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Present increase in platform ticket prices at some stations is Temporary, says Railways


The Ministry of Railways today issued a statement on some reports in the media regarding the price of platform tickets.

The statement said that the hike in price of platform ticket is a temporary measure and is a field activity undertaken by the railway administration in the interest of the safety of passengers and to prevent overcrowding at stations. It stated that deterring more persons to visit the station, the platform ticket charges are increased from time to time after assessing the ground situation.

"This is in practice for many years and is used occasionally as a SHORT TERM crowd control measure. There is NOTHING new about it," the statement said.

Considering the upsurge of COVID in a few states, the Indian Railway is discouraging people from unnecessary crowding at the platforms. Rush at the platforms during the pandemic situation also needs to be regulated. The exercise is in the Public interest only, the statement informed.

In March 2020, many divisions in Railways enhanced the platform ticket price at various stations to avoid crowding. Later, this was revoked over a period of time for example Central Zone, ECR to name a few. During festivals like Chathh, Diwali or Melas etc as well in different zones it is often temporarily increased and later on rolled back.

Regulation and controlling of the crowd at stations is the responsibility of DRMs. Powers are delegated to DRMs since 2015 to raise platform ticket to regulate rush at platforms during specific requirements like mela, rally etc. The power to change charges of platform ticket has been delegated to DRM s due to field management requirement, the statement added.


Indian Railways to reactivate facility of UTS ON MOBILE App in zones where unreserved train services are reintroduced


To decongest ticket booking counters and to ensure smooth compliance with social distancing norms, the facility to book unreserved tickets through UTS ON MOBILE app is being reactivated by Indian Railways, a release issued by the Ministry of Railways stated.

On Indian Railways, unreserved train services are being introduced in a phased manner. In order to avoid any inconvenience to passengers in booking unreserved tickets and to ensure norms of social distancing at booking counters while purchasing the tickets, it has been decided that in addition to UTS ON MOBILE App facility available on suburban sections, this facility may also be reintroduced on non-suburban sections of zonal Railways.

Zonal Railways have been instructed that whenever unreserved train services are introduced on any zonal Railway, the zonal Railway concerned may accordingly enable UTS ON MOBILE app for issuing unreserved tickets.


88 Railways Projects dedicated across India


Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal yesterday inaugurated and dedicated a host of infrastructure projects, projects related to passenger amenities and facilities at various railway stations across the country through video conferencing.

Mr Goyal dedicated 88 Railway projects to the Nation worth more than Rs 1000 crore making Indian Railways future-ready. Various dignitaries were also present on this occasion at different locations.

Details of the projects:-


In Kerala, Foot Over Bridges have been provided three locations at a total cost of Rs 9.56 Crore at Kollam, Kundara and Kochuveli. These foot over bridges will enhance the mobility of passengers and ease crowd dispersal at these important stations. Lifts have been provided at Kanhangad and Aluva at a total cost of Rs 1.60 Crore. In order to reinforce the safety of passengers at railway stations, state-of-the-art Video Surveillance Systems have been installed at 15 locations with a total cost of Rs 9.45 Crore. With Central monitoring system at Chennai, railway stations such as Alleppey, Aluva, Chengannur, Ernakulam Town, Kayankulam, Tiruvalla, Kottayam, Badagara, Kannur, Kasaragod, Palakkad Jn, Tirur, Thalassery, Kanhangad and Payyanur will be equipped with Video Surveillance Systems. At two stations in Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram Central and Thrissur, Airport type illumination of covered Platforms has been provided at a total cost of Rs 42 lakhs. Platform raising works have been completed at Tanur at a cost of Rs 1.39 Crore for ease of boarding and deboarding of passengers, especially the elderly and divyangjan passengers. As an energy-efficient and power-saving measure, 100 Kwp Solar Plants have been commissioned in Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram at a cost of Rs 42 lakhs.

Tamil Nadu:-

For the convenience and safety of passengers, Foot Over Bridges have been provided at 10 locations in Tamil Nadu at a total cost of Rs 23.32 Crore at Ambattur, Arakkonam, Elavur, Mambalam, Mettupalayam, Tiruppur, Gangaikondan, Kadayanallur, Nagercoil Jn, Vanchi Maniyachchi. These foot over bridges will enhance the mobility of passengers and ease crowd dispersal at these important stations minimizing the chances of mishap. To enable hassle-free access to Platforms and other areas of railways stations, Escalators have been commissioned at 6 stations in Tamil Nadu, namely, Egmore, Mambalam, Tambaram, Tiruvallur, Erode, Thanjavur a total cost of Rs.16.61 crore. Lift facilities at a total cost of Rs 2.38 Crore have been provided at Coimbatore Jn and Nagercoil Jn railway stations. For better surveillance of railway stations, Video Surveillance Systems that take the aid of cutting-edge technologies, have been provided at 18 locations with a total cost of 10.01 Crore. Video Surveillance Systems have been installed at Chengalpattu, Thiruvallur, Erode, Salem, Kanniyakumari, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin,  Mayiladuthurai, Thanjavur, Villupuram and 8 other stations in Tamil Nadu with Central Monitoring System in Chennai. At various other stations in Tamil Nadu, improved passenger amenities have been provided at a total cost of Rs.4 Cr – Multi-level two-wheeler parking at Katpadi, Double discharge Platform at Guindy, Second Entry Circulating Area and Booking Office at Arakkonam, PRS centre and Station building at Nagercoil Town and Passenger convenience facility with ATM complex at Madurai, to mention a few.


