E-auctioning results in record income for NCR

In tune with modern technological advances, North Central Railway has fully adopted the e-auctioning process of scraps which has generated an approximate income of Rs 20.47 crore in the month of June. This is a record as the stores department of NCR has generated a cumulative income of about Rs 43.12 crore through the sales of scraps this financial year.

Moreover, North Central Railway has created another record by registering an increase of about 25.74 per cent in the total originating earnings upto the month of June in this fiscal as compared to the same period in the last year. NCR general manager Alok Johri has congratulated the employees on the achievement.

Income from passengers originating from the railway division has also seen an increase of about 18.79 per cent which has generated an income of about Rs 328.55 crore upto the month of June as compared with the same period last fiscal.

It has also been reported that coaching earnings also increased by 40.94 per cent during the period. Income from freight services also increased by 45.54 per cent during the time frame, stated a release.


Railways to eliminate level crossings

As Indian Railways have decided for gradual elimination of all the level crossings for ensuring safety of the commuters in the coming years, North Central Railway is too taking steps in this direction. About 100 railway crossings will be replaced with the construction of ROBs (Railway Over Bridges), RUBs (Railway Under Bridge) and LHB ( Limited Height Subway) in the current financial year.

Indian Railways has targeted to remove all the level crossings on its route as these crossings are not only causing safety problems but also create operational hindrances. The unmanned crossings will be removed by constructing LHS/RUB.

These railway crossings have been spread over the entire area of North Central Railway incorporating the divisions of Allahabad, Agra and Jhansi. North Central Railway has planned to construct 75 LHS/RUB during the year 2013-14. In addition to this, about 25 ROB will also be constructed in this year.

In the North Central Railway region there are about 1,512 level crossings. Among them, 1,028 are manned railway crossings and 453 are unmanned. There are five cattle crossings and 26 canal crossings. Out of the total crossings in NCR region, there are 395 level crossings in Allahabad division, 313 level crossings in Jhansi division and the remaining in Agra division.

In Allahabad division, many LHB will be constructed replacing the level crossings on the Allahabad-Mughalsarai section. This includes level crossing number 11 (Km 748/7-9), 12 (Km 755/19-21), 24 (Km 785/1-3) and 25 (Km 787/21-23). The approximate cost for construction of LHB at these four crossings is about Rs 16 crore.

In addition to this, about four more LHB will be constructed replacing the level crossings in the Allahabad-Mughalsarai section. This includes level crossing number 120 ( Km 695/5-7), level 123 (Km 709/11-13), 124 (Km 718/11-13) and 1 (Km 720/15-17). The approximate cost for construction of these LHBs at these four crossings is also about Rs 16 crore.

Further, Railway Over Bridges will be constructed at the level crossing number 6-A in Mirzapur, 119 B at Kailhut and 15 C at Jigna. From railway side, there is the policy to remove all the gates over level crossings. Since, 2003, about 45 ROBs and 15 LHS has been completed but this year , there is an ambitious target of completing 100 RUB/RUB/LHS. 527 level crossing gates have already been interlocked over NCR. To overcome the problem of boom breakage, crossings have been provided with sliding booms.

Accidents at level crossing gates have been a cause of concern for Railways especially at the unmanned level crossings gates. In order to prevent these incidents, special awareness campaign , using an innovative means of mobile video van has been started on North Central Railway, along with the conventional methods. The van is equipped with high definition LED television.

Many campaigns through newspapers, TV and radio are also being organised. Street plays are also organised to spread awareness about the safety measures to be taken at unmanned crossings. The public awareness campaign has also been taken to counsel villagers, educational institutions and road users and make them aware of the provision of Motor Vehicles Act and Railway Act by distributing posters, pamphlets, handbills in gram panchayats, markets, petrol pumps and other public places.

In addition to this, awareness is also created among people on the occasion of International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) all over the world in which there are about 42 member countries. These countries include USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, India, Pakistan, Georgia, Mongolia.

