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Oct 25 2015 (07:53)   Weekly train sought to Mangaluru

knkprasad956*^~   534 news posts
Entry# 1627844   News Entry# 245842         Tags   Past Edits
The Udupi Railway Yatri Sangha has urged the Western Railway to introduce a weekly train from Bandra Terminus in Mumbai to Mangaluru, via Vasai Road Junction, for the benefit of people living in the three coastal districts of Karnataka.
In a press release issued here, R.L. Dias, president of the Udupi Railway Yatri Sangha, said that a large number of people from Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada districts were either employed or had business establishments at the 16 suburban railway stations between Dadar and Naigaon in Mumbai on the Western Railway section. These people had to struggle to return to their native places as there were only two trains starting from Lokamanya Tilak Terminus and Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai. Both
these stations were at the southern end of Mumbai.
It would take nearly one-and-a-half to two hours to reach these stations through the busy highway by autorickshaw or taxi.
Hence, for the benefit of these people living on the Western Railway section of Mumbai, the sangha had been urging the Western Railway to start a weekly train from Bandra Terminus to Mangaluru, via Vasai Road Junction since 2006.
To this request, the Western Railway had replied that due to mail/express and suburban trains, there was no extra track and therefore, the request to start a train from Bandra Terminus to Mangaluru was not feasible.
Later, an extra track was laid from Borivali to Vasai Road Junction. Besides, the Western Railway also ran two special trains — Bandra Terminus - Vasai Road - Madgaon (bi-weekly) and Bandra Terminus-Vasai Road-Madgaon (tri-weekly) during Ganesh and Onam festivals, this year. When the Western Railway rejected the sangha’s demand how was it possible for it to run the two special trains upto Madgaon?, he asked.

Oct 25 2015 (10:18)
kumareswaran   45 blog posts
Re# 1627844-1            Tags   Past Edits
introduce a daily super fast from bandra terminus to mangalore junction

Oct 25 2015 (11:10)
Obi Wan has taught you well~   3086 blog posts   1455 correct pred (72% accurate)
Re# 1627844-2            Tags   Past Edits
let a weekly start first, that too express. Daily SF on KR isn't really feasible+the track from BDTS-BSR-DIVA towards Panvel is saturated owing to many freight trains using that tracks.

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Sep 20 2015 (06:42)   Indian Railways develop hybrid vacuum toilets

rdb*^   131664 news posts
Entry# 1595249   News Entry# 242009         Tags   Past Edits
PUNE: Development Cell of the Railway Board has come up with a design that combines the advantages of vacuum toilets and those of Biotoilets to create a new design of "Hybrid Vacuum Toilet".
A prototype has been made by modifying the standard flushing protocol of a vacuum toilet so as to create water seal and additional post flush cycles and this concept has been converted into a working prototype by Indian Railways as a first ever system of its kind to have been developed and built by any railway system in the world. This newly developed toilet has been fitted in one coach No. 153002/C FAC that is running in Dibrugarh Rajdhani for trail.
prototype consists of a custom designed vacuum toilet adapted from a commercially available vacuum toilet that is used in aircrafts which evacuates its discharge into a biodigester tank which is now successfully proven in the biotoilets of Indian Railways. The biodigester tank is fitted underneath the coach and contains anaerobic bacteria that converts human fecal matter into water and small amount of gases before discharging the same on the ground/track.
Typically, a conventional toilet or Biotoilet uses 10 - 15 liters of water per flush whereas the vacuum toilet consumes only approximate 500 ml of water for flushing. Water is a very precious natural resource therefore this innovation shall save water to the tune of at least 1/20th of the quantity that is used in the current design of biotoilets/conventional toilets.
In foreign countries where the train coaches that are fitted with vacuum toilets, there is a "retention tank" underneath the coach that holds all the human waste that is flushed out by the toilet. These are very large tanks that need to be evacuated at the terminals stations. Since Indian Railways trains traverse the length and breadth of the country with journey times as long as 72 hours and generally over 50 passengers per coach, it is nearly impossible to hold the human waste in retention tanks on trains that travel such long distances.
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Sep 20 2015 (14:41)
kumareswaran   45 blog posts
Re# 1595249-1            Tags   Past Edits
the users have to be careful not to dispose anything into the vacuum toilet,that will stop functioning ,and time consuming to repair.
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Nov 03 2014 (15:26)   Between Bullet and Chhath Express: Has Indian Railways lost its destination?

