Indian Railway is going to establish country’s first training institute to provide training to handle accidents happening in Railways. It will be India’s first Railway disaster management institute will be hosted in a small village called Hejjala near Bengaluru. The village is 30 Kms from Bengaluru city center on Bengaluru-Mysore Highway. The training institute will be ready by the end of 2018 at an estimated total cost of Rs. 44.42 crore.
Why at Hejjala?
As per the official, the main reason behind choosing this particular village was that Indian railway has its own spacious land in Hejjala. So that is why Railway decided to set up the disaster management training center in Hejjala rather than acquiring or buying land seprately.
Know more details about operations and training at India’s first railways disaster management near Bengaluru:
The Railway Disaster Management Institute will be providing both classroom and practical training. Situations like trains falling in the river, coaches catching fire and derailed coaches will be created like real time and rescue operations will be carried out in real time.
The material to be used for training will be generated from over aged rolling stock of Indian Railways such as old coaches that can’t be used, wagons and locomotives. These will be used to create dummy scenes like train accidents, derailing of train, falling in river etc.
Situations resembling to real scenario like Tunnel, cutting, embankment, other conditions and obstructions like overhead structures and platforms will also be created at the village. A water body will also be created where training regarding underwater rescue and relief will be provided.
Overall it is a nice step taken by Indian Railways to improve its rescue operations in case of any disaster happening under railways.
Important Points to remember about Indian railway:
Indian railways was founded on 16 April 1853.
It has total 17 divisions or Railways Zones.
Indian railways is fourth largest railway network in the world after USA, China and Russia.
First passenger train was run between Bombay to Thane on April 16, 1853.
Current railway Minister: Suresh Prabhu
Indian railway has decided to give new look to its premium trains like Shtabdi and Rajdhani express. The operation is named as operation Swarn (“Gold”). Under the operation all the facilities, services and infrastructure of the trains will be changed.
These trains were started by the railways as premium trains to those passengers who can afford the luxurious facilities. But, with the passage of time the services and facilities gone down to a worst level. The trains are continuously performing bad in all aspects such as food quality, cleanliness and arrival timings. This is why railway ministry decided to give new look to these premium trains.
As per the reports, in the first phase trains like Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express and Mumbai-Ahmadabad Shatabdi Express will be revamped starting from September 26.
The railway has taken this move after complaints of the passenger kept on increasing regarding the facilities provided in these trains.
In our opinion when you are paying for something, you must get the mentioned facilities. But unfortunately in India, things doesn’t change most of the time until people complaint.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Today Inaugurated first phase of first phase of Kochi metro rail service in Kerala. It is the first phase of the total 25 kilometers phase which has been completed and work is in progress for the rest. The 14 Kilometers route starts from Aluva and goes up to Pallarivattam covering total 11 metro stations. The route was constructed at a cost of 3750 crore.
All the metro stations have been designed on the theme of Kerala’s rich culture and heritage. There will be three coaches in the train having sitting capacity of 136 people, whereas total 975 passengers will be able to travel at a time. QR code scanning technique will be used to check tickets.
The special part of this metro is that some of its part will be operated using solar energy. It will be the fist communication based metro of country. All coaches are made under Make in India initiative. Employing transgenders for jobs in metro such as hose keeping and at ticket counters also makes it more special. It is first Indian metro to offer jobs to such depressed community.
Indian Railway Minister Mr. Suresh prabhu launched a mission to upgrade the existing coaches of railway to offer better facilities to passengers. The mission is named as Mission Retro-Fitment.
Under the mission retro-fitment, total 40,000 existing coaches will be upgraded with world class facilities. Under the upgrade new furnishing, better facilities, safety and comfort will be provided. Environment safety will also is also an important factor which has been taken into consideration while upgrading the coaches.
More Insights of the mission:
The mission is considered to be one of the world’s largest retro fitment project and will be completed by 2022-2023. Cost of refurbishing will be Rs. 30 Lakh per coach.
This is the great initiative taken by the railway Ministry. But, little bit effort also needs to be done by the passengers. It is the public properly and we should take care of it by our self.
On 21 may, 2017, Indian railways minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated free Wi-Fi facility of up to 2 Mbps bandwidth in Konkan Railway from Kundal Railway Station. This is a great initiative by the Indian Railway and helped India to move towards its goal of smarter India. It will help passengers to track records of their trains and to get any required information quickly.
This internet facility to Indian Railways is provided by SYSCON/JOISTER. The company will provide peer to peer 24 hours free Wi-fi with a bandwidth of 2 mbps at 28 railway stations that comes under Konkan Railways. The facility is available form Kolad to Madure which covering total 28 stations. The 2Mbps system is capable to provide internet access to 300 users at bigger railway stations and upto 100 user at small stations.
SYSCON/JOISTER is a broadband services providing company which was established in 2010 with an aim to provide reliable, secure and affordable broadband connectivity to citizens and businesses of small sized. It has headquarters in Mumbai with regional office in Pune.
M/s SYSCON/JOISTER are already providing Wi-Fi to educational institutes of Pune and Mumbai under Digital India initiative of Indian government and now it has taken responsibility to provide free wi-fi to rural areas of Konkan route.