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WR successfully places the Last Span of FOB at Elphinstone Road Station

Western Railway is becoming habitual of maximising productivity during the special blocks. In a record time of 6 hours, the Mumbai Central division of Western Railway, completed the girder launch of the second and the last span (28 meters) of the Foot Over Bridge placed at Elphinstone Road Station. This block was taken from 23.00 hrs on Saturday, 7th April, 2018 to 4.58 hrs on Sunday, 8th April, 2018 for the work and it was completed well within time.

According to a press release issued by Shri Ravinder Bhakar, Chief Public Relations Officer of W.Rly, the remaining work of the FOB, i.e., completion of deck slab & cross bracing, covering of the Foot Over Bridge, outside stairs, platform extension etc. started from 9th April, 2018. This also includes the construction of a new Route Relay Interlocking (RRI) building and shifting the existing RRI to a new place. Previously, the steel girders were launched successfully for the first span of 12mtrs out of 40 mtrs on the night of 4th & 5th March, 2018. There were total 9 numbers of girders of overall length 40m each and weighing 26 tonnes. This bridge spans over 5 lines consisting of two columns. One of its columns lies in Western Railway while the other one lies in Central Railway. To make this task possible, a 500 tonnes capacity crane was deployed so as to enable the work at a radius of 32m and boom height of 54m.

पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा एलफिंस्टन रोड स्टेशन पर निर्माणाधीन पैदल ऊपरी पुल हेतु अंतिम स्पैन सफलतापूर्वक रखा गया

पश्चिम रेलवे विशेष ब्लॉक अवधि के दौरान अधिकतम बेहतर उत्पादकता हासिल करने में अभ्यस्त होती जा रही है। पश्चिम रेलवे के मुंबई सेंट्रल मंडल के अंतर्गत एलफिंस्टन रोड स्टेशन पर निर्माणाधीन पैदल ऊपरी पुल के दूसरे और अंतिम 28 मीटर लम्बे स्पैन को 6 घंटे के रिकॉर्ड समय में सफलतापूर्वक स्थापित कर लिया गया। एलफिंस्टन रोड पर इस पैदल ऊपरी पुल के निर्माण के लिए शनिवार, 7 अप्रैल, 2018 की रात्रि 23.00 बजे से रविवार, 8 अप्रैल, 2018 की सुबह 4.58 बजे तक गर्डर को स्थापित करने के लिए ब्लॉक लिया गया था और यह कार्य ब्लॉक अवधि समाप्त होने से पहले ही पूर्ण कर लिया गया।

पश्चिम रेलवे के मुख्य जनसम्पर्क अधिकारी श्री रविंद्र भाकर द्वारा जारी प्रेस विज्ञप्ति के अनुसार एलफिंस्टन रोड पर निर्माणाधीन पैदल ऊपरी पुल के अन्य कार्य जैसे डेक स्लैब की पूर्णता, क्रॉस ब्रेसिंग, पैदल ऊपरी पुल को कवर करना, पुल की बाहरी सीढ़ियाँ, प्लेटफॉर्मों का विस्तार आदि 9 अप्रैल, 2018 से शुरू कर दिये गये हैं। इसके अलावा नये रूट रिले इंटरलॉकिंग बिल्डिंग का निर्माण तथा वर्तमान आरआरआई को नई जगह पर स्थानांतरित करने का कार्य भी होना है। इससे पहले 4 एवं 5 मार्च, 2018 की मध्य रात्रि को 40 मीटर में से 12 मीटर के पहले स्पैन के लिए स्टील गर्डर को सफलतापूर्वक स्थापित कर दिया गया था। 40 मीटर लम्बाई वाले गर्डरों में कुल 9 गर्डर थे, जिनका वजन 26 टन था। यह पुल पाँच रेलवे लाइनों पर स्थित दो कॉलमों पर बनाया गया है। इस पुल का एक कॉलम पश्चिम रेलवे में जबकि दूसरा कॉलम मध्य रेल के अंतर्गत आता है। इस महत्त्वपूर्ण कार्य को पूरा करने के लिए 500 टन क्षमता वाली क्रेन का इस्तेमाल किया गया, जिससे 32 मीटर रेडियस के दायरे तथा 54 मीटर लम्बाई वाले बूम से कार्य किया जा सका।

WR witnesses noteworthy reduction in consequential incidents during 2017-18 due to various Safety measures

The performance of Western Railway in safety matters has been commendable for the financial year 2017-18. A 37% fall in consequential cases (major untoward incidents) has been registered, i.e. 5 against 8 such cases in the last year. In total, non-consequential cases have been reduced by 20% when compared to last year. Derailment cases have gone down by 50% in consequential derailments and 33%  in non-consequential derailment cases.

