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Water vending machines at railway stations by year end

By the end of this year, passengers will be able to get safe drinking water as per World Health Organisation (WHO) standards for Re.1 to Rs.5 at major railway stations here.

A total of 46 water vending machines are going to be installed at nine different railway stations of the Delhi Division of Northern Railway.

The Division sent its plan on the location where these machines will be put up at these stations to the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), which is in the process of selecting firms as franchisees for rolling out the scheme.

The stations in Delhi are part of the nearly 1,200 railway stations across the country where around 5,000 water vending machines will be set up.

Arun Arora, Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi Division, Northern Railway, told The Hindu that the plan has been sent to the IRCTC and work is expected to begin soon.

“We expect that by the end of this year, passengers will be able to use these water vending machines at nine selected stations. Forty-six water vending machines will be set up at nine different stations as part of Phase I and other stations will be included in Phase II,” Mr. Arora said.

Passengers will be able to get non-packaged water, purified through Reverse Osmosis (RO) at these vending machines. A litre of drinking water will cost Rs.5, half-a-litre will cost Rs.3 and Re.1 for a glass of water. An LED display on the machine will show the cost and quantity of water dispensed.

The Old Delhi railway station will get the maximum number of these machines — 12, followed by nine at New Delhi railway station, eight at Hazrat Nizamuddin station, four at Sarai Rohilla railway station and three at Anand Vihar railway station. Similar machines will also be installed at railway stations in Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Rohtak, etc.

The Railway Ministry had issued a policy for installation of water vending machines at railway stations earlier this year.

The Railways will ensure that minimum amount of water is wasted in the RO process and the wastewater too is used in toilets or for other non-potable purposes.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/water-vending-machines-at-railway-stations-by-year-end/article7732457.ece

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Now, mobile entertainment for Shatabdi passengers

Some passengers on Bengaluru–Chennai Shatabdi Express were on Sunday morning seen using tablet computers — watching movies and browsing e-books on them.

Fifteen tablet computers with preloaded content were provided to the passengers as part of a pilot project on mobile entertainment onboard trains.

The pilot project, launched for the first time in the country on January 9, will continue till Saturday.

While M. Ravi, a software professional, was busy navigating through the content on the tablet computer, Asha Ravichandra, an IT manager, suggested that child-friendly content should be included.

Anil Agarwal, Divisional Railway Manager, South Western Railway, said SWR, based on passenger response, would commercialise the project on a revenue-sharing basis with the private company which provided the tablet computers. Railways had tried the seat-back entertainment options but the project never took off.

Murali B.V., founder of the company, WOIP, said feedback from 100 passengers on monetizing mobile entertainment showed that they were willing to pay Rs. 20 for an hour for using a tablet. Passengers found the tablet less intrusive than TV, and they could choose the content on it, he said.

Some passengers, however, said the Railways should concentrate on issues such as cleanliness.

Another passenger, who chose to identify herself as Ms. Prasad, an NRI from Canada, said providing entertainment was good but should be done after addressing concerns affecting passengers such as cleanliness.

The Hindu

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Innovative measures to improve cleanliness at railway stations.

The Railways has started a novel way of tackling the menace of garbage. It’s now appealing to passengers to upload pictures on twitter, of garbage and other waste dumped on tracks and at railway premises.

“Divisional Railway Manager Sunil Bajpayee has given directions to act on the basis of pictures of garbage uploaded on twitter page #tvcdrive#. The public can upload pictures of garbage and mention the place where it was found. The railway staff will clean it on priority basis,” a railway official said.

“Since the division is vast, it’s not possible to deploy staff everywhere. So we’ll seek the response and do the cleaning at those places mentioned, on priority,” he added.One of the major complaints of passengers is with regard to the garbage woes at railway stations and their premises.

Another initiative is to make available modern cleaning equipment like heavy duty scrubber drier at a maximum number of stations in the division. “Now we’ve made available machines like heavy duty scrubber drier, flipper machine, heavy duty vaccum cleaner, compressor sprayer telescopic pole with attachments and heavy duty jet cleaning machine at stations like Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Kollam, Kottayam, Thrissur, Nagercoil, Aluva, Ernakulam North, Changanassery, Kayamkulam and Varkala”, the officer said.

This comes even as the Railways is all set to launch the cleaning campaign ‘My Railway, Clean Railway. “A signature campaign is being planned and a flex board will be put up in front of stations. The public can affix their signatures and express their consensus over the new ventures,” he said.

Deccan Chronicle

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Railway seek to rope in NGOs for better facilities

The Central Railway (CR) has issued a directive to all its divisions, including Mumbai to look into possibilities of involving NGOs, charitable institutions and trusts to provide better passenger amenities.

The directive is a first-of-its-kind after the same had been stated in the Railway Budget in July.

