IR had been treated as a personal ‘Jagir’ of the incumbent Ministers
It was treated as a source of unimaginable riches..
It has also the sad distinction of having been a ‘Malaidar’ Ministry.
Ashok Kumar Jain*
It has finally happened. Someone out there cares for the health and survival of the Indian Railways the lifeline of the nation. Since 1947, the Indian Railways had got raw deal from the policy makers. It had been treated as a personal ‘jagir’ of the incumbent Minister. It was treated as a source of unimaginable riches. It has also the sad distinction of having been a ‘malaidar’ ministry. The fundamental principle that any system, particularly a railway, needs continuous inputs to survive was consciously ignored. The very thought was lost in the greed of those in power. The Railways were used as a political milch cow. It was only during the first NDA regime that some oxygen was provided by way of special funds for rehabilitation but the political and financial exploitation continued unabated. A maverick was needed to change all this and give a direction and have a vision to make the railways function to simply contribute to the economy and meet the current demands for transportation.
This criminal neglect over more than six decades has resulted in this vital economic mover being on a ventilator today with continuing disastrous consequences for the national economy. The transportation costs of vital goods, basic to economic health, is being done at twice the cost because of inability of the national carrier to meets the growing demands of economy.
The successive governments had refused to recognize this result of their neglect and loot. A maverick was needed to change all this and give a direction and have a vision to make the railways function to simply contribute to the economy and meet the current demands for transportation. It has happened with Modi and Prabhu.
For the first time in history of Independent India the political perspective of the Railways has changed. And this budget has done it and done it in a scientific manner that gives confidence in the beneficial outcomes. For the first time structures are being promised have that will take care to infuse strength to the system and make it capable of sustained growth commiserate with the transportation demands of the industry, farmers and the public at large. Thus the railways can hope to be the engine of fascinating growth possibilities. The task is mammoth but can be accomplished.
Flagging off new EMU Train Palwal-New Delhi-Aligarh Daily Service
Over Delhi Division, Delhi area is a Central hub for Passengers, Goods and Parcel traffic. New Delhi-Palwal section of Delhi Division is a very important section which connects Southern & Western parts of the country. 105 trains consisting of Rajdhani, Duronto, Garib Rath, Shatabdi and long distance trains are passing in each direction daily in New Delhi - Palwal section. In addition to the above, 23 passenger trains are also providing services to the residents of Delh/New Delhi-Palwal section.
Minister of State thanked Prime Minister and Minister of Railways for a very heartening Railway Budget and for the new EMU train service between Palwal and Aligarh. He also announced that benches would be provided from his MPLAD fund at important railway stations of Faridabad Lok Sabha constituency like Faridabad, Palwal and Hodal railway stations. He further said that a generator will be provided at the Palwal Railway station. MP Ramesh Bidhuri praised the Railway Budget and said that this new EMU service will be a boon to the daily commuters of Palwal and the enroute stations till Aligarh.
Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi, Arun Arora said that during the year 2015-2016, am electric substation and LED lighting will be provided at Palwal station. He also said that a new booking office and a new island platform, 1A/1B are to be completed this year. Repair work on Platform No. 1/2 and 4/5 will be done in this financial year. Apart from this, fourth line upto Asaoti station is expected to be completed soon.
NR HONOURS EIGHT EMPLOYEES THROUGH SAFETY AWARDS
In keeping with the practice of honoring employees, whose alertness and prompt action have resulted in averting a possible accident, through Safety Awards and as recognition of meritorious services, Northern Railway honoured the services of eight of its employees through Safety Awards at a ceremony held at Northern Railway Headquarters Office, Baroda House, New Delhi on 27th February, 2015.
The Awards were presented by A. K. Puthia, General Manager, Northern Railway. Also present on this occasion were S. K. Pathak, Addl. General Manager, Naveen Shukla, Chief Safety Officer and the Principal Heads of all departments of Northern Railway.
RAILWAY BUDGET 2015-16 HIGHLIGHTS -GM/ER Address to Media
General Manager, Eastern Railway R. K. Gupta addressing to media on railway budget-2015-16 on 26th Feb. 2015 at Eastern Railway's Head Quarters, Fairly Place, Kolkata.
Excerpts of Rail budget 2015-16-Portion Pertaining to Northern Railway
Some major passenger-related highlights:
1. Wi-Fi facility at around 400 stations
2. All India 24 x7 Helpline 138 from 1.3.2015.
3. All India Toll-Free Number 182 for Security Complaints
4. No increase in passenger fares
5. Unreserved Ticketing purchase made simpler
6. 492 sections running at a capacity of more than 100%, 228 running between 80-100%.
7. Seventy Seven (77) new railway projects
8. Foreign Rail Technology Co-operation Scheme to be launched
9. Five Points execution strategy for transforming Indian Railways.
10. Cleanliness highest priority under ‘Swacch Rail Swacch Bharat’
11. Mobile application being developed to address complaints
12. SMS alert service about arrival & departure of trains.
13. 17000 toilets to be replaced by Bio-Toilets
14. Surveillance Cameras in ladies compartments and on select mainlines
15. 67% more funds allotted to Passenger Amenities.
16. Speed of 9 rly corridors to be increased
17. Quality and cleanliness of bed linen
18. Best food chain for e-catering
19. Hand held terminals for TTEs
20. Mobile charging in gen. class
21. Train protection warning sys. and train collision avoidance sys. on select route
22. Digitize mapping of land records
Help-Line: Every responsive organization should have a system to address grievances from its valued customers. An all -India 24X7 helpline number, 138, will become functional to attend to the problems of passengers on a real time basis.
