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Jul 01 2017 (09:32)   Clarification by Ministry of Railways

smdajmer   2 news posts
Entry# 2338411   News Entry# 307109         Tags   Past Edits
Clarification by Ministry of Railways regarding Media News about New changes from 1st July, 2017
The News in circulation about new changes by Railways from 1st July, 2017 is incorrect.
It has been noticed that a news item is in circulation in various social media platforms, WhatsAPP Groups, and some websites which mentions that Indian Railways is introducing several changes and new facilities with effect from 1st July, 2017. This news is totally incorrect and baseless. A section of media has also published this news without verifying it from the authorized
sources of the Indian Railway system. This has created a lot of confusion in the minds of the rail users. In this context, Ministry of Railways would like to clarify following : -
1. There are as such no new changes being introduced from 1st July, 2017; the only new thing is that Railways, like other departments,is rolling out GST w.e.f 1st July, 2017.(separate press release on GST is available)
2. Railways has been selling waitlisted tickets both through online (e-ticket) and PRS counters. There is no change in this scheme and railway will continue to sell waitlisted tickets through both online and PRS counter.
3. Railways has been running Suvidha Class of Trains since July, 2015, and such trains will continue to run. The waitlisted ticket in such trains is also available, if required. Provision of partial refund in case of Suvidha Train Tickets is available right from the beginning of the scheme. Hence, no new changes in this regard.
4. Railways have notified new refund rules in November, 2015.There rules are still continuing and there is no change in them.
5. There is no proposal to discontinue paper tickets for Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains and for that matter in any class of train. However, for passengers booking tickets online (i.e. E-Tickets) the tickets received by sms is a valid authority for travel along with permissible proof of identity.
6. The booking time for Tatkal Tickets was changed in 2015 with booking for AC classes opening at 10:00 AM and for Non-AC classes at 11:00 AM. one day in advance of actual date of journey excluding date of journey. There is no change in these timings and the same arrangement is continuing.
7. Again there is no change in the refund rules of tatkal tickets. Under the existing rule, no refund is granted on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal tickets/ duplicate tatkal ticket. This rule continuous to be in operation.
8. Railways is already running its destination alert facility on its helpline number 139. In addition, a free destination alert service in some Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains was also introduced on a pilot basis for train arrival at destination between 11:00 AM to 6:00 AM already available. So there is no change in this facility also.
9. There is no such proposal to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing train concessions.
10. There is no proposal for printing tickets (both, e tickets & PRS tickets) in regional languages.
11. There is no proposal to run duplicate trains. We, in anyway, run special trains to clear the rush during peak season on identified popular routes as per the traffic requirements & operational feasibility.
12. Railways have launched ‘VIKALP’, Alternative Train Accommodation Scheme(ATAS) on November 1,2015 with a view to provide confirmed accommodation to waitlisted passengers and also to ensure optimal utilization of available accommodation. This facility was initially started on New Delhi – Jammu, New Delhi – Lucknow, Delhi - Howrah, Delhi - Chennai, Delhi - Mumbai and Delhi - Secunderabad Circuits. Now this scheme was expanded to all the sectors on March 22,2017.

Jul 01 2017 (10:04)
rshbaggarwal283   565 blog posts   170 correct pred (58% accurate)
Re# 2338411-1            Tags   Past Edits
So this means, we can get circular journey, telescopic tickets, blank paper tickets as usual ? Correct ?
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Jan 22 2016 (15:01)   Electrification of Ghaziabad-Moradabad Section

smdajmer   2 news posts
Entry# 1718253   News Entry# 254762         Tags   Past Edits
Indian Railway achieved another significant milestone by the commissioning the electrification 140 Kilometre route of Ghaziabad-Moradabad section on 19.01.2016. The project for electrification was sanctioned at an estimated cost of Rs. 155 Crore. The route serves as an important link between Delhi-Howrah main line and Ambala-Lucknow-Mughalsarai ‘B’ route of Indian Railways. The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Moradabad-Lucknow-Sultanpur-Varanasi-Mughalsarai route is in fact an alternate rail link bypassing the super saturated Delhi-Kanpur-Allahabad-Mughalsarai section. This will result in faster movement of passenger carrying trains and higher traffic throughput on Varanasi-Lucknow-Moradabad-Delhi route. Introduction of Main Line EMU (MEMU) trains on Ghaziabad-Moradabad section will also provide faster rail link between Delhi, and Ghaziabad to the towns and rural centres in Western UP.
Faster movement of freight trains on electric
traction will help the agricultural produces, sugar industry, and craft industry of Uttar Pradesh to have better rail link to the rest of the country and boost the economy of the State.
Passenger train operation on electric traction started in Moradabad-Lucknow section from 20.03.2013 and in Lucknow-Mughalsarai section from 21.03.2013. With completion of electrification of Ghaziabad-Moradabad section, now Varanasi and Lucknow via Moradabad will be connected seamlessly to Delhi on electric traction.

