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Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways announces key decisions for Transformation of Indian Railways




Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways announces key decisions for Transformation of Indian Railways
Inspired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s goal of making Railways the engine that fuels our vikasyatra (development journey) towards New India, Minister of Railways, Shri Piyush Goyal announced various decisions taken by Ministry of Railways for Transformation of Indian Railways today i.e.28th September, 2017 in Rail Bhavan.  Minister of State for Communication (I/c) & Minister of State for Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha was also present on the occasion. Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Ashwani Lohani and all board members were present on the occasion.


Minister of Railways, Shri Piyush Goyal said, “Railways is committed to ensuring high standards of safety, speed and service for Indian consumers and also ensuring contribution to national development. In the past one month, Indian Railways has taken significant transformative steps to ensure this goal.”

Several decisions announced by the Minister of Railways, Shri Piyush Goyal are as under
Highest priority to passenger safety
       Overriding and perceptible priority to safety
       Priority to track renewal over new lines/gauge conversion/ in allotment of rails
       Tremendous stress on field inspections by officers
       Overriding priority for granting maintenance blocks
       Eliminating remaining 5,000 unmanned level crossings in a time-bound manner
       Shift to LHB coaches from ICF coaches by next year
       Provision of CCTV cameras in coaches and stations for enhanced security especially benefitting women and senior citizens
       Ramping up electronic interlocking of signals in place of manual interlocking
       Revamping the existing signalling system - use of TPWS (Train Protection & Warning System)and MTRC (Mobile Train Radio Communication). Also considering modern signalling systems for suburban and long distance trains
       Using technology like ultra sonic frequency detection, cameras for detecting defects etc.
       All RPF staff and TTEs to be in proper uniform while on duty to bring in transparency
       RPF staff will not check tickets, which is the function of TTEs. They shall however assist ticket checking squads.
Transforming through technology
       Stress on extensive use of mobile apps for monitoring and passenger services
       All stations and trains to have high speed wi-fi connectivity
       Proposed to increase speed of around 700 trains with effect from 1st November 2017. 48 trains are being converted from Mail express to the Superfast category
       Expediting the project for GPS based real time monitoring of train movement
       Expediting satellite based mapping of all Railway assets through ISRO
Energy efficiency
       Completion of electrification by the next 4-5 years. This will lead to savings in energy costs of over Rs. 10,000 cr while reducing pollution and dependence on imported diesel
       100% LED lighting and energy efficient appliances like fans, ACs etc. to be introduced in in trains, stations, office buildings and residential colonies in a time bound manner
Faster Redevelopment of stations
       About 20 stations will be modernised in an expedited manner with superior infrastructure and passenger facilities including hotels, eateries, shopping, disabled friendly, multimodal transport hub, security etc. by December 2018
       Identifying additional stations and trying to create a self-financing business model like reassessing tenure of contract, access control and freedom to sublease etc.
Railway Stations as Multi-utility centres
       Many stations that receive very few trains in a day are proposed to be used as Multi-utility centres for activities like yoga centres, skilling, educational purposes etc.
Upgrading health and education facilities
       In addition, schools and hospitals operated by Indian Railways will be improved with infrastructure facilities, which will benefit not only railway employees but also other people
Human resources
       Tremendous stress is being laid on welfare of human resources
       Grievance Redressal Camps are being organised regularly. Grievance Redressal Cells are being set up in every Zonal/divisional headquarters for hearing employee complaints
       Extensive delegation of powers is being done
       Process reforms to improve the efficiency of the system is being taken up in an aggressive manner
       Reduction in number of organisational layers is being analysed
       Posting of brilliant and enthusiastic officers as Station Directors at 75 A1 Class Stations to bring dynamism in operations
       Posting additional ADRMs to strengthen divisional work by reallocation from headquarters
Focus on welfare of field staff
       Improving overall working conditions of Group D category staff. For example, gang-men, who are responsible to ensuring track safety, and who have to walk around 15-16 kms on an average in a particular day will be provided with comfortable uniforms and better quality shoes. Their living quarters (Gang huts) too will be improved
       Running rooms of loco drivers are being air conditioned
Enhancing Railway Revenue through monetisation of assets
       Monetisation of railway assets will improve finances and the operating ratio, freeing up resources for critical railway projects. This will be done by making land monetisation attractive by changing various rules and regulations
These improvements will help the lifeline of our nation to flourish as well as contribute more to our economic and social development. The transformation of the Indian Railways is well under way to ensure it is not just the compulsion of the people but the choice of the people.


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Indian Railways to Launch 100 New Suburban Rail Services In Mumbai area.

With these additional services, the total suburban local train services in Mumbai of Western Railway and Central Railway put together will increase from existing 2983 services to 3083 suburban services.

Introduction of these new suburban services will benefit 77 lakh commuters travelling daily over Mumbai suburban network by reducing congestion and providing faster commute.
In a major boost to suburban rail services in Mumbai area, Indian Railways is introducing one hundred additional local train services on its Mumbai suburban network of Western Railway and Central Railway zones.  With these additional services, the total suburban services in Mumbai of Western Railway and Central Railway put together will increase from existing 2983 services to 3083 suburban services. 
These services will be launched tomorrow i.e. 29th September 2017 in a grand programme to be held in Mumbai by Minister of Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal in the presence of several dignitaries.
Out of these 100 services, thirty two new services will be introduced on Western Railway while sixty eight services will be introduced on Central Railway.
On Western Railway’, seventeen services will be introduced from 1st October, 2017 in ‘up’ direction and fifteen services will be introduced in ‘down’ direction from 1st October, 2017. In all, thirty two new services will be introduced in Western Railway. Western Railway presently runs 1323 sub-urban services. After addition of these services, the total sub-urban services on Western Railway will reach upto 1355.
On Central Railway’, fourteen suburban services will be introduced on ‘harbour line’ from 2nd October, 2017, fourteen suburban services will be introduced on ‘trans-harbour line’ from 2nd October, 2017, sixteen suburban services on ‘main line’ will be introduced from 1st November, 2017 and twenty four suburban services on ‘harbour’ and ‘trans-harbour lines’ will be introduced from 31st January, 2018.  In all, sixty eight services will be introduced in Central Railway. Central Railway presently runs 1660 sub-urban services. After addition of these services, the total sub-urban services on Central Railway will reach upto 1728.
Introduction of these new suburban services will benefit 77 lakh commuters travelling daily over Mumbai suburban network by reducing congestion and providing faster commute.

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