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East Coast Railway announced number of Ratha Yatra Special Trains in order to clear extra rush of passengers during the festival, a famous Newspaper reported.
Special Trains 2017 : Yatra Special Trains
Ratha Yatra : Special Trains 2017

To avoid heavy rush of passengers during the nine-day-long Rath Yatra festival at Puri starting from June 25, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) has decided to run 186 special trains to Puri. ECoR will run these trains to Puri from Khurda, Bhubaneswar, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Paradip, Berhampur, Bhawanipatna, Keonjhar, Bangiriposi (Mayurbhanj), Palasa and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, Kharagpur, Shalimar (Kolkata) between June 25 and July 5. All special trains will be named as Yatra Express Special. Following are the further details. 
  • JUNE 2534 trains will run to Puri for Gundicha Yatra (first day of Ratha Yatra) on June 25.
  • JUNE 26 - JULY 1A total of 72 trains will be run between June 26 and July 1
  • JULY 214 Trains for Sandhya Darshan of the deities. 
  • JULY 3The Railway has arranged 32 trains for Bahuda Yatra on July 3 
  • JULY 4 34 trains for Sunabesha ritual of the deities falls on next day of the Bahuda Yatra. 
  • JULY 5The ECoR will also run 3 trains on the very next day of Suna Besha on July 5. 

On being asked about running of trains from other places like Midnapore, Raipur, Rourkela and Jagdalpur, ECoR chief public relations officer JP Mishra said, "We are open to all proposals. In case there is a demand for special trains from these places, the same can be examined and run, if found feasible." He said they will keep some extra coaches with engine ready to be worked out at short notice. "In case we find crowds at any station, we will run special trains," he added.
The ECoR will also open additional enquiry counters, additional ticket counters, 'May I Help You' booths and additional ticket checking staff at Puri railway station to tackle the heavy rush of passengers. Pilgrim complex constructed during Nabakalebara festival in 2015 will help the devotees to take rest at the station. It will accommodate around 5,000 pilgrims, railway sources said.
The railway zone will also open first aid booths, deploy ambulance along with railway doctors and paramedical staff, GRP and RPF control room, mela shed, area control room and other train operation related control rooms for safe journey of passengers. Over 500 additional RPF personnel and a dog squad will be deployed. Additional CCTVs will be installed in Puri station to keep eye on the movements of suspected elements, said a senior railway officer.

Ganesh Festival Special Trains 2017

Indian Railway announced Ganesh Festival Special Trains 2017 in order to control the extra rush of passengers during the festival time. Following are the details.
Special Trains : Ganesh Festival 2017
Ganesh Festival Special Trains 2017 


CENTRAL RAILWAY
Central Railway has decided to run 142 special trains between CST/LTT/Dadar/Pune – Karmali/Sawantwadi Road/Ratnagiri to clear the extra rush of passengers during Ganpati Festival. Following are the details.
Train No. 01445 CST Mumbai – Karmali Daily Ganpati Festival one way special Trains (24 Trips)
  • Train No. 01445 Special will leave CST Mumbai at 00.30 hrs daily from 18.8.2017 to 10.9.2017 and arrive Karmali at 14.30 hrs same day.

Halting
Dadar, Thane, Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Veer, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Aravali Road, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Adavali, Vilavade, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal, Zarap, Sawantwadi Road, Madure and Thivim.
Composition
Four AC-3 Tier, 5 Sleeper Class, 8 General Second Class.
Train No.01446 Karmali – Pune Daily Ganpati Festival one way special Trains (24 Trips)
  • Train No. 01446 Special will leave Karmali at 15.25 hrs daily from 18.8.2017 to 10.9.2017 and arrive Pune at 05.50 hrs next day.

Halting
Thivim, Madure, Sawantwadi Road, Zarap, Kudal, Sindhudurg, Kankavali, Vaibhavwadi Road, Rajapur Road, Vilavade, Adavali, Ratnagiri, Sangameshwar Road, Aravali Road, Savarde, Chiplun, Khed, Veer, Mangaon, Roha, Panvel and Lonavala
Composition
Four AC-3 Tier, 5 Sleeper Class, 8 General Second Class.
Train No.01447 Pune – Sawantwadi Road Daily Ganpati Festival one way special Trains (24 Trips)
  • Train No. 01447 Special will leave Pune at 08.50 hrs daily from 19.8.2017 to 11.9.2017 and arrive Sawantwadi at 20.20 hrs same day.

