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May 11 2012 (14:24)  Change of train numbers of SER (http:)
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New Train no. Of 12809/10 Mumbai Mail will be 12899/12900.
Mar 31 2012 (07:21)  The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Jammu & Kashmir News (
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Jammu, March 13
Ahead of the Railway Budget for 2012-2013, people of Jammu are expecting more trains as the Jammu railway station has poor connectivity with other places. Since Jammu railway station receives 50,000 footfalls everyday, people have been demanding that it should be developed as a world-class station to give better services to tourists and pilgrims coming from across the country.
World-class facilities at Jammu Railway Station
Double-laning of rail track from Jammu to Jalandhar
Setting up of a railway coach factory
Shatabdi trains from Jammu to Delhi and Chandigarh-Jammu Duronto
A direct train from Jammu to Bangalore for students
A railway bridge factory in Jammu
Deepak Sharma, a frequent rail traveller, said, “We had heard of the double-laning of the railway track from Jammu to Jalandhar. But the work on it has been very slow. The work on it should be completed soon for proper connectivity of the Jammu station.”
“There should be Shatabdi trains from Jammu to New Delhi for the convenience of passengers. And the Chandigarh-Jammu Duronto should also be started soon,” he added.
The Chamber of Industries and Commerce had also submitted a memorandum to the Union Minister of Railways, Dinesh Trivedi, highlighting the demands of the people regarding the upcoming Railway Budget.
YV Sharma, president, Chamber of Commerce and Industries, said, “We have requested the Railway Minister to start a direct train from Jammu to Bangalore. It is a very old demand and would cater to thousands of students studying there. We have also demanded one Shatabdi train from Jammu to Delhi and back, as it will benefit both tourists and business class.”
The Chamber of Commerce and industries had also demanded a railway coach factory in the state that would generate employment for the youth here. RK Chaddha, Chairman, Citizens’ Forum, said, “We have been demanding the extension of Jammu railway station, as the present space is not enough for the passengers visiting here.
“We had also demanded that the station should be developed into a world-class station with modern facilities so that the people do not face any problems,” he added.
Mar 31 2012 (07:19)  Rail Budget 2012-13: Omar Abdullah supports Dinesh Trivedi on hike in rail fares (http:)
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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who supported the hike in railway fares, today said he would not mind being sacked for doing the right thing.
"If I had to be sacked, I'd rather be sacked for doing the right thing," he wrote on micro-blogging site twitter in reference to demand for removal of Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi by his own party Trinamool Congress.
Omar is among the very few politicians who have supported the hike in train fares proposed by Trivedi in his maiden railway budget tabled in the Lok
Sabha yesterday.
"We take populism to ridiculous levels. I genuinely believe people would happily accept the modest hike if safety and quality of service are better," the NC leader said.
"Populism will destroy the Indian railways. Then where will the 'aam aadmi' go?" he asked.
Omar had words of sympathy for Trivedi, wishing him well in whatever he does.
"What ever Dinesh bhai does, I wish him well. He's a good and decent person and we shared some laughs at the Kolkata book fair recently," he tweeted.
Omar also said Trivedi will be remembered for a long time due to turn of events following presentation of the Railway budget by him.
"Long after other railway ministers are forgotten Dinesh Trivedi will still be an answer to a general knowledge or entrance test question," he said.
Angered by Trivedi's proposal contained in the Railway Budget, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee had written to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last night seeking his removal and replacement with Minister of State for Shipping Mukul Roy.
Mar 31 2012 (07:12)  The Hindu : News / National : Highlights of Rail Budget 2012-13 (
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An increase in passenger fares across all classes, more than 100 new trains, enhanced frequency or routes for many others, and plans to hire more than one lakh employees were some of the key Rail Budget proposals made on Wednesday.
Presenting the annual Rail Budget for the financial year 2012-13 in Parliament on Wednesday, Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi made following key proposals:
*Passenger fares to be hiked by 2 paise per km for suburban and ordinary second class travel; 3 paise per km for mail/ express second class; 5 paise per km for
sleeper class; 10 paise per km for AC chair car/AC 3-tier and First Class; 15 paise per km for AC 2-tier and 30 paise per km for AC 1-tier.
