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Today (00:24) Landslide Hits Train Services On Rourkela-Ranchi Route (
Major Accidents/Disruptions
SER/South Eastern

News Entry# 388967  Blog Entry# 4404677   
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Aug 19 2019 (00:26)
Station Tag: Hatia/HTE added by shashankswain/1700730

Aug 19 2019 (00:26)
Station Tag: Ranchi Junction/RNC added by shashankswain/1700730

Aug 19 2019 (00:26)
Train Tag: Alappuzha - Tatanagar Express Slip/13352-Slip added by shashankswain/1700730

Aug 19 2019 (00:26)
Train Tag: Dhanbad - Alappuzha (Bokaro) Express/13351 added by shashankswain/1700730

Aug 19 2019 (00:26)
Train Tag: Tapaswini Express/18452 added by shashankswain/1700730

Aug 19 2019 (00:26)
Train Tag: Tapaswini Express/18451 added by shashankswain/1700730
Rourkela: Train services on the South Eastern Railways have been severely disrupted today following a landslide on railway track near Bano station, 70 km away from the steel city Rourkela.
According to sources, a part of a hill near Bano station on Odisha-Jharkhand border collapsed under the impact of heavy rain today evening triggering a landslide near the station. Huge amount of debris was deposited on the railway track near the station following the landslide.
As many as four trains running on Rourkela-Hatia-Ranchi route including Hatia-Puri Tapaswini Express and Dhanbad-Alleppy Bokaro Express have been
stranded due to the landslide.
Sources said railways officials have launched cleaning works on the route to restore train services.
Yesterday (15:10) Mumbai Mega Block Today: Local Train Services on Harbour, Western Line to be Hit - Complete Details About Diversions, Change in Schedule Here (
Temporary Stops

News Entry# 388946  Blog Entry# 4404375   
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Mumbai: If you're planning a Sunday outing with friends, you may face inconvenience as both the Central and Western Railway will be carrying out maintenance work of rail racks and other related work, also called 'Train Block'.
While the Central Railway's block is called 'Mega Block', the one for Western Railway is called 'Jumbo Block'.
Here are Central Railway jumbo block details for Harbour and Trans-Harbour Lines as provided by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
On the Harbour Line, the mega block will be carried out between 10 AM and 3 PM on the Matunga-Mulund section.
1. All the Down fast/semi-fast services from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) between 9:53 AM and 2:42 PM will be diverted on the Down slow line between Matunga and Mulund stations.
2. These will halt at all stations between Sion and Mulund and will arrive at the destination 20 minutes behind schedule.
3. The Down Fast trains beyond Thane, meanwhile, will be re-diverted on the Down fast line from Mulund.
4. The Up fast services from Thane between 10: 46 AM and 3:18 PM will halt at Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kurla stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts and will arrive destination 15 minutes behind schedule.
5. All slow services arriving and leaving CST between 11 AM and 5 PM will reach destination 15 minutes behind schedule.
Trans-Harbour Line
Here, the mega block will be carried out between 11:10 AM and 3:40 PM on the Kurla Vashi Section
1. The Down Harbour line services from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai to Vashi/Belapur/Panvel will remain suspended from 10:34 AM to 3:08 PM.
2. The services on the reverse Up route will remain suspended from 10:21 AM to 3:00 PM.
3. However, Special services will run between CST and Kurla-Vashi Panvel sections during the block period.
4. During the block period, Harbour line passengers will be allowed to travel via Trans-harbour Line and Main Line from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
Western Line
Here, the jumbo block will be observed between Churchgate and Mumbai central from 10:35 AM to 3:35 PM.
1. The five-hour maintenance work will be undertaken for maintenance of tracks, signalling and overhead equipment on the Up and Down Lines.
2. During the block period, all fast line trains will be operated on slow lines between Churchgate and Mumbai Central (Local). Due to this, some Up and Down Suburban trains will remain cancelled.
Yesterday (13:34) Kriyayoga Express to get a new look after Independence Day (
Coach Augmentations
SER/South Eastern

