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Arunachal Pradesh and IRCTC sign pact to give boost to tourism

इटानगर Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh has signed a pact with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Ltd for promoting and giving boost to the tourism sector in the state.

To provide value-added tour package services and booking facilities to the visitors in Arunachal Pradesh IRCTC has decided to tie up with the state government.

The officials are also also exploring the feasibility of opening a tourism facilitating centre at the newly constructed railway station at Yupia.

Activist fighting hawker mafia gets no help from CST

RBI employee says hawkers harass women and block commuter movement, but railway official says it’s not in his jurisdiction.

10-01मुंबई Mumbai:  A citizen activist has complained to the top brass of Central Railway on how the hawker mafia is proving to be a threat in several ways to the Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji railway terminus, a UNESCO world heritage site, from hammering nails into its structure to being a nuisance to women commuters.

Ramchandra Karve, an RBI employee and citizen activist, has also claimed that the building’s administrators have split the station into “territories”, leaving the hawker problem unattended.

Karve, who found several hawkers inside the station complex, said he was turned away by the station manager on Wednesday, who also refused to give him the complaint book saying managing hawkers did not fall under his jurisdiction.

“There should be a one-point command for a station of this size. This kind of separate territorial jurisdiction at a major station like Mumbai CST poses a serious threat to the safety of commuters and railway property,” Karve said in his complaint to the additional general manager, Central Railway.

The government railway police, railway protection force and the station staff have different sets of duties, many of which overlap leading to complications, his complaint claimed.

“At CST, the territorial jurisdiction of the RPF, GRP and the Station Manager is separated in such a manner that it gives free hand to undesirable elements such as hawkers to operate freely. Every afternoon, there are hawkers selling garments, leather belts, perfumes and other articles near the gate leading to the bus depot and in front of the station,” Karve said.

On April 23, Karve said he spotted hawkers inside the station premises and approached the Station Manager (Suburban) to register a complaint, but the official refused to let him access the complaint book.

“The official told me that the part of the station where I spotted hawkers didn’t fall under his jurisdiction. Multiple territorial jurisdictions within one station is that threat to commuters and railway property,” he added.

Central Railway chief spokesperson Narendra Patil said responsibilities have been clearly earmarked, and there is no confusion at any point. “There is no question of such threats arising. The divisional manager is the sole authority and the overall head,” Patil said.

However, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) said any threat to the heritage structure should be taken seriously. “We have to take serious note of nails being hammered into the CST station building. It is an important city landmark and we were the ones who prepared the original plans and proposals for it to be included in the world heritage list. It is a shame the way this monumental structure is being treated,” said Tasneem Mehta on behalf of INTACH. (Courtesy:  Rajendra B Aklekar,, Mumbai Mirror)

Mumbai Metro may get Safety Nod before May 1

मुंबई Mumbai: The final safety certification of Mumbai’s first metro is nearing completion and if insiders are to be believed, the train could get the nod before May 1, which is Maharashtra Day.

Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) P.S.Baghel has been rigorously inspecting various parameters of running the metro in Mumbai since April 17. He first visited the D.N.Nagar car shed, later reviewing the entire metro system, comprising rolling stocks, workshop, depot, corridor, stations, track and OHE.

The CMRS will authorise MMOPL to commence passenger operations on the 11.4 km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar metro line upon being satisfied with detailed tests and trials.

An MMOPL spokesperson said that the line would be opened for commercial use as soon as the safety certificate was issued. Joint project director of MMRDA (projects), Dilip Kawathkar, said, “We are just awaiting the certificate of CRMS, which is a statutory requirement to operationalise the system.”

Once the metro line is thrown open to the public, commuters’ travel time will be cut down to approximately 20 minutes from the current nearly two hours through various modes of transport.

Ruins of 1500 year old temple discovered in Kendrapara

हरीदासपुर Haridaspur (HDS): Ruins of a nearly 1500-year old temple have surfaced during digging for the Haridaspur-Paradip rail line project at Bhuinpura in Kendrapara district.

Labourers stumbled upon the summit structure (Dadhi Nauti) of the place of worship during earth digging work at the village coming under Bagada gram panchayat, District Culture Officer Golakh Chandra Behera said today.

The archaeologists of state archaeology department have inspected the site. The administration is yet to receive the report of their findings, he said.

The curator of state archaeology department S K Badu, however, said “we visited the site where the remnants of a Hindu temple were discovered. The department is examining the remains to ascertain its antique character. However our preliminary view is that the temple must be over 1500-year-old.”

The village where the chance discovery was made is situated in close periphery of the Luna river and it has a history of causing recurring flood. Thus there is possibility that the temple might have been destroyed by nature-induced devastation, he said.

Side by side with Hinduism, Buddhism flourished in large areas of Kendrapara under Bhaumakar dynasty. There is every possibility that Buddhist treasures might be discovered from the spot. There are plenty of instances in these areas where Hindus worshipped Buddhist divinities, claimed historian Harischandra Prusti.

Odisha govt denies inaction over prevention of Elephant deaths on Railway Tracks

भुबनेश्वर Bhubaneswar (BBS): Denying inaction on its part to curb death of elephants caused by train hits and electrocution in the state, the Odisha government has informed the Supreme Court in an affidavit that it will be soon signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Asian Nature Conservation Foundation (ANCF), Bangalore for undertaking follow-up action for conservation, preservation and development of elephant habitats and corridors as per the field requirements.

The state government’s statement came in the form of a counter affidavit in response to a PIL filed in the apex court by wildlife activist Shakti Nayak expressing concern over reports of unabated deaths of elephants across Odisha and India due to train hits and electrocution.

The affidavit said coordination meetings between Forest and Railway authorities at various levels were being held on a regular basis to deal with elephants deaths caused due to train hits.

It said Forest department employees have been stationed in the Central Control Room at the Khurda Road Divisional office of the Railways to pass on information on movement of jumbos. VHF frequencies have been matched between Railways and Forest department staff for exchange of such information.

Similarly, the state government further stated that regular meetings with electricity authorities are being held to take steps to prevent death of elephants due to electrocution.

“Rs 21 crore has been provided to the Energy department during 2013-14 to strengthen the electricity distribution system in areas of movement of elephants,” it mentioned.

Arunachal Pradesh residents thrilled to have train access

इतानगर Itanagar:  Residents of Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar have expressed their happiness of the city now being accessible by train.

Itanagar has become the second capital in the eight north eastern states, after Guwahati, to appear on the railway map of the country.

The passenger train will travel between Naharlagun and Dekargaon in Assam, a journey of 181 kilometers, reports ANI. A passenger said: “I have come from Harmutty. I feel really good travelling by train. It will be even better if there are more facilities. It will be very convenient for us.”

Another passenger said: “It’s good that the railway service has reached us. We will get to travel to Harmutty by paying Rs. 5 only. When we take a bus or tempo, we have to pay more; around Rs. 30 to 40. That is why we are very happy that train services have reached Arunachal.” The construction of the 22-km-long broad gauge line from Harmuti in Assam to Naharlagun in Arunachal Pradesh cost Rs.406 crore. There are 46 minor bridges and 11 major bridges on the line.

Plans are on to link Arunachal Pradesh with New Delhi with the launch of Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express trains. Sugato Lahiri, Chief Public Relations Officer, Northeast Frontier Railway, said:”By making the railway line up to Naharlagun, we have linked Arunachal Pradesh with the railway map of India, and it is having access to all other places connected by railways. This is expected to provide a lot of impetus to the commercial activities in the place.Moreover, it will also make it easier for the people from that place to go out to other parts for job or education and also for people from other places to come here.” he government has been taking steps to expand the rail network in the landlocked northeastern region. Railway projects in Assam and Manipur are underway.

Meghalaya also recently became a part of the Indian Railway network with the first rail engine reaching the Mendipathar railway station in North Garo Hills district from the Dudhnoi railway station in Assam for a trial run.

Better connectivity will give a fillip to the tourism industry in the region, and will also speed up industrialization. It will also boost trade and people to people contact with rest of the country, as well as neighbouring ASEAN countries.

Filthy Five get month-long jail for soiling women compartments in Mumbai Suburban Locals

The convicts lived at railway platforms or footpaths outside Dadar station. Between 2 am and 4 am, the gang would soil railway seats, grab handles and the door passage in railway compartments with feces

 

कल्याण Kalyan (KYN): A railway magistrate court in Kalyan Friday convicted five men for soiling train compartments reserved for women and sentenced them to one-month imprisonment.

The five men, all of them allegedly drug addicts, have been identified as Chandan Kumar (19), Mohammad Saddam (24), Faizrul Hasan Firdul Hasan (20), Manish Shivraj Shrivastav (20) and Mahesh Kumar Rambabu (20). They were apprehended by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) around midnight on April 23.

During their interrogation, they allegedly confessed they would regularly gang up inside a toilet towards the south end of platform 3 and 4 at Dadar station and consume ganja or other drugs at night. Once under the influence, they would target compartments reserved for women, especially from CST, Sandhurst Road, Currey Road and Dadar stations.

Between 2 am and 4 am, the gang would soil railway seats, grab handles and the door passage in railway compartments with feces.

After their arrests, all five were booked under the Railways Act for nuisance, endangering safety of railway commuters, trespass and obstructing railway servants from duty.

“There have been cases in the past when drug addicts have thrown feces at commuters and security personnel to prevent them from taking action. Drug addicts are so dirty and smelly that passengers rarely attempt to remove them from the compartments. However, this emboldens them to board railway compartments,” said a senior RPF officer.

Following repeated complaints, a special RPF cleanliness squad from Karjat, Turbhe, Wadala and Thane stations was formed to catch the culprits.

According to RPF sources, a team of sub-inspector Subhash Thakur, head constable R M Rajput, constables Nitin Chauhan, Sachin Londhe and R K Yadav had been keeping an eye on the suspects for weeks.

