Indian Railways News

NFR celebrates 69th Republic Day in all the five Railway Divisions

The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) celebrated the 69th Republic Day on Jan. 26. A press release issued by the public relations officer of the NFR at Maligaon on Friday stated that the programme was conducted at the Maligaon Railway stadium.

The General Manager of the NFR Chahatey Ram unfurled the national flag. He is said to have inspected a march past by RPF contingents, Territorial Army contingents, civil defence; school children and Bharat Scouts and Guides.

An impressive cultural programme depicting the idea of India’s unity in diversity is also said to have taken place during the celebration.

In his speech Ram emphasised on the need to be in harmony with the vision of the prime minister and Railway minister to make the Indian railways a ‘growth engine’ for the nation. He said that the safety of railway passengers was of utmost concern; a paramount duty that should not experience any laxity or compromise as far as safety is concerned.

Also, the general manager called keeping trains and premises clean and hygienic a big challenge for the Indian Railways. “Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat” mission has imbibed cleanliness and environmental conservation consciousness, the updates added.

Also, the general manager informed that water-vending machines have been installed at 10 stations while 24 brands of packaged drinking water have been shortlisted to be sold in railway stations, besides free WiFi services at 14 stations.

In view of the ever-increasing demand of passengers for new train services, seven new passenger-carrying trains including prestigious services such as the Shatabdi Express is said to have been introduced in the current year; 12 conventional rakes were replaced with DEMU rakes.

During the current year, 450 children are said to have been rescued from the clutches of traffickers while contraband worth INR 1.6 crore is said to been recovered by the RPF.

The Republic Day event was celebrated in all the five divisions of the NFR.

First touch-screen enquiry system for Indian Railways passengers at Delhi

NEW DELHI: The Railways today launched a one-of-its-kind touch-screen kiosk as a single-point enquiry station for answering all queries of passengers including about navigation for accessing various facilities available at the New Delhi railway station.

The Railways today launched a one-of-its-kind touch-screen kiosk as a single-point enquiry station for answering all queries of passengers including about navigation for accessing various facilities available at the New Delhi railway station. Chairman Railway Board Ashwani Lohani launched the ‘Rail Yatri Guide Kiosk’ at the station, designed by the Delhi division. The system comprises touch-screen kiosks with a 40-inch display of 3D-digitized railway station map and helps the passenger at the touch of the screen. “In all, 15 such kiosks will be provided at New Delhi station over next two months and gradually this system will be proliferated over major railway stations of the Indian Railways,” Lohani said. The national transporter also took a trip down memory lane today bringing alive the magic of steam-hauled trains.

Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain took a ride on the Fairy Queen hauled two-coach train, the Ganrajya Express from the New Delhi railway station to the Delhi Junction station.

Refrain from selfies, stunts near rail tracks: Railway Minister

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday urged the youth to refrain from taking selfies on rail tracks, days after a 22-year-old man from Hyderabad suffered grievous injuries during one such attempt. In his message, Goyal has appealed to citizens to avoid selfies or stunts near railway tracks.

“In the last few days, I have seen news and videos in which there have been accidents of youth taking selfies or showing stunts near railway tracks. It is very disheartening to know about these accidents.

“You all are the future of the country and my appeal is to avoid putting your life at risk and stay alert around the railway tracks. Follow the rules and signs and pay attention while approaching rail crossings,” he said.

Along with the message, the ministry has also issued a number of posters with references from popular Bollywood songs like “Zindagi maut na banjaye sambhalo yaaron” (Be cautious, life can turn into death) from the film Sarfarosh, accompanied with images of people leaning out of trains.

There is another which says “Sun raha hai tu na” (Are you listening) from the film Ashique 2, accompanied with a picture of a young boy with earphones walking on the tracks with the message – “Listening to songs is fine, but not on the tracks.”

In the video of the Hyderabad incident which has gone viral on social media, the man identified as Siva is seen standing on the edge of the railway tracks holding up his phone with its front camera facing him and a train can be seen approaching him from behind.

