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Indian Railways launched the first Vistadome Coach from Visakhapatnam to Araku

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Vistadome Train- train with a glass ceiling Launched: Lavish trains were only seen in the US till now. But the Vistadome Coach is now available in India too. The Indian Railways is launching the Vistadome train. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu speaking in the video conference from Bhubaneswar dedicated this coach to the nation.
He said that these trains are launched for the tourism purposes and promised to start some more of this in the nearest future. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi telling us to give Visakhapatnam much importance regarding State Government, they designed the train to travel from Visakhapatnam to Araku. He appreciated Andhra Pradesh CM Chandra Babu hard work in the development of the state.

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He said that our state needs to be strengthened from every corner and for those Telugu people who are living overseas should return and participate in the welfare of our state. He said that so many intelligent Telugu people from India are working in other countries as Doctors, Professors, Engineers, Businessmen, IT Professionals, Biotechnology professionals and so on and requested them to take the responsibility of our state.

The coach was designed at the cost of Rs. 25 crores. Rajen Gohan, MP Haribabu, and MLA Vishnu Raj Kumar tagged the Railway Minister in this event. The event held for the launch of Vistadome Coach is attended by MP K.Geetha, MLAs, MLCs, DRM Chandralekha Mukherjee, etc.

vistadome train Vskp to araku

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The coach only runs from Visakhapatnam to Araku. Railway Officials stated that the second coach would arrive in Chennai in the next 15 days. They are temporarily linking it with Visakhapatnam-Kirandul train. The passengers will be allowed from 19th onwards. The online booking starts from 18th itself. A coach contains 40 seats and a ticket costs Rs.650.

Vistadome Specialties:

• It took Rs.3.38 crores to build the coach
• Every Mirror in the coach is 2200x1250mm wide.
• Passengers can turn in 360 degrees to watch the beautiful scenery in this air-conditioned coach.
• Automatic doors which are 920mm wide which makes it easy for physically challenged people.
• Trolleys and staff to provide food just like in airplanes.
• By connecting GPS, it announces the next stop name too.
• HD CC Cameras and LCD TVs.
• To view the beauty of Araku valley from the coach itself they also arranged a special lounge.

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Railways Ministry Announced New Catering Services and Flagged Off Antyodaya Express

new catering services suresh prabhu

Railways Ministry announces the New Catering Services which separates the functioning of its food and catering or food distribution onboard. As promised in the Rail Budget, the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu revealed the ministry’s plan regarding food catering services.

To cater the growing demand for services like health and hygienic food these New Catering Services that are announced by the railway minister. For the past few years, the Indian railway is facing the complaints against food quality.

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Suresh Prabhu said, “IRCTC would unbundle catering service by creating distribution primarily between food preparation and its distribution. We will announce the fare structure of Humsafar soon but it will be slightly higher than the normal service”.

Previously the food will be prepared at the state base kitchens and are distributed to the passengers through the service providers of the hospitality industry. In the new policy, the Railways Ministry aimed to attract reputed food-chain members from the market.

With the complaints on food quality, the railways replaced the existing policies after seven years giving back the catering responsibility to the IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp. Ltd). The New Catering Services was implemented to encourage the e-catering system, and it finalised after taking suggestions from the stakeholders.

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The Railway Minster flagged off the new Antyodaya Express (Train No. 22878/22877) on Monday. The Express will run from Ernakulam to Howrah. It will have cushioned luggage racks and the superfast services provided for the passengers.

Antyodaya Express will have LED lights and the dustbins in each of the compartment. It also has water purifiers, fire extinguishers and also the modular toilets and bio-toilets. Along with Antyodaya Express, the Railway Ministry also flagged off another train, i.e., Humsafar Express (14715/ 14716). It will run from Sriganganagar to Tiruchchirappalli on Tuesday and Thursday.

IRCTC Introduces New App Rail Connect with Advanced Security Features

Irctc rail connect application

The Indian Railways is looking forward to easing the process of ticket bookings. In a bid to promote ease of ticketing through digital payments, Railway Minister on January 11, 2017, introduced a new mobile app “IRCTC Rail Connect” for crores of Railway Passengers.

Currently, the IRCTC present running website created more issues and passengers were frustrated on booking tickets. Railway Minister Prabhu Solomon said, “Currently e-ticketing system provides to over 10 lakh passengers daily and to increase the comfort to the users, a new Android-based mobile application for booking railway tickets titled as “IRCTC Rail Connect App” launched.”

Apart from this app, the Railway Minister launched many non-fare initiatives and IRCTC mobile apps.

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Speaking about the new IRCTC rail Connect App, Suresh Prabhu said, “The new mobile app Rail Connect will allow you to book tickets in an easy way and it has been developed to bring the power of next generation e-ticketing system like high performance and enhanced security.” The new mobile app will replace the old app now.

