In view of Tirupati Brahmotasavam festival, the following passenger specials will be run from 11.09.2018 to 20.09.2018 (10 days) for the benefit of passengers. 1:Train No 05601 Arakkonam – Renigunta passenger special will leave Arakkonamat 15.00 hrs for 10 days from 11.09.2018 to 20.09.2018 and reach Renigunta at 16.30 hrs ofthe same day. Composition : 8- General Second class, Luggage- cum -brake van- 2 Stoppages:... more...
Tiruttani, Ekambarakuppam and Puttur 2. Train No 05602 Renigunta – Chennai Beach passenger special will leave Renigunta at 17.10 hrsfor 10 days from 11.09.2018 to 20.09.2018 and reach Chennai Beach at21.00 hrs of the same day. Composition : 8- General Second class, Luggage- cum -brake van- 2 Stoppages: Puttur, Ekambarakuppam, Tiruttani, Arakkonam Jn, Tiruvallur, and Perambur 3. Train No 05603 Chennai Beach – Arakkonam passenger specialwill leave Chennai Beach at 21.40 hrsfor 10 days from 11.09.2018 to 20.09.2018 and reach Arakkonam at 23.00 hrs. ofthe same day. Composition : 8- General Second class, Luggage- cum -brake van- 2 Stoppages: Perambur & Tiruvallur Follow us www.sr.indianrailways.gov.in click here click here
South Central Railway-S.C.R PR. No. 414 8th Sept, 2018 Special Trains between Arakkonam-Renigunta-Chennai Beach for Tirumala Bramotsavam In order to clear extra rush of passengers during Tirumala Bramotsavam festival the following Special Trains will run between Arakkonam – Renigunta - Chennai Beach as detailed below:- ... more...
Arakkonam-Renigunta-Chennai Beach Janasadaran Special Trains: Train No. 05601 Arakkonam-Renigunta Janasadaran special train will depart Arakkonam at 15:00 hrs from 11th to 20th September, 2018 (10 days) and arrive Renigunata at 16:30 hrs o¬n the same day. Enroute this special train will also stop at Tiruttani, Ekambarakuppan Halt and Puttur stations. Train No. 05602 Renigunta – Chennai Beach special train will depart Renigunta at 17:10 hrs from 11th to 20th September, 2018 (10 days) and arrive Chennai Beach at 21:00 hrs o¬n the same day. Enroute this special train will also stop at Puttur, Ekambarakuppan, Tiruttani, Arakkonam, Tiruvallur, Tiruninravur and Perambur stations.
For speedy access of ticketing facilities and optimum utilisation of railway resources, Southern Railway has launched Integrated Unreserved Ticketing System, merging ticket counters. Published: 12th May 2018 04:37 AM | Last Updated: 12th May 2018 04:37 AM | A+A A- Indian Railways (Photo | PTI) CHENNAI:... more...
For speedy access of ticketing facilities and optimum utilisation of railway resources, Southern Railway (SR) has launched Integrated Unreserved Ticketing System (IUTS), merging both unreserved ticket counters and reserved ticket counters, at 138 stations in six divisions in Tamil Nadu and Kerala recently. This means passengers will be able to purchase reserved tickets at unreserved ticket counters between 8 am and 8 pm at select stations in Madurai, Tiruchy and Salem divisions, while reserved ticket counters will also sell unreserved tickets during peak hours in Chennai division, said railway sources. According to official records, the zone has 566 unreserved ticket counters across Chennai, Madurai, Tiruchy, Salem, Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad divisions, while it has only 121 reserved ticket counters. Though SR operates 74 additional counters for booking reserved tickets — 45 at non rail head (NRH) locations, 20 at post offices and nine Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendra (YTSK) counters operated by private agencies, it could not cater to demand. Though more than 55 per cent of reserved tickets are booked through IRCTC, a section of passengers still wanted to purchase through counters. “Trains bound for southern Tamil Nadu has huge ticket demand and railways is unable to provide dedicated PRS counters for many stations in Madurai and Tiruchy divisions. So we have merged both UTS and PRS counters together at many stations in Tiruchy and Madurai division in the last two months,” said a senior railway official. Of the 116 UTS counters, an UTS counter at each of 40 stations, including Pamban, Madurai East, Mettur and Kizhapuliyur railway stations, has been earmarked as IUTS counter for performing the dual role in Madurai division. As many as 28 counters out of 110 counters were converted as unified counters across Tiruchy division, while 18 counters were upgraded in Salem division. All the counters were upgraded in C, D and E category stations. “Chennai division has limited demand for reservation counters. Six counters at Villivakkam, Puttur, Nayudupetta, Ekambarakuppam, Gudiyatham and Vaniyambadi have been selling both unreserved tickets and reserved tickets,” the official said. The integrated ticketing system will enable railways to serve passengers without increasing manpower and creating additional infrastructure. However, the railways said that functioning of the counters will depend on passenger patronage at the particular station. “When smaller stations had passage of express and passenger trains, the ticketing staff has been directed to sell only unreserved tickets. During Tatkal hours, the counter staff will cater to passengers who want to purchase reserved tickets,” an officer explained.
