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Shri Anupam Sharma, Divisional Railway Manager, Chennai Division, Southern Railway, Press Meet News & Image

Shri Anupam Sharma, Divisional Railway Manager, Chennai Division, Southern Railway, Press Meet News & Image

Chennai Division Highlights of the year 2016-17

1 Infrastructural  Development:

Following important infrastructure works have been completed during the year creating additional line capacity, thereby producing substantial and tangible benefits in both passenger and freight operations.

1.1 5th& 6th line works between Chennai Central & Basin Bridge Junction was completed in a record time of 3 years at a total cost of Rs. 30.5 Crores.  As part of the work, two additional platforms were added in the suburban lines at MOOR MARKET COMPLEX, besides complete remodelling of MOOR MARKET COMPLEX yard, thereby enabling simultaneous receipt & despatch of trains from both directions viz. NEL and SWL.  This work also has led to remodelling of Basin Bridge yard simplifying the operations and increasing speed across Basin Bridge for both Mail/Express and suburban trains.  This work also enabled removal of diamond crossings and scissors crossing on wooden layouts, thus improving safety.  As a direct impact of this work, suburban punctuality has improved dramatically resulting in passenger appreciation.
1.2 4th line between TO & TRL (17 kms) was commissioned during July 2016, thus completing quadruplicating of CHENNAI CENTRAL-ARAKKONAM Section (68 kms).  As a result, conflicting movements at TRL station have been removed and punctuality of suburban, Mail/Express trains has improved, besides creation of better path for freight operations.
1.3 4th line between ENNORE & THIRUVOTTIYUR (7 kms) has been commissioned during March 2017, enabling dedicated Up/Down services in the 3rd& 4th lines, in addition to the existing Up/Down Main lines.  This will greatly ease congestion short of CHENNAI CENTRAL and yield improved mobility in operations, as Mail/Express, Suburban & freight services use this important corridor.
1.4 A container rail terminal has been commissioned at WALAJAHBAD during Feb 2017.  This has already started generating inward & outward container traffic pertaining to the industrial hub nearby.
1.5 All unmanned LCs have been eliminated during the year in CHENNAI CENTRAL-GUDUR Section, thus taking an important step towards running trains at 130 kmph in this Section.
1.6 Container rail terminal at Kamarajar Port Limited has been commissioned during March 2017, enabling an important loading point for container movement from Port to inland.
2 Chennai Division bore the brunt of Vardah cyclone which made landfall on 12-12-2016.  With wind speed reaching 120 kmph, this played havoc on the railway system causing disruption of Over Head Equipmentand breaches, besides great damage to other infrastructure.  Chennai Division ensured 100% safety of rail passengers.  By a stupendous team effort, working round the clock mobilizing all resources, Division restored skeleton services within 24 hours and normal services within 48 hours.


3 Mail/Express train punctuality has improved from 87.2% to 89.7%.
The above has been possible due to the concerted efforts of all the Departments in maintaining efficient operations as well as improvements to asset reliability.
3.1 The Sub-urban punctuality has been pulled up to 90.6% in the last three months from a previous best of 80% due to on-time commissioning of 5th& 6th line between MOOR MARKET COMPLEX & BASIN BRIDGE.


4 Increase in special trains: Chennai Division operated 2098 special trains (including 713 originating/terminating from Chennai Division) in 2016-17 period of current year as against 1803 special trains (including 685 originating/terminating from Chennai Division) in last year. The 16.36% increase in running of special trains (including 4% increase in originating/terminating from Chennai Division) contributed significantly to overall 4% increase over last year in originating reserved passengers.
4.1 51 cross sectoral services were introduced between MRTS and NEL/SWL lines, thus creating new traffic pattern. Also, intensive ticket checking was conducted resulting in increase of 0.72% in originating passengers as compared to 2015-16.


5 Considerable improvements in Passenger Interface:
5.1 Chennai Division arrested the down-ward trend in originating passenger numbers during 2016-17 registering an overall +0.72% growth due to intensive ticket checking. Figures shown below in lakhs.


5.2 Intensive efforts have been made in the “Operation 5 Minutes”, which has resulted in 40% growth in passenger tickets booked through ATVM and 5 times growth in passenger tickets through UTS Mobile Apps.
5.3 Pendency of complaints received through CPGRAMS has reduced considerably compared to previous year due to sustained improvement in services as well as improved response to complaints.
5.4 Additional UTS counters have been opened at Palavanthangal, Perambur, Tambaram and Basin Bridge Junction.
5.5 In addition, UTS tickets are issued from PRS Counters as well at Beach, Mambalam, Thirumayilai, Tiruvanmiyur, Avadi, and Perambur & Arakkonam.
5.6 Two women Facilitation Centres were set up at Chennai Central and Egmore Railway Stations.  More than 1000 women have since benefited by these and is bound to increase further.


