Minister of Railways Inaugurates Various Passenger & Freight Initiatives

Minister of Railways Inaugurates Various Passenger & Freight Initiatives

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Date of Post : 15 July, 2017

Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu Inaugurated  the Following Passenger & Freight Initiatives:-

1)      Release of New Freight Structure for Double Stack Dwarf Containers.

2)      Signing of Agreements under Long Term Tariff Contract with TIISCO, India Cements & Ultratech Cements

3)      Escalator & Coach Guidance System in Jabalpur

4)      Additional Facilities for Divyang jans.

5)      Promoting Rail Tourism- New Policy of reservation for Foreign Tourists

6)      Launch of Integrated Mobile Application for passengers.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that Indian Railways is focusing on Better Passenger Amenities, Escalators at Jabalpur are another step in this direction. Integrated App Rail Saarthi will be convenient for the users, as all the social media channels are on one platform. Quota of 1 lower berths in AC3 Coach for Divyangs & 1 middle berths for attendants will facilitate their travel.Mission Retrofitment launched by IR will take care of Divyangs travel,travel for Divyang shall be more comfortable. Long Term Agreements with Key Customers shall be helpful for both Customers & Railways.It’s a win win situation for both customers & Railways. Indian Railways has reformed its Freight Policy to make it customer friendly ensuring the growth of volumes of traffic.Double Stack Containers is another win win proposition for Railways & customers in Freight Sector. Indian Railways is committed to maintain & cherish their relationship with its Freight Customers.

SALIENT FEATURES OF VARIOUS FEATURES LAUNCHED:

Long Term Tariff Contracts (LTTC)

Minister of Railways in Budget speech 2016-17 announced that IR shall enter into Long Term Tariff Contracts (LTTC) with key-customers using Pre-determined Price escalation Principle, to develop a long term commitment.

The LTTC was finalised after a process of structured dialogue, “SAMVAD”, with key customers.

Under LTTC, IR shall be assured of Long Term Freight Revenue commitment from customers at pre-determined price escalation principle as the customer shall commit Minimum Guaranteed Gross Freight Revenue (MGGFR) for each year of the contract period at a minimum of 5% increase over previous year.

Customers shall stand to benefit from freight rebates.

Freight Rebate is linked with incremental growth in Gross Freight Revenue and as well as absolute volume of traffic.

Rebate ranges from 1.5% to 35% based on incremental growth in revenue and 0.5% to 5% on the total volume of traffic.

Contract under LTTC will be for min 3 years and max 5 years period.

Eligibility:

The Existing Customer who offered minimum 1 million tonne of traffic in previous year (previous 12 months) is eligible for LTTC.

The New customer has to make commitment to offer at least 3 million tonnes of traffic during the agreement period; and at least 1 million tonne in first year itself.

Agreement will be signed by the Zonal Railway with customer/s. In case

of traffic from multiple terminals, agreement can be signed with the Zonal Railway having maximum share of traffic (in the total traffic).

Today, three LTTC agreements are being signed:

  •       Tata Iron & Steel Company (TISCO) with South Eastern Railway
  •       M/s India Cement with South Central Railway
  •       M/s Ultratech Cement with South Central Railway

Around 10 proposals are in pipeline on different Zonal Railways and it is expected that these will be finalised in next 2 to 3 months.

New Tariff Policy for running of double stack dwarf container

Minister of Railways, in Railway Budget 2016-17, announced   the introduction of new delivery model and expansion of freight basket with the aim to achieve competitive edge over road traffic.

