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Blog Posts by Husena Slatewala
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General Travel
Jun 01 2016 (23:39)   12951/Mumbai Central - New Delhi Rajdhani Express

Husena Slatewala   19 blog posts
Entry# 1875675            Tags   Past Edits
I was comparing air fares between metros (Mumbai-Delhi, Kolkata- Delhi, Chennai-Delhi, Bangalore-Delhi etc) and found out that even fares for travel dates of just 1 week in advance right now are almost equal to 2A fares on Rajdhanis and slightly above normal 2A fares. If you book more in advance, you can even get cheaper fares. Given this scenario, why would anyone travel by train (I am not talking about intermediate passengers) when they can fly and save 90% of the time for almost the same fare. Even 3A passengers can pay slightly more and fly. The Indian government should now focus on aviation as much as they do on railways as air travel is the way of the future. Aviation should now be given lot of importance and rules and regulations should be changed such that it favors air travel. Railways is also important, no doubt.

2 posts - Wed Jun 01, 2016

Jun 01 2016 (23:55)
Husena Slatewala   19 blog posts
Re# 1875675-3            Tags   Past Edits
Haha, so because of 2-3 hrs wastage of getting boarding pass, you will endure 20-25 hours of rail travel. Nice! Also, I am not talking about a specific case. You are right in your perspective. I was talking more on a general terms. Air travel has to be given more importance now. Building of railways require huge land area for laying tracks and other infrastructure and manpower for maintenance which is not easy in India and which can take decades. Air travel on the other hand just requires airport land! And as we progress, air travel is getting more and more affordable and efficient!

Jun 02 2016 (00:09)
SER Antyodaya Era^~   6545 blog posts   7205 correct pred (75% accurate)
Re# 1875675-4            Tags   Past Edits
Air Travel is affordable and efficient ????
Lol...Airlines are Private companies...We all saw what happened with Kingfisher airlines...How it got vanished Overnight....Air India is also on same path...If Govt stops funding Air India , soon it will also get vanished....Our Aviation Fuel is 100% imported..so means if We have to make our Airplanes fly in Air , then we have to keep on Asking Persian Gulf , Europe countries to Import us Aviation Fuels.
A country Can't Never sustain only on the shoulder of Airlines.
Is NOT FOOL to invest Huge amount of money just to lay down tracks and tracks...If China kind of Country is doing its best for developing Railways structure , then whats the problem with Us ?? We are far MORE POORER than China.
Northeast states people regularly use Flights to travel as they don't have proper Railways connectivity , but still when Tracks reached northeast for 1st time , they welcomed it and celebrated for it.
Indian Railways is the FACE of India.

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Jun 02 2016 (01:25)
IR LACKS IN MANAGER~   950 blog posts   293 correct pred (80% accurate)
Re# 1875675-17            Tags   Past Edits
Yes train fares and air fares are now getting marginally closer, and offten they even get equal to the railways fare. Railway needs to re calculate its strategy of earning.

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Jun 02 2016 (01:59)
rivoluzione   66 blog posts   300 correct pred (82% accurate)
Re# 1875675-21            Tags   Past Edits
3A are bulk carriers in AC travel. As long as govt keeps enough difference between fares of 3A and flights, railways will have advantage. Having said that
I think govt. needs to take holistic approach in developing transport sector airways, railways & roadways such that they complement each other. There can be a transport secretary under which coordination among various bodies can take place. So we can develop highways/expressways, high speed/semi-high speed rail, big modern airports for metro cities as well as no frill airports for medium & small cities.
We should move
furiously in capacity augmentation in railways(new lines, electrification, gc, doubling/tripling etc.) as well as increase in speed, a semi-high speed diamond grid(160-200 kmph) can do wonders for pan India connectivity.
Typically for metro cities(population 50 lac+) which have distance of 500-700 km we can plan High speed rail(Bullet train) for future when our present and planned airport capacities saturate. Many studies show that upto distance of 700 km high speed rail can compete with airways and can divert most of passengers to itself. For distance more than 1000 km airways gains significantly.
For distance upto 200-250 km it is found expressways are best mode for high speed travel. So routes like Delhi-Jaipur, Delhi-Chandigarh etc. should be developed.

