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Suresh Prabhu inaugurates India’s first double-decker Goa-Mumbai Shatabdi train

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Panaji: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday flagged off the inaugural service of the double-decker air-conditioned Goa-Mumbai Shatabdi train, which will run thrice a week between Goa’s Madgaon railway station and the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) in Mumbai.

The train was flagged off from Panaji via video conference by Prabhu, along with Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik.

Speaking on the occasion, Parsekar said the fully air-conditioned double-decker train was the first of its kind in Goa and would help in boosting tourism.

The train will help tourists to come to Goa in more numbers and in a more comfortable way. I am glad that the train, which will bring the tourists over to Goa, is in itself a novelty being the first fully air-conditioned double-decker train of its kind in India,

The double-decker train has eight compartments with a seating capacity of 120 in each compartment and will cover the distance between Madgaon and LTT in around 12 hours.

(Inputs from IANS)

(Picture courtesy:www.financialexpress.com)

 

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#ThankYouIndianRailways: WolfzHowl Partners Mavcomm Group to Launch a New Initiative

WolfzHowl has released a 1-minute 45-second long '#ThankYouIndianRailways' video

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#ThankYouIndianRailways initiative was launched by WolfzHowl in association with Mavcomm Group. Pixabay

In an effort to show solidarity with the Indian Railways which has helped lakhs of stranded migrants reach home via ‘Shramik special trains, consultant firm WolfzHowl in association with Mavcomm Group have launched a new #ThankYouIndianRailways initiative.

The aim is to contribute in spreading that light of positivity in these rather bleak Covid-19, the companies said in statement.

The #ThankYouIndianRailways initiative has been created to highlight the tireless work the Indian Railways has been doing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

WolfzHowl has released a 1-minute 45-second long ‘#ThankYouIndianRailways’ video on various social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter with a ‘chuk chuk rail gadi’ song as a tribute to the Indian Railways.

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The #ThankYouIndianRailways initiative has been created to highlight the tireless work the Indian Railways has been doing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Pixabay

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“Celebrating the achievements of our Indian railways in the fight against Covid-19 is a celebration of our own ingenuity as a nation,” said Kalyan Ram Challapalli, Chief Strategist and Founder, WolfzHowl Strategic Instigations.

“It’s an honour to be associated as partners with this campaign which expresses our appreciation for the stellar role played by Indian Railways in serving the people and nation amongst not only the Covid-19 situation but at all times,” added Anand Mahesh Talari, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Mavcomm Group. (IANS)

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Indian Railways Utilizes Lockdown Period To Carry Out Maintenance

The official said that during the lockdown the railways deployed over 500 modern heavy duty track maintenance machines, signal and overhead equipment (OHE) maintainers have worked regularly for 10,749 machine days to complete overdue track maintenance of 12,270 km plain track and 5263 number of turn outs

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The railways is only running the freight and special parcel trains to ensure the supply of essential items across the country. Wikimedia Commons

Following the suspension of passenger, mail and express train services amid the nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Indian Railways has utilised the time for long pending maintenance work and yard remodelling that earlier acted as bottlenecks.

Railway ministry officials said that during the last 41 days of the nationwide lockdown the national transporter has taken up the maintenance of bridges, remodelling of yards, renewal of scissors crossover, which have been pending for several years.

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“These works were pending for several years and were confronting railways with severe bottlenecks. Railways planned these works during lockdown period considering it once in a lifetime opportunity to wipe out these maintenance arrears and take up the execution of work without affecting the train services,” he said.

The official said that during the lockdown the railways deployed over 500 modern heavy duty track maintenance machines, signal and overhead equipment (OHE) maintainers have worked regularly for 10,749 machine days to complete overdue track maintenance of 12,270 km plain track and 5263 number of turn outs.

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Following the suspension of passenger, mail and express train services amid the nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Indian Railways has utilised the time for long pending maintenance work and yard remodelling that earlier acted as bottlenecks. Wikimedia Commons

The official said that during the lockdown the health of the tracks has been monitored through periodic runs of Oscillation Monitoring System (OMS). Besides the OMS technique, the railways also used the Ultrasonic Flaw Detection (USFD) technique on 30,182 km of track and 1.34 lakh rail welds have been carried out with USFD machines.

“Critical summer precaution activities like de-stressing of long welded rail (LWR) which involved huge manpower has been taken up with a new procedure for carrying out the work while ensuring social distancing norms. 2,246 km of de-stressing of LWR has been done,” the official said. The official added that a major block of 72 hours was taken in Kazipet yard for pending yard remodelling to replace old wooden scissors crossover laid in 1970 with standard concrete layout to improve the safety and speed of train movement through the yard.

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The government on Friday announced to extend the lockdown by two more weeks till May 17. The railways has also suspended passenger, mail and express train services till May 17 and only Shramik Special trains will run on the request of the state governments to transport migrant labourers, students, pilgrims and tourists stranded in several parts of the country. The railways is only running the freight and special parcel trains to ensure the supply of essential items across the country. (IANS)

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Indian Railways Develop Disinfectant Tunnel To Fight Against Novel Coronavirus

The official said that upon contact in the tunnel, the spray is efficient enough to kill the virus

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A railway ministry official said that the loco shed in Maharashtra's Bhusaval has developed a disinfection tunnel to fight Covid-19. Wikimedia Commons

The Indian Railways has developed a disinfection tunnel to sanitise people for just Rs 10,000, officials said on Monday.

A railway ministry official said that the loco shed in Maharashtra’s Bhusaval has developed a disinfection tunnel to fight Covid-19.

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He said one set of three nozzles spray one ppm sodium hypochlorite solution, as people walk for a duration of between three and five seconds inside the tunnel.

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The Indian Railways has developed a disinfection tunnel to sanitise people for just Rs 10,000, officials said on Monday. Wikimedia Commons

The official said that upon contact in the tunnel, the spray is efficient enough to kill the virus.

He said the total cost of the tunnel was around Rs 10,000 and its capacity is of 500 litres.

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The disinfection tunnel will work uninterrupted for 16 hours, hence requiring refilling only once a day. (IANS)