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Today (20:42)  Mumbai rail roko: Harrowing morning for commuters; train services limp back to normalcy (
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News Entry# 331993     
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Mar 20 2018 (20:42)
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Commuters in Mumbai had a rough morning on Tuesday, with a rail roko on Central Railway’s (CR) main line disrupting services and shortage of cabs as the Ola-Uber drivers’ strike entered its second day.
Railway apprentices started their agitation against the railway recruitment system after 7am, by blocking tracks and stopping trains between Matunga and Dadar stations on the CR’s main line.
Protesters blocked both the fast and slow Up and Down lines, disrupting local train schedules severely during the morning rush hours, and delaying outstation trains.
agitators, who had come to Mumbai from various part of the country, were objecting to the change in the railways’ recruitment process, put in place two years ago. The railways regularly appoint apprentices for various technical jobs, to be done in their various workshops across India. Earlier, these apprentices would get absorbed into the railways as they got preference during recruitments. However, in 2016, the Union railway ministry decided to stop this and offer them just a 20% quota. Since then, many apprentices have not been able to get railway jobs. They have been staging protests against this for a while now.
“Due to some agitation between Matunga and Dadar, rail traffic has been affected between Matunga and CSMT,” said Sunil Udasi, chief public relations officer, CR.
Commuters were forced to wait at stations or stuck inside trains, which prompted many of them to jump on to the tracks and walk to the nearest railway station. “I was stuck near Kurla for more than one hour. I am an instructor and I was heading towards Ghatkopar to teach. I jumped off the train and walked on the track to Ghatkopar station. I had no idea about the rail roko, otherwise I would not have stepped out of home,” says Kavita Joil, a Currey Road resident.
“I boarded a train from Ambernath for Dadar. My train was stuck for close to two hours near Kalyan, so I decided to walk back towards Ambernath,” said commuter Ajay Tribhuvan.
Another passenger Meghan Patankar, a Kalyan resident, was on his way to his office at Navy Nagar, Colaba, when his train got stuck between Diva and Thane on the fast line for at least 20 minutes. “My local was held up near Thane creek for 15-20 minutes. So I got off at the next station, and decided not to even try to get to work today,” he said.
At one point, Railway Protection Force (RPF) officials said there were around 3,000 protesters on the tracks at Matunga, and personnel from the RPF, Government Railway Police (GRP) and the city police tried to convince protesters to move off the tracks, but they were not successful. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers also reached the spot, and supported the agitation.
GRP ACP Machindra Chavan said there was a “mild lathicharge” to clear protestors from the tracks, but they did not budge.
The BEST Undertaking directed all its depot managers to operate extra bus services, but even that was not too successful as many of its drivers and conductors from the eastern suburbs were stuck and unable to reach the depots. The BEST, however, started operating extra buses from Dharavi, Matunga, Mulund, Ghatkopar and Wadala, among other places.
Passengers at Thane, Kurla, Dadar and other stations also complained that they are unable to get taxis and auto-rickshaws.
The agitators finally agreed to end the stir around 10.35am, after railway officials, who are believed to have reached the spot close to two hours after the rail roko began, negotiated with them. “We have withdrawn our agitation as the railways have promised to give us a reply within two days. They give us training but then they don’t want to employ us. How is this fair? People have come from all over India to protest. We will agitate further if our demands are not met,” says Somit Singh, a railway apprentice who came to the city from Gujarat to participate in the stir.
“We held a similar agitation in Delhi too, but our demands were not met and we got only a verbal assurance. That is why we decided to hold a protest in Mumbai. We have withdrawn our agitation only after getting a written assurance,” said Shubham Tambat, an apprentice who came to Mumbai from Jalgaon. “We want more than 20% quota,” said Ghusaran who has come from Punjab.
After the stir ended, SK Jain, divisional railway manager, CR, said: “Agitators have been advised that there will be an exam exclusively for them under the 20% quota and that they may apply for it up to March 31. For anything else they have to represent their case to concerned officers of the Railway Board as the matter has all-India policy implications.”
On Tuesday afternoon, the protesters headed to meet MNS chief Raj Thackeray at MIG Club, Bandra (east).
यूटिलिटी डेस्क। हर साल हजारों-लाखों यात्री ट्रेन में सफर करते हैं। आप में से अधिकांश ने ट्रेन के आखिरी डिब्ब के पीछे X का निशान बना जरूर देखा होगा, लेकिन क्या आप जानते हैं कि ट्रेन के आखिरी डिब्बे के पीछे X का निशान ही क्यों बना होता है।
रेलवे मामलों के जानकार नागेश नामजोशी कहते हैं कि यह रेलवे का एक कोड है, जाे सिक्योरिटी और सेफ्टी के पर्पस से ट्रेन के आखिरी डिब्बे पर बनाया जाता है। इसके एक नहीं कई मीनिंग हैं। किसी ट्रेन पर यह निशान नहीं है तो इसका मतलब होता है कि ट्रेन में कुछ प्रॉब्लम है या ट्रेन का कोई डिब्बा छूट गया है। यह रेलवे स्टाफ के लिए एक तरह से अलर्ट का काम
करता है। ऐसा होने पर वे कुछ दुर्घटना होने के पहले कोई एक्शन ले सकते हैं। एक यात्री के तौर पर सुरक्षित रहने के मकसद से आप भी ट्रेन में सफर से पहले लास्ट बोगी पर यह निशान देख संतुष्ट हो सकते हैं। वीडियो में देखिए इसका और क्या मीनिंग होता है।
Today (20:36)  Over 1,200 vacant seats in special trains for Ajmer Urs (
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Aurangabad: Special trains that were announced from Nanded for the benefit of passengers attending Ajmer Urs in Rajasthan had as many as 1,286 vacant seats by Monday evening.
