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HWH/Howrah Junction (23 PFs)
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Track: Triple Electric-Line

Type of Station: Terminus
Number of Platforms: 23
Number of Halting Trains: 22
Number of Originating Trains: 124
Number of Terminating Trains: 123
Lower Foreshore road, Ph no: 033-26411326, Howrah 711101
State: West Bengal
Elevation: 10 m above sea level
Zone: ER/Eastern
Division: Howrah
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Today (00:06)  Fake railway job racket busted, five arrested (www.millenniumpost.in)
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A vigilance team of Eastern Railway has busted a fake job racket and arrested five persons including a railway employee from the old Koilaghata building of the Eastern railways. The team was investigating into the fake job racket that had been operating from the city. The racket had duped many job-seekers with false promises of jobs in different departments under state and Central government.
One of the main accused, who is also a railway employee, asked some job-seekers to come at Koilaghata on Wednesday saying that they would be given appointment letters in the railways. The accused was distributing fake appointment letters among the job-seekers at the Old Koilaghata building. This attracted the attention of some of the employees as the
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accused had been loitering there aimlessly.
Senior railway officials came to know about the incident. The senior vigilance officials raided the place and arrested the accused. The fake appointment letters were seized from the accused. The vigilance officials arrested four other persons who were loitering at various places inside the building too.
The investigating officers came to know that the accused are residents of Burdwan. The accused, who was an employee, has been identified as Amal Matia. The vigilance officers said that around 10 fake railway appointment letters were recovered from his possession.
It may be mentioned that a fake job racket was busted after the Crime Intelligence Branch (CIB) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) laid a trap at Sealdah station in February this year. Three persons were arrested. In the course of investigation, CIB officials came to know that the gang collected around 80 lakh from youth belonging to several states including Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Maharashtra. The gang used to operate a website where the fake lists were uploaded. The racket used to get money from many youth from various parts of Bengal too.
After interrogating the three accused, the investigating officers got some important information regarding the method of operation and also came to know about some other persons involved in the crime.
Apr 26 2017 (08:04)  Prod for stench-free Howrah station (m.timesofindia.com)
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Kolkata: The first thing that hits the nostrils after one alights from a premier train like the Rajdhani Express at Howrah station is the stench of uncleared sewerage. The station — touted as the Gateway to Kolkata — leaves a lot to be desired as far as cleanliness is concerned. Therefore, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued notices to Railway Board, Eastern Railway, South Eastern Railway and West Bengal Pollution Control Board, regarding cleanliness at one of the busiest stations in the country. Nearly 8.5 lakh passengers use the Howrah station every day.
In an application to the NGT, environment activist Subhas Datta submitted 135 pairs of long-distance trains use the station everyday. Each of these trains have 15-18 passenger coaches.
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With four toilets in each coach, nearly 26,000 mobile toilets pass through the station every day.
"Most coaches haven't been fitted with bio-toilets. People use the toilets even when the trains are on the platforms. Save for platform 9, used by premier trains like Rajdhani, none of the platforms are properly or regularly cleaned. Due to this, the entire stretches of the platforms emit a stench. Except for the the platform ends, the remaining portions are covered causing lack of air circulation. Passengers are subjected to severe air pollution for which the tracks should be washed every two hours. Gradually, all long-distance trains should be fitted with bio-toilets," Datta submitted before the bench of Justice S P Wangdi and expert member Ranjan Chatterjee.
The activist added, the capacity of the sewerage treatment plant at the station needs to be enhanced. "The plant was set up in 1995 after Supreme Court directions. The station had 16 platforms then. Now, there are 23 platforms.There are also seven eateries and restaurants within the station complex. These should seek consents to operate from the pollution control board. So should the Yatri Niwas at the New Complex. Solid waste, primarily plastic, collected from the coaches of trains that terminate at the stations and pantry cars are dumped beside the tracks at the Howrah rail yard. This should be stopped immediately," the applicant added.
Based on the application, the NGT issued the notices and set the next date of hearing on May 23. The pollution board has been directed to inspect the station. Railway authorities have been directed to provide all assistance to the board.
Apr 17 2017 (13:00)  Economist Dave Donaldson’s paper on Indian Railways shows ramping up investment in railways and roads is one of the best ways to promote development in the hinterland (www.livemint.com)
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Apr 17 2017 (13:00)
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Posted by: indianrailwayuser~  11 news posts
One of the works by Davidson that is specifically cited by the American Economics Association in their press release last week is his paper on how the spree of railway building by the British Raj impacted the Indian economy.
