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Jan 05 (13:24) Indian Railways new halt station near Bangalore Airport to offer fast, economical commuting option; details (www.financialexpress.com)
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The newly opened railway station is located on the north-west corner of the KIA campus and is built on an existing track that links Yashwanhtpur sub-locality in the north-western part of Bengaluru and Chikkaballapur.

Now, travelling to Bengaluru Airport has become more convenient! On Monday, the private airport operator of Kempegowda International Airport- Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) said that the commencement of the Indian Railways suburban halt station adjacent to the international airport will offer a fast and economical option of commuting to flyers as well as its workforce. The newly
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opened railway station is located on the north-west corner of the KIA campus and is built on an existing track that links Yashwanhtpur sub-locality in the north-western part of Bengaluru and Chikkaballapur. The halt railway station, adjacent to the airport, has commenced operations, according to a PTI report.

In the year 2014, the airport operator in collaboration with the authorities of Indian Railways proposed the state government of Karnataka for the establishment of suburban rail service to Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport, recommending a halt railway station on the existing line that connects Yeshwanthpura to Devanahalli in the city, BIAL said. The station has been constructed by BIAL. It has a 230-metre-long platform, which is connected to various parts of Bengaluru Airport by a shuttle bus service, managed and operated by the airport operator. The timing, as well as the frequency of the shuttle service, will be synchronized with the train timings, BIAL further stated.

The joint effort of the national transporter and BIAL is focused on promoting rail-based transport system by reviewing the schedule of existing train services as well as the introduction of additional services to suit peak hours of flights and working hours of Airport staff, the airport operator said. The facility, based on usage and acceptance, will be upgraded over time in order to cater to the travel requirements of the public as well as the airport employees, BIAL added. Recently, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted that the new station will go a long way in enhancing last-mile connectivity to Bengaluru Airport. Besides, it will benefit lakhs of commuters and reduce traffic congestion significantly.

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Jan 02 (17:14) Nick of time: Mumbai cop saves man from coming under train (www.hindustantimes.com)
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News Entry# 431439  Blog Entry# 4831612   
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The man kept standing on the railway track to wear his shoe even as a local train was approaching.
A man was saved by a constable of Mumbai Police at the city’s Dahisar railway station from coming under a local train on Friday. The man was seen getting on the railway track to pick up his shoe which had fallen while he was trying to cross the platform via the track.
The man kept standing on the railway track to wear his shoe even as a local train was approaching.
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| Maharashtra: A constable of Mumbai Police helped a 60-year-old man, who got stuck at a railway track, save his life at Dahisar railway station in Mumbai yesterday. pic.twitter.com/lqzJYf09Cj
The constable rushed to the platform and asked the man to get off the track and gestured him to hurry. The man wore the shoe and tried climbing the platform even as the local train was barely a few metres away. With the train about to hit the man, the constable pulled the man and dragged him on the platform top and saved his life.
The incident was recorded on the CCTV cameras installed at the Dahisar railway station.
According to the Indian Railways’ guidelines, trespassing railway tracks is a punishable offence which attracts fine. The act is classified as an offence under the section of 147 of the Indian Railways act with a penalty of imprisonment up to six months and or fine up to Rs 1,000.
The Indian Railways act permits crossing and travelling between railway tracks only by using foot over bridges and subways.
Jan 02 (17:05) Train journeys with visual treat! Indian Railways completes 180 kmph speed trial of new Vistadome coach (www.financialexpress.com)
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These Vistadome coaches will make train journeys memorable for the passengers, as well as give a further boost to tourism. Indian Railways' new design Vistadome tourist coach has been manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF).

Vistadome coaches: Soon, tourists will get a breathtaking experience with new Vistadome tourist coaches. Recently, Piyush Goyal-led Indian Railways successfully completed a speed trial for 180 km per hour of a new design Vistadome tourist coach. According to the details shared by the Railway Ministry, these Vistadome coaches will make train journeys memorable for the passengers,
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as well as give a further boost to tourism. Indian Railways’ new design Vistadome tourist coach has been manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF). The Vistadome coaches are European-style coaches, which offer a panoramic view to railway passengers while improving the comfort of travel.

It is rightly said, “Journey is best measured in terms of memories rather than miles.”

Take a look at the new Vistadome coaches of Indian Railways that will give an unforgettable travel experience to passengers & will ensure that they truly have a journey to remember. pic.twitter.com/o2Srs0xR4B

— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) December 30, 2020



For a memorable viewing experience, the Vistadome coaches operating on the Indian Railways network, have been provided with large windows on the sides as well as with glass panels on the roof of the trains. On the Indian Railways network, the Vistadome coaches are being operated on select routes including the Nilgiri Mountain Railway line, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Kalka-Shimla Railway, Kangra Valley Railway, Matheran Hill Railway, between Dadar in Mumbai and Madgoan in Araku Valley as well as in the Kashmir Valley.