Mahamana Express about to be flagged off by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is the first Mail Express train on this Electrified route.

Jan 22 2016 (15:53)
iMoht~   178 blog posts   3496 correct pred (71% accurate)
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Jan 22 2016 (17:50)
Divyanshu Gupta   42329 blog posts   28620 correct pred (77% accurate)
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Mahamana aa rhi h wap-7 k sath

Jan 22 2016 (18:01)
Udaipur Mysore HumSafar superfast^~   88583 blog posts   5328 correct pred (78% accurate)
Re# 1718253-3            Tags   Past Edits
mahamana first train on newly electrified section..
General Travel
Oct 10 2015 (15:05)  

smdajmer   14 blog posts
Entry# 1613216            Tags   Past Edits
IT Enabled Passenger Services Launched by Indian Railways
Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu Launched these Services Through Video Conferencing from New Delhi
The Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu launched following IT enabled passenger services through video conferencing from New Delhi:
1. Paperless Unreserved Ticketing through Mobile Phones on suburban stations over Central Railway
Paperless Platforms tickets at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Dadar Central, Panvel, Thane and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Andheri, Mumbai Central, Borivali, Dadar Western, Dadar Central, Vasai Road, Bandra, New Delhi and Nizamudding stations on Northern Railway, Western Railway and Central Railway
3. Paperless Season tickets on suburban sections of Western Railway, Central Railway and New Delhi-Palwal Section of Northern Railway.
4. Currency, Coin - cum - Card operated Automatic Ticket Vending Machines at various suburban stations on Central Railway and Western Railway.
5. Train Enquiry Mobile Application on iOS platform.
On this occasion ,Chairman Railway Board, Shri AK Mital and other Board Members, Additional Member(C&IS) Shri Mohd. Jamshed, MD CRIS Ms Vandana Nanda were among those present at the programme.
Speaking on the occasion , Minister Of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu said ¬“Moving ahead in the direction of making Digital India, today, I am happy to inaugurate the System for Paperless Unreserved Tickets, Paperless Season Tickets and Paperless Platform Tickets through Mobile Phones, in the Mumbai Suburban system of WR and CR and Delhi – Palwal section of Northern Railway from today.
About 50 Currency-cum-coin-cum-card Ticket Vending Machines (CoTVMs) are now functional over various stations.
I am also happy to inaugurate the Currency and Coin Operated Ticket Vending Machines (CoTVMs), being installed at various stations of Central and Western Railway. All these initiatives were promised in my Budget Speech this year.
Another initiative that is being launched today is the Train Enquiry Mobile App on the iOS that is Apple platform. This app has been working very well on the Android and Windows based mobile phones and now will give good facilities for Apple phone users also.
The paperless Unreserved Ticketing System is a boon for passengers traveling in suburban areas, since it will drastically reduce the time a passenger takes at the station, waiting in queue to buy a ticket. It will enable “Mission 5 minutes” (not more than 5 minutes to buy a ticket) to become a reality. Railways will also benefit from this innovation because they will be able to cope with higher ticket sales with lower investments.
The Paperless Ticketing service is already running in some sections of Mumbai Western Railway and Delhi. With the latest launch, this service will be available across all of Mumbai’s suburban sections on both Central and Western Railways. This system is based on the “UTS on Mobile” app, which has a “Railway Wallet” feature. While this system has been introduced to increase passenger convenience, a few safeguards have been built-in to prevent misuse of the tickets. Firstly, the tickets cannot be forwarded from one phone to another. Second, one cannot buy the ticket after starting one’s journey. A system of distinct daily colour codes, embedded QR codes, and sync feature has been devised to ease the work of the ticket examiners, while providing unparalleled convenience to the users.
A very useful feature added today is that of buying Paperless Season Tickets and Paperless Platform Tickets through the Mobile App. The Paperless Season Ticket feature will be particularly useful for the suburban passengers, large numbers of whom travel on Season Tickets.
Another innovative system being introduced for Mumbai suburban section of Western Railway and Central Railway is the Cash/Smart Card operated Ticket Vending Machine (CoTVM), which is a self-service kiosk for passengers to buy their own unreserved tickets. It has a user-friendly graphical interface that can be used by all passengers. The machine takes currency notes and coins in addition to smart cards for payment. This will save the passengers’ precious time, and will ease the pressure on the Railway administration as well, enabling them to give better service to the passengers. Again, security features”
