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How One Of India’s Oldest Railway Stations Is Becoming A Developing Hub For Freight Traffic

The Ranipettai railway station, constructed in 1858 – one of the Indian Railways’ oldest on the network, is set to become a developing hub for freight traffic, according to the Southern railway zone. After a gap of 25 years, the station which was suspended due to operational reasons in 1995, became functional for freight movement on January 20, 2021. The station – now a goods terminal for Ranipettai in Tamil Nadu, comes under the administration of the Chennai division of the Southern railway zone.

  • The first loading transported 1,300 tonnes of fertilizers to Tadepalligudam and Dwarapudi in Andhra Pradesh as a two-point rake, which fetched a revenue of Rs.15.32 lakhs for the railway authorities, according to the Chennai division of Southern railways.
  • The second rake was operated to Siliyari, in Chattisgarh on March 3, 2021, which carried 1,326 tonnes of fertilizers, fetching a sum of ₹ 25.88 lakhs as revenue for Indian Railways.
  • The third rake transported 1,329 tonnes of fertilizers to Tadepalligudam and Eluru in Andhra Pradesh as a two point rake on March 16, 2021, which fetched a revenue of Rs.13.72 lakhs for the railway authorities.
  • For the current financial year 2021-2022, the first loading of goods from the Ranipettai station started on June 15, 2021. It was operated as a two-point rake from Ranipettai, where 11 wagons were loaded to Tadepalligudam (701 tonnes) and 10 wagons to the Krishna Canal junction (637 tonnes) in Andhra Pradesh.
  • This resulted in transporting a total of 1338 tonnes of chemical manure or single super phosphate for M/s Coromandel International Limited, Ranipettai. This generated a revenue of ₹ 11,69,790, according to Southern railways.

The next rake is likely to be operated on June 23, 2021, from Ranipettai to Andhra Pradesh. Meanwhile, Indian Railways’ total freight loading in fiscal 2021 stood at 203.88 million tonnes, compared to 184.88 million tonnes in the financial year 2020, marking a 10 per cent growth year-on-year.

All Railway Stations In Kashmir Valley Are Now Wi Fi-Enabled, Says Government

All 15 railway stations in the Kashmir valley have been integrated with 6,021 other stations across the country under the wireless fidelity or Wi-Fi network of Indian Railways.

Public Wi-Fi, provided under the brand name of RailWire, is available at all the 15 stations namely Baramula, Budgam, Srinagar, Pampore, Avantipura, Bijbehara and Anantnag among others, which are spread out in four districts headquarters of the Union Territory of Kashmir, the Railway Ministry has said.

Wi-fi service is already available at 15 stations in the Union Territory of Jammu, official sources said.

The telecommunication arm of the Ministry of Railways, RailTel was mandated to provide public Wi-Fi at all the railway stations and it is now available in more than 6,000 stations across the country.

Comments The Wi-Fi facility service at railway stations will be available to any user who has a smartphone with working mobile connection for know your customer (KYC) considerations.

Civil Defence Personnel, Posing As Delhi Police Sub Inspector, Arrested

A Civil Defence personnel was apprehended on Sunday for posing as Delhi Police Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) at the Old Delhi Railway station.

According to the police, the man, identified as Kishan Yadav, wore the uniform of an ASI Delhi Police to travel “hassle-free” to his native Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh by Farakka Express train with his brothers, Jay Singh Yadav and Himanshu, as they had only two confirmed tickets.

The police stated that Sunday at 7:38 pm, a PCR call was received at Old Delhi Railway Station regarding a person standing in uniform of ASI of Delhi Police, who claimed to be appointed in 2019, and seemed to be an imposter.

As per a statement issued by the police, Mr Yadav was spotted by caller Constable Yogesh Kumar posted in 7th Battalion, who pointed out towards a young person who was wearing the police uniform.

The, caller being in Delhi Police, spotted this person because he found him very young and on asking how he got promoted at such a young age to the rank of ASI, the imposter could not give a satisfactory reply, said the police.

Mumbai Man’s Narrow Escape In Bid To Board Moving Train, Thanks To Rail Staff

A passenger trying to board a moving train at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai narrowly escaped a mishap, thanks to a Railway guard and a Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel.

The guard, in turn, was pulled away from the train in time by the RPF constable when he lost his balance. Railways have said all three are fine.

The chilling incident, which took place last night, was captured by a CCTV camera installed on the platform. The footage shows a man trying to board the Mumbai-Mangaluru special train as it is leaving the platform.

The man trips and is dragged along the platform when RPF constable Narsingh Kanojiya comes running and Railway guard Jitendar Pal gets off the train to save the man. While the man is pulled away from the train, Mr Pal loses his balance and falls and is dragged along the platform before Mr Kanojiya rescues him. The train was later stopped by the station staff and the guard boarded it again.

The Central Railway said in a tweet that “there are two heroes in the incident”.

