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19-Year-Old Gang-Raped In Bhopal, Left To Die Near Railway Tracks

A 19-year-old woman was allegedly kidnapped and raped by four men near the Habibganj Railway Station in Bhopal on Tuesday night. According to the police, all the four accused have been arrested.

The woman was returning home after attending a coaching class when she was kidnapped. The incident took around 10 pm on Tuesday, a Government Railway Police (GRP) officer said. The accused allegedly took the woman under a culvert near the railway tracks and took turns to rape her before fleeing, he added.

“They have been booked under sections 376 D (gang rape) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention),” the officer said, adding that further investigation is underway.

A case was registered at the GRP Police Station (Habibganj Railway Station), since on the basis of the complaint lodged by the woman, the area where the crime took place falls under their jurisdiction. The accused have been identified as Golu Bihari, Amar Chhantu, Rajesh, and Ramesh.

Driver Applies Emergency Brakes On Delhi-Kalka Express, At Least 10 Injured

At least 10 passengers of the Himalayan Queen Express received injuries when the driver applied emergency brakes at the Gharaunda station in Haryana, railway officials said today.

The train was running at a high speed on Wednesday night, when the station master raised an alarm. The driver then suddenly applied the brakes. The injured were given first aid, but passengers protested the sudden application of brakes and demanded to know why the driver was speeding.

 The Delhi Sarai Rohilla Kalka Himalayan Queen Express is an express train of the Northern Railway zone that connects Chandigarh with New Delhi.
 “I noticed that the train was running at a speed of around 35km per hour. I tried to contact the driver, but he didn’t reply. The driver is at fault,” Gharaunda’s Station Master Karam Vir Singh said.

Angry passengers said that there would have been a terrible accident if he had continued to run at that speed. They blamed the Railways and demanded an inquiry into the matter.

“The train didn’t even stop on signal. It was out of control. When the driver suddenly applied the brakes, the train was filled with smoke. Some children lost their tooth but still, there are no arrangements of medical aid. No ambulance arrived,” a passenger said.

Telangana seeks aviation ministry’s help on MMTS Phase-II project

The Telangana government has sought intervention of the Union ministry of civil aviation to resolve the issue of alignment plans of the railways on airport connectivity in the MMTS phase-II.

The GMR Hyderabad international airport authorities are not agreeing to the alignment proposed by the railways up to a location near to the airport border. The officials are citing security issues.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently held a video conference with TS officials on MMTS phase II project under the Pragathi programme. The Central government has sent a note on the video conference. According to the note, land acquisition for MMTS phase II and funds to be given by TS to the railways were discussed.

The state government has said that the alignment has been finalised up to a location near to the airport and an independent consultant has been appointed by the state government to study the alternate options.

The railway officials said that this issue has been pursued with the state government and the airport authorities.

Central Railway Seeks Job Applications For Apprentice Recruitment

Central Railway has invited applications from eligible candidates for engagement as Apprentices ‘for imparting training under the Apprentice Act 1961 in the designated trades at Workshops/Units in the jurisdiction of Central Railway against 2196 slots.’ Recruitment will be done for 2196 posts available under Mumbai, Bhusawal, Pune, Nagpur and Solapur clusters. Applicants must be in the age group of 15-24 years as on 1 November 2017 (age relaxation norms can be found online). Job detail is available at official website rrccr.com.

‘The candidate must have passed 10th class examination or its equivalent (under 10+2 examination system) with minimum 50% marks, in aggregate, from recognized Board and also possess National Trade Certificate in the notified trade issued by the National Council for Vocational Training or Provisional Certificate issued by National Council for Vocational Training / State Council for Vocational Training,’ reads the official job notification.

During the training period, selected candidates will receive 70% of minimum wage of semi-skilled workers notified by the respective State or Union Territory during first year.

Candidates shall have to send online applications only.

‘Production of original documents, on the day of document verification is mandatory without which they will not be allowed to appear in the document verification. Certificates in languages other than English or Hindi should be accompanied by an attested translation in English/Hindi.’

