-Tirupati package and also Bangalore-Shirdi package for which however, the boarding point is Bangalore. Mr. Gagarin said the pilgrimage circuit to Shirdi was immensely popular and there was daily departure by the Karnataka Express, and people of Mysore could avail themselves of it.

A few more circuits could be rolled out in future depending on the response to the new packages, said Mr. Gagarin who pointed out that IRCTC -- which is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) of Indian Railways -- was on the fast-track to develop rail-based tourism in India ( www.railtourismindia.com (http://www.railtourismindia.com)) and was hence exploring new vistas to spread its footprint and make itself the obvious choice for tourists.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Nov 28, 2009, 03:25 PM
Sabarimala special train

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run additional Sabarimala and Melmaruvathur special trains during the pilgrim season. According to a release here on Friday, the Chennai Central-Kollam special (No. 0635) will leave Chennai Central at 10.30 p.m. on November 30 and arrive in Kollam at 2.15 p.m. the next day.

The Kollam-Chennai Central special (0636) will leave Kollam at 4.15 p.m. on December 1 and arrive in Chennai Central at 8.10 a.m. the next day.

The Madurai-Melmaruvathur special (No. ML14A) will leave Madurai at 8.30 p.m. on January 6 and 10 and arrive in Melmaruvathur at 9.00 a.m. the next day. The Melmaruvathur-Madurai special (ML13A) will leave Melmaruvathur at 8.45 p.m. on January 7 and 11 and arrive in Madurai at 5.20 a.m. the next day.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 04, 2009, 03:30 PM
Special trains

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run specials from Chennai to Kerala on December 4 and 5 during the pilgrim season. According to a release, the Chennai - Kollam Special (No 0601), via Coimbatore, will leave Central at 10.30 p.m. on Friday and reach Kollam at 2.15 p.m. the next day.

The train No 0602 Kollam - Chennai, via Podanur, will leave Kollam at 4.45 p.m. on December 5 and reach Central at 10.30 a.m. The trains would stop at Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Palakkad, Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam. Reservations would begin on Friday.
Additional helplines

Additional helplines are set up to give information about trains during mega blocks in Central on December 8, 10 and 13. Phone Nos.: 044- 29015211, 25330710, 25330717.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 08, 2009, 03:29 PM
Special trains

MADURAI: A Madurai-Melmaruvathur special train no. ML14A will leave Madurai at 8.30 p.m. on January 6 and 10 and arrive

Melmaruvathur at 9 a.m. the next day. Train No. ML13A Melmaruvathur-Madurai special will leave Melmaruvathur at 8.45 p.m. on

January 7 and 11 and reach Madurai at 5.20 a.m. the next day. The trains will stop at Dindigul.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 10, 2009, 03:38 PM
Ooty-Coonoor train services likely to resume by January-end

Udhagamandalam: The Southern Railway authorities are braving a variety of odds to 're-rail' the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) which had been 'de-railed' by the large number of landslips, which occurred during last month's heavy rain.

Since the normal functioning of the NMR (a major tourist attraction) usually went a long way in reassuring visitors that all was well on the tourism front in this vacation destination, the railway authorities are working overtime to resume services at least on the Ooty-Coonoor stretch. Even donkeys have been pressed into service to transport stones to a badly damaged part of the line near Aruvankadu.

It was to ensure that the track was fit to transport men and materials, including 60 feet long girders to the breach spot. Simultaneously a trolley run had been carried out between Ooty and the breach spot. The slopes were being strengthened.

To a query, they said that by January-end services between Ooty and Coonoor would be resumed.

Compared to the Ooty-Coonoor section the job of clearing the Coonoor-Mettupalayam section was much harder because huge boulders were lying on the track.

For the past two days efforts were being made to break a boulder weighing about 400 tonnes near Kallar.

Meanwhile, with less then three months to go for the 2009 Summer tourist season in this disaster-hit vacation destination various sections of society particularly those dependent on tourism for a livelihood are wondering what was in store.
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dwarakesh on Dec 10, 2009, 03:40 PM
Special train

CHENNAI: Southern Railway will run Coimbatore-Chennai Central-Coimbatore weekly superfast specials to clear the rush.

Train No. 0648 Coimbatore-Chennai Central Special will leave Coimbatore at 11.55 p.m. on Tuesdays from December 22 to January 19, 2010, and arrive at Chennai Central at 8.10 a.m. the next day. Train No. 0647 Chennai Central-Coimbatore Special will leave Chennai Central at 10.30 p.m. on Wednesdays from December 23 to January 20, 2010 and arrive at Coimbatore at 6.50 a.m. the next day.

