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 Shri R. K. Gupta, General Manager, N. F. Railway unveiled the New Eastern Zone Railway Time Table which will come into effect from 1st October 2015. The Eastern Zone Railway Time Table contains details of the new trains to be introduced, change of timings of trains, change in arrival / destination terminals, augmentation of trains, new station for trains etc.

Speaking at a Press Meet to announce finalisation of the new time table, the General Manager outlined the salient features and said that representations / demands of passenger associations, public representatives, and suggestions from state governments etc. were taken into consideration before finalizing the new time table. The Railway Time Table is also a reliable source of information o­n railway rules, fare rules, station codes etc. Railway Time Table is revised every year. Traditionally a new time table is introduced effective from 1st July; but this year it is being introduced effective from 1st October.

There are many changes in the route of trains, change in timings of trains, extension of trains, change of terminal, change of service, short termination, cancellation, etc. pertaining to N. F. railway incorporated  in October 2015 issue of  Time Table. The major points highlighted by the General Manager are given below:

(a) To decongest the saturated New Jalpaiguri – Rangapani - Aluabari section and to remove some bottleneck and operational constraints, 5 pairs of trains will be diverted via New Jalpaiguri – Bagdogra – Aluabari. As these trains had no stoppages in the existing route, no passenger will be affected.

(b) In keeping with the business importance and convenience of public, 4 pairs short distance / intercity trains will start from Siliguri Jn. instead of New Jalpaiguri.

(c) Timings of 15613 / 15614 Guwahati – Murkongselek Intercity Express will be revised and terminal will be changed from Guwahati to Kamakhya.

(d) Profile of 2 pairs of trains will be changed from Conventional to DEMU to save operationsal timings as DEMU will not require reversal.

(e) As there is a huge passenger demand, and DEMU rake has limited coaches, 4 pairs of DEMu will be replaced with 12-coach conventional trains.

(f) 70 pairs of mail / express trains will have new originating / terminating time to increase operational efficiency.

(g) Four pairs of trains will be cancelled because of poor patronization.

The General Manager also spoke o­n some of the achievements of the N. F. Railway. They are –

(a) The sectional speed of trains between Guwahati – Katihar & Guwahati – Malda Town had been increased from 100 kmph to 110 kmph. This has enabled punctual running of trains in the section and made provisions for maintenance block.

(b) For clearance of extra rush during the Puja Holidays, N. F. Railway will run 80 trips of special trains between Kamakhya – Bangalore & Kamakhya – Kolkata creating 2,05,448 additional berths.

(c) Besides this, 8 pairs of long-distance trains will be augmented by 13 additional coaches creating 51,872 berths.

(d) During June – August 2015, six pairs of new trains and four more trains were introduced and o­ne pair of trains extended. The frequency of o­ne pair of train increased from weekly to bi-weekly.

(e) During the last o­ne year, N. F. Railway have provided 4 foot over bridges, raised 3 platforms, constructed o­ne station building and added platform shelters in 26 stations. Moreover, three Washable Aprons were also added.

One more foot over bridge, platform shelters in 4 stations, 2 more washable aprons and raising of platforms in 4 stations will be completed by October 2016.

Security Initiatives: The General Manager Shri R. K. Gupta also spoke o­n the security initiatives undertaken by N. F. Railway. He said, a RPF Security Helpline Number 182 has been activated to provide immediate assistance to passengers.  RPF has also formed Quick Response Teams at important stations to react o­n getting information from passengers through the Security helpline.

The GM said, at present 76 mail / express trains are being escorted by RPF/RPSF and 58 trains are being escorted by GRP over N. F. Railway. CCTVs manned by RPF personnel are functioning at all major stations. To fight against the menace of drugging of passengers, Ant-Drugging Teams have been formed at Divisional and Headquarters level and 21 suspected criminals were apprehended by these teams. For the security of women passengers, lady RPF personnel are deployed in selected trains.

Future plans: The General Manager also detailed o­n the future action plan for the Railways. He said, the Railway Interactive Security Solutions for Travellers Assistance (RISSTA) is being implemented in Guwahati – Kamakhya – Chaparmukh section. The Railway Mobile Internet Tracking Response and Assitance (RMitra) which is working in other railway zones will be implemented in N. F. Railway very shortly. This App will help passengers in distress to send signal o­n the press of a button. The App has the ability to track the senders and provide information to authorities for rendering quick help.

(Pranav Jyoti Sharma)

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