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Restructuring of RPF and Policing in Railways



Restructuring of RPF and Policing in Railways 
Policing on Railways is a State subject and prevention of crime, registration of cases and their investigation in Railway premises as well as on running trains is, therefore, the statutory responsibility of the State Governments, which they discharge through Government Railway Police (GRP). Therefore, the responsibility of detection and disposal of bomb, IEDs etc. lies with the State Government. However, some bomb detection equipments like Explosive Vapour Detector, Deep Search Metal Detectors and bomb disposal equipments like bomb suppression blanket and bomb basket etc., have been acquired by Railway Protection Force (RPF) at few of the Zonal Railways, which may be used in case of any exigency, by trained RPF personnel. This is in addition to Dog Squads of RPF, which are functioning over different Zonal Railways as part of Bomb detection squads. 


RPF supplements the efforts of GRP by deploying its staff for escorting of important trains in affected areas and access control duties at important and sensitive stations. Besides, the following steps are being taken by the Railways to provide maximum security to passengers:-


1. An Integrated Security System consisting of surveillance of vulnerable stations through Close Circuit Television Camera Network, Access Control etc. have been sanctioned to improve surveillance mechanism over 202 sensitive railway stations. 


2. On vulnerable and identified routes/ sections, 2300 trains (on an average) are escorted by RPF daily, in addition to 2200 trains escorted by GRP of different States daily. 


3. All the ladies special trains running in Metropolitan cities are being escorted by lady RPF constables. 


4. The ladies compartments in suburban trains are being escorted by RPF and GRP during peak/non peak hours. Staff deployment is made during late night and early morning in suburban trains to ensure better security to the lady passengers. 


5. Joint drives by RPF/GRP and Commercial Department are conducted from time to time against the unauthorized entry of passengers in trains and railway premises.

6. RPF holds regular coordination meetings with State Police and GRP besides sharing of intelligent inputs with Intelligence Bureau and other intelligence agencies of State.

7. Security Helpline No.182 is operational over Indian Railway for the security related assistance to passengers in distress. 
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Modernization of Railway Stations 
Indian Railway has advertised its plan to redevelop ‘A-1’ and ‘A’ category stations (about 400 in number) on ‘as is where is’ basis, by inviting proposals from developers with their designs and business ideas. Public Sector Undertakings can also participate under this scheme. During various interactions with the stake holders, their response have been encouraging.

Category of stations is decided on the basis of annual earnings from passenger traffic. ‘A-1’ category stations have annual passengers earnings of more than
60 crores and A category stations have annual passenger earnings of 8 60 crores. Details of A-1 and A category stations, State-wise and zone-wise are appended.

The entire cost of station redevelopment is to be met by leveraging commercial development of land and air space in and around the stations. The land is only to be leased to the developers and its ownership shall remain with Railways. The developer shall be responsible for station redevelopment, associated real estate development and operation & maintenance (O&M) of the same. State Governments/local bodies can also be made partner in the scheme, if necessary, in case higher FAR (Floor Area Ratio) is granted by them.

Station Redevelopment projects are complex in nature which require detailed techno-economic feasibility studies and statutory clearances from local bodies. Thus, it is not possible to provide time limit at this stage for completion of these projects.

Presently, there is no proposal for redeveloping stations falling in other categories under above scheme. However, provision/augmentation/improvement of identified passenger amenities at railway stations is taken up as a continuous process depending upon requirement and inter-se priority of works, subject to availability of funds.

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 24.02.2016 (Wednesday). 
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On Board Catering Services in Trains 
A policy guideline on “Ready to Eat Meals” was issued to Zonal Railways on 30.01.2015 wherein all Mail/Express trains running with pantry car have been covered to serve precooked ‘Ready to Eat meals’ as an ‘add on’ option under the category of a-la-carte to the passengers. Non-provision of the ‘Ready to Eat meals’ by the licensees will be treated as a deficiency in service for which a penalty clause has been stipulated in the Policy. North Western Railway, the nodal Railway nominated to select reputed Ready-to-eat Companies/ firms has empanelled four firms viz. (i) Gitwako Farms (I) Pvt. Ltd, (ii) BTW India Pvt. Ltd., (iii) Gits Food Products Pvt. Ltd and (iv) Aryan Food Products Pvt. Ltd. to provide ‘Ready to Eat meals’ to the passengers.