At midnight on April 23, the five were caught soiling a second class compartment reserved for women commuters in a Karjat local between Dadar and Currey Road station.

“Whenever commuters spot drug addicts inside compartments, they should immediately inform the RPF helpline so that assistance can be provided at the earliest,” said Alok Bohra, senior divisional security commissioner at RPF (Mumbai division), CR.

The convicts lived at railway platforms or footpaths outside Dadar station.

Alstom unaware of GE takeover plans

shutterstock_164980310French rolling stock manufacturer Alstom has issued a statement in which it says the company has not been informed of any approaches US giant General Electric (GE) to buy the company.

Alstom said it has not been “informed of any potential public tender offer for the shares of the company” following press reports suggesting that GE is currently discussing a €13 billion buyout with the French government.

The rumour was initially reported by Bloomberg but has since been carried by several major news outlets.

Alstom said: “The group constantly reviews the strategic options of its businesses.

“Alstom plans to communicate as scheduled on May 7 its annual results and will use this opportunity to give an update on the prospects of its activities.”

Doha win makes us a Leading Metro Systems contractor: L&T

S.N.Subrahmanyan, Whole-time Director & Senior Executive Vice President (Construction), L&T, says the company won’t be executing the order on its own – a consortium including L&T will execute the job. This is a win on top of the Riyadh Metro which we got a few months back

L&T recently won the Rs 4500 crore Doha Metro award, making the company one of the leading contractors of metro systems in the world. S.N.Subrahmanyan, Whole-time Director & Senior Executive Vice President (Construction), L&T, says the company won’t be executing the order on its own – a consortium including L&T will execute the job. He adds that the Doha Metro project is a prestigious one and is towards the FIFA 2020 games, hence it is a part of the country’s (Qatar) development.

Below is the verbatim transcript of SN Subrahmanyan’s interview:

What would the margins be on the Doha Metro order that you have won, and with this Rs 4500 crore order what would the order book now stand at?

A: The order is a big win, it is a very prestigious order doing about 11 kms of underground metro. It is a very prestigious Qatar metro project in the city of Doha. This is towards the FIFA 2020 games and therefore to be part of country’s development – in that way is a very significant achievement from our point of view.

It is not a job which L&T does on its own, we have partners there, a consortium which will execute the job, L&T has got a significant share there and we will be looking at the consortium with some of our senior people who will go there to execute it.

This is a win on top of the Riyadh Metro which we got a few months back and as you are aware in India we are very well present in Delhi metro, in Kolkata Metro, in Bangalore Metro, Chennai Metro, Hyderabad Metro which is a huge project that we are doing. So it adds significantly to our metro portfolio and makes us probably one of the leading contractors of metro systems in the world at least. Having said that, this has been one against global competition, it is a reasonable job and if we do it well the margins that L&T normally does should be there.

What kind of an order book are you targeting for FY15?

A: As of date, March end, construction should end up with a backlog of about Rs 150,000 crore and we have just started the year so let us see how it goes. We will announce the targets when we announce the results or give guidance.

Larsen Stock Price

On April 25, 2014, Larsen and Toubro closed at Rs 1350.80, down Rs 26.5, or 1.92 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 1387.85 and the 52-week low was Rs 678.10.

The company’s trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 51.37 per share as per the quarter ended December 2013. The stock’s price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 26.3. The latest book value of the company is Rs 272.53 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 4.96.

Gurgaon Rapid Metro’s Cyber City station opens

गुड़गाँव Gurgaon (GGN):  After a delay of over a year, the Cyber City Rapid Metro station located at Shankar Chowk finally opened on Friday for public. Although the formal launch is likely to happen next week, the unofficial opening of the station, the sixth in the 5.1-kilometre network, provides connectivity to hundreds of office-goers in Cyber City and Udyog Vihar area.

According to sources, the mandatory nod from the commissioner of metro rail safety (CMRS) was received a couple of days ago. “We have received the clearance that we had been waiting for and decided to open this strategically located station immediately without any further delay. The official launch will take place next week,” said a source.

Rapid Metro authorities have tied up with several corporate entities to brand their six stations in Phase I and sources attributed the delay in the formal launch of the station to the non-availability of the brand partner, which in this case is a private bank.

For hundreds of employees working in Cyber City, the launch came as a pleasant surprise. “I was not aware that the train would stop at this station. I usually get down at the Phase II station and walk to my office in Gateway Tower. However, on Friday morning when I got into the train I heard that the train would stop at this station. I can now save at least five minutes,” said Pooja Singh, an executive.

There are two foot overbridges that connect this station to Gateway Tower side and Cyber Hub. The first is around 85 metres while the second is 120 metres. Authorities hope that within the first quarter this station will receive the maximum number of footfall. Right now, the Phase II station receives the maximum footfall.

“This station has opened at the best possible time considering the rising temperatures. The walk to my office in Cyber Hub will be more comfortable now,” said Rajeev Kumar, a banker.

Passenger Traffic on Mysore-Bangalore line registers growth

मैसूर Mysore (MYS): Even as the major part of the works to complete doubling of Mysore-Bangalore rail line are nearing completion, passenger traffic on the stretch has registered growth.

As against Rs.4.77 crore passenger traffic during 2012-13, it has jumped to Rs.5.40 crore last fiscal, which is an increase of 13.18 per cent. Some 80 per cent of the Rs.5.40 crore passengers traffic comes from the Mysore-Bangalore section. There is also an increase in the passenger earnings; while it was Rs.157.94 crore during 2012-13, it ended at Rs.196.75 crores last fiscal, which is an increase of 24.57 per cent.

As the Mysore division of the South Western railway celebrated the 59th railway week, the divisional railway manager Rajkumar Lal on Friday said the division has earned Rs.477.89 crore during 2013-14. This includes goods earnings of Rs.251.54 crores. While there is an increase in the passenger earnings, the goods earnings have fallen owing to the ban on iron ore mining.

While the railway authorities are expecting sharp rise in the passenger traffic, especially on Mysore-Bangalore sector, they are focusing on the punctuality of the service too. Sources said the traffic on the sector has jumped after the number of trains doubled in five years. The traffic is bound to rise with the major works on Mysore-Bangalore track doubling project nearing completion. The completed line is expected to be opened for traffic year end, they stated. Eight trains were introduced or extended in a year.

Faced with growth in the traffic on Mysore-Bangalore stretch, the officials are focusing on the improved services. It is no wonder that the DRM stressed on it while explaining the achievements of the division. “Punctuality of express trains is 98.80% against 95.72% during 2012-13 and that of passenger is 99.30% against 96.76% in 2012-13,” he said adding that the division’s safety and security performance is pleasing. He said alert train escorting RPF staff prevented an attempt of dacoit on Mysore-Nizamuddin express and Chennai-Vasco express at Holalkere station in Chitradurga in mid-March. He put ticket checking earnings at Rs.4.13 crores compared to Rs.3.43 crores during 2012-14.

The division has provided lot of facilities like Computerised Reservation Centers, Un-reserved Ticketing Systems, Jan Sadharan Booking Sewaks, India Post PRS Centers, Catering Platform Stalls, Onboard Infotainment System, Microprocessor based LED destination Boards on the coaches as per norms of Railway Board for the convenience of passengers at various stations.

The DRM said he plans to make the railway museum a must visit spot for the tourist visiting the city.

NFR to take up Gauge Conversion on Lumding-Badarpur-Silchar & Badarpur-Agartala sections

गुवाहाटी Guwahati (GHY): The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has said that the gauge conversion works on the Lumding-Badarpur-Silchar and Badarpur-Agartala sections are on. To complete the project, a ‘mega block,’ during which no train services will be operated to facilitate uninterrupted work, is likely to be taken up.

NFR Chief Public Relations Officer Saugata Lahiri said, “Once the work on the mega block for the Lumding-Badarpur-Silchar section commences, no metre gauge services can operate on the Badarpur-Kumarghat-Agartala section and the other metre gauge isolated sections. This is because all facilities and infrastructure for maintenance of the locomotives are at Lumding which would be cut off from other metre gauge sections once the mega block is taken up.”

Lahiri said train services on broad gauge in the Lumding-Badarpur-Silchar and the Badarpur-Kumarghat-Agartala sections would resume only after the gauge conversion work is completed.

Doubling works of rail tracks in Ernakulam – Trains to be disrupted today too

एर्नाकुलम Ernakulam (ERS): Trains journey in the state is to be disrupted today too as the doubling of rail tracks in Ernakulam North has led to the disruption of traffic. Trains that pass through Kottayam are especially expected to be late indefinitely today. On Friday, trains such as Ernakulam-Kannur intercity and Janashatabdi were late by three hours. The controls on rail traffic are expected to continue until the 29th.

On Saturday, Bangalore-Kanyakumari Express is expected to run via Alleppey and would stop at places such as Alappuzha, Ambalappuzha, Harippad and Cherthala. Since signals are being upgraded, rail traffic is to be regulated for eight hours in two phases in the Kottayam-Ernakulam route. The traffic regulation is to come into effect from 10.20am to 2.20pm and 6pm to 10pm.

While trains travelling through Ernakulam South would not be affected, those travelling through Ernakulam North would be affected by the changes in traffic. Area manager  P L Ashok Kumar has said that all works would be completed by the 29th of this month.

Meanwhile the derailing of a goods train at Nellore is adding more problems to the railway. Home minister Ramesh Chennithala said that the help of the police would be available to ensure that passengers reach their destinations safely.

Finally, Railways sets its mind on passenger security on Mumbai Suburban

मुम्बई Mumbai:  Finally, Indian Railways seems to be taking the security of its passengers seriously. As per a passenger safety plan drawn up by the Railway Board, its security agencies will list out the vulnerable stretches on its massive 70,000 Km nationwide network, and then deploy cops as well as ticket-checkers in these stretches to weed out vandals.