Some 60,000km of track was laid in the 75 years after the first train chugged out of Bori Bunder station in Mumbai in 1853. The military intention is well known. A network of railways was seen as a convenient way to move troops across India by a colonial establishment that had been rattled by the first war of independence in 1857.
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were economic benefits as well. Karl Marx wrote presciently in 1853 that the railways would be the forerunner of modern industry. He added that trains would also dissolve traditional social arrangements.
The British funded the expansion of the railways network by floating bonds in the London market—at a guaranteed return of 5% a year. The early nationalist critics of colonial economic policy such as Dadabhai Naoroji argued that the high cost of capital was more than the returns from the railways, and hence amounted to a drain of national resources.
Donaldson is one of the new generation of development economists who use unique data sets to examine what happened in the past. His research on the economic impact of railways uses some innovative district-level data sets that he has constructed on prices, output, rainfall, domestic trade and international trade. These are based on digitized records of the British Raj. Davidson has also developed a digital map of the railways network. Each 20km stretch is coded with its year of opening.
His three key conclusions: railway expansion led to a fall in trading costs, it increased the volume of goods shipped and the economic benefits greatly exceeded the cost of construction.
“When observing the railroad network in India, the arrival of railroad access caused real gross domestic product in the agricultural sector (the largest sector of India’s economy at that time) to increase by around 17%,” writes Davidson. This estimate was arrived at after taking into account both the positive and negative impact of the train on economic activity in a district.

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Apr 17 2017 (07:52)  Eastern Railway authority has issued an advisory after increasing number of deaths caused by selfies (tech.firstpost.com)
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Apr 17 2017 (07:52)
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A day after the selfie craze inside a running train led to the deaths of several youths, the Eastern Railway authorities on Friday appealed to passengers to be careful and issued guidelines. A railway spokesman said they have already launched campaigns in print, television and social media to make passengers aware of the risks of using phones while travelling.
In a horrific turn of events, a youth fell from a running train between Bali and Liluah railway stations while trying to click a selfie on Thursday night. Four of his friends were hit by another train while rushing towards the accident spot. According to eyewitnesses, the four friends got down at Bali station and started running through the railway track when a
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speeding train knocked them down, killing three on the spot and severely injuring the fourth.
“We have launched campaigns in various media platforms urging people not to use a phone or listen to music while crossing the railway tracks and not to click photographs while travelling,” Chief Public Relations Officer of Eastern Railways Rabi Mahapatra said on Friday.
Stating that photography is “strictly prohibited” inside the railway station premises and trains without prior permission, he warned passengers of strict action if the rules are not followed. “Photography inside the railway stations and the carriages is always strictly prohibited as these are considered restricted areas. However, with the emergence of phone cameras people often indulge in taking selfies in these places,” Mahapatra explained.
“We have detained and fined several passengers in the past for breaking the rule. Our RPF officials are instructed to monitor the passengers and catch anyone clicking photographs inside the train compartment. Anyone breaking the rule would be penalised,” he added.

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Then will rfs be also equally affected?
Apr 06 2017 (18:52)  Rail Regulator: Will populism be put aside to hike passenger fares, rationalise freight rates? (www.firstpost.com)
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New Delhi: The Railways will shortly be getting a regulator, a body which will fix fares among other responsibilities. The Railways carries almost 23 million passengers daily, is the world’s largest employer and has traditionally been keeping passenger fares low while using high freight rates to cross subsidise the consequent losses. This way, the Railways manages to lose out on both, passenger and freight earnings – the former because prices are artificially set low leading to lower realisations and the latter because now, Railways’ freight charges are higher than competition like roadways. Will this model change with the regulator’s arrival? Passengers wont like this for sure if the new body recommends a fare hike. It may also suggest ways of rationalising freight rates. Though the government is not bound by the regulator’s suggestions, it would do well to pay heed to these suggestions. Cross subsidization is already bleeding the Railways dry....
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Sample this: The decision to merge the Railway Budget with the Union Budget should have saved the Railways payment of dividend to the General Exchequer: this comes to Rs 9,731.29 crore for the year 2016-17. This would also mean that alongside, Rs 4,301 crore expected from the Ministry of Finance as subsidy on payment of dividend, would not be coming in. So the net benefit of waiving the dividend for the year 2016-17 would be Rs 5,430 crore.
