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Track: Double Electric-Line

Type of Station: Junction
Number of Platforms: 5
Number of Halting Trains: 31
Number of Originating Trains: 35
Number of Terminating Trains: 35
Tel: 0471-2321622, Opp KSRTC Bus Stand,Thampanoor / Power House Road, Thiruvananthapuram 695001
State: Kerala
Elevation: 13 m above sea level
Zone: SR/Southern
Division: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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തിരുവനന്തപുരം: സംസ്ഥാനസര്ക്കാരും റെയില്വേയും സംയുക്തമായി നടപ്പാക്കേണ്ട ഏഴ് പദ്ധതികളുടെ പട്ടിക ഉടന് കേന്ദ്രസര്ക്കാരിന് കൈമാറും. ഇവയുടെ മുന്ഗണന പ്പട്ടികയ്ക്ക് കേന്ദ്ര-സംസ്ഥാന സംയുക്ത കമ്പനിയായ കേരള റെയില് ഡെവലപ്പ്മെന്റ് കോര്പ്പറേഷന് ലിമിറ്റഡ് ബോര്ഡ് യോഗം അംഗീകാരം നല്കി. പ്രധാനമന്ത്രി നരേന്ദ്രമോദി ആവശ്യപ്പെട്ടതനുസരിച്ചാണ് പദ്ധതിയെക്കുറിച്ചുള്ള വിവരങ്ങള് സംസ്ഥാനസര്ക്കാര് കൈമാറുന്നത്. രണ്ടുഘട്ടങ്ങളിലായി നടപ്പാക്കേണ്ട ഏഴ് പദ്ധതികളാണ് പ്രധാനമന്ത്രിയുടെ പരിഗണനയ്ക്കായി സമര്പ്പിക്കുന്നത്. തിരുവനന്തപുരം-ചെങ്ങന്നൂര് റൂട്ടില് സബര്ബന് തീവണ്ടികള് ഓടിക്കുന്നതിനുള്ള പദ്ധതിയാണ് ആദ്യത്തേത്. കൊച്ചി വിമാനത്താവള റെയില് ലിങ്ക് പദ്ധതി, കൊച്ചി പഴയ റെയില്വേ സ്റ്റേഷന് പുനരുദ്ധാരണം, തലശ്ശേരി-കണ്ണൂര് വിമാനത്താവളം -മൈസൂര് റെയില്പാത എന്നിവ ആദ്യഘട്ടത്തിലും എരുമേലി-പുനലൂര് പാത, ഏറ്റുമാനൂര്-പാല-ശബരി ലിങ്ക് പാത, നിലമ്പൂര്-നഞ്ചന്കോട് പാത എന്നിവ രണ്ടാംഘട്ടത്തിലും നടപ്പാക്കണമെന്നാണ് ആവശ്യം. ദീര്ഘനാളായി സംസ്ഥാനം ആവശ്യപ്പെടുന്ന പദ്ധതികളാണിവ. ഇതില് സബര്ബന് പദ്ധതിയുടെ വിശദപഠന റിപ്പോര്ട് മാത്രമാണ് തയ്യാറായിട്ടുള്ളത്. 3000 കോടിയാണ് പദ്ധതിച്ചെലവ്. ഒമ്പത് സംസ്ഥാനങ്ങളിലാണ് റെയില്വേവികസനം ലക്ഷ്യമിട്ട് സംയുക്തകമ്പനികള് രൂപവത്കരിച്ചത്.
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Feb 04 2017 (14:34)  Kerala gives a thumbs up to high-speed rail - NATIONAL - The Hindu (www.thehindu.com)
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Posted by: MCPNBR~  373 news posts
Survey claims 86% of participants support the project
The majority of people in the State support the proposed 430-km high speed railway line (HSR) between Kochuveli in Thiruvananthapuram and Kannur, if a survey conducted in 11 districts is any indication.
The survey held for Kerala High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (KHSRCL), a public limited company floated by the government to execute the project, has found that 86% of the participants supported the project.
survey was conducted using the systematic random methodology by Gurgaon-based Centre for Forecasting & Research (Cfore) between November 23, 2016 and January 14 this year. The findings of the survey that covered 110 Assembly constituencies and the report had been submitted to the KHSRCL, chief executive of Cfore, Premchand Palety, said.
Hassle-free travel
The Rs. 1,27,849-crore project is aimed at making travel hassle-free and at reducing congestion on State roads.
In all, 73% of the respondents were aware of the project and 88% of them approved of it.
Mr. Paelty said 82% of those who were unaware approved of it when the interviewer explained it to them. The approval rating was over 80%.
Reduced travel time
Reducing the time taken to travel across the State and the air pollution and the corridor turning a catalyst for development are the advantages. Those who opposed the project said large-scale acquisition of land and displacement of families would be needed.
13,447 interviewed
A total of 100-120 voters from each Assembly segment in the districts were interviewed. The respondents were randomly selected from the voters’ list using a special software. In all, 13,447 people, one voter from each household, were interviewed.
Through the survey, the authorities are trying to counter the opposition that may come up against land acquisition and dissent against development projects.
As much as 1,155.57 hectares of private land has to be acquired, 3,868 residential/commercial structures relocated, and 36,923 trees felled as per the DPR prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
In 45 minutes in Kochi
With trains running at a maximum speed of 300 km per hour, a journey to Kollam will take only 20 minutes, Kochi 45 minutes, Kozhikode 90 minutes, and Kannur 120 minutes. Kollam, Chengannur, Kottayam, Kochi, Thrissur, Valancherry, Kozhikode, and Kannur are the stations proposed.

