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Indian Railways Junction

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  1. Nilgiri

    Nilgiri Lieutenant GEO STRATEGIC ANALYST

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    There was an informative post on pdf that anant posted in response to this same query by me :)

    He should just copy and paste that here.
     
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    That thread there was off to a great start. A lot of informative material was posted. Too bad things didn't worked out well.:(
    We are not allowed to discuss other forums here else a mod(a very good friend of ours) is gonna kick our ass.:tank:
     
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    I got it on personal level from a good mod friend of mine that within reason you can mention a forum name without getting banned here at least hehe. But yes lets not indulge too much for sure!
     
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    Ministry of Railways

    23-November, 2016 17:13 IST

    Steps taken by the Railways to Provide Security to Railway Passengers

    Policing on Railways being a State subject, prevention of crime, registration of cases, their investigation and maintenance of law and order in Railway premises as well as on running trains are the statutory responsibility of the State Governments, which they discharge through Government Railway Police (GRP)/District Police. However, Railway Protection Force (RPF) supplements the efforts of GRP by deploying its staff for escorting of important trains in affected areas and access control duties at important and sensitive stations.
    Besides, the following steps are also being taken by the Railways to provide security:

    1. On vulnerable and identified routes/ sections, 2500 trains (on an average) are escorted by Railway Protection Force daily, in addition to 2200 trains escorted by Government Railway Police of different States daily.

    2. Surveillance is kept through CCTV cameras, provided at about 344 stations over Indian Railways, to ensure safety and security of passengers.

    3. Security Help Line number 182 is made operational over Indian Railways for security related assistance to passengers in distress.

    4. An Integrated Security System consisting of surveillance of vulnerable stations through Close Circuit Television Camera Network, Access Control etc. has been sanctioned to improve surveillance mechanism over 202 railway stations.

    5. CCTV cameras have been installed on a limited number of coaches of passengers and suburban trains for surveillance on a pilot basis. Sanction for provision of CCTV cameras in 500 coaches has been obtained under Rolling Stock Programme 2015-16. Work has already been completed in about 25 passenger coaches and 32 suburban coaches.

    6. Sniffer Dog Squads are utilized at some important stations for anti-sabotage checks.

    7. Joint drives by Commercial Department and RPF are conducted from time to time against the entry of unauthorized persons in trains and railway premises.

    8. Frequent announcements are made through Public Address system to educate passengers to take precautions against theft, snatching, drugging etc.

    9. Close liaison is made by RPF with the State Police/ GRP authorities at all levels for prevention of crime, registration of cases, their investigation and maintenance of law & order in Railway premises as well as on running trains.

    Regular coordination meetings are held by RPF with the State Police/ GRP authorities to review and streamline the measures taken for the safety and security of passengers. Analysis of passengers related crime is done to identify affected trains, stations and sections and accordingly security arrangements are made in close coordination with GRP for safety and security of passengers over Indian Railways.

    This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 23.11.2016 (Wednesday).
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  5. Ankit Kumar 001

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    Ministry of Railways

    23-November, 2016 17:12 IST

    Meghalaya Rail Network Project

    Two new line projects have been taken up to connect Meghalaya with Indian Railway network. These projects are (i) Teteliya (Assam) – Byrnihat (Meghalaya) (22 km) and (ii) Byrnihat (Meghalaya) – Shillong (Meghalaya) (108 km).

    (i) Teteliya-Byrnihat (22 km): Project has been taken up at latest anticipated cost of `496 crore. An expenditure of `235 crore has been incurred upto March, 2016. Earthwork, bridges and tunnels works have been taken up. An allocation of `150 crore has been made in 2015-16 and `160 crore in 2016-17 to expedite the completion of the project.

    (ii) Byrnihat-Shillong (108 km): Project has been taken up at a latest anticipated cost of `5308 crore. An expenditure of `21 crore has been incurred upto March, 2016 and an outlay of `300 crore has been provided for 2016-17. The Project is held up due to protest of Khasi Students’ Union. Final Location Survey was stopped by Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), in November, 2010 after survey upto 19.00 km. The survey was restarted in December, 2013, since then it has been stopped by KSU on many occasions of varying durations. The Final Location Survey has since been completed for 104 km. Regular meetings with State Government are being convened to sort out issues. Due to various uncertainties with reference to land acquisition, law and order etc., it is not feasible to fix time lines for completion of this project.
    In Teteliya-Byrnihat and Byrnihat-Shillong new line projects, location of Byrnihat and Shillong are identified for development of goods handling facilities.
    This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 23.11.2016 (Wednesday).
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    Ministry of Railways23-November, 2016 17:12 IST
    Stainless Steel Coaches