Representational image. AP
Representational image. AP
A Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways has noted that this entire net benefit of Rs 5,430 crore would be utilised to “partly meet the shortfall in traffic earnings of Railways assessed at Rs 12,665 crore in the revised estimates during 2016-17. The Committee finds that the very purpose of removing the dividend liabilities is defeated when they are not utilised in creating assets or increasing net revenue of Railways.” In effect, what this means is that even after the merger of the Railway Budget, there is hardly any financial benefit precisely because of populism dictating passenger fares.
The mechanism of getting a sector regulator to set tariffs after a careful study of costs and other aspects has been successful in some other sectors like airports (Airports Economic Regulatory Authority), telecom (TRAI), electricity etc. It remains to be seen if the same rate of success is achieved in Railways, which remains quite prone to populism, never mind assertions to the contrary.
This piece shows why despite the Railway Budget now being merged with the Union Budget, populism continues to rule the Railways. Just about six months after it introduced a flexi-fare system in select trains, on the lines of the fare mechanism followed by airlines, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu wants to revise it. The earlier version allowed only 10 percent of the seats to be sold in the normal fare category and thereafter, prices were to increase by 10 percent with every 10 percent of berths sold, with a ceiling of 50 percent. The piece says now, the Railways is considering either raising the basic fare by 15 percent flat or reserving about 50 percent berths in premier trains for normal fare. In effect, flexi-fares will not be as flexible as before.
Similarly, even on something like a nominal service charge for online booking of Railway tickets, Minister Prabhu has bowed to populism by waiving this levy. Experts say this small levy on booking tickets through IRCTC website enabled the Railways to earn anywhere between Rs 100-150 crore each year. Some of this amount was then ploughed back to enhance ticketing infrastructure etc.
In its report tabled in Lok Sabha last month, the Standing Committee quoted earlier has pointed out how there could be a possible glaring shortfall in passenger earnings in 2016-17. It has based this observation on the fact that almost a third of the earnings the Railways had projected in the budget estimates for 2016-17 had not been earned till January. This, after the passenger earnings target was anyway revised down to Rs 48,000 crore from Rs 51,012 crore at BE 2016-17. The actual earning till January was only Rs 34,535.72 crore. The committee has said that the Railways will likely miss the lower, revised passenger earning target too, which means the element of cross subsidization with freight earnings will remain strong this fiscal as well.
It is no surprise that the latest audit of the Railways by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) for FY16 has also made similar remarks on stopping this long-held practice of using freight earnings to subsidize passenger fares.
“Ministry of Railways needs to revisit the passenger and other coaching tariffs so as to recover the cost of operations in phased manner and reduce losses in core activities. Operational losses on running suburban train services and on account of facility of free/concessional/complimentary passed to various classes of passengers need to be curtailed,” the CAG has said in one of its recommendations. The CAG report was also tabled in Parliament last month. It found that the Railways earned a profit of Rs 38, 312.59 crore from freight services in FY16 and used 88.28 percent of the profit from freight traffic to underwrite the loss on passenger services and addition of coaches.
Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Standing committee has noted that for 2016-17 there will be a Rs 3,000 crore shortfall in passenger revenues and Rs 9,000 crore in freight earnings. Here’s the extent of cross subsidisation: The cost of transporting freight is only 99 paise per 10 km but the charges the Railways levies are Rs 1.60 per 10 km. But on the passenger side, charges are a mere 50 percent of the cost of service – 36 paise per 10 km against the actual cost of 70 paise per 10 km.
“The ministry has submitted before the committee that this trend of cross-subsidising the revenues from goods to passenger traffic is not good for economy as it would lead to increase in logistic of goods which is already one of the highest in India at around 13 percent of cost of goods. The committee is in agreement with the view of the ministry that providing cross-subsidy is neither good for the health of economy nor is it sustainable for the Railways and much of its business shifts to other modes of transport.” Lesson? The bitter pill of a hike in passenger fares will have to swallowed sooner rather than later.
That all is not well with the current business model of the Railways is evident from another statistic: The Parliamentary committee also found that net revenue target for 2017-18 has been fixed at Rs 8,948.37 crore. In the current fiscal, it has already been revised downwards to Rs 7,695 crore in revised estimates from Rs 18,210.64 crore in budget estimates, a roll back of Rs 10,515.6 crore.
“The committee notes that such a huge reduction in net revenue to the extent of more than 50 percent has never occurred except for the year 2016-17. The committee strongly feels that there is an urgent need to arrest the declining net revenue. The committee agrees with the ministry that the focus on increasing the share of non-fare revenue resources, strict austerity measures to control expenditure, improved man-power planning, better asset utilization, inventory management and optimizing fuel consumption are some of the measures to bring the Railways’ finances in right shape.”

