For the convenience of the rail passengers and to increase the passenger carrying capacity, Railways have decided to augment the followingtrains on permanent basis as per the under-mentionedprogramme:
The 11057/11058 Lokmanya Tilak T.-Amritsar- Lokmanya Tilak T. Express train has been augmented by One Additional A.C. 3 Tier & Two General Class coaches with immediate effect.
The 12173/12174 Lokmanya Tilak T.-Pratapgarh- Lokmanya Tilak T. Udyog Nagri Express train has been augmented by One Additional General Sleeper Class coach with immediate effect.
The 12275/12276 New Delhi-Allahabad-New Delhi Duronto Express train will be augmented by One Additional A.C. III Tier coach from 03.04.2013 when departing from New Delhi and from 02.04.2013 when departing from Allahabad.
The 12649/12650 & 12629/12630 Hazrat Nizamuddin- Yashwantpur- Hazrat Nizamuddin Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express trains will be augmented by One Additional A.C. III Tier coach each from 22.03.2013 & 26.03.2013 respectively when departing from Hazrat Nizamuddin and from 25.03.2013 & 27.03.2013 respectively when departing from Yashwantpur.
CR RELEATED ANNOUNCEMENTS OF RAILWAY BUDGET 2013-14
1. Ajni (Nagpur) – Lokmanya Tilak (T) Express (Weekly) Via Hingoli
2. Hazrat Nizamuddin – Mumbai AC Express (Weekly) via Bhopal, Khandwa, Bhusawal
3. Hubli – Mumbai Express (Weekly) Via Miraj, Pune
4. Kakinada – Mumbai Express (Bi-weekly)
5. Lokmanya Tilak (T) – Kochuveli Express (Weekly)
6. Mumbai – Solapur Express (6 Days a week) Via Pune
7. Nizamabad – Lokmanya Tilak (T) Express (Weekly)
8. Chennai – Nagarsol (For Sai Nagar Shirdi) Express (Weekly)Via Renigunta, Dhone, Kacheguda
9. Puri – Sai Nagar Shirdi Express (Weekly) Via Sambalpur,
Titlagarh, Raipur, Nagpur, Bhusawal
PASSING THROUGH TRAINS
10. Kalka – Sai Nagar Shirdi Express (Bi-weekly) Via Hazrat
Nizamuddin , Bhopal, Itrasi
11. Bikaner – Chennai AC Express (Weekly) Via Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Nagda, Bhopal, Nagpur
12. Gandhidham – Visakhapatnam Express (Weekly) Via Ahmedabad, Wardha, Ballarshah, Vijaywada
13. Jabalpur – Yesvantpur Express (Weekly)Via Nagpur,
1. New Amravati – Narkher Passenger (Daily)
EXTENSION OF TRAINS
1. 12145/12146 Lokmanya Tilak (T)-Bhubaneswar Express to Puri
2. 12545/12546 Lokmanya Tilak (T)-Darbhanga Express to Raxaul
after gauge conversion
3. 22107/22108 Mumbai CST-Latur Express to Hazoor Saheb Nanded
4. 16535/16536 Solapur-Yesvantpur Express to Mysore
5. 51183/51184 Bhusaval-Amravati Passenger to Narkher
6. 12449/12450 Madgaon-Hazrat Nizamuddin Express to Chandigarh
INCREASE IN FREQUENCY
1. 12159/12160 Jabalpur – Amravati Express 3 to 7 days
2. 17213/17214 Narsapur – Nagersol (Near Sainagar Shirdi)Express 2 to 7 days
3. 22819/22820 Visakhapatnam – Lokmanya Tilak (T) Express 2 to 7 days
4. 12629/12630 Yesvantpur – Hazrat Nizamuddun Sampark Kranti Express 2 to 4 days
5. 11453/11454 Ahmedabad-Nagpur Express 2 to 3 days
In order to meet the growing demand, 72 additional services in Mumbai and 18 in Kolkata are being introduced. Besides, rake length is being increased from 9 cars to 12 cars for 80 services in Kolkata and 30 services in Chennai.
