South Central Railway Awarded with Rajbhasha Trophy
South Central Railway, the zone situated in "C" region of Indian Railways has been awarded with Rail Mantri Rajbhasha Trophy for meritorious work in Official Language Hindi. In a meeting held at Railway Board, Shri Arunendra Kumar, Chairman, Railway Board, New Delhi has awarded the trophy to Shri Mahesh Chandra, Mukkya Rajbhasha Adhikari & Controller of Stores and Shri Laxman Shivhare, Senior Rajbhasha Adhikari, South Central Railway received the trophy.
Shri A. K. Mital, member staff, Shri Kulbhushan, member electrical, Shri D. P. Pandey, member traffic, Shri Alok Jauhari, member mechanical, Shri Rajendra Kashyap, Financial Commissioner/Rlys, Mrs. Ragini Yechuri, Advisor/IR and Shri K. P. Styanandan, Director/Rajbhasha and many other sinior Railway officials were present on this occasion.
RAIL BUDGET: TEMPTING BUT FAR AWAY FROM TRUTH
NO HOPE OF RECOVERY & IMPROVEMENT IN THE PERENNIAL DETERIORATION OF RAILWAYS
As expected Mallikarjun Kharge’s Interim Budget (Vote of Account) was a popular one still he could not read it in the parliament due to the hue and cry of ruling party’s MPs and Ministers. When Railway Minister was reading the budget speech the minister of state Jayaprakash Reddy was opposing along with other ministers. It is surprising that all the three ministers posed with pleasure before the media prior to the presentation of the budget. This looks quite contradictory in the present day democracy. Though he has not touched passenger and freight tariffs yet he could gain lot of applause by announcing 72 new trains. This include 17 premium trains, 38 express trains, 10 passenger trains, 4 MEMUs and 3 DEMUs. Three trains are extended and another three trains’ frequency increased; it also includes new 19 surveys and doubling of 5 lines. Albeit railway officers state that matters pertaining to tariffs, announcement of new trains and surveys are not part of rail budget as they can be done intermittently, whereas these popular measures are included in budget for political gains.
Inclusion of popular issues and initiatives in budget is routinely done for political motives. Enhanced assets should go coupled with additional manpower and announcement of new trains without additional lines invite undue pressures and lobbying from rail users organizations and railways succumb to unwanted pressure from all quarters has become a routine affair in all budgets. Recognized trade unions have raised their voice against such unfeasible initiatives and their voice go un-heard always. These politically motivated drives cause a lot of burden to the already declining running and on-board staff. They are boiling with displeasure and railways administration is least bothered of their unhappiness.
Kharge has openly admitted that there is a steady decline in the freight traffic. He shed tears on the increasing cost of electrical and diesel energy showed steady increase with increased dearness allowance cost of employees. Whereas he did not mention the inefficient officers of railway board anywhere or held them responsible for the decline. He did not decline to state the achievements attained were possible because of the austerity drive enacted as per requirement but did not made it clear as to what type of austerity measures were taken by railway board with categorical evidence.
Though Shri Kharge did not made any foreign trip during the past eight months but many of his officers made it at least four times in a month. Is this the austerity maintained by railway board officers?
The foundation stone for the Rail Neer plant at Amethi
It may be mentioned that IRCTC, as a part of Indian Railways’ vision to provide clean, hygienic and superior quality packaged drinking water to the Railway passengers, presently runs three bottling plants manufacturing the same under the brand name “Rail Neer”. These three plants produce around 4.1 lakh bottles (1 litre) per day.
The Amethi plant will be run in collaboration with M/s Ion Exchange (India) Ltd. under PPP mode. IRCTC is to set up a total of twelve plants under PPP mode and the Amethi plant is the first one in this series likely to be commissioned by the second half of current calendar year 2014.
The plant will have a production capacity of 72,000 bottles (1 litre) of water daily and will cater to some of the major stations in Uttar Pradesh viz. Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Mughalsarai, Gorakhpur apart from other small stations in the Indian Railways network.
IRCTC currently produces a total of 4.1 lakh bottles (1 litre) of Rail Neer per day in its three plants at Nangloi (Delhi), Danapur (Bihar) and Palur (near Chennai). The fourth plant, with a production capacity of 2 lakh bottles daily, is likely to be commissioned by March this year in Ambernath near Mumbai catering to the western part of the country.
Renovated State-of-the-Art GM/SCR’s Conference Hall
Shri P. K. Srivastava, General Manager, South Central Railway inaugurated the newly renovated General Manager’s Conference Hall at Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad on 17th Feb. 2014. The Conference Hall is equipped with modern communication facilities for in-house meeting as well as for video conferencing with all the Divisional Head Quarters of the Zone.
