Vinay Mittal Felicitates 89 Officials & Staff of Railway Board for their Outstanding Contributions during 2010-11
Shri Vinay Mittal, Chairman, Railway Board has appreciated all Railway men and women for their hard work and zeal in not only taking up the new challenges but also achieving new heights of glory and progress in all spheres of railway activities. Speaking at 56th Railway Week celebrations in Railway Board office here today, Shri Mittal said that in the recent past, each and every railway men and women have contributed their might for the overall development of Indian Railways and in improving the image of the Indian Railways not only at national level but at international level too. Railway Week Celebrations is an occasion when we recollect our glorious past and re-dedicate ourselves for the future in order to keep the Indian Railways flag flying high always, he added.
Shri Vinay Mittal gave away the Running Shield, Merit Certificates and Cash Awards to the meritorious Officers/Staff & Sports persons etc. Running Efficiency Shield, Merit Certificates plus Cash Awards of Rs. 4,000/- each for maintaining high standards of efficiency, prompt disposal of cases and punctuality to three branches jointly i.e. TG-IV, O&M and ERB-V of Railway Board. In addition four more branches were also given Merit Certificates and Cash Award of Rs. 2,000/- each. In total of 89 officers and staff of Railway Board were given Merit Certificates and Cash Prizes of Rs. 2,000/- each for rendering outstanding service during the year 2010-11. A total number of 68 outstanding sports persons of Railway Board who excelled in the Inter-Ministry Competitions, All India Civil Services and Inter-Railway Championship were also felicitated with Cash Award and Appreciation Letters on the occasion.
Congratulating the officers, staff and sportpersons who have received awards and Shields for the outstanding performance during the year, Shri Mittal said their efficiency will not only encourage all others to emulate but also encourage them to work harder to achieve the goals. He urged all Railway men and women to join hands to work together to make Indian Railways the prominent Railway network in the world.
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LUCKNOW: Minister of state for Railways, KH Muniyappa, who used to come almost every third month to UP, paying a visit to Rae Bareli's Rail Coach Factory, till last year, could not give any encouraging response as to when the factory will start rolling out coaches.
On a visit to Lucknow, on Friday, he said that new coach factory will be inaugurated soon by Sonia Gandhi. "Coaches are ready for alignment," he said.
The government has invested Rs 1,600 crore in the factory, of which 30% is assigned for the houses and infrastructure of the factory workers and officials.
The UPA government has spent Rs 1,300 crore and Rs 1,138 crore in 2009-10 and 2010-11 respectively.
It has proposed to spend an amount of Rs 1,500 crore for 2011-12.
Providing connectivity in the lesser developed and backward areas will be focus of Railways in days to come. Muniyappa, who was in Lucknow on Friday, said that Railways will be connecting backward areas in the next five to ten years, under the Pradhan Mantri Rail Vikas Yojna.
The minister talked about the upcoming plans and projects of Railways.
He said that railway ministry has invested more than Rs 3,000 crore in past two-three years in development projects, like doubling of tracks in areas with high density of trains. Railways has recently taken up doubling of tracks between Lucknow, Varanasi and Sultanpur. In order to give infrastructure development a boost, Railways has also provided new platforms at several stations, and has extended the existing platforms. Electrification of rail routes is another major focus of Railways, he said.
Railways is considering to withdraw from non-transportation tasks through corporatization and outsourcing to focus on enhancing passenger amenities and increasing resources.
The suggestion to outsource activities like cleaning, supply of linen in trains, to corporatize and disinvest in several areas, to manufacture rolling stock and locomotives, and to manage stations came from a planning commission committee headed by Chairman Railway Board.
The move will ensure focus on upgrading passenger amenities and help in generation of more revenue, observed Plan panel's working group for Railways for 12th Five Year Plan. It was argued that hiving off non-core activities will encourage quick upgradation of technology and independent R&D as was done by China and Japan.
Outsourcing would be a solution for Railways activities- cleaning of coaches, provision of linen in trains -that are required for transport but can be done by another agency more efficiently and at lesser cost.
The panel argued that the entire range of activities falling outside the core transportation operations-manufacturing of rolling stock, parcels, management of major stations and staff colonies - would be critically reviewed from the perspective of either retention or out sourcing or hiving off on the basis of organic integration with operational need and the logic of "make or buy".