Halting
Lonavala, Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Veer, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Aravali Road, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Adavali, Vilavade, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Nandgaon Road, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal and Zarap.
Composition
Four AC-3 Tier, 5 Sleeper Class, 8 General Second Class.
Train Nos.01423/01424 Pune – Sawantwadi Road – Pune Weekly Ganpati Festival AC special Trains (6 Trips)
  • Train No. 01423 Special will leave Pune at 18.45 hrs on every Thursday from 24.8.2017 to 7.9.2017 and arrive Sawantwadi at 07.00 hrs next day.
  • Train No. 01424 Special will leave Sawantwadi Road at 09.30 hrs on every Friday from 25.8.2017 to 8.9.2017 and arrive Pune at 23.35 hrs same day.

Halting
Lonavala, Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Veer, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Aravali Road, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Adavali, Vilavade, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Nandgaon Road, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal and Zarap.
Composition
13 AC-3 Tier.
Train No.01448 Sawantwadi Road – CST Daily Ganpati Festival One way special Trains (24 Trips)
  • Train No. 01448 Special will leave Sawantwadi Road at 23.00 hrs daily from 19.8.2017 to 11.9.2017 and arrive CST Mumbai at 12.25 hrs next day.

Halting
Zarap, Kudal, Sindhudurg, Kankavali, Nandgaon Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Rajapur Road, Vilavade, Adavali, Ratnagiri, Sangameshwar Road, Aravali Road, Savarde, Chiplun, Khed, Veer, Mangaon, Roha, Panvel, Thane and Dadar
Composition
Four AC-3 Tier, 5 Sleeper Class, 8 General Second Class.
Train Nos.01113/01114 Dadar – Sawantwadi Road – Dadar Ganpati Festival Tri-weekly special Trains (20 Trips)
  • Train No. 01113 Special will leave Dadar at 07.50 hrs on every Sunday, Tuesday and Friday from 18.8.2017 to 8.9.2017 and arrive Sawantwadi Road at 19.50 hrs same day.
  • Train No. 01114 Special will leave Sawantwadi Road at 04.50 hrs on every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 19.8.2017 to 9.9.2017 and arrive Dadar at 16.00 hrs same day.

Halting
Thane, Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Veer, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Aravali Road, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Adavali, Vilavade, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Nandgaon Road, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal and Zarap.
Composition
One AC Chair car, 7 Second seating class, 4 General Second Class.
Train Nos.01185/01186 Dadar – Ratnagiri – Dadar Ganapati Weekly special Trains (8 Trips)
  • Train No. 01185 Special will leave Dadar at 21.45 hrs on every Friday from 18.8.2017 to 8.9.2017 and arrive Ratnagiri at 05.50 hrs next day.
  • Train No. 01186 Special will leave Ratnagiri at 09.00 hrs on every Saturday from 19.8.2017 to 9.9.2017 and arrive Dadar at 17.00 hrs same day.

Halting
Thane, Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Veer, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Aravali Road and Sangameshwar Road.
Composition
One AC-2 Tier, one AC-3 Tier, 7 Sleeper Class, 8 General Second Class
Train Nos.01187/01188 LTT – Ratnagiri – LTT Weekly Double Decker Ganpati Festival AC special Trains (6 Trips)
  • Train No. 01187 Special will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 05.33 hrs on every Tuesday from 22.8.2017 to 5.9.2017 and arrive Ratnagiri at 13.00 hrs same day.
  • Train No. 01188 Special will leave Ratnagiri at 15.20 hrs on every Tuesday from 22.8.2017 to 5.9.2017 and arrive Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 00.20 hrs next day.

Halting
Thane, Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Aravali Road and Sangameshwar Road.
Composition
8 Double Decker AC Chair cars
Train Nos.01037/01038 LTT – Sawantwadi Road – LTT weekly Ganpati Festival AC special Trains (6 Trips)
  • Train No. 01037 Special will leave LTT at 21.45 hrs o­n every Thursday from 24.8.2017 to 7.9.2017 and arrive Sawantwadi Road at 09.00 hrs next day.
  • Train No. 01038 Special will leave Sawantwadi Road at 14.05 hrs on every Friday from 25.8.2017 to 8.9.2017 and arrive LTT at 00.20 hrs next day.

Halting
Thane, Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Sangameshwar Road, Ratnagiri, Adavali, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal and Zarap.
Composition
One First AC, one First AC cum AC-2 Tier, Four AC-2 Tier and 11 AC-3 Tier
RESERVATION
Bookings for special trains on special charges leaving CST Mumbai, Dadar, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Pune will commence from 6.6.2017 at all PRS locations and on internet www.irctc.co.in. General Second Class coaches in trains no.01445, 01447, 01113 and 01185 will run as unreserved coaches and booked through UTS system with normal charges for unreserved accommodation.


