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29 CR, 11 WR stations adopted to ensure cleanliness

With an aim to keep Indian Railways stations neat and clean, 29 and 11 stations of Central and Western Railway respectively have been adopted by different social, non-governmental organisations and charitable institutes.
The move by the organisations is aimed at meeting the target of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year.

The adoption of station by charitable institutions, social organisations and NGOs is a new concept initiated under ‘Swachh Rail u2013 Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ of Indian Railways initiated by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, the Railways said in a statement.
“To get the ‘Swachh rail’ actualised, prominent charitable Institutions, social organisations and NGOs were contacted by Central and Western Railways regarding adoption of stations and support in taking forward the campaign with active participation of its volunteers/social workers.

“Matunga station has been adopted by Welinkgar Institute, Vadala Road station by Vidyalankar Institute and Dadar station by Nerolac Paints. Apart from this, cleaning drive has already been started at GTB Nagar, Nahur, Chembur, Kanjurmarg, Vidyavihar, Kings Circle, Bhandup and Ghatkopar stations with the initiative by various institutes and organisations,” it said.
Rotary International has come forward by accepting the challenge to fulfil the social cause by adopting various stations of Central and Western Railway (WR).

Yesterday, Rotary International District 3140 adopted eight stations – Thane, Dombivali, Govandi and Mankhurd of Central Railway (CR) and Borivali, Kandivali, Bandra and Khar Road of Western Railway.

“Rotary is involved in series of humanitarian efforts and it is in sync with various initiatives proposed by PM Narendra Modi,” a volunteer with the organisation said.

“Through these proactive efforts of the Central and Western Railway authorities and the Rotary, we expect a face-lift of the stations, cleaner and healthier toilet blocks, awareness to the travelling public on various health and safety issues and a high sense of belonging to the commuters towards the public property,” a senior officer of the Central Railways said.

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Posted by on October 17, 2015 in Uncategorized


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CR to relay real-time updates for commuters

Announcements to include incidents like snapping of overhead cables, rail fractures, point failures and derailments; updates to be provided in Siemens rakes only

After being jeered at, booed and cursed for years, the Central Railway (CR) seems to have finally decoded the reason for commuters’ ire.

Workers repair a snapped overhead cable near Byculla station. With the upgraded system, commuters will receive timely announcements about untoward incidents. File pic for representation

It has been learnt that the CR has commenced the process of upgrading the existing announcement system inside Siemens rakes to provide commuters with real time updates about untoward incidents.

Of the total 121 rakes, the system has been upgraded inside 59 rakes. Sources said CR has 64 Siemens rakes, of which five were recently received from the Western Railway (WR), the rest are retrofitted rakes. They added the administration is phasing out the old rakes systematically, and has retired around 11 rakes in the last three months.

“Other retrofitted rakes don’t have the announcement system. So we are improving the ones present in Siemens rakes, by trying to provide as much real time information as possible,” said a CR official. The official added that the railways have started relaying ‘mind the gap between platform and train’ message inside local trains. Earlier, the announcement was restricted to ‘not to travel on rooftop’.

Prevailing issues
Earlier, no announcements were made in case of untoward incidents like a technical glitch, snapping of overhead cables, rail fractures, point failures or even derailments, which left the commuters clueless and fuming.

Time and again, passengers’ associations have registered complaints about commuters receiving no or minimal information in case of a technical failure on the suburban system. Commuters claimed that such announcements are only made at railway stations and that too once in a while.

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Posted by on October 5, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Want funds for MUTP? Install automatic closing doors in locals: World Bank

This is what World Bank representatives told officials from the state government and the Indian Railways during a meeting to discuss the possibility of them funding part of the Rs 11,440-crore Mumbai Urban Transport Project, Phase III; the World Bank MD also took a local train ride to interact with commuters

“If you want money, ensure Mumbai’s local trains have closed doors”. This is what officials from the Maharashtra government were told when they met representatives of the World Bank yesterday to discuss the possibility of the latter funding part of the Rs 11,440-crore Mumbai Urban Transport Project- III.

While the installation of automatic closing doors was not made a pre-condition, sources said WB officials laid a lot of emphasis on that as well as preventing trespassing on tracks to save lives

While the installation of automatic closing doors was not made a pre-condition, sources said WB officials laid a lot of emphasis on that as well as preventing trespassing on tracks to save lives

While this was not made a pre-condition for funding, sources said the World Bank placed a lot of emphasis on getting the government and the railways to ensure that commuters on Mumbai’s packed lifeline do not lose their lives due to overcrowding in trains as well as through trespassing on tracks.

