Indian Railways News

Mumbai Local Trains To Be Affected Tomorrow Due To Maintenance Work

As part of weekly maintenance of rail tracks, the Central Railway will conduct a Mumbai mega block tomorrow causing disruptions on the city’s local trains – the Central and Harbour lines. “These maintenance mega blocks are essential for infrastructure upkeep and safety. Passengers are requested to bear with the Railway Administration for the inconvenience caused,” the Central Railways said.

Here’s The List of Local Trains That Will Be Affected Due To Mumbai Mega Block:

Trains that will be diverted:

The slow line services leaving Matunga from 11:25 AM to 3:21 PM will be diverted on fast line between Matunga and Mulund stations stopping at Sion, Kurla, Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup and Mulund stations and then re-diverted to slow line at Mulund station.

Trains that will be delayed:

Down slow line services will not be available at Vidyavihar, Kanjur Marg and Nahur stations on Sunday. The passengers can, however, travel via Ghatkopar, Bhandup and Mulund stations.

Up fast/semi-fast services leaving Kalyan from 10:54 AM to 3:06 PM will arrive at their destination 15 minute behind schedule. It will stop at Diva, Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kurla stations in addition to their respective scheduled stoppages.

Down fast/semi-fast services leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus from 10:48 AM to 3.40 PM will arrive at their destinations 20 minutes behind schedule. It will stop at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup, Mulund and Diva stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts.

All Down and Up slow services leaving/arriving Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus between 11 AM and 5 PM will arrive at their destination 10 minutes behind schedule.

Trains that will be cancelled:

All Down Harbour line services leaving from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai to Vashi/Belapur/Panvel from 10:34 AM to 3:08 PM and all Up harbour line services leaving from Panvel/Belapur/Vashi towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus from 10:21 AM to 3 PM will remain cancelled.

Special train services:

Special services will be available during the block period on Panvel-Vashi and Kurla-Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus sections.

Harbour line passengers are permitted to travel via mainline and Transharbour line from 10 AM to 4.30 PM.

RRB NTPC 2019: Indian Railway Makes Important Changes To Recruitment Advertisement; Details Here

Indian Railway has begun the application processes for the recruitment announced for 2019. In February, the transport giant had released indicative advertisement for 4 recruitment processes and has begun the application process for all 4 since then. The first recruitment to kick start 2019 was recruitment for vacancies available in Non Technical Popular Categories (NTPC). The online application for RRB NTPC 2019 began on February 28, 2019.

The recruitment process for NTPC vacancies is being conducted by RRBs. RRBs recently released a corrigendum regarding the RRB NTPC recruitment and have made some changes to the official advertisement/notification released for the RRB NTPC recruitment.

Some of the important changes that have been made to the RRB NTPC 2019 notification are given below:

1. When a candidate is qualified 1st stage CBT and short listed for subsequent stages as OBC/SC/ST/EWS/PwBD, he/she will continue to be considered as OBC/SC/ST/EWS/PwBD respectively in all the subsequent stages.

2. Candidates who are applying for EWS reservation will have to produce Income and Asset Certificate issued by competent authority on the date of document verification. The certificate should be for the financial year 2017-18 as the last date of registration of applications is 31.03.2019.

3. The list of competent authorities that can issue Income and Asset Certificate for EWS category reservation is given in the Annexure III of the RRB NTPC advertisement pdf.

4. If a candidates fails to comply with the requirements of EWS category reservation, their claim for reserved status under EWS will not be entertained and the candidature/application of such candidates, if fulfilling all the eligibility conditions for General (UR) category, will be considered under General (UR) vacancies only.

5. The recruitment board has removed the condition for scribes. Earlier, it was stated in the advertisement that the academic qualification of the scribe for a PwBD must be one step below the applicant but this condition has been deleted from the notification now.

6. The clause that says that any application even under RTI act seeking any information will not be entertained till the completion of the entire recruitment process has also been removed.

7. As per the changes MD which was earlier to be read as ‘Muscular Dystrophy’, should now be read as ,Multiple Disabilities’.

 

3 Tragedies In 2 Years Highlight Mumbai’s Crumbling Infrastructure

The collapse of the foot overbridge near Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station is the latest accident that raises concerns over the city’s stressed infrastructure. Soon after the Mumbai bridge collapse, which left 6 dead and 33 injured, a blame game erupted between Mumbai’s civic body, the Brihanmumbai Corporation and the Indian Railways.

