Indian Railways News

Unidentified Men Throw Stones At RPF Jawans, Escape With Loaded AK-47

A group of unidentified men allegedly snatched and fled with an AK-47 rifle of a Railway Protection Force (RPF) jawan in Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh, a senior police officer said Thursday.

Two RPF personnel were injured in the incident which took place near Badnagar, said Ujjain Superintendent of Police (SP) Sachin Atulkar.

RPF jawans on patrol duty along the railway track in Sundarbad area spotted about ten persons loitering around and asked them to stop, the SP said.

“The miscreants pelted stones at them, in which two jawans sustained minor injuries. The AK-47 rifle of one of them fell down. It had 20 rounds loaded,” police said.


PM Modi To Inaugurate India’s Longest Rail-Road Bridge On Christmas

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Christmas will inaugurate the Bogibeel Bridge, India’s longest rail-road bridge, connecting the north and south banks of the Brahmaputra, falling in the eastern part of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, a senior railway official said.

The bridge is 4.94 km long.

“The prime minister will inaugurate the bridge on December 25 which is also marked by the government as Good Governance Day,” the official told.

While former prime minister HD Deve Gowda laid the foundation stone for the Bogibeel bridge in January 1997, the work started only in April 2002 when former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated its construction.

With several deadlines having been missed over the past 16 years, the first freight train ran on it on December 3.

The Bogibeel Bridge is part of infrastructure projects planned by India to improve logistics in Arunachal Pradesh. This includes the construction of a trans-Arunachal highway on the north bank of the Brahmaputra river.


Land Acquisition For Bullet Train Will Be Done By December: Rail Minister

Railway minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said land acquisition for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train corridor would be completed by December this year.

He also said that five more high speed corridors are being planned, including Agra-Varanasi, Delhi-Chandigarh and Mumbai-Bengaluru.

The minister was speaking at The Economist India Summit 2018.

“Land acquisition procedure for the first bullet train project (Mumbai-Ahmedabad) will be over by December this year. We are taking more time because we engage land owners and hold dialogue for acquisition. We want to take them into confidence,” he said.

He claimed that, despite a slight delay in land acquisition, the project may be completed before deadline due to developments in the engineering sector.

He informed that work related to designing and assembling machines to build a 27 km under-sea tunnel as part of the project was progressing.

The National High Speed Rail Corporation, a special purpose vehicle of the Railways and the state governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat, is implementing the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train corridor with technical and financial assistance from Japan.

“There are five more corridors being planned for high speed trains. Agra-Varanasi, Delhi-Chandigarh and Mumbai-Bengaluru are being worked on,” he said.

Mr Goyal, however, did not mention the other two routes on which such high speed trains were being planned.

“I am personally passionate about the Agra-Varanasi train project. It could be semi-high speed but it will be very helpful,” he said.

Varanasi is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency.

Talking about future plans, he said, “There are some coal transporting routes which I completed on priority. Some are nearing completion, which have solved several problems of coal transportation and its availability forever.”

Another big plan, the minister said, was to extend the free Wifi service from 700 stations currently to 5,300.

In Mumbai, Over 18,400 People Died Between 2013-18 In Train Accidents

A Right To Information plea has found that 18,423 people died and 18,847 people were injured in suburban train-related accidents between January 2013 to August 2018.

Replying to the RTI query filed by activist Shakeel Ahmad, the Mumbai railway police commissionerate said that these casualties occurred due to passengers falling from trains, dashing against poles, crossing railway tracks or travelling on the roof of trains.

Providing a break-up, the RTI reply stated that 3,506 people died in 2013, 3,423 in 2014, 3,304 in 2015, 3,202 in 2016, 3,014 2017 and 1,974 in the first 8 months of the current year.

Speaking on the declining figures, Ravinder Bhakar, chief PRO of Western Railway said, “We have taken several measures to curb deaths by constructing FOBs, fencing, conducting aerial survey of accident prone areas and counselling passengers.”

A railway police official said that these figures include those who committed suicide by jumping in front of trains.

RTI activist Ahmad said that the railways had to do still more to stop track deaths.

“Railways have failed to comply with the orders of the Bombay High Court in this regard. These numbers will come down if railway officials are forced to travel by trains,” he contended.