The emphasis would be on undertaking joint drives involving railway police, Railway Protection Force and ticket-checkers so that offenders can be booked under a whole range of laws, including Indian Penal Code and the Railway Act.

According to officials, instant action would be taken against offenders as local railway magistrates will be accompanying the railway and police personnel on these drives.

“It will be something like the ‘fortress checking’ employed at railway stations in Mumbai to catch ticket-less travellers. It will allow us to concentrate on a particular stretch and employ the maximum number of personnel there. A lot of crime is committed by people well-versed with the details of a particular route as they travel regularly on that stretch, mostly without tickets,” said a senior railway official.

In Mumbai this pattern was detected by the Western Railway’s RPF unit, which in the past few months has increased security during non-peak hours between Churchgate and Dadar stations. During non-peak hours, especially early mornings or late afternoons, women’s coaches have just a handful of commuters, and chances of someone mugging a commuter is high.

The railways also plans to display, digitally, helpline numbers of local police, the RPF and railway police inside long-distance trains to enable commuters to summon help quickly. It may also come in the form of announcements inside the coaches. The modalities of these technology-intensive works are being worked out, said officials.

Bulox Equipment Cyclosystem Pte Ltd. plans to enter India’s Railway Infra sector

हैदराबाद Hyderabad:  BULOX EQUIPMENT, currently trading under Cyclosystem Pte Ltd, is a rapidly expanding division of BULOX Corporation. The evolution of BULOX Equipment comes as a result of the success of Cyclosystem Pte Ltd – an established company involved in the design, manufacturing and distribution of a wide range of quality standard and customised equipment for the process and cleaning industry. It is with this same conviction to innovation, passion and realistic approach to providing practical solutions that the clients entrusted Cyclosystem to design and customise more and more equipment which are non-cleaning related in the Rail and Track industry. This business has since outgrown itself to such a level that it is now necessary to establish a separate entity to fully focus in this business and respond to the changing needs in the Railway industry so as to serve our customers better.

With the introduction of its new internal business division, Bulox Equipment, Cyclosystem is cleaning up in the field of railway depot equipment. It has been more than 15 years since the concept behind Cyclosystem sparked into life – a company that in many ways was an extension of Managing Director Darell Koh’s passion for engineering. “When I was younger I used to help my father in his motor rewinding business, where my task was to clean the electric motors. After several years of doing this manually, I believed there should be a more efficient way to clean motor parts automatically and systematically without getting my hands dirty,” he begins.

“This became a reality when I attended a seminar and saw a wide range of cleaning machines using jet-based technology on display. Many of these products were bulky and crude, and I realised that such technology was in its infancy, so I went about trying to introduce it in Singapore. It took some time to get a manufacturer to sell me a unit, which unfortunately was a very basic low-end model. As such, I proceeded to strip the equipment, de-rust and re-spray it, which opened my eyes to how I could design and develop my own range of cleaners that were better and more affordable,” he continues.

This led Darell to establish Cyclosystem, which has grown from its original aim of designing and manufacturing quality industrial cleaning machines for the maintenance, repair and operation (MRO) market, to become a leading provider in the region. The company also designs, manufactures and distributes other customised processrelated equipment for a wide variety of industrial applications.

“Our primary strategy was to focus on spray-jet cleaning technology, however such technology can only cover a certain market, typically the heavy duty MRO sector. As an engineering based company, we found it difficult to say no to our clients when we were being challenged to provide a solution for their cleaning needs. Therefore, Cyclosystem now not only uses jet-based cleaning technology but many others as well such as ultra-high pressure, immersion cleaning, ultrasonic/megasonic, vapour degreasing, or a combination of the above,” enthuses Darell.

Cyclosystem now serves a wide client base including aerospace and military, electronics, manufacturing, metal stamping, marine and offshore, and rail. The company’s long list of satisfied clients is not limited to the local Singapore market only, but also wider afield in countries like Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, US, and Vietnam.

As to the reasons behind the company’s success, Darell reveals his thoughts: “Personally I believe that we have come to where we are today because we are able to address the challenges posed to us by our customers. After so many years of developing customised solutions, we have been able to organise and standardise those system. Today, our business is focused around 80 per cent on our own standard equipment, and 20 per cent on customised solutions. Having our own in-house design and manufacturing capabilities also allows for continuous innovation, and flexibility in responding to every requirement whilst continuously leveraging the industry’s latest technological advancement.”

As well as its own Cyclosystem line of equipment, the company is engaged in a second stream of business known as Bulox Equipment – a rapidly expanding division of the Bulox Corporation, which is currently trading under Cyclosystem Pte Ltd. “The evolution of Bulox Equipment comes as a result of the success of Cyclosystem. The same conviction of innovation, passion, and practical solutions has led customers to entrust Cyclosystem with more and more equipment that is non-cleaning related within the rail and track market. This business has outgrown itself to such a level that it is now necessary to establish a separate entity, Bulox Equipment, to focus on this and respond to the changing needs of our customers,” explains Darell.

Together Cyclosystem and Bulox offer one of the widest ranges of standard and customised railway depot equipment in the world. This includes test stands, component cleaning machines, railway cleaning equipment, lifting and handling systems, maintenance vehicles, and other depot equipment. Throughout the company strives to add value to its clients through services like optimisation of machinery, safety regulation compliance, and on-site support.

“The railway industry, especially the metro system in Singapore, has come a long way since we began supplying equipment to the first Singapore MRT system in the early 1980s,” notes Darell. “Today, having proven to be a reliable and safe public transportation system, the Singapore government has put more resources into expanding the fleet and building more depots. Now almost all the big cities in the region are following suit and investing in MRT systems. It is almost a recession-proof business as most governments are investing in such costly infrastructure projects to spur the local economy, due to its visibility and public benefits.”

As in its history, Cyclosystem’s strategy for the future is to continue to innovate and develop its range of products and services, standardising as much as possible to make them easily available to customers at an affordable price. “One area that we find challenging to penetrate is environmentally friendly products where costs are a major factor considered by clients,” says Darell.

“We aim to not only gain business in this area, but to make our own mark. We have already designed and supplied many forms of waste water treatment systems into our projects, and are now considering how to package and market them in a modular ‘mix & match’ form that makes it easy for the client to select the system themselves. We are also on the look-out to collaborate with more partners who can complement our products and services so that we can continue providing our customers with a whole suite of solutions to meet their needs,” he concludes.

The introduction of Bulox Equipment fast-tracked the group’s aspiration to establish itself as one of the leading design and engineering companies with production of both standard and customized equipment. Bulox Equipment is one of the very few if not, the only company in the world that fully focuses on the design, manufacture and distribution of the most comprehensive range of Depot equipment in the Railway industry. The company also collaborates with many other companies worldwide with leading edge technologies to provide a comprehensive solution to its clients. Most of Bulox-Cyclosystem equipment are designed to be simple, modular, practical and reliable, yet much emphasis has also been put into its aesthetic appearances and quality.

With a young and modern management team coupled with its vast experience in designing customized equipment, Bulox Equipment is fully equipped to undertake the toughest challenges the industry can offer. The company has, time and again, delivered on its commitment despite sometimes running into an unchartered ground but this is the same reason which sets the company apart from its competitions.

Smith Bros & Webb reap the benefits of overseas Rail Infrastructure Investment

Smith Bros & Webb is one of the early entrants in India into the field of Train and Heavy-Rake Washing Systems – Contracts have been won far and wide including the Mumbai Monorail and Metro for which Smith Bros & Webb is providing two Britannia Train Wash plants together with installations for Peenya & Baiyappanahalli in Bangalore, Taiwan and Hong Kong with several others in the pipeline. The Britannia train washing system can be designed to accommodate any type of rolling stock and will efficiently wash anything from one single car to up to 200 carriages per hour.

बंगलुरू Bangalore (SBC):  Smith Bros & Webb is a specialist in train and heavy-vehicle washing systems. Washing trains can be very complicated but with the Smith Bros & Webb it is easy. These highly technological machines sense the shape of the different rail cars and wash in both directions.

The Twin Line’s high-density brushes are profiled to match the train’s contour and can wash the front, roof and rear in a single wash cycle. To optimize results the wash system can be delivered with dryers / blowers and window squeegees.

productPhoto_177_lElectric and diesel train washing equipment

Smith Bros & Webb’s train wash equipment is available for both electric and diesel trains and has minimal installation dimension requirements. Optional equipment includes:

  • Heating / cooling arches – oxalic acid / detergent arches, detergent pumps, detergent metering systems
  • High pressure arches and pumps – chassis wash / side-spray with high pressure
  • Dryer / blowers with window squeegees – manual spray equipment
  • Water recycling system with ozone generator – Renaren water purification system

productPhotoTrain washer water-treatment system

Environmental thinking does not have to be difficult – this is proven by Smith Bros & Webb’s brilliant water treatment system. The water from the train washer is purified in two stages – water recycling and water purification.

Smith Bros & Webb’s water treatment system entirely fulfils even the strictest of regulations regarding water quality standards. This includes the rules of the Swedish National Environmental Protection Agency, which are among the most stringent in the world. All parts can be delivered separately.

auto_train_wash_systemsRail washer water-reclamation system

Water recycling and re-use is environmentally and fiscally beneficial and therefore an increasingly important component of any modern vehicle-wash system. Smith Bros & Webb ‘ proven water reclamation system utilizes cyclonic separation to achieve water quality of 10µm.

Odor control is achieved by use of ozone injection, which safely and effectively eliminates any odor-causing bacteria in the system as well as accelerating solids precipitation. This process enables water reclamation of up to 85%, greatly reducing sewer impact fees as well as monthly bills.