No hike in Railway Passenger Fares -GM/SWR
General Manager, South Western Railway address to media on rail budget on 26th Feb. 2015 at South Western Railway head quarters, Gadag Road, Hubli.
* Plan Outlay proposed Rs. 1,00,011 crore, increased by 52%
* Allocation for passenger amenities up by 67%
* Railways to become prime mover of Indian Economy, Five years action plan proposed
* Rail Budget seeks resource mobilization for higher investment
* Thrust on measurable and sustainable improvement in passenger experience and to make Rail a safer means of travel
* Hot buttons, coin vending machines for railway tickets within 5 minutes, e-catering to select meals from an array of choices
* 200 more stations to come under Adarsh Station scheme; Wi-Fi to be provided at B category stations
* 24X7 helplines for attending passenger problems and security related complaints
* For the safety of women passengers surveillance cameras in suburban coaches
* More General class coaches will be added in identified trains.
* The speed of nine railway corridors will be increased to 160 and 200 kmph
* Train Protection Warning System and Train Collision Avoidance system to be installed on select routes
* 77 new projects covering 9,400 km of doubling/ tripling/ quadrupling works proposed
* A new department for keeping stations and trains clean under Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
SAFETY AND SECURITY OF PASSENGERS WILL BE ENSURED
Kolkata : General Manager, Eastern Railway, Shri R. K. Gupta inspected Azimganj-Nabadwipdham section of Eastern Railway’s Howrah Division and visited Azimganj, Salar, Katwa, Dainhat, Nabadwipdham, Chowrigacha, Khagra Ghat Road & Lalbag Court Road stations.
During inspection Shri Gupta laid emphasis on cleanliness drive at different stations and advised the Divisional Officers to take necessary actions to further improve cleanliness in all stations. He specially inspected the Waiting Halls, Sitting arrangements, Lighting arrangements, provision of Drinking water, Food stalls and other passenger amenities at stations. Shri Gupta also inspected the railway tracks, Bridges, L/C gates on the Azimganj-Nabadwipdham section. Concerned Divisional officials have been advised to take steps to maintain operational safety and passenger security.
Shri Gupta made it clear to all concerned that no compromise will be tolerated with passenger safety. He advised utmost sincerity by the running staff, Traffic Inspectors and Operational Officers for smooth and safe movement of train operations. Shri Gupta inaugurated a Running Room for the Loco Pilots at Azimganj Station which will enable them to have proper rest before and after conclusion of journey.
EASTERN RAILWAY STATIONS WILL BE BEAUTIFIED WITH GARDENS
Kolkata : Two-day Annual Flower Show and Garden Compitition of Eastern Railway held on 6 & 7 February 2015 at Rail Museum at Howrah. Shri R. K. Gupta, General Manager, Eastern Railway visited the flower show and gave away the prizes on the concluding day of the occasion on 7th February 2015. Howrah Division became the Champion and Sealdah Division became the Runners up in the Annual Flower Show and Asansol Division bagged the overall Garden Competition Trophy 2015. Best Station Garden prizes were bagged by Malda Town station and Bolpur station in A & B category station respectively.
Addressing on the occasion, Shri R. K. Gupta, 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. He advised Divisions to make an attempt to create a small garden in front of every station.
It may be noted that Eastern Railway has been organizing this flower show since 1973 for creating awareness on importance of aforestation & gardening amongst railway employees. Altogether, there were 597 entries in 28 different categories from Eastern Railway’s Howrah, Sealdah, Asansol, Malda Divisions & Headquarters and Jamalpur, Kanchrapara & Liluah workshops.
ER’S DRIVE AGAINST FREE-TRIPPERS, RS. 25.79 CRORE REALISED
Kolkata : Eastern Railway realised a huge amount through ticket checking drive conducted in different divisions during the current financial year. An amount of Rs. 25.79 Crore was realized of which Rs. 19.80 Crore as fine from free-trippers and Rs. 5.99 Crore from un-booked luggage during the period from April to December, 2014 an increase of 11.34% over the previous year.
Sealdah Division of Eastern Railway itself earned Rs.6,54,85,997/- as fine from a total of 2,47,436 numbers of passengers travelling without ticket and Rs.3,26,98,167 from detection of 3,39,924 numbers of un-booked luggage during the period April, 2014 to January, 2015. Altogether, 13 numbers of magisterial checks and 71 numbers of special ticket checking through ‘Chetana’ were conducted on different sections of Sealdah division during the period.
To check the loss of railway revenew through ticketless travelling, Eastern Railway has intensified ticket cheching drive at various stations over its jurisdiction. Passengers are requested to travel with proper ticket and book their luggage. A massive awareness campaign has been organized with an appeal to passengers to purchase tickets & travel with dignity through media.
RAILWAYS’ REVENUE EARNINGS UP BY 12.67 PER CENT
The total approximate earnings of Indian Railways on originating basis during 1st April 2014 to 31st January 2015 were Rs. 128928.28 crore compared to Rs. 114428.52 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 12.67 per cent.
The total approximate earnings from goods during 1st April 2014 – 31st January 2015 were Rs. 87291.87 crore compared to Rs. 77694.07 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 12.35 per cent.
The total approximate revenue earnings from passengers during 1st April 2014 – 31st January 2015 were Rs. 35309.81 crore compared to Rs. 30723.44 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 14.93 percent.
The approximate revenue earnings from other coaching amounted to Rs.3353.26 crore during April 2014 – January 2015 compared to Rs. 3179.49 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 5.47 per cent.
