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Visakhapatnam railway station India’s cleanest, Darbhanga dirtiest

The Visakhapatnam railway station is the cleanest, followed by Secunderabad, among the 75 most busy stations in the country.

The Visakhapatnam railway station is the cleanest, followed by Secunderabad, among the 75 most busy stations in the country.

As per a survey, the report of which was released by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu here today, the Jammu railway station occupied the third spot, while the New Delhi station was ranked at 39 among the most busy stations.

The survey was carried out by the Quality Council of India.

The Darbhanga railway station in Bihar was the dirtiest among the most busy stations.

Clean toilets at platforms, clean tracks and dustbins at stations were some of the criteria for judging railway stations for cleanliness.

This was the third survey on cleanliness done by the railways to keep a tab on rail premises as part of its ‘Swachh Rail’ campaign.

“We want all stations to be clean. There are many stations which have improved their cleanliness ranking from last time,” Prabhu said after releasing the survey report.

The Anand Vihar railway station was ranked at the 5th position, while Nizamuddin and Old Delhi stations were placed at 23th and 24th position.

The railway station in Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was ranked at 14th position.

The survey was carried out for total 407 stations, out of which 75 are in the A-1 category or most busy stations and 332 are in the A category.

The Beas railway station was the cleanest, followed by Khammam, in the A category. Ahmedanagar station was ranked at 3rd position.

While the Darbhanga railway station was at the 75th position in the A-1 category, Jogbani was the dirtiest in the A category.

The railways has about 8,000 stations which are classified into seven categories — A1, A, B, C, D, E and F based on their annual passenger revenue.

The stations which contribute more than Rs 50 crore a year in passenger revenue are considered to be A-1 stations. The A category stations contribute between Rs 6 crore and Rs 50 crore as annual passenger revenue.

All suburban stations are in C category, while all halts are in F category.

The railways will now carry out a survey of 200 trains on cleanliness.

 

 

Indian Railways to launch redesigned e-tendering system

The railways will launch shortly its redesigned e-tendering system with more user-friendly new features to facilitate digital participation of over 60,000 vendors.

The railways will launch shortly its redesigned e-tendering system with more user-friendly new features to facilitate digital participation of over 60,000 vendors.

Ushering in a new era by going paperless, the system envisages that bids are invited online and the entire process leading to award of a tender is done electronically.

Online refund of tender cost and earnest money deposit, online bidder deregistration process, integration with payment gateways of more banks are currently underway in the railways to make the system efficient and transparent, said a senior railway ministry official responsible for the e-system.

The redesigned e-tendering system part of the complete digitisation of supply chain will have vendor interface module to benefit vendors with online vendor registration and inspection call and contract amendment process.

Besides, the system would facilitate auto-alerts, processes relating to acceptance of supplied material and its payments and also include vendor grievance redressal process, the official said.

The railway supply chain supports activities of production, asset acquisition, periodic overhaul and maintenance of rolling stock, tracks, stations, signalling and telecom network, among others.

Digitisation of railway supply chain is designed towards achieving objectives of transparency, global reach, efficiency, ease of doing business, removing entry barriers and enhanced competitiveness, the official said.

While several vendor-related processes and documents are also going to be digitised, efforts are also on to enable vendors to submit online bills and ensure seamless payment.

The digitised supply chain provides single window access for entire supply chain process, 24×7 global and easy reach in real time, savings of time, cost and efforts, online payments for tender cost and earnest money deposit.

The official said digitisation of railway supply chain began with e tendering in its procurement and e-auction in its sale of scrap.

Currently scrap material worth more than Rs 2,700 crore is sold through 100 per cent e-auctions annually.

While over 2,700 bidders have been registered for sale of scrap materials, more than 32,000 scrap lots are e-auctioned annually.

Payment towards earnest money deposit is collected through e-payment gateway.

Cyclist Nearly Killed By Train After Squeezing Through Safety Barriers

A cyclist in London was nearly killed by a train in his attempt to hurriedly cross the tracks. The impatient man was caught on video breaching safety barriers near railways tracks.