The newly renovated Conference Hall exhibits the best of aesthetics with gypsum boards ceiling, wooden wall-panelling with veeners etc. The floor has been carpeted with pastel shades matching with the curtaining of the Hall. The size of the conference Hall has also been increased and the conference tables and other furniture have been upgraded to provide comfort and convenience.
MOSR/A LAID THE FOUNDATION STONE FOR RUB AT KHAGRAGHAT
Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Minister of State for Railways laid the foundation stone for Road Underbridge (RUB) at Khagraghat Road Station on 16th February 2014. The construction of this Road Underbridge at Khagraghat Road Station has been sanctioned at an estimated cost of Rs. 4.86 crore in the current financial year and the work consists of construction of Twin Boxes with provision of footpath for the pedestrians.
Speaking on the occasion Shri Chowdhury said that road and Rail traffic at Khagraghat Road station are considerably high and the passage under railway track was felt to be essentially required among the people of this area. The project when completed will thus be of immense help to the pedestrians.
Mallikarjun Kharge Lays Foundation Stone for Construction of Fiat Bogie Manufacturing Factory at Badiyal, Yadgir District
Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister for Railways and Social Justice & Empowerment laid the foundation stone for the construction of Fiat Bogies manufacturing factory at Badiyal in Yadgir District at an official function held at Yadgir on 16th February, 2014.
Addressing a large gathering, Shri Mallikarjun Kharge said that Indian Railways is switching over to production of LHB design stainless steel coaches with FIAT bogies owing to their better riding quality, higher safety and low maintenance features. The LHB coaches are far superior with respect to passenger comfort, safety, speed, corrosion, maintenance and aesthetics. The new factory to be set up at Badiyal near Yadgir will have state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities to manufacture 600 Fiat Bogie frames per annum which would cater to requirement of 300 new coach sets per annum. He expressed the hope that the construction of this unit would give a major impetus to the socio – economic development of Yadgir region by providing employment and growth opportunities to the local people.
MOSR/A INAUGURATED & DEDICATED 12 PROJECTS
Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Minister of State for Railways in a programme held at Berhampore Court station today inaugurated and dedicated the following projects and services:-
· Laid foundation stone for doubling of Manigram-Nimtita Railway line and Road Overbridge at Shamshi.
· Introduced additional AC coaches with Hazarduari Express.
· Stoppage of 13187/13188 Sealdah – Rampurhat Express and 12373/12374 Sealdah - Rampurhat Intercity Express at Prantik.
· Stoppage of 15661/15662 Ranchi-Kamakhya Express, 12345/12346 Howrah – Guwahati Saraighat Express and 15619/15620 Gaya – Kamakhya Express at New Farakka.
· Stoppage of 13011/13012 Howrah – Malda Town Intercity Express at Tildanga.
· Stoppage of 13023/13024 Howrah – Gaya Express (via Sahibganj) at Tinpahar.
· Introduced 18637/18638 Hatia-Yesvantapur Express.
· Dedicated Shantipur-Phulia doubling project and Santragachhi-Tikiapara 4th line in Howrah – Kharaghpur section.
· Inaugurated PRS Centre at Bhagaiya (in Godda district).
· Re-opened Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) which was devastated during an earthquake a few years ago.
Shri Radhey Shyam, General Manager, Eastern Railway thanked Shri Chowdhury for his prompt initiative for the development of train services in Indian Railways in general and Eastern India in particular. He pointed out that introduction of additional chair car coach in Kolkata-Lalgola Hazarduari Express, a highly popular train, will immensely help the passengers to get confirmed reservation.
HUGE RESPONSE FOR CIVIL CONTRACT OF EASTERN DFC
A total 16 international companies in joint venture with leading Indian companies qualified in pre qualification bid process for Civil structure &Track work Contract for Bhaupur- Mughalsarai section package 201 & 202 (400 route km.) of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor project. There has been huge response and the contractors/firms from all over the world are competing in the bid process. Those qualified to submit their bids are from Spain, Turkey, Korea, Taiwan, China, Mexico, Brazil, Russia and UK apart from India. Some of the firms are, ISOLUX CORSAN CORVIAM-SADBHAV-ECI (JV), GAMMON-YUKSEL (JV),POSCO-PNC(JV),China Railway Bureau Group Corporation, ESSAR-KEC-SACYR Consortium, AG-AFCONS (JV),PEL-BSCPL-CGS (JV), etc.
