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Introduction of Special Trains



Introduction of Special Trains 
Special trains are being run during peak seasons, festivals, special events for clearance of extra rush of passengers traffic keeping in view the pattern of traffic, commercial justification, operational feasibility and availability of resources. Running of special trains on various sectors is a continuous process and continue to vary on day to day basis. . During last 3 years, following new types of rakes have been introduced: 


1. LHB type Mail & Express rakes: These have LHB AC as well as non-AC coaches, with higher carrying capacity, when compared with similar coaches of ICF design conventional type of coaches. Besides, these are safer and have better ride quality.

2. LHB AC Double Decker rakes: Coaches of these rakes have higher carrying capacity when compared with LHB Shatabdi type coaches. In the latest design variant, reclining seats, snack tables, bottle holders, Mini Pantry etc. have been provided.

3. Model rake: Model rake coaches which have been introduced in Mahamana Express have additional amenities:

i. Aesthetically appealing toilet modules provided with enhanced passenger amenities - big mirror, platform washbasin, controlled discharged water tap, odour control system, exhaust fan, LED lights, dustbin inside the toilet.

ii. Ergonomically designed Ladders.

iii. Snack tables provided for side berth passengers also.

iv. Windows with powered venetian blind provided in FAC coaches and roller blind in ACCW coaches.

v. Composite panels without visible screws.

vi. Provision of dustbin in all coaches.

vii. Enhanced scale of light fittings including berth reading lights in GSCN Coaches and embarking light in all classes of coaches.

viii. LED based berth indicators for reserved coaches.

ix. Provision of Passenger Address system & Passenger Information System in all the coaches.

x. The scale of mobile/ laptop charging points have been increased in all classes of coaches.

xi. Use of LED Lighting.

xii. Shifting of electrical junction points from passenger area to non-passenger area for enhanced safety.

xiii. Use of e-beam cables and polyamide conduits for enhanced electrical and fire safety.

xiv. Provision of fire extinguisher in all coaches.

xv. Provision of electrically operated chimney in Pantry Car.

xvi. Stainless steel panelling in Luggage Compartment of SLR.

Besides above, exterior and interior colour scheme of the coaches has also been changed to impart more pleasing feel to passengers.

Special trains on normal fare structure (equivalent to regular time Tabled trains) with concession are run under the following circumstances:-

(i). Unreserved special train for all distances including Jansadharan Express.

(ii) To clear passengers due to hold up of traffic on account of incidents like accidents, floods, breaches, line blocks, cancellation of trains etc.

Apart from above special trains, Suvidha trains and special trains on special charges are introduced on higher fares based on demand pattern. No concession is permissible in these trains.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 09.03.2016 (Wednesday). 
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Private Participation In Infrastructure Sector of Railways 
A Participative Policy for rail connectivity and capacity augmentation was issued in December, 2012 which provides the following five models for building rail connectivities : -

(i) Non- Government Railway (NGR) model

(ii) Joint Venture (JV) model

(iii) Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) model

(iv) Capacity augmentation with funding provided by customers model

(v) Capacity augmentation through annuity model

Government in August, 2014 had permitted 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in construction, operation and maintenance of:

(i) Suburban corridors through Public Private Partnership (PPP)

(ii) High speed train projects

(iii) Dedicated freight lines

(iv) Rolling stock including trains sets and locomotive/coaches manufacturing and maintenance facilities

(v) Railway electrification

(vi) Signaling system

(vii) Freight terminal

(viii) Passenger terminal

(ix) Infrastructure in industrial park pertaining to railway line/siding

(x) Mass Rapid Transport System.

Ministry of Railways have issued its Sectoral guidelines in November, 2014 for Domestic/Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in rail sector.

The Private Companies/Enterprises which have been permitted to build rail connectivity under the Participative Policy include : -

(i) JSW Jaigarh Port Limited for Jaigarh port rail connectivity.

(ii) Rewas Port Limited for Rewas port rail connectivity.

(iii) Balaji Infra Development Private Limited for Lalitpur-Udaipura (Electrification)

(iv) Dhamra Port Limited for Dhamra port rail connectivity.

(v) Navayuga Engineering Company Limited for Astrangra port rail connectivity.

(vi) Nargol Rail Link Limited for Nargol port rail connectivity.

(vii) Simar Port Limited for Chhara port rail connectivity.

(viii) Hazira Port Infra Limited for Hazira port rail connectivity.

(ix) Dighi Port Limited for Dighi port rail connectivity.

Apart from the above, Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) of the Ministry of Railways/Government of India have also been permitted to take up rail connectivity projects.

Electric and Diesel Locomotive factories at Madhepura and Marhowra entailing FDI have been awarded to M/s Alstom Manufacturing India Limited and M/s GE Diesel Locomotive Private Limited, respectively.

