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International Technical Conference on “Rail Coach Interiors: Innovation, Safety, Comfort”

With Guidance and support from Indian Railways and Railway PSU “Rail India Technical and Economic Service” (RITES), “Institute of Rolling Stock Engineers” (IRSE) and “Indian Railways Service of Mechanical Engineers Association” (IRSMEA), are organizing an international technical conference on “ Rail Coach Interiors: Innovation, Safety, Comfort” at New Delhi on 09th and 10th October, 2015. China, Japan, Italy, Spain, Austria, England, Germany, France and Australia are likely to attend the conference.

Themes and sub-themes for the conference are as follows:

1. Ergonomic Rail Coach layouts and amenities
· Seating and Berthing systems
· Case studies: space optimization
· Paneling of walls, partitions and cellings
· Colour schemes: Interiors and Exteriors
· Flooring systems

2. Passenger Safety, Security and Accessibility systems
· Vestibules and gangways
· CCTV system for rail transport applications
· Provision of Automatic Entrance and Interior Doors
· Window systems
· Ladder arrangements for climbing on coaches and berths
· Signages on coaches
· Facilities for differently abled persons
3. Air-conditioning & train lighting system
· Air conditioning system, Ducting
· Modern Train lighting system
· Passenger information display system
4. Hygiene friendly coach toilets and amenities
· Coach toilets with optimized space and modern fittings
· Pest and Rodent control measures
· Dustbins and garbage storage and disposal system
5. Innovative materials for interior furnishing and coatings
· Light weight shell and furnishing materials
· Maintenance free/friendly furnishing materials
· Cost effective, aesthetically pleasing and safe materials
· Interior Noise and Dust reduction measures
6. Tourist, Service Coaches and equipments
· Luxury coach designs
· Pantry/Hot Buffet cars and equipments
· Water/Coffee vending machines
7. Financing models for interior upgradation of coaches


Indian Railways have a total fleet of 62000 coaches (approx.) running in around 12600 trains and carries over 25 million passengers daily. To meet growing expectations of the passengers for comfort and safety, there is need to upgrade interiors of Indian Railway (IR) coaches for better comfort and safety through use of innovative materials and designs. Majority fleet on Indian Railway coaches is non-air-conditioned which poses different challenges in their interior designs. These coaches traverse the length and breadth of the country with varying climatic conditions. This would require adaptation of proven products and technologies under IR operating conditions. New ideas and concepts also need to be tried out.

Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) is the R & D arm of Indian Railways located at Lucknow responsible for R and D works in all railway related disciplines and leads the process of technology induction. Working directly under Ministry of Railways, it is also responsible for standardization of all railway systems on Indian Railways.

RITES Ltd. is a Government of India Enterprise under the aegis of Indian Railways. An ISO 9001-2008 company, RITES is a multi-disciplinary consultancy organization in the field of transport, infrastructure and related technologies.

For more information about the conference website: can be referred.

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Posted by on October 8, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Ministries come together to curb child trafficking at railway stations

In the 2008 Aamir Khan-starrer Ghajini, the story takes a twist when the heroine stumbles upon a group of girls being trafficked on a train. If that film reflected one of society’s ills, then it is appropriate that two of Narendra Modi’s cabinet ministers — Suresh Prabhu and Maneka Gandhi — have joined hands to rescue of missing, abducted and trafficked children.

The Ministry of Railways and the Ministry of Women & Child Welfare Development have decided to combat the problem at  ..

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Posted by on August 8, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendra in the offing in Raipur, Durg, Bhilai, Gondia

On the guidelines of Railway Board, South East Central Railway is all set to introduce 11 yatri ticket suvidha kendra (YTSK) at Raipur, Durg, Bhilai and Gondia in August for the first time. YTSK is a scheme wherein Government of India allows public participation in establishment and operation of passenger reservation system cum unreserved ticketing system terminals, to expand facilities for issue of tickets easily.

