‘Infotainment on Wheels’ launched on Tippu Express

A comprehensive passenger information and entertainment system ” Infotainment on Wheels” was on Saturday launched on board the Tippu Express that runs between Mysore-Bangalore daily.

The system would provide ionformation on arrival and departure of trains, daily news, weather bulletin and entertainment programmes to passengers, railway sources said.

Divisional manager of South Western Railway B B Verma inaugurated the facility.


Published in: on April 23, 2011 at 12:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Railways facilitate oldest SMART card user.

Western Railway facilitated Ms Sayali Phadke, student for using the ATVM Smart Card right from the time when it was launched. Shri G.S. Banerjee, Chief Commercial Manager, Western Railway presented Ms Sayali a beautiful replica of the oldest Steam Locomotive ‘Fairy Queen’ and ‘Western Railway – Heritage Traditions & Legend’ published by Western Railway as mementoes.

On this occasion, Shri Banerjee said that at present 109 ATVMs are working o­n WR’s Mumbai Suburban Section and it is planned to procure 130 more ATVMs for the convenience of commuters. Ms Sayali Phadke hailed WR’s efforts to popularise use of ATVMs. She said that buying tickets through ATVM smart cards is very convenient and easy. She said that it saves a lot of her valuable time.

WR introduced ATVMs o­n 10th October, 2007 and her smart card was bought o­n the same day. Ms Sayali has been using this card for commuting regularly o­n Western & Central lines. She appealed to the commuters to use smart cards to avoid queues and to get their journey tickets conveniently.


Published in: on April 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm  Comments (1)  
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Now, a vegetable market on wheels

India’s first sabzi-mandi express or Horticulture Express, a dedicated refrigerated train, is set to roll to link up sabji mandis of Turbhe in Vashi to the one at New Delhi in a month.

The project has been taken up by the National Horticulture Board (NHB) after the onion crisis in the country in January, for seamless, fast and dedicated transport of vegetables and fruits.

The train will take the Turbhe-Kalyan-Nashik-Bhusawal-Delhi route to transport grapes, bananas, potatoes and apples and will return via Agra and Surat route. The train will have 90 insulated and ventilated containers which can be replaced by refrigerated containers if the produce so requires.

The Agriculture Produce Market Committee market director Ashok
Walunj said that there were indeed plans to run such a train, but the market committee had not yet received a detailed schedule and exact dates of the run.

“Linking production centres with major marketing centres in the country is crucial. The containerised Horticulture Train between Turbhe and New Azadpur is a pilot project and based on its success, other such origin-destination pair routes will also be linked,” said a senior official.

The sources from the NHB said that the train intends to link up big mandis of the country. The Agriculture Produce Market Committee market at Turbhe is one of the biggest wholesale fruit and vegetable markets and the major fruit commodities there include pomegranate, custard apple, papaya, chikoo and guava. The train will have the infrastructure to ferry fruits and vegetables fresh and subsequently comprise both refrigerated and non-refrigerated wagons.

The NHB is launching the project in association with the Indian Railways and the Container Corporation of India.