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It is tough to materialise in Kerala. Land acquisition is not at all easy. Lot of objections for the projects are exisitng, especially from those who will lose the land.
Feb 04 2017 (09:04)  Thrust on ongoing rail projects (www.thehindu.com)
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Thrust on ongoing rail projects
S. Anil Radhakrishnan
The Hindu
Completion of sanctioned and ongoing railway projects – doubling from Kayamkulam junction via Kottayam and Alappuzha and Angamaly-Sabari Rail – has been given thrust in the Rs. 1,206-crore outlay for rail network in Kerala for 2017-18 in the Union Budget.
the outlay, the ongoing doubling works from Kayamkulam junction via Kottayam and Alappuzha have been given Rs. 313 crore and the Sabari Rail Rs. 213 crore. The two projects have cornered 51.26% of the outlay.
The remaining 48.74% of the outlay has gone for passenger amenities improvement, track renewal, gauge conversion, yard remodelling, signalling and telecommunication, and road safety works in level crossings.
The outlay to the State has seen a 18.92% increase when compared to the Rs. 1,014.06-crore outlay in the Railway budget 2016-17.
The survey for the Thalassery-Mysuru railway line is the only new project from Kerala that has figured in the Pink Book that gives a break-up of the outlay of funds allotted to Railways. The coaching terminal at Nemom aimed at decongesting Thiruvananthapuram Central has failed to make it to Pink Book, despite the groundwork.
The 35-km Guruvayur-Tirunavaya line figures in the capital investment programme to be executed on cost-sharing basis with Kerala through the joint venture company Kerala Rail Development Corporation Ltd.
A sum of Rs. 297.20 crore has been earmarked for eight Road Over Bridges, 13 Road Under Bridges and subways in Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad divisions. Of Rs. 297.20 crore, the State’s share is Rs. 140.57 crore.
Passenger amenities
Passenger amenities have been given Rs. 25 crore as against the Rs. 20 crore last year. For the doubling of the 85-km Thiruvananthapuram - Kanyakumari railway line, which is already electrified, Rs. 50 crore has been allocated.
Funds have also been earmarked for the completion of the Kozhikode-Mangaluru doubling, stage II at the Kochuveli terminal, one additional pitline and two stabling lines in Ernakulam and rake unloading facilities for 20 BCN wagons at Nilambur road.
Send your feedback to:web.thehindu@thehindu.co.inCopyright© 2016, The Hindu
Feb 02 2017 (21:37)  Migration conundrum: India is on the move for work, but why is that still not reducing inequality? (scroll.in)
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While presenting the Economic Survey, an annual report on the economy, on Tuesday, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian said that two new methods of data analysis, including a railway passenger data based metric, reveal that Indians are migrating in far larger numbers for economic reasons to other states than they did previously.
In 2001-’11, the rate nearly doubled as compared to the previous decade, rising to 4.5% per annum from 2.4% in 1991-’01, noted the Survey. The acceleration in the rate of migration is particularly high for women – during the 2000s, females migrated at nearly twice the rate of males.
in contrast to international migration trends, the free movement of people across states has not led to poorer states with low health outcomes becoming less poor and more healthy, said the Survey.
Migration doubled
The decadal Censuses, of which the last was held in 2011, estimate the annual average number of inter-state migrants in India to be 33 lakh.