    The Indian Railways is already manufacturing certain types of Passenger coaches and Wagons with Stainless steel material. The details are as follows:
    i. MAINLINE COACHING STOCK
    Stainless steel material is used for the manufacture of Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) type of coaches, as against Corten steel for ICF (Integral Coach Factory) type of coaches. The carrying capacity of an LHB coach is generally more by about 10% as compared to an ICF type coach. Inspite of the increased carrying capacity, the weight of most variants of LHB type coaches is marginally lesser as compared to that of the corresponding ICF type coach.
    ii. SUBURBAN COACHING STOCK
    Stainless Steel is used for manufacturing new generation EMU (Electric Multiple Unit) and DEMU (Diesel Electric Multiple Unit) coaches. There is only a marginal difference in the weight and carrying capacity of these coaches as compared to similar coaches manufactured with Corten steel. The new generation coaches would, however, have a longer life.
    iii. WAGONS
    The use of Stainless steel in BOXNHL type of open wagons has led to a weight reduction of about 2.5 tonnes and increase in carrying capacity of about 3 tonnes with respect to the earlier BOXN wagons.
    A specification for Aluminium body coaches which shall be even lighter than Stainless steel body coaches has been developed by the Research Designs and Standards Organization (RDSO) / Lucknow.
    This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 23.11.2016 (Wednesday).
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    Railways various initiatives to rationalize the Freight Rates

    Evaluation of various alternatives relating to rationalization of freight structures is an on-going process. Recently, Railways has taken various initiatives to rationalize the freight rates, which are as under:-
    1. Freight rates for Coal traffic have been rationalised.
    2. Rationalisation of Merry-Go-Round (MGR) system w.e.f. 01.04.2016.
    3. Withdrawal of Port Congestion Charge from 13.04.2016.
    4. Extension of Automatic Freight Rebate scheme for traffic loaded in empty flow direction w.e.f. 13.04.2016
    5. Withdrawal of Busy Season Charge for traffic loaded in BCN group and BCNHL wagons w.e.f. 01.05.2016 till 30.06.2016.
    6. Withdrawal of dual freight policy for iron ore w.e.f. 10.05.2016.
    7. Re-introduction of short lead concession and reduction of minimum distance for charge from 125 km to 100 km w.e.f. 15.07.2016
    8. BCN group permitted for two point booking and mini rake w.e.f. 15.03.2016.
    9. Distance for mini rake increased from 400 km to 600 km w.e.f. 15.03.2016.
    10. A liberalised policy with delegation of power to Zonal Railways introduced for two point booking of covered wagons in which any two stations within a distance of 200km in busy season and 400km in lean season have been permitted for two point booking w.e.f. 22.07.2016.
    11. Proliferation of Roll-on Roll-off (RORO) service on Indian Railways.
    12. Permission to notify Group I and Group II station/ goods sheds as CRTs for lift on-lift off operations w.e.f. 12.07.2016.
    13. Charging of commodities for transportation by containers has been liberalised. 43 additional commodities de-notified for charging at FAK rates.
    14. Guidelines for Station to Station Rate policy issued.
    This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 23.11.2016 (Wednesday).
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    Facilities For The Differently Abled Persons