It may be recalled that the World Bank has agreed in principle to part finance the Eastern Corridor project from Mughalsarai to Ludhiana, which has been divided into 3 phases. The total in principle loan commitment is US$ 2.725 billion, out of which the loan for the first phase to the tune of US$ 975 million was sanctioned in May, 2011 and the loan agreement was signed in October, 2011. The loan for the second phase is expected to be of the order of USD 1100 million and is expected to be signed in June 2014.
GM/NR INAUGURATES SOLAR POWER PLANT AT GURGAON RLY. STN.
Shri V. K. Gupta, General Manager, Northern Railway recently inaugurated a Solar Power Plant, the first of its kind at Gurgaon Railway station at a simple ceremony held at the station. Shri Rajeev Mehrotra, CMD, RITES and senior officials of Northern Railway and RITES were present on the occasion.
This Solar Power Plant Project is funded and installed by RITES, a Govt. of India/Railway PSU as a CSR & environment sustainability Project. The 25 Kilo Watt Power Solar plant has been installed with the assistance of BHEL Electronics Division, Bangalore. Factors such as land availability have contributed to the success in implementation of this project and thereby enabled opening up of new avenues for the Railway to utilize alternate energy resources.
Safety to be made a lifestyle – Anand Prakash, DRM/PGT
Shri.Anand Prakash, DRM/PGT has presided over the safety Seminar organized by Electrical Department (Traction distribution), Palakkad recently on Electric safety, First aid, Fire precautions and prevention to be adopted.
He emphasized the need to make safety as the life style by every railway officers and staff ADRM /PGT Shri Mohan A. Menon has imparted awareness to the staff about the accidents caused due to ignorance. Sr.DEE/TRD Shri.S.Jayakrishnan while speaking on the Seminar told about the consequences of carelessness, over confidence and adopting short cut methods in electrical activities.
RAILWAY REVENUE EARNINGS UP BY 13.07 PER CENT
The total approximate earnings of Indian Railways on originating basis during 1st April 2013 to 31st January, 2014 were Rs. 114426.90 crore compared to Rs. 101201.63 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 13.07 per cent.
The total goods earnings have gone up from Rs. 70042.61 crore during 1st April 2012 – 31st January 2013 to Rs. 77701.02 crore during 1st April 2013 – 31st January 2014, registering an increase of 10.93 per cent.
The total passenger revenue earnings during 1st April 2013 – 31st January 2014 were Rs.30723.45 crore compared to Rs. 25898.76 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 18.63 per cent.
The approximate revenue earnings from other coaching amounted to Rs. 3179.51 crore during April 2013 - January 2014 compared to Rs. 2617.18 crore during the same period last year, an increase of 21.49 per cent.
ADHIR RANJAN CHOWDHURY FLAGS OFF A NEW TRAIN
Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Minister of State for Railways, announced stoppage of Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express (via Patna) at Barddhaman station, introduction of Kolkata-Agra Cantt. Weekly Express & opening of newly constructed Dumka-Barapalasi Broad Gauge Line by extending services of Jasidih-Dumka Passenger upto Barapalasi and also flagged off Howrah-Katihar Weekly Express in a programme at Howrah station New Complex.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Chowdhury said that flagging off of Howrah-Katihar Weekly Express and announcement of Kolkata-Agra Cantt Weekly Express, construction of a Broad Gauge line and additional stoppage for Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express (via Patna) at Barddhaman station indicate Railways’ endeavor to provide passengers with maximum possible services.
41st ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW OF EASTERN RAILWAY
SEALDAH DIVISION BECAME CHAMPION
Two-day Annual Flower Show of Eastern Railway held recently at DRM, Sealdah’s Sports Ground, Sealdah. Shri Radhey Shyam, General Manager, Eastern Railway visited the flower show and gave away the prizes on the concluding day of the occasion. Sealdah Division became Champion and Asansol Division became the Runners up in the 41st Annual Flower Show and Sealdah Division also received the overall Garden Competition Trophy 2014.
Best Station Garden prizes were bagged by Kolkata station and Siuri station in A & B category station respectively. Addressing on the occasion, Shri Radhey Shyam, General Manager, Eastern Railway said that organizing Flower Show is a noble attempt to promote the awareness amongst railway staff & officers for a better ecological balance and environment in the Railway premises. He also mentioned that Eastern Railway also plants trees in railway premises including offices, station areas and also along the railway track as a measure for promoting pollution free environment.
FIRST LADY OF GERMANY VISIT-BANGALORE RAILWAY STATION
The First Lady of the Federal republic of Germany Ms.Daniela Schadt, recently visited Bangalore City Railway Station. She was received by Shri Anil Kumar Agarwal, Divisional Railway Manager and Smt. Sunanda Arul, Addl. Divisional Railway Manager.