A project involving the doubling of lines dedicated between Gubbi-Nittur (9 Km) stretch is part of the doubling project between Arsikere and Tumakuru (96 Km) on the Bengaluru-Hubballi line between Tumakuru and Arsikere. Arsikere and Tumakuru project was sanctioned in 2015-16 at a cost of Rs 783 crore. Doubling of the Railway track in this section will increase the line capacity of the important line connecting Bengaluru to Hubballi, Belagavi, Mumbai etc., traversing all interior districts of Karnataka and enable faster movement of trains and improve intercity connectivity. The section between Gubbi and Nittur has been doubled at a cost of Rs 75.5 crore. Along with doubling, 2 Major bridges and 15 Minor bridges have been constructed. Additional passenger amenities have been provided at Gubbi and Nittur Railway station. Platform shelter, High-level platforms, Foot over bridge, toilets, benches and water booths have been constructed at Gubbi and Nittur along with doubling. Doubling of lines between Chikkodi and Raybag (14 Km) stretch is part of the doubling project between Londa and Miraj on the Hubballi-Miraj line between Londa and Miraj. Londa and Miraj (186 Km) doubling was sanctioned in the year 2015-16 at a cost of Rs 1191 crore. Doubling of the Railway track in this section will increase the line capacity of the important line connecting Bengaluru to Hubballi, Belagavi, Mumbai etc., traversing all interior districts of Karnataka. It will enable faster movement of trains and improve intercity connectivity. New Station Building has been provided at Raybag Railway Station along with the doubling with upgraded passenger amenities. At Raybag Station following facilities have been provided:- Two New Platforms, One Foot Over Bridge, Circulating area, AC Waiting Hall, Handling of train operations has been optimized with the provision of the latest Signalling system and indigenously developed state of the art electronic interlocking. 

Madhya Pradesh:-

To provide convenience to Divyang, old aged and ailing passenger, three lifts have been installed on platform no. 1,2/3 and 4 of Gwalior Station with a cost of 92 lac. Moreover, to modernize Gwalior station, Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. has undertaken redevelopment work. Under this redevelopment, Gwalior Stations is being converted into a world-class transport centre to give a better travel experience to passengers. This redevelopment will give a boost to tourism, generate employment and will give rise to socio-economic development. Electrification of Ratlam-Chittorgarh rail section: Presently, trains are being run by a diesel engine in this 189.46 km rail section which requires extra time to change loco from Ratlam. After electrification of this section, trains will be run by electric loco which will eliminate extra time in changing of locos and trains will run with high speed without hindrance and passengers and goods trains will reach their destinations in a short time. Electrification of the Ratlam-Chittorgarh section will save diesel and will contribute to green energy. Conversion from diesel to electric traction of this section will also save 27.54 crores per year. This electrification has been done at the cost of 205.44 crores. Teegaon to Chichonda 3rd Ghat line (17 Km) project which has been categorized as supercritical, has been completed and commissioned in December 2020. It has a ruling gradient of 1 in 65, the sharpest curve is 4.95 degree, the maximum depth of rock cutting is 22.75 meter and the maximum height of the bank is 16.13 meter. The commissioning of the section involved major yard remodelling at Chichonda and Teegaon yards. Due to the steep gradient, catch cum slip siding has been provided at Gudankhapa and Teegaon yard. Commissioning of this project has helped to augment more trains in the ghat section. Provision of lifts at Betul and Pandhurna stations will help the Divyangjan, senior citizens and other passengers to go from one platform to the other easily.

West Bengal:-


A 126 km newly electrified section from New Jalpaiguri to New Coochbehar was also dedicated today. It is part of the Railway electrification work which is going on to achieve 100 per cent electrification of Indian Railways' network. The station in Gangarampur has also been converted to a crossing station with the provision of High-level platform and modern Electronic Interlocking at a cost of about Rs 09.09 crore, which fulfilled a long-standing demand of the local populace.


Rajdhani gets Tejas Sleeper Type Coaches

Ministry of Railways has decided to introduce Tejas sleeper coaches for long-distance premium trains to usher in a new era of train travel experience with enhanced comfort for commuters. 

First one to get these sleeper coaches with upgraded facilities will be the rake of Agartala - Anand Vihar Terminal special Rajdhani Express from 15th February 2021. Provided with smart features, the coaches of this new sleeper type Tejas train will offer best-in-class travel experience. 

