Bangalore, August 26, 2012 BEML supplies 9 EMUs to Eastern Railway

BEML has supplied the first rake of nine stainless steel Electrical Multiple Units (EMUs) to the Sealdah Division of the Eastern Railway. The first rake of nine cars are undergoing trial runs, said a release. The coaches were designed and developed at the company’s Research and Development facility and the designs were approved by the Research Development Standard Organisation. BEML has received orders for 10 EMU train sets from the Indian Railways.

Published in: on August 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Open account with IRCTC and book your rail ticket

Booking railway tickets will be a tad easier and faster once a system of having an account with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) comes into being.

In a bid to make booking easier, the IRCTC has decided to launch a Rolling Deposit Scheme (RDS), under which anyone can deposit the desired amount in the account to be opened with the service provider.

The user could purchase tickets from the money deposited by using the RDS card as a novel payment option, which the IRCTC claims has advantages over the other modes of payment. The system would enable hassle-free and secured transactions, besides saving time by eliminating the payment approval sequence. It reduces the user’s dependence on banks and their servers and allows for booking tickets directly through the RDS mode. The other benefit is that the user need not make the payment gateway charges. The tedious process of using credit or debit cards for making online purchases is done away with under the proposed scheme.

One can open an account using the PAN card and operate the account through a transaction password and PIN number and manage the account online and top up the account too.

The minimum deposit is likely to be in the range of Rs. 1500 to 2000.

Registration fee

The account can be opened with a registration fee of Rs. 250, which can be redeemed while booking tickets later.

The IRCTC will provide facility for the user to track the transaction history and in case of cancellation of ticket, the refund would be deposited in the account the very following day.

Published in: on August 29, 2012 at 11:59 am  Leave a Comment  

State-of-the-art train engine to give freight transport a facelift

The freight transport in India is all set to get a facelift in months to come. A state-of-the-art freight train engine, designed by Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Lucknow, and manufactured by Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi, will soon be put to test on Bareilly-Moradabad railway line.

The engine, named Bheem, has a host of new features, which include computerised controls, an air conditioned cabin for the driver and a toilet. Special care has been taken to provide comfort to the driver and overall safety in the engine, known as WDG-5 in Railway nomenclature.

“It will have a dashboard like the ones used in an aeroplan”,” said Rajiv Vishnoi, Senior Executive Director Standards (Motive Power), RDSO. The controls are computerised and the driver will be able to start the engine just by the click of a button. The display will employ TFTs, which are used in LCD TVs. It will also have better protection against collision and improved visibility.

Bheem’s 5,500 horse power (HP) diesel engine will be the first in India. Currently, Railways employs 4,500 HP engines for freight transport. The engine also features 20 cylinders, while the 4,500 HP engines have 16 cylinders. All this translates as a ‘balancing’ speed of 100 kmph with 59 standard wagons, while the the 4,500 HP engine could manage only 85 kmph. At full horsepower, Bheem can attain a maximum operating speed of 105 kmph.

The engine’s Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) will also replace the existing mechanical fuel injection (MFI) technology. EFI was, again, developed by RDSO in collaboration with IIT Kanpur and Diesel Modernisation Works, Patiala, last year” “EFI is also undergoing trial in a 3,300 HP engine. If all goes well, it will replace MFI in existing freight trains sometime next year,” said Vishnoi.

“EFI will result in saving up to four per cent of fuel,” he said. Indian Railways consumes nearly 2.5 billion litre of fuel costing approximately Rs 10,000 crore.

Railways to contruct low cost houses to remove encroachments near tracks

In order to remove encroachments along tracks, Railways will construct special low-cost houses for slum dwellers in Mumbai, Sealdah, Siliguri, Tiruchirapalli and Delhi.

Aptly named ‘Sukhi Griha’ scheme, the project entails construction of low-cost houses for slum dwellers, who are residing near the tracks thus affecting the smooth movement of trains.

“We have undertaken steps for removal of encroachments by giving them small shelters through Sukhi Griha Scheme and also through other central schemes. The Sukhi Griha scheme aims for slum dwellers’ rehabilitation and resettlement in a planned manner,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.

Railway safety in sharp focus after three accidents in two days.

Poverty drives many people to live dangerously near railway tracks and often risk their lives. “These dwellers also affect smooth movement of trains. So we have adopted a human approach for removing encroachments along the tracks,” the official said.

At present, there are about 1,34,841 encroachments reported on railway land.

Railways have approximately 4.31 hectares of land, out of which about 981 hectares of total land holding, are under encroachment.