Ending the Year on a Great Note: Indian Railways’ ???? successfully completed 180 kmph speed trial of new design Vistadome tourist coach

These coaches will make train journeys memorable for the passengers ????️ & give further boost to tourism ???? pic.twitter.com/3JxeVbQClg

— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) December 29, 2020



A few days ago, the national transporter announced the production of the first coach shell by Indian Railways’ Marathwada Rail Coach Factory, located at Latur, Maharashtra. According to the Railway Ministry, this coach factory is going to contribute to the region’s overall development by heralding a modern industrial ecosystem. The Marathwada Rail Coach Factory, which was commissioned nearly two years ago, has been designed with an initial capacity of producing as many as 250 MEMU / LHB / EMU trainset type advanced coaches per year. However, the coach factory’s capacity can be enhanced as in the layout plan, sufficient vacant space has been marked. The project cost amounts to Rs 500 crore in addition to the land cost of Rs 120 crore, the ministry stated.
Jun 17 2018 (08:24) Oldest railway underpass gives commuters real creeps (www.deccanherald.com)
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Oldest railway underpass gives commuters real creeps
The railway overbridge on Subedar Chatram (SC) Road between Anand Rao Circle and Seshadripuram looks no different from many others in the country, but for one difference.
Motorists taking the route would rather wait at the nearby level crossing than use the underpass running below the railway bridge. This being the oldest railway bridge in the city, people are anxious about its condition.
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is one of the oldest bridges. We've no clue about its maintenance. So, people like me would prefer waiting at the railway crossing. An extra minute or two at the level crossing wouldn't hurt," said Hitesh, a trader in Malleswaram, who uses the SC Road level crossing daily.
Sachindra, a resident of Seshadripuram, said the tracks were not fully covered with concrete and it was possible that human excreta from the toilets of moving trains would fall on the commuters going through the underpass.
"When motorists see us wait, they tend to join the queue. So, the vehicle pile-up before the level crossing has become a common scene here," he said.
South Western Railway's senior manager, Bengaluru division, R K Singh assured commuters that the bridge poses no risks. "We conduct regular checks to ensure the bridge is safe. It's strong enough, like any other bridge in the city," he said.
Singh also assured that the bridge is fully sealed with concrete and chances of excrement from the train falling on the commuters does not arise. "Moreover, the trains are equipped with bio toilets," he clarified.
May 25 2018 (09:17) Railway expands job opportunities, recruitment to push automation (www.business-standard.com)
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Railway recruitment to push automation
Paradoxically, the lowering of qualifications will help pull in more services in the Railways to the automation mode and create space to finance those.
Subhomoy Bhattacharjee
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before releasing the advertisements for recruitment to about 90,000 posts, the rail ministry this year decided to cut the level of qualification required for most of the jobs to that of class 10 pass instead of the more stiff ITI qualification.
This immediately expanded the universe of potential candidates from six million to a vastly larger catchment of nearly 63 million.
Paradoxically, the lowering of qualifications will help pull in more services in the Railways to the automation mode and create space to finance those. The Railways argued that most of the Group C and D posts do not need the candidates to learn anything more than they get to learn at the level of class 10. So, putting the ITI in the eligibility requirement was unnecessary.
“Essentially, the jobs in railways have to do with basic services like clean up and maintenance of tracks and coaches. These can be done by a class 10 passout too,” said a top official from the Indian Railway Personnel Service, the cadre of officers who handle recruitment.
The recruitment however, is coming after a gap of five years, instead of the usual two. It will allow the Railway Board to cut the gripe among the powerful railway unions about declining job opportunities in the Railways. The last such mass recruitment in India’s largest transport infrastructure utility was in 2013, when nearly 20,000 people were offered jobs in posts like trackman, sanitary staff, office messengers, porters and as trains clerk, guards in goods train and traffic apprentices.
Incidentally, a similar exercise was aborted in 2016. The department had decided to raise the bar for entry to ITI pass for all applicants. But that would have raised the financial cost for the Railways from the new recruits as they would have demanded a higher salary. The department took the plea that as the upgraded requirement was not made public sufficiently in advance, the exercise would be held later.
The present exercise combines the backlog from that exercise with fresh vacancies. Hence, the mega numbers. It also serves two purposes. Besides seemingly expanding the job opportunities, the posts offered will remain concentrated at low levels of salary. So, the additional financial pressure on the Railways from them is minimal. Instead, they allow the organisation to shift the more technical jobs to automation and raises productivity while also freeing up funds to finance the migration.
The Railways currently employs 1.31 million people as per Budget 2018-19. These numbers are of course variable by a few hundred thousand. Budget 2017-18 had put the numbers for the same year at 1.33 million.
Irrespective of the swings, the numbers make the Railways the highest employer among the central government departments. In addition, it has about a little more 1.4 million people as pensioners. Since the average pension is half the salary of those employed, the effective number of employees on the rolls of Rail Bhawan is above 2 million. Of those employed, more than 80 per cent are in non-technical trades with pretty low-value addition.
Budget 2018-19 shows that wages and pension account for 65.4 per cent or about two thirds of the revenue generated by the Railways. This number would expand asymmetrically if the Railways employs more technically qualified personnel.
It makes far more sense to instead conduct periodic examinations for recruitment to absolutely base level jobs while handing over the complex jobs to machines. The present exercise assumes that a similar number of people but with higher salary would retire by the end of 2019. This means the Railways will get more financial space to pursue automation of its staff functions. In its sister concern, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, which is under the urban development ministry, jobs of drivers are being handed over to machines.
Within the Railways too, the trend is evident. In just one year, the budget for signalling and telecom has jumped by 141 per cent. It is the first department within the Railways that plans to eliminate human interface in less than five years. This means the most loved railway signature of an employee flagging a train with green or red flag will be history even in far flung stations. A little noticed announcement in the last budget presented for the Railways by former minister Suresh Prabhu in 2014-15 was for the organisation to also go paperless in five years.
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