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CR to power up CST cams with new software to strengthen electronic surveillance

Cameras at key Central Railway stations are set to get smarter with video-analytical software to strengthen electronic surveillance. The software sends an alert abo ut unusual activity or any intrusion that security personnel can attend to on a priority.

The software will be used as a pilot project at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), which has maxi mum footfalls, to detect loiterers, curb tampering of railway equipment or sounds of gunshots, said se nior railway cofficials.

Security has been a huge concern after CST was targetted during the 2611terror attacks. Using videoanalytics will reduce the workload on Railway Protection Force (RPF) operators who find it nearly impossible to constantly monitor feeds from the various cameras installed at the station.

“While installing the software, one has to set up parameters for the activity being looked at, like a person trying to gain access to restricted premises. Then the alert notification system has to be set up. Now, every time the software detects something that meets its search criteria, it will trigger off an alert,“ an official said. Multiple images of the situation will start popping up on the screen and the operator can immediately tell his colleagues to attend to it, he added.

“The software will make IP cameras more intelligent. We can keep tabs on any intrusion into ticket booking offices, abandoning of objects or their removal and defacement of railway property ,“ the railway official said. Direction of movement can also be defined so the system generates triggers only when individuals move in a particular direction across an area.

Eight vehicle scanners, totally worth Rs 2.3 crore, will also be purchased, of which two will be used at CST. Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) is likely to be the next to get the scanners.

Western Railway will set up two baggage scanners at Bandra Terminus and Mumbai Central Terminus within two months.

But railway officials admitted that the sheer volume of vehicles and passengers arriving at railway termini make it impossible to examine each of them. The scanners will be used for select vehicles or baggage that security personnel find suspicious, or when a high alert is declared.

WR also plans to add seven dogs to its canine squad. At present, it has three dogs and three are being trained.

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Posted by on November 26, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Armed With Mobile Cams, RPF Squad on the lookout for commuters blocking Seats

Armed with cellphone cameras, the Western Railway has deployed a special team of RPF personnel, who keep a check on passengers violating rules and, thereby, making train journeys a nuisance for others.

A senior officer of Western Railway said that special teams of intelligence squads from the RPF in civil clothes have been deployed at various terminals and trains, who click pictures of violators blocking seats in crowded trains and doing stunts on the footboards.

Railway officials are planning to put up posters carrying these pictures so that these violators alter their behaviour due to fear of humiliation, if not of the law.

Mumbai Mirror has in its possession 25 such pictures of railway offenders who make train travel inconvenient for others.

“It is a really good idea to stop such behaviour in trains,” said Manish Shah, who regularly travels between Virar and Churchgate.

“Last week we apprehended four people from Borivali who were blocking seats by stretching their legs and keeping bags. Even then, such practices have not stopped. We decided to create a data base of pictures of such passengers and take action against them according to the Railway Act. We will put up their posters at railway stations and trains and also send them to their family members,” said a railway officer.

Passengers travelling to and from Virar and Borivali on the western line and Badalapur, Ambernath, Titwala, Kalyan, Dombivali and Thane on the central line, particularly, face these problems. Railway officials are of the opinion that many passengers also travel in opposite directions to be able to block seats for others when they travel back.

Many people allegedly travel upto Kandivali from Borivali station to block seats for their return travel.

“This practice of blocking seats is a very common problem, especially during peak hour travel. This creates problems between passengers and is also one of the main causes of fighting between them,” said Shailendra Kumar, divisional railway manager of Western Railway, Mumbai central division.

“Now we are going to put up their posters along with charging them for violating railway rules,” he added.

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Posted by on October 25, 2015 in Uncategorized


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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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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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Western Railway to offer AC comfort only on fast line between Churchgate and Borivli

The Western Railway will run the fully air-conditioned rakes only on the fast corridor, and that too only between Churchgate and Borivli.

The Western Railway plans to peg the AC local fare to the rate charged for first AC chair car. As of now, the minimum distance slab for first AC chair car is 100 km — roughly the distance between Mumbai Central and Boisar on the WR — and fare for the slab is Rs 255.

“For the AC local train, we will have to keep two slabs at 40 km and 25 km, for which the fare could be Rs 100 and Rs 75, respectively,” a Western Railway official said.

Even though the air-conditioned rakes are expected only in January, the Western Railway has made room for these in the revised time-table that is to be implemented from October 1.

“We plan to run as many as 10 services with this air-conditioned rake, of which at least two to three services will be during the morning and evening peak hours,” the Western Railway official said.

The official said it made sense to run the services only between Churchgate and Borivli as it would allow running the optimum number of services during peak hours. Taking the services all the way up to Virar will increase the run time, which would prevent Western Railwayfrom running more than one service during the peak hours.

The Churchgate-Borivli distance is 34 km, while Churchgate-Virar is 60 km. It takes one hour and 21 minutes to travel between Churchgate and Virar as against 45 minutes between Churchgate and Borivli by a fast train.

There will be no concession for monthly season tickets.

“If we keep the fare at Rs 100, a season ticket worth of Rs 5,000 will be issued per month, assuming that 50 journeys will be carried out per month by the commuter,” the official said.