The First Lady of Germany discussed at length regarding the rescue and rehabilitation of run away children. She appreciated the services rendered by Bangalore Oniyavara Seva Coota (BOSCO), Bangalore, who were working for the protection and promotion of child rights and who have been helping children for the last 34 years.
WEB BASED RESIDENTIAL COMPLAINT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
General Manager Northern Railway, Shri V. K. Gupta, recently inaugurated Web Based Residential Management System for the convenience of the residents of Railway Colonies in Delhi Division in a simple ceremony at Northern Railway Headquarters Office, Baroda House, New Delhi. Shri Anoop Sahoo, Additional General Manager, Northern Railway , Shri A. K. Harit, Principal Chief Engineer, Shri Mohd. Jamshed, Chief Operating Manager, Northern Railway and Shri A. K. Sachan, Divisional Railway Manager of Delhi Division along with other senior officers were also present on the occasion.
Shri V.K.Gupta, General Manager, Northern Railway, inauguarting the Web Based Residential Complaint Management System at Northern Railway Headquarters Office, Baroda House, New Delhi. Seen in the picture are Shri Anoop Sahoo, Additional General Manager, Northern Railway, Shri A. K. Harit, Principal Chief Engineer and Shri Mohd. Jamshed, Chief Operating Manager, Northern Railway.
117TH ZRUCC MEETING ON CENTRAL RAILWAY
Shri Sunil Kumar Sood, General Manager, Central Railway addressing the 117th Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee (ZRUCC) Meeting held recently at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai. Shri K.S. Krishnakumar, Additional General Manager, Shri R. D. Tripathi, Chief Operations Manager, Shri R. D. Sharma, Chief Commercial Manager, Shri R. Ananth, Deputy General Manager, are seen. Principal Heads of Departments of Central Railway and Members of ZRUCC were present on the occasion and discussed various suggestions like introduction of new trains, halts, catering facilities, passenger amenities, etc.
1st Passenger Train with Electric Locomotive Runs on the Newly Electrified Secunderabad-Wadi Section
Yet another milestone in rail electrification on South Central Railway was attained on 18th February, 2014 when the first passenger carrying train to be hauled with Electric Locomotive ran today from Secunderabad to Wadi, marking the commissioning of the electrification of 161 kms long Lingampalli to Wadi section on Secunderabad - Mumbai route. The passenger carrying train was the General Manager’s Inspection Special Train carrying Shri P. K. Srivastava, General Manager, SCR, Shri S. K. Mishra, Divisional Railway Manager, Secunderabad Division, SCR and other senior officials of the Zone and Division.
The electrification on the busy Secunderabad-Wadi Section was completed in Two phases. The Secunderabad-Lingampalli stretch to a length of 27 kms was electrified earlier as a part of the MMTS project. The Lingampalli-Wadi Section has been completed in various phases and the Commissioner for Railway Safety gave his clearance after inspection and trial run recently, facilitating the commencement of train services with electric locomotives.
KHARGE RECEIVES A CHEQUE OF Rs. 937 Cr FROM RLDA
In a function held at Rail Bhawan on 11 Feb. 2014, Minister of Railways Shri Mallikarjun Kharge received a cheque for Rs. 937 crores from Shri Y. P. Singh, Vice Chairman, Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA). Minister of State Shri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy, Chairman, Railway Board Shri Arunendra Kumar, Member Engineering, Railway Board and Chairman RLDA Shri Subodh Jain and other Railway Board Members and senior officers of RLDA were among those present on the occasion. Since its inception in 2007, against an expenditure of Rs. 58 crores, Rail Land Development Authority has earned Rs. 1326 crores. Rail Land Development Authority has achieved a remarkable feat of earning and transferring record amount of Rs. 937 crores during 2013-14 and is moving steadily towards emerging as India’s leading Public Land Development Authority.
Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) was constituted as an autonomous body for Railways for undertaking commercial development of vacant railway land not required in the near future for railway operations. The Authority was formed through an Act of Parliament through Railways (Amendment) Act, 2005 which authorized Ministry of Railways to constitute Rail Land Development Authority and also empowered railways to undertake commercial development of its land.
INSTALLATION OF FIRE SAFETY EQUIPMENT IN TRAINS
As per latest technical specification for Automatic Fire and Smoke Detection system, there is provision of braking in trains which is activated at a certain alarm level in case of fire inside the coach.
A pilot project for field trail with Automatic Fire and Smoke Detection system has been taken up in one rake of New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express. Besides, one more LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) rake in New Delhi-Jammu Tawi Rajdhani train has also been provided with such system. Based on the feedback from initial trail, technical specification has been revised for extended field trial on representative population of coaches. In the revised specification, Air brake system has been interfaced with Fire and Smoke Detection system for application of brakes in trains in emergency situations.