The Census defines a migrant as such: “When a person is enumerated in census at a different place than his/her place of birth, she/he is considered a migrant.”
However, the Survey put out new migration figures that are significantly greater than those put out by the Census or any other previous study.
In a chapter on inter-state migration titled India On The Move and Churning: New Evidence, the Survey estimated that between 2001 and 2011, annual inter-state labour mobility averaged at least 50 lakh to 60 lakh people, yielding an inter-state migrant population of about six crores and an inter-district migration as high as eight crores.
It arrived at these estimates using a new methodology called Cohort-based Migration Metric at state and district levels.
The rate of economic migration is double of what it was to prior to the 2000s, finds the Economic Survey.
The rate of economic migration is double of what it was to prior to the 2000s, finds the Economic Survey.
This was the first time the Survey used origin-destination monthly railway data on unreserved passenger traffic between every pair of stations between 2011-’16 as a proxy for work-related migrant flow.
“This class of travel serves less affluent people, who are more likely to travel for work-related reasons,” noted the Survey.
For the 2011-’16 period, the Economic Survey estimated that nearly 90 lakh people migrated between states annually. The analysis excluded those traveling within 200 km.
A new method of analysis using passenger traffic data showed that metros accounted for the highest inflows for work, followed by industrialised states.
A new method of analysis using passenger traffic data showed that metros accounted for the highest inflows for work, followed by industrialised states.
According to the Survey, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and even Kerala are net in-migration states (the rate at which people move in). There was lower in-migration into Maharashtra than before.
Higher out-migration states were Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh. There was lower out-migration in Assam in this period than previous years.
Chandigarh, Delhi, Gurugram in Haryana, Gautam Budh Nagar in western Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest net in-migration. Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh, Churu and Pali in Rajasthan, Uttarkashi and Chamoli in Uttarakhand, Muzzafranagar and Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh, Darbhanga and Gopalganj in Bihar were among districts with highest net out-migration.
Language did not seem to be a barrier to the movement of people.
The Survey also found that female migration for work is growing at twice the rate of migration by males. This is so even though in the last few years the growth in the female workforce has not happened at a correspondingly fast rate. Between 1991 to 2001, and 2001 to 2011, men giving economic reasons for migration grew from 2.7% to 4%. Among women it increased from 0.4% between 1991 and 2001, to 7.5% between 2001 and 2011.
Inequalities increasing
Though nearly twice the number of persons are migrating for economic opportunities than before, this has not translated into reducing the gap between well-off and underdeveloped states.
In a chapter on health and income, the Survey found that despite overall growth, there “continues to be divergence in India, or an aggravation of regional inequality”.
It noted: “During the 2000s, China posted a convergence rate of nearly 3 percent in income which implies that the poorest province will catch up with half the level of the richest province in 23 years…The evidence so far suggests that in India, catch-up remains elusive.”
The report said that it is unclear why even the free movement of people across porous state borders is not helping reduce inequalities across regions.

