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Palakkad-Erode MEMU from 12th May 2013 M.B. Rajesh, MP, has said that the MEMU service between Palakkad and Erode will start running from May 12. He said the Palakkad-Erode Mainline Electrical Multiple Units (MEMU) service will be flagged off on May 12 at 11.15 a.m. from the Palakkad Town station. The train will reach Erode at 2.30 p.m., he said. — Staff Reporter
INTRODUCTION OF A NEW TRAIN SERVICE BETWEEN TIRUNELVELI – DADAR VIA KONKAN RAILWAY A new weekly superfast express is to be introduced between Tirunelveli – Dadar via Konkan Railway. Train No.22630 Tirunelveli – Dadar weekly superfast express will be introduced ex. Tirunelveli on 01.05.2013 and Train No.22629 Dadar – Tirunelveli weekly superfast express will be introduced ex. Dadar on 03.05.2013. Train No.22629 Dadar – Tirunelveli weekly superfast express will leave Dadar at 20.40 hrs. on Fridays and reach Tirunelveli at 04.00 hrs. on Sundays. Train No.22630 Tirunelveli – Dadar weekly superfast express will leave Tirunelveli at 07.10 hrs. on Wednesdays and reach Dadar at 15.10 hrs. on Thursdays. The composition of the trains will be... Read more...
1 AC 2-tier, 1 AC 3-tier, 6 second class sleeper, 6 general second class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches. The trains will stop at Thane, Panvel, Roha, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavli, Thivim, Madgaon, Karwar, Honnavar, Udupi, Mangalore Jn., Kannur, Kozhikkode, Shoranur, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode, Karur, Dindigul, Madurai, Virudunagar and Kovilpatti.
Western India Passengers Association in Kerala has submitted a memorandum to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy demanding an additional daily superfast train from Mumbai to this State Capital. The Association urged the Chief Miniter to take up the issue with the Union Railway Minister immediately to introduce more trains in the forthcoming Railway Budget. Pointing out that the All India Railway Time Table Committee is meeting at Goa in the first week of January 2013 to finalize proposals for new Trains in the Railway Budget to be presented in February 2013, the Association, in a release here today,claimed the Divisional Railway Manager, Trivandrum, had not recommended any new train from here, this year also. The demand for a second Daily Mumbai-Kerala train was... Read more...
28 years old, the Association claimed in the Memoranadum. The promise given then was, as soon as the Konkan Railway (KRCL) was opened, a new daily train would run to Trivandrum via Konkan Railway. However, what happened was the diversion of the Netravati Express via KRCL and extension up to Trivandrum via Alleppey. There was no new Daily train till today. There was still space to run one more train to run between Mumbai and Kerala on the Konkan Railway in which Keral was one of the partners. A new train from Mumbai through Konkan and another from Malabar to Hyderabad were a bare minimum requirement which the association had discussed with the Railway authorities, they claimed.
SPECIAL TRAINS BETWEEN NEW DELHI-TRIVANDRUM & H.NIZAMUDDIN -MADGAON For the convenience of rail passengers and to clear extra rush during the winter rush, Northern Railway will run following special trains as per the programme: 04096/04095 New Delhi – Trivandrum – New Delhi Superfast Express Special The 04096 New Delhi – Trivandrum Superfast Express Special will depart from New Delhi at 11.40 PM on 22.12.12 (1 trip) to reach Trivandrumat 5.45 AM the fourth day. While in the return direction the 04095 Trivandrum – New Delhi Superfast Express will depart from Trivandrum at 12.00 Noon on 28.12.12 (1 trip) to reach New Delhiat 7.30 PM the third day. Comprising of one Ist AC,... Read more...