50,000 People Killed In Train Accidents In 2 Years, Says Railways’ Data

Nearly 50,000 people have lost their lives between 2015 and 2017 on railway tracks after being hit by trains, according to official data from the Indian Railways.

A train mowed down 62 people as they were watching a Ravan effigy being burnt while standing on railway tracks near Amritsar on October 19, leading to questions how the national transporter could prevent such deaths.

Data provided by the railways states, 49,790 deaths happened because people were hit by trains on tracks from 2015 to 2017.

Most of the deaths were reported from the Northern Railway zone at 7,908, followed by 6,149 deaths from the Southern Railway zone and 5,670 deaths from the Eastern Railway zone.

The Government Railway Police (GRP) collates data on such deaths zone-wise and the data for this year hasn’t been collated yet, railways said on Sunday.

Deaths on railway tracks occur due to trespassing, violating safety and cautionary instructions, avoiding over-bridges, using mobile phones and other electronic gadgets when crossing railway tracks.

Officials said the railways has taken corrective measures such as regular announcements through passenger address system at stations, urging passengers to use foot-over bridges (FOBs), awareness drives against trespassing were conducted, construction of boundary walls, warning signs were erected to prevent accidental deaths on railway tracks.

Trespassing on railway premises, including on tracks, is a punishable offence under Section 147 of the Railways Act, 1989.

During 2018, as of September, 1,20,923 people were arrested and prosecuted by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) for intruding the railway system.

Under Section 147 of Indian Railway Act, a total fine of Rs. 2.94 crore was imposed on them by courts during the period, according to data provided by the railways.


Agency To Redevelop, Modernise Railway Stations Gets Cabinet Nod

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved creation of an agency for a coordinated development and modernisation of railway stations in the country, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

According to Ravi Shankar Prasad, the name of the agency would be Indian Railway Stations Development Corp Ltd (IRSDC).

Calling the cabinet decision a progressive move, Mr Prasad said: “Indian Railway Stations Development Corp Ltd shall be the nodal agency for the development of railway stations across the country.”

Developing railway facilities will not only benefit the commuters but also help the Indian Railways make use of its unused or under-used properties.

“It was a decisions based on the feedbacks collected from the government’s earlier railway modernisation attempts,” Mr Prasad said.

RRB has released the answer key for Group C ALP and Technician exam which was conducted till September 4, 2018.

RRB has released the answer key for Group C ALP and Technician exam which was conducted till September 4, 2018. RRBs had released the RRB ALP answer key and objection tracker earlier on September 14 but withdrew the link later due to technical glitches. The RRB ALP and Technician Answer key and objection tracker link has been activated again. candidates who appeared for the exam have time till September 25 to login to the RRB websites and submit their objections.

RRB ALP, Technician Answer Key: Objection/ Challenge Submission Norms

  1. Candidates must submit the objections in English
  2. Candidates must be very careful while submitting the objections, as it can’t be edited later.
  3. Candidates shall have to submit their objections against the respective questions and their alternatives
  4. Candidates should explain their challenge properly. Objections without proper explanation or reference will be discarded by the RRBs.

RRB Answer Key, Objection Submission Portal: Important Points For Candidates

  1. Candidates shall have to login using the application sequence number. This specific number was sent by RRBs to the candidates at the time of registration on the phone number and email id.
  2. The correct answer will be marked by a green tick
  3. Question ID will be mentioned to the right of the question.
  4. Candidates can also see the status of the question attempted by them on the objection submission portal
  5. Candidates can submit their challenges till September 18.

The Board had completed 1st stage CBT for 64,037 vacancies. More than 47 lakh candidates participated in the exams conducted in various shifts in various centres across India. The exam saw a record attendance of 76.76% in the history of RRBs.

We Face Walls Of Water”: Communities Rally To Face Hurricane Florence


The call went out through Facebook at a little past noon on Friday: Volunteers needed immediately to fill sandbags and dam up a railway channel where floodwaters have emerged before.

“Pretty soon, I had a hundred of my closest friends out here helping us out,” said state Sen. Danny Earl Britt Jr., R, who organized the sandbag marathon at West Lumberton Baptist Church. Men and women, young and old, worked for hours alongside members of the National Guard to fill the white sacks with mud dug up with backhoes. Soon, sweat mingled with the rain that splashed their faces and drenched their clothes.

