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Today (07:43)  फ्लेक्सी किरायों में कमी को लेकर कमेटी में भी दो राय (
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Station Tag: New Delhi/NDLS added by CAR CPU Efication Deadline Dec 2018^~/1421836
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नई दिल्ली। बजट के कारण फ्लेक्सी किरायों में कमी की रेलवे की रिपोर्ट को फिलहाल गोपनीयता के लिफाफे में लपेट दिया गया है। फ्लेक्सी किराये राजधानी, शताब्दी, दूरंतो जैसी प्रीमियम ट्रेनों में लागू होते हैं। इनके तहत सीटों की बुकिंग बढ़ने के साथ-साथ किराया भी बढ़ता जाता है। लेकिन नए रेल मंत्री पीयूष गोयल इसमें संशोधन करने की इच्छा जता चुके हैं।फ्लेक्सी स्कीम को 2016 में लागू किया गया था। लेकिन आलोचना के बाद "हमसफर" जैसी नई ट्रेनों में इस स्कीम को संशोधित तरीके से लागू किया गया। लेकिन सभी तरीकों में फ्लेक्सी किराया सामान्य किराये से अधिक ही होता है। इसे दूर करने के लिए रेल मंत्री ने ऐसे विकल्प पर विचार करने को कहा था, जिसमें ट्रेन फुल नहीं होने पर किराये में छूट जैसा प्रावधान भी हो।
महीने फ्लेक्सी किरायों की समीक्षा के लिए एक समिति का गठन किया गया था। इसमें रेलवे बोर्ड के अधिकारियों के अलावा नीति आयोग व एयर इंडिया के वरिष्ठ अधिकारी और निजी क्षेत्र से जुड़े आर्थिक विशेषज्ञ शामिल थे। समिति को एक महीने में रिपोर्ट सौंपने को कहा गया था। परंतु किरायों में कमी को लेकर सदस्यों के बीच आम राय नहीं हो पाने से एक महीने बाद भी रिपोर्ट तैयार नहीं हो सकी है।
सूत्रों के अनुसार समिति के ज्यादातर सदस्य फ्लेक्सी फेयर के मौजूदा स्वरूप से संतुष्ट हैं और इसमें बदलाव की जरूरत नहीं समझते। उनका कहना है कि यदि एक बार कमी के सिद्धांत को स्वीकार कर लिया गया तो ज्यादातर ट्रेनों में किराये घटाने पड़ जाएंगे। क्योंकि सच्चाई यही है कि सस्ती हवाई यात्रा के कारण अनेक प्रीमियम ट्रेनें कुछ न कुछ खाली चलती हैं। भले ही वेबसाइट और आरक्षण काउंटर पर भीड़ दिखाई पड़ती हो।
दूसरी ओर जानकारों का यह भी कहना है कि किरायों का मामला संवेदनशील होने के कारण रिपोर्ट में देरी हुई है। इसे एक-दो दिन में सौंप दिया जाएगा, परंतु अगले महीने बजट के कारण सार्वजनिक नहीं किया जाएगा। रिपोर्ट में की गई सिफारिशों का एलान बजट में ही होगा।
Today (01:28)  Specialised Weather Forecast for Indian Railways soon from the Indian Meteorological Department (
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Soon, specialised weather forecasts could help in the operation of train services. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is piloting for a Specialized Weather Forecast wing for Indian Railways for real-time weather and climate information services for smooth operations of trains.
In the next few months, the IMD is planning to widen its wings in several spheres of weather services to help Railways get real-time data on weather forecasts on various Zonal, Divisional Railway systems including remotest Railway stations coverage.
To this effect, IMD is planning to train its internal resources in lines
with the Railway operations and equip the staff to cater to the requirements of Indian Railways for safety and smooth operations of trains.
The condition of weather plays an important role in the operation of train services by Indian Railways as it can damage tracks and electric equipment powering the train.
To overcome such problems, the Indian Meteorological Department is providing real-time weather information such as wind speed, weather interference, weather warnings to the Indian Railways on a pilot basis.
One of the long-awaited improvements in long-range forecast and precision in weather warning may soon be implemented. At present, the IMD provides five-day weather forecast and two days of outlook. The lead time may be increased to 15 days forecast with higher accuracy soon.
Such specialised services would be provided as part of its programmes for sustenance and upgrading forecasting system approved under the NITI Aayog, which has replaced Planning Commission.
