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East Coast Railway Becomes Largest Freight Loading Railway Zone.

East Coast Railway (ECoR) has emerged as the largest freight loading railway zone of Indian Railways in 2015-16.

ECoR loaded 173.49 million tonnes of freight compared to 161.91 million tonnes achieved in the corresponding period previous year and registered an increase of 7.1 per cent, its officials said.

On the earnings side, ECoR earned about Rs 15,978.28 crore which is 14.13 per cent more than the corresponding period of previous financial year, they said.

In coal loading, ECoR carried 79.4 rakes per day from its jurisdiction against 72.7 rakes per day in last fiscal.

The coal loading from Talcher was 40.8 rakes per day followed by Visakhapatnam Port 8.7 rakes, Gangavaram Port 7.7 rakes, Paradeep Port 11.7 rakes, Dhamara 9.5 rakes and at other places 1.1 rakes per day during 2015-16.

In iron ore loading, it loaded 14 rakes per day in 2015-16 – 5.2 rakes per day from iron ore belts under Khurda Road Division and 8.8 rakes day from KK Line under Waltair Division.

“This performance is despite pro-longed blockade/bandh by Maoist activities in Kottavalasa-Kirandul (KK) Line and less demand from International Markets for Exports,” an official release said.

Altogether East Coast Railways has carried 131.2 rakes loading per day from its jurisdiction against 122.4 rakes per day in 2014-15 financial year. These include coal, iron ore, cement, food grains, POL and other commodities, they said.

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Posted by on April 10, 2016 in Uncategorized



Stn Adopted for Cleanliness Drive by Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Vizag Elites Saturday adopted Simhachalam Railway Station for cleanliness activity for a period of one year, marking the conclusion of Sardar Patel United Clean India drive, organised by Waltair division of East Coast Railway.

Mytri Star Enterprises would conduct the cleanliness activity for November by appointing four workers.

As a part of the drive from October 11 to 31, the Waltair Division of East Coast Railway organised cleanliness activity at Simhachalam Railway station in association with Rotary Club of Vizag Elites and at Visakhapatnam Railway station in association with Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation Saturday.

On the occasion, divisional railway manager (DRM) Chandralekha Mukherjee said that Simhachalam was considered for the cleanliness programme as it witnessed a large number of pilgrims. Simultaneously, the Railways organised Swachh Rail cleanliness activity at Visakhapatnam Railway station.

Along with the DRM, the officers, staff, Scouts and Guides, students of AGL College and Sri Varaha Nrusimaha Swami Auto Sankshema Sangam took part in the cleanliness activity. Stickers were pasted on the auto-rickshaws at the Simhachalam Railway Station scripted as ‘I Campaign for Swachh Bharat’ to create awareness on ‘Swachh Bharat – Swachh Rail’ campaign.

To encourage greenery in the area of the Simhachalam station, a Green Plantation campaign was organised by planting saplings.

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Posted by on November 4, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Soon, tech solutions to prevent rail accidents

Railways minister Suresh Prabhu is pitching for information technology (IT) solutions to prevent freak train accidents such as the twin train mishap in August at Harda in Madhya Pradesh on account of the “sinking of rails” underneath a running passenger train.

With assistance of the Centre for Rail Information Systems (CRIS) – a railways PSU – a computerised track maintenance module has been developed and will shortly be installed across the 64,500-kilometre network of the Indian Railways, Railway Board member (engineering) VK Gupta said.

These modules will provide alerts on rail fractures and water level indications at bridges where flooding is common in monsoon months, while also indicating a measurement of rail temperatures.

On account of its “business compulsions” of keeping up the volumes of train movement on the same track, the Railways have been accused of compromising on routine safety drills such as seeking clearance of way inspectors before the movement of trains.

The public transporter has also been unable to fill up vacancies in the safety category including track inspectors and gang men, who are tasked to manually maintain the tracks.

The Railways, meanwhile, have sought cabinet clearance for four doubling/tripling projects costing about Rs 1,000 crore each. These include the 3rd and 4th line on the Budhapank-Salegaon-Rajatgarh line in the East Coast Railway zone.

Of the 24 routes identified as “super congested”, the Railways have sanctioned doubling/tripling works on 77 routes to build 9,000 kilometres of tracks at an estimated cost of Rs 90,000 crore.

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Posted by on October 17, 2015 in Uncategorized


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ECoR to Run Suvidha Trains from July 1

The East Coast Railway has decided to extend the services of 12 special trains to avoid the extra rush. All these trains will run as Suvidha trains, with Visakhapatnam being either the originating, destination or pass through station.

Guidelines for the scheme were released Wednesday and would come into effect on July 1. As per the instructions by the Ministry of Railways, tickets for the Suvidha trains will be issued only for confirmed and RAC passengers. Only general quota bookings will be applicable and full adult fare will be charged irrespective of their ages.

The Suvidha trains will run on dynamic fare system, where the zonal railways have been asked to collect a maximum of thrice the base fare, with additional charges like tatkal, reservation, catering and service charges. The zonal railways has been directed to commence the planning process for operating Suvidha train services. The trains would run under this scheme to meet the seasonal demands like Dasara, Holi and other special occasions.

While the maximum Advance Reservation Period (ARP) will be 30 days, the minimum ARP will be of 10 days. Apart from e-ticketing, the sale of tickets also can be availed through PRS counters.  Vacant berths left at the time of charting will be offered in current booking counters.

