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IRCTC news: In a first, Indian Railways passenger coaches to run on solar energy - Details inside

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday announced that Indian Railways have equipped nearly 60 passenger coaches with solar panel for meeting their light and fan power requirements. 10 non-air-conditioned coaches at Mathura to run in the Mathura-Alwar railway section, as well as 30 non-air-conditioned passenger coaches in the Lucknow-Varanasi railway section are to be equipped with solar power technology.

 

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IRCTC New Payment Gateway Will Help You Book Train Ticket in Seconds. Details Here
IRCTC Latest Updates Today:
In an effort to drive innovation and provide better services to passengers, the Indian Railways has made the ticket booking for train easier. The IRCTC has introduced a new facility to book these tickets without any hassle in a matter of seconds. The Indian Railway Tourism and Catering Corporation (IRCTC) has started its payment gateway IRCTC-iPay and it is now active for use by train passengers. Also Read - First Look: Railways Rolls Out All-new Swanky AC 3-Tier Coaches With Massive Design Improvements

 
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E-tickets booked through IRCTC (In Crore):
2006-07: 0.68 Crore
2007-08: 1.89
2009-10: 7.20
2010-11: 9.69
2011-12: 11.61
2013-14: 15.80
2014-15: 18.30
2016-17: 20.93
2017-18: 24.66
2018-19: 28.41
2019-20: 30.19

(IRCTC Annual Reports)

 

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Shri Piyush Goyal flags off 3000 HP Cape Gauge Locomotive for export to Mozambique


The Union Minister of Railways, Commerce & Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Shri Piyush Goyal flagged off 3000 HP Cape Gauge Locomotive indigenously developed by Banaras Locomotive Works, Varanasi via video conferencing along with Minister of Transport and Communications, Government of Mozambique, Shri Janfar Abdulai, Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey and other dignitaries present at the event site.


The export of locomotives to Mozambique shall boost the Indo-African relationship and pilot the economic empowerment through export. Indian Railways is exporting first batch of 2 locomotives as part of total order of 6 locomotives of 3000 HP cape gauge locomotive and 90 stainless steel passenger coaches to Mozambique. These locomotives are developed indigenously by Banaras Locomotive Works under Make-in-India, they are being exported through Indian Railways’ PSU, Rites Limited. In spirit of Atmanirbhar Bharat, these Cape Gauge Diesel Locos have been designed in India, Made in India and financed by India.


Speaking on the occasion, Hon'ble Minister Shri Piyush Goyal said that under the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi ji's visionary leadership & his commitment to further strengthen African-Indian relations, we will work as Mozambique's trusted partner. With significant innovation, re-modelling & upgradation, Indian Railways wishes to become the preferred supplier for Mozambique & countries around the world for all their requirements. We are willing to support further development of rail network in Mozambique. By 2030, we plan to become a net-zero Railway & power our entire electricity requirements by renewable energy. We will be the first large railway in the world to become 100% electric traction driven.


Speaking on the occasion, Hon’ble Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey said good quality products manufactured by Indian Railways symbolises the mantra of Aatmanirbhar Bharat given by Hon’ble Prime Minister. Indigenously developed locomotives by BLW are an epitome of skilled workforce. Our vision is to make India a skill capital.


Minister of Transport and Communications, Government of Mozambique, Shri Janfar Abdulai thanked the Government of India for the cooperation in the area of transportation.


Features of 3000 HP Cape Gauge Locomotive:


  • This locomotive is capable of hauling 2255 ton at 100 kmph at level track and maximum tractive effort of 400N.
  • The driver cabin of this locomotive is Noise Vibration and Harshness standard compliant having very good acoustics, ergonomically designed seats, integrated Graphic Driver Display, and also provided with Heating Venting AC (HVAC) for better crew comfort and reducing fatigue.
  • Facilities include on board water-closet (toilet module), refrigerator and hot plate.
  • New control console has been designed and developed for Right hand drive.
  • Equipped with Computer Controlled Brake system (CCB 2.0) for ensuring highest safety standards, reliability and maintainability.
  • Larger fuel tank of 6000 liters for longer operation.
  • Stainless steel pipes have been used for ensuring corrosion resistance.
  • M/s Bureau Veritas/Noida an International inspecting agency appointed by Mozambique Railway is doing stage inspection of Mozambique Locomotives at BLW.
  • Locomotives are cost effective and are at par with International Standards.