News Entry# 388945  Blog Entry# 4404318   
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Kriyayoga Express to get a new look after Independence Day
The ready to chug out Kriyayoga Express at the Hatia railway station yard in Ranchi on Tuesday
RANCHI: A new-look Kriyayoga Express is expected to ply between Ranchi and Howrah stations within a week, officials of Ranchi railway division of South Eastern Railways (SER) said on Tuesday. The division on Tuesday said it received a new rake of 22 Link-Hofman-Busch (LHB) coaches, comprising air-conditioned, sleeper and general classes in the first week of August. The new LHB rake will replace the existing one
comprising decades-old coaches made by Indian Coach Factory (ICF), which are in a ramshackle condition and are in operation for more than a decade.
"The new rake, which is fresh out of the factory, is at our disposal. We are awaiting clearance from SER's headquarters in Kolkata. We are planning to start operations within a week," Niraj Kumar, chief public relations officer (CPRO)-cum-senior divisional operations manager of Ranchi railway division, told TOI.
Kriyayoga Express will be the third inter-state express train originating from Ranchi railway division to get new LHB rakes. Earlier this year, Hatia-Pune Superfast Express (22846) and Hatia-Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak (12812) Express underwent complete overhaul as ICF rakes were replaced by LHB rakes.
Prem Kataruka, secretary of Jharkhand Passengers' Association (JPA), welcomed the move. "We had been constantly writing to the Union railway ministry for three LHB rakes, new generator cars and engines. The coaches were in a poor condition. They broke down frequently and as a result, there were inordinate delays," Kataruka added. Notably, besides passengers and JPA, chief minister Raghubar Das had on several occasions complained of old coaches in trains originating from Jharkhand and urged the Railway to replace them with new ones.
The buzz is that SER officials are also contemplating to delink the Kriyayoga Express from 18645 Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express. "The rake, after reaching Howrah, takes off for Hyderabad after a brief stopover at Santraganchi washing line. This reduces time to clean the coaches, toilets and maintenance. That's why there were complaints about cleanliness on board the trains. If delinked, hygiene will improve," a senior official said requesting anonymity

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Yesterday (15:20)
ararvindpandeya1991~   477 blog posts
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Using kriya yoga express make ranchi cstm Mumbai new train via daltonganj singrauli

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Yesterday (21:24)
ahm33966~   1040 blog posts
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Kriya yoga and east coast exp rsa will end?
Then east coast will be SRC CDO train with new train number or some other rsa is planned.??

Yesterday (21:38)
Ratnakar^~   6120 blog posts   5063 correct pred (86% accurate)
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Hearing tapaswini RSA is being planned. tapaswini being transferred to HTE. Awaiting authenticity

Yesterday (22:22)
ahm33966~   1040 blog posts
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Sir tapaswini ka Kriya yoga ka sath rsa hoga kya?
East coast exp ka rsa kya hoga fir....woh SER ka rahega ya SCR ko firse transfer ho jayega any news??

Yesterday (23:04)
shashankswain   180 blog posts   741 correct pred (69% accurate)
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Hn... Mujhe bhi yeah sunne ko mila
Yesterday (13:04) Rly station set for airport-like makeover (
Rail Budget