For decades, Smith Bros & Webb  has been producing effective, cost-efficient water reclaim equipment that meets the stringent requirements of the Swedish National Environmental Protection Agency and complies with ISO 14001 standards.

Water purification system

In applications where waste wash water must be purified, Smith Bros & Webb’s Renaren system is the answer. Water that is not recycled passes through the oil / water separator and into Renaren. The method is based on electro-flocculation, which is a technical combination of electro-flotation and electro-precipitation. No chemical supplements are needed during the purification process.

Renaren is so effective that it can produce a water purification level of more than 99%. After having gone through the Renaren, the water can then proceed out into the sewage system.

Renaren has proved to be useful in many lines of business where purification of oil-mixed water is necessary. It is patent-protected and has been DNV-certified for ship installations.

Vehicle washer card-reader system

Any model of Smith Bros & Webb’s automated and manual vehicle wash equipment can be coupled with the Wash Control 3000 card reader system to create a highly profitable and dependable retail wash bay.

The vehicle can enter the bay after the driver swipes a proprietary ‘wash’ card. At the Wash Control 3000 console the driver selects from a menu of both manual or automated wash programs, then all of the selections are billed. Once the automated wash program is complete, the exit door opens and the vehicle departs. The bay is now ready for the next wash.

The entire process is extremely user-friendly, eliminating the need for personnel to operate the wash equipment. Wash Control 3000 makes the washer accessible day and night, without the need for permanent staffing.

Train identification and registration systems

Smith Bros & Webb also supplies systems for identification and registration of trains.

CONCOR’s Khodiyar ICD registers 1.76 lakh TEUs – Highest Throughput during 2013-14

खोडियार Khodiyar (KHD): The Container Corporation of India’s North West Region, comprising ICD-Khodiyar, Sabarmati, Vadodara, Ankleshwar and Gandhidham, achieved a benchmark handling performance of 2.55 lakh TEUs in 2013 to 2014, an overall growth of 3.35%. The year saw a record 500 rakes a month being handled in July 2013, surpassing the previous best 490 rakes in February that year. CONCOR’s rail operations are steadfastly catering to Gujarat ports, i.e. Mundra and Pipavav and Hazira for evacuating boxes to various ICDs/CFSs in the state, North India and NCR.

CONCOR currently operates 200 trains a month each from Mundra and Pipavav, up 13.35% compared to the previous year, in the process offering the fastest turnaround of trains and import containers and leveraging the ever-increasing cost of transport, highlighted a release.

Despite the increasing competition in the sector, CONCOR’s ICD-Khodiyar registered its highest throughput of 1.76 lakh TEUs during 2013 to 2014, an increase of 7.6% over the previous fiscal, with the highest ever performance of 16,163 TEUs in February 2014. It attributed the improved performance to the continuing addition of infrastructure capacity at the ICD, the customer friendly approach and support of the trade. The ICD also saw increase in train movement to 72 rakes in March 2014, with 33 rakes to Mundra Port and 24 rakes to Pipavav Port, totalling 735 trains during the year.

The ICD received permission from CDSCO to import drugs and pharmaceuticals, a P&Q office was established for expeditious clearance of agro products and the process was initiated to shift the CRCL laboratory from Vadodara to ICD-Khodiyar.

CONCOR envisages a sizable addition to infrastructure capacity at the ICD, more rolling stock and commissioning of a multimodal logistics park during the current financial year.

ICD-Ankleshwar was supplemented with massive infrastructure in the form of extended paved area for container storage, full length rake facility, new warehouse and administrative building. It is also making headway in catering to Hazira and JN Port, with more than 45,000 TEUs during 2013 to 2014, up 43% over the previous fiscal.

Mr A Vaasudeve Rao, CGM of CONCOR’s North West Region, stressed that CONCOR will continue to facilitate the trade by adding the requisite infrastructure to ease operations at all its terminals. It will also establish new facilities near industries, which will help the trade to avail of one-stop logistics solutions. CONCOR has major expansion plans to increase capacity of CC paved area, warehousing, rail sidings and other amenities at its Ankleshwar, Vadodara and Gandhidham terminals to keep abreast of the growing demand from the trade. Efforts are on to commence ex-im traffic movement from Morvi too.

YatraChef makes every Train Journey a Culinary Exploration

Who doesn’t love a train ride? Staring out of the window, striking up new friendships and munching on savouries as the train chugs along lazily is a pleasure. One hitch, though, is that the hygiene of the food we get inside the train is suspect. Most of us have had our share of tummy troubles after succumbing to the temptation of oily samosas, vegetable pulavs and egg puffs served at the seat. Well, we don’t have to worry about this anymore.

Thanks to YatraChef, an online marketplace for food, train travellers can order their pick of food from their preferred restaurants, fast food chains and catering services across the country, which will be delivered to them en route.

In fact, YatraChef came into being after Arun Rajan – who is now CEO and Cofounder of the startup – suffered a bad bout of food poisoning in the beginning of 2013. He was working as the operations manager with an ecommerce company in Australia and decided to spend the New Year in Goa. After the holiday, he was heading to Mumbai by train, ate everything he could get his hands on, and fell sick. Home was in Kochi, Kerala, and it was a much less enthusiastic Arun that boarded the connecting train. This experience got him thinking aloud with his friend, Rameez Ashraf, on how to solve a problem almost every train traveler faces in India. Rameez seconded it immediately and Arun quit his job to get started on this. They began working on it from February 2013, soft-launched the product by July and started an online pilot run by October. “In retrospect, it does look funny,” Arun laughs while relating the story to us.

Travellers can get on to the YatraChef site, key in their travel details and choose from the array of restaurants available en route. YatraChef has a multi-lingual helpline for placing orders as well.

At designated halts along the way, local restaurants and caterers will deliver the food to passengers in the train. “The very idea of having your favourite meal delivered at your seat during your train journey is the core idea that makes this click,” says Arun. “People have the choice of selecting food they like from a restaurant of their choice at a convenient time, and above all, not have a fear about stale food or diarrhea. As a foodie, I feel India has a great selection of local delicacies at each station, and if people can have that during their journey it’s priceless and YatraChef does just that.”

Intelligent ordering platform

YatraChef follows a proper marketplace model where users are aware about which restaurant they are ordering from, what kind of restaurant it is, and they can cross-check the restaurant online if they want. “We are transparent in every aspect, including the naming and pricing. Another differentiator is our highly intelligent ordering platform, which splits and sorts up the menu according to breakfast, lunch and dinner based on the time the train passes the station. This drastically reduces cancellations as customers can be sure that the food they ordered will be available. Our success rate is more than 97% with that,” Arun says.

Since YatraChef is chiefly in the logistics and operation subdomain, Arun’s technology and logistics background did help to an extent. But as we all know, entrepreneurship is a minefield of challenges and no amount of planning can prepare you perfectly for this.

Initially, they faced three main challenges:

  1. It was tough to get restaurants to come on board and agree on a revenue sharing model. “Since we were new in the field, we had to meet each one of them and convince them to join our service.”
  2. Language barrier was another hurdle in communicating with both the customers and the clients. “We do have a multilingual call centre but finding people in Kerala who can speak a lot of languages is a herculean task in itself. But we are slowly overcoming that.”
  3. Hiring the right people was the next challenge. “Many a time, candidates we selected rejected the offer after they realised we were a startup.” Arun adds that Suchithra, their first team member, helped him and Rameez channel their energies and stay on course.

Bootstrapping to meet 300-400 orders a day

YatraChef bootstrapped with an initial investment Rs 15 lakh from the two founders. Their core service area initially was Kerala, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Increasing demand osoon had them expanding to North India. “Now we are getting more than 1500 unique visitors and almost 300 – 400 orders on a peak day. Almost 90% of customers come back and order for their next journeyThat is a huge confidence booster for us,” Arun says.

Their core market comprises passengers who book train tickets online – “The number is more than 450,000 per day and considering the fact that Indian Railways is an institution, which transports nearly 8 billion passengers every year, the size of the market is huge. Our serviceable market alone is immensely big for any company to flourish,” he says.

Presently, their main focus is to introduce more food providers on their network of railway stations so that customers would have a wider choice. “We are planning to start marketing our service more aggressively to gain visibility in the market.”

For Arun, YatraChef wasn’t a lifelong dream. “I was never an enterprising guy. This was something which was instinctive, interesting and challenging, and one which did cling on to me.” He believes a service like YatraChef was the need of the hour, and so he started up. Now that the model has been proved, YatraChef is in talks with venture funds to raise funds for the next leg of expansion.

What are your thoughts about a service like this? Tell us in the comments below.

Konkan Railway gets Excellent Ratings for Governance

मंगलूर Mangalore (MAQ):  Konkan Railway has been rated “Excellent” for its Corporate Governance by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE).

The rating is for the year 2012-13 and is based on degree of compliance to guidelines issued by DPE on Corporate Governance. The financial year 2013-14 also saw augmentation in various passenger amenities on the Konkan Railway route as well as in earnings.

For the first time since the start of its operations phase, Konkan Railway has earned a record Rs 400 crore alone from freight traffic in 2013-14 which is an increment of 17.5% over the previous year. Konkan Railway has posted total earnings of approximately Rs 1,220 Crore (unaudited) in the financial year 2013-14 compared to Rs 1,137.23 crore in 2012-13 – an increase of 7.3%, and Operating Surplus of Rs 205.68 crore (unaudited) compared to Rs 158.36 crore in 2012-13 – an increase of 29.8%. The NTKM (Net Tonne Kilometer) – which is considered the bread and butter for Railway system – also registered an 8.7% growth over the previous year.