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Apr 06 2017 (18:21)  రైలు చార్జీలు ఇక కాస్ట్లీ గురూ! (www.sakshi.com)
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న్యూఢిల్లీ :
రాబోయే కొన్ని నెలల్లో రైలు టికెట్ల ధరలు బాగానే పెరగనున్నాయి. చాలా కాలంగా పెండింగులో ఉన్న రైల్ డెవలప్‌మెంట్ అథారిటీ ఏర్పాటుకు కేంద్ర మంత్రివర్గం ఆమోదం తెలపడమపే ఇందుకు కారణం. ఇక మీదట ఈ సంస్థే ప్రయాణికుల, సరుకు రవాణా చార్జీలు ఎంతెంత ఉండాలో నిర్ణయిస్తుంది. ప్రయాణికుల చార్జీలకు భారతదేశంలో భారీ ఎత్తున సబ్సిడీలు ఇస్తున్నారు. ఈ రంగం వల్ల ఏడాదికి సుమారు రూ. 30 వేల కోట్ల నష్టం వస్తోందని అంచనా. ఢిల్లీ నుంచి పట్నాకు 1166 కిలోమీటర్ల దూరం ఉంటే, జనరల్ టికెట్ కొనుక్కుని వెళ్లేవాళ్లు ఒక కిలో స్వీట్లకు పెట్టే ధర కంటే తక్కువ ధరతోనే టికెట్ తీసుకోవచ్చని అంటున్నారు.
దాంతో ఇప్పుడు రైల్వే శాఖలో సంస్కరణలకు మోదీ సర్కారు శ్రీకారం చుట్టింది. అందులో భాగంగానే రైల్ డెవలప్‌మెంట్ అథారిటీ ఏర్పాటుకు ఆమోదం తెలిపింది.
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ఈ సంస్థ మొత్తం ప్రయాణానికి అయ్యే ఖర్చు, ఇతర అంశాలను దృష్టిలో పెట్టుకుని చార్జీలను నిర్ణయిస్తుంది. ప్రైవేటు పెట్టుబడులను ఆకర్షించడానికి ఇది అతిపెద్ద సంస్కరణ అవుతుందని అంటున్నారు. ప్రభుత్వాలు మారినా కూడా ప్రైవేటు పెట్టుబడిదారుల విషయంలో విధానాలు మారకూడదని భావిస్తున్నట్లు రైల్వే శాఖ అధికారి ఒకరు తెలిపారు. ఈ సంస్థ 1989 నాటి రైల్వే చట్టం పరిధిలోనే పనిచేస్తుంది. దీని ఏర్పాటుకు రూ. 50 కోట్ల నిధులు కేటాయించారు. ఇందులో చైర్మన్, ముగ్గురు సభ్యులు ఉంటారు. వీళ్ల పదవీకాలం ఐదేళ్లు ఉంటుంది.
Apr 03 2017 (19:56)  40% of Indian Railways' tracks used beyond capacity: Overworked tracks make train travel unsafe (www.firstpost.com)
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On 21 January, 2017, nine coaches and the engine of the 18448 Hirakhand (Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar) Express derailed near Kuneru in Vizianagram district, Andhra Pradesh, killing 39 passengers and injuring 60, according to this report.
On December 28, 2016, 15 coaches of the 12987 Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailed near Rura, 70 km from Kanpur, on the Kanpur-Tundla rail stretch. Two passengers died and 65 sustained injuries, according to this report.
On November 20, 2016, 14 coaches of the 19321 Indore-Patna Express derailed near Pukhrayan, 60 km from Kanpur, in the Jhansi rail division. The mishap led
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to the death of 149 passengers, 182 were injured, according to this report.
Each of these derailments over the last four months occurred on over-utilised sections of the Indian Railways. These stretches were used to run trains beyond their line capacity, according to the following map.
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Source: Indian Railways, Lifeline of the nation; Click here for the high-resolution image.
As much as 40 percent of Indian Railways’ 1,219 line sections are utilised beyond 100 percent, according to Indian Railways, Lifeline of the Nation, a February 2015 white paper. Technically, a section using more than 90 percent of its capacity is considered saturated.
