Indian Railways News

SER Freight Traffic surpasses the Loading of Last Fiscal (2016-17) by 2.05%

South Eastern Railway has remarkably finished the financial year 2017-18 by loading at about 150.76 million tonnes of revenue earning freight registering a growth of 2.05% over the performance of the financial year 2016-17, the loading of which was 147.73 million tonnes.

The increase of additional freight loading has been 3.03 million tonnes in comparison with the last year.

The major commodities of this tremendous freight loading are the loading of iron-ore, which is 85.51 million tonnes, coal loading which is 27.45 million tonnes, the loading of pig-iron and finished steel which is 15.93 million tonnes, loading of cement which is 10.24 million tonnes, the loading of merchandised goods which is 4.62 million tonnes, the loading of Raw materials to steel plants which is 3.18 million tonnes, the loading of petroleum goods which is 1.52 million tonnes and so on.

This robust freight loading has been possible due to incremental loading of Coal which is 9.28 % more than the previous year

दक्षिण पूर्व मध्य रेलवे के 260 स्टेशन 100% LED लाईट से जगमगाया | सालाना 1.18 करोड़ की बचत तथा पर्यावरण की दृष्टी से भी लाभदायक

दक्षिण पूर्वी मध्य रेलवे के द्वारा यात्री सुविधा एवं पर्यावरण के सकारात्मक प्रभाव की दृष्टी से अपने तीनों मंडलों बिलासपुर, कारगर बनाते हुए सभी स्टेशनों एवं कार्यालयों, कारखानों, वर्कशापों में जहा चौबीसों घंटे काम चलता है एवं वहा हमेशा काफी प्रकाश की आवश्यकता होती है तथा कालोनियों जैसे सभी स्थानों पर प्रकाश व्यवस्था के लिए 100 प्रतिशत LED लाईट फिटिंग करने का लक्ष्य रखा है | LED लाईट से रौशनी तो अधिक होती ही है साथ ही गर्मी अपेक्षाकृत कम उत्सर्जित करती है एवं कमसे कम विद्युत् की खपत होती है |

इस प्रकार दक्षिण पूर्व मध्य रेलवे ने अपने तीनो मंडलों के अंतर्गत आनेवाली सभी महत्वपूर्ण 260 स्टेशनों में 100% एलईडी से प्रकाश व्यवस्था प्रदान की है । इससे कम से कम विद्युत् से अधिक से अधिक प्रकाश की व्यवस्था करना संभव हो सका है |  दक्षिण पूर्वी मध्य रेलवे ने तीन मंडलों बिलासपुर, रायपुर और नागपुर के प्रमुख सभी 260 स्टेशनों पर मौजूदा पारंपरिक फिटिंग की जगह एलईडी फिटिंग के स्थान पर 100% एलईडी प्रकाश प्रदान करने के लिए चुनौतीपूर्ण टास्क को हासिल किया है ।

इस चुनौती पूर्वक पहल के पूर्ण करने के परिणामस्वरूप दक्षिण पूर्व मध्य रेलवे द्वारा प्रति वर्ष बिजली की खपत भी काफी कम हुई है | इससे दक्षिण पूर्व मध्य रेलवे द्वारा प्रतिवर्ष लगभग 13.85 लाख यूनिट विद्युत् इकाइयों की बचत होगी, जिसे अन्य यात्री सिविधा के कार्यों में उपयोग किया जा रहा है | इस प्रकार दक्षिण पूर्व मध्य रेलवे द्वारा प्रतिवर्ष लगभग 13.85 लाख यूनिट विद्युत् इकाइयों की बचत से 1.18 करोड़ रूपये सालाना का राजस्वा की बचत हो रही है |

दक्षिण पूर्व मध्य रेलवे रखे गए लक्ष्य के अनुसार ज़ोन के बचे हुए सभी सेवा भवनों, प्रशासनिक भवनों,  कार्यशालाओं,  शेड,  आवासीय क्वार्टरों और अन्य कार्यालयों पर एलईडी प्रकाश प्रदान करना जल्द ही किया जा रहा है, ताकि अधिक से अधिक LED के उपयोग से ऊर्जा, राजस्व की बचत होने के साथ ही साथ पर्यावरण संरक्षण से संवंधित सकारात्मक प्रभाव पद सके |

Wi-Fi Facility Extended to 45 Railway Stations with Rural Background over SCR

Railway Board has directed Zonal Railways to provide Wi-Fi facility to Railway Stations having rural background apart from provision of Wi-Fi facility to important A-1, A and B category stations over the Zone.

