Indian Railways News

Indian Railways News

Three Arrested With Arms At Agartala Railway Station

Railway Protection Force (RPF) on Wednesday arrested three people, including a tribal woman at Agartala Railway Station and seized five pistols and six magazines from their possession.

“On the basis of specific information, the RPF personnel arrested a tribal woman from the Agartala bound Deoghar Express along with five pistols, six loaded magazines, some Indian currencies, two mobile sets and an ATM card,” said Assistant Commandant of RPF Abhay Kumar Singh.

He said that the woman who had boarded the train from Lunbding was carrying the arms and ammunition and was supposed to hand them over to two tribal youths at Agartala Railway Station.

Those arrested have been identified as Larence Debbarma, Binod Debbarma and Soilo Rani Chakma.

All of them have been handed over to the Government Railway Police (GRP)

Asian Development Bank to provide USD 750 million loan to India for railway track electrification project 

Multilateral funding agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) Wednesday said it has signed an agreement to provide USD 750 million equivalent in Indian rupee long-term financing to electrify railway tracks in India.

It is the largest single non-sovereign loan ever committed by ADB to Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC) to fund the railways track electrification project, ADB said in a release.

As part of a broad modernisation programme that will help India’s railway sector transition to electric power and away from dependence on fossil fuels, it said.

Concurrently, with the loan agreement signing, risk participation agreements were signed with private risk participants for the project.

IRFC will use the proceeds from the loan to install electric traction equipment along about 3,378 kilometres of existing railway lines to enable migration of passenger and freight traffic from diesel to electric tractio

It also reflects a major push by the private sector operations of ADB into transport infrastructure, and particularly railways, a sub-sector in which traditionally such operations have not contributed a great deal, Gupta said.
“ADB is adding value in this transaction by providing and mobilising long-term, non-recourse project financing for critical infrastructure development,” said the Director General of ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department Michael Barrow.

Barrow said as the aggregate funding requirement of Indian Railways is quite substantial, ADB is partnering with it to help tap into a diverse set of funding sources.

The Indian government has developed a five-year capital expenditure programme of USD 132 billion for modernisation of Indian Railways.

This comprises network expansion and decongestion, enhancement of safety and passenger amenities, development of dedicated freight corridors, station redevelopment, and procurement of rolling stock and other related assets.

Terror Alert At 2 Pathankot Stations After Intel On Threat From Pak’s ISI

Two train stations in Punjab’s border district of Pathankot are on high alert after intelligence inputs of the threat of explosions triggered by Pakistan’s spy agency ISI.

The Railways issued an alert for the Pathankot Cantonment station and Pathankot Junction station on Saturday.

The advisory asks staff at the stations to conduct thorough checks in parking areas and at points where people have gathered. Employees were also told not to park their vehicles in the parking area or on railway station platforms where bicycles often parked.

Railways employees were also asked to check unattended items lying in and around the two stations.

An Air Force station in Pathankot was attacked in January 2016 by heavily-armed terrorists who sneaked into India from Pakistan. Seven soldiers were killed in the attack. The six terrorists were shot dead after an intense four-day operation.

The Pathankot Cantonment station is 2 km from the Air Force station and around 20 km from the International Border.

The stations are on high alert on a day when Indian and Pakistani officials are meeting along the border in Punjab to discuss technical points for the Kartarpur Sahib corridor project.

Indian Railways Ticket Reservation: 10 Things To Know About ‘Connecting Journey Bookings’

Indian Railways allows linking of two PNRs (Passenger Name Records) for connecting journey for both online and offline tickets. The one having first journey lap is considered the ‘main journey PNR’ and the later one is considered ‘connected journey PNR’, according to the official website of IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation)- Only confirmed and partially confirmed tickets are allowed for connecting journey ticket booking. The difference between main journey and connecting journey should not be more than 5 days, Indian Railways noted.

Here are 10 things to know about Indian Railways’ connecting journey bookings:

1. For linking of two PNRs, the journey terminating station (or principal station) of main journey should match with journey originating station/boarding station (or principal station) of connecting journey, according to Indian Railways.

2. Passenger details including name in both PNRs should be same for connecting journey bookings.

3. Name/age/gender changes are not allowed for connected PNRs.

4.To link counter ticket with online ticket, counter ticket must have a valid mobile number. For such case, OTP (for authentication) is sent on counter ticket mobile number.

5.On partial cancellation of any connected PNR, it gets de-linked, noted Indian Railways.

6. Quota ticket or current booking PNR is not allowed for connecting journey ticket booking.

7. Minimum and maximum difference of time between scheduled arrival at destination of main journey and scheduled departure at boarding of connecting journey is 1 minute and 5 days respectively.

8. Modification of journey is not allowed for connected PNRs.

9. Boarding station change is not allowed for connected PNRs.

10. Vikalp option is not allowed on connected journey tickets.

RRBs Announce Fresh ALP Aptitude Test Dates For Odisha

Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) have released new dates for the aptitude test for Assistant Loco Pilot and Technician in Odisha. The examination was scheduled on May 10 but was postponed on account of the Cyclone Fani. The Computer Based Aptitude Test (CBAT) for Assistant Loco Pilot and Technician will now be held on May 21 for all such candidates whose examination had been postponed.

The official notice released by RRBs says, “Due to cyclone FANI, the Computer Based Aptitude Test (CBAT) scheduled on 10.05.2019 in the cities of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur and Sambalpur under the jurisdiction of Railway Recruitment /Bhubaneswar and in the city of Balasore under the jurisdiction of Railway Recruitment Board/Kolkata was postponed as per notice issued on 07 05-19.”