1. Pandharpur - Vijapur via Mangalwedha
2. Vasai Road- Bye pass line between Naigoan and Diva (Juchandra)
1. Daund-Manmad (Updating)
2. Kalyan- Karjat 3rd line
NEW LINES TO BE COMPLETED IN 2012-13
DOUBLING PROJECTS TO BE COMPLETED IN 2012-13
SECTIONS TO BE ELECTRIFIED IN 2012-13
SECTIONS PROPOSED TO BE DOUBLED IN 2013-14
OTHER GENERAL ITEMS
i. Identification of 104 stations, serving a population of more than one million or those serving places of religious/tourist importance for immediate attention to all aspects related to cleanliness;
ii. progressive extension of bio-toilets on trains;
iii. provision of concrete aprons on platforms with mechanized cleaning facilities. 200 stations have already been covered;
iv. extension of on Board Housekeeping Scheme (OBHS) and Clean Trains Stations (CTSs) to more stations and trains;
v. extension of Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS), Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs), Coin-operated Ticket Vending Machines (CO-TVMs) and scheme of Jan-Sadharan Ticket Booking Sevaks (JTBSs);
vi. setting up of six more Rail Neer bottling plants at Vijayawada, Nagpur, Lalitpur, Bilaspur, Jaipur and Ahmedabad;
vii. launching of a pilot project on select trains to facilitate passengers to contact on-board staff through SMS/phone call/e-mail for prompt response for coach cleanliness and also to provide real time feedback;
viii. setting up of 8-10 more mechanized laundries for quality washing of linen;
ix. provision of announcement facility and electronic display boards in trains for disseminating information to on-board passengers about approaching stations, train running, arrival platform, etc.;
x. providing free Wi-Fi facility on several trains to cater to the increasing aspirations and requirement of our youth and other valued customers;
xi. upgrading another 60 stations as Adarsh Stations in addition to 980 already selected;
xii. associate voluntary organisations for providing first aid services etc. at railway stations.
With increasing popularity of Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains, there is also a demand for higher travel comfort. Responding to this need, to begin with, IR will introduce one such coach in select trains which will provide an excellent ambience and latest modern facilities and services. Such coaches will be named ‘Anubhuti’ with commensurate fare structure.
AMENITIES FOR DIFFERENTLY-ABLED PASSENGERS
Madam Speaker, India is a signatory to the UN Convention on the rights of the disabled. We are conscious of our responsibility under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). To facilitate the boarding of trains and exit from the stations for the differently-abled and the elderly, the steps proposed include provision of 179 escalators and 400 lifts at A-1 and other major stations, affixing Braille stickers indicating the layout of coaches including toilets, provision of wheel chairs and battery operated vehicles at more stations and making coaches wheel-chair friendly.
In order to provide an employment avenue to the disabled people, I propose to reserve a specified number of JTBS for them, keeping in view the fact that the PCOs at stations have become largely redundant after the mobile revolution in India.
IT INITIATIVES FOR PASSENGER BENEFITS
i. extending availability of the facility of internet ticketing from 0030 hours to 2330 hours;
ii. making e-ticketing possible through mobile phones;
iii. as a follow up to overwhelming response to IR website and Integrated Train Enquiry Service under “139”, a project of SMS Alerts to passengers providing updates on reservation status is being rolled out shortly;
iv. covering larger number of trains under Real Time Information System (RTIS), whereby rail-users will be able to access information through nominated websites and mobile phones.
I often get to hear that congestion at the IRCTC website causes inordinate delay in accessing the system for e-ticketing. By the end of this calendar year, we will put in place a Next Generation e-ticketing system which will bring about a paradigm shift in internet rail ticketing by significantly improving the end user experience in respect of ease of use, response time as well as capacity. The system shall be able to support 7200 tickets per minute as against 2000 tickets per minute today.
