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Security measures to prevent manipulations of online booking website of Railway tickets



Security measures to prevent manipulations of online booking website of Railway tickets
‘23’ In order to facilitate hassle free booking by genuine ticket seekers, time check has been implemented for filling of CAPTCHA, Passengers details and carrying out payment. These checks negate the benefit of automated software for form filling.


In order to ensure security of the e-ticketing website www.irctc.co.in, audit of the e-ticketing system is got conducted by Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) Directorate, which is an attached office of the Department of Information Technology (DIT), Government of India. The capacity of e-ticketing has been upgraded with deployment of additional servers.

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 04.03.2016 (Friday).
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Policy on Solar Capacity Panels in Indian Railways
Indian Railways have finalized a policy for harnessing solar energy on rooftops of Railway premises. The policy provides for setting up solar power plants through developer mode with a long term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) by Railways.

In order to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, it has been intended to expand sourcing of solar power as part of the Solar Mission of Indian Railways. By generating electricity from solar panels, there will be proportionate reduction in consumption of fossil fuels.

As per the existing policy, rooftops of Railway premises including Railway Stations are planned to be utilized for setting up solar power panels. As part of action plan for 2016-17, Zonal Railways have started the process of setting up of about 50 MW solar power plants.

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 04.03.2016 (Friday).
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Train E-Ticketing Curbs to Tame Touts
Some instances of misuse of reservation system by touts do come to notice from time to time. Regular joint drives are conducted by Commercial, Vigilance and Railway Protection Force against touts. These checks are intensified during peak rush/festival periods. Touts apprehended are prosecuted as per Section 143 of Railways Act.

With a view to keep a check on the unfair activities by unscrupulous elements with regard to e-ticketing, various steps have been taken, some of which are as under:- i. Revision of the monthly limit of booking of tickets through Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC) website by an individual user from 10 tickets in a month to 6 tickets in a month.

ii. Introduction of CAPTCHA to check booking in batch mode and through scripting related tools on the IRCTC e-ticketing website.

iii. Making One Time Password (OTP) compulsory in all net banking payment options. iv. Debarring agents from booking tickets during first 30 minutes of opening of reservation i.e. from 0800 to 0830 hours for general booking, from 1000 hours to 1030 hours for Tatkal in Air Conditioned classes and 1100 hours to 1130 hours for Tatkal in Non-Air Conditioned classes.

v. Allowing only one Tatkal ticket per day per train to retail service providers.

Taking such measures and their review based on feedback 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 04.03.2016 (Friday).
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Investments from Foreign Institutions for Expansion and Modernization of Railways

       Indian Railways encourages investment from both domestic and foreign investors.  100% Foreign Direct Investment through automatic route has been permitted in the rail sector in August 2014 and sectoral guidelines issued in November 2014. 
       The details of funding from multilateral/ bilateral lending agencies for projects in progress at present in Ministry of Railways are as under:-
S.N.
Name of the Funding Agency
Lender/ Loan No. & Project
Loan Currency
Loan Amount
Amount disbursed till 31.01.16
(Millions)
( Loan currency in  Millions)
Equivalent Amount in Rupees crore
1
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor
US Dollar
2075
150
922
2
Japan International Cooperation Agency
Western Dedicated Freight Corridor Phase I
Japanese Yen
230603
27985
1593
3
Asian Development Bank
Rail Sector Program
US Dollar
280
149
925
4
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Mumbai Urban Transport Project (Phase 2A)
US Dollar
385
182
1071
5
Japan International Cooperation Agency
Kolkata East West Metro Project II
Japanese Yen
23402
13196
777
6
In December’ 2015, Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with Japan International Cooperation Agency for funding of High Speed corridor between Mumbai – Ahmedabad
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Railways have awarded setting up of Diesel Locomotives and Electric Locomotive factories at Marhowra and Madhepura respectively to M/s General Electric Ltd. and M/s Alstom Ltd.

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 04.03.2016 (Friday).
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Handing over of the Railway Catering System to IRCTC
As announced in the Rail Budget Speech 2016-17, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) would begin to manage catering service in a phased manner.

The objectives of transferring the catering services from Railways to IRCTC were not fulfilled, as IRCTC could not professionalize the catering services. Therefore, the management of catering services were taken back by Railways from IRCTC as per the provisions of Catering Policy, 2010 .