Chief Public Relations Officer, Central Railway, Shivaji Sutar said, “Railways has been trying to create awareness through various platforms against this fatal behavioural issue and has requested passengers not to try boarding or getting off a moving train as it can be dangerous.”

2 Comments Besides boarding and deboarding moving trains, travelling on the footboards of trains and carelessly crossing tracks are among the other acts that lead to railway accidents and loss of lives every year.

Mumbai Man’s Narrow Escape In Bid To Board Moving Train, Thanks To Rail Staff

A passenger trying to board a moving train at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai narrowly escaped a mishap, thanks to a Railway guard and a Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel.

The guard, in turn, was pulled away from the train in time by the RPF constable when he lost his balance. Railways have said all three are fine.

The chilling incident, which took place last night, was captured by a CCTV camera installed on the platform. The footage shows a man trying to board the Mumbai-Mangaluru special train as it is leaving the platform.

The man trips and is dragged along the platform when RPF constable Narsingh Kanojiya comes running and Railway guard Jitendar Pal gets off the train to save the man. While the man is pulled away from the train, Mr Pal loses his balance and falls and is dragged along the platform before Mr Kanojiya rescues him. The train was later stopped by the station staff and the guard boarded it again.

The Central Railway said in a tweet that “there are two heroes in the incident”.

Chief Public Relations Officer, Central Railway, Shivaji Sutar said, “Railways has been trying to create awareness through various platforms against this fatal behavioural issue and has requested passengers not to try boarding or getting off a moving train as it can be dangerous.”

Comments Besides boarding and deboarding moving trains, travelling on the footboards of trains and carelessly crossing tracks are among the other acts that lead to railway accidents and loss of lives every year.

Mumbai And Railways Need To Be Prepared For Monsoon

With Mumbai being lashed with heavy rains, Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said that both the financial capital of India and the Railways need to be fully prepared for the monsoon.

The union railway minister on Thursday reviewed the preparations and road map of Mumbai Suburban Railways for all contingency solutions in the rainy season, a statement from the ministry said.

The Minister examined the current status of vulnerable areas and reviewed plans for the smooth functioning of trains.

Mr Goyal said that Railways is committed to ensuring that no inconvenience is caused to Mumbaikars as the monsoon begins.

The meeting was attended by senior officials of the Railway Board and Mumbai.

While reviewing the preparedness of the Suburban Railways, the Minister advised the Railways to partner with Institutions like IIT Mumbai to study the efficiency of technical and civil work initiatives of Railways in handling monsoon rains.

He said innovation and hard work must go together to ensure that Railway services continue to operate safely and in an uninterrupted manner.

Even during the Covid pandemic, the Railways had undertaken a major exercise to for the cleaning of muck/garbage/earth of 2,10,000 cubic meters from suburban section by deploying three “No muck special” including specially modified EMU rakes in Mumbai.

Flooding spots of the previous monsoon were identified and customized solutions were devised for each spot that is in Bandra, Andheri, Mahim, Grant road, Goregaon.

In order to have real time and authentic rain data, the railway ministry said that four numbers automatic rain gauge (ARG) have now been installed in association with India Meteorological Department (IMD) and ten numbers installed by WR independently.

See List Of Trains That Will Start Running This Month

The Indian Railways authorities will restore some special train services from this month to ensure state-wise mobility and for the convenience of passengers. Several Indian Railways train services across the national transporter’s network were canceled due to a surge in COVID-19 cases amid the severity of the second wave of the pandemic in the country. The special train services come under the administration of the Northern Railways zone – headquartered in New Delhi. According to recent official updates from Northern Railways, passengers need to follow COVID-19 protocol during the journey.

According to the official circular issued by the Northern railway zone, the authorities have decided to resume the special train services across few routes of the zone. Some of these train services along with details of train number, routes, frequency are as follows:

  • Train Number 02433 will start from Chennai Central on June 18
  • Train Number 02055 will start from New Delhi on June 15
  • Train Number 02434 will start from H.Nizamuddin on June 16
  • Train Number 02056 will start from Dehradun on June 14
  • Train Number 02058 will start from Una Himachal on June 15
  • Train Number 02057 will start from New Delhi on June 14
  • Train Number 02402 will start from Dehradun on June 14
  • Train Number 02401 will start from Kota on June 15
  • Train Number 02039 will start from Kathgodam on June 14
  • Train Number 02264 will start from H.Nizamuddin on June 14
  • Train Number 02263 will start from Pune on June 15

Amid Covid Curbs, 27 Lakh Caught Without Ticket On Trains In 2020-21

Despite severe restrictions on entry at railway stations without confirmed tickets in view of the coronavirus pandemic, over 27 lakh people were caught travelling on trains ticketless in the last fiscal, an RTI query has revealed.

This was, however, less than 25 per cent of the number of cases recorded the previous financial year and that is attributable to the restrictions imposed to check the COVID-19 contagion, say officials.