Inaugurated the ‘High Tech Locomotive Component Manufacturing Facility’ by MoSR, Manoj Sinha at Bharat Forge Centre for Advanced Manufacturing, Baramati
Minister of State for Railways (MoSR), Manoj Sinha on 15th February, 2015 inaugurated the ‘High Tech Locomotive Component Manufacturing Facility’ at ‘Bharat Forge Centre for Advanced Manufacturing’ in Baramati in presence of Member of Parliament and Chairman - Standing Committee on Petroleum & Natural Gas Pralhad Joshi and Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Forge Limited Baba N. Kalyani.
The Railways business segment is an integral part of Bharat Forge’s plan to grow with India’s infrastructure development and is the cornerstone of its diversification strategy. The company has been supplying to all major railways networks across the world including in the US, Europe, Russia and recently to the Indian Railways.
Minister of State for Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha inaugurating Bharat Forge’s ‘High Tech Locomotive Component Manufacturing Facility’ at Baramati in presence of Shri Pralhad Joshi, Member of Parliament & Shri Baba N Kalyani, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Forge Limited and Shri S. K. Sood, General Manager, Central Railway.
This state-of-the-art ‘High Tech Locomotive Component Manufacturing Facility’ will exclusively focus on developing critical and sophisticated components and products for the Railway sector globally. This facility will not only give Bharat Forge a new growth avenue but also enable us in contributing to building India’s economic backbone, strengthen national manufacturing capabilities and steer the government’s ‘Make in India’ drive.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha said, ‘Under our government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, we are committed to encourage indigenous manufacturing of railway components and products which have hitherto been imported from outside. I am immensely pleased to see Bharat Forge positively responding to Prime Minister's ‘Make in India’ drive.’
AJAY SHUKLA Takes Charge As New Member Traffic, Railway Board
Senior Traffic Officer Ajay Shukla has taken the charge as the new Member Traffic, Railway Board on 4th February, 2015. It is in addition to his own duties as Additional Member (Commercial) Railway Board. Shri Shukla is a senior officer of 1979 batch of Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS). He has rich and varied experience of working on several important posts in the Indian Railways, like Chief Passenger Traffic Manager and Chief Safety Officer, Northern Railway; Divisional Railway Manger, Dhanbad, East Central Railway; Chief Operations Manager, North Western Railway and South East Central Railway; Additional General Manager, East Central Railway. He also attended training courses in Australia and France.
Shri Shukla did his Graduation in Science and Post Graduation in History from Lucknow University and was University Representative of Delhi Press Group of Magazines during university period. He started writing short articles in Hindi as well as in English since college time and more than 100 articles written by him were published in various magazines and newspapers during college/university period between 1973-78.
Some of the books in English authored by Shri Shukla include (i) Silent Raindrop – Collection of poetry, (ii) Philosophy of Bhagvada Gita, and (iii) Four Lane Expressway to Stress Management and Happiness and some of popular books written by him in Hindi are: ’Taj Mahal ka Tender’ (Play), ‘Doosra Adhyay’ (Play) and ‘Pratibodh’ (1977) (Poem) and ‘Prashnchihan’(Collection of poems).
ER ACHIEVED A REMARKABLE GROWTH IN FREIGHT LOADING
Eastern Railway achieved a growth in freight loading during the period from April, 2014 to January, 2015 this year i.e, first ten months of this fiscal, although ER is best known as a passenger-carrying railway. ER has been carrying 33 lakhs passengers daily by running of 1925 trains everyday.
Freight loading of ER during the period has reached to the tune of 54.987 Million Tonnes, registering a growth of 9.24% over the corresponding period of the last financial year. In January alone this year, freight loading stood at 6.397 Million Tonnes which is 11.08% more than that of the corresponding month of last year.
EASTERN RAILWAY HONOURS EIGHT EMPLOYEES FOR SAFETY IN TRAIN OPERATIONS
Eastern Railway instituted a new concept of monthly “Safety Awards” to honour its employees who did diligent work in improving safety in train operation. Keeping in view, General Manager, Eastern Railway R. K. Gupta honoured eight employees whose alertness and prompt action have resulted in averting possible accident through safety award at Eastern Railway’s Headquarters, Fairlie Place, Kolkata on 3.2.2015. The awards were presented by Shri Gupta, General Manager in presence of B. K. Patel, Additional General Manager and other Principal Heads of all Departments of Eastern Railway.
The eight employees who were felicitated for their outstanding services are Shri R. S. Yadav, Station Manager, Liluah, Howrah, who shown calmness and took prompt action in reporting the accident of Poorva Express at Liluah & other employees viz. Arnab Sinha, Loco Pilot, Howrah Division, Pradip Kumar Das, Loco Pilot, Sanjoy Dutta, Assistant Loco Pilot, Ashok Kumar Sharma, Loco Pilot of Sealdah Division and J. C. Gupta, Technician, Sarbe Soren, Technician of Asansol Division and Munna Prasad Yadav, Trackman of Malda Division were awarded for their exemplary performance in averting accidents, detecting rail fractures and other safety related issues.
Need To Benchmark The Best Engg. Practices of India -Suresh Prabhu
Two Day National Technical Seminar On Railway Track Issues Concludes
Institution of Permanent Way Engineers (India) have organised a two days National Technical Seminar at New Delhi on 29th and 30th January 2015. The Seminar has been organised to deliberate on issues of Maintenance and Rail and Weld Management, Increase of Speed on existing Indian Railway Routes, Metro System Design, Standards and Construction.