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Jun 11 2016 (19:25)
Husena Slatewala   19 blog posts
Re# 1875675-39            Tags   Past Edits
Indian Railways even at today's cost (at least for SL class) has one of the lowest costs of transportation compared to world standards. Now, Indians protest whenever fares are increased. Indians want world class facilities but don't want to pay for it. There is no free lunch! Railways should remove quotas in railway seat reservations. A large number of quotas exist that eat up a lot of seats that are not available for general quota. A lot of mal practices and frauds happen by agents and railway officials who sell these seats (If remained unsold) at a premium thereby depriving the railways of the revenue!
General Travel
Jun 11 2016 (19:14)   12904/Golden Temple Mail (PT) | RTM/Ratlam Junction (7 PFs)

Husena Slatewala   19 blog posts
Entry# 1890260            Tags   Past Edits
Too much slack in the schedule of this train. Today's train (11/6) passed Shamgarh 1hr 22 mins late after its scheduled time but it covered majority of the delay within 133 kms and reached Ratlam just 15 mins late!
General Travel
Jun 11 2016 (19:09)   12904/Golden Temple Mail (PT) | RTM/Ratlam Junction (7 PFs)

Husena Slatewala   19 blog posts
Entry# 1890253            Tags   Past Edits
Why does this train have 20 min stoppage at ratlam?
General Travel
Jun 01 2016 (23:33)   12296/Sanghamitra SF Express (PT)

Aman Jha   576 blog posts   554 correct pred (73% accurate)
Entry# 1875668            Tags   Past Edits
Today's 12296 had a good run post ALD..At ALD it was late by 3 hrs 10 mins and reached BPQ late by around 45 mins

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Jun 01 2016 (23:45)
Husena Slatewala   19 blog posts
Re# 1875668-5            Tags   Past Edits
That's because enough slack is available in its schedule as its average speed is just 55 kmph! Hence, it can cover up easily. Not a big deal!

Jun 01 2016 (23:46)
prashantg077~   2092 blog posts
Re# 1875668-6            Tags   Past Edits
All trains have slacks @ BPQ

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Jun 01 2016 (23:49)
prashantg077~   2092 blog posts
Re# 1875668-8            Tags   Past Edits
And considering the distance of 12295/12296 which is 2719 km , a speed of 55 KMPH , is not a "just" speed...

Jun 01 2016 (23:59)
prashantg077~   2092 blog posts
Re# 1875668-9            Tags   Past Edits
And also consider the fact that 12295/12296 has to undergo through 2 loco reversals + loco change and 1 loco change , in all 3 LC as well..
so I hope nw u know y 55 kmph is a good speed..

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General Travel
May 31 2016 (13:35)  

Husena Slatewala   19 blog posts
Entry# 1873134            Tags   Past Edits
I saw on social media about rules change in railways and that there will no longer be system of waitlist and that tickets will only be issues if it's confirm or RAC. This is absurd and doesn't make any sense. Is this true???

1 posts - Tue May 31, 2016

May 31 2016 (13:38)
☆❖☆ कर्नाटक संपर्क क्रांति☆❖☆^~   4021 blog posts   3499 correct pred (68% accurate)
Re# 1873134-2            Tags   Past Edits
Only for Suvidhas...

May 31 2016 (14:06)
One Mail~   4815 blog posts   1439 correct pred (71% accurate)
Re# 1873134-3            Tags   Past Edits
They are starting this process with Suvidha trains... by 2020, they are planning to bring that in all trains...

May 31 2016 (14:29)
Husena Slatewala   19 blog posts
Re# 1873134-4            Tags   Past Edits
Ok, got it. Makes sense now but for all trains, it would be too much. For example, if a ticket is not available, a person who is busy in his work or life will have no time to continuosly check when tickets will become available so he or she may like to book a waitlisted ticket. Removing waitlist from all trains doesn't seem feasible or practical!

May 31 2016 (15:03)
Rail Fanning~   2606 blog posts
Re# 1873134-5            Tags   Past Edits
As of now there seems to be no limit on the number of waitlists for trains hence you can see lots of waitlisted psngrs in reserved coaches. To some extent this will stop if the new thing is implemented. But having said that i think they should not entirely remove waitlists.
They can set a lower limit on the maximum number of wait lists issued for a train and even after that if tickets are still available closer to journey date, either add it to tatkal quota or issue through counter as current reservation [This might be a weird suggestion though !!]

