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Ministry of Railways sign MoU with FS-Italferr – an Italian infrastructure and engineering Co

Your train journey from Delhi to Jaipur is about to get an upgrade. According to several reports, the Ministry of Railways has signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with an Italian infrastructure and engineering company FS-Italferr. With the company’s involvement, a feasibility study will be conducted, and the key focus will be to create a semi-high speed rail corridor between Delhi and Jaipur, with the aim of increasing the speed of the train (up to 200kms per hour), and reducing travel time significantly.

The distance between Delhi to Jaipur is 309kms, and the current situation allows passengers to travel to either cities in a span of 4 hours 30 minutes, with the speed being 75kms/hr on an average, and 110kms/hr at the maximum.

Details suggest that the Ministry of Railways has written to Northern Railways, Delhi, and North Western Railways with regard to the feasibility study, to help and support the Italian company, in order to complete the feasibility report. If implemented, this move is likely to be a game-changer for the Indian Railways, as they will be able to compete with airlines that enable passengers to travel between Delhi and Jaipur in only an hour.

This initiative can be added to a roster of growth strategies by the Indian Railways that include the expansion of the metro network across cities, bullet train facilities for passengers, and making luxury trains more affordable for tourists.

Railway Security System – a Priority Area of Safety on Indian Railways

Safety is accorded the highest priority by Indian Railways and all possible steps are undertaken on a continual basis to prevent accidents and to enhance safety because of which during the last three years, the number of consequential train accidents (including accidents at Unmanned Level Crossings mainly caused due to negligence of road vehicle users) have decreased from 135 in 2014-15, to 107 in 2015-16 and further to 104 in 2016-17.

In the current year (upto 28th February, 2018) the number of consequential train accidents have further reduced to 70 as compared to 99 in the corresponding period of the previous year.

Security has been identified as one of the priority areas by Railways for strengthening and upgradation. Measures initiated in recent past to strengthen security over Indian Railways include installation of CCTV cameras at railway stations/trains, operationalisation of security helpline 182, and development of security App etc.

Operational measures to strengthen security of passengers include escorting of about 4500 important mail/Express trains daily by Railway Protection Force / Government Railway Police, access control at important railway stations, prosecution of offenders for unauthorized vending/hawking, entry into ladies and reserved compartments, touting of tickets, trespassing, roof travelling, alarm chain pulling etc. under relevant provisions of the Railways Act., detection of passenger related crime, arrest of criminals and handing over to GRP for further legal action.

Close coordination and liaison is maintained by the RPF with GRPs to strengthen security over railways. State Level Security Committee for Railways (SLSCR) have also been constituted for all State/UTs under the Chairmanship of respective Director General of Police/Commissioner of States/UTs for regular monitoring and review of security arrangement for the Railways.

Prevention and detection of crime related to passengers, registration of such cases, their investigation and maintenance of law and order in railway premises as well as on running trains are the statutory responsibility of the State Governments. For this purpose, a separate wing of State Police in the name of ‘Government Railway Police’ (GRP) functions in respective States. Ministry of Railways are supplementing efforts of States in providing security over railways through the Railway Protection Force (RPF).

Improvement In Surveillance

Close surveillance on anti-social elements, regular and intensive drives conducted by RPF have resulted in 18.84 % more arrests in the year 2017 as compared to the year 2015. Zone-wise number of persons arrested by the RPF in the last three years (2015, 2016 & 2017) is appended. The statistics of Northern Railway includes arrests made in Delhi.

Railway Protection Force (RPF) has been empowered under the Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act to arrest and prosecute offenders related to Railway Property. RPF personnel have also been empowered under the Railways Act to arrest and prosecute offenders involved in offences specified under 29 sections of the Railways Act which are related to alarm chain pulling, unauthorised hawking and vending, touting, trespassing, travelling on roof and foot-board of train, travelling of male persons in coaches reserved for female passengers etc. 0.59% of total arrests are related to offences under the Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act and 99.41% are related to the Railways Act.

