30 June: Railways New Time Table comes into effect from 1st July and 242 mail express trains to be speeded up Salient feature of new time table :
This year the Trains at a Glance and Public Time Tables of
Zonal Railways shall comes into effect from 1st July, 2008. The salient features of Trains at a Glance-2008 are as under:
1. Encouraged by the public response over the past few years all the user-friendly features of Trains at a Glance viz. how to read a table, route map, station index, trains between important stations, station code index, Train number index, Train name index, has been retained.
2. Colour coding scheme for trains: (a) Pink for Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express, Jan Shatabdi Express and Garib Rath Express (b) Yellow for other superfast trains (d) blue/white for other mail/Express trains.
3. Special supplement on tourism covering important tourism cites of the nation.
4. Commercial information of passenger use and interest viz. advance reservation period, reservation through internet, refund rules, rail travel concessions and fare chart have been incorporated.
5. Information regarding Vigilance organization, Public grievance machinery and catering services have been incorporated.
II. Budget announcements: The details of the train services announced in the Railway Budget 2008-2009 and those decided in IRTTC meeting are as under:
|Sl||Year||Number of services announced in Budget and Parliament|
|1||Introductions||63 pair + 14* pair = 77 pair|
|2||Extensions||16 pair + 2* pair= 18 pair|
|3||Increase in frequency||11 pair + 4* pair = 15 pair|
*Apart from the announcements in the Railway Budget 2008-09, the following were also announced by Hon’ble MR in the Parliament during Budget session 2008-09.
|Sl||Name of service|
|1||Howrah- Puri Garib Rath Express(Bi-weekly)|
|2||Bapudham Motihari- Anand Vihar Garib Rath Express (Weekly)|
|3||Kanpur-Kathgodam Garib Rath Express (weekly)|
|4||KanpurJammu Tawi Express (Weekly)|
|5||Chhapra Gorakhpur Intercity Express (Six days)|
|6||Dhanbad- Patna Express (Six days)|
|7||Kolkata- Haldibari Intercity Express (Tri-weekly)Replacing the services of 2503/2504 Sealdah-New Jalpaiguri Express|
|8||Agra Fort- Achhnera/Bharatpur DMU (Daily)|
|9||Bhagalpur- Yesvantpur Express ( Weekly )|
|10||Katihar -Tatanagar Link Express (Daily )|
|Sl||Train no.||Train Name|
|1||1095/1096||Pune Ahmedabad Ahimsa Express to Veraval|
|2||8509/8510||Nizamabad- Visakhapatnam Express to Sambalpur via Titlagarh-Bolangir|
c. Increase in frequency:
|Sl||Train no.||Train Name|
|1||2355/2356||Rajendranagar (T)- Jammu Tawi Archana Express from Weekly to Bi-weekly|
|2||9269/9270||Porbandar- Motihari Express from Weekly to Bi-weekly|
|3||5279/5280||Saharsa -Adarshnagar Poorabiya Express from Weekly to Bi-weekly|
|4||2191/2192||New Delhi- Jabalpur Express from Bi-weekly to daily|
III. Garib Rath trains: “Garib Rath” services were first conceptualized during 2006-2007. The details are as under:
|Sl||Year||No. of Garib Rath Services proposed||No. of services introduced|
|1||2006-2007||4 pairs||4 pairs|
|2||2007-2008||8 pairs||7 pairs|
|3||2008-2009||10 + 3*= 13 pairs||1 pair viz. Jammu Tawi- Kathgodam (Weekly)|
*Apart from the announcements in the Railway Budget 2008-09, the following Garib Rath services were also announced by Hon’ble MR in the Parliament during Budget session 2008-09:
|Sl.||Name of Garib rath service|
|1||Howrah- Puri (Bi-weekly)|
|2||Bapudham motihari- Anand vihar (Weekly)|
IV. Augmentation: During 2007-2008, Indian Railways augmented various trains on permanent basis by inducting 874 coaches, as against the Railway Budget, 2007-08 commitment of 800 coaches. Since, augmentation of trains on Indian Railways is an ongoing process; this year also 200 coaches have been used for augmentation. Besides, 170 coaches are also being used to clear extra rush of passenger during summer season.
V. LHB Coaches for Rajdhani Express: It is planned to convert 2443/2444 New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express, 2423/2424/2435/2436 Guwahati-New Delh/Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express, 2009/2010 Mumbai Central-ahmedabad Shatbdi Express, 2007/2008 Chennai-Mysore Shatabdi Express into new LHB coaches.
In addition to this, it is also proposed to covert 4649/4650 Amritsar-Jaynagar Saryu Yamuna Express and 4673/4674 Amritsar-Jaynagar Shaheed Express into stainless steel coaches.
VI. 23/24 coach length trains: At the end of year 2006-07, 78 trains were running with 23/24 coach length. During 2007-08, 38 more trains were augmented to 23/24 coach length. During the year 2008-2009, 50 more trains have been planned for augmentation to 23/24 coach length, of which 12 have already been given effect to.
VII. Arrangement to clear extra rush:
To clear extra rush of passengers between April, 2007 to Dec, 2007, 16949.5 trips of special trains were run. During, January,2008 and March,2008 4801 trips of special trains were run.
VIII. Speeding up of trains
(a) This year the following 3 pairs of trains have been converted into superfast services:
1. 6511/6512 Yesvantpur-Korba Express (new no. 2251/2252) (running time reduced by 2 hrs /03 hr 15 minutes)
2. 1033/1034 Pune-Darbhanga Express (new no. 2133/2134)
3. 4601/4602 Sonpur-Jammu Tawi Mourdhwaj Express(new no. 2491/2492)
(b) With the implementation of New Time Table from 1st July 2008, 242 mail/express trains are being speeded up. This includes 9 Rajdhani Express , 4 Shatabdi Express and 1 Garib rath Express services.
Speeded up by
|1||ER/NCR||2301||Kolkata||New Delhi||Rajdhani Express|
|2||ER/NCR/ECR||2305||Kolkata||New Delhi||Rajdhani Express|
|5||ER/NCR/ECR||2313||Sealdah||New Delhi||Rajdhani Express|
|2||NR||2011||New Delhi||Kalka||Shatabdi Express|
|3||NR||2012||Kalka||New Delhi||Shatabdi Express|
|4||NR||2001 A||Bhopal||New Delhi||Shatabdi Express|
|1||CR||2201||LTT||KCVL||Garib Rath Express|