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Today (2:23PM)  Nightmare on Central Railway to continue as power upgradation delayed (www.mid-day.com)
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Officials have been unable to carry out maintenance on the Kalyan-Thane stretch, as power lines are being converted from 1,500-volt DC to 25,000-volt AC; this is delaying trains by nearly 8 minutes .
The terrible state of affairs on Central Railway (CR) is set to continue, as officials have missed the deadline to convert the overhead power lines from 1,500-volt DC to 25,000-volt AC supply. Due to this, maintenance work has been hampered, leading to delays in services due to technical glitches and failures.
Illustrations/Amit Bandre CR services have been marred with technical glitches of late, causing delays and cancellation of trains. Commuters have had to deal with overcrowded trains and erratic services. Senior CR officials said that since January this year, maintenance work on fast lines (lines 3-4) had taken a
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backseat between Thane and Kalyan. “We were supposed to complete work on upgrading to 25,000-volt by August,” said a senior CR official. The upgradation on the fast has been completed between Kalyan and Thane but only till Mumbra on the slow lines. Further south, trains still run on 1,500 volts DC. This means fewer trains can run on dual power supply. With the deadline breached, the suburban lines have taken a hit due to lack of maintenance. Over the last 4-5 weekends, due to constant technical failures, CR has been carrying out mega blocks mainly on the Thane-Kalyan slow lines, severely affecting services. Owing to the ongoing power work on the fast lines and recent derailments at Kalyan and Dombivli, CR authorities have placed a ‘caution order’ or speed restrictions of 40-50 kmph on straight lines and 15 kmph on crossovers (points where the trains change tracks). Normally, these lines can carry trains running at 100 kmph, with crossovers being able to sustain a speed of 25 kmph. Clipping the speeds has added to delays. Three level crossing gates at Kalwa, Diva and Thakurli worsen the situation as they require the trains to stop. Even long-distance trains have been affected because they have to switch engines at Igatpuri due to the varying power supplies. Problematic junction The situation is particularly acute at Kalyan; the station sees 950 train services every day. According to CR officials, 320 services are operated on the Kalyan-Karjat route and 250 on the Kalyan-Kasara route ever day. 380 services start or terminate at Kalyan. “We are running services beyond capacity. Moreover, there are 23 diamond crossings, which are the complicated ones, near Kalyan,” said another CR official. Over the past few days, CR authorities have been carrying out work of changing cement sleepers, replacing the rusted tracks, cleaning and replacing ballasts and stones, and removing old points and crossovers. Due to this, the trains are running 7-8 minutes late and the problem is compounded in case of a technical glitch. Local passenger associations at Kalyan have met the senior railway officials complaining of the same. “We met them asking to improve capacity of train services apart from completing several pending projects,” said Vishwanath Datrak, general secretary, Upnagriya Pravasi Railway Mahasangh, a commuters’ body. CR also introduced a new timetable from November 15, increasing distance covered by trains by 648 km on the suburban corridor. Many of these services have been added on the Thane-Kalyan section, but this has brought little respite. Mega block tomorrow Central Railway has planned a mega block on the Kalyan-Thane section between 11.10 am and 4.10 pm on Sunday.