5.7 System of ‘Train Captain’ has been introduced in five important South bound Mail/Express trains so as to enable direct inter-connection with passengers in this crucial sector.
5.8 Social media handling was strengthened, with Chennai Division twitter handles has been recognized as one of the most responsive Divisions of Indian Railways, with total satisfaction rate of nearly 70%.
6 Zero complaint was achieved in massive month long change in pattern of services during the 5th& 6th line work by strengthening the passenger interface at MOOR MARKET COMPLEX, BASIN BRIDGE, PERAMBUR&BEACH stations.  A total of about 4 lakh suburban passengers were assisted in changing trains at BASIN BRIDGE and through bridging bus trips between BASIN BRIDGE&MOOR MARKET COMPLEX. Around 70000 reserved passengers were taken care to board their trains at different stations due to change in train running pattern through connecting trains, bridging bus trips.  This was achieved through proper planning, dissemination of information through press, media and SMS to passengers and by operating special assistance booths round the clock.
7 Helplines of 138 and 182 work round the clock and render assistance to the passengers in need.
8 Computerised Parcel Management System with hand held terminal tracking of parcels was introduced in Chennai Central Parcel Office.
9 Substantial improvements in freight operations:
9.1 Long awaited Auto-hub facilities were developed at Walajabad.  With this, it will be possible to despatch Cars from Sriperumbudur area to various destinations in the country. To have synergistic effect, Walajabad is also declared as Container Rail Terminal w.e.f 06-02-2017 and container handling facilities have been developed for transportation of containers from and to the industrial hub of Tamil Nadu, often considered as the Detroit of India.
9.2 Car loading has registered an increase of 22% (172 rakes against 141 rakes) as compared to last year and earnings from car loading have increased by 47% (Rs. 43.07 cr against Rs. 29.25 cr) as compared to last year.
9.3 Melpakkam Goods Shed was inaugurated in 2007, but in the last 10 years it functioned in the shadow of Sattva facility since there was no direct road approach to the yard.  However, a new direct road approach to Melpakkam has been created during this year through considerable liaison with State Government, thereby enabling universal access now to this important Goods Shed.
9.4 A new station Kamarajar Port Station, with modern signalling system has been commissioned to improve safety of freight train operations.
9.5 Attention was also given to important Weigh Bridges.  Royapuram Weigh Bridge was renovated while a new Weigh Bridge was set up at Avadi Station, thus avoiding erstwhile extra movement to Tiruvalangadu for weighing purpose.  This has considerably reduced the convenience to loading parties at Chennai Port, contributing to increase in Dolomite/limestone loading by 12.2% as compared to last year.
9.6 Food grain loading has also increased by 44% as compared to last year (97 k tonnes as compared to 67 K tonnes).
9.7 M/s Essar Steel Limited used to bring iron & steel through coastal road route to Chennai and adjoining area.  The company was persuaded to bring consignment through all rail route to Arakkonam Goods Shed from Vadodara Division and unloading of iron & steel has now started at Arakkonam. This stream has added 180 wagons to IR loading basket and generated revenue of Rs. 3 cr for IR.
9.8 The Year also saw completion of Tambaram Goods Shed paving for customer convenience.
9.9 Operating indices have shown further improvement over last year i.e. Electric loco utilisation (by 3%); NTKM/Engine hour-goods (by 4.3%), inward release (by 9.6%).
10 Improved Passenger Amenities  
10.1 A new Double Discharge Platform has been commissioned at Mambalam Station.
10.2 CC paving of platform of Annanur, Pallavaram & Putlur stations has been completed. Circulating area and platform paving work has been completed in Ambur, Jolarpettai, Chengalpattu, Melmaruvathur & Tindivanam Stations.
10.3 Extension work of Double Discharge platform at TAMBARAM has been completed.
10.4 12 car platform extension works were completed in all stations of Chennai Central-Arakkonam Section (except only at Senjipanampakkam which will be completed in next six months).  Similarly, 12 car platform extension works have now been completed in Chennai Central-Gummidipoondi Section (except only at Korukkupet, which will be provided by Construction Organization by September 2017).
10.5 Main line 24 coach high level platform extension work has been completed at Walajah Road, Melpakkam, Ambur, Pacchakuppam, Vinnamangalam, Jolarpettai, Valathur, Vaniyambadi and Gudiyattam.
10.6 Pay & Use Toilet facility was provided in more than 100 stations of the Division.  This facility is now available in all major stations and entire sub-urban network, which is a record for Indian Railways.
10.7 New toilet blocks were constructed at 15 stations viz. Egmore, Tambaram, Avadi, Nemilicherry, Veppampattu, Annanur, Korattur, Egattur, Senjipanampakkam, Manavur, Tiruvalangadu, Hindu College, Tiruvallur, Tambaram Sanatorium and Pallavaram.
10.8 A New World Class Pay & Use Toilet facility was commissioned in Chennai Central old concourse area with CSR funding from RVNL.
10.9 New platform shelters have been provided in 8 stations viz. Tambaram, Pallavaram, Guduvancherry, Vandalur, St. Thomas Mount, Veppampattu, and Tiruvallur & Nemilicherry Station.


10.10 Passenger waiting hall was renovated at Chennai Central PF no.6 and granite flooring was renewed at Central PF no. 1, 3, 6, 10 & 11.
10.11 A New Pedestrian sub way was completed at Nemilicherry.
10.12 A New FOB has been commissioned at Tiruniravur station.
10.13 A new escalator, a Passenger Information Centre, a new Emergency Medical Centre by CMC Vellore and a new washable CC apron work at PF 1 were provided at Katpadi Station.
10.14 New Booking Offices have been provided at Tiruniravur, Kodambakkam, Pallavaram and Perambur Carriage works.  Of these, Tiruniravur, Pallavaram and Kodambakkam are elevated Booking Offices.
10.15 Booking Offices improvement was completed at 10 stations of Chennai Beach-Tambaram Section viz. Chennai Fort, Chennai Park, Chetpet, Kodambakkam, Mambalam, Saidapet, Guindy, St. Thomas Mount, Minambakkam and Tambaram Sanatorium.
10.16 Barrier free facilities were done at Chennai Central and Egmore.  In addition, toilet facilities for differently abled have also been provided at Tambaram & Mambalam stations.
10.17 Pre-paid AC waiting room facilities were started at Chennai Central and Katpadi stations.
10.18 Vehicle traffic streamlining was introduced at Chennai Central, thus enabling free movement of private vehicles in and out of Chennai Central circulating area.



Two new lifts have been provided at Egmore Railway station.

10.20 A new non-AC Dormitory has been very recently started at Beach Station.
10.21 14 Stations have been provided with 50 GPS clocks.
10.22 PC based announcement system has been started in 42 stations of Chennai Division.
10.23 LED Signage Boards: 216nos. of energy efficient LED signage boards have been provided at ‘A’ and ‘B’ category station viz., Arakkonam, Mambalam, Melmaruvathur, Chengalpattu & Tambaram stations for easy identification of facilities by passengers.
10.24 High Mast Lighting at Perambur Station: one high mast has been installed at Perambur under ‘Passenger Amenities’ Plan Head at the parking/circulating area to improve the illumination level.
10.25 22 nos. of water coolers have been provided at various station platforms during the year, to comply with the ‘MEA’ norms.  47 water vending machines have been installed and operationalised in 23 stations of Chennai Division.
10.26 133 number of three seater chairs and 19 number of ISO standard wheel chairs were procured and provided for passenger use.































New LHB Coaches with enhanced passenger comfort has been introduced in four pairs of Mail/Express trainsnamely T. No 12637/12638 Pandian Express, T.No 16177 Rockfort Express, T.No 16853/54 Cholan Express and T.No 12623/24 Trivandrum Mail.


Deendayalu General Coaches for unreserved Passengers having amenities such filtered water, cushion seats and better ergonomics are introduced for enhanced comfort during journey in five pairs of Mail /Express Trains namely 12621/12622 Tamil Nadu Express, 12615/12616 GT Express, 1271/12672 Blue Mountain Express,T. No 12669/12670 Chappra Express & 12691/12692 SSPN Express.


In 2016-17, around 2300 newly ICF build coaches, as compared to 2000 coaches, has been dispatched by Chennai Division to Other Zonal Railway for induction into service which includes 39 suburban EMU rakes for Western Railways.


The  following Passenger Amenities works are in advanced stage of completion :

a)      Food Plaza at Tambaram and Egmore.

b)      New Parcel Office building at Chennai Central.

c)       New toilet block from MPLAD funds at Tambaram West.

d)      Extension of main concourse and a New Toilet Block at MOOR MARKET COMPLEX.

e)      New toilet facilities in Chennai Central New Concourse.

f)       New Pedestrian Subways at Perambur Loco Works, VOC Nagar, LC 30 (Tambaram-Vandalur) and Perungalathur.

g)      Foot Over Bridge extension at Hindu College, Egmore (PF 7-11), Pattabiram, Vyasarpadi-Jeeva and Annanur.

h)      New FOB at Mambalam, Sholingur and Egmore.

i)        Replacement of FOB at Attipattu, Anupampattu, Kavarapettai, Ennore, Elavur, Basin Bridge Jn, Minjur and Ponneri.

j)        Platform shelters at Ambur and Jolarpettai.

k)      New service building at Egmore for relocation of offices so that additional waiting rooms can be made at PF no 4.

l)        New lifts at Chennai Central, Arakkonam (2 nos.) and Katpadi (2 nos.)

m)    New Escalators at Katpadi (2 nos.) and Egmore (4 nos.)

n)      Replacement of old Escalator at Chepauk Station (2 nos.)