Railway official are seen cautioning him to move away while he is seen asking them for a minute more. A case under 147 IR Act and trespassing has been registered against him by the Railway Police Force, officials said.

The message from Goyal also comes on a day an equally disturbing video of a Kashmiri man lying down on a railway track under a running train has gone viral.

Southern Railway maintains poor punctuality and fiscal performance

The train punctuality and the overall financial performance of the Southern Railway zone, spread over Tamil Nadu and Kerala, has declined in the past few years.

In his Republic Day speech on Friday, General Manager R K Kulshreshtha said the Zone’s punctuality in the first nine months of 2017-18 was 83.7%, which was 88% during the corresponding period in the previous year. It was 85.5% up to July 2017 and 87% during the 2016-17 financial year.

Trains running through the Palakkad and Trivandrum divisions of the zone have been severely delayed in the past few months owing to large-scale track maintenance works, which has adversely affected the train punctuality, said senior officials.

The figures are likely to drop further as the railway board last month asked for digital recording of train arrival and departure timings, dissuading Southern Railway from manually fudging the figures to show higher numbers.

Chennai Division’s punctuality performance shows slight improvement in the last few years, which is largely due to better on-time performance of suburban trains. Data shows that the division’s punctuality was 74.5% in 2015-16, 78.25% in 2016-17, while it was at 83% in the first nine months of 2017-18. The punctuality of suburban trains has gone up from 81.1% in 2016-17 to 87.5% in 2017-18.

In terms of train punctuality, Tiruchirapalli division has recorded the best performance in the zone (96%) in the first nine months of the fiscal. It was 97.5% in 2016-17, 94% in 2015-16 and 94.1% in 2014-15.

“Punctuality is dependent on many factors like no run-over accidents, absence of unmanned level crossings, mechanical and signal failures and maintenance blocks as well,” said a senior official in the traffic wing.

The operating ratio, which is a measure of the financial performance of the zone, is 168.07 in the April to December 2017 period. This number was 165.8 up to July 2017 and 146.9 for the financial year 2016-17. For 2015-16, the zone had an operating ratio of 134.9.

The operating ratio is the amount spent by the zone to earn every Rs 100.

This is mainly because the zone’s earnings have decreased by around Rs 80 crore in the current year as compared to the previous year where it stood at Rs 5,505 crore. Sources said that while passenger traffic and earnings have gone up, freight traffic has not picked up. There has also been an increase in expenditure for various capacity addition works, which has escalated the operating ratio.

Patriotic fervour marks Republic Day Celebrations on SCR – GM unfurls National Flag and takes Guard of Honour

SECUNDERABAD: South Central Railway celebrated the 69th Republic Day with gaiety and patriotic fervour at Railway Sports Complex Grounds, Secunderabad today (26thJanuary, 2018). Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway, who was the Chief Guest o­n the occasion, unfurled the National Flag and received the Guard of Honour presented by contingents of Railway Protection Force, Civil Defence, National Cadet Corps, Scouts and Guides etc. A big gathering of Railway Officers and Staff, their family members and the public were present on the occasion.

Delivering his address after inspecting the Parade, the General Manager, Shri Vinod Kumar stated that the Republic Day offers South Central Railway an opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to serve the Nation as a core transport service provider. Utilizing the occasion to share the performance and achievements of SCR in the current fiscal, the General Manager stated that the originating gross earnings of the Zone reached Rs.9472 crore till December, 2017 in the current financial year, around Rs.700 crore higher over the previous year.

Elaborating on the priorities of the Zone, Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav said that timely execution of infrastructure projects is high on the agenda for SCR. During the current fiscal till date, 113 kms of new railway line, 17 kms of doubling of railway line, 490 kms of electrification has been completed, which is a record for any single year. A core area for attention for SCR is the safety of train operations, towards which a Zero tolerance policy is in implementation to maintain nil accident record. Security and passenger amenities too has been given importance, the General Manager informed.