For getting more details about other Special Trains 2017 , please go through the following link:- Special Trains 2017 : Indian Railway

Cyclone MORA 2017 Details

Cyclone Mora forms in Bay of Benagal and moved north - north eastward in the past six hours with a speed of 12 kmph. The cyclonic storm Mora is likely to hit Bangladesh coast in the next 24 hours and heavy rain is expected in West Bengal and northeastern states, the Met department has said. The intensifying cyclone may make landfall in Bangladesh near Chittagong, a famous online Newspaper reported.

Train Updates : Cyclone MORA
Cyclone MORA : Updates

Sources say the cyclone may also help pull in the monsoon faster towards the mainland. The monsoon is expected to arrive over Kerala anytime now.

Rainfall is expected at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places in Odisha, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. Extremely heavy rainfall very likely over Assam and Meghalaya, the forecast said.

Sea condition would be rough to very rough along and off Andaman Islands and off West Bengal Coast in next 24 hours and fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea.

For getting the train updates, please go through the following link :- 

Western Railway announced that in order to keep the wheels of local trains running, and ensure uninterrupted services during the ensuing  monsoon , pre monsoon preparations works are undergoing on Western Railway in full swing. These preparations include cleaning of culverts, de - silting of side drains, installations of pumps, special maintenance of infrastructure etc.  These works will be completed by 01st, June 2017 in the first phase.
Rain : Special arrangements for Trains
Monsoon Season : Special Arrangements


Analysis of Rainfall and Flood prone areas:
  • Western Railway has identified the flood prone areas on its section. On the basis of this analysis, more attention will be paid to certain sections which could be flood prone such as near Grant Road, Elphinstone Road, Dadar, Matunga Rd-Mahim yard ,  Bandra-Khar, Andheri-Jogeshwari and Nalasopara-Virar sections. 
  • Western Railway has also come up with the time table showing the dates of high tides of more than 4.5 meters during monsoon 2017. This will help in taking necessary precautions when required most. 
Monsoon Train Time Table 2017 : Konkan Railway
Special Pre-monsoon Action
  • Lifting of tracks in low line areas has already been completed in Mahim Yard on Harbour lines and  between Bandra- Khar Down slow line as water logging has been observed at these locations in the year 2016.
  • De silting and cleaning of all 41 culverts is in progress.  78 % de-silting has been completed as on date and balance will be completed by 30.05.17.  Funds have been provided by the MCGM. This work will be completed in three phases. The first phase will be completed before the on set of monsoon up to 30th May, 2017 followed by second and third round after necessary inspections and based on the requirement. Some major culverts will be cleaned by the BMC which include Mithi River, Dharavi Nallah, Poisar Nallah, etc. Joint inspections are also being carried out by Railway and MCGM officials.
  • WR will install about 88 diesel pump set vulnerable low lying locations such as Marine Lines, Mumbai Central, Dadar, Matunga Road, Mahim, Bandra, Andheri, Borivali, Nalasopara, Virar etc.
  • WR has also undertaken the work of de silting of side drains. This work will be completed before the on set of monsoon. After reviewing the position, this work may again be undertaken in July and August, 2017 as per requirement.
  • In order to ensure smooth running of trains during monsoon, special attention is being given to the maintenance of OHE. It includes cleaning of insulators, checking of protective screens on FOB/ROB, protection of contact and catenary wires and earthing.
  • Cutting of vulnerable trees in the vicinity of track will also be done.  70 % tree cutting has been completed with MCGM permission by availing traffic and power   block and balance will be completed by 01.06.17.
  • WR has also taken up the monsoon related maintenance work of its EMU suburban rakes which include detection and plugging of possible leakages in EMU coaches and its electrical equipments, smooth movements of windows and doors etc. Work of cleaning of roof of coaches and insulators has also been taken up in hand.

Other Actions:
  • WR has come up with a monsoon booklet for its officers and supervisors. This booklet not only mentions the flood prone areas and important dates of high tides but also the course of action to be taken during such situations. It  also has the telephone numbers of official dealing with disaster management and important telephone numbers of railway and civil officials such as BMC, Weather Bureau etc.
  • Running of muck specials during nights to clear the muck and garbage, as and when required.
  • Round the clock monitoring during heavy rains by deputing officers/ supervisors at vulnerable locations.

Coordination with BMC:
  • Joint inspections of Railway and BMC officials have already been started and the first round will be completed by 1.06.2017  It also includes provision of pumps by BMC at locations where the blockage in the drainage is likely. A hotline has been set up between MCGM Disaster control and Western Railway Traffic control for faster communications during emergency.

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