Konkan Railway also introduced five new trains on the route and took steps to improve passenger amenities. The new trains introduced are 22629 / 22630 Dadar-Tirunelveli Weekly express, 22113/22114 LTT – Kochuveli bi-weekly Express, 22636/22635 Madgaon – Mangalore Central Intercity Express, 70105/20106 Bhatkal – Mangalore DMU service, and 70103/70104 Madgaon – Karwar DEMU service. Train No. 12450 / 12449 Nizamuddin – Madgaon ‘Goa Sampark Kranti Express’ was extended upto Chandigarh. Frequency of Train No.12218 / 12217 Chandigarh – Kochuveli ‘Kerala Sampark Kranti Express’ increased from Weekly to Bi-Weekly.

DMRC to recruit retired and experienced personnel for various posts

नयी दिल्ली New Delhi:  Delhi Metro Railway Corporation has invited applications from retired / experienced, dynamic and motivated persons of Indian nationality, having relevant work experience in six different executive and non-executive posts on re-employment/contract basis for a period of four years.

Organization : Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC)

Vacancies: 51

  • General Manager (Civil) : 07 posts
  • General Manager (Electrical) : 03 posts
  • General Manager (Signal & Telecom) :  02 posts
  • Dy.General Manager (Civil): 10 posts
  • Dy.General Manager (Electrical): 04 posts
  • Dy. General Manager (Signal & Telecom): 04 posts
  • Dy. General Manager (Traffic): 01 post
  • Assistant Manager (Civil): 05 posts
  • Section Engineer (Civil/Track): 10 posts
  • Junior Engineer (Civil / Track) : 05 posts

Eligibility:

Candidates should have a B.E/B.Tech degree in the respective discipline applied for except for assistant manager, section Manager and junior engineer posts where candidates can have a diploma in (Civil) Engineering.

Candidates should have work experience as Government organisations or PSUs.
Upper Age Limit for all the posts is 61 years and 50 years for Dy. General Manager (Traffic) as on January 1, 2014.

Selection Procedure:

The selection methodology will comprise of two stage processes – Personal Interview followed by medical examination.

The selection process would judge different facets of knowledge, skills, experience, expertise, aptitude and physical fitness. The candidates will be shortlisted for interview, based on their eligibility/ experience in the relevant field, in the ratio of 1:5.

The selected candidate will have to undergo medical fitness examination in DMRC nominated hospital as per the prescribed medical category.

How to Apply:

Eligible and interested candidates may apply as per prescribed application format along with the official advertisement at the career section of the DMRC website. All relevant documents should be attached with the application and the envelope should be properly sealed and super scribed with
Name of the post———–, post code——————

The application should be send at the below mentioned address:

General Manager (HR)
IIIrd Floor, Metro Bhawan
Fire Brigade Lane
Barakhamba Road
New Delhi-110001

Important Dates:

  • Last date for completed application form to reach office: May 16, 2014. 
  • List of shortlisted candidates for interview release date: June 06, 2014 (6 pm). 
  • Interview commencement date: June 10, 2014

Official Website Link:  http://delhimetrorail.com/

SAIL bags Rs.650 Crore Rail supply orders from RVNL

भिलाई Bhilai (BIA): Steel Authority of India (SAIL) today said it has won two global tenders for supplying over 1.17 lakh tonne of rails worth Rs.650 crore. The company in a statement said two global tenders totalling to Rs.650 crore were floated by Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL) for major passenger railway line projects in the country.

SAIL would supply varieties of rails to RVNL for four important passenger railway line projects connecting Hospet-Tinaighat, Daund-Gulbarga, Titlagarh-Raipur and Sambalpur-Titlagarh.

The schedule for supply of the high quality (Grade 880 Class A) rails by SAIL would be completed within 18 months from the date of award of contract, the company said.

SAIL’s flagship Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP), which had been supplying rails to the Indian Railways since its inception fulfilled total requirement of seven lakh tonne annually. BSP was gearing up to meet all future requirements of the Railways, including head-hardened rails with ongoing Rs.17,265-crore modernisation and expansion programme.

SAIL said work was progressing rapidly at BSP’s new 1.2 million tonne per annum capacity plant.

SAIL Stock Price

On April 25, 2014, Steel Authority of India closed at Rs 71.35, down Rs 0.55, or 0.76 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 75.90 and the 52-week low was Rs 37.65.

The company’s trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 6.32 per share as per the quarter ended December 2013. The stock’s price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 11.29. The latest book value of the company is Rs.99.32 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 0.72.

L&T wins INR 4,510 Crore order from Qatar Railways

L&T wins contract from Qatar Railways for design and construction of the rail line for the Doha Metro project in Qatar – The total value of the order for the JV Consortium is $3.3 Billion (approximately INR 20,000 Crore),” L&T said in a statement

Mumbai: India’s largest engineering and construction company Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T), on Friday, said its heavy civil infrastructure business unit has secured a $740 million (approximately Rs.4,510 crore) order from Qatar Railways Co., for the design and construction of the rail line for the Doha Metro project in Qatar.

L&T secured this order along with its joint venture partners Aktor SA of Greece, Yapi Merkezi Insaat of Turkey, STFA Group of Turky and AlJaber Engineering LLC of Qatar.

“The total value of the order for the joint venture is $3.3 billion (approximately Rs.20,000 crore),” the company said in a statement.

The project is scheduled to be completed in 54 months.

“We are very seriously pursuing our programme of internationalisation and such orders go a long way in opening the doors to new geographies and opportunities,” said S.N.Subrahmanyan, Member of the Board and Senior Executive Vice President (Infrastructure and Construction) at L&T.

While announcing its December quarter results, L&T had slashed its forecast for growth in orders for the full fiscal year by five percentage points, citing a weak investment climate and policy uncertainty ahead of Indian general elections.

The firm is strengthening its presence in select overseas markets to combat slow economic growth in the country, it had said in its outlook in January.

“The strategy of going international helped us to maintain our order booking,” K. Venkataramanan, Chief Executive Officer and managing director at L&T had told reporters in late January.

At 11.10 a.m., L&T shares were trading at Rs.1,365 per share, down 0.91% on the BSE. The benchmark BSE Sensex was trading at 22,846, down 0.13%.

Karnataka proposes High Speed rail links to various cities in the State

बेंगुलुरू Bangalore: High Speed Rail Link from Karnataka’s capital city of Bangalore to other important cities in the State like Mangalore, Mysore, Tumkur, Kolar, Hubli and Belgaum to ensure better connectivity and decongest Bangalore is one of the key features of the proposed new infrastructure policy 2014, which is being finalised.

Speaking to reporters in Bangalore on Thursday, Infrastructure and Information Minister Roshan Baig said the new infrastructure policy was aimed at attracting mega investments for implementing high speed rail links from Bangalore to other cities in the State, including Mangalore.

The State government has decided to bring out an Infrastructure Policy 2014 to attract investment in the infrastructure sector, particularly in rail, road and entertainment sectors, he said.

Baig said the new policy would be launched in the next two months.

The policy would be formulated after consultations with stakeholders and trade and industry bodies.

A convention centre would be set up near the Kempe Gowda International Airport with an investment of Rs 500 crore.

An Australian firm has shown interest to take up the project.

A total of 419 acres of land adjacent to the International Airport is available to development of a sport city and other entertainment centres.

The long-pending proposal for setting up of the film city in the State would be expedited.

He said the proposed film city project would be set up in 300 acres at Hesaraghatta, in the outskirts of the city.

Govt to acquire 84 acres for expanding Mysore Airport

As part of the plans to exploit the heritage of Karnataka’s cultural capital of Mysore and its immense tourism potential, the State government has decided to expand the Mysore Airport by acquiring 84 acres of additional land.

Infrastructure and Information Minister Roshan Baig told reporters that the government has asked the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to realign the existing road to enable the government to acquire the land.

The Airport Authority of India, which has reserved funds for expansion of the airport has made it clear to the government that it will not take up works to expand the airport until Mysore-Nanjangud stretch is realigned.

Though the existing airport in Mysore was not economically viable, it was decided to expand the airport taking into consideration future growth of the city and flow of tourists.

Baig said he would visit Delhi on April 29 for holding talks with the GMR Group and request them to withdraw their objection to operation of facilities available at Bidar airport.

“I will try to convince them to lift their objections against operation of facilities available at Bidar airport,” he said.

The GMR Group had objected to the operation of facilities at Bidar airport citing distance factor from Hyderabad Airport, he said.

The government was ready to hand over maintenance and operation of Bidar Civilian Airport facilities to the GMR Group, which operates Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad.

The minister said he would meet officials of the Civil Aviation Department, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Defence Ministry and discuss various issues with regard to improving air connectivity across the state.

Work on the terminal building at Bidar airport had been completed and the government had obtained the clearances from the Civil Aviation Department and the Defence Ministry.

The Minister said the Gulbarga airport would become operational soon as the differences amongst the partners of the joint venture company Regional Airport Holdings International (Rahi) and IL&FS, had been solved.

“IL&FS has agreed to complete the project,” he said.

Rahi was granted the lead role to develop, finance and build the Gulbarga airport through a government order on February 18, 2010.

Lucknow Metro Rail Corp gets deadline to issue tender for Business Consultant

लखनऊ Lucknow (LKO): After Metro man E Sreedharan’s visit to Lucknow, the Metro rail project seems to have picked up steam. LMRC’s Principal Advisor has set deadlines for completing different stages of the project.

Sreedharan has asked Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation to publish tenders for hiring business consultants for the project before May 20. The consultant would be responsible for preparing a business plan that makes maximum use of land available, designing metro stations according to the heritage monuments of the city and ensuring optimum utilization of land on both sides of the north-south corridor.

The business consultant is also required to prepare a transit-oriented development strategy, suggest feeder services and conduct techno-economic feasibility studies of development projects proposed along corridors.

