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Old January 31st, 2012, 06:17 PM   #2521
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Better to look after your luggage than look for the police

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Those savvy enough are in a constant state of alert at the Bangalore City and Yeshwantpur Railway Stations. Fed on horror stories of stolen baggage and picked pockets, they keep a sharp eye on their belongings. Even then, it takes only a distracted moment to find yourself a victim of some artful orchestrations. Like this NRI who, speaking into his cellphone, fell for the old trick about dropped currency notes. Luckily, he said, he didn't lose his passport as it was on him.

Where is the police?

Tens of thousands use these stations daily, but the Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel are hardly seen there. To such criticism, a senior GRP official said their strength has remained static as they were a decade ago though as the number of trains and passengers has increased manifold. Acute staff shortage and lack of infrastructure and equipment are a problem, considering the two stations experience movement of over 200 passenger and express trains and an equal number of goods trains every day.

Illegal entry points

While the Bangalore City Railway Station has 10 platforms, the Yeshwantpur Railway Station has six. Two GRP stations at these railway stations have to man passenger and luggage safety, both on the platforms and the waiting rooms. The two railway stations have nearly 40 illegal entry points, which criminals use to gain entry.

Crime takes place not on just the railway stations. Theft in running passenger and goods trains, theft of spare parts from wagons and goods trains parked at the shed, purloining railway property, robbing passengers of their valuables after offering them drug-spiked eatables and chain snatching are on the rise.

The GRP registers 150 such cases every year.

Though the sanctioned strength of GRP in Karnataka is 929, only 842 have been filled. While 51 posts, including that of the Superintendent of Police, is vacant, 36 officials of various ranks are deployed at the residences of senior railway officials, the GRP officer said.

‘Process is on'

“The Government is taking steps to sanction sufficient number of staff to GRP Karnataka. We are hopeful of getting them shortly,” Meer Arif Ali, Deputy Superintendent of Police (GRP), told The Hindu .
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper...cle2846162.ece
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Old January 31st, 2012, 06:18 PM   #2522
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Why should railway stations be such stressful places?

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The romance of train travel dies even before it starts thanks to poor service and lack of concern for passengers

Once you've outgrown your ambition to be a locomotive pilot, railway stations are not so amusing. In fact, if you represent the average traveller, railway stations can be stressful. Passenger amenities at the two major train terminals in Bangalore — the Bangalore City Railway Station and the Yeshwantpur Railway Station — are being upgraded in fits and starts but passengers say there is a lot of room for improvement.

Anxiety levels for passengers and those accompanying them rise right from buying platform tickets, safety of their baggage on the platforms and trains, and other security concerns. However, today's passengers are better off with facilities such as train information services, battery-operated buggy for senior citizens and persons with disabilities, and cleanliness.

Platform tickets

One has to join a queue to buy a platform ticket through the unreserved ticketing system (UTS) counters as two of the four platform ticket vending machines at the city station are defunct. Yeshwantpur station has no such machine at all.

Satish Kumar, who was doggedly attempting to get one of the machines at the city station entrance to cough up a Rs. 3 platform ticket, triumphantly said that he got one after some 10 attempts. The machine at the Okalipuram entrance has not been working for a while now, he added.

Luggage theft

Luggage theft is a real menace. Pankaj Mohan, a traveller from Bihar, said that he was worried about his belongings.

During his last visit to Bangalore, he had lost a bag, which also had his education certificates, at the city station platform. He testily pointed out that the Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel are rarely seen on the platforms. He is not exaggerating.

Usually, when there is a perceived terror threat across the country, the security personnel scramble into action at the stations. Otherwise, things are pretty blasé.

The stations don't have baggage scanners and the door-frame and hand-held metal detectors are there only for name's sake. Armed Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel are conspicuous by their absence.

The entry and exit gates are a joke because anybody can enter or exit from any gate.

Obsolete machines

When contacted, Sudhanshu Mani, Divisional Railway Manager of South Western Railway's Bangalore Division, told The Hindu that the contractor could not keep the platform ticket vending machines in ship-shape as they have become obsolete.

The Railway Board will integrate the vending machines with the unreserved ticketing system in due course.

On baggage theft, he said some such incident might happen during heavy holiday rush. As far as security is concerned, the Railway Protection Force personnel monitor from the control room the CCTVs on all platforms.

The South Western Railway has just finalised a contract with an agency while an integrated security plan for the city, Yeshwantpur and Mysore stations was finalised last year at a cost of about Rs. 12 crore.

‘Stuck in transition'

“Stuck in transition” aptly describes the Yeshwantpur Railway Station. With a flurry of construction happening in the station and numerous customer-friendly projects in the pipeline, it seems like it could be the model station of the future. The station will be a multi-nodal transit point for commuters, if the proposed bus stand and the Yeshwantpur metro station are integrated.