The trains will stop at Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpet, Katpadi and Arakkonam. Train No.0648 will stop at Perambur too.

Train No. 0647 will stop at Coimbatore North too. Reservation will begin on December 10, says a Southern Railway release.
Title: ‘Railway season tickets being misused'
Post by: sajiv on Apr 22, 2010, 08:15 PM

'Railway season tickets being misused'


Coimbatore: The Coimbatore Consumer Cause (CCC) has appealed to Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee to check misuse of monthly season tickets issued for those below the poverty line.

In a memorandum to the Minister, Secretary of CCC K. Kathirmathiyon pointed out that as per the norms, people whose monthly income is below Rs.1,500 could travel a distance of up to 100 km..

For a distance of up to 100 km, the cost of normal season ticket was around Rs.300 and it was Rs. 25 under concession.

The regular season ticket itself was cheaper compared to the bus fare. From the statistics available, it was found that concessional tickets issued at Coimbatore Jn. Tirupur, Erode and Salem are nearly 50 per cent. Nearly 3,900 monthly season tickets were issued at concession rates in these stations for a month. In Erode, it was found that the concession tickets issued were more than the season tickets. Before introduction of the scheme, the total season tickets issued at Erode were 1,377. But under the concession scheme 1, 718 tickets were issued at the particular station. The scheme was announced to help those living below poverty line. Unfortunately, a sizeable number of people are misusing it.

More than 40 per cent of the people travelling with the season tickets have concessional tickets.

Some people are even travelling more than 100 km also by availing the concessional ticket. CCC expects the Railways to be transparent in collecting its fare. There was no proper mechanism to verify the genuineness of the beneficiaries and no provision for any penal action if the scheme was misused.

Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: A Pinheiro on Jul 19, 2010, 01:51 AM
We request to introduce direct  Superfast  train from Dadar to Nagapatinam  at least once a week either side  on a regular basis.
so that we can attend the feastival in Septermber. 

APinheiro
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: spelltrim on Apr 06, 2011, 02:21 AM
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Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: Don Bonomini on Jul 19, 2011, 12:01 PM
 long one news Oh! :agree
Title: Railways limit Tatkal booking to 24 hours
Post by: Kalyan on Nov 12, 2011, 12:11 AM
Railways limit Tatkal booking to 24 hours

Union Railways Minister, Dinesh Trivedi on Friday (today) declared new rules for booking Tatkal tickets. The tatkal reservation scheme helps to meet the urgent requirement of the passengers who plan their journey at short notice.

According to the new rule, tatkal tickets can now be booked only 24 hours before the commencement of railway journey.

Railways Ministry also barred from booking tatkal tickets between 8 am to 10 am. The move has been initiated by the Railway Ministry to stop black-marketing in the sale of tickets. The Railway Ministry has also announced that CCTV cameras would be installed before tatkal counters so that misuse of tickets can be stopped.

The new tatkal rules will come into effect within a week. The Ministry also said that no duplicate ticket would be issued if the tatkal ticket is lost. Moreover, in a bid to avoid proxy booking, no money would be refunded in case a passenger cancels a confirmed tatkal ticket.





source: http://news.oneindia.in/2011/11/11/railways-limits-tatkal-booking-to-twenty-four-hrs.html (http://news.oneindia.in/2011/11/11/railways-limits-tatkal-booking-to-twenty-four-hrs.html)
courtesy: One India
Title: New Website Re-Designed for IRCTC E-Ticket Booking
Post by: Kalyan on Jul 05, 2014, 08:58 PM
Now, central planned more to play with human emotions with new portal... Don't know how many systems, mobiles, laptops going to be crack because of this worst website IRCTC.

New & Fast Website Re-Designed for IRCTC E-Ticket Booking:

https://nget.irctc.co.in/eticketing/loginHome.jsf
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: railwayuser on Mar 25, 2015, 10:41 PM
yes, the new IRCTC like website ( content edited by admin ) website is also known as NGET IRCTC or Next generation IRCTC website. It is fast than previous version. In partcular tatkal tickets can be booked fast.  :agree

Content added by admin
Original website & only official website is https://www.irctc.co.in/ (https://www.irctc.co.in/)
dont trust the look a like website as mentioned above
Title: Re: Indian Railway News
Post by: dhoni on Mar 26, 2015, 12:13 AM
this is amazing news the IRCTC website has fast browsing for tatkal

we want more fast train for chennai to rameswaram