Delivering Valedictory address at the conclusion of the two day seminar, Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that there is a need to benchmark the best engineering practices of India and abroad and then adapt them to suit Indian requirements. He said that one of the subjects of the seminar namely Rail Weld Management is very important and we have to work towards minimizing cases of rail fractures and weld fractures as far as possible to ensure safety in railway operation.
He said that the seminar will come up with suggestions and we should find mechanisms to integrate them in day to day functioning. Referring to the excellent engineering marvel undertaken by Indian Railways in the past like Konkan Railways, Jammu and Kashmir railway project etc. the Railway Minister said skill upgradation should be a continuous process and effort should be made to lower the cost of projects. On this occasion Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu released a booklet with the title “Norms for Divisional Permanent Way Training Institutes” published by Northern Railways.
IPWE(India) Organizes two days National Technical Seminar
Deliberation on issues of Increase of Speed on existing Indian Railway Routes, Metro System Design, Standards, Construction & Maintenance and Rail & Weld Management
Institution of P.Way Engineers (India) have organised a two days National Technical Seminar at New Delhi on 29th & 30th January 2015. IPWE organises National Technical Seminar every year to have an effective exchange of knowledge and experience about the latest technological developments concerning Permanent Way (known as Railway Track in common paslavics), Bridges and Structures. This year Seminar has been organised to deliberate on issues of Increase of Speed on existing Indian Railway Routes, Metro System Design, Standards, Construction & Maintenance and Rail & Weld Management.
IPWE has also arranged a Technical Exhibition being participated by Industry involved in the field of Railways Technology. Seminar and Exhibition were inaugurated by Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha in the presence of A. K. Mittal, Chairman Railway Board, & Shri V. K. Gupta, Member Engineering & President IPWE(I). Senior Railway Officers and delegates from all over Indian Railways, Trade & Industries are attending the two days Seminar. Shri Sinha released the conference Souvenir and Technical Literature related to the Topics of the Seminar. He awarded the winner authors of the previous Seminar.
Tatanagar-Yeshvantpur Weekly Exp. Flagged Off By MR Suresh Prabhu
Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated Tatanagar-Baiyyappanhalli (Yeshvantpur) weekly exp. (18111/18112) through remote control from Bengaluru City Station on 29th January along with three other trains. On the inaugural run of Tata-Baiyyappanahali (Yesvantpur) Weekly Express, a flagging off ceremonial function was held at Tatanagar. Bidyut Baran Mahato, Member of the Parliament graced the function as Chief Guest and flagged off the inaugural train while Smt. Menaka Sardar, and Saryu Roy, Members of Legislative Assembly were present as Guests of Honour.
Bidyut Baran Mahato, MP flagging off the inaugural train of Tata-Baiyyappanahali (Yeshvantpur) Weekly Exp. from Tatanagar Station which was inaugurated by Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister for Railways from Bengaluru City station on 29.1.15. MLA Smt. Menaka Sardar and Saryu Roy were present at the ceremonial function at Tatanagar. D. Kamilla, Addl. General Manager, S E Railway was also present.
Addl. General Manager, S.E.Railway D. Kamilla was present at the function with other senior officers of Chakradharpur Division and welcomed the distinguished guests. The regular run of this pair of new trains will commence on and from 01/02/2015 from Yeshvantpur and w.e.f.05/02/2015 from Tatanagar. It will leave Yeshvantpur at 10.00 hrs. on every Sunday and arrive Tatanagar on Tuesdayat 12.35 hrs. From Tatanagar it will start every Thursday at 18.35 hrs. and reach Yeshvantpur at 18.30hrs. on Saturday. At present this pair of trains will run between Tatanagar and Yeshvantpur instead of Baiyyappanahali till further notificaton.
NR Constitutes Enquiry Committee Into The Accident At Between Barwala-Dhansu Station
The Divisional Railway Manager, Ambala, Northern Railway has ordered for an enquiry by a three-member Railway Officers Committee into the accident that took place at unmanned level crossing no. 43 between Barwala-Dhansu stations in Jakhal-Hissar section of Ambala division on 26.01.2015, which involved train no. 54632 and Tata Magic no. HR-39B/9529 which caused the unfortunate death of 12 persons and injury to three persons.
As per preliminary enquiry reports into the accident, the driver was as per regular operational and safety practice, whistling before the level crossing. The subject goods carrier carrying the family members of one family was standing near the level crossing with some defect in the vehicle. Just before the arrival of train, the goods carrier started moving. Even though the train driver applied the emergency brakes, the vehicle was dragged for about 190 metres.
METRO RAILWAY OBSERVED 66TH REPUBLIC DAY
Metro Railway, Kolkata observed the 66th Republic Day on 26th January 2015. Mahendra Singh, Chief Electrical Engineer, Metro Railway, Kolkata unfurled the National Flag and addressed the gatherings at Metro Rail Bhavan on behalf of Radhey Shyam, General Manager, Metro Railway, Kolkata.
Addressing on the occasion, Mahendra Singh highlighted various achievements of Metro Railway, Kolkata in different fields and also measures taken by Metro Railway for the benefit of the commuters. He informed that Metro Railway, Kolkata improved the Operating Ratio. During this financial year’s 1st 9 months, Metro Railway has shown exemplary performance in respect of earnings and punctuality. An amount of Rs.129.55 Crore has been earned during this period compared to Rs.89.19 Crore in the corresponding period of previous year.
During the period of last 9 months Metro Railway has carried 13.84 Crore passengers. Metro Railway’s punctuality has been excellent being 99.85% as compared to 99.60% during the corresponding period of the previous year. He urged upon the workforce of Metro Railway to continue their efforts towards better services to the commuters in coming days also.