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 24.02.2016 (Wednesday). 
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Formation of Joint Venture Companies with State Government for Development of Railway Infrastructure 
Ministry of Railways (MoR) has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for formation of Joint Venture Companies with six State Governments viz. Odisha, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.

Joint Venture Company will be formed with equity participation of MoR (limited to maximum 50%) and concerned State Government(s). JVs can form project specific subsidiary companies (Project SPVs), which may have equity holding by other stakeholders like banks, PSUs, Ports, mining companies etc. as well, to cater to a specific project.

Each JV would have an initial paid up capital of `100 crore. Based on the quantum of projects to be undertaken, the authorized equity share capital and the paid up capital can be enhanced from time to time with the approval of Railway Board and the State Government.

JVs would undertake project development works for an identified basket of projects, which will inter-alia include surveys, preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) and getting requisite approvals, processing for sanctioning of identified projects and monitoring. Projects will be implemented by the concerned Zonal Railway, any Railway PSU or any other agency as decided by the JV/Project SPV in consultation with Ministry of Railways.

Various other steps taken/being taken by the Government for effective and speedy implementation of rail projects in the country are (i) substantial increase in allocation of funds, (ii) prioritisation of projects, (iii) delegation of powers at field level, (iv) nomination of nodal officers for improved co-ordination with the State Governments etc.

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 24.02.2016 (Wednesday). 
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Bullet Train Project 
Ministry of Railways have formed a new Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) named National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited to implement the project of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Bullet Train .

The salient features of Project are:

Ø Total length of corridor – 508 kms .

Ø Maximum design speed of 350 kmph and operating speed of 320 kmph.

Ø In 2023, approximately 13 million passengers per annum.

Ø The total journey time of a fast train will be 2.07 hrs.

Ø Total Project cost is estimated to be 97,636 crore (including price escalation, Interest During Construction (IDC) and import duties) - 81% of the project cost funded by Government of Japan loan for 50 years at 0.1% per annual interest with 15 years moratorium periods.

State Governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat have been requested to participate in the equity of the SPV which will implement the project. (Ministry of Railways 50% equity, and balance contributed by State Governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat)

Government of Japan has agreed to provide loan covering approximately 81% of total project cost at 0.1% per annum interest for 50 years with 15 years moratorium. For timely completion of project, a Joint Committee has been formed under Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog with Secretary Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Secretary Department of Economic Affairs, Foreign Secretary and Chairman Railway Board as members to monitor the project.

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 24.02.2016 (Wednesday). 
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Ready to eat meals in Trains 
Allotment of tenders to private licensees for providing onboard catering services to the passengers through pantry cars is an ongoing process. Further, a major initiative viz. E-catering has been taken by Railways through Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation to enable passengers to book the food of their choice.

E-Catering service is at present available in 1350 trains not having pantry cars, Train Side Vending and on 45 stations across Railway zones. Large reputed food chains in the catering business like KFC, Dominos, Haldiram, Bittoo Tikki Wala, Food Panda etc. have already been empanelled as vendors/aggregators for providing good quality variety food to passengers as per their choice.

Steps taken to ensure that good quality and hygienic food is served to the passengers include: (i) Imposition of penalties in case of deficiencies detected in services. (ii) Introduction of station based E-Catering for widening the range of options available to passengers for ordering food of their choice. (iii) Introduction of precooked food (‘ready to eat’ meals) in the range of options available to passengers. (iv) Operation of centralized Catering Service Monitoring Cell (CSMC) (toll free number 1800-111-321) for prompt redressal of passenger grievances relating to the catering activities and real time assistance to travelling public. (v) Operation of all India Helpline (No.138) for rail-users to lodge complaints/suggestions regarding food and catering services.

