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210 train services to be hit this X’mas weekend

Thirty years after the rail authorities proposed to connect Mumbai with Raigad through Seawoods-Uran Railway line; the Central Railway (CR) will kick off its first huge mega block this month. Ten lakh commuters on the Harbour line and 2 lakh commuters using the Trans-Harbour line will be affected by this super mega block as the authorities are expected to cancel around 210 train services between December 22-25. On December 14, the block carried out for carrying out this project-related work was delayed which disrupted services on Harbour line.During the next four days, the CR authorities will carry out work on the most crucial element of this 28-km suburban rail line during non-peak hours due to which 64 services will get cancelled.These cancellations will be mainly between Nerul-Panvel section on which on a regular day, 256 services ply on this route. “We will carry out work near Belapur station which is very crucial for this project,” said SK Jain, Divisional Railway Manager (Mumbai), Central Railway.On December 24, 12 services will be cancelled. During this period, Nerul station will remain affected which will also hit services on the Trans Harbour section towards Thane. Trains will, however, be available between Vashi and Thane during this period.Sources said that they are working on laying tracks on a new tunnel towards Kile station. The most important block would be from the night of December 24. Services will begin at 2 am and end at 3 pm on the day of Christmas when 124 services on Harbour line and 40 services on Trans Harbour section will be cancelled.CANCELLATIONSThese cancellations will be mainly between Nerul-Panvel section; 256 services ply on this route on a daily basis Trains will, however, be available between Vashi and Thane On December 25, 124 services on Harbour line and 40 services on Trans Harbour section will be cancelled.

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Train derailed in Delhi; no casualties reported so far

Updated: Nov 28, 2017, 12:45 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A passenger train derailed in Delhi on Tuesday; however no one was hurt in the incident, confirmed Northern Railways here.The Palwal-New Delhi-Ghaziabad passenger train (64055) derailed after one of its wheels went off the track at Okhla.”The Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) and other officers have reached the spot while arrangements were being made to evacuate the passengers,” the Northern Railways’ Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) further informed.The CPRO also stated that there was no major disruption to traffic due to the derailment.

Western Railway audit: Reduce luggage weight of commuters, instal escalators

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The best way to prevent people from standing on stairways of foot over bridges (FOBs) is to replace them with escalators. Not just this, the Western Railway (WR) in its audit report has suggested reducing the weight of bags and luggage carried inside local trains. Both these factors were among the reasons behind the Elphinstone Road stampede, when the smooth movement of people on the staircase of a foot over bridge was hindered by luggage and sacks carried by commuters.The audit report of WR has suggested that the size and weight of bags carried by commuters in local trains should be reduced drastically. Sources said that at present a commuter travelling first-class can carry up to 50 kg and a second-class passenger can carry 35 kg. “We have proposed to bring it down to 15 kg for first-class and 10 kg for second-class,” said a WR official.Just before Diwali, the Central Railway gave a proposal to the Railway Board in Delhi seeking permission to construct 214 escalators in Mumbai. At present, there are 22 escalators on CR and 32 escalators on WR. This is apart from the ongoing work on 52 escalators on CR. “We are also working at erecting these 52 escalators by June 2018,” said SK Jain, Divisional Railway Manager (Mumbai), Central Railway.The recent audit of stations done by the different teams had also asked the CR authorities to build 67 new escalators. These too have been included in the 214 escalators that have been sent to Delhi. The cost of each escalator is Rs 60 lakh that has annual maintenance contract of 3 years.The WR on the other hand is constructing 18 escalators and has asked for 80 more escalators across all the stations. Apart from this the CR will also construct 12 new FOBs.NEW MEASURESCCTVs planned to cover escalators. 12 new FOBs are being built at a cost of Rs 180 crore.
Special CCTVs will be placed that will capture the crowded locations and send a beeper to the RPF control room