The bridge collapse near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus is the third such tragedy in the past two years involving the foot overbridges in the city. Safety audits were carried out at about 445 foot overbridges, said Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis after the accident on Thursday. Minor repairs had been carried out on the CST bridge six months ago as part of the audit.

The Railway Ministry has said the overbridge was under the control of Mumbai’s civic body, the Brihanmumbai Corporation – Sena lawmaker Anil Desai has denied the claim. State minister Vinod Tawde said both Railways and the civic body would investigate the matter.

Andheri Bridge Collapse

Part of a 40-year-old bridge at the Andheri station collapsed amid heavy rain in July last year and five people were injured. The bridge, running east to west over the Andheri station, crashed early morning, ripping off overhead wires which were left on the tracks.

The bridge crash damaged a portion of the platform roof, blocked railway lines and damaged high-tension electric wires and overhead power equipment. Five people were injured in the bridge collapse out of which 2 are critical. Incidentally, the bridge, built in 1971, had also cleared the railway’s safety audit just months earlier.

The bridge collapse was held up as an example of the annual civic nightmare in India’s financial capital during rain.

Elphinstone Stampede

In September 2017, a stampede broke out on a railway bridge at Elphinstone station bridgeduring peak office hours where 22 people killed and over 30 were seriously injured. The stampede broke out after just a 20-minute rain, on the foot over-bridge linking two of the busiest stations in Mumbai — Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban stations.

The stampede took place when four trains arrived at the same time and a crowd surged over the narrow bridge connecting the two stations. Sudden heavy rain made a bad situation worse, as a few slipped, leading to the tragedy. Witnesses said there were rumours of the old bridge collapsing which caused panic and chaos.

Railway officials blamed the incessant rains for causing the deadly stampede despite multiple warnings citing safety concerns.

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Mumbai’s suburban railway network, a lifeline for the city’s residents, is used by around 8.5 million commuters daily.

 

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All Mountain Railways In India To Have Vistadome Coaches: Piyush Goyal

All mountain railways in India will now have vistadome coaches, allowing passengers to enjoy the scenic beauty of hilly terrains, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said Friday.

The latest addition of vistadome or glass-enclosed coaches have been made to the Nilgiri Mountain Railway.

“Given the positive feedback on this initiative of Indian Railways, order for hundred vistadome coaches have been given to the concerned production unit,” said Mr Goyal, while speaking to reporters.

Vistadome coaches have been designed to provide panoramic view to passengers, while enhancing their travelling comfort. These coaches have been provided with large windows on the sides and glass panels on the roof to provide better viewing experience.

Three broad-gauge coaches have been manufactured by the Modern Coach Factory in Raebareli and are running between Dadar and Madgoan in Araku Valley and in Kashmir Valley.

Four mountain railways have been provided with vistadome coaches.

Trains To Delhi To Be On Electric Traction From December:

All trains coming to Delhi will be on electric traction from December 2019, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said Thursday

The move is expected to lower fuel bills, improve safety and increase speed of the trains, officials said.

The cabinet in September 2018 had approved a proposal for the complete electrification of the Indian Railways in the next four years, reducing dependence on imported fossil fuel and saving revenue for the national carrier.

The move will cost the government Rs. 12,134 crore. “By December 2019, all trains coming to Delhi will be on electrical traction,” Mr Goyal told reporters.

Around 650 trains start, end, or pass through Delhi daily, which handles around 12 lakh passengers everyday.

Sources indicated that a proposal to electrify the heritage Kalka-Shimla route was also under consideration, but as it is a UNESCO site approval from the UN agency is required before a go-ahead can be given.

The minister is likely to write to UNESCO soon, sources indicated.

“Highest Mark Is 126.13”: Railway On Group D Result

This marking pattern is being followed for nearly 19 years,” said the Indian Railways in response to the tension over group D result. Score cards, showing marks more than the total marks, shared by candidates on social media went viral after the results were out. The Ministry of Railways, in its first tweet, said that the viral score card is “morphed”. Later it released an official notification on the railway recruitment board portals. The group D result was released on March 4.

RRB Group D Result: Viral Score Sheet Of RRB Exam Is Morphed, Says Indian Railways

Candidates have been sharing the score cards where the marks secured are more than the total marks. In response to this, the Ministry has said, “it is not uncommon that on normalization, marks secured by a candidate would go more than the total marks of the exam paper.”