In 2015, Sreedhran Committee, set up by the Ministry of Railways recommended transfer of catering services back to IRCTC since IRCTC was setup as an extended arm of the Indian Railways to professionalize catering services on Indian Railways. It has been decided to give back the catering services to IRCTC in a phased manner with unbundling catering services by creating a distinction primarily between food preparation and food distribution. In order to address the problems faced earlier, it has been decided that there will be no complete handing over of catering service by IRCTC to private licensees and Zonal Railways will have powers of supervision and monitoring.

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 04.03.2016 (Friday).
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Audit of train operations for late running of trains
Railway is in the process of getting the audit of train operations conducted particularly over Mughalsarai-Allahabad-Kanpur-Ghaziabad section of Allahabad division of North Central Railway primarily due to major operational problems resulting in late running of passenger carrying trains in the above section.

On Indian Railways, trains delays have been felt most on Mughalsarai-Allahabad-Kanpur-Ghaziabad-Delhi sector, which is facing severe capacity constraints with line capacity utilization being 150%. This sector connects the northern parts of the country to the rest of India and deals with not only passenger traffic but also freight traffic including raw materials, coal, Petroleum products, food grains, fertilizer, steel, export-import oriented container traffic etc. A number of steps have been taken to improve the punctuality of Mail Express trains on this route which has improved the Punctuality position of North Central Railway as a whole to almost 50% in February 2016 from 42% [cumulative for the financial year 2015-2016 (upto February, 2016)].

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 04.03.2016 (Friday).
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Railway Zones and Divisions in the Country
 At present there are 17 Railway Zones and 68 Divisions in the country. The details are given below:
 RAILWAY/HEADQUARTERS
DIVISIONS
Central /Mumbai
Mumbai (CSTM), Bhusawal, Nagpur, Solapur, Pune.
Eastern/Kolkata
Asansol, Howrah, Malda, Sealdah.
East Central/ Hajipur

Danapur, Dhanbad, Mughalsarai, Samastipur, Sonpur.
East Coast/Bhubaneswar
Khurda Road, Sambalpur, Waltair.
Northern/ New Delhi
Ambala, Delhi, Lucknow, Moradabad, Ferozpur.
North Central/Allahabad
Allahabad, Agra, Jhansi.
North Eastern/Gorakhpur
Lucknow, Izzatnager, Varanasi.
Northeast Frontier /Guwahati
Katihar, Alipurduar, Rangiya, Lumding, Tinsukia.
North Western/ Jaipur
Ajmer, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur.
Southern/Chennai
Chennai, Madurai, Palghat, Trichy, Trivandrum, Salem.
South Central/Secunderabad
Guntakal, Guntur, Hyderabad, Nanded, Secunderabad, Vijayawada.
South  Eastern/Kolkata
Adra, Chakradharpur, Kharagpur, Ranchi.
South East Central/Bilaspur
Bilaspur, Nagpur, Raipur
South Western/Hubli
Bangalore, Hubli, Mysore
Western/Mumbai
Mumbai (Central), Vadodara, Ratlam, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Bhavnagar.
West Central/Jabalpur
Bhopal, Jabalpur, Kota.
Metro/Kolkata
Not applicable.

            Creation of three new divisions at Gulbarga, Jammu and Silchar was announced by the Hon’ble Minister for Railways during the course of discussions on the “Vote on Account” Budget of Railways 2014-15 in Rajya Sabha on 18.02.2014. Action has been initiated by the Ministry of Railways and Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for two of the three divisions viz Gulbarga and Jammu have already been received from the Zonal Railways concerned. Presently, these three divisions are not functional.
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 04.03.2016 (Friday).
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Modern Railway Stations
Development of stations under ‘Model’ Station Scheme was in vogue from June, 1999 to November, 2008. Under this scheme, 594 stations were identified for development and all stations have already been developed. Subsequently, ‘Adarsh’ Station Scheme was launched in 2009. 962 stations have been developed under this scheme so far. Maintenance of stations including those developed under ‘Adarsh’ Station Scheme is undertaken through departmental means & outsourcing.

The norms for amenities to be provided at different stations are decided on the basis of the category of a station based on the annual passenger earnings of the station, number of passenger handled and importance of the station. Based on this criteria stations are categorized as ‘A1’, ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘E’ and ‘F’. Since requirement of amenities at a station varies based on its category, it is not feasible to implement the same model in all the important and major stations of the country. However, stations are presently being developed under ‘Adarsh’ Station Scheme with a view to provide identified facilities for improvement of amenities at the selected stations.