SWRWWO HEADQUARTERS CELEBRATES 66th REPUBLIC DAY
South Western Railway Women’s Welfare Organization (SWRWWO), Headquarters, Hubli celebrated the 66th Republic Day at SWRWWO’s English Medium High School, Gadag Road, Hubli on 26th January 2015. Smt. Neelima Saxena, President, SWRWWO has hoisted the National Flag. After flag-hoisting, Smt. Neelima Saxena, donated and inaugurated Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) for High School, on behalf of SWRWWO. A colourful Cultural Programme was performed by the School children on the occasion.
Smt. Neelima Saxena, President, SWR Women’s Welfare Organization (SWRWWO) (3rd from Right ) seen inaugurating Closed Circuit (CCTV) facility at SWRWWO’s English Medium High School, Gadag Road, Hubli on behalf of SWRWWO was held in its premises on 26-01-2015. Also seen in the picture are : Smt. Shameen Bhanu, Principal, SWRWWO’s English Medium School,Hubli(extreme right) and other executive members look on.
Later, Smt. Neelima Saxena ccompanied by all the executive members of SWRWWO visited the Railway Central Hospital, Gadag Road, Hubli and distributed gifts, fruits & biscuits to all the inpatients of the Hospital. On behalf of SWRWWO, Smt. Neelima Saxena donated one Vacuum Cleaner for Outpatient Ward and one Refrigerator to Children Ward at Railway Central Hospital, Hubli for the benefit of patients.
66TH REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATED BY EASTERN RAILWAY
Punctuality has always been the topmost priority of Eastern Railway-R.K.Gupta
General Manager, Eastern Railway R. K. Gupta hoisted the National Flag on the occasion of the 66th Republic Day Celebration in Eastern Railway Sports Complex, James Long Sarani, Behala, Kolkata, on Monday morning, 26th January, 2015. He also took the Salute of Railway Protection Force (RPF) Contingent, Lady Volunteers of Eastern Railway’s Civil Defence and school children.
Addressing a large gathering of Railwaymen & their family members, R. K. Gupta, General Manager, Eastern Railway said that Eastern Railway has succeeded in earning Rs.3863 crores from freight traffic during the period from April to December, 2014 as compared to Rs. 3257 crores earned during the corresponding period of the previous year. He also mentioned that there is a remarkable growth of 13.11% in passenger earning as Rs. 1717 crores was earned from passenger traffic during the period from April to December 2014 by carrying 87 crores of passengers.
Shri Gupta highlighted the massive cleanliness drive undertaken by this Railway in line with the objectives of ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’. The cleanliness drives are being conducted at all offices, stations and Railway premises in Eastern Railway jurisdiction.
SWR Celebrates 66th Republic Day At Railway Sports Ground, Hubli
The Nation’s 66th Republic Day was celebrated in a festive fervour by South Western Railway Headquarters Offices at Railway Sports Ground, Club Road, Hubli, on 26th January 2015. General Manager, South Western Railway Pradeep Kumar Saxena was the Chief Guest and unfurled the National Flag. He took the National salute from the Parade followed by National Anthem. Shri Saxena reviewed the Parade accompanied by Chief Security Commissioner, SWR S. C. Sahu. Later, the March Past presented by the contingents of Men and Women Platoons of Railway Protection Force (RPF), Railway Bharat Scouts & Guides, Civil Defense Personnel, RPF Band, Bharat Scouts & Guides Band, NCC and Boys & Girls of Railway Schools. President/SWRWWO Smt. Neelima Saxena and other members of the Organization, CME Vashishta Johri, CPO K. Harikrishnan, PCE S. S. Narayanan, COM P. Ganeshwara Rao, COS O. P. Khare, CTE Vijay Agarwal, CMD Dr. D. Jayakumar, CSO Vikrant Kalra, CMPE Shyamadhar Ram, Sanjeev Mittal, DRM, Hubli and Sridhara Murthy N. S., Secretary to GM/SWR and other Heads of Departments of SWR, Officers, staff of Headquarters, Hubli Division, Doctors of Railway Central Hospital, teachers, students of Railway Schools and their parents, representatives of Trade unions and Associations of SWR were present on the occasion.
General Manager, South Western Railway Pradeep Kumar Saxena seen delivering his Key Note address at the 66th Republic Day Celebrations of SWR.
While delivering his key note address, GM Shri Saxena extended his heartfelt greetings to all the officers, staff and their families on this momentous occasion. He said Indian Railways is indeed proud to be the partner in the Nation’s progress and has been contributing immensely to the socio-economic development. South Western Railway on its part continues to play a vital role towards sustained growth of this region. Shri Saxena stated that South Western Railway has been marching ahead in various fields. The performance during the first nine months of the financial year (2014-15) has been encouraging for both passenger and freight traffic. The number of passengers carried to the end of December, 2014 in the current financial year is 146 millions, registering an increase of 1%. The originating passenger earnings up to December, 2014 (FY 2014-15) have increased by 19% to 1,352 Crores.
Shri Saxena said in spite of the ban on Iron Ore export by the Government of Karnataka, and restrictions on mining, SWR has carried 27.63 Million tonnes of freight during the first nine months of this financial year (2014-15), an increase of 7%. The freight earnings up to December, 2014 have increased to 2,401 Crores, which is 12% more than the previous year’s earnings. We have also generated an operating surplus of Rs.344 Crores, he stated. Shri Saxena also said that SWR has accorded highest priority to the safety, security, punctuality, improved services to passengers and infrastructure development to meet future needs.
