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29 CR, 11 WR stations adopted to ensure cleanliness

With an aim to keep Indian Railways stations neat and clean, 29 and 11 stations of Central and Western Railway respectively have been adopted by different social, non-governmental organisations and charitable institutes.
The move by the organisations is aimed at meeting the target of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year.

The adoption of station by charitable institutions, social organisations and NGOs is a new concept initiated under ‘Swachh Rail u2013 Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ of Indian Railways initiated by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, the Railways said in a statement.
“To get the ‘Swachh rail’ actualised, prominent charitable Institutions, social organisations and NGOs were contacted by Central and Western Railways regarding adoption of stations and support in taking forward the campaign with active participation of its volunteers/social workers.

“Matunga station has been adopted by Welinkgar Institute, Vadala Road station by Vidyalankar Institute and Dadar station by Nerolac Paints. Apart from this, cleaning drive has already been started at GTB Nagar, Nahur, Chembur, Kanjurmarg, Vidyavihar, Kings Circle, Bhandup and Ghatkopar stations with the initiative by various institutes and organisations,” it said.
Rotary International has come forward by accepting the challenge to fulfil the social cause by adopting various stations of Central and Western Railway (WR).

Yesterday, Rotary International District 3140 adopted eight stations – Thane, Dombivali, Govandi and Mankhurd of Central Railway (CR) and Borivali, Kandivali, Bandra and Khar Road of Western Railway.

“Rotary is involved in series of humanitarian efforts and it is in sync with various initiatives proposed by PM Narendra Modi,” a volunteer with the organisation said.

“Through these proactive efforts of the Central and Western Railway authorities and the Rotary, we expect a face-lift of the stations, cleaner and healthier toilet blocks, awareness to the travelling public on various health and safety issues and a high sense of belonging to the commuters towards the public property,” a senior officer of the Central Railways said.

http://www.financialexpress.com/article/economy/indian-railways-29-cr-11-wr-stations-adopted-to-ensure-cleanliness/151305/

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Posted by on October 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Want funds for MUTP? Install automatic closing doors in locals: World Bank

This is what World Bank representatives told officials from the state government and the Indian Railways during a meeting to discuss the possibility of them funding part of the Rs 11,440-crore Mumbai Urban Transport Project, Phase III; the World Bank MD also took a local train ride to interact with commuters

“If you want money, ensure Mumbai’s local trains have closed doors”. This is what officials from the Maharashtra government were told when they met representatives of the World Bank yesterday to discuss the possibility of the latter funding part of the Rs 11,440-crore Mumbai Urban Transport Project- III.

While the installation of automatic closing doors was not made a pre-condition, sources said WB officials laid a lot of emphasis on that as well as preventing trespassing on tracks to save lives

While the installation of automatic closing doors was not made a pre-condition, sources said WB officials laid a lot of emphasis on that as well as preventing trespassing on tracks to save lives

While this was not made a pre-condition for funding, sources said the World Bank placed a lot of emphasis on getting the government and the railways to ensure that commuters on Mumbai’s packed lifeline do not lose their lives due to overcrowding in trains as well as through trespassing on tracks.

The World Bank’s request, incidentally, comes at a very apt time. In the three days between September 19 and September 21, 35 deaths took place on the tracks on Mumbai’s suburban network, while 32 others were injured.
On the table

Following the high-level meeting between World Bank, state government and Indian Railways officials, Onno Ruhl, Country Director, World Bank, said, “We know that people die on the suburban railway system and, thus, we want doors that close automatically to be installed.

Presently, work on the trespass control project at railway stations is underway, but there is lot of scope for improvement.” World Bank officials said the institution has spent about $900 million on the MUTP so far and that they have been seeing delays in the implementation of projects.

Western Railway (WR) had begun trying out the ‘closed-door’ project in the first-class ladies compartment in March, but it was stopped in August. Officials said that they are making technical changes as they had found that the closed doors were opening late, there was no indication of which side the doors would open on, and that the motormen and guards used to press the wrong buttons at times, leading to doors on the wrong side getting opened.

“We have been making changes in the technology and improving its functioning. The closed-door system will be back in use within a week,” said Sharat Chandrayan, chief Public Relations Officer, WR.

AC trains
WB officials said that a bustling city like Mumbai needs AC trains too. “People here should change their habit of travelling. It will take time, but AC trains with closed doors are the next step,” said a WB official. He added that the state government and railways should think of having every third coach as an AC one in every local to give commuters more options.

Trespass control
The WB has made a special provision of Rs 130-crore for a trespass control project after the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) failed to utilise some of the funds allocated under the MUTP. Under this project 11 stations and 22 spots across CR and WR are being revamped to prevent trespassing near station premises and between stations.