Indian Railways’ New Train Timetable: How To Access, New Trains And Other Details

Indian Railways has announced six new trains across its Tejas Express, Humsafar Express and Antyodaya Express services. The six new trains will comprise two new trains each in the Tejas, Humsafar and Antyodaya services, Indian Railways said in a press release. The new trains will run under Indian Railways’ new timetable effective November 1, 2017. The Railways said the date of introduction of the trains will be notified later. Indian Railways has released its new timetable – effective November 1, 2017 – for passenger trains.
How To Get Indian Railways New Train Timetable

The Railways’ new timetable contains information on new train timings. The new timetable can be accessed at the Indian Railways website indianrailways.gov.in.

The railways ministry comes out with a guide, called ‘Trains At A Glance’, every year. The Trains At A Glance publication contains information on the timings of all the Mail/Express trains operated by Indian Railways. However, the tables do not indicate all the stoppages of a train – only stoppages at important stations are shown, according to the Indian Railways website. The latest information can be accessed via a link provided by Indian Railways.
Here are the new trains to be introduced by the Railways:
New Tejas Express trains

1. New Delhi-Chandigarh Tejas Express Train

 

The train between New Delhi and Chandigarh will operate six days a week except Wednesdays and comprise 12 coaches – nine AC Chair Cars, one Executive AC Chair Car and two Regenerative Cars, according to the Indian Railways.

22425 New Delhi-Chandigarh Except Wed Station 22426 Chandigarh-New Delhi Except Wed
– 930 New Delhi 1730 –
1225 – Chandigarh – 1435
(Train schedule as shared by the Northern Railway on its website)

The carrier said the date of introduction “will be notified later”.
2. Lucknow Junction-Anand Vihar Terminal Tejas Express Train

The train between Lucknow Junction And Anand Vihar Terminal will also operate six days a week except Thursday and comprise 11 coaches including eight AC Chair Cars and one Executive AC Chair Car.
12585 Lucknow Jn -Anand Vihar T Except Thu Station 12586 Anand Vihar T-Lucknow Jn Except Thu
– 650 Lucknow Jn 2205 –
805 810 Kanpur Central 2030 2040
(Train schedule as shared by the Northern Railway on its website)
New Humsafar Express Trains

3. Sealdah-Jammu Tawi Humsafar Express Train

The third among the six new trains announced by the Railways is a weekly Humsafar Express train service between Sealdah (Kolkata) and Jammu Tawi. This 18-coach Humsafar Express train will hail out of Sealdah on Monday, and from Jammu Tawi on Wednesdays, according to the Railways. The train will comprise 16 AC III Tier Cars.
22317 Sealdah-Jammu Tawi Station 22318 Jammu Tawi-Sealdah
– 1520 (MON) Sealdah 1745 (THU) –
2340 (TUE) – Jammu Tawi – 0720 (WED)
(Train schedule as shared by the Northern Railway on its website)
4. Anand Vihar Terminal-Allahabad Humsafar Express Train

The new Humsafar Express train between Anand Vihar Terminal and Allahabad will operate on a tri-weekly basis. The train service will start from Anand Vihar on Mondays and from Allahabad on Wednesdays.
Anand Vihar T – Allahabad Station Allahabad – Anand Vihar T
– 2220 Anand Vihar T 615 –
610 – Allahabad – 2220
(Train schedule as shared by the Northern Railway on its website)
New Antyodaya Express Trains

5. Darbhanga-Jalandhar City Antyodaya Express Train

The Railways will operate a weekly service between Darbhanga (Bihar) and Jalandhar City (Punjab). This Antyodaya Express service will run with an 18-coach train comprising 16 General Class Cars.
(Old No 15567) 22451 DBG-JALANDHAR CITY Station (Old No 15568) 22452 JALANDHAR CITY-DBG
– 0345 (SAT) Darbhanga 1130 (MON) –
0510 (SUN) – Jalandhar City – 1000 (SUN)
(Train schedule as shared by the Northern Railway on its website)