The video shows the agitated man squeezing through the barriers along with his bicycle. He then walks towards the tracks when a train suddenly zooms past him. But instead of learning his lesson, the man angrily throws his arms in the air for being obstructed by the train. For real.

The incident reportedly happened on May 11 in West London’s North Sheen area. The video has been retweeted nearly 3,000 times.

Ironically, the foot-over bridge was just few metres ahead of the railway crossing, as many pointed out on Twitter. The person who witness the incident and uploaded the video informed that the man did eventually use the foot-over bridge because the train made an emergency stop.

When asked why the witness just stood there watching, he said, “Yep. He was kicking the s**t out of the barrier before this. Would you approach?”

The British Transport Police are now investigating the incident and are looking for the man.

over 900 Railway Stations To Have CCTV Cameras Under Nirbhaya Fund

Indian Railways will install CCTV surveillance systems at more than 900 stations under the Nirbhaya Fund at an approved cost of Rs. 500 crore to strengthen security at rail premises.

Tenders will be floated shortly to install about 19,000 high definition CCTV cameras at 983 stations across the country to ensure round-the-clock security to passengers including women.

The Centre had created Nirbhaya Fund with a Rs. 1000 crore corpus in its 2013 Union Budget to support initiatives by the government and NGOs working towards protecting the dignity and ensuring safety of women in the country.

The project envisages installation of cameras at platforms and waiting areas while there will

be control rooms at stations to monitor CCTV footages by trained RPF personnel constantly.

The station master will also be given access to monitor CCTV camera footage as part of the project being undertaken by the public transporter, said a senior Railway Ministry official.

Railways have about 8,000 stations out of which currently 344 stations have already been provided with CCTV cameras.

“It is helping us in a great way. The signboard reading ‘You are under watch’ has a preventive effect on criminal minds,” the official said.

Besides keeping a constant watch, the CCTV surveillance system helps in post-incident crime investigation.

Railways aims to cover all stations with the CCTV system phase-wise. Apart from stations stations, important trains like Rajdhani service are also to be covered as under the plan.

While Shaan-e-Punjab Express is fully covered with the system, some ladies compartments of Mumbai suburban service are being covered under a pilot project. The Hamsafar Express and the upcoming Tejas service will also be equipped with CCTV cameras.

23 Computers Disabled In Palakkad Rail Division

Hit by the global ransomware cyberattack, as many as 23 computers of the Southern Railway Divisional Office in Palakkad district were disabled today, said railway officials.

Various services of the division, including those of passenger reservations, ticket booking and the traffic, however, were not affected in the cyberattack, they said.

“Our 23 computers have been damaged. It has affected the routine day-to-day work at the office. But, none of the services were affected due to this,” an official said.

Computers in two panchayat offices in Wayanad and Pathanamthitta districts too were disabled yesterday in the cyberattack.

Four computers at Thariyathodu panchayat in Wayanad and two computers at Aruvappulam panchayat in Pathanamthitta district were hit, but no major damage was caused, the police said.

Over the weekend, the global ransomware WannaCry has hit systems in over 150 countries, including Russia and the UK, in one of the most widespread cyberattacks in history.

Missing Delhi-Based Chartered Accountant Commits Suicide By Jumping In Front Of Train

A Delhi-based chartered accountant, who had been missing for the past four days, allegedly ended his life by jumping in front of a moving train near Rashu Vihar railway crossing in Muzaffarnagar, police said today.

The man, identified as Ankit Ahluwalia, 30, a resident of Rohini in Delhi, took the extreme step yesterday, Civil Lines SHO Girish Chand Sharma said.

The reason behind Mr Ahluwalia committing suicide was not known immediately, he added.

The victim’s family has said that he had left for Dehradun four days ago.

The body of the victim has been sent for postmortem, Mr Sharma said.

Erode Bound Yercaud Express Derails, No Injuries Reported

Three coaches of Erode bound Yercaud Express derailed at the town of Arakkonam near Chennai, Southern Railway officials said today.

No one was injured in the incident which took place late last night, according to the officials.