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Huge tract of land of Gangetic plains from West Bengal to Bihar/ Jharkhand to UP/ Uttaranchal had been agriculturally as well as industrially advanced since independence, but several decades of poor state governance have led made them backward.
A lot of migration from this naturally endowed states to a poorly endowed but much better governed state like Gujrat is an irony. Poor law & order, excessive caste-ism have led to bad politics, poor governance, lower education/literacy, bad economy and poverty.
Feb 02 2017 (07:23)  Clean-up service for trains on the move (www.thehindu.com)
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Clean-up service for trains on the move
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Passengers can SMS demanding service
On Board Housekeeping Service (OBHS) for cleaning reserved class coaches on running trains was launched in
the Thiruvananthapuram Division on Wednesday.
The maiden OBHS was launched in the 12625/12626 Thiruvananthapuram Central-New Delhi-Thiruvananthapuram Central Kerala Express by Divisional Railway Manager Prakash Butani at the Central station here in the presence of Additional Divisional Railway Manager K.S. Jain.
Kerala Express
Kerala Express is the first of the 27 trains in the railway division to have the OBHS. Mr. Butani said the OBHS would be introduced in the remaining 26 trains by February 17. Under the initiative, toilets, doorways, gangways, and vestibules will be cleaned frequently from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The services will be provided for the journey from base depot to destination and back to base depot. It is limited to only reserved class (air conditioned and non-air conditioned). Coaches with bio-toilets will also be attended to. Any blockage in the bio-toilet will be checked and removed.
After cleaning toilets disinfectants will be sprayed. Liquid soaps and toilet tissues will be provided in the toilets of air conditioned coaches. Room freshener and mosquito repellent will be sprayed. Water availability in coaches will be checked every three hours ahead of nominated watering stations.
Platform side windowglass of all air conditioned coaches will be wiped. Coach floor will be cleaned and garbage collected by the staff. As per the scheme, passengers may send SMS to the mobile number 9003161455 for all trains in the format CLEAN 10 Digit PNR Number, if the bogie needs to be cleaned.
Being monitored
The performance of the OBHS staff is being monitored through feedback forms and score given by passengers and travelling ticket examiners, according to Railways.
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Feb 01 2017 (23:33)  Special help desk at Thiruvananthapuram Central station from Wednesday (www.newindianexpress.com)
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The Thiruvananthapuram Central station will have a special help desk in the middle of every platform for passengers from Wednesday. Experienced squad TTEs will man the desk during arrival/departure of trains.
Passengers can seek assistance on travel necessities like wheelchair, service of rail sahayaks(porters) and connection trains. The departure team of TTEs will guide the passengers and assist them to the allotted coaches. On the arrival of trains, TTEs will welcome the passengers and provide any assistance required.
As a passenger-friendly measure, the Thiruvananthapuram division will be deploying TTEs to help passengers, especially
those requiring special attention, such as senior citizens, women travelling alone, differently abled and sick passengers. At present, passengers have to run after various officials for these services.
“This is a shift from ticket checking and imposing penalties to welcoming, caring and serving the passengers. Unauthorised and ticketless passengers will be dealt with as per rules but the emphasis will be on service now. The help desk is on an experimental basis,” said a press release.
Recently the Railways had introduced captains to help passengers on board on select trains. Captains are usually seniormost TTEs.
Along with the newly started women facilitation centre, the new facility is aimed at making Thiruvananthapuram Central station one step closer to being the most passenger- friendly station of the Railways.
Divisional Railway Manager Prakash Butani will inaugurate on-board house keeping services in trains on Wednesday. Passengers can demand that the coaches to be cleaned while travelling.
The facility is likely to be introduced in the Thiruvananthapuram - New Delhi Kerala Express leaving at 11.15 am.
Jan 31 2017 (22:27)  TVPM-Palakkad divisions at loggerheads, drive a wedge in Kerala’s rail dreams (english.manoramaonline.com)
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A raging tug of war between the two administrative divisions of the Southern Railway zone has dimmed Kerala’s hopes of getting new trains.
The primary reason behind the raw deal being meted out to the state by the Railways is said to the absence of coordination between the Thiruvananthapuram and the Palakkad divisions.
