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Jul 13 2016 (09:14)   After delay of two years, Gatimaan Express runs with normal Shatabdi coaches : Mail Today, News - India Today
 

Chandrasekaran Subramaniam   88 news posts
Entry# 1928089   News Entry# 273577         Tags   Past Edits
Blame it on poor planning by railway authorities that deprived tourists from enjoying a world-class journey on India's fastest train, Gatimaan Express. Its advanced coaches with features like sliding doors and LED screens behind seats are being used in Shatabdi Express trains while the Gatimaan Express has been running with the normal Shatabdi coaches. Meanwhile, the Gatimaan gathered dust for almost two years before the coaches were fitted in various Shatabdi Express train. This forced railways to run Gatimaan Express with normal LHB coaches used in Shatabdi Express trains. A senior railway official said the Gatimaan coaches remained unused for nearly two years pending clearance to introduce the train. A rake of 10 ultra-modern coaches had arrived New Delhi from Rail Coach Factory Kapurthala. As trial run for Gatimaan Express continued during this period, these coaches were separated and used in various Shatabdi Express trains to reduce excessive rush during peak...
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seasons. When the Gatimaan Express got a nod of approval, these poorly-maintained coaches were found unfit to be used for the inaugural run. The coaches for Gatimaan Express had arrived nearly two years ago but it took a long time to get the necessary safety clearance to roll out the train. As these coaches remained unused, they were fitted in other trains as and when required. When the Gatimaan Express was introduced, these coaches were not in a condition to be used on the inaugural run," sad a senior railway official of Delhi Division. Railways had manufactured hi-tech coaches, equipped with facilities like wi-fi, cameras, sliding doors, alarm buttons and LED screens with on board entertainment behind every seat. But after railway board gave its nod, officials of Delhi Division made an alternate arrangement by pressing Shatabdi coaches into service. Inauguration of the train was delayed due to encroachment along the railway tracks. During his inspection, the Commissioner of Railway Safety had pointed out 25 obstructions on the 200 km Delhi-Agra route. Also several speed restrictions were imposed on sharp curves that added to the delay. Railways took nearly two years to rectify the faults and obtain the mandatory clearance.

  
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Jul 13 2016 (10:53)
DhnEcr~   5406 blog posts
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LOL

  
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Jul 13 2016 (12:47)
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Baseless News, name those Shatabdis which got those modern coaches??? These news Agencies have brought journalism to a New Low, only aim is just to create sensationalism.

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Jul 07 2016 (09:47)   RLY PASSENGERS MAY GET INSURED FOR MINOR SUM
 

Chandrasekaran Subramaniam   88 news posts
Entry# 1920948   News Entry# 273035         Tags   Past Edits
All those who frequently travel by train have reason to smile as the Government is likely to implement its proposed long-distance passengers’ optional insurance scheme in August.
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a subsidiary of the Railway Ministry is all set to float tenders soon for the scheme to provide insurance benefit for passengers who travel with valid reserved tickets in all classes, ranging from sleeper class to first-class AC categories.
The corporation has been asked by the Ministry to rope in some insurance firms or brokers to float tenders for
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the passenger-friendly scheme. Also, the corporation is in talks with Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) to insure the lives of lakhs of railway passengers who travel daily.
“As far as passengers’ optional insurance scheme is concerned, the Railway Ministry communicated its consent for the programme to the IRCTC on May 15. The Ministry is in the process of floating the tenders after short listing some select insurance firms or brokers. We expect it to be completed soon and the passengers can avail the benefit by next month or so,” a senior official in the Finance Ministry told The Pioneer on Wednesday.
At present, there is already a mandatory insurance which Indian Railways offers to its passengers, but the proposed scheme is an optional insurance plan for passengers who want insurance over and above that.
When asked about the premium per ticket, the official added, “Premium would be very miniscule, ranging from Rs10 to Rs60 depending upon the distance and the class in which the passenger is travelling.”
However, insurance experts believe that the cost of such insurance premiums should not be too high and should be less than Rs5 per passenger per trip. “Given that it is a mass product, the premium should be lower than Rs5 per ticket,” said an insurance broker.
As per the scheme, IRCTC is expected to be a member of IRDA in order to float the scheme for providing coverage to passengers if any untoward incident happens during the journey. However, an IRDA member said, “It is not mandatory for IRCTC or any firm concerned to become a member of IRDA, rather IRCTC can tie up either with any broker or insurance company for its proposed scheme.”
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had announced in his rail budget in February this year that the people’s carrier would come up with an optional insurance scheme soon. According to Indian Railways, nearly 13 million passengers are served by the network daily, out of which nearly 12 million are unreserved passengers.
As per the coverage plan, around Rs 10 lakh will be provided in case of death and permanent disability, Rs 7.5 lakh for partial disability, Rs 5 lakh for hospitalisation and expense for injury and transportation of mortal remains will be Rs10,000 per passenger. The one-time insurance coverage will be valid from the actual departure to actual arrival of the train for passengers who opt for e-ticketing.
Over the period between March 2011 and February 2015, a total of 336 consequential train accidents, excluding incidents at unmanned level crossings, occurred resulting in injuries to 1,116 people and loss of 330 lives. The Indian Railways’ request for a Rs1.19-trillion passenger safety fund is still pending with the Finance Ministry.

