The Indian railways is planning to connect all the eight states in India’s northeast by 2020. Currently, northeastern states have around 2,700 km of railway line comprising meter gauge and broad gauge lines.
“We would connect all the states of the eight states by rail within 2020,” Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) General manager Rakesh Kumar Singh said, while addressing a press conference here on Monday. Singh, leading a 45-member NFR team, arrived at the Silchar railway station from Guwahati on Sunday with the first nine-bogie railway trial inspection train, which left for Guwahati on Monday. The NFR team successfully carried out the trial run of a diesel engine from Lumding to Silchar on the newly-converted broad gauge line on Friday.
Mizoram and Manipur
Aizawl and Imphal would be connected by railway network by 2018 and 2019 respectively. The capitals of the remaining states would be linked by 2020. Work is on to achieve the target, officials said.
Tripura and Assam
Tripura’s capital Agartala is already connected by rail though the line between Silchar (Assam) and Agartala is meter gauge. Agartala came up on the country’s rail map in 2008. The Silchar-Agartala railway track would be converted from meter gauge to broad gauge by March next year.
Meghalaya and Sikkim
Railway lines will reach Meghalaya’s capital Shillong and Rangpo in Sikkim by March 31, 2020. Work is in full swing to fulfill the projects within time to connect Nagaland capital Kohima. At present, the state has 13 km railway line up to Dimapur town.
The regular train service on the new broad gauge line would be conducted from April after clearance by the Railway Safety Commissioner. The total length of Lumding-Silchar broad gauge line is 220 km and it consists of 17 tunnels (the longest 3.235 km long), 79 major bridges, 340 minor bridges, 28 railway stations and four halt stations.
History of the rail project in the North Eastern Region
The foundation of the much-delayed gauge conversion project – Lumding to Silchar and Silchar to Agartala – was laid by the then prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda at Silchar in 1996. The railways have faced severe criticism for the delay in completing the Rs.5,185-crore project that is considered to be a lifeline for southern Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur. Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu, in his budget speech in parliament on February 26, said the Indian Railways was committed to providing rail connectivity to all the northeastern states.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 29, 2014 flagged off a train between Meghalaya’s Mendipathar and Guwahati, a distance of 131 km, and laid the foundation stone for a 51.38 km new broad gauge railway line between Bhairabi and Sairang in Mizoram. On February 20, Modi flagged off the first weekly air-conditioned express train service between Delhi and Arunachal Pradesh in Itanagar.
Railway app enables you to book flight tickets to ordering food
Before the launch of Saarthi app, there were multiple mobile Railway apps
The app has been developed by the CRIS (Centre for Railway Information Systems), the Railways’ software arm
The Rail app Saarthi is launched by India’s Railways Minister, Mr Suresh Prabhu on 13th July 2017. The app enables you to book flight tickets to ordering food, this mobile application can do everything. The app is an integrated mobile application to cater all kinds of passenger requirements, which includes ticket booking, inquiry, onboard cleaning and ordering a meal on a single platform. At the launch event of the app, it was also announced that the extension in the advance booking period for foreigners to 365 days from present 120 days. Now a lower berth in a 3AC coach will be reserved for physically-challenged people and the middle for the individual accompanying them.
Suresh Prabhu said that with the launch of new app, they aim to provide better customer experience, there was a need for an integrated application which could give a single window interface for these services. Before the launch of Saarthi app, there were multiple mobile Railway apps and to use different services, the user had to search and download each application separately.
The Rail ‘Saarthi’ app stands for, “Synergised Advanced Application Rail Travel Help and Information. Apart from providing impeccable facilities and services, the app also caters to features such as safety for women, compliant facility, booking porter, retiring room and suggestion for improvement. Moreover, the app can now also be used for booking taxis and hotels. Interestingly, you can also book air ticket through the app and give feedback. When it comes adding some more benefits then, in addition, Indian railways presented an integrated mobile application to cater to various passenger requirements, including ticket booking, inquiry, on-board cleaning and ordering meal on a single platform.
The app has been developed by the CRIS (Centre for Railway Information Systems), the Railways’ software arm. The estimated cost of in building the app has been Rs 7 crore. The initiation of Integrated Railway Mobile App for Indian Railways was announced in the Rail Budget 2016-17. The official had said that there are other multiple Railway apps which cater to various passenger requirement, including onboard cleaning but most of them offer only a single service. These apps can be searched and downloaded separately. This gave rise to the need of providing a single window interface for these services.
In order to provide better customer experience, there was a need for an assimilated app, which could give a single window interface for such kind of facilities, Prabhu said after launching the app.
You need to go to Google Play Store on your Android device.
Search for the term “COMS – for RAIL SAARTHI”.
You will see an ‘Install’ button. Clicking on that will download and install the app on your device.
Once installed, you will have to log in to the app after creating a ‘Sign In’ ID.
In order to download the application, you need to go to Google Play Store on your Android smartphones. Thereafter, you need to search for the term “COMS – for RAIL SAARTHI”. This is the newly launched app. At the landing page, you will see an ‘Install’ button. Just pressing on that will download and install the app on your device. Once installed, you will have to log in to the app after creating a ‘Sign In’ ID. The landing page on Google Play Store says, “App should be download in combination with SAARTHI app available at google play store.”
Benefits Of Rail Saarthi Mobile App:
The new digital initiative will reduce the crowd on the ticket counter. Initially, the App was launched on the Android platform. The Railway Android app and Railway IOS app will soon be launched on Windows platform. Explain that till now the Railways had kept separate apps for different services but now all these workers will be done from the same app.
With the introduction of this app, the lower berth in a 3AC coach will be reserved for physically-challenged people and the middle for the individual accompanying them. However, in the 3AC coach of a train, there will be only one such berth. Until now, the facility was only in the sleeper class — 2 berths — which has now been extended to the 3AC as well. It has also extended the advance booking period for foreigners to 365 days from the present 120 days.