झारखंड के कुल 20 स्टेशनों का होगा कायाकल्प, रिजर्वेशन काउंटर होगा बंद, एलएचबी कोचों के मेंटेनेंस के लिए वाशिंग लाइन में 750 वोल्ट पावर होगा सप्लाई

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– to provide top-notch passenger amenities and world class travel experience

Indian Railways is moving ahead at a rapid pace in the direction of modernization and radical transformation. As a part of it, more than 1300 railway stations across the country are being redeveloped with state-of-the-art facilities under Amrit Bharat Station Scheme including 20 stations from the state of Jharkhand. Moreover, to give a major thrust for development of Railway infrastructure in Jharkhand, there has been a Budget allocation of Rs. 5271 crores in 2023-24 which is 1053% more than the average budget allocation during 2009-14.

The 20 stations of Jharkhand, to be redeveloped under the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme are Hatia, Piska, Bokaro Steel City, Ghatsila, Rajkharswan, Manoharpur, Barkakana, N.S.C.B. Gomoh, Parasnath, Koderma, Daltonganj, Hazaribagh Road, Katrasgarh, Chandrapura, Nagar Untari, Kumardubi, Garhwa Road, Garhwa Town, Latehar and Sahibganj.

Master Plans are being prepared for development of these stations as ‘City Centres’, with proper integration of both sides of the city. This integrated approach is driven by the holistic vision of the overall urban development of the city, centered around the railway station. The redevelopment will provide modern passenger amenities along with ensuring well-designed traffic circulation, inter-modal integration and signage for the guidance of passengers. The design of the station buildings will be inspired by local culture, heritage and architecture.

The modernization of 20 stations over the state of Jharkhand will create a new atmosphere for development as they will give a good first impression among the visitors. Upgraded stations will not only increase tourism but will also give a boost to economic activities and financial growth in tption:

CLOSURE OF OLD KOILAGHAT RESERVATION OFFICE (OKB)

 W.E.F. 01.09.2023

It has been decided to close the Old Koilaghat Reservation Office (OKB) w.e.f. 01.09.2023. The PRS Counter was operational at 3, Koilaghat Street, Kolkata – 700001.

However, the other PRS Counters of South Eastern Railway will remain open as per schedule.

  • Indian Railways implements Provision of 750 V power supply for maintenance of Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) rakes at washing/sick lines

Indian Railways awards infra creation at 411 washing/pit lines covering entire country at Rs 210 Crores

 

316 Washing/Pit lines completed by end of July, 2023

Rest are targeted for completion by Q2 of 2023

The infrastructure so created would yield a net savings of Rs 500+ Cr every year in Ordinary Working Expenses

This work is a step towards IR’s low carbon transition pathways to adopt a carbon neutral growth strategy

 

In November 2016, Railway Board took a policy decision to switch over 100% of its production to LHB coaches from April 2018.  An energy review undertaken at the Railway Board showed that at 2021-22 base the diesel consumption on testing and maintenance of LHB rakes at washing / pit lines was about 1.84 lakh litres per day amounting to an annual recurring expense of approx. Rs 668+ Cr which was projected to increase @ 20+% p.a. being a combined function ofdiesel prices and LHB fleet induction.Comparatively, grid electrical energy is 70% to 80% cheaper. This issue is typical to LHB and does not arise in ICF coaches, and therefore, infrastructure and capacity creation at washing/pit lines by providing 750V power supply for testing & maintenance of LHB rakes was important.

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With this aim, capital works for 411 washing / pit lines on Indian Railways (IR) were sanctioned at a total capital cost of approx. Rs 210 Cr. It was a thrust area monitored by the Railway Board in a span of less than one year, capital works were sanctioned and works awarded for infra creation at 411 washing / pit lines, covering entire IR and by end of July 2023 works at 316 washing / pit lines have been completed. Rest are targeted for completion by Q2 of 2023.

The infrastructure so created, by investing a capital of Rs 210 Cr in infra capacity creation at washing / pit lines, would yield a net savings of Rs 500+ Cr every year in Ordinary Working Expenses. Coupled with the target of HOG compliant locomotive fleet on IR, savings shall be much higher. Thisare a part ofIR’s efforts to improveoperational viability of passenger services, particularly Mail / Express segment through non-tariff measures by reducing costs and improving efficiency with optimisation.

IR is deeply committed to cutting fossil fuel dependence and reduce its carbon footprint in the economy to achieve Net Zero by 2030. The Hon’ble PM had laid down this in the National Statement at COP 26. This work is a step towards IR’s low carbon transition pathways to adopt a carbon neutral growth strategy.

The above showcases IR’s relentless pursuit in identifying works and areas that fetch discernible benefits – in terms of safety, cost economies, carbon footprint and HR efficiency.

Work: ‘Provision of 750 V power supply for maintenance of LHB rakes at washing/sick lines’

 

Cost

 

Benefit

 

 

IR’s Total Capital Cost

 

Rs 210 Cr approx.

 

Rs 500+ Cr annual recurring net cash savings in O.W.E. (Ordinary Working Expenses) at 2021-22 base

 

Non-tariff measure to reduce losses / subsidy on passenger services: Rs 500+ Cr is a direct reduction of cross-subsidisation of passenger by freight services in general and improves operational viability of passenger services in Mail / Express segment in particular.

 

 

e emission reduction by energy substitution – fossil fuel with grid

 

HR and better Safety (by eliminating diesel use of this high scale)

 

 

 

 

 

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