Major engineering works have been taken up for upgradation of Arakkonam yard. To facilitate these engineering works changes will be made in the pattern of train services from 02.05.2018 to 06.05.2018.as detailed below. CANCELLATION OF SUBURBAN TRAINS A. All scheduled EMU trains to and from Arakkonam and Tiruttani are cancelled from 02.05.2018 to 06.05.2018. However, passenger special EMUs will be operated up to Arakkonam / Tiruttani and Thiruvalangadu. B.... more...
Train Services in MMC – Tiruvallur/Kadambathur sector will run as usual. However, the following suburban train services in MMC – Tiruvallur sector will be fully cancelled from 02.05.2018 to 06.05.2018. MMC – Tiruvallur EMU locals, scheduled to leave MMC at 09.15, 12.10 & 14.00 hrs. Avadi – MMC EMU local, scheduled to leave Avadi at 05.25 hrs. Thiruvallur – MMC EMU local, scheduled to leave Tiruvallur at 15.40 hrs. C. The following MEMU services will be fully cancelled from 02.05.2018 to 06.05.2018. ·Train Nos.66047 / 66048 MMC – Tirupati – MMC MEMU services. ·Train Nos.66017 / 66018 Chennai Beach – Vellore – Chennai Beach MEMU services. ·Train Nos.66051 / 66052 MMC – Avadi – MMC MEMU services. ·Train Nos.66053 / 66054 Chennai Beach – Thiruvallur – Chennai Beach MEMU services. ·Train No.66005 MMC – Avadi MEMU service. ·Train No.66013 MMC – Arakkonam MEMU service. ·Train No.66010 Arakkonam – MMC MEMU service. ·Train No.66007 MMC – Avadi MEMU service. ·Train No.66009 MMC – Arakkonam MEMU service. ·Train No.66016 Arakkonam – Chennai Beach MEMU service. PARTIAL CANCELLATION OF TRAINS The following MEMU services will be partially cancelled. ·Train No.66016 Arakkonam – Chennai Beach EMU fast local, scheduled to leave Arakkonam at 06.25 hrs., will be partially cancelled between Arakkonam – Avadi on 02.05.2018 only. The train will run from Avadi to Chennai Beach. ·Train No.66009 MMC – Arakkonam EMU local, scheduled to leave MMC at 22.45 hrs., will be short terminated at Avadi from 02.05.2018 to 05.05.2018. PASSENGER SPECIALS FROM 2nd MAY TO 6th MAY 2018 I. Passenger special EMUs between MMC – Tiruttani (18 services) from 2nd May to 6th May 2018 ·Passenger special EMUs from MMC to Tiruttani will leave MMC at 07.05, 09.10, 11.45, 12.50, 14.20, 15.30, 17.40, 18.40 and 20.15 hrs.· ·Passenger special EMUs from Tiruttani to MMC will leave Tiruttani at 10.00, 12.30, 15.00, 16.00, 17.30, 18.35, 20.40 and 21.40 ·Passenger Special EMU from Tiruttani to Tiruvallur will leave Tiruttani at 23.00 hrs II. Passenger special EMUs to Thiruvalangadu (12 services) from 2nd May to 6th May 2018 ·Chennai Beach – Thiruvalangadu passenger special EMUs will leave Chennai Beach at 01.20 & 04.25 hrs. ·Avadi – Thiruvalangadu passenger special EMU will leave Avadi at 06.25 hrs. ·MMC – Thiruvalangadu passenger special EMUs will leave MMC at 06.30, 09.45, 14.10, 18.05, 18.45, 19.30 & 20.55 hrs. ·Velachery – Thiruvalangadu passenger special EMUs will leave Velachery at 07.15 & 16.55 hrs. III. Passenger special EMUs from Thiruvalangadu (12 services) from 2nd May to 6th May 2018 ·Thiruvalangadu – Velachery passenger special EMUs will leave Thiruvalangadu at 04.15 & 07.45 hrs. ·Thiruvalangadu – MMC passenger special EMUs will leave Thiruvalangadu at 06.55, 08.30, 11.40, 16.25, 19.50, 20.20, 20.55 & 21.45 hrs. ·Thiruvalangadu – Thiruvallur passenger special EMUs will leave Thiruvalangadu at 10.20 & 22.55 hrs. IV. The following passenger special services will be run from 2nd May to 6th May 2018. ·MMC – Avadi passenger special will leave MMC at 13.30 hrs. and reach Avadi at 14.15 hrs. ·Avadi – Velachery passenger special will leave Avadi at 14.20 hrs. and reach Velachery at 16.05 hrs.