The new Antyodaya Express train will start from Darbhanga on Tuesdays, and from Jalandhar City on Thursdays.
6. Bilaspur-Ferozepur Antyodaya Express Train

The sixth new train announced by the Railways is the weekly Antyodaya Express service between Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh) and Ferozepur (Punjab). This train will have 18 coaches including 16 General Class Cars, according to the Railways.
22895 BILASPUR-FEROZEPUR Station 22896 FEROZEPUR-BILASPUR
– 1000 (SUN) Bilaspur 0320 (WED) –
1300 (MON) – Ferozepur – 2340 (MON)
(Train schedule as shared by the Northern Railway on its website)

The Antyodaya Express will hail out of Bilaspur on Sundays and from Ferozepur on Mondays.

Humsafar, Tejas and Antyodaya were among the four new train projects announced by the government in the Rail Budget of financial year 2016-17, along with Uday Express.
Humsafar Express

Indian Railways’ Humsafar Express is a fully air-conditioned third AC railway service with an optional service for meals. Humsafar trains have facilities including a GPS-based Passenger Information System, Passenger announcement System, a fire and smoke detection and suppression systems, CCTVs, comfortable seats, mobile/laptop charging points, integrated Braille displays and LCD displays above compartment doors.
Tejas Express

Indian Railways’ Tejas Express service is operated using trains capable of running at speeds to the tune of 200 kmph. Tejas Express trains come equipped with features including LCD screens, redesigned seats, CCTV cameras, automatic doors, personalised infotainment systems and an advanced fire alarm system.
Antyodaya Express

Targeted at the common man, Indian Railways’ Antyodaya Express is a long-distance, fully unreserved, super-fast train service. The Antyodaya Express is focused on high density routes. The Antyodaya Express comes equipped with facilities including Cushioned luggage racks, which can also serve as seats , additional hand holds in doorway area, multiple unit cables at both ends of the coach, vestibuled ends for internal movement of the passengers, potable drinking water dispensers, mobile charging points, fire extinguishers with anti-theft locks, modular toilets, toilet occupation indication display boards, LED lights and anti-graffiti coating on the exteriors.Indian Railways has announced six new trains across its Tejas Express, Humsafar Express and Antyodaya Express services. The six new trains will comprise two new trains each in the Tejas, Humsafar and Antyodaya services, Indian Railways said in a press release. The new trains will run under Indian Railways’ new timetable effective November 1, 2017. The Railways said the date of introduction of the trains will be notified later. Indian Railways has released its new timetable – effective November 1, 2017 – for passenger trains.
How To Get Indian Railways New Train Timetable

The Railways’ new timetable contains information on new train timings. The new timetable can be accessed at the Indian Railways website indianrailways.gov.in.

The railways ministry comes out with a guide, called ‘Trains At A Glance’, every year. The Trains At A Glance publication contains information on the timings of all the Mail/Express trains operated by Indian Railways. However, the tables do not indicate all the stoppages of a train – only stoppages at important stations are shown, according to the Indian Railways website. The latest information can be accessed via a link provided by Indian Railways.
Here are the new trains to be introduced by the Railways:
New Tejas Express trains

1. New Delhi-Chandigarh Tejas Express Train

 

The train between New Delhi and Chandigarh will operate six days a week except Wednesdays and comprise 12 coaches – nine AC Chair Cars, one Executive AC Chair Car and two Regenerative Cars, according to the Indian Railways.

22425 New Delhi-Chandigarh Except Wed Station 22426 Chandigarh-New Delhi Except Wed
– 930 New Delhi 1730 –
1225 – Chandigarh – 1435
(Train schedule as shared by the Northern Railway on its website)

The carrier said the date of introduction “will be notified later”.
2. Lucknow Junction-Anand Vihar Terminal Tejas Express Train

The train between Lucknow Junction And Anand Vihar Terminal will also operate six days a week except Thursday and comprise 11 coaches including eight AC Chair Cars and one Executive AC Chair Car.
12585 Lucknow Jn -Anand Vihar T Except Thu Station 12586 Anand Vihar T-Lucknow Jn Except Thu
– 650 Lucknow Jn 2205 –
805 810 Kanpur Central 2030 2040
(Train schedule as shared by the Northern Railway on its website)
New Humsafar Express Trains

3. Sealdah-Jammu Tawi Humsafar Express Train

The third among the six new trains announced by the Railways is a weekly Humsafar Express train service between Sealdah (Kolkata) and Jammu Tawi. This 18-coach Humsafar Express train will hail out of Sealdah on Monday, and from Jammu Tawi on Wednesdays, according to the Railways. The train will comprise 16 AC III Tier Cars.
22317 Sealdah-Jammu Tawi Station 22318 Jammu Tawi-Sealdah
– 1520 (MON) Sealdah 1745 (THU) –
2340 (TUE) – Jammu Tawi – 0720 (WED)
(Train schedule as shared by the Northern Railway on its website)
4. Anand Vihar Terminal-Allahabad Humsafar Express Train

The new Humsafar Express train between Anand Vihar Terminal and Allahabad will operate on a tri-weekly basis. The train service will start from Anand Vihar on Mondays and from Allahabad on Wednesdays.
Anand Vihar T – Allahabad Station Allahabad – Anand Vihar T
– 2220 Anand Vihar T 615 –
610 – Allahabad – 2220
(Train schedule as shared by the Northern Railway on its website)
New Antyodaya Express Trains

5. Darbhanga-Jalandhar City Antyodaya Express Train

The Railways will operate a weekly service between Darbhanga (Bihar) and Jalandhar City (Punjab). This Antyodaya Express service will run with an 18-coach train comprising 16 General Class Cars.
(Old No 15567) 22451 DBG-JALANDHAR CITY Station (Old No 15568) 22452 JALANDHAR CITY-DBG
– 0345 (SAT) Darbhanga 1130 (MON) –
0510 (SUN) – Jalandhar City – 1000 (SUN)
(Train schedule as shared by the Northern Railway on its website)

The new Antyodaya Express train will start from Darbhanga on Tuesdays, and from Jalandhar City on Thursdays.
6. Bilaspur-Ferozepur Antyodaya Express Train

The sixth new train announced by the Railways is the weekly Antyodaya Express service between Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh) and Ferozepur (Punjab). This train will have 18 coaches including 16 General Class Cars, according to the Railways.
22895 BILASPUR-FEROZEPUR Station 22896 FEROZEPUR-BILASPUR
– 1000 (SUN) Bilaspur 0320 (WED) –
1300 (MON) – Ferozepur – 2340 (MON)
(Train schedule as shared by the Northern Railway on its website)

The Antyodaya Express will hail out of Bilaspur on Sundays and from Ferozepur on Mondays.

Humsafar, Tejas and Antyodaya were among the four new train projects announced by the government in the Rail Budget of financial year 2016-17, along with Uday Express.
Humsafar Express

Indian Railways’ Humsafar Express is a fully air-conditioned third AC railway service with an optional service for meals. Humsafar trains have facilities including a GPS-based Passenger Information System, Passenger announcement System, a fire and smoke detection and suppression systems, CCTVs, comfortable seats, mobile/laptop charging points, integrated Braille displays and LCD displays above compartment doors.
Tejas Express

Indian Railways’ Tejas Express service is operated using trains capable of running at speeds to the tune of 200 kmph. Tejas Express trains come equipped with features including LCD screens, redesigned seats, CCTV cameras, automatic doors, personalised infotainment systems and an advanced fire alarm system.
Antyodaya Express

Targeted at the common man, Indian Railways’ Antyodaya Express is a long-distance, fully unreserved, super-fast train service. The Antyodaya Express is focused on high density routes. The Antyodaya Express comes equipped with facilities including Cushioned luggage racks, which can also serve as seats , additional hand holds in doorway area, multiple unit cables at both ends of the coach, vestibuled ends for internal movement of the passengers, potable drinking water dispensers, mobile charging points, fire extinguishers with anti-theft locks, modular toilets, toilet occupation indication display boards, LED lights and anti-graffiti coating on the exteriors.