This includes constructing skywalks, erecting barriers and fencing off areas. On the Central Railway (CR) route, 12 trespassing spots have been identified near stations, especially close to Thane, Kalwa, Mumbra and Kalyan, while on the Western Railway (WR), crossing of tracks is rampant between Mahim and Borivli.

Most of these areas have slums close to the tracks. Of the 11 stations identified, work at Kurla, Kalyan, Vasai and Nallasopara will be carried out in the first phase and the Dadar, Kandivli, Bhayandar, Kanjur Marg Thane and Thakurli stations will be taken up after that. Dadar East and West are being taken as two separate stations.

MUTP-III

The Rs 11,440-crore MUTP-III project includes the quadrupling of rail lines between Virar and Dahanu, doubling them between Panvel and Karjat and construction of an elevated rail link between Airoli and Kalwa. It will also include the purchase of rakes for the Mumbai suburban network.
Indrawati commuting via 3.16 pm Borivli local yesterday. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi
Indrawati commuting via 3.16 pm Borivli local yesterday. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi

Taking a local with the World Bank MD
>> The Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer Mulyani Indrawati took a train ride from Churchgate to Andheri yesterday. Accompanied by other officials, she boarded the 3.16 pm Borivli local from Churchgate.
>> She spoke to women commuters about the issues they face while travelling
in local trains. “It is good that there are separate coaches for women. But, we want the railways to take more steps to ensure the safety of women commuters and offer them better sanitation facilities,” said Indrawati.
>> A commuter who was returning from the Siddhivinayak Temple offered Indrawati and the other officials modak, which they accepted
>> A lady TC checked the tickets of Indrawati and others and the World Bank COO interacted with her as well.
>> What some commuters told the World Bank MD

The trains are very safe now, we don’t feel insecure while travelling. We do, however, prefer the ladies-special trains
— Daksha Parekh
Automatic closing doors should be installed to prevent cases of people falling off from the locals
— Jayashree Shah

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Posted by on September 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Rail officials ask for removal of mobile ticketing surcharge

The chairman of the Railway Board was told during a meeting that giving discounts to commuters using mobile ticketing would increase its popularity 

Mumbai : In order to improve the sales of paperless mobile ticketing, officials from Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR) have asked the Chairman of Railway Board (CRB) to forego the surcharge levied on mobile ticketing users and, instead, give them a discount.

The request to waive off the surcharge of Rs 10 and, further, to give discounts was put forth during the three-hour-long meeting that was held by CRB CRB AK Mittal during his day-long visit to the city on Friday.

During the meeting, Mittal asked the WR officials about the performance of paperless mobile ticketing, which was inaugurated by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu himself.

A senior railway official said, “We informed him that mobile ticketing has gone up to 800 tickets each day from the earlier figure of 500 per day. We also asked him to waive off the surcharge and give discounts that will help it gain popularity amongst commuters.”

According to railway officials, a commuter using an ATVM is given a 5 per cent discount, while a commuter opting for mobile ticketing is levied with surcharge and service tax. This additional surcharge is applicable to those commuters who recharge their e-wallets using mobile ticketing on each and every recharge.

The CRB has asked the railway officials to write a joint letter asking for the surcharge to be waived off once paperless mobile ticketing is also commissioned on CR. The board will then consider the request and act accordingly, assured Mittal. At present, CRIS, which is the IT arm of the railways, is conducting the test trials for the implementation of ticketing on CR, which is much more complex and heavily dense as compared to WR.

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Posted by on August 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Stakeholders of CST-Panvel elevated project to mull new model for fast-track execution of job

A government model of engineering, procuring and construction (EPC) is being considered to execute the Rs 12,000-13,000 crore CST-Panvel fast-track elevated corridor project instead of the earlier PPP model.

The reasons for virtually disbanding the PPP model are lack of interest from any global or domestic private funding party, the ticket fare issue of RInfra-led Mumbai Metro One Private Limited and the EPC model being considered for the Colaba-Seepz metro project.

“For the first time, a joint and integrated meeting of all stakeholders has been convened on Monday by the urban development department. NMMC has also been involved as a possible entity to share the cost so that resources can be pooled in. The civic body will greatly benefit from the mega infra project,” said Sunil R Darade, chief engineer (special project), Cidco.

The meeting is in the backdrop of Cidco having submitted a detailed report to the government and is learnt to have favored the EPC model.

Authorities of Bombay Port Trust (BPT) and Central Railway (CR) will also participate in the meeting. Port trust land will be used on some stretches for laying the new track.

The project, which is around 2-3 years old, has been in a limbo because of issues related to finding a funding partner and also alignment of tracks.

