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#3151 Sep 16th, 2016, 02:55
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Aadhaar card

According to a couple of news reports here and here, it will soon be compulsory to have an Aadhaar number to book rail tickets. This despite the Supreme Court of India's ruling that Aadhaar is voluntary, not compulsory. Per Wikipedia:

>On 23 September 2013, the Supreme Court issued an interim order saying that the government cannot deny a service to anyone who does not possess Aadhaar, as it is voluntary.

Where does this leave foreign tourists who want to book railway tickets?
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A senior Railway Board official said: “According to government statistics, 96 per cent of Indians have been given Aadhaar numbers. By making Aadhaar card mandatory, railways will be able to check impersonation and thus revenue losses”.

Is it true that 96 per cent of Indians have been given Aadhaar numbers!!!
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Only a RTI will reveal that information. Apart from that we would have to rely on what the sources say.
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Originally Posted by Stephen Maguire View Post Hi all - I've had great help on other parts of the forum with my itinerary and I'm now booking trains. I have 6 trains booked so far and have hit something of a snag.

I'm looking to go from Varanasi to Jalgaon on either the 8th or 9th November. I'm still figuring my way around irctc/indiarail/erail etc but from what I can see pretty much everything is all booked up!

I've got two WL tickets booked (currently W/L 6 and W/L 7) on the 12166 BSB 20:20 8th - JL 9th 17:53 train.

As a backup I'm going to go into the FTQ office in Delhi on Oct 18/19 to try and get FTQ tickets for other trains on the Varanasi - Jalgaon route. Failing that I see there are Taktal tickets on a lot of these trains.

Do you think I'm safe with my WL/FTQ/Taktal plan or are there other options for this journey that I'm missing?!

Thanks
Short of time, so only quick advice.

Check Varanasi (and Mughal Sarai) to Bhusaval, more trains, likely more FTQ as well.

Check Varanasi/Mughal Sarah to stations beyond Jalgaon/Bhusaval to see if you can find availability, and finally, if the train starts it's journey before Varanasi, check availability from earlier stations to Jalgaon/Bhusaval (and beyond), then change boarding station to Varanasi.

It's generally a lot quicker to check this info on erail,you find your prefered train, and click on departing or destination station, then change station and do another availability search.
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No seniors discount for non-Indians

According to India Today, October 3, 2016, foreigners are no longer eligible for seniors' discount on rail tickets.
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Help needed!!
Hey IMers, I need some help. I am booked in Amarnath Express (15653) on 26th Oct from Guwahati to Sagauli. The train is scheduled to reach Sagauli at 9:07 am on 27th. I checked the last running instance of the train (19th Oct) & the train arrived 5 hrs late. Is this the usual for this train? I wanted to get to Kathmandu from Sagauli on the same day but if the train reaches Sagauli at 2pm then my goose is cooked.
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It seems to be usual for the train. See http://indiarailinfo.com/train/arrde...5653/51/546/81

It seems your goose is ready to be cooked.
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Originally Posted by Drukpa View Post Help needed!!
Hey IMers, I need some help. I am booked in Amarnath Express (15653) on 26th Oct from Guwahati to Sagauli. The train is scheduled to reach Sagauli at 9:07 am on 27th. I checked the last running instance of the train (19th Oct) & the train arrived 5 hrs late. Is this the usual for this train? I wanted to get to Kathmandu from Sagauli on the same day but if the train reaches Sagauli at 2pm then my goose is cooked.
If you are okay with changing trains at odd hours of the night, you can take the Capital Express from Kamakhya to Barauni (leaves 4.35 am/arrives 11.50 pm) and then transfer to the Mithila Express (departs Barauni 2 am/arrives Raxaul 8.25 am). There are however two major risks associated with this:

(1) Mithila Express is waitlisted in all classes for the 27th from Barauni to Raxaul. If you buy a waitlisted ticket that doesn't get confirmed, you'll have to travel unreserved in what is likely to be a very crowded train.