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 24.02.2016 (Wednesday). 
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Improving Amenities for Patients and Differently Abled Passengers 
           Improvement/augmentation of amenities at stations, including those for differently abled and patient passengers is a continuous process. In order to provide better accessibility to differently abled and patient passengers, short term facilities as detailed below have been planned at all stations, beginning with ‘A-1’, ‘A’ & ‘B’ category stations:
·      Standard ramp for barrier free entry.
·      Earmarking at least two parking lots.
·      Non-slippery walk-way from parking lot to building.
·      Signages of appropriate visibility.
·      At least one toilet (on the ground floor).
·      At least one drinking water tap suitable for use by differently-abled persons.
·      ‘May I help you’ Booth
In addition, long term facilities, as detailed below, have been planned at ‘A-1’, ‘A’ & ‘B’ category stations:
·    Provision of facility for inter-platform transfer.
·     Engraving on edges of platform.
Further, as per the existing guidelines, ‘A-1’ category stations qualify for provision of escalators/elevators while ‘A’ category, ‘C’ category and stations of tourist importance qualify for provision of escalators under desirable amenities. 277 escalators and 112 lifts have been provided at various stations till November, 2015.
Instructions also exist for provision of Wheel Chairs at stations. This facility is provided, duly escorted by porters (on payment) as per present practice. Moreover, Zonal Railways have been authorized to introduce ‘Battery Operated Vehicles’ at major railway stations for disabled, old aged and sick passengers on first come first served basis through sponsorship from individuals, NGOs, trusts, charitable institutions, corporates and PSUs/corporate houses under their Corporate Social Responsibility with no charge to passenger or to the Railway.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 26.02.2016 (Friday).

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Paperless Unreserved and Platform Tickets 
With a view to cut down queues at counters at Railway stations and to facilitate convenient booking of tickets by passengers, Indian Railways have introduced the facility of paperless unreserved tickets through mobile phone over suburban sections of Central, Western, Southern, Northern (New Delhi- Palwal section), Eastern and South Central Railways. Further, a pilot project of booking of platform tickets through mobile phones has also been introduced on some stations of these Zonal Railways.

Leveraging new technologies to facilitate passengers is a continuous and ongoing process.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 26.02.2016 (Friday). 
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Safety Audit to Prevent Accidents 
Two types of Safety Audits are being conducted by Railways regularly, viz.:

(i) Bi-monthly safety audit by the individual Zonal Railway of its own divisions; and

(ii) An inter-railway safety audit/inspection conducted twice a year in blocks of January to June and July to December by a multi-disciplinary team of Railway officers.

Review of Safety measures in connection with train operations is an ongoing process. The Safety Organisation has been structured as a 3-tier organisation i.e. Ministry of Railways, Zonal Railways and Divisional level. All Railways’ assets have a codified periodic schedule of inspections and safety checks to be done by different level of Railway officials - starting from supervisors to the highest level of officers. There is periodic review and supervision through safety seminars, meetings, inspections and audits at each level on all aspects of train operation. The outcome is analysed by the Railway Board and instructions as and when necessary are given.

The necessary cost of the various safety plans and periodic review is part and parcel of Railway activity.

The research wing of Ministry viz. RDSO continuously explores/strives for development/adoption of newer, better and cheaper technology as is appropriate to Railways needs.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 26.02.2016 (Friday). 
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Strengthening of Railway Bridges 
Repair / strengthening / reconstruction of bridges is undertaken based on their physical condition as ascertained during various inspections.  There is a well established system of inspection of railway bridges on Indian Railways.  All the bridges are inspected twice a year- once before the onset of monsoon and once after the monsoon.  In addition, depending upon the condition of bridges, certain bridges are inspected more frequently. Repair/ strengthening/ reconstruction of the bridge is planned if the condition of the bridge so warrants. The work is taken up through Works Programme and in urgent cases, through out-of-turn sanction.  If the corrective / remedial measures are expected to take a long time due to the complexity of the site situation, etc., suitable safety measures like imposing speed restriction and keeping such bridge under close watch, are taken till the bridge is repaired / strengthened / reconstructed. During last five years, 4338 bridges have been repaired/strengthened/ reconstructed on Indian Railways.
The funds allocated for repairing/strengthening/reconstruction of bridges during current financial year 2015-16 are ` 491.39 crores. Allocation of funds is done zone-wise and not area-wise or region-wise, break up of which for the current financial year is as under:

Zonal Railways
Central
Eastern
East Central
East Coast
Northern
North Central
North Eastern
Northeast Frontier
Fund allocated (` in crores)

13.4

85.59

75.4

21.53

34.07

15.13

20.25

18.87

Zonal Railways
North Western
Southern
South Central
South Eastern
South East Central
South Western
Western
West Central
Fund allocated
(` in crores)

20.09

47.38

25.77

17.31

11.37

28.2

27.76

29.27


This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 26.02.2016 (Friday).