In this direction, Board has given target to South Central Railway to provide Wi-Fi facility at 45 Railway Stations having rural background in the current fiscal (2017-18). Accordingly, SCR has accomplished the target by providing Wi-Fi facility at 45 Rural Railway Stations. These include 7 ‘D’ Category stations, 35 ‘E’ Category stations and 3 ‘F’ category stations over the Zone.

Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, SCR congratulated Shri Vinay Mohan Srivastava, Principal Chief Signal & Telecommunications Engineer, Divisional Railway Managers of Concerned Divisions and all the Officials & staff of Signal & Telecommunications department for achieving the target in close coordination with Rail Tel Corporation Ltd. in the stipulated time frame.

Indian Railways team had won 3rd Federation Cup Kabaddi for Women Championship

Indian Railways team had won 3rd Federation Cup Kabaddi for Women Championship which was held at Jogeshwari, Mumbai recently. Western Railway had major participation in Indian railway contingent with five Players and national coach and observer. Shri A. K. Gupta, General manager, Western Railway and Shri R. K. Lal, President Western Railway Sports Association conveyed their congratulations and best wishes to the players and coach of Western Railway.

Kumari Sonali Shingte, Kumari Raskha Narkar ,Kumari Minal Jadhav, Kumari Rimpi Rani and Kumari Neha Ghadge of Western Railway  were represented Indian Railway team. Smt.Manisha Patil was the Observer (RSPB) of the event and Smt.Lalita Bhosale was the coach of Indian Railway team. In a brief ceremony, felicitation was given to the team by General manager.WR team also won Gold Medal in All India Inter Railway Championship 2017-18 held at Solapur in Maharashtra.

Balli Multi Modal Logistic Park to boost Trade & Industry with economic transport solution & state of the art facilities

A Multi Modal Logistics Park at Balli Station near Madgaon in Goa state on Konkan Railway route was inaugurated by CMD Konkan Railway Shri Sanjay Gupta and   P K Agarwal, Director, Container Corporation on 28.03.2018. The park has been set up with an investment of Rs 43 Cr. as per the MoU entered between Konkan Railway & Container Corporation of India Ltd. (CONCOR).

The distance between JNPT port of Mumbai and Goa is around 650 Km. Presently containers from Goa reach JNPT via road in 30-40 hrs. After completion of Container Depot at Balli the containers could reach JNPT within 16 to 18 hrs which will not only save the time but also cost of transportation, relieving congestion on road and last but not least the fuel which in turn would affect reduction in pollution.

Both Trade & Industry in Goa will greatly benefit from the economic transport solutions & state of the art facilities that CONCOR will be providing in partnership with Konkan Railway at this facility. In the first year of operations itself, the facility is likely to generate additional source of revenue for Konkan Railway.

The facility is initially spread over 81,300 square meters with a scope for expansion as the traffic may grow in future. This Logistics Park will be able to handle both Domestic and Exim Container Traffic. In addition to container traffic, commodities transported by both open and covered wagons can also be handled from here. 5000 square meters of Custom Bonded Warehousing space is also being created and a host of value added services like stuffing, repackaging etc will be available to its users.

India’s Fastest Train “Gatimaan Express” extended upto Bundelkhand Region – to boost Tourism in the Region

India’s fastest train Gatimaan Express has been extended up to Bundelkhand Region w.e.f 1st April, 2018. It has been notified that the Train no 12049/50 Nizammuddin-Agra Cantt Gatimaan Exp. has been extended upto Gwalior/Jhansi for facilitating passengers. The extension of this prestigious premium train will facilitate movement of tourists to various tourist attractions in and around Gwalior and Jhansi of Bundelkhand region. It will boost the tourism in the region.