one A.C. 2 Tier, one A.C. 3 Tier, Sixteen sleeper, besides two brake vansthe 04096/04095 New Delhi – Trivandrum – New Delhi Superfast Express train will stop at Mathura, Kota, Ratlam, Vadodara, Surat, Basai Road, Panvel, Ratnagiri, Thivim, Madgaon, Karwar, Udupi, Mangalore Central, Kasaragod, Kanhangad, Payyanur, Kannur, Thalassery, Vadakara, Kozhikode, Tirur, Kuttipuram, Shoranur Jn., Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulum Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengammur, Mavelikara, Kayankulam and Kollamstations in both the directions enroute. 04098/04097 New Delhi – Trivandrum – New Delhi AC Superfast Express Special The 04098 New Delhi – Trivandrum Superfast Express Special will depart from New Delhi at 11.40 PM on 21.12.12 (1 trip) to reach Trivandrumat 5.45 AM the third day.While in the return direction the 04097 Trivandrum – New Delhi Superfast Express will depart from Trivandrum at 12.00 Noon on 27.12.12 (1 trip) to reachNew Delhiat 7.30 PM the fourth day. Comprising of one Ist AC, Four A.C. 2 Tier, Twelve A.C. 3 Tier, besides two brake vans the 04098/04097 New Delhi – Trivandrum – New Delhi Superfast Express train will stop at Mathura, Kota, Ratlam, Vadodara, Surat, Basai Road, Panvel, Ratnagiri, Thivim, Madgaon, Karwar, Udupi, Mangalore Central, Kasaragod, Kanhangad, Payyanur, Kannur, Thalassery, Vadakara, Kozhikode, Tirur, Kuttipuram, Shoranur Jn., Thrisur, Aluva, Ernakulum Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengammur, Mavelikara, Kayankulam and Kollam stations in both the directions enroute. 02450/02449 H.Nizamuddin–Madgaon–H.Nizamuddin Superfast AC Exp. (Weekly) Special The 02450 H.Nizamuddin – Madgaon Superfast AC Express Special will depart on every Friday from H.Nizamuddin at 7.30 AM from21.12.12 to 4.1.2013 (3 trips) to reach Madgaon at 6.10 PM the next day.While in the return direction the 02449 Madgaon – H. Nizamuddin Superfast AC Express will depart from Madgaonat 10.50 AMon every Sunday from23.12.12 to 6.1.2013 (3 trips) to reachNizamuddin at 4.55 PM the next day. Comprising of Thirteen 3 Tier AC, Three 2 Tier AC besides two brake vans the 02450/02449 H.Nizamuddin – Madgaon – Nizamuddin Superfast AC Express Special train will stop at, Kota, Ratlam, Vadodara, Surat, Vasai Road, Panvel, Ratnagiri, Kudal, Thivim & Karmali stations in both the directions enroute.
THIRUVANATHAPURAM, OCT 20: The newly built electrified double line between Mavelikkara and Chengannur will be commissioned on October 22. Train services between Thiruvananthapuram-Ernakualam via Kottayam would be shorter by amount 30 minutes with the commissioning of double line. As trains would run simultaneously on both lines, people living alongside the tracks should exercise great caution while using the track premises, a railway release said here today.
Hyderabad-Kolhapur Express to run Daily As announced in the Railway Budget, the frequency of Train No. 17003 / 17004 Hyderabad-Kolhapur-Hyderabad Express will be increased from bi-weekly to daily. Accordingly, Train No. 17003 Hyderabad-Kolhapur CSMT will run daily with effect from 01st Sept 2012 from Hyderabad.In the return direction, Train No. 17004 Kolhapur CSMT-Hyderabad Express will run daily with effect from 03rd Sept 2012 from Kolhapur. There will be no change in the existing composition, halts and timings of the Train.
Railways decided to introduce a pair of train No.22859/22860 Puri- Chennai-Puri weekly super-fast express train with effect from 22.07.2012. 1. Train No.22859 will leave Puri on Sundays with effect from 22.07.2012 at 05.30 p.m., will reach Visakhapatnamon the next day (Monday) at 01.30 am (mid-night)., leaves at 01.50am and will reach Chennai the same day at 02.55 pm. 2. In the return direction Train No.22860 will leave Chennai on Monday at 04.15 pm will reach Visakhapatnam on Tuesdaysat 06.15 am leaves at 06.35 am and will reach Puri the same day at 03.05 pm. Enroute, this pair stop at Khurda Road, Balugaon, Chatrapur, Brahmapur, Sompeta,... Read more...