Minster said, “The new application has features like 24/7 service with no time-based checks, synchronization of a mobile app with NGET for booking tickets, simple and easy user interface supports General, Tatkal, and Premium-Tatkal quota.

The IRCTC new app offers other features like the advanced security of self-assigned PIN (Personal Identification Number) to login without entering username and password on every login.

IRCTC to provide Online Ticket Booking Facility to Feature Phone Users

Railway Minister Prabhu mentioned that a new user registration and activation can now be directly done through the IRCTC Rail Connect. Later he stated that the new App would be integrated with IRCTC e-wallet for faster and stress-free transactions.

“Through IRCTC Rail Connect App users can able to view and also has an option of canceling old mobile app tickets also. The new App will afford payment gateway to over 40 banks to allow digital transactions through Credit Card, Debit Cards, and Net Banking and also mobile wallets like Paytm, PayU, Mobikwik,” he added.

“The IRCTC rail Connect will also be Integrated with IRCTC AIR, Food on Track mobile apps to enable booking of air tickets and food through e-catering.”

IRCTC to provide Online Ticket Booking Facility to Feature Phone Users

irctc tickets on feature phone users

Good news for people those who are using featured phones and facing issues for IRCTC Online Ticket booking. Union Railway Minister today announced that IRCTC would soon release a product which is handy for feature phone users to book online tickets through IRCTC.

Currently, the online ticket booking of IRCTC is available for those who can access the Internet via Smartphones, desktop/laptop users. However, feature phone users have no option to book a railway ticket in online through their mobile. So, for those people, IRCTC has taken this decision.

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Non-Smartphone Users visit a railway counter to book tickets, and they are facing many troubles for reserving tickets. You know, still, 90% of the railway ticket booking counters didn’t accept credit/debit cards, and the liquid cash is the only option for the featured phone using people to book tickets..

The government of India is looking to make India as the cashless nation and to boost this move; Central Government has taken the decision to change important functionaries such as Indian Railways and India Post into fully digital mode.

Minister says, the scheme will be increased slowly and later more, and more counters would be enabled with PoS terminals for continuous cashless transactions.

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Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister, said, “Railway department already set up many Point of scale machines at many suburban stations for smooth operations for travelers in the city. We are also in the process of introducing e-wallets and promising payments through mobile applications. We will work hard to provide better ways to book online tickets for those who are not using smartphones.”

Railway Ticket Rates Would be personalized

For suppose, you have booked a corporal railway ticket lately; then you can have seen this message on the cards: “Indian Railways recovers only 57% of the cost of travel on an average”. A few weeks ago, the same message appeared on online tickets.

This is a distressed attempt by Indian Railways to create consciousness about their losses, which are mainly occurring due to the lobbying of railway rates. Even political observers will notice that the easiest way to reap more votes in rural surroundings is to declare decrease in rail ticket costs.

As per estimations, Indian Railways captivates Rs 30000 crore plus of losses every year and the strong reason for this is rail fares only. But finally, such politicization of railway ticket rates would end.

According to the latest reports, Indian Railways has put a tender before the cabinet, to set up Independent agency for observing rail fares. If the agency is approved, then the rail ticket fares can be taken care of professionally without any political influence.

The independent Agency to be named as ‘Railway Development Authority of India,’ the organization will have a chairman and four members who will standardize the rates based on the current market rates.

Indian Railways New Policy will Help Wait-Listed Passengers Get a Berth 

Indian Railways New Policy will Help Wait-Listed Passengers Get a Berth 

One of the major system that is available for passengers to travel in trains comfortably is seat reservation. There is a system that is in force regarding the reservations made. Usually the reservation numbers overtake the available seating berths. But this condition prevails only at the originating stations.

In the subsequent stations and by the end of the journey, the railway officials observe that many berths are being remained vacant and unreserved. As per reports, there are about 3 lakh berths per year that go unutilized.

To overcome such situation, Indian Railways have announced a new system that provides complete reservations to the passengers, especially to those who catch the train in the mid stations. On the other hand the waiting list passengers forgot the facility of having their berth confirmed due to the present system.

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Usually TTEs are appointed by the Railway department to facilitate the passengers with the berths that are being kept vacant due to various reasons. Especially, the system does not have control once a second reservation list is prepared.

With the introduction of the new facility, the Passenger Reservation System (PRS) will automatically allot the unutilized berths after the reservation chart preparation is closed by the system.

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The waiting list passengers will get an SMS to the registered mobile number with the details like Berth number and coach number to facilitate them with the available berth after the train moves. This will in fact indirectly helpful in eradicating the PQ (Pooled Quota) allotted to the stations.

This latest policy announcement will get affected into course of action from the coming budget of 2016-17. There is also a proposal of providing 33 percent to women in the already existing reservation system. This will also come into force after the budget acceptance presented as general budget this year. All the said policies were confirmed by the Indian Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu.