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GM/Western Railway A.K.Gupta Inaugurates Knowledge Centre at Parel Workshop

Shri A.K. Gupta – General Manager of Western Railway inaugurated a Knowledge Center at Lower Parel Workshop in Mumbai on 24th March, 2018.

The workshop was aimed at imparting training of material handling equipments to the staff of the Indian Railways, covering all the technical aspects, making employees more proficient.

The Carriage Repair Workshop at Lower Parel was nominated to develop “Knowledge Center” for material handling equipments over Indian Railways. The center will act as a knowledge provider for maintenance of all types of material handling equipment features forklift, Lister truck, and hydra.

The knowledge center has also developed a website, which has information about the maintenance procedure, dos & don’ts trouble shooting guide and the list of spares.

It is also equipped with crack item, which consists of trained supervisors and artisans who are ready to move to any location on the Indian Railways in case of emergency repairs. The center has also developed an Android-based mobile application.

The knowledge center is also equipped with a conference room, library and cut models, which are displayed prominently in the center.

Shri A.K. Gupta appreciated the efforts and announced to present Rs. 25,000/- for the efforts put in the making of the PL workshop

First-of-its-Kind Leadership Development Workshop for Officers of SCR at ISB/Hyderabad held

South Central Railway has taken up another first-of- its kind initiative on Indian Railways by conducting a three day (23 rd to 25 th March, 2018) Leadership Development Workshop. This workshop is being held in collaboration with Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad in which 52 Top and Middle Level Officers of various departments from the Zone are attending. The Workshop is being conducted as part of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between SCR and ISB to collaborate Capacity Building and Research.

Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, SCR in his address during the Inaugural session held today i.e., 23 rd March, 2018 laid emphasis on improvement of organizational strength for its service delivery capabilities and management towards making the Indian Railways, a driving force. He stated that, MOU is envisaged for holding capacity building workshop for Railway officers in the areas like performance management, strategy management and change management by ISB. It will go a long way for the organizational efficiency of Indian Railways in the future and immensely contribute to the transformational change in the organization, he added. He called upon the officers to take advantage from the workshop and focus on Human Resource Development.

Shri John Thomas, Additional General Manager, SCR expressed optimism that the Lectures, Sessions and Research activities being conducted during this workshops by ISB will infuse a fresh dynamism on SCR and inculcates new perspectives of Management towards success. Shri N. V. Ramana Reddy, Principal Chief Personnel Officer, SCR also addressed the gathering of Officers and motivated them.

Prof. Milind Sohain, Deputy Dean, ISB in his address stressed on Research, Inquiry and Managerial Action as the key elements that enable multi disciplinary thinking, to build up an Organization. He espoused the learning philosophy of the Business School, Leadership lessons and value creation.

The three day Leadership Development Workshop will broadly cover topics on Indian Railways Customer and Brand Centricity; Understanding the economic environment of policy making in India; Excellence in Leadership and Change Management and Financial Management. Shri M. Umashankar Kumar, Chief Public Relations Officer, SCR and other Officials were also present during the inaugural session.

South Central Railway wins All India Railway Tennis Championship for Men

South Central Railway has successfully organized All India Railway Tennis Championship for men for the first time from 19 th to 23 rd March, 2018 at Railway Sports Complex, Secunderabad.

A total of eight teams from different Zonal Railways and Production Units have taken part in this championship. South Central Railway won the Championship, whereas Integrated Coach Factory stood second.

Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway graced the closing ceremony and gave away the prizes to the Winners and Runners. He complimented the SCR team for putting up their best efforts and bringing laurels to Zone and Indian Railways also.

First Parcel Cargo Express Train flagged-off from Sankrail Goods Terminal Yard

A Parcel Cargo Express Train consisting of 15 Parcel Vans and 1 SLR was flagged off from Sankrail Goods Terminal Yard on 22.03.18. M/s GATI Limited, Mumbai has been awarded leasing contract to run the Parcel Cargo Express Train (PCET) on round trip basis between Sankrail Goods Terminal and Kalyan, Mumbai for a period of 6 years.  There will be 2 round trips per month.