  
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Jul 07 2016 (12:47)
srinivasvasanthi~   3976 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
Re# 1920948-1            Tags   Past Edits
Since it is another short of mild additional fares and made it mandatory for all the reserved passengers with AADHAAR.Any compensation have to be delivered to the AADHAAR bank account simultaneously.
  
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Jul 07 2016 (09:33)   Keep your Aadhar ready
 

Chandrasekaran Subramaniam   88 news posts
Entry# 1920728   News Entry# 273031         Tags   Past Edits
Soon you may be denied a train ticket if you do not have an Aadhaar card as the world's largest biometric identity project may become the foundation of railway travel in India.
AADHAAR CARD ROLE EXPANDS
Sources say Indian Railways is all set to link passenger ticketing services with the database scheme in what is being seen as a bid to slash expenses on subsidy and other concessions. Officials say the plan is aimed at curbing cases of impersonation.
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railway's move will be in contrast to a Supreme Court order last year restricting the use of Aadhaar to only the public distribution system (PDS) and LPG connections.
INITIAL DAYS
The unique identity project was started seven years ago with the idea to help citizens, especially those who have no other form of portable ID, such as a passport or driving licence, to access banking and government services for the first time.
However, the top court said the programme cannot be made mandatory for availing government benefits. The matter is pending before the Constitution Bench for a final decision.
IMPLEMENTED IN 2 PHASES
The railway plan will be implemented in two phases, sources say. In the first stage, it will be mandatory to provide the Aadhaar number to avail concessions under various quotas such as for senior citizens, freedom fighters, differently abled, students and unemployed youths. Indian Railways provides concessions in fares to 53 categories. A senior ministry official said the policy in this regard will be approved and implemented in 15 days.
In the second phase, that will take nearly two months, railways will link all ticketing services to the Aadhaar card. This means that a passenger will have to provide the unique identity number at the time of booking a ticket - online or at the reservation windows.
Initially, Aadhaar will be required for booking reserved tickets but later it will be made mandatory for unreserved tickets too. Railway officials justified the move saying this will ensure only genuine passengers travel in trains. They claimed that a majority of people are enrolled with Aadhaar and so this will not affect them adversely.
"According to government statistics, 96 per cent of Indians have been given Aadhaar numbers. By making Aadhaar card mandatory, railways will be able to check impersonation and thus revenue losses," said a senior Railway Board official.
AADHAAR CARD TO AUTHENTICATE TRAVELLER
As per the plan, the Aadhaar number, provided at the time of booking, will be printed on the ticket. During travel, the Aadhaar number mentioned on the ticket will be entered in the mobile devices provide to the ticket examiners. The identity details, including photograph of the passenger, will be displayed on the device that will authenticate the traveller. The account book of the rail ministry shows that the department offers 43 per cent subsidy on a single train journey to a passenger. This means, if the railways spends Rs 100 on a train journey, it only charges Rs 57 from a passenger.
Comprehensive data shows the railways incurred an expenditure of Rs 34,000 crore on "social service obligation" for the fiscal year 2015-16. Out of this, `1600 crore was spent on myriad concessions on train travels. A major chunk of it, Rs1200 crore, was spent on concessions to senior citizens. As per the rules, male senior citizens above 60 years of age are given 40 per cent concession on rail fare while women above the age of 58 years can avail 50 per cent concession in all classes. Some categories such as physically challenged, deaf & dumb and heart patients can avail concession up to 75 per cent on rail fares.
Eager to reduce it subsidy burden, Indian Railways has started printing the real cost involved in the train journey on the tickets to make passengers aware of the subsidy borne by the public transporter. The department has also made it optional for senior citizens to avail the concession.

  
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Bhagalpur Junction   39 blog posts
Re# 1920728-1            Tags   Past Edits
Nice initiative taken by IR

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srinivasvasanthi~   3976 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
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Jul 07 2016 (09:47)   RLY PASSENGERS MAY GET INSURED FOR MINOR SUM
 