░▒▓█ RAILROAD █▓▒░   267 news posts
Entry# 1265825   News Entry# 200065         Tags   Past Edits
When a young manager had to fly back to Patna from Mumbai after his wife died here hours after giving birth to the first child just six days before Diwali he had to buy plane ticket at many times higher price.
Similarly, sometimes back a couple had to pay Rs 25,000 for each passenger to rush their seriously ill child from Patna to Delhi for emergency treatment.
These are just two examples of the cruel joke being played against those in distress by the concept of ‘dynamic pricing’––an idea borrowed from rich western
countries. The Narendra Modi government had introduced this in the railways, which faced the first real test during the recent Diwali-Chhath rush.
What is strange is that our rulers are talking of promoting tourism and introducing Bullet trains when they can not afford to provide seats in trains and planes at affordable prices for those facing personal tragedy or emergency situation. Till now plane tickets used to be sold at a premium, now train tickets in some ‘premium trains’ have been fixed under this criteria.
So after Tatkal the concept of Premium has further reduced the number of seats in the reserved category. Tickets were sold at four to five times more than actual price recently.
Thus instead of providing more reserved seats we are actually squeezing the space for poor passengers. Unlike in the West, where one can travel by one’s own car––if the tickets are sold at a premium––in India the pocket of 95 per cent of the passengers–– specially like those travelling back home for Chhath––do not allow it.
True, the railways announced 300 trains from various places in the country for Bihar, some of them fully unreserved. But a top railway official, while talking to this correspondent, doubted whether so many special trains did actually run. He cited the excuse of shortage of coaches. He further said that if these trains had actually run there was no advance planning and no prior information to passengers. Therefore, there was complete chaos and mismanagement.
If political parties can hire dozens of trains to fetch lakhs of supporters to attend rally on one particular day at one particular place, be it in Patna, Lucknow, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata or elsewhere, why can not such arrangements be made for passengers travelling to whole of Bihar in so many days before Chhath?
If the Indian Railways can not handle the challenge in festival and examination seasons there is no point developing tourist centres. How will the tourists reach their destination if we have no trains and planes.
We can afford to spend thousands of crores––may be more by the time it is built––for just one Bullet train route between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, when the fact is that much cheaper plane link already exists between these two cities. Instead these thousands of crores, if invested properly, may go a long way to improve the entire Indian railways.
The biggest problem is that we do not understand as to where lies the problem. We use to run Holi, Durga Puja and Summer Specials but till recently had little idea of Chhath, which is observed in a big way in eastern India, which has in the last couple of decades emerged as the labour exporting zone.
There is another problem which we do not take into account. The seasonal migration of agriculture labourers to west UP, Punjab and Haryana from this very part of India also compounds the misery. These labours start moving to north and west India from May. But the railways never announce any special trains for them. This period coincides with the marriage and competitive exam seasons. Besides, people do want to move in summer vacation.
As broadcasting of seeds, transplantation and harvesting are done much earlier in north India than Bihar, farm labours start returning by late October. It often coincides with Chhath. As the trains coming from Punjab, Haryana and west UP are already packed they can not accommodate a single passenger by the time they reach Old Delhi station––most of these trains by-pass New Delhi.
As the number of east Indians living in national capital region is increasing every year the pressure caused by them only add to the problem.
Thank God, the number of migrant farm labourers has, of late, not been rising, possibly because of mechanization of agriculture––for example introduction of transplanters and more use of mini-tractors. Besides, MNREGA has, to some extent, also checked the flow of labourers from east India to the Green Revolution zone.
Without understanding our own social milieu we borrow ‘Bullet’ like ideas from abroad, not knowing that in Japan there is no problem of massive seasonal movement of millions of passengers on the eve of festivals, or to appear in competitive examin or take admission. Such movements are totally different from daily commuters or ordinary passengers.