Stressing on the need for environmental protection, Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav stated that water conservation, development of full-fledged green environment at work places and railway stations, cleanliness in trains and at stations in tune with Swachh Bharat mission is high on the priority list for SCR. He spoke of promoting Digital transactions on SCR in a big way, which goes in tune with the achievement of the Zone as the first on Indian Railways to implement the concept of DigiPay station.

The General Manager highlighted welfare measures being undertaken for the employees including sending employees from the Group C&D categories on a subsidised Holiday cum educative trip to Singapore and Malaysia. Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav called upon the entire SCR workforce to perform to their best, drawing inspiration from the spirit of Republic Day celebrations, so as to play their role in the Nation’s journey of progress.

A host of cultural events signifying patriotism, Dog squad show etc., marked the culmination of the program.

Jajpur Road-Dhamra new Rail Line demanded

BHUBANESWAR: A civil society body of Jajpur district has demanded construction of a new rail line for better communication between the deep sea port at Dhamra and industrial area in Jajpur district.

They urged the railways to sanction funds for the project and construct the line for the development of the area.The civil society body, Jajpur Road-Dhamara Railpath Sangram Samiti, will stage dharna in front of the East Coast Railway (ECoR) headquarters here on January 30 to draw the attention of the Railways on the issue.Santosh Das, convener of the Samiti, said the Railways had announced for survey of the Jajpur Road-Dhamra new line in 2012-13.

ECoR had used an organization for survey of the project in 2014.

Later, the ECoR submitted the survey report before the Railway Board in April 2015, he added.”Unfortunately, the Centre has not approved the project yet.

It is not even included in the previous budget.

Solar Panels to be installed at railway stations in Vadodara Division

VADODARA: To avoid and minimise the usage of conventional source of power , the Vadodara railway division of Western Railways has started the process of installing solar panels at railway stations falling under its jurisdiction.As part of the initiative, solar panels will be installed at Vadodara, Anand, Nadiad, Bharuch, Godhra and Ankleshwar railway station among others that fall under the railway division.This initiative has been inspired by union railway minister Piyush Goyal .

Under this campaign, the railway division will install such solar panels not only at the stations but also at service buildings, sheds and other rooftop areas.According to railway officials, under the project, Vadodara railway division has been allotted a total of 1.05 megawatt peak (MWp) capacity solar panels that will be installed across the division.


Shri S.N.Agrawal, General Manager, South Eastern Railway unfurled the National Tri-Colour and took salute at the colourful Ceremonial Parade presented by the smart contingents of Railway Protection Force, S.E.Railway Bharat Scouts and Guides, St.John Ambulance Brigade, Civil Defence etc. While paying profound gratitude to the gallant jawans, freedom fighters and makers of Indian Constitution, Shri Agrawal urged upon all railwaymen to face the challenges confronting the railways unitedly. General Manager also called upon all railwaymen to make all out efforts towards safety and security of passengers and to work diligently to ensure safe and secured rail travel.

Highlighting the achievements & services rendered by South Eastern Railway to its users, General Manager said that S E Railway is poised to achieve the target of 155.50 million tonnes of freight loading fixed by Railway Board in the current financial year with the hard work of the dedicated workforce of S E Railway. Speaking about passenger services and infrastructure development, Shri Agrawal mentioned about the introduction of four New Passenger trains, construction of new lines, running of 1162 special trains for festive occasions, augmentation of important mail/express trains by attaching extra 5536 coaches, extension of services of mail/express trains and huge passenger amenitiy works during the current financial year (2017-18) upto Dec’17.  During the current financial year upto December, S E Railway has generated a Surplus of Rs 4332.59 crores which is 12.27% more over the last year. Shri Agrawal added that South Eastern Railway has been contributing immensely to the country’s socio-economic and industrial development.