Today (2:23PM)  Railways optimistic on land encroachment front (www.dnaindia.com)
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The railway administration is optimistic that the enhanced cooperation between Union and state governments (both with the BJP) would help in removing encroachments on railway land.
Both Central and Western Railway authorities believe that with the new government clearing projects like never before, there would be emphasis on railway projects that require considerable state help. It's well known that most railway projects in Mumbai have their fair share of land (encroachment) problems.
Railways' optimism stems from developments like the one on Thursday when chief minister Fadnavis cleared two metro railway projects, with a cumulative cost of Rs 40,000 crore, in the very first meeting of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, that he chaired.
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help, as police may be required to prevent adverse law and order situations. More often than not, the state frowns on such anti-encroachment drives because it always hurts political interests of one or the other side. Hopefully, a pro-active attitude (by the state) towards infrastructure projects will help railways, which has a lot of its lands under encroachment," said a top railway official.
The process of reclaiming encroached railway land can be a tedious one, said officials. Since 2011 (till the middle of this year), CR has managed to remove 12,037 encroachments from its lands. WR, from August 2011 to October this year, has removed 3,076 encroachments.
However, there is a long way to go, said officials. WR, between Churchgate and Dahanu, has some 3.5 hectares (35,000 sq m) of encroached land. CR, much bigger than WR in area, has some 4.7 lakh sq m of encroached land.
In fact, the thin line railway bureaucrats need to walk while heading anti-encroachment drives was evident in October last year. A couple of days after WR carried a massive encroachment removal drive on the eastern periphery of Malad and Kandivli stations, the then chief minister, Prithviraj Chavan, raised the issue at a railway function held at Lokmanya Tilk Terminus. Chavan asked the then railway minister, Mallikarjun Kharge, also present at the event, to ask his officials to be 'humane' when it came to removing encroachments even if it was being done to facilitate some project.
Railway officials viewed this as a polite way of asking overzealous officials to stay out of such drives.
Removing encroachments: Central Railway 2011-12: 3,662 structures 2012-13: 4,512 structures 2013-14: 3,863 structures Total: 12,037
Western Railway 2011 Aug-Dec: 104 2012: 925 2013: 1,153 2014 (till Oct): 894 Total: 3,076.

Today (2:22PM)  Railway minister Suresh Prabhu calls for energy consumption audit (www.deccanchronicle.com)
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NEW DELHI: Union minister for railways Suresh Prabhu on Friday called for an audit of energy consumption in the Indian railways.
The minister had earlier ordered a water audit. Taking part in the green energy initiative of the government, Mr Prabhu on Friday also launched the formal process to set up the windmill farm of 26 Megawatt in Rajasthan which is the biggest renewable energy initiative by Indian Railways.
“The project is being set-up by Railway Renewable Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL) which is a joint venture of Ministry of Railways and RITES Limited.
The project is meant for generating electricity for the captive consumption of Indian Railways,” said the railways in a media statement.
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Mr Prabhu stated that the Railways is one of the biggest consumer of energy and, therefore, using even a small percentage of green energy will make a substantial difference.
“We, therefore, have to explore new and renewable sources of energy for our energy basket. There is a need to change the energy mix so that long term dependence on fossil fuel can be reduced,” said Mr Prabhu.
The minister also called upon the railways to undertake a comprehensive and structured energy audit so as to ensure the best and optimal utilisation of energy and also identify the energy saving potential.
“Indian Railways can take the help of Bureau of Energy Efficiency in this regard. This audit should be broken down to the lowest possible units so that expeditious actions can be taken.
We should harness solar energy also in a big way and design our stations and buildings in such a way that their local electricity needs can be met through solar system,” added Mr Prabhu.

Today (12:52PM)  Call to Set Up Amma Pharmacy at Central - The New Indian Express (www.newindianexpress.com)
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Call to Set Up Amma Pharmacy at Central By Siddharth Prabhakar Published: 22nd November 2014 06:00 AM Last Updated: 22nd November 2014 06:00 AM CHENNAI: Pointing out that the pharmacy inside the Central railway station was not functioning, MPs from Tamil Nadu, at a review meeting with south zone general manager, suggested that an Amma pharmacy be opened in its place.
State cooperative-run pharmacies sell medicines at a discount of 10 per cent through Amma pharmacies set up recently. Southern Railway administration has assured them that the proposal would be considered, sources said. 
Regarding the conversion of Royapuram station into the city’s third terminal, the MPs suggested that railways should consider a pilot project wherein north-bound long distance trains would stop for five minutes at the station, while the work on the
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terminal took its course. The MPs also asked for extending Chennai-Ahmedabad Navjivan Express to Jodhpur in Rajasthan.