Bullet Train Route ‘Profitable’, 100% Occupancy, Says Railways In U-Turn

The Western Railway yesterday said that contrary to its own earlier RTI replies of 40 per cent drop in seat occupancy coupled with a huge loss in the Mumbai-Ahmedabad sector, it was actually a very profitable sector with over 100 per cent occupancy even during off-season.

In RTI replies provided to activist Anil Galgali, WR’s Chief Commercial Manager Manjit Singh had given detailed figures of the seats going vacant on this sector, resulting in losses of almost Rs. 30 crore between July and September this year.

However, now Chief Public Relations Officer Ravinder Bhakar said that there are nine direct trains and 25 other trains going via Ahmedabad and the total earnings on this sector during that period was Rs. 233 crore, against the losses of nearly Rs. 30 crore as per the RTI replies, which pertained to number of passengers travelling between Mumbai Central-Ahmedabad.

“The information does not include information about en route traffic, passengers from originating station to en route stations, intermediate stations to intermediate and to destination stations between Mumbai Central and Ahmedabad, thereby showing lesser occupancy,” Mr Bhakar said.

Despite the July-September period being a lean season, he said the occupancy on this sector remained 100 per cent plus on all the 34 trains.

Of the nine direct trains, there were 803,150 berths of which actual bookings were 830,978, or 103 per cent occupancy in the Mumbai-Ahmedabad sector, and in return direction, the position remained the same.

Besides, in the 25 trains going via Ahmedabad, the berth availability was 1,070,710 and actual bookings were 1,230,585 or 115 per cent; in the return direction, it was even higher at 121 per cent.

RTI activist Anil Galgali said it is strange that the specific RTI query between Ahmedabad-Mumbai, which implied all stations en route, the number of passengers and revenue records and appropriate information should have been provided.

He said in the data given under RTI, details of all classes were provided but now that is not available. The RTI reply said that in the 32 trains on Mumbai-Ahmedabad sector, there were 735,630 seats and in 31 trains on Ahmedabad-Mumbai sector, there were 706,446 seats.

“Now, the WR is saying the total number of seats on this sector in 34 trains is much higher. Why the huge discrepancy in the figures given by the WR Chief Commercial Manager under RTI and the WR spokesperson?” Mr Galgali said.

Under these circumstances, if the replies provided under RTI are wrong, then the WR should initiate action against the people concerned and Railway Ministry must issue a detailed white paper on the occupancy and revenue status on this crucial sector where the bullet train project is being planned at a cost of over Rs. 1 lakh crore, he said.

Railway Recruitment 2017: North Western RRC To Recruit For Act Apprentices; 1164 Vacancies

Railway Recruitment Cell Jaipur, North Western Railway has invited applications from eligible candidates for recruitment as Act Apprentices. A total of 1164 vacancies are available for recruitment. Candidates can go through the official notification available at the official website before submitting their online application. The last date for submission of application is 29 November 2017 till 5 pm. The vacancies are available in the designated trades at Workshops or Units under the jurisdiction of North Western Railway. Document verification and medical examination of the candidates will be held in the opted divisions or units.

Railway Recruitments: Exam Pattern, Selection Process And Other Details Aspirants Should Know

Eligibility Criteria

 Candidates in the age group of 15-24 years and having 10th pass qualification with atleast 50% marks are eligible to apply. Candidates must also have obtained National Trade Certificate in the relevant discipline issued by NCVT/ SCVT.