Lack of parking space at the market entry and absence of a refreshment centre appear to be the main problems here, according to Ramaswamy, who commutes to Bangalore City Railway Station daily. A narrow approach road, an under-serviced bus stand and a crowded market compound the problems. However, what stresses out passengers most is buying unreserved tickets and platform tickets. Amaranth Rai, a medical student from Davangere, said that the queues are frustratingly long.

The stations don't have baggage scanners

Metal detectors are there only for name's sake
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper...cle2846161.ece
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Old January 31st, 2012, 07:08 PM   #2523
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Just now i read a comment on Daijiworld on the above article on extension of train to Kerala.
Is the bus lobby behind this
I too doubt for some extend.. But they may not have made this move. but they ll surely lobby against the protest of extension
Bus lobby is a strong reason behind all the poor rail connections from Mangalore excepting to Kerala (that is due to a STRONGER rail lobby from kerala!!!) No wonder so many buses ply on Mangalore-Bangalore sector while there exists only 1 train on average per day (yes, the two halves being a tri-weekly day train and a night train shared with kerala) !!!
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Old January 31st, 2012, 08:00 PM   #2524
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Duronto train service to Mumbai likely in rail budget



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duronto to mumbai or pune will be appreciated much. we already have it delhi and kolkata.
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Old February 1st, 2012, 12:02 AM   #2525
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duronto to mumbai or pune will be appreciated much. we already have it delhi and kolkata.
With a stop at Hubli - anyways these racks are all full -Gadag to Bijapur is a painful Journey
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Old February 1st, 2012, 02:58 AM   #2526
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[QUOTE=s.yogendra;88094171]Duronto train service to Mumbai likely in rail budget

"The sources said that the South Western Railway has proposed to terminate the Mysore-Bangalore-Chennai Shatabdi at Bangalore itself as the passenger load is comparatively less between Bangalore and Mysore."

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper...cle2846207.ece

I have travelled by Shatabdi from Mysore - Bangalore and found it with good crowd. Maybe the Mysore- Chennai sector booking maybe less but the railways make more revenue on the Bangalore-Mysore sector because of the telescopic fare. Further the train gets fully booked between Bangalore- Chennai. So overall the railways loose no revenue but on the contrary earn more. In my Opinion the real reason for this move is to avoid the loco change at Bangalore. However, if they run a non stop express to the timing of Shatabdi between Bangalore and Mysore it will help both the bangalore - mysore commuters as well as the chennai commuters of course the inconvenience of change over.
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Old February 1st, 2012, 04:45 AM   #2527
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With a stop at Hubli - anyways these racks are all full -Gadag to Bijapur is a painful Journey
duronto is non-stop
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Old February 1st, 2012, 07:07 AM   #2528
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Duronto train service to Mumbai likely in rail budget

"The sources said that the South Western Railway has proposed to terminate the Mysore-Bangalore-Chennai Shatabdi at Bangalore itself as the passenger load is comparatively less between Bangalore and Mysore."

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper...cle2846207.ece

I have travelled by Shatabdi from Mysore - Bangalore and found it with good crowd. Maybe the Mysore- Chennai sector booking maybe less but the railways make more revenue on the Bangalore-Mysore sector because of the telescopic fare. Further the train gets fully booked between Bangalore- Chennai. So overall the railways loose no revenue but on the contrary earn more. In my Opinion the real reason for this move is to avoid the loco change at Bangalore. However, if they run a non stop express to the timing of Shatabdi between Bangalore and Mysore it will help both the bangalore - mysore commuters as well as the chennai commuters of course the inconvenience of change over.
Poor journalism again. Mys Shatabdi is run by Southern Railway and NOT SWR; so SWR can't propose the changes. And yeah; the MYS-SBC leg runs full (jam packed on weekends) but due to its timings it is not very well suited for SBC-MYS journey and that maybe is running with lesser loads. Anyways, Chennai-Mysore sector in this train sees good crowds (esp. after the cancellation of the Kingfisher flight) so I seriously doubt that the train would be directly curtailed from a 6-weekly ex-mys.
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Old February 1st, 2012, 08:09 AM   #2529
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You can soon surf while waiting for the train

Railways to launch Blue-Fi facility at Bangalore City

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A fortnight from now, when you enter the Bangalore City Railway Station and the your mobile phone Bluetooth is enabled, don't be surprised to receive a host of information, including details of arrival and departure of trains, downloadable games, wallpapers and so on.

The Bangalore Division of the South Western Railway (SWR) is all set to launch Blue-Fi, a combination of Bluetooth application as well as Wi-Fi connectivity at the station, facilitated by RailTel Corporation of India, the Railway Ministry's telecom arm.

Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Sudhanshu Mani told The Hindu that Blue-Fi was one of SWR's several initiatives to enhance passenger comfort. The facility is free for passengers while the Railways plans to get revenue through advertisement.