Last month, LMRC had organized a pre-bid conference last month to attend the queries, suggestions and objections of the interested companies in preparing business plan of the project. It received encouraging response from major international companies like Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Ernst and Young LLP, Gurgaon, KPMG, Lucknow, Knight Frank (India) Private Ltd, Gurgaon, Jones Lang LaSalle Property Consultants (India) Private Ltd, Gurgaon, Darashaw and Company, Mumbai, Urban Mass Transit Company, New Delhi, CBRE South Asia Private Ltd, Gurgaon etc.

Though LMRC’s board had approved the pre-bid document prepared by a committee headed by the chief town and country planner of the state, Sreedharan has asked for a revised document after incorporating changes suggested by companies that participated in the pre-bid conference.

LMRC Managing Director Rajeev Agarwal said, “We would soon release an advertisement in print. LMRC’s board has to approve the final document. June 10 is the last date to receive bids from interested companies”.

Agarwal added that LMRC was working on changes suggested by Sreedharan, who is also the principal advisor of corporation. Sreedharan has asked to build the first stretch of corridor from Transport Nagar to Charbagh which would give a good number of ridership.

The consultant would be selected after technical and financial evaluation of all the bids received. LMRC is also looking for new avenues of revenue generation around the project as ticket fares alone may not make the project commercially viable.

Meet Suman Lakda, the first woman Loco Pilot on Chakradharpur Division

5743_00चक्रधरपुर Chakradharpur (CKP): A new chapter to the achievements of women was added on Wednesday to the Railways on Chakradharpur Division of South Eastern Railway when Ms.Suman Lakda from Ranchi has created history by becoming the first woman to drive a goods train.

Suman has become the first assistant Loco Pilot in Railways department. She drove on the route from Chakradharpur to Tatanagar. She flared the green flag at around 2:10 in the afternoon which signaled the start of the journey.
5746_01The Senior Railway officer Mr.S.D.Sharma encouraged Suman and congratulated her on the occasion.

Many other women are taking training for Loco Pilot in the Chakradharpur railway department. Saban Surin, Divya Anand, Savita Kindo, Sushila and Soni Kumari are among those who have completed their training and are waiting for their turn. Sonn they will be seen driving the train.

Suman seemed enthusiastic before driving the train as her childhood dream was about to come true. She said that when she was small, she used to think of driving the train and told her father about it. Her father used to laugh a lot on her conversation.
5750_02Suman said that after her father’s death, her mother took care of the family. Suman’s mother used to get annoyed with her whenever she told her that she wants to drive a train but later agreed with her decision.

In the meanwhile, the applications for assistantLoco Pilot were invited by the railways department. Suman filled in the form from Ranchi. She appeared in the test and passed it

Suman has become the first woman Loco Pilot in the Chakradharpur railways department. She drove the freight train to Tatanagar. Suman has proved that women are not behind men in any field. Becoming a loco pilot is no easy task to do and that too of a goods train is even tougher. Suman is hard working as well as a brave girl. -SD Sharma, Senior DEE (OP), Chakradharpur Railways Department.
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Cape need more trains towards Chennai and other important cities/towns of TN via.Madurai

कन्याकुमारी Kanyakumari (CAPE): MLA J.G.Prince, Colachel Constituency and District President, Indian National Congress represented on behalf of the people of Kanyakumari district for operating more trains to and from Kanyakumari towards Madurai and other important towns and cities of Tamil Nadu. He observed that people from the Kanyakumari District have to commute more towards various destinations in the Tamil Nadu from this part of Cape City, however the Railway administration is operating more trains towards Trivandrum and other Kerala towns.

Prince observes that Kanyakumari District was was once upon a time part of the South Travancore – Cochin State in Kerala for several centuries prior to India’s independence.  Due to politically alienated from the main stream Tamil Nadu for centuries, the Tamils of this region feel exploited and ill-treated earlier socially and politically under the rule of Keralites.  However, after a long struggle the southern Tamil Nadu region was carved out from the Kerala state in 1956 integrating it with the mother state of Tamil Nadu as a Kanyakumari District.

He stressed that people from this region were politically constituted under the state of Tamil Nadu and are more  connected with the Tamil regions, whereas the Railway administration is governed by the Trivandrum Division under Southern Railway.  Due to this, the Trivandrum Division is operating more and more trains towards Kerala from Kanyakumari, and not towards the Tamil regions, and hence people are suffering.  He argues that since Kanyakumari District socio-politically has more connection with Tamil Nadu state and Chennai, there is an urgent need to operate more and more trains via Madurai and other Tamil Nadu cities/towns from Kanyakumari, and not towards Trivandrum and other Kerala territories.

He also appealed that most of the people’s representatives have to commute between Nagercoil and the state Capital Chennai very often to attend the Legislative Assembly, visit the Secretariat and other offices to resolve various socio-political public issues, whereas, due to the region controlled by the Trivandrum Division of Kerala in Railways parlance, the people of the region are suffering with inadequate allocation of berths/seats and also do not get AC class tickets for their journey to Chennai and other cities/towns and back.

He argues that Kanniyakumari Express and Ananthapuri express run with huge waiting list all the times, through out the year. These trains do not have adequate A/C coaches to meet the demand. Thus, we end up travelling by bus to Chennai. The huge waiting list in the Kanniyakumari and Ananthapuri express itself speaks about the need of another train to Chennai, he expressed. “We do not have any premier A/C trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdhi, Janshatabdhi, Double Decker, Garib Rath etc. south of Madurai. Hence, I request you to convert the existing 22205/06 Chennai-Central-Madurai biweekly Duronto express into an A/C express and extend it to Trivandrum Via. Tirunelveli, Nagercoil. Or else introduce new full AC super fast trains between Nagercoil – Chennai Central route. Via. Chenani Egmore, Vridhachalam, Tiruchi, Madurai and Tirunelveli“. says J.G.Prince, MLA, Colachel Constituency.

He strongly believe that Railway administration consider fulfillment of the genuine demands of the people of Kanyakumari District atleast in the near future.

Track doubling work at Ernakulam to delay trains today

एर्नाकुलम Ernakulam (ERS): The doubling works in Ernakulam railway section will disrupt train traffic on Friday and already, several trains are running late because of this work. Railway officials informed that two trains – Kottayam-Ernakulam service which starts at 5.25am and Kollam-Kottayam passenger which departs at 7.55am – have been cancelled.

All trains passing through Ernakulam Junction were delayed by several hours and many trains were halted in various other stations. Kerala Express, Chennai Mail and other trains were delayed. Many were halted in Tripunithura, Mulanthuruthy and other stations. Ernakulam Railway area manager P L Ashok Kumar said: “We have already issued alerts about the cancellation of many trains and several trains have been delayed. We expect that trains will resume normal service tonight.”

Substitute Employee can’t claim Family Pension against norms

नागपूर Nagpur (NGP): Allowing Central Railway’s plea, the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court has ruled that temporary employee is not eligible for family pension without following procedure. “Though service of more than six months as a ‘substitute’ employee was rendered, that would not be sufficient to hold the respondent entitled for the family pension. The procedure prescribed has not been shown to be followed and, hence, mere acquisition of the status of a temporary employee would not make his family eligible for the pension,” a division bench comprising justices Vasanti Naik and Atul Chandurkar held.

Hari Borkar was employed as a ‘substitute’ ladderman with the Indian Railways on January 16, 1967, and after working for about three-and-a-half years, he expired on August 12, 1970. His wife Kamlabai sought settlement of dues, including family pension. However, the railways informed her in 1996 that there was no provision for it since her husband worked as ‘substitute’. She then knocked Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) door which granted her pension from November 12, 1994.

The railway challenged this order contending that there was no automatic absorption/appointment to its service of a ‘substitute’ employee unless the prescribed procedure was followed and therefore, Kamlabai was not entitled for the pension.

Kamlabai, in reply, argued that if a ‘substitute’ completed six months continuous service, the status of a temporary employee was attained, and on that basis, their family members were entitled for the pension.

The petitioners, however, pointed out that the Indian Railway Establishment Manual defines ‘substitute’ as persons engaged in the railway establishments on a regular scale of pay and allowances applicable to posts against which they are employed. It also clarifies that the conferment of temporary status on a ‘substitute’ on completion of six months continuous service would not entitle him to automatic absorption/appointment to the service unless the person is selected in the approved manner for appointment to the regular post.

“It is clear that mere completion of six months continuous service by a ‘substitute’ would not automatically have the effect of absorption/appointment to railway service unless the procedure prescribed for absorption/appointment has been followed,” the court held.

Wagons of goods train derail at Chheoki

छियोकी Chheoki (COI): Two wagons of a goods train derailed at Chheoki on Thursday. Accident relief train (ART) was rushed to the spot to haul the wagons back on the track. Movement of two special trains was affected due to derailment.

The goods train laden with onions was coming from Jabalpur and going towards Fatua in Bihar. When it was passing through Chheoki, wheels of two wagons came off the tracks at 12:38 pm. ART and railway staff rushed from Allahabad railway station at 1:05 and reached the spot at 1:55 pm. Due to the derailment, onions also spread on the tracks.

One wagon was rerailed by 4:20 pm while process of rerailing other wagon was in progress.

The derailment resulted in late movement of the special trains 1027 Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus-Varanasi special and train number 1047 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Gorakhpur special.

Kerala CM to hold meet on 29th April on Kochi Metro

तिरुवनंतपुरम Thiruvananthapuram (TVC): Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will chair a meeting of agencies concerned and people’s representatives on April 29 in Thiruvanathapuram to discuss issues pertaining to the progress of the Kochi Metro Rail project. According to an official statement from the Kochi Metro Rail Limited, the meeting is being held to evolve solutions to the burning issues affecting the progress of the project and senior officials from all departments concerned including Finance, Revenue, PWD, KSEB, KWA and representatives from the Kochi Corporation, and the GCDA would participate in the meeting along with KMRL and DMRC.

A formal decision to hold the meeting came on Thursday. Meanwhile, sources said the meeting was most likely to deliberate on the direct land purchase plan mooted by the KMRL, which had already given a letter to the Chief Secretary seeking permission in this regard.

