Now, rly coach gets a green toilet

CHENNAI: The Loco Works workshop in Perambur has installed a green toilet in a coach to minimise corrosion of tracks and undercarrige due to human waste expelled by conventional toilets in trains.

The green toilet, which uses bacteria to treat human waste and converts it into odourless water, is installed in a coach that came up for periodic overhaul at the workshop this month. The coach was moved to the Basin Bridge Train Care Centre on Thursday and is likely to be introduced in a Kerala-bound train from Chennai Central in a couple of days. The design presented by a private firm, was adopted for use in trains and was approved by the Research Design and Standards Organisation.

While a conventional toilet discharges human waste onto the tracks, the green toilet treats human waste in three chambers — primary digestion tank, secondary digestion tank and disinfecting tank.

“The design presented by Zumaaks Toilet seemed workable because it also prevents passengers from misusing the toilet by dumping bottles and other waste into the commode,” said Nawal Kishor Toppo, chief workshop manager, Perambur Loco Works.

3G spectrum ads to come up in Rajdhani trains

New Delhi, May 16 (PTI) Rajdhani trains appear to be emerging as a sought after medium for brand promotion with 3G spectrum now joining the bandwagon for showcasing its features.

Coaches of south-bound trains will be used for promoting 3G spectrum, the third generation technology used to enhance mobile service in the country. The product details will be advertised through the vinyl wrappings of rakes’ interior and exterior.

Chennai, Bangalore and Thiruvanathapuram Rajdhanis are selected for its publicity, said a senior Railway Ministry official.

A Rajdhani has about 17 coaches and all of them will be used for disseminating information about 3G spectrum which include publicity materials such as internal display panels, important information about product features through leaflets and onboard sales promotional activities.

“Railways will earn Rs 33 lakh per rake for letting the train used for brand promotion.

Railways makes the right ‘carbon’ moves

MUMBAI: Railways is the latest entrant to take steps to cut down energy consumption and earn carbon credits. Recently, the ministry of railways has
awarded a contract through competitive bidding for supply of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) free of cost to railway employees residing in railway colonies.

The cost of CFLs will be recovered through carbon credits to be earned from the project. The department also stands to earn 3% carbon credits that accrue from the project.

Under the project each railway household will get up to a maximum of 4 CFLs in exchange for 4 incandescent lamps (ICL). A 60 watt ICL will be replaced by 14 watt CFL and 100 watt ICL by 20 watt CFL.

Besides, the department has started trials with bio-diesel for diesel locomotives and CNG mixed with high speed diesel in Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs). It is also trying to adopt state-of-art high efficiency insulated gate bipolar electrical multiple units (EMUs) to recover energy during braking. Besides reducing carbon emission it also cut down electricity consumption.

According to railways, a pilot wind mill project of 10.5 MW capacity has been successfully executed in Tamil Nadu for supply of wind generated electricity to Integral Coach Factory (ICF) at Chennai.

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WR introduces current reservation display system

In order to provide latest updated information of availability of berths at the current counters and to bring more transparency in current reservations which are done after charting, WR has introduced a Computer Screen at the current counter of Mumbai Central railway station.

Passengers can get the reservation one hour before the departure of a train from the current counter after the charting depending on the availability of berths.

Now the passengers can view the online availability of berths/ seats after the charting is done at this counter.

The online information will bring more transparency and give updated information about the occupancy or availability of berths/ seats in a train which is to depart after an hour from Mumbai Central station.

This facility will be extended to other current counters at Bandra Terminus, Andheri and Borivali within a week.

Monorail to have automatic fare collection system

mbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has marked a new advancement in the development of Monorail with the contract for Automated Fare Collection system (AFCS) being awarded to a Spanish Company ‘Indra’. The contract has been signed between L&T-Scomi consortium and Indra to set up Automated Fare Collection System on all the Monorail stations of Phase 1 between Chembur to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk. This Automated Fare Collection System will work with Smart Card or with a token available at each Mono and Metrorail stations, a release issued here today stated.

A factory acceptance test was undertaken by MMRDA along with the consortium, post which the orders were issued to manufacture the automated gates which are being currently manufactured in China. The Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS) will be based on the Mifare software system which essentially means that the automated system will facilitate purchase of pre-paid tickets and their subsequent use through electronic systems to permit access to or from the transport mode. For seamless travel between Mono and Metro, this system will also be implemented with Metro project.

Ratnakar Gaikwad, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA said ”The AFCS will be compatible with the integrated ticketing system being planned, which will also facilitate a well-integrated public transport system in the coming future. As it is imperative that travel be as seamless as possible and offer a simple integrated fare structure across various modes of transport be it railways, bus, or metro trains.” AFCS will reduce on-board ticketing, help in easy accounting of revenue collection and generate rich information for MIS purposes.

In addition, AFCS will reduce the need for ticket checking staff and help prevent fraud, the release added.