In several non-core operations - manufacturing facilities (locomotives, wagons and coaches) and management of stations-- corporatization and gradual, partial disinvestment could be a solution.
Stone India has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with MELECS MWW GmbH & Co KG, Austria for the manufacture and supply of light weight pantographs for Metro Coaches in India.
The company also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Voith Turbo Scharfenberg GmbH & Co, a German based company, for Indian Railways’ Coupler business.
Stone India is the first Indian company to manufacture and supply the Pneumatic Brake System – type 28LAV-1 for Indian Railways as per their license agreement with Wabtec Corporation.
Stone India has been serving Indian Railways for a very long time, its locomotive business arm deals with locomotive brake systems for the Diesel and Electric Locomotives.
Modular Panel Mounted Brake Systems are also manufactured in both Bi-plate as well as in Tri-plate version for both Diesel & Electric Loco application.
The company also specialises in the conversion of Vacuum to Air Brake System in Locomotives.
The carriage business deals with pneumatic brake systems for carriages & freight stock for railway rolling stock.
The train power business arm deals with Electro-Mechanical, Electrical & Electronic products used in Indian Railways includes pantographs, brushless alternators and electronic regulators.
Pantographs are used in the Electric Locomotives & Electric Multiple Units to draw power from the overhead traction.
Currently, Stone India manufactures AM-12, AM-92, AM-18 B2 pantographs as per Faiveley-France design for AC Locomotives and AC/DC EMU coaches.
AM-92 Pantographs are used in high speed passenger locomotives.
ALLAHABAD: North Central Railway general manager Harish Chandra Joshi said zonal railway has put in lot of effort for the propagation of Hindi over the past two years. He was speaking at the regional Rajbhasha executive committee meeting.
He said Railway Board has declared Jhansi workshop as the best workshop for propagation of Rajbhasha in the country. In this connection, the Rajbhasha shield has also been awarded to the workshop by the railway minister. Joshi said several steps are being taken for use of Hindi in the official work. He suggested that various departments of the railways should generate some computer applications that use only Hindi language.
He also gave instructions to the officers of the Allahabad, Agra and Jhansi division that all the technical terminology should be written in Hindi so that the employees can easily understand the words. He also gave directions that all the directions and safety related information should be provided in Hindi to all the loco pilots.
Before the start of the meeting, chief Rajbhasha officer and Stores controller AK Varshney gave detailed information regarding the various works that have been done by the zone for the propagation of Hindi language.
During the meeting, various heads of department, additional divisional railway managers of the three divisions, chief workshop manager, Jhansi and Sithauli were present in the meeting.
.STAINLESS STEEL STOCK BUILT IN INDIA
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The Indian firm BEML has completed the first electric multiple unit set with stainless steel bodywork for Indian Railways (IR) as well as a stainless steel 100-tonne goods wagon.
CHENNAI:In a first,the railwaysis planning to conduct emission tests on its diesel locomotives. The Integral Coach Factory (ICF) at Perambur has built a first-of-its-kind mobile Emission Test Car (ETC) that will be used to test emission levels of diesel locomotives at maintenance and manufacturing depots acrossthecountry.
ResearchDesign and StandardsOrganisation (RDSO), which will be conducting theemission test,hadcommissionedICFto build the test car in 2007-08. It was built at a costof Rs8crore.Though a lotof trains are electric, a large percentage are hauled by diesel locomotives. Also, shunting of rakes at stations is done by diesel locomotives. This has prompted the railways to check emission levels andformulatestandards.
RDSO director general V Ramachandran said, "The aim of using the ETC is to testexhaustemission levels, analyseengine performance, improve fuel efficiency and reduce environmental pollution. The machine will also be used to set emission standardson a par withEuropean andUS emission norms. Emission tests are not conductedon running trains."
The emission test car is a mobile vehicle fittedwiththelatestemission testing device from Horiba Japan. Similar non-mobile devices are used by major automobile manufacturerssuch asAshokLeyland andBajaj.
"Thetestcar willbetaken to alldiesellocomotive sheds in the country. It can measure oxides of nitrogen, particulate matter, total hydrocarbons, methane hydrocarbons, smoke opacity and carbon monoxide andcarbon dioxidefrom theexhaustof a locomotive. After the emission levels are collected,wewillset a standardfor Indian conditions without compromising on the permitted levels assigned by the United States Environment Protection Agency ( USEPA) and the International Union of Railways(UIC)," Ramachandran said.