Manufacturing of these locomotives at BLW is an initiative under Make-in-India


In- house Design:
This is BLW’s first cape gauge loco built with AC-AC traction system. This loco has new design Cape Gauge Bogie with maximum axle load of 20 ton and capable for 100 km/h speed.


The AC-AC Traction System, Traction Alternator, Traction Motor, Turbo, Water closet were specially designed for Mozambique, by the in-house Design Centre.


In-house Manufacture: Most critical item of Engine i.e. Crank-case assembly has been developed in-house in BLW


Building capacity in domestic industry: Capabilities of several Private and Public sector entities have been enhanced for future exports. BLW has extended support and guidance to partner with several public/private suppliers for sub-assemblies like Turbo-supercharger assembly, Traction motor & alternator, Traction propulsion system, Fuel Tank, Compressor, etc.


It may be noted that Banaras Locomotive Works (BLW) has a strong tradition of exporting locomotives. It has exported 165 diesel locomotives of all types of gauges (BG, MG and Cape Gauge) and Horse Power, starting with 15 Metre Gauge 6 cylinder, 1350 HP, Alco type locos to Tanzania in 1975. Last Cape Gauge Loco exported from BLW in 2008-09 was One ALCO 3000 HP loco to Mozambique. In 2017-18, 18 MG diesel locos were exported to Myanmar. During 20018-2020, ten BG diesel locos were exported to Sri Lanka.
 

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Rolling Out of First AC Three Tier Economy Class Coach


Posted On: 19 MAR 2021 4:00PM by PIB Delhi



Railway Coach Factory / Kapurthala has recently rolled out the first prototype Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) AC three-tier economy class coach of Indian Railways (IR). Trial has been successfully completed.


This is a new variant of LHB AC three-tier coach with features enumerated as below:-


  1. Electrical panels with reduced footprint on the passenger deck, releasing additional floor space for passenger use.
  2. Increased Passenger capacity of 83 Berths.
  3. Provision of an enabling entrance and compartment for Divyangjan with wheelchair access and Provision of Divyangjan friendly toilet with wheelchair access complying to Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan norms.
  4. AC ducting by providing individual vents for all berths.
  5. Modular design of seats and berths to improve comfort, reduced weight and higher maintainability.
  6. Improved passenger conveniences in form of foldable snack tables in both longitudinal and transverse bays, injury free spaces and holders for water bottles, mobile phone and magazines.
  7. Individual reading lights and mobile charging points for each berth.
  8. Ergonomically improved design of ladder for accessing the middle and upper berths.
  9. Increased headroom in the middle and upper berths.
  10. Improved design of the Indian and the Western style lavatories.
  11. Aesthetically pleasing and ergonomic entrance.
  12. Luminescent aisle markers.
  13. Illuminated berth indicators integral with night lights with luminescent berth numbers.
  14. Improved fire safety standards by ensuring compliance to world benchmark of EN45545-2 HL3 for materials.

These LHB Economy class coaches, after necessary sanctions, shall be inducted in all Mail / Express trains running with LHB coaches (except Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto and Jan Shatabdi etc. special type trains).


Several other steps have been taken by IR to provide more comfort to train passengers. Some of them are listed below:-


  1. State-of-the-Art Vande Bharat services have been introduced between New Delhi – Varanasi and New Delhi- Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra. These trains have ultra modern features like quick acceleration, on board infotainment and Global Positioning System (GPS) based passenger information system, automatic sliding doors, retractable footsteps and Zero discharge vacuum bio toilets etc.
  2. Various premium train services like Humsafar, Tejas, Antyodaya, Utkrisht Double Decker Air-conditioned Yatri (UDAY), Mahamana and coaches like Deen Dayalu and Anubhuti, which have upgraded interiors / exteriors and improved passenger amenities, have been introduced in service in various train services over Indian Railways (IR).
  3. IR has decided to proliferate Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches, which are technologically superior and have better riding, aesthetics and safety features than conventional Integral Coach Factory (ICF) type coaches. Production Units of IR have stopped the manufacturing of ICF type coaches and are manufacturing only LHB coaches from the year 2018-19 onwards.
  4. Vistadome coaches provide panoramic view, through wider body side windows as well as through transparent sections in the roof, thus enabling the passengers to enjoy the scenic beauty of the places through which they travel. Recently, Vistadome coaches on LHB platform have been manufactured with several modern features / amenities.
  5. IR had also launched Project Utkrisht in April 2018 in order to improve the condition of ICF type coaches running in Mail / Express trains. Upgradation of 447 rakes of Mail / Express trains has been completed till December 2020 under Project Utkrisht.
  6. Under Project Swarn, 65 rakes of Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains have been upgraded across multiple dimensions, which include coach interiors, toilets, onboard cleanliness, staff behaviour, linen, etc.
  7. 63 smart coaches with ultra modern features like Smart Public address and passenger information system, Smart HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system), Smart security and surveillance system etc. have been manufactured and introduced in service.
  8. Conversion of End-On-Generation (EOG) trains into Head-On-Generation (HOG) trains has been done to reduce noise and air pollution at stations and in trains. This is expected to significantly reduce the consumption of fossil fuels.
  9. Conventional lighting in coaches is being replaced with modern and energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights.
  10. Increased number of mobile charging points are also being provided in coaches.
  11. With a view to further fortify the security system, in addition to CCTV Cameras and Emergency Talk Back System, Flasher lights have also been provided in ladies coaches in EMU rakes in South Eastern Railway. When the alarm chain of the coach will be pulled, these lights will start blinking and buzzer will start sounding till resetting of alarm chain.