(2) Missing the connecting train if your original train is late. Capital Express is rarely very late at Barauni, but you never know...
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@aarosh It is definitely arriving at Jammu Tawi very late. These are the arrival timings for Sagauli Jn. Had you been in my place would you take the risk?
@aloke I am a bit hesitant about cancelling a reserved ticket at such a short notice & reserving another.
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If I were in your place I would be ready to reach Kathmandu the next day. If the train reaches around an hour late it would be a bonus.
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Thank you Aloke & Aaarosh for your help. The train did get late (by 3 hrs) but I crossed the border by 2:15 & could catch a sumo for Ktm. They apparently run till 3:30pm. Still I would recommend Aloke's option to kill unpredictability.
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Discount on vacant berths in Rajdhanis, Shatabdis

Indian Express, Dec 20/2016

The Railways on Monday introduced a flat 10 per cent discount on vacant berths of its premium trains, Rajdhanis, Shatabdis and Durontos, from Tuesday.

It also slashed the emergency tatkal quota in those trains to 10 per cent of total berths from the existing 30 per cent to free up more space to advance bookings.

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The Rajdhanis, Shatabdis and Durontos were running with several vacant berths after preparation of final charts, especially in lean periods. The move is meant to incentivise these berths with a discount and earn some extra money.

This, the ministry said, was a revision of the flexi fare system introduced in September this year.

The 10-per cent rebate will be applicable on the basic fare only and it will be on the price of the last ticket booked before the first chart is finalised. If TTEs provide a berth that remained vacant due to the passenger not showing up, that berth will also attract the discount, a ministry statement said.

The Railways has further slashed the fares of two Shatabdis as a special case. The New Delhi-Ajmer and Chennai Central-Mysore Shatabdis have been running almost empty all this while, and the price of the tickets was thought to be one of the factors. So the fares of both the trains have been slashed to Rs 300 each from Rs 355 for the former and Rs 400 for the latter.
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Originally Posted by Jean-Philipe View Post Indian Express, Dec 20/2016

The Railways on Monday introduced a flat 10 per cent discount on vacant berths of its premium trains, Rajdhanis, Shatabdis and Durontos, from Tuesday.

It also slashed the emergency tatkal quota in those trains to 10 per cent of total berths from the existing 30 per cent to free up more space to advance bookings.

Watch what else is making news:

The Rajdhanis, Shatabdis and Durontos were running with several vacant berths after preparation of final charts, especially in lean periods. The move is meant to incentivise these berths with a discount and earn some extra money.

This, the ministry said, was a revision of the flexi fare system introduced in September this year.

The 10-per cent rebate will be applicable on the basic fare only and it will be on the price of the last ticket booked before the first chart is finalised. If TTEs provide a berth that remained vacant due to the passenger not showing up, that berth will also attract the discount, a ministry statement said.

The Railways has further slashed the fares of two Shatabdis as a special case. The New Delhi-Ajmer and Chennai Central-Mysore Shatabdis have been running almost empty all this while, and the price of the tickets was thought to be one of the factors. So the fares of both the trains have been slashed to Rs 300 each from Rs 355 for the former and Rs 400 for the latter.
A poor newspaper article.

The 10% discount sounds great, but when you consider the likely fare applicable is 1.5 x basic fare, so a 10% saving on basic fare still leaves the 50% increase, so 1.4 x basic fare.

It's a sly move to try to fill vacant berths, that in all likelyhood didn't go vacant before the flexi fare system.

The reduction in Tatkal quota from 30% to 10% is on the face of it, a fantastic move, if only they'd do this on all trains, but I suspect this will only be the case for trains using the flexi fare model, why, because they already charge more than Tatkal fare, so no loss of revenue.

The reduction in fare for those 2 Shatabdi trains is simply wrong information, very wrong indeed, the fare reduction is only between Bangalore & Mysore (both directions) on the Chennai - Mysore Shatabdi, and the Jaipur-Ajmer sector (both directions) of the Delhi-Ajmer Shatabdi, the Chennai-Bangalore and Delhi-Jaipur sectors do very well, but these trains then run at very low capacity on the remaining sectors, mainly because of high prices, so it's potentially a good move.
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New Year Greetings from Suresh Prabhu (very long)

Sorry, I don't have a link for this. I received it as an email, probably because I have an IRCTC account. Usual government propaganda, but there may be some useful information for train travellers.


