দ্য ওয়াল ব্যুরো: পুজোর (Puja) রাতে দর্শকদের সুবিধার জন্য কিছু স্পেশাল নাইট সার্ভিস ট্রেন চালু করেছিল রেল কর্তৃপক্ষ। শিয়ালদহ শাখার সেই ট্রেনগুলি বন্ধ করে দেওয়া হল। পুজোতেও তৎপরতা, ভাটপাড়ায় ভোট পরবর্তী হিংসার ঘটনায় ৮ জনকে গ্রেফতার করল সিবিআই বনগাঁ, রানাঘাট, ডানকুনি, বারুইপুর ও বজবজ এই পাঁচ ডিভিশনের সাত জোড়া স্পেশাল ট্রেন বাতিল করেছে রেল। অষ্টমী নবমী দশমীর রাতে এইসব ট্রেনের পরিষেবা পাওয়ায়র কথা ছিল। অষ্টমী পরিষেবা মিললেও বন্ধ হয়ে গেল নবমী আর দশমীর ট্রেনগুলি। পুজোয়... more...
রাস্তাঘাটে ভিড় এড়াতে, মানুষের যানবাহনের সুবিধার্থেই এই সাত জোড়া নাইট স্পেশাল ট্রেন চালানোর সিদ্ধান্ত নিয়েছিল রেল। কিন্তু পুজো যত এগোচ্ছে রাস্তাঘাটে মণ্ডপে মণ্ডপে ভিড় যেন ততই বাড়ছে হু হু করে। কোভিডবিধি শিকেয় তুলে শহরের রাস্তায় মানুষের ঢল নামছে প্রতিদিনই। শুধু তাই নয়, এই ভিড়ের কারণেই শ্রীভূমি স্পোর্টিং ক্লাবের চোখধাঁধানো বুর্জ খলিফার মণ্ডপে অষ্টমীর রাতে দর্শক প্রবেশ নিষিদ্ধ করে দেওয়া হয়েছে। এরপরেই নড়েচড়ে বসেছে রেল কর্তৃপক্ষও। নাইট স্পেশাল ট্রেনগুলি বাতিল করার সিদ্ধান্ত নেওয়া হয়েছে। অষ্টমীর রাতে রাজ্য প্রশাসনের সঙ্গে আলোচনা করেই এই সিদ্ধান্ত নিয়েছে রেল।
Indian Railways has successfully completed the trial run of an electric locomotive in the northeastern state of Assam for the very first time. This will help the Indian Railways in providing electric rail connectivity in the remote northeastern parts of the country. Indian Railways has successfully completed the trial run of an electric locomotive in the northeastern state of Assam for the very first time. This will help the Indian Railways in providing electric rail connectivity in the remote northeastern parts of the country. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal shared a video on Twitter... more...
in which a WAG9 electric locomotive can be seen conducting a trial on the soil of the state of Assam for the very first time. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal shared a video on Twitter in which a WAG9 electric locomotive can be seen conducting a trial on the soil of the state of Assam for the very first time. Rail Vikas Nigam Limited(RVNL) which conducted the trial run wrote on Twitter," RVNL completed an electric loco trial between Bongaigaon-Sorupeta on 18.02.2021. This is the first electric traction in operation in Assam changing the dynamics of train operations in NE region with green energy, efficient and environment-friendly options." At present full operations are under electric traction is being done from the New Jalpaiguri(NJP) station which falls in the state of West Bengal. The Ministry of Railways has aimed to transform the whole railway network and electrification has been accorded high priority as a part of the national goal to transform India into a green nation. 66% of track length has been electrified by November 2020. Railways aim to complete electrification of its entire broad-gauge network by 2023 The speed of electrification has been greatly scaled up from a level of 1176 KM in 2014-15 to 5276 in 2018-19 and 4378 KM in 2019-20 despite the setback due to COVID (in fact Cumulative 1,682 RKMs have been electrified till Nov’20 ). Once completed, IR will achieve a unique feat among the major railways in the world to run trains fully with indigenously produced power without dependence on imported fossil fuel. After 100% electrification, estimated saving on fuel/energy bill for IR would be about Rs.14,500 Cr per annum. Indian Railways have fixed itself a stiff target of being a net-zero emitter of carbon by 2030 .This includes an ambitious target for complete electrification of IR network by 2023 and an equally ambitious target for generation of renewable energy using Railway’s assets.
Central Railway and the Western Railway zones of the Indian Railways issued a joint statement on the request of Govt of Maharashtra, vide letter No. DMU 2020/ CR 92/ DM 1 dated 19 October, permission has been granted by the Ministry of Railways, Government of India to private guards travelling with uniform for travel by special suburban services over the Mumbai suburban network. They are requested to obtain QR code from the State Government of Maharashtra at the earliest.