The snail-paced decision-making by multiple approving authorities has poured cold water on several projects, that include the plans to extend Thiruvananthapuram-Palakkad Amrita Express to Madurai, the Palakkad division’s proposal to delink the Nilambur-Thiruvananthapuram Central Rajyarani Express and run as an
independent train, and introduction of a new train on the Punalur-Plakkad route proposed by the Thiruvananthapuram Division.
It is alleged that the officials with the two divisions have made it a habit to dismiss each other’s proposals, jeopardizing the rail development requirements of the state.
The Thiruvananthapuram Division paid no heed to the Palakkad Division's request to extend the Kozhikode-Thrissur Passenger to Guruvayur and the proposal to introduce a weekly train between Mangalore and Kochuveli.
The Palakkad Division has cited technical difficulties in implementing the proposal to extend the existing Punalur-Ernakulam train to Palakkad. The new train which was sanctioned following efforts from Kodikunnil Suresh MP, was originally introduced to operate between Punalur and Palakkad, but the Thiruvananthapuram Division made a proposal to extend it to Palakkad due to non-availability of platforms at Ernakulam to accommodate the train.
However, the authorities of the Palakkad Division have so far ignored the request saying that revision of time schedule for the new train would throw the rail traffic at the distribution point of Palakkad Junction out of gear. Extending the train to Nilambur is one of the solutions, but no efforts have been made to explore that option.
A year has passed since the completion of the much-awaited gauge conversion between Palakkad and Pollachi costing about Rs 450 crore, but the Thiruvananthapuram divisional authorities have so far refused to acknowledge the persistent demands to submit proposals seeking direct trains to Madurai and Rameswaram.
It was then the Palakkad Division made alternative proposals to extend the Thiruvananthapuram-Palakkad Amrita Express to Madurai and run the Nilambur-Thiruvananthapuram Central Rajyarani Express as an independent train, but the rail authorities in Thiruvananthapuram dismissed both the requests.
As per rules, the proposals seeking new trains need to be put forward by both the divisions to the Southern Railway headquarters in Chennai. According to highly-placed officials in the Railways, if a division submits a proposal for new a train connecting another division, it is mandatory to consult with the latter before giving the approval. At present, both the divisions refuse to accommodate new trains citing various reasons.
The Thiruvananthapuram divisional authorities expressed their firm objections to new trains in the wake of the two back-to-back rail incidents recently. Though the tracks had been re-laid after the mishaps, the concerned officials were rejecting fresh proposals by citing the minor accidents as an excuse, it is alleged.
The additional workload arising out of the introduction of new trains is said to be another reason for not entertaining new proposals.
Passengers in peril
It is the passengers who are put to untold hardship due to the inaction of the divisions and the lethargic attitude of the Southern Railway authorities, said Thrissur District Railways Passengers’ Association secretary P. Krishnakumar.
“It is high time the state government intervened in the issue. A proper mechanism should be put in place to coordinate the activities of the two divisions and exert pressure on the Southern Railway authorities to get the demands of the state addressed. Such an initiative will be detrimental to the proper development of railway facilities and the implementation of new projects,” he added.
According to various railway passengers' associations, it is unfortunate that most of their persistent demands for new trains were not heeded by the railway authorities of the two divisions.
Take a look at the long-pending demands for new trains made by different railway passengers’ associations in the state:
1. Ernakulam-Salem Intercity
2. Kochuveli-Pondicherry weekly express
3. Ernakulam-Rameswaram weekly service
4. Kochuveli-Mangalore weakened service
5. Kochuveli-Hyderabad Express
6. Thiruvananthapuram-Bengaluru biweekly express
7. Thiruvananthapuram-Chennai weekend service
8. Ernakulam-Chennai weekend service
9. Thiruvananthapuram-Guwahati daily service
10. Ernakulam-Velankanni daily service
11. Ernakulam-Mumbai CST weekly express
12. New morning and evening train service up to Ernakulam to complement the Venad Express
13. Daily Jan Shatabdi Express between Thiruvananthapuram and Kannur
Proposals that are under consideration of the Railways, but are yet to get approval from administrative divisions:
1. Extension of Thiruvananthapuram-Palakkad to Madurai
2. Delinking of Nilambur-Thiruvananthapuram Central Rajyarani to run as an independent train
3. Punalur-Palakkad Express
4. Extension of Kozhikode-Thrissur Passenger to Guruvayur
5. Extension of Ernakulam-Kottayam Passenger to Kayamkulam

