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Indian Railway Services Updates

7 Jan 2014
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Railway passengers to get SMS alerts on reservation status soon


Here is good news for railway passengers as the Indian Railways is all set to roll out SMS alerts to passengers providing updates on reservation status.

This would come as a relief to the passengers who earlier had to dial the enquiry number 139, or resort to internet to know the status on the waiting list.

The passengers would get an automatic status update once the service is operational and get the confirmation through SMS.

The Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) which an Autonomous Organization under the Ministry of Railways is in the process of creating a software for this service.

CRIS develops and manages the Information

Technology applications of the Indian Railways.

CRIS also provides IT applications for non-Railway Government and Public Sector organizations.

It may be recalled that IRCTC had launched its SMS-based ticketing Which has been operational since July.

Through this people can book their tickets though mobile phones.

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Bapun Raz

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3 Nov 2010
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Railway Minister Piyush Goyal this week ordered that asking for tips from rail passengers and overcharging for food be stopped within 48 hours. Accordingly, letters have gone out to all zonal railway units across the country, asking them to ensure that the practice is stopped with immediate effect.

While Railways has tried to tackle the problem of overcharging by the catering staff in the past, a strict deadline is a first. The issue of tips, however, has never before figured in policy intervention beyond advising catering staff to not ask for tips and passengers to not encourage it.

Railway catering staff told not to seek tips, Piyush Goyal sets 48-hour deadline



1 Jun 2013
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What set Indian Railways on path towards derailment? Find out here

On one of the high-density, double-line route—such as Delhi-Howrah, which carries nearly 120 trains a day—the time between each train averages 12 minutes. This does not permit machanised maintenance to be carried out, unless some trains are deliberately delayed to create an adequate slot for the track machines to go into the section and carry out necessary work.

Suresh Prabhu, the erstwhile railway minister, kicked off an initiative to augment section capacity by doubling or tripling existing sections carrying more than 100% of their designed capacity—this will start to bear fruit in a couple of years, only after which mechanised maintenace could be carried out more frequently. Till then, good old manual maintenance will have to be the mainstay.

Furthermore, Lalu Prasad’s famous quip on the floor of the Lok Sabha during one of his famous Railway Budget speeches that ‘unless a cow is milked every day, it would fall sick’ was with reference to optimum utilisation of wagons
His fiat increasing loadability over and above designed capacity had a deletrious effect on the health of wagons, with increased incidence of premature failure of roller bearings, and increased wear and tear of rail track, increasing possibility of derailments. A healthy cow had indeed fallen sick, but due to ‘over-milking’.

Past acts of commision and ommission are now fast catching up with this 160-year-old organisation, and it will be a long and slow struggle back to regaining health of its assets. Regaining its financial health is another battle to be fought, once the monster of accidents has been tamed.

What set Indian Railways on path towards derailment? Find out here
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