Call 9731666725, get rid of ‘train-trouble’

Facing trouble in a running train? Help is just a call or SMS away — the women’s helpline 9731666725 works 24/7. Just mention the train name, number, bogie number and nature of the complaint.

The helpline, which began operating early this year, is dedicated to South Western Railway in Karnataka. But very few commuters are aware of the number, and railway authorities are doing their best to spread the message to all passengers of the state.

Divisional railway manager (DRM), South Western Railway, Anil Kumar Agarwal said they’ve displayed the helpline number across railway stations in Karnataka. “It was launched nearly six months ago. We’ve received more than 100 calls on eve-teasing and other harassment. We act as soon as we receive the complaint. The Railway Protection Force attends to the problem at the next station,” he said.

SP SN Sidramappa said police equipped with rifles are sent into some bogies, particularly at night. “The police personnel visit all the bogies. A police chowki manned by two policemen is active outside Bangalore City railway station. Very soon, we’ll start similar counters in other railway stations,” he said.

A second line

Railway authorities also introduced a helpline for Southern Railway commuters — 090031617110. Those using a landline can dial 044-90031617110.

“The security control of Southern Railway, located in Chennai, will receive the call and act accordingly. Most often, women call us with complaints of eve-teasing and physical harassment in running trains,” a security personnel said.

Warning system to alert loco drivers

A couple of new experiments are paying dividends in keeping loco drivers on the alert and raking in more revenue for the Railways.

The newly appointed member traffic Devi Prasad Pande has introduced a device in some sections of the South Western Railway which hoots warning to the loco drivers about approaching red signal and that he has to pull the brakes.

The idea was introduced as it was found that in some cases the drivers overshot the signal even as they applied the brakes.

Capacity increased

As for earning revenue, the Railways have decided to increase the capacity of all trains on routes where the demand for berths and seats were high. Each train would be provided with two additional coaches, especially 3 AC to raise revenue.

Aiming at a new revenue model, Mr. Pande said the objective is to augment capacity by ensuring train-wise and route-wise profitability. The railways would review the capacity of all the 7000 trains being operated daily and restructure them as per their requirement.

Indian Railways through photographs

The South Western Railway is organising a seven-day photography exhibition from June 25 to July 1 at the Government Museum and Venkatappa Art Gallery, Kasturba Road, Bangalore, to commemorate 160 years of Indian Railways. The exhibition will portray the evolution of Indian Railways, with focus on the first 100 years of its existence. It will be inaugurated by Ashok Kumar Mital, General Manager, South Western Railway.

The photo exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entry is free.

New exhibit at Mysore Rail Museum

The Mysore Rail Museum, a repository of railway exhibits, has a new addition: a working model of a steam locomotive designed by technicians from the Mechanical Department.

The indigenously developed working model was the effort of engineers J.R. Anthony Raj Padua and S. Shivakumar. Their work was supervised by S. Syed Areef, Senior Section Engineer, and guided by B. Kasi Viswanathan, Senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer of Mysore Division.

The working model, installed at the Sriranga Pavilion, has a wheel diameter of 125 mm and runs on a six-inch gauge. It was inaugurated by Ashok Kumar Mital, General Manager, South Western Railway, here on Saturday. For the new generation, which only has a vague idea of steam locomotives that ruled the railways till the 1990s, the Mysore Rail Museum provides a peek into the past. There are plans to develop the museum further, for which proposals have been submitted.

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Commuter rail could be a reality within a couple of years

A commuter rail system that could solve traffic gridlocks in Bangalore could be a reality within two years on the existing railway network in and around the city.

The project will take concrete shape after RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Services), assigned to prepare a detailed report on the proposal, submits its report in a couple of weeks.

After the final report, all the stakeholders will meet and decide on the model to be adopted to execute the project, said Sudhanshu Mani, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of South Western Railway’s Bangalore Division.

Years of demand

Mr. Mani told presspersons on Friday that the demand had been there for years and many suggestions were made on the project. The State government’s Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) had asked RITES to prepare a feasibility report.

“The RITES has prepared a draft report that was discussed with the State government recently. It was decided to get a final report with some modifications within a couple of weeks,” Mr. Mani said.

The DRM made it clear that the commuter rail system will be operational on the existing rail network. “Operations can commence within a year once the project gets final approval of the State government and the Railway Board. Construction of additional lines along the existing single/ double lines to cater to commuter rail system would get completed within another year,” Mr. Mani said. The funding pattern of the project too will be decided after the RITES submits the final report.

The commuter rail system could cater to Nelamangala, Tumkur, Doddaballapur, Chickballapur — including Bengaluru International Airport — Whitefield/Bangarpet, Hosur and Kengeri/Bidadi, Mr. Mani added.

South Western railway to install windmill

he South Western Railway Zone has decided to install 10.5 MW capacity windmill at a cost of Rs.65 crores to be self-reliant in availing power, informed the Chief Electrical Engineer of the Zone V K Tempe here today.

Participating in a seminar on Control of Carbon at Zonal Office, he said this would facilitate the Zone to save power. He said that during the last year, the Zone could save 21.11 million units of power. Now the Zonal office has decided to save minimum of 40 million of units of power during the coming days.

He said this achievement was possible due to use of CFL bulbs everywhere. The Zone has installed 28,720 CFL bulbs all over zonal area and by March end another 8400 CFL bulbs would be installed.