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Nov 03 2014 (20:47)
kumareswaran   45 blog posts
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dynamic pricing started not by narendra modi ,upa govt started dynamic pricing between december 2013 and january 2014 ,but dynamic pricing can keep the agents away.introduction of train should be based on passenger ticket revenue ,at least each passenger should be given seating facility rather standing on passenger trains

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Oct 24 2014 (14:16)   IR NTES Android App hits Google Play Store; Helps track Train Sch./Delays & more

Jai Ho ™^~   2059 news posts
Entry# 1255370   News Entry# 198979         Tags   Past Edits
नई दिल्ली New Delhi: Union Government owned, Centre for Railway Information Systems has officially launched NTES (National Train Enquiry System) Android App.
The new NTES app helps users to track real-time train schedules, train arrival delay and other details. It has to be noted that NTES app is very different from the recently launched IRCTC (Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited) Connect app.
The former tool can be used to track trains, whereas in the latter, users can even search and book train tickets from the phone. The only drawback of IRCTC
Connect is that people will not be able to login in to website between 08:00 am and 12:00 pm.
Salient Features of NTES Android App:
Spot Your Train
Live Station
Train Schedule
Trains between Stations
Cancelled Trains
Re-scheduled Trains
Diverted Trains
Besides Android, NTES app has also been made available in Windows Phone store as well, whereas BlackBerry OS platforms and Apple iOS version app are still awaited.

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Oct 24 2014 (21:20)
kumareswaran   45 blog posts
Re# 1255370-3            Tags   Past Edits
no facility to get platform number and coach position

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Oct 18 2014 (07:09)   Plea to extend train service to Ernakulam

rdb*^   131664 news posts
Entry# 1249347   News Entry# 198383         Tags   Past Edits
The Thrissur Railway Passengers’ Association has demanded that the 12133/12134 Mumbai CST–Mangalore Junction Express should be extended to Ernakulam.
In a statement here, the association said the 12625/12626 Kerala Express should be diverted through Ernakulam Town.
“The timing for the departure of 56361 Shoranur–Ernakulam Passenger should be changed so that it will run behind 12623 Chennai–Thiruvananthapuram Mail without any detention en route. The rake of 16343/16344 Thiruvananthapuram–Palakkad Amrita Express should be used to run an Intercity Express between Palakkad Junction and Kayamkulam. The 66612 Ernakulam–Palakkad MEMU should depart from Ernakulam Junction by 5.15
p.m.,” demanded the association.
The association complained that the 56364 Ernakulam–Shoranur passenger rarely departed on time. “Train 56602 Kannur–Shoranur passenger should be extended to Thrissur. The timing for departure of 16306 Kannur–Ernakulam Intercity Express from Kozhikode should be changed to 5.15 p.m. The timing of 56375 Guruvayur– Ernakulam Passenger should be revised. The 16615/16616 Coimbatore- Mannargudi Chemmozhi Express should be extended to Vasco-Da-Gama via Mangalore Junction. This will help pilgrims travelling to Thanjavur, Velankanni and Nagore from Goa, Mangalore and Malabar,” said the association.
The association demanded that a Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) train should be introduced on the Ernakulam-Coimbatore route, via Shoranur. An Intercity Express between Ernakulam and Salem should be started. There should be a daily service from Kerala to the North East. Trains 22640, 16307/16313 and 16525 should be allowed to stop at Edappally,” said the association.
The association said that electronic information boards, coach position indicators and coach guidance systems should be installed in all major stations.

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Oct 18 2014 (16:25)
kumareswaran   45 blog posts
Re# 1249347-3            Tags   Past Edits
near future guage conversion is not going to happen,whenever they complete the work they can very well introduce a new train to pollachi or madurai,till then running amruta rakes upto kayamkulam will benefit sabarimala pilgrims and the day time passengers.

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