Special emphasis is being given to improve living conditions of RPF/RPSF personnel by providing barracks at important locations and upgrading basic amenities in the existing barracks at par with running rooms. During the year 2018-19, works to the tune of  Rs.59 Cr. have been sanctioned for construction of barracks. All the Divisional Railway Managers have been advised to conduct inspection of all the RPF barracks and submit status report. Measures initiated to strengthen RPF also include installation of CCTV cameras at Railway stations/trains, upgradation of security helpline No. 182, development of security App., soft skill training to RPF personnel, etc.

Indian Railways achieve 98.1% of Land Acquisition for Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridors

As on 01.03.2018, total of 98.1% of land required for Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridors (except for the Sonanagar-Dankuni section) has been acquired by Ministry of Railways through thorough its PSU arm Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL).

For acquisition of remaining land, all necessary process has been completed by DFCCIL and the matter has been taken up with concerned State authorities to expedite land acquisition.

All Civil Engineering Contracts of Eastern Corridor have been awarded. All system contracts on Eastern Corridor have been awarded except for Khurja-Dadri, Khurja-Ludhiana, Durgawati-Karvandia sections. For these sections, tenders for system contracts have been invited.

Some of the reasons for delay in execution of project are issues of land acquisition including Court Cases/arbitration, environment clearances, Law and order problems in few location etc.

Steps taken to expedite progress include : –

  • Regular meeting held by DFCCIL, officials with land owners and Local State Authorities to resolve the pending issues.
  • Matter taken up with apex level of State Authorities by Ministry of Railways.
  • Pending issues taken up in the Project Monitoring Group (PMG) meetings.

Railways informs Parliament about steps taken for improvement of Passenger Services

In reply to a question in Lok Sabha, Railways update Parliament with details of major initiatives taken by Ministry of Railways to improve the facilities for Rail Passengers:

  1. Online ticket booking facility through Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website thereby obviating the need to stand in queues at reservation counters.
  2. Reserved and unreserved ticket booking facility through mobile phones.
  3. Provision of Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs) at railway stations for dispensation of tickets.
  4. Provision of various cashless modes of payment like net banking, e-wallets, credit/debit cards through Point of Sale (POS)s machines, through Unified Payment Interface (UPI), etc.
  5. Earmarking of separate counters at various Computerised Passenger Reservation System (PRS) centres for dealing with the reservation requisitions received from persons with disability, senior citizens, ladies, former Members of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assemblies, accredited press correspondents and freedom fighters.
  6. Automatic preparation of first reservation charts at least 4 hours before scheduled departure of train and thereafter booking of available accommodation through internet as well as through PRS counters till preparation of second reservation charts.
  7. Intimation to passengers through SMS in case of change in passengers’ reservation status from waiting list/RAC to confirmed, cancellation of trains, late running of train in identified trains, etc.
  8. Cancellation of computerised Passenger Reservation System (PRS) counter tickets through IRCTC website or through 139.
  9. Automatic refund to e-ticket holders in case of cancellation of trains.
  10. Introduction of Alternate Train Accommodation Scheme ‘VIKALP’ to provide confirmed accommodation to waitlisted passengers in alternate train to ensure optimal utilisation of available accommodation.
  11. Increase in number of berths earmarked as RAC to accommodate more passengers.
  12. Earmarking of combined quota of 6 lower berths per coach in Sleeper, 3 lower berths per coach in 3AC and 3 lower berths per coach in 2AC class for Senior Citizens, pregnant women and female passengers 45 years of age and above. Further, in Rajdhani, Duronto and fully Air Conditioned/ Express trains, 4 lower berths per coach are earmarked under this quota.
  13. Earmarking of a reservation Quota of 6 berths in 3AC class by Garib Rath Express trains for exclusive use of female passengers irrespective of their age while travelling alone or in group of female passengers.
  14. Earmarking of reservation quota of two berths in 3AC class and four berths in Sleeper class for persons with disability.
  15. Introduction of Sarathi Seva to help old and disabled passengers requiring assistance at the station and strengthen the existing services for enabling passengers to book Battery Operated Car (BOC), porter services etc. on a paid basis in addition to the existing pick up and drop and wheelchair services.
  16. Provision of Yatri Mitra Sewa at major stations for enabling passengers to book wheelchair services cum porter services.
  17. Electronic display boards are provided at ‘A-1’ and ‘A’ category stations and public address systems are provided at ‘A-1’, ‘A’ and ‘B’ category of stations and can be provided upto “D” category of stations.
  18. Taking various steps with a view to encouraging booking of rail ticket through internet e.g. withdrawing of service charge imposed by IRCTC, enhancing the capacity of the server, increasing the options available for making payment while booking ticket through internet etc. Due to these efforts, internet ticketing now constitute approximately 65% of total reserved tickets issued on Indian Railways.