A FIRST FOR RAILWAYS

While a private company is already providing Wi-Fi connectivity at the Mysore Railway Station, the Bluetooth facility is a first for Indian Railways, said K. Manohar Raja, General Manager, RailTel, Bangalore. He told The Hindu that the entire City Station — from Platform 1 to 10 — will be covered by the Blue-Fi network.

Passengers can access unlimited data for free through Bluetooth as data transfer takes place very quickly. For Wi-Fi, however, the passenger has to send an SMS to a number to be specified to get the password. Using the password, the passenger can surf for half an hour. To continue, another SMS needs to be sent.

USER DETAILS

“As of now, RailTel has not contemplated a user fee for Wi-Fi after the first half-hour,” Mr. Raja said. The Wi-Fi facility is similar to that at Bengaluru International Airport. RailTel is working with mobile service providers to access details about Wi-Fi users to prevent misuse.

Passengers can access even the railway portal through ‘139' and get a host of information, including PNR status, arrival and departure of trains and train running information. Information on facilities available at the station will also be available.

The Bluetooth application is similar to that available in some of the posh malls in the city, Mr. Raja said.
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Old February 1st, 2012, 10:39 AM   #2530
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Old February 1st, 2012, 12:20 PM   #2531
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Train service extension opposed

MANGALORE: Even as the move by the railways to extend the night train from Yeshwantpur-Mangalore to Kannur is still fresh in the minds of people, here comes the news that the Mumbai CST-Mangalore Junction Express train (Nos. 12133/ 34) might be extended to Ernakulam or Thiruvananthapuram.

This comes at a time when people, both in Mumbai and here, are striving to ensure that the train starts from Mangalore Central, instead of Mangalore junction.Giving credence to this news is the fact that elected representatives from Kerala, numbering around 16 and comprising MPs from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and MLAs, recently met railway minister Dinesh Dwivedi and submitted a memorandum to him, seeking the extension of the train services. The train, hitherto named Mangalore Junction Express, has since been renamed Mumbai Express, further fuelling doubts in the minds of the locals here.Oliver D'Souza, a Mumbai-based freelance journalist, told TOI over phone that the Kerala lobby has ensured that five trains that originated from Mangalore Central and ended at Chhatrapathi Shivaji Terminus (CST) in Mumbai have been extended to Ernakulam and beyond.

These include the Navayug Express, Garib Rath Express, Nethravati Express, and Mangala Lakshadweep Express and the holiday special train (train Nos. 01065/ 01066).Navayug Express, earlier connected Mangalore to Jammu Tawi, now does not even touch Karnataka after being extended to Ernakulam, Oliver said, adding that Garib Rath and Nethravati Express that operated from Mangalore Central to Lokamayna Tilak Terminus (LTT) are now operating to Ernakulam. The Mangalore Lakshadweep Express operating from Hazrath Nizamuddin to Mangalore Central is now operating to Thiruvananthapuram.Referring to holiday special train that operates five times a year from Dadar to Mangalore Central, he said its service too has been extended to Ernakulam.

Blaming local elected representatives for allegedly failing to protect the interests of local commuters, Oliver said the Kerala lobby also tried to extend the Mathsyagandha Express to Cannanore, but failed. "Our requests for additional trains to Mumbai are not being met, but our trains are being taken away," he lamented.Interestingly, K H Muniyappa, minister of state for railways, had justified the extension of Yeshwantpur-Mangalore night train to Kannur on grounds that Indian Railway is the property of the nation and not the sole preserve of any state. Oliver said Muniyappa should not totally sacrifice the interests of local commuters, but at least work towards increasing the number of bodies on trains 12133/ 34 and introduce additional trains to Mumbai.

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Old February 1st, 2012, 01:45 PM   #2532
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The sources said that the South Western Railway has proposed to terminate the Mysore-Bangalore-Chennai Shatabdi at Bangalore itself as the passenger load is comparatively less between Bangalore and Mysore.
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To cater to passengers from Mysore who wish to take the Shatabdi, the Chamundi Express will be operated as a non-stop connecting train between Mysore and Bangalore.
What are the timings of Chamundi express?
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Old February 1st, 2012, 05:18 PM   #2533
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MYS departure 06:45 SBC arrival 09:40
SBC departure 18:15 MYS arrival 21:10
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Old February 1st, 2012, 05:28 PM   #2534
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Appointed divisional railway manager

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Piyush Agarwal has been appointed as the Divisional Railway Manager of Southern Railway's Palakkad division. Mr. Agarwal, who has a Master's degree from IIT Roorkee, joined Railways in 1983. He has worked for the underground Delhi metro rail project between Viswavidalya and Kashmere Gate in Delhi. He was also involved in commissioning the 250 km gauge conversion from Palanpur to Gandhidham. Mr. Agarwal was the Chief Engineer (Construction), Northern Railway, before being posted to the Palakkad division, according to a press release
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Old February 1st, 2012, 05:29 PM   #2535
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Gokarna Road Railway Station. गोकर्णा रोड / गोकर्ण रोड / ಗೋಕರ್ಣ ರೋಡ್ by Miran Rijavec, on Flickr