“Although the Indian Railways and the state government continue to remain partners in developing the ambitious project, the sharing of 50:50 cost, as was worked out earlier for various rail infra projects under MUTP-1 and MUTP-2, was yet to be worked out for this project,” said Prabhat Ranjan, CPRP, Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC).

MRVC was formed with 51% and 49 % equity participation by Indian Railways and state government.

There will be a new rail bridge over the Vashi creek for the fast-track elevated corridor as the old bridge pillars were not strong enough for the new corridor to run over it. MRVC sources said the existing one will not be able to take the increased load.

The corridor will provide new connectivity to the Navi Mumbai international airport on the lines of metro connectivity of Delhi airport with Connaught Place. It will provide a separate corridor and connectivity with Mumbai.

The corridor is essentially a metro connectivity where trains can run at high speeds of around 80kmph.

The metro run in the city (Navi Mumbai) from Vashi to Belapur will be a totally separate elevated corridor that will run parallel to Palm Beach Road. This is a proposal of Cidco. From Belapur to Panvel the track will run at the ground level.

Along with the Seawoods Grand Central transit oriented development project and Seawoods-Uran rail link, the elevated corridor route is an important and futuristic infra project for the growing city.

The corridor would ensure better and quicker travelling time from Karjat via the doubling of the Panvel-Karjat corridor.

The project has gathered pace with the new BJP government at the Centre and state. Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu, who is also from the state, has speeded

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Posted by on August 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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ICU On Rails; Central Railways Initiative For Accident Victims

It seems like the Indian Railway are on a spree to shower good news to the passengers. We can finally expect faster treatment while we travel on the trains. ToI reports that Central Railway has deployed India’s first Intensive Care Unit, the ICU van on rails to quickly ferry accident victims to tertiary care hospitals.

ICU On RailsThese air-conditioned ICU vans on rails will have all facilities including medical professionals and equipment of a regular ICU. The van will be rushed to the accident site to pick up the victims and are said to run at a speed of 140 kmph.

This is perhaps the most awaited measure from the Indian Railway after a series of accidents most of them resulting in deaths due to lack of immediate medical assistance. The decision was taken after the Roha derailment accident in which at least 22 people have succumbed to death due to lack of medical assistance. Better late than never Central Railway (CR) has finally reacted to do the needful.

CR has developed two such vans at the Matunga workshop near Mumbai city station. CR General Manager, SK Sood said that, “The van will be deployed ideally to ferry victims within the limit from 50 to 200 km. We plan to bring all such victims to Railway Hospital in Byculla.”

The van can accommodate relatives of victims as well. Another railway official said, “The ambulance can carry only one patient at a time and that too by road. More patients can be taken care of in an ICU van. It can be given green signal right through its journey since the van is on emergency duty.”

Besides the ICU van, CR now plans to ferry victims via air ambulance, which is yet to receive a formal approval.

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Posted by on June 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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CR’s Parel workshop rolls out 100th non-customer engine

Central Railway (CR)’s Parel workshop in the city has rolled out its 100th indigenously manufactured engine in non-customer category, since its inception in 2007.

The locomotive, comes with a micro-processor based control system, Central Railway Chief PRO Narendra Patil told reporters here yesterday.

The system activates the brakes and cuts off the fuel supply in case of any fault in the engine.

The WDS6 diesel engine has 1350 HP and weighs 126 tonne, he said.

This is the 100th engine in the non-customer (non-passenger) category made at the workshop since it started in 2007, Patil said.

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Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Troublemaker Bhel rakes to get DC to AC makeover

The Central Railway (CR) is all set to kill two birds with one stone. In addition to the work of converting the electrical lines between CST and Kurla from 1,500 Volt Direct Current (DC) to 25,000 Volt Alternate Current (AC), the CR also intends to make five of its Bharat Heavy Electric Limited (Bhel) rakes AC compliant.

This means the electrical wiring of the Bhel rakes will have to be changed. The fast and slow lines between CST and Kurla currently run on DC.

The officials said the plan would ensure that the Bhel rakes do not stop mid service due to electrical failures anymore.

This would also ensure that CR is not dependent on the Western Railway (WR) to procure the AC rakes, officials said.

An official on condition of anonymity said, “We will get the Railway Board approval by Monday, but this is huge for the CR as commuters will have fewer failures to complain about.”

Officials have said that after the initial five rakes, the remaining 10 Bhel rakes too would be converted to AC. Another advantage of this would be that they can be run at 100 kmph and therefore run on fast lines.

“The Bhel trains still have a life span of another 15 years so we can run these trains at 100 kmph as compared to the rest, which can run at only 80 kmph; so we have an added advantage of having more rakes running on the fast track,” added the official.

The Bhel rakes have been causing trouble since they were introduced in the CR’s suburban services.

The Asian Age

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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