Changes in INDIAN RAILWAY/ IRCTC Passenger Reservation System

  1. 01st JULY 2016 Passengers will get refund amount of 50% on cancellation of tatkal tickets.
  2. There has been slight change made by the Indian Railways for booking tatkal tickets. From July 1, tatkal window for AC coach will be open between 10 am to 11 am and for sleeper coach the timing will be from 11 am to 12 pm.
  3. From July 1 the Waiting list system will come to an end and tickets will be issued only for confirmed and RAC passengers accommodation. The provisions for the waiting list will be ended.
  4. By next month the number of coaches in Rajdhani and Shatabdi will be increased.
  5. From July 1, Rajdhani and Shatabdi will move ahead with paper less tickets. Only mobile tickets will be valid on these trains.
  6. The Indian Railways officials website IRCTC, will also start booking tickets on various language.
  7. Premium trains will come to an end from July 1.
  8. The passengers can also get 50 percent return after cancelling Suvidha train tickets.
  9. The passengers will also get ‘wake up call destination’ facility in the trains from July 1

Bio Diesel Mixed Fuel for Diesel Locomotives


In tune with the policy declared by Indian Railway to save fuel cost, blending of biodiesel and a dispensing facility  has begun to function at the railway division of Palakkad. The introduction of this biodiesel blending and the dispensing facility at the Fueling point / RCD (Railway Consumer Depots) was in cooperation with M/s.Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, which took place in Palakkad. The biodiesel will be mixed with HSD (High-Speed Diesel)  up to 5 percent, which then serve as fuel for locomotives. The mixed biodiesel fuel for locomotives is the first of its kind made in the state of Keralago by Southern Railway


The Divisional Railway Manager  Naresh Lalwani inaugurated this innovative step on Thursday 19th  of May 2016 at the Railway Consumer Depots very close to Palakkad Junction station. At the occasion were Shri T. Sampath Narayanan, Chief Manager Kerala State Office  and  Shri Suresh. A., Shri Mohan A Menon, Consumer Sales Deputy Manager, Indian Oil Corporation, Also Senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer accompanied by the DRM, Shri B. Venogopal, and the Divisional Railway Manager.

The Indian Railways support blending of biodiesel with diesel fuel from 5 percent up to 20 percent, which is to be utilized for its locomotives, to have substantial savings in the  cost of fuel. At present, a litre of diesel cost the Railway  Rs.48/-  when bought in bulk amounts. Whereas the cost of a litre of biodiesel is for Rs.39/-, which helps to save  Rs.9/- per litre. The Railway Consumer Depots at Palakkad consumes 20,000 litres of diesel for locomotives in a day. For the starting phase, the Division plans to blend 5% biodiesel. In a short time, the Railway Consumer Depots at Manual Junction and  Kannur will benefit from this innovative. The fuelling depots in Kannur, Mangaluru junction, and Palakkad altogether fuels in a day 1,60,000 litres of diesel.

Biodiesel is a fuel replacement that is renewable, cleaner-burning diesel, which is good for any engine that uses diesel. It is made from an increasingly various mix of resources like; algae, recycled cooking oil, fatty acids, agricultural oils, and animal fats. Biodiesel is a green fuel. It has no petroleum, and at any level, petroleum diesel can be blended with it to make a blended biodiesel. It can be used in diesel  (compression ignition) engines with no major modifications. It is easy to use, not- toxic and biodegradable. It has also been established that Biodiesel increases the efficiency of fuel and enhance the lubricity of fuel. Biodiesel is green, clean, and eco-friendly in nature.

Benefits of Biodiesel

  • Biodiesel is very safe when it comes to handling compared to petroleum diesel fuel.
  • It is made from renewable sources
  • It can be utilized in prevailing diesel engines with no need for modifications
  • Biodiesel is less toxic when compared to petroleum diesel fuel.
  • It has lower greenhouse gas and exhaust emissions
  • Research has established that the exhaust of biodiesel has a little or no harmful impact on human health unlike the  petroleum diesel
  • It can be locally grown, produced and distributed
  • It is bio-degradable in nature and has so many environmentally beneficial properties.
  • Provides better fuel economy and reliance on fossil fuel
  • With the continuous rise of petroleum products, Biodiesel has begun to be an affordable option compared to petroleum diesel.


The first solar train set for a trial run in Jodhpur ,India

  • The Indian Railways is all set for the trial of its solar train as it has aimed to materialise its intended plan of harnessing the solar energy which is to run, in the city of  Jodhpur.

    North Western Railways PRO Gopal Sharma said that the top coaches in the train had been installed with Solar panels. The energy that these panels derived from the sun, will be used to generate internal electricity for lights, and power the fans both the non-AC and AC coaches in the train while the train would be powered by conventional diesel-run engines. For the running of the train, 12 solar panels will be fitted to the top of the coaches to generate 36000 watts of power. He also added that the trial run of the solar train will commence by the end of May this year.