The following Passenger Amenity works have been sanctioned in this year.

·      Five ROBs have been sanctioned (LC 25 & 26 in CHENNAI CENTRAL-ARAKKONAM Section and LC 51, 55 & 57 in ARAKKONAM-JOLARPET Section).

·      A new work costing Rs. 5 Crores towards passenger amenities for differently abled persons at C & D category stations.

·      In addition, following passenger amenity works have been short-listed and will be sanctioned in a month’s time.

·      Two  passenger escalators at Mambalam

·      Auto announcement system (IPIS) for 30 stations and improvement of PA system over Chennai Division.

·      Water coolers as per norms of Minimum Essential Amenities in Chennai Division.

·      Platform shelters in PF Nos. 12, 13/14 & 15 at MOOR MARKET COMPLEX.

·      Barrier free built environment for persons with disability and elderly persons at MRTS stations.

·      Improvement in circulating/concourse area at Moore Market Complex by relocation of electrical equipment.


·      Closing of LC no.53 and providing alternate approach to East colony at Chengalpattu.


·      Limited height subway in lieu of existing LC No.69 at km 128/26-28 between PDD and RU stations & LC no.63A at km 116/32-34 between PUT & TDK stations in Arakkonam-Renigunta section.

·      Limited height subway in lieu of LC No.83A at km 203/17-19 between VN & KDY stations, LC no.85A at km 205/27-29 between VN & KDY stations and LC no.34 at Km 73/27-25 between Arakkonam & CTRE stations in Arakkonam-Jolarpettai section.

·      Subway in lieu of existing manned LC no.60 at km 81/26-28 at Sulurpetta Yard in Chennai-Gudur section.

11 Enhanced Security of Rail Passengers:
11.1 124 new digital cameras were installed in 5 stations viz. Chennai Central (50 nos.), Chennai Egmore (28 nos.), Tambaram (22 nos.), Basin Bridge (12 nos.) and Moore Market Complex (12 nos.) in addition to the existing 151 cameras, thus covering the entire platform and concourse area of these stations for the first time.  In addition, 42 new digital CC TV cameras were introduced at KATPADI, thus ensuring full coverage of KATPADI station for the first time.
11.2 Additional RPSF men and women companies were deployed round the year to increase the security of women travelling in trains.
11.3 25 more stations, 42 more EMU services and 28 more Mail/Express trains were brought under RPF security cover.
11.4 8 Special Crime Prevention & Detection squads were formed to apprehend criminals and anti-social elements.  35 criminals were apprehended.  Further, Division has achieved 28% reduction in theft of passenger belongings and 46% reduction in robbery cases.
11.5 Enhanced Safety on Tracks:


i)                    60 run over prone locations have been provided with boundary wall/fencing. GRP & RPF personnel guard these locations to avoid breakage or vandalism.

ii)                   500 warning boards cautioning public were erected at both ends of stations and nearby vulnerable locations identified.

iii)                 Awareness Campaigns were conducted in 26 educational institutions located nearby tracks, covering 35,000 students.

iv)                 5,000 Anodized plates with public awareness material were mounted in the interior of suburban trains.

v)                  Publicity through 5 lakh group SMS on Airtel platform and audio messages in 5 FM Channels of Chennai was done.

vi)                 Assistance of Self Help Groups ( 15 SHGs) was taken to propagate danger of trespassing, foot bridge travelling, etc. along with District Administration of Tiruvallur.

vii)               A massive campaign led by Actor Karthi, famous Cine Actor was organized & video acted by him was displayed at major stations through CCTV system.  Public awareness video acted by Mr Karthi was also circulated through social media.


viii)              Specially designed posters were displayed at identified locations in all suburban stations.  Similarly, 1, 15,000 pamphlets were distributed for public awareness during foot campaign.  More over 20000 pamphlets were circulated through newspaper vendors.



12 Improved Safety on LC Gates:
12.1 Division has closed eight unmanned LCs in the year 2016-17 viz. LC No. 65, 69 & 85 in Chennai Central-Gudur Section, LC No.34 in Arakkonam-Renigunta Section, LC No. 56, 91 & 122 in Chengalpattu-Villupuram Section, LC No.4 in Chengalpattu-Arakkonam Section.  With this, Chennai Division has closed all unmanned LCs except one i.e. LC no.12 in Chengalpattu-Arakkonam Section, which will be closed in June 2017.
12.2 In addition, Chennai Division has also closed five manned LCs by providing Limited Use Subway (LUS) viz. LC no.24 & 63 in Chennai Central-Gudur Section, LC No. 4 & 5 in Chennai Central-Arakkonam Section and LC No.89 in Chengalpattu-Villupuram Section. Division has also provided Fibre Reinforced Concrete blocks in 31 LC gates in current year for safe movement of vehicles.
13 ROB/RUB Works:
13.1 Railway portion of ROB/RUB was completed in LC 80 between VN-VGM, LC 13 between TI-VEU and LC 88 at OLA yard. Overall, the Railway work for ROB/RUB stands now completed in following 17 LC gates and these are now waiting for progress from NHAI and State Government.


a)      CHENNAI EGMORE-VILLUPURAM Section     LC 36, 59, 64, 88, 93, 102 & 111.

b)      CHENNAI CENTRAL-ARAKKONAM Section     LC 4, 7, 13, 14, 15 & 80.

c)       CHENNAI CENTRAL-GUDUR Section   LC 3 & 38.

d)      ARAKKONAM-JOLARPET Section         LC 80 & 86

14 Environment Conservation:
14.1 Water recycling plants at BASIN BRIDGE& GSN – 2.45 & 0.75 lakh litres of water is recycled respectively per day thereby achieving a combined savings to the tune of Rs. 94,60,800/- annually.
14.2 Effluent treatment plant of 15 KL capacity was commissioned at Diesel Shed, Tondiarpet.
14.3 Rake of T.No.12243/44 has been modified to suit Head on Generation (HOG) and trial runs are undergoing in this rake with HOG loco.  This has resulted in savings of approximately 36,000 litres of diesel from November 2016 to February 2017.
14.4 Effluent treatment plant of 15 KL capacity was commissioned at RH/PER duly meeting PCB norms.








Vertical garden, first of its kind, was developed at the entrance of MTMY Station (BEACH-VELACHERRY Section).



During 2016-17, Chennai Division has fitted 428 Bio-toilets in 107 Coaches. Presently 485 coaches with 1716 Bio toilets are running in various Passengers carrying trains.


To contribute “Go Green Drive, Chennai division has planted 65000 tree saplings on Railway Land.



