Thursday, February 28, 2013



Trekking on rail tracks in WG punishable

HASSAN: Trekkers taking the risky walk through the railway tracks on Western Ghats should know this. The Railway department has said that trekking on the track is a punishable offense.


Miracle derails woman's suicide bid on rail tracks

AHMEDABAD: A middle-aged woman tried to end her life on the railway tracks near Khokhra on Friday night, but has survived, even after three trains passed from over her. She has sustained severe head injuries though, and was rushed to VS Hospital for treatment. As the woman hasn't regained consciousness, police are yet identify her and ascertain the reason for the suicide attempt.


Theft of rail tracks in Chhattisgarh: Railways, RPF pass the buck

RAIPUR: In a biggest case of theft, rail tracks worth about Rs one crore of South East Central Railway (SECR) went missing from Janjgir-Champa district in Chhattisgarh.

                                                                                     TODAY'S PAPER » NATIONAL
                                                                                   BANGALORE, February 27, 2013
Injustice done to State in Railway Budget: Shettar
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

Of the eight proposals, only four were accepted

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has criticised the Railway Ministry for “doing injustice” to the State in the Railway Budget 2013-14.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


A budget freighted with the past


K. BALAKESARI

Railway staff burnt alive after 2 kids run over by train

Vidisha (MP), Feb 26, 2013, PTI:
Two children were run over by a speeding train while crossing the tracks at Gulabganj railway station near here on Tuesday, triggering violent protests and arson in which a railway employee was burnt alive and another was battling for life with serious burns.

TODAY'S PAPER » NATIONAL » TAMIL NADU
CHENNAI, February 27, 2013
More trains with existing manpower will impact safety

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

Staff say Budget is against spirit of Kakodkar panel recommendations
The absence of a roadmap in the Railway Budget 2013-14 for improving zonal-level maintenance infrastructure or a clear plan to fill up safety-related vacancies has rankled railwaymen.

The Railway Minister, Pawan Bansal introduced the following Trains:

New passengers trains

1. Bathinda – Dhuri Passenger (Daily)
2. Bikaner-Ratangarh Passenger (Daily)
3. Bhavnagar – Palitana Passenger (Daily)
4. Bhavnagar – Surendranagar Passenger (Daily)
5. Bareilly – Lalkuan Passenger (Daily)
6. Chhapra –Thawe Passenger (Daily)
7. Loharu – Sikar Passenger (Daily) after Gauge Conversion(GC)
8. Madgaon – Ratnagiri Passenger (Daily)
9. Marikuppam – Bangalore Passenger (Daily)

 Comments from different organisations

BANGALORE, 

Nothing much for Karnataka

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
  
Belying the high hopes of the people of Karnataka, particularly at a time when Assembly elections are to be held in the State shortly, the Railway Budget for 2013-14 presented by Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal has nothing much to offer.

TODAY'S PAPER » NATIONAL

NEW DELHI, 

A slew of safety measures and amenities

K. BALCHAND

: Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal in his budget speech on Tuesday promised a series of safety measures covering not only general passengers and women but also elephants. He has unrolled a number of amenities, including a separate coach with latest facilities.
Mr. Bansal has set aside Rs. 1200 crore for amenities and increased allocation for safety measures by 12.5 per cent for 2013-14 in what he called a path-breaking measure in the history of the railways, which carry about 840 crore people annually and that figure in 2013-14 is expected to go up to 900 crore.

New coach manufacturing and maintenance facilities to be set up in various places including Rae Bareli, Bhilwara, Sonepat, Kalahandi, Kolar, Palakkad and Pratapgarh
Rs 9000 crore investments expected including Rs 3,800 crore in port connectivity and Rs 800 crore in iron ore mines connectivity
Allocation of Rs 1,000 crore each made for railway land development authority and railway station development authority.

Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal already told that this budget will give priority to Railway Safety.
1. High Level Safety Review Committee Report:
High Level Safety Review Committee headed by Dr. Anil Kakodkar submitted their report on 17.02.2012. Among their recommendation comes around 160 pages.(Minister announced that some of the suggestions are started implementing). A few are given below:

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


India... Rail Alerts To Save Hundreds Of Lives (SATCOM)


[SatNews] Every year, about 400 gangmen are run over by trains while working...
...on the rail tracks. To check these deaths, railways will use Satellite Imaging for Rail Navigation (SIMRAN). This train tracking technology has been developed byIIT-Kanpur and Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO).
Meabwhile, IIT-Kanpur will hand over the final report on the Gangmen Warning System (GWS) to the Railway Board on March 10th. Developed at a cost of Rs 30 lakh, GWS would alert a gangman about an approaching train from a distance of 2,000 metres. The gangman will have to walk with a device which will warn him against the approaching train. While Indian Railways discontinued working with IIT-K on train tracking system, one of the most important uses of SIMRAN technology, the institute is working on two of the other byproducts of SIMRAN—GWS and the Unmanned Level Crossing Gates Warning System (ULCGWS).
IIT-Kanpur has completed trials for GWS and only a final trial in front of RDSO is awaited. On ULCGWS too, the institute has made headway. It's the final report which is awaited from ULCGWS. In this, a device would be installed at level crossings, both manned and unmanned, to alert road-users about the approaching train. The signal would change color when the train is 2,000 metres from the crossing and a hooter would blow when the train is 700 metres away from the level crossing. Once the train has crossed, signal would change colour from red to yellow.
The accidents at unmanned level crossings are rampant in railways. There have been several instances where vehicles hit the boom barriers and disrupted movement of trains. The warning system at level crossings will keep a check on such incidents. SIMRAN tracks trains through GPS, GSM and/or RF tags. The technology has been developed jointly by RDSO and IIT-K. In one of the most passenger-friendly moves, railway ministry opened the first phase of Real Train Information System (RTIS) to people for accurate train tracking, using SIMRAN, in 2011. (Source: Neha Shukla, The Times of India.)

Friday, February 22, 2013


Mangala Express derails near Panvel

K. RAGHAVENDRA RAO

MUMBAI, FEB 22:  

Four coaches (Guard’s brake van, General Second Class coach, S-1 and S-2) of the Ernakulam-bound 12618 Mangala Express derailed at Pen in Raigad district of Maharshtra at 12:20 p.m. on Friday while entering the railway station.

Railways to import high-speed accident relief trains

PTI

Aiming to put rescue and restoration work during accidents on fast-track, the railways plans to import high-speed self-propelled accident relief trains (SPART) and hydraulic cranes with telescopic boom from Europe.

ASSOCHAM demands safety on trains

India Blooms News Service


New Delhi, Feb 22 (IBNS) Virtually 65 per cent out of 7,000 people representing all sections interviewed in 20 cities by ASSOCHAM team have voted in favour of moratorium on new passenger trains and wants Railway Budget to focus on safety and modernization, improving existing track and rolling stock and separation of passenger and freight train lines.


Rail Budget 2013: Government should focus more on safety and modernisation, says Assocham

Rail Budget 2013-14 to benefit Rae Bareli most; yet another fare hike likely news
21 February 2013

Congress president Sonia Gandhi's constituency Rae Bareli will benefit the most in the upcoming Railway budget, which is also expected to introduce about 100 new trains, including AC double-deckers, new passenger services and extension of services.

Thursday, February 21, 2013


DARKNESS travels towards light, but blindness towards death.
Dear Comrades,
        The number of passengers by train are increasing day by day.   Freight movements by trains are also increased very much.   The speed of trains has increased very much from 75 to 110 and 140 KMPH.   Behind all these growth there is a hard work of loco running staff.   But still the railway administration has not come forward to allow  restriction on daily working hours, continuous night duties and to provide a weekly calendar day rest.   Such inhuman attitude by railway administration is the cause for increase in accidents according to the SPAD Committee Report.

TRACK WORK

3 senior railway officials held for 80L fraud

TIMES NEWS NETWORK 


Madurai: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday arrested three senior railway engineers in connection with an alleged 80 lakh fraud in track work. 
Rail Budget 2013-14: Railways to launch 100 trains
PTI : New Delhi, Thu Feb 21 2013
 Railways are planning to introduce about 100 trains, including AC double deckers, new passenger services and extension of services to cater to the demands of various states in the Rail Budget 2013-14.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Today's Paper » NATIONAL » TAMIL NADU

MADURAI, 

Stir by railway clerks comes to an end

Special Correspondent
The boycott of work by 14 railway commercial clerks on Monday, who reported sick en masse, demanding filling up of vacancies and to increase number of posts to meet the rising demand, came to an end on Tuesday evening after talks with officials.