The congestion rate is even higher: It is 65 percent on 247 high density line sections of the Indian Railways network. "The optimal utilisation should be about 80 percent," said Mukut Mithi, member of the Standing Committee on Railways and a Rajya Sabha member.
Track failures and subsequent derailments are caused by twin factors–excessive traffic and underinvestment in rail infrastructure–an IndiaSpend analysis of available data shows. Consider this: There has been a 56 percent increase in the daily tally of passenger trains over 15 years–from 8,520 in 2000-01 to 13,313 in 2015-16. The number of freight trains increased by 59 percent in the same period. But the running track length for all these trains increased by only 12 percent in 15 years–from 81,865 kilometres to 92,081 kilometres.
If you consider the period from 1950 to 2016, the under-investment in rail infrastructure appears all the more acute. Against 23 percent railways' route kilometre expansion, passenger and freight traffic increased 1,344 percent and 1,642 percent respectively, the Standing Committee on Railways concluded in a December 2016 report on Safety and Security in Railways.
"Fatigue of railway tracks", not explosives, is also the reason given by Gopal Gupta, director general, railways, Uttar Pradesh Police, to explain the derailment of 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express near Kanpur. This had contradicted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sabotage claim.
Gangetic plain rail network: The most risk prone
Most of India’s high-traffic rail routes lie in the Gangetic plains, according to ‘Some insights on the recent spate of accidents in Indian Railways’, a 2012 Physica A journal paper on traffic flow along India’s express train routes. Of the 11 major accidents due to derailment or collision in 2010, eight occurred in this region, according to the paper.
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The Delhi-Tundla-Kanpur segment has been identified as India’s most risk-prone express train trunk route. Of the three recent mishaps cited above, one occurred on this segment.
Rail traffic, especially in the Gangetic plains, is so excessive that “if all trains were to travel in accordance with their (Indian Railways) schedule, then the present infrastructure would not be able to handle the resultant traffic-flow”, the paper added.
Indian Railways authorities manage this situation "by making trains wait at signals", explained the paper. This practice results in "frequent delays" and also "increases the possibility of collisions in the event of human errors such as failure of the driver to react to signals".
Budget bonanzas add to the congestion every year
The congestion on India’s tracks grows every year with the announcement of new trains and no parallel promise of track expansion. Every new train—“typically announced during the rail budget in response to demands of the people”, said Mithi—accentuates congestion on the Indian Railways network.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley this year, for instance, announced new dedicated trains to pilgrimage and tourist centres.
Stop such practice of introduction of new trains without commensurate inputs to the infrastructure, reads the February 2012 report of the Ministry of Railways-appointed High Level Safety Review Committee, a committee appointed under the chairmanship of Anil Kakodkar to review the safety of the Indian Railways and recommend improvements.
But no one heeds this counsel. The result is that over the last 15 years, passenger kilometres, a representation of both the number of passengers and the distance they travelled, increased by 150 percent. And net tonne kilometres, a measure of freight hauled and the distance it has been transported, doubled.
Congestion eats into track maintenance time
Congestion reduces the headway—the time-interval between two consecutive trains running on the same route—thus increasing the chances of collisions on very busy stretches. This also eats into the time available for maintenance.
“We found a correlation between the low headway during the busiest time of the day and collision accidents,” said Niloy Ganguly, co-author of the Physica A paper and a professor in the department of computer science and engineering, at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur.
Take the example of the over busy Delhi-Kanpur segment. Between midnight and 7 am, the busiest rail traffic hours, railway staff got just 13 minutes to check the tracks, according to the Physica A paper. The rest of the day, the headway would increase to an average of 19 minutes.
It is not as though there has been no technology upgrade in the field of maintenance. Indian Railways plies track-recording cars and uses portable oscillation monitoring systems to detect defects in track geometry, which includes parameters such as track gauge, alignment, elevation, curvature and surface, said Anil Kumar Saxena, additional director general, public relations, Railway Board. To test rails and welds, Indian Railways uses the ultrasonic flaw detection testing method. Since 2016, it has been testing the ultrasonic broken rail detection system used by the South African Railway on tracks maintained by Northern Railway and North Central Railway.
To reduce weld failures compromising safety–the most likely reason for the 4 May, 2014, Diva-Sawantwadi train derailment near Nidi village, Maharashtra, on the Konkan Railways, that killed 22 and injured over 150–Indian Railways has adopted improved welding methods. It has also been switching over to long rail panels on 83 percent of the track to minimise the need for welding.