Today (12:50PM)  RailTel Corporation of India to recruit stenographers : Government Jobs (indiatoday.intoday.in)
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RailTel Corporation of India to recruit stenographers TAGS: Recruitment Government Jobs RailTel Corporation of India
RailTel Corporation of India Ltd, invites application for the recruitment to various stenographer post on direct recruitment basis. Eligible candidates can apply for the post latest by December 15, 2014.
RailTel Corporation of India Ltd is a Mini Ratna (Category I) PSU under the administrative control of Ministry of Railways, is the largest Neutral telecom Infrastructure provider of India with a strong footprint in diverse fields of OFC based SDH and IP networks, Tower Co-location, Retail Broadband (Railwire), Data Centre, Telepresence and many more.
Vacancy Details: Total posts: 5 posts Name of the post: Stenographer Gr.I Eligibility Criteria: Educational Qualification: Bachelor degree from a recognized university and speed
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of 80/40 w.p.m in English Stenography and typing respectively. Knowledge of Hindi Stenography and typing is desirable. Age Limit: Candidates minimum age should be 21 years and Maximum age can be 28 years. Pay Scale: Selected candidates will be on a pay scale Rs 9120-3%-21500(IDA). Selection procedure: The selection process shall involve 3 stages: Stage I: Written test in pen-paper mode in General English and General Awareness, which will be of qualifying nature, with minimum qualifying marks of 40%. In case, the number of candidates securing the said minimum qualifying marks is more than 20 times the number of vacancies to be filled, the number of candidates to be called for the stage 2 of selection shall be restricted, on the basis of the first stage merit position, to 20 times the number of vacancies. Stage II: Skill Test in English Stenography and Typing of 100 marks: Stenography test of 5 minutes duration @ 80 w.p.m., to be transcribed in 30 minutes on computer. Maximum mistakes permissible in the Transcription is 5% i.e. 20 mistakes. Minimum qualifying marks in the skill test is 60%. In case the number of candidates who qualify in this skill test is higher than 3 times the number of vacancies to be filled, the number of candidates for interview will be restricted to 3 times the number of vacancies on the basis of stage II merit position. Stage III: Personal interview of 50 marks. The final merit will be prepared on the basis of total marks obtained in stage 2 and stage 3 together. How to apply: Candidates can send the application from as given on the website. Candidates are required to remit Application processing fee by demand draft drawn on any public sector bank / scheduled bank in favour of RailTel Corporation of India Limited, payable at Delhi/Gurgaon for Rs.300 - (Rs.150-for SC/ST/PWD candidates) so as to reach RailTel latest by December 15, 2014. Click here for more Government Jobs


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Today (12:47PM)  Premium tatkal: Start at 8am, get lower berths too - The Times of India (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Premium tatkal: Start at 8am, get lower berths too TNN | Nov 22, 2014, 05.10 AM IST
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BHOPAL: Those opting for premium tatkal facility would get more benefits starting from early bookings and confirmed lower berths in trains.
According to railway sources, facility would now be available from 8 am soon. Currently both tatkal and premium tatkal are available from 10 am from reservation counters and IRCTC website.
Besides the convenience of early bookings, guaranteed lower berths would also be available for those opting for the premium service.
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don't get lower berths. But those paying a premium would be entitled to the same," said an official. As per the scheme, passengers will have to pay normal Tatkal fare for 50% of the total tickets available while railways will charge as per dynamic pricing for rest 50% of the tickets.
After booking of the first 50% of tatkal tickets under tatkal quota, the subsequent 50% tatkal tickets will be sold on dynamic pricing. Fares will increase by 20% after each slab of 10% berths are sold subject to the existing cap (maximum fare chargeable) on dynamic fare. In west central railway (WCR) the five trains are Habibganj-New Delhi Shatabdi Express, Habibganj-Hazrat Nizamuddin Shaan-e-Bhopal Express, Somnath Express, Somnath Express (via Bina) and Shaktipunj Express that have the new dynamic pricing of tatkal tickets . They are among the 80 trains in the country that currently have dynamic pricing.
Revised fares for these trains are for passengers, who are ready to pay more and price would be determined on the basis of demand. However, this system is applicable only for online bookings, sources said.