Bookings for 26 holiday special trains to Kerala to start from Saturday

थाने Thane (TNA): Central Railway on Thursday announced that bookings for the 26 holiday special trains to Kerala will start from Saturday. When highlighted the issue yesterday, after the Railways failed to open bookings despite its announcement last week, the Railway had promised to sort out the issue at the earliest.

Train No 01067 will now run till Tirunelveli instead of Kochuveli as announced earlier. Train No 01067 Down will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 2.20pm every Friday from May 2 to June 6 (6 trips) and will arrive at Tirunelveli at 2.25am on the third day. As many as 14 trains will run between Ernakulum and Mumbai, while the rest will ply till Tirunelveli.

This move has brought cheer among passengers. “We can now plan our holidays. We had waitlisted tickets of other trains, but now we will book tickets here,” said a commuter from Thane.

Railways audit fire retardant materials in coaches

नयी दिल्ली New Delhi: In the wake of increasing fire incidents in trains, railways has undertaken an audit exercise of passenger coaches to ensure that the best quality fire retardant materials are used.

“I had given instructions to all General Managers in GM conference in January to conduct an audit of materials being used in coach building. This audit will help us in reducing the incidents of fire in future,” Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge today said here.

He was speaking at the global conference on “Emerging fire protection technologies rolling stock” here.

There were two major fire mishaps in recent times – in Bangalore-Nanded Express on December 28, 2013, and other in Dehradun-Mumbai Express on January 8, 2014, claiming total 35 lives.

Fire retardant materials used in coaches play crucial role in preventing fire in coaches.

Expressing concern over fire incidents in trains, Kharge said the audit will help railways improve quality of materials being used.

“This will ensure that casualties in cases of fire are minimised,” he said, adding that loss of precious lives in fire mishaps had caused him pain.

Railways have organised the international conference to seek experts views on fire prevention measures in trains. Rail experts from nine countries including Japan, Italy, USA and UK participated in the meeting.

Kharge also advocated use of latest technology in fire prevention exercise.

“There is also a need for creating diverse technology absorption strategies with respect to upgrading of design and manufacturing technologies in India relating to prevention of fire in coaches,” he said.

He said matters such as transfer of technology through acquisition or joint ventures and research and development through university and industry participation need our special attention.

Goods train derails near Nellore; rail traffic hit

मनुबोलू Manubolu (MBL): Derailment of the loco and 14 wagons of a goods train today in Andhra Pradesh led to disruption of services on a section of the South Central Railway (SCR).

The train loaded with rice coming from Mahasamund (Sambalpur Division of East Coast Railway) and heading towards Tirunelveli derailed near Manubolu between Nellore and Gudur stations in Andhra Pradesh.

The mishap led to obstruction of both up and down lines, hampering train services on the Vijayawada-Gudur section, SCR officials said here.

At least three passenger trains were cancelled, while as many were partially cancelled. Similarly, five other passenger trains were diverted.

Personnel and equipment were rushed from Chennai and Vijayawada to undertake track restoration work.

Long distance express trains on the affected route have been diverted.

Kharge inaugurates Conference on emerging Fire Protection Technologies for Rolling Stock

International Conference on – ‘Emerging Fire Protection Technologies for Rolling Stock’ Inaugurated by Mr.Mallikarjun Kharge.  Minister says Indian Railways shall take measures to improve Fire Safety in Trains – stresses need for new technology to check fire mishaps

The Minister of Railways Shri Mallikarjun Kharge inaugurated an International Technical Conference on ‘Emerging Fire Protection Technologies for Rolling Stock’ here today. In his inaugural address, the Railway Minister said that Indian Railways inducted new technologies in every area of railway operations and there has been a steady decline in railway accidents. However, the incidents of fire in passenger carrying trains on run, which inevitably led to precious loss of lives, are very painful. Shri Kharge said that there is a need for creating diverse technology absorption strategies with respect to upgrading of design and manufacturing technologies in India relating to prevention of fire in coaches. He said that this Conference will provide a much needed avenue for the participants forging cooperative relations for future projects, advance partnerships in technology development and create an environment for innovating India-specific solutions, besides providing a glimpse of fire related technologies that will serve the railways in future.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Arunendra Kumar said that Indian Railways has been actively working over the years to reduce the potential of fire accidents on the trains. He said that considering the serious nature of fire accidents, lot of developments are taking place all over the world in all the fields related to controlling the fire covering fire detection systems, use of material with low inflammability and fire retardant characteristics as well as fire extinguishing systems. Material used also need to ensure that smoke produced should be less as it makes escape difficult as well affects breathing and can even be toxic. He said that this conference is bringing together experts from nine countries including European countries, US, Japan and Australia. It is expected that their inputs will be useful to Indian Railways and help in developing a strategy for further making improvements in the area.

In his address, Member Mechanical, Railway Board, Shri Alok Johri said that Indian Railways has always accorded highest priority to the safety of passengers and has been upgrading its infrastructure including rolling stock to ensure better safety of passengers. He said that Indian Railways have introduced the test of flammability in its specifications keeping pace with the developments in abroad and also the Indian industries Indian Railways has upgraded its specification based on international norms of fire retardancy adopted on Europe for inter-operability of the trains. He expressed his hope that participants of this conference will go back richer with ideas and information which can be implemented leading to improvement of fire safety in India.

Shri Arvind Khare, Additional Member (Production Units), Railway Board gave vote of thanks at the conference. Railway Board Members, senior railway officers were also present among others on the occasion.

This two days conference is being organized by the Institute of Rolling Stock Engineers (IRSE) and Indian Railways service of Mechanical Engineers Association (IRSMEA) with support from Indian Railways and RITES. IRSE is a registered body consisting of Railway officers and experts as members and is headquartered at Research Design & Standards Organization (RDSO), Lucknow. IRSMEA is an association of the Mechanical Engineers of Indian Railways. RITES are an ISO-9001-2008 certified multi-disciplinary consultancy organization in the fields of transport, infrastructure and related technologies.

A first of its kind, the conference will bring together experts to provide fire protection technologies and to find solutions to reduce the fire cases thereby making rail travel further safer. Technical papers and participation would cover Railway operators, Rolling Stock manufacturers, Universities, Consultants etc. from a number of countries outside India such as Germany, Australia, UK, Japan, France, Belgium, Austria, Poland and Italy.

Indian Railways have played a significant role in the development of India since their inception since 1853. Indian Railways today have the largest passenger operation amongst all the railway networks in the world and carry about 25 million passengers daily. The safety record of the Indian Railway has been improving over the years. The number of accidents has come down from 325 in 2003-04 to 121 in 2012-13. The train accidents per million train kms is only 0.12 which is amongst the best in the world. The causalities in Railway accidents per year have also reduced from 156 in 2003-04 to 80 in 2012-13. Railways have identified fire in trains as one of the causes of accidents. Although many cases have been attributed to negligence by passengers and contractors, Indian Railways have always endeavoured to enhance fire worthiness of coaches. The first action was the phasing out of wooden body coaches more than 20 years ago. Indian Railways has also started using fire retardant furnishing materials, fire extinguishers, and has conducted trials with smoke and fire detection systems. Indian Railways has also made efforts to spread safety awareness by using fire posters and conducting training for on board staff. Provision of emergency exit windows, modification of fuse boxes and conducting of internal safety audits are other endeavors in this area. As safety is the highest priority for Indian Railways it has been decided to address this issue in a focused manner through this international conference to stay abreast with the world.

Sonia Gandhi loses Tax-free Railway Bonds worth Rs.10 Lakh

नयी दिल्ली New Delhi: At the peak of election season you would not expect Sonia Gandhi’s name to appear in a small advertisement buried in the corner of a business newspaper.

But just like an aam aadmi, the Congress party boss’ name figures in an advertisement issued by Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC), the railway PSU involved in its borrowing programme, regarding tax-free bonds of Rs 10 lakh that have been “reported lost”.

Gandhi owns 1000 bonds each with a face value of Rs 1,000 and offering a fixed return. The bonds, which have been misplaced, were part of the 86th A Series Tax Free Bonds, IRFC said.

The bonds, which were issued to raise loans for IRFC, are part of Gandhi’s affidavit that puts assets belonging to her at Rs 2.8 crore. The largest chunk of her assets is in mutual funds (Rs 82 lakh), followed by over Rs 66 lakh in bank deposits and FDs and Rs 42 lakh in her public provident fund (PPF) account. The affidavit mentions that the bonds were issued in February 2013.

The advertisement is part of routine procedure followed for anyone who misplaces a bonds. The rule requires the investor to approach the company which had issued the certificate and submit an indemnity bond. The company then issues an ad notifying others that if they have a claim they should raise it with the company. In this case, IRFC has given 15 days to people to raise any claims “with documentary evidence at the very outset”.

Such public announcements are required to be made by the issuer of bonds or securities in case of the investor reporting their loss.

As per her affidavit, the Congress President has movable assets worth Rs 2.81 crore and immovable assets to the tune of Rs 6.47 crore.

Among the movable assets, Gandhi has Rs 85,000 in cash, Rs 66 lakh in banks, Rs 10 lakh worth bonds and shares worth Rs 1.90 lakh.

World Bank clears $1.1 Billion Loan for Electrification of DFCC’s Mughalsarai-Bhaupur section

नयी दिल्ली New Delhi: The World Bank has sanctioned a loan of $1.1 billion for the construction of a 393 km double line between the Mughalsarai-Bhaupur section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) project.

The World Bank board, in a meeting held at Washington on 22 April, sanctioned the second phase loan of the $1.1 billion for construction of electrified double line between Mughalsarai-Bhaupur section of the Eastern DFC after completion of the process of project appraisal and loan negotiations, said a senior Dedicated Freight Corridor Corp. (DFCC) official.

