Railways on a ‘Mission 41K’ to save energy worth Rs 41,000 crore

Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today unveiled ‘Mission 41K’ to save Rs 41,000 crore on the Indian Railways’ expenditure on energy consumption over the next 10 years.

This target will be achieved by taking a slew of measures which include moving 90 per cent of traffic to electric traction over diesel. Presently, this is at 50 per cent of the total rail traffic.

The ministry plans to achieve this target by doubling the current pace of electrification, Railway  Board Chairman A K Mittal said in an official statement Read more

Bold pricing experiments help railways fare better

The Indian Railways, over the past few years, has delinked fare on a number of trains from the normal ticket-price structure, taking a step towards market-linked rates. In continuance with this trend, the railways in September last year had introduced dynamic pricing in the Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains, by which the fares increased with each 10% of the tickets sold. However, this did not earn much revenue. The railways revised the structure after a review in December. “We decided to give a 10% discount on the last ticket purchased through tatkal after …Read More…

IRCTC to launch first pilgrim train for north east

IRCTC will launch its first pilgrim train for the north east region next month which will take passengers to destinations like Jagannath and Konark temples.

This will be a six nights and seven days package for a total amount of Rs 6,161.

Originating from Guwahati, the train will be launched on February 17 and cover pilgrimage sites in West Bengal and Odisha. These sites include Gangasagar, Sri Swamy Narayan Temple, Kalighat and Birla Temple in West Bengal as well as Sri Jagannath Temple, Konark Temple and Lingaraj Temple in Odisha.

The package includes travel in sleeper class, all meals in the tour, non–ac tourist buses for local sightseeing, accommodation in dormitories/dharamshalas among others.

“Buoyed by the central government’s support, the inaugural run of the tourist train will set pace to the promotion of north eastern region which is rich in cultural heritage and biodiversity,” an official press statement said.

The ministry said this was in line with the “PM’s focus on removing NE isolation through pro-active Act East Policy”.

This package is part of IRCTC’s pilgrim tourist scheme which connects various pilgrim destinations as part of its different packages. Read More…

Western Railway plans to extend some services from Andheri to Goregaon

Western Railway plans to extend some of its services originating or terminating in Andheri to Goregaon once the Harbour line corridor is extended to this station by March. The move will be a boon for commuters in the western suburbs and is expected to significantly ease crowds at Andheri.

The Harbour Line extension to Goregaon is part of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project-II, which is being executed by the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC). As of now, the Harbour Line corridor on WR, which operates from Andheri, caters to services to CST and Panvel. However, after the extension of the tracks, the route will remain under-utilised if only Harbour trains are operated on it. CR has not yet specified how many of its Andheri services will shift to Goregaon.

Meanwhile, WR has already begun a study on shifting some of its Churchgate-bound services to Goregaon from Andheri.

A senior WR official said, “We run a total of 34 services between Churchgate-Andheri from the Harbour platform at Andheri. Of these, around 20 services can be shifted to Goregaon, which will be a huge relief for commuters of this suburb. Of these, three to four services each can operate during the morning and evening peak hour.” Read More…

IRCTC can emulate Amazon, says railway minister

Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), one of the largest e-portals in India with millions of users logging in every day, will soon start selling hand-made products procured from rural women online, railway minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said on Monday.

“Indian Railways is keen to engage society in its innovative works. While we have already involved a number of public communities and NGOs under our cleanliness drive, we are also encouraging self-help groups of rural women to manufacture products that the railways will sell online through its web portal. The products will range from traditional food to handicrafts, shawls and other ethnic dresses. We have already asked women from Kashmir and the northeast to be a part of our initiative, and will soon start selling their products,” Prabhu said during an interaction with 4,000 graduates and under-graduate students of Kristu Jayanti College. Read More…

Bengaluru suburban rail MoU to be signed on Monday

Three major landmark events in connection with the Railways is slated to take place on Monday at the Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna railway station bengaluru.

The MoU on suburban rail between the State government and the Ministry of Railways will be signed on the occasion. In addition, the foundation stone for a new coaching terminal at Baiyappanahalli will be laid through video link.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will flag off MEMU services between KSR and Ramanagaram. An escalator on Yeshwantpur’s platform 1 will be inaugurated through video link while lifts for platforms 7 and 8 of City Station will also be inaugurated. The event will take place in the afternoon from the second entry side. Read More…

Goods train mishap prompts Suresh Prabhu to order immediate safety review

The derailment of a goods train near Kanpur last evening, the third rail mishap in three months in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, has prompted Suresh Prabhu to instruct senior officials to carry out a safety review meeting immediately.

Top officials of the Railway Ministry were on their way to Kanpur to hold a two-day review from tomorrow.

The officials include the Chairman of Railway Board, Member (Rolling Stock), Member (Engineering), Advisor of Safety, DG (Signal and Telecom), and the IG (Crime and Investigation).

“The team will look into the safety preparedness of the area, examine shortcomings and see if safety protocols are being violated,” Railway spokesperson Anil Kumar Saxena said today.  Read more

Railways launches app for unreserved ticket booking

You can now book your unreserved train ticket through your mobile phone as railways has launched a new IRCTC app for unreserved ticketing. Payments for the same can also be made through e-wallets such as Paytm and Mobikwik Read more

Union minister Suresh Prabhu adopts freedom fighter Alluri’s village

Union Minister of Railways and Rajya Sabha member from Andhra Pradesh, Suresh Prabhu has adopted Pandrangi village of Padmanabham mandal for development, under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. The minister has asked Visakhapatnam collector Pravin Kumar to initiate the necessary measures towards achieving the goal.

Pandrangi village is the native place of revolutionary freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju, who had fought against the British for the rights of Adivasis and Independence of the country.

Budgetary sanctions will be made from the MPLADS fund of Suresh Prabhu for the development of the village. The programme also envisages achieving mutual-cooperation, self reliance, transparency and accountability in public life, with an effective local self-government.

The MP will guide the villagers for social mobilisation and improving all development parameters by creating the needed infrastructure, apart from protection of environment. Read More…

Crimes against women down 22% in Eastern Railway

Crimes against women passengers declined 22 per cent in trains of the Eastern Railway last year, a senior Railway Protection Force (RPF) official said here on Friday.

“Enhanced security facilities, escorting of ladies special trains and deployment of RPF personnel in the compartments of the first and last trains of the day were among the measures that brought down the number of crimes against women,” Vinod Kumar Dhaka, IG-cum-Chief Security Commissioner, Eastern Railway said.

“Sixty cases of crime against women were registered in 2016 in the Eastern Railway, compared to 77 cases in the previous year, indicating a decrease of 22 percent. Also, 273 minor girls were rescued by the security personnel from various trains under the Eastern Railway in the last one year,” Dhaka said.

“Initiatives like escorting the ladies special trains, earmarking compartments for women and deployment of RPF personnel in the first and last locals of the day have considerably decreased the crime against women passengers in the Eastern Railway,” he said.

The official said the increased vigil and improved security infrastructure in the trains and station premises has resulted in an overall decrease in railway property crimes.

“A total of 334 trains in the Eastern Railway are being presently escorted by the RPF, 100 more than the previous year. As a result, the Railway Property Crime in 2016 has seen a decrease of 34.59 per cent compared to the previous year.”Read More…