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New-look Shalimar to take load off Howrah

Shalimar, in Howrah, is being turned into a major railway terminal by South Eastern Railway (SER). Located much closer to the Vidyasagar Setu than either Howrah or Santragachhi stations, this will be an ideal place from where trains towards central, southern or western India can originate. Shalimar is also on the banks of the Hooghly and this will facilitate transportation from Kolkata in ferries.

“Most SER trains now originate and terminate at Howrah station. Though the new terminus of Howrah station is meant exclusively for SER trains, there is capacity restriction. We require a new terminus for our trains, particularly the new ones that have been announced in the last few years. At present, Shalimar has very poor road connectivity. Apart from other passenger amenities, a double-lane connectivity to the nearby Andul Road has been planned for quick dispersal of passengers. There will also be connectivity to the jetty,” said Sanjoy Ghosh, CPRO, SER.

The new terminal will have a three-storied station building with facilities such as better roads, Road Over Bridges (ROBs), parking lots, bus stands, water treatment plant and an overhead reservoir. Most of the existing structures will be demolished to make way for the new ones.

“The project to develop Shalimar station was sanctioned in 2011-12. The original sanctioned cost was nearly Rs 204.85 crore and SER engaged IRCON to develop the station. IRCON developed a master plan and submitted a revised estimate of Rs 350 crore. The flyover connecting the station to Andul Road will be 1.5 km long. Three floors of the station will have covered area of over 4,500 sq m each. An ROB with bowstring design will replace a level crossing and there would be two subways connecting the platforms. There will also be a foot over-bridge connecting the platforms and a pedestrian subway to the jetty,” an official said.

The area surrounding the station will be fenced off and a circle road, circulating area and parking lots will be developed. The bus terminus would accommodate 15 buses and there will also be parking facilities for 50 auto-rickshaws. The parking lot will also accommodate 245 two-wheelers, 15 VIP cars and 160 private cars. There will also be space for 125 taxis.

“The work will be undertaken in two phases. Under the first phase, the station building will be constructed along with a foot over bridge, the circulating area, an additional platform and a pedestrian sub-way connecting the platforms. Basic infrastructural work has already started,” the official added.

Under the second phase, an island platform will be constructed and electrical work such as setting up of escalators, elevators and a sub-station would be completed.

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Posted by on November 22, 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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Record number of extra coaches attached to SER trains in 2015

South Eastern Railway (SER) has created an all time record in the month of March’2015 by augmentation of coaches to clear extra rush of passengers in various long distance Mail/Express and Passenger trains.

A total of 886 coaches were added to various trains during the month (UP and DN) surpassing the previous highest record of 571 coaches achieved in November, 2012. The maximum numbers of coaches (804) were attached from Santragachi coaching depot of Kharagpur Division which maintains the maximum number of long distance trains. Ranch/Hatia added 20 coaches and Tatanagar/Rourkela added 62 coaches during the month to achieve this record augmentation.

Some of the popular Mail/Express trains where regular augmentation was done include Howrah-Ahmedabad Exp; Howrah-Pune Azad Hind Express; Shalimar-Trivandrum Express; Shalimar-Nagercoil Express; Howrah-Pune Duronto Express ; Howrah-Mumbai Duronto Express; Howrah –Yesvantpur Duronto Express; Howrah – Digha Tamralipta Exp; Howrah-Digha Kandari Express; Howrah-Puri Dhauli Exp; Howrah-Yeswantpur Express etc. (EOIC)

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Posted by on April 4, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Ride to Matheran on steam engine powered by diesel

From June, railway enthusiasts will again have a chance to witness a “steam engine” hissing its way up the hills of Matheran. The engine was last seen in Matheran’s hills in November 2011.

It was pulled out of operation after embers from the coal-fired steam engine sparked fire on dry grass along the route. After the forest department and locals objected to the plying of the coal-fired train, the Central Railway (CR) has now found a solution to the problem. “Instead of coal, the newly modified steam locomotive will be fired by diesel,” said CR’s divisonal railway manager, Mumbai, Mukesh Nigam.

The modification of the B-794 steam locomotive is being carried out at Golden Rock Workshop, Tiruchirapalli, in South Eastern Railway at an approximate cost of Rs 20 lakh. “The steam engine has its own charm and there were many requests to run the services through such locomotives,” Nigam added.