This apart, General Manager said that in growing advancement of railways, 358 coaches have been fitted with Bi-toilets & in total 400 coaches are to be provided with Bio-toilets during this fiscal. Abundant CCTVs have been installed at important (A1, A) & B category stations. Lifts and escalators have also been installed in major stations in consideration of aged & sick passengers along with all. General Manager appreciated the role of Recognised Associations for cordial and harmonious relations amongst railway employees and the role played by RPF personnel for security of travelling passengers & railway property. An excellent show was put up by the RPF personnel during the occasion which included Tattoo show, Commando display etc. Dance drama and patriotic songs were also organized by the School Children & Cultural Associations.

Later, Smt. Surbhi Agrawal, President, South Eastern Railway Women’s Welfare Organization (SERWWO) along with other members distributed gifts to the indoor patients of South Eastern Railway Central Hospital, Garden Reach.  An additional Lift for the patients was also inaugurated at S E Railway Central Hospital today. National Flag was also hoisted at the premises of St. John Ambulance Brigade, SER Bharat Scouts & Guides, Railway Schools etc.

Photo Caption:

  1. Shri S.N.Agrawal General Manager, South Eastern Railway inspecting the Parade presented by the smart contingents of Railway Protection Force during observance of 69th Republic Day at S.E.Railway Hqrs. Garden Reach.
  2. Shri S.N.Agrawal General Manager, South Eastern Railway addressing a gathering of Railway employees and their family members on the occasion of 69th Republic Day Celebrations at S.E.Railway Hqrs. Garden Reach.

GM/WR emphasize on Brighter and Progressive Future with Improved Services on the eve of Republic Day

The dawn of 69th Republic Day of our nation was marked on Western Railway with flag hoisting by Shri A K Gupta, General Manager, Western Railway. He also inspected the ceremonial parade at WR HQs Lawn at Churchgate and took salute of the March-past.

Shri Gupta said that Indian Railways is all set to attain new heights with the development of High Speed Corridors. Western Railway is proud that Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi & Hon’ble Prime Minister of Japan Shri Shinzo Abe laid foundation stone for India’s first High Speed Rail Project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in September, 2017 at Ahmedabad.

On this occasion, he also emphasised on moving towards a brighter and progressive future with emphasis on better and further improved services and convenience to the customers.    Fulfilling the aspirations of travelling public for a faster and convenient train between New Delhi, the Capital of India & Mumbai, the Commercial Capital, a dual locomotive hauled new Rajdhani Express has been introduced as a special train.

Shri Gupta said that, in keeping up with the tradition of being pioneer in many fields, Western Railway has achieved another milestone by introducing the first Air Conditioned EMU service on Mumbai Suburban Section recently. In yet another first, 25 state-of-the-art Optical Character Recognition kiosks have been installed at five major suburban stations for easy printing of tickets, booked on UTS mobile app.Under ‘Project Swarn’, Mumbai -Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express has been given a brand new look with all refurbished coaches that are modern, aesthetic & equipped with more facilities. ‘Anubhuti’, an additional Executive class coach with aircraft like features has also been added to this train.

Shri Gupta said that with dedicated efforts, WR has been able to achieve a loading of about 58 million tonnes in this financial year up to December, 2017 which is 8.4 % more than the corresponding period of last year. The originating freight earning in this period has been approx. Rs.7576 crores which is 4.5% more than last year. Our total originating earning is approximately Rs.12054 crores which is 3.47 percent more than last year. We have been able to keep the Ordinary Working Expenses well under control so far this year. There has been a remarkable increase in loading of Cement, Food Grains, Iron & Steel besides Container traffic in the current year.

In keeping with ‘Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat Mission’, 1804 coaches have been fitted with Bio-toilets on our trains. Environment & Housekeeping Management (E&HM) ensures cleanliness, sanitation and general housekeeping. With addition of 54 more trains during the current year, 100 trains are now covered under ‘On Board House Keeping Services’ and 12 more are going to be covered shortly. All these trains are under Coach Mitra Scheme for immediate redressal of passengers’ complaints.