An official of Indian Railways said, “This year we have an ambitious target of constructing about 100 ROB, RUB/LHB replacing the level crossings and we are hopeful that using our resources we will be able to achieve the target. Awareness are also being created among the people regarding the precautions that should be used while crossing the level crossings.”


Railway helpline for women

North Central Railway has set up a helpline for its women passengers in a bid to enhance passenger security and prevent crimes against women on trains and railway stations under its charge.

The helpline number is 1800—180—5315 with those accessing it via mobile phones required to add a ‘0’ before the number, according to a release.

“We will train our staff on how to respond to calls on the helpline and attend to complaints by women passengers,” the release quoted North Central Railway General Manager Alok Johri as saying.


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Events to make public wary of unmanned crossings

North Central Railway has geared up to celebrate International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) on May 7. According to the plan, awareness drive will be carried at the railway crossings urging people to take precautions while passing manned and unmanned railway crossings. To enhance the safety and reduce inconvenience to road users, busy level crossings are being replaced by Road Over Bridges( ROB)/ Road Under Bridges(RUB) and Limited Height Sub Ways(LHS).

In the North Central Railway region comprising of the Allahabad division, Agra division and Jhansi division, there are about 1,512 level crossings. Among them, 1,028 are manned railway crossings and 453 are unmanned. There are five cattle crossings and 26 canal crossings.

In the financial year 2012-13, about 11 ROBs (railway over bridges) and 6 LHS (limited height subways) were constructed replacing the railway crossings. In addition to this, about seven manned level crossings were also closed in the previous financial year. About 30 LHS are also planned in financial year 2013-14.

On the occasion of International Level Crossing Awareness Day, general manager of North Central Railway Alok Johri will flag off a Mobile Video Van on Tuesday to disseminate information among public regarding precautions to be taken while crossing unmanned crossings.

The van will be equipped with high definition LED television which is the best medium for delivering the message to the target audience in most effective way. The Mobile Video Van is the best medium to reach out to people in remote villages as well as urban areas to make them aware of all the railway safety policies and initiatives taken by the North Central Railway.

Many campaigns through newspapers, TV and radio are being organised. Street plays are also being staged to spread awareness about safety measures to be taken at unmanned crossings.

On this occasion, public awareness campaign would be organised to counsel villagers, educational institutions and road users and make them aware of the provision of Motor vehicles Act and Railway Act by distributing posters, pamphlets, handbills in gram panchayats, markets, petrol pumps and other public places.

Talking to TOI, public relations officer of North Central Railway Amit Malviya said “On the occasion of International Level Crossing Awareness Day, we are undertaking several measures for creating awareness among people. General manager of NCR Alok Johri will flag off a mobile van to create awareness among the people. In addtion to this, nukkad nataks will also be organised near the unmanned crossings so that people were aware of safety measures to be adopted while going past the unmanned crossings.


Health magazine for railway employees launched

To create awareness about health problems affecting railway men, health department of North Central Railway released a magazine titled ‘Swasthya Mitra’, at a function was organised at NCR Central Hospital.

President of the North Central Railway Women Welfare Organization (NCRWWO) Chitrangada Johri released the inaugural issue of the magazine. Speaking on the occasion, general manger of North Central Railway Alok Johri observed work atmosphere in the railways was challenging and having the largest workforce in the entire country, it was the organization’s duty to look after the health of its employees.

In this connection, the magazine would play a vital role with valuable information relating to health issues. Speaking on the occasion, chief medical director Dr B B Agarwal informed that all the articles published in the magazine were in simple language and written by doctors of NCR. tnnHe said the magazine was an endeavour to provide information about health issues.

During the programme, heads of various departments, office-bearers of North Central Railway Women Welfare Organisation, medical officers of NCR Central hospital were present.