PROJECTS: 1.This year S Rly completed 2 major projects of doubling with electrification in TN.this year i.e.
a.Villupuram – Dindigul Doubling 270 Km at a total cost of 1600 Cr. This year following... more...
sections were commissioned:-
i.Manaparai- Kalpattichatramsection ( 23 Kms)commissioned on 08.06.2017. ii.Kalpattichatram - Tamaraipadi doubling 25 kms on 30.03.2018. With this entire Chennai to Madurai 495 Km is doubled in SR. b.Tiruchchirapalli –Thanjavur Doubling 47 Km at a total cost of 350 Cr.
2.Works are also in progress for doubling of Madurai – Tuticorin 160 Km for total cost of 1200 Cr. And Vanchi Maniyachi – Nagercoil 102 Km at a total cost of 1000 Cr. This will boost railway infrastructure greatly for SR.
3.Pollachi- Podanur section (40 Kms)Gauge Conversion was completed and commissioned on 15.07.2017 as a part of Dindigul-PollachiPalakkad/Podanur&Podanur-Coimbatore at a total cost of Rs.300 crores.
4.S. Rly also completed Karaikudi - Pattukottai Gauge conversion 73 kmscompleted at a total cost of 548 Cr. has been commissioned for traffic.
5.S. Rly also completed New Aryankavu – Edamann stretch (21 km)at a cost of 185 Cr., the last stretch ofSengottai – Punalur GC project on 12th and 13thJanaury, 2018. With this the entirestretchof Sengottai – Punalur gauge conversion has been completed at to total cost of 358 Cr.
6.Southern Railway has completed a total of 134 Gauge conversion Kms and 113 Kms of doubling Kms i.e.247 Kms of Doubling cum Gauge Conversion works during 2017-18, highest in recent past years and this year alone, SR has spent Rs.296 Crores on Gauge Conversion, Rs.545 Crores on Doubling.
7.33Railway portion of ROB/RUBswere completed at a total cost of Rs. 318 Cr.and 19 ROB/RUBs were commissioned.
8.A new Coaching terminal at Tambaram has started functioning ad more trains are planned to run down South.
Railway Electrification: ØElectrification of 2 important sections i.e.Erode – Karur – Tiruchchirappalli (141Kms)and Karur – Dindigul (72 Kms) were commissioned at total cost of 171 Cr.
ØElectrification of Salem – Karur 85 RKM (120 Cr.) and Tiruchy-Thanjavur-Nagapattinam-Karaikal 153 RKM,( 226 Cr.) are also going on and are expected to commission this year.
ØElectrification of Villupuram-Cuddalore-Mayavaram-Thiruvarur/Thanjavur 228 RKM (320 Cr.) and Villupuram – Cuddalore Port 46 RKm(75 Cr.) are also sanctioned and works have been started.
ØAs of now 3004 RKM out of 5079 RKm in SR have been electrified,59.14 % is electrified as on 31.3.18. Financial Indices: ·Southern Railway has earned Rs.7670 crores (approx) during 2017-18 as gross earnings registering a growth of 2.1% over last year. ·The apportioned passenger earnings of 2017-18 were Rs. 4262 crores withan increase of 6.21% over last year. ·Freight earnings of 2017-18were Rs.2739crores (approx.) during 2017-18 with an increase of 4.7% compared to last year. ·Southern Railway has spent an amount of Rs.100 crores for provision of passenger amenities as against 71crores during 2016-17. ·Against Railway Board target of Rs. 220 Crs. (2017-18), Southern Railway has acccrued Rs.230.06 Crs. From sales of scrap as against Rs. 200 Cr. Last year.