The exam shift and city details for these candidates will be released shortly on the official RRB website. Candidates will also be informed through email and SMS on their registered email id and phone number.

All important services such as rail & road communication, power supply, water supply, mobile, internet etc. were badly affected in Odisha in the aftermath of Cyclone Fani. As a consequence, not just RRB CBAT, but several other recruitment and entrance examinations were postponed for applicants in the area affected by Fani.

As per the official recruitment notice for RRB ALP and Technician, “Candidates will have to qualify in each of the test battery of Computer Based AT for considering them for the post of ALP. The Computer Based Aptitude Test shall have questions and answer options only in English and Hindi. There shall be no negative marking in Computer Based AT.”

“Saw Iron Pieces On Tracks”: Train Driver Averts Accident In Maharashtra

A train driver on the tracks between Rukadi and Hatkalangane railway stations on Friday averted a major accident by applying emergency brakes on time. Pune Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Milind Deuskar said that miscreants had kept iron pieces on railways tracks.

“The train driver averted a major mishap by applying emergency brakes on time as some miscreants had kept iron pieces on railways tracks,” said Pune Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Milind Deuskar.

“Iron pieces were found twice on tracks between Rukadi and Hatkalangane railway stations in the past 10 days. Loco pilot saw it at the right time and pulled emergency brakes, averting a major mishap,” Mr Deuskar said on Friday.

“In December last year, some children placed steel pieces on rail track in Vathar, derailing 6 wheels of the engine. 8-10 such incidents have taken place so far. Loco pilots averted them, but it is not actually their work. They have other works and we cannot depend on them for safety,” he added.

UP Railway Police Personnel Arrested For Allegedly Looting Businessman

A Government Railway Police (GRP) inspector and two others were arrested for allegedly robbing a businessman in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur.

Police said that GRP inspector Lalit looted Rs. 8.43 lakh from the businessman in the early hours on May 13.

“Lalit was the incharge of the control room in Agra. He has been arrested by Saharanpur Police based on a loot case against him. Two other GRP personnel are wanted,” Superintendent of Police, GRP Abhishek Yadav said.

Upon arrest, Rs. 4.94 lakh was recovered from the possession of the accused.

Mr Yadav added that the GRP personnel have been suspended and the matter is under investigation.

57-Year-Old Murder Accused Missing For 16 Years Arrested In Mumbai

A murder accused who was missing for almost 16 years was arrested from Borivali railway station in Mumbai by Palghar police, an official said today.

Kamlesh Jain (57), a resident of Bhayander, was accused of involvement in the shooting of builder Rajesh Patange in Tulinj area on October 25, 2003, said senior inspector Jitendra Vankoti of the Palghar Crime Branch.

“A total of 14 people, including Jain, were made accused in the murder case registered at Nalasopara police station at the time. While 10 were arrested, one was killed in an encounter with Mumbai police and three, including Jain, were missing,” he said.

“We got a tip-off that Jain was to arrive at Borivali railway station on Monday. We kept watch and arrested him,” he said.

Patna-Bound Train Runs Over Cattle In UP, Stranded For 3 Hours

A Patna-bound train was stranded for nearly three hours between Tundla and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh after it ran over cattle, the railways said on Monday.

The incident took place around 8 pm between the Kanchausi and Jhinjak railway stations, a spokesperson of the railways said.

Some trains were delayed due to the stranding of the Vikramshila Express. The engine of the Patna-bound train was changed too, he said.

“Cattle being run over is a huge problem in this section and it happens almost everyday,” he said, adding the section was cleared for traffic in an hour.

The brake system of the train was damaged in the incident, the spokesperson said.

Indian Railways Luggage Rules: Limit, Extra Charge And Other Details

Indian Railways has certain luggage carrying rules under which each passenger is permitted a free allowance. This is the weight limit up to which the passenger can carry luggage in the compartment without paying additional charges. The free allowance varies for different classes of travel, according to Indian Railways’ website, However, passengers can book and carry excess luggage beyond the free allowance limits in the compartment based on the booking class. Such luggage is chargeable at 1.5 times the applicable luggage rate, according to the Indian Railway website.

Here are the key things to know about luggage rules of Indian Railways:

1. Here are the free allowance and paid allowance limits applicable to carriage of luggage in the compartment, according to

Class Free Allowance Marginal Allowance Maximum quantity permitted (including free allowance)
AC First Class 70 Kgs 15 Kgs 150 Kgs
AC 2-Tier sleeper/First class 50 Kgs 10 Kgs 100 Kgs
AC 3-tier sleeper/AC chair car 40 Kgs 10 Kgs 40 Kgs
Sleeper class 40 Kgs 10 Kgs 80 Kgs
Second class 35 Kgs 10 Kgs 70 Kgs

2. Trunks, suitcase and boxes having outside measurement of 100 cms x 60 cms x 25 cms (length x breadth x height) will be allowed to be carried in the passenger compartments as personal luggage.  If the trunks, suitcases and boxes, which in outside measurement exceed any one of the dimension, such articles are required to be booked and carried in the brake van, according to the Railways website.

3. However, the maximum size of the trunk/suitcase that can be carried in the AC 3 tier and AC chair car compartment is 55 cms x 45 cms x 22.5 cms.

4. The luggage of larger dimension is to be carried only via a brake van for which the minimum charge is Rs. 30. There is no restriction on carriage of luggage in brake van of passenger trains as far as quantity and type (personal or merchandise) of luggage is concerned.

5. Children aged five and below 12 years are allowed half of the free allowance subject to the maximum of 50 kgs, according to railway’s website