The composition of the Parcel Cargo Express Train (PCET) will be 15 VPs (23 Tonnes each) and 1 Brake Van (2 compartments of 5 Tonnes each) for the first six months of the contract. This will subsequently be increased with composition of 20 Parcel Vans and 1 Brake Van (470 Tonnes) which will further be extended up to 24 parcel vans on mutual consent basis.

This railway will generate revenue earnings of Rs.30 lakhs per round trip, thus an assured amount of Rs. 7.23 crores per annum. The contract value for six years period is Rs. 43.38 crores.

Indian Railways initiates upgradation of 90 Railway Stations showcasing Local Culture or History

In an attempt to increase passenger amenities and to give an aesthetic makeover to the most visited stations across Indian Railways, Ministry of Railways has formulated the plan to redevelop 90 stations across Indian Railways. The redevelopment plan of 90 stations is assigned to different zones/ nodal agencies. Given that some stations are important pilgrimage hubs and report over 45,000 footfalls per day, Indian Railways would strive to ensure that passenger’s get best services at the stations even during peak seasons.

It may be noted that Indian Railways isin the process of redevelopment of more than 600 stations. While doing this, efforts would be made to showcase local culture or history to reflect in the station façade.

For instance, Aurangabad station is to be developed on lines of Ajantha or Ellora, Agra station is to be developed on lines of Taj Mahal, Ujjain station is to be developed on lines of Mahakaleshwar temples, Nagpur station to have a big orange in the premises. Since Belgaum has history of Mahatma Gandhi visiting there, Belgaum station to have a big Charkha at the front.

Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) is keeping elements of local heritage in facade/redevelopment of station buildings. For instance in Charbagh (Lucknow) elements of existing heritage building are incorporated in second entry NE Rly station, similarly in Gomti Nagar, elements of Awadh culture with Jali wok has been incorporated, in Triputi station, Lord Tirumala temple design has been incorporated, in Pondicherry, French colonial architectural elements are provided. Similar action will be taken for Goa Kota Nellore Ernakulam stations.

IRCON, NBCC, RITES, IRSDC, Zonal Railways and few State Governments will executive the job as per the List of Stations given below for upgradation as per the above plan:

Sr No.StationStateExecuting Agency
1TirupatiAndhra PradeshNBCC
2NelloreAndhra PradeshNBCC
3VisakhapatnamAndhra PradeshZonal Railway
4GunturAndhra PradeshZonal Railway
5GuntakalAndhra PradeshZonal Railway
6Kurnool CityAndhra PradeshZonal Railway
7VijayawadaAndhra PradeshZonal Railway
8GuwahatiAssamZonal Railway
9New TinsukiaAssamZonal Railway
10RangiyaAssamZonal Railway
11PatnaBiharZonal Railway
12BapudhamMotihariBiharZonal Railway
13HajipurBiharZonal Railway
14PatliputraBiharZonal Railway
15SonpurBiharZonal Railway
17BilaspurChhattisgarhZonal Railway
18RaipurChhattisgarhZonal Railway
19RajnandgaonChhattisgarhZonal Railway
23Delhi MainDelhiZonal Railway
24Sarai RohillaDelhiNBCC
28AhmedabadGujaratZonal Railway
29RajkotGujaratZonal Railway
30VadodraGujaratZonal Railway
31Bhavnagar CityGujaratZonal Railway
32ValsadGujaratZonal Railway
33AmbalaHaryanaZonal Railway
34ShimlaHimachal PradeshZonal Railway
35Jammu TaviJammu & KashmirZonal Railway
36RanchiJharkhandZonal Railway
37BarkakanaJharkhandZonal Railway
38YeshwantpurKarnatakaZonal Railway
39MysuruKarnatakaZonal Railway
40DharwadKarnatakaZonal Railway
41Ernakulam Jn.KeralaNBCC
42KozhikodeKeralaZonal Railway
43KottayamKeralaZonal Railway
44PalakkadKeralaZonal Railway
45HabibganjMadhya PradeshIRSDC
46JabalpurMadhya PradeshZonal Railway
47BhopalMadhya PradeshZonal Railway
48ItarsiMadhya PradeshZonal Railway
49RatlamMadhya PradeshZonal Railway
50BurhanpurMadhya PradeshZonal Railway
51Shivaji NagarMaharashtraIRSDC
52LonawalaMaharashtraZonal Railway
53SholapurMaharashtraZonal Railway
54IgatpuriMaharashtraZonal Railway
55WardhaMaharashtraZonal Railway
56PuneMaharashtraZonal Railway
57BhubaneswarOdishaGovt. of Odisha
58CuttackOdishaZonal Railway
59SambalpurOdishaZonal Railway
60JharsugudaOdishaZonal Railway
63JaipurRajasthanZonal Railway
64UdaipurRajasthanZonal Railway
65BikanerRajasthanZonal Railway
66JodhpurRajasthanZonal Railway
67MaduraiTamil NaduZonal Railway
68Chennai EgmoreTamil NaduZonal Railway
69TiruchchirappalliTamil NaduZonal Railway
70SalemTamil NaduZonal Railway
71WarangalTelanganaZonal Railway
72MughalsaraiUttar PradeshZonal Railway
73GomtinagarUttar PradeshNBCC
74LucknowUttar PradeshNBCC
75AllahabadUttar PradeshZonal Railway
76JhansiUttar PradeshZonal Railway
77MathuraUttar PradeshZonal Railway
78Varanasi CityUttar PradeshZonal Railway
79Varanasi JnUttar PradeshRITES
80AyodhyaUttar PradeshRITES
81IzzatnagarUttar PradeshZonal Railway
82GorakhpurUttar PradeshZonal Railway
83DehradunUttarakhandZonal Railway
84HaridwarUttarakhandZonal Railway
85AsansolWest BengalZonal Railway
86HowrahWest BengalZonal Railway
87SealdahWest BengalZonal Railway
88DarjeelingWest BengalZonal Railway
89AlipurduarWest BengalZonal Railway
90AdraWest BengalZonal Railway

MYS-SBC Suburban Electric Train: Delayed Transmission Works on Yeliyur Substation to Tubinakere leads to Longer Wait

The wait for intercity suburban electric train services on the Mysuru-Bengaluru section, which will benefit thousands of commuters, is set to get longer.

The work on the 220 kV transmission line from Yeliyuru substation to Tubinakere, a stretch of 4 km, is yet to commence though the Ministry of Railways deposited ₹13.09 crore to the Karnataka Power Transmission Ltd. (KPTCL) exactly a year ago. A letter dated March 23, 2017, written by the railway authorities to KPTCL, sought immediate commencement of the transmission line works by finalising the tenders. This would enable commission of electric traction and introduction of the Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) services on the Bengaluru-Mysuru section.

The project entailed establishing railway traction substations to feed overhead electric traction in the section; at Bidadi, Yeliyuru and Mysuru. Though the railway was initially advised to execute the project on its own by KPTCL, it could not be completed as it is not the domain expertise of the railways. Hence it reverted to KPTCL, which has expertise in laying transmission line and it has now promised to expedite the process.

A senior official told that 220 kV line was mandatory to operate MEMU services. Without this, only 1 or 2 trains can be operated at a point of time given the present electricity feed from the Bidadi substation. Once the Yeliyuru substation is connected with the 220 kV line at Tubinakere, there will be sufficient load to operate additional trains, he added.

The public is infuriated by the delayed response by KPTCL, a State government body. Incidentally, the project has been completed on a cost-sharing basis with the government chipping in 50% of the cost of electrification (about ₹220 crore).

Though the electrified lines have been commissioned and six pairs of long distance trains are now operational, railway authorities say MEMU services cannot be operated with the present power supply. “MEMU electric services has advantages like better acceleration and faster service,” said the official. “The Tubinakere power line will enable us to operate 6 pairs to 10 pairs of MEMU services,” he added.