According to a press release by Shri Ravinder Bhakar, Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, 19% more blocks were undertaken than the last corresponding year. W.Rly. undertook 114,276 hours of block which resulted in substantial increase in the track renewals, deep screening and welding of joints. Even machines used in maintenance and track renewals received a 15% increase in the blocks granted which showed an overall improvement of 30% in the performance of track machine.

Shri Bhakar further stated that Western Railway has also formulated a Signal Passing at Danger (SPAD) Action Plan in which a “Coloured Signal Booklet” has been prepared and issued to all Running staff for better LRD and reference at hand. The booklet includes signal charts of all lines, signal number, type number of aspects, location, details of routes, subsidiary signals, controlling station, visibility, etc. Another booklet is issued to all Running Staff which contains all safety related rules and instruction for a safe train operation. According to the action plan, all newly promoted Loco Pilots are monitored for their first 15/20 trips on loaded goods trains. Recommendations made by the Signal Sighting Committee for identifying conflicting signals are also being implemented. As per the directives from the Railway Board, WR has deputed safety teams for auditing of works in various depots and loco sheds. The need for upgradation of Running Rooms for Loco Pilots and Guards has been sanctioned at a total cost of Rs. 225 crores. This work includes air-conditioning of 45 Running Rooms. Western Railway has made 100% utilisation of funds of Rs. 1241 crores of the Rashtriya Railway Sanraksha Kosh (RRSK). W.Rly. has also completed 486 Tkms. of Track renewals against the target of 420 Tkms for the year 2017-18 registering an excess of 62.70% Tkms, i.e., 116%.

All these measures have led WR to achieve its respective targets for major safety works like TRR, Deep Screening, USFD testing and replacement of UMLC. WR completed 761 km. of Deep Cleaning which has been recorded the highest ever on Western Railway.

Western Railway launch Drive against people travelling wrongly in Reserved Coaches for Divyangs

Western Railway has launched regular drives against able-bodied persons travelling in the reserved coaches for Divyangs. During the year 2017, a total of 39,602 persons and in the year 2018, a total of 10,159 persons were prosecuted. A special week long joint drive of RPF & GRP was recently launched against unauthorised travel in compartments reserved for Divyangs. Adequate GRP/RPF personnels were deployed for nabbing all offenders travelling in coaches reserved for Divyang persons.

According to a press release issued by Shri Ravinder Bhakar, Chief Public Relations Officer of W.Rly, during the drive, 350 persons were prosecuted by GRP under Right of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 and 995 persons were prosecuted by RPF under the Railway Act, 1989. Similarly, special RPF decoy teams were deployed in innovative manner for prevention and detection of passenger crimes after identifying vulnerable spots and studying their modus operandi. They have busted 28 notorious criminals involved in Fatka Theft/Robbery and 46 bullies for blocking doors and refusing entry to other commuters during peak hours. The Special RPF decoy team detected 68 persons involved in 66 cases of thefts/ robbery in suburban section. Close surveillance and vigilance is kept to monitor all such nuisance over Railway in suburban section. Similar drives will be continued in future for hassle free travel of ‘Divyang’ persons.

Shri Bhakar further stated that, Railway administration is planning to install CCTV in all coaches of suburban trains in near future. Visits and inspections will be regularly done by Railway Officers to sort out other technical issues and problems faced by commuters with special attention of facilities to differently abled persons.

पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा दिव्यांगों के लिए आरक्षित डिब्बों में अवैध रूप से यात्रा करने वालों के विरुद्ध अभियान की शुरुआत

मुंबई: पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा दिव्यांगजनों के लिए आरक्षित डिब्बों में अवैध रूप से यात्रा करने वालों के विरुद्ध नियमित अभियान की शुरुआत की गई है। वर्ष2017 के दौरान कुल 39,602 व्यक्तियों को तथा वर्ष 2018 के दौरान कुल 10,159 व्यक्तियों को दंडित किया गया, दिव्यांगों के लिए आरक्षित कोच में अवैध रूप से यात्रा करने के विरुद्ध आरपीएफ तथा जीआरपी द्वारा हाल ही में सप्ताह भर चलने वाला एक विशेष अभियान चलाया गया। दिव्यांग डिब्बों में अवैध यात्रा करने वाले दोषियों को पकड़ने हेतु पर्याप्त संख्या में जीआरपी/आरपीएफ कर्मी तैनात किये गये थे।

पश्चिम रेलवे के मुख्य जनसम्पर्क अधिकारी श्री रविंद्र भाकर द्वारा जारी प्रेस विज्ञप्ति के अनुसार अभियान के दौरान दिव्यांगजनों के अधिकार एक्ट2016 के अंतर्गत जीआरपी द्वारा 350 व्यक्तियों को तथा रेल अधिनियम 1989 के अंतर्गत आरपीएफ द्वारा 995 व्यक्तियों को पकड़ा गया। इसी प्रकार सम्भावित क्षेत्रों तथा उनकी प्राथमिक पहचान के पश्चात अपराधों की रोकथाम एवं पड़ताल हेतु अभिनव तरीकों से आरपीएफ की विशेष डिकॉय टीमों को तैनात किया गया। इस टीम ने फटका डकैती/चोरी में संलिप्तता के 28 गम्भीर अपराधियों तथा व्यस्त समय में दरवाजे पर अवरोध उत्पन्न करने एवं अन्य यात्रियों को प्रवेश न करने देने वाले 48 गुंडों को गिरफ्तार किया। आरपीएफ की डिकॉय टीम ने उपनगरीय खंड में चोरी/डकैती के 66 मामलों में संलिप्त 68 लोगों को गिरफ्तार किया। रेलवे के उपनगरीय खंड पर ऐसे सभी अपराधों की गहन चौकसी एवं मॉनिटरिंग की जा रही है। ‘दिव्यांग’ यात्रियों की सहूलियतपूर्ण यात्रा हेतु निकट भविष्य में भी ऐसे अभियान जारी रहेंगे।

श्री भाकर ने बताया कि निकट भविष्य में रेल प्रशासन द्वारा उपनगरीय ट्रेनों के सभी डिब्बों में सीसीटीवी लगाने की योजना तैयार कर रही है। यात्रियों को विशेषतः दिव्यांग यात्रियों को आने वाली तकनीकी कठिनाइयों एवं समस्याओं के समाधान हेतु रेलवे अधिकारियों द्वारा नियमित दौरे एवं निरीक्षण किये जायेंगे।

Railways to undertake a month-long drive across the country to boost Safety measures

Railways have viewed the unfortunate incident of rolling down of Ahmedabad – Puri Express in Sambalpur Division of East Coast Railway very seriously and appropriate action has been initiated to track the core cause of this untoward episode.

Shri Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board expressed his regret and in a Press Statement issued on the incident stated that, this incident of rolling down of Ahmedabad – Puri express at Titlagarh is an isolated incident of staff negligence that is sincerely regretted by the Railways. While the concerned staff has been suspended and a high level enquiry has also been ordered, the railways remains committed to ensuring highest levels of safety in train operations. Railways have also ordered a one month long drive over the entire network for sensitizing the staff regarding the precautions to be taken to prevent such incidents. He further stated that, passenger safety followed by passenger comfort remains the highest priority of Indian Railways.

According to a press release issued by Shri Ravinder Bhakar, Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, the subject of safety is continuously being monitored at the highest levels in the Railway Board, with the monitoring being done daily at the level of the Chairman, Railway Board.

