WR renames Elphinstone station as Prabhadevi

Western Railway renamed Elphinstone Road Station to Prabhadevi on Mumbai’s suburban section. The station, named after Lord Elphinstone, the Governor of Bombay from 1853 to 1860, is renamed after the local deity ‘Prabhadevi’. Elphinstone is the station where 23 people were killed and over 39 injured in a stampede at the railway station’s foot over bridge on September 29, 2017.

IR Installs Automatic Train Washing System

An automatic train washing system has been installed by Northern Railways at Hazrat Nizamuddin station in Delhi. This move of govt promotes minimum quantity of water, soap and disinfectants and is eco-friendly. It is said that this would save 1,24,000 litres of water per day and more depots will be constructed in the future.

Awards for Station Beautification competition

The Union Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal distributed awards to winning stations of Station Beautification competition in Rail Bhawan. Balharshah & Chandrapur Railway Stations of Central Railway have been awarded the first position and cash prize of 10 lakh. Total 62 entries were evaluated on the basis of a number of criteria including the depiction of local subjects, culture & themes.

CRPF inks MoU with IRCTC

CRPF signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IRCTC to usher in the easy & fast e-booking of railway tickets system. The e-ticketing will replace the earlier system of railway warrant which was cumbersome and is in line with the e-governance policy of the government. The CRPF is the paramilitary force that was raised in 1939 to handle internal security issues & anti-Naxal missions.

Highest LHS launched in Sambalpur

East Coast Railway launched highest ever 6 (six) Limited Height Subways (LHS) in Sambalpur Division. With this, the Sambalpur Division became the first to eliminate all unmanned Level Crossing Gates in Indian Railways In view of the launching of six LHS, 7 unmanned Level Crossing gates will be totally closed in Bhawanipatna-Lanjigarh Road Section of Kalahandi area of Odisha.

India Infrastructure Expo 2018

Union Minister of Railways, Coal, Finance & Corporate Affairs, Piyush Goyal inaugurated India Infrastructure Expo 2018 at the NCPA, Mumbai. The 2-day expo is being organised by the Department of Economic Affairs & Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI). The expo included details on Smart Cities, Sagarmala, Bharatmala, Ganga Rejuvenation Plan & the River Linking project.

South Central Railway starts Train Captain

Venkatadri Express which started from Kacheguda towards Chittoor became the first train across South Central Railway (SCR) to have a ‘Train Captain’. At least 1 train in each of the 6 divisions of the zone will have the concept of a ‘Train Captain’ who will be in charge of train. The captaincy is being handed over to the senior-most among the travelling ticket examiner (TTE) in the train.

Free meal on Sunday in case of train delay

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has said that free meals will be provided to passengers if trains get delayed by five-six hours because of maintenance works on tracks on a Sunday. “We are also considering free meals to passengers travelling on unreserved tickets,” Goyal added. The Railways will also rework its passenger train timetable to reflect all the planned traffic blocks.

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Railways to cut 11,000 redundant posts in FY19

The Railway Board has set a target of shedding 11,040 redundant posts in different railway zones in 2018-2019. The posts have been identified to be included in the “pool of surrendered posts”, which have either been vacant for long or rendered redundant due to technological advancement. Last year, the number of such surrendered posts was around 10,000.