Vacancy Details

  • Divisional Railway Manager’s Office, Ajmer: 153 posts
  • Divisional Railway Manager’s Office, Bikaner: 168 posts
  • Divisional Railway Manager’s Office, Jaipur: 84 posts
  • Divisional Railway Manager’s Office, Jodhpur: 39 posts
  • BTC Carriage Ajmer: 210 posts
  • BTC LOCO Ajmer: 126 posts
  • Carriage Works Shop Bikaner: 90 posts
  • Carriage Works Shop Jodhpur: 294 posts

Railways Used To Build Tanks For Army, Which Is Now Building Its Bridges

It was the end of an illustrious legacy yesterday. Once, the Indian Railways used to manufacture war tanks, hand grenades, shells, etc, in its workshops. Yesterday’s decision by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal turned the tradition around. The Army’s help has been sought to finish railways’ job – building three foot overbridges, one each at Elphinstone Road, Currey Road and Ambivli stations.

The Indian Railways has a glorious history of manufacturing sturdy war material, at short notice, that was used in World Wars and battles with China and Pakistan. The workshops of the old Bombay Baroda and Central India Railway (now Western Railway) at Dahod and Lower Parel used to manufacture war material, which is now on display at the Churchgate heritage gallery.

Yesterday, it was Indian Army’s Military Engineering Services (MES) that took charge of the extensive meetings with officials of the Central and Western Railway teams to finalise the locations of the three foot overbridges.

Earlier, during a visit to Elphinstone station a month after the stampede, Goyal, accompanied by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other top officials, had surveyed the accident site and announced the decision.

 Finishing the job
Giving details of the locations of the bridges, Chief Public Relations Officer, CR, Sunil Udasi said that at Elphinstone Road, the existing Dadar-end bridge at Parel station would be extended towards the IndiaBulls side, while at Currey Road, the new bridge would link the east and the west, but the location would be finalised in a day as the landing was on BMC land. At Ambivli, the bridge would come up at the Igatpurui end with landings in east and west and also on both the platforms, he added.

Retired Colonel John D’Souza, however, wasn’t pleased.

“Such a task is not meant for a soldier. These are the civilian administration’s responsibilities. The army should not be called upon for such duties, because it amounts to frittering away of their resources. There is plenty of scope for employing these resources for development in border areas,” he said.

Former member of the National Railway Users’ Consultative Committee Subhash Gupta said this was a slap on the face of railway engineers by their own minister. “Because the local officials did not hear commuters’ complaints and ignored their demands, it came to this. The minister wants to show that no one is indispensable… he has belittled his own team,” Gupta added.

Army’s proposal
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman said that when BJP president Ashish Shelar approached them for help, she was curious to know the army’s viewpoint. “Mumbai is always under so much of pressure, and whenever there is a disaster, the army always runs to help. This is probably the first time that it will be doing civil work,” she added.

“I am thankful that the army said yes. They said they were keen to be a part of nation-building; after all, Mumbai is a key city that provides jobs to so many people.

“After the proposal was mooted on October 6, teams from MES, headquartered in Pune, studied the issue and also went to a few stations to assess if work could be done. They then came up with a proposal for three stations.”

In war, Corps of Engineers provides mobility to its forces by constructing bridges, tracks and helipads, and operates major military engineering organisations in the country.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena, which has been targeting the BJP, lobbed another one at it. “The local MPs were not even informed or told about the visit. Elphinstone Road should have got the same attention when two MPs, an MLA and a former mayor from Sena raised the issue,” said local MP Arvind Sawant.

IRCTC Train Tatkal Reservation – Timings, Charges, Cancellation And Other Details

Tatkal facility was first introduced in 1997 for passengers who have to undertake a train journey at a short notice. Later, it was gradually introduced in other trains. Before you check for booking under Tatkal quota, check the general quota availability, according to the IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) website – irctc.co.in. The bulk of the Tatkal tickets is booked within minutes after the Tatkal facility opens. Today, IRCTC processes about 1,30,000 Tatkal transactions daily. IRCTC has been introducing new payments facilities for booking tickets under both Tatkal and general quota. Remember: No concession is allowed in train ticket booking on a Tatkal basis.

