Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Railways Budget-VI: Highlights of Railway Budget 2013-14

Dear Comrades,

·          67 new Express trains to be introduced

·         26 new passenger services, 8 DEMU services and 5 MEMU services to be  introduced

·        Run of 57 trains to be extended

·        Frequency of 24 trains to be increased

·        First AC EMU rake to be introduced  on Mumbai suburban network in 2013-14

·        72 additional services to be introduced in Mumbai and 18 in Kolkata

·        Rake length increased from 9 cars to 12 cars for 80 services in Kolkata and 30 services in Chennai

·        500 km new lines, 750 km doubling, 450 km gauge conversion targeted in 2013-14

·        First ever rail link to connect Arunachal Pradesh

·        Some Railway related activities to come under MGNREGA 

·        For the first time 347 ongoing projects identified as priority projects with the committed funding

·        Highest ever plan outlay of Rs. 63,363 crore

·        Loan of Rs. 3000 crore repaid fully.

·         A new fund-Debt Service Fund set up to meet committed liabilities.

·        Freight loading of 1047 MT, 40 MT more than 2012-13

·        Passenger growth 5.2% in 2013-14

·        Gross Traffic Receipts – Rs. 1,43,742 crore i.e. an increase of 18,062 crore over RE, 2012-13

·        Dividend payment estimated at Rs. 6,249 crore

·        Operating Ratio to be 87.8% in 2013-14

 ·        Supplementary charges for super fast trains, reservation fee, clerkage charge, cancellation charge and tatkal charge marginally increased'

·        Fuel Adjustment Component linked revision for freight tariff to be implemented from 1st April 2013

·        Enhanced reservation fee abolished

·        Elimination of 10797 Level Crossings (LC) during the 12th Plan and no addition of new LCs henceforth

·        Introduction of 160/200 kmph Self Propelled Accident Relief Trains

·        ‘Aadhar’ to be used for various passenger and staff related services

·        Internet ticketing from 0030 hours to 2330 hours

·        E-ticketing through mobile phones

·        Project of SMS alerts to passengers providing updates on reservation status

·        Next –Gen e-ticketing system to be rolled out : capable of handling 7200 tickets per minute against 2000 now,  1.20 lakh users simultaneously against 40,000 now

·        Introduction of executive lounge at 7 more stations: Bilaspur, Visakhapatnam, Patna, Nagpur, Agra, Jaipur and Bengaluru

·        Introduction of ‘Azadi Express’ to connect places associated with freedom movement

·        Four companies of women RPF personnel set up and another 8 to be set up to strengthen the security of rain passengers, especially women passengers
·        10% RPF vacancies being reserved for women

·        1.52 lakh vacancies being filled up this year out of which 47000 vacancies have been earmarked for weaker sections and physically challenged

·        Railways to impart skills to the youth in railway related trades in 25 locations
·        Provision of portable fire extinguishers in Guard-cum-Brake Vans, AC Coaches and Pantry Cars in all trains

·        Pilot project on select trains to facilitate passengers to contact on board staff through SMS/phone call/e-mail for coach cleanliness and real time feedback

·        Provision of announcement facility and electronic display boards in trains
·        Providing free Wi-Fi facilities on several trains

·        Upgrading 60 stations as Adarsh Stations in addition to 980 already selected

·        Introduction of an ‘Anubhuti’ coach in select trains to provide excellent ambience and latest facilities and services

·        179 escalators and 400 lifts at A-1 and other major stations to be installed facilitating elderly and differently-abled

·         Affixing Braille stickers with layout of coaches including toilets, provision of wheel chairs and battery operated vehicles at more stations and making coaches wheel-chair friendly

·        Centralized Catering Services Monitoring Cell set up with a toll free number (1800 111 321)

·        Complimentary card passes to recipients of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna & Dhyan Chand Awards to be valid for travel by 1st Class/2nd AC

·        Complimentary card passes to Olympic Medalists and Dronacharya Awardees for travel in Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains

·        Travel by Duronoto Trains permitted on all card passes issued to sportspersons having facility of travel by Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains

·        Facility of complimentary card passes valid in 1st class/2nd AC extended to parents of posthumous unmarried awardees of Mahavir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra, President’s Police Medal for Gallantry and policy medal for Gallantry

·         Policy Gallantry awardees to be granted one complimentary pass every year for travel along with one companion in 2nd AC in Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains

·        Passes for freedom fighters to be renewed once in three years instead of every year.