The train will run as per following details:-

Details of Extension upto Gwalior

Train No 12050Nizammuddin-Gwalior

GatimaanExp

Stations Train No 12049Gwalior- NizammuddinGatimaan Exp.
Departure-08.10 Nizammuddin Arrival -19.30
09.50-09.55 Agra Cantt 17.45-1750
Arrival -11.25 Gwalior Departure-16.15

Details of Extension upto Jhansi

Train No 12050Nizammuddin-Jhansi

GatimaanExp

Stations Train No 12049Jhansi- NizammuddinGatimaan Exp.
Departure-08.10 Nizammuddin Arrival -19.30
09.50-09.55 Agra Cantt 17.45-1750
11.16-11.18 Gwalior 16.05-16.07
Arrival -12.35 Jhansi Departure-15.05

Note: The train will run six days a week as per above time tables except Friday.

Wagon POH Workshop near Vizag by RVNL to be ready by March next

A state-of-the-art Wagon POH (Periodic Over Haul) workshop, which will provide employment to 300 workers besides facilitating repair of 200 wagons a month, is expected to start functioning at Vadlapudi in Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) limits, in about a year’s time.

The project, coming up on a 178-acre land, will have lathe wheel machines, cranes, repair sheds, paint booths and a 16-km loop line within the premises.

The Wagon POH workshop, announced for Visakhapatnam, by the then Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu at a cost of ₹213.97 crore, in 2015-16 Railway Budget, will ensure adequate availability of wagons for the Visakhapatnam Port, Gangavaram Port and other industries, many of which are in an expansion mode. It will also reduce the wagon turnaround time and help railways to generate additional revenue.

The Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) was entrusted with the execution of the Wagon POH project in 2016. URC Construction Private Limited of Erode in Tamil Nadu has bagged the contract for the project.

“The levelling of the ground has been completed. Some of the structures to be used in construction would be pre-fabricated and some would be made of galvanised material. Orders have already been placed for supply of machinery and equipment,” Chief Project Manager-1 of RVNL, Visakhapatnam, Akshay Saxena told.

“We have already spent ₹15 crore, and during the current year ₹25 crore would be utilised. The maximum expenditure would be on ‘heavy booking’ for procurement of heavy machinery like gantry girders and cranes, which would be installed during the 2018-19 fiscal,” Mr. Saxena said.

“The volume of earthwork is huge and it has been almost completed. The work on foundation is in progress, and once that is completed, columns would be constructed. The workshop, to be equipped with the latest machinery, would be among the top such workshops in the country. We are confident of completing the project ahead of schedule by March 2019,” Mr. Saxena said. “The land at Vadlapudi was purchased by Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) in 1983 and handed over to the railway for setting up of railway facilities, which could be of use to VSP, as the site is adjacent to the railway lines going to the steel plant,” Deputy General Manager G.N. Murthy said.

“Three ‘stabling lines’ are being provided to facilitate the parking of wagons, which are brought for repairs, when there is no space inside the repair sheds,” he added.

Mahanadi Coalfields achieves highest-ever Coal Production at 143 MT

MCL has been able to produce more than 143 million tonne (coal) despite several operational constraints. It is a result of cooperation we have got from all stakeholders, A K Jha, Chairman and Managing Director of MCL.

Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) today said it has recorded highest-ever coal production in 2017-18 which is 2.8 per cent higher than 139.21 million tonne dry fuel mined during the previous fiscal.

“MCL has been able to produce more than 143 million tonne (coal) despite several operational constraints. It is a result of cooperation we have got from all stakeholders, A K Jha, Chairman and Managing Director of MCL.

MCL, which will celebrate its 27th foundation day on April 3, is the second largest coal producing subsidiary of Coal India Ltd and contributes 25 per cent of its total production.

The company, which operates 15 open cast and 5 underground coal mines in Angul, Jharsuguda and Sundergarh districts of Odisha, has supplied 138.27 million tonne dry fuel to consumers, 112 million tonne of which was dispatched through eco-friendly mode like railways, Merry Go Around (MGR) belt, Jha said.

The company has registered 12 per cent growth in over burden removal at 138.17 MCuM, which will add to its future growth in coal production, Jha said.

The CMD told reporters in Sambalpur that MCL had made Rs 1,300 crore capital expenditure during the last fiscal, which would be a foundation for its future growth plans.