The features of Tejas type Sleeper coaches are as under:-
·         Automatic Plug Door: All main entrance doors are centralized controlled by Guard. The train will not start until all doors are closed.
·         Stainless Steel Under-frame:  Complete under-frame is of austenitic stainless steel (SS 201LN) which increases the life of the coach because of reduced corrosion.
·         Bio-Vacuum Toilet system:  Provides improved hygiene condition in the toilet due to improved flushing and also save water per flush.
·         Air Suspension Bogies: Provided with Air Spring Suspension in bogies to improve comfort and ride quality of these coaches.
·         Fire Alarm, Detection and Suppression system: All coaches are provided with Automatic Fire Alarm and Detection System.
·         Smart Features: Provided with smart features processed by a centralized processing unit PICCU (Passenger information coach computing unit).The features are as follows:
          o   PA/PIS (passenger announcement/passenger information system)
          o   Digital destination board
          o   CCTV- With day night vision capability, Facial recognition even in low light condition, Network Video Recorder.
          o   Emergency Talkback for medical or security emergency
          o   On Board condition monitoring system for Bearing, Wheel,  to improve safety
          o   HVAC- Air quality measurement for the Air Conditioning system
          o   Toilet Occupancy Sensor
          o   Water level sensor to indicate water availability
          o   Train Supervisor and Power car Monitoring system (Kiosk): 18.5” touch screen Kiosk is provided in each power car for monitoring the health of the complete rake and also used as a surveillance monitoring station. This LCD is connected to the PICCU system of the power car for visualisation of the power car.
·         Improved Toilet Unit: Provided with touch-less fittings, Marble finish with an anti-graffiti coating, Gel coated shelf, New design dustbin, Door latch activated light, Engagement display.
·         Textured Exterior and Interior PVC Film:  Both exterior and interior, are provided with textured PVC film.
·         Improved interiors: Seats and berths having PU foam, provide better comfort to passengers.
·         Roller Blind on the window:  Instead of curtains roller blinds provided for easy sanitization.
·         Mobile Charging points: Provided for each passenger.
·         Berth reading light: Provided for each passenger.
·         Upper berth climbing arrangement: Convenient upper berth arrangement.

It is planned that 500 such Tejas type Sleeper coaches are manufactured at Integral Coach Factory (ICF) and Modern Coach Factory (MCF), production units of Indian Railways in the FY 21-22 which will gradually replace the premium long distance trains over Indian Railways network.

#RajdhaniExpress #IndianRailways #Tejas

Central Railway introduces Additional Trains

Central Railway introduces additional trains from Dadar, Mumbai for the convenience of passengers.

Dadar - Mysuru Jn

01035 - Dadar - Every Thursday effective from 11th February - Departure 21:30 hrs - Arrival - 21:40 hrs next day
01036 - Mysuru Jn - Every Sunday effective from 14th February - Departure 06:15 hrs - Arrival - 05:30 hrs next day

Route - Pune, Miraj, Belagavi, Hubbali, Davangare, Arsikare, Hassan, Krishnarajanagar

Dadar - Tirunelveli

01021 - Dadar - Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday effective from 27th February - Departure - 21:30 hrs - Arrival - 11:40 hrs Third day
01022 - Tirunelveli - Every Thursday, Friday and Monday effective from 1st March - Departure - 15:00 hrs - Arrival - 05:30 hrs Third day
Route - Pune, Miraj, Belagavi, Hubbali, Davangare, Arsikare, Yesvantpur, Banaswadi, Hosur, Salem, Namakkal, Dindigul, Madurai, Virudhunagarsikare, Hassan and Krishnarajanagar

Dadar - Puducherry

01005 - Dadar - Every Monday, Friday and Sunday effective from 14th February - Departure - 21:30 hrs - Arrival - 07:10 hrs Third day
01006 - Puducherry - Every Wednesday, Sunday and Tuesday effective from 16th February - Departure - 21:25 hrs - Arrival - 05:30 hrs Third day

Route - Pune, Miraj, Belagavi, Hubbali, Davangare, Arsikare, Yesvantpur, Banaswadi, Krishnarajapuram, Bangarpet, Jolarpet, Katpadi, Tiruvannamalai, Tirukovilur & Villupuram

#IndianRailways #CentralRailway

Indian Railways lead way for smarter trains


Railways is introducing smart switchable windows and coupe doors in 1st AC coach of Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express.

These will:

  1. Turn glass from transparent to the opaque state by the click of a switch,
  2. Cut UV radiation,
  3. Act as privacy glass.


Indian Railways allows e catering at selected Railway Stations

Indian Railways has allowed the e-catering services to resume at selected Railway stations.

This will be subject to compliance of all the Guidelines on health and safety matters issued by the Central and State Government and other Authorized agencies under them, a release issued by the Ministry of Railways informed.

It may be noted that IRCTC had written to the Railway Board for the resumption of e catering at selected Railway stations.

IRCTC will have to review the situation now and permit the resumption of e catering services depending upon the feasibility, availability of staff and local restrictions. etc.

The e catering services had been suspended as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

#IRCTC #IndianRailways