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In three months, Rajdhani, Shatabdi trains to have a makeover

Trolley service for catering, uniformed staff, and on-board entertainment are some of the changes slated to be introduced in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains from October this year.
Aiming at enhancing the experience of passengers travelling by these premier trains, the Indian Railways has undertaken a complete makeover exercise in 30 trains — 15 Rajdhani and 15 Shatabdi — at an estimated cost of ₹ 25 crore.
Targeting the festive season which begins from October, railways have launched a three-month programme under Project Swarn (gold) to refurbish coach interiors, improving toilets and cleanliness in coaches.
There have been complaints pertaining to catering, punctuality, toilet cleanliness and quality of linen among others in these trains. It has been decided to improve services in these premier trains significantly and accordingly the Project Swarn has been launched with a three-month timeline, said a Railway Ministry official involved with the project.
The project also envisages strengthening of security system in trains with adequate escort personnel by RPF.
Rajdhani Express meant for Mumbai, Howrah, Patna, Ranchi and Bhubaneswar are among the 15 Rajdhani trains selected for service upgradation. Shatabdi trains of Howrah-Puri, New Delhi-Chandigarh, New Delhi-Kanpur, Howrah-Ranchi, Anand Vihar-Kathgodam are among the 15 trains selected for the makeover exercise. Steps will be taken for improving punctuality by reducing delays in premier trains, he said.
The catering will be also a focus area beside cleanliness. The staff will be specifically trained on hygiene and use of trolley for serving food in premier services as part of the makeover exercise. A new uniform has been designed for staff in the premier trains.
Passengers will be offered films, serials and music among other facilities as an on-board entertainment package.
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In three months, Rajdhani, Shatabdi trains to have a makeover

Trolley service for catering, uniformed staff, and on-board entertainment are some of the changes slated to be introduced in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains from October this year.
Aiming at enhancing the experience of passengers travelling by these premier trains, the Indian Railways has undertaken a complete makeover exercise in 30 trains — 15 Rajdhani and 15 Shatabdi — at an estimated cost of ₹ 25 crore.
Targeting the festive season which begins from October, railways have launched a three-month programme under Project Swarn (gold) to refurbish coach interiors, improving toilets and cleanliness in coaches.
There have been complaints pertaining to catering, punctuality, toilet cleanliness and quality of linen among others in these trains. It has been decided to improve services in these premier trains significantly and accordingly the Project Swarn has been launched with a three-month timeline, said a Railway Ministry official involved with the project.
The project also envisages strengthening of security system in trains with adequate escort personnel by RPF.
Rajdhani Express meant for Mumbai, Howrah, Patna, Ranchi and Bhubaneswar are among the 15 Rajdhani trains selected for service upgradation. Shatabdi trains of Howrah-Puri, New Delhi-Chandigarh, New Delhi-Kanpur, Howrah-Ranchi, Anand Vihar-Kathgodam are among the 15 trains selected for the makeover exercise. Steps will be taken for improving punctuality by reducing delays in premier trains, he said.
The catering will be also a focus area beside cleanliness. The staff will be specifically trained on hygiene and use of trolley for serving food in premier services as part of the makeover exercise. A new uniform has been designed for staff in the premier trains.
Passengers will be offered films, serials and music among other facilities as an on-board entertainment package.
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अब घर बैठे पैसा खर्च किए बिना ट्रेन की ऑनलाइन टिकट बुक कराई जा सकती है। जब घर पर टिकट डिलिवर होगा, उस समय किराए का भुगतान करना होगा। आईआरसीटीसी ने 'पे-ऑन-डिलिवरी' नाम से यह फैसिलिटी शुरू की है। इसके लिए एक्स्ट्रा चार्ज भी देना होगा। धोखाधड़ी की तो कार्रवाई भी होगी...
- आईआरसीटीसी ने इस पूरी प्रक्रिया में यह भी प्रोविजन किया है कि अगर कोई आईआरसीटीसी के साथ धोखाधड़ी करने की कोशिश करे तो उसके खिलाफ कदम उठाया जा सके।
- डिलिवरी से पहले पैसेंजर टिकट रद्द करता है या डिलिवरी के वक्त टिकट लेने से इनकार करता है तो वह कैंसिलेशन और डिलिवरी चार्ज देने के लिए बाध्य होगा।
किनके लिए है यह फैसिलिटी?
