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Railways to prosecute passengers who litter

In an attempt to make railway stations cleaner, railway authorities have started prosecuting passengers found littering its premises. Around 50,000 rail users caught littering have been prosecuted between January and October this years; an increase of 280 per cent during the same period last year.

A senior railway official said that people always criticised the Railways for dirty trains and station pr-emises. “The Railway alw-ays work hard to keep the station premises neat and clean, but failed to maintain the desired result due to high footfall. But after PM Narendra Modi launched the “Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan” last year, we are continuously working hard to make the stations cleaner,” he added.

According to a senior official of the Delhi division of northern railway, under which all the station of the capital fall, the division has adopted two prolonged strategies to improve the level of cleanliness at the railway stations. First is creating awareness among rail users and carrying an anti-littering drive. “From January to October this year, 50,000 rail users detected littering have been penalised.”

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Posted by on November 19, 2015 in Uncategorized



Northern Railway on a sunny trip

Delhi division: solar energy is our focus with three objectives – energy conservation, reduction in energy expenditure, pollution-free environment

To keep its train operations environment-friendly and also cost-effective, Northern Railway is tapping into solar energy in a big way.

As part of this ‘green drive’, the Delhi Division of Northern Railway is also trying to meet as much of its energy needs through solar power as possible. The division is tapping solar energy not only at its major buildings and structures but also on moving trains, as part of a pilot project.

“We already have rooftop solar panels at railway stations such as New Delhi and Delhi Cantonment, among others, but also atop a large number of platform shelters at these stations. These measures have helped us bring down our electricity consumption bills in a significant way,” said Arun Arora, Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi Division.

“The Delhi Division is tapping solar power, whether at platform shelters, railway stations or service buildings. One of our pilot projects is to convert an entire express train – Shaan-e-Punjab – with solar panels on top,” said Mr. Arora.

“Already one coach of the rake has rooftop solar panels and it has been running satisfactorily for the last one year. We are planning to have these panels on each coach of the train,” he said.

“Solar energy is our focus area with three primary objectives – energy conservation, reduction in energy expenditure and keeping the environment pollution free. We are not leaving any stone unturned to fulfil these three objectives,” he said.

“This is apart from our other initiatives such as the waste water recycling plant at Kishanganj in Delhi,” he said.

The Delhi Division has also installed a 25 kb power Solar Energy Panel at Gurgaon station in collaboration with RITES. Also, solar geysers have been installed at the Northern Railway Central Hospital in Delhi. Other establishments where solar energy is being tapped in a major way include the Delhi Divisional Railway Manager’s office, Sahibabad station and other stations and offices. While the Delhi Division is trying to cut down on its energy consumption at major railway stations in Delhi NCR, there are many stations in the Division that face regular power cuts and do not even have reliable power supply. At many such small stations in the NCR, the authorities have to depend on gensets for carrying out important operations. The Division is now planning to install solar power plants at most of these stations to tide over the power shortage problem.

The biggest achievement of the Northern Railway in harnessing solar energy has been at the solar power plant at the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Railway Station, which is meeting energy needs of 5,000 kilo watts daily through solar power. The one Megawatt Peak (MWP) rooftop grid at the station is the largest rooftop solar power plant on the Indian Railways network and the largest in Jammu and Kashmir.

The plant not only takes care of the energy needs of the station but Northern Railway has also made an arrangement for import/export of excess energy production with Power Development Department of J&K government.

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Posted by on November 16, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Northern Railway mulls luxury trains to tourist spots in Kashmir

State government is mulling to run a tourist luxury train to cover important tourist spots in the State.

The proposal in this regard was mooted by J&K tourism department with Northern Railway in a high-level meeting in Srinagar.

The feasibility and modalities of this will be worked out by J&K tourism department in association with IRCTC.
The meeting observed that railway establishments would have to be built at strategic locations in the Valley for the efficient working and for the convenience of the personnel working on the USBRL project.

In this regard permission was sought from the State government for building an approach bridge on the river Lidder at Pahalgam and procurement of land at Gulmarg. The State government has agreed to expedite the process of granting permission for the same.
The meeting was attended by General Manager Northern Railway A K Puthia along with principal heads of Departments (NR), Chief Operating Manager Sanjiv Garg, Chief Commercial Manager G P Shrivastava, Principal Chief Engineer R K Agarwal, Chief Electrical Engineer G S Singh, Chief Security Commissioner Sanjay Kishore, Chief Motive Power Engineer (Diesel) A K Rana and Divisional Railway Manager Anuj Prakash participated in the meeting.

The government of J&K was represented by the Chief Secretary J&K BR Sharma, Principal Secretary BB Sharma, Managing Director JKTDC Farooq Shah and Chiefs of Water and Electricity Supply Department.

The meeting also discussed the movement of the DEMU coaches stranded at present at Udhampur, which have to be hauled by road as there is still no rail connectivity between Udhampur and Banihal.

These coaches are of state-of-the-art design and with heating arrangement catering to the climatic factors, providing aesthetic splendor of the Valley through wider windows for panoramic view and ergonomically designed cushioned chair etc. for pleasant and comfortable journey.

At present there are 26 train services operational in the valley. Out of which 22 are having a composition of eight coaches, with the augmentation of the rest of the trains within a week of delivery of the additional coaches all services will have a composition of eight coaches per train.

Improvement of public amenities at the various railway stations in the form of uninterrupted supply of drinking water and electricity was also discussed. Assurance was given by the officials of the state government for providing adequate safety and security to staff and railway establishments in Valley.

Further Northern Railway expressed confidence that active public co-operation would go hand-in-hand in ensuring the Railways’ endeavour to continue its agenda to provide greater connectivity and thereby progress in the region.