In addition, in the Union Budget 2018-19 it has been announced that redevelopment of 600 major railway stations is being taken up by Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Limited. All stations with more than 25000 footfalls will have escalators. All railway stations and trains will be progressively provided with wi-fi. CCTVs will be provided at all stations and on trains to enhance security of passengers.

It has also been decided to open the first ever National Rail and Transport Institute at Vadodara. The University will be set up in the campus of Ministry of Railways’ National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR) in Vadodara, Gujarat. The campus infrastructure will be built in phases to cater to approximately 3,000 students over 10 years. Detailed Project Report has been submitted to the Ministry of Human Resource Development which has forwarded it to UGC for examination and advice on conferment of Deemed to be University status under the denovo category. Renovation and upgradation work at National Academy of Indian Railways shall start shortly.

Railways informs Parliament about steps taken on Heritage Preservation in Railways

Ministry of Railways have initiated several reformative measures to promote heritage preservation in Indian Railways. These include launching of a special drive to identify various heritage items/artefacts that are currently lying unnoticed at different locations; open a logbook of all major events, both at Zonal Railways and National Rail Museum to record the timelines of Railways history, revival of Steam Locomotives; upkeeping Hill Railways, strengthening Railway museums, conservation of built heritage etc.

Ministry of Railways have directed all Zonal Railways/Production Units to launch a special drive between 1-15 March, 2018 for identification and preservation of Railway heritage assets like buildings, bridges, rolling stocks, documents, photographs, artefacts, equipments, clocks, benches etc.

Ministry of Railways has made a specific provision in the budget outlay for 2018-19 for revival of steam locomotives including restoration and procurement of spares.

Ministry of Railways have launched a month long drive to bring the five hill railways of India [Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR), Kalka Shimla Railway (KSR), Matheran Light Railway (MLR) and Kangra Valley Railway (KVR)] in immaculate state for promoting tourism.

RailTel enters into MoU with USOF/DoT for providing Wi-Fi services at 200 rural Railway Stations

RailTel has entered into an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) / DoT for providing Wi-Fi services at 200 rural railway stations.

As per the MoU, USOF/DoT shall fund both, the CAPEX and OPEX (for 1 year) incurred by RailTel for providing the Wi-Fi Hotspots at 200 rural railway stations.

The work of provision of Wi-Fi is proposed to be taken up at balance stations.

The project is being executed jointly by M/s. RailTel Corporation of India Limited with a group company of Google International for providing high speed Wi-Fi services at 438 stations of Indian Railways, with option open to extend further on mutual agreement.

The work since has been completed at 301 out of 438 Railway Stations and is in progress at balance stations.

RailTel is the Public Sector Telecom Enterprise under Ministry of Railways in India.

Railways plan to provide Automatic Train Protection conforming to ETCS level-2 Standards on entire BG network

Indian Railways have now planned to provide Automatic Train Protection (ATP) conforming to ETCS level-2 standards on the entire Indian Railway Broad Gauge (BG) network. This will provide technological aid to Loco Pilots for avoiding Signal Passing at Danger (SPAD).