Tatkal Ticket Booking Timings

Booking for Tatkal tickets open one day in advance of the actual date of journey. Bookings for Tatkal tickets of AC classes open at 10:00 am, and for non-AC classes at 11:00 am.

Tatkal Reservation Charges

The Tatkal charges have been fixed as a percentage of fare at the rate of 10 per cent of basic fare for second class and 30 per cent of basic fare for all other classes subject to minimum and maximum as given in the table below:-

Minimum, Maximum Tatkal Charges

Class of travelMinimum Tatkal charges (in Rs.)Maximum Tatkal charges (in Rs.)Minimum distance for charge (in km)
Second (sitting)1015100
Sleeper100200500
AC Chair Car125225250
AC 3 Tier300400500
AC 2 Tier400500500
Executive400500250

Tatkal Train Ticket Cancellation

No refund is granted on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal tickets.

Tatkal Ticket Cancellation For Wait-Listed, RAC Tickets

RAC (Reservation Against Cancellation) or waitlisted tickets booked under Tatkal quota: Refund is made if the ticket is cancelled up to 30 minutes before the scheduled departure, according to the IRCTC website.

Where confirmed reservation has been provided to an RAC or wait-listed ticket holder at any time up to final preparation of charts, such a ticket is treated as confirmed.
TDR Filing In Case of Tatkal Booking

If a train is running late by more than three hours or the train is cancelled, please file Ticket Deposit Receipt (TDR) with proper reason for claiming refund, according to the IRCTC website.
How To Book Tatkal Train Tickets Through New IRCTC Facility

IRCTC has introduced new facilities for payment of e-tickets (including Tatkal tickets). One of these facilities is ‘Paylater’, Powered by Arthashastra Fintech Pvt Ltd, this option enables passengers to book tickets first and pay later.

India and Bangladesh to restore snapped Railway Lines: Mujibal Haque

Bangladesh Railway Minister Mujibal Haque said an initiative has been taken to reconnect railway lines with India in 12 places, which were snapped after partition of the country in 1947.

“We want to restore all the railway lines which existed before the partition of India. Now the initiative is on to restore rail connectivity in twelve places between Bangladesh and India. Both the governments are cooperating with each other in this regard,” he told reporters here last evening.

Haque was in the capital to attend a conference of Rotary Clubs of both the countries. Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar inaugurated the conference.

The Bangladesh minister said the second rail bridge on the Titas and the Bhoirab rivers in Brahmanbaria district of his country was completed with funding from India, and that it would be inaugurated soon.

Apart from the ‘Moitree Express’ which runs between Dhaka and Kolkata, he said another train ‘Bandhan Express’ to run between Khulna in Bangladesh and Kolkata, was likely to be launched next month.

“There is also a proposal from Bangladesh side to launch a train to connect Rajshahi in Bangladesh and Kolkata,” he said.

Haque noted that the progress of the 15-km long ongoing Agartala-Akhaura project was satisfactory and land acquisition for the purpose in Bangladesh side was complete.

Land acquisition for the project in Indian side has also been completed, West Tripura District Magistrate and Collector, Milind Ramteke told reporters earlier.

The central government has released Rs 97.63 crore to acquire the land, he said.

The process of laying railway tracks to connect Agartala with Akhaura in Bangladesh would be completed next year, Haque said.

Out of the 15-km track, five km would be on Indian side and the rest in Bangladesh.

Ramteke stated that the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) was the nodal agency for implementation of the project in Indian side.

Former railway minister Suresh Prabhu and Haque had jointly laid the foundation stone of the project here on July 31 last.

A flyover of 3.7 km will be constructed on the Indian side to save cultivable lands and the entire project cost will be borne by the central government.

New Delhi is keen to establish the rail link as it will connect West Bengal and Tripura through Bangladesh.

The 1,700 km distance between Agartala and Kolkata, which goes through the chicken neck in Siliguri, would be reduced to 350 km if passengers could move through Bangladesh, officials said