Railways to create western, eastern freight corridors

Chennai, May 21 (PTI) The Railways has planned to create western and eastern freight corridors from Delhi and Mumbai and Delhi and Kolkata, Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa today said.

“Freight being the important earning of Indian Railways, a parallel freight corridor has been planned. The western freight corridor from Delhi to Mumbai for 1,484 kms would cost Rs 26,000 crore and the eastern corridor from Delhi to Kolkata for a length of 1,856 km would cost Rs 24,000 crore,” he told reporters here.

The lesser cost for the eastern corridor was due to the availability of plain terrain compared to the hilly area in the western corridor, he said, adding the freight corridors would be fully electrified section.

“Feasibility study has commenced for the southern freight corridor on Mumbai-Bangalore-Chennai section,” he added.

Leasing of Real Estate Assets of Railways

In order to mobilize additional financial resources, Indian Railways have set up Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) through an act of Parliament to undertake suitable development of its vacant land not required by Railways for its own immediate future operational needs, by leasing it on long term basis.

Vacant land is also leased/licensed for purposes connected with Railway working viz. shops, coal dumps, steel yards, bulk oil installation etc. This yields additional revenues for Railways, which was expected to be to the tune of Rs. 611 crore for 2009-10.

RLDA has so far finalized lease deals for two sites viz. Gwalior and Bangalore. 135 sites measuring 3761 acres of railway land has been entrusted to RLDA so far in this regard. Consultants have been appointed for 62 sites.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways, Shri E. Ahamed in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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IRCTC Launches Train Tour Package to Kashmir

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC), a Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Railways, launches a train tour package to Kashmir. In this endeavour, IRCTC/Mumbai office has launched an exclusive 7Night/8Days package to Kashmir at a price of Rs 13,799/-(Per person).

This comprehensive tour package of 7Nights/8Days leaving Mumbai on the 17th of May, 2010 includes confirmed train ticket, Hotel accommodation, stay in House boat, meals, sight seeing, etc. This will definitely fulfill the aspiration of the common people and an all time memorable summer vacation in Jammu & Kashmir.

Tourists can avail this special offer by booking on website or contacting at Tel.: +91-22-22655624/25/26, +91-22-22644378/9, 22632485 9004082761, 9004082814, 9004082822 and/or E-mail:

Railways Encourage Private Investment in Rolling Stocks

There is no shortage of wagons for transportation of foodgrains on Government account and fertilizers as these commodities are loaded on high priority.

To encourage private investment in rolling stock, various schemes like Own Your Wagon Scheme (OYWS), Wagon Investment Scheme (WIS) and Liberalized Wagon Investment Scheme (LWIS) have been launched by Indian Railways from time to time wherein cooperatives and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) are also allowed to participate.

Cooperatives and PSUs have responded well to these schemes. Under OYWS, cooperatives and PSUs like Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), Krishak Bharati Cooperative Limited (KRIBHCO), Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited (RCF), Indian Oil Cooperation (IOC), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board (MPSEB) etc. have participated. Minerals and Metals Trading Corporation (MMTC) has participated in Wagon Investment Scheme (WIS) and National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) has participated in Liberalized Wagon Investment Scheme (LWIS).

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways, Shri K.H. Muniyappa in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

Windmills for smaller stations

TIRUCHI: The Tiruchi Railway Division, which recently commissioned two windmills to ensure uninterrupted power supply, has planned to install more windmills in smaller railway stations if this experiment proves a success.

This is a green initiative launched to make best use of wind energy for power requirements, according to railway sources.

The division commissioned a 2 KV windmill first in Aduthurai railway station near Kumbakonam in March.

Power generation through windmill here has proved encouraging so far and was being utilised to run the unreserved ticketing system (UTS) successfully at the station without any hitch.

Uninterrupted issue of unreserved tickets has come as a relief to the railway authorities of this station as well as to the passengers.

The authorities commissioned the second windmill at Kallukuzhi railway ground close to Tiruchi railway junction a few days ago. The average speed of the wind in this ground is six metres per second.

The energy produced is being used for lights and fans in the gymnasium as well as for the stadium.

The installation of a windmill at Kallukkuzhi ground is expected to save power to the tune of 1,200 units per annum, the sources said.

The performance of both the windmills, established at a cost of Rs. 2.89 lakh each, has been satisfactory.

Based on their sustained success, the division has planned to install similar windmills in way-side railway stations, where an average nine metre per second wind speed is recorded.

Wind energy will improve power position in smaller railway stations which experience power shutdown frequently.

The division has also decided to install lower capacity windmill at the manned level crossing gates located in rural areas in a phased manner, the sources added.


The division has launched another initiative to save energy by distributing CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulbs to the railway quarters. These bulbs use less power and have a longer life.

Already 22,000 CFL bulbs have been distributed to the railway quarters in the division. These are expected to save electricity to a considerable extent, the sources said.