The loan agreement for the second phase is expected to be signed in June 2014. The World Bank has agreed in principle to partly finance the Eastern Corridor project from Mughalsarai to Ludhiana, which has been divided into three phases. The total loan commitment is $2.725 billion, out of which the loan for the first phase was to the tune of $975 million.

It was sanctioned in May 2011 and the loan agreement was signed in October 2011. DFCC, a special purpose vehicle (SPV), is engaged in planning, construction, operation and maintenance of the dedicated freight corridors and in the first phase, the two corridors, namely, the Eastern Corridor from Ludhiana to Dankuni (1,839 km) and the Western Corridor from Dadri to Jawaharlal Nehru Port, or JNPT (1,499 kms), are being constructed.

The entire Western Corridor is being funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), while the Eastern Corridor from Mughalsarai to Ludhiana is being funded by the World Bank.

MRVC submits report on Rapid Rail Transit System to Kerala Govt: Study finds it Viable

MRVC study finds it cost-effective – Moots Railway network upgrade for RRTS

4rwyp88तिरुवनंतपुरम Thiruvananthapuram (TVC): Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC), the agency appointed by the Government of Kerala, has submitted the Feasibility Report on the proposed Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) from Thiruvananthapuram to Chengannur. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said the report was submitted to the Cabinet.

The existing system on this 125.65 double line railway stretch has 25 kv AC Traction, Broad Gauge and Multi Aspect Color Light Signaling (MACLS).

The tentative project cost of the proposed RRTS has been put at Rs 3330.78 crores and the funding for the same is expected to come from State, Multilateral Funding, Ministry of Urban Development, Infrastructure / Tax-free Bonds, Borrowing from Indian Railway Finance Corporation Ltd. and Loan from Bank and Financial Institutions.

As per the report, the daily average expense for journeys in the proposed RRTS will be Rs.87.77 compared to Rs.60.54 by bus and Rs.237.91 by car; based on journeys on 25 days a month. The minimum fare recommended is Rs.10 with a price range of Rs.0.80 to Rs.2 per kilometer. RRTS has been mooted to realize unhindered and enhanced mobility requirement owing to the presence of State government offices on the Thiruvananthapuram-Chengannur stretch and due to traffic congestion on the national highways; limited scope of road widening; high incidence of road casualties and inability to introduce additional train services with the existing infrastructure.

Estimated cost

Of the estimated cost, Rs.1,200 is needed for rolling stock, Rs.1,025 crore for civil work, Rs.554.46 crore for signalling and telecom, Rs.172 crore for electrical work, and the remaining for other expenses.

The RRTS for the State was mooted by the former Divisional Railway Manager Rajesh Agrawal to make travel hassle free for short-distance commuters, overcome the inability to introduce additional trains with the existing infrastructure, and lessen the congestion on roads.

As the MRVC has ruled out the construction of a new rail corridor in view of the hurdles in acquiring land, the existing double line on the busy stretch that has 25-kV AC traction, broad gauge, and multi-aspect colour light signalling will have to be upgraded.

Favourable factors

The factors in favour of RRTS are the 27 stations on the stretch, including major ones such as Thiruvananthapuram Central, Kollam Junction, Kayamkulam Junction, and Chengannur; average inter-station distance of 4.65 km; bi-directional peak trips, and a line leading to Ernakulam via Alappuzha and another one via Chengannur.

The MRVC has identified challenges in the form of 78 level crossing gates; gradient of 1:100 that poses a challenge to automatic signalling system; crowding during peak hours; land acquisition/resettlement and rehabilitation; and non-uniform platform heights and trespassing, especially at major stations.

For the RRTS to take off, augmentation of the stations at Thiruvananthapuram Central and Kollam and yard modifications at Thiruvananthapuram Central, Kochuveli, Kollam, and Mavelikara have been recommended.

Raising the level of 20 platforms on the stretch to the standard height of 840 mm and Automatic Block Signalling (ABS) with Train Protection and Warning System for enhanced safety have been suggested.

The RRTS will see the railway line divided into a series of sections or blocks of one km, and the average speed will be 57 km per hour.

The study has found that as much as 92 per cent of road users, 76.25 per cent of bus commuters, and 76.04 per cent of rail commuters are willing to shift to the RRTS once it is operational. The first RRTS suburban train is expected in 36 months.

The daily average expense for journeys on the proposed RRTS will be Rs.87.77 compared to Rs.60.54 by bus and Rs.237.91 by car (based on journeys on 25 days a month).

The minimum fare recommended in the RRTS is Rs.10 with a price range of 80 paise to Rs.2 per km.

Funding options

The State has been asked to explore options such as State funding, multilateral funding through the Finance Ministry, Ministry of Urban Development’s funding for urban rail-based transport projects, tax-free bonds, borrowing from Indian Railway Finance Corporation Ltd., and loan from bank and financial institutions for the RRTS.

Relationship Status: Microsoft is committed to Indian Railways

नयी दिल्ली  New Delhi:  Indian Railways, the state-owned enterprise operated by the Government of India through the Ministry of Railways, is one of the world’s largest railway networks and transports over 25 million passengers daily.

Last year, Microsoft India pulled off a major exclusive with the launch of the official IRCTC app that still is only available for Windows Phone and Windows devices and gets a lot of envy from our friends on Android or iOS.
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Apparently, the two enterprises continue with their romance. Earlier this month, the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) launched the official National Train Enquiry System for Windows 8 devices. The app has now made it to the Windows Phone Store as well. CRIS is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Railways and develops and manages the Information Technology applications of the Indian Railways.

The National Train Enquiry System (NTES) is railways’ back-end system which provides information to the public about train schedules on a near real time basis through various interfaces like nationwide unique rail enquiry number 139, website, enquiry counters and display boards at stations.
NTESThe official NTES app provides complete schedule of a train with all stoppages enroute, scheduled arrival/departure at the station, distance, and day count. Using the ‘Trains between stations’ query, you can find a list of trains available between any two stations.

The ‘Spot your Train’ feature offers information about a train’s current location and expected time of arrival and departure at a particular station. You can also look up the cancelled, diverted, or rescheduled trains.
NTES_ledeIt’s quite an impressive app – both in function and form. It has a very neat and beautiful user interface, and the user experience is seamless and intuitive.

Download the official NTES app for Windows Phone 8 devices from the Windows Phone Store or for Windows 8 devices from the Windows Store. It’s a great app if you are taking a trip by train, and a must-pin to your Start screen if you frequently travel by trains in India. Give it a whirl, and let us know how you like it.

CRIS develops new “Mobile App” to track Train Schedules

ntes_appनयी दिल्ली New Delhi: Now rail users can get information on expected arrival and departure timings of a particular train on their mobile phones besides tracking its its position on a real time basis.

Centre for Railway Information Systems, the information and technology arm of railways, has launched a new mobile application which can be used for various enquiries including train timings, a senior Railway official said.

CRIS has enhanced the train enquiry system by developing the mobile app and a desktop application on Windows 8 platform for train enquiries with support from Microsoft, he added.

National Train Enquiry System is railways’ back-end system which provides information to the public about train schedules on a near real time basis through various interfaces like nationwide unique rail enquiry number 139, website (www.trainenquiry.com), mobile interfaces, touch screens, enquiry counters and display boards at stations.

An interface of NTES website along with a mobile version of it was launched in September 2013 earlier which has proved to be quite useful for train passengers, said the official.

Among the many features of the new mobile app is the ‘spot your train’ feature which offers information such as its current position, expected time of arrival and departure at a particular station.  The ‘Train Schedule’ feature provides complete schedule of a train with all stoppages enroute and its scheduled arrival/departure at the station, distance and day count.

In ‘Trains between Stations’ query, one can find out the list of all types of trains available between any two stations on railway network. The mobile App also has ‘Cancelled Trains’ option which displays all trains marked as cancelled. It displays trains which are cancelled through the entire route as well as trains which are cancelled on partial route. Besides, it also provides features for query on rescheduled and diverted trains. The App has been launched for Windows 8.0 phones and will be further developed for other mobile platforms.

A strong need was felt for launching the mobile app with richer user interface keeping in view the current technology trends and which can be downloaded on the device and comfortably made use for train running related enquiries.

  • To download the app, go to windows store and search for NTES app. App will be listed. Select NTES app and click to install.
  • Link  also has been provided on NTES website (www.trainenquiry.com and enquiry.indianrail.gov.in) to download the App.

The current Mobile application has the following main features:-

“Spot your train” – This query offers information about a train. Current running status, expected time of arrival/expected time of departure (ETA/ETD) at the queried station can be easily known through this query.

“Live Station” – This query has been given to replicate the display boards at station. One can see the trains expected to arrive/depart at any station in next 2 or 4 hours.

“Train Schedule”-This provides complete schedule of a train with all public stoppages enroute and schedule arrival/departure at the station, distance and day count.

“Trains between Stations” - One can find out the list of all types of trains available between any two stations over Indian Railways.

“Cancelled Trains”  - This query displays all trains marked as cancelled on Indian Railways. The option displays trains which are cancelled through entire route as well as trains which are cancelled on partial route.

“Rescheduled Trains” -This query displays all trains marked as rescheduled on Indian Railways. The option displays trains’ rescheduled timings.

“Diverted Trains” – This query displays all trains marked as diverted on Indian Railways.

CRIS, has constantly been involved in taking new initiatives and developing various applications for Railway users and interfaces for general public to provide quality information about train running and other services with enhanced user experiences. Member Traffic, Railway Board, Shri D.P.Pandey while reviewing the IT projects with MD/CRIS and other officers of Railway Board and CRIS on 22nd April, 2014 appreciated the Mobile app developed by CRIS and expressed his hope that the app will be well received by mobile users and will certainly add great value to the services.

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