“Indian Railways has introduced better technology of late, which speeds up work,” agreed Kulmeet Singh Chhabra, director, Projects, ISC Projects, a railways construction and maintenance company with more than 40 years of experience. “But what use is even good technology when there is insufficient time to apply it?”
Maintenance typically happens by re-jigging schedules. “To work around time shortages, we would close lines to traffic when goods trains were scheduled to pass,” recalled Sainath Naidu, former commissioner of railway safety, Bengaluru, and former chief engineer (co-ordination), South Western Railway, Indian Railways.
Why the mishaps: Slow track expansion and renewal and coach upgrades
New tracks are vital for reducing traffic bottlenecks. Two key projects launched in 2005 are the 1,504 kilometres-long western dedicated freight corridor (DFC) and the 1,318 km-long eastern DFC, roughly corresponding to the overworked Mumbai-Delhi and Howrah-Delhi lines where the utilisation varies between 115 percent and 150 percent.
When commissioned, the new freight corridors will absorb 70 percent of the existing freight traffic on those routes, thus significantly freeing up line capacity. They will also boost the speed of freight trains from 25 kmph–where it has stood over the last three decades–to 70 kmph.
But it is unlikely that the corridors will be finished by 2019 as targeted, and here is why: The Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India, the special-purpose body created to implement the projects, is expecting to fully award the civil and system contracts for the Eastern DFC only by June this year and all but one stretch awarded by the former United Progressive Alliance government are less than 50 percent complete, according to this update.
There is also a lag in addressing “defects in the track or rolling stock”, a cause of derailment — the most common type of rail accident–according to the Standing Committee’s December 2016 report.
In July 2014, around the time Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office, 5,300 km of track length was due for renewal, according to Indian Railways, Lifeline of the nation, a February 2015 white paper. Additionally, 4,500 km of track length comes up for renewal every year.
But track renewal targets for the last three years have been roughly half of what is needed–2,200 km, 2,500 km and 2,668 km in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively. The first two were achieved. This shortfall will result in “disproportionately high maintenance effort”, to quote the 2015 white paper, and possibly curtailed speeds.
Source: Indian Railways, Lifeline of the nation

“Track renewal is an ongoing process, stretches are renewed when their age and condition demand it,” said the Railways Board’s Saxena. “When stretches are not renewed in time due to the scarcity of funds or material, speed restrictions are imposed to ensure safe running.”
Old coaches made by the Integral Coach Factory, country's oldest coach-maker, also impose speed restrictions — a top speed of roughly 100 kilometre per hour (kmph). Coaches from Alstom-Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) of Germany, on the other hand, are designed for speeds upwards of 130 kmph with anti-climbing features to curtail fatalities in the eventuality of an accident.
So far, LHB coaches have been inducted only in premier services such as the Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto. A policy decision to use only LHB coaches from 2018-19 will ensure other trains get them too. But the full replacement of the entire existing fleet will take longer, possibly up to 2040, this November 2016 India Today report suggested.
Level crossing accidents–the second most common type of mishaps, as Mithi noted–will continue to pose a risk till they are fully phased out, at least on the broad gauge, according to a 2016-17 railways budget decision. This year, 15 percent of the 9,340 level crossings have been targeted for elimination.
It means little that India has fewer accidents per million train km than Germany
In this year’s budget, following three disastrous rail accidents, safety attracted a hefty allocation. It went towards the creation of a Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh (national rail safety fund) with a five-year corpus of Rs 100,000 crore.
The government has conceded that investments in safety have been insufficient, but it has also claimed that India’s accidents per million train kilometres, a safety index, compares favourably with Europe’s. In India, this index has more or less declined over the last decade, reducing from 0.23 in 2006-07 to 0.10 in 2015-16. This figure is lower than that of France or Germany (both 0.17).
However, this does not mean that Indian Railways is as safe as European railway networks because their trains run at speeds upwards of 250 km per hour, said experts.
“Accidents per million train kilometres depends on the number of trains, which is huge in India vis-à-vis developed nations. It also depends on speed, another measure of infrastructure usage, prevailing law and order conditions, and temperature variation,” said Sukesh Kumar Sharma, a Hyderabad-based project management expert formerly with the Indian Railways.
“A direct comparison between the railway systems of India and developed nations is not possible. Our average speed is of 60-70 km per hour–only few Indian trains reach a top speed of 130 kmph that is less than half the 300-kmph top speed of trains in developed nations. India’s low index paints a misleadingly rosy picture,” Sharma added.