The highest marks in the said exam, says the Ministry, is 126.13. “Any other marks higher than this, is pure concoction,” it said.

Mark normalization is adopted in government exams where the exam is held across multiple sessions. In order to bring equilibrium in the difficulty levels of all the sessions, the marks of the candidates are normalized. The normalized marks can be higher or lower from the raw scores of the candidates depending upon the session in which the candidate took the exam.

RRB group D exam was held in 152 shifts for 51 days.

Stations On Shimla-Kalka Heritage Rail Line To Soon Get Free Wi-Fi

All major railways station on the Shimla-Kalka heritage train route will get free Wi-Fi, officials said on Wednesday.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur launched the free Wi-Fi facility along with the “hop-on hop-off” train service which will let passengers get down at any station and board another incoming train without purchasing new tickets.

“This would help in boosting tourism on wayside stations like Barog, Solan, Shogi and so on,” Mr Thakur said.

The chief minister also inaugurated various other modern facilities for the Kalka-Shimla heritage railway line including a modern toilet complex.

Mr Thakur also laid the foundation stones of two lifts at the Shimla railway station and the project for renovation of Shimla extension station.

On the occasion, Mr Thakur thanked Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal for taking interest in modernising Shimla railway station besides upgrading the Kalka-Shimla railway line.

Maharashtra Man, In UP To Attend Kumbh, Dies After Being Hit By Train

A man was killed was killed at a railway station in Uttar Pradesh’s Bharwari after being hit by a train when he was trying to cross the railway tracks, police said on Wednesday.

25-year-old Devraj from Maharashtra had come to attend the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj and visit Madhya Pradesh’s Chitrakoot, police said.

He was hit by Rewanchal Express last night and died on the spot, they said.

His body has been sent for postmortem, police added.

No Train Coach Set On Fire To Enact Godhra Incident, Railways Clarifies

No train coach was set on fire in Vadodara to recreate the 2002 burning of Sabarmati Express at Godhra as part of a documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Railway officials and crew members of a film production company said Monday.

Their clarification came after reports that an unused railway coach was set ablaze at Pratapnagar station in Vadodara on Sunday, during the enactment of the Godhra train burning incident.

However, both the Western Railway (WR), under whose jurisdiction the Vadodara division falls, and the production house involved in the film refuted the reports.

According to crew members supervising the shooting, a damaged coach, used for mock drills by the Railways, was provided by the authorities to recreate the burning of S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra by a mob on February 27, 2002.

“We are shooting a biopic documentary depicting life and times of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This documentary film will be released only on social media.

“We are using a damaged railway coach, used for mock drills, to recreate the Godhra train burning incident,” said

Jayraj Gadhvi, a supervising executive of the film. Dhaval Pandya, a senior executive overseeing the shooting, clarified that the coach was not set on fire Sunday as claimed in some media reports.

“We had not set the coach on fire yesterday as claimed by some newspapers. After shooting that damaged coach in the same condition, we will apply special effects during editing to show it burning.

Western Railway PRO (Vadodara division) Khemraj Meena also refuted the media reports and maintained a damaged coach was used in the shooting.

RRB Group D Result, Scores Published; Check RRB Result PDF Here: Live Updates

RRB Group D result, after much anticipation and wait, being released on official websites. As the result declaration time approached, several RRB websites have started crashing or not responding right now. The result will bring relief to more than 1 crore candidates who have been on the edge of their seat this last month since RRBs had earlier informally said that the RRB Group D resultwill be released by mid-February. So far RRB Kolkata, RRB Mumbai, RRB Bangalore, RRB Bhubaneshwar, RRB Allahabad, RRB Patna, RRB Bilaspur, RRB Chandigarh, RRB Ahmedabad, RRB Chennai, RRB Ranchi, RRB Ajmer, RRB Guwahati and RRB Secunderabad have released the RRB Group D result PDFs.

With RRB Group D resultdeclaration today, RRBs will begin the second phase of the selection process which is Physical Efficiency Test or PET. The nature of duties associated with Group D or Level posts demand that a candidate must be healthy and should fulfill the minimum physical fitness standard as exhibited by the recruitment board.

Read RRB Group D result updates in Hindi Here

Candidates who are waiting for the RRB Group D resultshould watch this space for latest and real time updates on the result.

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