India for ‘demonstration train’ through Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal

New Delhi: India has floated a concept paper among the Saarc countries to start a “demonstration container train” from Bangladesh to Pakistan via India and Nepal.

The possible corridor for running the train is from Chittagong Port in Bangladesh to Katihar in India, Birgunj in Nepal and to Lahore in Pakistan, minister of State for railways E Ahamed said in Rajya Sabha today.

In a written reply, he said the concept paper was floated at the third meeting of the Saarc Inter-Governmental Group on Transport on July 24 in Colombo.

Ahamed said that the member states agreed to evaluate the concept paper circulated by India, and offer comments within the next three months. But the comments have not been received yet.

He said any proposal for extension of the train to other points can be taken only after the concept paper is first discussed and agreed among the member countries.

At present, India operates one train each to Pakistan and Bangladesh for the benefit of the citizens on the either side of the border. While the train to Pakistan operates between Delhi and Lahore, the other to Bangladesh operates between Kolkata and Dhaka.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_india-for-demonstration-train-through-bangladesh-pakistan-nepal_1324945

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European system for Indian rails

 

LUDHIANA: Based on the track system in European countries, the railway authorities in India are ready to install train protection warning system (TPWS) here to avoid collisions between trains and reduce accident rates.The authorities have handed over the responsibility to European Railway Train Management Company to conduct trials at Palwal section in Delhi division.

Following the successful trial at Chennai Central section in 2008, the authorities have decided to implement it in northern and north central railways.

Sources revealed that TPWS is actually further modification of auxiliary warning system (AWS). Primarily aimed to minimise the risk of trains jumping signals at danger points, it is presently used to reduce collisions with buffer stops and over-speed derailment risks. The device automatically applies brake on a train if it approaches danger.

This wireless system would also help the driver to maintain the speed as authorities are mulling over the idea of trains running on increased speed, sources added.

Giving information, senior divisional safety officer RV Singh said they were working on the installation of the system in Ferozepur division. Electrification of the railway tracks, which is one of the prerequisites, is on.

“The system sends a beep signal to the driver if there is some obstruction on the track and allows him sufficient time to stop the train. It also applies automatic brakes if need be,” he added.

In the past few months, several accidents have occurred on tracks, claiming many lives of commuters.

 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ludhiana/European-system-for-Indian-rails/articleshow/5353296.cms

Now, catch your train driving a golf-cart

LUCKNOW: The last time Naseema Bano decided to undertake a train journey from Charbagh station, she walked nearly 400 m to get to her coach. Wincing Twitter Facebook Share Email Print Save Comment with pain due to her chronic arthritis, Bano made up her mind not to travel again in a hurry. Come January, 2010, however, Naseema Bano could well plan another trip to meet her grandchildren. Thanks to the Northern Railways’ (NR) plan of introducing free golf-cart services in all A1, A and B class railway stations across Uttar Pradesh, ailing, handicapped and elderly passengers are likely to get a free ride to their designated train compartments. Conceptualised by the Lucknow division of NR in tandem with Delhi based Carrieall Technologies India Pvt Ltd, the first consignment of golf-carts is likely to arrive by the end of December, 2009 and will first cater to the A1 grade cities of Varanasi and Lucknow. Accommodating four passengers at a time, in Lucknow, the carts will ferry passengers between platforms 1 and 5 through the connecting subways. Platforms 6 and 7, which are not connected by subways, however, will remain unconnected for the time being, in view of passenger safety. “The implementation of the scheme has been done in accordance with the policy decision to this effect by the ministry of Railways in New Delhi.

Starting the services depends upon how soon the suppliers give us the carts,” says Neeraj Sharma, senior divisional commercial manager, NR. Well begun but half baked. While passengers stand to benefit from the implementation of this scheme, the railways look ill-prepared to take on additional traffic at a station that is already bursting at the seams. The designated subways may accommodate the four-seater carts, but will leave little space for pedestrians to walk and railway officials to transfer luggage. Parking arrangements for the consignment of 101 carts and making arrangements to charge the battery-operated vehicles are other aspects that the railways are yet to attend to. On a hopeful note, a railway source says, “Once Carrieall Technologies delivers the carts to us, the operational issues can be ironed out within a week.” But even as the railways approach the matter on a positive note, the manufacturer remains unwilling to commit to a definite date for the delivery of the first three to four vehicles.”I will be travelling to Lucknow to work out the final details.