Jun 01 2016 (00:54)
Husena Slatewala   19 blog posts
Re# 1873134-6            Tags   Past Edits
As I have heard that railways loses money on SL tickets so I believe it serves well for railways as people travel on W/L tickets and railways gets the reveue. If W/L is removed, people are anyways gonna travel, they will just buy current 2nd class ticket and the TTEs will make a killing. The railways will be the biggest loser!
General Travel
May 31 2016 (14:34)   12227/Mumbai Central - Indore AC Duronto Express

Husena Slatewala   19 blog posts
Entry# 1873217            Tags   Past Edits
Railways is wasting a lot of capacity and hence revenue by not including SL coaches on the western railway Durontos out of Mumbai (Jaipur, Delhi & Indore). Currently, these Durontos run with a total of 11 AC coaches. 6-7 SL coaches can easily be added to these Durontos. Wonder why railways is not doing it. Will benefit a lot of people and railways will also get revenue!

May 31 2016 (21:54)
nump421~   1050 blog posts   1042 correct pred (91% accurate)
Re# 1873217-1            Tags   Past Edits
Sleeper is one of the most loss yielding class for railways. 3a is the most profitable class, hence...

Jun 01 2016 (00:51)
Husena Slatewala   19 blog posts
Re# 1873217-2            Tags   Past Edits
Yes, but where am I saying replace 3A with SL. I am saying add SL without changing any AC coaches. 11 AC coaches are serving enough on these trains and one can easily get tickets before even 1 or 2 days on these trains (Both in general sometimes as well as tatkal quota)
General Travel
May 28 2016 (10:56)   05514/Mumbai LTT - Darbhanga SpecialFare Puja Special

AAP in PUNJAB~   4085 blog posts   37 correct pred (63% accurate)
Entry# 1867806            Tags   Past Edits
Another suvidha from DBG..while people all over the world think that Bihar is a backward region but rail board thinks totally different thats why most of the specials from bihar are suvidha specials. :(

May 28 2016 (10:59)
Husena Slatewala   19 blog posts
Re# 1867806-1            Tags   Past Edits
Yes, makes no sense!

May 28 2016 (11:03)
AAP in PUNJAB~   4085 blog posts   37 correct pred (63% accurate)
Re# 1867806-2            Tags   Past Edits
Should have run a tatkal fare special that too via ppta-mgs

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May 28 2016 (10:27)  

Husena Slatewala   19 blog posts
Entry# 1867760            Tags   Past Edits
Dear All, please sign and share this petition among your family and friends -> click here Issued in public interest. Very important as it affects all traavellers.
General Travel
May 28 2016 (10:16)   12227/Mumbai Central - Indore AC Duronto Express | RTM/Ratlam Junction (7 PFs)

Husena Slatewala   19 blog posts
Entry# 1867735            Tags   Past Edits
Hi, I am planning to book a ticket for today (28/5) and looking at availability on BCT-Indore Duronto and it is W/L 15 in 3A while in tatkal 76 seats are available as of now. My question is if the tatkal quota is not booked fully till chart preparation, will the remaining seats in tatkal quota used to confirm waitlisted general quota passengers? Should I take risk and book W/L ticket and hope that it will get confirmed as tatkal quota is moving very slowly (which is a miracle on Indian railways) and there will be lots of seats still available (I think so) at the time of charting. Please advise.

May 28 2016 (10:26)
Omkar Verma~   613 blog posts   349 correct pred (61% accurate)
Re# 1867735-1            Tags   Past Edits
Ya tatkal seats if left at the time of chart r used to fill up the gnwl. Take general ticket its my suggestions it will confirm its my guarantee.
General Travel
May 27 2016 (22:40)   12240/Jaipur - Mumbai Central AC Duronto Express | RTM/Ratlam Junction (7 PFs)

Husena Slatewala   19 blog posts
Entry# 1867284            Tags   Past Edits
You can do time travel (travel back in time) according to Indian railways. Look at the picture. I was looking up running status of JP-BCT duronto on 25th May. The train passed Runkhera which is a station before Ratlam at 3:06am but it still shows expected arrival at Ratlam at 2:49am. Wonder who writes the software code behind this system.. not a good programmer :P

May 28 2016 (00:52)
Shivam~   3745 blog posts   1089 correct pred (87% accurate)
Re# 1867284-1            Tags   Past Edits
Yep these bugs are usually found while checking for intermediate stations in NTES. ;)
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