The data made available by the Railway Board following an RTI query made by Madhya Pradesh-based activist Chandra Shekhar Gaur showed that between April 2020 and March 2021, 27.57 lakh people were caught travelling ticketless and ₹ 143.82 crore was levied as a fine from them.

In the 2019-2020 fiscal, 1.10 crore people were caught travelling ticketless and in total, a fine of ₹ 561.73 crore was realized from them.

“Traveling ticketless or with an unauthorised ticket is a long-standing challenge before the Indian Railways. On its part, the Railways makes informative, educative and punitive measures to discourage people from doing the same,” said Railway spokesperson D J Narain.

The 2020-2021 financial year was the period when the Railways ran the least number of passenger trains in its history due to the coronavirus pandemic and there were severe restrictions on the movement of people inside railway premises, including non-issuance of platform tickets.

It includes the lockdown period between April 14 and May 3 when the Railways was not operating any passenger trains except the Shramik Specials which started from May 1. These trains were run at the request of the state governments and the tickets were issued only to those authorised by the states.

In June last year, the Railways began running special trains and issued strict guidelines — e-ticketing through IRCTC website or through mobile App, no tickets booking at reservation counter, only passengers with confirmed tickets to be allowed entry at station and screening to be done before boarding with only asymptomatic passengers allowed to enter the train.

Fully waitlisted passengers and unreserved passengers were not allowed to travel on trains as the unreserved coaches were booked as reserved second sitting coaches to ensure that the necessary Covid-related protocols are followed.

“Accordingly, in line with these instructions, without ticket passengers at railway premises and trains were being identified and charged as part of normal as well as special ticket checking drives.

Unions Protest As Railways Considers Opening Its Stadiums For Commercial Use

The Indian Railways’ largest workers’ union has hit out at the Railway Board over its decision to hand over 15 of its stadiums to the Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) to conduct “techno-economic studies for commercial development”.

In a reply to a query in Parliament in March this year, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had said that the national transporter has identified 87 land parcels, 84 railway colonies, four hill railways and three stadiums for asset monetisation so far.

He said that the Railways has planned to monetise assets, including Dedicated Freight Corridors after commissioning, railway land parcels, railway colonies, hill railways and stadiums.

“The All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) is with the sentiments of lakhs of railwaymen, their families, children and sports persons since strong resentment and anguish is seen all over the Railway Fraternity against arbitrary decision of the Railway Board to handover the railway sports grounds/complex and stadiums to the RLDA for commercial development,” Shiva Gopal Mishra, President, AIRF, said in a letter to Railway Board Chairman Suneet Sharma.

In the letter, Mr Mishra said that the railway sports complexes or stadiums and indoor stadiums are located in the heart of various important cities and are being used by sportspersons and other sports enthusiasts, besides common railwaymen (serving and retired) since many decades.

“These stadiums and sports complexes/grounds are not surplus and unusable railway land, which can be handed over to anybody else,” it said.

The move from the ministry has also found stiff resistance from the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) earlier who had protested the handing over of their stadium to the RLDA.

The RLDA is in charge of generating revenue for the Railways by leasing out parcels of railway land. It is also engaged in developing major stations in partnership with private companies.

On the list are sports complexes at production units in Modern Coach Factory, Raebareli; Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala; Rail Wheel Factory, Yelahanka, Bengaluru; Banaras Locomotive Works (formerly DLW), Varanasi; and Integral Coach Factory, Chennai.

The other facilities on the list belong to respective zonal railways – like the indoor stadium and cricket ground in Parel, Mumbai; a hockey stadium in Ranchi; and the sports complex at Mahalaxmi, Mumbai. The list also includes sports facilities in Gorakhpur, Patna, Lucknow, Secunderabad and Bhubaneswar.

3 Comments The RLDA has maintained that these stadiums will remain sporting facilities primarily but it will be accessed if they can be upgraded and at the same time opened up for commercial use by private parties.

First Oxygen Express Train To North-East Reaches Assam

The Northeast Frontier Railway is ready to help state governments in every way possible in the fight against COVID-19. The NFR today ran a special train to supply liquid medical oxygen to Assam – the first such train in the north-east.

The Oxygen Express train which left Tata Nagar in Jharkhand on May 22 carrying four containers loaded with 80 tonnes of oxygen arrived in Assam’s Amingaon on May 23.

This oxygen stock will be with Assam, but given to other north-east states when required, government officials said.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma along with the General Manager of NFR Anshul Gupta arrived at the Inland Container Depot in Amingaon to receive the first consignment of medical oxygen.

The railway created a green corridor for the Oxygen Express to pass quickly. The train covered 630 km in just about nine hours from Malda to Amingaon with an average speed of over 70 kmph, which is more than the average speed of the Rajdhani Express trains.

Comments The railways said it is continuing its journey of bringing relief by delivering medical oxygen to states. So far, the railways have delivered more than 15,284 tonnes in more than 936 tankers to states. 234 Oxygen Express trains have completed their journey.