Train Services: ·During April-March 2017-18, a total of 2323 Specials were run to clear extra rush of passengers during Summer/Winter months, festival season and long weekends compared to 1610 Specials in 2016-17.
·A Total of 1696 Suvidha and Special Farespecials carried 14.48Lakhs passengersduring 2017-18 compared to 1298 specials carrying 9.27Lakhs passengers during 2016-17, generating a revenue of Rs.106.16 crores.Optimum utilization of assets was done when planning for specials which resulted in 39.3% increase in earnings.The occupancy of Suvidha specials were 95% on this Railway compared with all Railway average of 75%. ·53 coaches werepermanently augmented in 56 M/E trains and 12 passenger trains in 2017-18.
·3242 coaches were temporarily augmentedcreating additional capacity of 2,19,640 berths/seats, generating a revenue of Rs.13.28 crores during 2017-18.
·6 new Express trains were introduced including 2 long destination trains during 2017.
o1. Train No.16576 MAJN-YPR Expressfrom12.04.2017 o2. Train No 22919MAS-ADI (Humsafar) from 10.05.2017 o3. Train No 16793RMM-FD Expressfrom 06.08.2017 o4. Train No 20601MAS-MDU Expressfrom 03.11.2017 o5. Train No 20602MDU-MAS Expressfrom 05.11.2017 o6. Train No 16512CAN-SBC Expressfrom 11.02.2018 o(Hamsafar Express and ShraddhaSethu Express (Rameswaram-Faizabad via Ayodya) flagged-off by Hon’ble PM).
·Antyodaya rakes will be introduced in Tambaram-Sengottai, Tambaram-Thirunelveli and Mangalore-Kochuveli sections. ·Two pairs of Shatabdi Express trains viz., Chennai-Mysuru-Chennai & Chennai-Coimbatore-Chennai Shatabdi rakes were refurbished under ‘Swarn Scheme’. of Govt. of India. ·Anubhuthicoachesrun by Chennai-Mysore (from 12.01.2018)and Chennai-Coimbatore Shatabdi expresses (from 26.01.18)are highly popular.Model rake with modern facilities have been inducted in Venad express and has been appreciated by public. ·Double Decker Coaches (11 Nos.) were refurbished/upgradedwith provision of Poly Vinyl Wrapping on Coach Interiors/Exteriors,Wi-Fi enabled Infotainment System with LCD Display, Pantry with Coffee and Snacks Vending Units etc. The above Coaches are planned to ply between Coimbatore and Bengaluru shortly. ·LHB Coaches were introduced in 12673/74 Cheran Express from 10/11/2017. As on date, so far a total of 12 trains with 451 coaches have been provided with LHB coaches in SR. ·For the first time, Southern Railway has brought out a proper Time Table of Summer Specials in a soft version. The time table has all sector wise summer specials proposed during April - June 2018, with detailed timings.The QR code has been put on display at major stations and at the reservation counters. Passengers can scan the code and download the timetable into their smartphones.
FreightTraffic Developments: ØThere was 29 % increase in the inwards Freight trains to SR.
ØFollowing are the new traffic captured by SR.
o202 rakes of Pet Coke loaded during 2017-18 , with a Revenue ofRs. 87.5 crores.
oAutomobile traffic has increased from 195 rakes(2016-17) with a revenue of 43.4 crores to 235 rakes (2017-18) with a revenue of 55 crores. Automobile loading on Southern Railway has been growing continuously in the last 5 years, with this year registering a 20% growth in earnings. oCement traffichas increased from 440 rakes (2016-17) with a revenue of 74 croresto 519 rakes (2017-18) with a revenue of 91.5 crores. oOn introduction of Station To Station rates(STS) ,cement earnings have increased by 32%. Copper slag which was hitherto moving by road was captured by rail for the first time. Gypsum movement which had ceased to move by rail 2 years back resumed with the grant of this concession. oAs a result ofSTS scheme, the Rail Co-efficient has increased by 4%. Energy Conservation: ·All 714 stations opened for traffic have been provided with 100 % LED LIGHTINGas on March 2018.This would result in savings in energy to the tune of 7.98 million units and would reduce the energy bill by Rs.6.048 crores.Besides, 603 service buildings are provided with 100% LED lighting.