The first few carts should be delivered before the end of the year,” says Rajesh Kumar, director, Carrieall Technologies India Pvt Ltd. If implemented, the golf-cart services stand to win the railways a lot of passenger goodwill. The lack of infrastructural preparedness and dependency on the manufacturer, however, is likely to put a spanner in the works for a bright idea that can otherwise enhance the quality of public life.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Now-catch-your-train-driving-a-golf-cart/articleshow/5349700.cms

SC Railway launches first in-train magazine

In the coming days, all Multi Modal Transport System (MMTS) stations will have improved public announcement system and security facilities.

South Central Railway (SCR) General Manager M S Jayanth announced this during the launch of an in-train magazine, SHADES of Life, at the Secunderabad railway station today.

“Recently, we have done a survey on the expectations of train passengers. Through that we came to know that passengers were expecting better security facilities at all MMTS stations. Besides they also wan the need for canteen and public announcement system,’’ Jayanth said.

He said that Director-General Of Police RR Girish Kumar was contacted recently for sparing some Home Guards to improve the security at MMTS stations.

“Shortly, 88 Home Guards will be deployed by SCR in addition to the existing private security guards at each station,’’ he announced.

Mordernisation of the Secenderabad railway station will be initiated soon with the Railway Board inviting global tenders.

Designed on the lines of in-flight magazines, SCR’s SHADES has become the first in-train magazine of Indian Railways. The magazine will be available for travellers on all airconditioned coaches.

The content of the magazine includes health, business, realty, sports, entertainment, travel, special interviews, gadgets and other special features besides rail information.

In its first issue the monthly gives its readers a profile on Hyderabad’s history, culture and tradition as its cover story.

SCR Public Relations Officer Shakeel Ahmed, Chief Publicity Inspector J Selvin and others also chipped in with their contribution to the magazine.

Janyanth personally went inside an AC coach and handed over the magazine to a passenger. Hyderabad, December 11 IN the coming days, all Multi Modal Transport System (MMTS) stations will have improved public announcement system and security facilities.

South Central Railway (SCR) General Manager M S Jayanth announced this during the launch of an in-train magazine, SHADES of Life, at the Secunderabad railway station today.

“Recently, we have done a survey on the expectations of train passengers. Through that we came to know that passengers were expecting better security facilities at all MMTS stations. Besides they also wan the need for canteen and public announcement system,’’ Jayanth said.

He said that Director-General Of Police RR Girish Kumar was contacted recently for sparing some Home Guards to improve the security at MMTS stations.

“Shortly, 88 Home Guards will be deployed by SCR in addition to the existing private security guards at each station,’’ he announced.

Mordernisation of the Secenderabad railway station will be initiated soon with the Railway Board inviting global tenders.

Designed on the lines of in-flight magazines, SCR’s SHADES has become the first in-train magazine of Indian Railways. The magazine will be available for travellers on all airconditioned coaches.

The content of the magazine includes health, business, realty, sports, entertainment, travel, special interviews, gadgets and other special features besides rail information.

In its first issue the monthly gives its readers a profile on Hyderabad’s history, culture and tradition as its cover story.

SCR Public Relations Officer Shakeel Ahmed, Chief Publicity Inspector J Selvin and others also chipped in with their contribution to the magazine.

Janyanth personally went inside an AC coach and handed over the magazine to a passenger.  

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Seat availability in trains to be made public at Madurai

MADURAI: In an attempt to bring in more transparency in reservation of seats and berths in trains, the Madurai Division of Southern Railway has decided to make public the availability position of reserved accommodation till 10 minutes before the departure of trains at their originating stations.

Reservation of seats and berths closes on preparation of the reservation chart, usually, four hours prior to the departure of trains. However, the seats/berths that go unreserved and those cancelled after the chart is prepared are sold through the current reservation counters.

Passengers can access the details of accommodation availability through Internet, SMS and telephone till the chart is prepared. But once the chart is prepared, passengers have to depend only on those manning the current reservation counter (CRC) to know the exact number of vacant seats and berths.

“There seems to be some mistrust between the passengers and those issuing current tickets. Some passengers express disbelief when the clerk says that there is no vacancy in reserved coaches,” Additional Divisional Railway Manager T. Venkatasubramanian told The Hindu.