    Gopal Sharma further said that the train will serve as a passenger train, and the route will be disclosed later and that this solar panel powered train will be an alternative energy source.

    When Sharma was asked about the benefits the Railways intend to get through the use of the solar panels; he said that it can only be ascertained untill after the trial run.

    The Indian Railways have been concentrating on other means for the source of fuels with trials already on to utilise natural gas, biodiesel and CNG among others.

    In recent times, India has been under many scanners contributing to the reason why India is listed among the most polluted countries across the globe. The government is trying to make this initiative a way to reduce pollution in India. Studies have it that, CO2 emission will be reduced by 200 tonnes if India can consume solar energy. Also, if the run train trial using solar energy becomes successful,  diesel consumption will be reduced by about 90,000 litres every year in the country. This act will both help to carry out the intended green initiative to making India a very clean environment for all and also help to reduce total dependence on fossil fuels and also serve as an alternative to fossil fuels which is on the verge of depletion.

    Indian Railways has decided to source for 1000 MW  solar power and build one hundred and thirty- two wind farms for the next 5 years as part of its go green initiative

    The CNG is being utilised in the local trains of the Delhi Division on Rohtak-Rewari section. The concept of using both diesel and  CNG as fuel has also been a great help in saving money and fuel.

    The use of this solar power is expected to help significantly in the reduction of the consumption of diesel and expected to be cost-effective.


Reinventing the Indian Railways | Suresh Prabhu | TEDxGateway

Shri Suresh Prabhu talks about how he is aiming to reinvent the Indian railways by providing better solution to today’s problems.

Suresh Prabu is an Indian Politician & current Railway Minister of India. Armed with education ,ability, understanding, high integrity, zero corruption. He currently represents Haryana in Upper House of Indian Parliament, and is a 4th time member of the Lok Sabha from Rajapur Constituency of Maharashtra. He has also been Industry Minister , Minister of Fertilizers and Chemicals, Union Minister for Power (GOI) He is also a believer in people’s participation in the working of the Ministries under him, especially through the involvement of NGOs and people’s groups.Suresh Prabhu is a Chartered Accountant by profession and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.He is Presently pursuing 2 PhD programs in climate change and economics in Germany and Mumbai.
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Rail Budget 2016: clean coaches via SMS, CCTVs to rein in touts, Baby food

Railway minister Mr. Prabhu in a bid to change the image about the national transporter has desired to improve the amenities for passengers. He proposed the cancellation of tickets by calling enquiry number 139 to reduce time loss for passengers while queuing up at counters. Also, he proposed CCTV cameras installation at the ticket booking counters, which is seen as a step towards reducing, in particular, the menace of touts engagement in the booking of bulk Tatkal tickets.

Also, Mr. Prabhu unveiled the clean my coach services by passengers through SMS to enhance trains sanitation. He also unveiled ways to bring two mobile apps for offering suggestions, to redress grievances, ticketing issues, and complaints. To provide on-time information on coming halt, the Railways plans to unveil digital displays GPS-based very soon inside the coaches. He has also proposed smart coaches with entertainment screens and automatic doors for advertisements.

The Railway Minister has planned to invite the FM radio stations to provide their services on selected trains. Also, he said passengers will be opportunity to buy insurance travel for rail journeys, and there will be a facility on an hourly basis for retiring rooms booking.

The Railway 2016 Budget was additionally flavored with a powerful dose of passenger conveniences, including toilets, and e-cancellation of tickets. Also,  in the Konkan Railway, Sarathi Seva to help disabled the old installation of the 30,000 bio-toilets, providing compact structures with bio-toilets for senior citizens at all stages of key stations. He also proposed “Janani Sewa” for the provision of baby milk, hot water and food for children. He said the Railways had got help via Corporate Social Responsibility funds and MPLAD.

The railway minister said the Railways fulfilled its social rights towards women travellers, senior citizens and Divyang. He said for the Divyang, the Railways introduces one-time registration to avail concessions while booking online for wheelchairs, booking for tickets online, and Braille-approved new coaches.

Mr.Prabhu said lower berths increase quota will be provided for the women travellers and senior citizens. Also, he said, the Railways will increase the quota per coach by 50% for the senior citizen in the coming financial year, which will result in additional one hundred and twenty lower berths per train. Mr Prabhu added that the railways has added more lifts and escalators and laid aside the middle bays in coaches for the security of the women.

India Rail Budget 2016

Suresh Prabhu The Railway minister to expand rail network and  speed up trains, Fares not affected as state polls approach; big freight push

Suresh Prabhu, the railway minister, steered Rail Budget 2016-17 on Feb 27 with promises of a financial turnaround, a qualitative improvement in passenger amenities, reforms in the Railway Board’s functioning and raising the speed of trains in the course of change. Not falling for the bait of increasing the rates of passenger freight and fares in a year with four states heading for Assembly elections, the railway minister Mr. Prabhu made the promise of expanding the rail network massively and moving international standards to run trains.