Vizag Steel focusing on Waterways for Logistics over Rail to transport Steel to Vijayawada and other parts of South India

Vizag Steel to touch record 5-mn tonnes production this fiscal. Despite this target, Railways is unable to tap the potential of diverting the traffic from Seaways and Roadways.

VISAKHAPATNAM:  The Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited – Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) for the first time is going to touch the five million tonnes production mark by the end of the current fiscal year, said its Chairman and Managing Director P. Madhusudan here.

However, Railways would be loosing the opportunity to transport steel by Railways. Mr. Madhusudan said the VSP was focusing on waterways for logistics aggressively rather than the railways and roadways would be used to transport steel to Vijayawada.

After a dealers’ meet, Mr. Madhusudan told media the Vijayawada branch had registered a considerable growth with sales of 1.40 lakh tonnes against 35,000 tonnes in the last fiscal. The Amaravati and Vijayawada region emerged important and a sale of two lakh tonnes steel was expected in the next year, he added.

About the overall production, he said after increasing the production capacity from 3 million tonnes to 6.3 million tonnes, the plant had almost reached 5 million tonnes.

Also, the sales turnover was going to cross ₹16,000-crore mark for the first time registering a growth of 35%.

“In the coming fiscal year, the plant’s capacity and production are going to increase by one million tonnes and about 1.3 million tonnes respectively and will reflect in the production of more than 7 million tonnes,” Mr. Madhusudan said.

Globally the steel market had been dull in the last three to four years and this year we could see recovery signals during the past four months and the demand would go up, he said.

“This year the plant registered an EBITDA margin (operating margin) of about ₹200 crore which is ₹400 crore more than the last year’s margin of ₹200 crore.

New branch in Guwahati

To explore the markets in the northeast, “We will open a branch in Guwahati and start sales outlets. Also we are trying to reach out to customers there using government’s e-platforms.”

Indian Railways to revamp 68 Major Stations on its own under EPC Model

The Indian Railways has decided to redevelop 68 major stations on its own under the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) model after getting a lukewarm response from private investors.

The rail ministry has conveyed to all its zones to start the work immediately and complete the project within a year. The letter to zonal general managers informing them about the number of stations and the deadline for completion was sent on Thursday.

All these stations would get state of the art amenities including elevators, a modern passenger announcement system, shopping complex, new platforms, swanky waiting rooms and airport like entry and exit systems.

“We can’t wait for private investors anymore. We’ll redevelop these stations on our own and could monetise them later through commercial exploitation,” a top rail ministry official said.

According to rough estimates, railways could spend around Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 crore towards station redevelopment.

“We have sought budgetary requirements from the divisional rail managers who’ll asses the amount of money that would be needed to upgrade these stations. The money would be released immediately,” the official added.

The stations that would be upgraded include Pune, Bengaluru, Delhi, Shimla, Mathura, Valsad, Ambala, Varanasi, Dehradun and several other major junctions across the country. “These stations are additional from the ones being redeveloped by National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC),” the official added.

NBCC is undertaking redevelopment of 10 stations including Lucknow on its own. The corporation is funding the project by leasing out space in station complex to private companies.

The government had earlier identified 100 major stations for redevelopment on priority basis in phase one. “Two stations including Surat and Habibganj are already under redevelopment. NBCC is working on 10 stations and now we’ll undertake 68 on our own. So by the end of the tenure of the government, we would have redeveloped 80 stations,” the official said.

NCR is ready with its plan to redevelop its three stations – Mathura, Allahabad and Jhansi. Talking about the redevelopment plan, NCR GM MC Chauhan said that the upgradation of stations has to be taken up an “immediate measure”. “The works on the identified stations are to be completed by December 2018 and the emphasis would be on having a visible change in the station without unnecessary construction all over,” Chauhan said.

NCR CPRO Gaurav Krishna Bansal said, “The redevelopment plan of three stations is part of the total 70 stations assigned to different zones. The NCR has chalked out a detailed strategy to revamp all the stations.”

“As per the plan, NCR would increase passengers’ amenities by installing escalators, lifts, and construction of boundary walls among others. Given that stations are important pilgrimage hubs and report over 45,000 footfall per day, the NCR would make it sure that passenger’s get best services at the stations even during peak seasons,” Bansal told.