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WI-FI Facility at Railway Stations 
Initially, the Wi-Fi services have been proposed to be provided at 400 railway stations covering almost all ‘A1’ and ‘A’ category stations, after which the facility is proposed to be provided at remaining ‘A’ & ‘B’ category stations. Presently, Wi-Fi facility is available at 12 railway stations viz. Bengaluru, New Delhi, Chennai, CST Mumbai, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad, Agra Cantt., Secunderabad, Varanasi, Howrah, Madgaon and Ghazipur.

Wi-Fi facility is proposed to be provided at 709 major railway stations, in A1, A & B category. The number-wise breakup of the 709 stations i.e. A1-75, A-332 & B-302

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 26.02.2016 (Friday).

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Executive Lounges at Railway Stations 
An Executive Lounge with value added services at a charge, has been set up at New Delhi railway station through Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). Services offered are wifi, soft beverages, meals, recliners, Newspaper and magazines, train information display and announcement, TV, wash and change, toilets and urinal, computer with internet and printing / scanning facilities etc.

(b): IRCTC has been entrusted the work of setting up Executive Lounges at 48 other locations, including Mumbai Central, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Bandra Terminus and Ahmedabad railway stations.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 26.02.2016 (Friday). 
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Expenditure on Salaries, Allowances ETC. of Employees of Railways and Surplus Generated by Indian Railways 
As on 01.04.2015, the total number of regular employees in all Groups is 1326584 (provisional) on Indian Railways. The total expenditure incurred on salaries and allowances on Railways in the year 2014-15 is ` 67209.54 crore. The total expenditure incurred on pension to the employees of Railways in the year 2014-15 is ` 28642.08 crore.

Appropriation to Railway funds for development of Railways is done from Railway surplus, which is the sum left from total receipts of the Railways after meeting total revenue expenditure including appropriation to Pension Fund and Depreciation Reserve Fund and payment of Dividend to General Revenues. The surplus generated by Indian Railways during 2014-15 is ` 7664.94 crore, which has been appropriated to Development Fund (` 1374.94 crore), Capital Fund (` 6233.36 crore) and Debt Service Fund (` 56.64 crore).

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 26.02.2016 (Friday). 
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Arrangements for Simhastha Kumbh Mela in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh 

            To cater to the expected influx of pilgrims during Simhastha Kumbh Mela at Ujjain, Indian Railways has planned to run special trains including DEMU/MEMU,  augmentation of load of existing trains and, also, providing of temporary stoppage on Mail/Express trains to the extent justified and feasible.
        In view of the importance and based upon the anticipated volume and pattern of rail traffic during the forthcoming Kumbh Mela in 2016, the following passenger amenities at Ujjain Railway Station and adjoining satellite stations such as Nagda, Vikramnagar, Shipra Bridge, Fatehabad, Nalkhri, Chintaman Ganesh, Pingleshwar, Indore, Ratlam, Pawasa, Mohanpura etc. have been sanctioned at various stations. 
The details of works completed/works taken up at Ujjain and adjoining stations viz. Vikramnagar, Pawasa, Mohanpura, Nagda, Indore, Ratlam, Naikheri, Pingleshwar etc. are as under:
1. Ujjain Railway Station
(i)    The following works have been completed:
                    Improvement to shelter at Platform No.2/3, 4/5 & 6/7
                    Raising of platform Nos.1, 2/3 & 4/5
                    Extension of platform shelter at Platform No.1, 4/5 & 8
                    Improvement to circulating area
                    Development of sitting space with shed at Nagda end on platform No.1
              Additional Foot Over Bridge (FOB) at Bhopal end
                    Extension of existing FOB at Nagda end
                    Additional entry and development of circulating area at Neel Ganga Colony side  
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(ii)   The following works have been taken up:
                    Provision of out to out FOB
                    Augmentation of drinking water arrangements
                    Provision of Multiline train arrival/departure display board
2. Vikram Nagar Railway Station
        The following works have been completed:
                    Augmentation of drinking water arrangements & toilet facilities
                    Improvement to circulating area
3. Works for Provision of temporary halt stations at Pawasa & Mohanpura have been taken up.
            The following works have been completed at Pawasa:
                    Development of rail level platform
                    Provision of toilet facility
Work of provision of drinking water facility at Pawasa has been taken up.
      The following works have been completed at Mohanpura:
                    Development of rail level platform
                    Provision of drinking water & toilet facilities
4. Nagda Railway Station
The following works have been taken up:
                    Replacement of interconnecting FOB at Kota end
                    Provision of Multiline train arrival/departure display board
                   Raising of platform No.4/5 from medium level to high level
                   Extension of covered shed on Platform No.4/5.
5. Indore Railway Station – The following work has been taken up:
       Provision of Multiline train arrival/departure display board
6. Ratlam Railway Station
(i) The following work has been taken up:
                    Extension of FOB
                    Augmentation of drinking water facility
In addition, provision of additional facilities namely drinking water taps and toilets has been completed at Naikheri and Pingleshwar stations.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 26.02.2016 (Friday).
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Elimination of Unmanned Level Crossings 

