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Today (01:43)  Holi Special trains announced by Indian Railways! Click to Know (
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Trains:  Kolkata - Lucknow Special Fare Special/04205   Gorakhpur - Mumbai CSMT Jan Sadharan Special/02597   Lucknow - Kolkata Weekly Special Fare Special/04206   Hazrat Nizamuddin - Pune Special Fare AC Special/04418   Anand Vihar Terminal - Barauni AC Special Fare Holi Special/04404   Pune - Hazrat Nizamuddin AC Special Fare Special/04417   Barauni - Anand Vihar Terminal AC Special Fare Holi Special/04403   Jammu Tawi - Mumbai CSMT SpecialFare AC SF Special/02072   Chhapra - Delhi Jansadharan Special/05101   Mumbai CSMT - Jammu Tawi SpecialFare AC SF Special/02071   Delhi - Chhapra Jan Sadharan Special/05102   Ramnagar (UK) - Howrah Special Fare Special/05007   Ranchi - Anand Vihar Terminal Special Fare Special/08617   Howrah - Ramnagar (UK) Special Fare Special/05008   Anand Vihar Terminal - Ranchi SpecialFare Special/08618   Gorakhpur - Chandigarh Special Fare Special/04923   Chhapra - Anand Vihar Terminal Special (Via Kaptanganj)/05115   Anand Vihar - Chhapra Special (via Kaptanganj)/05116   Delhi - Darbhanga AC Special Fare Holi Special/04406   Darbhanga - Delhi AC SpecialFare Holi Special/04405   Chandigarh - Gorakhpur Special Fare Special/04924   Jammu Tawi - Udaipur Garib Rath Special/04972   Udaipur - Jammu Tawi Garib Rath Special/04971   Mumbai CSMT - Gorakhpur Jan Sadharan Special/02598  
In order to avoid extra rush of passengers during the upcoming festival season, the Indian Railways has announced several Holi special trains. Anticipating heavy rush during the Holi festival, Railways has decided to run more special trains for the convenience of railway passengers. Here’s what you need to know.
List of trains during the festival:
Train No 04206/04205 Lucknow – Kolkata – Lucknow Weekly Express special train
No 02597/02598 Gorakhpur – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai – Gorakhpur Superfast Jansadharan Weekly Special Train
Train No 04972/04971 Jammu Tawi-Udaipur-Jammu Tawi Weekly Garibrath Express
Train No 04406/04405 Delhi Junction. – Darbhanga – Delhi Junction.
Train No 04418/04417 Hazrat Nizamuddin – Pune – Hazrat Nizamuddin
Train No 04924/04923 Chandigarh – Gorakhpur – Chandigarh weekly special train
Train No 04404/04403 Anand Vihar Terminal – Barauni – Anand Vihar Terminal
Train No 05115 Chhapra – Anand Vihar Terminal Weekly Special Train
Train No 05115/05116 Chhapra – Anand Vihar Terminal – Chhapra Weekly Special Train
Train No 05101/05102 Chhapra-Delhi Jn.- Chhapra Jansadharan Weekly Special Train.
As per a press release issued by the Northern Railways, the Gorakhpur-Mumbai-Gorakhpur, Ranchi-Anand Vihar Terminal-Ranchi and Ramnagar-Howrah-Ramnagar will be operated on a weekly basis. Train No. 05007/05008 will run between Ramnagar and Howrah, 02597/02598 between Gorakhpur and Mumbai, 08617/08618 between Ranchi and Anand Vihar, and train No. 02071/02072 between Mumbai and Jammu, added the press release.
The Ramnagar-Howrah, Mumbai-Jammu Tawi and Ranchi-Anand Vihar Holi special trains will be operated with AC 2 Tier/3 Tier coaches, while the Ramnagar-Howrah Holi special will include six sleeper class coaches. The Gorakhpur-Mumbai Holi special will comprise 16 sleeper class coaches. The Mumbai-Jammu Tawi-Mumbai Holi special service will comprise AC superfast trains.
The train from Anand Vihar Terminal to Ranchi will depart every Sunday at 10.50 pm from February 18 to March 11, 2018. The Mumbai-Jammu Tawi-Mumbai AC superfast special train will depart from Mumbai at 6.45 am on March 2 and will return on March 4 at 7:25 am.
On the other hand, the Central Railways has announced eight weekly trains on special charges between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus to Barauni.
The Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Barauni Holi special train will leave LTT at 2:20 pm on four Thursdays from March 8 to March 29, 2018 and during the return journey it will depart from Barauni at 5:15 pm on four Tuesdays from March 6 to March 27, 2018.