Indian Railways Needs Investment From All Possible Sources For Speedy Development of Infrastructure -Suresh Prabhu
The Centre for Transportation Research and Management (CTRAM), New Delhi, an autonomous body of Transport Professionals, organized the 15thNational Seminar on ‘PPP and FDI in Indian Railways’ on 19th January, 2015 at the Indoor Auditorium of Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunication (IRISET), Tarnaka Road, Secunderabad. E. S. L. Narasimhan, Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh was the Chief Guest. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister for Railways presided over the inaugural session of the Seminar. Devi Prasad Pandey, Member Traffic, Railway Board & President, CTRAM and P. K. Shrivastava, General Manager, South Central Railway were amongst those present.
Addressing the audience comprising of delegates from across a wide spectrum of the Corporate sector, Public sector and senior Railway officials etc., Suresh Prabhu made a strong pitch to formulate the growth plans for Indian Railways on the basis of new ideas and innovative decisions to suit to the current realities. The need of the hour is to understand the symptoms ailing the organization first, correct identification of the problem areas next and then drawing up the required prescription for solution, he stated.
Noting that there are large number of demands from people/public representatives for new rail lines and more number of train services, the Railway Minister stated that the present infrastructure of Indian Railways is inadequate to cope up with these demands. The immediate requirement is to enhance the capacities on railways to decongest the routes and vertical expansion in cities towards upgrading the network / infrastructure, he added. As money is needed to modernize Indian Railways and also keeping in view the present fiscal constraints, Railways has to explore all possible means to mobilize resources to develop a high class infrastructure to cater to the future needs, stressed Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu. He highlighted that Indian Railways needs investments – both financial and technological from various sources both within and outside. Towards this, Railways is exploring to draw investments from new sources such as foreign pension funds and other institutions, he stated.
COMMODITY-WISE FREIGHT REVENUE EARNINGS OF RAILWAYS GOES UP BY 12.23 PER CENT DURING APRIL-DECEMBER 2014
The Indian Railways has generated Rs. 75986.04 crore of revenue earnings from commodity-wise freight traffic during April-December 2014 as compared to Rs. 67705.11 crore during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 12.23 per cent. Railways carried 808.57 million tonnes of commodity-wise freight traffic during April-December 2014 as compared to 769.74 million tonnes carried during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 5.04 per cent.
During the month of December 2014, Railways generated Rs. 9775.45 crore as compared to Rs. 8635.38 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 13.20 per cent. Out of which, Rs. 4595.42 crore came from transportation of 48.91 million tonnes of coal, followed by Rs. 751.07 crore from 9.15 million tonnes of iron ore for exports, steel plants and for other domestic user, Rs. 778.12 crore from 9.08 million tonnes of cement, Rs. 723.46 crore from 4.37 million tonnes of food grains, Rs. 501.64 crore from 3.59 million tonnes of petroleum oil and lubricant (POL), Rs. 556.47 crore from 3.37 million tonnes of Pig iron and finished steel from steel plants and other points, Rs. 627.05 crore from 4.86 million tonnes of fertilizers, Rs. 162.86 crore from 1.56 million tonnes of raw material for steel plants except iron ore, Rs. 471.80 crore from 4.29 million tonnes by container service and Rs. 607.56 crore from 6.29 million tonnes of other goods.
Why Rly Sending The Empty Train From JU To BGKT ?
WHY RAILWAY ADMINISTRATION SENDING THE EMPTY TRAIN FROM JODHPUR TO BHAGAT-KI-KOTHI STATION? HERE AT JODHPUR PASSENGERS ARE WAITING FOR TRAIN. TRAIN NOS. ARE 16507 JU-SBC, 16533 JU-YPR, 11089 JU-PUNE AND 19066 JU-BDTS. WHY RAILWAY ADMINISTRATION DOING THIS SOCIAL CRIME? WHO WILL PAY FOR THIS CRIME? IS IT CHIEF OPERATING MANAGER, Mr. DEEPAK DAVE OR DGM Mr. TARUN JAIN OR ADRM Mr. ABHAY KUMAR GUPTA OR CPTM Mr. G. P. MEENA OR OPERATING MANAGER Mr. AJAY KUMAR SHARMA WHO SIGNED ON THE AUTHORITY LETTER WITHOUT PROPER INQUARY WHETHER REQUIRED OR NOT TO START THESE TRAINS FROM BGKT STATION IN-STEAD OF JU ? WHILE THREE PLATFORMS ARE VACANT AT 05.30 hours AT JU. PLATFORM NO. 2 FROM WHICH THESE TRAINS WERE OPERATED SINCE 1996 IS VACANT AT 05.30 HOURS ALWAYS.
SENDING THE EMPTY TRAIN FROM JODHPUR TO BHAGAT-KI-KOTHI STATION? HERE AT JODHPUR PASSENGERS ARE WAITING FOR TRAIN. TRAIN NOS. ARE 16507 JU-SBC, 16533 JU-YPR, 11089 JU-PUNE AND 19066 JU-BDTS. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS SOCIAL CRIME? WHO WILL PAY FOR THIS CRIME? IS IT CHIEF OPERATING MANAGER, Mr. DEEPAK DAVE OR DGM Mr. TARUN JAIN OR ADRM Mr. ABHAY KUMAR GUPTA OR CPTM Mr. G. P. MEENA, OR OPERATING MANAGER Mr. AJAY KUMAR SHARMA WHO SIGNED ON THE AUTHORITY LETTER WITHOUT PROPER INQUARY WHETHER REQUIRED OR NOT TO START THESE TRAINS FROM BGKT STATION IN-STEAD OF JU ? WHILE THREE PLATFORMS ARE VACANT AT 05.30 hours AT JU. PLATFORM NO. 2 FROM WHICH THESE TRAINS WERE OPERATED SINCE 1996 IS VACANT AT 05.30 HOURS ALWAYS.