*Minimum fare and platform tickets to cost Rs 5.
*75 new Express trains to be introduced, along with 21 new passenger services, nine DEMU services and 8 MEMU services trains.
*Route of 39 trains to be extended and frequency of 23 trains to be increased.
*Railways to hire more than one lakh employees in 2012-13; 80,000 persons hired last year.
*Indian Railways Stations Development Corp to be set up to re-develop stations and maintain them like airports.
*To set up an independent Railway Safety Authority as a statutory body.
* The open discharge toilets on trains to be replaced with green (bio) toilets.
*All unmanned level crossings to be abolished in next five years; To target zero deaths due to rail accidents.
*To provide rail connectivity to neighbouring countries, a new line from Agartala to Akura in Bangladesh to be set up.
*Double-decker container trains to be introduced.
*Steps to improve cleanliness and hygiene on trains and stations within six months. A special house keeping body to be set up to take care of both stations and trains.
*New passenger services include escalators at major stations, alternative train accommodation for wait-listed passengers, laundry services, AC lounges, coin/currency operated ticket vending machines.
*Two new members, one for marketing, and other for safety, to be inducted into Railway Board.
*On board passenger displays indicating next halt station and expected arrival time to be introduced.
*Introduction of regional cuisine; Book-a-meal scheme to provide meals through SMS or email.
*Specially designed coaches for differently-abled persons to be provided in each Mail/Express trains.
*Railway Tariff Regulatory Authority to be considered.
*National High Speed Rail Authority to be set up; Pre-feasibility studies on six high speed corridors completed; study on Delhi-Jaipur-Ajmer-Jodhpur to be taken up in 2012-13.
*Wellness programme for railway staff at work places.
*Institution of ‘Rail Khel Ratna’ Award for 10 rail sportspersons every year.
*A wagon factory at Sitapali, Odisha, rail coach factory at Palakkad, two additional new coach manufacturing units in Kutch (Gujarat) and Kolar (Karnataka); component factory at Shyamnagar (West Bengal); new coaching terminal at Naihati, the birth place of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay.
*Freight loading of 1,025 MT targeted; 55 MT more than 2011—12; Passenger growth targeted at 5.4 per cent.
*Passenger earnings to increase to Rs 36,200 crore.
*Gross rail traffic targeted to increase by Rs 28,635 crore to Rs 1,32,552 crore in 2012—13.
Mar 30 2012 (20:20)  Rail fare rolled back except for high-end class (http:)
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Railway Minister Mukul Roy on Thursday rolled back the fare hike, except for three high-end classes of travel, which his predecessor proposed. Mr. Roy also struck down the plan to restructure Railway Board.
Without much fanfare, both Houses of Parliament ratified Mr. Roy's proposals and passed the Railway budget, bringing the curtain down on a week-long political drama that held up passage of the budget Dinesh Trivedi had presented on March 14.
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee had opposed the fare hike and demanded its immediate withdrawal and the resignation of Mr. Trivedi,
her party's nominee in the Cabinet. He quit on Sunday paving way for Mr. Roy's elevation as Railway Minister.
Mr. Trivedi was not present in the Lok Sabha and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh too was conspicuous by his absence.
Mr. Roy withdrew the hike for second class suburban and non-suburban, and sleeper class travel fare by 2 paise, 3 paise and 5 paise per km, saying it was a “huge drain on the pocket of the masses.”
He also rolled back the hike of 10 paise per km for travel in AC chair car and AC 3-tier fare stating the middle class would be hit severely. He did not say anything about the proposed hike in the fares for travel by First Class, AC 2 tier and AC 1 by 10 paise, 15 paise and 30 paise per km. This means, with the approval of Parliament, these increases will come into force from April 1.
Mr. Trivedi's decision to raise platform ticket to Rs. 5 would stay.
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