Procedure for booking of Paperless Unreserved Journey tickets, Season tickets and Platform tickets.
Download the Mobile application from Google Play Store or Windows Store.
• Register by providing Mobile Number, Name, City, Train Type, Class, Ticket Type, Number of Passengers and Frequently travel routes.
• Payment has to be made using R-Wallet. Upon successful registration, R-Wallet will be opened with Zero Balance.
• Value can be topped up in R-Wallet by tendering cash across the nominated counter and also online on website “”.
• Passenger can book single Journey ticket, Platform ticket as well as season tickets by choosing appropriate option in the App.
• The Smart Phone should be GPS enabled to book single journey ticket and Platform ticket.
Functioning Of CoTVM
Cash/Smart card operated ticket vending machine (CoTVM) is a self-operated kiosk, which can be used by passengers to buy unreserved tickets through currency/coins/smart cards and to recharge smart cards. These kiosks have easy graphical interface for ticket transaction so that the user can operate these machines themselves. The kiosk accepts currency/coin of all glued/taped/coloured notes and accepts currency notes of Gandhi series. CoTVMs will reduce queue lengths at existing ticket counters by providing an alternate unmanned ticketing solution and mode of payment.
CoTVMs have the following functions.
1. Issue of non-concessional second class journey tickets for non-suburban section and second/first class journey/return tickets for suburban section.
2. Issue of platform tickets.
3. Renewal of non-concessional season tickets.
4. Recharge of smart cards in denominations of Rs. 20/-, Rs. 50/-, Rs. 100/- and Rs. 500/-.
CoTVM consists of:
1. Thin Client 2. Thermal Printer 3. Touch screen 4. RFID reader
5. Cash Validator with 15 notes escrow 6. Coin Validator with 10 coins escrow
7. The cash box has the capacity to hold 25,000 notes and 3,000 coins.
The basic difference between automatic ticket vending machine (ATVM) installed upto now and CoTVM is that ATVM can issue tickets through smart cards only whereas CoTVM can issue tickets using cash (notes & coins) and smart cards. It can also be used for recharging these smart cards.
Security of CoTVM
The machine has two access doors, both at the front side of the machine and is equipped with mechanical & electronic locks. One door is used for maintenance activity by the service engineer. The second door is for accessing the cash box and is integrated with an alarm system. The alarm will go off whenever the door is opened by any unauthorized person. The machine has a cash box with electro mechanical lock at the bottom. Whenever the authorized supervisor wants to open the cash box to takeout shift cash, he/she will gain access to the machine by using a supervisory smart card and his password. After entering the password, machine will print the Daily Trains Cash-cum-Summary Book (DTC) for accountal of the collected cash.
Commissioning of CoTVM
On 01.09.2015, 6 CoTVMs were inaugurated at New Delhi of Northern Railway and 08 CoTVMs at Sealdah & Howrah stations of Eastern Railway. So far, total 48 CoTVMs have been commissioned over Northern Railway and Eastern Railway.
Train Enquiry Mobile Application on iOS platform
Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS), the IT arm of Indian Railways, has enhanced the train enquiry system by developing mobile apps. Mobile app for Windows 8 and Android were launched earlier and are widely used by rail passengers. Now one more step ahead, mobile app for iOS platform has also been developed and ready for launch. It has now become easier for the rail passengers to track information on expected arrival and departure timings of a particular train and other information.
National Train Enquiry System (NTES) is the base system which provides information to public about train running on near real time through various interfaces like nationwide unique rail enquiry number 139, website (, mobile interfaces, Touch Screens, Face to Face enquiry and Display Boards at stations.
One of the best features of the app is ‘spot your train’ which provides information such as its current position, expected time of arrival and departure at a particular station. Other features are ‘train schedule’, ‘train between station’, ‘live station’, ‘information on cancelled, rescheduled & diverted trains’. ‘Live Station’ query provides list of trains expected to arrive at/depart from any station in next 2 or 4 hours.
Thus, CRIS has made available train enquiry app for three most commonly used mobile platforms viz. Windows, Android and iOS.
The NTES app is available as a free download from App store.
General Travel
Oct 08 2015 (14:03)  