While two rakes have been provided with Automatic Fire and Smoke detection system, there is no provision of automatic braking of trains in these systems. Provision of braking of trains in case of fire has been made only in the latest specification. Presently sanction of provision on 30 rakes (750 coaches) are available for provision of this system as per latest specification. This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.
SOME PERTINENT POINTS REGARDING CORRUPTION OF DR. RUDENDU BHATTACHARYA
Dr. Ruidrendu Bhattacharya's postings
1996 : Transferred from Eastern Rly's Bardhaman Health Unit to Metro Rly. as DMO.
01.06.2003 to 09.10.2005 - stayed in Metro Rly as MS.
2005 : Transferred from Metro Rly. to CLW on vigilance ground but he did not carry out the order and submitted certificate from a private doctor from October to Nov'05 and managed to change the order through then CMD/ER with the help of PA to CMD and others posted at Kanchrapara in December 2005.
While posted at Kanchrapara he was summoned to attend enquiry by Central Vigilance at Baroda House, Delhi on 21st and 22nd September 2011 along with the then CMS/KPA Dr. Anil Kumar and OS/Med/KPA Sri Anutosh Mondal.
June 2008 - Again transferred from Kanchrapara to Metro Rly. as MS with the help of then CMD/ER, PA to CMD Sri Chowdhury and others.
December 2010 - Managed to downgrade the post of CMS/MRly. to MS/Metro Rly. with help of then member staff and Shri Tapas Mukherjee, secretary, Metro Rly. workers congress (very close to then MS and the then Rly minister Ms Mamata Banerjee and god father of Dr Rudrendu Bhattacharya).
2011(01.01.11)- posted as MS(i/c) at Metro Rly.
1. When was Dr. Rudrendu Bhattacharya firstly posted in Metro Railway Kolkata on being transferred from E.Rly?
2. Was he transferred from Metro Rly. to Chittaranjan Locomotive Works and when?
3. Is it correct that he was transferred on Vigilance ground for his alleged involvement in some discrepancy in procuring medical equipments & other affairs during upgradation from Health Unit to Metro Rly. Hospital?
4. Is it correct he did not join at Chittaranjan and submitted Private Medical certificate and in the meantime got his transfer cancelled and managed it to Kanchrapara?
5. Is it correct that he got entangled in some vigilance case again, while posted at Kanchrapara and summoned to attend enquiry by Central Vigilance at Baroda House, Delhi on 21st and 22nd September 2011 along with the then CMS/KPA Dr. Anil Kumar and OS/Med/KPA Shri Anutosh Mondal?
6. Is it correct he again managed his transfer from Kanchrapara back to Metro Rly. by special influence?
7. Is it correct that he was engaging in sabotage in the new construction of Tapan Sinha Memorial Hospital by not cooperating with the then Chief Medical Superintendent Dr. P S Guha by not following his orders time to time in Planning and Designing phase like visiting different private Super Specialty Hospitals in Mumbai or Chennai as advised by the then DG/RHS Dr. Ramteke by misusing ORS Pass in his personal works?
RAIL BUDGET : TEMPTING BUT FAR AWAY FROM TRUTH
As expected Mallikarjun Kharge’s Interim Budget (Vote of Account) was a popular one still he could not read it in the parliament due to the hue and cry of ruling party’s MPs and Ministers. Though he has not touched passenger and freight tariffs yet he could gain lot of applause by announcing 72 new trains. This include 17 premium trains, 38 express trains, 10 passenger trains, 4 MEMUs and 3 DEMUs. Three trains are extended and another three trains’ frequency increased; it also includes new 19 surveys and doubling of 5 lines. Albeit railway officers state that matters pertaining to tariffs, announcement of new trains and surveys are not part of rail budget as they can be done intermittently, whereas these popular measures are included in budget for political gains.
Railway Minister has said in his budget speech that the freight loading target for 2012-13 was 1007 million tonnes as compared to the actual freight loading of 1008 million tonnes. The contribution to national exchequer from railways stood at Rs. 5389 crores. He has also declared that he had a mere Rs. 385 crore fund balance in the beginning of the year whereas despite repayment of loan of Rs. 3000 crores, at the end of the financial year there is a surplus of Rs. 2381 crores. He also said that the operating ratio was 94.9% in year 2011-2012, which has been improved in the current year to 90.2%.
He stated that the freight loading target for 2103-2014 is 1052 millions tonnes, though the budgeted target was only 1047 million tonnes. He also said that the average lead of freight traffic is falling, and is likely to be 622 km against budgeted 644.5 km. He said that he is confident of surpassing the freight earnings target which has been increased to Rs 94,000 crore from Rs. 93,554 crore in Budget Estimates. Though he declared the passenger earnings revised target has been kept at Rs 37,500 crore the original budgeted figures has not been given.