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The project will be funded by leasing out about 13.92 acres of land held by the Railways around the station. A new road underbridge — from Garcha Chowk to Mauli Jagran Chowk — running parallel to Madhya Marg, will be constructed to make the project “commercially viable”, said an IRSDC official on condition of anonymity. The IRSDC is likely to pocket Rs 700 crore from leasing out land.
“It will be something like you see at airports once you’ve checked in and are waiting to board a flight,” said the official.
The passengers
will wait at the air-conditioned concourse — which will be equipped with a waiting area, washrooms, a food plaza and other commercial spaces — before they board the train.
“We want to completely change the experience at the railway station. It should feel like walking into an airport or a mall,” said the official.  
For passengers deboarding at the station, two subways will be constructed to enable a separate exit. The IRSDC will also construct 10 escalators and four lifts on the end blocks and the platforms.
“While planning this, we had two objectives in mind. Firstly, there should be complete connectivity so that the station is ‘Divyang-friendly’. Secondly, with the concourse and the subway, there will be complete segregation of passengers so that the functioning becomes smoother,” said VB Sood, Chief General Manager (Civil) at the IRSDC.  
The development of parking lots on both the Chandigarh and Panchkula side, construction of roads and landscaping will also lie under the purview of the IRSDC. “We have floated a tender for the project and the bid will be finalised by December. So far, three parties have shown interest,” said an IRSDC official.
Till the time the lease for the land is not finalised, the project will be funded by a loan from the Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC). Beginning December this year— when the tender is likely to be finalised — it should take 24 months to complete the project, reveal documents accessed by The Tribune.  
Railway land to be leased for 99 years
In February this year, the IRSDC had taken over the Chandigarh railway station with the promise of making it “world class”.
The IRSDC is a Special Purpose Vehicle — a joint venture between the Rail Land Development Authority and ICRON, a government undertaking — with a clear mandate: Develop railway stations without spending much. The IRSDC is encouraged to commercially develop railway stations and utilise real estate opportunities to fund its activities.
Dinesh C Sharma, Divisional Railway Manager, Ambala Division, said as a pilot project, two railway stations of Northern Railway  were given to the IRSDC for maintenance. The Chandigarh station is the only one from Ambala Division to be handed over to them.
“The idea is that the IRSDC, which is specialised in it, can take over the maintenance-related work while the Railways can focus on the operational aspects,” said Sharma.  
In Chandigarh, the IRSDC will follow a model of “self-development”, said the IRSDC official. The Chandigarh railway station has about 493.60 acres of land of which about 13.92 acres will be leased out to a private builder — “who will be fit to develop the land as he deems fit”, said the official.
“There is a plan to integrate the surrounding areas with the railway station. We want to monetise railway land and make it commercially viable. We are looking at mixed-used development of the land. Normally malls, offices spaces, hotels and even studio-apartments or affordable housing models do well in such places,” said Sood.
The plan to lease out the land had initially met with a lukewarm response, as the lease was envisioned for 45 years and development of residential activities was disallowed. However, the lease was then changed to 99 years and allowing construction of houses made the deal more lucrative, said the IRSDC official.
“To make it commercially viable, we will also construct a road connecting Chandigarh and Panchkula. Earlier, you had to go through the Housing Board Chowk and turn right to reach Panchkula. Now, there will be direct connectivity,” said the official.
“It has cleared the request-for-qualification (RFQ) stage. The request-for-proposal (RFP) stage will be cleared by December. So far, we have shortlisted seven parties,” said the official.
However, it is interesting to note that Rs 700 crore that the IRSDC is likely to pocket from the deal might not necessarily go towards the development of the local station.
“If we think the Kalka station needs uplift, we will invest the money there. Because that station might not have the same amount of commercial assets as the Chandigarh station,” said Sood.  
Facility management
The IRSDC is also responsible for maintaining cleanliness and housekeeping at the railway station. “I have seen a marked difference in the state of the washrooms and general cleanliness at the station in the past few months,” said Rajiv Kumar, a frequent traveller.
IRSDC officials said they had pressed a number of new machines into service to maintain cleanliness and had fixed leakages in the ceiling of the station.  A plastic-crushing and sanitary-pad disposal machine has also been installed at the station.
Initiatives to make the station disability-friendly were also underway.
“Next week, an organisation will be coming here as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility to make the place visually impaired-friendly,” said the official.
Dinesh C Sharma, Divisional Railway Manager, Ambala Division, said as a pilot project, two railway stations of Northern Railway  were given to the IRSDC for maintenance. The Chandigarh station was the only one from Ambala Division to be handed over to them.
Yesterday (00:00) Mission 2022: Indian Railways eyes 100% electrification for faster trains, cost reduction (
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While the average speed of trains will increase, the Indian Railways will also save on the operational cost.
The Indian Railways has set a target of going for 100% electrification by the end of 2022. With this, the Indian Railways aims at doing away with all diesel locomotives and ensuring reduction in operating cost of trains.
Once 100% electrification is enabled across the railway network, the pollution emanating from trains is likely to go down considerably.
from this, the average speed of trains operating in the country will also increase after all routes go for electrification. The operating cost of trains will also be reduced at a large scale, with the saving on diesel prices.

The initial steps in this regard have already been initiated by the Indian Railways.
The Railway Board has already directed all zones to start the preparations for the same. They have been asked to stop using 31-year-old diesel locomotives in phases.
Northern Railway will be the first to go ahead in this regard.

According to sources in the Indian Railways, once a diesel engine is in use for 25-30 years, its efficiency gets reduced considerably. Also, the cost incurred in maintenance of such engines is huge.
The government has been taking major steps to ensure modernisation and development of railways in India. Sources had earlier told Zee News that the Ministry of Railways might invite global players to manufacture new train sets in the country.
Sources said that companies from China, Germany and the United States may participate in the bidding process to manufacture train sets. However, the train sets to be manufactured via global tendering process will lay emphasis on make in India and employment generation.
Among the various plans of the government is also one to ease travelling for passengers of general compartments. The Indian Railways has tested a biometric system which, once implemented, would allow passengers in the general compartments to gain a seat on a first-come-first-serve basis.
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