Tickets at current counters will be sold at the last price sold for that class with all other additional charges. Details can be obtained from the Ministry of Railways’ official website ‘’.

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Posted by on June 18, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Visakhapatnam Diesel Loco Shed Crosses a Milestone

Elaborate arrangements have been made for the golden jubilee celebrations of the India’s largest Loco Shed – Visakhapatnam Diesel Loco Shed. The VDLS, Waltair, was established in 1965 and started its operations on May 2 in the undivided South Eastern Railway. It is the only loco shed serving the needs of East Coast Railway after the trifurcation of the SER in 2003.

Its covered area accommodates 32 locomotives at a time. The service building has spread over 14,645 Sq.Mts, for maintenance of locos. The shed also houses a diesel training centre for staff. At present there are about 2,000 people working there.

According to senior divisional commercial manager M Yelvender Yadav, VDLS has been earning considerable income by undertaking maintenance activities of major schedules and component overhauling for RITES, RINL, VPT, and NMDC. To cater to the maintenance of the increased fleet of HHP locomotives, work for its capacity augmentation at a cost of Rs 53 crore was sanctioned this year, Yadav informed.

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Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Centre to Sign Tripartite Pact on Coal Corridor

The Ministry of Coal will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Railway and the State Government on April 20 for implementation of common rail corridor projects for evacuation of coal.

“MoU (memorandum of understanding) to be signed on April 20 between the Coal and Railway ministries and Odisha Government to implement railway projects for coal evacuation,” Union Coal Secretary Anil Swarup tweeted on Saturday.

During his February visit to the State, Swarup had said two special purpose vehicles (SPV) will be jointly formed by Odisha Government, Railways and Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) for evacuation of coal from Talcher and Ib Valley areas.

The Union Coal Secretary had discussed the issue with with Chief Secretary GC Pati and senior officials of East Coast Railway and MCL.

In the proposed SPV, MCL will have 64 per cent stake while Indian Railways and State Government will have a share of 26 per cent and 10 per cent respectively.

Meanwhile, the State Government has set up an SPV, Brahmani Railways Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) with a share capital of `10 crore, for implementation of common rail corridor project for Talcher-Angul-Chhendipada region.

The common rail corridor project for Talcher-Angul-Chhendipada coal bearing areas aims to cater to the rail transport demand of the coal block region. It entails an investment of `8,000 crore in the first project.

The 143-km common coal corridor will have a capacity to handle 138 million tonnes (mt) of coal per annum. The corridor will cater to requirement of all blocks in Talcher coalfields. RITES Ltd, an engineering consultancy company of the Indian Railways and technical consultant of IDCO, has furnished the corridor alignment for 11 revenue villages for extension of the main corridor upto Mandakini loading point.

The Railway Ministry has recently reviewed the progress of three rail corridor projects, including the Jharsuguda-Barpali-Sardega in Ib Valley. As per the original plan, Ib Valley project was scheduled to be completed in 2009.

The `470 crore Jharsuguda-Barpali railway link project was announced in January 2006 by the CIL to link its Ib Valley coalfields. The project is likely to be completed by 2017.

Indian Express

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Posted by on April 19, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Lessons from Phailin: how the Railways prepared for cyclone Hudhud

In October 2013, when cyclone Phailin struck, the East Coast Railway (ECR) decided to cancel trains 24 hours in advance and informed passengers accordingly. Exactly a year later, when Hudhud hit, the Bhubaneswar-headquartered ECR decided to cancel trains 48 hours in advance and inform passengers.

This was one of the basic lesson that the ECR learnt for managing disasters and minimising the inconvenience caused to passengers.

“Earlier, internally (among Railway officials) there was hesitation on cancelling trains. This year, there is a change in attitude toward cancelling trains in such a scenario. Last year, despite informing in advance, some people turned up at the railway stations,” said JP Mishra, spokesperson of East Coast Railway.

After last year’s experience, the ECR decided to put in place a feedback mechanism and capture these in a checklist format for its officials to bank upon while dealing with disasters, such as cyclones. The ECR will now share these lessons with the Vadodara-based Railway Staff College, said Mishra.

Mishra said, these lessons, many of which were small, were added to the Indian Railways’ disaster management manual, which was complied in 2011. Various divisions asked to make purchases, such as water storage tanks, lamps, polythene sheets about 60 hours before the cyclone landfall was expected. Also, satellite phones, equipment to fix any problems in tracks, overhead wires, were put in locations that were expected to be affected. Fully fuelled vehicles were also provided to station masters at key locations.

To handle water logging, wagons built with cinders (jute bags with powdered stones), boulders and saw dust were ready at 10 stations. Equipment to measure wind speed was also deployed across stations. The train tracks between Visakhapatnam-Bhubaneswar were vacated six hours before Hudhud hit the location. Power car, powerful generators and can keep a station running , were shifted from Sambalpur in Western Odisha to Berhampur in Southern Odisha. Moreover, the officials were in constant touch with Railway officials in Andhra Pradesh and were also tracking Odiya and Telugu TV channels.

On Tuesday, two days after Hudhud hit coastal Odisha, the ECR resumed normal services. However, anticipating some hiccups, the ECR requested passengers “to cooperate with Railways” as trains were getting delayed due to diversion and clubbing of connecting trains.

Business Line

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Posted by on October 17, 2014 in Uncategorized


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