Indian Railways News

Notorious Criminals nabbed by Railway Crime Prevention & Detection Squad (CPDS) at Secunderabad

Keeping in view the present security scenario and the trend of passenger related offences, Railway Protection Force (RPF), South Central Railway, Secunderabad Division adopted various measures including escorting of maximum number of passenger trains, introducing Crime Prevention & Detection Squad (CPDS) teams and provision of CCTV surveillance system at major Railway stations.

Accordingly, the alert CPDS team at Secunderabad & Hyderabad stations kept an eagle eye on suspected persons which resulted in the arrest of many notorious and habitual offenders responsible for theft of passenger belongings/chain snatching etc. with recovery of stolen property worth lakhs of rupees.

The CPDS Team at Secunderabad detained one notorious criminal by name Uppari Eranna, S/o Sailu, Age 26 yrs, R/o H. No. 5-2, Tadugoor, Madnoor, Nizamabad – Dist., which resulted in the detection of 4 cases registered by Government Railway Police (GRP) / Secunderabad for chain snatching from passengers.

  1. The case pertaining to GRP/Secunderabad 05.05.2017 for snatching of Gold Mangalasuthram weight about 2.7 tulas from a lady passenger travelling in Train No. 17405 Krishna Express at Secunderabad Station. This case has been detected with the arrest of the above criminal with recovery of entire property worth Rs.27000/-.
  2. The case pertaining to GRP/Secunderabad 24.05.2017 for snatching of Gold Mangalasuthram wg about 03 tulas from a lady passenger travelling in Nizamabad-Kacheguda Demo at Secunderabad Station. This case has been detected with the arrest of the above criminal with recovery of entire property worth Rs.30,000/-.
  3. The case pertaining to GRP/Secunderabad 26.05.2017 for snatching of Gold chain wg about 04 tulas from a lady passenger travelling in Train No. 17214 Nagarsole-Narsapur express at Secunderabad Station. This case has been detected with the arrest of the above criminal with recovery of entire property worth Rs.40,000/-.
  4. On 21.03.2017 a case has been registered at GRP/Visakhapatnam for snatching of Gold chain weight about 30 grms in Train No. 12750 Machilipatnam Express at Secunderabad and subsequently transferred to GRP/Secunderabad on the point of jurisdiction. This case has been detected with the arrest of the above criminal with recovery of entire property worth Rs.48,000/-.

The arrest of the notorious criminal resulted in recovery of stolen property worth Rs.3,80,000/-.

Similarly, RPF/CPDS team of Hyderabad post detected a habitual criminal responsible for theft of mobile phones at Hyderabad Railway Station with the use of CCTV surveillance system.

Going in to the details, on 03.07.17 at about 12.00 hrs Sri.M.Govindarajulu, Constable while performing duty as CCTV operator at Hyderabad station, noticed one offender committing theft of mobile phone from a passenger at Booking office. Immediately, he alerted the on duty Women Constable  Kumari. L G Laxmi, RPSF who responded quickly and caught the offender red handedly with the help of CPDS staff and recovered the phone . The passenger was not aware about theft of his mobile phone till he was informed by RPF. The offender revealed his name and address as Ayub Ali Khan, S/o Khadar Ali Khan, Age 20 yrs, R/o Yousf baba Dargha, Nampally, Hyderabad. Video of CCTV footage is enclosed.

L&T gets 17 month extension to complete Hyderabad Metro Rail project

The Telangana government on Tuesday extended till November 2018 the time for construction major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) to complete Hyderabad Metro Rail project.

The original construction period for the 71.16 km elevated metro ended on Tuesday but the project could not be completed due to court cases in acquisition of some critical properties.

After detailed technical presentations by the concessionaire L&TMRHL (L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Limited), independent engineer Louis Berger, and HMRL (Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited) and several rounds of discussions, the government agreed to give an extension of 17 months.

According to HMRL Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy, the concessionaire has been permitted to complete the entire project other than the 5 km stretch in the Old City and about 1 km stretch between Hitec city and Raidurg by November 2018.