Strike will bring Bangalore to a standstill today

  
 BANGALORE: Normal life in Bangalore is likely to be crippled on Wednesday, the first day of a two-day nationwide strike called by 11 trade unions in protest against the UPA government's policies. 

LCD TV at railway station stolen amid ‘tight security’


SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
  
Police personnel attribute lapse to blurred CCTV footage

Monday, February 18, 2013


‘Railways has failed to curb track deaths’

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The Central and the Western Railways have completely failed to minimise the deaths under its wheels, despite the high court issuing show cause notice to both the general managers one year ago. Railway activists have decided to expose the Railway’s inaction in court on February 22. Data shows that 2297 passengers died in 2012, while 2145 passengers died in 2011.

Sunday, February 17, 2013


World’s highest rail bridge to come up across Chenab river


PTI

NEW DELHI, FEB 17:  
Arguably one of the toughest engineering challenges in hand, Railways plans to complete the Chenab bridge in Jammu and Kashmir by 2016, making it the world’s highest rail bridge.

11 wagons of goods train derail, railway traffic disrupted in Bihar

Last Updated: Sunday, February 17, 2013,
Khagaria: Eleven wagons of a goods train derailed on Sunday near Manasi station in Bihar's Khagaria district disrupting traffic on Barauni-Saharsa section, railway officials said. 

Salem – Karur broad gauge sector to be inspected


STAFF REPORTER
  
The Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) is expected to inspect the Salem – Namakkal – Karur new broad gauge tracks between February 25 and 27 for commencing the passenger service.
Sources in the railways said that all major works have been completed in the sector and the Chief Administrative Officer of the Southern Railway would request for inspection to be carried out by CRS.

Support to “General Strike” by AIRF

AIRF
ALL INDIA RAILWAYMEN'S FEDERATION

Thursday, February 14, 2013


NEW DELHI, 

Petrol, diesel prices likely to go up by weekend

SUJAY MEHDUDIA

TOPICS

With the crude oil prices in the international market hardening for the past couple of weeks, State-run oil marketing companies (OMCs) are likely to hike petrol and diesel prices by this weekend.


UNIQUE EXPERIENCE FOR RAIL PAASENGERS –
THE ON BOARD SHOPPING SERVICE
IN KONKANKANYA AND MANDOVI EXPRESS TRAINS

In an endeavour to provide better customer services and to make the journey more pleasurable, Konkan Railway launches yet another service oriented scheme to provide an unique experience for rail passengers; The On-Board Shopping Service in Konkankanya and Mandovi Express trains,

Train engines will now come with toilets

  
DALTONGANJ: Few people with some interest in the Indian Railways know that the engine cabin of any train, passenger or express, is devoid of a toilet and washbasin. An even lesser number of people are aware of how the crew members manage to relieve themselves.

Safety audit exposes loopholes at New Delhi railway station


MOHAMMAD ALI
  
Most fire extinguishers don’t work; several CCTV cameras “defective”, face roof; four out of 12 baggage scanners out of order

Almost 23 Lakh Passengers Travel by Delhi Metro on 11th February,set highest 

ridership so far.





Fatal accidents at unmanned crossings, a cause for concern

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Railway guards want inclusion in LARGESS scheme


STAFF REPORTER

In Bansal's budget, no allocations for wagons
Srinand Jha, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 13, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Almost 23 Lakh Passengers Travel by Delhi Metro on 11th February,set highest ridership so far.