- आईआरसीटीसी के एक अाॅफिशियल के मुताबिक, यह फैसिलिटी उन लोगों के लिए है जो ऑनलाइन टिकट तो बुक कराना चाहते हैं, लेकिन ऑनलाइन पेमेंट करने से बचते हैं। ऐसे लोगों को उनके घर पर ही टिकट भेजा जाएगा और वहीं टिकट की राशि नकद ली जाएगी।
कराना होगा रजिस्ट्रेशन
- पे-ऑन-डिलिवरी’ के लिए पैसेंजर को एक बार रजिस्ट्रेशन कराना होगा।
- रजिस्ट्रेशन के वक्त पैन कार्ड या आधार कार्ड की जानकारी देनी होगी।
- आईआरसीटीसी की वेबसाइट या मोबाइल ऐप से टिकट बुक हो सकेगा।
- टिकट यात्रा से कम से कम 5 दिन पहले बुक कराना होगा।
देना होगा सर्विस चार्ज + टैक्स
टिकट की राशि शुल्क
5,000. से कम 90 रु.+बिक्री कर
5,000. से अधिक 120 रु.+बिक्री कर
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Indian Railways passenger segment loss at 80% in some categories; only AC 3-tier gives positive returns
For the unreserved ordinary sleeper class on the Indian Railways network, the national carrier’s loss is as high as 80% of the cost incurred. And for categories such as the reserved first class and unreserved ordinary second class, the losses are up to 70% of the cost. Across all categories, it is only the air-conditioned (AC) 3-tier category which gives a slight positive return of 7.5%.
Two separate committees headed by DK Mittal and Bibek Debroy had earlier pointed out that AC 3-tier is the only profit-making segment in the heavily subsidised passenger category. While the unreserved ordinary second class at around 4,20,000 million passenger kilometre is the highest travelled category, reserved second class in mail and express trains is a close second with around 3,47,000 million passenger kilometre followed by the reserved sleeper class in mail and express trains at 2,37,000 million passenger kilometre.
The overall loss due to subsidised passenger business, or the social obligation cost, for the railways is Rs 30,000 crore-plus every year. On the back of the Indian Railways implementing surge pricing on select categories of trains and introducing new categories, the national carrier was able to increase its passenger earnings by Rs 1,996 crore in 2016-17 compared with 2015-16. The revised estimates for 2016-17 of Rs 48,000 crore were still unmet as it managed to garner Rs 46,279 crore.
The burden of social obligation cost, apart from high staff cost, has led the railways to report an operating ratio of 97 for 2016-17, worst in the last 16 years, against its revised target of 94.9. A close look at the zone-wise data for operating ratio shows that zones with dense passenger traffic movement report the highest amount of losses, as reported by FE earlier.
The Debroy committee in its report had said almost 80% of losses in passenger operations in any year is due to non-suburban operations including mail, express and ordinary classes. And out of the losses, a miniscule 4% can be attributed to various concessions, but a lion’s chunk of as high as 76% is due to the railways charging fares lower than the actual cost of operations.
According to a railway official who requested not to be identified, a 10% hike in passenger fares across all categories can make the railways earn additional Rs 4,500 crore. Also, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in March 2017 had observed that the railways should increase passenger fares in order to make its operations profitable.
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Indian Railways capex jumps 19% to Rs 1.2 lakh cr; big thumbs up for Narendra Modi policy direction
capital investments rose 19% to Rs 1.12 lakh crore in 2016-17. Coming as it does on top of a steep and unprecedented 59% surge in capex in the previous year, the transporter has indeed helped the economy’s investment rate improve marginally from the third quarter of last fiscal. PSUs and some other government undertakings like the National Highways Authority of India have been the other players which have salvaged the investment climate, vitiated by a prolonged sluggishness in private investment.
IR met 92% of the 2016-17 capex target as it undertook significant expansion of tracks, traffic facilities, passenger amenities and electrification. It was the biggest investor among PSUs and other government outfits, followed by NHAI at Rs 53,800 crore.