The Zone has also decided to introduce 32000 T- 5 slim tubes in all railway stations and out of them, already 14,126 tubes have been provided. LED bulbs have been provided in 62 places and in three places chargeable batteries have been provided. Solar light in 208 railway level crossings would be provided and already emergency solar lights have been provided in 103 places, he said.

The General Manager of South-Western Railway Zone, Mr Kuldeep Chaturvedi, suggested use of effective measures to control emission from chimneys and called for valuable suggestions to eradicate any pilferage of power and save it.

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Bharat Darshan train from Karnataka

This will be the first nation-wide pilgrimage tour, to be launched from Karnataka by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).

This is one gift many grown-ups are scrambling to offer their elderly parents: tickets on the `Bharat Darshan’ tourist train, which will make its maiden journey from Krishnarajapuram railway station in Bangalore on Wednesday.

This will be the first nation-wide pilgrimage tour, to be launched from Karnataka by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).

The Nava Jyotirlingams, Shirdi temple and Triveni Sangam will be covered in this 16-day (17 nights) trip, billed as `Village on Wheels’. The over 7,000-km journey, that targets `budget tourists’ will take passengers through six States–Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.

Despite the absence of any prior publicity, 478 tourists, including 295 women, have booked their tickets for the first trip, thereby ensuring a packed train.“With many more in the waiting list, the response has surpassed all our expectations,” expressed Chief Regional Manager, IRCTC, South Western Railway, S Gagarin.

The trip is aimed at the budget-conscious traveller and the package covers train travel, accommodation, vegetarian food and sight-seeing expenses.

“The total cost of the trip works out to nearly Rs 9,000 for an individual, with no concessions for any category,” he said. The thrust is not on luxury as tourists will stay in dormitory-type accommodation and also at dharmashalas in some places. Travel to locales within a city will be arranged through local buses.

The first halt for the trip will be the Parli Vajinath lingam. Visitors will l ater be visiting the other lingams of Ayundh Nagnath, Grushneshwar, Triambakeshwar, Bhimshankar, Somnath, Omkareshwar, Mahakaleshwar and Kasi Viswanath. A visit to Manasa Devi temple, Visalakshi temple and Annapoorani temple is also part of the itinerary.

“Since all the requirements of the traveller will be taken care of by IRCTC, many are keen on making their parents, who yearn to visit such holy spots, undertake the trip,” Gagarin added. “While tours to specific spots like Shirdi, Kalahasti or Tirupati have been organised by IRCTC’s SWR division earlier, a trip on this mega-scale is being attempted for the first time,” the CRM said.

Apart from security personnel, trained medical staff will also be available on trains. ‘Village on Wheels’ will terminate at Yeshwantpur on April 24. Similar’Bharat Darshans’ undertaken from different points of the country have been hugely successful. The next all-India tour from Bangalore will be organised by IRCTC by July this year.

Interested can mail to or call up 22960013.

Chartered coaches for pilgrims

The Sangamitra Express will be the first in South Western Railway (SWR) Division to introduce this venture from the City station to Mughal Sarai, located 16 kms from Varanasi.

In all, 288 pilgrims will undertake the journey in two batches on March 18 and 19. The group is affiliated with the Adichunchanagari Mahasamsthana Mutt, based in Mandya district. The members are heading to Varanasi to take part in a function to inaugurate the mutt’s branch in the holy city.

Four coaches (sleeper Class) will be attached to the train, two on each day. This will be an integrated package tour organised by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) and includes the return trip, road transport to the destination, accommodation and food for the pilgrims.

IRCTC had earlier allotted exclusive coaches for school children and corporate employees but it will be the first time that coaches dedicated to pilgrims were being introduced, said the Chief Regional Manager, SWR Division, IRCTC, S Gagarin. Enthused by the demand, IRCTC now plans to earmark atleast 50 such coaches in the next financial year.

Ramachandra of the Mahasamsthana mutt, who is overseeing the arrangements said, “Devotees from all over Karnataka will board the train at the City station. We planned to book an entire train to transport over 1,000 devotees and approached the Hubli Railway Divisional Office. They suggested this option and we feel it is a better deal,” he said. This package would ensure that all the requirements of a sizeable number of devotees would be entirely taken care of, Ramachandra added.

The devotees will return to the City on March 23 and 25 from Mughal Sarai. The cost for the entire batch works out to Rs 7 lakhs.

“Chartered coaches will be charged as per full tariff tate specifications, issued by the Railway Ministry,” said Deputy General Manager, B S Kiran. This means there would not be any concessions for any category of passenger, including senior citizens and children.

Digital Train Reservation Chart display

Bangalore: The Digital Train Reservation Chart display, the first-of-its- kind in Indian Railways was inaugurated as a passenger amenity at the main concourse hall at the City Railway Station here Friday.

The Digital Train Reservation Chart Display System would replace the paper-based chart information on confirmation of tickets. The display was commissioned by South Western Railway General Manager Kuldeep Chaturvedi.

The new facility was incorporated with the existing PPP contract for public announcements and integrated digital display systems for passenger information, Mr Chaturvedi said.

In the first phase of the PPP project as many as 15 X 32 inch LCDs have been installed proivding updated confirmation status of RAC/Waitlisted tickets.