Dear Friend,


It gives me immense pleasure to write to you at the onset of another new year. I wish the coming year brings happiness and prosperity in your life.


It is the able leadership of our Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji which is inspiring us to strive for revamping the Indian Railways.He has said that "This is a technology driven century. Innovation is important. Railways has to be about both 'Gati' and 'Pragati'. It is this mantra that guides us on this journey of transformation.


Last year saw many milestones being set in Indian Railways and many new initiatives being taken. We believe not only in making promises,but also keeping them.We fulfilled many of the announcements made in the Railway Budget last year and we are committed to achieve the remaining ones.


Improving travel experience for our fellow citizens is at the core of our work and philosophy. Enhancing safety, improving speed, creating new passenger amenities, augmenting infrastructure, introducing of new train products all have been means to achieve this end.


Recent train accidents have anguished and pained me beyond words. We had started on this mission to make Indian Railways safe 2 years ago, when I joined office. Systemic issues accumulated over years take time to be resolved. Chronic underinvestment in infrastructure has affected the safety of Rail network. Much has been done but there is still so much more to do to make Indian Railways a safer mode of transport. We are determined to address the issues and come up with solutions. In the last 2 years, we have taken following measures to enhance safety:


Capital expenditure on safety related activities increased from Rs.39,200 Cr in 2013-14 to Rs. 46,048 Cr in 2015-16. We will be further increasing it to Rs.53,727 Cr in 2016-17.

Pace of track renewal has been increased substantially to over 2000 km every year.

Working on a mission to eliminate all unmanned level crossings by 2019.

All coaches to be retrofitted and improved with anti climbing and anti telescopic features over the next 4-5 years.

Entered into partnerships with several best-in-class global research bodies like Railway Technical Research Institute, Japan and Korean Rail Research Institute.

Introduction of Ultrasonic Broken Rail Detection System to detect rail fractures on a real time basis.

Train collision avoidance system is being introduced along high density routes.

Some of the highlights of our work, among many others have been:


Introduction of country's first Humsafar Express between Gorakhpur and Anand Vihar in New Delhi. It is a fully air conditioned train with host of features like GPS enabled announcement system, pleasing interiors and exteriors,CCTV system,pantry with coffee making machine and microwave oven etc. An effort to provide luxury service at affordable price point.

We had revamped the general coaches into special `Deendayalu' Coaches with amenities like pure drinking water, better ergonomically designed seats for our general class passengers.

In the next 2 months, we would be ready with Tejas Trains which would redefine passenger travel experience in India.

We organised one of the world's largest brainstorming exercise involving all Railway employees, Rail Vikas Shivir which was graced by Honourable Prime Minister.A dedicated transformation office is being set up in the Ministry to implement innovative ideas coming out of this exercise.

We commissioned high speed Wi-Fi in over 100 stations across country and we would cover 200 more stations in the next year.

We signed a MoU with Ministry of Urban Development to create "Smart Stations" in planned Smart Cities.

On the freight side,we launched a spate of reforms including reduction in charges,liberalised key policies such as Siding and Parcel.

Indian Railways bagged a total of 27 National Energy Conservation Awards (NECA) this year, given annually by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) under aegis of Ministry of Power, Government of India. This is highest ever tally by Railways.

Partnered with Self Help Groups to provide local cuisines on trains, and thus facilitating employment creation,women empowerment and digital financial inclusion.

A capital expenditure of Rs. 94,000 Cr in 2015-16 against 2009-14 annual average of Rs.46,000 Cr.

2828 kms of broad gauge lines commissioned in 2015-16 against 2009-14 annual average of 1528 kms.

1730 kms of electrification completed in 2015-16 against 2009-14 annual average of 1184 kms.

Declaration of India's first "Green Rail Corridor" of Rameswaram-Manamadurai section which is 100% human waste discharge free.

Installed 15000+ Bio Toilets in 2015-16.

Clean my Coach service started to enhance on board cleanliness.

E-catering, E-bedroll and E-wheelchair services introduced to provide seamless access to these services.