15 Energy Conservation:
15.1 8069 nos. of LED lights have been provided till date by replacing the FL and MH lamps throughout the division.
15.2 The entire lighting of 26 stations has been converted to energy efficient LED system of lighting instead of the conventional fluorescent lighting.
15.3 Energy efficient, ‘Variable Refrigerant Flow’ type, 33TR capacity AC plants utilizing eco- friendly R-410A refrigerant, have been commissioned at Prepaid Waiting Hall, VIP Lounge and AC Dormitory of Chennai Central station.
15.4 The Division has completed energy audits at eight locations through internal auditing by electrical supervisors. The energy audits have been done at ARAKKONAM, KATPADI, CHENNAI Central, BEACH-TAMBARAM section, MRTS section, MOOR MARKET COMPLEX, GSN yard &JOLARPET and the audit reports have been submitted to Headquarters.
16 Cleanliness:







Upgraded mechanized cleaning contract started at CHENNAI CENTRAL &  EGMORE stations, taking station cleanliness to a new bench mark.


OBHS (On Board Housing Services) has been introduced in 25 long distance trains in this year.  This will be further extended to 5 more trains shortly.
New web portal has been introduced, to enable passengers to reach out for cleaning services on live basis.




Originating Earnings                                                             (Rs.  in crores)

Chennai Division
  2015-16 2016-17 % Variation (+)/(-)
Passenger 1791.78 1862.84 3.97
Other coaching 174.18 163.63 -6.06
Goods 1226.09 1067.22 -12.96
Sundry 266.20 213.61 -19.76
Total 3458.25 3307.30 -4.36
  1. COMMDITY WISE LOADING (2015-16 & 2016-17)
Commodities 2015-16 2016-17 Difference (+/-) Difference(+/-) %
COAL 8.554 6.201 -2.353 -27.5
RMSP 2.444 2.743 0.299 12.2
IRON & ST 0.077 0.035 -0.042 -54.5
CONT 1.284 1.255 -0.029 -2.3
FERTILISER 0.452 0.414 -0.038 -8.4
FOOD GRAIN 0.067 0.097 0.03 44.8
POL 1.359 1.138 -0.221 -16.3
OTHERS 0.192 0.269 0.077 40.1
TOTAL 14.432 12.154 -2.278 -15.8

  • A phenomenal increase of 12.2 % in registered in loading of Raw Material of for Steel Plants (RMPS) due sustained marketing effort and facilitation by providing facilities such as new weight bridges
  • Car loading has registered an increase of 22% (172 rakes against 141 rakes) as compared to last year and earnings from car loading have increased by 47% (Rs. 43.07 cr against Rs. 29.25 cr) as compared to last year.
  • Food grain loading has also increased by 44.8% as compared to last year (97 k tonnes as compared to 67 K tonnes).
  • The shortfall in Coal loading is mainly due to reduction in thermal power generation by Mettur thermal plant in view of increased wind energy generation.
  • About 0.5 MT of coal is directly loaded from Singareni coal mines on all Rail route instead of loading from Ennore Port.
  • Reduction fertiliser loading is mainly the affect of poor rainfall and resultant less demand for fertiliser.
  • Reduction in loading of POL products is attributed to commissioning of Paradip Refinery and diversion of Rail traffic to Paradip Refinery as per IOC logistics plan.
with regards-D.Om Prakash-Sr.PRO/HQ/S Rly

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Delhi-Chennai route among the top on mobile connectivity with 73% network coverage, says RailYatri

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The new version that was recently launched displays the mobile network coverage for any train. So, travelers can check & compare the mobile connectivity across different routes.

This comes a long way in solving uncertainties and staying connected with families as one would know where the mobile connectivity is better and where they might hit a low connectivity patch. To check the network coverage, just open the timetable of any train on the app and a link on the bottom of the screen will map the route along with the coverage details.


An Indian on an average uses 4-5 apps during long train journeys. Internet connectivity along the rail routes has thus become important to ensure pleasant experience for today’s travelers. With the Network Coverage feature, passengers now know what to expect along their train route. Armed with this information, they can make their calls or take decisions like downloading a movie or book for later consumption,” comments Manish Rathi, CEO and co-founder,

Among the major connection between metros Delhi – Howrah (Kolkata) route scores the highest at 88% network coverage through the route. Compare this with Mumbai-Bangalore with 58% coverage.

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Lakhs of Railwaymen likely to lose job SRMU General Secretary N. Kanniah Warns of Ntionalwide Agitation Video Link’s ,News & Images

Lakhs of Railwaymen likely to lose job SRMU General Secretary N. Kanniah Warns of Ntionalwide Agitation Video Link’s ,News & Images

Demonstration in Front of General Manager’s Office on 30 – 03 – 2017

Continuing the 3rd stage of agitation to day before the Southren Railway General Manager ‘s office Nearly 10000 Railway men & women from chennai division HQrs Rea & Perambur  work shop .participted in a massive which   SRMU General Secretary N. Kanniah who is also the working Presedent of AIRF andSouth Zone Convenor central Governament Employees addressed the gathering.

Lakhs of Railwaymen likely to lose job SRMU General Secretary N. Kanniah Warns of Ntionalwide Agitation Video Link’s.

Lakhs of Railwaymen likely to lose job SRMU General Secretary N. Kanniah Warns of Ntionalwide Agitation Images.


Lakhs of Railwaymen likely to lose job SRMU General Secretary N. Kanniah Warns of Ntionalwide Agitation Video News.

   Lakhs of Railwaymen likely to Lose the Job SRMU General Secretary N.Kanniah warns of Nationwide Agitation!

Chennai : The 7th Pay Commission, against the demand of SRMU/AIRF regarding arbitrarily fixing the minimum wages as Rs.18000/-, cancellation of 52 allowances and also fixed HRA at 24%, 16% & 18% . This was not acceptable to the AIRF/SRMU, which had announced indefinite strike in the year 2016.

Subsequently, the high power ministers group led by Home Minister Mr.Rajnath Singh, assured that, a committee will be formed, which shall go in to the demands of enhancement of minimum wages, restoration of allowances, including issues relating to HRA. Based on the above assurance, the indefinite strike was postponed.

Central Government inaction:

The Central Government had not adhered to the assurance of the high power ministerial group. No decision was taken on the demands such as minimum wages, allowances, replacing the NPS with Guaranteed Pension Scheme and the Central Government is delaying its decision. To add fuel to fire, it also recently issued orders that, Supervisors of safety cadre should not be office bearers of trade union. Against the anti worker policy of the Central Government, SRMU had planned three stage agitation, programme involving the Railway men.

As a first step, on 16-03-2017, throughout Southern Railway, demonstrations were held, branch wise and subsequently on 23-03-2017 Division wise and workshop wise agitations were held.

Demonstration in front of General Manager’s Office on 30-03-2017:

Continuing the 3rd stage of agitation, today, before the Southern Railway General Manager’s Office, nearly 10000 railway men and women from Chennai Division, HQrs Area and Perambur Workshops, participated in a Massive Agitation, in which SRMU General Secretary N.Kanniah who is also the Working President of AIRF and South Zone Convenor of Central Government Employees addressed the gathering.