संरक्षा मानदंडों में वृद्धि हेतु भारतीय रेल द्वारा लगातार प्रयास लवे चलायेगी पूरे देश में एक माह का अभियान

मुंबई: भारतीय रेलवे ने पूर्व तटीय रेलवे के सम्बलपुर मंडल पर अहमदाबाद-पुरी एक्सप्रेस के रोलिंग डाउन की दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण घटना की समीक्षा की है एवं इसे काफी गम्भीरता से लिया है। इस अप्रत्याशित घटना के मूल कारणों की जाँच हेतु आवश्यक कार्रवाई प्रारम्भ कर दी गई है।

रेलवे बोर्ड के अध्यक्ष श्री अश्विरी लोहानी ने एक बयान जारी कर कहा कि टिटलागढ़ में अहमदाबाद-पुरी एक्सप्रेस के रोलिंग डाउन होने की घटना कर्मचारियों की लापरवाही के कारण हुई, जिसके लिए रेलवे द्वारा खेद प्रकट किया जाता है। सम्बंधित कर्मचारी को निलम्बित कर उच्चस्तरीय जाँच के आदेश दे दिये गये हैं। बयान में कहा गया है कि ट्रेन परिचालन में संरक्षा को सर्वोच्च प्राथमिकता देने हेतु रेलवे प्रतिबद्ध है। ऐसी घटना की रोकथाम के लिए कर्मचारियों को सतर्कता बरतने के प्रति जागरूक करने हेतु सम्पूर्ण नेटवर्क पर रेलवे द्वारा एक माह का एक विशेष जागरूकता अभियान चलाने के भी आदेश जारी किये गये हैं। उन्होंने कहा कि समुचित यात्री संरक्षा तथा बेहतर यात्री सुविधाएँ हमेशा भारतीय रेल की सर्वोच्च प्राथमिकताएँ रही हैं और भविष्य में भी रहेंगी।

पश्चिम रेलवे के मुख्य जनसम्पर्क अधिकारी श्री रविंद्र भाकर द्वारा जारी प्रेस विज्ञप्ति के अनुसार रेलवे बोर्ड के अध्यक्ष द्वारा प्रतिदिन व्यक्तिगत मॉनिटरिंग सहित रेलवे बोर्ड में संरक्षा के सभी पहलुओं की निरंतर उच्चस्तरीय मॉनिटरिंग की जाती है।

Kalupur Railway Station to get 11 more Escalators in 8 months; may don a new Heritage look by 2018-end

Who says the Railways are not giving a good service? With an aim to provide better amenities to rail passengers, the Ahmedabad division of Western Railways is going to give a string of new services at Kalupur Railway station.

Eleven escalators will be installed in eight months on the platforms of the station for smooth manoeuvring of passengers. Currently, Kalupur station has just one escalator in the entry region.

Of the upcoming escalators, three will be installed at the exit, two at each platform ends. The station has 8 platforms.

The aged and the physically-challenged passengers will benefit the most from the initiative. Currently, the station has elevators at each platform. They are always busy and many passengers, especially the senior citizens, are unable to use them.

Dinesh Kumar, Division Railway Manager (DRM) of Ahmedabad division said that the project will take at least eight months to complete. Currently, Kalupur station has just one escalator in the entry region. With an aim to provide better amenities to rail passengers, the Ahmedabad division of Western Railways is going to give a string of new services at Kalupur Railway station. Eleven escalators will be installed in eight months on the platforms of the station for smooth manoeuvring of passengers. Of the upcoming escalators, three will be installed at the exit, two at each platform ends.

Ahmedabad Railway station will don a heritage look in just eight months. Ahmedabad Railway division took the inspiration from the city’s heritage monuments. Why so? That’s because your city bagged the Heritage City status by UNESCO last year.

The flavour of heritage will come from the sculptures that the station will have constructed at the Kalupur side.

The pillars of Sarkhej Roza will come up at the face of the main building.

The famous window carving of Sidi Saiyyed Mosque will be added at the centre of the building. The three doors of Teen Darwaza will be constructed at both the entry and the exit gates.

In order to cope with the new age, the station will have several selfie points to be constructed with miniature train modules. A giant 15×8 feet LCD screen will be installed at old booking area to show videos related to the Railways.

The blank staircases at the stations will have 3-D paintings and the interior will have chandeliers.