Shri Gupta also said that 12 new trains including 1 Mahamana, 1 Humsafar and 2 Antyodaya Express trains have been introduced  in this year, which include one Passenger and 11 Mail/Express trains. Destination of 9 trains has been extended. In order to cater to the increased number of passengers during peak season, we have run 2140 Holiday Specials and provided approximately 5 lakh additional berths by adding 6830 additional coaches in various trains on temporary/day-to-day basis in this financial year. All passenger trains with 24 coaches have been provided with 4500 HHP WDP4D locos to maintain sectional speed and improve punctuality. He added that in the new suburban Time Table, we introduced 32 new services from 1st October, 2017, taking the number of services per day from 1323 to 1355 including 54 15-car services after twelve services were converted from 12-car to 15-car services, thereby increasing their carrying capacity by 25%.

It has been our constant endeavor to provide more amenities to our rail users. We have commissioned 17 Lifts and 6 Escalators at various stations this year for the convenience of passengers, especially Divyangs and Senior Citizens. 43 more Escalators will be provided.            In order to fill up the gap between the requirement and the infra deficiencies, Western Railway has speeded up its infrastructure related works. Detailed action plan for improving amenities at stations is being implemented in phases. In view of safety & convenience of commuters, 5 FOBs have been commissioned at suburban stations in Mumbai in this financial year, while the work of 3 more FOBs has been completed and they will be opened soon for the commuters. The work for construction/ modification of 13 FOBs is under progress. Construction of 10 new FOBs and widening of 14 existing FOBs over suburban section of Western Railway has also been sanctioned on priority.

Shri Gupta said that with a view to provide quality food to our passengers, more than 4000 inspections were carried out by the teams of officers and supervisors at various mobile and static catering units during this year and Rs.82 lakh was imposed as fine on defaulting contractors.

He said that the country is moving towards realizing its vision for a cashless India. Western Railway on its part is contributing to achieve this goal. 888 Point-of-Sale (POS) machines have been installed at various PRS/UTS locations thus enabling 100 percent cashless transactions over 335 stations on Western Railway. The facility of booking railway tickets at ticket counters through Unified Payment Interface including BHIM application has been started as a payment option for PRS/UTS tickets on pilot basis.

Shri Gupta also emphasized on Safety. He said that duing the year, we eliminated 106 unmanned and 34 manned Level Crossings. 10 Level Crossings were interlocked, while sliding booms have been provided at 50 locations. State-of-the-art Electronic Interlocking has been provided at 13 stations. 11 Road Over Bridges and 55 Road Under Bridges have been constructed.

Shri Gupta was proud that WR has bagged 2 National Energy Conservation Awards instituted by the Ministry of Power in “Office & BPO Building” category for the Divisional Office Buildings of Rajkot & Bhavnagar. Out of 749 railway stations on Western Railway, 277 have already been provided with LED lights so far and the remaining stations will be provided by the end of this financial year. Solar Plants of 1077 kWp have been provided at various locations which will result in an estimated saving of Rs. 98 lakhs annually. We have been able to save Rs. 220 crore in our traction bills in first 8 months of this financial year by availing power through open access. In addition to this, a saving of Rs 48.21 crore has been achieved up to December, 2017 through regenerative braking in 3 phase EMU rakes.

In keeping with the tradition of achieving excellence in maintenance, Lower Parel, Mahalaxmi and Pratapnagar Workshops have got the ISO 3834 certification for ‘Quality Requirement for Welding’, as well as all workshops over Western Railway have already been ISO 50001 certified for ‘Energy Management System’ and 5-S certified for an organized safe, clean & efficient work place.