Presently following different Automatic Train Protection (ATP) Systems are existing on Indian Railways: –

  1. Automatic Train Protection (ATP) System based on proven European Train Control System (ETCS-L1) Technology has been implemented on 342 RKMs (200 RKMs Delhi-Agra Section, 117 RKMs Chennai Suburban section and 25 RKMs of Metro Railway, Kolkata).
  2. An ATP called Auxiliary Warning System (AWS) is presently functional on 364 RKMs in the Mumbai suburban section of Central Railway (240 RKMs) and Western Railway (124 RKMs).
  3. An ATP system indigenously developed called Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) is under trail on 250 RKMs of South Central Railway as a pilot project.

Track circuiting used for signalling and interlocking also detects rail crack in track circuited area. However, track circuit is available on a limited length on the IR network. Also, a trial of Ultrasonic Broken Rail Detection System (UBRD) to detect in service rail/weld failures on Northern Railway and North Central Railway over 25 km of track each is under

Literature survey has been carried out by RDSO to know the system placed in other countries for detection of cracks in rails. Track circuiting used for signalling and interlocking also detects rail crack in track circuited area in several countries. Besides, following technologies are available/under development/under trial world over, which are potential
solution for broken rail detection system:

i)   Ultrasonic Broken Rail Detection System (UBRD).
ii)  Rail Fracture & Instruction Detection System (Using distributed Optical Fibre Sensing).
iii) Rail ACCOUSTIC-TR: Broken Rail Sensing System.
iv)  Loco vision analytics and Rail integrity monitoring system.
v)   Audio Frequency Continuous Track Circuiting (AFTC).
vi)  Other track circuit based patented technologies.

This information was made available in reply to a question in Lok Sabha by Railways.


Railways make available information pertaining to Technological Advancements for Railway Signalling in Parliament

The following technological advancements with respect to signaling are being undertaken by Ministry of Railways:

  1. Indian Railways have implemented Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system conforming to European Train Controlling System (ETCS) Level-I on 342 Route kilometers in which Movement Authority (Distance to travel) displayed in the Loco Cab is updated, whenever Loco passes over a balise fitted on track. This enables loco pilot to know the condition of signals ahead even when the visibility of signals is poor due to fog or any other reasons.
  2. Indian Railways is now planning to implement an advanced version of Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system namely European Train Controlling System (ETCS) Level-II on its entire BG network of 60,000 Route Kilometers which will enable continuous updating of Movement Authority in Loco Cab through wireless network. The continuous updating of Movement Authority will ensure improved speed and line capacity as compared to ETCS Level-I.
  3. A Global Positioning System (GPS) based ‘Fog PASS device’ has been developed which displays the name and distance of approaching signals and other critical landmarks like Unmanned level crossings etc. in advance during poor visibility conditions. It is expected to help reduce stress on Loco Pilots while running in foggy weather. About 6940 fog safe devices have been commissioned in 6 (Six) Zonal Railways (East Central, Northern, North Central, North Eastern, Northeast Frontier and North Western Railways) where the trains pass through fog affected region.

For smooth and safe movement of trains in fog, the following actions have also been taken:

Railways ensure the following steps during winter:

  • Adequate availability of detonators at stations.
  • Lime marking across the track at the Signal Warning/Sighting Board.
  • Fresh painting of the Signal Warning (Sighting Board).
  • Fresh painting of Whistle Board, Fog Signal Posts, Road Signs, Lifting barriers of busy level crossings with Yellow/Black luminous indication strips.
  • Adequate availability of additional staff for placement of detonators either from the Engineering Department or from the Operating Department.
  • Display of flashing red light tail lamp at the last vehicle of trains even during day time if the dense fog persists in lieu of tail boards in normal working.
  • Counseling of staff involved in train operation.
  • Intensive, round the clock monitoring of trains is done during fog at all three levels viz. Divisional, Zonal Head Quarter and Railway Board to ensure their punctuality.
  • To ensure running of trains right time when pairing trains are running late, scratch rakes are inducted to the extent operationally feasible.
  • To avoid delay of trains due to foggy weather and to enhance level of safety in automatic block signaling sections affected by fog, the modified automatic signaling has been introduced which allows only two trains between stations.