While agreeing for this time extension, the interests of the government have been protected, he said.

The state government advised L&TMRHL and HMRL to gear up for launching the completed stretches of the project in the next few months and also to complete corridor-I (Miyapur-LB Nagar: 29 km) and corridor-III (Nagole-Hitec City: 27 km) by the end of 2007.

As per the concession agreement signed with the then government of united Andhra Pradesh in 2010, the project should have been completed by July 4, 2017.

Though the concession agreement for Rs 14,132 crore project, said to be the largest metro project in the world in public-private partnership, was signed in September 2010, the work could commence only in July 2012, L&TMRHL officials had earlier said.

L&TMRHL in 2011 had achieved financial closure for Rs 16,375 crore – Rs 14,132 crore for the metro rail system and Rs.2,243 crore for the first phase of real estate development.

Both the components of the project are being financed through an equity of 30 percent and 70 percent by debt.

L&TMRHL officials had said last year that the project cost may have been escalated by Rs 2,500-3,000 crore.

National Academy of Railway Security to come up in Vijayawada

A national academy for training in railway security will soon be set up by the government keeping in mind the threat to the public transporter.

Besides the railways will also speed up the creation of an advanced commando training facility for Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel.

“Both these institutions will come up in Andhra Pradesh and we have identified land for the purpose,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.

The National Academy of Railway Security, a first of its kind in the country, will come up on 33 cares of land in Vijaywada in Andhra, as a centre of excellence in providing training in rail-related security for railway security personnel of India (GRP/RPF) as well as abroad.

Railways have also earmarked 244 acres of land for setting up a Commando Training Centre for RPF in Andhra for which work has already been started.

In view of increased threat perception in the recent past, there is a need for in-house facility for commando training of RPF/RPSF personnel, he said.

In fact, the proposal for setting up such commando training institute has been already approved by Parliament in 2015.

Setting up of one Commando Training Centre has also been approved for RPF under works programme of railways.

The matter is under process and eforts are being made for early setting up of Commando Training centre, he said.

Railways have undertaken several measures to strengthen safety and security at rail premises.

Currently, about 1300 trains on an average are escorted by Railway Protection Force in addition to 2,200 trains escorted by Government Railway Police of different states daily.

A security helpline number 182 has been operational at all zonal railways to enable all rail passengers including women in distress to seek security-related assistance round-the-clock.

RPF holds regular coordination meetings with State Police at all levels to ensure proper registration and investigation of crime by GRP.

SAIL despatches record load of 260-metre Rails to Indian Railways

Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP), the flagship entity of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) in Chhattisgarh, has recorded its best ever loading of rails for despatch to the Indian Railways (IR) in the month of June 2017.

According to BSP officials, the plant has loaded 27 rakes of 260-metre-long rails from its rail and structural mill (RSM) and universal rail mill (URM) in June. The entire load in hand was meant to be sent to IR, to which BSP is the sole supplier as far as rails are concerned.

Officials added touted this to be the highest loading recorded in a single month since the plant’s inception. From the URM alone, a 14-rake consignment was dispatched to the IR.

Following the commissioning of the new URM, the plant has been rolling out the world’s longest 130-metre rails in a single piece.

Overall, loading has been good since the first quarter of FY17 with the BSP welding 65-metre-long rails from its RSM unit into 260-metre-long rail panels. The welding is done at the mill’s long rail complex and the final panels are loaded for dispatch to the IR.

During the April-June period this year, the plant loaded 65 rakes of 260- metre-long rails. This was until June, the highest dispatch recorded by BSP in any quarter.

In fact, the number of rakes loaded for dispatch has been increasing every month since the beginning of the current financial year. In April, a load of 17 rakes were sent off, while in May this increased to 21.

One Rupee Emergency Clinics To Come Up At 5 Metro Stations In Mumbai

After opening 24-hour Emergency Medical Rooms (EMRs) and One Rupee clinics at six stations of the Central Railway (CR), medical firm Magicdil Health has got consent to open similar facilities at five metro stations. These five metro stations fall on the Ghatkopar- Vesrova stretch of the rapid transport system, the city-based company said.