The Yercaud Express started it’s journey again this morning after restoration work, and is running late by five hours, the officials added.

However, the accident has resulted in delays ranging from half an hour to two hours for 18 trains due to arrive at Chennai.

Track restoration work had started and is expected to be completed by today afternoon, the Southern Ralway officers said.

Double-decker overnight AC train to be launched in July

The Indian Railways will launch in July the Utkrisht Double-Decker AC Yatri (Uday) Express, a special class service for overnight journey that will ply on high-demand routes.

The Indian Railways will launch in July the Utkrisht Double-Decker AC Yatri (Uday) Express, a special class service for overnight journey that will ply on high-demand routes.

Equipped with comfortable reclining chairs, the 120- seater AC coach will have large automatic food and tea/cold drink vending machines for passengers.

Uday service will ply on high-demand routes like Delhi- Lucknow and the fare will be lower than that of 3AC class in regular mail/express trains.

 There will be large LCD screens in every coach with Wi- Fi speaker system.

The USP of the double-decker Uday is providing better passenger amenities in less than 3AC fare, said a senior Railway Ministry official.

Since the train will have 40 per cent more carrying capacity than other trains, it will help the public transporter clear the rush in high-demand routes.

Though it will not have sleeper berths despite being an overnight service, measures have been taken to make the journey comfortable with many added facilities, the official said.

There will be comfortable seats with adequate leg space to relax at night. The interior of coaches will be aesthetically designed to give a modern look besides being equipped with bio-toilets.

As far as catering is concerned, there will be facility for providing pre-cooked hot food from food vending boxes in each coach.

The train announced in rail budget 2016-17 is slated to run at a speed of 110 km speed per hour on high density routes.

IRCTC introduces payment on delivery for train tickets booked online

IRCTC has offered delivery of rail tickets allowing passengers to make payment through any payment mode, including cash.

Broad-basing the customer service, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has now introduced pay-on- delivery service allowing passengers to book train tickets online and pay at the time of delivery.

IRCTC through its website and mobile app has now introduced pay-on-delivery as one of the payment options for its customers, said a senior IRCTC official.

Delivering tickets at the consumer’s doorstep by offering the pay-on-delivery (PoD) option will facilitate those consumers who book through travel agents to move to online medium. It will also encourage people who book at railway reservation counters to move to online medium as there is a cost and effort to reach the reservation counters.

The customer will have to do a one-time registration for availing PoD as a payment option. He or she will have to tender either Aadhaar or Pan card to avail this payment option. PoD charges shall be Rs90 plus sales tax for transactions up to Rs5,000 and Rs120 plus tax for transactions over Rs 5,000.

In case of refusal or cancellation before delivery, the customer will be liable to pay the cancellation and delivery charges.

 

 

 

 

Now get train tickets at your doorstep; pay at the time of delivery

IRCTC is offerring delivery of rail tickets allowing passengers to make payment through any payment mode.

Getting rail tickets will become even more easier from now as the Indian Railways will deliver them at your doorsteps.

IRCTC has offered delivery of rail tickets allowing passengers to make payment through any payment mode, including cash.

Broad-basing the customer service, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation has now introduced pay-on- delivery service allowing passengers to book train tickets online and pay at the time of delivery.

 IRCTC through its website and mobile app has now introduced pay-on-delivery as one of the payment options for its customers, said a senior IRCTC official.

Delivering tickets at the consumer’s doorstep by offering the pay-on-delivery (PoD) option will facilitate those consumers who book through travel agents to move to online medium.

It will also encourage people who book at railway reservation counters to move to online medium as there is a cost and effort to reach the reservation counters.

The customer will have to do a one-time registration for availing PoD as a payment option. He or she will have to tender either Aadhaar or Pan card to avail this payment option.

PoD charges shall be Rs 90 plus sales tax for transactions up to Rs 5,000 and Rs 120 plus tax for transactions over Rs 5,000.

In case of refusal or cancellation before delivery, the customer will be liable to pay the cancellation and delivery charges.

 

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