Central Government is bent upon creating industrial unrest:

The minimum pay of Rs.18000/- recommended by the 7th CPC was already granted to Andhra and Kerala State Government Employees wayback in 2014 itself. Only on that basis, the Central Government employees, in the year 2016, sought for enhancing the minimum Rs.26000/-. Although, the High Power Ministerial Group assured that, a committee would be formed to consider the demand, so far the Central Government has not honoured this commitment.The 5th Pay Commission fixed 30% HRA for the Metropolitan cities, the 6th CPC also recommended HRA at the rate of 30%, 20%, & 10%.

However, the 7th CPC, without any basis, arbitrarily fixed HRA at 24%, 16% & 8%. This was stoutly opposed by the unions.For the last nine months, the central government, by remaining silent has forced the employees to go for agitation, he warned.

The NPS was introduced w.e.f 01-01-2004, does not quantify the pension, which will be received by a person, at the time of his/her retirement. Therefore, the SRMU/AIRF, is insisting for converting the New Pension Scheme to Guaranteed Pension Scheme, thereby 50% of the last drawn wage (as of now) should be given as pension.

Central Government plans to discharge 4.5 Lakhs railway men

The Central Government, based on Dr.Bibek Debroy Committee recommendations proposes to privatize the Indian Railways. As a first step, the Railway Budget has been dispensed with and the same is merged with General Budget. As a next step, the Central Government proposes to reduce the Railway men strength to 7 Lakhs.

In that process, 4.5 lakhs employees such as track maintainers, Khalasi, Khalasi Helper, Station Porters, and Office Peons in Grade Pay Rs.1800/- are likely to be discharged from railway service and then in such posts, the Central Government proposes to outsource the work by paying wages of Rs.5000/- to Rs.10000/- only.

Already, for manning unmanned level crossings, Railways have appointed private contractors, at a monthly wage of Rs.5000/- in the name of ‘Gate Mithra”. Similarly for maintenance of coaches, the Central Government proposes to appoint outsourced employees as ‘Coach Mithra’ at a monthly wage of Rs.5000/-, he added.

The Central Government which has brought amendment in the case of act apprentice, instead of giving them employment, for the already trained act apprentices, now it proposes to pay them only Rs.7000/-, thereby it proposes to discharge employees in GP Rs.1800/-.

It also proposes to send Group C employees under compulsory retirement (those who are GP Rs.1900 to Rs.5400/-) on completion of 30 years of service or on attaining 50 years of age, by terming them as “Unsuitable”.

It also proposes to corporatize Production Units, such as ICF, RCF, etc., and plans to hand them over to multinational companies. Similarly, workshops such as PER, Golden Rock, Arakkonam & Pothanur also are proposed to be privatized, he added.The policy of reducing man power and privatization is causing much heartburn among railway men, which is leading to a serious situation, Mr.N.Kanniah warned.

Privatization of railways failed all over the world – Central Government does not understood the same.

World over Governments have understood that, Railway cannot be run on Commercial or profitable basis.

The Japanese Government split the Japanese railways into 7 entities (6 for passenger traffic and one for freight traffic) and privatized the same. Subsequently out of the 7 companies, for three companies, 50% of the shares was funded by Japanese government and Japanese banks. Whereas in all other 4 companies, there was huge loss, due to which the Japanese government has to once again take over the companies. In United Kingdom, the entire Railways was privatized. However within 4 years, the companies incurred huge losses running into billions of pounds. In fact, world bank castigated the privatization of British Railways as the ‘Great Train Robbery’ of this century. The above aspects should open the eyes of the government which is bent upon privatizing railways.

Germany, which has the population of 8 crore, employs 3 lakhs people in their railway system. France, which has a population of 6 crore, employs 1.5 lakh people in their railway system. Whereas for the 125 crore people in India, only 14.5 lakh railway men (with 2 lakhs vacancies) are employed in the Indian Railways. The Central Government has to understand the work turnout by the Railway men, he urged.

India must follow Chinese Government Policy:

China has more population than India. The Chinese Government has invested huge amount in modernizing its railways. It has understood that, by encouraging rail traffic, instead of the road transport, the savings made in consumption of petrol and diesel, protection to environment gives more returns than the loss suffered in operating railway system. That is why, it employs 35 lakh people in their railway system.

By privatizing the railways, the Central Government is spoiling the life of railway employees, depriving the job opportunity of unemployed youth, higher cost is collected from passengers  users and ultimately only it benefits private sector, with more profit, he added.

N.Kanniah urged that, the central government must immediately accept the enhancement of minimum wages to Rs.26000/-, all allowances including HRA should be granted w.e.f. 01-01-2016. Instead of NPS, Guaranteed Pension must be sanctioned. Privatization efforts must be fully dropped. Track maintainers should be granted promotion at the rate of 10%, 20%, 20%, and 50%.

He further urged that, supervisors should be granted grades equivalent to Rs.4200/- GP and Rs.5400/- GP. Allowances for the Loco pilots and Guards should be enhanced, failing which Mr.N.Kanniah warned that, nationwide agitation will be launched by railway men.

More than 10,000 railway men participated in the agitation, which was chaired by Mr.C.A.Raja Sridhar, President/SRMU. Shri.G.Eswarlal, AGS/N & Chennai Division Incharge proposed vote of thanks.

Asst. General Secretary- N.Manivannan…Public Relations



During the year 2016 (upto December), 924 injured/ill passengers while on train journey, were rendered necessary assistance by RPF and sent them to Hospitals for treatment.

No. of children rescued – 615 During the year 2016 (upto December), RPF has rescued 615 runaway children at different Railway stations and handed over to their parents and Child Helpline for their better care and protection.
Handed over to parents – 210 children
Handed over to NGO/Child Helpline – 370 children
Handed over to GRP/Local Police – 35 children

As per the direction of Ministry of Women & Child Development, a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) was formulated to implement the recommendations of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). Accordingly, Child Help Desk/Kiosks have been installed at Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore stations over Southern Railway. GM/S.Rly. has addressed Railway Board to include 06 A-1 stations (Coimbatore, Madurai, Ernakulam South, Calicut, Trichur & Trivandrum) over S.Rly. to establish Child Help Desk. For outstanding performance in child rescue, RPF received excellence award from Ministry of Home Affairs in 2016.


Special safety drives were conducted by RPF from 06.06.16 to 10.06.16 on International Level Crossing Awareness Day (10.06.16) in co-ordination with civil authorities, Safety Branch and GRP focusing on the aspect of avoiding loss of lives and damage to Railway property. Further, safety campaign were conducted through visual media, skit/forum drama, music shows, social media, etc, to sensitize public in order to prevent untoward incidents of falling down from running trains, lose of life while trespassing of railway track, etc.


A total of 552 defaulters were arrested and prosecuted u/s 154 Railways Act for causing damage to Level Crossing gate components due to rash and negligent driving, netting a fine of Rs. 6.39,000/-.


During Deepavali festival, RPF/S.Rly organized special safety drive from 16.09.16 to 15.11.16 against carrying of fire crackets and other inflammable articles in trains and Railway stations in coordination with GRP.