“We wanted to set up EMRs and One Rupee clinics at metro stations to provide first hand medical help to commuters at a token charge of Re 1. We expressed our willingness to metro officials and they readily accepted our offer,” said Dr Rahul Ghule, an executive of Magicdil. Metro has given us permission to set up these facilities at five stations – Ghatkopar, Sakinaka, Marol Naka, Andheri and D N Nagar. Our clinics at these stations would start by the beginning of the next month,” Dr Ghule said.

Confirming the move, an official from Mumbai Metro One said, “Magicdil had approach us to open its clinics to serve passengers in case of emergency. After going through their proposal, we accepted their offer and the process to provide them premises at these five stations has started.”

“We will provide 150 sq/ft area at each station,” he said.

The concept of treating commoners at a token fee of Re 1 hit the headlines in May when Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the One Rupee clinic facility at five stations on the CR – Dadar, Kurla, Ghatkopar, Wadala and Mulund. Very recently, the same facility started at Vashi station.

So far, Dr Ghule said, his firm has provided medical assistance to 12,555 patients at all the five CR stations. The decision to set up EMRs came after a Bombay High Court order.

The HC directed setting up of EMRs at all the suburban stations on the CR and the Western Railway in a phased manner while hearing a PIL in March.

The PIL, filed by rail activist Samir Zaveri, had highlighted the issue of lack of prompt medical help in case of accidents on railway tracks.

This Man Was Filmed Singing At A Railway Station. Millions Are Listening

India’s got talent – and nothing proves it better than these videos. Three videos of a man, singing at a railway station, have been viewed over 6 million times on Facebook. With his wonderful voice, the man – identified in the comments section as Souvik Mukhopadhyay – has wowed millions of viewers since clips of him singing went viral on social media.

The videos, all shot at a railway platform, show Mr Mukhopadhyay surrounded by an appreciative audience as he sings. They were uploaded to Facebook by Sushil Singh on June 21, who writes that he encountered Mr Mukhopadhyay singing while on his way to Nainital, Uttarakhand. NDTV has reached out to Mr Singh for a comment.

Speaking to NDTV, Mr Mukhopadhyay says, “I was travelling from Asansol (in West Bengal) to Haldwani (in Uttarakhand) when the train stopped at a station and my friends asked me to sing. I didn’t know I was being recorded. I didn’t even know the name of the station. It was only when I reached Haldwani that my supervisor told me my videos were being shared on Facebook.”

From the beautifully nostalgic ‘Sandese Aate Hain’ to Arijit Singh hits like ‘Muskurane Ki Wajah Tum Ho’, he sings them all does a wonderful job of it too, as evidenced by the cheers of the audience. Listen to him below:

SAIL despatches record load of 260-metre Rails to Indian Railways

Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP), the flagship entity of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) in Chhattisgarh, has recorded its best ever loading of rails for despatch to the Indian Railways (IR) in the month of June 2017.

According to BSP officials, the plant has loaded 27 rakes of 260-metre-long rails from its rail and structural mill (RSM) and universal rail mill (URM) in June. The entire load in hand was meant to be sent to IR, to which BSP is the sole supplier as far as rails are concerned.

Officials added touted this to be the highest loading recorded in a single month since the plant’s inception. From the URM alone, a 14-rake consignment was dispatched to the IR.

Following the commissioning of the new URM, the plant has been rolling out the world’s longest 130-metre rails in a single piece.

Overall, loading has been good since the first quarter of FY17 with the BSP welding 65-metre-long rails from its RSM unit into 260-metre-long rail panels. The welding is done at the mill’s long rail complex and the final panels are loaded for dispatch to the IR.

During the April-June period this year, the plant loaded 65 rakes of 260- metre-long rails. This was until June, the highest dispatch recorded by BSP in any quarter.

