Indian Railways e-procurement system

Indian Railways has implemented e-procurement system for all zonal railways and production units.

With this the railways have uploaded 2.5 lakh e-tenders on the central web site till date, and more than 15,000 vendors have been registered with the site.

Electronic procurement has enabled vendors and the participating industry with free access to railway’s procurement tenders and has enhanced transparency and competitiveness in the tendering process.

Railways has issued computerized railway receipts for more than 99.9 percent of its freight loading which has helped in collection of approximately 69.9 percent of freight payment through e-payment contributing around Rs 4,000 crore per month from the participating major customers, thereby cutting down wasteful manual processes both for railway and there major freight customers.

Published in: on January 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

After 46 years, rail bus to chug up to Matheran again

The rail bus, which had been phased out around 46 years, will soon run on the tracks up to Matheran on the mini rails. Though the 80-year-old vintage rail bus cannot be revived due to lack of spare parts, following a request from the state government, the Central Railway (CR) has decided to run new rail buses. Recently, a tender was floated for three rail buses.
“Around a year ago, MMRDA officials asked Railways to run the rail buses between Dasturi Naka and Matheran station as beyond Dasturi naka there is no means of transport up to Matheran except the toy train. MMRDA deposited Rs 5 crore with Railways for the rail buses,” said a senior official.

Apart from tourists, it will also be beneficial for villagers living beyond Dasturi naka and people who come by road and have to walk up to Matheran — which is 3 km away— or use horses, cycles or hand-pulled rickshaws as no vehicle is permitted beyond Dasturi naka.

As soon as MMRDA deposited the money, the Railways called for bidders. There were two bidders for the tender, but a Patna-based company Phooltas, which provided rail buses for meter gauge sections in Railways, is the frontrunner. This will be first rail bus for narrow gauge for the company and each rail bus will cost Rs 1.30 crore.

“The rail buses can also be attached to couplers. Though they will look like ordinary buses, they will have driving cabs on both ends, separated by a glass panel door. This diesel bus will be able to ferry around 12 passengers at a time at the speed of 20 kmph,’’ the official added.

Published in: on January 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Soon, royal train journey within reach

India’s most expensive and one of the world’s most famous luxury trains is all set to go uber posh and may cost less on your pocket. Maharajas’ Express, an 84-seater train, which costs Rs 10,00,000 for a seven-day trip, is will soon get more affordable albeit with a shorter itinerary. It will now be run by the Indian Rail Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).

The luxury train has 23 coaches, including presidential suites, with a passenger capacity of 84. It also has two fine dining restaurants and bars. All cabins have LCD TVs, wi-fi access, individual temperature control and full en-suite bathroom. There is one presidential suite, which comprises a full train car — the largest suite in a train across the world.

The royal train is likely to have a three-day itinerary, instead of seven days and the services provided onboard are also going to improve.

The train was earlier operated by Royale Indian Rail Tours Ltd, a joint-venture between Cox & Kings India Ltd and IRCTC. It featured as one of the most luxurious trains in the world in a recent list compiled by a US-based global rail travel society.

“We will be providing better onboard services and the itinerary is also expected to be shorter, making the train more accessible for people,” said a senior IRCTC official, requesting anonymity.

The IRCTC has launched a website for online bookings. “We’ll add new dimensions to luxury trains and bring down the package cost by shortening the itinerary. So, Royal India’s journey from Delhi to Mumbai and Classical India’s round-trip from Delhi with highlights, including the holy city of Varanasi, which cost around R10,00,000 is expected to come down to Rs 5 lakh,” the officer added.

Railways to set up body to run high-speed trains

The railways has decided to set up a National High-Speed Rail Authority (NHSRA) to expedite high-speed train project which is likely to be introduced in the country soon. The railways has drafted a Bill in this connection which is likely to be moved in Parliament.

According to a Railway Board official, the railways intends to set up an autonomous body to implement and monitor the high-speed train project across the country. Since high-speed trains would run at the maximum speed of 300 km per hour, a legislation is required to set up the authority, he said.…w/11429732.cms

Clarification on Identity proof for booking Tatkal Tickets

Instances have come to notice o­n issues concerning Photo Identity Proofs for issuing tickets under tatkal scheme, such as Photo Identity Cards issued by state Governments to their employees and Ration Cards issued by State Governments giving rise to complaints. The matter has been examined and it has been decided that:-

1)Only Identity Card issued by Central / State Governments with Serial Number will be accepted as identity for issue of Tatkal Tickets.

2)Ration Cards issued by State Governments shall be accepted as proof of identity for booking tickets Tatkal Scheme only if the passenger whose photograph is available o­n the Ration Card is travelling.

The above stipulations related to Photo Identity Cards will be applicable for undertaking journeys o­n e-tickets also.