Estimated requirement of investment is
8,56,020 crore (approximately 135 billion US dollars) over five years to augment infrastructure capacity and modernisation.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 09.03.2016 (Wednesday). 
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Measures by Indian Railways for Safety and Security of Children 
Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) in coordination with Ministry of Railways, have set up Child Help Desks/Kiosks at 20 nominated Railway Stations which are manned by representatives of the organization nominated by MoWCD. The runaway/missing/abandoned children are rescued from stations by Child Help Group comprising of Station Superintendent/Station master, Station House Officer (SHO)/ Government Railway Police (GRP), Inspector/Railway Protection Force (RPF), Sr. Section Engineer (Works), and in trains by GRP, RPF, Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) & Ticket Collector (TC). The children so rescued are handed over to these Child Help Desks/kiosks and in turn to Child Welfare Committee in coordination with GRP. In addition, RPF supplements the efforts of GRP of the State concerned in rescuing the children from trafficking and to ensure safety & security of children at stations. During the year 2015, 7575 children including trafficked children were rescued at Railway Stations and on trains. In addition, Security Helpline No.182 is also operational over Indian Railways for the security related assistance to the passengers in distress.

The Ministry of Railways, in coordination with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, has decided that stations may be identified for setting up the kiosks/Child Help Desks where children are reported missing/abandoned/trafficked. Accordingly, Child Help Desks/ kiosks have been set up at 20 identified railway stations.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 09.03.2016 (Wednesday). 
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New Dedicated Freight Corridors of Indian Railways 
Apart from Eastern(Ludhiana to Dankuni) and Western (Jawaharlal Nehru Port to Dadri) Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs) currently under implementation, in Budget Speech 2016-2017, it is proposed to take up the following freight corridors:-(i) East-West Corridor (2328 kms) (Kolkata-Mumbai); (ii) North-South Corridor(2343 km) (Delhi-Chennai); and (iii) East Coast Corridor (1114 km) ( Kharagpur-Vijaywada). The Preliminary Engineering Cum Traffic Survey (PETS) Reports of these Corridors have been completed. As per the PETS reports, salient features of the Corridors are: (1) parallel to the existing alignment, (2) designed for 25 tonne axle load standards (upgradable to 32.5 tonne axle load) with maximum speed of 100 km/h, and (3) design for no surface crossings and rail flyovers at Junction Stations.

The freight traffic projections in the three new corridors as per PETS reports indicate a level of approximately 1300 million tonnes by 2026-27. Estimated completion Costs are :- (i) East-West Corridor - ` 1,10,529 crore; (ii) North-South Corridor - ` 1,04,471 crore; and (iii) East Coast Corridor - ` 56,749 crore.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 09.03.2016 (Wednesday). 
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New Rail Coach and Engine Factories 

Diesel Locomotives: Horse power of Diesel Locomotives has been increased from 2600 to 4500 HP. These locos have state-of-art three phase AC-AC Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) based traction system. Moreover, other improvements like dual cab, Air Conditioner in loco cabs, Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), Hotel load, Distributed Power Control System (DPCS), etc., are provided in locomotives.  

 Electric Locomotives: It has been decided to produce only new generation state-of-art three-phase electric locomotives in future. These new generation locos save 
up to 20% electricity consumption due to regenerative braking features.

Coach and Diesel Loco: Coach and Engine (Locomotive) manufacturing factories are sanctioned and set up from time to time based on traffic requirements. Presently, the following factories have been sanctioned : -
             
Type of factory
Location
Coach
1. Palakkad, Kerala.
2. Kolar, Karnataka.
3. Kancharapara, West Bengal.
Diesel Locomotive
Marhoura, Bihar.
Electric Locomotive
1. Madherpura, Bihar.
2. Dankuni, West Bengal.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 09.03.2016 (Wednesday).

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IT Enabled Applications For Transparency in Indian Railways 
Railways have introduced several IT enabled applications to bring transparency on the sidelines of Digital India initiative. The details and benefits accruing to passengers are as under: -

1. Computerised Passenger Reservation System (PRS) – This system helps in computerised booking of reserved accommodation on trains in a transparent manner. Mobile application for reserved ticketing has also been launched.

2. Computerised Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) – This system is implemented for issuing unreserved tickets across counters. Mobile application for unreserved ticketing has also been launched in suburban sections.

3. Computerised booking of Railway Retiring Rooms – Passengers can book retiring rooms online.

4. Several other IT applications viz., train running status enquiry through Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS), computerised booking of parcels, complaint management, etc., have also been implemented for passenger convenience.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 09.03.2016 (Wednesday). 
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Allocation of Funds for Railways Lines 
An outlay of Rs. 36,309 Crore has been provided for new line, gauge conversion and doubling projects during 2015-16.

In a Railway project, work orders of different types and values of various activities/components of a project are issued by various units at different levels within Zonal Railway. No centralized record is maintained in this regard. Details of all projects with respect to sanctioned cost, expenditure upto 31.03.2015, revised outlay for 2015-16 & proposed outlay for 2016-17 are given in Pink Book presented alongwith Railway Budget 2016-17 in the House on 25.02.2016 and is also available on website of Ministry of Railways (i.e. www.indianrailways.gov.in).

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 09.03.2016 (Wednesday). 


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