“Sixty miles per hour winds, shingles flying off their own homes,” Britt said. “And they’re here working for everyone else.”

The work was wet and difficult, but essential: The Lumber River, which runs through town, was expected to rise by as much as 20 feet thanks to rains from Florence. It was not a question of if the river would overtop its banks, but when.

As Florence’s winds and rain swept across the Carolinas, communities like Lumberton scrambled to prepare for the surge in flooding that would inevitably follow.

“We face walls of water at our coasts, along our rivers, across our farmland, in our cities and in our towns,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, D, said Saturday morning during a briefing.

Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm Saturday. But its slow forward movement means that coastal and southeastern areas will still get the brunt of its deluge. Parts of North Carolina have already received a record-breaking 30 inches of rain, and many areas are expected to get at least 15 inches more. The National Weather Service forecasts major flooding at most rivers around the state.

Some areas are already experiencing flash flooding, which occurs when rainfall rates are so high that they overwhelm drainage systems.

But a growing concern is river flooding, which happens as tributaries and basins drain into main rivers, causing them to overtop their banks. Some rivers may not crest for another several days.

All or parts of 18 counties in North Carolina had issued mandatory evacuation orders, warning that the flooding from this storm is likely to be even worse than what they experienced during Hurricane Matthew, which devastated the state in 2016.

“While the storm appears on the surface to be not as intense as expected, this is not the case,” said Nathan Walls, a spokesman for the city of Fayetteville, N.C. “The worst is yet to come.”

In Robeson County, which includes Lumberton, Matthew caused the Lumber River to exceed its banks by 12 feet. The water burst through the river’s aging levees and destroyed hundreds of homes.

The Rev. Rick Foreman of West Lumberton Baptist Church said one of his parishioners drowned in Matthew’s floodwaters. During Florence on Friday, he watched as the volunteers worked to bolster one of the two flood-prone stretches of the river that could threaten his church.

“We kind of have a double whammy on us,” he said.

The rain kept coming down.

“We’re in God’s hands,” Foreman said. “We all know that.”

By Saturday afternoon, the Lumber River was 1 1/2 feet above flood stage. It could get as high as 25 feet before the storm is over, forecasters said. The county ordered mandatory evacuations for the southern part of Lumberton, and spokesperson Emily Jones urged people living in low-lying areas and mobile homes elsewhere in the county to seek shelter.

Many residents heeded the advice. Two of the county’s four shelters were already at capacity Saturday.

Deridre Hill is waiting out the storm at the Holiday Inn Express where she is an assistant manager. Two years ago, the flooding around her apartment was so bad that she and her family had to wait a week before they could be rescued by boat.

So when a firefighter advised them about the coming storm this time, she and her husband drove to a nearby dirt road, filled as many 13-gallon trash bags as they could carry full of soil, and positioned the makeshift sandbags outside their front and back doors. Then, they packed up their young two sons and left.

It’s nerve-racking not knowing what is happening to her home while she’s away, Hill said. But it would have been even more frightening to stay there.

“I’m just lucky I have somewhere to go,” she said.

In Fayetteville, where the Cape Fear River is forecast to rise an astonishing 45 feet by Tuesday, a mandatory evacuation order was issued Saturday.

But civil rights attorney Allen Rogers worried that people there in the most at-risk areas, in places with many African-American residents, wouldn’t trust an order coming from the police. “I know folks are sitting ducks, but people have a lot of pride and they don’t want to be in a shelter or they don’t have the resources to leave,” said Rogers, who is African-American.

During Matthew, he said, officials didn’t make an early effort to warn people about the danger. Four people in Fayetteville died during flash flooding from that storm.

This time, said Mayor Mitch Colvin, who also is African-American, he’s doing his best to ensure his city is prepared, as well as working closely with the community to make them feel supported – and to help them leave. Firefighters and police officers have been driving from neighborhood to neighborhood, explaining the risk and encouraging people to seek shelter.

“This one is deadly,” Colvin said. “They have to get out or risk being stuck – no one may be able to come and get you for days.”

If the forecasts are right, his city could experience 62 inches of flooding in the coming days. There is no holding back waters like that. All people can do is get out of the way.

In the coastal city of New Bern, North Carolina, on Friday, floodwaters had combined with the storm surge to deluge neighborhoods in as much as 10 feet of water – offering a preview of what other communities might endure.