Every railway zone has at least two diesel locomotive sheds. The ETC is also designed to transmit data through a satellite link to the Engine Development Directorate of RDSO which will analyze and lay down emission standardsfor locomotives.
Indian Railways has introduced a first-of-its kind emission test car (ETC) to test emission levels of diesel locomotives at maintenance and manufacturing depots across the country.
Built at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) at Perambur in Tamilnadu state, the country's first ETC uses mass emission measuring equipment built in Japan.
ETC is claimed to be first mobile emission testing vehicle in the rail sector, enabling Indian Railways to frame emission standards for long-haul diesel locomotives and diesel cars. Indian Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) Director General V Ramachandran said this is the first step of Indian Railways towards controlling emissions on par with international standards.
"The aim of using the ETC is to test exhaust emission levels, analyse engine performance, improve fuel efficiency and reduce environmental pollution," Ramachandran said.
"The machine will also be used to set emission standards on a par with European and US emission norms."
The $1.8m ETC is a mobile vehicle fitted with the emission testing device which can be deployed at diesel sheds and coaching depots across the 17 zones of the railways.
The ETC will help measure oxides of nitrogen, particulate matter, total hydrocarbons, methane hydrocarbons, smoke opacity, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide in locomotives.
It will also measure the performance of the engines, improve their fuel efficiency and reduce environmental pollution.
ETC will also transmit data through a satellite link to the Engine Development Directorate of the RDSO which will analyse and specify emission standards for locomotives. The emission test car was first sanctioned by the Railway Board under its works programme in 2007-08.
Initially, RDSO plans to conduct a correlation exercise with micro electo mechanical systems and pilot ETC on five diesel locomotives at the ICF locomotive shed.
PATNA: The railways has decided to modernize the 150-year-old railway workshop at Jamalpur at an estimated cost of Rs 117.46 crore. The plan envisages a much improved infrastructure to cope with the demands of new technology. The oldest workshop would now manufacture rail components, too, in addition to carrying out maintenance work of locomotives, cranes and wagons at the workshop, said chief works manager (CWM) Animesh Sinha.
According to him, the Jamalpur workshop had started functioning on February 8, 1862, during the British period. It was the first workshop of the country to manufacture steam engine CA 764 'Lady Curzon' in 1899 at a cost of Rs 33,000 only. Besides, it was the first to manufacture rail foundry in 1893 and a rolling mill in 1870 to cater to the needs of the railways then, he said. During the first decade of its inception from 1862 to 1872, Jamalpur workshop earned laurels for having assembled 452 steam locomotives. Besides, it was the first to manufacture nine feet long giant screws in 1918-1919 for Mesopotamia Railways ( Baghdad), Sinha said.
That apart, the workshop was the first to manufacture ticket printing, ticket chopping and ticket counting machines in the country. During the years from 1899 to 1923, it manufactured 216 steam locomotives. Though the steam locomotive era of the railways had come to an end in 1992, the workshop went on to manufacture many important components of passenger and goods trains, he said, adding the workshop celebrated the 150 years of its existence on February 8.
Located in about 5,74,654 square metres, the workshop has its own 6 MVA power plant. It is equipped with about 1,416 big and small machinery plants of rare quality. At present, the annual turnover of the workshop is about Rs 502 crore which is likely to go up to Rs 720 crore per annum, the CWM said.
Under the proposed plan, the workshop will manufacture about 60 stainless steel wagons per month. Besides, it has started periodical overhauling (POH) of diesel locomotives, wagons and cranes. The railways has decided to increase its capacity up to 6,140 cranes POH per year while the number of wagons POH is being increased up to 450 per month, Sinha said.
He said the railways has also chalked out a concrete plan to develop it now as the best workshop of the railways in the country. It would be converted into a hub of wagon manufacturing, self-propelled accident relief train (SPART) and diesel loco manufacturing plant soon. A special postal cover was also released by Railway Board additional member (mechanical) R Vijay Mohan to mark the 150 years of the workshop, Sinha said.
