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According to data, railways collected Rs4,072 crore from October 1 to 10 this year which declined by Rs232 crore in 2015-16. Last year, railways' revenue during this period was Rs4,304 crore. Sources said the ministry was expecting to generate Rs1,000 crore from surge pricing in one year of which Rs200 crore was expected in the month of October alone. However, the airline companies have made a significant dent into railways' passenger share. The Indian Railways runs around 12,000 trains with 22 million passengers and operates 8,000 trains to ferry around 3 million tonnes of freight per day.The much-criticised flexi fare scheme in premium trains to increase railways' revenue has done just the opposite. Despite surge pricing in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto Express trains during the festive season, railways' revenue collection in the first half of October had declined by Rs232 crores as compared to the previous year.
trend is likely to continue during the winter vacations Christmas and New Year - as a majority of seats in Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express trains are vacant for the months of December and January. These include trains to destinations like Goa, Kerala, Mumbai, Kolkata, Amritsar, Lucknow and Chennai, among others.A senior railway ministry official said occupancy in these trains has been hit by 15 to 20 per cent after flexi fare scheme was introduced. The ministry was expecting a significant rise in revenue collection but the result has been quite disappointing. "The flexi fare scheme has backfired. Occupancy in trains has gone down substantially as passengers are getting flight tickets at cheaper rates. The railway ministry will review the scheme only after three months," said the official.
A number of trains like Mumbai Rajdhani, August Kranti Rajdhani, Sealdah Rajdhani and Trivandrum Rajdhani have a large number of vacant seats during mid-December. Normally these trains would have a long wait list but airline companies have been offering tickets to destinations like Goa, Kochi and Mumbai at prices as low as Rs3,000. Similarly, Shatabdi trains to Amritsar, Lucknow and Kanpur have shown low occupancy during this period.A comprehensive data also shows that railways' income from all sources has reduced by Rs3,854 crore so far this financial year. This includes income from freight which is a major source of railways' revenue. During the first six months of 2015-16, the railways had collected Rs84,747 crore but this year the income has reduced to Rs80,893 crore during the same period. Officials said the decline in revenue collection is a cause of worry for the railway ministry as it comes despite introducing alternative measures to augment revenue collection. While railways has planned largescale commercial exploitation of its unused properties, it has also created a directorate of non-fare revenue. The mandate of the directorate is to explore new ways of generating money, mainly by harnessing its advertisement potential, without interfering with the passenger fares. However, a major loss in freight revenue forced the railways to introduce surge pricing in premium trains from September 9 this year.Under the surge pricing scheme, fares will increase with every 10 per cent of the tickets sold in Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains. It will translate into a fare hike of up to 50 per cent in such premium trains and may fetch Indian Railways Rs1,000 crore every year. The flexifare system is applicable in AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier, and AC chair car in the three trains, besides sleeper class in Duronto express trains. First AC and Executive Class have been kept out of the new system because of its prevailing high tariffs.
Close on the heels of surge pricing, luxury trains like Humsafar and Tejas Express trains, likely to be launched in a couple of months, will have fares that nearly 20 per cent higher than the normal Mail and Express trains. This, experts believe, may also be a deterrent for passengers as is evident from poor occupancy in India's fastest Gatimaan Express.


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Today (11:47AM)  Agitation at Markona station affects South Eastern Railway (www.newsx.com)
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Kolkata: Services of South Eastern Railway (SER) were adversely hit on Saturday following an eight-and-half-hour-long agitation by commuters at Markona station in Odisha.
Locals, demanding stoppage of some mail and express trains and extension of passenger trains, stopped train movement during the stir, which began at 7.45 am and lasted till 4.15 pm.
An SER release said a number of trains including the Howrah-Bhubaneswar Janshatabdi Express, both up and down Balasore-Bhadrak-Balasore Passenger and Khurda Road-Kharagpur Passenger were cancelled during the day.
Bhubaneswar-Howrah Janshatabdi Express, scheduled to start from Bhubaneswar on Sunday, has also been cancelled.