The expenditure on maintenance of stations including those developed under ‘Adarsh’ Station Scheme is generally funded from Revenue Budget of Railway. `476 Cr. have been provided for maintenance of stations in the Revised Estimates of 2015-16.

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 04.03.2016 (Friday).
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Indian Railways Dedicates two More New Trains in the Service of the Nation

Indian Railways will work to the maximum extent possible to provide better rail transportation to the people of India : Suresh Prabhu
The Indian Railways has been working effortlessly to connect every part of the country with rail network.  In this direction, the Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, today i.e. on 04.03.2016 flagged off two new trains in the service of the nation through video-conferencing.  The first one is a new Express train viz. 15623/15624 Kamakhya-Bhagat Ki Kothi (Jodhpur) Express(Weekly) and the second one is a new Passenger service viz. 75713/75714 Siliguri-New Coochbehar DEMU (6 days a week) on the newly constructed New Coochbehar-Changrabandha section. Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha was especially present on the occasion.  At New Delhi end, Chairman, Railway Board along with Board Members and senior officers were present. Various Public Representatives and Senior Officials were also present at New Coochbehar Station and Kamkhya Station.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that this was a long-standing demand of the people of North-Eastern region to provide train services in these areas. He said that the connectivity through DEMU train between New Coochbehar & Changrabandha in West Bengal will benefit all sections of the society including daily-passengers and businessmen.  He said that the other train service i.e. the Kamakhya-Bhagat Ki Kothi Express will not only connect North India from North East India but will also help lakhs & lakhs of pilgrims who come to visit Maa Kamakhya Temple to pay their tribute.  He said that this train will reach Bhagat Ki Kothi Station by passing 7 States of India. He said that this is a historic day and Indian Railways will work to the maximum extent possible to provide better rail transportion to the people of India.  
BACKGROUNDER : -
 The schedule including timings, composition, stoppages etc. of these train services are as under:
Introduction:
1.      15623/15624 Kamakhya-Bhagat Ki Kothi Express (Weekly)

15623 Bhagat Ki Kothi-Kamakhya Express
Station
15624 Kamakhya-Bhagat Ki Kothi Express
Arrival
Departure

Arrival
Departure
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15.25
BGKT
22.00
-
04.30
05.00
DLI
10.20
10.40
03.30
03.40
PNBE
13.20
13.30
22.55
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KYQ
-
17.15

Ø   Days of run: Ex-BGKT- Tuesday& Ex-KYQ- Friday

Ø  Stoppages: Merta Road jn., Degana, Khatu, Chhoti Khatu, Didwana, Ladnun, Sujangarh, Churu, Sadulpur, Luharu, Mahendragarh, Rewari, Gurgaon, Delhi Cantt, Delhi Jn., Ghaziabad, Moradabad, Bareilly, Lucknow, Ayodhaya, Shahganj, Faizabad, Varanasi,  Mughalsarai, Buxar, Ara, Patna, Barauni, Khagaria, Naugachia, Katihar, Sonaili, Kishanganj, New Jalpaiguri, New Coochbehar, New Alipurduar, Kokrajhar, New Bongaigaon Jn., Barpeta Road, Rangiya.

Ø  Composition: LWLRRM-2, LWACCN-3, LWACCW-2, LWSCN-6, LS-6=19 coaches

Ø  Primary Maintenance: Kamakhya

Ø  Nature of Service: Express

1.      75713/75714 Siliguri-New Coochbehar DEMU (6 days a week)

75713 Siliguri-New Coochbehar DEMU (6 days a week)
Station
75714 New Coochbehar-Siliguri DEMU (6 days a week)
Arrival
Departure

Arrival
Departure
-
16.00
SGUJ
10.30
-
19.00
19.10
CBD
07.20
07.30
19.25
19.35
NCBD
07.00
07.10
21.30
-
NCB
-
05.15

Ø   Days of run: Ex-SGUJ- 6 days a week & Ex-NCB- 6 days a week (Except Sunday)

Ø  Stoppages: New Mal Jn., at all stations/halts in between New Mal Jn. and New Coochbehar

Ø  Composition: DPC-2, TC-4, DTC-2 = 08 coaches

Ø  Primary Maintenance: Siliguri

Ø  Nature of Service: Passenger service (DEMU)

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