The India Meteorological Department has played a pivotal role in predicting the heavy to very heavy rainfall in Mumbai and north Konkan areas during the last monsoon that helped Central and Western Railways to regulate train services in advance during July-October 2017
IMD to also further coordinate with various other government agencies for providing tailor-made weather forecasts to different sectors on real-time basis, take preventive measures against the spread of infectious diseases, plan power generation etc.
Following a MOU with the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the department has already started providing climate information feed for health service on an experimental basis.
The specialised weather forecast for four days would predict the possibility of spread of diseases, including malaria and dengue, in a particular region based on the temperature and humidity conditions there.
S.B.Thampi, Deputy Director General of Meteorology, Regional Meteorological Centre, Chennai, said the forecast service for the health sector is likely to be launched in six months across the country.
Power generation is another sector where weather prediction would help plan ahead for power distribution. Following an agreement with the Power System Operation Corporation, the IMD has proposed to develop a demand forecast based on various parameters, including wind, temperature, humidity and onset of sea breeze. Various energy sources like thermal and wind could be operated according to the demand and weather conditions.
There are also plans to upgrade the services already being offered in the tourism and agromet advisory services. Tourists could soon plan their travel better as more places would be covered under specialised forecast.
“There are only eight to ten agromet field units across the State. Agriculture activities vary in every region. We want to set up District Agromet Unit in every district for region-specific meteorological service for agriculture,” said Mr. Thampi.
Today (01:25)  In a major boost to the Rail Wagon makers, IR place Work Orders for procurement of 9493 Wagons on Private Wagon Cos. (
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In a major boost to the rail wagon makers, Indian Railways has issued orders for 9,493 wagons to the private sector players, many of whom are listed entities, multiple industry sources have told RailNews.
The biggest beneficiary has been the Titagarh group controlled by the Kolkata-based Chowdhury family, which, among Titagarh Wagons and Cimmco Ltd, has cornered orders for 2,338 wagons, or about 25% of the total order given out.
After Titagarh, Texmaco Rail and Engineering, owned by Saroj Poddar, has emerged second, bagging an order for 1,764 units, the single largest given
to any one company.
Jupiter Wagons, part-owned by Lohia family and Tatravagonka of Slovakia, has emerged third with an order count of 1,582 wagons.
Modern Industries, Hindustan Engineering, BESCO are some of the others who got smaller order quantities.
Coming after a significant delay, the railway-based industry sees the orders as the much needed lifeline for the sector, which has been struggling for the past several quarters, with some companies plunging into losses as the government still remains the key customer for the industry.
Industry sources rubbished news reports that the ordering of the tenders was scrapped due to alleged formation of cartels pushing up bid prices.
While it is true that values of wagons to be paid by Railways have doubled over previous year’s level, industry officials said this has to do with the change in the norms for tenders.
“In this order, there is no free material component to be provided by Railways. We have to buy them ourselves, which has pushed up the bids,” an industry player said.
This is the reason, prices of, say, BOXNHL variety of wagons have gone up to Rs 24 lakh now from Rs 11.52 lakh for the 2016 order.
In the 2016 order, Railways issued all the steel required for building the wagons plus the wheels and bearings.
“No free supply items will be provided to the firm against the subject contract. Steel, bearings and wheel sets will be purchased by the firm,” a letter accompanying each order said.
The release of the order closely follows a decision of the Railway Board to stop inordinate delays in awarding of all kinds of tenders.
Titagarh Wagons and Cimmco Ltd have got order for 2,338 wagons
Texmaco Rail and Engineering has received orders for 1,764 units while Jupiter Wagons for 1,582 units
Today (01:20)  Railway budget to provide for installation of escalators and lifts at all major stations (
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With the aim of providing better amenities, Railways will make a budget provision of Rs 3,400 crore for installing about 3,000 escalators and 1,000 lifts at all major urban and suburban stations across the country.
This will facilitate smooth movement of passengers, including old and physically-challenged people.
While 372 escalators are meant to cover all stations including Kandivali, Matunga, Bandra, Churchgate, Dadar, Elphinstone Road, Mahalakshmi and Jogeshwari in Mumbai, 2,589 escalators will be installed at stations on the rail network in the country.
to a railway ministry official who did not want to be named, Large-scale installation of escalators and lifts would lead to an economy of scale, with reduction in cost. At present, an escalator costs around Rs 1 crore and a lift about Rs 40 lakh.
Railways recently revised the criteria for making urban and suburban stations eligible for installation of escalators from earnings-basis to footfalls.
Now all those stations which have 25,000 footfalls or more a year are selected for such installations. Earlier, those stations that had annual revenue ranging between Rs 8 crore and Rs 60 crore were eligible for the facility.