Railways mulls single food stall at all stns

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a significant change of policy change to create more space on platforms, the Railways will soon start removing extra food stalls from platforms. Instead, it will have a single stall, creating more space for commuters.The other part, the hungry passengers would have to do away with buying their favourites such as samosa, vada pav, ragda, cold drinks and other eatables from the platforms. The railway authorities also claimed that during recent inspections, they have analysed the condition of the food stalls that have been leased on a contract basis.This will include length and breadth of the food stalls on platforms and its concourse area, its total number at every station, number of daily commuters using a station, et cetera.The officials said that the stalls attract a large number of buyers, thereby creating a congestion during peak hours.Railway minister Piyush Goyal, on Saturday, had spoken about decongesting railway stations and make it easy for the mobility of passengers.”The stations in the suburban section is mainly used by office-goers. We need to cater to faster dispersal and passenger movement rather than providing food,” said a senior railway official.”A concept, Multi-Purpose Stall (MPS), has already been approved by the Railway Board,” said a senior railway official “This is to ensure availability of space and decongesting at stations”.The single-stall would keep packed food, medicines, newspapers, books and magazines, milk and cold drinks. The Divisional Railway Manager of each division (the Central and Western Railways has each DRM for Mumbai) will decide the number of MPS and forward it to the Chief Commercial Manager for approval and calling tenders. Once the safety studies are complete, this mechanism would be put into force.

One Rupee Clinics on CR to shut down

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The One Rupee Clinic will meet an untimely death on the Central Railway line due conflict between authorities. The initiative has been running successfully for four months at railway stations along the Central line – eight clinics are currently functional and 11 more were in the offing on the Central and Harbour line. These will shut down in three days according to the founder Dr Rahul Ghule.The reason for the termination of the programme, he says, is delay from the Railways in granting permission to set up the clinics within a station’s premises. This often depends on reclaiming the space by clearing hawkers. However, Sunil Udasi, chief public relations officer of Central Railway, says, “The One Rupee Clinics are functioning well. Neither the operator nor Central Railway has any issue with each other.””We wanted to serve the patients,” says Dr Ghule, “but due to politics and bureaucracy, we have failed to function properly. Due to these issues, we may not start them on the Western Line. We have invested over Rs 50 lakh in the project and wanted it to be an Emergency Medical Response (EMR) centre.”The functioning eight clinics have seen a footfall of over 20,000 visitors in their lifespan of four months. Most accident cases are treated at Dadar, Kurla, Mulund, Ghatkopar and Thane stations.In July, a baby was delivered at a clinic in Ghatkopar station as a Titwala-resident was travelling to a Dadar-based hospital to be admitted.Dr Ghule wrote a letter to the Divisional Railway Manager of Central Railway on Sunday, September 3, about the withdrawal of the initiative.In May, the clinic at Dadar station was partly demolished due to miscommunication from the Central Railway officials. It was partly razed while the extended pharmacy was being brought down. “We had to suffer a loss of over Rs 8 lakh,” says Dr Ghule.He says they will now open such clinics in slum pockets instead. “We are shifting these clinics to slum areas and lower middle class areas,” says Dr Ghule. “This will help us serve the needy in a cost-effective way.”