 There are 10,440 unmanned level crossings in the country as on 01.04.2015.
       It is the endeavor of Ministry of Railways to eliminate all unmanned level crossings, in a phased manner, by either of the following:-
·      Closure - Closing unmanned level crossings having NIL/ negligible Train Vehicle Unit (TVU).
·      Merger - Merger of unmanned level crossing to nearby manned/unmanned level crossing or subway/Road Under Bridge (RUB)/Road Over Bridge (ROB) by construction of diversion road.
·      Provision of Subways/RUBs.
·      Manning- Phased manning of unmanned level crossings which cannot be eliminated by above means.

2,867 unmanned level crossings have been identified for their elimination by construction of Subways/RUBs.

Funds for elimination of level crossings come from Central Road Fund (CRF) as a percentage of cess collected on Petrol and Diesel by Ministry of Finance.  The Average Annual Allocation to Railways from Central Road Fund is approximately Rs. 1,100 crore against throwforward of Rs. 31,700 crore.  In view of this, no target has been fixed for 2016-17 and 2017-18.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 26.02.2016 (Friday).
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High Speed Rail Corporations 
Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) of Ministry of Railways had formed a subsidiary named High Speed Rail Corporation of India Limited in 2013, inter alia, to undertake feasibility studies pertaining to High Speed corridors. It has awarded feasibility studies for (i) Delhi-Mumbai, (ii) Mumbai-Chennai, (iii) Delhi-Kolkata, (iv) Delhi-Chennai (v) Mumbai-Kolkata, (vi) Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridors and pre-feasibility study for Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar High Speed Rail Corridor.

Ministry of Railways have now formed National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRC) in February, 2016 to implement Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor with Japanese financial and technical assistance.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 26.02.2016 (Friday). 
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Special Arrangements by Indian Railways for Simhasta Kumbh Mela At Ujjain 
In view of the importance and based upon the anticipated volume and pattern of rail traffic during the forthcoming Kumbh Mela in 2016, the following passenger amenities at Ujjain Railway Station and ad-joining satellite stations such as Nagda, Vikramnagar, Shipra Bridge, Fatehabad, Naikheri, Chintaman Ganesh, Pingleshwar, Indore, Ratlam, Pawasa, Mohanpura etc. have been sanctioned at various stations. Some of the approved works have been completed and some are in different stages of progress.

1. Ujjain Railway Station

(i) The following works have been completed:

* Improvement to shelter at Platform (PF) No.2/3 & 6/7

* Raising of platform Nos. 1, 2/3 & 4/5

* Improvement to circulating area

* Development of sitting space with shed at Nagda end on platform No.1

* Additional Foot Over Bridge (FOB) at Bhopal end

* Extension of existing FOB at Nagda end

* Additional entry and development of circulating area at Neel Ganga Colony side

(ii) The following works have been taken up:

* Provision of out to out FOB

* Augmentation of drinking water arrangements

* Provision of Multiline train arrival/departure display board

2. Vikram Nagar Railway Station

The following works have been completed :

* Augmentation of drinking water arrangements & toilet facilities

* Improvement to circulating area

3. Works for Provision of temporary halt stations at Pawasa & Mohanpura have been taken up.

4. Nagda Railway Station

The following works have been taken up:

* Replacement of interconnecting FOB at Kota end.