·Golden Rock Workshop has been awarded the FIRST prize in the ‘National energy Conservation award 2017’ by BEE.GOC has also won the prestigious 5-Star Label for Energy Efficiency from BEE.GOC also bagged the National Excellent Energy Efficient Unit Award from Confederation of Indian Industry in 2017.
·207 KwpSolar panels have been commissioned during 2017-18.With this, Southern Railway has installed 402.45 Kwp Solar Panels so far.
·EMU Workshop Tambaramhas received 5-S Work Place Management Certificate.The unit has already bagged ISO 9001, 4001, 18001 and 50001 accreditations.
Safety Performance: Elimination of Unmanned and Manned Level crossings:
oIn this regard, Southern Railway has eliminated 158 Unmanned LCs during the year 2017-18.
oIn addition,45 Manned LCshave also been eliminatedby provision of Road Over Bridge, Subway, Diversion etc.
oAs on date no Unmanned LCs exist in state of Kerala.
oAlso there are no Unmanned LCs in Chennai, Palakkad & Thiruvananthapuram Divisions of Southern Railway.
oThere are no unmanned LC s in A, B, C routes of SR covering 1375 km out of total 5079 RKM.
oUnmanned LCs in D, E routes also will be eliminated by September 2018.
ØThe number of consequential accidents decreased to 3 during the year 2017-18 compared to 8 during the year 2016-17. There was no loss of life or injury to any passengers in these accidents.
Ø59 LC gates were interlocked during the year 2017-18 to improve the safety. ØSouthern Railway achieved highest ever Track Renewal (TRR) of 367.66 TKMs, Sleeper Renewal with new Sleepers for 256 Kms, and Turnout renewal of 252 sets during the year 2017-18. This is the Highest ever progress of Complete Track Renewals (CTR(P)) / Through Sleeper Renewals (TSR (P)) by Machines by SR. ØSR has rehabilitated/rebuilt 53 Nos. of bridgesat a cost of Rs.40 crores. ØSR has introduced Under water inspectionwith remote operated robotic vehicle for the first time in IR for enhancing safety of bridges.
ØSR has also carried out drone surey of 3 mega bridges of Nethravathi, Cauvery and Pamban bridges.
ØCentre of Excellence for ‘LHB Air Brake’ has been established at Carriage Works, Perambur. This will help in improving quality of Overhaul in Workshops for Coaching stock.
Ø5Kmsof Automatic Signalling,Electronic Interlocking system in 21 stations, andDatalogger/RTU facilities at 159 stations have been commissioned this year as steps to enhance safety.
Passenger Amenities: ·Southern Railway has spent an amount of Rs.100 crores for provision of passenger amenities as against. 71crores during 2016-17.
·Divyang friendlyfacilities are available at 8 A1, 41 A and 22 B category and many other stations additonally.
Lifts and Escalators: ·61 Nos. of Lifts have been provided at 30 stations.11 Eleven Lifts(Tamil Nadu - 3 Stations & Kerala – 4 Stations) at the following stations have been commissioned in the year 2017-18.Chennai Central – 1 No., Tiruppur – 2 Nos. &Katpadi – 1 No.Kannur – 2 Nos., Vadakara – 2 Nos., Trissur – 2 Nos. &Ernakulam Town – 1 No.
·84 Nos. of Escalators have been provided at 34 stations.9 Nine Escalators (Tamil Nadu - 3 Stations & Kerala – 5 Stations) at the following stations have been commissioned in the year 2017-18Coimbatore - 2 Nos., Katpadi- 1 No.&Nagercoil – 1 No..Ernakulam Town – 1 No., Kayankulam – 1 No. , Alappuzha – 1 No., Trivandrum Central – 1 No. &Chengannur – 1 No. App based Cab Services provided at 12 stations during 2017-18 Tiruchchirappalli, Erode, Coimbatore (Main Entry), Coimbatore (Second Entry), Coimbatore North, Mettupalaiyam, Thiruvananthapuram Central, Ernakulam Jn., Ernakulam North, Aluva, Thrissur, Mangalore Central, Mangalore Jn. Battery Operated cars for the use of Divyang, sick and senior citizen passengers are provided at 11 stations during 2017-18 on payment basis - Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore, Tiruchchirappalli Junction,Nagapatinam, Madurai, Salem, Erode, Coimbatore Junction, Thiruvananthapurma Central and Kozhikkode stations.
