Showing posts with label Indian Railways. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Indian Railways. Show all posts

How unsafe are Indian railway tracks ?

At least six lives are lost everyday to unnatural accidents on railway tracks and crossings. Times of India reports, quoting statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau, that railway accidents killed 26,000 persons and were the third-leading cause of avoidable deaths between 2004 and 2015. Recent data shows a spike — in the four years to 2018, 15 deaths were reported on railway tracks everyday, an RTI query shows.

In 1960-61, trains collectively travelled just 388.1 million train km as compared to 1170.7 million train km in 2017-2018.

Train kilometer is the unit of measure of distance which corresponds to the movement of a train over one kilometer.

Significantly, despite trains having travelled an additional 74 million train km in 2017-2018 as compared to the last five years, accidents have remained at an all-time low.

More than 60 people were killed in Amritsar on Friday when a speeding train mowed down a festive crowd — the worst trespassing-related accident in the railways’ history.

Punjab Min Navjot Singh Sidhu & Sunil Jakhar speak to media, put the blame on the railways for #AmritsarTrainTragedy.

However, Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani said in a statement that the railways was not intimated about a Dussehra event along the tracks that led to the deaths of at least 61 people in Amritsar . Ashwani Lohani is IRSME officer, current Chairman of the Indian Railway Board and former Chairman & Managing Director of Air India.He said that the accident occurred at a stretch between two stations -- Amritsar and Manawala, and not at a level crossing.

The government has approved 100% electrification of Indian Railways by 2021-22

The government has approved 100% electrification of Indian Railways by 2021-22. The move – aimed at cutting the national transporter’s fuel bill by more than ₹13,500 crore per year – will also improve train safety and speed. But PM’s Economic Advisory Council chairman Bibek Debroy feels an immediate investment of over ₹1 lakh crore (including on replacement of diesel locos) may not be justifiable given the Railways has limited funds and other projects such as modernisation, network decongestion and expansion are also important. Nearly half of Indian trains run on diesel, compared to 33-43% for China, Russia and Europe and 99% for North America and Latin America.
Mr. Piyush Vedprakash Goyal is currently serving as the Minister of Railways and Coal in the Government of India

Railway recruitment 2018: RRB announces over 26500 vacancies at, here is how to apply

Railway recruitment 2018: In one of its biggest recruitment drive, the Indian Railways has announced 26502 vacancies for the Assistant Loco Pilot and Technician posts at Candidates who are interested and eligible can now apply visiting the official website. Job aspirants must note that the last date to apply online is March 5, 2018, till 23.59 hrs. The railways will be offering a salary of level 02 of 7th CPC Pay Matrix with initial pay of Rs 19900 plus other allowances as admissible. Selected candidates for the post of ALP and Technicians will have to undergo training wherever prescribed and during training period only stipend will be paid as applicable. “Free Sleeper Class Railway Pass admissible to SC/ST candidates will be part of e-call letter when they are called for various stages of selection viz. CBT/AT / DV (as applicable) as per the details of valid caste certificate furnished in the online application. At the time of obtaining reservation and travelling, the Reservation Clerk and/or Ticket Checking Staff will ask for the original SC/ST community certificate for verification of genuineness of the candidate. Any attempt to misuse this travelling authority shall lead to rejection of candidature at any stage of the selection process including debarment for future examinations,” the job notification added.

Railway recruitment 2018: Here are the details of the vacancies:-

Total number of vacancies: 26502

Scale of pay: Level 02 of 7th CPC Pay Matrix with initial pay of Rs 19900/- plus other allowances as admissible.

Stages of Exam: There shall be two stages examination (First stage CBT and Second Stage CBT) common for ALP and Technician. In addition , candidates who have opted for ALP and qualified in Second Stage CBT have to undergo Computer Based Aptitude Test (AT). Marks will be normalized in all the stages of exam.

Selection of RRB and Preferences for posts: Candidates may please note that the RRB wise, Railway wise vacancies indicated in this CEN are provisional and these may increase or decrease as per the requirement of Railway administrations. Accordingly, RRBs will publish updated Vacancy Table on their websites indicating the RRB wise vacancies against various Railways/Production units and posts after the completion of First Stage CBT. Candidates who secure marks, equal to or above the Minimum Qualifying Marks prescribed for various communities/categories in the First Stage CBT shall be advised to exercise their option for RRB and preference of Railways and Posts within the chosen RRB.

Candidates should ensure that they possess/fulfill all eligibility conditions prescribed for the post(s) as on the closing date for submitting an application. Candidates waiting for results of prescribed educational qualification should not apply.

Application fee: Candidates will have to pay Rs 500 towards application fee.

Railway recruitment 2018: Here are the details to apply for division wise vacancies:

Candidates who want to apply for any of the specific zones can visit the following websites:-

Ahmedabad – Phone: 079-22940858
Ajmer- Phone: 0145 – 2425230
Allahabad – Phone: 0532-2224531
Bangalore- Phone: 080 – 23330378 Phone: 080 – 23334147
Bhopal- Phone: 0755-2746660
Bhubaneswar- Phone: 0674-2303015
Bilaspur- Phone : 07752-247291
Chandigarh- Phone: 0172 – 2730093
Chennai- Phone : 044-28275323
Gorakhpur- Phone : 0551-2201209
Guwahati- Phone: 0361 – 2540815
Jammu Srinagar- Phone: 0191-2476757
Kolkata – Phone: 033 – 25430108
Malda- Phone: 03512-264567
Mumbai – Phone: 022-23090422
Muzaffarpur – Phone: 0621-2213405
Patna- Phone: 0612-2677680
Ranchi- Phone: 0651-2462429
Secunderabad- Phone: 040-27821663
Siliguri- Phone: 0353-2663840
Thiruvananthapuram- Phone: 0471-2323357

Suresh Prabhu offers to resign as Railways minister, PM Modi asks him to wait

New Delhi: Taking responsibility for the recent spate of train derailments, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had offered to step down, but was asked to wait by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prabhu was facing fire after the Utkal Express derailment in Muzaffarnagar on Saturday killed 23 passengers and injured over 60. Fourteen coaches of the train, which runs on the Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga route, had derailed at Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar.

Earlier in the day, Railway Board Chairman AK Mittal had tendered his resignation, which Prabhu was yet to accept.

Prabhu had directed the Railway Board Chairman to fix responsibility after the Muzaffarnagar incident. He also said that he would not allow laxity in operations by the Railway Board.