This information was made available in reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 7th March 2018.

Western Railway to run Summer Special Trains between Vadodara and Rewa

For the convenience of passengers and to clear the extra rush during summer vacation, Western Railway will run Train No. 09103/09104 Vadodara – Rewa (Weekly) Superfast Special train from 14th April to 24th June, 2018as per the details given as under :-

09103/09104 Vadodara – Rewa (Weekly) Superfast Special (22 trips)

Train No. 09103 Vadodara – Rewa (Weekly) Superfast Special train will leave Vadodara at 19.40 hrs on every Saturday and reach Rewa at 16.50 hrs on Sunday. This train will run from 14th April, 2018 to 23rd June, 2018.

Similarly, in return direction Train No.09104 Rewa – Vadodara (Weekly) Superfast Special train will leave Rewa at 18.30 hrs on every Sunday and will reach Vadodara at 15.50 hrs on Monday. This train will run from 15th April, 2018 to 24th June, 2018.

The train will have AC First Class, AC Two Tier, AC Three Tier, Sleeper Class and General Second Class coaches. This train will halt at Bharuch, Surat, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Pipariya, Narsinghpur, Jabalpur, Katni, Malhar and Satna stations in both directions.

The booking for Train No. 09103 will be opened from 9th March, 2018 at all PRS counters and IRCTC website. 

पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा वडोदरा एवं रीवा स्टेशनों के बीच ग्रीष्मकालीन विशेष ट्रेन

मुंबई: ग्रीष्मकालीन अवकाश के दौरान यात्रियों की सुविधा एवं अतिरिक्त भीड़ के मद्देनज़र पश्चिम रेलवे 14 अप्रैल, 2018 से 24 जून, 2018 तक ट्रेन सं. 09103/09104 वडोदरा-रीवा साप्ताहिक सुपरफास्ट विशेष ट्रेन चलायेगी, जिसका विवरण निम्नानुसार है:-

  • ट्रेन सं. 09103/09104 वडोदरा-रीवा साप्ताहिक सुपरफास्ट विशेष ट्रेन (22 फेरे)

ट्रेन सं. 09103/09104 वडोदरा

रीवा साप्ताहिक सुपरफास्ट विशेष ट्रेन प्रत्येक शनिवार को वडोदरा से 19.40 बजे रवाना होकर रविवार को 16.50 बजे रीवा पहुँचेगी। यह ट्रेन 14अप्रैल, 2018 से 23 जून, 2018 तक चलेगी।

इसी प्रकार, वापसी यात्रा में ट्रेन सं. 09104 रीवा-

वडोदरा साप्ताहिक सुपरफास्ट विशेष ट्रेन प्रत्येक रविवार को रीवा से 18.30 बजे रवाना होकर सोमवार को 15.50 बजे वडोदरापहुँचेगी। यह ट्रेन 15 अप्रैल, 2018 से 24 जून, 2018 तक चलेगी।

इस ट्रेन में I एसी, II एसी, III एसी, शयनयान एवं द्वितीय श्रेणी के सामान्य डिब्बे होंगे।

यह ट्रेन यात्रा के दौरान दोनों दिशाओं में भरूच, सूरत, नंदुरबार, जलगाँव, भुसावल,खंडवा, पिपरिया, नरसिंहपुर, जबलपुर, कटनी, मल्हार एवं सतना स्टेशनों पर ठहरेगी।

मध्य रेल्‍वेवर अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय महीला दिवसाचे आयोजन

