Archive for October, 2010

Now, a local that will will break the 100kmph speed barrier

Now, a local that will will break the 100kmph speed barrier

This month, the suburban railway will break the 100kmph speed barrier for the first time in its history.

Although voices are being raised in city’s railway circles whether the train can be allowed to run at such high speed given the closeness of stations within the city limits, the first train is being readied at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai and will be brought to Mumbai by month-end.

“The 102nd train is already in Mumbai and the 105th, which is being manufactured, is likely to be the city’s first hi-speed train. While a few of its coaches are ready, the entire train should be ready and should be in city by October end or early November,” said PC Sehgal, managing director of the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC).

The new train is being procured under the Rs4,500-crore Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), funded by World Bank and coordinated by the MRVC.

While the train will be similar to the existing ones, its high-speed bogie (wheel sets) will make all the difference. The bogies frames and technology has been bought from Siemens Australia.

A senior railway official said, “It has taken the railways six years to study and design the new train bogie. We are making a limited number of them and city should get just four to five of such trains which will be divided between Central and Western Railways.”
Officials said the train could achieve high-speeds on longer journeys beyond Kalyan, and in a few months when they start the run to Dahanu.

Officials said it is the track condition that allows higher speeds. In today’s context, the new high-speed train can achieve a speed of 110kmph on suburban local track and a speed of 130kmph on the track beyond Virar and Kalyan.

“Once the new train arrives, it will be subjected to heavy trials and oscillation tests. We will be loading them with sacks of sand to match the weight of a crowded train,” he added.

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IR to soon manufacture high power locomotives

IR to soon manufacture high power locomotives

Sanjeev Handa, member (mechanical) of the Railway Board, said the Indian Railways (IR) would soon manufacture high power locomotives of 12,000 horsepower.

Handa was addressing a function at the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) on Saturday. He also flagged off a duel cab WDP 4D locomotive of 4,500 HP on the occasion. Addressing the function, he appreciated the work of DLW personnel in manufacturing the ultra modern locomotive. He said the operation of high speed trains was a challenge before the Indian Railways for which high power locomotives were needed.

Speaking on the occasion, DLW general manager K K Saxena highlighted the performance of DLW and said locomotives were being exported to countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Chief mechanical engineer Rakesh Vatash highlighted the features of WDP 4D locomotive. The DLW manufactured the duel cab locomotives with front and rear options for the first time. It can run at 130-km per hour maximum and 22.5km minimum speed.

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The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is planning to use Unique Identification (UID) numbers, which will be issued by the government, as an identity and address proof for issuing a new mobile or landline connection. “The strength of the UID system will be utilised for telecom growth. As a first step, UID will be used as proof of identity and address,” a senior ministry official told Business Standard. The government plans to issue UID numbers to 600 million people by 2014. The project involves an expenditure of about Rs 3,023 crore, which includes project components for the issue of UID numbers by March 2011, and recurring establishment costs for the entire project phase of five years that end March 2014. UID numbers would help expedite growth in the telecom sector, especially in the rural areas, the official said. It would do away with hurdles while issuing a new mobile or landline connection, as the UID number could also be verified and authenticated online, ultimately reducing the total time of issuing the connection, the DoT official added. The UID system will also eliminate duplicate and fake identities. If the system is used in the telecom sector, the subscriber verification would no longer be a problem. The government has already asked telecom operators to follow stringent norms for verification of subscribers, especially prepaid mobile users. The proposal is part of DoT’s road map for the next five years, keeping in mind the growth of the sector.

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Revised Composite Application Form for Subscriber Registration for opening NPS account and allotment of Permanent Retirement Account Number (PRAN). The application form contains to choose Pension Fund Managers and Investment option also.

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a) Form to be filled legibly in BLOCK LETTERS and in BLACK INK only. Please fill the form in legible handwriting so as to avoid errors in your application processing. Please do not overwrite. Corrections should be made by cancelling and re-writing and such corrections should be counter-signed by the applicant.

b) Each box, wherever provided, should contain only one character (alphabet/number/punctuation mark) leaving a blank box after each word.

c) The subscriber should affix a recent colour photograph (size 3.5 cm x 2.5 cm) in the space provided on the form. The photograph should not be stapled or clipped to the form. (The clarity of image on PRAN card will depend on the quality and clarity of photograph affixed on the form.)

d) Signature /Thumb impression (LTI in case of males and RTI in case of females) should only be within the box provided in the form. The subscriber should not sign across the photograph. If there is any mark on the photograph such that it hinders the clear visibility of the face of the subscriber, the application shall not be accepted.

e) Applications incomplete in any respect and/or not accompanied by required documents are liable to be rejected. The application is liable to be rejected if mandatory fields are left blank or the application form is printed back to back.

f) The subscriber’s thumb impression should be verified by the designated officer of the POP- SP accepting the form.

g) Subscribers are advised to retain the acknowledgement slip signed/ stamped by the POP-SP where they submit the application.

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Grant of ad-hoc bonus for 30 days to the Group C & D RPF/RPSF personnel for the financial year 2009-2010.

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Latest update(18.10.10) on Entitlement of Privilege Pass/PTOs consequent upon implementation of VI CPC report

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Safety related retirement scheme: Staff working in G.P. Rs. 1800 is eligible even after getting MACP benefits

Safety related retirement scheme: Staff working in G.P. Rs. 1800 is eligible even after getting MACP benefits.



New Delhi, dated 07.10.2010.


The General Managers,
All Indian Railways,
All Indian Railways.

Sub : Safety Related Retirement Scheme covering safety categories with Grade Pay of Rs.1800/-.

Ref: Board’s letter of even number dated 11.09.2010 and 24.09.2010.

AIRF raised a doubt that a large number of staff working in Grade Pay of Rs.1800/- would not be eligible to avail the benefit of the above Scheme after financial upgradation under the MACPS.

2. The matter has been considered and it is clarified that for determining the eligibility for seeking retirement under the Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff (LARSGESS), Grade Pay corresponding to the post against which the employee is working on regular basis will be taken into account. In the other words, the staff working on the post with Grade Pay of Rs.1800/- will continue to be eligible for seeking retirement under the Scheme even after getting financial upgradation in Grade Pay higher than Rs.1800/- under MACPS.

3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

4. Kindly acknowledge receipt.

(Dharam Pal)
Deputy Director Estt. (P&A) II
Railway Board

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