This information was given by the Minister of Railways, Commerce & Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Shri Piyush Goyal in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
 

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Railway coaches to be 100% Made in India by 2022 end | India News - Times of India

Sources said in recent years the Indian Railways’ import component of manufacturing parts have reduced steadily and now it’s around 1.6% of total value of items. They said efforts have been undertaken to reduce this share of imports further and some of the last few remaining items like wheels and axles are now going to be fully manufactured in India.
In 2020-21, Indian Railways imported 60,000 LHB wheels, which is a 100% annual requirement of LHB wheels by the railways. About 4,000 axles, which constitute around 18% of Indian Railways annual requirement, were imported.

The LHB coaches use forged wheels. Axles of all the rolling stock are forged and wheels were imported because they were not manufactured here and axles were imported because of capacity constraints.

“Steps have been taken to indigenize forged wheel manufacturing through SAIL, Durgapur and Forged Wheel Plant of RINL being set up at Raebareli. Indian Railways have entered into an assured off-take contract with the Forged Wheel Plant of RINL for 80,000 wheels per annum that encouraged them to set up this plant. It is scheduled for commissioning shortly,” said an official.


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Palanpur-Madar DFC section opened TNN | Apr 1, 2021, 05:00 IST

Palanpur: The 335km section of the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) between New Palanpur and New Madar was commissioned on Wednesday. The first trial train was flagged off through video conference by managing director of Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) Ravindra Kumar Jain. With this, a 641km section from Palanpur to Rewari will be commissioned.

After inaugurating the corridor, Jain said that the 335km section will connect three important ports including Kandla, Mundra and Pipavav with parts of North India. Besides milk and vegetable, other material too will be sent by this route which will be faster as the maximum speed on these tracks is 100 kmph, he added.
 

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@RailMinIndia registers Highest Freight figures in terms of loading and earnings in the FY2020-21 In FY 2020-21, Total loading was 1232.63 MT which is 1.93 % higher compare to last year’s loading (1209.32 million tonnes) for the same period

 

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Palanpur-Madar DFC section opened TNN | Apr 1, 2021, 05:00 IST

Palanpur: The 335km section of the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) between New Palanpur and New Madar was commissioned on Wednesday. The first trial train was flagged off through video conference by managing director of Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) Ravindra Kumar Jain. With this, a 641km section from Palanpur to Rewari will be commissioned.

After inaugurating the corridor, Jain said that the 335km section will connect three important ports including Kandla, Mundra and Pipavav with parts of North India. Besides milk and vegetable, other material too will be sent by this route which will be faster as the maximum speed on these tracks is 100 kmph, he added.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com...r-dfc-section-opened/articleshow/81784822.cms
How many portions are left to complete the whole east and west corridors.

Isn't this the second portion to be flagged off?
 

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Alstom delivers 100th locomotive to the Indian Railways

Alstom has manufactured and delivered the 100th electric locomotive to Indian Railways despite challenges posed by covid-19, the company said. The delivery is part of the contract worth €3.5 billion (Rs 25,000 crore), signed between the ministry of railways and Alstom in 2015 which led to the creation of a joint venture for the project and the largest foreign direct investment project of the Railways. The company will be supplying 800 fully electric high-powered double-section locomotives of 12,000 HP (9 MW) for freight service, capable of hauling 6,000 tonne at a speed of 120 km/hr.