The spurt in the railways’ investment, after years of stagnation, came when the Narendra Modi government gave a big boost to the carrier’s capex at Rs 93,520 crore in 2015-16, relying heavily on extra-budgetary resources. The overall capex boost by the Center helped economy grow by 7.9% in that year despite headwinds to growth.
“Achievement of over 90% of the capex target is creditable, especially since this is after the huge increases in targets over the last couple of years,” said former Railway Board chairman Arunendra Kumar. The national carrier has already announced a Rs 8.56-lakh crore investment plan over the five years ending 2019-20. Apart from budgetary resources and internal generation funds through institutional financing, public-private partnership and debt form part of the investment plan. In its three-year proposed action plan unveiled recently, NITI Aayog has said budgetary support to the railways should be increased to Rs 1,18,768 crore by 2019-20 from the current level of around Rs 40,000 crore to give boost to the country’s transportation system. IR network registered 1,140 billion passenger km in 2014-15, the highest in the world.
However, the operating ratio — paise spent to earn a rupee — hit the worst in 16 years in 2016-17 at 97. Robust PSU/departmental investments coupled with increased capital spending by state governments give credence to the Central Statistics Office’s estimate that gross fixed capital formation grew 3.5% in the third quarter of the last fiscal, after declining in the previous three quarters.
Central PSUs and departmental undertakings (excluding railways) have bucked the investment famine by investing Rs 2.54 lakh crore in projects worth Rs 500 crore and above in the last financial year, achieving a creditable 96% of the annual target.
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शुक्रवार सुबह दिल्ली रेल खंड पर पोरा रेलवे स्टेशन के निकट ‘सेल्फी विद राजधानी’ के लिए युवक ने लाल झंडी दिखाकर तीव्रगति से जा रही राजधानी एक्सप्रेस को रोक दिया। ट्रेन के रुकते ही युवक ने सेल्फी ली और मौके से भाग गया। चालक ने इंजन से उतर कर रेल ट्रैक व कोचों के चक्कों को चैक करने के साथ ही पूरे मामले से मुख्य नियंत्रण कक्ष को अवगत कराया। इसके चलते ट्रेन करीब 35 मिनट तक खड़ी रही। सियालदाह से चलकर नई दिल्ली जाने वाली 12313 राजधानी एक्सप्रेस अपनी निर्धारित गति से दिल्ली जा रही थी। ट्रेन करीब सुबह 11 बजे पोरा रेलवे स्टेशन के समीप पहुंची तभी ट्रेन के चालक को रेल ट्रैक पर इशारे करते हुए एक युवक हाथ में लाल झंडी लेकर लहराते हुए दिखाई दिया।
इस पर चालक ने खतरा भांपते हुए इमरजेंसी ब्रेक का प्रयोग करते हुए ट्रेन को रोक दिया। ट्रेन के रुकते ही युवक ने अपनी जेब से मोबाइल निकाला और राजधानी एक्सप्रेस के साथ सेल्फी लेकर मौके से भाग गया। वहीं चालक ने फिर भी किसी खतरे को भांपते हुए मुख्य नियंत्रण कक्ष को अगवत कराया।
राजधानी के रोके जाने से रेल प्रशासन में हड़कंप मच गया। तत्काल पोरा स्टेशन से टीम को भेजा गया। इसके साथ ही रेल चालक ने इंजन से उतर कर आगे चलकर ट्रैक को चेक किया और उसके बाद कोचों के चक्कों भी देखा कि कहीं चक्कों से चिंगारी तो नहीं उठ रही, परंतु चालक को ऐसा कुछ नहीं मिला। इस बीच पहुंचे रेल कर्मियों व आरपीएफ ने भी ट्रैक का बारीकी से निरीक्षण किया। सबकुछ ठीकठाक मिलने के बाद ही गाड़ी को रवाना किया। इन सब में करीब 35 मिनट तक राजधानी ट्रैक पर खड़ी रही। इसके चलते गरीब रथ एक्सप्रेस सहित आधा दर्जन ट्रेनें प्रभावित रहीं।
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