Emergency medical centre at 23stationshave been provided so far. (Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore, Jolarpettai, Tambaram, Katpadi, Tiruchirapalli, Karaikudi, Madurai, Dindigul, Salem, Karur, Erode, Coimbatore, ,Kumbakonnam, Tanjore, Mayavaram, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvanthapuram, Ernakulam, Cannanore, Calicut, Qilon).Emergency Medical Assistance booths are provided at 8 stations during2017-18.Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Mayiladuthurai, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Nagercoil Jn.,Kannur, Kozhikode.
A/C paid waiting hall were provided at 16 stations so far. (Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore, Coimbatore, Salem, Erode, Madurai, Thirupur, Katpdi, Tiruchirapalli, Calicut, Mangalore, Ernakulam, Ernakulam Town, Tirchur, Quilon, Thiruvanthapuram).AC Paid Waiting halls are provided at 5 stations during 2017-18.Tiruppur, Katpadi, Thrisur, Quilon, Thiruvananthapuram Central.
·Deluxe Rest rooms were providedat 6 stations so far. (Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli, Chennai Central).
·Provision of Wi-fi at all A1, A and B category stations: M/s RCIL has carried outthe work in collaboration with Google to provide Wi-fi at 37 stationsso far. (Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore, , Madurai, Coimbatore, Calicut, Tambaram, Arakkonam, Tiruchirappali,Mangalore, Quilon, Mettupalayam, Coonur, Uathagamandalam, Chengalpet, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, VillupuramKumbakonnam, Tanjore,Rameshwaram, Salem, Karur, Erode, Nagarcoil, Dindigul, TirunelveliThiruvanthapuram, Ernakulam, Thrissur). 21 stations were provided with Wifi during the year 2017-18.
·All women facilitation centres at 7 stationswere provided this year (Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore, Tiruchirappalli, Coimbatore, Madurai, Calicut, Thriuvanthapuram ) to assist lady passengers.
·31 UTS/PRS locations were converted as IUTS (UTS cumPRS) locations during the year 2017-18 over Southern Railway. ·Online booking of Retiring Rooms commissioned at 7 stations during 2017-18. As on date, out of 66 stations, 41 stations have been provided with online facility for advance booking of retiring rooms by the passengers. Further this facility will be extended to 10 more stations in the near future. ·6 Food Plazashave been commissioned during 2017-18 at Madurai, Tambaram,Chennai Beach, Ernakulam North, Erode, Thrisur, with these 17 Food Plazas are available at 16 stations.
·4 Fast Food units have been commissioned during 2017-18 at Arakkonam, Varkala, Thiruvanmiyur and Chennai Egmore (second entry).With these this facility is available at 8 stations.
98 Water Vending Machines have been provided during 2017-18.So far 155 nos are provided over this Railway and more are in process.
Security: Integrated Security System has been implemented at 14 important Railway stations viz,. Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore, Chennai Beach, Basin Bridge, Tiruvallur,Mambalam, Tambaram, Trivandrum Central, Ernakulam, Coimbatore, Mangalore, Calicut, Madurai &Trichy over Southern Railway. Separate CCTV control rooms are functioning at above 14 stations to ensure safety and security of passengers.
Under Nirbhaya fund, Rs.72 Crores has been sanctioned for the provision of CCTVs in the 136 Railway stations classified as A1, A, B & C including Suburban Railway stations over Southern Railway.
On an average,331 Mail/ExpressTrains including Suburban Trains are escorted daily with 873 RPF staff.Maximum night trains are escorted by RPF/GRP personnel.
·Child Help Desk provided at 2 stations (Chennai Central & Chennai Egmore) Tourism Help Desk is functional at 2 stations viz.,Rameswaram and Madurai and manned by RPF Personnel During the year, 2623 missing baggages of passengers were retrieved and safely handed over to the rightful owners. 979 runaway/missing children rescued by RPF personnel in association with Child Helpline during 2017-18. RPF personnel provided medical assistance was provided to 1320 passengers during the year. 919 calls were received in RPF Security Helpline 182 during the year and the complaints so registered were resolved in a time-bound manner.