Unlike the Metro and Monorail, the suburban local network stations are not of the access-control kind.

There will be no token or smart card system to deduct the fare as and when a journey is completed since the platforms will be used for non-AC services as well.

“To prevent ticketless or unauthorized travel, we plan to depute ticket-checking staff randomly in front of many compartments to ensure deterrence and to catch offenders,” the official said.

The rake, which will run on 25 kV traction, is being manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory in Perumbur near Chennai.

The rake will have a vestibule-type design and the seating arrangement will be similar to the one in existing rakes. the railways having decided against the longitudinal seating arrangement prevalent in Metro coaches.


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Posted by on September 8, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Western Railway set to recycle water using reverse osmosis at new laundry

With environmental concerns becoming a major priority in the city, the Western Railways (WR) is set to recycle water using reverse osmosis at its new state-of-the-art laundry in the city. The aim of this project is to save 1.15 lakh litres of water a day and reduce the burden of purchasing potable water. The WR also plans to install an RO plant or water cleaning system in its recently-introduced mega-laundry at Bandra terminus, where 6 tonne of linen are being washed for over 16 hours a day. Already there is an effluent treatment plant. After the process of washing, the dirty water goes to a big tank, which has different chambers. Here, certain chemicals are added to neutralise the water so that it does not affect the environment.

“It is a costly affair but will prove to be very hygienic in the long run. We have set up such linen care centres in Ahmedabad, Indore, Junagarh and Surat as well. This specific laundry has three washer extractors, two tumbler dryers, three flat irons, two boilers, two compressors, one RCD installations for high-speed diesel storage and an effluent treatment plant,” said Arun Kumar Singh, senior coaching depot officer. “In one shift, 13 workers are deputed for different works for cleaning and ironing three thousand bed rolls. Right now, only three tonne linen are being cleaned but hopefully from October , 6 tonnes of linen will be cleaned. However, this laundry has a capacity of cleaning 10 tonnes, but we do not want over use machines,” he added. –

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Posted by on September 5, 2015 in Uncategorized



MRVC suggests different fares for slow, fast locals

Mounting losses, competition from Metro, Mono spark out-of-the-box thinking

A white paper to be submitted to the Railway Board also proposes the formation of a Suburban Rail Tariff Authority.

In a radical suggestion, the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has proposed different fares for fast and slow locals in Mumbai and also an independent fare fixation committee for the suburban network.

In a white paper to be presented to the Ministry of Railways, MRVC, the nodal body for development of local rail network in Mumbai metropolitan region, has suggested that that local trains’ ticket pricing must take into account fares of competing modes of transport like BEST buses, Metro, and Mono.

Currently, the ticket prices for both fast and slow services are the same and the only price differential is between first and second-class tickets.

The same formula applies to season passes. If MRVC’s suggestion is accepted, a premium will be charged for fast trains.

The new thinking comes in the wake of the Western Railway preparing to introduce air-conditioned trains early next year. Since the fare structure of AC trains will be different, the corporation believes it also provides an opportunity to rationalise ticket prices across the suburban network. The white paper talks about how the transport landscape in Mumbai has changed with the introduction of Metro and Mono and stresses the need for local trains to keep pace.

Since a fare revision in Mumbai suburban system has always been a sensitive issue, the white paper suggests formation of an independent Suburban Rail Tariff Authority to fix ticket prices.

The white paper was ordered by Railway Minister Suresh P Prabhu with directions to cover the whole gamut of issues connected with Mumbai’s over-burdened local train network. Once the white paper is presented to the Railway Ministry, it will be put up for commuters’ suggestions.

Chapter 4 of the report, which deals with the economic status of Mumbai’s locals, states that the poor financial performance of the suburban network is a major concern and time has come for serious introspection and appropriate remedial measures.

The report states that Mumbai locals at present are the cheapest mode of public transport at 50 paise per km as compared to Metro at Rs 5 for a km, Monorail Rs 1.67 and BEST buses at Rs 4 for a km.

Mumbai suburban railway network’s losses have increased five fold in the past five years and the cumulative loss for 2014-15 stands at Rs 1400 crore.

Former chairman of Railway Board Vivek Sahai said different fares for slow and fast locals is the most practical solution to deal with the local train network’s failing financial health. “A passenger on long-distance train pays separate fare for fast and passenger trains, so why not on suburban railway? In Mumbai, time is important and local trains are the fastest mode. There could be separate colour-coded season ticket for slow and fast trains,” he said.

Transport expert Ashok Datar too agreed the differential fare structure could bail out the suburban railway system. “It is a very nice idea and we have been pushing this one for quite some time. This and many more such ideas could be tried out in the existing scenario to increase the revenue of suburban trains.”

Rajiv Singhal of the Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee, however, said different fares for fast and slow trains will work only if the former offer something more than a quicker commute.

Mumbai suburban railway runs 2923 services daily. This includes 1618 (245 fast) services on Central Railway and 1305 (466 fast) services on Western Railway. The report adds that with every new service introduced, the operating expenses go up. In 2004-05, the cost of running a single service of a 12-car rake was Rs 52.73 lakh. In 2013-14, it went up to Rs 97.14 lakh.

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Posted by on August 13, 2015 in Uncategorized


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