Former Minister in charge of Railways M. Vijayakumar said here on Monday that the inauguration of the railway coach factory at Palakkad was a political drama aimed at diverting attention from the privatisation of the project.
Addressing a press conference here, he said the earlier proposal for the coach factory had been scaled down by the UPA government and the project converted from a public sector undertaking to a joint venture with private participation.
He said the Railways had backed out of the initial proposal for Kerala and insisted on private participation, even as it went ahead with similar projects in Rae Bareli and Kolkata in the public sector. “The State's plea for equity participation in the project also fell on deaf ears”.
“The inauguration has been organised even though the government is yet to float global tenders to identify the private partner for the joint venture”.
He alleged that the bid to privatise the project smacked of corruption.
Mr. Vijayakumar said it was deplorable that the Leader of the Opposition V.S.Achuthanandan was not invited to the inaugural function.
Palakkad, Feb. 21:
The Railway Minister, Mr Dinesh Trivedi, today said the Ministry has plans to deploy special Railway Protection Force (Railpage Australia™ Forums) personnel in ladies compartments to ensure the safety of women passengers.
Speaking at a function to the lay the foundation stone for the Rs 550 crore Rail Coach Factory at Kanjikode near here, he said “safety of passengers, especially ladies, was a concern for Railways.” A committee appointed by Railways had submitted several recommendations to improve safety of the passengers, he said, adding the Railway would not tolerate any type of ‘vulgarism' in trains and sought the co-operation of State police to tackle the menace.
The Chief Minister Chief Minister, Mr Oommen Chandy, in his speech had expressed concern over the safety of women passengers in trains, in the wake of recent incidents of attack on women in ladies compartments by anti-social elements.
He also mentioned the brutal murder of a 23-year-old woman after pushing her from a running train last year.
Mr Trivedi said unless modernisation of Railway infrastructure was not carried out, it would be difficult to fulfil the demands from various quarters for more trains.
Demand for the introduction of new trains come from people's representatives from all parts of the country. But, unless Railway undertake modernisation in a big way, it would not be able to meet aspirations of the people, Mr Trivedi said.
In this regard, he said the Railway was waiting for the report of a committee headed by Mr Sam Pitroda on modernisation.
However, resources for modernisation was one of its concern. The resources had to come either from budgetary support from the Centre or find funds from its own reserves, or through Public-Private Participation or borrowings, he said.
In a landmark achievement , Central Railway (CR)'s Parel workshop has rolled out its 100th indigenously manufactured engine.
The engine comes with a micro-processor based control system, which activates the brakes and cuts off the fuel supply in case of any fault in the engine.
"Passenger safety was given topmost priority while designing the new locomotive," chief manager of the Parel workshop Sumit Sharma told TOI. "There could be a possibility of the engine driver being inattentive or not controlling the systems properly. In the new engine (a WDS 6 loco), a vigilance-controlled device is active every 90 seconds . It can detect any fault in the engine, be it the pressure levels or the working of various components in the locomotive . If there is a slight fault, it will indicate it on a computerized panel before bringing the loco to a halt." The new engine, which was flagged off from the workshop recently, will be attached to long-distance trains. The workshop has already lined up 14 more engines with micro-processor based controls to be manufactured in coming months.
The Parel workshop, which was originally set up for repairs and rehab of diesel locomotives, has been manufacturing engines since March 2007. While this is the workshop's 100th WDS 6 locomotive , it has also manufactured 43 WDG-3 A type engines (those used in goods/freight wagon trains).
The Parel workshop had recently set up a GPS-based remote monitoring and management of locomotive and train (REMMLOT) system to enable monitoring of the micro-processor locomotive's location , health and faults. This workshop is the first-of-itskind in Indian Railways to install the REMMLOT system on locomotives.
Government go-ahead for Kerala coach plant
27 February 2012
INDIA: Plans to establish a coach manufacturing plant at Palakkad in Kerala were approved by the cabinet on February 16. With the capacity to produce 400 coaches per year, the new factory would develop 'state of the art' aluminium vehicles for Indian Railways.
The cost of the project is put at R5·5bn, excluding land which IR will purchase from the Kerala state government. The project is to be funded through a PPP, with IR contributing 26% of the equity through a joint venture company.
Construction of the plant is scheduled to begin by 2013 for completion within 36 months.
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