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List of Sampark Kranti Express Trains

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Measures proposed to take for railway staff

  • Expand the scope of Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for safety category staff by enhancing the existing criteria of grade pay from Rs.1,800/- to Rs. 1,900/-.
  • Considering the Indian family structure and values, extending medical facilities to both dependent father and mother of railway employees.
  • Increasing the scholarship for the girl child of gangmen and group ‘D’ employees to `1,200 per month for higher education.
  • Setting up of a Railway Vidyalaya Prabandhan Board (RVPB) to improve quality of education to children studying in 269 railway schools. The Board will draw up a plan for improving the physical and educational infrastructure of these schools to be implemented in a time frame of three years.
  • In order to provide easy access to medical facilities in remote and inaccessible areas for our employees, it is proposed to provide 20 Medical Road Medical Vans at different locations to begin with.
  • I am happy to report that all the proposed 20 hostels for children of railway employees have been commissioned and another 20 would be set up next year.

Measures taken/proposed to be taken to improve passenger amenities

Some of the measures taken/proposed to be taken to improve passenger amenities are:-
  • Introduction of a pan-India, multi-purpose “Go-India” smart card on a pilot basis. This will be one single window package for the passenger to
  • seamlessly pay for tickets for long distance, suburban, metro etc. journeys. The card can be used in booking counters, vending machines, internet etc.;
  • Two new coaching terminals at Nemam and Kottayam in Kerala, one in Mau Nath Bhanjan in Uttar Pradesh and another in Dankuni, West
  • Bengal;
  • Better accessibility at stations for physically challenged customers;
  • Extension of Rail Yatri Sevaks with modern trolleys to six more stations: New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Thiruvananthapuram;
  • A new portal for e-ticketing by Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) is ready and will be launched shortly. Booking of tickets
  • through this portal would be cheaper with a charge of only ` 10 for AC classes and ` 5 for others;
  • Provision of internet access on Howrah-Rajdhani Express as a pilot project;
  • Extension of Train Management System to New Delhi, Bangalore, Secunderabad, Ahmedabad and Lucknow stations to provide information
  • on running of trains,
  • Introduction of advance booking of retiring rooms.

Thrust of Railway Budget this year is on modernisation

Some of these steps for improving the efficiency of the system that will ultimately benefit railway customers are:-

  • Based on the success of the pilot project of SIMRAN, jointly developed by IIT, Kanpur and RDSO, a Real Time Train Information System (RTIS) will provide reliable information on train running.
  • Collaboration with Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur for using jute geo-textiles in embankment design.
  • A project with IIT, Chennai on prototype manufacture of ultrasonic systems.
  • Partnership with Jadavpur University for development of new designs for rail steel bridges.
  • A collaborative study with IIT, Mumbai on the problem of corrosion of rails.
  • The Centre for Railway Research (CRR), collaboration between IIT, Kharagpur and RDSO, has been sanctioned and is under implementation.
  • Centres of Excellence for development and prototyping various types of Mechatronics systems at RCF/Kapurthala and DMW/Patiala;
  • E-procurement and e-auction to ensure transparency and economy.
  • Development of a comprehensive web-based databank for land and asset management database for optimum utilization of our resources.
  • Issuing paperless railway receipts.
  • Extend web based system of allotment of iron ore rakes to coal traffic.
  • Run double-stack container trains from Gujarat ports to the major ICD at Gurgaon.

Highlights of Railway Budget 2011-12

Following are the main Highlights of Railway Budget 2011-12:

  • No hike in passenger fare and freight rates.
  • Highest ever Plan outlay of Rs. 57, 630 crore proposed for Railways.
  • Rs. 9,583 crore provided for new lines.
  • 1300 km new lines, 867 km doubling of lines and 1017 km gauge conversion targeted in 2011-12.
  • 56 new Express Trains, 3 new Shatabdis and 9 Duronto trains to be introduced.
  • AC Double Decker services on Jaipur-Delhi and Ahmedabad-Mumbai routes.
  • New Super AC Class to be introduced.
  • A new portal for e-ticketing to be launched shortly.  Booking charges will be cheaper with a charge of only Rs. 10 for AC classes and Rs.5 for others.
  • Pan-India multi-purpose smart card “Go India” to be introduced.
  • 236 more stations to be upgraded as Adarsh Stations.
  • 47 additional suburban services in Mumbai and 50 new suburban services proposed for Kolkata.
  • Two new passenger terminals in Kerala and one each in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal proposed.
  • Feasibility study to raise speed of passenger trains to 160-200 kmph to be undertaken.
  • A special package of two new trains and two projects for the States managing trouble free run of trains through out the year.
  • Anti Collision Devise (ACD) sanctioned to cover 8 zonal railways.
  • GPS Based ‘Fog Safe’ Device to be deployed.
  • All unmanned level crossing upto 3000 to be eliminated.
  • All India Security Help line on a single number set up.
  • All state capitals in the North-East except Sikkim to be connected by Rail in next seven years.
  • A Bridge Factory in J & K and a state-of-art Institute for Tunnel and Bridge Engineering is proposed at Jammu.
  • A Diesel Locomotive Centre will be set-up in Manipur.
  • A Centre of Excellence in Software at Darjeeling proposed under the aegis of CRIS.
  • Rail Industrial Parks at Jellingham and New Bongaigaon proposed.
  • Additional mechanized laundry units to be set up at Nagpur, Chandhigarh and Bhopal.
  • 700 MW gas-based power plant to be set up at Thakurli in Maharashtra.
  • 18,000 Wagons to be procured during 2011-12.
  • A scheme for socially desirable projects, ‘Pradhan Mantri Rail Vikas Yojana’ with Non-lapsable fund proposed.
  • 10,000 shelter units proposed for track side dwellers in Mumbai, Sealdah, Siliguri, Tiruchirapalli on pilot basis.
  • Concession to physically handicapped persons to be extended on Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.
  • Concession of 50% to press correspondents with family increased to twice a year.
  • Senior Citizens concession to be hiked from 30 % to 40 %.
  • Medical facilities extended to dependent parents of the Railway employees.
  • Scholarship for Girl child of Group-D railway employees increased to Rs.1200 per month.
  • 20 additional hostels for children of railway employees to be set up.
  • Recruitment for 1.75 lakh vacancies of Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ including to fill up backlog of SC/ST  initiated, 16,000 ex-servicemen to be inducted by March 2011.
  • A separate sports cadre to be created.
  • 2011-12 declared ‘Year of Green Energy’ for Railways.
  • Freight loading of 993 MT and passenger growth of 6.4 % estimated for 2011-12.
  • Gross Traffic Receipts at Rs.1,06,239 crore, exceeding one lakh crore mark for the first time estimated.
  • Ordinary Working Expenses assessed at Rs. 73,650 crore.