A large number of up and down trains -- including the Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, Bhubaneswar-Howrah Jan Shatabdi Express, Thiruvananthapuram-Shalimar Express, Puri-Howrah Shatabdi Express, Hyderabad-Howrah East Coast Express, Yesvantpur-Howrah Duronto Express, Secunderabad-Howrah Falaknuma Express, Odisha Sampark Kranti Express, Howrah-Secunderabad Falaknuma Express and New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express -- were detained at various stations.
Today (11:43AM)  Saudi’s North-South railway to begin operations in early 2017 (gulfbusiness.com)
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Saudi Arabia’s North-South Railway is expected to open within two to three months following a trail run last week.
Riyadh governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar told local media the line would launch in early 2017 and would save lives by reducing the number of commuters, according to Arab News.
His comments followed a trial run of the service from Riyadh to Al-Majma’ah on Thursday.
are expected to operate the service and work in command and control functions.
“We are proud of our young Saudis who will drive this train. SAR has worked from the beginning to send Saudi citizens abroad to learn how to operate the train,” Prince Faisal was quoted as saying.
The North-South line is 1,250km long with services stretching from Riyadh to Al-Majma’ah, Qasim, Hail and Jouf and Al-Qurayyat
Each train will have 12 cars with three small praying areas and allocated spaces for people with special needs.
Regional rail projects have been hit by a number of delays this year brought on by low oil prices.
Today (11:39AM)  Delhi Metro Rail Corporation asks Passengers not to carry Fire-crackers on Trains during Diwali (www.newsgram.com)
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Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has asked
its passengers not to carry fire­crackers and toy­guns while travelling on trains
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“All concerned are advised not to carry such items for their convenience and cooperate with
DMRC and CISF authorities to facilitate a smooth and convenient journey during the festive
season,” it added. (IANS)
Today (10:59AM)  23 October : List of Cancelled Trains Today (www.indianrailwaynews.com)
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Today (9:16AM)  Ex-servicemen roped in to help Metro passengers (www.thehindu.com)
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Former defence personnel will now help passengers and provide security at Rajiv Chowk and New Delhi metro stations, two of the busiest stations of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) network.
The DMRC has taken a new initiative to deploy ex-servicemen (Ex-NCOs and Ex-JCOs) for customer facilitation, and providing watch and ward services at these two stations.
“Around 100 former servicemen have been deployed to facilitate passengers and other related aspects of operations. Under customer facilitation services, the ex-servicemen will provide services at station platforms, Automatic Fare Collection gates, circulating areas of station,
other locations in and around the station premises, including station access points, galleries, ticketing areas, staircases, escalators, etc.,” said a DMRC spokesperson.
Under watch and ward services, they will guard service buildings, including ancillary building, DG room, chiller plant and cooling tower, and theft prone areas, added the spokesperson.
“They are trained to be customer-oriented while dealing with commuters and the general public for various purposes, including overall crowd management, smooth de-boarding and boarding to and from the train, ensuring proper queuing of passengers on platforms, assistance to differently-abled passengers, to be on the lookout for suspicious commuters, to prevent, restrict or warn against suicide attempts and to guide the passengers on their queries related to journeys.”
Trial basis
“The Army Welfare Placement Organization, a registered society, is facilitating the services of these ex-servicemen to the DMRC through M/s Cyclops Security and Allied Services Pvt. Ltd.,” he said.
“The services are on a trial basis for one year and may be extended at other major stations of the Delhi Metro network based upon the feedback and performance,” the spokesperson said.
Today (9:16AM)  Metro work progressing at great pace: Minister (www.thehindu.com)
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Venkaiah Naidu demands completion of detailed reports of AMRUT projects at the earliest
Union Minister for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the construction of Kochi Metro is progressing at a pace greater than expected and expressed hope of completing it by April 2017.
He was talking at the State-level review meeting of Centrally-administered urban development projects held here on Tuesday.
City project
Mr. Naidu urged the authorities to complete at the earliest formation of project management consultant and appointment of consultants in connection with the Smart City project.
He said the scope for public-private participation in Smart City and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) projects should be explored.
