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Mumbai: One rupee clinics to come up at 10 Western Railway stations by August end 2017.

In what can be called as a good news for commuters, travelling on the Western line, authorities have decided to open the cost-effective ‘one rupee clinic’ at the 10 railway stations by the end of August 2017.

If everything goes according to the plan, the officials will cover all 24 railway station on Western Railway later.

Talking about the click, Dr Rahul Ghule told Zee Media, “We have been in talks with the Western line railway authority for few months. Our objective is to give affordable health service to the commuters. Due to our success in running cost effective medical services at various railway stations on the Central and Harbour line, we will be happy to help commuters travelling on the Western line as well.”

‘One rupee clinic’ has been successfully operating on the Central line railway stations for more than three months. The first clinic was opened at Ghatkopar railway station on May 10, 2017. Officials claim that the move is benefitting passengers during their hour of need.

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Posted by on August 27, 2017 in Uncategorized



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