भारतीय रेल्‍वेवर मध्‍य रेल्‍वेचे माटूंगा स्‍थानक पहीले स्‍थानक आहे जे पुर्णपणे महीला कर्मचा-यांच्‍या द्वारे चालविण्‍यात येत आहे त्‍यासाठी माटूंगा स्‍थानकाचे नाव लिम्‍का बुक ऑफ रिकार्डस मध्‍ये दर्ज आहे. मध्‍य रेल्‍वेने 8 मार्च 2018 ला अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय महीला दिवसाचे आयोजन आणि या दिवसाला जास्‍त खास बनविण्‍यासाठी याचे अधिकारि आणि कर्मचारीच नाही तर आमच्‍या देशाच्‍या सर्व महीलासाठी ऑल वुमेन क्रू नेमणुकी द्वारा मुंबई आणि पुणेच्‍या दरम्‍यान धावणारी प्रतिष्ठित डेक्‍कन क्‍वीन एक्‍सप्रेस चालविण्‍याचा निर्णय घेतला आहे. मध्‍य रेल्‍वेचे मुख्‍य जनसंपर्क अधिकारी यांच्‍या म्‍हणन्‍यानुसार क्लिष्‍ट आणि तात्रिक रेल्‍वे संचालनासहित सर्व क्षेत्रात महीलाची उपस्थिती ओळखण्‍याच्‍या दिशेने हे एक पाऊल आहे.

त्‍याच्‍यानुसार मध्‍य रेल्‍वेवर नवीन प्रयोगासाठी डेक्‍कन क्‍वीन एक्‍सप्रेस वर सर्व महीला क्रू ची नेमणूक करण्‍यात आली आहे.

श्रीमती सुरेखा यादव, लोको पायलट मेल आणि आशियातील पहीली महीला ट्रेन चालक, चालक म्‍हणून तर वरिष्‍ठ सहायक लोको पायलट श्रीमती तृष्‍णा जोशी, यांच्‍या समवेत श्रीमती श्‍वेता घोणे या डेक्‍क्‍न क्‍वीन एक्‍सप्रेसच्‍या गार्डच्‍या स्‍वरूपात काम करण्‍यासाटी सम्‍मानित करण्‍यात आले आहे जी महीला दिनी हीरवा झेडा दाखवून गाडी रवाना करतील.  तिकीट तपासणीस, आरपीएफ आणि विद्युत सहायक इत्‍यादी सर्व कर्मचारी या महीलाच राहतील.

मुंबई विभागता लोकमान्‍य टिळक टर्मिैनस येथे प्रवाशी आणि वैगन डेपोत खुप महीला कर्मचारी कार्यरत आहेत.   त्‍यांच्‍या साठी एक महीला कक्षाचे नवीनीकरण केले जात आहे तसेच तेथे जलशुध्‍दीकरण यंत्र, डायनिंग टेबलसह खुर्च्‍या, ड्रेसिंग टेबल, भींतीवरील घडयाळ, थर्मस फ्लास्‍क पडदे, सैनिटरी नॅपकीन इत्‍यादी अनेक सुविधा 8 मार्च अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय महीला दिवस 2018 पासून सुरू करण्‍यात येतील.

मध्‍य रेल्‍वेच्‍या अन्‍य स्‍थानकावर जेथे महीला कर्मचा-यांची संख्‍या जास्‍त आहे तेथे अशाच प्रकारच्‍या सुविधा देण्‍याचा निर्णय घेण्‍यात आला आहे.

महीला दिवसाच्‍या निमित्यांने छत्रपति शिवाजी महाराज टर्मिनस स्‍थानकाचा उपनगरीय भागात एक विशेष कक्ष उघडण्‍यात येणार आहे जो 8 मार्च 2018 रोजी महीला कर्मचा-यांद्वारे संचलित होईल.  महीला प्रवाशांचे रेल्‍वे प्रवास अधिक सुखद बनविण्‍यासाठी त्‍यांच्‍याकडे सूचना मागविण्‍यात येतील.  यानंतर या सर्व सूचनांचा रेल्‍वे प्रशासनाकडून  आढावा घेतला जाईल आणि यथासंभव लागू करण्‍यात येतील.