The matter is serious and the Railway is spending un-necessary on FUEL + MAN POWER because the EMPTY TRAIN BROUGHT TO JODHPUR AND SAME TRAIN IS EMPTY SEND TO BHAGAT KI-KOTHI. IT IS SURPRISE TO KNOW THAT A SINGEL WEEKLY TRAIN WHICH IS COMMING FROM EITHER BENGLURU OR PUNE OR BDTS AT 16.55 hours at Bhagat-ki-kothi station and could not enter jodhpur station. IF RAILWAY ADMINISTRATION NOT ENTER A SINGEL WEEKLY TRAIN COMMING FROM BENGLURU OR PUNE CITY OR BDTS station THEN HOW RAILWAY COULD OPERATE FUTURE TRAINS?
THANKS TO JAIPUR AND PUNE Senior DOM (Sr. DIVISIONAL OPERATING MANAGER) who are operating ten times more trains having FIVE PLATFORMS equal capicty to JODHPUR station. Have to learn from them how to operate maximum trains with the help of FIVE PLATFORMS. IT IS PRIMARY DUTY OF DRM OR COM TO MOTIVATE THE Sr.DOM.
Display of illegal posters in Suburban trains by Criminal Babas & others
On 17th January 2015 in the afternoon while travelling by the Suburban trains between Thane station of the Central Railway (CR), Mumbai Division and Dadar Station of the CR Mumbai Divn and later on alighting at Dadar Railway station of the CR, when I undertook journey to Charni Road Station of the Western Railway (WR) from Dadar station of the WR, I came across hundreds of illegal posters pasted in the coaches of the suburban trains of the CR and the WR by Criminal Babas.
In the CR's coach No. 1128A which was a ladies 1st class coach I came across nearly 15 illegal posters pasted by Baba Samir Samrat from Khar a suburb of the WR in coach Nos. 2108A & 2108C of the CST bound fast train which arrived in Thane station of the CR around 1506hrs. Phone Nos. of the said Baba are 9769532064, 9769542016. In the WR's Suburban train which arrived at Dadar railway station around 1600hrs. I noticed illegal posters of Baba Shahid Shah Malang from Malad West. Mobile Nos. of the said Baba are 9833623340 and 9819134062.
As Railway Administration and the RPF Administration of both the CR and the WR Mumbai Division have not shown necessary will to prosecute the criminal Babas, there is an alarming increase in the number of their illegal posters in the coaches of the both the railway's suburban trains. This has not only deprived the Indian Railway of considerable revenue by way of advertisement income, but it has also resulted in crimes on women by the Babas.
On 2nd December 2014, there was an article in the Mumbai edition of the Times of India regarding a lady commuter duped by a Baba. When the lady whose name has been mentioned in the said article noticed an advertisement by a Baba in the suburban train while travelling between Borivali and Jogeshwari stations of the WR, she approached him with a hope that he would provide cure to the problems which were being faced by her son. However as mentioned in the said article, when the Baba came to her house to perform certain rituals, the evil crafts which they possess resulted in the said lady commuter losing her golden ornaments valued at Rs. 2 lakhs.
SWR Organizes Intensified National Pulse Polio Program At Hubli
National Pulse Polio programme was organized by Health & Family Welfare Department at Railway Central Hospital, Gadag Road, Hubli on 18 January 2015. The program was inaugurated by lighting the lamp by Smt. Relly Mittal, President, SWR Women’s Welfare Organization (SWRWWO), Hubli Division and Sanjeev Mittal, Divisional Railway Manager, Hubli Division jointly in the presence of Dr. I. B. Mujahid, Medical Director, South Western Railway, Dr. Vilas K. G., Chief Health Director, SWR, Dr. M. N. Ramakanth, Chief Medical Superintendent, Hubli and Dr. V. K. Himachal, Additional Chief Medical Superintendent (Health & Family Welfare), Hubli.
Smt. Relly Mittal, President, SWR Women’s Welfare Organization (SWRWWO), Hubli Division seen inaugurating Pulse polio Immunization Program held at Railway Central Hospital, Hubli. Also seen Sanjeev Mittal, Divisional Railway Manager, Hubli Division, Dr. M. N. Ramakanth, Chief Medical Superintendent, Hubli, Dr. V. K. Himachal, Additional Chief Medical Superintendent (H & FW), Hubli, Smt. Geetha Shobanath, Secretary, SWRWWO, Hubli Division and Dr. Vilas K. G., Chief Health Director, SWR.
Smt. Relly Mittal and Sanjeev Mittal administered Polio drops to the children of below 5 years in a Booth at Railway Central Hospital, Hubli. Speaking on the occasion after administering the Pulse Polio drops, Sanjeev Mittal expressed his happiness and declared Polio Free India and praised the teams of Railway Doctors, Para-medical staff, Volunteers for their active involvement and making Polio free dream become true. He said this Pulse Polio Immunisation program will be continued for 3 more days by visiting the Doctors door to door in Railway Colonies of Hubli Division and immunizing of 0-5 years children of railway families.