According to data prepared by the Railway Ministry, over 220 hectares of railway land have been encroached in the Northern Zone, followed by 167 hectares in Northeast Frontier Zone and 162 hectares in South Eastern Zone.

Railways have shelled out Rs. 22 crore for Mumbai and Rs. 11 crore for Delhi under the scheme till now. “Funds will be provided for other cities also as detailed rehabilitation plans are being worked out with states concerned,” said the official.

The scheme was announced in the Rail Budget 2011-12 by then Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Besides this, railways has also taken up the issue with Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Ministry to arrive at a solution to relocate slums under the Rajiv Awas Yojna in cooperation with the state governments concerned.

ATM Services for Railway Passengers

Through ATM ( Automatic ticket vending machine), tickets for MMTS trains were provided by the Railways till now.
The ATM services are extended by the South Central Railway authorities.

The Platform tickets and the second class general Tickets are provided by the authorities. To assist the passengers in availing the facility, 29 Railway staff are employed.

The ATM services would be first implemented in Begumpet, Secunderabad, Kachiguda, Malakpet, Sitafalmandi Railway stations.

Coming up at rly stations, 16 elevated, bulletproof platforms

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) of the Central Railway will install 16 elevated and bulletproof platforms, similar to bunkers, equipped with modern arms at four railway stations. Railways officials who preferred to call them morchas floated the tenders recently. “Within six months, RPF will be posted at these morchas keeping vigil and targeting any terrorists who attack,” said a CR official.

A senior CR officials said they will be placed at heights ranging from 8 feet to 24 feet, so that RPF could have bird’s eye view. Ten of them will be at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, one of them at a height of 24 ft. Three will be between platform 1 and 7 and five between platform 8 and 18. One each will be placed before the DRM office and the GM office.

There will be one machan at Kurla station, two at LTT (including one at a height of 24 ft), and two at Thane station. “After 28/11, the need of such morchas was felt by the administration. From a height, our personnel can easily target terrorists without harming commuters,’’ said Alak Bohra, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner, CR.

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Penalty levied for failure to activate Train Management System

Central Railway has slapped a penalty notice of Rs 5 lakh on Bombardier Transportation for its failure to fully activate the train management system (TMS), which will allow commuters and the railway control room to track local trains in real time. CR had activated TMS on stations between Masjid and Kalyan on July 25.

TMS helps in real-time monitoring of trains in the control room.The arrival status of local trains is reflected on indicators installed on platforms in the form of a countdown (in minutes) to the train’s arrival on the platform is displayed on indicators, accompanied by automatic announcements on platforms

In 2008, Bombardier Transportation won a Rs 26-crore contract for the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the TMS for CR. However, four years down the lane, the system is still not totally operational. Even though Bombardier Transportation is responsible for smooth implementation of TMS,

The project reportedly got delayed because of problems at the CR end and non cooperation from vendors supplying indicators.

First, there was a delay in handing over of the structure for the control room. Secondly, the technology used for TMS components is not uniform at all the stations because of procurement from different vendors, who were not open to the idea of sharing their technology with a third party. Unless, the vendors cooperated it was difficult to link the TMS software with their indicators.

A senior railway official conceded, “After we cleared up the issue at our end, Bombardier submitted a revised deadline of June 2012 for the system to become completely active. The penalty notice was issued as there were reliability issues about the functioning of the system even after the extension. The penalty amount will be invoked if these issues are not resolved by September.”

Some officials equipped with knowledge of technology had quit Bombardier Transportation, which also led to set back. “However, now all the issues are sorted out and we are confident that system will now work to the satisfaction of every one”, he added.

There are a total of 26 stations, having 92 platforms between CST and Kalyan. TMS was activated between Masjid and Vidyavihar in April 2012. Despite CR announcement, the experience on the ground was in contrast as the system was not working at many platforms. CR warned that strong measures can be taken if the Bombardier now fails to make the system totally operational by October 2012.

Harsh Mehta, director, communications and public affairs, Bombardier, said, “We are working with CR’s technical experts to undertake trials and test to successfully commission the system at the earliest.”

WR to deploy private guards to secure tracks

More than 36,000 people have died on the city’s railway tracks in the last decade, 24,000 of them dying because of trespassing. Western Railway, where 15,000 of the deaths have occurred (over 10,700 due to trespassing) in the same period, has now decided to deploy private security guards at the most accident-prone spots along its suburban tracks. The rationale is not only to save lives, but also to save the crores that WR pays in compensation to accident victims annually.

