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Monthly season tickets and platform tickets will soon go paperless

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New Delhi,  September 6, 2015: Paperless monthly season tickets and platform tickets in cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata are to be launched in next few days, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu here today said while launching the paperless unreserved ticketing system for Delhi-Palwal suburban section.

Prabhu also launched two other IT-based initiatives – cash/smart card-operated ticket-vending machine at the New Delhi Railway Station and a mobile app for freight operation monitoring named as ‘Parichaalan’./p>

“There are about 75 lakh passengers who use monthly season tickets in Mumbai out of our total 2.3 crore daily passengers,” Prabhu said, adding, “similarly a good number of passengers travel on monthly season tickets in Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi also.”

The IT-based mobile application for tickets will make paper manufacturers unhappy but passengers happy as it will save a lot of time for them, he said. The paperless unreserved ticketing sytem in Delhi-Palwal section covers 11 stations over 57 km of distance.

The app, which is for both Android and Windows-based platforms, can be downloaded from Google  Play Store or Windows Store by the user. The application provides necessary on-screen alerts to guide the passenger during the booking process.

Payment for the ticket is done through the “railway wallet” feature in the app. After booking the ticket, the passenger will get ticket confirmation screen, which will contain limited information about the ticket. Prabhu said railways will sign an agreement with ISRO for using geospatial technology and satellite images in the rail sector. - PTI

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Indian Railways rolls out 50,000th coach

New Delhi, July 7, 2015: Railways today rolled out its 50,000th coach marking a significant juncture in the public carrier's history, with Minister Suresh Prabhu saying we have to "think differently" for the 100,000th coach.

Launching the coach, manufactured at the Integrated Coach Factory (ICF) at Chennai, through video conferencing from here, Prabhu said it is totally different from the first coach rolled out from the factory over 60 years ago.

Prabhu also stressed on the public carrier's plans to build a full train on solar power. "We have plans to manufacture a full train to be run on solar power from this facility."

A non-AC coach of Rewari-Sitapur passenger train is currently being lit by solar panels installed on its roof as part of Railways' plan to harness the green source of energy. The Minister also announced Rs 5 lakh reward for ICF staff for attaining the milestone of rolling out 50,000th coach.

A premier industry, ICF was set up in 1955. Since then the factory has been manufacturing conventional coaches aproximately 1,500 a year, catering to the ever-increasing demand for coaches for new trains.

ICF manufactures various types of AC and non-AC coaches including EMUs and DEMU , Metro coaches for Kolkata Metro.  ICF will also manufacture LHB coaches, till now made at Rail Coach factory at Rae Bareli and Kapurthala. Source: PTI

Indian Railways trials solar-powered trains

New Delhi, June 7, 2015: Indian Railways is soon going to materialise its ambitious plan of harnessing solar energy to run trains. The prototype of the solar power-enabled coach is undergoing trials, and soon the entire train will be fitted with solar panels, officials said.

They said that while solar power will significantly bring down diesel consumption, it will also prove to be cost-effective. At present, nearly 17 units of electricity are being generated from the solar power enabled coach. Clean and cheap: Solar power will significantly bring down diesel consumption, and will also be cost-effective.

 “As the pilot project, one non-AC coach has been fitted with solar panels on the rooftop. The trial has been successful so far with the coach generating nearly 17 units of electricity every day. Depending on its success, decision will be taken to convert the entire train into a solar power-enabled one,” said Divisional Railway Manager, Arun Arora.  Officials said that by harnessing solar power, the railways will be able to save Rs 1.24 lakh per coach year.

“Solar energy will be used to meet the electricity needs in moving trains, and reduce diesel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions,” Arora said. According to studies, a train using solar power can reduce diesel consumption by up to 90,000 litres per year and also bring down the carbon dioxide emission by over 200 tonnes.


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