·        Setting up of six more Rail Neer bottling plants at Vijayawada, Nagpur, Lalitpur, Bilaspur, Jaipur and Ahmedabad

·        Setting up of a multi-disciplinary training institute at Nagpur for training in rail related electronics technologies

·        Setting up of a centralized training institute at Secunderabad--Indian Railways Institute of Financial Management

·        Five fellowships in national universities to be instituted to motivate students to study and undertake research on Railway related issues at M.Phil and Ph.D. levels

·        Fund allocation for staff quarters enhanced to Rs. 300 crore

·        Provision of hostel facilities for single women railway employees at all divisional headquarters

·        Provision of water closets and air conditioners in the locomotive cabs to avoid stress being faced by loco pilots


(Release ID :92504)

Railway budget-V : 67 New Express and 26 Passenger Trains to be Introduced

Dear Comrades,

The Minister of Railways Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal has announced the introduction of 67 new Express trains, 26 passenger trains, 5 MEMU services and 8 DEMU services while presenting the Railway Budget 2013-14 in Parliament today:-

Express trains:
1. Ahmedabad - Jodhpur Express (Weekly) Via Samdari, Bhildi
2. Ajni (Nagpur) - Lokmanya Tilak (T) Express (Weekly) Via Hingoli
3. Amritsar - Lalkuan Express (Weekly) Via Chandigarh
4. Bandra Terminus - Ramnagar Express (Weekly) Via Nagda, Mathura,
Kanpur, Lucknow, Rampur
5. Bandra Terminus - Jaisalmer Express (Weekly) Via Marwar, Jodhpur
6. Bandra Terminus - Hisar Express (Weekly) Via Ahmedabad, Palanpur,
Marwar, Jodhpur, Degana
7. Bandra Terminus - Haridwar Express (Weekly) Via Valsad
8. Bangalore - Mangalore Express (Weekly)
9. Bathinda - Jammu Tawi Express (Weekly) Via Patiala, Rajpura
10. Bhubaneswar - Hazrat Nizamuddin Express (Weekly) Via Sambalpur
11. Bikaner - Chennai AC Express (Weekly) Via Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur,
Nagda, Bhopal, Nagpur
12. Chandigarh -Amritsar Intercity Express (Daily) Via Sahibzada Ajitsingh
Nagar (Mohali), Ludhiana
13.  Chennai - Karaikudi Express (Weekly)
14.  Chennai - Palani Express (Daily) Via Jolarpettai, Salem, Karur,
15.  Chennai Egmore - Thanjavur Express (Daily) Via Villupuram,
16.   Chennai - Nagarsol (For Sai Nagar Shirdi) Express (Weekly) Via
Renigunta, Dhone, Kacheguda
17.   Chennai - Velankanni Link Express (Daily) Via Villupuram,  
Mayiladuthurai, Tiruvarur
18.      Coimbatore - Mannargudi Express (Daily) Via Tiruchchirappalli,
          Thanjavur, Nidamangalam
19.      Coimbatore - Rameswaram Express (Weekly)
20.      Delhi - Firozpur Intercity Express (Daily) Via Bathinda
21.       Delhi Sarai Rohilla - Sikar Express (Bi-weekly) after gauge conversion
22.      Delhi - Hoshiarpur Express (Weekly)
23.      Durg - Jaipur Express (Weekly)
24.      Gandhidham - Visakhapatnam Express (Weekly) Via Ahmedabad,
           Wardha, Ballarshah, Vijaywada
25.      Hazrat Nizamuddin - Mumbai AC Express (Weekly) via Bhopal,