Robotic welding repairs railway tracks deftly at low cost

In its continuous tryst to adopt the latest technologies, North Central Railway is employing the translamotic robotic welding technique in track maintenance work. The welding of points and crossing on railway tracks is done automatically without any manual interference eliminating errors. This new technology saves time and is also cost effective.

The North Central Railway has a network of more than 4,600 track kilometers of which more than 5,000 turnouts are in service. Turnouts (also called points and crossings) are used for diverting the route on the railway track. The component crossing which is made of cast manganese steel (CMS) is an important part of the point and crossings.

Due to movement of trains, there is wear and tear on the CMS crossings and on a busy high traffic density section like Allahabad division, replacement/reconditioning is warranted in about two years time.

Due to high density of traffic, points and crossings wear out within a short period. Earlier, this repair and reconditioning was done in track depot after taking out the worn-out crossing, which involves huge manpower and time and also block traffic. This repair method takes only about five minutes.

To avoid loss of time for removal of CMS crossings and put them back after reconditioning along with transportation it was considered to use the new translamotic robotic welding technology.

It is a handy machine and can be lifted by two persons. It works through software for which data is fed in the logger. The welding is done by ‘core flaxed fire called translamagna wire of 1.6 mm diameter.

Translamotic robotic welding machine is put on track and date of area to be covered under welding is fed in a device called ‘Charlie’ Maper. Welding is done automatically and is controlled completely by a computer programme. Robotic welding increases life of CMS crossings and requires only about six hours of welding without any traffic block. Spare CMS crossings are not required.

Further, in the process of taking out CMS crossing from track, transportation to welding depot and back to site, the insertion in track is also saved. This new technology saves time and it is cost effective.

Talking to TOI, chief public relations officer of North Central Railway Sandeep Mathur informed that with the use of new technology, time is saved and frequent blocks are also not taken out, ensuring safety of the rail movement and punctuality of trains.


Private parties to develop freight terminals

ALLAHABAD: In order to strengthen freight traffic, the railway authorities have decided to develop freight handling terminals with the participation of private sector. Under the plan, private freight terminals (PFTs) would be established at potential points across the country.

North Central Railway spokesperson RD Bajpai said that the objectives of the plan is also to divert `finished freight traffic’, predominantly moving by road so far, to rail and attain increased freight volumes by offering integrated, efficient and cost effective logistics and warehousing solutions to users. The policy seeks to supplement the in-house programme of railways by opening the area of terminal development with participation of major logistics providers to create world class facilities.

Executive director of freight marketing, Railway Board, GD Brahma has written letters to chief commercial managers of all the zonal railways for outlining the details of the plan.

The PFTs would provide various logistics related services like warehousing facilities, value addition services like labelling, processing of goods and convenience centre etc.

Such terminals would be set up only on private land. However, for rail connectivity, the railway land can be offered as per rules. A PFT would be permitted to book and handle all traffic excluding outward coal, coke and iron ore traffic. All types of wagons permitted to run on IR network shall have access to the PFTs. The PFTs would function round-the-clock on all days.


Fast track rail corridors in the offing for NCR

Making feasible for the residents of neighbouring cities to travel national capital, would turn into reality as the government’s proceedings are in its final phase to connect these cities with rail corridors for the National Capital Region.

Termed as Regional Rapid Transit System, the three busiest routes being finalised to have dedicated corridors are Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, Delhi-Gurgaon-Rewari-Alwar and Delhi-Sonepat-Panipat at an estimated cost of Rs 5000 crore (Rs 50 billion)  excluding the rolling stock.

A senior Urban Development Ministry official asserted that the authority will conduct a pragmatic thorough study of these corridors on a priority basis. The Urban Development Ministry is within talks with the Railway Ministry and state governments of Delhi, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan  to form the NCR Transport Corporation for implementation of the dedicated corridor project.

 The Centre and the State will share equity of 50:50 in the project. In this regard, a MoU will be signed between the Centre and states to make viable through company for the project. the three corridors are being finalized on the basis of demand and requirement.