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Old February 2nd, 2012, 02:01 AM   #2536
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Poor journalism again. Mys Shatabdi is run by Southern Railway and NOT SWR; so SWR can't propose the changes. And yeah; the MYS-SBC leg runs full (jam packed on weekends) but due to its timings it is not very well suited for SBC-MYS journey and that maybe is running with lesser loads. Anyways, Chennai-Mysore sector in this train sees good crowds (esp. after the cancellation of the Kingfisher flight) so I seriously doubt that the train would be directly curtailed from a 6-weekly ex-mys.
Also SBC-MYS expensive @ 305 compared to MYS-SBC @ 275. Feeling sad that it stops its service to Mysore. It took only 1 hr 50 minutes from Station to Station once from Mysore to Bangalore. Shatabdi, we miss you

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Already they had introduced LHB coaches for Rajadhani. Why announcing again?
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Railways feels the pinch of ore export ban

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The financial performance of the Mysore railway division has taken a knock due to the ban on iron ore export, though it has fared well in terms of volume of goods and passengers carried in the current financial year.

Cumulative earnings of the Mysore division as on January 31, 2012 was Rs. 395.61 crore for 2011-12 against Rs. 485.8 crore during the corresponding period last fiscal.

Freight earnings

Freight generated bulk of the revenue and contributed Rs. 261.91 crore to the total earnings this year against Rs. 332.65 crore during the corresponding period last fiscal.

However, in terms of volume, the division exceeded the target and improved its performance, according to Anup Dayanand Sadhu, senior divisional commercial manager, Mysore division of South Western Railways.

He told The Hindu that iron ore constituted a major chunk of railway freight and the division carried around three million tonnes till January 31 as against the nearly two million tonnes carried during the same period last fiscal. The transportation of iron ore alone earned the division Rs. 138.55 crore this year, while it earned Rs. 180.50 crore in the corresponding period last year.

The division loaded 775 rakes of freightagainst 529 last year. But despite the improvement in tonnage carried and freight hauled, there was no financial gain because of the ban on iron ore export. This is due to the difference in cost levied for transporting iron ore for domestic use compared to the cost on transporting the same material for export.

“While the Railways charges Rs. 18 lakh per rake of ore meant for domestic use, the charges are around Rs. 68 lakh per rake for iron ore meant for export; hence, the negative growth in earnings, despite improvement in volume,” explained Mr. Sadhu.

Following the ban, not a single rake of iron ore has been carried for export since April 2011. The bulk of ore meant for domestic use goes to Salem and Jindal Steel. The bulk of freight earnings comes from transportation of iron ore, petroleum and oil, cement and sugar.

However, on other parameters — such as punctuality, safety and passenger earnings — the division has continued to improve.

The data compiled for cumulative passenger earnings for the April to December period was Rs. 116 crore against last year's earnings of Rs. 105 crore. This shows an improvement of nearly 11.11 per cent over last year's figures. There was also a 16 per cent growth in the number of passengers carried during the April to December period this fiscal. Likewise, the cumulative travel ticket examiner earnings increased to Rs. 1.92 crore for the April-December period compared to Rs. 1.87 crore earned the previous fiscal. This was attributed to the increase in ticket checking and awareness drive launched to curb ticketless travelling.

The division had also achieved a punctuality rate of 92.05 per cent for passenger trains and 89.93 per cent for Mail and Express trains.
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Tipu Express delayed as engine develops snag

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The Mysore-Bangalore Tipu Express was held up for nearly two hours between Bidadi and Kengeri as the locomotive hauling the rake suffered a breakdown on Wednesday.

The train, which was scheduled to reach Bangalore at 1.30 p.m., reached the destination at 3.20 p.m. giving anxious moments to some passengers with confirmed tickets for onward journey by connecting trains.

The locomotive developed technical problems near Mandya but the loco pilot managed to revive the engine. However, there was a complete breakdown near Kengeri and the authorities who received the information of a snag in the engine arranged for another locomotive for hauling the rake. But the train's schedule as hit.

Sources said that Senior Divisional Commercial Manager Anup Dayanand Sadhu, who was travelling by the same train, was mobbed by some of the passengers.

He apologised to the passengers and directed the staff to expedite the dispatch of the alternative locomotive.

The railway authorities were also requested to delay the Bangalore-Mumbai Lokamanya Tilak Express — originally scheduled to leave at 3.25 p.m. — to enable a few international tourists on board the Tipu Express to catch the connecting train.
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper...cle2852320.ece
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