Stating that the 53-km Jharsuguda-Barpalli-Sardega railway line and Sardega Siding would be commissioned shortly, Jha said, The new rail link will have a capacity to evacuate 30-35 million tonne coal annually .

On the company’s diversification plans and thermal power venture in Sundergarh district, he said 2×800 MW Super Critical Thermal Power Plant of Mahanadi Power Basin Limited (MBPL) was progressing well and modalities of setting up the plant were being finalised.

MCL is also setting up 10 MT annual capacity coal washers, two each in Ib Coalfields and Talcher Coalfields, Mr Jha said, asserting that the company is committed to reduce the impact of air pollution in its operational zones

India Pvt. Ltd indicate that the Railways are gaining “preference” (over Roads) for Long Distances

Channel checks by Jefferies India Pvt. Ltd indicate that the railways are gaining preference over roads for long distances, a positive for CONCOR given its dominant market share in the container rail movement.

“Our industry and company interactions suggest that railways are gaining gradual preference over roads for long distances,” Jefferies said in a note.

The question that begs clarity, however, is how much of this volume recovery will translate into earnings. Being a transporter, CONCOR will gain most when it keeps costs in check and resources are put to optimum use. Here, there is a challenge. One is empty running, due to the imbalance in the exim trade (more imports than exports), as pointed out earlier in this column. This leads to cost under-recovery. The second factor is the lead distance.

The latest container freight traffic data led to noticeable gains in the shares of Container Corp. of India Ltd, aka CONCOR. Compared to a 0.1% rise in the BSE 500 index, the stock gained 5% over the past week as data from major ports and the Indian Railways showed continuing recovery in export-import (exim) container volumes.

The recovery augurs well for container train operators such as CONCOR.

According to Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd, lead distance for the rail segment has been declining due to the increasing proportion of volumes from Mundra/Pipavav ports, which have lower lead distance to the northern part of the country. “This, in turn, has been adversely affecting realizations, and thus, margins. Lead distance for exim rail transportation declined by 30km MoM (month-on-month) in February, which may impact margins in 4QFY18,” Motilal Oswal Securities said in a note.

That said, the above mentioned challenges are nothing new for CONCOR. The company is trying to mitigate the empty running costs through double stacking and circuit networks, where the train will travel further down the destination to pick up return cargo.

This, coinciding with the better volumes, helped CONCOR in the December quarter. Further, with volumes remaining strong, some analysts believe the leverage benefits to outweigh the challenges, driving earnings. “In 3Q, just between higher double stacking to 492 trains from 216 trains YoY and 11% YoY volume growth, CONCOR’s exim Ebit margins improved 120 bps YoY to 18.3% from 17.1%,” analysts at Jefferies add. “Double stacking benefits should also play out in 4QFY18E (the fourth quarter of 2017-18) for the company.”

The stock is reflecting this optimism, trading at about 24 times FY19 earnings estimates. For it to maintain the positive momentum, the company should continue extract the best of volume growth, the results of which will soon be known in its quarterly earnings.

Indian Railways records less than 100 Accidents in a year for the First Time in 35 Years

The Indian Railways has set a new safety record. For the first time in 35 years, the national transporter recorded less than 100 accidents in a year.

In the last financial year that ended 31 March, the railways recorded 73 accidents – 29 per cent fewer than the 104 in 2016-17.

While the number of derailments came down to 39 from 68 in 2016-17, accidents at unmanned level crossings have come down from 15 to just eight. The casualty figures, too, have come down significantly from 2016-17, when at least 150 people had died after the Indore-Patna Express derailed near Kanpur.

At least 1,503 unmanned level crossings and 484 manned level crossings were eliminated by the construction of over-bridges and under-bridges in 2016-17. The introduction of Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches to replace conventional ones has also reduced the chances of a derailment.

In the 2017-18 Budget, the government had set up the Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh, a special safety fund with a corpus of Rs 1 lakh crore for financing safety-related works. Besides, the railways has speeded up the use of modern technology such as ultrasonic systems to detect defect on tracks.

In a related development, the Indian Railways has also set a new record by transporting over 1,160 million tonnes of freight in 2017-18.