Trains to chala di hai. Or special train hai. Time pe chale to mane hum.
Today (01:36)  Port Ministry in talks with Railways for Indore-Manmad Rail Line to get local produce to the Exports Market (
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Station Tag: Manmad Junction/MMR added by SWR intrastate trains for Karnataka~/36147

Feb 18 2018 (01:36)
Station Tag: Indore Junction/INDB added by SWR intrastate trains for Karnataka~/36147
Indore-Manmad Rail Project is the maiden one taken up by recently constituted Indian Port Rail Corporation Limited (IPRCL) by Union ministry of shipping on December 22, 2017. The objective of constitution of the PSU Corporation is to enhance port connectivity and evacuation.
The railway board has approved DPR of the project and forwarded it to railway ministry for its formal approval. The project, which had been conceptualised about 100 years ago, was approved in 2016 by then railway minister Suresh Prabhu in the railway budget. Thereafter the project got speed and its final earth survey was completed last year and subsequently the DPR was chalked out.
Port Rail Corporation Ltd (IPRCL), which is executing projects worth Rs 1 lakh crore, will build Indore-Manmad rail corridor for shipments of containers to JNPT, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said earlier. IPRCL is a first-of-its-kind Joint Venture Company (JVC), between the Major Ports under the Ministry of Shipping, and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL). From Indore and Dewas 47,000 containers go to JNPT (Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust). They go via Ahmedabad and Delhi. It takes eight days for containers to reach JNPT. We (IPRCL) are constructing a railway line between Indore and Manmad which can carry shipments in just 24 hours,” Shipping, Road Trnasport and Highways Minsiter Gadkari told reporters on the sidelines of India PPP Summit organised by FICCI.
He said the detailed project report for about 339 km-long project is ready. The project is aimed at cutting down Indore-Mumbai distance by 200 km and would offer a corridor for despatching export containers from Indore region directly to JNPT.
The minister said that 50 per cent of the about Rs 4,000 crore project would be funded by the Railways while the remaing will be offered by JNPT. “Earlier, Railway Minister has said that 50 per cent of the cost will be contributed by the states and the rest 50 per cent by the Railways. Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra had expressed their inability to do so. I said JNPT will provide 50 per cent and the rest 50 per cent will be provided by the Railways,” Gadkari said.
The discussions on the project are on and the land will be provided free of cost by Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra governments, which will be converted into equity. State governments have also agreed to exempt taxes, he said. Likewise, the minister said that a Rs 1,000 crore rail line is bieng built to carry coal from Talcher to Paradip where Coal India plans to augment its output from the present 60 MT to 300 MT.
“Coal can easily be transported to Kandla and Mumbai from Paradip after the project,” he said. The nation’s largest port JNPT is planning to takeover the idle port assets in its close vicinity which are struggling to takeoff, as it tries to expand into newer cargo categories beyond its stronghold of containers, a top government official said. “This port was thought of as a satellite port to the Mumbai Port, But now time has come that we have to think of satellite port to this port as well,” shipping secretary Gopal Krishna told reporters here today.
He mentioned two projects – Revas and Vijaydurg – which are under consideration apart from three others, that can be taken over from concessionaires who had bagged the project in the past. The Revas port project is promoted by largest corporate Reliance Industries, while the Vijaydurg port in south Konkan, which is located in close proximity to the Rs 1.5-trillion mega refinery, was promoted by a company run by politician-turned media entrepreneur Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
Asserting that JNPT is a financially-strong port, he said the ministry has undertaken feasibility studies for the assets and will be taking a decision accordingly. It can be noted that the JNPT has already announced a slew of projects including the multi-thousand crore terminal at Wadhavan off the Dahanu coast to be built by deep-sea land reclaiming and dry ports in four locations of Maharashtra. JNPT acting chairman Neeraj Bansal mentioned the country’s largest container port is keen on handling liquid and polluting bulk cargo in the future due to requirements of the country or the locality.
The government is cognizant of ports requiring large investments and is committed to do so. There are studies which we are doing in collaboration with some financial institutions. Once the results of the studies will come, then we will assess whether it is a good proposal or not. Everything has to be weighed in terms of its financial and technical viabilities.
He seemed to suggest that the progress on Wadhavan has not been satisfactory as the port is facing resistance from the locals, difficulties in getting green clearances and also facing trouble because it is located in close vicinity of strategic installations.
The secretary, however, said the port is moving ahead with the DPR (detailed project report) for the project.
Krishna said the ministry continues to be in talks with railways for having the Indore-Manmad railway line which can help in getting local produce to the export market.
Bansal said the JNPT is also carrying out works of over Rs 2,000 crore on the dry ports front and will be coming out with some results soon.
Progress on the Sittwe port project in Myanmar is hindered by concerns on connectivity from Indian soil, he said, adding a road will be built from Manipur for the same.
Meagre allocations in the Railway Budget
The reluctant approach of central government in handling railway projects involving great public interest as well as foreign exchequer earning got exposed in the recently presented Union budget, which included railway budget as well.
In a disappointing turn, the budget, presented on February 1, had just Rs 100 crore allocated for 339-km-long Indore-Manmad railway project estimated at Rs 10,000 crore. Strangely, the apathy was despite the fact that the project once completed would reduce the distance between Indore and Mumbai by about 150 km and thus, avail the shortest route to dispatch export consignment from Pithampur to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) Mumbai.
According to pink book of the Railway Budget for 2018-19, Rs 100 crore has been sanctioned for the important project, while as per the detailed project report (DPR) the estimated cost is Rs 10,000, with railway contributing Rs 4983.99crore and the Union shipping ministry the rest.
Criticising the move, experts said that the fund sanctioned in the budget was quite insufficient to complete the ambitious project early, and if the government continues to fund the project in such small amounts after long intervals, the project might take at least next 10 years to complete, with project cost being doubled up.
Chief of Indore-Manmad Railway Project Struggle Committee, Manoj Marathe expressed deep disappointment over the paucity of fund in railway ministry. He said that the sanctioned amount was almost nothing against the projects’ estimated cost of whopping Rs 10,000 crore. He said that “My petition on the issue is still pending before Indore Bench of MP High Court and we shall again approach court demanding it to serve notice to railway ministry to increase allocation of funds for the important project.”

