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Indian Railway cancelled some trains due to Kisan Agitation

You Should know this, otherwise you will be standing at the station and the train won't come if you're visiting your home this festival season. Yes, Farmer Bill has affected many trains.Railways have agreed to cancel several trains as a result of agitation by farmers. The greatest influence of this was on trains going to or going to Punjab. The railway cancelled many of its trains in full or in part in view of the bandh call and agitation of the farmers.On Twitter, Northern Railway wrote "Many train services including 22439/22440 New Delhi-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra 'Vande Bharat Express' & 02029/02030 New Delhi Amritsar Shatabdi have been cancelled due to Kisan Agitation till 18.10.2020.The services shall resume as soon as the Kisan Agitation is called off".Between October 20 and November 30: In the country including Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal, new 196 pairs of trains will operate. The 'Festival Special Train' was named for these trains r…

Indian Railways accepts Alstom's WAG 12B e-locos

The first freight locomotives in India were approved to run at 120 Kmph.
Alstom-built 12000 HP electric locomotives were officially approved by the Ministry of Railways and Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO) to run freight trains keeping maximum speed of 120 Kmph.Indian Railways started inducting the WAG 12B e-locos earlier this year, the most powerful locomotives for running on the country rail tracks. These electric locomotives have already clocked over 1 million kilometers cumulatively, thus providing a significant fillip to the freight logistics landscape of the country.Alstom after confirming the development said, "These electric locos will allow faster and safer movement of heavier freight trains capable to haul ~6000 tonnes at a top speed of 120 Kmph. Planned to be deployed for operations on major freight routes of Indian Railways including the Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs), they are expected to increase the average speed of freight trains in India by at…

Indian Railways Downsizing: Board moves 24 posts to Northern Railways

The Railway Board Chairman , VK Yadav, directed the shift of 24 posts to the Northern Railways in a bid to downsize the Railway Board.The officials have been ordered to be transferred out of the Railway Board as per an order on September 30. The order states, "This is a rationalization of posts of Organized Railway Services in the Board's office."The strength of the ten organized services in the apex rail body will decrease by approximately 15 per cent from the current 160 to 137 with the reduction of 24 positions. The specified positions, senior and mid-level officials, will be transferred to the Northern Railways covering the states of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh , Uttarakhand and the Union Territories.Order states “Ministry of Railways is hereby accorded to transfer the following gazetted posts of Organized Railway Services Cadres from Railway Board to Northern Railway along with the incumbents”.The roles to be transferred to No…

Indian Railways eyes Rs. 50,000 crore for upgrading of 50 railway stations

Government official said, government is scheduled to grant 50 redevelopment stations with an investment of about Rs. 50,000 crore in 2020-21.The Indian Railways station redevelopment project has attracted attention from Indian conglomerates and international pension funds alike.Among the companies that have shown interest in the first batch of stations up for reconstruction were GMR, Adani Group, JKB Infra, Shapoorji Pallonji, Tata Realty, NIIF, ISquared Capital, Global Infrastructure Fund, Essel Group and Anchorage Capital.Meanwhile, the railway ministry will issue user development fee, along the lines of a levy charged by airport operators, which will help fund the upgradation of railway stations.Request for qualification (RFQ) for reconstruction of stations in Nagpur, Gwalior, Amritsar and Sabarmati, at an indicative cumulative cost of about Rs. 1,300 crore, has been invited by the Indian Railways Station Development Corporation Ltd. (IRSDC), one of the government bodies responsibl…

Second booking chart system is restored by Railways, to be released 30 minutes before departure

Indian Railways today agreed to restore the earlier method of preparation of the second booking charts from 10 October.
As a result of the pandemic, orders were given to change the planning time of the second booking chart to 2 hours prior to the scheduled or rescheduled departure time of the trains.Tickets can booked using IRCTC website and app and also from the PRS counters.The first reservation chart was drawn up at least 4 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, as per the defined instructions before COVID era. The available accommodation could then be booked on a first-come-first - serve basis via PRS counters as well as via the internet until the second booking charts were prepared.From 30 minutes to 5 minutes prior to the scheduled / rescheduled train departure time , the second reservation charts were prepared. During this time, the cancellation of already booked tickets was also allowed under the terms of the Refund Rules.Due to the pandemic, however, orders were gi…