smdajmer   14 blog posts
Entry# 1611250            Tags   Past Edits
Scope of Facility to Book Train Berth under Senior Citizen Quota Enhanced
With a view to meet the requirements of senior citizens, ladies passengers above the age of 45 and pregnant women travelling alone in trains, a reservation quota of two lower berths per coach in Sleeper, 3AC & 2AC classes was earmarked for these categories of passengers in all trains having sleeping accommodation in 2007. Recently, this accommodation earmarked in Sleeper class has been enhanced to four lower berths per coach instead of two lower berths per coach as per earlier provision. There is, however, no change in the number of lower berths earmarked in 3AC and 2AC classes.
were being received that in case two senior citizens (husband and wife) want to book berth under this quota, they are denied this facility despite the fact that both of them are senior citizens. It was, therefore, being requested that this facility should be provided even when two senior citizens are going together.
The reason for allowing senior citizens to book tickets under this quota only when travelling alone was that since only two/four lower berths per coach are being earmarked, there is a possibility that when two senior citizens travelling together book the ticket, they may get a scattered accommodation in two different coaches where the lower berths might be available. This will be the cause of complaint and then references will be received as to how the railway is facilitating two senior citizens by giving them scattered accommodation in two different coaches.
However, keeping in view the demands for providing this facility even when more than one passenger are travelling, it was decided that the facility of booking tickets under senior citizen quota may be provided where in a single application, even if two passengers are in combination of senior citizens /female passengers above the age of 45 years/pregnant women. This facility can be availed only if both the passengers intending to avail this facility are eligible to book berth under senior citizen quota i.e. either both of them should be senior citizens or ladies above the age of 45 or pregnant women or a combination of one senior citizen and one lady above the age of 45 or pregnant women, etc.
From above, it is evident that vide New Commercial Circular No. 51, of Railway Board 2015, the scope of facility already available to senior citizens, female passengers above the age of 45 years and pregnant women to book accommodation under senior citizen quota has been enhanced. Earlier senior citizens /female passengers above the age of 45 years/pregnant women could book accommodation under this quota only when travelling alone whereas now they will be able to book accommodation even when two passengers of these categories (either both from the same category or combination of one from any two categories) are travelling.

Oct 08 2015 (14:18)
Sanju   154 blog posts   143599 correct pred (82% accurate)
Re# 1611250-1            Tags   Past Edits
ladies pax above 45 age or 58 age?

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Oct 08 2015 (14:44)
Srikanth~   1675 blog posts   608 correct pred (73% accurate)
Re# 1611250-4            Tags   Past Edits
Is there any special check box available in IRCTC like Sr.Citizens while booking for pregnant woman ? i didn't see that till now. Plz let me know.
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Sep 17 2015 (09:50)  

smdajmer   14 blog posts
Entry# 1592492            Tags   Past Edits
Doubling of Hotgi-Kudgi-Gadag route (284 Km) of railways
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved doubling of the Hotgi-Kudgi-Gadag railway line at an anticipated cost of Rs.1618 crore and completion cost of Rs.2058 crore. Out of this, Rs.946 crore (completion cost) is already received from NTPC under the Customer Funding Model for doubling of the stretch between Hotgi-Kudgi (134 km) and the remaining amount of Rs.1107.58 crore will be funded through the Gross Budgetary Support of Ministry of Railways or Extra Budgetary Resources or both.
number of Integrated Steel Plants/Power Plants/Cement Plants are coming up along the Hotgi-Kudgi-Gadag route. This doubling work will provide the necessary line capacity for introduction of additional trains and smooth movement of rakes to/from the industries/power plants. This will also boost overall development of the region. In view of the industrial activities taking place in the area, demands are also being received for running of additional train services through this route.
Hotgi-Kudgi-Gadag route is a single line rail link between Guntakal-Pune-Mumbai and Hospet-Hubli-Goa rail routes. This is an important rail link connecting the cities of Bangalore and Mumbai.
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