    Improvement/augmentation of amenities at stations, including those for differently abled passengers is a continuous process. In order to provide better accessibility to passengers with disabilities, short term facilities as detailed below have been planned at all stations, beginning with ‘A-1’, ‘A’ & ‘B’ category stations:-
     Standard ramp for barrier free entry
     Earmarking at least two parking lots
     Non-slippery walk-way from parking lot to building
     Signages of appropriate visibility
     At least one toilet (on the ground floor)
     At least one drinking water tap suitable for use by differently-abled persons
     ‘May I help you’ Booth
    In addition, long term facilities, as detailed below, have also been planned at ‘A-1’, ‘A’ & ‘B’ category stations:-
     Provision of facility for inter-platform transfer
     Engraving on edges of platform
    Instructions also exist for provision of Wheel Chair at stations. This facility is provided, duly escorted by coolies (on payment) as per present practice. Moreover, Zonal Railways have been authorized to introduce ‘Battery Operated Vehicles’ at major Railway Stations for Disabled, Old Aged and sick passengers on first come first served basis.
    Indian Railways have manufactured about 3450 SLRD/SRD coaches (SLRD-Second Class Cum Luggage Cum Guard Van & Disabled friendly compartment, SRD- Second Class Cum Guard Van & Disabled friendly compartment) which have a suitably designed compartment & toilet adapted to the needs of disabled/wheel chair borne passengers. In SLRD coaches, wider entrance door for wheel chair borne passengers, wider berths, wider compartments, space for provision of Wheel chair, larger lavatory and lavatory doors have been provided. Inside the toilets, additional grab rails on the side walls for support, wash basin and mirror at lower height have provided. It is endeavored to have at least one such coach in each Mail/Express train.
    Further, the fully air conditioned Garib Rath trains have been provided with an Air conditioned disabled friendly compartment & toilets in the power cars. For assistance to visually impaired travelers, Braille signages are now being provided in newly manufactured coaches.
    In order to facilitate easy movement of elderly and differently abled passengers, as per the existing guidelines, ‘A-1’ category stations qualify for provision of escalators/elevators while ‘A’ category, ‘C’ category and stations of tourist importance qualify for provision of escalators under ‘Desirable Amenities’. So far, 316 no. of escalators at 129 stations & 178 no. of lifts at 79 stations have been provided across Indian Railways. Provision of lifts and escalators at stations is a continuous process and is done as per need, priority of work and availability of funds.
    This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 23.11.2016 (Wednesday).
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    Ministry of Railways23-November, 2016 17:10 IST
    National Common Mobility Card

    Ministry of Urban Development has taken initiatives for implementation of an interoperable Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) system for public transport in accordance with National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP), 2006 which envisages that various urban Public Transport Systems are well integrated and offer a seamless system to the users. A user should be able to pay one fare and travel in all the required modes to reach the destination. National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has been entrusted to prepare the standards & specifications of the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC).
    The benefits of National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) are as under:-
    i. Interoperability for passenger between bus, train, metro, parking etc. in the urban area.
    ii. Single e-purse with access to multiple products.
    This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 23.11.2016 (Wednesday).
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    Ministry of Railways23-November, 2016 17:09 IST
    COMBO Meals For Children

    Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) has been advised to ensure availability of children’s menu through e-catering scheme. At present, children’s menu is available through e-catering scheme for all trains passing through New Delhi, Lucknow Jn., Lucknow, Jaipur, Ajmer, Howrah, Chennai Egmore, and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway stations.
    As announced in the Rail Budget 2016-17, Zonal Railways have been advised to ensure availability of baby food, hot milk and hot water at Railway stations on payment basis. Presently, these items are available on most of the major Railway stations under Janani Sewa Scheme.
    This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 23.11.2016 (Wednesday).
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    Ministry of Railways23-November, 2016 17:09 IST
    Station Directors at Railway Stations

    It has been decided that all A1 Category Railway Stations (total 75) will be headed by Station Directors in phases. Station Directors will ensure that the stations function as excellence centers for the customers with the additional objective to ensure vigilant and sensitive customer service and also superior commercial sense. The functions of the Station Directors and their teams are as under:
     Prompt, courteous and hassle-free service to customers.
     Proper cleanliness and hygiene at the station and stationary trains.
     Efficient working of booking and reservation office.
     Punctuality of trains at the station, timely placement and withdrawal of rakes at platforms of the station.
     Proper functioning, upkeep/repairs of all passenger amenities at the station.
     Upkeep of passenger enquiry system, display board etc.
     Ensuring efficient, transparent and customer oriented working of Parcel Office.
     Monitoring the service of catering/vending stall at the station.
     Prompt grievance redressal.
     Security of passengers.
     Any other items identified for making station an excellent center for customer.

    No extra expenditure will be borne by the Railways as the posts of Station Director will be manned by existing strength of officers without creating any additional post.
    This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 23.11.2016 (Wednesday).
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    Ministry of Railways23-November, 2016 17:08 IST
    Safety of Runaway Children At Stations