Today (12:44PM)  Tripura to request PM Modi to lay foundation stone of railway track | India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central (www.niticentral.com)
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Tripura to request PM Modi to lay foundation stone of railway track NOV 22, 2014
Tripura cabinet today decided to request Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lay the foundation stone for the 15-km long Agartala-Akhaura railway track during his visit to the state this month.
"In the meeting today cabinet of ministers decided to request Prime Minister to lay foundation of stones for Akhaura-Agartala rail track, Agartala-Udaipur National Highway and a five star hotel to be launched jointly by ITDC and Tripura Industrial Development Corporation," state Information minister Bhanu Lal Saha said.
The Prime Minister is likely to visit on November 29 to inaugurate the second unit of 726 mw gas based thermal project at Palatana, Saha said.
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track to connect Indian railways with Bangladesh railways through northeastern region would be borne by the Ministry of External Affairs, officials said, adding, the survey for Akhaura-Agartala rail track has been completed.
Saha said the state government also decided to reduce VAT on the Aviation Turbine Fuel or jet fuel by four per cent on the request of the Central government.
"Central government requested us to reduce the VAT on jet fuel. We decided to reduce it from 22 per cent to 18," the minister told reporters.
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Today (12:44PM)  MEGA BLOCK NOVEMBER 23 , 2014 :: MUMBAI LOCAL TRAIN (www-irctc.blogspot.in)
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Central Railways and Western Railways announced Mega Block Details of Sunday (23 - 10 - 2014). Following are the details.

Today (12:42PM)  Go green: Railways to set up 26 MW windmill project in Jaisalmer (www.saharasamay.com)
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Go green: Railways to set up 26 MW windmill project in Jaisalmer Last Updated : 22 Nov 2014 09:26:24 AM IST
Railways to set up windmill project in Jaisalmer. (File Photo)  
The Railways has decided to set up 26 MW windmill project in Rajasthan.
The move is aimed at harnessing green power since Railways is the biggest consumers of energy.
The project, the biggest renewable energy initiative by the national transporter, is to be set up in Jaisalmer at a cost of Rs 150 crore and targeted to be completed in about nine months. "We.. have to explore new and renewable sources of energ for our energy basket," Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said
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in Delhi on Friday, Nov 21, while announcing the project.
 He pointed out that the Railways is one of the biggest consumers of energy and therefore, using even a small percentage of green energy by the national transporter, will make a substantial difference.
   
"Sustainability of environment is one of the biggest challenges being experienced by human being and the entire globe is struggling to find its solution. Harnessing green energy is one of the steps forward to address this challenge," he said.
He was speaking while launching the windmill farm meant for generating electricity for the captive consumption of railways. It is being set-up by Railway Renewable Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL), a joint venture of Railways and it's subsidiary RITES.
Prabhu said there is a need to change the energy mix so that long term dependence on fossil fuel can be reduced.

Today (12:39PM)  Suresh Prabhu meets Mumbai suburban railway officials (post.jagran.com)
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Suresh Prabhu meets Mumbai suburban railway officials 22 Nov 2014, 11:55
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu assured that the Central government was committed to addressing the problems plaguing the Mumbai suburban railway.
Representational Picture "I will be meeting officials from the Western, Central and Harbour railways here to address their issues. All their problems will be analysed and the ministry will find solutions," Prabhu said during his first visit here after taking charge as the minister.     Prabhu, who quit Shiv Sena to join BJP before taking oath of the office, also visited Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's memorial here.      
Later he met the railway officials with BJP MPs Kirit Somaiya, Poonam Mahajan and city BJP chief Ashish Shelar.
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