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srinivasvasanthi~   3790 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
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Same time 40 % of tracks are under utilized and so divert the trains in the under utilized sections to relieve the over congested routes

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Kaushal Vivek   2434 blog posts   21479 correct pred (76% accurate)
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How would you like to Divert traffic of MGS ALD CNB NDLS route ? Kindly specify. Keeping in mind, this route is 130, with many Rajdhanis, Durontos, Garibraths, SFs with 130 while the other route has 100 110 MPS available. Kindly clarify.

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Get Well Soon LKO NR~   1143 blog posts
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Read a news about two NR controllers suffering heart attack while they were on duty in span of 3 days...Both accused the heavy traffic load and congestion being the main reason espcly in NR and NCR...

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Get Well Soon LKO NR~   1143 blog posts
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DFC is the only solution to this I think..Freight load in North India is way too much high..also railway should using the routes where less no. Of paasngers are there for freight trains..Like ALD-CNB via Unchahar Unnao should be used..Or GKP bound freight load via Sitapur side to NDLS..
Scndly they should connect the outer stations via a bypass line stopping freight to entr the main station premises..Like LKO NR has Almanagar connected to Uthratia via a bypass line..similarly more should be done like this..
Mar 29 2017 (22:16)  Railways opts for global shopping for 200 kmph locos (economictimes.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: The Railways will go for global shopping to acquire high speed locomotives with a Rs 500 crore project to run trains at 200 km per hour on Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Kolkata routes.
Speed is the latest matra for railways as it is going ahead with the action plan to upgrade Delhi-Kolkata and Delhi-Mumbai rail corridors enabling the track fit for 200 kmph train run.
"We will float the global tender for acquiring 10 high speed electric locomotives, which can haul trains at 200 kmph and beyond, from the market shortly,"
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said a senior Railway Ministry official.
At present, Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains are running up to 130 kmph. Only one train, Gatimaan Express, is running at 160 kmph between Delhi and Agra.
"The transfer of technology of the high power locomotives and its maintenance will be the responsibility of the successful bidder, besides supplying 10 locos to railways," said the official.
The Rs 500 crore project involves purchase of high speed locomotives, transfer of technology and maintenance for 13 years as per the bidding requirement.
The high power locomotives are expected to haul 22-24 coaches train at 200 kmph on Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Kolkata routes to reduce the travel time.
In order to match the loco capacity, railways has started the manufacturing of Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches with speed potential of 200 kmph.
The high speed LHB coaches are about to be turned out from Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala.
Besides Talgo coaches, which are also meant for higher speed on the existing tracks, are likely to be hauled with these high speed locomotives.
Mar 21 2017 (22:55)  రైలు మిస్సైందా?.. ఏ రైలైనా ఎక్కొచ్చు (www.sakshi.com)
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న్యూఢిల్లీ: ఒకే గమ్యానికి వెళ్లే ఏ రైలులోనైనా సాధారణ టికెట్‌తో కూడా ప్రయాణించొచ్చని భారతీయ రైల్వే పేర్కొంది. 'వికల్ప్‌' పథకం ద్వారా పాసింజర్‌ లేదా ఎక్స్‌ప్రెస్‌ టికెట్లు రిజర్వేషన్‌ చేయించుకున్న ప్రయాణీకులు రైలు మిస్‌ అయితే తర్వాత అదే మార్గంలో అందుబాటులో ఉన్న ఏ రైలులోనైనా ప్రయాణించొచ్చని వెల్లడించింది. ఈ మేరకు మంగళవారం ఓ ప్రకటన విడుదల చేసింది.
రాజధాని, శతాబ్ది, దురంతో, సువిధ ,స్పెషల్‌ రైళ్లలో కూడా ఈ సదుపాయం అందుబాటులో ఉండనుంది. ఇలా సూపర్‌ఫాస్ట్‌ రైళ్లను వినియోగించుకున్నందుకు పాసింజర్ల నుంచి ఎలాంటి ఎక్స్‌ట్రా చార్జీలు వసూలు చేయబోమని చెప్పింది. వచ్చే నెల 1వ తేదీ నుంచి ప్రయాణీకులు ఆయా రైళ్లలో ఖాళీగా ఉన్న బెర్తులను వినియోగించుకోవచ్చని తెలిపింది.