·Women Security: The year 2018 has been declared as “Year of Women’s Safety” on Railways by Hon’ble MR. In this regard, “Women Safety Fortnight” conducted from 26.03.18 to 09.04.18 in Southern Railway during which all-out efforts were made to ensure fool proof security to women travelling on Railways.
04 Ladies special EMUs are escorted by Women RPF staff called “SakthiPadai’ andladies coaches of 08 Express trains are escorted by Women RPSF personnel. Further, ladies coaches of 137 EMU trains running between 18.00 hrs and 06.00 hrs are also escorted by men RPF personnel.
Three platoons including one “Mahila Platoon of RPSF”is being deployed for strengthening of passenger security especially for Women passengers.
Focus on Heritage: ·Heritage Special Voyage in NMR – Weekend Summer special servicewith steam locos has been introduced between Mettupalayam and Coonoor from 31.3.2018.One Heritage Summer Special Train no: 06170/71 with 3 Coaches refurbished by GOC was introduced and will run upto 24.06.2018.The service is a premium service to cater domestic, foreign tourists with a special fare along with value added services.There are two types of coaches, two first class and one second class coach, the total capacity of the train is 132 seats. The occupancy of the special train on the last run is above 80%.
·7th Heritage Train Run of EIR 21 was organised by SR on 26.01.2018 – as part of the Republic Day celebrations. EIR 21 is the oldest working steam locomotive in the world hauling a single coach was operated between Egmore and Kodambakkam.Loco works/Perambur took the challenge of reviving the 163 year old world’s oldest running steam loco EXPRESS EIR 21 in the year 2010. Another running oldest steam loco Fairy Queen EIR 22 has also been refurbished by Loco Works/Perambur of Southern Railway.
Complaints Redressal: Passenger complaints received through Twitter/Social Media/Helpline are being redressed by Southern Railway and there is 21% reduction in Public complaints during the last quarter of the year 2017-18. Swachhata: ØOn-Board Housekeeping Services (OBHS) are available in 85 trains over Southern Railway. Services on 25 more trains planned shortly. ØThe Kozhikode railway station in Kerala was ranked the best in India by travellers in terms of cleanliness in a survey by a app-based travel portal ‘Travel app ixigo’. Ø2 Boot laundries are operational in Southern Railway at Basin Bridge and Kochuveli.4 more would be established at Madruai, Coimbatore , Mangalore and Ernakulam to take care 100%linenof Southern Railway and will eliminate passenger complaints. Ø64 railway stations have outsourced Sanitation Contracts. ØSouthern Railway has surpassed the target in fitment of Bio toilets in Coaches for the current year 2017-18. 65% ofcoaches over SR are fitted with Biotoilets. All 6229 coaches of Southern Railway would have biotoilets by Dec.2018. Focus of 2018-19: ·Land acquisition for the following projects has been completed :
Hence the work of doubling at Chengannur – Chingavanam, Ambalapuzha – Haripad andKuruppanthara – Ettumanur sections are expected to complete this year.
·Final location survey for Angamali – Erumeli section has recommenced.
·Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL) a joint venture company between Ministry of Railways and Government of Kerala with equity participation 49:51 ratio started functioning. They are in the process of finalizing Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Major Railway Projects.
·Third line projectfrom Ernakulam to Shoranur 100 KMs , Coaching facility at Nemam are newly sanctioned projects this year and Preparation of DPR are in progress.
·Doubling works of Omalur-Mettur dam 29 km. will be completed in 2019.
·The Work on doubling of track between Thiruvananthapuram – Kanniyakumari section (86.56 Kms) at an Estimated Cost of 1431.90 cr.has commenced at the locations,wherever land is available.
·3rd and 4th Line between Chennai Beach and Korukkupet 8 KM and 4th line between Korukkupet – Tiruvottiyur 5 KM would be commissioned this year.
·Singaperumalkoil – Guduvancherry section 11 KM is also targeted to commission this year as part of 3rd line between Tambaramand Chengalpattu.
·Pattukottai – Tiruturaipoondi – Tiruvarur 76 KM Gauge conversion is also expected commission this year.
·Madurai – Udumalpet 37 KM gauge conversion is also targeted to complete this year.
·Milavittan – Melamarudur 18 KM New Line is targeted to complete also this year.
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