He said the State had not yet completed the detailed reports of projects under AMRUT and demanded its completion at the earliest. The Minister hailed the track record of Kerala in project implementation.
The State is blessed with abundant natural resources, which should be utilised in a fruitful manner. Rainwater harvesting should be made mandatory in all households.
Revenue generation
All municipalities should give serious thought to revenue generation.
Mr. Naidu called for transparency in resource mobilisation. He was hopeful that the State would be able to overcome the delay of three months in project implementation owing to Assembly elections.
Pledges support
Mr. Naidu convened the meeting at the instance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit States to study and address development-related issues. He pledged all support to the development of the State without political considerations.
Minister for Local Self-Governments K.T. Jaleel expressed the State government’s desire to form a separate wing for distribution of hydel power under the Smart City project.
Honour for local body
Mr. Naidu handed over the Swachhtha certificate to the chairman of Kattappana municipality, which had been declared open defecation free. A cheque to the tune of Rs.10 crore for Swachh Bharat project was also handed over to the Suchitwa Mission executive director K. Vasuki.
Urban Affairs Ministry secretary Rajeev Gauba, Kochi Smart City Mission CEO Elias George, and other Central and State government officials attended the meeting.
Today (9:15AM)  Rat snake rescued from Metro depot (www.thehindu.com)
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The snake was released into its natural habitat soon after
A juvenile rat snake was rescued by Wildlife SOS rapid response unit from Delhi Metro’s Mukundpur depot. The snake, found to be in good health, was released into its natural habitat soon after.
Wildlife SOS received a call from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) authorities regarding the snake. The Mukundpur depot is part of the Delhi Metro Phase 3 (Pink Line), which is currently under construction. The reptilian visitor had taken up shelter in the depot’s bathroom.
wildlife conservation NGO immediately dispatched a team of two snake rescuers. Identified as a juvenile rat snake (Ptyas mucosa), the reptile was kept under observation for a few hours.
A team member said: “Though harmless, rat snakes are swift and may bite if threatened.”
Rat snakes are highly adaptable and common in urban areas. However, due to their resemblance to cobras, this species is often misidentified as the highly venomous snake.
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Train services of South Eastern Railway have been affected due to agitation at Markona in Odisha of Kharagpur Division from 07.45 hrs this morning. The agitators were demanding stoppage of some Mail/Express trains, extension of Passenger train etc.
As a result following trains have been cancelled/detained :-
Trains Cancelled
• 12073 Howrah- Bhubaneswar Janshatabdi Express cancelled on date.
12277 Howrah- Puri Shatabdi Express cancelled on date.
• 12074 Bhubaneswar-Howrah Janshatabdi Express scheduled to leave Bhubaneswar on 23.10.16 has been cancelled.
• 58029/58030 Balasore-Bhadrak-Balasore Passenger cancelled on date.
• 58006 Khurda Road-Kharagpur Passenger cancelled on date.
These apart following Up & Down Trains suffered detention at various stations enroute :-
Down Trains
• 12074 Bhubaneswar-Howrah Jan Shatabdi Express
• 22641 Thiruvananthapuram-Shalimar Express
• 12278 Puri-Howrah Shatabdi Express
• 22832 Sri Satya Sai Prashanti Nilayam-Howrah Express
• 18646 Hyderabad-Howrah East Coast Express
• 12246 Yesvantpur-Howrah Duronto Express
• 12704 Secunderabad-Howah Falaknuma Express
• 22811 Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express
• 12278 Puri-Howrah Shatabdi Express
Up Trains
• 12820 Odisha Sampark Kranti Express
• 58001 Howrah-Puri Passenger
• 58005 Kharagpur-Khurda Road Passenger
• 12821Howrah-Puri Dhauli Express
• 58007 Kharagpur_Bhadrak Passenger
• 12703 Howah -Secunderabad Falaknuma Express
• 12245 Howrah- Yesvantpur Duronto Express
• 22612 New Jalpaiguri- Chennai Central Express
• 18645 Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express
• 22614 Haldia-Chennai Express
• 22812 New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express
• 12876 New Delhi-Puri Neelachal Express
The agitation was withdrawn at 16.15 hrs.
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