Pertinently, government of India planned a 326 km long railway line joining the Kashmir valley with the Indian railways network to provide an alternative and a reliable transportation system to J&K,

The Jammu-Udhampur-Katra-Quazigund-Baramulla Railway line is the biggest project being constructed in mountainous terrain since independence in India.

From Jammu to Baramulla, it passes through the arduous and lofty Himalayas. The Jammu-Udhampur section of 54 km length was constructed and commissioned by Northern Railway in April 2005. The remaining portion between Udhampur to Baramulla (272 Km) was declared as national project and given the name Udhampur–Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project. Except the stretch between Banihal and Katra rest of the portion of the project is already complete and in operation.

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Posted by on October 30, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Railways to set up a bio-waste processing plant

The Delhi Division of Northern Railway is going to set up a first of its kind ‘Bio-waste processing plant’ at Kishanganj Railway Colony.

The proposed bio-waste plant will turn biodegradable waste generated in the colony into compost and even electricity. The plant is expected to process about 1,000 Kg. of waste generated by the largest railway colony of Indian Railways.

“The output would be used as compost for our nursery and 70-80 KWhr. of electricity per tonne of biodegradable waste for street lights of the colony besides getting rid of bio waste in the colony itself,” said Arun Arora, Divisional Railway Manager.

Mr. Arora said that the estimated project cost will be Rs. 38 lakh for the proposed 1,000 Kg. feed plant and the plant is expected to be commissioned by March 2016.

The complete unit will be housed in a 40-feet container and will be powered by solar cells.

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Posted by on October 12, 2015 in Uncategorized


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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.

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Posted by on October 8, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Railways plan green toilets for clean trains, stations

Indian Railways is gearing up to replace all conventional toilets in the trains with “bio-vacuum toilets”. Officials said these environment-friendly toilets consume less water and also help in preventing corrosion of rail tracks.For the first time in Indian Railways, a set of such toilets has been installed on a trial basis in one of the AC-I coaches of Dibrugarh Rajdhani at an estimated cost of about Rs 3 lakh. Officials said after completion of successful trials, around 80 such toilets will be installed in a Shatabdi Express for which the department may float global tenders inviting multinational companies from USA, Germany and Spain.

According to the Delhi division officials, the vacuum toilets installed in the trains in foreign countries have a retention tank placed under the coach. It holds all human waste that is flushed out of the toilet. The toilet then needs to be evacuated at terminal stations, making involvement of municipal corporations necessary in the process.

They said the bio-vacuum toilets, on the other hand, transfer the flushed-out faecal matter into a bio-digester, which eliminates the need to create a separate ground-handling installation or the need to stop at terminal stations.

Talking about its efficiency, Arun Arora, divisional railway manager, Delhi division of Northern Railway, said the tank is fitted underneath the coach and contains anaerobic bacteria that convert human faecal matter into water and small amount of gases before discharging the same on ground or track.

“These bio-vacuum toilets are primarily aimed at conserving water up to 20 times than used in the current design of toilets. With no more stinking platforms, the move will also help tackle the problem of environmental degradation. The anaerobic bacteria inactivate the pathogens responsible for water-borne diseases. When the toilet is flushed, a strong vacuum is created, which pulls the waste out of the toilet. The faecal matter is sucked in quickly and efficiently using air. This saves water,” Arora said.

Officials said the conventional toilets have been an “inextricable obstacle”, towards progress of Indian Railways as the waste is dumped directly on to the tracks that causes excessive stench leading to clogging of rail lines at busy stations.

“Adopting an environment- friendly approach, the Delhi division of the Northern Railway has developed a prototype of the conventional bio-toilets by modifying the standard flushing protocol of a vaccum toilet,” said Ajay Michael, public relations officer, Delhi division, Northern Railway.


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Posted by on October 3, 2015 in Uncategorized


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New Delhi station to have vacuum toilets

The first vacuum toilets of the Indian Railways are going to come up at the New Delhi railway station (NDLS). The move comes after Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu, while presenting the rail budget in February, had directed the Research, Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) to create vacuum toilets by August.

To ensure longevity and lower maintenance, the vacuum toilets will be made of stainless steel instead of porcelain. The sets would be brought in from the United States and would be installed at platforms of the railway station within two months.

Instead of introducing the facility directly in trains, the Railway Board has decided to first install those as a pilot project at the station. “We needed to gauge public behaviour and the operation part of the toilets. So the board suggested that those be set up first at a stationery place. The proposal was accepted by us today (Wednesday),” said Arun Arora, Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi Division, Northern Railway.

The Northern Railway has roped in a start-up company named Swamukt Waste Energy Private Limited for the pilot project and it shall bear all the costs on its own. Found in airplanes, vacuum toilets contribute significantly toward water conservation and also consume lesser power. Besides, they make lesser noise compared to the conventional ones and are better hygienically.

“As per the new guidelines issued by the Railway Board, there have to be at least four vacuum toilets per train. The plan will be taken forward once the NDLS project is a success. The exact location as to on which platforms the facility will be available is yet to be decided,” said Mr. Arora.

So far, the Indian Railways has replaced the existing toilets with 17,388 bio-toilets and it intends to replace another 17,000 toilets by the end of this year. With cleanliness being a major concern both on trains, tracks and at stations, Mr. Prabhu during his rail budget speech also emphasised on accelerated deployment of bio-toilets on trains. “The older models of toilets would result in corrosion of tracks and massive financial losses. Therefore, new toilets will also be built at 650 additional stations, compared to 120 stations last year,” Mr. Prabhu had said during his budget speech.

Northern Railway has roped in a start-up company named Swamukt Waste Energy Private Limited for the pilot project.

The Hindu

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Posted by on July 16, 2015 in Uncategorized


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