రిజర్వేషన్‌ వెయిటింగ్‌ లిస్టులో ఉన్న పాసింజర్లు కూడా ఆ టికెట్లతో ఖాళీగా ఉన్న రైళ్లలో ప్రయాణించొచ్చని వివరించింది. ఈ
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సదుపాయాన్ని వినియోగించుకునేందుకు టికెట్లు బుక్‌ చేసుకునే సమయంలో 'వికల్ప్‌' స్కీంను ఎంచుకోవాలని చెప్పింది. దీంతో టికెట్లు వెయిటింగ్‌ లిస్టులో ఉంటే అదే సమయానికి ఖాళీగా ఉండే రైలు వివరాలు సదరు వ్యక్తి మొబైల్‌కు ముందుగానే వస్తాయని తెలిపింది. కాగా, ఫ్లెక్సీ ఫేర్‌ సిస్టంను ప్రారంభించిన తర్వాత ప్రీమియర్‌ రైళ్లలో సీట్లు ఖాళీగా ఉంటున్నాయి. రైల్వే తాజా నిర్ణయంతో లక్షలాది ప్రయాణీకులు సౌకర్యంగా ప్రయాణించేందుకు వీలు కలుగుతుంది.
Mar 15 2017 (08:18)  दिल्ली-हावड़ा ट्रैक पर मंडरा रहा खतरा हर पल (epaper.jagran.com)
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रेलवे के सबसे व्यस्त रेलमार्ग दिल्ली-हावड़ा पर बीते कई माह से हर पल खतरा मंडरा रहा है। ट्रैक की सही ढंग से देखरेख न होने से कई जगह स्लीपर ध्वस्त नजर आते हैं तो काफी संख्या में पटरी और स्लीपर को जोड़े रखने वाली पैनड्राल क्लिप गायब हैं। कई जगह तो पटरी भी बदलने योग्य है। इस मार्ग पर 24 घंटे में करीब 250 से 300 ट्रेनें आवागमन करती हैं, कई हादसे होने के बावजूद इस ओर कोई तवज्जो नहीं दी जा रही है। दिल्ली-हावड़ा रेलवे ट्रैक महत्वपूर्ण ट्रैक माना जाता है। एक ओर रेलवे प्रशासन इस पर बुलेट ट्रेन दौड़ाने की तैयारी कर रहा है, वहीं दूसरी ओर जसवंतनगर से इकदिल रेलवे स्टेशन के मध्य कई जगह स्लीपर टूटे हुए हैं, काफी संख्या में पैनड्राल गायब हैं। इसके बावजूद ट्रैक पर 130 किमी की स्पीड से सुपर फास्ट ट्रेनें दौड़ रही हैं। ट्रेन गुजरने पर ट्रैक हिचकोले लेता है। ट्रैक...
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को नियमित देखने वाले रेलपथ शाखा के गैंगमैन और कीमैन इस हकीकत से अपने अधिकारियों को अवगत करा रहे हैं फिर भी कोई ध्यान नहीं दिया जा रहा है। आए दिन हो रहीं घटनाएं : रेलवे ट्रैक पर आए दिन कोई न कोई घटना घटित होती रहती है। चार दिन पूर्व इकदिल-भरथना के मध्य चकरैल खुल गई, संयोगवश कीमैन ने सजगता बरतते हुए लाल झंडी दिखाकर राजधानी एक्सप्रेस को रुकवा दिया। बीते शनिवार को इकदिल के समीप मालगाड़ी के इंजन से ट्रैक के ऊपर निकला स्लीपर का हिस्सा टकराने से इंजन खराब हो गया। अनाधिकृत क्रॉसिंग बनाई गईं : रेलवे ट्रैक पर कई जगह ग्रामीणों ने अनाधिकृत रेलवे क्रॉसिंग बना ली है। शहर में सुंदरपुर गांव के समीप ट्रैक्टर अनाधिकृत क्रॉसिंग पार करते देखे जा सकते हैं। यही हाल इटावा-सरायभूपत स्टेशन के मध्य गांव विचारपुरा के पास ग्रामीणों ने क्रॉसिंग बना ली है। ऐसे हालत कई जगह देखने को मिलते हैं। इससे रेलवे ट्रैक पर हर पल खतरा मंडराता नजर आता है। ट्रैक की निरंतर होती देखरेख : स्टेशन अधीक्षक आरके त्रिपाठी ने बताया कि ट्रैक की निरंतर देखरेख करने के लिए रेलपथ शाखा के इंजीनियर स्टाफ के साथ सक्रिय रहते हैं। अनाधिकृत क्रॉसिंग व अन्य मामलों के लिए आरपीएफ को सजग किया गया है।
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