Shri Gupta was also proud of our Railway Protection Force who work round the clock for the protection of railway property as well as security of passengers. In this financial year, 404 theft cases of passengers’ belongings were detected. RPF reunited 796 runaway children with their families’. Leftover belongings of passengers worth more than Rs.1.36 crore have been returned to them in 1066 cases. For effective, reliable and real time communication, ‘Eyewatch Railways’ mobile app was introduced for the safety of women commuters of Mumbai suburban between Churchgate-Virar. In another breakthrough, in order to keep an eye on hawkers in station premises, subways and foot over bridges, a ‘Hawkers Prevention Mobile App’ has been introduced in Mumbai suburban section. Picture of hawkers along with location and time is sent to Central Control for taking suitable action by RPF.

Western Railway has inducted 232 personnel of Maharashtra State Security Corporation and 97 ladies home-guards for strengthening the security and well being of passengers in its suburban section. With this, the overall strength of Western Railways’ security network has been increased by 32% and number of ladies security personnel over Western Railways’ suburban system has almost doubled.

Western Railway has once again established its supremacy in the arena of sports by winning prestigious Kaul Gold Cup for the 25th year in a row. Shri  K. Chinglesana and Shri Amit Rohidas were members of the Indian Team which won the 10th Men Asia Cup Hockey Championship held in Bangladesh. Ms Deep Grace Ekka, Ms Lilima Minz, Ms Namita Toppo and Ms Navneet Kaur were members of the  9th Women’s Hockey Asia Cup winning Indian team.

In the end Shri Gupta urged the railwaymen to gear up to make good the shortfalls and achieve the targets. He said that we have the tough challenge of completing all planned developmental projects and capacity enhancement works in time besides focusing on Safety and Passenger Amenities for our esteemed passengers. He was sure that all railwaymen would, as usual, rise to the occasion and strive harder with renewed zeal and dedication to attain the desired goals.

South Western Railway celebrates India’s 69th Republic Day

South Western Railway Headquarters celebrated the 69th Republic Day on 26th January, 2017, at the Railway Sports Ground, Club Road, Hubballi.    Shri A.K. Gupta, General Manager was the Chief Guest.  He unfurled the National Flag,   inspected the parade and received General Salute from the Parade.

In his address, Shri Gupta said that South Western Railway accords highest priority to Safety in train operations.

He said that South Western Railway will achieve highest ever track renewal of approximately 200 Km this year, he added.

Towards increasing train services, 10 new trains have been introduced this year and 6 trains extended. New Trains Introduced in 2017-18: 10 Trains:

1) 16575/16576 Mangaluru Jn – Yesvantpur – Triweekly Express
2) 06594/06593 Baiyyappanahalli – Whitefield – Baiyyappanahalli – Daily MEMU
3) 07325/07326 Hubli – Mysuru – Hubli Daily Express (via KSR Bengaluru)
4) 17323/17324 Hubli – Varanasi – Hubli Weekly Express
5) 22833/22834 Krishnarajapuram-Bhubaneswar-Krishnarajapuram Weekly       Humsafar Express

140 Suvidha Trains and 2088 Special Trains were run.  Also, 1753 Extra coaches attached to trains uptill December.  SWR carried 150 million passengers during the first 9 months of the year which is 2.2% more than last year.  The originating freight earnings during the first 9 months are Rs.2440 Crores.

Two land mark initiatives viz., signing of Long Term Tariff Contract and procurement of rake under Liberalized Wagon Investment Scheme have been taken place in South Western Railway this year with respect to one of main customers viz., M/s.JSW.

He stated that in SWR, doubling and electrification works have been sanctioned on all mainlines and are under execution in fast pace.  30 Km of new line between Bagalkot-Khajjdoni is ready for opening.  Electrification from Ramanagaram to Mysuru (94Km) has been completed this year.  Doubling of 31 Km has been completed so far.