SCR Brings Real Time Train Information to Smartphones
In yet an another step towards leveraging information technology for providing real time information on train services, South Central Railway has brought out HYLITES, (Hyderabad Live Train Enquiry System), an android based smartphone app. Shri P.K.Srivastava, General Manager, South Central Railway launched this app recently at Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad in the presence of Media personnel.
Speaking at the launch function, Shri Srivastava said that HYLITES is a GPS/GPRS based smartphone application on android platform for disseminating real time train information via smartphones to the rail users in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. By means of direct transfer of data related to train running , SCR has come one step closer to the rail users. He said that HYLITES is the first of its kind on Indian Railways, brought out by South Central Railway, to take care of most of the enquiry needs of passengers in twin cities.
Further, the General Manager stated that by downloading HYLITES app into their smart phones, the passengers can have access to the real time running status of MMTS trains on the move over 26 MMTS stations in twin cities. He informed that at present SCR operates 121 MMTS services, ferrying 1.5 lakh of commuters on an average per day. Using this app, the MMTS users will be able to get the present location of all MMTS trains on run at that moment and the expected arrival timings at any boarding station of their choice, to the selected destination stations. In addition, this module also contains useful information such as MMTS time table, MMTS route Map, nearest MMTS stations and MMTS fares etc., he added.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE RAILWAY BUDGET – 2014-15
Achievements / Initiatives
• Major landmark achievement in National Project of Kashmir.
• State of Meghalaya and capital of Arunachal Pradesh to be on Railway Map by this fiscal.
• Gauge Conversion of strategically important 510 km Rangiya – Murkongselek line in Assam to be completed by this fiscal.
• XIth Five Year Plan Targets exceeded in New Lines (2,207 km) , Doubling (2,758 km) and Electrification (4,556 km), Production of Diesel (1,288) & Electrical (1,218)Locos and Acquisition of Wagons (64,875)
• Dedicated Freight Corridors on the Eastern and Western Routes – leading to strategically critical capacity augmentation.
• Railways met from its own means the total additional impact of Rs one lakh crore due to implementation of 6th pay commission.
• In 2013-14, 1532 km of New Lines, Doubling and Gauge Conversion commissioned.
• Production commenced at the new factories – Rail Wheel Plant, Chhapra; Rail Coach Factory, Rae Bareli; and Diesel Component Factory, Dankuni.
• Specially designed coaches for adverse weather condition for rail travel in Kashmir.
• Successful development of Corrosion resistant, lighter wagons with higher pay-load and speed potential upt 100kmph.
• Railways sportspersons dominate national events by winning titles in 23 disciplines and runners up in 9 disciplines. In various international championships a total of 2 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals won.
• Unigauge Policy started in 1992 has converted 19,214 km to Broad Gauge, benefitting several States including Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Tamil Nadu.
Probe into alleged irregularities in allotment of Emergency Quota seats in Indian Railways
The Central Vigilance Commission,
The Govt. of India,
New Delhi. Dated : 02.01.2014.
Sub: Probe into alleged irregularities in allotment of Emergency Quota seats in Indian Railways.
In view of the report published in Kolkata edition of Times of India on 02.01.2014 that the issue of allotment of berths under Emergency Quota shall now be looked into by the CBI (CBI sniffs Ticket scam in Railways), I shall like to put forth the facts that following a raid conducted in the office of the Sr. Divisional Commercial Manager’s office/Raipur/S.E.C.Railway on Dtd. 17.11.2011 on some alleged irregularities in disbursement of EQ on realization of Rs 800/- per berth to Maharana Tours & Travels/Bhilai, Shri G. M. S. Naidu, the then Sr. DCM/Raipur was transferred to Bilaspur, but quite strangely Shri Naidu has been brought back to Raipur in the capacity of Sr. DOM/Raipur, one shall appreciate, a far more lucrative position as far as minting money from allotment of rakes is concerned, sometime in April ’2013. Though it was revealed in the initial inquiry that the allotment under Emergency Quota used to be supervised personally by Shri G. M. S. Naidu, no action has apparently been taken against the delinquent officials involved in the irregularities.
Rather in connivance with Shri P. S. Mishra, the then DRM/Raipur, Shri G. M. S. Naidu managed to have Shri V. G. Shamkule, the then DCM/Raipur, the scapegoat, transferred to Bilaspur and finally out of the zone to Howrah as the Station Manager (Gaz.)/S. E. Railway though it was documentarily proved beyond doubt that he had no involvement in the alleged irregularities. It has been established through official records that the ECRC held responsible for looking after the job of allotment under EQ as per written office order issued by the Sr.DCM/Raipur was never allowed to do the work and people close to Shri G. M. S. Naidu were engaged by him only for this purpose.