The 70 stations are apart from the 600 stations that have to be redeveloped by the Indian Railway Station Development Corporation and would be developed by Zonal Railways in whose jurisdiction they are located.

“There are as many as 20 parameters across which the redevelopment will be done. The stations would be developed by improving the façade of the station building, platform surface with granite (flame burnt) and vacuum dewatered concrete, washable apron to improve sanitation wherever needed, etc,” the CPRO said.

Improvement to existing waiting halls, waiting rooms, retiring rooms, toilets etc along with the provision of modular water kiosks and water ATMs are also in the top priority of station redevelopment plan, the official said, adding that solar lighting would also be provided at stations.

The NCR has completed 8.7MW of solar production out of the total target of 11.2MW.

The Centre has also decided to expeditiously give a facelift to three railway stations in Kerala and raise them up to international standards.

The Centre is decided to spend about Rs. 20 crores each on renovating the railway stations in Kottayam, Kozhikode and Palakkad.

Union Tourism Minister Alphonse Kannanthanam has informed about this decision by the Centre through a Facebook post.

He has clarified that the decision was taken after a discussion with Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

Southern Railway achieves Milestone of 100% LED Lighting at all Railway Stations ahead of Target Date

Pursuing Ministry of Railway’s initiative to provide energy efficient lighting to help conservation of environment, Southern Railway achieved the status of providing 100% LED lighting at Railway Stations opened for traffic.

As a part of energy conservation measures, Southern Railway has switched over to 100% energy efficient LED lightings in place of conventional Fluorescent Lamps, T5 lamps, CFL lamps, and high wattage MH lamps.  LED lighting is the latest technology in the lighting industry, and LEDs used in lighting will give better illumination, and is expected to last longer(i.e.,longer life).  With the prevailing competitive markets for LED lighting, the payback period is also very attractive.

All 714 Railway stations (which are opened for traffic) have been provided with 100% energy efficient LED lights. The total number of LED luminaries provided are 86291 Nos. It was done by 15.03.2017, before the target date of 31stMarch 2018.

 Other stations in Gauge conversion area will also join the group of LED lighting provided stations where the section is opened for traffic.

This will result in electrical energy saving of 7.98 million units per annum, which translates into a saving of Rs.6.408 Crores per annum in energy bill as well as better illumination.

The investment made for providing 100% LED luminaries at these stations is around Rs.5.92 crores with the payback period as around 11 months.

Further, the provision of 100% LED lighting in Service buildings and Railway Quarters is also under progress and is expected to be be completed shortly.  This will also result in substantial savings both in terms of electrical energy and cost.

South Western Railway march towards making Mysuru a Clean and Green City

The Green and clean City of Mysuru, one of the busiest tourist place in Karnataka has a busy railway station too.

Mysuru Division is constantly striving to keep Station Platforms, track and station premises clean.

With close to 62 thousand footfalls every day, 6 platforms of the station often get very busy during arrival and departure of trains.

During peak periods of the day it is observed that considerable no. of water bottles are found littering the platforms.

As summer is approaching the requirement of water bottle naturally increases and the waste generated by used plastic bottles will be affected the cleanliness of Mysuru – one of the cleanest Railway stations in India.

A innovative way to dispose of hundreds of plastic bottles generated Station is thought off at this Railway.

To respond to this passenger need, an automatic, noiseless Pet Bottle Crushing Machine has been installed on Platform No. 1 at Mysuru at cost of Rs.3,04,000/-.

The Machine starts and stops automatically based on the plastic bottle feed.

Once a bottle is inserted machine starts automatically and disintegrates the bottle into fine piece of plastic which are then released.

Mysuru Railway Division is in the process of entering in to MOU with plastic manufactures for collecting the crushed plastic pieces which will give sundry revenue also to the Division.

Based upon the experience gained, more such machines shall be installed in other important stations of SWR.

Railway is trying to explore the avenue of Corporate Social Responsibility organisations also to promote installation of this ecofriendly system.