Action against smoking in trains/premises:

A total of 7126 defaulters were apprehended and prosecuted realizing a fine of Rs. 7,04,450/-


Under Nirbhaya fund, 136 Rly stations classified as A1, A, B & C including Suburban Railway stations over Southern Railway.

Further 27 other vulnerable Railway stations over this zone have been identified for the implementation of ISS in 2nd Phase and is under process.


i. No. of incidents reported over Southern Railway – 2377
ii. No. of incidents reported over Suburban Section – 596
iii. Worst affected sections – Chennai sub-urban (Chennai Beach – Tambaram)
iv. Steps taken to prevent such deaths on track.

Indian Railways inaugurates its Basin Bridge-Arakkonam section equipped with Train Protection & Warning System by Thales

Indian Railways inaugurates its Basin Bridge-Arakkonam section equipped with Train Protection & Warning System by Thales

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Thales today announced the deployment of European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 1 solution, known in India as Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS), on the 68 km Basin Bridge-Arakkonam section in Southern India.The TPWS-equipped section was inaugurated by Shri Akhil Agrawal, Director General (Signal & Telecommunication), Railway Board, at Ambattur station, Chennai, in the presence of Shri A.V.Siva Prasad, Chief Signal & picture

Telecommunication Engineer, Southern Railway, and other dignitaries from Indian Railways, Institution of Railway Signalling & Telecommunication Engineers (IRTSE) and Thales.

                 Photo caption (from left): Shri Akhil Agrawal, Director General (Signal & Telecommunication), Railway Board & Shri A.V.Siva Prasad, Chief Signal & Telecommunication Engineer, Southern Railway inaugurating the Basin Bridge-Arakkonam section equipped with Train Protection & Warning System by Thales



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Over 10 Lakh train travelers fail to get a seat everyday

Over 10 Lakh train travelers fail to get a seat everyday

Over 10 Lakh train travelers fail to get a seat everyday

Trains still most preferred mode of travel despite severe demand-supply mismatch, study

Chennai, September 2016: A recent study done by reveals that over 10 Lakh people fail to travel daily due to unavailabity of train tickets. The demand-supply mismatch on long distance trains has been a well-known assumption for long, i.e. there are more people wanting to travel in a particular train than the available number of seats. But the scale of this mismatch has never been quantified. Since January 2016, has been comprehensively tracking train ticket booking patterns across the country to analyze this mismatch.

Based on the data gathered from train travelers across the nation, the study revealed that there are nearly 10-12 Lakh potential travelers who could not travel due to non-confirmed tickets on a daily basis. These are people whose waitlist tickets did not get confirmed. Percentage wise this would translate to nearly 13% of long distance train travelers daily. In peak travel season, this number increases to about 19%.

Data scientists at used mathematical models to analyze the travel plans reported by over 30 Lakh travelers from over 3100 railway stations looking for seats in nearly 2800 trains. Using prediction models, estimated its overall impact across the nation on a daily basis. “While we were always aware of the demand-supply mismatch in train travel, the scale of surplus demand, as brought out by this study, has been an eye opener for us,” says Manish Rathi, CEO & Co-founder “The ability for citizens to travel in an unconstrained manner is an essential spoke in the wheel of any nation’s economy. Despite increase in several transport options, trains continue to be the most preferred mode for long distance travel. It is tempting to think that adding of more trains would be the ideal solution. However, this would require hundreds of more trains running every day. Considering the already overloaded network, chances of substantial number of more trains being added in the near future is difficult,” adds Rathi.

As part of this study, has come up with a list of major stations and the percentage of travelers who booked a ticket and yet could not travel. 

Below is the list of stations and the percentage of non-confirmed tickets-

Station/City % who booked but could not get a seat Station/City % who booked but could not get a seat
ANAND VIHAR TRM, (Delhi) 43%
JAMMU TAWI, (Jammu) 38% LUCKNOW JN, (Lucknow) 18%
LOKMANYA TILAK TERM, (Mumbai) 33% SECUNDERABAD JN, (Hyderabad) 18%
HOWRAH JN, (Kolkata) 28% AHMEDABAD JN, (Ahmedabad) 17%
BANGALORE CITY JN, (Bangalore) 21% JAIPUR, (Jaipur) 17%

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‘‘58888’’ எண்ணிற்கு எஸ்எம்எஸ் அனுப்பினால் உடனடியாக சுத்தம் செய்யும் புதிய திட்டம்

‘58888’’ எண்ணிற்கு எஸ்எம்எஸ் அனுப்பினால் உடனடியாக சுத்தம் செய்யும் புதிய திட்டம்

சென்னை, மார்ச் 12– ரயில்பெட்டி சுத்தமாக இல்லாவிட்டால் பயணிகள் 58888 என்ற எண்ணிற்கு எஸ்எம்எஸ் அனுப்பினால் உடனடியாக பதிலளித்து, அதற்கு நடவடிக்கை மேற்கொள்ளும் திட்டத்தை மத்திய ரயில்வே அமைச்சர் சுரேஷ் பிரபு இன்று துவக்கி வைத்தார்.
ரயில்பெட்டி சுத்தமாக இல்லாவிட்டால் பயணிகள் 58888 என்ற எண்ணிற்கு எஸ்எம்எஸ் அனுப்பினால் போதும். அதற்கு உடனடியாக பதிலளித்து, அதற்கு நடவடிக்கை மேற்கொள்ளும் திட்டத்தை மத்திய ரயில்வே அமைச்சர் சுரேஷ் பிரபு, டில்லி, மும்பை மற்றும் லக்னோ ரயில் நிலையங்களில் வீடியோ கான்பிரசிங் மூலம் துவக்கி வைத்தார். தூய்மை இந்தியா திட்டத்தின் கீழ் மத்திய ரயில்வே பட்ஜெட்டில் இந்த திட்டம் அறிவிக்கப்பட்டது குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது. பயணிகள் அனுப்பும் எஸ்எம்எஸ் புகாராக பதிவு செய்யப்பட்டு, உடனடியாக ரயில்பெட்டி சுத்தம் செய்யப்படும் என சுரேஷ் பிரபு தெரிவித்துள்ளார்.
clean-1குறுஞ்செய்திகள், செல்லிடப்பேசி செயலி, வலைதளம் ஆகியவற்றின் உதவியுடன் தாங்கள் பயணிக்கும் ரெயில் பெட்டிகளை சுத்தம் செய்ய பயணிகள் கோரிக்கை விடுக்க வகை செய்யும் “எனது பெட்டியை சுத்தம் செய்க’ என்ற இணையவழிச் சேவையை பயன்படுத்தலாம்.
இதுகுறித்து ரெயில்வே துறை வெளியிட்ட அறிக்கையில் கூறியிருப்பதாவது:–
இந்தத் திட்டத்தின் கீழ், தாங்கள் பயணிக்கும் பெட்டி சுத்தமாக இருக்க வேண்டும் என்று நினைத்தால், உரிய தகவல்களுடன் 58888 என்ற செல்லிடப்பேசி எண்ணுக்கு குறுஞ்செய்தி தகவல் அனுப்ப வேண்டும். அல்லது, செல்லிடப்பேசி செயலி வலைதளம் ஆகியவற்றின் மூலமாகவும் தகவல்களை அனுப்பலாம்.