By Saturday, the relentless wind and rain seemed to sap the color from the city. Everything was washed in tints of brown and gray.

Down one street, a refrigerator bobbed on its side. A boat that was normally parked in a back driveway had floated its way to the front door. In front of a house whose owners moved in last week, the water was up to the mailbox. A Jet Ski was the only mode of transportation.

Volunteers steered their rescue boats around the rounded tops of submerged cars like they were icebergs. In dryer areas, cars with wet leaves stuck to their sides lined up for gas only to have their drivers told that the power had just gone out, and there was no telling how long they’d have to wait.

The Waccamaw River in Conway, South Carolina, just outside of Myrtle Beach, had swollen to almost 10 feet Saturday afternoon – just below flood stage. It’s projected to hit 19.2 feet by the middle of next week – about a foot higher than the record set during Matthew.

In her living room overlooking the river, Lisa Skipper was packing valuables in trash bags that she and her husband, Ricky, were about to load into a U-Haul van parked outside. Everything else they couldn’t bring – pots, pans, table lamps, pantry items, bottles of alcohol and other items – was arranged on the kitchen counter, out of the reach of floodwaters.

The house was built in the 1960s and belongs to Ricky’s father, Earl, who evacuated earlier this week.

Living by a river that frequently floods has always been troublesome. Ricky Skipper said they built new floors in his father’s house in 2016 – only to replace them when Matthew hit, drenching the home in a foot and a half of water. Given the forecast for Florence, they will likely have to replace the floors again.

But the family, especially Earl, can’t imagine leaving the home that holds so many memories of his late wife, Frances.

“She loved this river. She lived on this river for a long time,” Lisa Skipper said, as she looked out the windows in the nearly empty living room.

As the Skippers finished loading their U-Haul, their neighbor, 21-year-old Emy Chamberlain, was walking her dog, Fergie. She said she and her family had evacuated ahead of the storm’s landfall and had just gotten back home Saturday. Now they could only wait to see what damage the flooding might bring.

Minor Girl Kidnapped From Navi Mumbai Found At New Delhi Railway Station

A minor girl allegedly kidnapped by a teen from Navi Mumbai earlier this month was traced to New Delhi railway station and rescued, a police official said today.

The 17-year-old girl was missing from Navi Mumbai since August 7 and, following a complaint by her parents, a case of kidnapping was registered under section 363 of the Indian Penal Code at Turbhe MIDC police station, the official said.

A team of the Turbhe MIDC police and the Navi Mumbai police’s Anti-Human Trafficking Cell rescued the girl from New Delhi on Wednesday and arrested an 18-year-old, identified as Mohammad Aslam Khan, who allegedly kidnapped the girl after promising to marry her, he said.

The official added that further probe into the matter was being carried out by Turbhe MIDC police.


How To Get A Duplicate Train Ticket? Charges And All Details Here

Lost your train ticket?  Well, you don’t need to worry as Indian Railways’ passengers can now get a duplicate train ticket on paying some amount of charges. According to Indian Railways portal-, if the loss of confirmed/RAC ticket is reported before the preparation of the reservation chart, a duplicate ticket can be issued on collection of Rs. 50 per passenger for second and sleeper class and Rs. 100 per passenger for other classes. However, if the loss of confirmed ticket is reported after preparation of the reservation chart, a duplicate ticket can be issued on collection of 50 per cent of the fare.

Here are 5 things to know:

1. If the ticket that is confirmed or RAC is torn or mutilated, a duplicate ticket can be issued on collection of 25 per cent of the fare, after the preparation of reservation chart.  Before chart preparation, charges are same as applicable for issue of duplicate ticket in lieu of the lost/misplaced ticket.

2. No duplicate ticket can be issued in case of mutilated waitlisted tickets, said Indian Railways.

3. Besides, refund is admissible on torn/mutilated ticket if its genuineness and authenticity are verified on the basis of particulars visible on the face of such a ticket.

4. No duplicate ticket can be prepared after preparation of reservation chart in case of RAC tickets.

5. If the original ticket is found and presented along with duplicate ticket, before the departure of the train, passenger is refunded the amount paid for duplicate ticket, said Indian Railways. However, 5 per cent of the total amount is deducted, subject to a minimum of Rs. 20.