YTSK will not only reduce pressure and rush at ticket windows but also facilitate passengers to get easy availability of tickets without waiting for hours in the queue. Complying with the Railway Board of public private partnership order issued in August last year, SECR has appointed 11 agents for YTSK of which maximum five were selected for

Raipur zone, two for Durg, one for Bhilai and three for Gondia zone under SECR, RK Agrawal, DGM told TOI

With about 58 per cent of crowd still book their tickets through ticket window and avail physical tickets, 42 per cent go for online. YTSK will be like a revolution in most cases if the centres are closer to residential areas.

Agrawal added that there were further chances of appointment as and when applications come, meanwhile, fresh notice will be issued for applications for people interested in YTSK.

Among the significant parameters selection of applicant depends upon is that he must have worked as authorized ticket agent for passengers of Indian Railways for five years and should have appropriate premises and infrastructure.

While the date of operation in zones under SECR is yet to be finalized, the timing of terminals as suggested by Board shall be 9 am – 10 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 2 pm on Sundays. The booking hours for tatkal will start from 11 am as per timings specified by Ministry of Railways.

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Posted by on July 13, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Railways Joins Hands With Local Circles To Fight Situation Like Nepal Earthquakes

To fight any natural calamity and disaster, Ministry of Railways, IRCTC, and LocalCircles formed online and mobile based local communities in around 100 districts of India.

The initiative was taken in order to improve disaster management and emergency response at a local level for any kind of disasters like train accidents, natural disasters like earthquakes, floods or fire.

The mission of the communities will be creating easily accessible digital disaster and emergency response system in every district of India.

In case of any emergency, the communities can be quickly mobilised and information will be easily disseminated.

According to the statement of the Local Cricles, more than one lakh people were already connected within the first one month and soon other stake holders like NDMA, State Disaster Management Units, District Magistrate, District Police, Blood Banks, Hospitals, NGOs will be invited to join their district’s respective response circle.

Over the next one year, the connectivity will be extended to all 600 or so districts of India.

In almost all instances of disasters or emergencies, it is the local people that can assist the fastest.

So, be it a train accident, an earthquake or someone needing blood, connecting the citizens at a local level with each other and the authorities for emergency response is the objective of this initiative, the Local Circles said.

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Posted by on April 29, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Railway Ministry details business model in collaboration with state governments & local bodies

Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Railways, Government of India, has enumerated the different business models for the railways, which include the state governments and local bodies for creating a shared vision for development. He mentioned the low investments have eroded the efficiency of railways vis-à-vis the road sector, as per a PIB release. The Centre is working towards correcting this situation through innovative measures to attract investments, and utilising railway assets at stations by allowing a higher Floor Space Index (FSI) in partnership with local bodies, the Minister added.

Prabhu highlighted that railways would save over Rs 3,000 crore annually on energy alone by incorporating better power purchase arrangements. Despite being one of the largest buyers of electricity, the Minister informed, the Indian railways has bought power at a fairly high rate, and there is a lot of scope for rationalisation. The energy basket of the railways was being widened to include more renewable sources, with the platform roof and railway coaches being equipped with solar panels, he said. Energy-efficiency measures are also being incorporated to optimise the usage of this significant cost head.

In response to a question from the audience, Prabhu mentioned that the Railway Ministry is working towards implementing the recommendations of the Bibek Debroy Committee, which has proposed creation of an independent regulatory mechanism, giving the railways autonomy to ensure better quality of service and improving efficiency.

Sumit Mazumder, President Designate, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), reiterated the body’s commitment to work closely with the Railway Ministry to have a broad, shared vision and one common agenda for all stakeholders. He extended full support of CII for making this a success.

Mazumder also spoke about the International Railway Equipment Exhibition (IREE) and International Rail Conference (IRC), a dedicated rail show being organised by CII in association with the Ministry of Railways at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The event is scheduled to take place from October 14-16 this year.


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Posted by on April 9, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Residents choose social media route to offer help in railway emergencies

Residents have taken to social media to offer feedback and help to railways for emergencies like accidents.