Ministry of Railways has directed Zonal Railways to discontinue pasting of reservation charts on the reserved coaches of all trains at all erstwhile A1, A & B category stations as a pilot project for 6 months starting from 1st March, 2018.
Physical/digital charts will continue to be displayed at the platform of the train. At those stations where electronic charts display plasma have been installed and the same are functioning properly, physical reservation charts at such platforms can be stopped.
Earlier, pasting of reservation charts on the reserved coaches of all trains was
discontinued at New Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Mumbai Central, Chennai Central, Howrah and Sealdah Stations of Indian Railways on experimental basis for a period of 3 months.

Link for the names of  Erstwhile A1 & A category railway stations in which pasting of reservation charts on train coaches will be discontinued for 6 months with effect from 1st March 2018
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Yesterday (20:17)  मुंगेर स्टेशन प्रबंधक को डीआरएम ने दिया राजभाषा कप (
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मुंगेर। मुंगेर स्टेशन प्रबंधक आदित्य कुमार साहु को मालदा के का¨लदी भवन में आयोजित कार्यक्रम में मालदा डिविजन के डीआरएम तनु चंद्रा ने गोपाल नेपाली स्मृति राजभाषा कप के साथ प्रस्सति पत्र एवं नगद 1500 रुपये पुरस्कार के रूप में दिया गया। वहीं, शनिवार को मुंगेर स्टेशन को सम्मानित किए जाने से रेल कर्मी काफी उत्साहित दिखे। इस अवसर पर प्रबंधक आदित्य कुमार साहु ने कहा कि यह मुंगेर स्टेशन के कर्मचारियों के मेहनत का नतीजा है कि पहली बार मुंगेर स्टेशन को यह सम्मान मिला है। इससे स्टेशन पर कार्यरत कर्मी और अधिक उत्साह से काम करेंगे। इस अवसर पर स्टेशन उपाधीक्षक राजीव कुमार, आरक्षण कर्मी विजय कुमार ¨सह, बु¨कग कलर्क उषा देवी, सुदर्शन प्रसाद, जुबैर आलम, रितेश कुमार गुप्ता, चंदन कुमार, संजय कुमार, आदिति ¨सह गुप्ता, प्रशांत कुमार , हाकिम हुसैन आदि मौजूद थे।