Feb 01 2017 (09:35)
No more DLS or ELS Hereafter only a Locoshed*^~   9561 blog posts   497 correct pred (73% accurate)
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sad to see inter division conflicts

Feb 01 2017 (16:46)
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2 div under same zone fighting as if both are separate country. Too bad from both the div officials.

Feb 01 2017 (21:30)
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10. KIK ERS there. TVC/QLN VLNK via SCT is must. remaining r worth. hope both division consider those. and TVC division should also consider a train to Chennai via ML too
Jan 17 2017 (16:47)  A big step towards paperless ticketing (newstodaynet.com)
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Jan 17 2017 (16:47)
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Jan 17 2017 (16:47)
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Jan 17 2017 (16:47)
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Jan 17 2017 (16:47)
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Jan 17 2017 (16:47)
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Jan 17 2017 (16:47)
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Chennai: As efforts to move towards a cashless economy gains momentum,the railways is chipping in by promoting paperless (mobile) tickets.
The paperless (mobile) ticket booking facility 'utsonmobile' app, which is available in Chennai for suburban travel only has been extended to new routes. The app currently being used by passengers in the following routes - Chennai Central/Beach - Tiruvallur, Chennai Central/Beach - Gummidipundi and Chennai Beach - Tambaram - Chengalpattu sections has been extended to new routes.
According to sources, the facility has been extended from 15 January with an intetsion to bring
more commuters under its fold. With this new measure, commuters on Chennai Central/Beach - Tiruvallur - Arakkonam - Tiruttani, Chennai Central/Beach -Gummidipundi - Sulurpeta and Chennai Beach -- Tambaram -- Chengalpattu -- Tirumalpur will also be able to book local train tickets through the mobile app.
It is heard that the railways will be implementing Integrated Security System (ISS) in the second phase. ISS which is a composite surveillance mechanism is already under implementation in 14 stations in Southern Zone and under the second phase the mechanism will be implemented in few more stations. About 27 railway stations have been identified for implementation in the second phase, according to sources. It is said that the railway board has asked all the zones of Indian Railways to nominate in this regard. So a list of 27 stations have been prepared which comprise Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Chengalpattu, Gummidipoondi, Velachery, Sulurpeta and Kanchipuram among others.
Meanwhile, Southern Railway is working on increase security measures in stations in various divisions. Efforts to instal CCTV cameras in Railway stations in Chennai division are underway. This is a fallout of the gruesome murder of techie Swati at Nungambakkam Railway Station last year. However, the work has proceeded at a tardy pace and it is said that a change in the policy led to the delay.
Sources say that the camera installation work was supposed to be done by zonal railways, but after a review the job has been handed over to RailTel. Now a fresh deadline has been set and the work will be done in a phased manner by June and December this year. Camera installation will be done on an all India level to ensure uniformity, say the sources.