           Khandwa, Bhusawal
26.      Howrah - Chennai AC Express (Bi-weekly) Via Bhadrak, Duvvada,
27.      Howrah - New Jalpaiguri AC Express (Weekly) Via Malcia Town
28.      Hubli - Mumbai Express (Weekly) Via Miraj, Pune
29.      Indore - Chandigarh Express (Weekly) Via Dewas, Ujjain, Guna,
           Gwalior, Hazrat Nizamuddin
30.     Jabalpur - Yesvantpur Express (Weekly)Via Nagpur, Dharmavaram
31.      Jaipur - Lucknow Express (Tri-weekly) Via Bandikui, Mathura, Kanpur
32.     Jaipur-Alwar Express (Daily)
33.     Jodhpur -Jaipur Express (Daily) Via Phulera
34.     Jodhpur - Kamakhya (Guwahati) Express (Weekly) Via Degana,
35.      Kakinada - Mumbai Express (Bi-weekly)
36.       Kalka - Sai Nagar Shirdi Express (Bi-weekly) Via Hazrat Nizamuddin,
           Bhopal, Itrasi
37.     Kamakhya (Guwahati) - Anand Vlhar Express (Weekly) Via Katihar,
          Barauni, Sitapur Cantt, Moradabad
38.      Kamakhya (Guwahati) - Bangalore AC Express (Weekly)
39.      Kanpur - Anand Vihar Express (Weekly) Via Farrukhabad
40.      Katihar - Howrah Express (Weekly) Via Malda Town
41.      Katra - Kalka Express (Bi-weekly) Via Morinda
42.      Kolkata - Agra Express (Weekly) Via Amethi, Rae Bareli, Mathura
43.       Kolkata - Sitamarhi Express (Weekly) Via Jhajha, Barauni, Darbhanga
44.      Kota - Jammu Tawi Express (Weekly) Via Mathura, Palwal
45.      Kurnool Town - Secunderabad Express (Daily)
46.      Lokmanya Tilak (T) - Kochuveli Express (Weekly)
47.      Lucknow - Varanasi Express Via Rae-Bareli (6 Days a week)
48.      Madgaon - Mangalore Intercity Express (Daily) Via Udupi, Karwar
49.      Mangalore - Kacheguda Express (Weekly) Via Dhone, Gooty,
           Renigunta, Coirnbatore
50.      Mau - Anand Vihar Express (Bi-weekly)
51.      Mumbai - Solapur Express (6 Days a week) Via Pune
52.       Nagercoil - Bangalore Express (Daily) Via Madurai, Tiruchchirappalli
53.      New Delhi - Katra AC Express (6 Days a week)
54.      Nizamabad - Lokmanya Tilak (T) Express (Weekly)
55.      Patna - Sasaram Intercity Express (Daily) Via Ara
56.      Patliputra (Patna) - Bangalore Express (Weekly) Via Chheoki
57.      Puducherry - Kanniyakumari Express (Weekly) Via Villupuram,
           Mayiladuthurai, Tiruchchirappalli
58.      Puri - Sai Nagar Shirdi Express (Weekly) Via Sambalpur, Titlagarh,  
           Raipur, Nagpur, Bhusawal
59.      Puri -Ajmer Express (Weekly) Via Abu-Road
60.      Radhikapur - Anand Vihar Link Express (Daily)
61.       Rajendra Nagar Terminus (Patna)- New Tinsukia Express (Weekly) Via  
           Katihar/ Guwahati
62.      Tirupati - Puducherry Express (Weekly)
63.      Tirupati - Bhubaneswar Express (Weekly) Via Visakhapatnam
64.      Una / NangaJdam- Hazoor Saheb Nanded Express (Weekly) Via    
          Anandpur Saheb, Morinda, Chandigarh, Ambala
65.      Visakhapatnam - Jodhpur Express (Weekly) Via Titlagarh, Raipur
66.      Visakhapatnam - Kollam Express (Weekly)
67.      Yesvantpur - Lucknow Express (Weekly) via Rae Bareli, Pratapgarh