Divisional railway manager Mukesh Nigam said, “The railways has been looking to provide passenger amenities through NGOs and we are trying to approach them with the idea. We are yet to get exact guidelines.”

Meanwhile, Nandita Shah from Akshara Foundation, who is involved in the ‘Right to Pee’ campaign, said that they are not in support of the idea. “The onus has to lie with the Railways. We feel it is not the NGO’s job to generate money for the railways to maintain their toilets. We are more than happy to conduct workshops for railway police to make security better.”

Asian Age

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Bangalore railway station to have Wi-Fi

RailTel, the telecom arm of the Indian Railways, may soon provide Wi-Fi services to commuters at the Bangalore City Railway Station. The service will be free of cost for some time.

Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda announced this as part of the recent railway budget for all A1 and A category railway stations. The City Railway Station will be the first in the State to get the facility.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Shanthi Ram, General Manager, RailTel, said: “ We are working out the modalities of the project and will finalise the details soon. The entire station will be Wi-Fi enabled and after keying in the password, commuters will be able to utilise the facility.”

If one goes by the budget, looks like the Railways will witness a complete makeover, beginning from food to comfort. As per a recent decision, commuters will be able to enjoy a host of delicacies on-board premium and luxury trains such as Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto. Also, commuters in the SWR division may soon be able to order their own choice of food .“

We are waiting for the letter from the Railway Board about this and as soon as we get some clarity, the same will be implemented in the trains as mentioned,” said Divisional Railway Manager Anil K Aggarwal.

Deccan Herald

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Railways now on WhatsApp, filing complaints gets easier

Bhopal rail division now has a WhatsApp account where passengers can lodge complaints or give their suggestions regarding facilities provided by the railways. The WhatsApp account number is 9752416996.

Divisional railway manager Rajeev Choudhary started the WhatsApp account on Tuesday. According to railway officials, the WhatsApp account will be connected with a computer and all complaints and suggestions given by passengers will be uploaded on a central system.

The railway officials will redress the complaints and will also provide feedback to the complainants about the action taken.

Bhopal rail division PRO KK Dubey said, “This initivate will help us connect easily with passengers and look into their grievances.”

This is the first such initiative taken by Indian Railways in the country.

Hindustan Times

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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High speed train to Delhi needs Rs. 600 cr

The travel time between Chandigarh and Delhi may not come down so easily. A hefty investment of approximately Rs. 600 crore is required to achieve the speed limit of 160 km per hour on the Chandigarh Delhi rail route, as announced in this year’s railway budget.

The railway board is likely to take a final call on the total cost of this project in a cost review meeting scheduled by monthend, sources said.

At present, the Chandigarh Delhi Shatabdi Express takes about three hours and 20 minutes to cover 266 km between Chandigarh and Delhi at a speed of 80-85 km an hour. With the increased speed, the travelling time will come down to two hours. The sources said timely availability of funds would be decisive for the time-bound implementation of the project.

The Delhi-Chandigarh route is managed by two divisions of the northern railway. Delhi Division manages the route from Delhi till Ambala and further Chandigarh-Ambala route is under the control of Ambala division, having its headquarters in Ambala Cantt.

While the estimated cost to achieve the high speed between Delhi-Ambala has come out Rs. 400 crore, a budget of little over Rs. 200 crore is required for the Ambala Chandigarh route.

Divisional railway manager (DRM), Ambala division, AK Kathpal said, “The division has already submitted a budget proposal of Rs. 206 crore to achieve the high speed of 160 kmph on the Ambala-Chandigarh route.

The major cost for this project is for upgrading the track. In case of Ambala-Chandigarh route, the estimated cost of track upgrade is Rs. 151 crore and Rs. 27 crore will be spent on fencing of the track, besides proper safety measures at level crossings will also be taken care of.”

“We have a review meeting of this project at the end of this month in which the total cost of this project is expected to be freezed,” said Kathpal.

As per officials, on the Delhi Ambala route, automatic signalling system, provision of thick web switches on all crossings and strengthening of curves on the track are the major areas to be fixed before achieving the high speed.

According to the sources, the overall execution of the project may take even two years since it is a capital intensive project and without money nothing will move.

“Eight other routes have also been identified to run trains at the speed of 160 kmph in this year’s budget.

Therefore, it remains to be seen which project gets priority in terms of funding and political will,” said an official seeking anonymity. He added that it would be a big achievement if the work started on ground by the end of this financial year.

City-based lawyer Ajay Jagga said the announcement of Delhi-Chandigarh high speed train must be celebrated.

But the ministry must ensure its implementation at the earliest so that residents enjoy the Chandigarh-Delhi journey with lesser travel distance. “We also request local MP Kirron Kher to ensure its timely implementation,” he added.

Hindustan times

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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