The poor occupancy has prompted railway authorities to appeal to passengers to take the benefit of the special train.
Rajesh Shinde, public relations officer of South Central Railway (SCR), Nanded division, said the over 90% seats in the special Nanded- Ajmer-Nanded train were unclaimed.
said, “While other special trains introduced by SCR authorities for Ajmer Urs have witnessed relatively better occupancy, Nanded- Ajmer-Nanded train has been struggling to attract passengers.”
Railway activist Omprakash Varma, however, blamed SCR authorities for announcing the special trains to Ajmer on such short notice.
Varma said, “Formal announcement of the special trains was made on March 15. It is an incorrect practice to introduce such trains hardly a few days before the actual journey. Passengers cannot plan their tour in such a short time. Ideally, the SCR authorities should announce such special trains at least a month beforehand.”
The special train from Nanded to Ajmer (07641) will depart from Nanded at 4.05pm on March 21 and is scheduled to reach Ajmer the next day at 9.25pm.
The return train from Ajmer to Nanded (07642) will leave from Ajmer at 8.05pm on March 26 and will arrive at Nanded at 1.30am on Wednesday.
The special trains will stop at Purna, Basmat, Hingoli, Washim, Akola, Bhusaval, Jalgaon, Nandurbar, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Godhra, Dahod, Ratlam, Mandsor, Nimach, Chittaurgarh and Bhilwara stations.
These trains will have AC chair car, sleeper class, general second class and brake van cum luggage coaches. Special trains Kacheguda-Madar-Kacheguda, Hyderabad-Ajmer-Hyderabad, Machilipatnam-Vijayawada-Machilipatnam Ajmer Link and Nellore Ajmer Nellore have also been pressed into service by the SCR to benefit pilgrims visiting Ajmer Urs.
Today (20:33)  Bomb scare at Allahabad-bound train, hundreds of passengers asked to deboard (
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Mar 20 2018 (20:34)
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Station Tag: Meerut City Junction/MTC added by a2z~/1674352
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MEERUT: Hundreds of passengers of an Allahabad-bound train were asked to deboard at Hapur station on Monday night after a device, suspected to be a bomb attached to a timer, was spotted near a toilet. Heavy police force, an RAF contingent and a bomb squad rushed to tackle the situation at the busy Hapur station through which several high-speed trains pass.
A senior official, on condition of anonymity, said that the device has been sent for examination by the bomb disposal squad and nothing could be said before the report arrives.
The train
was halted at Hapur station, about 20 km from its origin in Meerut even as passengers panicked.
There was pandemonium at the station as the police tried to evacuate the passengers once the train arrived at platform number 5 at around 8 pm. Several teams of RAF, GRP, local police and bomb squads were pressed in action.
“All the passengers have been safely evacuated and the area has been cordoned off. Fire tenders are on stand-by and all necessary precautions are being taken,” said Ram Mohan Singh, additional superintendent of police, Hapur.
Today (20:31)  Defunct escalators at MRTS stations irk commuters (
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CHENNAI: The Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) stations are colossal structures and platforms, which are usually on the first or second floor, a climb of at least 40-50 steps. But it seems railway officials want commuters, including senior citizens, to make mandatory the long walk up to take the trains on foot.
Many important stations on the Chennai Beach-Velachery section have escalators or lifts which are out of service quite frequently. For instance, the Thirumailai station in Mylapore has two lifts which have been out of service since August 2017. Railway officials say the maintenance contractor’s term has ended and they are floating a tender again this month. This station houses a Passenger Reservation System (PRS) ticketing system on the first floor
apart from the office of the Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL), the engineering public sector unit of Indian Railways.
An internal audit by railway officials last week found that escalators and lifts were not working in Chintadripet and Thiruvanmiyur stations, apart from Thirumailai. “Passenger complaints have been pouring in, which shows the regular patronage on MRTS section has gone up and people want good facilities,” a source said.
Similarly, the escalator in Kasturibai Nagar station, which is a transit point station at Madhya Kailash junction in Adyar, was not working when a TOI photographer visited the facility on Monday evening.
At the Chepauk station, where the escalators were defunct for a long time, a proposal to link the ground floor to the first floor through an escalator is lying in cold storage for many years, say railway sources. Much to the relief of commuters, both pairs of escalators and lifts were in working condition on Monday afternoon.
“It is a regular complaint and shows that MRTS is not treated on a par with other suburban sections by Southern Railway,” said K Baskar, member of Divisional Rail Users Consultative Committee.
Railway officials said they have audited the section recently and have taken cognisance of commuter complaints. “Rectification work is in progress,” said an official.
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