Fraudsters using fake IDs for travelling in Mumbai local train

Several cases of fake ID card holders travelling in the special sub-urban services in Mumbai have been identified by the Western Railway zone.
The Western Railway (WR) zone has said that some individuals use fake ID cards in Mumbai for travelling on local trains, which operates one of the world's busiest sub-urban services.According to a railway official of Western Railway zone, "On an average, daily 20 cases of dubious/suspicious ID cases have been detected and penalized."On 15 June, Indian Railways began operations of suburban services in Mumbai only for the particular necessary categories of personnel, as notified by the Government.According to a Western Railway official," During one of the special drives at Borivali station, a person with a laminated Identity Card was detected, which looked suspicious. The ID cum authority had the picture of the holder with Aadhar card with WR logo along with letter number. On further probing of the suspect about his nature and p…

SCADA will give accurate information about railway electric fault

Three young railway engineers have designed a unique system to detect flaws in electric train operations. A very low cost Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system will provide accurate and quick information about power supply shortcomings in train operations. Trial is underway between Najibabad and Kotdwar (Uttarakhand) in Moradabad Railway Division, with initial results being successful.Underground optical fiber cable is currently laid for electric engine control in emergency in railways. The control system at the marked railway station is connected through it. In the event of an overhead electric line being damaged or an accident, it immediately interrupts the power supply by sending a signal to the control room. Railways have to spend three lakh rupees for laying one km of underground cable. Also, there is a big expense on its maintenance every month.To reduce this cost, Engineer Pravar Mandal Sanket Kumar, Telecom Engineer Nitin Kumar and Pravar Mandal Electrical En…

A 92-year-old train has been upgraded by Indian Railways

On the special occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 151st birthday, Western Railways replaced all the traditional rakes of Train No. 12903/ 12904Mumbai Central-Amritsar Golden Temple Mail (formerly known as Frontier Mail)  with Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) rakes to celebrate the 92 glorious years since the Golden Temple Mail first chugged out on its maiden voyage.This is a fitting homage to this famous train from former British India, which is especially important for many historical events and Mahatma Gandhiji 's unforgettable visits, including on the occasion of Dandi March.According to a Western Railway official, "all four conventional rakes of Train No. 12903 / 12904 Mumbai Central – Amritsar Golden Temple Mail, which is currently running as special Train No. 02903/ 02904 Mumbai Central – Amritsar Special train now runs with LHB rakes instead of conventional rakes with effect from 3 October, 2020. The train will comprise of 22 coaches consisting of First Class, AC 2-Tier, AC 3-T…

Railways unveils the first batch of indigenously manufactured Tejas Express locos for 'push-pull' operations

The first batch of indigenous Tejas Express locos for 'push-pull' operations is being unveiled by Railways. The engine used in Tejas Express in manufactured using latest technology available in West Bengal's Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW).Indian Railways on October 2nd 2020 flagged off the first batch of indigenously manufactured Tejas Express locos for push-pull operations. The Tejas Express locomotives were unveiled in Asansol Railway station.The engine of Tejas Express is installed with new technology and is manufactured by West Bengal's Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW). The General manager of Chittaranjan Locomotive Works Praveen Kumar Mishra flagged off the Tejas Express locomotives.Under the Make in India initiative, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal called it a big accomplishment. Taking it to microblogging site Twitter he wrote, 'Yet another significant push to PM @NarendraModi ji's 'Make in India' & Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiatives! Railw…

Indian Railways is planning for 200 more trains this Festive Season.

Good news for passengers who are planning to travel this festive seasons.
At a time when the passenger, mail and express train services are suspended because of the coronavirus lockdown, the Indian Railways on Thursday said that it is planning to introduce 200 special trains between October 15 and November 30 to cater to passenger rush during the festive season. In a good news for passengers who are planning to travel during the festive seasons, Railway Board Chairman and CEO VK Yadav said that the railways has decided that it will take stock of passenger services on a daily basis depending on the needs of the state governments and the status of the pandemic.“We have conducted meetings with the general managers of zones and instructed them to speak with local administration and review the status of Covid-19. They have been asked to give us a report after which we will decide how many trains can be introduced during the holiday season. Our estimate as of now is that we will run around 2…

Indian Railways may hike ticket fare.

The Railways had earlier clarified that user fee would be levied only across stations which will be redeveloped and those that have high footfalls.
PTINEW DELHI : Railway passengers may have to shell out additional ₹10- ₹40 for their ticket fares as user charges for availing redeveloped stations with state of the art amenities and to help the national transporter in raising funds for redeveloping more stations, sources indicated.Railways finalized this part of a proposal which will soon be sent for Cabinet's approval nod.The user fee, the sources said, will vary according to the class -- it would range between ₹10 and ₹40 with the higher price for AC first class passengers.Railways also clarified that user fee would be levied only across stations which will be redeveloped and those that have high footfalls.Almost 700-1,000 railway stations of the 7,000 total railway stations in the country fall within this proposal.This is the first time that rail users would be paying such a tax, …