    The Ministry of Railways, in coordination with Ministry of Women and Child Development and National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, have issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) which includes a protocol for rescue of young children found abandoned on railway stations or trafficked through trains. The SOP has been implemented on 20 railway stations and it is been decided to implement it on additional 15 railway stations.
    Accordingly, Ministry of Women and Child Development in coordination with Ministry of Railways, have set up Child Help Desks/Kiosks at 20 nominated Railway Stations which are manned by representatives of the organization nominated by Ministry of Women and Child Development. The runaway/missing/abandoned children are rescued from stations by Child Help Group comprising of Station Superintendent/Station Master, Station House Officer (SHO)/ Government Railway Police (GRP), Inspector/Railway Protection Force (RPF), Sr. Section Engineer (Works), and in trains by GRP, RPF, Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) & Ticket Collector (TC). The children so rescued are handed over to these Child Help Desks/Kiosks and in turn to Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in coordination with GRP. In addition, RPF supplements the efforts of GRP of the State concerned in rescuing the children from trafficking and to ensure safety & security of children at stations. During the year 2015 and 2016 (Upto October), 7575 and 9722 children including runaway children rescued at Railway Stations and on trains and handed over to their parents/GRP/NGOs/CWCs. In addition, Security Helpline No.182 is also operational over Indian Railways for the security related assistance to the passengers in distress.
    This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 23.11.2016 (Wednesday).
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    Ministry of Railways23-November, 2016 17:04 IST
    New Initiatives of Indian Railways in Freight Sector And Its Outcome

    The percentage revenue from Coal on Indian Railways during the year 2015-16 (provisional) was 46.20%. As per available record, earnings from Coal and total Freight earnings during 2015-16 were Rs. 49377.56 crore and Rs.106940.55 crore respectively.
    Two Schemes viz, (1) Special Freight Operator (SFTO) and (2) Automobile Freight Train Operator Scheme (AFTO) have been launched to improve Railways share in the market. The details are as under:-
    (1)Special Freight Operator Scheme (SFTO)- SFTO provides investments for procurement of High Capacity and Special Purpose wagons for specific commodities like molasses, fly ash, edible oil, caustic soda, chemical, petrochemicals, alumina & bulk cement.
    (2)Automobile Freight Train Operator Scheme (AFTO)- AFTO provides procurement and operation of special purpose wagons for transportation of automobile i.e. two /three -wheelers, cars and tractors etc.
    With a view to interacting with the customers for freight booking, 'Key Customer Managers' have been nominated for each commodity and to establish liaison with major customers/stakeholders and Zonal Railways.
    (d): Outcome of new initiatives by Railways are as under:-
    1. Under SFTO, 3 rakes have been procured and also running on Railways Network since November-2015.
    2. Under AFTO, 9 rakes of BCACBM wagons have been procured and are running on Indian Railways.
    3. Increasing the axle load for carrying additional traffic per wagon. Length of freight trains has also been increased to carry more traffic per train.
    4. Use of extensive computerization in freight operations to improve monitoring and to improve utilization of assets.
    5. Deployment of higher capacity locomotives and higher capacity wagons.
    6. Improvement in maintenance practices of wagons and locomotives resulting in increased availability of rolling stock for traffic use.
    7. Improvement in track and signaling to carry the high volume of traffic.
    8. Freight rates for Coal traffic have been rationalised.
    9. Rationalisation of Merry-Go-Round (MGR) system w.e.f. 01.04.2016.
    10. Withdrawal of Port Congestion Charge from 13.04.2016.
    11. Extension of Automatic Freight Rebate scheme for traffic loaded in traditional empty flow direction w.e.f. 13.04.2016.
    12.Withdrawal of Busy Season Charge for traffic loaded in BCN group and BCNHL wagons w.e.f. 01.05.2016 till 30.06.2016.
    13.Withdrawal of dual freight policy for iron ore w.e.f. 10.05.2016.
    14.Re-introduction of short lead concession and reduction of minimum distance for charge from 125 km to 100 km w.e.f. 15.07.2016.
    15.BCN group permitted for two point booking and mini rake w.e.f. 15.03.2016.
    16.Distance for mini rake increased from 400 km to 600 km w.e.f. 15.03.2016.
    17.A liberalised policy with delegation of power to Zonal Railways introduced for two point booking of covered wagons in which any two stations within a distance of 200km in busy season and 400km in lean season have been permitted for two point booking w.e.f. 22.07.2016.
    18.Proliferation of Roll-on Roll-off (RORO) service on Indian Railways.
    19. Permission to notify Group I and Group II station/ goods sheds as CRTs for lift on-lift off operations w.e.f. 12.07.2016.
    20. Charging of commodities for transportation by containers has been liberalised. 43 additional commodities de-notified for charging at FAK rates.
    21. Guidelines for Station to Station Rate policy issued.
    This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 23.11.2016 (Wednesday).
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    Out of interest what was the overall frequency of such decisions under the last administration compared to this one?
     
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    Almost negligible. Their main focus was the passenger segment so as to be populist and garner more votes.
     
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