Availability of reserved accommodation in Pandiyan Express and the Vaigai Express will be displayed on two plasma television sets kept at the concourse hall of the Madurai railway station. “Even those vacancies arising out of cancellation (after chart is prepared) which are available on the railway network at CRC on a real time basis will be displayed,” he said. Work is under way to introduce this facility.

Passengers will be able to find the number of vacancies in each class till 10 minutes before the departure of trains. The facility, to be made available at Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Tenkasi railway stations also for those express trains originating from there, is expected to do away with the tout menace.

Besides, the division has introduced display of real-time location of running trains on television sets. “People can see the exact location of trains and their expected time of arrival at Madurai up to four hours in advance,” Senior Divisional Signal and Telecommunication Engineer Budati Srinivasalu said.

People need to necessarily use the touch screen facility to spot the trains. “The details of trains that are running even in other divisions will be displayed,” Mr. Venkatasubramanian said. This facility will be extended to Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Dindigul railway stations.

http://www.hindu.com/2009/12/12/stories/2009121257110100.htm

A railway hub at Mangalore Port

In another few years, New Mangalore Port, according to its Chairman, Mr P. Tamilvanan, will virtually become a railway hub. Right now, the port handles about six million tonnes of railway traffic, likely to jump to 10 mt in another couple of years. The surge will happen because several port users and the port authorities are planning major investments in railway facilities to and from the port. Some of the users include Udipi Power Corporation, engaged in construction of a captive berth; and Kudremukh Iron Ore Company, whose traffic throughput is over one million tonnes annually. Meanwhile, five consortia – led by ILF&S, Maritime Group, Spain, Simplex, Adani Group and Essar Group – have responded to requests for proposals invited by the port authorities for construction of a container berth. Hopefully, as the Chairman points out, the selection of the contractor will be completed in three months. By that time, the formalities for starting work on the POL berth too will be complied with, it is pointed out. The POL berth is to be built by NMPT at an estimated Rs 79 crore to cater to the requirements of the Mangalore refinery, which is undergoing expansion from 9.69 mt to 15 mt by 2011-12. More Stories on : Shipping/Ports | Railways

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e-tickets form 98% of online rail reservations

E-tickets accounted for 98 per cent of the total 6.85 crore train tickets, booked online till October-end in the current fiscal.

With e-ticket (electronic ticket) booking facility, the Railways allowed passengers to take a ticket print-out at their end after booking the ticket. The i-ticket (Internet-ticket) facility, introduced by the Railways in 2002-03, allows users to book a ticket through the Internet.

But the ticket print-out is taken by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) and delivered by post to the passengers.

The Railways — which launched e-tickets in 2005 after about a year of delay since the proposal was envisaged — feared that the e-tickets may be misused. E-tickets have proven to be a hit since their launch. Apart from the sheer ease of taking the print-out at the user’s end without having to wait for a courier delivery, the fact that the service charge for booking e-tickets are cheaper than i-tickets also helped.

Additionally, the Railways has also allowed booking of waitlisted e-tickets and allowed other flexibilities including changing the place of boarding.

As for travel agents, IRCTC has widened the reach of e-tickets by authorising 80 large groups to book e-tickets on behalf of IRCTC. Earlier, IRCTC operated purely on a B2C (business-to-consumer) model, but now it also operates on a B2B (business-to-business) model.

The groups — which provide e-ticket booking services — include makemytrip.com, cleartrip.com, ITZ, onestopshop.in, Ministry of Defence and about 20 State Governments at their kiosks under the e-governance model.

I-tickets are still primarily used by the elderly.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2009/12/01/stories/2009120152050100.htm

Now, battery cars for physically challenged at rly stns

ALLAHABAD: World Disabled Day was a good enough reason to bring smile on those hundreds of faces who dream of travelling in a train but their physical disability stands as a barrier.

The Allahabad division of North Central Railway would now ply battery operated cars at some of the selected stations to help physically challenged people so that they can easily board the train without facing problems. The decision to introduce the cars had been taken in tune with the directives of Railway Board. The battery operated cars would be available at Allahabad, Kanpur, Firozabad, Fatehpur, Aligarh, Tundla and Mirzapur which come under the Allahabad division of North Central Railway.