Introduced one of the world's cheapest travel insurance for our passengers at only 92 paise for insurance of up to Rs. 10 Lakh. It has now been made free of cost.

Reserved accommodation capacity increased to 44.7 Cr berths from 37.1 Cr.

Implemented one of the world's largest complaint resolution system through social media,dedicated helpline numbers.

100% E-procurement of goods implemented to ensure transparency.

Largest ever online recruitment exam conducted with over 94 lakh applications.

1000+ Water Vending Machines providing RO water installed at stations across country.

A total of 340+ stations have been provided with CCTV surveillance to ensure safety.

Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP)- Phase III approved by the Cabinet with an estimated cost of Rs 11,000 Cr.

A total of 365 new trains have been introduced in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Trials of Talgo trains capable of running at 200 kmph successfully completed.-

Collaboration between India and Japan on Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed Rail project.

Indian Railways has been at the forefront when it comes to promoting sports in the country.Sakshi Malik, who created history by becoming the first women wrestler from India to bag an Olympic Medal is a member of our Railways family. A total of 35 sports persons who represented India in the Rio Olympics were Indian Railways employee, thus comprising almost a third of Indian contingent.

Three of our employees contributed in India's win in the Hockey Junior World Cup.

Key result areas defined for ensuring accountability, objective performance appraisal.

All these milestones have been set under challenging circumstances.Years of underinvestment have led to overstretched infrastructure, inadequate carrying capacity and huge unmet passenger demand. Non rationalised passenger fares and cross subsidisation by freight revenue led to strain on financial health.


We believe, Indian Railways belongs to you and when we involve you in creating a vision for Indian Railways, excellent results could be achieved. With this in mind, we launched Railways Innovation Challenge inviting suggestions to improve various aspects of our working. We also launched a website to invite inputs for preparation of National Rail Plan 2030.


A lot has been done and a lot is yet to be achieved. It is our Honourable Prime Minister's firm belief that Railways can be the driver of country's economic growth. With this in mind, we step into the new year with renewed enthusiasm to achieve more, set new milestones.We are working on many focus areas which will propel Indian Railways further on the growth trajectory and benchmark it with the best in the world.

Some of the endeavours among many others we are working on are:-


Redevelopment of railway stations into world class modern terminals with modern passenger amenities. The construction of first such terminal being planned at Habibganj, Bhopal would get underway in next few weeks.


A five year investment plan of Rs. 8.56 Lakh Cr for giving a major push to infrastructure augmentation and thus create capacity for future.


Enabling cashless transactions across Indian Railways at all interfaces.


Working on a multi pronged strategy for running of high speed trains (with a speed of 300 kmph+), semi high speed trains (with a speed of 160 kmph+ - 200kmph), running of existing trains with increased speeds and introduction of faster trains.


A big push on enhancing non fare revenue through advertisings, leasing out of spaces etc.In a first,a Non Fare Revenue Directorate has been set up in Railway Board for this purpose.


More structural reforms and creation of new organizations to keep pace with the changing requirements. Railway Planning and Investment Organisation to prepare National Rail Plan 2030 and SRESTHA, a R&D organization to name a few.


Plan to connect all capital cities of North Eastern states to be connected with broad gauge line by 2020 and stimulating economic development of the region.


Two Dedicated Freight Corridors to be commissioned by 2019 which will decongest existing traffic and pave way for better passenger and freight service.


Making Indian Railways 100% human waste discharge free through use of Bio-Toilets.


Plan to generate 1000 MW solar power in next 5 years, thus becoming one of the country's largest solar power producer.


Undertaking Accounting Reforms to create a transparent accounting system which will enhance profitability and improve overall efficiency.


Implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning(ERP) to streamline operations, infuse technology, enhance efficiency.


Establishment of Rail University as a holistic knowledge centre for Railways.


LED luminaries at all stations.


All these visions could not be turned into reality without the support of our fellow citizens. Thus, we seek your support in taking Indian Railways to the next level and benchmark it with the best in the world.

I wish you and your family again, a very Happy New Year.


Yours,

Suresh Prabhu
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