It will support 1,20,000 simultaneous users at any point in time against the present capacity of 40,000 users with capability to easily scale up as demand increases in future. The system will make use of advanced fraud control and security management tools thereby further improving fairness and transparency in disbursal of tickets.
A Centralised Catering Services Monitoring Cell with a Toll free number – 1800 111 321 has started functioning w.e.f. 18th January, 2013 to facilitate redressal of complaints/suggestions on realtime basis.
i. following popularity of Executive Lounge at New Delhi, setting up of such facility at seven more stations namely, Bilaspur, Visakhapatnam, Patna, Nagpur, Agra, Jaipur and Bengaluru;
FOBS ACROSS STATIONS
Some of the Hon’ble Members have requested for construction of foot-over bridges across stations. While this does not form part of the existing scheme of things, I assure the august House that Railways would be happy to become partners in such projects with the state governments. Accordingly, a scheme for funding construction of FOBs across stations is being firmed up.
GREEN ENERGY INITIATIVES
Railways remain firmly committed to protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development and use of energy efficient technologies. Some of the new steps that have been taken or are proposed to be taken include:-
i. setting up of Railway Energy Management Company (REMC) to harness potential of solar and wind energy; ii. setting up of 75 MW windmill plants and energizing 1000 level crossings with solar power;
iii. deployment of new generation energy efficient electric locomotives and electrical multiple units (EMUs) saving about 60 crore units in 2011-12. Railways has also won the National Energy Conservation Award;
iv. encourage more usage of agro-based and recycled paper and ban use of plastic in catering.
With a view to contributing to the national skill development programme of the Government, Ministry of Railways would impart skills to the youth in railway related trades in 25 locations spread across the length and breadth of the country. These locations are: Agartala,Alwar, Ankleshwar, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Dimapur, Imphal, Jagdalpur, Jais, Katihar, Kazipet, Kollam, Koraput, Lumding, Mangalore, Murshidabad, Nagpur, Naharlagun, Pathankot, Ranchi, Ratlam, Shimla, Sirsa, Srinagar and Tiruchchirappalli.
I propose to set up a multi-disciplinary training institute at Nagpur for imparting training in rail related electronics technologies.
It has been decided that recipients of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Dhyan Chand Award shall be provided facility of Complimentary Card passes valid for travel by 1st Class/2nd AC. Also, Complimentary Card passes being issued to Olympic Medalists & Dronacharya Awardees shall be valid for travel in Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains, as in the case of Arjuna Awardees. Travel by Duronto trains shall also be permitted on all Card passes issued to sportspersons who have the facility of travel by Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains.
Our brave and valiant soldiers make immense sacrifices to defend our borders. As a humble token of IR’s gratitude, I have decided to extend the facility of Complimentary Card Pass valid in 1st Class/2AC to the parents of posthumous unmarried awardees of Maha Vir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra, President’s Police Medal for Gallantry and Police Medal for Gallantry.
I also wish to announce that police gallantry awardees shall now be granted one Complimentary Pass every year for travel along with one companion in 2 AC in Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains.
Presently freedom fighters are required to renew their passes every year. This causes inconvenience to many of them in an advanced age. I have, therefore, decided to raise this requirement of renewal to three years.
As then suggested, I propose that this component be dynamic in nature and change in either direction with the change in fuel cost, say twice a year. It is proposed to implement the FAC-linked revision in only freight tariff from 1st April, 2013. As regards passenger fares, since these were revised only in January this year, I do not intend to pass on the additional burden to them now and railways will absorb the impact of Rs 850 cr on this account.
There are a number of charges which have not been revised for last several years. These charges are in the form of compensation for cost actually incurred by railways in rendering relevant services. I propose to effect marginal increase in some of these. These include supplementary charge for superfast trains, reservation fee, clerkage charge, cancellation charge and tatkal charge. However, I propose to abolish the concept of enhanced reservation fee with a view to simplify the fee structure, having already discontinued development charge in January this year.
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