WRINTRODUCES PORBANDER-SECUNDERABAD WEEKLY EXPRESS VIA VASAI
For the convenience of passengers, Ministry of Railways has decided to introduce a new weekly train 19202/19201 betweenPorbander and Secunderabad via Vasai Rd station. Inaugural run of Train No 19202 Porbander –Secunderabad Weekly Express will be on 9th July 2012 from Porbander at 15.00 hrs to reach Secunderabad at 4.00 hrs on Wednesday. Thereafter, on its regular run from 16th July 2012, Train No. 19202 Porbandar - Secunderabad Weekly Express will depart from Porbandar at 23.55 hrs on every Monday and reach Secunderabad at 10.30hrs. on Wednesday.
Train No. 19201 Secunderabad - Porbandar Weekly Express will depart from Secunderabad at 15.00 hrs on every Wednesday and arrive Porbandar at 00.10 hrs. on Friday from 11 thJuly, 2012.
The train will have AC II tier, AC III tier, sleeper class and General II class coaches.
The inaugural and regular halts of the train will be at Wansjalia, Jamnagar, Hapa, Rajkot, Surendranagar, Viramgam, Ahmedabad, Nadiad, Anand, Vadodara, Ankleshwar, Surat, Valsad, Vapi, Boisar, Vasai Road, Bhivandi Road, Kalyan, Karjat, Lonavala, Pune, Daund, Sholapur, Gulbarga, Wadi, Tandur and Begampet stations in both directions.
On the Inaugural run Train No 19202 Porbander-Secunderabad will reach Vasai on Wednesday at 10.00hrs and depart at 10.10hrs. Similarly, thetrain during its regular run will reachVasai every Wednesday at 18.20 hrs and depart at 18.25 hrs. on its regular return journey Train No.19201 will reach Vasai on Thursday at 6.10 hrs and depart at 6.15 hrs .
Booking for inaugural run of Train No 19202 opens on 8th July 2012 and for regular run opens on 10th July 2012.
Sections Targeted for Electrification during 2012-13 Today, there is a circular published in CORE website with regard to the target section of 2012-13. It includes - SRR-VLI-CLT -86 KMS & CA-EZM-CHV - 48 kms
The much awaited MEMU two services will inaugurate on today by Honble Cheif Minister Oomen Chandy Today he will inaugurate 2 pairs of MEMU, 66300/66301 & 66302/66303, Ernakualm Kollam (via Kottayam and Alleppey)
Train No.19406/19405 Ahmedabad – Yeshvantpur AC Weekly Express
The inaugural service of this train will be run as Train No.09406 Ex Ahmedabad on 18/3/2012 at 13.30 hrs to reach Yeshvantpur at 23.50 hrs on Monday. In its regular service, 19406 Ahmedabad – Yeshvantpur AC Weekly Express will depart from Ahmedabad at 21.40 hrs on every Saturday from 24/03/2012 and will arrive at Yeshvantpur at 06.40 hrs on Monday. In its return journey, Train No. 19405 Yeshvantpur – Ahmedabad AC Weekly Express will leave Yeshvantpur at 10.45 hrs on every Monday from 26/03/2012 to reach Ahmedabad at 19.20 hrs on Tuesday. It consists of IAC,... Read more...
AC 2-tier, AC 3-tier coaches. It will halt at Anand, Vadodara, Ankleshwar, Surat, Vapi, Vasai Road, Kalyan, Lonavala, Pune, Solapur, Bijapur, Bagalkot, Badami, Gadag, Hubli, Devangere & Arsikere in both the directions.