In fact, the number of rakes loaded for dispatch has been increasing every month since the beginning of the current financial year. In April, a load of 17 rakes were sent off, while in May this increased to 21.

Railway to diversify its Freight basket, eyeing for smaller Cargo

With the policy to encourage private freight terminals in place, the union railway ministry is now eyeing for smaller cargo which will help the ministry diversify its freight basket.

“Railways traditionally have been doing business in bulk commodities that too in ten major commodities like ore, cement and others,” Prabhu said addressing the third conference on logistic organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).

The minister further said, “What is important now is that over a period, we will have to diversify the freight basket and to do that, we need smaller quantities of freight.”

Prabhu suggested that the public-private partnership initiatives can go a long way in achieving the aim of accommodating smaller cargo.

“Some players can bring in cargo to the railway point, and there are private freight terminals which can keep them and then it can go on the rail,” Prabhu said.

He stated that the vision document to make Indian Railways the best in the world by 2030 was ready, and that ground work had started. The minister said that the railways are working on a structured plan which will encourage multi-model transportation process.

“The multi-model transportation will help to connect ports and also contribute to bringing in even urban transportation into reality,” he said mentioning about the announcement to promote private freight terminals. He said adding his ministry is working with other ministries to make all these things a reality.

Referring to the new GST regime, Prabhu said, “many things have happened in India, and this is the right time to take those things ahead.”   “Five days ago, we created a unified market by bringing in a path-breaking legislation. Now we can move goods from one place to another without any hindrance,” he said.

Prabhu said the railway ministry was working with “All other colleague ministries to make multi-modal transportation model a reality.”

Prabhu also said that this is right time to think about logistics as a new destination for investment.

Mumbai Woman Jumps In Front Of Oncoming Train. Disappears. And Then This

Passengers falling in front of a train is not so rare in Mumbai. Ten people die on the tracks every day on suburban railway system.

Some among those who fall on the tracks miraculously survive too. CCTV cameras at railway stations have often shown how some railway passengers literally cheat death.

On June 23, Ghatkopar station on the Central Railway saw a similar incident when a woman jumped in front of a train but when the train had passed, she was nowhere to be seen. Passengers were flabbergasted and failed to understand where she was. The CCTV cameras once again provided the answers. CCTV footage on the adjacent platform showed the woman exiting the station minutes after she fell under the train.

A closer examination of the CCTV footage shows the lady was flat on the tracks when she jumped in front of the train. Once the train stopped the woman, officials believe must have come out and then made a dash for the adjacent platform. Three minutes later, the woman was caught on CCTV on the adjacent problem exiting the station, which confirmed that she was alive and had indeed managed to pull off a miraculous and daring escape.

This episode comes nearly two months after a similar incident involving 19-year-old Pratiksha Natekar who also had a brush with death. The video of her standing on the tracks and getting hit by a train engine was widely circulated on social media. It was even reported that she was on earphones and didn’t hear the train coming. Ms Natekar had told NDTV that at the time, she was listening to music on her cellphone. And she has appealed to all to learn from her experience.

“I would appeal to everyone to not plug in earphones while using the railways. Don’t use headphones while boarding a train or waiting for a train,” Ms Natekar, told NDTV. In fact, it is best to use a foot-over bridge to cross tracks, added the girl, whose survival has been hailed as nothing less than miraculous.

China To Build World’s Most Challenging Railway For $36 Billion

Breathtaking scenery and breathtaking dangers – both will face Chinese engineers as they embark on building the world’s most difficult railway.

The Sichuan-Tibet Railway will be the second railway into Tibet region after the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. The railway line will go through the southeast of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, one of the world’s most geologically active areas, Xinhua news agency reported.

“The construction and operation of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway must overcome the biggest risks in the world,” said You Yong, chief engineer of the Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) who leads a scientific and technological support team to avoid disasters in the mountains.

The China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co Ltd, which is designing the line, said it will run from Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, and enter Tibet via Qamdo. It will reach Lhasa, capital of Tibet.

The total construction length will be about 1,700 km and it will cost about $36.88 billion.

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