The Railways is also keen to augment the quality of coaches. As a first step, sources said Chennai Central - Thiruvananthapuram-Chennai Central Mail trains will be provided with LHB (Linke Hoffmann Busch) coaches. Consequently, two rakes of Train No 12623/12624 will be converted into LHB stock.
Railway authorities say while rake no 1 in Train 12623 (Chennai Central to Thiruvananthapuram) and Train 12624 (Thiruvananthapuram to Chennai Central) will be converted into LHB rake on 18 and 19 January respectively, rake no 2 in both the trains will be added on 19 and 20 January respectively. Consequently, the composition of the train would be revised as one First Class AC-cum-AC 2-tier, one AC 2-tier, four AC 3-tier, 11 sleeper class and three general second class coaches.
Jan 12 2017 (11:16)  LHB coaches for Chennai Mail from next week (www.thehindu.com)
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As part of the initiative to offer enhanced safety and travelling comfort to the passengers, the Railways is to introduce Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches in the 12624/12623 Thiruvananthapuram Central-Chennai Central-Thiruvananthapuram Central Superfast Expreses from next week.
The rake with LHB coaches will start plying from Chennai Central to Thiruvananthapuram Central on January 18 and from Thiruvananthapuram Central to Chennai Central on January 19, a senior railway official told The Hindu here on Wednesday.
Threes rakes have been made available for the Southern Railway to switch over the LHB coaches for the prestigous
Chennai Mail operating in the highly-demanding Thiruvananthapuram-Chennai sector.
At present, the Rajadhani Expresses operating in the New Delhi-Thiruvananthapuram Central-New Delhi, the Kochuveli-Indore-Kochuveli Weekly Expresses and the Ernakulam-Hatia-Ernakulam Superfast Express and back are operating with LHB coaches.
The introduction of LHB coaches is part of the decision to introduce them in mail and express trains in a phased manner. LHB coaches based on German technology were initially confined to RajdhaniExpress, Shatabdi Express and Duronto trains.
The raiwlays has decided to replace all old coaches of mail and express trains by LHB coaches by the end of 2019-2020. Compared to the ₹ 1.5 crore needed to manufacture a conventional coach, a LHB coach will cost the railways around ₹ 2.5 crore.
Developed by Linke-Hofmann-Busch of Germany (renamed Alstom LHB GmbH in 1998 after the takeover by Alstom) and produced by Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala, the coaches are designed for an operating speed up to 160 km per hour. The length of 23.54 m and a width of 3.24 m means a higher passenger capacity, compared to conventional rakes.
They are considered to be “anti-telescopic” (they do not get turned over or flip in case of a collision). The coaches are made of stainless steel and interiors are made of aluminium to make them lighter. Advanced pneumatic disc brake system for efficient braking at higher speeds, modular interiors, improved suspension system and modern air conditioning system are the sailent features of the LHB coaches.
Only secondary check of the LHB coaches comprising of safety check and cleaning will be taking place in Kerala, the official said, adding primary maintenance of the coaches will be carried out in Delhi.