The railway minister enumerated seven goals aside the (2030) National Rail Plan for the multi-modal transport system in India, to get back the freight share lost to the road sector. He doubled the speed of goods trains, ensuring zero accidents, adding 25 km/h  to the speed of mail over the next five years and express trains.

Mr. Suresh also said very soon; he will ask Parliament to set up a Tariff Authority and Rail Development, which will propose passenger fares and freight rates among other things. Accepting the report of the Bibek Debroy Committee’s partially, Mr. Suresh proposed the long-anticipated restructuring of the Railway Board, with its chairman well empowered to set up cross-functional directorates and to work on corporate lines.

Showing in the current fiscal, a cash surplus of Rs 8,720 crores, the railway minister secured the operating ratio, at 92 per cent, i.e., expenditure against earnings. He proposed a plan expenditure of Rs 1.21 lakh crores against Rs 1 lakh crores the revised budget estimate of last year. To mop up revenue, he also set a target (2016-17) of  Rs 1,84,820 crores. Laced with many terms of Hindi, Mr. Prabhu gave the slogan of “Let’s do something new together” (Chalo milkar kuch naya karen),  which seems to show the stamp of  Narendra Modi The Prime Minister. It captured the new idea of partnering with PSU firms, private players, and state governments, to take up new projects. “The Three Pillars of the plan for us is Nav Sanrachna (new structures), Nav Maanak (new norms) and Nav Arjan (new revenues),” said Mr. Suresh in his seventy-five-minute speech delivered at his special “bullet” speed.

Mr. Suresh proposed Antyodaya Express, a new train, Seeking an image makeover to fascinate the Narendra Modi government to the poor, to run at super fast speed, meant for unreserved passengers. He also unveiled unreserved DeenDayalu coaches with a higher number of mobile charging points and potable water. Also, there will be Humsafar (totally 3rd AC) new trains with Uday, optional meal facilities, which will be double-decker service (overnight), and Utkrisht for the busiest routes, a double-decker AC Yatri Express.

The railway minister laid an enthusiastic target to provide assured berths by 2020 on demand, while saying two DFCs (dedicated freight corridors) [Ludhiyana to Dankuni and Dadri to Jawaharlal Nehru Port ] would be achieved by 2019, to throw open more tracks to run additional passenger trains. Mr. Suresh also proposed three more dedicated freight corridors on the Bhubaneswar-Mumbai, Bhubaneswar-Visakhapatnam, and New Delhi-Chennai routes to gain back the lost traffic freight.

Budget 2016 – Lower berths quota increase


Railway Minister Suresh Babu to increase the quota of lower berths for senior citizens, pregnant women and women passengers aged above 45, the Railway Board has directed to increase the quota to 4 each berth in every sleeper class coach.

As per the new rule “two senior citizen women will be allotted lower berth seats together in a train.” The increase, however, will not be applicable in the AC three tier and AC two tier coaches where the quota earmarked for them will remain at two for the lower.

Also, the Board has authorized the travelling ticket examiners in the trains to allot vacant lower berths to senior citizens, pregnant women and physically handicapped persons on priority basis.

Railway Budget of India (2016-17) Summary

  • No hike in passenger fares.
  • Action has been initiated on 139 budget announcements made last year.
  • Eliminate all unmanned level crossings by 2020.
  • Swacch Bharat: 17000 biotoilets and additional toilets in 475 stations before the close of this financial year.
  • Increased quota for senior citizens and women travellers this year.
  • Wifi at 100 stations this year and 400 stations next year.
  • Enhanced capacity of e-ticketing system from 2,000 tickets/min to 7,200/min. Supporting 1.2 lakh concurrent users now, as opposed to 40,000 earlier.
  • All major stations to be brought under CCTV surveillance in a phased manner.
  • Deen Dayal coaches for long distance trains for unreserved passengers.
  • These coaches will include potable water and higher number of mobile charging points.
  • IRCTC to manage catering service in phased manner.
  • Local cuisine of choice will be made available to passengers.
  • Cleaning of toilets by requests through SMS.
  • Children’s menu, baby foods, baby boards to be made available for travelling mothers
  • GPS-based digital display in coaches for showing upcoming stations.
  • Will open cancellation facility through 139 helpline number.
  • Introduce bar-coded tickets on pilot basis to tackle menace of ticketless travel.
  • On new projects to be implemented this year:
  • Overnight double-decker trains to be introduced on business travel routes.
  • 1,600 km of electrification this year and 2,000 km proposed for the next year.
  • Broad Gauge Lumding-Silchar section in Assam, connecting Barak Valley with rest of country.
  • North-East India, especially Mizoram and Manipur, to be connected through broad gauge soon.
  • Special purpose vehicle for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high speed corridor registered this month.