Train No.19407/19408 Ahmedabad-Varanasi Weekly Express The inaugural service of this train will be run as 09407 Ex Ahmedabad at 12.30 hrs on 18/03/2012 to reach Varanasi at 00.30 hrs on 20/03/2012. In its regular service, Train No. 19407 Ahmedabad – Varanasi Weekly Express will depart from Ahmedabad at 21.00 hrs on every Thursday from 29/03/2012 and reach Varanasi at 05.45 hrs on Saturday. In its return direction, Train No. 19408 Varanasi – Ahmedabad Weekly Express will leave Varanasi at 15.30 hrs on every Saturday from 24/03/2012 to arrive at Ahmedabad at 23.55 hrs on Sunday. It consists of AC 2-tier, AC 3-tier, Sleeper and Second Class general coaches. It will halt at Sabarmati, Mahesana, Palanpur, Abu Road, Falna, Marwar, Ajmer, Jaipur, Alwar, Rewari, Gurgaon, Delhi Cantt, Delhi Jn, Moradabad, Bareilly, Lucknow, Nihalgarh, Sultanpur and Jaunpur in both the directions.
The booking of Train Nos. 09406 (inaugural run), 19406 (regular service), 09407 (inaugural run) and 19407 (regular service) will open from 17/03/2012.
As announced during last year Railway Budget, Ministry will decide to Introduce new weekly train between Porbander - Kochuveli. The Inaugural special run is on 17th. Regular Service of 19262 Porbander Kochuveli Express is from 22nd onwards. Train is via Alleppey. It will stop Kasargod, Kannur, Calicut, Tirur, Shornur, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Alleppey, Kayamkulam, Kollam and Kochuveli in Kerala
The Minister of Railways, Shri Dinesh Trivedi today announced introduction of 26 new trains, extension of five existing trains, increase in frequency of two existing trains and introduction of new five sub-urban trains. Most of these new services announced were part of the Railway Budget 2011-12. The trains announced in the Railway Budget 2011-12 are implemented by the end of the financial year i.e. 31st March 2012. With this announcement, 115 out of 132 new trains proposed for introduction during Railway Budget 2011-12 will get introduced, 19 out of 22 increase in frequency of trains proposed in Railway Budget 2011-12 will be effected and all the extension of trains proposed in Railway Budget 2011-12 will get implemented. Efforts are being made to ensure introduction of other remaining services proposed in the Railway Budget 2011-12 by the stipulated date of 31st March, 2012. ... Read more...
Today’s announcement include three Duronto, one Shatabdi, one fully AC Express, three Rajyarani Express, nine Mail and Express services, three MEMU services, three DEMU services and five EMU services. In case of new trains, local public representatives as per laid down protocol will be invited by the concerned Zonal Railway/Divisional Railway for the formal flagging off in next 7 to 10 days. Extension and increase in frequency of the existing trains will be introduced with immediate effect, as operationally feasible. The list of new trains, extension of existing services etc. is given below:
Sl Train no. and name 1 12297/12298 Pune-Ahmedabad AC Duronto (Tri-weekly) 2 22209/22210 Mumbai Central-New Delhi AC Duronto (Bi-weekly) 3 19405/19406 Ahmedabad-Yesvantpur AC Express (Weekly) 4 12567/12568 Saharsa-Patna Rajya Rani Express (Daily) 5 22101/22102 Manmad-Mumbai Rajya Rani Express (Daily) 6 19261/19262 Porbander-Kochuvelli Express (Weekly) 7 22901/22902 Udaipur-Bandra(T) Express (Tri-weekly) 8 18511/18512 Visakhapatnam-Koraput Intercity Express 9 57477/57478 Tirupati-Guntakal Passenger (Daily) 10 58301/58302 Koraput-Sambalpur Passenger (Daily) 11 59425/59426 Bhuj-Palanpur passenger (Daily) 12 66302/66303 Ernakulam-Kollam MEMU (6 days a week) 13 77683/77684 Jalna-Nagarsol DEMU (6 days a week) 14 77686/77685 & 77688/77687 Kacheguda – Nizamabad DEMU (6 days a week) 15 77681/77682 & 77679/77680 Falaknuma-Medchal DEMU (6 days a week) 16 19027/19028 Bandra (T)-Jammu Tawi Vivek Express (Weekly) 17 12293/12294 Allahabad- Mumbai AC Duronto (Bi-weekly) 18 22454/22453 Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express (Daily) 19 13423/13424 Bhagalpur-Ajmer Express (Weekly) 20 12371/12372 Kolkata-Jaisalmer Express (Weekly) 21 22451/22452 Mumbai-Chandigarh Express (Weekly) 22 19407/19408 Varanasi-Ahmedabad Express (Weekly) 23 15033/15034 Haridwar-Ramnagar Express (Tri-weekly) 24 66019/66020 Salem-Katpadi MEMU (6 days a week) (Railway Budget 2010-11) 25 66300/66301 Ernakulam-Kollam MEMU (6 days a week) (Railway Budget 2010-11) 26 Introduction of Anandvihar-Kathgodam Shatabdi Express (4 days a week)
The Union Cabinet today approved the setting up of a new Rail Coach Manufacturing unit at Palakkad in Kerala to manufacture 400 coaches per annum at an estimated cost of Rs.550 crore (excluding the cost of land) as a Joint Venture in which Railways shall contribute 26% of the equity. The new coach building plant will be set up at Palakkad in Kerala where land to the extent of about 239 acres is available for use which will be purchased by the Railways from the Government of Kerala. This will help Indian Railways in ensuring timely availability of passenger coaches to meet the increasing demands of passenger transportation. It shall also ensure induction of state of the art aluminium coaches on Indian Railways. ... Read more...
The work on this project will commence during 2012-13 and will be completed within a period of 36 months.
From today onwards i.e. 15th February 2012, anyone of the passengers/the passenger booked on the ticket issued from computerized Passenger Reservation System (PRS counters) and Internet (i-ticket) undertaking journey in AC-3 tier, AC-2 tier, 1st AC, AC Chair Car and Executive Classes will have to carry one of the nine prescribed proofs of identity (in original) during the journey. The passengers of these AC classes would be required to produce the Identity Card in original as and when required failing which all the passengers booked on that ticket will be treated as without ticket and charged accordingly. However, the Identity Card (in original or its photocopy) will not be required at the time of purchase reserved AC tickets from PRS counters or i-ticket. These instructions are valid for all categories of trains, with the above mentioned classes of travel. The Ministry of Railways has taken... Read more...
this decision to prevent misuse of Reserved Train Tickets and reduce cases of travelling on transferred tickets, Ministry of Railways has decided that with effect In case of passengers who are automatically upgraded by the system from sleeper Class to Air-conditioned class and in case of passengers who are upgraded by on-board ticket checking staff on realization of difference of fare, the condition of carrying proof of identity during the journey will not be applicable. These fresh instructions are in addition to the existing instructions under which the passengers with Tatkal tickets and e-tickets are already required to carry original proof of identity during the course of Railway journey. In case of Tatkal tickets, self attested photocopy of the Identity Card is required at the time of purchase from the PRS counters or Identity Card details (Number etc.) are to be entered at the time of purchase from internet. A message on this count will be indicated on the ticket issued in the above said classes through computerized PRS/I-ticket. Center for Railway Information System (CRIS), an organization under Ministry of Railways, has been asked to make necessary provisions in the software. The list of valid proofs of identity are as under:- Ø Voter Photo Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India. Ø Passport. Ø PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department. Ø Driving License issued by RTO. Ø Photo Identity card having serial number issued by Central/State Government. Ø Student Identity Card with Photograph issued by recognized School/College for their students. Ø Nationalized Bank Passbook with Photograph. Ø Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph. Ø Unique Identification Card “Aadhaar”. The scope of the term “photo identity card having serial number issued by Central/State Government” permissible under the scheme is very wide and it covers a large number of photo identity cards, some of which are as under: Ø Pension Pay Orders (PPO) Ø Ration Card with photographs Ø Senior citizen cards. Ø Below Poverty Line (BPL) cards. Ø ESI Cards (with photograph) issued for taking treatment in ESI dispensaries. Ø CGHS Cards (with photograph) issued to individual family members of Central Government employees
MANGALORE, FEB. 7: The Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) will conduct a high-speed trial on the Mangalore Junction-Nethravathi Station stretch of Southern Railway on Wednesday. A press release by the Palghat division of the Southern Railway said here on Tuesday that Mr Satheesh Kumar Mittal, Commissioner of Railway Safety (Southern Circle), will conduct high-speed trial using a special train on the newly laid second line between Mangalore Junction and Nethravathi Station on February 8. The trial run will be conducted between 3 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. Public and people residing near the track are requested to keep away from the track during the high speed trial run, it said.