“Swachch Rail, Swachch Bharat” has been adopted as a mantra on the Railway. Mechanized cleaning of coaches has been introduced in all 7 coaching depots of SWR.  Eco-friendly bio-toilets have been provided in about 900 coaches on the Railway.  As part of green initiatives, 665 Kwp roof top solar panels have been commissioned all over SWR including Rail Soudha this year.  Water harvesting plants have been commissioned at Rail Soudha, Mysuru and at many other stations.  Water recycling plant has been commissioned at Mysuru.  He proudly presented that both the workshops received IMS, ISO Certification and Gold Rating by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) under GreenCo – Green Company Rating System this year.

Continuing our efforts at improving passenger amenities, 3 escalators & 8 lifts have been commissioned during the year so far.  High speed Wi-fi has been provided at 8 stations.  Under Unique operation Nanhe Farishte, RPF have rescued more than 1000 children this year, living up to motto on South Western Railway “We care, we serve”, he added.

He complimented all the officers, supervisors and staff for their commitment and hard work and exalted them to continue to work in same spirit and renewed vigour.

For the first time in the history of this Zone, tableaus were displayed on the occasion by Engineering, Safety, Mechanical & Personnel Departments and South Western Railway Women’s Welfare Organization (SWRWWO) School and Railway English Medium School.  The tableau of Engineering department was the main attraction, depicting Push trolley Inspection of Railway track and Ultrasonic flaw detection test of results & key man at work.

After the address of Chief Guest, a colourful cultural programme was performed by railway employees. Bharat Guides displayed Band Music. Later, Group Dance was performed by the Children of Railway School, South Western Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation School and Bharath Scouts & Guides. Patriotic songs were sung by railway employees.

GM, South Western Railways has launched  “SWR-Railkarmi” App which has link for all 7(Seven) units – Hubli division, Bangalore division, Mysore division, Hubli workshop, Mysore workshop and construction unit . Staff can access their SRs, APARs and salary details.

On the occasion, Shri A.K. Gupta, General Manager distributed cash awards to the staff, scouts & Guides and performers of the cultural programme.  Railway Officers and staff in large number participated in the Celebrations along with their family members.

Shri B.B. Singh, Additional General Manager; Shri Ishwar Rao, Chief Security Commissioner; Shri S.K.Albela, Chief Personnel Officer; Shri P.A. Lamghare, Chief Mechanical Engineer; Shri G.J.Prasad, Chief Operations Manager; Shri K. Siva Prasad, Chief Commercial Manager; Shri U.S.S.Yadav Principal Chief Engineer; Smt. E.Vijaya, Chief Public Relations Officer & Deputy General Manager and other officers and staff attended the function.

Full Text of General Manager/SWR’s 69th Republic Day Message-2018 at Hubballi

Dear Officers and staff of South Western Railway, their family members, President & Members of Executive Committee of South Western Railway Women’s Welfare Organization, representatives of recognized Union and Associations, Members of the security force and representatives of Press & Media.

On the occasion of celebration of 69th Republic Day of our nation, I convey my warmest greetings to you all along with millions of our valued customers.

The country in general and Indian Railway in particular is going through various stages of transformation.  There have been major changes on the IT front including Aadhar based identification of citizens, new GST bill and other initiatives.  In Indian Railway also a new result oriented approach is the order of the day with the empowerment of officers and supervisors at various levels as part of transformation drive.  It is a challenge and opportunity to rise to the occasion by improving the delivery under the able leadership of our new Chairman Railway Board and the new Rail Minister.

There is also a new approach to safety.  Maintenance of assets, vital infrastructure like track and rolling stock has to be kept in good fettle.  Proper inputs have to be given to improve the health of the assets and laid down standard followed.  With this aim in mind, unlimited funds are being made available for safety related works.

South Western Railway accords highest priority to Safety in train operations.  Safety consciousness of our frontline staff is most important in safe running of trains.  Safety drives & Safety Campaigns are being conducted by Headquarters & Divisional Safety teams regularly on identified focused areas to emphasize importance of adherence to safety norms.  I appeal to staff of South Western Railway to continue to be vigilant and safety minded on duty.