Scientific Seminar & Doctors' Meet Held On Eastern Railway
Director General, Railway Health Services, Railway Board Dr. M. K. Budhalakoti inaugurated the 44th Annual Scientific Seminar & CME Programme of Eastern Railway’s B. R. Singh Hospital alongwith 15th Annual Conference of Indian Railway Public Health Association at Eastern Railway, Howrah on 16th January 2015. General Manager, Eastern Railway R. K. Gupta and General Manager, South Eastern Railway & Metro Railway Radheyshyam have graced the occasion.
General Manager, Eastern Railway R. K. Gupta lighting lamp in the Annual Scientific Seminar & CME Programme and Doctors’ meet in presence of Director General, Railway Health Services, Railway Board Dr. M. K. Budhalakoti and General Manager, South Eastern Railway & Metro Railway Radheshyam.
Speaking on the occasion General Manager, Eastern Railway R. K. Gupta said that B. R. Singh Hospital plays an important role in the field of medical treatment of Railwaymen. The Annual Scientific Seminar and continued medical education programme help railway doctors to update their knowledge and this type of academic events undoubtedly enhance their clinical acumen and expertise. This would also enrich them with latest information about the scientific inventions in medical science & technology.
On this occasion General Manager, South Eastern Railway & Metro Railway Radheshyam said that the conference is the vital arena for thought provoking deleberations on the latest developments of medical science. The best known luminaries in the various sub-specialities of Public Health related to Indian Railways from our country will enlighten us with their dedicated work and vast experience.
EASTERN RAILWAY TO HAVE A SPORTS ACADEMY SOON IN KOLKATA
General Manager, Eastern Railway R. K. Gupta informed that Eastern Railway will soon have a ‘Sports Academy’ of its own, while addressing on the occasion of 62nd All India Railway Weight Lifting Championship on 15th January 2015 held at Netaji Subhash Institute, Eastern Railway Sealdah. Women team of Eastern Railway won the All India Railway Weight Lifting Championship organized for the first time, while Western Railway’s Men team won the 62nd All India Railway Weight Lifting Championship Trophy-2015. Altogether 16 teams from different zones of Indian Railways (Men & Women), comprising of about 200 participants joined the championship. The Championship was organized by Eastern Railway’s sports Association under the auspices of Railway Sports Promotion Board, New Delhi.
General Manager, Eastern Railway Shri R. K. Gupta handing over the Championship trophies to Eastern Railway (women team) and Western Railway (men team) on the occasion of 62nd All India Railway Weightlifting Championship organised by Eastern Railway at Kolkata.
Human Rights Basic Training for RPF personnel
A special two-day Training of Trainers workshop was conducted on Human Rights sensitization and training for Senior officers of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) from the railway zones and master trainers drawn from 34 training centres across the country in New Delhi recently. The training workshop, organised by Security Directorate of Ministry of Railways was inaugurated by Justice K. G. Balakrishnan, Chairperson, NHRC (Former Chief Justice of India). While commending the RPF initiative, the Chairperson emphasized on the need to protect the basic rights of rail passengers and ensure a safe and secure environment on trains.
He mentioned that the RPF was facing the challenging task of providing security to the Indian Railways which was one of the largest in the world. The Chairperson, NHRC, added that the basic course on human rights for the RPF constabulary was based on the course developed in collaboration with IGNOU for police personnel. He also mentioned that the NHRC would always extend full support to such sensitization programs for police and force personnel as it was essential that the constabulary which was at the cutting edge in dealing with the public should be sensitized on human rights.
Krishna Chaudhary, IPS, Director General of RPF, said on the occasion that TOT workshop was part of drive to ensure that over 16,000 newly recruited constables who were undergoing training in 34 centres across the country were aware of human rights concepts during their basic training itself. He added that the RPF personnel in service would also be given human rights training through refresher sources to ensure safe and secure rail travel for woman, children, elderly and infirm rail passengers.
Seamless Policing System On Rlys Is Need Of The Hour: S.P.Prabhu
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu seeks support of chief ministers for foolproff security system on railways
Need To Explore The System Of Online FIR On Railway Network: Rajnath Singh
Home Minister for National Transport Security Strategy Conference of Director Generals of State Police on Railways Security Held
New Delhi : A Conference of Director Generals of State Police (DGPs) was held here on 15th January 2015, to discuss issues related to security on the Indian Railways. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that country is passing through a very turbulent time and there is a phase of growing crimes and increasing subversive activities and some elements in the society are hell bent upon creating trouble. It is in this context that police reforms and strengthening of law and order machinery is one of the top agendas of the Ministry of Home Affairs under the leadership of Rajnath Singh.
The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, the Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, the Minister of State for Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary and the Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A.K. Mital at the All India Conference on Railway security, in New Delhi on January 15, 2015.
The Indian Railways also is the victim of this increasing crime scenario and it is a big challenge for the law and order enforcers to provide security to the travelling public. Policing in case of Railways is a very difficult job and there are multiple agencies for the same area of focus. We have Railway Protection Force (RPF), Government Railway Police (GRP) and District Police handling security issues pertaining to Railways, he added.
The Railway Minister emphasized that the Indian Railway system being the life line of the nation cannot afford to compromise on security issues. Shri Prabhu pointed out that a common man, does not know distinction between State Police and Railway Police and only needs relief from crimes.
The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu addressing at the All India Conference on Railway Security, in New Delhi on January 15, 2015. The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary and the Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A.K. Mital are also seen.
Suresh Prabhu said that as a Minister of Railways he is often required to answer questions from Members of Parliament cutting across difference parties on security of passengers, so it is necessary to address this issue, we need to have a seamless policy on Railways. The Railway Minister informed that he has already written to the Chief Ministers, seeking their support for creating a foolproof system where crime prevention could be effectively done for the travelling passengers and best security is ensured for them.
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