In compliance of the same, the freight basket for container traffic was expanded and around 45 commodities have been de-notified from the notified list and included in FAK rates, which are 30% lower than the notified tariff rates

  •       The commodities which have been de-notified and are likely to be attracted to container traffic include: Bricks and Stones, Sanitary Wares, Stone Pillars, Polished Granite slabs,  White Cement, Asbestos, Cement Blocks, Cement Plasters, Fly Ash, Chemical Manures, Clay and Sand, Flours and Pulses, Iron and Steel, Cable Wires, Fish Plates, Ingots, Pipes All Types, Wheels, Iron & Steel Pipe Cuttings, All types of metal and steels scrap, Salt, Soap, Sugar and many more.
  •       In addition, over 50 other commodities are being added to railways freight basket.
  •       Double Stack Dwarf Containers are designed with 6 feet 4 inches height to run under wire on electrified routes.
  •       DSDC shall, therefore, run on routes where only single stack of ISO container could run.
  •       Huge potential for DSDC as it can be run under wire all over the Indian Railways
  •       A trial run of double stack dwarf container was launched in the presence of Hon’ble MR and was conducted successfully on 2nd March 2017 on Jamnagar-Ludhiana route.
  •       Jamnagar-Vapi section has also been identified for running of DSDC.
  •       Today, new tariff policy for Double Stack Dwarf Container trains is being issued.
  •       A DSDC can carry 50 tonnes as against 26.50 tonnes in a single stack conventional container; i.e. an increase of 89%.
  •       At normal haulage rate, DSDC can generate more than 50% revenue as against single stack conventional container.
  •       This is a unique case where even after granting a rebate of over 15%, the profitability of both IR and the customer shall increase by 25% each. Hence the new Freight structure for DSDC.
  •       The new concessional freight structure will bring down the overall logistics cost in the country significantly.
  •       The flats are available with CTOs and Industry shall order Dwarf Container Rakes as per requirement for running on IR.

Promoting Rail Tourism – New Policy of Reservation for Foreign Tourists

Foreign Tourist Quota booking at present is not available on IRCTC e-ticketing website www.irctc.co.in. At present, international users can book e-ticket on IRCTC website as a normal user and book normal ARP or Tatkal tickets.

Facility of making payment through International Debit & Credit cards is available on website to such users was launched by Hon’ble MR in 2016 (29.04.2016) to facilitate online booking of tickets using international debit/credit cards.

Now, Indian Railways has decided to provide the facility of Foreign Tourist Quota booking to International users on IRCTC website also. Till now this facility could be availed only through General Service Agents ( at Sharjah, Nepal, United Kingdom, Muscat and Bangladesh only) or in person at International Tourist Bureau in India.

The following accommodation (per coach) will be available for booking (365 days in advance):

  •       Eight berths (two cabins) in IA coach
  •       Four berths (one cabin) in composite 1A cum 2A coach
  •       Eight berths per 2A coach (two inside berth cabins)
  •       Ten berths in EC coach

Features of the Scheme:

  •       International mobile no of user will be captured at the time of user registration/updation profile. To verify mobile no, an OTP will be sent to International user at his registered mobile no. Another OTP will be sent on his e-mail to verify e-mail ID.
  •       Passport number of all Foreign Tourist will be captured at the time of booking e-tickets.
  •       If the user has not got verified his mobile number prior to booking his e-ticket, he will be asked to update his profile through profile update with new mobile number with ISD code. This updated profile will be verified through an OTP or SMS to International Mobile no.
  •       User has the option to make payment through International Debit/Credit card through following payment gateway:
  •       AMEX(for American Express International cards)
  •       ATOM(for all International cards)
  •       User can book tickets under FT Quota upto 365 days in advance. They will also be able to book normal ARP/Tatkal tickets.
  •       After a ticket is successfully booked, ticket booking information will be sent on SMS to the user through International SMS facility.
  •       Ticket booking information will also be sent to user on his registered e-mail ID.
  •       Berth allocation SMS will be sent to the FT Quota users at the time of opening of ARP as soon as berths are allotted by the PRS system.
  •       Users can also download ERS (Electronic Reservation Slip) from website for booked tickets after berths are allotted by PRS system.

         If berth is not allotted to FT Quota users for any reason, Cancellation SMS/Email informing the user about booking having been dropped and refund being processed will be sent. Refund will be sent back to the same International Debit/Credit card and through same Payment Gateway which was used at the time of booking.

  •         In case of cancellation of the tickets booked under this facility by the passenger flat 50% of the fare shall be deducted in addition of the cancellation charges applicable while refunding the amount. The time limit for granting 50% refund will be as per extant rules i.e. upto 4 hours before scheduled departure of train, through website only.

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