Sewer workers’ deaths: HC calls civic bodies’ heads to court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a strong view of the recent deaths of manual scavengers, Delhi High Court today directed the heads of all civic bodies in the national capital to be present before it on September 18 to explain how such activity was going on despite being prohibited under the law. A bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Sunil Gaur was informed by amicus curiae Sanjay Poddar that in little over a month, 10 persons have died in four incidents while cleaning sewers in the national capital without any protective gear or safety measures in place. All of them had suffocated to death due to the toxic fumes in the sewer lines. The court, thereafter, sought the presence of the Commissioners of the three municipal corporations, the heads of Delhi Jal Board, Public Works Department, Delhi Cantonment Board, the New Delhi Municipal Council and the Divisional Railway Manager of Northern Railway. It directed the Delhi government to immediately pay the compensation of Rs 10 lakh per person as provided under the rules and listed the matter for a compliance report on September 18. It also directed the District Magistrates to furnish their enquiry reports in each of the incidents. The court said they have to inform it about who were the officials responsible and for whose failure to perform duty had led to these incidents which have claimed 10 lives. The bench also wondered where the manual scavengers were coming from when the surveys undertaken by the municipal bodies showed no persons were engaged in such activities. It directed the heads of the various authorities to bring with them the relevant records indicating the number of persons engaged directly or indirectly through contractors in the work of manual scavenging or those exposed to hazardous environments, which are prohibited under the law. The court said the records should contain the details of the works, the contractors engaged and the number of employees in each case. The officials also have to inform the court about the existing procedure for cleaning sewers and septic tanks. The court was hearing of a PIL filed in 2007 for the rehabilitation of manual scavengers. It had earlier termed as “disgraceful” the existence of manual scavenging in the city despite a law prohibiting such a practice and had said, “We are a country of poor people but not for the poor people.” It is “ridiculous and shocking”, the court had observed when informed by the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) that one of the manual scavengers was a “graduate”. The DSLSA, in an interim report, had said that there were manual scavengers in the national capital even after the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 came into force.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Overcharging rail passengers won’t be tolerated: Luthra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A zero-tolerance policy will be adopted towards overcharging passengers at railway stations and in trains, Northern Railways Chief Divisional Commercial Manager (Ferozepur division) Monu Luthra said today. Luthra said that any complaints regarding overcharging in catering of various items, including food, will be taken seriously and meted out with strict punishment. He said that special care will be given to quality, hygiene and cleanliness in catering of provisions, especially food, to passengers at all 260 railway stations of Ferozepur division. Luthra disclosed that paid toilet facility will also be started at railway stations in the division. “The stations having maximum flow of passengers and categorised as A and +A stations will have special facilities for the physically-challenged persons,” he said. “These will include provisions of wheelchairs, ramps, low-height drinking water outlets, specially-designed toilets,” he said. Maintaining that plans are afoot to boost railway income through non-fare-revenue(NFR), Luthra said that Divisional Railway Manager Vivek Kumar had set up two committees for the purpose. A three-member committee is being headed by Luthra and it has received two offers of innovative advertisement displays by two parties. Under the non-fare revenue scheme, the Railways will allow use of the space at a price for advertisements at railway stations, rail bridges and gates, he said. Luthra also informed that all unmanned rail crossings in Ferozepur division will either be eliminated/merged or provided limited-height subways by 2020 in order to prevent accidents.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

8 coaches of Rajya Rani Exp derail near Rampur, 2 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Eight coaches of Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derailed near Rampur in Uttar Pradesh today leaving at least two passengers injured, railway officials said. The accident happened between Mundapandey and Rampur railway stations, Northern railway spokesperson Neeraj Sharma said. He said while two passengers have been injured there was no casualty in the accident. Moradabad Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) has reached the spot to oversee the rescue and relief operations. A medical team has also reached the spot, he said. The official said causes of the accidents are not known yet. Earlier, police officials in Rampur had said 15 passengers were injured and rushed to hospital.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Train crash likely due to cracks in track

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The safety of Indian Railways was once again put to question on Thursday with the derailment of eight coaches of Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express in Mahoba district of Uttar Pradesh. The incident, which occurred on Thurday at around 2.27 am, is the eighth train accident since October last year. While the Railway Ministry claimed that 13 people were injured in the accident, local authorities said at least 52 people were injured. Earlier in the day, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said there were reports of 21 people being injured, but later in the evening, Railways issued a statement saying 12 people suffered simple injuries and one passenger suffered grievous injuries in the accident. Though the exact reason of the mishap could not be ascertained, prima facie, a crack in the rail tracks seemed to be the cause. Sinha said that according to the Divisional Railway Manager, prima facie fresh weld failure on the left side caused the derailment. Fresh weld means it was not an old crack, and that the crack developed suddenly and could not be detected.Some TV channels reported that the Anti-Terrorist Squad suspected the derailment to be the handwork of terrorists, but DNA could not independently verify this. Railways ordered an inquiry into the accident, which left 400 metres of track damaged. Railway Board member (traffic) Mohd Jamshed said the inquiry would ascertain the cause of accident. Asked whether it was an act of sabotage or if any defect in the rolling stock led to the mishap, Jamshed said nothing can be ruled out till the report is submitted. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also directed Principal Secretary (Home) and the state’s Director General of Police (DGP) to apprise him of the reasons behind the derailment.The bogies that derailed were four AC coaches, two second-class general coaches, one sleeper-class coach and one passenger-cum-luggage-cum-guard coach. All the coaches that derailed were conventional coaches, ones that tend to climb over each other. In the wake of the series of accidents, Railways had announced that it would replace traditional coaches with modern ones, but sources in railways say that the procedure will still take some time.

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