* Provision of Multiline train arrival/departure display board

* Raising of platform level from medium to high level & extension of covered shed on Platform No.4/5.

5. Indore Railway Station

The following work has been taken up:

* Provision of Multiline train arrival/departure display board

In addition, provision of additional facilities namely drinking water taps and toilets have been completed at Naikheri and Pingleshwar stations.

Further, additional ticket booking counters are proposed to be operated.

In the wake of Simhastha Kumbh Mela 2016, in addition to security arrangement to be made by GRP and district administration, station-wise additional RPF deployment planned by security department in Ratlam Di-vision of Western Railway.

(c) Based on previous experience, for catering to the huge influx of pilgrims expected during Maha Kumbh Simhastha at Ujjain to be held in 2016, many of whom are expected through rail mode, Indian Railways, to the extent feasible and justified, makes provisions for the running of spe-cial trains from various part of the country. Deployment of DEMU/MEMU rakes for short distance movements of pilgrims and augmenting the load of existing regular trains also undertaken to increase the throughput of passengers. In addition the security apparatus needed for handling the peak traffic is also reinforced in close coordination with civil authorities.

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 24.02.2016 (Wednesday). 
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MoU between India and France on Cooperation in Rail Sector 
Ministry of Railways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SNCF( Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer Francais), the French National Railways, on 14th February 2013 in which the agreed areas of cooperation are : (i) High Speed and semi-high speed rail; (ii) Station renovation and operations; (iii) Modernization of current operations and infrastructure; and (iv) Suburban 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 24.02.2016 (Wednesday). 
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Rail over Bridges 
    At present, there are 1,156 sanctioned works for construction of 1,399 Road Over Bridges (ROBs) across the country. Zone-wise details in this regard are as under:

S. No.
Zone
No. of ROBs sanctioned
1.
Central Railway
55
2.
Eastern Railway
100
3.
East Central Railway
118
4.
East Coast Railway
25
5.
Northern Railway
194
6.
North Central Railway
125
7.
North Eastern Railway
34
8.
Northeast Frontier Railway
35
9.
North Western Railway
73
10.
Southern Railway
209
11.
South Central Railway
94
12.
South Eastern Railway
33
13.
South East Central Railway
29
14.
South Western Railway
74
15.
Western Railway
142

Total
1399

Fund for construction of Road Over Bridges (ROBs)/Road Under Bridges (RUBs)/Subways; elimination of level crossings and other safety works related to level crossings come from Central Road Fund (CRF) as a percentage of cess collected on petrol and diesel by Ministry of Finance. Present throwforward of these works is 31,700 crores approximately.
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 24.02.2016 (Wednesday).
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Facilitation for Women Passengers in Indian Railways 
Section 58 of the Railways Act, 1989 provides for earmarking of accommodation for female passengers in trains. Accordingly, in trains carrying passengers, Indian Railways have earmarked following accommodation for female passengers:

i. A reservation quota of six berths in sleeper class in long distance Mail/Express trains.

ii. A combined quota of four lower berths per coach in Sleeper class and two lower berths per coach in Air Conditioned 3 tier (3AC) and Air Conditioned 2 tier (2AC) classes for Senior citizens, Female passengers 45 years of age and above, and pregnant women.

iii. Second class accommodation for women in the second Class-cum-Luggage-cum Guard’s Coach (SLR) in most of the long distance trains.

iv. Unreserved coaches/compartments for female passengers in EMU (Electrical Multiple Unit)/DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit)/MMTS(Multi Modal Transport System) trains & local passenger trains depending upon demand pattern as well as availability of accommodation.

v. Running of ladies special EMU/MEMU/MMTS services on the suburban sections of Mumbai, Kolkata, Secunderabad and Chennai as well as on the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) sections.

Prevention of crime, registration of cases, their investigation in Railway premises as well as on running trains are the statutory responsibility of the State Police, which they discharge through Government Railway Police (GRP) of the State concerned. As such the cases of crime on Railways are reported to, registered and investigated by the Govt. Railway Police. However, RPF supplements the efforts of GRP by deploying their staff for escorting of important trains in affected areas and for access control duties at important and sensitive railway stations.