The Central Railway and the Western Railway zones of the Indian Railways issued a joint statement on the request of Govt of Maharashtra, vide letter No. DMU 2020/ CR 92/ DM 1 dated 19 October, permission has been granted by the Ministry of Railways, Government of India to private guards travelling with uniform for travel by special suburban services over the Mumbai suburban network. They are requested to obtain QR code from the State Government of Maharashtra at the earliest.
The private security gaurds with uniform and valid identity cards are authority for entry at the stations. Additional booking counters will be opened at important railway stations for the passengers.
"They are requested to obtain QR code from the state government at the earliest," the release said.
However, till that time travel permission will be granted to them on the basis of their uniforms with valid identity cards, it added.
Earlier, Indian Railways allowed women to travel on suburban trains from 21 October between 11.00 am to 3.00 pm and after 7.00 pm.
Railways are currently operating 1410 special suburban services on Mumbai suburban network of Central and Western Railway. Central Railway has added 225 suburban services making it total 706 from19 October.
Western Railway is running 704 suburban services on its network including six ladies special.
Checking of passengers coming to stations:
1) Between 11 am to 3 pm and after 7 pm: no checking of ladies for QR code/ identity and only tickets will be checked, as all ladies are allowed. Others to be checked for QR code/ identity cards in addition to valid tickets
2) Other timings: everyone to be checked as per QR code/ identity cards and valid tickets.
From June 15, around 1,410 special suburban services are being run for essential services staff, including the state and central government employees. QR-coded identity cards are mandatory for train travel for majority of those authorised to travel in these trains.
According to a senior railway official,the Maharashtra government on Thursday urged the authorities to permit the lawyers and their registered clerks to travel in local trains during non-peak hours.
He said that after getting approval from the competent authority, the railways will permit them to use the services.
With Indian Railways targeting complete electrification in broad gauge routes, the national transporter is planning to phase out 2,600 diesel locomotives.
Aiming at reduction in emissions and use of fossil fuel in train operation, Indian Railways would phase out over 2,600 diesel locomotives in the next few years, paving the way for 100 per cent electrification in broad gauge routes.
focus on clean and green energy, the state-run transporter has written to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) with details of an action plan to phase out 2,695 diesel locos from the operation in the next five years.
While actual number of diesel locos withdrawn from operation is expected to be much higher, these 2,695 locos are the minimum number to be grounded from the mainline, Railway Ministry stated in its recent letter to CPCB and Environment Ministry.
According to the phase-out plan, 970 diesel locos will be grounded in 2020-21, followed by 360 in 2021-22, 365 in 2022-23 and 505 in 2023-24.
While the number of locos to be withdrawn in 2025-26 is yet to be decided, 495 locos will be grounded in 2024-25.
Only a limited number of diesel locos would ply for disaster management, emergencies and strategic reasons, the railways said.
There are about 5,000 diesel locos and an equal number of electrical locos in the railways fleet.
The aim is to have about 10,000 electric locos for train operation with gradual switching over to electrical traction and subsequent withdrawal of diesel locos, said a senior Railway Ministry official.
Railways is going ahead with a complete electrification programme and expects to achieve the target by December 2022 as the 2,500 km long track is yet to be electrified.
However, the senior railway official clarified that there would not be a complete withdrawal of diesel locos from the system as these engines are required for strategic and emergency purposes.
The diesel locos are mostly operational now in the North Frontier and North Western zones.
Flights to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad were stopped from July 6 as the state government stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The dates were extended multiple times. The Mamata Banerjee-led administration in West Bengal has no issues if local trains and metro rail services are resumed in the state and has even allowed resumption of flight services from six cities to Kolkata that had been suspended since July 6. The chief minister also announced that there would be complete state-wide lockdown... more...
on September 7, 11 and 12. The state government, which was earlier planning to reopen schools on September 5 if the Covid-19 situation improved, said that schools and colleges would remain closed till September 20. “Flight services from six cities were suspended. From September 1, flight services to Kolkata from the six cities may resume and can operate on three days. We cannot allow complete resumption of flight services as of now,” Banerjee said after a cabinet meeting. Flights to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad were stopped from July 6 as the state government stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The dates were extended multiple times. “We have no problem if Metro wants to resume services in and around Kolkata after maintaining physical distance (between passengers). Local train services may also start in a phased manner - one fourth at a time. We have no problem. Railway authorities can speak with us,” Banerjee said. After months of deliberations, the Centre is finally likely to allow resumption of Metro services from September 1, when the fourth phase of unlocking economic activities will begin, people familiar with the development said. The government is considering opening local rail transportation from the first week of September. Officials of the Union government had earlier told HT that modifications were being worked out on how to resume Metro services. “Total lockdown would be enforced on September 7, 11 and 12. If the situation calls for more lockdown-days the dates would be announced later in September,” said a senior official of the state government.
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