 

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Indian Railways inducts 100th 12000 HP WAG 12 B Locomotive



It is a proud moment for Indian Railways as 100th 12000 HP WAG 12 B has been inducted in Indian Railways fleet. The loco is named WAG 12 B with number 60100. The locomotive is manufactured by Madhepura Electric Locomotive Pvt. Ltd. (MELPL).





These locomotives are state of the art IGBT based, 3 phase drive and 12000 horse power electric locomotive. These high horse power locomotives will help to decongest the saturated tracks by improving average speed and loading capacity of freight trains.


This locomotive is capable of maximum tractive effort of 706 kN, which is capable of starting and running a 6000 T train in the gradient of 1 in 150. The locomotive with twin Bo-Bo design having 22.5 T (Tonnes) axle load is upgradable to 25 Tonnes with design speed of 120 kmph.


These superior electric locomotives built under the ‘Make-in-India’ initiative, are playing a key role in revolutionizing the freight movement in the country. It will help to decongest the saturated tracks by allowing faster, safer and heavier freight trains to move across the country, as well as improve the loading capacity. So far, these e-Locos have traversed across all Railway divisions and are performing well. We look forward to more such delivery milestones.”


These locomotive are proving to be a game changer for further movement of coal trains for Dedicated Freight Corridor. The locomotives can be tracked through GPS for its strategic use through embedded software and Antennae being lifted through the servers on ground through microwave link.


These WAG 12B e-Locos have already clocked over 4.8 million kilometres hauling a wide range of commodities across 17 States & 2 Union Territories.


It may be noted that Indian Railways has entered into Procurement cum Maintenance Agreement with Madhepura Electric Locomotive Pvt. Ltd. (MELPL)


First 12000 HP Made in India Locomotive, manufactured by Madhepura Electric Loco Factory situated in Bihar, was put into operation by Indian Railways from Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Jn Station on 18.05.2020.
 

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Indian Railway commissions Wi-Fi at 6,000th Railway station

From 1 station to 6000 in 5 years, IR shows extraordinary speed in expansion of this passenger convenience

Indian Railways continues to contribute to Digital India initiative and connect different parts of India with high speed Wi-Fi facility

With the commissioning of Wi-Fi at Hazaribagh Railway station on 15.05.2021, Indian Railways commissioned Wi-Fi at 6,000 Railway stations

Also, on the same day Jarapada Railway station in Angul district of Odisha also provided with Wi-Fi


Posted On: 16 MAY 2021 1:40PM by PIB Delhi



Indian Railways has commissioned Wi-Fi at 6,000th Railway station.


Indian Railway is continuing to extend the Wi-Fi facility at far flanged stations to connect the passengers and the general public with digital systems.


With the commissioning of Wi-Fi at Hazaribagh Town falling under Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand state in Dhanbad Division of East Central Railway as on 15.05.2021, Indian Railways commissioned Wi-Fi at 6,000 Railway stations.


Indian Railways have started its Journey by providing Wi-Fi facility at 1st Railway station Mumbai in January 2016. Thereafter, provided 5000th Railway station, at Midanpore in West Bengal and reached 6000th Railway station i.e Hazaribagh on 15.05.2021. Also, on the same day Jarapada station in Angul District of state of Odisha was also provided with Wi-Fi.


The Wi-Fi facility at Railway Stations meets the objectives of the aspiring Digital India Program of Government of India. This will bridge the digital divide between the rural and urban citizens thereby increasing the digital footprint in the rural villages and also enhance the user experience. Wi-Fi facility is being provided by Indian railways at 6000 stations now.


Provision of Wi-Fi facilities at Railway stations on self sustainable basis with no cost to the Railways. This facility was provided with the help of RailTel, a PSU under Ministry of Railways. This task was carried out in partnership with Google, DOT (under USOF), PGCIL and Tata Trust.