Passenger Trains

1.       Bathinda - Dhuri Passenger (Daily)
2.       Bikaner-Ratangarh Passenger (Daily)
3.       Bhavnagar - Palitana Passenger (Daily)
4.       Bhavnagar - Surendranagar Passenger (Daily)
5.       Bareilly - Lalkuan Passenger (Daily)
6.       Chhapra -Thawe Passenger (Daily)
7.       Loharu - Sikar Passenger (Daily) after gauge conversion
8.       Madgaon - Ratnagiri Passenger (Daily)
9.       Marikuppam - Bangalore Passenger (Daily)
10.     Muzaffarpur - Sitamarhi Passenger (Daily) via Runnisaidpur
11.     Nadiad - Modasa Passenger (6 days a week)
12.     Nandyal - Kurnool Town passenger (Daily)
13.     New Amravati - Narkher Passenger (Daily)
14.     Punalur - Kollam Passenger (Daily)
15.     Purna - Parli Vaijnath Passenger (Daily)
16.     Palani-Tiruchendur Passenger (Daily)
17.     Ratangarh - Sardarsahar Passenger (Daily) after gauge conversion
18.     Samastipur- Banmankhi Passenger via Saharsa, Madhepura (Daily) after gauge conversion
19.     Shoranur - Kozhikode Passenger (Daily)
20.     Surendranagar - Dharangdhara Passenger (Daily)
21.     Suratgarh - Anupgarh Passenger (Daily)
22.     Somnath - Rajkot Passenger (Daily)
23.     Sitamarhi - Raxaul Passenger (Daily)
24.   Sriganganagar - Hanumangarh-Sadulpur Passenger (Daily) after gauge conversion
25.      Talguppa - Shimoga Town Passenger (Daily)
26.      Thrisur-Guruvayur Passenger (Daily)

MEMU Services

1.       Barabanki - Kanpur
2.       Chennai - Tirupati
3.       Delhi- Rohtak (Replacement of conventional service by MEMU)
4.       Lucknow - Hardoi
5.      Sealdah - Berhampore Court

DEMU Services

1.       Bhatkal - Thokur
2.       Delhi - Kurukshetra Via Kaithal
3.       Katwa - Jangipur
4.       Lucknow - Sultanpur
5.       Lucknow - Pratapgarh Via Gauriganj
6.       Madgaon - Karwar
7.       Rohtak - Rewari
8.       Taran Taran - Goindwal Saheb

MKP/Samir/BS(Release ID :92508)

Railway Budget-IV: Railway to Introduce Next Generation E-Ticketing System

Dear Comrades,

The Minister of Railways Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal has that his Ministry will put in place a Next Generation e-ticketing system to bring about a paradigm shift in internet rail ticketing. Presenting the Railway Budget for 2013-14 in Parliament today he said, the new system will significantly improve the end user experience in respect of ease of use, response time as well as capacity. He said, the new system shall be able to support 7200 tickets per minute as against 2000 tickets per minute at present. It will support 1, 20,000 simultaneous users at any point in time against the present capacity of 40,000 users with capability to easily scale up as demand increases in future. The Minister said, the system will make use of advanced fraud control and security management tools thereby further improving fairness and transparency in disbursal of tickets.

The Minister also announced several IT initiatives for the benefit of passengers. These are:

i. Extending availability of the facility of internet ticketing from 0030 hours to 2330 hours;

ii. Making e-ticketing possible through mobile phones;

iii. As a follow up to overwhelming response to Indian Railway website and Integrated Train Enquiry Service under “139”, a project of SMS Alerts to passengers providing updates on reservation status is being rolled out shortly;

iv. Covering larger number of trains under Real Time Information System (RTIS), whereby rail-users will be able to access information through nominated websites and mobile phones.