Dinesh Kumar, Division Railway Manager of Ahmedabad, said, “We are still to finalise the theme. As of now, we have decided to base it on the heritage monuments of the city. There are several aspects such as budget, designs etc. Once it’s decided, the project will be finalised. We have been given a deadline of 8 months to complete the project.”

The ministry of Railways has formulated the plan to redevelop 90 stations. The redevelopment plan has been assigned to different zones. These stations have a footfall of more than 50,000 people daily.

Also, six more stations of Gujarat like Gandhinagar, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Bhavnagar city and Valsad will have a facelift in different manners.

Mysore Grahakara Parishat seeks DRM’s intervention for speeding up trains, new services

The Railway authorities have been urged to extend a few trains terminating at Bengaluru, to Mysuru and Chamarajanagar for people in the region, apart from speeding up existing services.

City-based NGO Mysore Grahakara Parishat (MGP) submitted a memorandum, based on its interaction with various stakeholders, to the Divisional Railway Manager seeking his intervention in complying with the demands. The list includes the extension of 12609/10 Chennai-Bengaluru Intercity to Mysuru as an alternate train for the KSR Bengaluru-Kannur/Karwar train, which originally ran via Mysuru but has now been rerouted and skips Mysuru.

The MGP said this would benefit hundreds of professionals who work in Whitefield, K.R. Puram, etc in Bengaluru but are from Mysuru. “Till February 10, 2018, most of them were managing with the 5.30 a.m. Kannur/Karwar (16518) express till KSR Bengaluru. On the return side, they were using same train leaving KSR Bengaluru at 8.30 p.m. Now, this train has been diverted via the newly-laid track between Bengaluru and Hassan,” the memorandum stated.

Extensions sought

Hence, it suggested the extension of 12609/12610 Bengaluru-Chennai Intercity to Mysuru till an alternate train can be provided. Currently this train leaves KSR Bengaluru at 8 a.m. but can originate from Mysuru at 5.20 a.m. so as to reach Bengaluru at 7.45 a.m. according to the MGP.

In the return direction, the train can depart from Bengaluru at 8.20 p.m. to reach Mysuru by 11 p.m, it added.

The stakeholders have also sought the extension of 12785/86 Kacheguda-KSR Bengaluru Kacheguda SF Express and said this was a two-decade-old demand. “There are 14 daily buses, including private buses, from Mysuru to Hyderabad which itself shows the demand,” according to the MGP.

Other demands

The other demand pertained to extension of train number 17301/17302 Dharwad-Mysuru Dharwad Express and 17307/17308 Bagalkot-Mysuru-Bagalkot Basava Express to Chamarajanagar. The MGP said the two trains share the rake with primary maintenance taking place at Hubballi and are kept idle at the Mysuru station for nearly 8 hours.

These two trains transverse through 20 districts of Karnataka and will help in connecting educational and industrial centre of north Karnataka and Malnad region with Chamarajanagar, said the MGP.

The other demands pertained to increasing the speed of the existing trains on the Mysuru-Bengaluru section consequent to the completion of track doubling and electrification so as to give full benefit of the two projects to the public; augmentation of coaches on a few trains, introduction of AC coaches on a few trains, among others.

RDSO’s Outreach Program evokes huge response, boost ease-of-doing-business in IR

In order to boost Ease of doing Business in Indian Railways, Research Design & Standards Organization (RDSO) is keenly approaching Indian industry through Vendor meets being organized in various cities where senior officers of RDSO interact with the prospective vendors, educate them about the features and ease of using the new online vendor registration system.

The first such vendor meet was organized on 24.01.2018 at Rajkot in coordination with Laghu Udyog Bharti, Rajkot in which Queries/Doubts from the around 200 vendors present were resolved on the spot by senior officials in a Question-Answer session.

Similar Vendor meets have since been held at other cities such as Faridabad, Ludhiana, Sahibabad, Coimbatore, Pune and Noida on 22.02.2018, 07.03.2018, 09.03.2018, 15.03.2018, 04.04.2018 and 05.04.2018 respectively. The efforts are being very well appreciated by industry. Further such meets are planned in April and May 2018 at seven more places.