WR is working on a proposal to hire a private security firm for the purpose. A senior WR official said, “We have been paying Rs 15-16 crore in compensation to accident victims annually (the amount includes sums given to the next of kin of deceased individuals and victims who receive injuries). Comparatively, the cost of hiring say 100 private security guards for patrolling our tracks on a 60-km stretch (Churchgate-Virar) will cost no more than Rs 60 lakh a year.”

Apart from preventing people from crossing tracks, the guards would also be responsible for taking accident victims to ambulances, making timely medical aid available to them. “The arrangement will save money as well as lives,” the official said.

WR’s chief public relations officer Sharat Chandrayan said, “Trespassing has come down since we started deploying Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel along the tracks. We are thinking of deploying private guards so that RPF personnel can concentrate more on tasks like protecting railway assets.” In February, WR deployed 150-200 RPF personnel and home guards at accident-prone spots in Dadar, Khar, Jogeshwari, Goregaon, Kandivli, Borivli, Nalasopara, Virar and Bhayander.

Deaths on tracks also affect the punctuality of services. “If trespassing is checked, it will help resolve this problem as well,” the official said.

“There are 89 foot over bridges (FOBs) and seven subways at WR’s suburban stations. Commuters should use these instead of crossing tracks,which is illegal anyway. Sixteen more FOBs are planned in Kandivli, Goregaon, Malad, Naigaon, Virar, Jogeshwari, Lower Parel, Dadar, Vile Parle and Matunga. The added infrastructure will be in vain if commuters stick to old habits.”

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Railways to put curtains in AC 3-tiers

In order to give more privacy to the passengers, the Railways has decided to put curtains in aisles of all the air conditioned three-tier coaches.

“From the consideration of privacy, security and comfort of the passengers, it has been decided to have curtains in the aisles of AC 3-tier coaches,” a senior Railway Ministry official said.×250.swf

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Do’s & Don’ts For Booking E-Tickets Through Agents


In order to educate people who book e-tickets through agent outlets and to bring about an awareness and eliminate cases of ERS tampering, overcharging etc. the following do’s & don’ts need to be followed :-

DO’s for booking e-tickets through Agents

1.Check if it is an authorized agent outlet

·The details of authorized agent outlets are available on IRCTC website

·Verify that the photo Id and the authorization certificate of the agent is prominently displayed at the agent outlet.

2.Fill up the booking/cancellation request slip for booking/cancellation of the e-ticket

·Insist on your mobile number being fed into the system correctly.

·An SMS with details of your booking including fare and service charge will be received on the given mobile number, from IRCTC immediately, as confirmation of booking.

·This SMS serves as a valid ticket which can even be shown to the TTE along with proof of identity during travel. Printout of ticket is not mandatory.

3.If printout is generated, ensure that name of the agent outlet booking the ticket along with address, contact number and name of Principal Agent are printed on the e-ticket.

4.Insist on a receipt for all bookings/cancellations.

5.One of the following proof of identity in original is a must while travelling (Voter Identity Card/Passport/PAN Card/Aadhaar Card (UID)/Driving License/Photo ID Card issued by the Central/State Govt./Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized school/college for their students/Nationalised Bank Pass Book with photograph/Credit Card with laminated photograph).

6.E-tickets can be cancelled through the same agent outlet without additional service charge for cancellation.

DON’Ts for booking e-tickets through Agents

1.Do not pay more than the approved service charges which are applicable per e-ticket irrespective of number of passengers on the ticket.

2.For travel by AC class IRCTC service charge is Rs.20/- and Agent service charge is Rs.20/- i.e. Rs.40/- per ticket and for sleeper class and general second class the charges are Rs.10/- each for IRCTC and Agent service charge i.e. Rs.20/- per ticket. In both the above cases, Gateway charges as applicable will be added.

3.There are no additional charges for printing of tickets or cancellation of tickets.

4.If the agent demands more than the prescribed service charges, complaint may be lodged at (011-23745962) or (011-39340000)

5.Do not buy e-tickets from agents which are issued between 8.00 am & 12 noon. The website is open exclusively for individual users from 8.00 am to 12 noon.

6.If anyone is found travelling with Advanced Reservation Period/Tatkal tickets booked by unauthorized persons/touts between the above period, the ticket is liable to be cancelled and penal action may be initiated under the Railways Act.,4,268&dcd=962&did=13456219085371CD74299BB3D322E440DD56B9C094D63.web107