‘Emergency Readiness in Chennai,’ a page or a ‘circle’ started by the railways on Local Circles, an online networking site, has received tremendous response with more than 4,459 people joining since it opened on March 21.

The aim is to bring together citizens of the city, administration, police, blood banks, hospitals, NGOs, volunteers and anyone who wants to provide and seek assistance in an emergency.

A majority of the members are individuals from different walks of life, including auditors, government servants and students.

A post by Indian Railways shows that in case of “train accidents, natural or other disasters/emergencies in your city, this community will enable real time information broadcast and exchange thereby facilitating faster response/assistance from the local community and administration.” It also urges people to share the invitation to join the page to others in Chennai.

The initiative to gather feedback on railway issues on Local Circles was started by BJP’s IT Cell. Railways received inputs from 70,000 people on quality of food through a page ‘Make Railways Better’ in Local Circles in January 2015. Feedback for the railway budget was also gathered in this manner.

Following the success of these attempts, the party’s IT cell is working with the railways to start city-specific online community outreach initiatives for emergency response.

The page also allows members, who are approved by the administration, to discuss and debate on issues relating to railways. Sources said the feedback received was sent to the ministry of railways.

“Railways has rail user committees with selected members at divisional level and zonal level to gather feedback about issues related to amenities and service. Online system helps more people to take part,” said a railway officer.

Members of Emergency Readiness Response in Chennai have posted that state government officers in departments such as fire and rescue services should also be enlisted. Another member says the team should conduct regular mock exercise/drills and raise a data base on rescue and relief volunteers, medical team, logistic support volunteers, caterers and others.

However, regular commuters feel the group needs to be streamlined as Chennai is vast. K Baskar, a member of the group, said, “People should be grouped under sections like Chengalpet , Gummidipoondi , Tiruvallur, etc., so that in an emergency intimation can be given to people from those sections first.”


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Posted by on April 5, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Railway ministry to scrap CVMs

Following reports of widespread misuse of the railway coupon books, the Ministry of Railways has decided to discontinue the operation of Coupon Validating Machines (CVM) on the Central Railway (CR) as well as on Western Railway (WR). The sale of CVM coupons will be discontinued from April 1, 2015.

However CR officials said the CVM coupons available with passengers would be permitted for use for a month’s period – commuters can get these stamped at the ticket counters in order to validate them.

“The Ministry of Railways was supposed to discontinue CVM coupons last year but postponed it as the alternative arrangement needed to be made. The main reason was the huge misuse and fraud taking place, it was leading to major revenue loss to the Railways,” said Narendra Patil, Chief Public Relations Officer, CR.

“The usage is limited to only 4 per cent overall. There were reports of commuters taking colour copies of the CVM coupon and it was a tough task for the ticket checkers to identify the duplicate from the original ones. Also, the passengers found it difficult to understand the punching and valuation of the CVM coupons,” added Patil.

At the same time, there are 658 Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs) on CR, with a recent addition to their numbers.

The WR has 457 ATVMs machines installed between Churchgate and Dahanu Road. “A total of approximately 78,000 passengers avail the tickets from the ATVMs,” said Sharat Chandrayan, Chief Public Relations Officer, WR.

“The CR is committed to provide facilities to its customers in all possible ways. To reduce long queues at booking counters it came up with other modes of ticketing systems such as JTBS (Jansadharan Ticket Booking Sevaks), ATVMs and recently launched Unreserved Mobile Ticketing system . Amongst all the sale of tickets, sale through ATVMs is about 21 per cent of total sale of tickets thereby reducing the queues on counters considerably. JTBS also accounts for about 21 per cent and to purchase a ticket through ATVM the passenger has to purchase a Smart Card first which can be recharged as per requirement. The passenger is benefited with five per cent more value, that is, with the charging of Rs 100, the passenger can purchase the tickets valued at Rs 105,” Patil said.

Indian Express

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Posted by on March 31, 2015 in Uncategorized


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