SWACHH UDYOG – A SmartCard-based Employment Background Verification System

SWACHH UDYOG – A SmartCard-based Employment Background Verification System 

In today’s competitive world, fake credentials are a big challenge to the Employers. To investigate the credibility of their employees, they adopt numerous ways of background verification checks, which is time consuming and an expensive activity.

Crosby Tech (P) Ltd., a veteran and well known process consulting company, has come up with an innovative and cost effective solution for employee background verification checks called “Swachh Udyog.”

The objective of “Swachh Udyog” is to eradicate the fake employment in total across the country. The concept of Swachh Udyog is to do the employment verification at in-house by the employer himself by a smartcard enabled reader and via an employee verification cloud portal.
This portal also provides various checks pertaining to employment including identity, address, educational qualification, past employment & criminal record.

“Swachh Udyog” is launched officially on Sunday, 6th March 2016, in the presence of two prominent chief guests, Mr. V.M. Muralidharan,(Fondly called as Mike), the COO of Bahwan CyberTek & Mr. Jayakumar, Director of AmitySoft. Crosby Tech has joined hands with two other BGV experts (A-Check Global & Fourth Force) on this innovative journey to serve the employers globally.

During the Launch, Mr. Prasad, Director of Crosby Tech, comes out with his views on how the companies that fail to adopt a stringent background verification system on employees end up creating a vulnerable work place. He was also stressing the importance of Employment Background Verifications and the benefits what Swachh Udyog is going to bring to the employers globally.

Swachh Udyog1Employer Benefits:

 A Centralized Portal System – provides a database for all employers to track the employees’ previous employments.
 A SmartCard with Unique ID is provided to the Employees linking their ID proofs like Adhaar/Voters ID.
 Employee Database Updation can be done by an HR on the spot connecting via a SmartCard reader.
 Background Verifications can be done by an Employer on the spot by having the Employee SmartCard connected to an USB SmartCard Reader provided by Swachh Udyog once the database is complete.
 No room for creating fake profiles, fake salary details or fake job experience, thereby restricting complete access to Employees.
 Spotting out Fraudulent Companies providing fake employment records to the employees.
 Not specific to any industry, can be used by all Sectors (IT, ITES, Healthcare, Automobile, Banking & Manufacturing, etc.)
 Transparent and low cost Solution for all Employers.

Indian Railways Khurja Yard gets Ultra Modern Computer based Signalling System

Indian Railways Khurja Yard gets Ultra Modern Computer based Signalling System

The New System Will Have 256 Possible Movements Leading To Immense Flexibility

Better Reliability, Faster Clearance of Trains, Safer Shunting Operation, Better Handling of Long Goods Train, Enhanced Line Capacity, Fully Computerized Operation are the Highlight of the system
The Present System Will In Future Lead To An Ultra Modern Centralized Traffic Centre System For Much Increased Traffic Handling Capacity
The System Will Improve Traffic Movement on Important Ghaziabad Kanpur Section of Indian Railways

New Delhi, 18th February, 2016

In its continuous tryst to march with latest technological innovations, Indian Railway Project Management Unit (IRPMU), an arm of North Central Railway in association with the Construction and open line Units of the Railway, commissioned computer based state of the Art Signalling System at Khurja Junction, a city famous for pottery in Uttar Pardesh. By applying innovative methodology, Khurja yard which will now have 256 possible movements; was commissioned in a short period of 4 hours only on Feburary14, 2016, thereby avoiding any disruptions to traffic and inconvenience to passengers. This work of Signal Wizardry will help in quicker movements of trains since the train path will be cleared by a central operator with click of a mouse on the VDU(Visual Display Unit). The VDU will display online position of each train in the complete Khurja Yard of 4.5 Km including adjoining track portions which ensures safety of trains.
Salient Features of the Project ; –
·         Khurja Jn. is a Major yard in Allahabad division of Indian Railway, which after remodelling and re-signalling will have 256 possible movements leading to immense flexibility.
·         Signalling system in Hot standby configuration has been used to provide redundancy to increase reliability.
·         Existing East, West cabins with lever frames have been replaced enhancing safety& reliability. All operations are being done through VDU’s provided in SM room of Khurja station by click of a mouse leading to faster clearance of trains.
·         Standing room of all lines increased to accommodate full train lengths including two lines for accommodating long haul trains of 118 wagons increasing freight moving capacity.
·         Maintenance Terminal for easy localization of faults.
·         Safer shunting operations through Shunt signals to improve safety.
·         Centralized operation by one station Master instead of 2 cabin masters and one station master thereby saving manpower and resulting in faster clearance.
This re-signaling work has been executed as part of the project of Modernization of Signalling and telecommunication System on Ghaziabad – Kanpur section of Indian Railways costing Rs. 440cr, a substantial part of which has been executed through a soft funding by German Development Bank. The major components of the project are Replacement of worn out Signalling Gears at 47 stations, Automatic Signalling enabling multiple trains between two stations thereby enhancing line capacity, captive Global System of Mobile (GSM) for railways enabling secured communication between driver, guard, station master and controllers.
The culmination of the project will see an ultra Modern Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) system which will enable controlling and giving command for all trains running in Ghaziabad to Kanpur from a central place i.e. Tundla.  The CTC is being built by integrating Computer Based signalling systems at stations and Automatic Signalling Systems between stations which will further increase traffic handling capacity in the section.

Southern Railway Mazdoor Union General Secretary Sri. N. Kanniah Press Meet News & Images

Southern Railway Mazdoor Union General Secretary Sri. N. Kanniah Press Meet News & Images

Southern Railway Mazdoor Union General Secretary Sri. N. Kanniah has said that the Railway Employees will start an indefinite strike from Aprail 11,2016 onwards if the Central Government fails to answer their charter of demands.

Implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission in the stipulated time, to stop the government’s move to corporatize Railways, re-introduction of old pension scheme to the employees are the main demands. He said that instead of introducing new techniques to develop Indian Railways, which is the largest public sector in the world, the government is trying to privatise it. Recently the government has allowed a 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Indian Railways against 50% earlier. He also said that the government has formed Sreedharan Committee and Deb Roy Committee to study and make ways to privatise Indian Railways.

Mr. Kanniah, who is the Southern Regional Convenor of the Joint Action Committee, clarified that a charter of demands from the Railways, Postal and Defence Employees has been sent to the government. The Deb Roy committee had recommended to the government to drop Railway Medical Department, Kendriya Vidyalayas, Medical treatment through private hospitals and so on. The committee also recommended,  suburban train services in Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai to be privatized and coach factories like ICF, RCF and Mechanical, Electrical and Signal workshop also to be privatized.