The following steps are taken by the Railways to improve safety and security of women passengers as under:-

(i) On vulnerable and identified routes/ sections, 2300 trains (on an average) are escorted by Railway Protection Force daily, in addition to 2200 trains escorted by Government Railway Police of different States daily.

(ii) All the ladies special trains running in Metropolitan cities are being escorted by lady RPF constables.

(iii) The ladies compartments in sub-urban local trains are being escorted by RPF and GRP during peak / non-peak hours. Staff deployment is made during late night and early morning sub-urban local trains to ensure proper security to the lady passengers.

(iv) An All India Security Helpline 182 has been operational to enable passengers to seek security related assistance round the clock.

(v) An Integrated Security System consisting of electronic surveillance of vulnerable stations through Close Circuit Television Camera Network, access control, Anti-sabotage checks have been sanctioned to strengthen surveillance mechanism over 202 sensitive Railway stations.

(vi) RPF holds regular coordination meetings with State Police at all levels to ensure proper registration and investigation of crime by Government Railway Police (GRP).

(c): Policing on Railways is a State subject and the Government Railway Police of the concerned State register the cases of crime against women. The details of the rape, molestation & assault cases on women filed by GRP during the years 2014 and 2015 is appended.

CCTV cameras have been installed in main line coaches in one coach each in the following trains on trial basis:-

(i) 12625/12626, Kerala Express

(ii) 16179/16180 Mannai Express

(iii) 16713/16714 Rameshwaram Express.

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 24.02.2016 (Wednesday). 
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Transportation of Coal by Indian Railways 
Transportation of coal is predominantly done in BOXN and BOBR type of open wagons. As on 31ST January 2016, around 1.07 lakh BOXN wagons and 0.15 lakh BOBR wagons were available with Indian Railways.

The availability of wagons for loading and transportation of coal has been adequate for meeting the current demand.

Wagon production is planned yearly by Indian Railways on the basis of the expected demand for transportation of commodities. During the year 2015-16, production of 8073 number of BOXN wagons and 490 number of BOBR wagons is targetted.

General purpose wagons like BOXN wagons are utilized for transportation of bulk commodities like minerals & ores, including coal. The prevalent arrangement in which general purpose wagons are not being reserved for transportation of any particular commodity has worked satisfactorily over the years. Given the critical importance of coal in the national economy, this traffic segment is normally accorded a relatively higher priority in supply of rakes over other bulk commodities. Further, BOBR wagons are generally dedicated for loading and transportation of coal traffic only

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 24.02.2016 (Wednesday). 
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Multiple Security Agencies for Security to Railways 
Cases of crime on Railways are reported to, registered and investigated by the Government Railway Police (GRP), a separate wing of State Police responsible for prevention and detection of crime and maintenance of law and order over Railways. Besides sharing 50% cost on GRP, Railways, through the Railway Protection Force (RPF), are also supplementing efforts of States for strengthening of security in station premises and trains. In addition, concerned District Police is responsible for security of railway tracks, bridges and tunnels. As a result of the presently prevailing three tier security system of RPF, GRP and District Police over Indian Railways, issues concerning coordination among these agencies may sometime occur, which may cause discomfort to passengers, especially with regard to registration of cases.

To ensure effective and seamless passenger security over Indian Railways, a proposal for amendment in the RPF Act, 1957 has been moved by the Ministry of Railways with the concurrence and approval of the Ministries of Law & Justice and Home Affairs to empower RPF to register and investigate passenger related criminal offences in passenger area. Comments of States have been solicited on the proposed amendments in the RPF Act. Comments have so far been received from 25 States. However, the Ministry of Home Affairs has recently conveyed certain observations on the above proposal. Matter is under consideration in the Ministry of Railways.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 26.02.2016 (Friday). 