The Delhi Metro achieved a milestone on Monday, 11th February 2013 when close to 23 lakh people traveled on the Metro throughout the day. Delhi Metro recorded the highest ever ridership figure of 
22, 89,617 on 11th February 2013, which surpassed the earlier record set on 27th November 2012, when 22, 77,751 people traveled by the Metro. The linewise breakup of ridership for 11th February 2013 is given below:

Monday, February 11, 2013


From                                                                          Place:
------------------                                                    Date:
          ------------------
To
          The General Manager
            ___________ Railway,
         

Respected Sir,

          Sub: Implementation of Railway Board Directives to minimize SPAD

          I am a member of loco running staff of this Railway. Being the traveler of the leading vehicle, I would be the first victim of any accident. In case life is spared, myself and my family have to bare the shame but also loose the livelihood. Hence my representative union has been continuously voicing for safety augmentation in Railways in the yester years.

Sunday, February 10, 2013


Will high speed rail connectivity from Surat to Mumbai be affordable?

   
SURAT: A sudden visit by a three member team of Systra, an urban rail public transport engineering consultancy firm of France, of the city to conduct a survey of passenger traffic from Surat city to Mumbai and Ahmedabad and to check the possibility of fast track passenger train on Mumbai -Ahmedabad rail corridor has again the rekindled the dream of a bullet train that will drop the passenger to Mumbai or Ahmadabad from Surat in just one hour.

Fuel surcharge on train tickets in the offing

  
NEW DELHI: With the recent hike in diesel prices putting an additional burden of Rs 3,300 crore on Railways, the PSU behemoth is considering to further increase passenger fares or raise freight charges. 

Over 20 feared dead in Allahabad station stampede, PM announces ex-gratia 

UTTAR PRADESH, Updated Feb 10,
Allahabad: More than 20 people were feared dead and 30 others injured in a stampede at Allahabad railway station in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. The stampede was caused after railing of an over bridge at the railway station collapsed. Officials, however, are yet to confirm the death toll.

 THE HINDU  -TODAY'S PAPER » NATIONAL » KARNATAKA

BANGALORE, 

Railway union launches campaign ahead of election

STAFF REPORTER
The Nairuthya Railway Employees’ Union (NREU), a registered trade union of the South Western Railway, launched its campaign for the upcoming referendum, where railway employees vote for the trade union that represents them.

Thursday, February 7, 2013


NAIRUTHYA RAILWAY EMPLOYEES’ UNION (NREU)
South Western Railway-Reg.No.ALCB-4/DRT/TUA/3/2008-09
THE ONLY STAR OF SW RAILWAYMEN.


FEDERATIONS REFUSE TO STRIKE FOR YOUR CAUSE
WHILE THEY DID SO FOR BONUR IN CASH
ARE RAILWAYMEN BONDED LABOUR ?
ARE RAILWAYMEN PROHIBITED TO EXCERCISE THEIR 
RIDGT TO STRIKE UNDER SECTION 22 OF ID ACT 1947 ?

 Editors agree with Markandey Katju, slam govt ‘blackmail’

  
Katju told TOI that he had received a very large number of complaints from newspapers about advertising being drastically reduced or stopped altogether without any explanation after articles critical of the government, or even ministers or officials, had appeared in the paper.

WCR goes hi-tech for purchase of coaches, wagons, locomotives.

Panel slams rail ministry for overlooking safety measures

New Delhi, Feb 6, 2013, DHNS
A parliamentary panel on Wednesday slammed the Ministry of Railways for overlooking “safety standards and instructions,” resulting in several accidents.

Bedbugs leave Railways sore


KRISHNADAS RAJAGOPAL
Found guilty of deficiency in service
Bedbugs in a train left Southern Railway red in the face with the Kerala State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission finding it guilty of “deficiency in service.”

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


‘Allot hostel no. 4 exclusively for station masters’

Staff Reporter

Railway workers seek removal of CCTV

  
BHUBANESWAR: The employees of carriage repair workshop of East Coast Railway (ECoR) at Mancheswar here moved Union railway ministerPawan Kumar Bansal complaining that their demand of removing close circuit television (CCTV) from the workshop was yet to be fulfilled.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Railway recruitment: demand for CBI inquiry into irregularities


STAFF CORRESPONDENT
 
‘79 selected candidates yet to receive appointment letters’
The Communist Party of India and the All-India Trade Union Congress have demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged irregularities in the railway recruitment to Group D posts conducted by South Western Railway.

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