As a result of these actions, applications for fresh registration for RDSO items have increased from about 25 (average) per month earlier to 60 (average) per month now. From the period 01.11.2017 to 16.03.2018 RDSO has created 1231 nos. of Vendor Account Registration, Received payments in 208 cases and 27 Vendors delisted.

In this way, RDSO has opened up its arms to the Indian industry and poised itself as an industry friendly organisation. This has been very well received and appreciated by one and all.

Bomb explosion near Dum Dum Cantonment station did not affect Train Services

The railways today said a crude bomb explosion near the Dum Dum Cantonment station in West Bengal had not affected train services in the area.

The ministry said a guard of 33421 Up Sealdah-Barasat local informed at 8.20 am that one person was injured near the rail tracks between Bidhannagar Road-Dum Dum Cantonment section of the Eastern Railways Sealdah Division.

The RPF said there was a bomb blast in the Dum Dum Cantonment area and on enquiry, it was learnt that the blast site was about 150 ft away from the tracks near Dum Dum Cantonment area.

“The local police and the GRP cordoned off the area and carried out a thorough search in the locality. It was learnt that a drum of locally made bombs was found in a slum. It was recovered by the civil police and GRP,” a ministry statement said.

It also said that services were not been affected by the incident.

“It is clearly stated that the incident had no repercussions in the train services of Bidhannagar road-Dum Dum Cantt sections of eastern railways Sealdah division. Train services were maintained,” it said.

Prime Minister to flag off India’s first 12,000 HP Electric Locomotive on 10 April

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the country’s first 12,000 horsepower electric locomotive from the Madhepura locomotive factory in Bihar on 10 April.

With the launch, India will join an elite list countries, including Russia, China, Germany and Sweden, that have 12,000 horsepower and above capacity Electric Locomotives. Till now, the most powerful electric engine in Indian Railways was of 6,000 horsepower .

The heavy-haulage locos, with a maximum speed of 110 kilometre per hour, will help decongest saturated routes by improving the speed and carrying capacity of freight trains.

Prime Minister will also dedicate the Madhepura factory — a high-value FDI joint venture with French rolling stock giant Alstom — to the nation.

The Rs 20,000 crore project is expected to roll out a total of 800 high horsepower locomotives over a period of 11 years. The total project cost includes Rs 1,300 crore for setting up the factory at Madhepura and two loco maintenance depots at Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh) and Nagpur (Maharashtra), beside building 800 locomotives. The average cost of each locomotive is estimated to be Rs 25 crore.

According to the contract agreement, the first five locomotives will be imported while the remaining 795 will be manufactured in the country under the Make in India programme.

The rolling out of the first locomotive on 10 April will be followed by four more locos in the current fiscal. About 35 locos will be manufactured at the Madhepura facility in the next fiscal (2019-20) and 60 in 2020-21. After that, the factory will produce 100 locos  every year till the target of 800 is reached over 11 years. These heavy-haulage locos would be pressed into service to transport coal and iron ore, said a senior railway ministry official.

Equipped with insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT)-based propulsion technology, the 12,000 horsepower locomotives will be compliant with Indian standards of freight transport.

PMO favouring SPV between MUD and Railways for manufacturing of Metro Rail Coaches

Nearly five months after the Railway Board chairman mooted the idea of Indian Railways supplying coaches for Metro rail projects, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has asked the urban affairs ministry to buy coaches from the Railways for Metro projects that will be rolled out without external assistance.

Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani in last October had written to housing and urban affairs ministry stating that the railways were keen to partner with the ministry to make the rolling stock (coaches) available for Metro trains. He had mooted setting up of a dedicated unit for Metro coaches manufacturing through a special purpose vehicle (SPV) with urban affairs ministry’s partnership with commitment for 10-15 years.

Sources said the PMO at a meeting held last month had suggested the urban affairs ministry to expedite standardisation Metro signalling system and promote captive buying of coaches from the railways be rolled out without external financial assistance.

Till now only a few Metro rail projects such as the Noida-Greater Noida link have been taken up without external assistance. “In projects where we have got external financial assistance from agencies such as JICA or AFD, the bidding for rolling stock has to allow bidders from across the globe,” said a source.