The World Bank’s request, incidentally, comes at a very apt time. In the three days between September 19 and September 21, 35 deaths took place on the tracks on Mumbai’s suburban network, while 32 others were injured.
On the table

Following the high-level meeting between World Bank, state government and Indian Railways officials, Onno Ruhl, Country Director, World Bank, said, “We know that people die on the suburban railway system and, thus, we want doors that close automatically to be installed.

Presently, work on the trespass control project at railway stations is underway, but there is lot of scope for improvement.” World Bank officials said the institution has spent about $900 million on the MUTP so far and that they have been seeing delays in the implementation of projects.

Western Railway (WR) had begun trying out the ‘closed-door’ project in the first-class ladies compartment in March, but it was stopped in August. Officials said that they are making technical changes as they had found that the closed doors were opening late, there was no indication of which side the doors would open on, and that the motormen and guards used to press the wrong buttons at times, leading to doors on the wrong side getting opened.

“We have been making changes in the technology and improving its functioning. The closed-door system will be back in use within a week,” said Sharat Chandrayan, chief Public Relations Officer, WR.

AC trains
WB officials said that a bustling city like Mumbai needs AC trains too. “People here should change their habit of travelling. It will take time, but AC trains with closed doors are the next step,” said a WB official. He added that the state government and railways should think of having every third coach as an AC one in every local to give commuters more options.

Trespass control
The WB has made a special provision of Rs 130-crore for a trespass control project after the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) failed to utilise some of the funds allocated under the MUTP. Under this project 11 stations and 22 spots across CR and WR are being revamped to prevent trespassing near station premises and between stations.

This includes constructing skywalks, erecting barriers and fencing off areas. On the Central Railway (CR) route, 12 trespassing spots have been identified near stations, especially close to Thane, Kalwa, Mumbra and Kalyan, while on the Western Railway (WR), crossing of tracks is rampant between Mahim and Borivli.

Most of these areas have slums close to the tracks. Of the 11 stations identified, work at Kurla, Kalyan, Vasai and Nallasopara will be carried out in the first phase and the Dadar, Kandivli, Bhayandar, Kanjur Marg Thane and Thakurli stations will be taken up after that. Dadar East and West are being taken as two separate stations.


The Rs 11,440-crore MUTP-III project includes the quadrupling of rail lines between Virar and Dahanu, doubling them between Panvel and Karjat and construction of an elevated rail link between Airoli and Kalwa. It will also include the purchase of rakes for the Mumbai suburban network.
Indrawati commuting via 3.16 pm Borivli local yesterday. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi
Indrawati commuting via 3.16 pm Borivli local yesterday. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi

Taking a local with the World Bank MD
>> The Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer Mulyani Indrawati took a train ride from Churchgate to Andheri yesterday. Accompanied by other officials, she boarded the 3.16 pm Borivli local from Churchgate.
>> She spoke to women commuters about the issues they face while travelling
in local trains. “It is good that there are separate coaches for women. But, we want the railways to take more steps to ensure the safety of women commuters and offer them better sanitation facilities,” said Indrawati.
>> A commuter who was returning from the Siddhivinayak Temple offered Indrawati and the other officials modak, which they accepted
>> A lady TC checked the tickets of Indrawati and others and the World Bank COO interacted with her as well.
>> What some commuters told the World Bank MD

The trains are very safe now, we don’t feel insecure while travelling. We do, however, prefer the ladies-special trains
— Daksha Parekh
Automatic closing doors should be installed to prevent cases of people falling off from the locals
— Jayashree Shah

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Posted by on September 23, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Improved sliding doors to be tried on WR trains

Taking into account the fast-paced life of Mumbaites, the Western Railway (WR) has improvised on the door closing mechanism for the first class ladies compartments of its local trains to make it more convenient for commuters. A Korean company appointed by the railways have redesigned the software for the automatic door system, ensuring that the doors open as soon as the train reaches a station, without causing delay.

Learning from the short trial runs of automatic door closing system introduced in March, railways have now installed an LED green light above the door. This light will indicate that doors are about to open as the train pulls into a station. The guard of the trains will be able to give a command even before the train has come to a halt. The system will receive the message and the door will open as soon as the trains halt.

Previously, the guard could press the button for doors to open only after the train halted. This would take at least two to three seconds after the train halts, and the sliding of the door would take another 2.5 seconds. Moreover, if the guard happened to press the button to open doors before the train stopped, the entire system would malfunction.  It would delay trains and also make the system impractical during peak hours.

The new system will take care of such problems. There will also be a button for opening doors on both sides simultaneously for those stations which have platforms on both sides.

An official from WR said: “Earlier, when the train halted at Churchgate, the guard would press the button on one side for opening the door on that side and then had to turn to the other side. This made it very problematic. Now there will be a button for opening the doors on both sides simultaneously.”

Chief Public Relations Officer of WR, Sharat Chandrayan, said: “The train with the new door closing technology is ready and a few final touches are to be given. It will be put on tracks for trials in a week’s time.”


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Posted by on September 15, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Rail officials ask for removal of mobile ticketing surcharge

The chairman of the Railway Board was told during a meeting that giving discounts to commuters using mobile ticketing would increase its popularity 

Mumbai : In order to improve the sales of paperless mobile ticketing, officials from Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR) have asked the Chairman of Railway Board (CRB) to forego the surcharge levied on mobile ticketing users and, instead, give them a discount.

The request to waive off the surcharge of Rs 10 and, further, to give discounts was put forth during the three-hour-long meeting that was held by CRB CRB AK Mittal during his day-long visit to the city on Friday.

During the meeting, Mittal asked the WR officials about the performance of paperless mobile ticketing, which was inaugurated by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu himself.

A senior railway official said, “We informed him that mobile ticketing has gone up to 800 tickets each day from the earlier figure of 500 per day. We also asked him to waive off the surcharge and give discounts that will help it gain popularity amongst commuters.”

According to railway officials, a commuter using an ATVM is given a 5 per cent discount, while a commuter opting for mobile ticketing is levied with surcharge and service tax. This additional surcharge is applicable to those commuters who recharge their e-wallets using mobile ticketing on each and every recharge.

The CRB has asked the railway officials to write a joint letter asking for the surcharge to be waived off once paperless mobile ticketing is also commissioned on CR. The board will then consider the request and act accordingly, assured Mittal. At present, CRIS, which is the IT arm of the railways, is conducting the test trials for the implementation of ticketing on CR, which is much more complex and heavily dense as compared to WR.


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Posted by on August 13, 2015 in Uncategorized


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WR plans to make waiting rooms more comfortable

Taking a cue from the massive fans installed in one of the city’s malls, Western Railway (WR) is all set to install similar fans for the comfort of long-distance commuters waiting at local train stations. The fans, which have huge blades, will cost WR nearly Rs 3.5 lakh each, but will generate a breeze comparable to sea breeze for those waiting at the railway stations.

These fans will be first installed in the waiting halls at Mumbai Central and Bandra stations, where hundreds of commuters wait everyday for their trains to arrive.

It all started when a senior railway official was visiting one of the malls in the city and noticed a ceiling fan with huge blades generating a pleasant breeze. The fan, with blades as much as 2 to 2.5 meters in length, moved at a relatively slow pace but the airflow was tremendous.  The official said, “The mall did not have an air conditioner in that area but, with these fans installed, the need for it was not felt. The station halls, which are mostly open, cannot be enclosed to install air conditioners, in which case a fan like this could be ideal.”

Officials are now planning to put up two to three such fans in the waiting area of Mumbai Central station and another two at Bandra. “We will ensure that the work for putting up these fans up is done as soon as possible,” the official added.


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Posted by on July 26, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Western Railways to give facelift to 28 stations

Passengers travelling on Western Railway (WR), in near future, can hop into a posh restaurant, relax in a special lounge room, take part in recreational activities or enjoy shopping with their favourite brands at 28 stations.

This will be possible after completion of a station redevelopment plan cleared by the Centre.

The Union Cabinet recently approved redevelopment of more than 400 railway stations on ‘as is where is’ basis. Of these, 28 stations are under Western Railway.

Once the redevelopment project is complete, passengers travelling on WR can step into a posh restaurant, relax in a special lounge room, take part in recreational activities or enjoy shopping with their favourite brands at these stations, a WR statement said here today.

For this purpose, six `Au20131′ category and 22 `A’ category stations of WR have been identified. The `Au20131′ category stations consists of Mumbai Central (Main), Bandra Terminus, Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad and Rajkot.

`A’ category stations comprise Anand, Ankleshwar, Bharuch, Bhavnagar Terminus, Chittorgarh Jn, Gandhidham, Indore, Jamnagar, Mahesana, Nadiad, Nagda, Navsari, New Bhuj, Palanpur, Ratlam, Surendranagar, Udhana, Ujjain, Valsad, Vapi, Veraval and Viramgam, the statement said.

These stations are generally located in metros, major cities, pilgrimage centres and important tourist destinations.

The redevelopment would be carried out through open invitation from interested parties with their designs and business ideas.

“This approval will enable the Ministry of Railways to accelerate the redevelopment of `A-1′ and `A’ category stations. It will also encourage innovative ideas from interested parties at no cost to the Railways,” it said.

Redevelopment of identified stations is to be undertaken through the Indian Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC).


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Posted by on July 25, 2015 in Uncategorized


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