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Jan 12 2017 (14:22)
One Mail~   4734 blog posts   1439 correct pred (70% accurate)
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News is talking about Raj, for TVC mail, PM will be MAS

Jan 12 2017 (14:25)
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Very Sad to know this. We are going to loose 4 GEN coaches including two SLRs.

Jan 12 2017 (14:34)
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Only 2 SLR lost... there are 3 generals in LHB CC
EOG:2. General: 3. Sleeper: 11, 3Tier: 4, 2Tier: 1, HA: 1.
EOGs replaced SLR few seats lost there fro UR travelers. Eventhough 1 sleeper lost, number of seats are more. Lost few seats in 2 Tier AC, as 1 2A is removed.

Jan 12 2017 (14:44)
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LHBfication reduces carrying capacity because of removal of SLR and addition of EOG. Also 1 SLR is reserved for ladies and disabled so ladies and disabled face huge difficulty on LHBfication

Jan 12 2017 (14:49)
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LHB coaches have become an extremely loss making venture for IR due to the necessity of generator vans.
IR must either go for HOG system in all locos or develop LHB SG coaches on war footing, if it want to contain its losses and maintain its market share.

Jan 12 2017 (14:50)
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Ya. it is faced by almost all LHBfied train. Most affected are UR travelers.

Jan 12 2017 (14:51)
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But EOG's are a lot more energy saving than self generating coaches.

Jan 12 2017 (14:57)
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Previous govt was thinking for UR pax so they attached more general coaches in trains bt this govt is insensitive to them.

Jan 12 2017 (16:48)
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The Self-generating feature for LHB coaches was a failed experiment. The FIAT bogies were not really designed for attaching alternators and slef-generating equipment. It's either HOG or increasing platform lengths to accommodate longer trains going ahead.
The HOG for WAP4 has been too long in the making. These are the most numerous passenger locos on IR and CLW is very well versed with it's design as they have been building tap changer locomotives for over 45 years! It's really puzzling as to why it is taking so much time to come up with a HOG system at least for the WAP4's.

Jan 12 2017 (17:55)
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IR gives a very bad treatment to R&D deptt. and it is considered as a one of the loop lines or dumping grounds of the organisation, as far as the importance and promotional prospect of personnel is concerned.
R&D actually is a higher order job needing very high technical command over the subject and it can be done only by very good engineers only. Operation is on the other hand a routine job which even an uneducated with high IQ, experience & dedication can very well do.

Although scientists-Engineers as well as doctors have brought most of the laurels for the nation in the international arena, but these fields/ personnels exactly are least nurtured in our country. Indian scientist too have done maximum discoveries/ new developments in other countries like USA and not in India. No wonder a large number of the brightest engineers and doctors aspire to go abroad and work for job satisfaction as well as better pay.
If the Indian engineers get opportunity to work in world class R&D organisations, they excel, but if they work in our country, the result is just like the case of SG-LHB coaches/ HOG Locos, which is such an important issue that it can justify the very adoption of LHB coaches in IR.
The requirement of SG LHB coaches was known to IR even before awarding the contract for supply of new LHB coaches with Transfer of technology. Many experts were opposed to IR spending heavy amount on LHB coaches as their utility is questionable. Even then the contract was awarded and 20 years later, IR is doing LHB fication of express/SF trains with introduction of 2 generator cars which is a retrograde step. The allegations of corruption earlier made regarding this deal gets vindicated, as large scale manufacture of LHB coaches in IR is not feasible without SG feature (HOG in IR loco was no where in picture during award of contact).
Jan 05 2017 (22:46)  Kerala rail development corporation formed (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Jan 05 2017 (10:52PM)
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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Boosting the prospects of growth in the railway sector in Kerala, the state government and railways have registered a joint venture company - Kerala Rail Development Corporation Ltd - on Tuesday. The company formed on 51:49 equity partnership by the state government and the railways has been specifically formed to develop railway infrastructure in the state.
Representing the state government, chief secretary S M Vijayanand, finance secretary K M Abraham, additional chief secretary of planning department V S Senthil, transport secretary K R Jyothilal, water resources secretary Tinku Biswal, IT secretary M Sivasankar and project director of rapid rail transit system Tomy Cyriac are part of board of directors of the company. The members of Railways have not been finalized yet.
Tomy Cyriac will act as special officer of the new company till the managing director is appointed.
The MoU to form a joint venture was signed by the state government and railways in January last year. The process of registration became swifter after the meeting of union railway minister Suresh Prabhu and chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan here last week. Minister G Sudhakaran and tranport secretary K R Joyothilal took initiative to speed up the movement of files and get the company registered at the earliest.
The works to be taken up by the Kerala Rail Development Corporation include introduction of rapid rail transit system between Thiruvananthapuram and Chengannur, construction of Angamali-Erumeli Sabari rail line, Nilambur-Nanjangode line, Thalassery-Mysore line and the laying of rail container track to Cochin International Airport. For implementing these projects, special purpose vehicles will be formed under the company.
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