State-wise Wi-Fi faciity at Railway stations as on 15.05.21 are as under:






State-wise Wi-Fi faciity at stations as on 15.05.21

SN

State/UT

No. of Stations

1

Andhra Pradesh

509

2

Arunachal Pradesh

3

3

Assam

222

4

Bihar

384

5

UT Chandigarh

5

6

Chhattisgarh

115

7

Delhi

27

8

Goa

20

9

Gujarat

320

10

Haryana

134

11

Himachal Pradesh

24

12

Jammu & Kashmir

14

13

Jharkhand

217

14

Karnataka

335

15

Kerala

120

16

Madhya Pradesh

393

17

Maharashtra

550

18

Meghalaya

1

19

Mizoram

1

20

Nagaland

3

21

Odisha

232

22

Punjab

146

23

Rajasthan

458

24

Sikkim

1

25

Tamil Nadu

418

26

Telangana

45

27

Tripura

19

28

Uttar Pradesh

762

29

Uttarakhand

24

30

West Bengal

498



Total

6000

 

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Railways complete challenging tunnel drive of 800m in Kolkata inspite of Covid challenges

Tunneling work gets completed by Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) in East West Metro Corridor with the breakthrough of "Urvi" at Bowbazar, Kolkata yesterday

With this breakthrough, entire TBM tunneling for East West Metro project gets completed

This stretch was very difficult for tunneling work as it had century old buildings


Posted On: 16 MAY 2021 1:59PM by PIB Delhi



The tunneling work gets completed by Tunnel Boring Machine [TBM ] in East West Metro Corridor with the breakthrough of “Urvi“ at Bowbazar, Kolkata on 15.05.2021. With this breakthrough the entire TBM tunneling for the Kolkata East-West Metro Project is completed. The stretch was difficult for tunneling work as it had century old buildings. This challenging tunnel drive of 800m has been completed successfully amidst this pandemic situation following COVID-19 protocol.


The Tunnel Boring Machine ‘Urvi’ which had earlier completed East Bound tunnel from Esplanade to Sealdah on 09.10.2020 was relaunched from Sealdah after necessary refurbishment and inspection on 09.01.2021 to complete the balance 800 m tunneling work in West Bound tunnel from Sealdah to Bowbazar. This drive of tunneling has been completed and the tunnel boring machine break through at Retrieval Shaft at Bowbazar has been achieved yesterday i.e. 15.05.2021.


This TBM [Urvi] has passed below Sealdah Flyover also for which vehicular movement on the Fly over was closed for 3 days for safety reasons. After completion of this TBM drive, the tunnel boring machine ‘Urvi’ along with the other stalled TBM ‘Chandi’ will be retrieved from this retrieval shaft at Bowbazar.


Excavation of shaft after ensuring the water tightness of the shaft and the affected tunnel and retrieval of the TBMs are intricate activities which have to be done safely and hence will take time.


After completion of entire excavation, both the TBMs will be retrieved in pieces from the shaft. The RCC flooring and roofing for the shaft area will be completed thereafter and the shaft top will be backfilled to prepare the ground for overground construction.
 
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My question remains: Why the heck don't we export railways the way China does to other developing countries of the world?

Being a non-intrusive country, we might have better luck earning foreign exchange from them on international credit terms.
Our railways is just getting better since Vajpayee first mentioned golden quad and developed with more focus under Modiji....I can see only Africa where we could compete but in Africa you need muscle to protect your investments. There is a big power struggle going on there...
 

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My question remains: Why the heck don't we export railways the way China does to other developing countries of the world?

Being a non-intrusive country, we might have better luck earning foreign exchange from them on international credit terms.
Old school mentality of inferiority. Chinese export their shit like mzterial but we don't export our best. Old socialist mentality still exist.
 

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Old school mentality of inferiority. Chinese export their shit like mzterial but we don't export our best. Old socialist mentality still exist.
Exactly. Chinese don't export just bullet trains. Heck most of their client countries don't even have normal trains. So that is what they build there.

This socialist mentality will only stop when Indian Railways will be corporatized under the government, Similar to ONGC-Videsh.
 

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My question remains: Why the heck don't we export railways the way China does to other developing countries of the world?

Being a non-intrusive country, we might have better luck earning foreign exchange from them on international credit terms.

There is a lots of material in the area of Railway which we can export ranging form puting railway line in some other countrries to export of engines and teainsets. Tejas Express, train 18 are of very good quality of train sets. They have a lots of potential of export. What we need is an aggressive push from power companies and government.
 

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There is a lots of material in the area of Railway which we can export ranging form puting railway line in some other countrries to export of engines and teainsets. Tejas Express, train 18 are of very good quality of train sets. They have a lots of potential of export. What we need is an aggressive push from power companies and government.
Well, that won't happen until the IR entity functions like a corporation. IR needs to be put on BSE and managed as a corporate entity. Let the Ministry of Railways decide the regulations and monitor the development, but IR especially the manufacturing factories, need to be hived off as separate PSEs.

Without corporatization, the old thoughts will continue.
 

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