Despite the modification, it will have the authentic sounds of the steam whistle. The engine will also get a fresh coat of corrosion-free glossy paint.

The refurbished locomotive is scheduled to arrive in the last week of May. The trial will be carried out for a few days after which the locomotive will be pressed into service in June. The train will be run only as a chartered service. It will be able to pull three coaches. The tariff is yet to be finalized. An official said, “Due to huge demand, we decided to re-introduce the service.”

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Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Mechanised laundry built at Sankrail for SER passengers

With a view to provide clean linen and thereby more comfortable journey to passengers, South Eastern Railway has laid emphasis on mechanisation of laundries. Recently, a mechanised laundry has been commissioned by the agency entrusted to wash and clean linen (bed rolls) provided to passengers in train.

The mechanised laundry built in an area of 6000 Sq ft at Sankrail in West Bengal is undertaking washing of bedrolls and linen used in various trains with an output of 6000 bed sheets and 3000 face towels per day.

Altogether 35 employees are working in two shifts to improve the quality of washing of bedrolls. A number of sophisticated machines including Washer Extractor, Hydro Extractor, Filter and Softener, Calendaring Machine, Tumbler Drier which ensure high quality cleaning methods have been installed in the Sankrail Laundry, so that passenger travelling in SER trains are satisfied with the linen supplied. With functioning of this mechanised laundry, passenger complaints regarding linen supplied in coaches have come down significantly. During March, 2013, SER has got only 4 Bedroll related complaints in comparison to 18 and 19 nos in January and February, 2013 respectively. South Eastern Railway’s first Mechanised Laundry was commissioned at Tatanagar in March, 2012. With a view to ensure passenger satisfaction regarding the quality of bedrolls supplied in trains, SER is in the process of commissioning two more mechanized laundries at Chakradharpur and Hatia.

This will be followed by a large mechanised laundry at Santragachi. After commissioning of all these mechanised laundries at Chakradharpur, Hatia and Santragachi, it is expected that SER will be able to achieve significant improvement in Linen Management. UNI BM 1647 NNNN

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Posted by on April 20, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Railways safety tips for women commuters

In the wake of sudden spurt in cases of crime against women travelling in trains, the Chakradharpur division of the South Eastern Railway (SER) zone has announced issuing fresh guidelines to the women commuters travelling in the day hours.

With six major incidents of sexual harassment this year, the authorities are pulling out all stops to ensure the safety of women commuters and nab the miscreants on trains originating or passing through various junctions under CKP division.

“Earlier we had specific safety guidelines for women commuters travelling at night. But now we are coming with safety guidelines for the women travelling during the day,” said Chakradharpur senior commercial divisional manager A N Biswas.

The new guidelines that are likely to come into effect from July 1 aim to check crime against women.

According to a senior railway officer, the guidelines for women commuters is under consideration and shall be finalized following inputs from all the stakeholders including suggestions from the women rights groups.

Sources said women commuters travelling during the day would be advised to be watchful of the people boarding the train.

On part of the railways, it is most likely that number of women cops on-board the trains will be increased. Women RPF constables in plain clothes would be deployed on long distance superfast and express trains.

Recently, the CKP railway had announced taking help of hawkers on trains and at railway stations to keep an eye on offenders. “We cannot reveal the specifics of the guidelines right now. We are consulting with the security agencies (RPF and GRP) for formulating journey guidelines for women passengers,” said Biswas.

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Posted by on April 11, 2013 in Uncategorized


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SE Rlys’ move to distribute soap strips to passengers in AC coaches.

Faced with rampant allegation of lack of hygiene facilities in train lavatories, South Eastern Railway has started distributing paper-soap strips to commuters travelling in air conditioned classes in six long distance Mail / Express trains originating from Howrah. The six trains are ~ Howrah-Ahmedabad Express, Howrah-Mumbai CST Gitanjali Express, Howrah-Mumbai Mail, Howrah-Chennai Mail, Howrah-Chennai Coromandel Express and the Howrah-Yesvantpur Express. The paper-soap strips are being distributed to the passengers travelling in 1st AC, 2-nd Ac and 3-rd AC coaches. South Eastern Railway plans to extend the facility to more mail / express trains in future. Also, it is planning to distribute among train travellers a de-odorant sanitising disinfectant (phenyl-like substance) solution for use in the toilets.

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Posted by on June 10, 2012 in Uncategorized


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