It has been generally observed that the disabled and old passengers face a considerable amount of difficulty in making movement on the platforms and boarding the trains. Though there is provision of the wheel-chair but it is seldom used. Further, it requires additional manpower to ferry the disabled and the old persons to the respective platforms. To ease their problem, these cars have been designed to carry them on the platforms, this service would be available round the clock at the station and no fees would be charged for using this service. There were many instances where disabled persons had met with serious accidents while boarding the train. But with the arrival of this special vehicle, the problems of the disabled and elderly persons would be mitigated to a certain extent.

To make arrangements for the passengers, Railways had invited proposals from the private party. The latter would be entitled to display the advertisement on the vehicles panel with certain conditions which include that no charge would be levied either from the passenger or from the Railways. Railways will provide only free electricity for charging the batteries of the vehicle. Party shall be allowed to advertise on the panel of the vehicle which shall be bound by the guidelines stipulated for advertisement on the railway premises. The vehicle shall be used to cater only the disabled and old aged passengers. An agreement with the party shall be entered into for a period of maximum one year. Repair, maintenance and replacement, if required will be done by the party.

Spokesperson, North Central Railway RD Bajpai informed TOI that the facility of battery operated cars at the stations would go a long way in ameliorating the problems of the handicapped and old persons.

 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/allahabad/Now-small-cars-for-physically-challenged-at-rly-stns/articleshow/5293210.cms

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CCTVs for Metro stations to prevent suicides

KOLKATA: To prevent the frequent disruptions in the services of the Metro Railway caused by passengers committing suicides — with as many as 14 incidents reported this year — all stations will be equipped with close circuit television (CCTV) cameras, officials said here on Friday.

“Ten colour CCTV cameras will be installed in each of the 21 Metro stations that will continuously screen passengers on the platform,” said R.N. Mahapatra, spokesperson for Metro Railway.

The feed from the cameras will be monitored by the security control manned by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and the Central Control.

Installing these cameras will also help in preventing accidents and keeping track on passenger traffic, he said.

If a person is loitering on the platform for more than 20 minutes without boarding a train, security personnel will be alerted, Mr. Mahapatra said.

Hotlines to the each station have also been installed which will allow quick response teams to respond.

There have been 14 suicide attempts in 2009 of which nine resulted in deaths. The issue has become a matter of concern for the authorities, he said.

“We also approached certain NGOs in the city to help reduce the suicide incidents,” he said, adding that some NGOs have come forward with literature and even helped with providing details of 24-hour helplines.

The first time a person committed suicide on the Metro track was in 1988. There have been 183 attempts since then, of which 85 have been fatal, Mr. Mahapatra added.

http://www.hindu.com/2009/12/05/stories/2009120557881800.htm

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Oscillation Monitoring System (OMS) to monitor railway tracks

Owing to the rising number of accidents, the Railways has come under scrutiny and pressure to adopt safety measures.

As a result, a modern instrumentation system, based on automatic detection techniques, to monitor track irregularities has been adopted.

After certain trials, the Ambala Division has approved the Oscillation Monitoring System (OMS) for maintaining tracks and railway vehicles (coaches, wagons and locomotives).

“Keeping pace with technology, the Railways has adopted a state-of-the-art system to detect the condition of tracks and railway vehicles. OMS is an advanced portable instrument which continuously measures vertical and lateral accelerations at any desired location on the floor of a carriage while in motion,” said Ambala Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) H K Jaggi. The Division has already conducted successful trials on the system from Kalka to Ambala and Ambala to Jalandhar section.

The DRM said the system was running under trial in other sections too. “With favourable results, the system has been gradually applied to more sections in the division, including Chandigarh. This would be further increased in the coming months, gradually covering the entire division,” added Jaggi.

Till now, the track and railway vehicles maintenance was done manually, which consumed more time and labour.

The technology was developed last year by Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh.

CSIO Director Dr Pawan Kapur said, “OMS helps to detect deterioration and stress patterns of the tracks, if any, which has great significance as detection is important to avoid an accident

The OMS technology is said to play an important role to facilitate high speed trains, which the Railways has proposed, as they require constant monitoring of tracks.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/technology-comes-to-rescue-no-more-manual-maintenance-of-railway-tracks/549113/2