In this direction, highest priority is being given to track renewals & these works are being taken up in a planned manner, even by regulating trains. We are confident of achieving highest ever track renewal of approximately 200 Km this year.  We have to put in best efforts for optimizing output of track machines and progress of track works simultaneously along with punctual running of trains.

Towards increasing train services, 5 new trains have been introduced this year and trains extended. 140 Suvidha Trains and 2088 Special Trains were run.  Also, 1753 Extra coaches attached to trains uptill December.  SWR carried 150 million passengers during the first 9 months of the year which is 2.2% more than last year.  The originating freight earnings during the first 9 months are Rs.2440 Crores.

The freight loading during first 9 months of this financial year is 32 Million Tonnes.  We have to work with renewed vigour to increase the loading on the Railway as done in the past every year.

Two land mark initiatives viz., signing of Long Term Tariff Contract and procurement of rake under Liberallized Wagon Investment Scheme have been taken place this year with respect to one of our main customers viz., M/s.JSW.  I am sure these initiatives will go a long way in boosting our freight traffic further.

Indian Railways is undertaking infrastructure development with massive investment for all round economic growth. In SWR too, doubling and electrification works have been sanctioned on all mainlines and are under fast track execution.  30 Km of new line between Bagalkot-Khajjdoni is ready for opening.  Electrification from Ramanagaram to Mysuru (94Km) has been completed this year.  Doubling of 31 Km has been completed so far.

“Swachch Rail, Swachch Bharat” has been adopted as a mantra on the Railway. Mechanized cleaning of coaches has been introduced in all 7 coaching depots of SWR.  Eco-friendly bio-toilets have been provided in about 900 coaches on the Railway.  As part of green initiatives, 665 Kwp roof top solar panels have been commissioned all over SWR including Rail Soudha this year.  Water harvesting plants have been commissioned at Rail Soudha, Mysuru and at many other stations.  Water recycling plant has been commissioned at Mysuru.  I am happy to inform our both workshops received IMS, ISO Certification and Gold Rating by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) under GreenCo – Green Company Rating System this year.

Continuing our efforts at improving passenger amenities, 8 escalators & 3 lifts have been commissioned during the year so far.  High speed Wi-fi has been provided at 8 stations.  We are utilizing social media effectively for dissemination of information.  Under Unique operation Nanhe Farishte, our RPF have rescued more than 1000 children this year, living up to our motto “We care, we serve”

On the Sports front, this year SWR organized Inter-Railway Cross Country 10 Km Championship at Goa in Dec 2017.  Sri Pardesh, an employee of Bengaluru Division won the bronze medal.

The Scouts & Guides and Civil Defence staff of SWR actively involved in various awareness campaigns on unmanned level crossings and Swachh Bharat.  Cubs & Bulbuls Utsav was organized in Dec.2017 at Mysuru.

One of the biggest strength of SWR is its diligent and dedicated workforce.  Digitization of service records in Hubballi Division & “Rail Karmi” App developed by Bengaluru division are steps in this direction.  I am happy to say that from December onwards Hubballi Division is able to credit retirement benefits for employees within one month of superannuation.

Project Saksham has been launched to improve skills & competency of staff for performing their work.  SWR was the first on IR to launch training under this project.  Staff employed by contractors at construction work sites & OBHS are also being trained in order to improve their performance and better safety orientation as well as service to passengers.

All these achievements have been possible only with positive support of recognized trade unions and other associations of South Western Railway. I thank them for their co-operation and maintaining harmonious industrial relations.

We appreciate the continuous contribution of South Western Railway Women’s Welfare Organization (SWRWWO) in the service of Railway men and their families and thank them whole heartedly for the same.

I take this opportunity to compliment all the officers, supervisors and staff for their commitment and hard work and exalt them to continue to work in same spirit and renewed vigour.

On this auspicious day, let us resolve to face the challenges and conquer new mile stones in the path of development of the nation.