Chandrasekaran Subramaniam   88 news posts
Entry# 1920805   News Entry# 273035         Tags   Past Edits
All those who frequently travel by train have reason to smile as the Government is likely to implement its proposed long-distance passengers’ optional insurance scheme in August.
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a subsidiary of the Railway Ministry is all set to float tenders soon for the scheme to provide insurance benefit for passengers who travel with valid reserved tickets in all classes, ranging from sleeper class to first-class AC categories.
The corporation has been asked by the Ministry to rope in some insurance firms or brokers to float tenders for
...
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the passenger-friendly scheme. Also, the corporation is in talks with Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) to insure the lives of lakhs of railway passengers who travel daily.
“As far as passengers’ optional insurance scheme is concerned, the Railway Ministry communicated its consent for the programme to the IRCTC on May 15. The Ministry is in the process of floating the tenders after short listing some select insurance firms or brokers. We expect it to be completed soon and the passengers can avail the benefit by next month or so,” a senior official in the Finance Ministry told The Pioneer on Wednesday.
At present, there is already a mandatory insurance which Indian Railways offers to its passengers, but the proposed scheme is an optional insurance plan for passengers who want insurance over and above that.
When asked about the premium per ticket, the official added, “Premium would be very miniscule, ranging from Rs10 to Rs60 depending upon the distance and the class in which the passenger is travelling.”
However, insurance experts believe that the cost of such insurance premiums should not be too high and should be less than Rs5 per passenger per trip. “Given that it is a mass product, the premium should be lower than Rs5 per ticket,” said an insurance broker.
As per the scheme, IRCTC is expected to be a member of IRDA in order to float the scheme for providing coverage to passengers if any untoward incident happens during the journey. However, an IRDA member said, “It is not mandatory for IRCTC or any firm concerned to become a member of IRDA, rather IRCTC can tie up either with any broker or insurance company for its proposed scheme.”
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had announced in his rail budget in February this year that the people’s carrier would come up with an optional insurance scheme soon. According to Indian Railways, nearly 13 million passengers are served by the network daily, out of which nearly 12 million are unreserved passengers.
As per the coverage plan, around Rs 10 lakh will be provided in case of death and permanent disability, Rs 7.5 lakh for partial disability, Rs 5 lakh for hospitalisation and expense for injury and transportation of mortal remains will be Rs10,000 per passenger. The one-time insurance coverage will be valid from the actual departure to actual arrival of the train for passengers who opt for e-ticketing.
Over the period between March 2011 and February 2015, a total of 336 consequential train accidents, excluding incidents at unmanned level crossings, occurred resulting in injuries to 1,116 people and loss of 330 lives. The Indian Railways’ request for a Rs1.19-trillion passenger safety fund is still pending with the Finance Ministry.

  
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Jul 07 2016 (11:23)
Bhagalpur Junction   39 blog posts
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Good initiative
  
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Jun 27 2016 (08:04)   Option for senior citizens to forego train ticket concession - The Economic Times
 

Chandrasekaran Subramaniam   88 news posts
Entry# 1908699   News Entry# 272086         Tags   Past Edits
NEW DELHI: Eager to reduce its huge subsidy burden, the Indian Railway has now given senior citizens the option of foregoing concession on purchase of reserved class tickets.
Besides, it has started printing the real cost involved in the train journey on the tickets to make passengers aware of the subsidy borne by the public transporter.
Subsidies cost the public sector behemoth about Rs 1600 crore in the last fiscal on account of concessions extended to passengers in various categories including senior citizens, sports awardees and cancer patients, among others.
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are 55 categories of passengers who are eligible for availing of concession on purchase of train tickets.
The maximum number of concessions are availed by the senior citizens which alone put a subsidy burden of Rs 1,100 crore on the transporter last year, said a senior Railway Ministry official.
The senior citizen's concession is 50 per cent for women passengers and 40 per cent for men. While a female passenger is eligible for availing it at the age of 58, for men the permissible age is 60 years.
Earlier, a senior citizen would automatically get the concession upon filling up age-related information in the form for buying tickets, but now they have the option of giving it up.
"Now there is an option being provided to a passenger before purchasing the ticket. If anyone wants not to avail the senior citizen's concession and is ready to pay the full fare, then he or she can do so. The software has been modified accordingly," the official said.
He said there are many senior citizens who do not mind paying the full fare as they can afford it.
Indian Railway recovers only 57 per cent of the cost of travel on an average in non-suburban service and 36 per cent in the suburban segment.
This is now being reflected on passenger tickets purchased from counters or online, he said.
Now all train tickets, including unreserved ones, have the information about the subsidy involved in the journey printed on them.
Currently, the losses incurred by the railways in the passenger segment is about Rs 34,000 crore annually which is met through the cross-subsidy from freight earnings.
Reserved category passengers constitute only six per cent of people travelling by trains. But this six per cent contributes about 60 per cent of the total revenue from passengers.

  
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Jun 27 2016 (10:43)
srinivasvasanthi~   3976 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
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Senior citizens concessions may be withdrawn for 1 AC/ 2 AC / CC class passengers.Sleeper class and 2 s are benefited by the lower middle-class people and so continue the concession. If upper class people voluntarily surrender concession also facilitated during booking of Sleeperclass/ 2s to avoid A.C. coaches.

  
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Nice move just like Forgoing LPG subsidy under PEHAL yojna became successful, it will also become successful.

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पं KAJ~   559 blog posts   414 correct pred (72% accurate)
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Jab bacchon ke seat ke liya full fare dena padta hai to Senior Citizen ko concession kyon?? At least concession should be removed from all AC's.
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