This time the focus of the Rail Budget is on safety and passenger amenities so it was decided to extend the facility to all major urban and suburban stations, the official said. The proposal of earmarking the provision for the escalators in Budget for 2018-19 was being finalised, he said.
The Rail Budget, merged with the main Budget, will be unveiled by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament on February 1.
Today (01:09)  Odisha places Rs 6,500 crore proposal in rail budget (
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Odisha government today placed a demand of Rs 6,500 crore before the Centre for railway infrastructure development in the 2018-19 budget.
The demand includes detailed proposals for ongoing projects, sanctioning of new lines, station modernisation, introduction of new trains, extension of existing trains, improved passenger amenities at stations, on board services, establishment of rail-based industries, multi modal logistic parks and others.
"I enclose herewith a detailed proposal of about Rs 6,500 crore for the state of Odisha for your consideration and inclusion in Budget 2018-19," Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote to Railway Minister
Piyush Goyal.
Patnaik said Odisha generates an annual revenue for Indian Railways in excess of Rs 15,000 crore. "Yet the average route length, with density (16) in the state is much less than the national average (20), and even considerably lower in comparison to adjoining states (West Bengal: 43.4 and Jharkhand: 24.3).
With its state's GDP growth rate is almost 20 per cent, higher than the national average, Odisha has been steadily evolving as a major industrial and mineral hub as well as the eastern gateway to the nation owing to the multiple functional ports, he said in the letter.
Importance of world class rail infrstracture is a pre-requisite for rapid development as well as to aid the growth of economy, he said adding that a cursory glance at the railway map would show that the major expanse of rail network is aligned to the spinal connectivity between Howrah and Chennai and large parts of Odisha have remained untouched by railways.
Therefore Odisha government has demarcated rail connectivity as a "priority area' with mandate to extend reach of rail network to each and every district of the state with focus specially on the regions that have not got the opportunity to grow with rail connectivity.
Patnaik identified some rail lines like Brahmapur- Phulbani-Sambalpur, Bargarh-Nuapada via Padmapur, Bhadrachalam-Malkangiri, Talcher-Gopalpur, Gopalpur-Singur Road New BG line (via Padmapur, Ramanguda, Bankili) and Lanjigarh-Talcher.
These rail links traverse mainly through unconnected and backward districts which are full of natural resources. These links will also be facilitating mineral movement by establishing linkage with southern Odisha as well as provide shorter connectivity to Gopalpur port.
"I request you to sanction these important new lines in the forthcoming Budget, which can bring prosperity along with connectivity to the needy areas. Apart from these, I have proposed to bear 50 per cent of the construction and land cost for a line connecting Puri-Konark, the most important section of the state and a popular international destination," Patnaik said in the letter.
Though Patnaik said he was glad for the SPVs for Angul-Duburi-Sukinda and Haridaspur-Paradip rail links, the performance is far from satisfactory. "I would also seek early actiom from Railway Ministry to start the process of running of passanger trains in these two projects, which are passing through backward and unconnected areas in the state," he said.
The chief Minister also iterated the state's demand of running a new train by the name of 'Bakshi Jagabandhu Express' in honour of front line freedom fighter Bakshi Jagabadhu Bidyadhar Mohapatra.
Patnaik also urged Goyal to initiate the East Coast dedicated freight corridor from Kharagpur to Vijayawada and East-West dedicated freight corridor from Jharsuguda to Bilaspur to ensure seamless movement of freight between upcoming ports on the Odisha coast including the major port at Paradip and the vast northen and central hinterland of India.
Patnaik also named certain projects which experience slow pace of execution. These are Talcher-Bimlagarh and Jaleswar-Digha new lines, doubling of Sambapur-Titlagarh, Titlagarh-Raipur, Sambalpur-Talcher and Daitari-Keonjhar- Bansapani and third line of Bhadrak-Nergndi-Vizianagaram stretch.
The letter said that Talcher-Angul, Paradi-Dhamra, Champua-Anandapur-Jajpur and Barsuan-Bansapal-Badbil lines need immediate sanction in order to ensure seamless flow of traffic and easier access between industrial and mining areas and ports.
These apart, Patnaik said Puri-Konark and Keonjhar Road-Jajpur (Via Aradi) links are equally important for pilgrims visiting the religious destinations at Puri and Biraja Kshetra respectively.
The chief minister said the state govenrment is fully committed to provide all necessary support to the Railways ministry for expeditious execution of different prorjects in the state.
"I am hopeful that our proposals pertaining to Railways will be given due considertion in the Budget 2018-19, thereby fulfilling the rightful aspirations of my state and its people," Patnaik said in the letter.
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