मध्‍य रेल्‍वेचे महाव्‍यवस्‍थापक श्री डी.के. शर्मा यांनी मध्‍य रेल्‍वेच्‍या सर्व विभागीय रेल्‍वे व्‍यवस्‍थापकांना आदेश दिले आहेत की, माटूंगा स्‍थानकाचा अनुभव सफल क्रियान्‍वयन आणि सकारात्‍मक प्रतिक्रिये पासून प्रेरित होऊन आपल्‍या विभागात अर्थात नागपुर, भुसावल, पुणे आणि सोलापुर विभागात सुध्‍दा एक स्‍थानक संपुर्ण स्‍वरूपात महीला कर्मचा-या द्वारे चालविण्‍यासाठी नामांकित करावे.  याप्रमाणे नागपुर स्‍थानकापासून 3 किलोमीटर दूर रेल्‍वे स्‍थानक अजनी स्‍थानक संपुर्णपणे महीला कर्मचा-या द्वारे 8 मार्च 2018 पासून कार्यान्‍वयीत होईल.

मध्‍य रेल्‍वेला हे सांगतेवेळी अंत्‍यंत आनंद होत आहे की मध्‍य रेल्‍वेत महीला कर्मचा-यांची एक मोठी सेना आहे, खेळात, सुरक्षा वा ट्रेन परिचालनासह प्रत्‍येक क्षेत्रात त्‍यांनी मोठे यश मिळविले आहे.  अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय महीला दिवसाच्या निमित्‍ताने महीला सशक्तिकरणासाठी प्रयत्‍नशील आहोत.  मध्‍य रेल्‍वेच्‍या यशस्‍वी महीलांमध्‍ये श्रीमती सुरेखा यादव ज्‍या आशियातील पहील्‍या लोको पायलट आहेत व ज्‍यांना राष्‍ट्रपतींनी अलिकडेच पुरस्‍कार देऊन गौरव केला आहे.  अशाच प्रकारे श्रीमती मुमताज काजी ज्‍या मोटरउमन आहेत त्‍यांनाही राष्‍ट्रपतींनी पुरस्‍कार देऊन गौरव केला आहे.  मुंबई विभागातील पहीला स्‍टेशन मास्‍टर श्रीमती ममता कुळकर्णी या महीला कर्मचा-या द्वारे  संपुर्णपणे  संचलित स्‍थानकाच्‍या व्‍यवस्‍थापनाची संपुर्ण जबाबदारी सांभाळत आहेत.  रेल्‍वे सुरक्षा दलाच्‍या उपनिरीक्षक श्रीमती रेखा मिश्रा यांचेही कार्य उल्‍लेखनीय आहे.  श्रीमती रेखा यांनी घरातून पळालेल्‍या अथवा अपहरण करण्‍यात आलेल्‍या जवळ-पास 900 लहान मुलांना शोधून काढून त्‍यांच्‍या पालकांकडे सोपविले आहे.  यावर्षी महीला दिवसाच्‍या निमित्‍ताने त्‍यांना राष्‍ट्रपति पुरस्‍काराने सम्‍मानित करण्‍यात येणार आहे.

अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय महीला दिवस कार्यक्रमांतर्गत महीला सशक्तिरणाचा क्षेत्रात काम करणा-या प्रख्‍यात व्‍यक्तिचे सेमिनार, व्‍याख्‍यान, ऑडियो-वीडियोचे प्रस्‍तुतिकरणासह अनेक उपक्रम राबविण्‍याची मध्‍य रेल्‍वेने तयारी केलेली आहे.  छत्रपति शिवाजी महाराज टर्मिनस ऑडिटोरियम येथे 8.3.2018 रोजी महीला कर्मचा-यांच्‍या चिकित्‍सा संबंधी एक सेमिनारचे आयोजन करण्‍यात आले आहे.