AWARENESS REGARDING FILING OF CLAIMS AT RCT
When a passenger is involved in a rail accident/incident, he is entitled to get compensation from the railways but the claims cases have to be filed in the Railway Claims Tribunal (RCT) within one year of the incident/accident. In case of Mumbai Bench, the office of the Railway Claims Tribunal is at 180, P.D'Mello Road, 19/T Wig-Wam, Mumbai 400 001.
An application for compensation payable, under Section 124 and 124A of the Railway Act 1989 may be filed before the Bench having territorial jurisdiction over the place from which the passenger obtains or purchases his pass or ticket or where the accident or untoward incident occurs or where the place of destination station lies or where the claimant normally resides.
Member Electrical Kulbhushan Examines the Trials of TCAS in SCR
Shri Kul Bhushan, Member Electrical, Railway Board, visited South Central Railway on 29th January, 2014. He along with Shri Shri P. K. Shrivastava, General Manager, SCR and Shri S. K. Mishra, Divisional Railway Manager, Secunderabad Division examined and monitored the trials of Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) being carried out on Tandur-Wadi section on SCR as per the directions of Railway Board. Two train engines, fitted with TCAS apparatus, were sent on the same track, but they stopped automatically by the TCAS at a safe distance from each other which avoided a collision.
In addition to stopping collision of trains, this system will also prevent the train from over shooting signal on red. Shri Kul Bhushan expressed satisfaction on the on going trials of TCAS.
MALLIKARJUN KHARGE RECEIVES CHEQUES OF DIVIDEND FROM SEVEN PSUs
The Railway Minister, Shri Mallikarjun Kharge received cheques of dividend amounting to Rs. 505.31 crore for the year 2012-13 from the seven Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) under the Ministry of Railways, at Rail Bhawan today. In 2011-12, the total dividend paid by these seven PSUs to the tune of Rs. 405.78 crore. Thus, despite slow down in global economy, Railways’ PSUs performed well and paid approximately 25 per cent more dividend in 2012-13 compared to previous year.
The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Mallikarjun Kharge receiving the cheques of Rs. 148.06 crore for the year 2012-13 from the CMD, IRCON International Ltd., Shri Mohan Tiwari, in New Delhi on January 28, 2014. Also seen Railway Board Members, Shri Subodh Jain, Member Engineering, Shri Kulbhushan, Member Electrical, Shri Alok Jauhari, Member Mechanical, Shri Anil Kumar Mital, Member Staff, Shri Rajendra Kashyap, Finance Commissioner/Rlys and other officers of the IRCON International Ltd.
The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Mallikarjun Kharge receiving the cheques of Rs. 143.48 crore for the year 2012-13 from the CMD, CONCOR, Shri Anil K. Gupta, in New Delhi on January 28, 2014. Also seen Railway Board Members, Shri Subodh Jain, Member Engineering, Shri Kulbhushan, Member Electrical, Shri Alok Jauhari, Member Mechanical, Shri Anil Kumar Mital, Member Staff, Shri Rajendra Kashyap, Finance Commissioner/Rlys and other officers of the CONCOR.
Deliberate violation of transfer rule by misleading the administrative authority while promoting and posting of Dr. Rudrendu Bhattacharjee
Shri Pradeep Kumar, CVC
Central Vigilance Commission
GPO Complex, Block ‘A’
INA, New Delhi – 110023. Dated : 27.01.2014.
Subject : Deliberate violation of transfer rule by misleading the administrative authority while promoting and posting of Dr. Rudrendu Bhattacharjee MS(IC)/Metro Railway, Kolkata in Kolkata.
Ref.: (1) Rly Boards letter No. 2011/V-1/ALSL/1/1 New Delhi dated 20th September 2011, of Director Vigilance (M)/Railway Board relating to transfer of Officers of Medical Department in sensitive post.
(2) List of Promotion of Functional CMS (SAG) in Indian Railway vide order no. E(O)III-2014/TR/17, Dated 15.01.2014.
(3) Please refer my complaint dtd. 10.04.2013 and your email Reply/Comp. No. 12688/2013/Vigilance 1, dtd. 07.05.2013.
It is a matter of serious concern that Dr. Rudrendu Bhattarcharjee who was working as MS(IC)/Metro Railway, Kolkata recently has been promoted to functional CMS (SAG) vide above promotion list. There are gross irregularities made due to provide under advantage to the above officer. I would like to draw your kind attention to the following facts of “deliberate violation of transfer rule” due to vested interest of Dr. Rudrendu Bhattacharjee.