Ending the suspense of the past five months, Railways have finally posted a Chief Administrator Officer (CAO), Construction, to expedite development of the railway network in Kerala. Principal Chief Engineer, North Central Railway, Jaipur, Dani Thomas has been posted as the CAO, Construction. He will be based in Thiruvananthapuram with jurisdiction over the entire State, official sources told The Hindu . It is the first time that Railways are posting a CAO for Kerala. The decision comes within days of the State announcing its willingness to hand over 239 acres of land at Kanjikode for the proposed coach factory to Railways at a cost of Rs.33 crore and weeks before the Railway Budget is presented in Parliament. The post of the CAO is... Read more...
equivalent to that of Additional General Manager and above Divisional Railway Managers. Railways will have to set up a full-fledged office for the CAO. Sources said the posts of financial advisor and chief accounts officer or a deputy financial advisor would have to be created for the smooth functioning of the CAO's office. Hailing from Central Travancore, Mr. Thomas served as Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Thiruvananthapuram, for two years from 2000. An Indian Railway Service Engineer of the 1979 batch, he officiated as Divisional Railway Manager, Thiruvananthapuram, for six months before taking up assignment outside the State. Development projects Development projects to the tune of Rs.2,500 crore are pending in the State and several key projects such as doubling of railway tracks are delayed. The post of the CAO was announced by Union Minister for Railways Dinesh Trivedi at the conclusion of a meeting convened by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in September last to speed up rail development in the State. The announcement was made to contain the clamour from all quarters for the creation of an exclusive rail zone for Kerala. Railways wanted to dilute the office of the CAO announced for the State to that of a nodal officer or a liaison officer. The CAO has vast powers to execute development works at the zonal level. Earlier, there were two CAOs in Southern Railway at Chennai and Bangalore. Now, only a CAO in the AGM rank functions at the zonal level from Chennai Egmore. The office of the CAO, Construction, in Bangalore, set up at the initiative of then Union Railway Minister Jaffer Sharief, came handy for improving the rail network in Karnataka. When a separate South Western Railway was formed, it helped Karnataka in a big way. Similarly, in the North Frontier Railway, the post of General Manager (Construction) helped in executing projects for Rs.2,000 crore. Sources said the plans and drawings of the rail projects in Kerala were done at Chennai and officials had to shuttle to Chennai often.
Shri Deepak Krishan, General Manager, Southern Railway hoisted the National Flag on the occasion of the Nation's 63rdRepublic Day at the Southern Railway New General Office, Chennai.He later inspected an impressive guard of honour put up by the Railway Protection Force (RPF).
Speaking on the occasion, the General Manager said that during the current year, Southern Railway had commissioned new lines between Nidamangalam – Mannargudi (14 km) and Nagore – Karaikal (11 km).Villupuram – Mundiyambakkam (6 km stretch of Chengalpattu – Villupuram Gauge conversion project) and Kayankulam – Cheppad – Haripad (13 km) doubling projects had also been completed and commissioned during the year.