He criticised the government for not filling up of more than two lakhs vacancies in Indian Railways in the last six years. If the government implements Deb Roy Committee recommendations, more than eight lakhs of employees will lose their jobs and the common man has to suffer as ticket fares will go up in all trains.

He pointed out that in foreign countries like England, Japan and New Zealand, where Railways are under private companies, suffered huge losses and they are pressing their governments to take over from them.

Mr. Kanniah, while explaining the mode of protest, said that, a secret ballot for the indefinite strike will be held and if 51% of the employees support the strike, the union will issue notice to the government and the indefinite strike will start from 6.00 a.m. on Aprail 11 2016

A whopping 90 per cent of Southern Railway employees have voted in favour of the nationwide indefinite strike from April 11. The Southern Railway Mazdoor Union on Monday warned that the proposed strike, pressing for a 36-point charter of demands, would be severe bringing the country to a standstill.

Briefing newspersons at a press conference here, SRMU General Secretary N Kanniah said strike notice would be given to Southern Railway General Manager on March 11.

“Of the total 86,724 Southern Railway employees, 79,327 persons exercised their franchise in a secret ballot for indefinite strike. The poll was conducted between February 11 and 13. Among them, 90.07 per cent have expressed their support for the strike,” he said.

Stating that 90 per cent of essential commodities are being ferried through railways, he said the indefinite general strike would affect movement of goods severely. “Around 95.5 per cent of the workforce have decided to go for the strike from April 11. There will be chaos and problems,” he warned, adding that the upcoming strike would be worse if compared with the last general strike in 1974.

All-India Railwaymen’s Federation said the railwaymen would serve strike notice.
New Delhi: A majority of railway men are in favour of going ahead with the proposed indefinite strike from April 11th to press for the fulfilment of their demands, a railway union claimed today.All-India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) General Secretary S Gopal Mishra said the railwaymen would serve strike notice to the respective General Managers of all zones and production units on March 11th for an indefinite strike from 6 am on April 11th in case the government does not meet the demands of the employees.AIRF is demanding a review of the new pension scheme and 7th Pay Commission recommendations, besides filling up of large number of vacant posts in the railways.On 7th pay panel reports, Mr Mishra said, “The minimum wage should be increased from Rs. 18,000 per month to Rs. 26,000.”AIRF had conducted a secret ballot for its members to decide the future course of action on February 11-12 all over the country in 17 zones and seven production units.
“There were more than nine lakh railwaymen who had cast their ballots, out of which 95 per cent favoured giving a strike call. Only five per cent were not in favour of a strike and they wanted more negotiation with the management,” Mr Mishra said. southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU) has announced that railway employees will go on an indefinite strike in April demanding scrapping of foreign direct investment and privatisation in railways. SRMU has decided to go on strike along with other Central departments after the Union government ‘failed’ to redress grievance of its employees. SRMU general secretary N Kanniah said 90.07% rail employees voted in a secret ballot in favour of the strike. More than 45 lakh railway employees across the country will join the strike. Southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU) has threatened an indefinite strike to express solidarity with their counterparts in the central government departments, who are planning a strike from April pressing for a 36-point charter of demands against foreign direct investment, privatisation of railways, central pay commission recommendation and others.   A whopping 90 per cent of Southern Railway employees have voted in favour of the nationwide indefinite strike from April 11. The Southern Railway Mazdoor Union on Monday warned that the proposed strike, pressing for a 36-point charter of demands, would be severe bringing the country to a standstill.

Briefing newspersons at a press conference here, SRMU General Secretary N Kanniah said strike notice would be given to Southern Railway General Manager on March 11.

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“Of the total 86,724 Southern Railway employees, 79,327 persons exercised their franchise in a secret ballot for indefinite strike. The poll was conducted between February 11 and 13. Among them, 90.07 per cent have expressed their support for the strike,” he said.

Stating that 90 per cent of essential commodities are being ferried through railways, he said the indefinite general strike would affect movement of goods severely. “Around 95.5 per cent of the workforce have decided to go for the strike from April 11. There will be chaos and problems,” he warned, adding that the upcoming strike would be worse if compared with the last general strike in 1974.SRMU held a secret ballot to gauge the mood of the employees.

The union which is affiliated to All India Railwaymen Federation, will announce its strike plans including date of strike notice and date from which indefinite strike will begin after a large section of employees seems to have supported the move. SRMU objects to privatisation and FDI in railways.  However several railway employees across various zones opposing the move of Trade Unions stating that there is no better alternative at this stage for Indian Railways other than opting to FDI and PPP modes to improve the conditions, and to protect the Railway from total bankruptcy!Railway Unions will join an indefinite strike starting Aprail 11th if the Union Government does not respond to the one-day strike held by trade unions on Wednesday, said N Kanniah, working president of All India Railwayman’s Federation and general secretary of Southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU). Railways was exempted from Wednesday’s strike.

Hundreds of Union staff staged a protest in front of the Southern Railway headquarters in Chennai during lunch break and also opposed the move to bring in foreign direct investment (FDI) in railways and corporatisation of the Integral Coach Factory.

Addressing the employees gathered, Kanniah said: “Negotiations being held with multi-national firms like Alstom, Bombardier and ABB further aggravates the situation of industrial unrest forcing railwaymen to prepare for the proposed indefinite strike from Aprai 11th

He demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi announce withdrawal of privatisation recommended by the Bibek Debroy Committee, scarping of cap on wage and bonus.  He also opposed Railways move to get a loan from life Insurance Corporation of India at 9% interest. This loan cannot be repaid unless the return on investment made by railways is not less than 14%. The projects taken up under political considerations and non-revision of passenger and freight tariff have resulted in less than 9% earnings in investments made by railways. The attempt to delay implementation of the seventh pay commission further erodes confidence of railwaymen, he adds.

The national trade unions of railwaymen will decide on February 15 whether or not to go ahead with the proposed indefinite general strike to press for implementation of various long-standing demands.

Though railwaymen across the country had overwhelmingly voted in favour of a direct agitation during the ‘strike ballot’ held nationwide last month, the crucial decision on launching a general strike that could cripple railway operations is due to be taken at the meeting scheduled at Kota, Rajasthan, said N. Kanniah, general secretary of the Southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU), which is affiliated to the All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF).

The AIRF and the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen are the two parent trade unions representing an estimated 1.3 million railwaymen. The charter of demands include scrapping of the new pension scheme, filling up of vacancies, better working conditions for loco running staff and constitution of the Seventh Pay Commission.

Though the Railway Board had offered to negotiate on Railway-specific demands at meetings held over January 16 and 17 in Delhi, the AIRF leadership has taken the view that some of the key demands such as merger of DA with basic pay and guaranteed pension scheme in place of new pension scheme, could only be resolved by Government of India, Mr. Kanniah said. The union leadership feels that the Railway Ministry needs to facilitate negotiations with the Centre in order to avert the strike, he said.

It may be recalled that during the strike ballot, over 96 per cent of railwaymen in the country voted in favour of an indefinite general strike.

In the six divisions across Southern Railway, 86.8 per cent of railwaymen endorsed the strike plan.

Written By Admin-Prasad