Yesterday (19:14)  Karaikudi - Pattukottai gauge conversion work is over (
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Stretch to be inspected by Commissioner of Railway Safety from Feb 27 to March 1
More than five years after rail traffic was stopped on the Karaikudi - Pattukottai section for gauge conversion works, public can now expect resumption of train services on this stretch.
The Construction Organisation of the Southern Railway has finally completed the gauge conversion works in the nearly 75-kilometre section from Karaikudi to Pattukottai after long delay. With works in this portion having been finished, the new broad gauge stretch is now ready for mandatory inspection by the Commissioner
of Railway Safety (CRS), Southern Circle, Bengaluru soon.
Railway sources told The Hindu that the CRS would conduct a three-day inspection of the stretch where a new broad gauge track has been laid besides construction of major and minor bridges replacing the existing ones to meet the broad gauge standards.
The mandatory inspection by the CRS would be on February 27, 28 and March 1. The CRS is expected to start the inspection from Karaikudi Junction by travelling on a motor-trolley for two days. The speed trial would be done on March 1, the sources said.
The stretch would be ready for resumption of rail traffic once the CRS accords his statutory clearance post inspection.
The Karaikudi - Pattukottai stretch is part of the nearly 185 kilometre Mayiladuthurai - Karaikudi gauge conversion project covering important towns such as Tiruvarur, Pattukottai, Tiruthuraipoondi, Peravurani and Aranthangi situated in the agrarian central districts.
As part of the project, the stretch from Mayiladuthurai to Tiruvarur has already been completed with train services in operation.
The remaining stretches were split into two: Tiruvarur to Pattukottai via Tiruthuraipoondi and from Pattukottai to Karaikudi via Peravurani and Aranthangi (75 km) where gauge conversion works were carried out simultaneously by the Southern Railway Construction Organisation.
Railway sources said all the 36 level crossings in the Karaikudi - Pattukottai stretch would be manned gates.
Fourteen major and 255 minor bridges have been constructed in this stretch as part of this gauge conversion project costing around Rs. 300 crore for this portion alone, said the officials.
New station buildings have been constructed replacing the old ones at Periayakottai, Aranthangi, Ayingudi, Peravurani and Pattukottai. The length of the platforms at Aranthangi and Pattukottai stations is 540 metres each to accommodate 24 coaches, while it is 420 metres each in the remaining Periyakottai, Ayingudi and Peruvarani stations, said a senior official. The stretch has three halt stations : Kandanur Puduvayal, Valaramanickam and Ottankaadu.
The last metre gauge train was operated in October 2012 after which rail services were stopped for gauge conversion works. The inordinate delay in the execution of the project was due to fund constraints, said the official adding that the works gained momentum three years ago. The Karaikudi - Pattukottai stretch is the longest section to be made ready for CRS inspection following completion of gauge conversion works, said the official.
Another senior official said the ongoing gauge conversion works in the Tiruvarur – Pattukottai via Tiruthuraipoondi stretch was expected to be completed by July.
The last metre gauge train was operated in October 2012. The inordinate delay in execution of the project was due to fund constraints
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gudgud. verygud. Now after full completion of TVR-KKDI BG line, Sethu & Boatmail must be restored in original route of MG days

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Boatmail running in original route Sethu in cord line dont dream they will divert forget it

Good after long delay

My dream thanjavur to pkt should be completed also
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