MKP/AD/DB (Release ID :92500) PIB

Railway Budget-III : Thrust on Safety; Measures Include Modern Coaches, Elimination of Level Crossings

Dear Comrades,
The Minister of Railways Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal has announced several measures to strengthen safe operation of trains. Presenting the Railway Budget for 2013-14 in Parliament today he said Safety is a necessary mandate for running trains and rail passengers deserve safe and comfortable travel. The measures taken/proposed to be taken are as follows:

i. Elimination of 10,797 level crossings during the 12th Plan and not adding any new Level Crossing;

ii. Continued thrust on improved signaling for not only ensuring much better safety for train operations but also enhancing the track capacity;

iii. Introduction of Train Protection Warning System (TPWS) on automatic signaling systems;

iv. Following successful completion of initial testing, the indigenously developed Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) is proposed to be put to rigorous trials;

v. Upgradation of track structure using 60 kg rails, 260 meter long welded rail-panels and improved flash butt welding technology;

vi. Induction of Self Propelled Accident Relief Trains (SPART) with speed potential of 160/200 kmph on trial basis with a view to putting in place a fast and reliable disaster management system;

vii. Progressive induction of crash-worthy LHB coaches having anti-climb feature;

viii. Rehabilitation of 17 bridges which have been identified as distressed to be completed over the next one year.

The Minister said, with a view to provide long term prospective and focus attention for enhancing safety, he proposes to initiate an exercise of making Corporate Safety Plan for a ten year period (2014-24)


(Release ID :92493)

Railway Budget-II: Stress on Security of Rail Passengers, 10% Rpf Vacancies to be Reserved for Women

Dear Comrades,

The Minister of Railways Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal has said that to strengthen the security of rail passengers, especially women passengers, Railways have already created four companies of women RPF personnel and another eight would be set up. Presenting the Railway Budget for 2013-14 in Parliament today he said, recruitment to RPF is being conducted with 10% vacancies reserved for women. He said, the presence of women RPF personnel will be further strengthened with the field units.

The Minister said, many trains are being escorted by Government Railway Police and Railway Protection Force in sensitive sections. Further, the Ladies Special local trains in Metropolitan Cities are being escorted by lady RPF Staff. Shri Bansal said, security helpline numbers have been made available on several zonal railways to facilitate passengers in reporting any untoward incidence for immediate intervention.
MKP/AD/DB  (Release ID :92496) PIB

Railway Budget - I

Dear Comrades,

Marginal Increase in Some Charges; Enhanced Reservation Fee Abolished The Minister of Railways Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal has announced to effect marginal increase in some charges which are in the form of compensation for cost actually incurred by Railways in rendering relevant services.

While presenting Railway Budget for 2013-14 in Parliament today he said that the charges have not been revised for last several years. These include supplementary charge for superfast trains, reservation fee, clerkage charge, cancellation charge and tatkal charge.

Shri Bansal also announced to abolish the concept of enhanced reservation fee with a view to simplify the fee structure, having already discontinued development charge in January this year.

MKP/SK/SK  (Release ID :92518) PIB

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) releases Consultation Paper on ‘Review of Tariff for National Roaming’

Dear Comrades,

The tariff for National Roaming Services was last specified by the Authority through Telecommunication Tariff Order (44th Amendment) dated 24th January, 2007. In view of the changes in regimes governing some of the cost components which formed part of the national roaming charges, the Authority decided to conduct a comprehensive review.

A consultation paper issued analyzes the pros and cons of different approaches to the regulation of tariffs for national roaming. The possibility of mandating free national roaming as envisaged in National Telecom Policy, 2012 has been deliberated in the Consultation Paper with a detailed impact analysis. In addition, the paper also seeks the views of stakeholders on the tariff regime for video calls and SMS while on national roaming and on the desirability of allowing Special Tariff Vouchers (STVs) for national roaming service.

The consultation paper on ‘Review of Tariff for National Roaming’ has been uploaded on TRAI’s website (www.trai.gov.in). The written comments on the issues raised in the consultation paper are invited from the stakeholders by 18th March, 2013.

MV/RK  (Release ID :92522)  PIB

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Various Circulars

Dear Comrades,


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