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Indian Railways dedicated two more services to the Nation : (I) Printing of Bar Code on Unreserved tickets to Prevent Fraud and (II) Auto Hub on Walajabad, near Chennai in Southern Railway

Indian Railways is committed to make Railway System Passenger Friendly and respond to the needs of Passengers : Suresh Prabhu

In its way to further improve passenger amenities and to increase railway revenue, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu in a programme held today i.e. 01.03.2016 at Rail Bhawan, New Delhi inaugurated through Video-Conferencing two services namely (1) Bar-coding of Unreserved tickets at nominated counters on New Delhi, Delhi and Nizamuddin Railway Stations over Northern Railway and (II) Inauguration of Rail Auto Hub in Walajabad in Chennai Division Southern Railway.  Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railway was specially present to grace the occasion.  On behalf of the Indian Railways, Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A.K. Mittal, Member Traffic, Railway Board, Shri Mohd. Jamshed and other Board Members were present on the occasion. Several Public representatives  and Senior officials from both the sides of Southern and Northern Railways witnessed the occasion.  Out of these two services, Bar Coding of Unreserved Tickets was very recently announced by the Railway Minister in his Rail Budget Speech of 2016-17 and has been implemented  as an immediate Action on Rail Budget 2016-17.
Speaking on the occasion about these two services, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, stated that to improve passenger amenities and increase freight revenue Indian Railways has adopted multiple strategies including reach to multi commodity cargo.  He said that in the direction to generate revenue through cargo, the Rail Auto Hub on Walajabad, Chennai is our initial step and Indian Railways is further working on how to get more auto transportation into the Railway Track.  He said that Railways cannot rely upon only one business partner and this is the way to do business and thus reach to cargo is essential to generate/increased freight revenue.
Further, mentioning the salient features of the another service of Bar Coding of Unreserved Ticket through Thermal Printer Shri Suresh Prabhu said that this New Bar Coding system on unreserved rail tickets will stop possible fraudulent activities which will help in more railways revenue. He said that Indian Railways will ensure that we get proper revenues that are due to the Railways and also ensure that there should be better governance which will ultimately help railway passengers.

Salient Features of the Services :-  

WALAJABAD AUTO HUB ON SOUTHERN RAILWAY

·         Walajabad station of Chennai division in Southern Railway is being developed as the first common user Auto Hub on Indian Railways.
·         The station is located near the major Auto units of Oragadam, SriPerambadur and SingaPerumal Kovil areas which are having the manufacturing facilities of M/s Nissan, M/s Hyundai, M/s Ford and M/s Daimler Chrysler.
·         Spread over 5000 sq.meters, this hub will have loading capacity of 300 four wheelers.
·         This hub would cater to over 1 million units of 4-wheelers being produced every year in this area.
·         Walajabad Auto hub, would act as an ideal distribution centre for the inward traffic of M/s TATA, M/s Honda, etc. converging for distribution into Tamilnadu and adjoining states, including Pondicherry.
·         While hinterland traffic is the prime segment, Indian Railway shall be able to capture export traffic which will move to ports of Chennai and Ennore.
·         The hub has seamless road connectivity of 4/6 lanes to the production and consumption centres.
·         Adequate lighting and fencing for security is also being developed.
·         Presently, 4% automobile traffic are transported through Indian Railway and approximately Rs.100 crore revenue has been collected during financial year 2015-16 so far through this traffic.
·         Target is to increase the share of Railways to around 20% by 2026.

      BAR-CODING OF UNRESERVED TICKET THROUGH THERMAL PRINTER
Minister of Railways had announced Bar-Coding of Unreserved tickets in Rail Budget speech of 2016-17.  Salient feature of Bar-coding are as under:
·         Printing of Bar-code on unreserved ticket through thermal printer to speed up the ticket issue, and more importantly to check frauds.
·         Printing of encrypted QR code on Unreserved Tickets will be implemented at New Delhi, Delhi Jn. and Hazrat Nizamuddin stations as a pilot project.
·         The bar code being printed is QR (Quick Response) code by use of a thermal printer. This will save aprrox. 3seconds in the printing cycle of unreserved ticket.
·         Presently, following information is printed in the form of encrypted QR code:-
1)         UTS Number
2)         Stock Number
3)         Ticket Fare
4)         Source Station
5)         Destination Station
6)         Number of Adults
7)         Number of Children
8)         Train Type
9)         Class Code
10)     Date of Journey

·         Whenever Ticket Checking Staff (TTEs/TCs) checks ticket, he can scan encrypted QR code and after decryption of data, he can validate the information printed on the ticket.

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