New lines like Namakkal – karur section of 36 km length along with Salem – Namakkal section and Walajah Road – Ranipet section of 6 km length, on Gauge Converted sections of Tirunelveli – Tenkasi of 72 km. length, Dindigul – Palani of 58 km length and Mayiladuthurai – Tiruvarur of 38 km. length & on sections where Doubling works had been done like Nethravathi – Mangalore of 4 km. length and Attipattu – Ennore of 7 km length. CRS inspections are planned shortly.
Further, engine rolling is also planned in the remaining months of the current financial year on the following sections:
ØPalani – Pollachi (62 km), Pollachi – Muthalamada (26 km).This will enable train services between Palani and Pollachi. ØTiruchuli – Manamadurai (32 km) section of Virudhunagar – Manamaduraigauge conversion (64 km).This will enable direct train services between Virudhunagar and Manamadurai. ØChengannur – Mavelikara (12 km) double line section is ready and will be commissioned shortly giving lot of relief to trains in Kerala. ØChengalpattu – Ottivakkam (9 km), Melmaruvathur – Madurantakam (11 km), Perani – Vikravandi (7 km) sections are ready.Vikravandi – Mundiyambakkam section (6 km) will be ready by February.With the above, 40 km out of 103 km of Chengalpattu – Villupuram section would be doubled by March 2012 and the balance 63 km has will been planned for completion in 2012-13.
The year 2011-12 was declared as the ‘Year of Green Energy’ by Hon’ble Minister of Railways.Southern Railway has been able to achieve 4% electrical savings in non-traction purposes in spite of increase in connected load by 1%.
During the current financial year up to December 2011, the originating passengers in Southern Railway was 589.51 million, registering a growth of 42.75 million originating passengers over the corresponding period last year.This was possible by running over 6000 additional Express trains and 1600 passenger trains besides over 1100 special trains during this period.As a result, the Passenger Earnings during April – December 2011 had crossed Rs.2130 crores, registering 9.61% growth.
Punctuality performance of Mail/Express trains during the current financial year up to December 2011 improved to 93%.
The originating loading during the current financial year up to December 2011 was 28.41 million tonnes, registering an impressive growth of 10.77% over the corresponding period last year. With a longer lead in traffic as well as movement of high rated commodities, the originating freight earnings crossed Rs.1,390 crores, registering a phenomenal 15.66% growth over last year.It is a matter of pride that during this period, out of 16 zonal railways, Southern Raiway is one of the four zones to have achieved positive percentage variation in loading target set by Railway Board.
The earnings during the current financial year upto December 2011 is Rs.4075.94 crores, which is 18.52% more than the corresponding period of last year whereas the expenditure stands at Rs.3889.15 cr. In order to enhance security in the Railways, a system of Integrated Security System which comprises CCTV, Access control, personal baggage scanning and explosive detection & disposal will be installed at 9 stations on this Railway.
Southern Railway is also taking all out efforts to fill up the safety category vacancies and shortly about 4000 persons will be recruited in Group ‘D’.We have also recruited 710 ex-servicemen against Group ‘D’ safety category.
Carriage Workshop, Perambur has been designated as the Metre gauge export hub in August 2011.So far, four DEMU shells have been rolled out to ICF.Carriage Works is also expecting an order of 414 metre gauge coaches for export to Bangaladesh at a cost of Rs.800 cr.Due to the efforts of Goldenrock Workshops, the first indigenous steam locomotive which was commissioned in the month of April 2011 is running successfully.The second locomotive is likely to roll out in February 2012.
To improve passenger satisfaction over supply of linen, an automatic mechanised laundry of 6 ton capacity has been commissioned at Basin Bridge Depot in October 2011.With this facility, the quality of linen will be substantially improved.
100% LED signals which provide better visibility have been provided between Chennai Beach - Tiruchchirappalli both via. main line and chord line and also between Chennai Beach - Jolarpattai, Chennai Basin Bridge - Gudur and Arakkonam – Renigunta, covering a total length of 980 km.