Administrative authorities both at Metro Railway, Kolkata and Railway Board, New Delhi have shown unprecedented favourism by openly violating the transfer rule promoting corruption. Some of their misdeeds which clearly justify the allegation against them are as follows:
1. In the said order of new promotions to functional SAG Officers as CMS, there are 21 names of which 4 doctors are from Eastern Railway and Metro Railway. Although Dr. Rudrendu Bhattacharjee is not special cadre of doctor I.C. only a plain MBBS, he manipulated the authority to retain him in same place at Metro Railway as only doctor. In fact, 2 doctors of Eastern Railway facing zonal transfer like to Western Railway and South Eastern Railway but Dr. Bhattacharjee not even faced divisional transfer.
WESTERN RAILWAY CELEBRATES 65TH REPUBLIC DAY
The dawn of 65th Republic Day of our nation was marked on Western Railway with flag hoisting by Shri Hemant Kumar, General Manager, Western Railway. On this occasion he extended his greetings to all railwaymen and their families. This year Western Railway is celebrating 150th year of arrival of trains on Western lines in Mumbai. The first train rolled out of Mumbai on western lines on 28th November 1864. He said that this year, Western Railway has earned the credit of running the first Premium Air-conditioned Special train between Mumbai Central and New Delhi with dynamic pricing. These trains have received stupendous response by providing extra accommodation to the passengers and generating additional revenue for the railways.
Shri Hemant Kumar said that with dedicated efforts of all railwaymen, Western Railway has continued its commendable performance in freight traffic and have registered a record loading of 54.4 million tonnes up to December, 2013. The originating freight earning in the same period has been approx. Rs. 7143 crore, an increase of 9 percent over last year. Total originating earning is approximately Rs.10,500 crore up to December, 2013 which is 10.3 percent higher than the last year.
He said that WR has registered a punctuality of 96.2 percent which is the highest among all Zonal Railways during the current financial year. In the current budget, 22 long distance new trains have been announced for Western Railway. 20 trains have been introduced and destinations of 24 trains have been extended. 5224 Holiday Special trains were run during current financial year which is 136 percent more than the last year. 4952 additional coaches were attached to various trains on temporary/day-to-day basis. 40 coaches have been augmented permanently in various trains.
Central Railway Republic Day Celebrations
Shri Sunil Kumar Sood, General Manager, Central Railway unfurled the national flag on the occasion of Republic Day at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai on 26.1.2014. While addressing the gathering, Shri Sood said that the mission area of CR is reducing the fire incidents in running train and loss of lives due to travel on roof top, boarding the train while in motion. He appealed to the passengers not to carry inflammable material in train which may cause fire, not to board the train while in motion, not to travel on roof top of trains. He said that the work will be taken up to raise the height of platforms as per technical feasibility and availability of funds. For the benefit of physically challenged and senior citizens, 9 escalators have been installed and commissioned at Thane (2), Dombivali (2), Kalyan (2), Pune (1), Nagpur (1) and Dadar (being provided from 26.1.2014). Escalators at Vikhroli and Gulbarga stations will be commissioned soon.
Shri Sood said that Central Railway’s performance in the first three quarters of the current financial year has been better than previous year. The total apportioned earnings at Rs.7881 crores is an improvement of 12.6% as compared to Rs.7001 crores achieved in corresponding period of last year. Total Passenger earnings at Rs.3057 crores is an improvement of 16.6% as compared to Rs.2622 crores achieved in corresponding period last year.
He also said that it is a matter of pride that Central Railway has already introduced 11 new trains out of 12 announced in the railway budget 2013 and remaining one train will be introduced soon. To clear the extra rush of passengers, 997 holiday special trains were run in 2013-14 till December 2013. 6046 coaches were augmented temporarily to clear extra rush of passenger. Punctuality of Mail/Express trains has improved to 95% as compared to 91.9% last year.
Continuing its contribution to nation’s infrastructure, Central Railway completed many important projects in this financial year. A historic milestone was achieved on 12.1.2014 with the conversion from 1500 V DC to 25000 V AC traction system over Lokmanya Tilak Terminus to Thane via 5th and 6th line and Thane to Kalyan. Challenging and complex work of Yard remodelling and commissioning of new route relay interlocking at Thane has been carried out to provide operational advantages. Extension of platform nos. 5 and 6 for accomodating 24 coaches at Thane has also been done. CR has provided cover over platforms on the extended portions at 6 more stations on Trans Harbour line.
|1 2 3 4 5 6